Friday, December 22, 2006

The Mixed Feelings Vacation

Getting ready to take a few days of vacation time. I try to do it at this time of year when the kids are out of school and there isn't a great deal of programming going on at the library. Last year, I spent my entire Christmas vacation deathly ill. This one has got to be better, almost by default...knock on wood.
As much as I need the time off, and of course want to spend time with my children, a part of me always sorts of dreads vacation time. First, being at home more leads to more possible interactions with WTG and especially lately that is NOT a good thing. Secondly, when I am home the kids would like for me to take them fun, exciting places. I know the best things in life are free, but they prefer things that...well...aren't. Right now, I am maxed out from the seasonal shopping. I don't like to disappoint them and be a boring mom, but I know they wish for more excitment when I am home all day. But let me not dwell on that. Let me appreciate that I will have 10 days to not think of work or school...10 days of some extra sleep...10 days of just being there for everyone as I can't usually be.

I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas or whatever winter holiday you might enjoy. And a Happy New Year.
See you again on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

xo, l.b.

What Kind of Holiday Food Are You?

One final holiday quiz, just because they are so fun...

You Are a Yule Log

While you do have holiday spirit, you have a secret, heathen past.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Meme

Double grabbed from Furtive Wangler and Eclectic Spaghetti.

Yes, it is a Christmas meme that even a Grinch can appreciate!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate, no question.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He is a wrapper, unless it is, you know, like a bike or something ginormous like that...

3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white? Colored lights on the tree and the house.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Some years. Not this year.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Some things will go up at the beginning of the month, but I usually don't put up the tree until about a week before or so.

6. What is your favourite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Figgy pudding. No, just kidding. I don't know what that is but it sounds disgusting. I guess it would be the white chili I make with leftover turkey.

7. Favourite holiday memory as a child? That moment when my parents let my sister and I open the hall door and enter the livingroom on Christmas morning.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What do you mean?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We do our big family party on Christmas eve and open presents from people that we won't see the next day. On Christmas morning it is mostly immediate family gifts and Santa stuff.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Colorful lights and mostly ornaments that my kids have made at school over the years. All those sweet construction paper with school photo inserted stars and houses and boxes...

11. Snow. Love it or hate it? It doesn't snow where I live, so when I go visit it deliberately I love it.

12. Can you ice skate? I can skate, but I'm not used to it so my ankles get sore.

13. Do you remember your favourite gift? One that stands out in my memory was the Charlie MrCarthy ventriloquist dummy that I got one year. I loved that guy!

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Being with all of the family.

15. What's your favourite holiday dessert? I like it when someone opens a box of See's. Simplicity baby!

16. What is your favourite holiday tradition? Everyone in the house needing to be awakened on Christmas morning and entering the livingroom to open presents all together.

17. What tops your tree? An angel with pretty filiment lights.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? As a grown up I have come to appreciate the joy of giving. It is very gratifying to be able to make someone happy by showing that I was thinking of them.

19. What is your favourite Christmas song? I like Aimee Mann's rendtion of You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch.

20. Candy canes? Yes, certainly. They are delicious and refreshing!

21. Favourite Christmas movie? I guess my number one is A Christmas Story.

22. What do you leave for Santa? Milk and cookies. When my kids were small I started crushing up shredded wheat and putting it in little baggies and calling it reindeer food. Each kid would get a bag to spread out on the front lawn for the reindeer before they went to bed. My youngest son will still participate with me, maybe just to be nice :-)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A - Z Meme

I tagged myself over at Comedienne's Sidekick...thank you Rachel :-)

A- Available or taken? Available
B- Best Friend? Milly
C- Cake or Pie? Cake
D- Drink of Choice? Hot coffee or cold Dr. Pepper
E- Essential Item? Something to read
F- Favorite Color? Blue
G- Gummi Bears or Worms? Bears, for sure.
H- Hometown? La Puente, CA was where I grew up.
I- Indulgence? Sleeping in when I can.
J- January or February? February, because of my birfday
K- Kids and names? Four sons and one daughter. See their names in my profile :-)
L- LIfe is incomplete without? Friends
M- Marriage Date? I don't think about this anymore.
N- Number of Siblings? One sister
O- Oranges or apples? Apples
P- Phobias/Fears? Heights is my main one.
Q- Favorite Quote? Thats what she said! (from The Office)
R- Reason to Smile? Happy children.
S- Season? Summer...all hot and sweaty.
T- Tag three people! Like Rachel, I won't tag anyone. If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged.
U- Unknown Fact About Me? I can still do splits.
V- Vegetable you hate? Most of them cooked. I like some of them raw.
W- Worst habit? Not asserting myself
X- X-Rays you've had? I had one on my spine for my pre-employment ones...thats about it.
Y- Your favorite food? Pasta with cream sauce, sundried tomatos, and pine nuts from Macaroni Grill.
Z- Zodiac? Aquarius

Haiku #125

Cute Kristy Parish
An all-American girl
I thought you were swell

Time to Post the Festivus Song Again!

This is a song that some friends and I made up a couple of years ago to celebrate the very special alternative to traditional winter holidays. Enjoy.

The Festivus Song

Now it's time for Festivus
a holiday for the rest of us
no dreidel to spin
or fat guy creepin' in
a season that quickly ends
gather your family and friends
this part is the most fun
tell each and every one
how this last trip round the sun
every wrong thing that they've done
has really let you down
but no need to wear a frown
---- now it's time for Festivus ...

Now it's time for Festivus
A holiday for the rest of us.
No big ticket items
Or games of gelt hide 'ems
Its no festival of unity
But you'll speak with impunity
Call your dad and mother
Invite your sis and brother
Tell 'em what you REALLY think
Bottoms up, lets have a drink
Spread the ugly truth around
Cry, if you must, without a sound
---Now its time for Festivus.....

Now it's time for Festivus
a Holiday for the rest of us
We'll gather round the festive pole
an icon of majestic length
and stretch and flex as we prepare
the challenge of the feats of strength
We'll feast as friends who hate us
are preparing to berate us
we gather for this yearly meal
with family we'd like not to see
why subject ourselves to this ordeal?
because, you putz, the chow is free
Beeeeeeeeeeee-caaaaaaaaaause (gasp)
----- now it's time for Festivus!......

Now is the time for Festivus
a holiday for the rest of us
but keep us far away from mistletoe
because we really don't trust Uncle Joe
and big expensive gifts for kids are poxes
because they end up playing with the boxes
you know that you can count on sweetie's mom
to tell you why your turkey was a bomb
while in the den Ed, Bill and Walter stare
as if a football game were on the air
you're tired of each other -- that much is clear
and so you smile and wave "Same Time Next Year"
---- now it's time for Festivus! . . .

And now, it is the time for Festivus,
A holiday made for the rest of us.
Blow out the pilot light and crank up the stove,
Insert your head and reunite with Jove.
Beware the cars carreening to and fro,
don't sin too much, and don't eat yellow snow.
The carolers evoke a thoughtful grin--
One well aimed .22 will damp their din.
The yule log burns, it is a merry light
It's Presto scent's like smoking Samsonite.
The guests are gussied up, so no one knows
that Uncle Fred has cankers on his nose.
And all those joys abound with little fuss
Because it is the time of festivus.

Verse one by Rich W
Verse two by wildblue
Verse three by - Poppaspank -
Verse four by Stephen lyonheart Lewis
Verse Five by John H. Spencer

See if you can figure out which one I am by a process of elimination :-)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Am I a Grinch?

No surprise here I'm afraid :-)
You're a Total Grinch

Ouch! You make the Grinch seem like Santa Claus. Holidays definitely aren't your thing.
Just relax, and create your own tradition. Even if it's drinking spiked hot chocolate and heckling carolers.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

And the Parties Continue

This morning we had the Holiday Breakfast party for library staff. This is not the big city party, you see, it is for the library. Uh huh. Anyway, there was a new caterer this year and they didn't do an omelette bar. That was the whole point of the breakfast for me, so I was quite disappointed by the pan of souffle they set out, alongside some fruit salad and croissants. Oh, the troubles I have seen! haha!
Oh well, in addition to breakfast we also do a cheapie gift exchange. We play that game where you get to choose a present, then the next person can take what you opened away from you or choose a new, unopened present and so on. When it was my turn I took a Target gift card away from a co-worker...but then someone else took it from me. Gift cards and cash are the hardest things to hold on to. Then I ended up with an electronic sudoku game. Not a huge fan and although I gave it hard thought I couldn't think of anyone to regift to. Drat. Luckily though, the museum curator needed a gift for a cousin, said she'd love it, and traded me her two packs of nice Gevalia coffee for it. Yay! In case you were curious, what I brought was a Starbucks gift card and I assure you, it was quite the belle of the ball ;-)
Tomorrow is my Friday off work and unfortunately I have big shopping plans. I get my check today, so I am determined that after tomorrow I will be completely done with my Christmas shopping for another glorious year. Wish me luck.

Haiku #124

D'Arcy you were cool
But went too far with the whole
Attempt to be deep

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Of Small Monkeys and Awkward Positions

I was extremely bored while at the desk earlier today and was glancing through a local paper that has tons of DBAs. One that caught my eye said that an individual is doing business as Tiny Monkey Don't Squat. I admit, my curiosity was piqued. What kind of business would you be conducting under that name? It boggles the imagination.

Haiku #123

I loved David Seal
Kissing him in his parked car
Was heaven on earth

Monday, December 11, 2006

Haiku #122

You were so tiny
Like a happy little doll
Cute Cathy Sanchez

If I Had a Photograph of You

When I first started my family lo those many years ago I was so good about organizing my photos. I received photo albums regularly as gifts and also regularly filled them with photos of my babies and that fun stuff. Over the years though, my system kind of fell apart. At some point I didn't have an album handy and the slow decent into photo hell began. Suddenly, there was a shoe box filled with envelopes of pictures. Then, I think I got a couple of albums, but by then the monster was unleashed. They sat and collected dust while the unmounted photos in boxes multiplied like little rectangular bunnies. There may not be a single photo of my youngest child that actually appears in a family album.
My mom has always been the main photographer in our family and I don't see her going digital anytime every holiday, every family gathering, brings more for the boxes. I love the family pictures, honestly, but you'd never know it by the way I treat them. At some point, I am going to get a handle on this issue. Any suggestions will be gladly accepted and considered :-)

What Will Be In My Christmas Stocking?

Your Christmas Stocking Will Be Filled With Little Wrapped Presents

You've made Santa a very happy fellow this year.
Don't worry - what happens at the North Pole stays at the North Pole!

Aw! At least Santa loves me! ;-)

Friday, December 8, 2006

The Day After

Here I am enjoying last night's Holiday event. The theme was Tinseltown or something...I ended up having a good time thanks to my friends. We managed to keep each other amused by giggling over the horrible woman they misguidedly got to sing a selection of Broadway show tunes, rating the firefighters in decending order of hotness, and rating the men from City Hall on degrees of baldness. (BTW, my two best friends aren't into the balding men, but I personally don't have a problem with that.)
The dinner part of the evening was nice. The food was quite good and included chicken Florentine, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots & snow peas, cranberry salad, and flaky rolls. There were a couple types of cake offered for dessert, along with nice strong coffee. During this one boring speech part me and a couple of my cohorts simply went into the outer lobby and goofed off taking pictures and drinking what was left of the sparkling cider out there. We also went around peering through the doorways in order to do our ratings. We reappeared in time for the raffles and I won a $25 gift card for Best Buy. All in all, not a bad night at all.

Haiku #121

The pretty captain
Of my first year of Drill Team
You were Kim-tastic

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Party Time. Yay.

This evening is the annual Holiday Party for city employees. Sounds exciting, I know, but please consider these two points:

1. There will be no alcohol on the premises
2. There will be no music or dancing

Okay, I am no raging alchy, but what is a party without a little social lubricant? And no dj or band? Not a party, thank you very much.
Still, we get some dinner, they give out awards for years of service. I'll get my first one next year when I have five years under my belt. They will do a little slide show with photos of other events we've had this year and there will be raffle prizes. I tend not to be lucky, but who knows? Maybe this is my year...iPod, you are mine! :-)

My Very Own Snowflake

I made this (poorly) because Furtive Wangler told me to. Well he didn't insist on the doing it poorly part..that part was aaaalllll me.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

My Very Own Snowman

It is make your own snowman day over at Eclectic Spaghetti.
Here is mine found online:

Have a South Park Day!

Wednesdays Tend to Suck a Little Bit

Wednesday tends to be my busiest, most task filled day at the library. Knowing that ahead of time though, allows me to prepare for it practically and mentally. Today contained a little bubble of fun because I went out to lunch at LeRoys with my Dancing Murder Bear cohorts Milly and Ceku. What are Dancing Murder Bears you ask? Lets just say that around the busy days like this, there are slower ones. My friends and I are forced to amuse ourselves by making up nicknames for everyone who works here and creating imaginary performance art groups that never actually perform.
Anyway...lunch was delicious and fun. I need both deliciousness and fun. I could think of other forms that could take, but I guess this is as good as it is going to get for me today :-D
I am reading Philosophy Made Simple. It is good and he has some other books I'm interested in reading as well.
I'm listening to...mostly my XM, because my cd player is behaving majorly hinky. I am loving the new Fall Out Boy single It's Not a Scene, It's an Arms Race.
And I guess thats all I have to say for now...whew.

Haiku #120

Smart Chris Horeczko
We went to the prom as friends
I wished it was more

Monday, December 4, 2006


One more thing. No, two.

1. Today is Team C's birthday. I sent him an ecard, but he hasn't viewed it yet. I called him, but got voicemail. At least I tried.

2. Full moon tonight. Watch out for werewolves.

That is all.


I am sitting on the phone waiting to pay my electric bill with a check by phone. I am at my desk, phone cradled between my shoulder and ear and the sounds of smooth jazz...okay blah, blah, blah...done. I am still working on paying this bigass deposit that I incurred when I got my power shut off a few weeks ago. Luckily the nice people at Edison broke my 750. down into four monthly payments of 190. On top of my regular enormous electric bill, I barely feel it. Okay, not to be a whiner, but dang! My bills just keep going up and my salary just keeps staying the same! I could use a second job, but don't know when I would do it, plus I sometimes feel that I barely see my kids as it is. At least I am not in debt. I would be probably, but I had to give up credit cards quite a few years ago :-) Nowadays it is just a matter of staying afloat.
The words to the Blue October Song "Into the Ocean" seem completely appropriate here:

I'm just a normal boy
That sank when I fell overboard
My ship would leave the country
But I'd rather swim ashore

Without a life that's sadly stuck again
Wish I was much more masculine
Maybe then I could learn to swim
Like 'fourteen miles away'

You're floating up and down
I spin, colliding into sound
Like whales beneath me diving down
I'm sinking to the bottom of my
Everything that freaks me out
The lighthouse beam has just run out
I'm cold as cold as cold can be

I want to swim away but don't know how
Sometimes it feels just like I'm falling in the ocean
Let the waves up take me down
Let the hurricane set in motion
Let the rain of what I feel right now...come down
Let the rain come down

Where is the coastguard
I keep looking each direction
For a spotlight, give me something
I need something for protection
Maybe flotsam junk will do just fine
The jets, I'm sunk, I'm left behind
I'm treading for my life believe me
(How can I keep up this breathing)

Not knowing how to think
I scream aloud, begin to sink
My legs and arms are broken down
With envy for the solid ground
I'm reaching for the life within me
How can one man stop his ending
I thought of just your face
Relaxed, and floated into space

I want to swim away but don't know how
Sometimes it feels just like I'm falling in the ocean
Let the waves up take me down
Let the hurricane set in motion
Let the rain of what I feel right now...come down
Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down

Now waking to the sun
I calculate what I had done
Like jumping from the bow (yeah)
Just to prove I knew how (yeah)
It's midnight's late reminder of
The loss of her, the one I love
My will to quickly end it all
So thought no end my need to fall

Into the ocean, end it all
Into the ocean, end it all
Into the ocean, end it all
into the ocean...end it all

Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)

I want to swim away but don't know how
Sometimes it feels just like I'm falling in the ocean
Let the waves up take me down
Let the hurricane set in motion (yeah)
Let the rain of what I feel right now...come down
Let the rain come down
Let the rain come down

Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
(In to space)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
(I thought of just your face)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)
Into the ocean (goodbye) end it all (goodbye)

Haiku #119

You were a tough girl
With crazy flyaway hair
Warm, spicy Ginger

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Haiku #118

Tammy tall and blonde
Your crooked smile was charming
You sure laughed a lot

What Movie Is My Christmas Most Like?

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it's all about sharing times with family.
Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

Aaawwwww! Cheese!

Christmas Shopping

I spent four hours or so of my precious day off yesterday doing some Christmas shopping with my mom and sister. We have to go together at least once...we used to go more often when my sis and I were stay-at-homes. We manage to have fun, but it isn't easy because none of us really enjoys shopping. Me, personally? I do not like to shop AT ALL. Not grocery shopping, not clothes shopping, certainly not recreational shopping. It has been suggested to me that if I had enough money I would grow to love it, but I don't think so. Grocery shopping is, of course, a necessary evil. I have gotten good at it over the years, but my skill doesn't bring me all that much pleasure. I declared that I was going to to all my holiday shopping online this year, but it is starting to look like that isn't going to happen unless I act quickly. I did get started yesterday with a few things here and there, but it feels like a drop in the bucket. I don't want to sound all Bah Humbug, but I find the holidays somewhat stressful. I want so much to please people and provide happy memories for my may be that I don't have the knack. Well, not that we haven't had nice holidays, but I just always get the feeling that maybe everyone was wishing for more or is sort of a vague feeling. Maybe it is just my own personal paranoia. I am pleased to note though, that I have to be one of the easiest people in the world to shop for myself. Without sarcasm I can say that I am perfectly happy with anything that someone choses to give me. Socks? Right on! Who doesn't need more socks? A bath set? Yay! Nice smells and bubbles! A gift card? Unlike some I could name, I don't see the gift card as an insult. I love being able to get what I really want or need!
In conclusion, I solicit your thoughts on holiday and any other kind of shopping.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

6 Weird Things About Me

I was so excited to be tagged by Tara for this meme!
It was disconcertingly easy to think of 6 weird things about myself...even if they aren't all that weird.

1. I have a thing for breath mints, especially Altoids.
2. I am extremely afraid of heights and the sensation of falling.
3. I like tomato sauce, ketchup, and sundried tomatoes, but don't care for actual fresh tomotoes.
4. I get almost panicky if I find myself with free time and nothing on hand to read.
5. I can't stand the feeling of cloth in my mouth. It sends a chill up my spine.
6. I feel ridiculous when I wear make-up.

I will tag....

Go! Um, please?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Am I?

I don't know why there is all this space at the top, but.....

You are most like:

You are Yellow

The clouds part and the smell of daffodils and daisies fill the air when you are around. Your sunny disposition cheers most, and makes others (the jealous and bitter ones) wish you'd never gotten out of bed.


Take this quiz: Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Are You?

Yay for Yellows!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Was anyone into that show when it was on? Not enough people I guess, as I don't think it even lasted a full season. I have been watching the DVD and it is so cool! I love this show! I never did see it when it was actually on a couple of years ago, but if I had been into it I would have been so pissed off when it was cancelled! Now I am pissed off retroactively.
Does anyone else have any underappreciated gems that they discovered too late? Or maybe you were a fan, but couldn't save it. (Like me and Arrested Development *sigh*) Tell me about it.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Which Extremity of the World Am I?

You are the single biggest feature of the surface of the Earth. You cover 28% of the planet, more than all the land put together, and contain enough water to fill the moon. You also contain, almost as an afterthought, four-fifths of the world's islands. If your coastline were to be stretched out straight, it would reach around the world five times, and a lot of people would get very wet indeed.

I am the Pacific Ocean!
Which Extremity of the World Are You?
From the towering colossi at Rum and Monkey.

More About Food

We've been all about the food this weekend, right? Having the big meal, making our way through the leftovers. Sometimes I get so sick of thinking about food...what to eat, when it will be time to eat again, who is going to want to eat...Enough! And having kidlets makes it impossible to just skip a meal. I mean, I don't have to eat, but those always hungry souls will certainly want what to to feed them? But *sigh* I do like food after all. Eating is pleasurable, usually. I guess I just wish I didn't have to consider it so often in the course of each day.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Haiku #117

What a striking girl
Gloriana de Jesus
Bet you grew up cool

Saturday, November 25, 2006

No, I Can't Complain

Hey, here's hoping you all had a fine Thanksgiving day. I am just back to work today and it has been busy, but all in all I am not inclined to complain.

On Thursday, me and all the kids drove to my dad's house for the feasting. It takes about 90 minutes to get there, but traffic was not at all bad. It was nice too that we managed to take only two cars. The only other guests, my sister and nephew, took their own truck. My dad and step-mom made a very good meal for us, with turkey (of course), gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, corn pudding, salad, and rolls. We ate early in the day, about 2, then just spent time visiting, playing basketball, and going for little rides in the golf cart. I think everyone ended up having a really good time. I'm glad it worked out well, because I know for a fact that WTG invited Secret Agent Man and possibly Social Animal to go with him to his family's Thanksgiving. I can't help but feel good that they came with me...not just one-up-manship, but I just so seldom get all five kids in one place anymore.

Yesterday, I did virtually nothing. I stayed in my pajamas until about 1, which never happens! I am reading a really good book called Sharp Objects. So, I got a chance to just sit and read, drink coffee, and play catch up with the never ending chore of laundry. Some of us went to Kick Back Dude's house for dinner and he burned me three cds: Tenacious D, Tenacious D's "The Pick of Destiny", and My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade". Yay! l.b. loves the music.

So, as you can see I can't complain.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

No loss of points for unoriginality, I am hoping. But I did want to take a moment to wish anyone who stops by here a very, very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the long weekend, those of you who get one. I, personally, will be back on the clock Saturday. Not complaining though as I know some people are required to work on even the big holidays. So, anyway, please enjoy yourselves in whatever way you traditionally chose :-)

My Cassette Rawks!

With thanks to Tara, again :-)

You can create your very own here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What Kind of Reader Am I?

As a dedicated bibliophile I had to take this quiz. I'm not surprised at how it turned out :-)

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

Haiku #116

Sweet, dark, Mark Curtis
I thought you were wonderful
But you were not mine.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Haiku #115

Mike Jones, tousled hair
Star of the basketball court
You were nice to me.

For Your Consideration

This is what I went to see yesterday. Ah, I loved a good laugh! It wasn't my favorite Guest movie, but it was still a peach.

I had fully intended to start reading Running with Scissors today and though it is supposed to be on the shelf it wasn't. Since I was right there, I picked up How to Be Alone, which I actually thought was the more recently written The Discomfort Zone...but no matter, I can get to that next or soonish. What have I got but time?

Friday, November 17, 2006

My Must See TV

Not that anyone would particularly care, but I just thought I'd jot down the shows I am finding worth the time this season.

-Desperate Housewives
-Two and a Half Men (I consider this one my guilty pleasure)
-House, MD
-My Name is Earl
-The Office
-Ugly Betty
-Grey's Anatomy

Notice that Thursday is pretty heavy and some nights have nothing? That is the beauty of Tivo, baby.

Oh, and I am eagerly awaiting the season premiere of Scrubs in a couple of weeks. Tuck 'n J.D. slay me.

What is on your Must See list?

Haiku #114

Mrs. Anderson
A stereotypical
Girls PE teacher

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Haiku #113

You had long dark hair
Cute Elva Tamashiro
And a gorgeous smile

What Number Am I?

You Are 9: The Peacemaker

You are emotionally stable and willing to find common ground with others.

Your friends and family often look to you to be the mediator when there is conflict.

You are easy going and accepting. You take things as they come.

Avoding conflict at all costs, you're content when things are calm.

Today Is Working For Me

I am having one of those days! Not to gloat or anything, but the cosmos are working their magic for me. It sort of started yesterday evening when Kick Back Dude gave me a nice new cell phone to replace mine (which I really liked, but which had seen better days.) Then this morning I got to do most of my desk time during the quiet morning hours. Then I met Team C for one of our very nice long lunches. That was just what I needed. Then, just by chance, I found that we had a copy of OK GO's OH NO in the library...we never have good cds here! Now, I can't predict what my evening will be like, but I do know we are having pizza for dinner. Yum.
Reading through this, it may not look like much, but I am telling you is working for me!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

My Lazy Mind

I just finished reading Thank You For Smoking and it was really cool. I had been meaning to read it since I saw the movie version and finally got around to it. Likewise, I am now meaning to read Running with Scissors after seeing the movie. However, at this particular moment I am feeling somewhat lazy mentally. So I decided to reread Little Children. I have mentioned before how I despair of ever getting to all the books I want to read, yet there are some I insist on rereading (often more than once.) There is just something so wonderful about returning to a book that you know you loved!

Haiku #112

Mr Erickson
You fascinated us all
With personal tales

Monday, November 13, 2006

Three Movies in Three Days

I had a long weekend and was it ever nice. Rare calm times at home lead to a dispensation to take some "me" time each and every day of that weekend! I don't do very concise movie reviews, so let me just say that I can recommend any or all of the three movies I saw. A hat trick of movie goodness. On Friday evening I saw Running with Scissors. I don't believe this is getting great reviews, but I thought it was kinda cool. I haven't read the book though, so maybe in comparison it disappoints? I'll read the book and solve that for myself. On Saturday I say Stranger Than Fiction. I think this movie is being mismarketed. I didn't get much of a feel for it from the previews I've seen, but took a chance on Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah (who I have a girl crush on). The chance totally paid off. This movie was so sweet and surreal. See it, but only if you can accept Will Ferrell not spending the whole movie doing his typical dense guy thing :-)
On Sunday I saw Little Children. Wow. This movie was a wow. I read the book too and always find it interesting to see what is excised for film. I think they did an excellent job here. The ending was made a bit more dramatic, as the one in the book would have probably fell flat on screen. Anyway, once again, l.b. recommends this one to you folks at home.
Anyone else seen any good movies lately?

Haiku #111

Blue eyes, pretty smile
Self-conscious of your wide hips
You cheered Denise Wood.

What American Accent Do I Have?

You should try this, it really works. Filched from Poppy.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Survey Says....

Thanks to misfit138 for the content. I owe you!

1. Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?
Steve Martin

2. Who do you blame for your mood today?
Lets just call it existential angst...we won't give him a name...

3. Have you ever seen a dead body?

4. What should we do w/ stupid people??
Enjoy their shenanigans.

5. How long do you think you will live?
I am hoping for very long. The answer would be: very.

6. What was the first thing you did this morning?
Looked at the clock and groaned.

7. The color of carpet in your bedroom?
I have a beige area rug and wood floors.

9. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Three of my kids.

10. Are you spoiled?
Like month old milk, baby.

11.Do you drink lots of water?

12. What toothpaste do you use?
Colgate, the white paste kind.

13. How do you vent your anger?
I post desperate messages in my blog and also scream in my car while driving.

14. The last compliment you received?
I just got a nice compliment from my boss about a flyer I made for a program
next week.

15. What are you doing this weekend?
It is a three day weekend for me. I plan to be extremely productive! Or I might
just hang out and do some reading.

16 When was the last time you threw up?
Must have been a month or so ago. I was choking on some Chinese food.

17. Is your best friend a virgin?
Good lawd, no.

18. What theme does your room have?
Den of sin. Okay, no...more like - I sleep inside an avocado!

19. When was the last time you were at a party?
Since I don't think family birthday parties really, sadly, I have no
idea. It's been awhile, lets say.

20. Are you a mama's child or a daddy's child?

21. Would you ever join the military?
I don't think so.

22. The last website you visited?
Blogger :-)

23. Who was the last person you took a picture with?
Handsome Lad and Girlie Girl on Halloween.

25. Last person you went to the movies with?
Milly von Lily of the Valley Blvd.

26. What did you do/will you do for your birthday this year?
If I say probably nothing special will you feel bad for me? Awwwwww!

27. Number of layers on your bed?
Lets see...frame, box spring, mattress, egg crate pad, fitted sheet, comforter.
At night there is me, in between the fitted sheet and the comforter.

28. Is anything alive in your room?
Just me and an occasional visiting child.

29. Today, would you rather go back a week or go forward a week?
Time travel is scary. I'll stay here.

30. What are you looking forward to right now?
The countless possibilities of the future.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

What Kind of Weather Am I?

I thought I'd post something a little more fun and cheerful. It needs to be done :-)

You Are Sunshine

Soothing and calm
You are often held up by others as the ideal
But too much of you, and they'll get burned

You are best known for: your warmth

Your dominant state: connecting

See? Nothing depressing about that!

Tuesday, November 7, 2006


Sometimes it seems the whole world is in 2's. Not me. Mostly, that is a good thing to my mind. There are times, like when I am moping now-ish, that I feel like I am alone and will be alone forever. Of course not actually alone. I am, in fact, very rarely alone. I've got kids for miles and work with the public and if I am lucky that won't change. But now and then I get that dark, clear knowlege that I am not loved. Not in that particular way, you know? Fuck. Sorry, I better get back to thinking of fun stuff...

Haiku #110

So superior
Weren't you, cute Jeff Shiraki?
In point of fact, yes!

Monday, November 6, 2006

Fun Stuff

l.b. is working hard to stay positive, as I am on one of those down cycles. But I don't give in. I have a real, albeit corny, desire to live my life in an appreciative way. So, fun stuff! Friday with the Swordsman was fun. Well, maybe not fun...but good. Definitely good. Then, Friday night I took Handsome Lad and went to Social Animal's football game. I almost didn't go, because sometimes I skip the away games, but it turned out to be a really great game. Lots of back and forth with the Tartans defeating the opposition with a final score of 31-28. Saturday I was here, tired, but still the day went fine. No complaints. So yay! Sunday was mostly good. I stayed out of WTG's way, watched a lot of my tivo'd stuff, and went out to dinner with Kick Back Dude and his family, plus the two littles, Girlie Girl and Handsome Lad. I was able to get the exact food that I wanted, even though my particular combination was not on the it weird that I like English style fish with onion rings? I know it is called fish 'n chips, duh, but I like onion rings...and I got them. Yum and yay for eating what you want sometimes.
And what has been fun about today? Well...not much actual fun, but also nothing bad. Okay, Wild Bill is acting like an a$$, but that is not exactly shocking somehow, so I am just going to laugh it, you slay me, you scamp!
Oh! And I finally got started on Thank You For Smoking. So, there you go, woo hoo! Fun stuff.

Haiku #109

Curly haired Chet Brit
Keeping booze in your locker
But I never guessed

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Working in a Coalmine

That song, the Devo version, comes to mind because Lord, I am so tired. How long can this go on? I do grow fatigued now and again, through a combination of not enough sleep, stress, and poor fuel (food) choices. This tired I am feeling right now is actually rather pleasurable, though. The fact that I am at work today sort of sucks, because my head feels cottony. But I also have that languid, used up feeling that has a little kick to it somehow.

Haiku #108

You were Big Bob Berg
You seemed nice, always around
But something was wrong.

Thursday, November 2, 2006

I Can't Breathe in Here

I think I need to pull my head out of my....never mind. I somehow agreed to see the Poet/Swordsman tomorrow. All my good intentions, come to this. *sigh*

Everyone's Doin' It

Here I am with my celebrity twins! Isn't the resemblence amazing? Okay, well, it is fun anyway :-)

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Handsome Lad's Mix CD

I don't have the list in front of me, but Handsome Lad was playing his very own mix for me yesterday. He has, perhaps, unusual taste for a nine year old. For example, he has "Jail House Rock" and "Love Me Tender" by Elvis, thankewverymush...Plus, I remember hearing "The Pina Colada Song" and "Sunshine of Your Love". Very eclectic, right? But, just so you don't think he's some kind of tastemaker, I must also point out that he has two songs by John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, because he is going through a rather serious Full House fixation.

Haiku #107

Loretta Zandstra
One of the smart cheerleaders
Pretty Nordic blonde

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

My First Xmas Mix CD

My little bear friend Milly just gave me my first Xmas Mix CD. I allowed her to chose, because she has impecable taste in music and has introduced and even re-introduced me to many fine things.
1. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
2. Sweet Talkin' Woman - ELO
3. Take Some Time - Rose Melberg
4. The Perfect World - Shonen Knife
5. Always Love - Nada Surf
6. Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
7. The New World - X
8. Redwing - Hem
9. Bye Bye Snow - Bobby Baby
10. Mornings Eleven - The Magic Numbers
11. Bled White - Elliott Smith
12. Cruel to be Kind - Nick Lowe
13. Talk Talk Talk - Love is All
14. Tristan and Iseult - Tarkio
15. For the Love of Reynaldo Moon - Phillip Eno
16. Jezebel - Iron and Wine
17. Rewind - Goldspot
18. Sympathy Wreath - Barbara Manning
19. Lazy May - The Essex Green
20. Love Plus One - Haircut 100
21. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Hem

See anything you know and love here? Anything you know and hate?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Boyz 2 Men Update

No, not THOSE guys. Just my random guys that seem to drop in and out of my life. Team C: MIA, as usual. I could almost set my watch by him. Well, no, maybe my calendar. Swordsman: I finally worked up the nerve and even the actual desire to just say, "thanks, but no thanks". He was more trouble than I was willing to handle. I want things very, very easy at this particular juncture in my life. With him, everything always had to be like an opera or something! I figure I've earned the right to the simple things in life, without high drama. Now, there is this whole other guy. Lets call him...Wild Bill. I am taking a very cautious approach with him. He seems a little conflicted about some issues in his life. Wild Bill is one of these guys who is so much fun! But frankly? A little shallow maybe. At this point in my life, I appreciate a little depth in a man, you know?
Sometimes, given circumstances, I think seriously about giving up men altogether...and sometimes I actually do. But it is always temporary. I don't require the whole big dating thing, but I definitely require some tenderness and affection in my life.

Haiku #106

Skinny, nervous Mike
Lots of classes together
You had wild man hair!

A Literary Meme

Sorry for another meme, but geez! I couldn't pass up one all about books! Thanks for the sort of tag from MiniJonB!

1) One book that changed your life: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

2) One book that you'd read more than once: Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr

3) One book you'd want on a deserted island: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare...when I got really bored I could act out the plays :-)

4) One book that made you laugh: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists by
Gideon Defoe

5) One book that made you cry: A Short History of a Price by Jane Hamilton

6) One book you wish you'd written: The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

7) One book you wish had never been written: Anything by David J. Pelzer

8) One book you're currently reading: I'm re-reading Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, because I can pick it up and put it down between other books.

9) One book you've been meaning to read: Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley

10) Tag five people: Anyone who reads this and hasn't done it already, consider yourself tagged and/or tagged again :-)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Haiku #105

Chris Brauner, sly dog
My crush on you? Preordained
Your smile, so charming!

I Made It! Finally!

Dang! Blogger was sure acting the fool today. For awhile, I couldn't get to blogger at all. I kept getting this Google error message. I might even have felt a little panicky...not able to read my blogs?!?!?! Then, after a while, I could read the blogs, but the comment function wasn't, uh, functioning. Almost as bad...I like talking back. I was unable to post to my own blog as well. Blogger was just messing with my head, man! But here I am finally, able to read and post and feel fulfilled as a human being. *whew*
I had a really busy day yesterday. It was my big Halloween program day. I had events at 4:00 and 6:30. There were 75 people at the early show and 135 later on. Everyone had a really good time and I love doing programs, but also find them quite tiring. In the library, among the under 10 set lets say, I am like this sort of character. And when I am doing a program or even just on the desk, they seem to need me to be, like, in character. It lends an element of glamour to the job, of course (ha!) but it can be hard to be "on" all the time. I totally get how Britney feels.
Today has been much more sane. It is often a bit quieter on Thursdays and Fridays. Tomorrow should be really nice here. What else...Oh! Going to Social Animal's football game tonight. He's Varsity. Yeah, thats right. My son is so cool. He wouldn't have two words to say to me if we were contemporaries. However, since I am his mother, he is more or less forced to talk to me. I like to take Handsome Lad with me to the games. He hangs around Social Animal's non-football playing friends and harrasses them while I watch the game in peace. Sweet deal.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

What Planet Am I From?

I wanted to post today, but didn't get to it, so I decided to put up another silly blogthing.
Take a look at me now:

You Are From Pluto

You are a dark, mysterious soul, full of magic and the secrets of the universe.
You can get the scoop on anything, but you keep your own secrets locked in your heart.
You love change and you use it to your advantage, whether by choice or chance.
You don't like to compromise, to the point of being self-destructive with your stubborness.
Live life with love, and your deep powers will open the world to you.

Is it ironic or just sad that I am from the planet that is no longer a planet? What planet are you from?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Meme for Me Me and You Too

I got this from Totally Tubular Tara's Eclectic Spaghetti blog...she got it from The Amazing Ashburnite's blog. The idea is to look over the list of things here and then bold each one that you've experienced and leave the rest in regular typeface.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the great pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the northern lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had/Have amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played d&d for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the snake river
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wildside
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read "The Iliad"
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read them
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone's life

Wow, this was interesting! I have done more than I thought, but there are definitely some things on here I want to do at some point.

Friday, October 20, 2006

The List

I was talking to one of my (few - ha!) happily married girlfriends and we were talking about The List. You know, the one that couples have, where if you had a chance to sleep with certain celebrities you could do harm, no foul.
I don't exactly need The List nowadays since I'm not couple-y, but I decided to let myself have one anyway. This is who I put on it:

Ben Stiller
Patrick Dempsey
Peter Krauss
Steve Martin
LL Cool J
Hugh Laurie
Jack Black
Zach Braff
Clive Owen
Colin Meloy

Do you have a list?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Haiku #104

Then, there was cool twin
Pam Chappelle, so popular
Of course not my type

Eat Candy. Be Happy.

I am one of those paycheck to paycheck sorts. Not able to do much in the way of savings, what with my lavish lifestyle and all. So, generally, at my house we have rich week and poor week. It is actually quite festive! Well, rich week is at least. Anyway, this is poor week and apparently it is coinciding with rushed week or maybe just stupid week. My cupboards have become quite bare here at work. I try to keep a supply of lunches on hand...mostly things like Soup at Hand and Budget Gourmet frozen mac n'cheese. Somehow I let my supply dwindle down to nothing besides those little packages of oatmeal. Now, here's where the rushed or stupid comes in. I could just bring a sandwich or something from home. Of course I could! I just keep...not. Somehow. So I ate oatmeal for a couple of days, then got sick of it. Today I ate a pack of Cheezits left over from storytime and called it lunch. Luckily, Babymama was showing a movie for the teens today and had made popcorn. She also provided some little tiny chocolate bars and soda. I stopped in, you know, just to see how things were going and was able to score popcorn, a couple little candy bars and a little cup o Coke. The candy was especially pleasing to me...dark chocolate! Yes! And that, my friends, is all it takes to make me happy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Muppet Personality

Why am I not surprised? Huh.

You Are Miss Piggy

A total princess and diva, you're totally in charge - even if people don't know it.
You want to be loved, adored, and worshiped. And you won't settle for anything less.
You're going to be a total star, and you won't let any of the "little people" get in your way.
Just remember, piggy, never eat more than you can lift!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What I Need

I need a few things. However, right now I am specifically thinking of a new cd player for my car. I have my XM going on and I love it. Unfortunately, I think my cd player has just about had it. I put in Beck's Odelay, like, a month ago. It got stuck in there and finally today I was motivated enough to get it out. I haven't had a chance yet to see if Beck is okay. And I want to play the new Decemberists, but I don't want to lose it forever. Sadly, I mostly get the chance to listen to music in my car and I enjoy it so. I guess that will be number one on my X-Mas list. It is time to start making those, isn't it? I also plan to make a couple of the best mix lists I can think of and offer them up to anyone who wants to burn them for me as a holiday gift :-)
Anyway, it is way too early to be thinking of what I need...but damn, Gina! I need my cd player!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Rather Dull Weekend

I'm both sorry and relieved to say that the weekend passed uneventfully. Sometimes I just feel that I am waiting and waiting for something, anything to happen. And that is how I have been all my life. I let things happen to me, instead of being the one to make things happen.
Saturday I really just sat around my livingroom watching tv and reading. WTG had all kinds of people roaming around working on his new room and I just stayed out of the way and tried to keep Handsome Lad entertained. On Sunday I did go out to brunch with Milly and K. It was very nice to have a visit with my girls. Then I returned home for more serious lounging about. Girlie Girl had her cheerleading late in the afternoon and fortunately it wasn't raining for that. Handsome Lad came with me and it was a good couple of hours. Then, in the evening Kick Back Dude came over with his family, which they haven't done in a while. It was nice to visit with them.
Then, all of a sudden, it was Monday again and here I am. On the bright side, another day closer to Halloween! I am thinking about being a bear this year...I think I may have mentioned that? Maybe a teddy bear....

Haiku #103

You were the shy twin
In a big group of sisters
Sweet Patty Chappelle

Haiku #102

Dimple cheeked Donna
You always had a boyfriend
A plus sized princess

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday Oddness

TGIF. Really, I am so ready for a weekend. As much as I enjoy my job, some weeks just feel endless. I did do my Excel training yesterday and found it very useful. I think I may actually end up being the go-to gal here for spreadsheets and databases :-) Plus, bonus, I had time for a nice long lunch with Team C. Sometimes I wish I could see more of him, but other times I know it is just as well that we keep things very, very under control.
Today, one of our co-workers didn't show up, thus the Friday oddness. She is a part-time person, generally very reliable, and she just simply didn't come in. We tried her cell, no answer, her home, no answer, and her other job, where she had been earlier in the day but that was all they knew. I am left to hope that she simply forgot her schedule and that something bad hasn't happened to her. She is scheduled tomorrow too, so I will have to call and see if she's come in. Not to be nosy, but it is worrisome.
Other random thoughts....lets see...I had lunch alone today. I ate in the park because the weather is so pretty and it is nice to actually be in the weather for part of the day. Being indoors all the time can definitely get me down.
I started a new book. It is by Harry Shearer, who I think is quite funny. It is called Not Enough Indians. I figured I could use a smart laugh.
Here's hoping you guys have a really good weekend. You deserve it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Excel for Dopes

Tomorrow I am going to attend and Excel Training Seminar for three hours in the morning. Don't laugh, but I've never really learned how to use it very well, so when it was offered I jumped on board. I wonder if I can really learn to use it in three hours. I guess I'll see and after all, it is a morning out of the library...and in a different library...
I do have a fun lunchtime planned with Team C. For that, I will learn Excel and just about anything else anyone wants to teach me. More tomorrow.

Haiku #101

Mark, you were cute, sweet
Still thinking of the straight life
It wasn't to be.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Haiku #100

Tammy Ferranti
You were my first high school friend
You were the coolest!

Un, Deux, Trois

After I insisted on being tagged at Eclectic Spaghetti.....

3 Smells I love:
Fresh cut grass
Chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven
Just out of the bath baby

3 Smells I hate:
Overcooked vegetables
Burnt popcorn
Wet dog

3 Jobs that I have had in my life:
Del Taco hostess
Gemco cashier/stock clerk
Library Tech.

3 Movies that I could watch over and over:
Office Space
Muriel's Wedding

3 Fond memories:
The births of my children
Concerts with Milly
The first time Team C kissed me

3 Jobs I would love to have:
Poet / Novelist
Ice cream flavor developer
Roller Derby Queen

3 Places that I have lived:

3 Things I like to do:
Watch my favorite shows on Tivo

3 Of my favorite foods:
Macaroni and cheese
Ice cream
Anything chocolate

3 Places I would like to be right now:
At the beach with the sun shining
At a concert in a nice intimate venue
On my couch with blanket and the remote

3 Websites that I visit daily:
The library's homepage

3 Things that make me cry:
My children being hurt physically or emotionally
Various songs, tv shows, books, movies...
Sudden feelings of futility

3 Friends that I am tagging:
(copied Tara there...I want everyone to play!)

Monday, October 9, 2006

Family Parties for Young Adults

Ooooh, family parties for young adults, huh.
Good gawd y'all...
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Say it again!

Singing it like Edwin Starr, y'all. Anyway, it was a fine little family gathering, but honestly Secret Agent Man wasn't all that into it. I don't blame him. His friends are his everything right now. I really felt like the effort of making a party was more for the grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles. S.A.M. would have been just as happy to have had the money spent for the party :-) Still, I guess we do need to get together every so often for whatever the occasion.

Back to work today...seems like I never left. I will say that things have gotten quite a bit easier around here since we were allowed to hire another half time person. I rarely have over 3 hours on the public desk these days, so that gives me more time to do my other work and of course just a bit more time for the internets and such. I feel like I deserve that extra time though, since I have taken on many of the class visits. Plus, Smiley has asked us all to do additional programming so that their are at least two specials each month in addition to our regular storytimes.

I finished the Dexter books...there must be a third in the works. Now I am reading something very different. Another one of those books that I have meant to get to for ages. It is called Consider This, Senora. It is so lovely, so sad, but full of beauty too.

Haiku #99

I danced with you once
Tight pants, an alarming bulge
Thanks, I think, Curtis

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Happy Birthday (almost) To Son #2

Tomorrow is my second son's birthday. I have always awkwardly avoided using my kids names here. But I hate using Son #1, #2, etc. Let me give them aliases. I thought maybe I could just use their main personality traits
Son #1 - Kick Back Dude
Son #2 - Secret Agent Man
Son #3 - Social Animal
Daughter - Girlie Girl
Son #4 - Handsome Lad
Okay, that's settled. So, tomorrow Secret Agent Man turns 20. I'm sure he has his own plans for the evening, but we are having a family lunch in the afternoon. He requested spaghetti like a good boy. (It is far and away one of the easiest dishes to make ahead of time and in bulk so the cook can enjoy the party too.) I am just giving him $$$, because I think he'd prefer that to just about anything I could possibly pick out. I am not known for my great gift picking abilities anyway.
I was sort of relieved when my dad and stepmom said they couldn't make it. Not that I don't love them, but it is always somehow a slightly different occasion when they are around. I guess because we don't see them so much and also because my mom and sister still seem to have many hard feelings about my dad left over from, like 25 years ago. Damn, let it go people! Anyway, they will come later in the month and take us out to brunch or something.
Today I am at work, tomorrow family party, and this weekend is shot. And in the weird synchronization that is at work in my personal life Swordsman called me on Thursday to ask me to not throw in the towel with him yet. We talked awhile and as always he made me want to continue to play his little games. Then, I came in this morning to find that Team C called yesterday and left a message for me. The thing with him is that I can always truly look forward to seeing him with no weird mixed feelings. He's just a pure pleasure to know. So, I guess I'll just sit back and see what happens next.

Haiku #98

Brad, a handsome boy
Working part time at the ranch
The girls flocked to you

Haiku #97

Teri and Debbie
Heard your dad did things to you
I hope those were lies

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Life As We Know It

Once again I find myself wanting to post a blog entry, but not really having any topic to hang it on. So, allow me to blather a bit, por favor.
Okay, lets see what comes to mind. I was going to go to lunch with Milly today, but then her sister came to take her out. I was sort of relieved because this cold I am sporting has left me less than great company. I'm sort of cotton headed or something. So I just had some soup and read. I had just finished Darkly Dreaming Dexter and was beginning Dearly Devoted Dexter. I had been wanting to read these, but hadn't gotten to them. I was finally pushed when I saw the premiere of Dexter on Showtime.
Now I'm getting ready to go home for the day and tomorrow is my Friday off. I wish I could say I had some fabulous plans, but I believe I've committed myself to some babysitting somehow. Note to self: Learn to say "no".
Sorry for the randomness...again. At some point I will become interesting and will begin posting witty topics that will incite discussion! Now, doesn't that make you want to come on back?

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

My Desk pt. 2 Sort Of

Gobble Gobble

I totally meant to post yesterday, but spent the time I had set aside for blogging consoling my sister on the phone. She found out the rat bastahd she's been seeing for a couple of years recently joined a dating site. She needed someone to talk to about all the little ways in which he has given her pause to wonder over the course of their whole relationship. She said she's through with him and I told her over and over again that she is doing the right thing. Like I am anyone who should be passing out relationship advice.

Why the gobble gobble, you may be asking. Well, I was just thinking about the turkey dinner I had yesterday evening. One of my coworkers, lets call her Babymama (because all she ever talks about are her kids), invited me and Milly over to her house for dinner, to help her eat leftovers. Dang, sometimes a turkey dinner just really wows me when it isn't Thanksgiving or Easter or something. She's a really good cook too. I can and do cook of course...but I don't LOVE doing it the way a good cook should. After the meal, we even got some razzleberry pie. Unfortunately, all that starch and tryptophen(sp?) and sugar practically put me in a coma. Yet I still had to come back to work and be peppy for storytime and fiery and indignant for my sister. It was a long three hours.

Today the building is so packed. A good many of these kids are here every single day. Geez. I know when I was a kid I sure never spent that much time in a library, although I was the kind of kid who probably wouldn't have minded.

Haiku #96

Second grade was brief
You knew I was beyond you
Right, Mrs. Shaffer?

Monday, October 2, 2006

What I See When I Sit at My Desk

Besides my big, fat computer screen I have lots to look at. I am one of those people who clutters up their space a bit with personal mementos and I have a good sized, L-shaped desk, overhead cabinets and material covered walls perfect for push pining things ups. I have pictures from magazines, copies of illustrations from children's books, photos of my family and friends, three little stuffed animals, many papers of all shapes, sizes, colors, books, my phone, other office supplies, art projects, sometimes food or a beverage, a clock... I'm pushing it. I think I have to clean up a little, but it makes me feel comforted to have stuff around me that is mine. And I never have problems putting my hands on what I need. I know some offices have a strong "no clutter" policy. In theory it is sort of like that here, but I maintain this image as "creative" and it seems that explains all the stuff! My home is much less cluttery. Maybe I don't need it there, because it is home. What do you guys think? Do you guys like a tidy desk/office? Or do you wallow in your things?

Haiku #95

You rented a house
We called you Barbie and Ken
The perfect couple

Friday, September 29, 2006

How Much Do I Know About '80's Music?

You Scored 75% Correct

You are an 80s expert
You never confuse New Order with the Pet Shop Boys
You know which classical musician Falco rocked
When it comes to 80s music, you Just Can't Get Enough!

Shows my age, eh? I actually thought I'd do better, but I always have trouble with exact years....

Float On

You remember, of course, that Modest Mouse song so popular awhile back. I heard it on the ride home last night and since I hadn't heard it lately I was happy to hear it instead of groaing, "Again?" And it even made me philosophical about how things have been lately. I get all my best deep thoughts from pop songs. I'm like, "Yes! Good news IS on the way!" haha! I realize that I'm a ridiculous person, but I guess I'm okay with that.

Have a good weekend, peeps.

Haiku #94

Tonya from skating
Your mom was so mean to you
We weren't nice either

Haiku #93

The mother next door
Charlotte was big, loud, funny
Vivid in my mind

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Howz About Some Cheese, Hold the Whine

The world seems less dim today. The bright spot of my day was seeing about 15 of the kids here at the library perform their own little magic show today. It was the cutest thing. We had a professional magician come in and teach them a few tricks over a couple of days and then they showed off what they had learned for an audience. Fun stuff like that happens and then I totally feel lucky to have the job I have.
I talked to my experimental (or whatever) son yesterday evening and I think it went pretty well. I expressed my concerns and even made sure to let him know that I feel partially responsible for forgetting that he is young enough to still make really bad decisions and that I would be keeping a closer eye on him with that in mind. He seemed sincerely sorry and embarrassed. Well, that he'd been caught, but still, he likes being sort of a family star and I don't think he wants to risk appearing so bad again...and also hopefully, he heard what I said and won't want to do something so foolish again, caught or not. I do feel better after having been able to talk with him.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Haiku #92

Your name is long gone
But your little deformed arm
Scared my sister so.

Clap if You Like Whining

Keep it going, because you're in for a treat today. This will be an all whine post. On my mind with a vengence:
1. My oldest son can't get into the stupid doctor's office to have his stitches examined. It will take, literally, seconds, and they claim there is no way to get him in before Monday. What if this thing gets infected? Back to the E.R. then, I guess.
2. I still have not dealt with Son #3's little foray into the marijuana. WTG talked to him about it. By the time I got home last night, around 9:30, he was able to feign sleep convincingly enough that I knew it wouldn't be a good time to talk. So, I still don't know what I'll say to him. He will be spoken to this evening though, and some sort of consequences laid down.
3. I haven't yet found a replacement car so that WTG can quit bitching about the one he "gave" me and the tremendous debt he says he incurred. (Do I doubt the debt part? You betcha.) I have looked, but nothing seems quite feasible for me. I mean, I'll have very little to spend and it must be running.
4. WTG tried to join a gym that was offering a month's free trial. They refused to let him sign up because his blood pressure is too high. If he has a stroke or something, would I have to be the one to look after him? Okay, you can hate me now, because that sounds horrible. You'd have to know WTG though...
5. My memory is totally shot. One piece of evidence is here. I have heard that this sort of thing can be linked to stess and/or depression. Do ya think?
Thanks for joining the Festival of Whine! Are you craving some cheese?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Snap into a Slim Jim!

Me and Milly went in on this big box of Slim Jims from Amazon a while back. My portion has sort of been sitting around. I eat them very occasionally. Until this evening, that is. Tonight they are tasting mighty, mighty good to me. I mean, they are gross. They get my fingers oily! Yet sometimes they just hit the spot. Like tonight.
Oh, do you want to know what I am reading now? I have just begun Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons. I liked a couple of her other books okay. This one is sort of losing me at the beginning, but this may be just my not so great mood coming into play. I'll keep trying. I have a stand-by if this one doesn't work out.
I am hesitating to discuss why I am feeling shows, doesn't it? I found a baggie of pot in one of my son's closet. He is a very good student, a very good kid, and I am a bit at a loss. This is, I have to say, surprising and it has me a bit down. I'm not entirely sure how to handle it just yet. Sometimes, I'm just afraid I have done everything wrong.

Haiku #91

Cute Sherry Buda
Chiropractic medicine
Was your dream career

Monday, September 25, 2006

Haiku #90

Your name was Andrew
Noted for using a flag
To cover your deck

When There is a Rule, There is a Reason

My oldest son found that out the hard way...given that he is 21, probably not for the first time. On Sunday, while I took my daughter to the football game for cheerleading, Son #1 took his littlest brother bowling. I believe there are signs posted saying "Do Not Touch the Rails" or at least "Be Careful if Touching the Rails" I guess those are those things that go up or down on the lanes to block the gutter for little ones? (Not a bowler, I am piecing this together.) They had the rails up so Little Bro could actually bowl and when one fell down, Big Bro went to put it back up and somehow it sliced almost right through the top of his pinkie. He stayed calm and after examining it in the bathroom, realized he was pretty badly injured. He got his younger brother home without letting him know all that much was wrong, and then, luckily for once, WTG was there and took him to the emergency room. He had to get 15 stitches. Seems like a lot for such a little finger.
When I saw him this morning, he said what hurt the most was his shoulder where they gave him the tetanus shot.
While all this was going on, I was sitting in the broiling sun watching my darling daughter cheer for a team that lost 30-0. At least the girls did a fine job with their little half time performance :-) Mom side note: I am making an extra special effort to get along with my one and only daughter. She can be contentious, but in attempting to recall myself at 13, I feel certain I was similar and that no one that age can really help it. Ima get that Mother of the Year award yet!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Which Brady Am I?

You Are Greg Brady

Outta sight! Suave and all American, you tend to be clean cut and upstanding.
You're friendly with most people and a huge flirt (sometimes even with family members!).

hee hee!

What Season Am I?

You Belong in Spring

Optimistic, lively, and almost always happy with the world...
You can truly appreciate the blooming nature of spring.
Whether you're planting flowers or dyeing Easter eggs, spring is definitely your season!

Thanks to Tara for reminding me of how fun blogthings are :-)

Haiku #89

Pretty little girl
Shelly Peron, lets face it
Never stood a chance.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

It's Official (Again) - I Am White Trash

Today I got a phone call from home with the fabulous news that my electricity had been shut off. It was TOTALLY my fault. I meant to call by yesterday when it was due and get an extension until Friday when my check hits the bank, but I just dropped the ball. I was able to call and get it back on fairly quickly, but everyone who was home at the time (especially WTG) are super pissed at me. They were inconvenienced briefly, but the end result is that I look like such a major loser. Oh, well. What's new there? Cue the dueling banjos, please.

Let's look to happier topics, shall we? I wanted to tell you about my fun dinnertime break on Monday. I had dinner, as I often do, with my little bear friend Milly. She is the rock n roll librarian. On Monday, her friend and bandmate, lets call him Giblert, dropped by with his guitar. We went into the auditorium and I got to listen to their impromptu rehearsal. It was fun! They even let me make requests. I wanted Dancing Queen and they gave it a very fair shot :-) They both kept apologizing for mistakes and saying they didn't sound good, and I couldn't seem to make them believe that it was a pleasure to hear them working on their songs like that. I so envy people who can sing and/or play instruments. My singing voice is awful and I have never learned and instrument. I'd love to though, so maybe someday I will. Don't you think the cello is so sexy?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Keep Talkin', Mateys

It wasn't until I read just about every other blog in the world that I remembered that I was supposed to be celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day today. I LOVE pirates! Those dirty thieves of the high seas are just so cool somehow. I was a pirate last year for Halloween, even....see?

Anyway, hope it was a good one for all you scruvy scums out there...
I let this day slip away from me and am almost out of time. Tomorrow, I will tell you about my fun dinner last Monday. xxx

Haiku #88

Sweet Bobby Sherman
Non-threatening older man
Trapped in my t.v.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Haiku #87

Greg, Marcia, Peter,
Jan, Bobby, Cindy Brady
Almost real to me.

She's Easy

Saw Team C today and now I feel like the kitty in the cream. I couldn't be more content. I am just a warm, smiling, picture of bliss. So, so easy.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

My Evening As a Guinea Pig

Yesterday after work, me and Milly went to see August Rush. We had to pretty much rush straight there after work, as we needed to be there by 6:45. The movie didn't start until 7:30, but since it was a special screening there was all this rigamaroll to get through. We stood in line and filled out our demographic information cards, presented out invitations, got our tickets. We went into the theater and had our bags very thoroughly searched. They didn't care if we brought in outside food, but they were extremely concerned, of course, about secret little cameras and things. We had to sit kind of near the front, but I don't mind that. A guy gave a little speech about how we were the first ones to view this film, and we were watching a working copy so there may be little imperfections in sound, color, etc. Then we watched the movie. I have to say I really enjoyed it and afterwards gave it really high marks on the opinion survey. Honestly, it probably isn't something I would have chosen to go see randomly. It was very sweet and romantic, like a fairy tale. It was defintely a feel good film, not something I'm necessarily all that into, but what the heck! It did feel good :-) Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Keri Russell are gorgeous people (and talented musicians as well.) And Freddie Highmore? That kid is awesome!
So, I got a little evening out, a free movie, and a chance to provide my opinion. Yow. The End.
PS - I have a Team C meeting tomorrow. I am so, so excited.

It's L.B. Appreciation Day Somewhere in the World!

I would like to direct you to Eclectic Spaghetti where the very cool Tara has given me my very own day! Visit her and join in the celebration of yours truly. haha!
Okay enough about, wait...this blog is all about me, right? Me and my boring life. Lives up to it's name, for sure!

Haiku #86

You were handsome then
Dark Danny Bustamonte
Ambiguous sort of crush.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

You Can Thank Me Later

I almost posted something all 9/11-ish yesterday, but couldn't bear to do it. You're welcome.

On Sunday WTG and I went to see Sherrybaby. The thing about this movie was not so much the story itself, but the fearless acting. Maggie Gyllenhaal may be my idol.
Tomorrow evening Milly and I are going to a preview of a movie called August Rush. I don't know much about it. It is one of those things where you go for free, but I think they want you to fill out a questionnaire or something. I'll give you the scoop on it, 'kay? 'Kay.

More tomorrow. I wanted to tell you something about the Swordsman, but what was it?