Monday, March 31, 2008
Yesterday I was a slug, but I managed to read a big chunk out of the G.R.R. Martin book I've been working on for months. I'm not finished yet but it's on the horizon. I won't get too much relief as A Feast For Crows is right after that so I'm sure it will be another 800-900 pages. Don't get me wrong, I LOVELOVELOVE this series, but it is work!
Today, I've barely had a moment to collect my thoughts. How does so much crap accumulate at work while you're gone? The email alone was enough to make me want to head back home :(
All this to say, I'll have a complete rundown of my mini-week in Minneapolis (hardy har) but I'll have to wait til I'm at home. It will not be accomplished on a 15 minute break :)
Monday, March 24, 2008
Tomorrow's weather in Chicago, where we will have a short layover before continuing on to Minneapolis, will be 32ºF with showers and it will be windy....greeeeaaaat. Just for the morbid among us...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I made a v.v. yummy salad with herbs, cilantro, green onions, crunchy sprouted peas, broccoli, cauliflower, some brightly colored little tomatoes called "rainbow tomatoes" and freshly grated carrots. It was colorful and delicious AND I got it all from Whole Foods Market so it was organic as well. I'm hoping that will offset the rest of the stuff that wasn't quite so low calorie...we'll see.
I decided to go visit with my mom for a few hours since it's only a 20 min drive from KT's house and we had a nice visit. She gets really anxious when I have to fly anywhere and I knew she would feel better seeing me before I leave for Minneapolis on Tuesday (did I mention that here?...library conference in Minneapolis in March....who's bright idea was that?). Anyway, we had a nice visit and it was only as I got ready to leave, a little after 7pm, that I could not find my keys. Of course, what else would it be? They were safely in my purse locked up in my car. So one call to a locksmith, $70, and an hour and a half later I was finally on my way home.
I had a few things I wanted to get done tonight so I won't have to wig out tomorrow night, but oh well. I'm tired and I'm going to bed so I'll just have to get everything done tomorrow. Oh yeah, in Minneapolis I'm getting another tattoo :)
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I can't say that I've ever thought of the Quaker community as rabid evangelicals, but obviously someone has...
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess (if you know them all, please don't guess every one).
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No Googling or IMDb-ing. (That would be cheating, and no fun!)
....and here they are, in no particular order! Good luck!
- Mellow greetings. What seems to be your boggle?
Fraulein, is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of... indigestion?The Sound of Music guessed by the BookDiva DON'T MOVE, DIRTBAG!Police Academy guessed by T
- Oh, great valium. Not only will we be able to go to sleep, if we get attacked in the middle of the night, we won't even care.
Okay, just to be clear here, our options are: die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets. That pretty much it?Cloverfield, guessed by KT Please! Nietzsche was a chauvinist pig who was in love with his sister.Day After Tomorrow guessed by T
- I can't have a baby because I have a 12:30 lunch meeting
- What do you think of this? Too ornate? Or do you think it's... beltacular.
I've always been better at feeling out volcanoes than people and politics.Dante's Peak guessed by Elizabeth You used up all the glue on purpose!A Christmas Story, guessed by KT
(small map drawn on the paper)
"Here's a map of where I am. Come find me if you need a hug or a kiss. Love, Friend."
It simply reads, "I'm moving now so you can't find me using my map. Asshole!"
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
If you squint, you can see the woodpecker on top of this tree. I thought that was a nest right below him, but it turned out to just be some moss. The sky was alot more blue in person.
Again, you have to squint on this one, but you can just see a cherry tree in full bloom through the trees...a welcome glimpse of spring!
I thought these were just lovely growing there amongst the rocks and, unfortunately, the bit of plastic in the plant next to them. There was not a plentiful amount of trash to be found on Jemison Trail, but there was enough to make me irritated. Come on people! How hard is it to find a freakin' trashcan?!
I wish you could have heard the sound this little creek was making...it sounded just like the sunshine looks :)
This is probably an alternative hangout for woodpecker from the first photo!
At the top of the paper, in big, messy, spidery script, the first line read, "what makes a good friend." Then some writing was scribbled out. Then there was a box with the word "title" out beside it and in the box was a single word, "friendship." Then the theme began, "Friends are a key thing to have in life. Without friends there would be no one"
Alas, the student either abandoned the assignment or chose to start it on another sheet of paper. This is all we are to recieve from the young philosopher on the nature and importance of friendship. I thought this child made a good start....or hey, maybe that's all they intended to write. It does have a certain finality to it.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I have some great pics to put up (as soon as I can upload them from my camera)
I have some semi-great stories to tell (as soon as I'm not at work and have time to organize my thoughts)
I have a great movie meme to share with you (as soon as I can filch it off of the BookDiva's blog AND get time to do it)
I have a great movie to share with you (see all of the above)
p.s. Congratulations on the new baby, Kenny!
Monday, March 17, 2008
You Are Bubblegum Flavored Gum
You are friendly, outgoing, and energetic.
You love life, and you can always find some reason to smile.
You are a bit hyper, and you're always looking for your next challenge.
You love getting things done - and you are usually on the go.
Your confidence and positive attitude makes you a very attractive person.
You can be a little flaky at times, but people are able to overlook that - because you're so fun!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Colon Firth - sounds more like one of the Garbage Pail Kids (whom I LoVed) to me :)
Pan Conry - Uh yeah, that's Pat Conroy, but who's counting?
Jodi Piccolo - the musical novelist cousin of Jodi Picoult
Monday, March 10, 2008
We've had our share of crazies in my 8 year tenure there but wooooweeee! This is a live one! None of us girls will voluntarily stay in the room with this person unless the buddy system is firmly established....no loners. I have no idea how the other guys handle it. Crazy person (CP) seems to work hard and I haven't found any glaring mistakes other than this person's personality. I'm trying very hard to be inclusive and understanding of the differences of others but it's hard to do when you're so damned creeped out.
In other news, Jesus man was not in attendance as far as I know but Itchy Butt Man was with us for the better part of the day. He had what sounded like a doggy squeaky toy in his pocket and there were random squeakings throughout the day. That was annoying. Plus, he paid me for copies but licked his finger to count out dollar bills and HE GOT SPIT ON ME! I dove for the hand sanitizer as soon as he was out of site. EWWWWW!
And, bless his heart, OCD came in to see me. He's strongly insistent that I be the one to help him. If you don't know what unmedicated obssessive compulsive disorder looks like, count yourself lucky. His family treats him like dog sh!t and he constantly writes them letters because he said they won't let him talk when he's with them and, anyway, he's too nervous to fight back when they start to pick on him. Due to the nature of his condition, there are also plenty of complaint letters to businesses also. He doesn't really want me to correct what's there, he just wants to read it to someone aloud I think but if he gets distracted by people walking by he has to start paragraphs over and over and over again. I'd been in such a bitchy mood all day that it was almost more than I could handle when I saw him walk in, but it turned out to be just what I needed. Harness the petulant "self" for someone else's benefit....better than meditation or yoga.
I just really wish his family would be more patient with him and just leave him alone. They make fun of him for the things he doesn't know, isn't familiar with and basically don't understand and don't care to understand the nature of the disease. I guess I should preface this by saying, obviously I only hear one side of the story...his. It puts some sh!t in perspective for you, let me tell you.
I got no problems...nothing I can't deal with, work around, or fix.
Okay, ya'll've heard enough from me. (it's the South, double contractions are allowed)
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I can see the sun coming out now so maybe it'll warm up just enough to melt some of this stuff because I want my DWM (day with mom)! Surface streets are fine, if a little wet, so I'm going to have to plot my course across several counties to my mom's neck of the woods.
On a health note, I have exercised at least 30 minutes everyday this week and I have eaten in a healthy manner 95% of the time during the last 7 days! I'm trying really hard to make it a habit so I won't have to work so hard at motivating myself as I going along on this course.
Okay, with that boring Holley's House update, I'm off to get ready for my cold, cold day!
Friday, March 7, 2008
I'm sort of nervous and sort of not, a pretty awkward situation to find oneself in. I did attempt to wear something nicer than my usual everyday fare, but it still shows the signs of numerous washings which I'm sure I'll be hyperaware of and no one else will notice...just as a little bonus.
I'll be talking about the library's book group, an upcoming Jane Austen program KT is doing, my computer classes, the B1g Re@d, and the books I've chosen to booktalk are:
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (which I'm sure everyone here is really tired of hearing from me about!)
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (National Book Award winner)
The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett
People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
- "dirtiest house"
Now, I don't know whether to be amused or embarrassed by this but all I can say is I no longer have a dirty house :) I did at one time, but hours and hours of cleaning has eliminated the problem. The neat part, this person's ISP is out of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. What a great town name! Near me are the wondrous towns of Frog Level and Six Mile. As an aside, there used to be a sign at the turn to go to Six Mile that said "Six Miles To Six Mile." They finally put up a sign that just said "Six Mile" and included a helpful arrow. I thought it was a sure signal that our public works dept was moving up the evolutionary chain for sure!
The next few originate from several of the fine south/central american countries inhabiting our globe where, apparently, my name and the spelling I use are very common....VERY common.
- this one I'm not putting down because my younger readers might then look it up.
I thought it was pretty funny until I followed the link back and then it was still funny, but not appropriate for my friends' kids, some of whom read this blog.....and I'd like to keep my friends :)
- "bed sleep me and holley"
- "photos of holley naked"
not just no,
Never have been, never will be unless my doctor sidelines in an unsavory occupation.
That's it for this installment of good googly moogly! For you other bloggers, what have been some of the best phrases that have led people to your blogs?
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
So far I have celebrated by exercising and eating a bowl of organic wheat cereal with soymilk (I'm not a vegetarian; I'm lactose intolerant) and an orange. Later, for even more fun, I'm going to work. Then I'll come home and read a book.
I'm sort of bummed that Mrs. Roomie hasn't even called to say HB yet (KT will tell me either here or in person later that she is not surprised). My brother is out of town so we made plans to meet up next weekend for a celebration and Tuesday KT is getting Mexican food and we are meeting up for lunch and a horror film, Fido. You can't knock that either!
Okay, I don't want any cheese with my whine, thanks. Moving on, you may or may not have noticed the utterly HORRIFYING weightloss widget on the side bar. Call me crazy, but it's there for the world to look at. I'm serious about it this time, people! I'm ready for a new me and this is the only way things like that get done. I figure all the shameful cringing will be good for all sorts of muscle groups....I don't think it ever really been studied.
KT and I have pledged to ourselves that on the next weigh-in day that we both lose, we will treat ourselves to the scrumptious-looking salad bar at Whole Foods Market! I wish I could afford to shop there but it's just too pricey for me. Maybe every other month or so I can put some extra $ away for a shopping trip there. Hey, maybe I'll get some BD money and make a special trip! They have the best looking produce I've seen outside of a farmer's market. Speakiing of which, I'm truly hoping that it will warm up SOMETIME SOON so the FM's we have around here will get geared up. I've looked at the co-op programs online that you pay into and they deliver fresh fruits and veggies everyweek but if I can't afford regular trips to WFM, I sure as hell can't afford that either. I would be very nice though. I'm pretty tired of canned and frozen....if anyone has any great ideas on this front, I'd be glad to hear them :)
In other news, I did my taxes Friday and it was horrible! For the past 4 or 5 years I've been going to the local IRS office and letting them do the whole shebang. I had to wait in line of course but I just took book and hung out half a day. Imagine my surprise and horror when I get up to the counter and the IRS has implemented an APPOINTMENT PROCESS! And hey, guess what? They are booked out til April 15th! So they have all these internet terminals set up so you can do your taxes online. I did it and hope to all things holy that it was correct because I have no idea what the hell I was doing. I was just filling in the blanks and clicking "save". I might sock away a big chunck of my return incase they ask for some back. I have this irrational fear of the IRS...I'm am simply terrified of them :( I wonder if there's a word for that???
Hold the line a moment please, I'll be right back....
Okay, not that I could find, but here's a list of other phobias if you are interested in the topic. Someone should definitely coin the phobia phrase concerning the irs.
Oooops! Just noticed the time! I've got to go get ready for work. There are pencils to be sharpened! (yes, that's what a Master's degree and about $13,000 will get you, pencil sharpening and shitty coffee)