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November 03, 2005
Quote of the Day
Randomness
"I'm not very good at PowerPoint slides. You can tell by the ink all over my hands."

- Edward McCaffery, Attorney at Law and best lecturer I've seen in ages!

10:11 AM | Comments (0)
October 24, 2005
Last Minute Fog Machine
Randomness

Thank goodness for those managing to look out for the procrastinating halloween adicts like us! New edition to our haunted yard: Amerian DJ Mister Kool Low Lying Fogger.

We also managed to finish the skeletal witch this weekend, though we didn't get much else. We will be ready in time for Halloween! We will!! We will!!!!

04:12 PM | Comments (0)
September 06, 2005
A Jump On Halloween
Randomness

I've been working on planning out our front yard haunt to scare the trick or treaters! This is year two and I have more time to plot and plan this year.

I've been searching sites and stores for my options. The Halloween stores are opening and all the stores are getting in their stuff in and I'm ready to buy!!! I have so many ideas and I'm very excited.

So now as I'm excited I started looking for the professional haunts that I love attending. I really want to see a couple this year. I'm ready and rearing to go NOW!!! I'm finding though that no one is quite as ready as I am. The sites still have their info from last year up. No one is ready with this years themes and schedules.

I'm so sad! Come on guys!! Here Comes Halloween!!!!!!!!!!

10:24 PM | Comments (5)
February 10, 2005
Roly Poly Fish Heads
Life , Randomness

I think its just one of those days...

In yoga class this afternoon I was balancing in one pose or another when I heard a little girl giggling and kind of talking somewhere near by. It was just like my dream this morning again, and yet it still felt different. There was a little girl leaving the daycare room next door to our classroom. I could hear her through the glass wall just behind me... it was so similar and yet not. I can't explain it...

In other oddities, I stopped at the store on the way home to pick up a few supplies for a photo shoot I'm doing for Mark's food magazine. In my shopping cart:
A King Sized Butterfingers Bar
Cheese
And Two Rather Large Salmon Heads!

Thats right , 2 fish heads are now in my fridge. They are really rather large and they kind of freaky. I'm a bit weird-ed out by them and I hope I don't have any dreams with dead fish eyes staring at me!

02:49 PM | Comments (1)
Or Maybe It's A Dream...
Life , Randomness

I woke up slowly this morning, kind of drifting in and out of sleep and dream as I knew that the alarm would be going off anytime.

As I was drifting in and out I noticed that as I was kind of asleep I was having a fairly basic dream - nothing that interesting, but it was there. When I was drifting toward wakefulness I kept hearing a child, a little girl who was talking or playing. I figured that Kevin was watching something on TV or some video on his computer or something. It was always the same for about 20 minutes as I shifted in and out of consciousness.

Finally my curiosity got me to get up. I wanted to see what Kevin was doing. I heard the child in the distance again and then it stopped and I got up.

I walked to the hallway and looked into Kevin's office, but he wasn't there. I didn't hear the child anymore and I was a bit groggy and confused. I called out to Kevin and got no answer. Walked downstairs and looked around, nothing was out of order but there was no TV or anything to produce the sound of a small girls voice. And Kevin had already left for work.

I have no clue where the sound came from, I guess it was another dream and I was just switching back and forth between dreams. So very strange!

11:18 AM | Comments (2)
January 29, 2005
Because I SO UNDERSTAND!!
Randomness , Rant , Water

As someone who grew up in what the rest of you call Upstate New York (which to anyone who doesn't know New York seems to be anything that isn't NYC - those of us who live there will refer to Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region. No one seems to understand that I lived in New York and yet lived 7 hours or more away from NYC. Its a big state people! But I'll now set that bitterness aside) and who now lives in California and observes how people here react to weather and giving directions and numerous other things, I find this email my Grandmother sent me amusing.

I can relate to more than 2/3 or these jokes in some way or other. If you don't believe it, you should get out more. If you don't get it, visit "Upstate New York" It really is a beautiful year no matter what the jokes say. Just pick the right time of the year!!

Jeff Foxworthy on Upstate New York:

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Saranac Lake is the coldest spot in the nation, and Syracuse gets more snow than any other major city in the US, you might live in Upstate New York.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you might live in Upstate New York

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live in Upstate New York.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Upstate New York.

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Upstate New York.

If your town has more bars than churches, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Upstate New York.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE UPSTATE NEW YORKER WHEN:

1. "Vacation" means going South past Syracuse for the weekend.

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).

7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend / wife knows how to use them.

9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.

15. Down South to you means Corning.

16. A brat is something you eat.

17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new shed.

18. You go out for a fish fry every Friday.

19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

21. You find 10 degrees "a little chilly."

22. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Upstate New York friends.

09:44 PM | Comments (0)
January 14, 2005
Clean Clean Screen!!
Blogging , Randomness

Because your screen is never clean enough!!

Thanks to Groovy Mother.com for this one
08:36 PM | Comments (0)
December 26, 2004
Pigs In The Park
Randomness

Wild Pigs in the park out behind our hotel room on Christmas Eve!!! SOO COOOOL!!!!!

I demand Wild PIGGIES!!! *Invader Zim Grin*
10:16 AM | Comments (4)
October 28, 2004
oooohhhhhhhh....
Air , Randomness
Pretty Chess!!!

thanks to "Groovy Mother" for this link.

11:20 PM | Comments (0)
October 21, 2004
Personalized Halloween Spirit
Randomness , Spirit
Grrrr... I missed it!!!!!! *sighs* ;)
05:46 PM | Comments (2)
August 13, 2004
Oh Happy Friday the 13th
Friends , Love , Randomness

I'm having a good day!!

Given, it took me a little longer than anticipated to package up and send out the photograph proofs from the recent event I photographed. But they are sent out and it looks great.

Our Amazon order came!! Woo Hoo we now have new Invader Zim, Buffy Season 6, and the new Jasper Fforde book. This makes me awfully happy!!

Talked to Rex again, he was finally released from the hospital yesterday and is doing well. Got a couple casts to deal with before full rehab starts, but he is doing well. AND he is not in a evacuation area of Florida, he'll get a good storm, but nothing horrible. We are making plans for my visit out there in a couple weeks. I haven't seen him in so long... I'm looking forward to see him again, and bossing him around cause he can't get up and do anything about it! ;)

And to top the whole day off I have a date with Kevin tonight!! I'm so very excited... I'm really looking forward to a relaxing evening with someone I love!!! *sighs of happiness*

Have I mentioned 13 is my lucky number? *big Friday the 13th grin*

06:01 PM | Comments (3)
August 11, 2004
A Little Wet
Randomness , Water

This is Oscar. He is my little sister's boyfriends new puppy. I felt the need to share the cute!!

Edit And a little more cute!

03:50 PM | Comments (7)
August 05, 2004
Psst...
Air , Randomness

Anyone who was having issues with my RSS feed, I have updated the code so everyone should be able to use it now.

Anyone on Live Journal you can use phxfeather to keep up on my blogs too.

Enjoy!!

07:07 PM | Comments (0)
July 19, 2004
Parents w/ Cameras!!
Air , Photography , Randomness

I have often said I would be a bad mother because any time something amusing happened I would have to photograph it, whether its bad or good. I would never endanger the child's life, but a little extra discomfort of the sake of a amusing picture is worth it right?

Anyway, Kevin found this story of a parent who seems to follow my philosophy and I just have to share!!

"I was working in the office this afternoon (from home) when my daughter Aubrey came into the house to inform me that Justin was stuck. Well, the kids often play that game with me and as I was engaged in my work I didn't feel the need to rush out to check. I told Aubrey instead to tell Justin to get himself unstuck. 20 minutes later Aubrey returned to let me know that Justin could not get himself unstuck and that he was very sad. I decided to check it out, annoyed, and to my surprise Justin had managed to slide himself in between the two mailboxes and wedge himself tight. I had to climb up on top and pull him out and it was a struggle at that. Morale of the story, Sometimes kids are actually telling the truth!"

Thank you to Automags.org for this one.

10:10 PM | Comments (5)
March 27, 2004
Yesterday & Today
Earth , Life , Love , Randomness

I'm laying on the couch bored right now. Normally I'm really good at entertaining myself, but I'm at a loss right now. So I'm going to ramble a bit.


First off, on a odd thing happened yesterday. I very simply walked to the mailbox, just barely down the complex road. You wouldn't think something odd could happen in that short time span, but it did - it was a douple ganger day and they were stalking me.

My first clue was the caw I heard, I looked for the crow who made it and found not one but two crows so cuddly together they almost looked like a two headed crow. I know what you are saying... silly Rachel, two black birds is no big deal. It was just funny as I just looked down from the birds and found two orange cats having a hissy fit just below. I said odd, not life shattering, work with me here folks.

So then today was a good day. Slow kind of lazy start Kevin and I eventually decided to go on a walk with our cameras. It was a nice walk... we were out for quite a while and took quite a few pictures. We went all along Castro St and circled along down the Central expressway, did some back streets, visited Ranstorff Park and then wandered home.

I LOVE spending the day with Kevin. We have so much fun just randomly wandering and doing whatever. We have our moments (And I'm really sorry I've been a bit stressed and sensitive lately hun!), but it was a wonderful day and its a wonderful life having a partner like him!!!

Oh, so also I/we are really excited! Tomorrow we are getting the new Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera. Really Kevin is getting it, but he is a cool boyfriend and shares. We held it today when we went to pick up some batteries and film for Kevin's current SLR camera. It was so pretty. So we called to check on the status of the one we had ordered, and it doesn't look like we will have it for at least 2 weeks minimum. So we are going back to the store around the corner and picking it up first thing tomorrow. I'm oh so excited.

Anyway, I guess thats all the babble from me for now. I'm sure I'll talk about more important things soon, I have some ideas on the burner.

See ya later kids!

09:28 PM
March 24, 2004
Dressed for Rain!
Randomness , Water
This is so very cool!!!!

Umbrella Dress
[Thanks to Feed Me Links.com]

10:55 PM
The First Anual Phoenix Feather Easter Egg Hunt
Air , Friends , Randomness

*giggle* And thatís a mouthful!

I created this game for Mark! Because he "asked for it" and it will be fun.

There are about three and a half weeks till Easter, and I don't care if you celebrate Easter or not, everyone loves Easter eggs! For this reason I'm sending you all on an Easter egg hunt, Rachel style.

No, you are not looking for a decorated egg this time, but instead the techy version of an Easter egg. An Easter egg is a hidden, invisible or unknown link on a page. The little hand that appears when you put your cursor on a link will appear when you find the Easter egg. The best way to find the egg is simply to scan the page with your cursor until the hand appears in a place where there isn't an obvious link. Click the link and it will take you to the first Easter egg.

There will be a new hunt each week until Easter. So you have three hunts to look forward too.

How to Play:
1. I have placed 3 Easter eggs on 3 different Phoenix Feather pages. The first one is on this blog default.

2. Find the Easter egg and click on the link; it will take you to a hidden page with your egg and a link to the page that contains the next Easter egg.

3. Repeat this process until you have found all three Easter eggs.

4. The last hidden Easter egg page will have a random surprise and a secret email. Email me there and I will put your name on the Easter Egg Hall Of Fame.

5. You have until Wednesday March 31st to find the eggs and then a new Easter egg hunt will be put into place. One hunt a week(approx) until Easter!

I will try to make the Easter eggs worth the search. See you at the end of the hunt!

12:22 AM
March 18, 2004
Roman Devilry
Air , Ponderances , Randomness

Possible Mathmatical Origin of "The Number of the Beast: 666":

Take the main roman numerals (the ones that get a new letter) 1 through 50 and add them up:

I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500 +
___________
666

So whether or not this is true Scott Flansburgh, aka The Human Calculator has suggested letters were put in place by the Romans to make math difficult so people wouldn't progress. Therefore 666 became an evil number because it implied intellegence and breaking their code.

So I did a google search on the "Origin of 666" and this is what I came up with:

The devil is both god (the god of flesh) and man so he gets the trinity of numbers for being a god and the number 6 which is the number for man, hence 666.

Its also suggested it connected to ancient Pagen Numerology and the Illuminati (I'm still working on reading about this one - their explination is long!! - and they also suggest that Phoenix is the ancient name of Lucifer, which I'm annoyed about, but must read). However my short term understanding is that there were 36 lesser gods and when the numbers 1 through 36 are added (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + 31 + 32 + 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666) you get 666.

I have no idea why I latched on to this train of thought. I was just listening to the radio before my workout in case they gave out any bonus codes (I'm a sucker for dumb promotional games). Scott Flansburgh was a cool morning guest. His math theories and abilities were interesting and I love that his main work is teaching math to kids. But he randomly brought it up and my mind got hooked.

Anyway, I'm amused - thought I'd share.

10:03 AM
March 16, 2004
I'm my own personal Leprechaun
Air , Randomness


Ali helped me fullfill a random urge to dye green streaks into my hair. Its temporary, and sadly its already fading away (some will still be there for St. Patricks day tomorrow) but its oh so much fun!

11:56 PM