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Never Enough!

Some DVDs I ordered recently arrived today. Among them, Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow. I haven’t watched this movie in a long, long time and suspect I’ve forgotten enough to enjoy it anew.

Two adaptations of Emma were released very close together in 1996. This movie version with Paltrow and the other Emma adaptation, a TV-based mini-series. [...]

Pride and Prejudice Poll

I thought I’d try a poll. Just a test for fun to see if this works.

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Here were the results:

Corporate Refugee

I chatted via email with a friend recently and part of his email included the following paragraph (reprinted with permission):

"I have some
employment offers now, so I’m getting closer to making a "landing." They have
all these terms for unemployed managers–right now, I’m "in
transition"– a slang term for that is "corporate refugee."  I’m
working a "survival job" until [...]

Winterizing Brain Freeze

I seem to have the winterizing brain freeze this year!

First, I forgot to start the snow thrower when it was warm. I had to suffer starting it in the icky cold today.

Second, I realized later today that I forgot to run the gas out of the lawnmower! The yard is soaking wet and [...]

Adapting Jane Austen

I’ve already said I thought the new movie version of Pride and Prejudice was a decent movie, but a bad adaptation so this article was an interesting read.

The article, by Rebecca Mazzei talks about loving Jane Austen’s books, adapting her books, and the nuances of Jane’s writing. It’s an interesting article and I agree with [...]

Still Lacking ZZZZZZs

I didn’t take time to recapture my ZZZZZZZs today, so now I’m really tired. I did take a 15-minute break from work to do some winterizing. Real exciting things like draining and storing hoses.

But for some unfathomable reason I didn’t start my snow thrower. I usually turn it on and leave it running a bit [...]

Elusive ZZZZZZs

A huge explosion jarred me awake at 3:13 this morning. It
only took a second to realize it was thunder, but my heart took its time recovering
from the initial shock. The detonation even woke Reggie, who, thankfully, isn’t
afraid of thunder! He shook himself, jangled his dog tags, and wondered to another
part of the house for [...]

Thermometer vs. Thermostat

Are you a thermometer or thermostat? 

Thermometers measure conditions and adjust to reflect those
conditions. Thermostats regulate and change the conditions to match its settings. 

Do you adjust to your surroundings or do you change your
surroundings to match you? In other words, are you a thermometer or thermostat?

Sign of the Day

I was driving over to a friend’s house today when I saw the following sign at a fast-food hamburger chain:

"Personalize your hamburger."

Cool! I’ll have a cheeseburger with "Missyisms" written with slivered onions–make sure to spell it correctly. Then, give "Missyisms" a drop shadow by outlining the slivered onions with ketchup.

How would you personalize your [...]

Finding Missyisms

One of the nice things about TypePad, and many other blog services, is seeing the stats and links that have brought people to this blog. In the past week I’ve had an increase in international visitors, including France and Germany–interesting combination. To the right is what Missyisms looks like translated by Google in to German. [...]