Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twitter

I have recently started  tweeting like a maniac.  I guess I need to get one of those "follow me on Twitter" gizmos added to this website, but while I'm working on that, I thought I'd let everyone know.  It's Susan Vigilante on Twitter.  Cool pic of me high-fiving the Holy Father.

Paperwork

I love paperwork.  Don't you?

I love it when your insurance company asks for more paperwork.
I love it when your new mortgage company asks you to submit  all the insurance paperwork you already submitted t your last mortgage company.  I love the way it make my head spin and my blood pressure go up,  Really, it's so exciting.

I know there are people in the world who are absolute whizzes at this sort of thing but I have never been one of them.  Weirdly, people who don't know me well tend to take one look at me and think "well-organized."  I'm not sure why this is so. Maybe because I'm a relatively small person, and thy think compact=organized.

Today I am attempting to do a truckload of paper work.  If I can make it to the end of this pile without completely freaking out I'll know someone out there is praying for me, a lot.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Pentecost and Captain America

I finally watched "Captain America" last week.  Gotta say, loved it.  It had everything a movie should have:  superheroes, overblown musical production numbers, little-guy-gets-big stuff, and beating up on Nazis.  I couldn't have asked for more.

Now before I go on with my sure-fire, can't fail blockbuster idea, I have to ask you to watch the transformation scene. This is where little Stevie from Brooklyn becomes Captain America:



So he's infused with super strength.

My idea:  what about a little dweeb from New York who becomes infused with the Holy Spirit?

"Five- four- three... Now, Mr. Stark.
WIDSOM!
UNDERSTANDING!
COUNSEL!

"That's forty percent!"
FORTITUDE!
KNOWLEDGE!
PIETY!
"and finally-- NOW, MR STARK!"
FEAR OF THE LORD!

"Mr. Stark?"
Cue the music!  Open the capsule!






And there he is.  An ordinary man, ordinary no longer, because he's got them all, all seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Did you ever wonder what that would  look like?  Last week I found myself wondering if anyone could withstand being filled with all seven, or even survive it.  What kind of a new creation would that be?

So here's my idea:  "Captain Spirit!"

Or maybe Captain HS. Or Captain Third Person.  Still working on the title.
Oh, yeah, this is good.  He's the SUPER Superhero.  As in literally above all the others.
OK, so all I need now is some screenwriting software.  Hello, Hollywood?  Have I got a winner for you!
Happy Pentecost, everybody.  Happy Birthday,  Church!


Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Happy Gardener

I have spent much of my time lately sticking plants into the ground.  This, I believe, is called "gardening."

It happens every spring.  I start thinking how much nicer my front yard could look.  Then I think, Hold on, there, Desperate.  Remember what happened last year.  Three hundred buck on plants and mulch and all that stuff and all you got was renewed buckthorn.

I have tried to accept the fact that I am not a gardener.  I have, with considerable effort, stopped buying those big bags of bulbs Costco sells every fall.  (The squirrels are angry, of course.  "Hey. where's the buffet?")  I stay  away from the "lawn care" aisles at Menards.  I never look at the "You can have this gorgeous outdoor retreat" articles in the checkout line.  It's all over, that dream.

The only plants that reliably grow in my front yard are the ones the previous owner planted.  Which got me to thinking: if those things come up year after year all on their own,t hey must be pretty nearly indestructable.

So... I could just plant more of those, right?

So that's what I've been doing.  Drought-tolerant salvias- perfect since I never water anything anyway- and hostas. I love hostas. They don't give a damn.  They're never leaving, no matter what.

You know what else never dies?  Irises.  Only I think I was supposed to water them.  Oh well.  Next year.

And then I got a little crazy and had the "lawn" hydroseeded.  Covered with a thin layer of light green mulch it now looks better than it ever has.

And right now it's even raining. 

This could turn out better than I hoped!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Play Ball!

Or not.  That is the question.

Softball season got off to a soggy start here in Minnesota.  The Our Lady of Peace Through Strength 8th grade girls were rained out all opening week.  Then we had one day of play and lost miserably. It turned out the other team had been practicing in their gym for weeks. 
Honestly.  I can't believe that sort of thing is allowed.

OLoPTS, of course, does not have a gym.  Ever since I can remember the kids have been raising money for "athletic equipment."  Still no gym.  There are OLoPTS alumni about to graduate college who raised money for the gym that never appeared.  I fully expect my kid will be one of them some day.

Then we had a makeup game, on Sunday.  Sun, breeze, dried-out field, and another loss.  We were doing okay until the last inning, then things kind of fell apart. But it was a huge improvement on the first game.  So no complaints.

Yesterday's game was cancelled due to shortage of players.  You need nine, we only have ten, so if one kid gets sick we forfeit.  One kid puked in the cafeteria, and that was that.

We have another game scheduled for this afternoon.  Fans are keeping their fingers crossed.

Monday, May 05, 2014

This Should Help


Jack Is Back!

"24" reboots tonight on Fox.  I can't wait.
As in, Ohboyohboyohboy, a whole new round of Jack Bauer!  I can't believe the tv gods have smiled on us again!
I have to admit I came pretty late to "24" fandom.  I never saw the first seasons on broadcast television.  I had to catch up via Netflix.  Every time I heard the V.O. of Jack saying, "Previously on '24,'"  I heard it as "Six years ago on '24.'"  But that's all right now. As of tonight I'll be right on top of things.
So, important things to do today:

1.  Thank Jack Bauer for letting us live another day.
2.   Remember that every time you hear JB say something like, "Look, I sympathize.  I do,"  it means he's about to throw you under the bus.
3.  A bus he is probably driving.
4.  '24' is often not suitable for children.  Blindfold your kids and watch it anyway.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bob Hoskins

One of my favorite British actors, Bob Hoskins, has died at age 71.

In this country he may be best known for playing private detective Eddie Valiant in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"  I loved him as the kick-ass priest in "A Prayer for the Dying."

But my favorite Bob Hoskins performance of all time was playing Arnie Cole, diamond-in-the-rough filmmaker star of "Flickers."  "Flickers" was a  series about the early days of picture, and hardscrabble Arnie Cole was determined to make it big in the business.  Of course, he didn't have any money, which made it an even bigger challenge.

My favorite line from the series was when Arnie and his partner are trying to come up with a script, but since neither of them can write,  they decide the best thing to do is steal a plot from  "Literature."  (I wish I could reproduce that word in Arnie's Cockney accent. ) The line was, "The thing about literature is, there are lots of great stories in it--"  (beat)  "...if you can get through all this crap!"

I looked on YouTube for bits of "Flickers" but all I could find was this bit.  Stay with the opening credits to get a glimpse of Arnie Cole, cinematic auteur.


Monday, April 28, 2014

What A Weekend!

St. John XXIII!

St. John Paul II!

Man, I wish I could have been in Rome for the canonizations.  I was lucky enough to make it to John Paul II's beatification, so I suppose I should be grateful.  And I was luckier still- no, beyond lucky all the way to truly blessed- to have met John Paul II many times.  I wrote about all that in "Breakfast with the Pope,"  which if you haven't read yet you really should.

Yes I'm tooting my own horn here.  But really, it's a terrific read.  Give it a try.   You can read a sample here:
http://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Pope-Susan-Vigilante/dp/0980076382/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395933599&sr=8-1&keywords=Breakfast+With+the+Pope

So I've been incredibly blessed and should not be at all jealous of those lucky devils who got to be in Rome yesterday.  No.  Should not be jealous.  Not a bit. 

 But I have to admit to a little- no, make that a lot-of Rome envy.

I always have Rome envy, of course.  I love fountains and cobblestones and St. Peter's Square.  I love gorgeous churches and  sublime architecture.  I love the Italian language.  I love pizza.

So I'm up for a trip to the Eternal City any time.  But a double canonization? Of two popes, no less?  What a party.

Sigh.

I will probably be looking at photos and videos on the Twitter feed for at least a week.  And I will be praying to our new saints for all of us.