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My 13 MUST SEE movies for Halloween

Everyone's got a list of movies they like to watch at Halloween. Well, in addition to my regular binge on horror and campy-ness, I've got my 13 Must See Movies ... list below, in no particular order other than that's what order I thought of them. Enjoy!

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas - this one I have to watch every Halloween and every Christmas. Have to. It's just not the holidays without it for me. And I love me some Jack Skellington ... as a look in my jewelry box will quickly tell you.

2. Frankenweenie - I'll just say it now to warn you ... I love me some Tim Burton. This one is lesser known than some of his other stuff, but it's super cute. Kid's pet dog dies, kid goes all mad scientist and brings him back to life, hilarity and chaos ensues. Look out for some famous faces. This is one you can watch with the kidlets.

3. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Do I really need to explain this one??

4. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark - So yeah, I've got an addiction to campy B stuff ... and Elvira movies make a great drinking game. Every time she makes a reference to her tits, take a shot. You'll be shitfaced in no time.

5. Vampirella - Another obscure one. Cheesy comic book movie. Vampire hottie chick from outer space. And Roger Daltry is in it!! One of my faves, but I'm a sucker for anything Vampirella related anyway.

6. The Crow - Ahhh, the goth staple. Great movie, and I can totally get on board with the getting married on Halloween thing.

7. Rocky Horror Picture Show - I love me some cult movies. And it doesn't get much better than Tim Curry in drag. I was kind of disappointed in the sequel, Shock Treatment, though.

8. Plan 9 From Outer Space - Space aliens that raise the dead. And if my movie trivia is right, this was Bela Lugosi's last film, and legend has it that he died midway through filming and had to be replaced by a stand in who spent the rest of the movie with the cape over his face so that you didn't realize it wasn't Bela. This one is so bad it won an award for being bad. But if you want to watch something campy, this is the be-all-end-all of campiness.

9. Once Bitten - This was the first thing I saw Jim Carrey in. And to me nothing is funnier than the virgin getting some for the first time in a coffin. *giggles* And it's got the 80s standard dance scene!

10. Corpse Bride - See also above where I mentioned my addiction to Tim Burton. This one is actually really cool, I liked it a lot.

11. Sweeney Todd - Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. And music. And lots of blood and gore. And music. And blood and gore. Awesomeness.

12. Repo! The Genetic Opera - Seriously, does it get much better than having Ogre from Skinny Puppy and Anthony Stewart Head and Sarah Brightman all in the same rock opera??? NO, says I. And it doesn't hurt that the effects were done by the same people that did the effects for the Saw movies. Good stuff. Favorite scene : A.S.H. makes a guy into his hand puppet. *cackles wildly*

13. Blithe Spirit - I can honestly say that if it weren't for this one, I would not exist. My parents met when they did this play at their high school drama club thing. My mom played the ghost wife, my dad played the beleagured haunted man.

So that's my list! Watch, in three hours I'll think of something that I should have put on the list, and didn't, but that's the list as of right this minute. Enjoy! I'm off to go be a zombie at work some more. Mmmm, brains ....

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Top 5 stuffs

Shamelessly stolen from msanborn ... a humongo top five list thingie and I'm too damned lazy to lj cut it and if yas don't like it, uhhh ... bite me.

List of Top 5 “Things” in no particular order within their categories:

Non-Horror Movies:
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Dogma
3. The Boondock Saints
4. Star Wars ... only counting this as one but the whole saga ... yes even the prequels.
5. Gamers : Dorkness Rising ... this is a newer addition to my list, and it's a lower budget type thing, but for any hardcore gamers like me, I think it should be required viewing. Especially if you play D&D. Amusing one-liners galore.

Sportspeople:
Ugh I'm leavin this one blank. I'm REALLY not all that into sports, honestly.

Actresses I’d Get Naughty With:
1. Angelina Jolie
2. Rose McGowan
3. Milla Jojovich
4. Christina Ricci
5. Pauley Peretti (might be spelling her name wrong) ... Abby goth hotness from NCIS. Nuff said.

Favorite Starbucks Drinks:
Ya know this is so sad, the caffeine junkie that I am... it's been so long since I've been to Starbucks. And honestly, believe it or not, the WHOLE time I was in Seattle I didn't have any coffee other than crappy hotel room fare and whatever they serve at Denny's and IHOP. And they literally have a Starbucks on like every corner there. How messed up is that?? I'm usually happy with a pretty simple mochaccino with whipped cream and chocolate syrup on top.


Songs I Sing Along To: hmm ... as musically driven as I am, there's a lot. So I'll just list the first five I can think of. It changes on a regular basis really.
1. "More" by Malefactor ... this is my kid brother's band in San Antonio. I absolutely love this song, it's so dark and gothy and just bad ass. It reminds me a little of Nick Cave from the Murder Ballads cd, only a little more hard-rock/metal.
2. "The Story" by Brandi Carlile ... I have a friend from work to thank for this one. She made me read the lyrics one day because she said they reminded her of me and Lee, and then she let me borrow the cd. I'm hooked. It starts of really mellow and sweet, and a minute in she just starts screaming out with such emotion, and the guitar gets harder, and it just sucker punches me.
3. "Right Here" by Staind ... yeah I'm noticing a ballad trend here. That's just the mood I've been in lately. This is one of my favorite Staind songs. The lyrics speak to me. Can't really explain it more than that.
4. "Sweet Child O Mine" by Guns N Roses ... this one has been one of my favorites for years. I actually used to sing it as a lullaby for all three of my kids.
5. "Please Don't Leave Me" by Pink ... this one I heard for the first time a few months ago when I saw the video. The video cracked me the hell up with the whole Misery thing, so even with the mood and lyrics of the song, it's on my "Cheer the F&%# Up" playlist.

LJ Friends I Wanna Fuck:
• The people that are on that list know it. *wink*

Songs I Find Sexy:
1. "Kiss Me Through The Phone" - Soulja Boy
2. "Discipline" - Nine Inch Nails
3. "Black No. 1" - Type O Negative .... oohh this one's been my THEME song since it came out. I'm still trying to find it as a ringtone for my phone.
4. "Sex On Fire" - Kings of Leon
5. "Touched" - Vast ... the first time I heard this was on an episode of Angel. (The one where the thing was bar hopping and killing singles and body switching) I've been hooked ever since.

Books:
1. Gone With The Wind ... I've worn out so many copies of this book that it's not even funny
2. American Gods – Neil Gaiman ... Lee made me read this one for the first time before my trip to Seattle after a several hour long conversation about books ... and I absolutely loved it.
3. Wicked ... bought this one on layover on the way to Seattle, and I loved getting the Wicked Witch of the West's side of the story. Chick got the crap end of the deal really, I felt bad for her.
4. The Stand - Stephen King ... it was soooo hard to pick just one of his books for this list, I'm a fanatic about it, but this one has got to be my favorite.
5. 1984 - George Orwell

Sexual Positions:
1. doggy style
2. cowgirl
3. me on my side, with him on his knees from behind ... can we say "instant g spot stimulation"? Knew ya could.
4. anything involving some bondage
5. 69 ... yum

Desserts [food, not people]:
1. Ben N Jerrys New York Super Fudge Chunk icecream
2. Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies
3. chocolate covered cherries
4. gingersnap cookies (best ones come in the big brown paper bag)
5. brownies with walnuts and caramel

Non-Edible Gifts:
1. cd's, whether purchased or mix cd ... I'm a music junkie
2. flowers ... deeeeeep red roses or calla lilies
3. jewelry ... silver
4. books
5. lotion that smells nice, not really picky about scent, I'm just a lotion junkie

Vacation Destinations [been to or would like to go]:
1. Scotland -- never been but would love to go ... I have an intense desire to see the land that my ancestors came from
2. The UK -- this one kind of goes hand in hand with the first one, but with this one it's mostly my intense need to physically touch Stonehenge.
3. Hawaii -- even though I KNOW I'd get horribly sunburned the first like, day, I'd still love to go once just to say that I had.
4. New Orleans -- I've always wanted to go
5. Australia

Clothing Items [non-work]:
1. Jeans
2. Tee shirts
3. Converses ... I FINALLY replaced my poor abused battered kelly green Chucks on my trip to Seattle, just for sheer necessity of a pair of shoes that didn't kill my feet, since the pair of shoes I brought gave me hellacious blisters
4. a great pair of black ballet flats ... my current faves I got at Hot Topic in Seattle and they have white skull & crossbones on them.
5. a great pair of "bitch boots" ... preferably knee-high with a big ass heel

Scents/Smells:
1. whatever cologne it is that Lee wears ... gawd it makes me crazy
2. fresh cut grass, even though my allergies don't really like it for long periods of time
3. fresh baked bread
4. that new baby smell
5. motor oil and gasoline combination ... blame my inner "grease monkey chick"

Video Games [or other gaming]:
1. any of the original Mortal Kombat games ... ahhh old school fighting games. Mad button pushers, unite!
2. The Sims ... I haven't been able to play it since before The Sims 2 came out (man it's been ages) but it was definitely one of those time sucks
3. Everquest ... same with Sims, haven't been able to play it in a few years but it was a colossal time suck
4. Dark Stalkers ... more fighting game goodness
5. Final Fantasy ... I didn't start playing until 8, didn't have to play 7 because when it came out I had three room mates who were all playing it so it was going 24/7. I saw the whole game, didn't need to play it for myself. But yeah, I've finished 8, I'm part way thru X, and have yet to start X2.

Under-used Slang Words:
1. Nifty keen, jelly bean
2. Cool-beans
3. Groovy
4. Uber
5. Shmexy

Views [scenic, urban, or otherwise]:
1. The beach at night
2. A great sunset
3. A forest when it's just rained and it's still misty
4. Anywhere at twilight
5. The sky when it's clear and the moon is full and you can see the stars

Musicals:
1. Tommy
2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
3. Sweeney Todd
4. Repo : Genetic Opera
5. Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Seattle was a blast

I have the pics up on my myspace, anyone interested in the link just give a holler with email addy, comments will be screened so your addy stays private. *grin*

My life is still crazed, had the first court date the other day and it went a lot better than I was expecting.

35 Things meme ganked from msanborn

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Vacation time coming up

So ... I got an interesting text message last weekend. A girlfriend from work texted me saying "Hey, how would you like to go to Seattle with me next month?" I kinda blinked and told her it sounded fun but I was hella broke ... to which she replies "Girl I will buy your plane tix and pay for hotel room, all you have to do is pay for your food, I REALLY want you to go!"

So ... I'm going. Whee.

Here's the plan ... flight leaves Savannah on August 20th at 5:45 pm ... so I should be getting into Seattle like midnightish? My itinerary is on my fridge, at home, so I'm spacing. Anyway, we have an hour layover in Atlanta I think. So I'll be there like four days ... my flight leaves the afternoon of the 24th ... again itinerary is at home so I can't remember exact time off hand but it puts me arriving in Savannah at midnight.

So ... any Seattle peeps interested in a holler? *grin*

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Words meme!

Wahoo! So if ya want in, comment "words" and I'll come up with five words for you, then you post what those words mean to you.

My words from msanborn ...
Stilettos : I've got a wicked shoe fetish. I think Josh will go nuts if I buy one more pair of shoes. But stilettos ... I love them. I like how they make my legs look, and they are one of my top two types of shoes for sexiness... the other is big honkin bitch boots that go up to the knees. :)
Witchcraft : This is a great one for me. I've been a practicing Celtic witch for ... *counting on fingers* ... wow, 12 or 13 years now. Wow. For me, it's not a religion, it's not something I dabble in ... it's a way of life. A way of respecting the earth and all creatures on it. Yes, this includes my recent spider epiphany. I'm making peace with the eight legged beasties. Altho pics of camel spiders still send me into cold sweats and shakes ... but omg have you SEEN those things? *shudder* I've never been one for a lot of spell-working, because for me that is one of those last possible resort things. And even then, my only spellworking has been for healing and protection. Just the way I roll with it. I don't want to fiddle with anyone else's free will or karma, so I try very hard not to get involved if something else is needed. I need to dust off my Tarot and do a reading, though ... especially now with all the craziness that's been going on in my life. :)
Snakes : I love snakes. I've been fascinated by them since I was a kid and my god-sister got a pet ball python. I've always wanted one, and it's been my shitty luck that my significant others are seriously wigged out by snakes, so I haven't gotten one. But oh, I can dream ...
Bread : I love to bake. My kitchen is MY happy place. It's my domain, and I get twitchy if people start going in there moving stuff around. When the weather is cool enough for me to get in there and bake, I can whip up some homemade bread like nobody's business. I need to make some zucchini bread this weekend, I've got the zucchini already shredded in the fridge and just need to get it put together. *drools* But for me, making a loaf of bread from scratch (no bread machines for me, thx) is relaxing and almost like meditation for me. And the way it makes the house smell ... *sigh* yum.
Teas : LMAO this is a great one for me too ... I have got so much herbal tea in my pantry that it isn't even funny. I used to store it in the freezer, but had to move it because I had so much. I love a good honey chamomile ... when I'm crazy stressed nothing calms me down like a nice cup of tea with honey and maybe some lemon. And being southern, I'm all about some "rot the teeth out of your head" sweet iced tea too.

Them's mine! Anyone else want in? *grin*

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Eight-legged epiphanies (crossposted)

So I had an epiphany of the eight-legged kind this week. Ever since I can remember, there have been spiders showing up in odd places and behaving in very un-spiderish ways. We had a black widow build a web on our front porch when I was little, and that thing lived there for the entire time we lived in that house. It never bothered anyone. When I was in high school there was a brown recluse that took up residence in the latticework below my bedroom window. (Got me to stop sneaking out the window, that's for sure.) When I lived in Atlanta with my ex husband and was having marital problems, a black widow bit him while he was changing the oil in the car. I still giggle over that one. And these weird big honkin brown spiders like to get into my livingroom and hang out by my coffee table, which just happens to be a big wooden packing crate that doubles as storage for all my witchy paraphernalia.

There could be not a spider in sight, and I step outside and at least one or two decide to approach me. Not in an aggressive manner, I've never been bitten by a spider that I can think of.

What makes it funny is that quite frankly, spiders freak me out. I'm a big sissy girl when it comes to the things. I've never been bitten, and you'd think I'd be used to the darn things following me around by now, but I didn't have my epiphany til this week. It was said to me that I needed to stop and think, and connect the dots between the times spiders have been at their most present and when things have been difficult in my life ... and I came to a realization. Whenever I'm under the most stress or upheaval, that's when I see more spiders.

So hence the epiphany. I decided to put on my big-girl panties and deal with the fact that spiders are drawn to me. So going with that train of thought, I did some asking around about Celtic pantheon and any deities with an affinity or connection with spiders. And Ariadne was brought to my attention. I was told that she was the only Greek Goddess that was worshipped by the Celts. I did not know that before.

So apparently I've got another patron ... I'm not saying I gained a new patron, just that I've recently become aware of her. Since She's been present in my life since I was a child, and I'm only just now noticing it. And another animal to add to the planning of the backpiece tat of animal representations of my patrons.

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Okay first off, for those who either don't know me that well or have only recently begun reading my journal, let me start off by saying that I am very openly Pagan. Being that I live in southeastern Georgia, this can pose some problems at times. Let's just say that the buckle of the proverbial bible belt is not very friendly to Pagans in general. Savannah has made some positive strides in the past few years since they started having a Pagan Pride Day (which is coming up pretty soon, I'll have to check my calendar again but I think it falls on Summer Solstice this year). But still, although I'm "out of the broom closet" as it were, I usually tend to keep religious matters to myself. I have a Goddess symbol tattooed on the back of my neck that I make no attempt to cover up, and I wear my pentacle every day. I just don't preach, and when people ask I generally say that it is a religious symbol and leave it at that unless asked further questions.

So I was kinda floored this morning when I came into the office. I hadn't even poured my first cup of coffee yet, much less consumed it. I was talking to our receptionist while I sliced up some baked goods I had brought for the office, and she said "Oh I love your necklace, it's beautiful .... is that Wicca??"

I was stunned! After a second or two to recover my wits, I said "Yes, it is." And then we got into a great discussion about nature religions in general and how she loves how in tune with nature they are, and she said "it isn't just a religion, it's a lifestyle!" I wanted to hug her. Really. Because it's so rare down here to have someone who, even though they aren't a follower of nature religions themselves, they still GET it. Granted, I'm not exactly Wiccan, although I am openly Pagan, but still, she was close enough to the general idea that it made my entire day better.

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My computer BLOWS

So I spent the weekend attempting to do some advanced email stat tutorials for Incredimail. Altho I can get some very nice results with just borders and header images, I want to learn nifty tricks, like scrollboxes and traily cursors and junk. So I decided to spend the weekend doing tutorials for the advanced letter creating group thing I'm in.

And I came to a realization. My computer = the suck. Really. I can't run two programs at once, which includes having IE open while I'm running PSP. Because my computer yells at me and pops that irritating as shit yellow triangle and crashes when I haven't saved ... Urgh. I got a nifty sideborder one done with no problems, fought with the top border one all day Sunday and finally had to scrap that one as a loss because PSP crashed on me when I was trying to get my graphic to be seamless. Urgh.

So I'm really hoping that my brother stops talking smack and builds me a new computer like he keeps threatening. Even if his reasoning is purely selfish because he wants me on WoW, still ... this computer is the suck and I'm getting incredibly irritated with how it is curtailing my creativity, dammit.

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