Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bubble Gum Cigars All Around

This week's Saturday Scavenger Shots word was chosen by the ever mysterious AlienCG over at the newly named Swamp Gas & Moonlit Reflections. Buddy, you couldn't have picked a more perfect word than BLUE! After all, what says BLUE more adorably than a brand new baby boy!

I give you....some badly shot photos of my brand new grandson!!!

Father and son. Celebrating BLUE after a couple of sweet pinks

And here he is with mama. She was a bit BLUE after her brisk 27 hour labor.

So there you go...BLUE bubble gum (or actual) cigars all around! They still haven't chosen a name, which I think is disgraceful. haha! I will be calling him Little Prince for my intents and purposes. But I will let you know their choice and post some less awful pictures soon. Thanks for celebrating BLUE with me! What could possibly come next?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Brief Message

I am at home AGAIN today. This time it is because I am watching Miss Personality and Love Bug while their parents are at the hospital delivering their baby brother. It was a long night, and something tells me it is going to be a long day. I'll be back, at some point, with the good news! Think good thoughts please :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

So, Anyway....

...I am back from my staycation TIME OFF and thought I'd jot down a few of the things I did.




I guess I really didn't do much! I sat around reading and watching tv quite a bit. My other main activity was driving the kidlets around. Unfortunately for Girlie Girl I can't really let her drive my car right now. The brakes are a bit not great at the moment and getting new ones is going to have a wait a couple of weeks. I don't think I am driving dangerous just yet, but I wouldn't put her behind the wheel with even the slightest chance of something going wrong. So I drove, cautiously. And read many books. And stared at the television.

Oh! I did have one fun outting. Last Thursday evening I went to a free concert in this wonderful park in Pasadena. John Doe of X was there and he sounded awesome. He also made fun of how tame all us old X fans have gotten over the years :-)
Anyway, that was my one real grown-up activity.

Still, it was nice to be away from work and I do feel refreshed and ready to face the next few months. And it was great to get back to your blogs too!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Not Water into Wine

Because I am back from my TIME OFF! Because it was hotter than Hades during all of it! I give you Choose and Defend of a cold and refreshing liquid sort. We all know that when it comes right down to it, you can't beat water for pure thirst quenching.

What will you have? Choose. Why? Defend.

Tap water?

Bottled water?

It is your choice! And it is nice to be back :-) I promise to spend some time catching up with all y'all.

Fresh Starts

Yesterday was the first day of school. It seemed clear these past few days that Girlie Girl and Handsome Lad were putting off thinking about it. Finally, Monday evening, they gave in and admitted to being a little excited. I just wanted to post a couple of pictures of them going off yesterday morning...entering a new year...and in Handsome Lad's case, a new place.

Here they are all duded up, looking fresh and fine. Handsome Lad is wearing the green t-shirt that Girlie Girl assured him would be most fabulous.

And here is Handsome Lad by Grandma's car. Notice that now Girlie Girl is gone, he has changed into the plain white t-shirt that he intended to wear all along. It was nice of him to at least pretend to concede to her greater sartorial wisdom. Thumbs up!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Secret Menu, Man

Hey! You had to know that even though I am taking some TIME OFF, I wouldn't want to miss our Saturday Scavenger Shots day! The incomparable Churlita choose the word ANIMAL for this week!

My first thought, of course, was to post pictures of my own ANIMALs, Tank, Sage, and Mittle Kitty. Then I thought, well, can I go anywhere else with this? Then I spent a bit of time wishing I had some ANIMAL who wanted to attack my bod so that I could post a picture of this awesome guy. Um, no. Then I thought - Ah ha! ANIMAL style! And that is not as nasty as it sounds...or maybe it is.

At In-N-Out Burger they have a "secret" menu. It isn't really so secret nowadays, because it's all over the internet. Even the official site has an abbreviated version. HERE is a pretty complete version of it. Anyway, since a lot of you probably don't have In-N-Out, I decided to treat you.

Here we have....
...a Cheeseburger ANIMAL style!

If you are vegetarian, you can get it without the meat. If you are vegan, you can even get it without the cheese. I think some people like to order it just so they can ask for something, aything, ANIMAL style!

Thank you for stopping by this ANIMAL's lair. Churlita will let us know who she is tagging for next week, so make sure to hound her (like ANIMALs) until she does! haha! And now...back to my regularly scheduled TIME OFF activities....

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I Had to Play My Little Game!

Even though I am officially "away" I had to stop by and put up my Choose and Defend Wednesday post! This one goes out in honor of my TIME OFF. Note: I am retiring the term staycation for the sake of Evil-E and MrManuel and any other blogger who hates those cutesy made-up words...hey, how do you guys feel about bromance? haha! Aahhh, okay, anyway...there are an endless number of ways to vacation. Countless destinations. But you know how we do things here. Your choices are quite finite. You are going on vacation. Do you go somewhere....remote and peaceful?Or do you head somewhere...bustling and full of culture? On this particular trip, you can't have both, because that's not how we play here, Homey. Choose and Defend your choice! Convince us all that your choice is the only choice! And now...back to MY regularly scheduled TIME OFF activities....

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cute Term Alert : Staycation

Don't step on me. EXACTLY!!!

Aaahhhhh! This is my last day of work for about a week. This won't be one of those fancy-schmancy, traveling vactions. Instead it will be one of those know, you are on vacation, but you stay at home...because you're superlame and cute little words are supposed to make you feel better about it. Um, yeah.

Really, though, this is just my chance to spend a little time with my kids before they go back to school next Tuesday. Tomorrow is they day they both need to turn in all their paperwork and get their schedules. Then I figure we'll have a few days to do a little shopping for supplies and an item of clothing or two. Handsome Lad is easy, but there is no way I am going to be able to make Girlie Girl happy as far as clothes go. It is like she wants this complete new wardrobe and it ain't happenin'. It's a money thing, of course, but it is also a reality check for her. The girl does not NEED a complete new wardrobe! She just WANTS a complete new wardrobe. So I won't feel too bad about just getting her what I can and then drawing the line.

I gave myself time to get them all situated...I'll be there to see how their first day of school went, on Tuesday. Then I gave myself Wednesday off as well, for good behavior. I figure I have it coming after the summer I've had! Which come to think of it hasn't been all that bad :-) In any event, it will be good to have some space between me and the library. A nice little breather. You might not see me around so much, although I will make every attempt to stop in and at least post a couple of things. It is marginally easier for me to use the internet at home nowadays, so I have that going for me. But if you don't see me commenting so much, don't hold it against me. And if you see me commenting as usual, you will know my vacation turned out to be even more relaxing than I thought!

laura b. @ My Boring Life

Monday, August 18, 2008

My Diet is Now Lacking an Essential Nutrient

Yes, it's true. I seem to have stopped biting my fingernails. I am assuming that is because I am less tense since getting my own place. I didn't even realize I wasn't doing it (much like you don't realize you are doing it) until my left thumbnail started sort of hitting stuff. Understand that I have been a devoted nail biter my entire life (so I guess I can't really blame it on roommate / ex tension). Yes, it is a rather gross, germy habit...I can think of worse ones, but nonetheless I recognize its unattractiveness. But, maybe that is all behind me now! I can have actual fingernails!

I can pretty much guarantee that they will never look like this:However, I might be able to offer you a good back scratch one of these days. Wish me continued success please and tell me about a habit that you were able to overcome...or that you want to overcome! Thanks :-D

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Finally! BLACK is the New BLACK!

It is Saturday! Yay! So we get to post our Saturday Scavenger Shots! Yay! I really do look forward to these every week, posting and seeing everyone else's posts. This week's word was chosen by da godfadder of da game Evil-E! The word is...BLACK. I have a lot of BLACK stuff. A lot of my clothes are BLACK. BLACK friends? You betcha!

Um, anyway here are some of the funnest BLACK things hanging 'round my desk... I've got two BLACK robots. One plays gee-tar and one is sparkly. I also have a nice lady monkey with a banana wearing a LBD (for the non-fashion mavens out there, that would be a Little BLACK Dress. Classically elegant.)

And here is something I forgot I stuck up on a cabinet...Can't remember what I did to deserve that note to myself! But it's true enough...

Thank you for stopping my my little BLACK lair. Evil-E will let us all know who he's tagged for next week...and the game goes on :-)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Found Stuff

We always find things in library books. Often just junk, but even the junk can be interesting...old receipts, shopping lists, photos. On the super rare occasion someone will find money, woot! The other day I found this homemade birthday card...or actually part of a card, it appeared to have been torn in half. Complete with a little barcode on the back listing the price as 100.00. Here take a look:

It really tickled me because of the text, which is so typically teenage girl. It says:

Well, I guess Impy said it all... At least this isn't a book right? (about math...) Sorry I only got you this card...I was trying to use the computer but it broke down.. :( I'm gonna go to Hawaii sumtime in August, but w/ my fun. They have to rest, then eat rice, and when we finally get going, their ankles or another old person part starts hurting. This was such a cheerful B-Day card, rite? Emily 7-:3

I just can't help but like this girl :-) Ever found anything interesting or funny or valuable in some way? Tell me about it!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Brainia Miscellania

Just thought I'd post a few odds and ends today. One of my mental clean-ups, I guess.
- Handsome Lad has said that he definitely wants to live with me. Have my place be home base. He is nervous about talking with this dad about it. I offered to be the one to handle it, but he is resistant even to that. I think he feels guilty, but he is also very unhappy at the house, as there is so much tension there. Somehow, life didn't achieve the standard of perfection WTG imagined with me gone. Well, we'll see where this goes.

- My boss has been on vacation this week and it has been so quiet and peaceful! I actually like my boss quite a bit. She is really a nice person, but she is also rather high strung. When she gets stressed she doesn't take it out on people, but you know how it can't help but be aware of it. Makes me glad the buck doesn't stop with me. I never have to be that stressed about my job. Given my frame of mind, I will probably always be an indian, never a chief.

- I am dipping my toes into the waters of meeting new people, perhaps even dating. Don't make fun of me, but I have just put my profile up on The Onion personals. The service is free, although you can upgrade and get extras of some sort for a fee. I sort of figure people with profiles there might at least be interesting and have a sense of humor. I have no real expectations, but I figured that I might want to start somewhere and see what, we'll see what happens!

- Oh, and this is completely random, but I know a few of you like food :-) Food! I had the most amazing gyro yesterday evening. My mouth waters just thinking about there anything like tzatziki, tender meat, those little diced tomatoes and oninos, all wrapped up in a warm pita? Yum. Alright, I just had to share that for some reason.

- One more thing! If any of you ever stopped blogging I would be so, so bummed. I'd say devastated, but I don't want to sound like a freak. So, please keep on blogging. Yes, AlienCG, I might especially be talking to you. And anyone else thinking bad thoughts too! Knock that off! Thank you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's Like Apples and Oranges

People say that when they mean there is no way to really compare two things. However, we like comparing things here at Choose and Defend Wednesday. So, what say you?


Or or or oranges?

Now, after you've made your choice and defended it with vigor, I wouldn't hate you if you also mentioned your actual favorite fruit. But only after you play my little game. Choose and Defend! Rah!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I Did This Once Before...My How Things Have Changed!

In the world of the completely pointless personality quiz, I have to believe that this result trumps the one I got about three years ago.

The Completely Pointless Personality Quiz
The Completely Pointless Personality Quiz

Actually, reading back in my blog, a LOT has changed! More than I'd normally realize. I don't read old posts all that often, as there is so much new stuff outside of my own head to read about. However an occasional stroll down memory lane can be useful. Going back, especially to my earliest posts on this particular blog, makes me appreciate where I am in my life right now. Plus, it gives me a renewed appreciation for the whole blogging thing.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Party People

Like it or not, I must share some photos of Love Bug's little party yesterday. You will feel like you were invited!

Child labor laws are right lax in these here parts.

The birthday girl with all the grandmas...Princess Diva's weird mom, me, my mom, and WTG's mom.

We're not quite ready to ride, but we do like making the wheels go round. Yes, we're easily amused.

It's a cake! It's a baby! It's cake baby!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Precious Pooch!

Audrey, aka Love Bug (bloggy baby name), Precious Pooch (I don't know where big sister got this name for you...)Happy First Birthday! And just think! In about a month, you will be a big sister already, 'cause your parents are a couple of wild and crazy kids!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cause I Speak of the Pompetus of Love

Some people call me the SPACE cowboy...some call me the gangster of love.... Welcome to Saturday and my Saturday Scavenger Shots post. This week's word is, of course, SPACE and was chosen by the very interesting Dmarks at Throwawayblog. And away we go!

Miss Personality finally feels she has enough SPACE to play when we take her to the park.

Here is Love Bug looking a bit SPACEd out. I think she is eating a fry.

Here is the SPACE heater built into my bathroom wall. I haven't had to use it yet, because I've only lived here during summer so far.

Does this seem like a very good SPACE for a sleeping child to you? It was a bit weird, but I am assuming that maybe the library was the coolest SPACE the girl's grandma could find to give her a rest. The Chinese newspaper blanket was a nice touch...

And finally, please notice my lunar widget in the sidebar. I love being able to keep track of what our moon is up to out there in SPACE. >>>>>>>>>

Don't forget to check with Dmarks and see who he is tagging for next week. Thanks for stopping by my little place in cyberSPACE. You don't take up much SPACE at all!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I Write the Songs

In honor of today's Taraday, which is Write a Song Day (Lyrics and/or Music), I decided to share with you some lovely lyrics inspired by people with whom I work. In case you can't sense the humor, I was goofing around and wrote this song about two very...shall we say, lackadaisical employees here at the library. Feel free to image whatever tune you like to go along with the lyrics. Enjoy! ha!

The Ballad of the D’s

Sitting D and Slow D
Take life just as you like
Don’t rush for me or anyone
You know it isn’t worth it

Sitting D and Slow D
You live life in a daze
Don’t rise for me or anyone
It’s not worth it in the end

Sometimes this life just moves so fast
But not for our two friends
They take life at their own speed
No rush to get to the end

Sitting D and Slow D
Alike yet different still
Don’t change for me or anyone
You know it isn’t worth it

Sitting D and Slow D
Enthralled with lazy chat
Don’t fight for me or anyone
It’s not worth it in the end

Sometimes life just moves so fast
But not for our two friends
They take like at their own speed
No rush to get to the end…..

By Laura B.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

M-M-M-Minty Freshness!

My humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps...ew! It is Hump Day, as they say...which here at My Boring Life means it is time to Choose and Defend! Let us imagine that you need to freshen your mouth a bit. You have that "not so fresh feeling"....ew again! haha! Whatcho gonna do? Will you...

Pop a mmmmint?

Or will you...

Chew-chew-choose chewing gum?

Alrighty, then! Choooose and Defeeeend!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Things to Do If You Go to Work With Your Mom

Begin reading a popular children's novel.

After a short time, move on to Guinness Book of World Records 2008. It is really the only thing worth reading anyway.

Try a bit of a couple different movies. Your library's movie selection kind of sucks, mom.

Insist that you must eat, even though it is only about 10:30 am. Mmm, El Pollo Loco!

Blow up balloons that you find at your mom's desk, then draw funny faces on them! See if you can get her to display them at the public desk.

Place Nancy Pearl and Einstein in a compromising position. Don't say anything, just leave them on mom's desk. She'll find them later and have a great laugh, right?

Finally, your mom will agree to take you over to the skatepark on her lunch hour. Yay! Success!

This day brought to you through the mind of Handsome Lad, a very busy 11 year old!

Monday, August 4, 2008

My Oldest Son

My son Audie Kick Back Dude was born 23 years ago. I went into labor around 5pm on the 3rd and even though he was my first, I recognized labor! His dad pretended it wasn't happening, puttering around, washing his car. Well there wasn't much he could do anyway. Around 10pm we decided it was time to go to the hospital. While I labored, WTG watched Saturday Night Live. Thats fine too, because I am not the type that wanted to be talked to or massaged or anything while in labor. Just leave me alone was my motto. Kick Back Dude slid easily into the world at 1:17 am on Sunday, August 4th. How clearly I remember the nurses laughingly calling, "See you next year!" as I was wheeled off to my room afterward. I was appalled! Of course, I did have another baby just 14 months later, so I guess they knew their stuff....
Kick Back Dude has been true to his name since the day he was born. He was a calm, peaceful baby. He started walking before he was 10 months old. As he grew he enjoyed school, although I can't claim he was a merit scholar. He just didn't care that much! Still, he is really my only child that reads consistantly just for the pleasure of it. We share that, and also an interest in independant films and new music.
I was surprised by his choice to start a family at such a young age. He had been first witness to the struggles that his father and I encountered by not being a bit more established before going down that path. And I do see he and his partner struggling. However, all in all, he is doing a magnificent job. He is one of the best fathers I have ever seen and very attentive to Princess Diva as well.
Here's to you, Kick Back Dude. I couldn't ask for a finer first born child. You made it all seem way too easy.Kick Back Dude sporting some crazy Jeebus hair!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

One Headlight

Yes, I do like the Wallflowers as a matter of fact! Okay, moving is Saturday and time for our Saturday Scavenger Shots. If you aren't already playing along, please consider doing so :-) This week's word was chosen by new to the game Greg. He chose what turned out to be a really fun word. DRIVE, baby, DRIVE!

To start, of course, you must see the car that I DRIVE.

Mostly, I DRIVE to and from work and it looks a little something like this...

I realized that there are other sorts of DRIVE. For example...

Here is a screwDRIVEr! If you didn't want to use a screwDRIVEr, perhaps you could DRIVE a nail with a hammer...but I didn't have a picture of that going on.

I stole this picture of a cute thumb DRIVE. Aw!

Last, but by no means least, watch out for this brand new DRIVEr, please.

Thank you for having the DRIVE and determination to stop by. Now, go find Greg and see who he's tagging for next week's adventure!

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Power of Your Thoughts Kind of Scares Me...

I already have a positive update to yesterday's bummer post. Kick Back Dude just called to tell me he has gotten another job. It is similar to what he was doing before so he can jump right in. The money is a bit less, but some money coming in is much better than no money coming in. So, yay!

Thanks for your good thoughts everyone! You're the best blog friends EVER.