Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Alphabet Meme

Two months ago I tagged myself for this meme from Julie Says. Guess that gives you a small window on my world. I file it in the having-so-much-fun-time-flies category. Honestly, two months is nothin', honey.

How this Alphabet Meme works: if you'd like to play along, let me know in the comments and I'll drop by your blog and give you a letter. Here's what Julie did with P.

Here are ten things I love that start with 'T' -

1 - Toys

My favorite toys when I was a kid were my horse and Johnny West tack. It wasn't a Barbie horse but I used it for my Barbie, which wasn't a Barbie but a P.J. doll. This is my real horse and Johnny West out of my photo archives, and that's my sister's Jane West. There's a whole series of photos we took with our Barbies on my sister's Barbie boat. Check out the saddle bags and the delicate reins and halter. All perfectly detailed. The horses's neck could go up and down so he could graze. He was perfect. I'm quite shocked that I can't remember what I named him.

This is a picture of P.J. that I took from Ebay. The Christmas that I got the horse, I also got a red Jeep and a turquois horse trailer. Also not officially Barbie stuff but scaled for me to use with my Barbie family. That was The Best Christmas Ever.

2 - Tune that starts with 'T'

'The Man I Love' by George Gershwin

I loved this song before I met my husband, and when I did meet him those lyrics came true.

Some day he'll come along,
The man I love
And he'll be big and strong,
The man I love
And when he comes my way
I'll do my best to make him stay.

He'll look at me and smile
I'll understand ;
And in a little while,
He'll take my hand ;
And though it seems absurd,
I know we both won't say a word

Maybe I shall meet him Sunday
Maybe Monday, maybe not ;
Still I'm sure to meet him one day
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day

He'll build a little home
Just meant for two,
From which I'll never roam,
Who would - would you ?
And so all else above
I'm waiting for the man I love.

Have a listen - The Man I Love

3 - Tornados don't appear in Nova Scotia

I'm completely petrified by tornados. One of the best things about living on Canada's east coast is the lack of these killer storms.

Sure, we get hurricanes. Hurricanes aren't much fun. You do get a fair amount of warning before one of those. Tornados, not so much. Here's some footage of a tornado if you like to freak yourself out.

4 - Toronto!

I moved to Toronto when I was 21 in 1986. Spent my 20's and the first part of my 30's there and had the time of my life. I love big city living - I'm an urban girl, through and through. Just returned from a trip there to celebrate my parents-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary.

That is one happy TTC rider. (Toronto Transit Commission)

Here's me happily chatting with my sister-in-law Anna, with family and friends in the background. This was later in the evening when there was room to blink.

Here I am with two of my sisters-in-law, Violet to the left and Anna to my right. On the wall behind us is one of Violet's paintings. I'll be featuring both of my artist sisters-in-law in future Thursday Thirteens.

The cameras were flashing and the Smiths knew what it was like to face 'Entertainment Tonight'. Clockwise from left, my husband Brad, Brad's dad, Brad's mom, Karen, Ken and Jeff (in front.)

Here's me trying out the timer on the new camera. I've managed to marry into a family of giants. Hanging out with the bro - Brad and I had dinner at his brother Jeff's. You see why I miss Toronto so much?

5 - Trifle

My mom makes an awesome trifle. She has a glass trifle bowl just like this one. She normally puts different fruit in for color. My mom is all about color. Normally hers has strawberries, blueberries, cherries, kikw fruit and pomegranate.

Basic Trifle Recipe

I LOVE it when my mom makes trifle.

6 - TV show

The Colbert Report

I usually watch this late at night before I go to bed. Mom will ask me the next day, "What were you laughing at last night?" It's always something on Stephen Colbert's show. Like one of his three-line opening zingers, when he stares down each camera set-up: "Pope Benedict, you'll always be Cardinal Ratzinger to me."

7 - Tickets to shows

I love tickets to shows. I've saved a lot of them over the years. Generally I put them in my photo albums as mementos, which I've always done. When scrapbooking came along, I realized I'd always been doing that before they came up with a term for it.

I don't save every ticket stub, but 'Beowulf and Grendel' was special to me because a grassroots movement of Gerry Butler fans helped a small independent film get wider screening. Power to the people!

8 - Theatre

I love going to the theatre. Live theatre, cinema - I'm there. I've worked at several theatres, including this one. I met my husband Brad here. It's no longer standing, although it was a handsome space, used often by local Toronto television if they needed to shoot interviews in a nice older theatre.

There was something about this doorman/usher...

This is me at the candy counter where Brad and I started chatting while waiting for the next show to come in.

Our manager, Dick Dalhouse is kneeling by the podium. That's me in the front row, far right. Brad is in the back row, center.

9 - Turkey

I'm not a huge meat-lover, but when it comes to turkey, I am there!

10 - Trees

I love being out in the woods.

Spring flowering trees and shrubs make my heart sing.

Fall leaves in their glory are my favorite thing in nature.

Favorite tree of all - the Christmas tree.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

So, you and Mitchell, eating chips together, huh? Better not tell Kerri... *grin*

Man, I laughed out loud when I read that!

This is a cool meme. I like the pictures, especially. And that first picture of the trees? Holy dizziness, Batman! And it's a PICTURE. Imagine what would have happened to me had I really been out there.

Save M some chips and he'll be your friend for life. :D

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Susan - I'll be sure to save Mitchell some chips. How annoyed will Kerri get...?

Leah Braemel said...

Oooh Ooh Oooh! I had a PJ doll too! Mum refused to buy me Barbie. And she makes trifle every year and now I do too. I love the song, and the story of you and Brad - it's so neat to see 'how we met' pictures to go with the story. Good post, Julia!

Anonymous said...

So much to comment on. Love the pictures of the trees at the bottom. Some gorgeous fall ones with those leaves. Those bring back happy memories of growing up in NY. :-)

I have got to try that Trifle recipe. 'Course it probably won't come out looking as beautiful as it did in your picture, but as long as it taste's yummy my boys won't care. That would be great for Christmas.

This is a cool meme. Go ahead and leave me a letter. It might take me two months to get to it, but...:-D

And by the way, you blew me away when you remembered the date of my birthday. I don't know how you did that. You really put a smile on my face.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Kerri'll just laugh. No worries. She knows who's in bed with Mitchell, come nightfall. Or early morning, really.

My mom has an old friend from college, who is British. When The Tour Manager and I got engaged, I called my mom and said, "Tell her I'm not going to even bother registering for a trifle bowl 'cause I want her to teach me how to do it right."

The friend did, too. I love trifle...

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Gabriella - I could never forget someone who shares my birthday! First of all, I'm born on my uncle's birthday, so we always have the secret Nov. 11th code wink for each other. I also have another Nov. 11th friend who sang in choir with me. And now you!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Leah - I traded my best friend for her P.J. Her different face called to me. Glad you liked the how-we-met story!

Olga said...

PJ dolls! I remember in the 70's getting the rock star PJ. I was in little kid heaven.And the blue eye shadow on the girl, ultra cool.

Mother of Invention said...

I'd love your mom's trifle! I used to live at Jane and Bloor in Toronto and have been to The Runnymede Theatre several times!
They used to show great movies there. Wonder why they tore it down?

Unknown said...

Hey Dick Dalhouse was my manager at Westwood back in 1980-84

Great guy-we made up a song about him to the tune of "Downtown"

He is the big blue cheese
He likes Jamaican chicks

... you get the idea...