Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I randomly decided to self-clean the oven tonight and my house smells like burnt ass-hair. I was recently informed that you're really only supposed to self-clean on nice days when you can open the windows. So, if I'm loopy tomorrow, we'll know why. What? Oh yeah, I'm loopy every day. Well, tomorrow I'll have an excuse for once. :-)
Saw that Broken Lizard is filming their next movie. Psyched. Looks like it's about waiters and waitresses. Those guys are funny - I'm fully looking forward to another one of their ventures. Here's the description from their site
:"For those who don't know, it's called "The Slammin' Salmon." We play waiters in a high-end seafood restaurant owned by a crazy former Heavyweight Champ named Cleon Salmon. (And played by Big Michael Clarke Duncan). The Champ needs to raise money to pay off his debts to the Yakuza so he institutes a Glengary GlenRoss type contest amongst the waiters. Top selling waiter gets 10 grand, lowest selling waiter gets the shit kicked out of him by Michael Clarke Duncan. Gonna have lots of laughs and some great cameos."
I'm sick sick sick of music right now. If I hear that freakin' Bubbly song one more time or any of that Grey's Anatomy* background drivel, I might contract a permanent aversion to Top 40 crap. Please, dear god, does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe Lenny and Jack will pleasantly surprise next Tuesday?
Also starting to think about getting a new car. I wouldn't say I'm super-serious or committed to it yet, but I'm really close. Any suggestions? Something simple, possibly hybrid. Easy to drive. Kinda spunky and fun.
And irony of ironies...after working for a particular company for a combined total of almost 8 years, I never made it out to its "mothership." But, my new job is sending me there in March for a conference. The world likes to shake it up once in a while. Mostly the world likes to shake me. Hard. Can you hear my brain rattling?
I'm ready for it to not be winter anymore. I'm ready for pizza to be calorie-free. I'm ready for people to be nice back.
I'm ready for change all around. But I'm totally okay if we start with my thighs.(*Don't get me wrong I'm still a Grey's fan -- it's just the cookie-cutter emotey girly puke that they play in the background is just soooooo done.)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A fellow Scot
I've been meaning to write this for probably a few years now - but I just want to say that I LOVE Craig Ferguson
. He makes me laugh anytime I catch even two minutes of the Late Late Show. He's real, he's fun, he's hilarious.
I wasn't in the best of moods yesterday, but I laughed out loud more times than I can count and woke up in a fantastic mood today.
Thank goodness CBS had the sense to make him host -- not some manorexic knob-job like Carson Daly.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Monday's a Bitch - So '90s
)1.Which song reminds you most of the 90's?
I was *very* into music in the mid-90s. I interned at A&M records in L.A. during college and briefly considered a glorious and esteemed career in the record industry. That was, until the summer after college graduation, I realized that entry-level jobs in the record industry were essentially at the poverty level. Long story way too long....I have so many songs that remind me of the 90s, but I'll narrow it down to three that put me there instantly: "Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies, "Send me on My Way" by Rusted Root and "Tomorrow" by Silverchair.2.Do you remember where you were when you heard about Kurt Cobain?
Ithaca College. Somewhere doing something. Rowing, writing, eating, drinking, or some combination of any of those.3.Were you ever known to sport a fanny pack?
I am proud to say NEVER.4.Which 90210 character was your favourite?
Dylan. So broody. And a surfer.5.Do you own a troll doll?
Friday, January 25, 2008
How many times per day do you usually laugh?
Hundreds if not thousands of times. Unless it's a really poopy day.Soup
What do your sunglasses look like?
Tortoise shell, interchangeable lenses. They're Smith Axis.Salad
You win a free trip to anywhere on your continent, but you have to travel by train. Where do you go?
Chicago. I've never been there. Main Course
Name one thing you consider a great quality about living in your town/city.
300-plus days of sunshine per year.Dessert
If the sky could be another color, what color do you think would look best?
Five on Friday
)1. What is your favorite hot beverage?
Tea. I've liked tea my whole life. Then I started to like hot chocolate a few years ago. And in the past year I've started to drink coffee. But tea has always been my hot drink of choice since my little kid days.2. Describe your favorite hot food?
Pizza from New York. Burritos from Illegal Pete's. Yummy soup. And my literal interpretation of that question - wasabi. Or super-spicy salsa. I'm hungry.3. What piece of clothing makes you feel warm and snuggly the moment you put it on?
Pajamas. Or wrapping up in the flip-flop fleece blanket that DBush made me last year. 4. Do you warm up your car on cold days? Do you run the heat all the time or just enough to defrost the windows?
I do not warm up my car. But I do run the heat during my drive. I would rather be too hot than too cold. 5. What is your ideal warm-weather vacation spot?
Hawaii. I haven't been in a long, long time, but I have nothing but good memories of Hawaii. But, Cabo is a very close second. (And a lot more economical.)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Even Dogs Love a Vegetarian Stir FryHudson will eat pretty much anything except celery.
(a weekly Tuesday meme
- What was the last thing you bought?
Hmmm. I was at Target last night and finished up in the food aisle -- umm, grapes probably.
- What things do you have on your list to buy?
Beer, fruit punch, artichokes, fruit, pants.
- What was the most expensive purchase you have ever made?
Friday, January 18, 2008
Friday Fiver1. What do you need?
Love.2. What won't you share?
My toothbrush or razor.3. What do you hurry through?
Flights of stairs. I try to get it over with as fast as possible.4. Who is worth waiting for?
The man of my dreams. (At least I hope so.)5. Friday fill-in:
I can't bear to ______.
see animals suffer. It breaks my heart.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
What Made My Day
This morning, I read a news story about a dog
. A dog who, along with another dog, was abandoned and was thisclose
to death. When he was discovered and rescued in August, he weighed just 30 pounds. The other dog was found dead. The pictures are just horrifying. He is now more than double that weight and is ready for adoption. I was heartened by the recovery story.
Later on in the day, I come to find out, that I've actually met the adopters. [They're major dog lovers.] It just made my heart dance knowing that this dog will never want or suffer under the care of these adopters. It's one thing to see a story and be happy that a dog got adopted - but it's a whole other thing to know that this dog is in the most perfect place anyone could ever hope him to be.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I want my dogs to see a beach in their lifetimes. My heart hopes it is this year, but I want to make it a goal that I see my puppies run happily along a beach.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Five Happy Things
- Swiss cheese, avocado, and tomato sandwiches. (yeah, it's always about food)
- Sharp (expensive) new knives.
- Dogs in sweaters. (I'd never do it, but it makes me smile when I see it.)
- Knowing you have several new books to read (for fun).
- Mom and Dad will be married 35 years on Friday.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Saturday of Tiny Cakes
I woke up this morning and immediately continued to eat several little cakes that Jessica got for me from a bakery on Speer called Gateaux. (THEY ROCK!) (Or something pretty close to that spelling - I'm too lazy to get up and look at the label on the box - sue me.)
We met for lunch yesterday and I started to eat them before our lunch even came. Then continued to eat them throughout the day. After this morning, they're gone. I've moved on to cheese. Exciting Saturday I'm having, wouldn't you say?
The weirdest thing about yesterday was seeing the date on stuff. You write your birthday on forms and things all year, but then it's just kind of odd to be using it all day for general things, you know? You're at work all caught up in the yuck of your day and then you notice, oh, yeah, today's my birthday, I totally forgot.
I know I'm weird to be thinking about or even noticing such minutia, but that's what I do. Thinky thinky.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Happy Birthday, Jessica
And to me too. ;-)
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
A sneaky little monkey surprised me today by sending a package to my office. As soon as I saw the thinkgeek.com tape on the box, I had a pretty good idea who it was from. What was it, you ask? It was a super-fantastic [early] birthday gift.
It was the Mathmos Thaw
- an ice candle.
I think it is the coolest and I am making my first ice mold tonight. Thanks, Will!
Monday, January 07, 2008
Monday's a Bitch
)1. If you could learn the total number of hours of your life you have spent doing one mundane thing, which would you pick?
Writing my name. I love to do it and I do it a lot. 2. If you were to get a personalized license plate, what would it say?
Happykap!3. If you were invited to make a recommendation for new legal limitations on pornography in your country, what would you propose?
I don't feel I have quite the right knowledge to make such a recommendation. Mostly, I say -to each his/her own-, until it is harmful or non-consentual. 4. If you could own one prop from any film ever made, which would you choose?
God, that's a hard question. Billy Madison's house?5. How many of your elementary school teachers' names can you still remember?
Believe it or not - all of them. (And most of Jessica's too.) NERD ALERT!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I spent the better part of my weekend filing, shredding and all-around cleaning my office and its closet's contents. I know. I am a party animal.
But, while going through over ten years of bills and random saved pieces of who-knows-what, I came across a poem I wrote in 2003. It made me happy, so I am going to share:May 6, 2003 11:45am
I want to close my eyes
and be in Grandpa's backyard
the grass is always soft
and green and warm.
The sound of a single engine
plane buzzes overhead
leaving an exhaust trail for
the gnats to fill.
Bags of beetles guard
the rose garden
Rich with its protective
Grandpa appears in his engineer's cap
to show me the combination
to the shed
Where walls of tools protect
the riding mower.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year!
Hope your 2008 is great! (Ha! I'm *so* original)