Memorable quotations, entry #18

Hildegard von Bingen: “Valde durum est contradiciere quod habet gustus pomi.”
(“It is so hard to deny things that taste of the apple.”)

No wonder Eve had that little “glitch” early on. . . .


Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose

Tired of the endless stream of silly, cheesy romance and chick lit that fills the tables at your local bookstores?

“America is now wholly given over to a d****d mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash–and should be ashamed of myself if I did succeed. What is the mystery of these innumberable editions of The Lamplighter (by Maria Susanna Cummins), and other books neither better nor worse? Worse they could not be, and better they need not be, when they sell by the hundred thousand.” From Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1855 letter to his publisher William D. Ticknor.

(Quoted in The Feminine Fifties by Fred L. Pattee on pg. 110. He was talking about the feminine EIGHTEEN-fifties, by the way. Pattee’s book came out in 1940.)

Happy Boxing Day

Well, if somebody hands you a box today . . . it’ll probably be a GOOD thing.

I’m just back from returning some of the things I bought that were really too extravagant and not very well received. And I picked up chili cheeseburgers at Sonic (“confusion at the speed of sound”) (they almost NEVER got my order, asking what “chili” I meant, when it’s right there on the menu) for the family, and then when I got here, they said their stomachs wouldn’t be able to handle the chili that they specifically asked for . . . and scraped it off. But at least there’ll be a bit of turkey left later for them to feast upon. (I don’t like turkey.)

Wal-Mart had the returns aisle really well organized, too.

For your entertainment . . . a meme

This one snerked from .

LAST MOVIE YOU SAW IN A THEATER: “Men In Black” (Yes, that long ago; about seven years or so, first run. We had an intern from the University of Michigan [hi, Fred!] whom I had hired for the summer, and we all went to the movies. I normally don’t go to theaters because it’s *TOO LOUD* and I can’t handle the frequent special effects flashing dark/light thing. (It was a problem in MIB, but I just covered my eyes when they made people “forget” with the flash.) I also don’t watch TV in dark rooms. It’s a visual infirmity, an aftereffect of the radiation therapy.)
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW: W. H. Auden’s Lectures on Shakespeare. Also have the Riverside Shakespeare sitting on the bedside table to look up passages. And Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare is on the desk so I can read further if I feel so inclined.
FAVORITE BOARD GAME: Urg . . . used to like those when I was a kid, but now they frustrate me. Chess, I suppose. Oh, or Trivial Pursuit, if trivia games of all stripes count. I can kick anybody’s butt at trivia, except on sports questions and pop-culture stuff after 2000 or so.
FAVORITE MAGAZINE: Lucky, the Shopping Magazine. No, seriously, I read it so I can mock it and that entire consumer mentality. Also got some cool earrings from one of their advertisers last year. I also read “Atomic Home” and “Better Homes and Gardens” and usually the Mary Engelbreit “Home Companion.”
FAVORITE SMELLS: oranges&cloves/Wassail, cinnamon or cinnamon toast, vanilla (real), gardenias, roses (antique roses, Grandma’s roses, not those florist thingies), rain, Love’s Musky Jasmin Flower, wet dog. Just kidding about the dog
COMFORT FOOD: chocolate, potatoes or potato soup, pizza, lasagna
FAVORITE SOUNDS: piano music, family laughing at jokes, night-time in the country with the crickets or birds chirping and a freight train whistling in the distance
WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD: nausea/dizziness. Ack!
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING: what time is it, and do I need to get up yet (and sometimes: wow, was that ever a weird dream)
FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE: the Taco Bell with Pizza Hut combo
FUTURE CHILD’S NAME: I think the person who decided not to tempt fate with that one made a wise choice. However, should a miracle occur and I either have a baby like Sarah in the Bible (who laughed out loud in the announcing angel’s face when she was told she was with child) or get some through adoption and they don’t already have names . . . I had always planned to name a girl Alyxzandra Lauren or Steffanie Chantal. Or Wendy Patrice, but “Wendy” does not go with our last name, so that’s out. A boy I thought could be named after Daddy, “III,” since hubby is a Jr. (but Emily Post says that he must drop the Jr. now, since Sr. is in Heaven now.) I like the name Charles (it’s my dad’s middle name).
FINISH THIS STATEMENT: “IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY, I WOULD”: be able to help lots of people through a scholarship and charity program to get them into houses and into college. I have a plan to buy small houses/condos and let people live rent-free and pay $100/mo into an interest-bearing fund for when they’re ready to move on, if they ever are. But of course first I’d buy us a house on the California coast up around Monterey/Pacific Grove so I could just sit in the sunroom and watch the Pacific Ocean for a few weeks until I de-stressed. And my mother needs new teeth.
DO YOU DRIVE FAST: I am the one up front holding up the line at whom even the little old men are honking. Go! Go! Go already!!
DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL: not any more (Fifi and Bowser until grade school, Pooh after that age)
STORMS — COOL OR SCARY: depends on the storm
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR: 1964 Dodge Dart station wagon
FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK: can’t abide the stuff
FINISH THIS STATEMENT,’IF I HAD THE TIME, I WOULD LOVE TO’: volunteer more, do tutoring, learn another language, clean the house (just kidding about that last one)
DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI: sure! dem’s got vitaminz!
IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE: Well . . . shades of auburn and orange (redhead)/strawberry blonde are my fave, but it doesn’t go with my complexion, so I’d have to stick to blonde
GLASS HALF-EMPTY OR FULL: depends on the glass
(Not that you asked: Dallas, Houston, Richardson (TX))
FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH: I don’t like to sit and watch them . . . I’d rather play, or it’s boring
WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED: Oh, Ghodz, I don’t want to know . . . but something under there is drooling
TOILET PAPER/ PAPER TOWEL–OVER OR UNDER: Over. If you do it another way in my house, there are dire consequences

“I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.”