Saturday, January 31, 2009

There Must Be Something In the Water Here, So Baby Let's Dance.

The long, tall, mysterious AlienCG over at Swamp Gas & Moonlit Reflections was TAPPED to pick this week's he turned it on us and made the word TAPPED. Good one, Alien! Here is what I was able to come up with for this week's Saturday Scavenger Shots post. Behold.

Girlie Girl had her nails did a could weeks ago. Some counter or desktop could be seriously TAPPED by those bad, girls.

Since I know you must all enjoy my awful desk staging area, featured so regularly here, please to enjoy this shot of my empty Coca-Cola bottle. You say you want some bottled Coca-Cola too? Sorry, can't help you...all TAPPED out, man.
Hm. Okay, now I really am TAPPED out. Hey, I gave it a shot! haha! Check with the Alien and see who will be TAPPED to choose next week's mind bending theme word :-)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Show Me What You've Got

Let's hear it for the brave men and women who make their living performing for children in libraries and schools.

Instead of working yesterday, I earned my keep by going to a Performers Showcase. There are three or four of them each year, put together by one of the library associations. Performers are booked to come and show off their acts for many, many librarians. We get to see who is out there to hire for programs...they get, hopefully, more jobs.

Since I've been in the library game a few years, I have been to quite a few showcases. Sometimes the majority of the performers are just awful. Cringe worthy. You feel so bad for them watching them do their awful, lame little act they've put together. This year was not at all bad though, thank goodness. We got to see about 25 different acts, plus other performers who couldn't showcase show up with flyers and things. Anyway, I can't say it was a bad way to spend a work day. Sometimes though, standing there chatting with a woman dressed as a cowgirl or having a South American harpist tell you how he worked his way through medical school playing his harp...well, it can feel a bit surreal.

Have you had any surreal moments on the job lately?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Looking Good, Feeling Great.

I thought I'd check out your sartorial preferences on this fine Choose and Defend Wednesday. You have to wear something. I mean, this isn't some sort of nudie camp after all. Now, at home I assume we all want to be super comfy cozy...but what about in the outside world? Not naming any specific event or destination...just available for public viewing, you know? What do you prefer...

Fashion and looking supah fine...or do you prefer...
Comfort and looking, uh, comfortable....

Make a choice, defend your choice, and make this the best darn Choose and Defend Wednesday yet! Um...yeah. Dish.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What's New laura b?

Not all that much, really. Seems to be a bit of a fallow period, which is not entirely a bad thing...

- As I posted yesterday, my only daughter is now a licensed driver. Her dad told her he would get her a car soon, so she has virtually nothing else on her mind at this point.

- I've been reading about all these great movies that I simply must see. The last movie I actually went out and saw? Paul Blart: Mall Cop. I'm not kidding. But I do have kids so....

- I was kind of embarrassed when the U.S. of A. won Superstars of Dance. Also kind of embarrassed that I watched Superstars of Dance, yet here I am talking about it. So, I am forced to wonder...does some part of me enjoy humiliation? Disturbing.

- No prospective dates or anything like that to report. At the moment, I haven't the energy to care so it is probably just as well. I believe it is coincidental that this point came up right after I talked about enjoying humiliation. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Probably.

- I am currently reading Fool the World: the Oral History of a Band Called Pixies. Reading it causes me to spend way too much time viewing YouTube videos of Pixies in concert. "Way too much" is a relative term though. I mean, we are talking about Pixies. I want to be Kim I suppose. Too bad I have no discernible musical talent. Next life!

Who do you want to be in your next life? Let your imagination run wild.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Another Lady Driver

I posted this photo about six months ago, showing Girlie Girl and her learner's permit. I don't have another photo just yet, but I do have the news that she is, as of today, a fully licensed driver. Her dad is working on getting her a car. It will be nice for me in some ways to have her able to drive herself and maybe pick up Handsome Lad from school sometimes. Still, I worry. It is scary to have them out there tooling about. You'd think I'd be used to it, as she is my fourth driver....but apparently you never get used to it. Wish us luck :-)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

You're a Stranger to Me Now

It is Saturday! Time to post some photos that express something. This week that something is MISUNDERSTANDING, as chosen by NoRegrets. This one was a toughy...and I say this is a completely positive way. So without further ado, I give you my Saturday Scavenger Shots:

I was reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris and I came upon this passage where is tries to pass off an incident where a popular kid beaned him in the mouth with a rock as "a little MISUNDERSTANDING between friends". I took a picture of it...and it came out awful...but here it is anyway.

We are getting a new supervisor here in the Children's division within the next few weeks. I hope that there is no MISUNDERSTANDING concerning the circus under my desk. *sigh*

Fun with words for the other juveniles out there. Again, *sigh*.

I hope that you enjoyed this sort of MISUNDERSTANDING. Seems like the best kind to me. And just so there is no MISUNDERSTANDING, check with NoRegrets to see who she is tagging for next week! And...have a great next week :-)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday 5 - Net Habits

Doin' the Friday 5 again! I'm glad it is Friday and that it is my day off...but I'm just not feeling the rain that is, uh, raining. Yeah, not a fan. But about my net habits! And feel free to share yours as well.

1. What types of blogs do you usually read? I mostly read individual, personal blogs. It feels a lot more relaxing and engaging than reading media or political or official types of blogs. And I like relaxing and being engaged!

2. What kinds of products do you usually buy when you shop online? I mostly buy used books and cds for myself. I also gift shop and then who knows what I might stumble upon!

3. What kinds of online videos do you usually spend time watching?
Music videos or funny shorts. Things put up on YouTube or Funny or Die.
4. Besides Friday 5, what weekly memes do you particularly enjoy? Ah, know I love me some memes. However,this is the only actual weekly one I've been doing. Yet you know when someone has a meme and invites others to participate, I tend to be all over it.

5. Where do you like to go for streaming online music? I like Pandora and XM online.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I work tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing everyone's Misunderstandings :-)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Never Knew You. You Were a Roller Skater.

None of these people are me, but you get the idea.

At least twice a week, from the time I was 7 years old until around the age of 15, my mom dutifully drove me to Whittier Skateland for my skating lessons and practices. We’re talking roller skating here, baby…none of that Ice Castles stuff. I spent years fully immersed in the world of competitive dance and figure skating. Occasionally I had a partner, but mostly I skated singles. Couples was even more competitive and I don’t think my parents could really absorb the expense. In fact, now as a parent myself, I can’t help but reflect upon how generously they indulged my hobby. We weren’t wealthy by any means and keeping a growing kid in new costumes and skates, not to mention the cost of the lessons, must have been pretty intense.

I still remember with great pleasure my many hours spent at the rink. I loved and respected my coaches. The friends I made there felt like some sort of private and special society with our inside jokes and show off-y games. I remember the way the lobby smelled of leather and popcorn. The rink itself smelled mainly of the floor…the varnish perhaps? As we skated our parents sat patiently in the seats surrounding the rink in little social knots. My own mom tended to sit alone and read. I remember worrying about that, wishing she were more social with the other parents. I worried that it seemed unfriendly or something. Poor mom…it wasn’t enough that she carried my sorry ass down there two or three times a week and took care of all my skating needs, I also expected her to be the life of the party! Geez.

Skating is what I associate most with my childhood and growing up. My legs are still strong and for years I had these huge deltoids from holding my arms gracefully extended for long periods of time. I have good balance because of skating that has come in handy when I’ve tried other sports such as ice skating and skiing. All those years of dance skating made me at least feel that I could attempt other sorts of dancing with some level of confidence (however misplaced it might be). As a girl at the rink I fantasized that I would marry another skater and we would have a whole family of little skaters. I actually saw a family or two like that, so I totally believed it could work like that. I had several very long standing crushes on boys I knew from skating. Let me give a big shout out to Ron, Todd, and John. Haha! There were girls as well that were essentially crushes. Girls who skated pairs with a doting partner and always seemed to look perfect and were generally funny and friendly as well. Now upon reflection I realize that really snobby people most probably wouldn’t have fallen into roller skating. I loved it, but I do recognize that it is, you know, roller skating…

Did you have an activity that shaped your days and your existence when you were a child? Tell us about it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Spread 'Em!

Choose and Defend Wednesday has rolled around once line up in an orderly fashion and tell us all how it should be! You are given a piece of bread or perhaps even some crackers. You'd like something to put on there, wouldn't you? Of course you would, I understand. Well, you have a choice! You may have...



Peanut Butter

I even invite you to go crazy and tell us a bit more specifically about your preference...what flavor of jelly or jam do you favor? Do you like chunky or smooth peanut butter? Choose and Defend! Thanks for playing :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today Was a Good Day

I loved his inauguration speech. I think it made us all feel hopeful...and for the first time in a while (I'm speaking for myself here) proud to be an American. My son Social Animal (19) called me up because he didn't know who else to tell that listening to President Obama's speech while driving to work had moved him to tears. I totally got it. It is a dark time in our history, but today brought hope that we will get through this and we will all be better people for it.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Productive Day in the City

Gosh, I would have joined in doing some sort of public good...if I were off! Every year on this holiday, library staff is required to come in, although we are closed to the public. We use this time to do special training of some sort. This year, we went over the Emergency Procedures Manual, front to back. Fascinating. Okay, I get that we need to know what to do in the event of an emergency. But have you ever sat in a room going over something point by point with a bunch of people who derive pleasure from finding ways to improve upon the written word the way a bunch of librarians do? They will talk a point to gosh darn death, I promise you. I have learned not to ask a question unless I have some secret desire to start a discussion that is going to spread like wildfire as these people consider all possible nuances. Sometimes that is amusing, but today my tolerance was pretty low.

We did have a speaker come in and she was quite interesting. She is the Deputy State Librarian of the California State Library and apparently a renowned Futurist. So, she had some interesting things to talk about concerning the need for libraries to forsee trends and stay on the cutting edge of what people want and need. Unfortunately, her presentation only lasted for about an hour. Before and after, dude, it was all about The Manual. So come on by! If we have any possible sort of emergency while you are here, I can assure you that you will be in the best of hands.

I hope that most of you had a very nice three day weekend :-)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

You Know I Got All the Tools

Welcome to my Saturday Scavenger Shots post. It was a week right out of a Three's Company episode filled with wacky misunderstandings. Still, we finally all agreed that this week's word would be MAINTENANCE. Thank you to both NoRegrets and Churlita for your great "Who's on first" style of comedy shenanigans in coming up with this word. Yesssssssh!

When I was oot and aboot this week I looked around for things that somehow showed the idea of MAINTENANCE. Here's what I found:

Here is an old oil change sticker on the windshield of my car. An oil change is an important part of automotive MAINTENANCE. I'm pretty sure it is about time for me to tend to that. Hm.

I drive by this pile of old, dug up pipes on my way to work when I don't take the freeway. I'm not sure what they were for...water? Sewage? I don't know, but there is obviously some sort of MAINTENANCE going on along here.

This picture is actually from last...what, September maybe? Every year the Public Works Division has their Open House and Chili Cook-off. They always put out some of the equipment that their different departments use in the course of City MAINTENANCE. I bet these guys could answer my question about those pipes...

Thank you all for stopping in and especially thank you for helping with the MAINTENANCE of our little game.

Next week's word, already on deck thanks to NoRegrets, is MISUNDERSTANDING. Man, I just love youse guys!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday 5 - Wind

I decided to go ahead and do the Friday 5. Please feel free to do this little meme too. I like them because they are short, but they make you think :-)

1. Among your friends, who could be blown over by a strong wind? That would have to be my little bear friend Milly. She is so tiny. Oh, my mom too! Sometimes I can't believe how little she is.

2. What’s something in your house you occasionally wind? Hm. I like to wind up my kids occasionally. haha! That must count for something.

3. Is there some significant gossip you’ve recently gotten wind of? Ah, I am out of most gossip loops. By the time I catch wind of anything it is pretty much fact rather than gossip. Sad.

4. Where is the windiest place you’ve ever been? My car with the top down. Woot!

5. What do you do, on a typical day, to unwind? Typically, my unwinding starts on the drive home, listening to music. It is also pretty essential that I take my shoes off when I get home. That is like my cue to really relax. Sit on the couch, have some sort of beverage, take a deep breathe...unwind :-)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Saturday Scavenger Hunt Word Executive Decision

I'm making one...although it is without any sort of author-i-tie. Let's recap: Churlita tagged NoRegrets to choose a word. She also had a sentence in her blog about her life being about maintenance this week. NoRegrets commented that Churita had chosen the word "maintenance". When I read her comment, my assumption was that NoRegrets liked this de facto word which had popped up and ran with it as her choice. Churlita sees it more as a misunderstanding, which is possible too!

Now though, since it is Thursday afternoon, what do you all say we just go with MAINENANCE? It hasn't been used and it is a fine choice after all, don't you think? After Saturday, let's defer to NoRegrets. She can have the choice of choosing another word for the following week or tagging someone else to choose.

What do you guys think? Cool?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bending the Laws of Time and Space, Just For You.

Well, I am happy to report that I am feeling more lively on this fine Choose and Defend Wednesday. It definitely did help to have a good 45 minutes in the sun at lunch time. Plus, Girlie Girl had late start today, so I got up at 6:45 instead of 6:00. Woot!

And guess what? Today, I am giving you the gift of time travel! Ooh! Aah! But now, as I try to harrangue you into doing each Wednesday, you must make a choice. You are indeed going to travel through space and time...but where are you going? And lets say you might end up having to stay choose wisely.

You may choose to travel to...

The 18th Century

Or you may choose to travel to...

The 24th Century

Tell us where you want to go. Or at least where you will accept going. Choose. Then, tell us why you want to go. Or why it wouldn't be as bad as the other choice. Defend. It's what we do here on Wednesdays, so let's hear it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So Tired. So Very, Very Tired.

I came out of this weekend feeling a bit sleep deprived and I don't think I'm going to feel any vast improvment until maybe next weekend, when I am all hopeful that I will get a chance to catch up.

Last weekend was one of those weekends that wasn't. I was off Friday, but of course it was a school day so I got up as usual at 6. And I was even less productive than usual as Handsome Lad got out of school at noon.

Saturday was a work day, so that shot that day all to heck. Then, Girlie Girl had her party. That actually ended up affecting me rather minimally (except I was the deep pockets for the extravaganza). The girls, final count was 8 of them, went out to dinner and then a movie. After that, though, they went to her dad's house to spend the rest of the night. He has much more space. What I had instead of the girls, was Little Prince. He spent the night with me. He's four months old, so it isn't like he is any trouble. He only woke up once during the night and was actually fine company. But you know how it never really sleep the same with a guest over. haha! And he did wake up fairly early.

We spent all day Sunday together as well, then I had to take him home and spend another three hours or so with all of the kids, because Princess Diva's mom (who'd been watching the girls) had somewhere she had to be. What? The crack head convention was in town and I didn't hear about it? Mean, I know, but this woman is such a piece of work. Anyway, I got nothing done Sunday and I also got no real down time. Little Prince isn't a napper. On the balance he did only wake once at night and that seems to be the baby version of a trade off.

Then the week started and now I am on this usual course where I can't get to bed any earlier and I can't sleep in any later. There is really nothing to be done. Oh! Plus, I think this might be some sort of, like, elderly symptom or something. I keep having to get up to pee about an hour before it is time to get up. Sometimes, though, I don't really wake up. No, I don't pee my bed. I just dream I am running around somewhere frantically trying to find a restroom or a bush or something! It's exhausting! And then I wake up and go - oh, I see. Guh.

I know...this post was awful, awful. It is written under the effects of sleep deprivation and a three hour stint on the public desk. Not a good combination. On a more positive note, the weather here has been astoundingly lovely. I bet if I spend tomorrow's lunch outside I will feel better. I hope that all of you are feeling much more chipper. If you catch me yawning, try not to stare at my uvula :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Who Are U?

Here’s an alphabet meme the you may enjoy, should you choose to do so. A letter from the alphabet is assigned. I got this from Tara at Eclectic Spaghetti. She was assigned the letter “T” and then when she finished the meme she assigned the letter “U” for anyone who wanted to try it. Next step is to write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your blog. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on. (I took this intro right off Tara's blog with minor changes, thanks Tara!)

Now "U" was a toughy, but here's what I put together:

1. Unicorn - Who doesn't love this magical creature? And of course, I even have my special Princess Unicorn doll!

2. Ukelele - What a cool instrument right? Remember that version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and he's playing his ukelele? I love that.

3. Underwater - When I first learned to swim, I could only swim underwater. It is still easiest for me. I love looking around while underwater. Maybe I should learn to SCUBA dive.

4. Up - A good direction in which to move. It seems optimistic. It is cute when babies lift their arms to be picked up gets my vote.

5. Uncle - Sort of a mixed bag. Everyone seems to have that weird uncle in their family. But your uncle might be really cool. Like when your parents are being ridiculous, you call him up and he laughs at them with you. Maybe he comes over and takes you out for a burrito or something.

6. Useful - I very much enjoy feeling useful. It brings me great pleasure.

7. Utilized - Kind of the same, but what the heck. It's going here anyway.

8. Uvula - We all have one. Whenever I hear the word I think of an old Saturday Night Live Sketch called "Bab's Uvula"...It'll behoove ya to care for your uvula!

9. Uterus - Oh, I've wondered off on body part words, but yeah, I love my uterus for sure! It helped me bring five awesome peeps into the world, so yay for my uterus!

10. Underwear - What are you doing under there? I just made you say underwear! Where would we be without our underwear? Well, I guess we'd be going commando. That's cool, I guess, but it's not for everyone. So I am choosing to sing underwear's praises.

No, I don't like these! It gets no mention here...and I prefer to call them bumbershoots anyway! Hmph.

If you want to do a meme...and you really do, don't may do this using the letter "V". If I managed "U", you can certainly manage "V"! I challenge any and all comers. Show us your "V"! Um.....

Saturday, January 10, 2009

No Matter Where I Run I Know You'll Never Give In

It's been a busy day at work, but I am finally getting a chance to post my Saturday Scavenger Shots! Yay! Many thanks to Churlita for stepping in and choosing our word for this week. What is it, you ask? Why, it is - OUTSIDE. I think this is a great time of year for pictures of OUTSIDE stuff, don't you? Here is what I have put together...

Here is the OUTSIDE of my apartment building. I feel happy when I see that view coming in the front gate.

Here are some pretty roses that need a bit of attention. They live OUTSIDE, of course, but they don't mind a visit from insiders.

This OUTSIDE view is how we see snow around these here parts. We can see it, but we have to drive an hour or so to touch it. Right now it is unseasonably warm OUTSIDE.

Thanks for coming in from the OUTSIDE to take a peek at what I see in the OUTSIDE world. Churlita will let us know who she is tagging for next week and I will be sure to post it in my upper right corner too! See you soon :-)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday 5 - Lucky

Thanks go out to Friday 5 for this fun end of the week meme :-)

1. Among people you know, who seems to be lucky in love? My circle is distressingly short of people whom I'd consider truly lucky in love. I'm going to say, though, that so far my oldest son and his girl are doing pretty darn well. They're a pleasure to be around and that says a lot about their relationship I think.

2. Among people you know, who seems to be lucky with money? Again, a bit of a shortage in this field. Maybe since we're talking about luck and not hard work, I would go with my friend The Activist and his inheritance that allows him to do his thing.

3. Among people you know, who’s lucky to be alive? Definitely WTG. Two years ago, when he was so ill, there was every chance that he wouldn't make it...but he did. And really, it was luck.

4. Among people you know, who seems to have the worst luck? Hm. Bad luck plagues everyone from time to time...who is consistantly unlucky? The person who comes to mind is my co-worker, The Drifter. She is a good person, but yeah, does seem unlucky in many ways.

5. What kinds of good-luck charms do you own or carry?
I don't have a genuine good luck charm. Probably because I lose things like that. I do like tucking happy fortune cookie fortunes into my wallet. That kind of makes me feel lucky, silly as it is.

I'd love to hear about your lucky stuff too!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

My Sister

It's true, I am.

In my family, it was just me and my sister. We grew up in an area where there seemed to be many large families and I was always a little jealous of the seemingly endless relationships between various siblings in a family. With us it was...well, it was just us. We were great friends though, when we were young. Only 17 months apart, our mom raised us almost like twins it seems. We were often dressed alike when we were very small and our toys tended to come in twos. We shared a best friend in our neighbor across the street for many years...and our second best friends were two sister up the street who were just our ages. From the time I was a toddler until our teen years, my sister was truly my best friend.

We had a bit of a rough patch during our teens. Well, let's face it, those are rough years. Suddenly, every difference between us was pretty harshly emphasized. I was the good (boring?) sister. I loved school, had nice, devoted friends, participated in various wholesome activities, dated a bit...quite chastely, really. She was the bad (intriguing?) sister. She started ditching as soon as she entered high school, she hung around with the lowlifes in the neighborhood, drank and drugged, and was much more experienced with the boys much sooner than I. We didn't really fight or was more like we were living on two completely separate planets. It was during this phase that our parents divorced. Our home life was a bit sketchy. I think my mom, who is wonderful, was overwhelmed and sort of let us just go. I responded by making the most of time out of the house doing my activities and being with friends....and my sister did whatever she pleased.

The years went by. We both grew up in our own ways. I met WTG and started a family. During those years my sister and I still were not terribly close, as I was pretty caught up in my life as a young wife and mother. She had calmed down a lot, but was still living a very different life than me. I think what changed everything for us again was when she married and had her only child. I already had three when he came along and my sister seemed drawn to my supposed experience with kids. It felt like we were on the same page again. We even had some of the same friends again, other women with young children. And over the years as our kids have grown up, we've remained close. Our husbands drank together. I divorced mine...hers took the hard way out on a motorcycle and a gravely, slippery road. We were there for each other and our lives went on. And so it goes.

Sometimes I look at my sister and I can imagine that she is a stranger to me. Someone unknown. Other times, I look at her and see the little girl looking at me to see what we were going to do next. I do think there is probably a different sort of intensity between siblings who are close in age and have only one another. I also think some things about that dynamic helped me to decide to have a larger family with all these premutations of attention and affection. Maybe it was part of what led her to have an only. Parents are presumably our biggest influence, but isn't there just something about the people we actually grow up with? It is like our siblings are us, but not.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

So, You're Supposed to be Some Kinda Genius, Right?

Hey there, all you Choose and Defenders! It is, indeed, Choose and Defend Wednesday. NoRegrets did a Choose and Defend today too, so please check it out if you haven't already. Hers is the deep dish version. Mine is more foofty, as mine tend to be. Still, I am giving you mad skillz! And you can Choose which one you want. Then, you are encouraged to Defend your choice.

Okay, you're supposed to be some kinda genius, right? Right. But it is sort of one of those specialized things....Are you...

A Mathematical Genius?

Or are you...

A Genius of the Written Word?

Just think! You can amaze the world with your grasp of higher maths or your incredible way with language! What'll it be? Choose and Defend. Merci.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Snap Back to Reality...Oh! There Goes Gravity...

Ahhhh, I just drank a refresco Coca-Cola hecho en Mexico. One word about my desk and I'll drop you where you stand.

Is that my mood this evening? Quoting Eminem and threatening those with some sense of what is appropriate in the workplace? I guess so. Feeling the effects of being back on my regularly scheduled program. I admit it, I enjoyed a bit of time off and having the kids off school too. I could get used to that more relaxed pace, but alas and alack, it is not to be. All systems are go and the silly season is officially over. Not that there are no celebrations to look foward to...there are a slew of birthdays coming...Princess Diva, my dad, my mom, me, and Miss Personality are all about to complete another trip round the sun! What else? Well, our annual in-service day on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Why we gotta disrepect the man like that? We should be out shopping or whatever and instead we're forced to come here when the library is closed and either learn something or do something or participate in something. Bah, I say! Bah! Um, what else do I have in here? Oh yeah! I am trying to schedule Girlie Girl's road test and it is more complicated than I'd allowed myself to think...when will both she and I be available on a week day? Who's car can she drive? Ideally one of her brothers', mine wouldn't be ideal, but then I guess they could take my car if they had to work or had a class and I could keep their car...or could her dad take her? I don't know, he doesn't answer my phone calls, dagnabit. Is that it? More? No...well, just doing another of my wacky moody things. Check your calendar. Feeling very off the idea of dating, again. It is stupid. And I don't even want to address the complications that actually meeting someone I liked would bring. So eff it. Until the wind changes again...then all bets are off! Are you people reading all glad you live far, far away? I would be if I were you ;-) And....I'm out! Tank gooness.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy 16th Girlie Girl

Me and Girlie Girl about 15 years ago :-)

I didn't get a chance to actually post this on 1/4, so I went back in time! Thanks Blogger. Anyway, I wanted to make sure and celebrate my lovely Shelly Girlie Girl here on (or around) her special day.

Last week I wrote about the New Year's Eve right before her birth...clearly it was a difficult time, but it is impossible to convey the joy her arrival gave me. Don't get me wrong, I adore each and every one of my sons, but having a girl following three boys was so, so exciting! The thing about Girlie Girl is that she is such a fun person. She has the best sense of humor and has always had what seems to be me to be a very mature sense of 'self'. This girl cannot be intimidated. This is probably partly a function of having had to stand up to a houseful of boys, but I also think that is it just who she is. She is an excellent student. Her teachers have uniformly praised her writing skills...her ability to express herself. And what's great about her is that if she needs help with something, she just gets help. No drama, she just deals. I really hope that someday I can grow up to be a lot more like Girlie Girl.

Now she is 16 and in a matter of a couple of weeks, if things go as planned, she will be driving. I've seen what a huge step that is...when kids can get where they want to go under their own steam it makes a huge difference in their level of independence...well, duh. Fortunately, Girlie Girl has not done anything (or much of anything) to make me feel that she is not worthy of my trust. So, we'll move forward with confidence and excitement as she continues to grow up into the amazing woman I know she'll be. Happy Birthday Girlie Girl!!!

Friday 5 on Sunday - Seconds

This comes from and Tara. Memememememememe.

1. What’s a dish you always go back for seconds of, even if you know you’ve had enough? Usually can't pass up a bit more spaghetti. All those carbs. sigh.

2. For how many seconds can you hold your breath? 54 seconds. And yes, I was just sitting here holding my breath and timing myself.

3. What was the second-best thing about your New Year’s celebration? Getting to meet someone new.

4. What was your most recent second-hand purchase? A copy of David Sedaris' "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" off of Barnes & (One of my Xmas gift card purchases!)

5. A second-degree burn on human skin can be identified by the blistering it causes. When did you last suffer a second-degree burn? I burned the side of my index finger, somehow, taking a tray of french fries out of the oven...I guess it must have been about 8 months ago. Ow.

You too can talk about yourself! Go on. You know you want to. :-)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Send Out the Signals Deep and Loud

It is...Saturday! That means...Saturday Scavenger Hunt! Our Lady of Eclectic Spaghetti Tara has chosen the word NOISE for this week. Seems very appropriate after all of the hoopla of these wacky winter holidays. Into each life a little NOISE will certainly fall, right? Um-hm.

Here are some things I use to make NOISE at work. This cabinet contains the video and audio components for the Imagination Theater. Notice the big ol' ghetto blaster. It has AM/FM, cassette player and recorder, and a 5 disc cd player. It is all too familiar with the scintillating sounds of Raffi. Aw, he even has a song called "Let's Make Some NOISE". We love him.

This is a picture of Miss Personality and Love Bug enjoying a little ride. I assure you, there was NOISE involved. Miss Personality had just about pressed Love Bug to the limit, as you may be able to tell by the faces involved. The lovely NOISE of children at play, yes? Sure. haha!

Alright, that's all I gots. I hope your day hasn't involved too much NOISE. Or just good NOISE. Music, laughter, intelligent convesation...that kind of NOISE! Thanks for checking out my NOISE and make sure to find out from Tara who she is tagging for next week. NOISE!!!!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Ignoring the Ache

Today is a Foggy Day (in Laura Town).

Guess I will just do a quick runthrough of the past couple of days. Nothing too fascinating, but you know how I do like to recount my boring life!

On the last day of 2008, Wednesday, I can in to work for four hours. It was even a bit fun, as Milly and I had our own New Year's dance party. We even got handsome DD to join us for part of one song. There is no photographic evidence that I'm aware of and everyone should be mightily thankful. Later, I went home and ran Handsome Lad and Girlie Girl around a bit. Handsome Lad went to his dad's for the night, Girlie Girl went with her friends, and I went out to meet another personals guy. We went out to dinner. He's a very nice guy and I liked his looks even more in person than from his photos. I felt comfortable with him and we had a nice talk over dinner. He hasn't really dated in a long time and I didn't get the feeling he was so into me. We left it with a little cheek kiss after dinner and he went off to his party...and no word since, so...well, it was a nice dinner out anyway. I was back at the house by 8:30 and by then sort of regretting my decision not to make plans. I admit to feeling rather pathetic, but that probably had less to do with it being NYE than it just being my somewhat constant state. haha!

On the first day of 2009, Thursday, I spent a nice afternoon at the park with Girlie Girl, Handsome Lad, and the Kick Back Dude family. It was a really pretty day, almost perfect weather. We had lunch at the park and let the kids run around. I wouldn't have minded calling it a day after it started getting time to leave, but they decided to come over to my place to hang for a bit. Somehow I got left in charge of Love Bug and Little Prince while the rest of them went off shopping. Two tired babies after a day at the park were still more appealing than shopping though. :-) We had dinner together and watched an episode of House we hadn't gotten to yet and then they finally decided to take the kids home. Whew. Handsome Lad was going to his dad's again, so Girlie Girl and I decided to go to a movie. We saw Doubt. A very powerful film. I truly enjoyed and recommend it if you don't mind your movies more about feelings and ideas than high pitched action. All of the acting was, of course, amazing.

And this brings us to today. Back at work. It is pretty quiet and the day is dragging a bit. As you can see from the picture it was rather foggy this morning and the day has remained a bit gloomy. I suppose other people are out enjoying their last bit of time before returning to school and regular work schedules. As for me, I am pushing through the stupid ache which plagues me like some cheap version of genuine pain. I am determined to be thankful for what I do have. There is so much! Why does my stubborn self tend to focus on what I am lacking? It isn't necessary or useful. Life. Is. Good. Believe it.