Monday, March 20, 2006

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Kiss me, I'm Scotch-Irish, darnit!

From my friend Ed of the Indy Scottish Society, here's a history of St. Pat's day, in honor of tomorrow. Since I too am Scotch-Irish (well, the parts of me that aren't French), I appreciate this. :)

Ed's History of St Patrick's Day

Here's your history lesson of the day – the history of St. Patrick's Day.

I'm not Irish, but of Scottish heritage and often get asked why I take St. Patrick's Day off, and or why our Scottish organization participates in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Well, here's why:
St. Patrick was Scottish. He was captured and enslaved by Irish pirates. Later, he escaped, became a priest and returned to convert the Irish to Christianity. After this was accomplished, an Irish student of Patrick's – St. Columba – came and converted the Picts (the majority population in Scotland at that time) to Christianity.

The American tradition of St. Patrick's Day was actually started by Scotch-Irish Americans. The holiday in Ireland was strictly a religious observence. (the pubs were closed!)
" The first formal celebration of St. Patrick's Day took place not in Ireland, but in Boston in 1737. It consisted of a dinner attended by wealthy Protestant gentlemen and merchants who had recently come over from Ulster to settle in the colonies. By 1775, the Boston celebration included a march with 70 soldiers from the British Army who were at the time occupying Boston (an interesting note is that exactly 1 year later, in 1776, the British Army was marching again — but in double time — as they were retreating from the city. So in Boston, March 17 holds two causes to celebrate — St Patrick's Day and Evacuation day.)"
http://www.routledge-ny.com/util/resources.asp?filename=cronin17htm'

Who were the Ulster protestants? Principally, they were the Scotch-Irish, who were Scots that had settled in Northern Ireland.

Who started the parades?
"The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. Over the next thirty-five years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called "Irish Aid" societies, like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums."
http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/stpatricksday/index.jsp?page=history

Which units of the British army employed bagpipes? The Scottish regiments.
"St. Patrick's Day was even acknowledged by General George Washington during the American Revolution . In 1780, during the Continental Army's bitter winter encampment in Morristown, New Jersey, Washington permitted his troops, many of whom were of Irish descent, a holiday on March 17. This event is now known as the St. Patrick's Day Encampment of 1780."
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_681500369/Saint_Patrick%E2%80%99s_Day.html

At that time, the "Irish" Washington referred to were the Scotch-Irish, of which Washington had this to say:
"If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region, and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger."
George Washington, at Valley Forge.

It was the Scots who started parades – with kilts and bagpipes – and most important of all, opened the pubs!!! So, if you're out tomorrow, tip one for Scotland and feel free to buy a Scot a drink if you see one. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Quick update

Am well now, caught up in the rush of go-live at work, STILL not even in the ballpark of unpacked (I don't think I can even say unpacking is -started- really, other than the things we've been using to live over the last *cough* two months), getting ready to plan for another workshop, working on a couple of songs at least in my head if not in my composition software yet, hopeful in my personal life, and wishing that days were about 35 hours long!

OH -- speaking of songs -- did I ever post a link to the one that's done, here? If not, it's at http://www.deltashift.com/No_Limits.mp3 and opinions, raves, and constructive criticism are all welcome. :) (No criticism needed on my photo on the band website, though -- I *know* that is bad!)

Other than that, nothing much going on. :)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

ok, so I already memed once today

...but this was too accurate not to post. :)

How You Are In Love

You take a while to fall in love with someone. Trust takes time.

You tend to give more than take in relationships.

You tend to get very attached when you're with someone. You want to see your love all the time.

You love your partner unconditionally and don't try to make them change.

You stay in love for a long time, even if you aren't loved back. When you fall, you fall hard.

It's been a heck of a week...

Well, let's see:
1. Got the legal stuff done for all the financial changes.
2. Got the final load of crap out of the old house so it's not mine anymore, yay!
3. My son got suspended from school -- AGAIN -- and this time also got transported to the school detention center via police car. Lemme tell you, getting a message from the cops about your kid, even school cops, is enough to make the rest of my hair grey. Must... recolor... soon...
4. Thought I was aching from #2 above, only to find out I had strep throat.
5. Ended up home from work way too much due to #4 so now I'm even MORE behind at work.

I've got to think next week will be better?

So in interest of having something more entertaining to say, here's a meme I stole from a friend on MySpace:

This is for your entire life:
( x ) Smoked a cigarette
( ) Crashed a friend's car
( ) Stolen a car
( x ) Been in love
( x ) Been dumped
( ) Shoplifted
( x ) Been fired
( x ) Been in a fist fight
( x ) Snuck out of your parent's house
( x ) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
( ) Been arrested
( )Gone on a blind date
( x ) Lied to a friend
( x ) Skipped school
( ) Seen someone die
( x ) Been to Canada
( x ) Been to Mexico
( x ) Been on a plane
( x ) Eaten sushi
( ) Been skiing
( x ) Met someone from the internet
( x ) Been at a concert
( x ) Taken painkillers
( x ) Love someone or miss someone right now [no, not my ex!]
( x ) Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by
( x ) Made a snow angel
( x ) Had a tea party
( x ) Flown a kite
( x ) Built a sand castle
( x ) Gone puddle jumping
( x ) Played dress up
( x ) Jumped into a pile of leaves
( x ) Gone sledding
( x ) Cheated while playing a game
( x ) Been lonely
( x ) Fallen asleep at work/school
( ) Used a fake ID
( x ) Watched the sun set
( x ) Felt an earthquake [yes, in Indiana!]
( x ) Slept beneath the stars
( x ) Been tickled
( x ) Been robbed
( x ) Been misunderstood
( x ) Petted a reindeer/goat/kangaroo
( x ) Won a contest
( x ) Run a red light/stop sign
( ) Been suspended from school
( x ) Been in a car crash?
( ) Had braces
( x ) Felt like an outcast/third person
( x ) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
( x ) Had deja vu
( x ) Danced in the moonlight.
( x ) Liked the way you looked
( x ) Witnessed a crime [only if traffic violations count!]
( x ) Questioned your heart
( ) Been obsessed with post-it notes...esp all the colors! lol
( x ) Squished mud through your bare feet
( x ) Been lost....
( ) Been on the opposite side of the country
( x ) Swam in the ocean
( x ) Felt like dying
( x ) Cried yourself to sleep
( x ) Played cops and robbers
( x ) Recently colored with crayons
( x ) Sang karaoke
( x ) Paid for a meal with only coins
( x ) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
( ) Made prank phone calls...
( x ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
( x ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( x ) Danced in the rain [nude, no less!]
( x ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( x ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( x ) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about
( x ) Blown bubbles
( ) Made a bonfire on the beach
( ) Crashed a party
( x ) Gone roller-skating
( x ) Had a wish come true
( ) jumped off a bridge
1. What time is it? 12:45 am
2. What is your name? Suzanne
3. Any nicknames? Cec, Suz, nickname was Suzy growing up but calling me that now (unless you're family or someone who knew me then) gets you serious negative bonus points!
4. Mothers name? Suzanne (original family, huh?)
5. What is your favorite drink? Diet Coke
6. Tattoos? no
7. Body piercings? only ears
8. How much do you love your job? Used to, darnit.
9. Birthplace: Vincennes, IN
10. Favorite vacation spot? Northern Michigan
11. Ever been to Africa? No
12. Ever steal any traffic signs? no
14. A, B, C, D, DD cup size? Depends on the bra. :)
15. 2 Door or 4 Door? 4 door
16. Salad dressing? Ranch, Italian, Honey Mustard
17. Favorite pie? French Silk
18. Favorite number? Um. I don't think I have one?
19. Favorite movie? The Lion In Winter
21. Favorite holiday? Halloween
22. Favorite food? how does one pick A favorite? Crab legs? Bete Noir?
23. Favorite day of the week? any day ending in "Y"
24. Favorite brand of body soap? SoftSoap Aromatherapy
25. Favorite tv show? Haven't watched much lately. Recently? CSI or West Wing. Of all time? Babylon 5.
28. Favorite smell? sandlewood and musk. Or maybe autumn leaves.
29. What do you do to relax? answer silly quizzes on line. :)
30. Message to your friends reading this? not while I'm stuck on dial-up!
32. How do you see yourself in 10 years? having no kids living at home, having Achievement Engineering be an international organization, be in love (though I'm not saying with whom).
33. What do you do when you are bored? Read, surf the net, write music
34. What do you enjoy receiving? Affection
35. do you like these things? What things?
36. think your friends will do this too? Who knows?
37. think anyone will for sure fill this out? Who knows?
38. What time is it now? 12:51 am

Monday, March 06, 2006

What I'm doing now:

  • Grumbling that something I'm behind on at work is being delayed by something outside my control now. The first part, of course, was my fault, so I guess I really can't complain TOO much.
  • Dreaming of vacation. Despite the fact that it doesn't -look- like spring, this time of year I get spring fever and want to travel. Somewhere. Anywhere. Wanna win the lottery and go to Europe. (Yeah, right!) Wanna go back to Michigan. Wanna go down to Dale Hollow. Not quite the season yet for the more realistic locations, and even if it were I'm too busy to go now, but I can dream!
  • Wondering about men. I get that the phrase "I'll call you" can just be a polite close to the evening. I'm not so clear on why or how someone asking "so did you have fun? I did; I want to go out again!" turns into no second date. (and no, I didn't do anything like that on the first date, before you ask! :) Were it that, I wouldn't have to ask! :) ) Male readers, wanna share your gender's secrets? :)