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I'd almost always rather have the evening to myself then participate in a "social obligation" event.  Very nearly goes without saying for me.

I've heard personal freedom defined as a "a person who can say no to a dinner invitation without giving an excuse." and I'm afraid I've not yet reached that exalted ideal of liberty.  Although I have given the excuse once or twice that I was in a bad mood and didn't want to spread it around. 

My friends and family are aware that I need an iordinate amount of "me time", and generally respect that. In return I try to make those obligations that I know are important to them. 
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Home, I love home. I relax at home. I like travel and vacations but they are stressful, home is easy  and just wraps itself around me when I walk in the door.

Oh except for the ant invasion this weekend. that was unpleasent, but for the most part home = bliss
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[Error: unknown template qotd]The Sure Thing, snark, banter, show tunes, hitchiking, shotgunning beers and etc. extremely fun, funny movie.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Hildegarde Withers   by Stuart Palmer. I love the novels and the short stories, and the movies (when I can get them)  Murder on the Blackboard i had on tape for a while and is actually brilliant and still feels fresh after 70 years, which is saying something. 

What I found particularly intriguing is that in the books Piper and Miss Withers have a very very low key relationship, you know they care deeply about each other but there is a sense that sexuality is something that happens to other people. In the movies there is sexual tension and actual innuendo and it works. Edna May Oliver and James Gleason play off each other perfectly it's a real treat to watch.

::::sigh::: Still waiting for the DVD:::::::
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I love poetry.

So this topic kind of kills me because I have so many favorites. However I think I'm going to pick Robert Frost’s "Death of a Hired Man" It’s a conversation between a farmer, Warren and his wife Mary about a hired man they’ve employed in the past whose come to ask for work (or to find a comfortable and familiar spot to die) Warren and Mary debate the meaning of the word “Home”. Warren, in the most famous line of the poem, says that “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” To which Mary replies, (and I always get goose bumps when I read it)

“I should have called it

Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.”

The idea that a place of comfort and peace is perhaps the one thing you shouldn’t have to work for or measure up to…makes me cry every time.  




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[Error: unknown template qotd]1. Spirited Away
2. I know where I'm going
3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 
4. The Deep End
5. House Season 5 (3 if I have to go before  season 5 comes out on DVD) 
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I always have problems traveling, mostly because the instant I get on a plane I seem to get a head a cold that makes the ensuing flight an exercise in torture and the vacation itself somewhat lackluster, because I'm sick.
 
The worst was coming back from a cruise I took that left Galveston and went to Merida, Cozumel and Belize. It was a theme cruise and I was able to meet several authors I like including Mary Higgins Clark, Jo Beverly, Kat Martin, Vince Flynn, and Lee Child, and to attend readings and panel discussions and etc. Plus dinners with several authors.

It was a nice vacation but I was ready for it to be over. So when my flight was canceled (moments after being assured it was "just late") I was in tears. I was whisked off to the Houston Hilton and assured they'd get me home the next day.

When I went back to the airport the next day I found out that they'd accidentally scheduled me for a flight the next month. More tears, and I was being hustled to another airline, in another airport, and had fifteen minutes to check in, which I did. I then got the full "search" treatment since I was a late addition to the flight. The security staff were very nice, but kept asking why I was so upset after coming back from such a great vacation? All I could say was "I want to go home." 

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