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September 23, 2004 - Thursday
My daughter's wedding is getting closer and I realized that I've probably caused a problem -- the church is very small and I sent out a LOT of invitations -- maybe to as many as 3 times the number of people that the building can hold, not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings by leaving them out.
Well, this will be interesting. It might be standing room only in there. I hope the weather is nice so we can mingle outside. I wonder if anyone can come set up tables and chairs outside for the reception overflow -- or if we should even try to do that. I figure it will definitely be standing room only.
A friend asked if I included an RSVP. I did not -- for personal reasons. When someone asks me to RSVP and I don't plan to go to something, I have a difficult time contacting them just to say no. Its humiliating. Because of that, I did not want to be a hypocrite and require an RSVP from others. I know that RSVPs are good practical things, but I don't like them for my own purposes. Now I am in trouble for it - maybe!
I talked to my daughter about moving the wedding to a bigger place (my own much-bigger church for example), but she did not want to do it. The church she is getting married at is beautiful and will look good in the photos. I can understand.
Oh well, I think my friends will have a laugh over it because they know I can be crazy (think "sardines" if you plan to attend). I am praying for good weather, though, because a lot of us will be outside. I feel so bad about the overcrowding that I would volunteer to stand outside but I would have to drag the bride and groom out there, too, so nobody would miss anything and I don't think that would work, either.
My life is never boring. Ha!
September 22, 2004 - Wednesday
I like these blog designs even better --> http://www.karysima.com/graphics.php.
Here are the top 15-rated blog skins from BlogSkins.com. (Click on any link, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "preview" button to see the entire page.)
Some bloggers prefer simple pages. I can understand that -- they load fast and are easy to navigate, which is very nice. If a page takes too long to load, I often just close it and forget it.
Others want to decorate extensively -- adding much personality. Even others include background sounds. I understand that, too. I am constantly torn between all of these options and trying to mix practical with wildly decorative tricks for pages. That's why I created BamaTree.com. I wanted to see if I could truly resist using too many tricks and actually come up with something professional. It wasn't easy to tone it down. I found that the lure of gimmicky tricks is as bad as the lure of chocolate.
Found an interesting page with about 10 pages of animated dividers as well as other images. These are two of the better ones (for those who lean on the wildly decorative side of page design).
September 21, 2004 - Tuesday
I saw this on The Screensavers last night - a site that shows matching color schemes centering around any color. I can use this on web pages (and will).
Alas, when I put in the background color of this page, all I got were other shades of gray. Still, it looked like a good complement.
From Lil S.
September 20, 2004 - Monday
This is a great search engine from Amazon.com. I put in my blog name -- it gave many links and even photos.
September 19, 2004 - Sunday
Mozilla's Firefox 1.o Preview is out. I installed it and love it so far. With a kazillion plug-ins, this is the best browser around. I use several plug-ins including the tabbed browsing, Tiny Tafel web address shortener, copy plain text (minus the formatting), GMail Notifier (a nice little button that sits at the bottom right of the window), double-click to close tab and even Stumble-Upon - a fun way to find sites of interest.
Several skins do not yet work with this version.
September 18, 2004 - Saturday
It was foggy this morning and darker than usual. I was in the darkest part of the woods by the sidewalk. My walking companion was not here today so I was listening to music and ignoring everything else around me. All of a sudden I hear a dog whimpering and barking, then I see someone right in front of me.
I back up and remove my earphones only to find out that it was two women and one of them was screaming at the shock of seeing someone come up out of nowhere.
When we stopped, we all recognized each other and had a nice chat (giving us a chance to calm our nerves).
Running into other people like that is not a big problem. What I really hate is running into a skunk like that (has happened to me several times). The skunk raises his tail automatically when surprised and I freeze and wait until he relaxes enough to leave. When his tail goes down, I stomp and clap and he will usually turn around and go the other way.
(Today there was a strong skunk smell. We figured someone got skunked or a car made skunk pancakes.)
September 17, 2004 - Friday
Wow! The movie was amazingly good. We went to the first showing on the first day. We came out of the theater well-satisfied and enthused -- and noticed the other audience members were the same way. I think this will be a blockbuster hit.
It reminded me of a blend of Indiana Jones, Buck Rogers, James Bond and several other films -- and that is not really describing this. It is unique, funny, exciting with lots of action and a touch of romance.
The film style sets it apart -- making it look like an old 30's movie (but which happened to be in surround sound). I'd swear it was based on a real comic book instead of being an original work. The background was purposely blurred. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked it or was annoyed by it, then it grew on me.
For a better review, check Ain't It Cool News --> Sky Captain Review. Here's the basic premise:
My husband said that the original intent of the movie's creator was to use unknown actors, but he was overridden or talked out of it by a higher authority. I assume the creator thought the story was good enough to carry it without well-known actors and the investors thought otherwise. Whatever. I bet it will be good!
Ivan came to Huntsville as a windy rainstorm. Fortunately, our creek did not flood although many other places in Alabama flooded. The sidewalks hold missing pieces of trees and a kazillion leaves -- enough leaves to make it look like fall happened all at once.
I was walking with friends this morning when we spotted a broken power line hanging from overhead down to the sidewalk where children go to school. I called 911. They had a fire engine there in less than two minutes -- now that's a fast response! Way to go guys!
September 16, 2004 - Thursday
My sister remarked how the hurricanes this year seem to be family and friends she knew. Here are the upcoming hurricane/tropical storm names. Maybe there's someone you know. If so, I hope they are the meek, gentle type.
Follow the progress of Ivan across Alabama (link thanks to our local Huntsville newsgroup).
Last night we started getting a light rain. It has continued light and a little windy this morning. So far, Ivan has not been terrible here. I don't know what the future holds, though. One forecaster says we will get at least 6 inches of rain, another says that Ivan is slowing down rapidly and it might not be more than a regular rainstorm.
Our schools and many businesses have closed due to the forecast and the request of our governor to close down things today. It is good to err on the side of caution, though we might not see much wind or heavy rain after all (thank goodness).
I really don't know what will happen here, but whatever will happen is due to occur several hours from now and on into tomorrow. I wasn't sure whether or not to put out the mail or the trash for pickup today. I decided to give it a try and set it out. We often get bad weather predictions that never occur. Weather is still unpredictable.