mojosmom: (art)
This quiz was pathetically easy. Got nearly all of them even before seeing the multiple choices.

Your result for The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz...

Art History Major

100% Artiste!

Art History Major: You scored 100% Artiste!

You've studied art for years, and therefore you recognized almost if not all the works represented here. Way to go!

Take The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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(snitched from [ profile] madame_urushiol)

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100.
Bold those you have read.
(Added: Italicize the ones TBR)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (Only partly bolded because I've read only part of the series!)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

the rest of them )
mojosmom: (photos)

Inauguration Invitation


Sweet Hearts


Flatfile Galleries


Spring green


Member Access


Gone fishing


Flag girl


Ladders in the smoke


Esperanza in black and white


View down Main Street




Marissa & Lilith hanging out
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Copy and paste the first few sentences of the first real entry (no quizzes, memes, etc.) for each month of 2009. (I'm not using PhotoFriday posts, either.)

January: "I'm Still Here!"

Gosh, I haven't posted anything since last year! I guess that's what comes of a) having one's sisters in town, and b) coaching, as usual, at the Appellate Defender's Trial Advocacy program. Cathy, Stacey and I did a fair bit of running around.

February: "Weekend"

My best-laid plans of sleeping late this weekend went agley on Friday. I was having lunch with one of the guys at the offce. He'd been sick lately (pneumonia), and, being a guy, came back to work too soon, relapsed, and still was feeling a bit punk.

March: "Horton Foote"

Exactly one year ago, I wrote: But another old man is still going strong. Last night I went to the Goodman theatre for "A Conversation with Horton Foote", and cake and champagne in honor of his 92nd birthday (coming up next week). I hope I'm in such good shape when I'm ninety-two!

April: "I'm off!"

I'm off to Cleveland for a few days. I may or may not hop onto my sister's computer to say, "Hi". In any case, I'll see you all when I get back!

May: "A sad loss"

Every criminal defense lawyer who gets the chance goes to the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. As a baby adolescent public defender, I was lucky enough to be sent there by my office. And lucky enough to have, as one of my instructors, Bill Moffitt.

June: "A memorial service, some jazz, and odds and ends"

On Sunday, I went to the memorial service for Leon Despres (I wrote about his passing here. It was held at KAM Isaiah Israel, which I had forgotten was designed by Despres' father-in-law, the well-known Chicago architect, Alfred S. Alschuler.

July: "Two giants pass"

Yesterday, I woke, as usual, to WFMT's Morning Program. Shortly after the regular newscast and a bit of music, the host, Carl Grapentine, announced that they had just been told of the death of Norm Pellegrini. Who, you ask, is Norm Pellegrini?

August: "I'm off!"

Tomorrow I head to Boston. I'm going to see the Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese exhibit at the MFA (among other things), attend a conference with a bunch of lawyers, and hang out with some Bookcrossers.

September: "Art & Music"

In January, 1904, the Chicago Public Library's first branch library opened. The T.B. Blackstone branch was built from funds donated by his widow for that purpose, and was designed by Solon Beman. (This was something of a family tradition, as Blackstone himself had had a library built in Branford, Connecticut, in his father's memory. In that case, too, Beman was the architect.)

October: "Celebrity Farmers' Market"

I wandered over to 61st St. Farmers' Market today, because I wanted to see the chef demo (seared flank steak with a Dijon/caper/white wine sauce). There was a vaguely familiar-looking young woman watching the demo, and I realized that it was Stephanie Izard, winner of the fourth season of Top Chef. Later, a former United States Senator showed up (she lives in the neighborhood).

November: "Various kinds of music"

Friday night at the opera, first. None of the various people I go with could make it. Jamie was teaching at a seminar in Springfield, and wouldn't get back in time. Beth & Duncan's son was in a soccer tournament.

December: "Close Encounters"

Last night, I went to hear Chuck Thurow, one of the curators, talk about the Hyde Park Art Center exhibit, "Close Encounters", a collaborative project involving artists from the U.S. and New Zealand. I'd have likely gone anyway, but the fact that I've made Kiwi friends here and on BookCrossing gave the project an immediacy and interest for me that it might not otherwise have had.

(Criminy! A lot of deaths recorded.)


Oct. 25th, 2009 05:18 pm
mojosmom: (Default)
Nicked from a variety of people: Post a link to your entries on this day two years ago, last year, nine months ago, six months ago, three months ago and one month ago. If there was no entry on that day, link the closest date.

October 25, 2007:
Photo Friday - silence

October 26, 2008:
Oh, the humanit(ies)! And other things.

January 24, 2009:
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009

April 25, 2009:
Catching up

July 23, 2009:
A successful day at the Newberry Library Book Fair

September 27, 2009:
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Snitched from [ profile] alives

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test ...

English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 100% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog:

Take the test yourself!

Movie Meme

Feb. 26th, 2009 09:31 pm
mojosmom: (Theatre)
Hmm, I guess I need a film userpic! That's the closest . . .

Nicked from [ profile] madame_urushiol:

How many of these best-picture Oscar nominated movies have you seen? Bold the ones you've seen, regardless of whether you saw them in the cinema, on TV/video, or on a plane years after they came out.

[My addition: italicize if you've read the book!]

1980. Ordinary People, Coal Miner's Daughter, The Elephant Man, Raging Bull, Tess

1981. Chariots of Fire, Reds (on the theory that Ten Days that Shook the World is the book!), Atlantic City, On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982. Gandhi, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Missing, Tootsie, The Verdict

1983. Terms of Endearment, The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right Stuff, Tender Mercies

1984. Amadeus, The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart, A Soldier's Story

1985. Out of Africa, The Color Purple, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Prizzi's Honor, Witness

1986. Platoon, Children of a Lesser God, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission, A Room with a View

1987. The Last Emperor, Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, Moonstruck

1988. Rain Man, The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, Mississippi Burning, Working Girl

1989. Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot

1990. Dances with Wolves, Awakenings, Ghost, The Godfather Part III, Goodfellas

1991. The Silence of the Lambs, Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy, JFK, The Prince of Tides

1992. Unforgiven, The Crying Game, A Few Good Men, Howards End, Scent of a Woman

1993. Schindler's List, The Fugitive, In the Name of the Father, The Piano, The Remains of the Day

1994. Forrest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank Redemption

1995. Braveheart, Apollo 13, Babe, Il Postino (The Postman), Sense and Sensibility

1996. The English Patient, Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets & Lies, Shine

1997. Titanic, As Good as It Gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential

1998. Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth, Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella), Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line

1999. American Beauty, The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, The Sixth Sense

2000. Gladiator, Chocolat, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Traffic

2001. A Beautiful Mind, Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge!

2002. Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist

2003. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, Seabiscuit

2004. Million Dollar Baby, The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Ray, Sideways

2005. Crash, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich

2006. The Departed, Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima,Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen

2007. No Country for Old Men, Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood

2008. Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader

Key meme!

Jan. 29th, 2009 07:05 pm
mojosmom: (Default)

If you're reading this (and I know you are!) then please post a picture of your keys! Keys are so personal, we have them with us everyday. I'd like to see yours. Please?

Here are mine:

mojosmom: (photos)
This took a while! Because, of course, I had to read over a bunch of old journal entries, and comb through old photos, and you can't do all that in a twinkling! So here you go . . .

Hey, it's COLD!

Gray Gehry

On the road - early morning

FutureCat & Seurat

Flower wagon

Fireworks at Navy Pier

Lafayette Rhythm Devils


Closing night crowd

Gone to seed

Election Night Event Ticket

Carols at Rockefeller Chapel
mojosmom: (Default)
Rules and Regulations

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B) Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Okay, if you haven't been tagged already, you are now. (Sorry, but I don't feel like trying to figure out who on my friends list is still untagged!)

If you could have one thing right now, what would it be? Peace of mind.

How do you style your hair? What is this "style" you speak of? I wash it, and blow dry it. End of story.

What's the last book you read? Jane Langton's The Thief of Venice. I'm currently reading Love in the Garden, by Jean-Pierre Otte. It's a rather odd, vaguely pornographic, description of the reproductive devices of garden insects and flowers.

What colour shirt are you wearing now? I'm not wearing a shirt. (I'm wearing a dress, and it's dark grey.)

Are you an innie or an outie? Who wants to know? ;-)

Do you nap a lot? Nope.

Who was the last person you hugged? My friend, Becky.

What, in your opinion, is your contribution to the world at large? I think I've made a few lives better in my work, and have taught some young lawyers how to do their job better.

What was the last thing you ate today? A salmon burger on black bread, with crême fraiche, and a citrus salad.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Ten to twenty minutes, depending on whether I wash my hair or not.

What Web sites do you visit daily? LiveJournal, LibraryThing, usually BookCrossing. The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune most days.

What's the last movie you watched? Milk.

What time is your usual bedtime? Eleven-ish

What cell phone model do you own? Some kind of Motorola, I think.

What is your favourite weather? 75-80ºF, sunny, light breeze.

How many pets do you have? Two.

What's the most recent dream you remember? I don't remember my dreams (assuming I have any).

Where would you see yourself in ten years? Retired.

What's your favorite genre of music? Opera, and jazz vocals. Oh, and early music. And zydeco. And klezmer.

What's your favorite food? No one favorite. It depends on my mood. My favorite meat is lamb. Favorite fruit is raspberry.
mojosmom: (cat)
Cooking aromas.

I went to the supermarket today, and they had some lovely beef stew meat on sale. So I made beef stew. I love to make slow-cooking, good-smelling things in cold weather. I reconstituted some dried wild mushrooms, and used a mix of that and beef broth, along with aromatic veggies. It tasted as good as it smelled.

This evening, I made chocolate chip cookies to take to a holiday party tomorrow. Those tasted good, too. (What, you think I wouldn't sample?)
mojosmom: (cat)
I went to Casa Italiana's holiday party tonight. It was lots of fun -- food, drink, conversation, gossip, and I won a $50 gift certificate to a very good Italian restaurant!
mojosmom: (cat)
There's a cute little furry thing purring in my lap!

Oh, the silly thing! My keyboard is on a ledge that slides under the desk. She just rolled over, hit the ledge, and was extremely startled when it moved. Except she's pretending that she meant to roll over and fall onto the floor.
mojosmom: (cat)
I got a "bill" from the Seminary Co-op Bookstore today. It seems that I have a credit balance! I must have accidentally paid a bill twice. But it still seems like free money at a bookstore. I'll have to stop by.

mojosmom: (cat)
I got home safely! That makes me very happy, as it was a long and snowy drive.
mojosmom: (cat)
I found an earring that Marissa snitched and used as a cat toy! A couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of taking off a pair of old jet earrings and putting them on my desk while I was at the computer. When I turned around, only one was in sight. I couldn't find it anywhere. But today I just happened to see it, just on the edge of the base of a bookcase. Sorry, Marissa, I've put it back in the jewelry case so you can't bat it around anymore! Go play with your catnip mouse. You know, the one you are in the process of disemboweling.
mojosmom: (cat)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing and even if it's just a one-line post.
2. Do this everyday for a week without fail.
3. Tag 8 of your friends to do the same.

I went to Advent Vespers at Rockefeller Chapel. Beautiful music in a beautiful setting, followed by carols (accompanied by the newly-restored carillon) and hot cider on the lawn. I fully confess that I did not stay long for the caroling, as I'd forgotten my earmuffs and it was cold!

Carols 'round the fire
mojosmom: (photos)
Go the 6th page of your flickr account, and post the 6th picture there to your LJ, then tag 6 people who must do the same.

From Grant Park - Barack on the big screen:
Barack on the big screen

Food meme!

Aug. 22nd, 2008 10:52 pm
mojosmom: (Food)
Nabbed from a couple of folks.

100 foods you should eat. Bold what you've eaten, italicize what you've eaten and hated, strikethrough those you're not willing ever to try. Underline ones you have no idea what they are.

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