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Can’t sleep? Don’t try Lunesta.

It will swell your tongue, make you do things in the middle of the night that you will never remember, and make you commit suicide. But you can still get a free 7-day trial online.

I don’t watch much television – and have not watched prime-time in a while.  I turned it on tonight and this was the first commercial I saw.  Really quite scary, sort of.

Favorite Commercials part 2: But Life IS fair

AT&T Cingular – Life IS Fair

Brief Update: Some Personal Stats

I ran across a “brief update” entry that toshpice.wordpress.com posted recently. Thinking it was a good idea, I decided to be not-so-original and post one for myself:

A short list of where I am now in my life:

 Job: VP Information Management (IT) and Chief Information Officer

What I like best about my job: Our mission is to improve the lives of the elderly – I love working for non profit organizations that have a people-oriented mission!

Born: 1963, Brooklyn, NY

Education: Yes! University of the Virgin Islands, American University and University of the District of Columbia – (yes I moved around a lot) but never actually graduated (that is hard to tell people)

Places lived: Brooklyn, NY; Parsippany, NJ; Dobbs Ferry, NY; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Richmond, CA; Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Springfield, VA

Favorite candle: Indonesian Teak from World Market – or Euphoria from Aveda

Favorite place to shop: Target, World Market or anywhere in San Francisco

Favorite Quotation: “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 1999

Last good movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Last book I read: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Like to watch: Top Chef, Ace of Cakes , Iron Chef America, (is there a theme here?), the Tudors, the Travel Channel

Favorite pig out food: Frankenberry cereal, Nachos, other appetizers, rice

Favorite music or artist: I go through phases with music. My top three genres are: Reggae, Alternative Rock, Real Jazz (coltrane, etc)

Person I admire: JK Rowling and my friend Chris

Three words that describe me: unconventional, giving, silly, pretty darn smart

Like to do in my spare time: read, cook, go on short adventures, laugh, and hug my kids

If I’ve learned something in life, it is: Now is the time

and the good news is…

I am sitting on my deck enjoying a beautiful morning – sipping on chai tea and watching the sun com through the trees

The season premiere of HEX comes on tonight on BBC America

The season finale of The Tudors is tomorrow night

I am going on vacation in two weeks and plan to read ALOT

My nieces are returning soon – so my house will return to being a youth hostel, it’s sort of fun really…

The moved up the date for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie

The release party for the final Harry Potter book promises to a very big deal. The entire town of Old Towne Alexandria is involved, including Gadsbys Tavern (which was frequented by George Washington) and many other businesses. We are creating a marauders map and there will be a shuttle (called the knight bus) carring people up and down king street. There will be costume contests, live music (we are trying to engage a wizard rock band), and there will be some kind of gifts/prizes for visiting each location on the map. Local businesses are involved – the tavern (above), the apothecary museum, candy shops, ice cream shops, toy stores and of course, the local bookstore- and each of them are doing something special to honor Harry Potter. The band will be playing at the historic train station (looks like 9 3/4). I am currently working on the website to promote it and will keep everyone posted.
I just found out that the Cleveland Symphony is doing a Lord of the Rings symphony on July 21 – They are the top-ranked symphony in the country AND Howard Shore will be conducting.

What’s on TV

I have unusual taste in TV shows. Since I stopped watching Oprah (after she decided to play God with the guy who wrote ‘a million little pieces’) and since Katie Couric left the Today show, I have all but given up on mainstream tv and major tv networks. I also do my best to not watch or read the news. It is all bad and fills me with anxiety. I figure anything I need to know I will find out anyway…

Here are my current favorite (and only) things I watch – I usually TIVO these episodes and watch them when I have time:

  • Rome (HBO)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • Most Haunted (Travel Channel)
  • Haire Trauma (WE)
  • Horatio Hornblower (A&E)

Also, my 8 year old daughter and I can’t seem to stop watching Pride and Prejudice (we have seen it about 6 times in the past two weeks). Now we are listening to the soundtrack. It’s a phase, we will move on to something new soon.

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