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Saturday, October 2, 2004

*sigh* y'know, i'm sort of amused by this list that Chica sent along. on the other hand, i think i found #26. (i bought a crock pot today.)

Signs that you're getting older

1. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.
6. You actually watch the Weather Channel.
7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.
8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as dressed.
10. You're the one calling the police because those %&@# kids next door won't turn down the stereo.
11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
13. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.
14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.
15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.
17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
19. If you're a gal, you go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.
20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer pretty good stuff.
21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
22. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces, "I'm never going to drink that much again."
23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old butt. Then you forward it to a bunch of old pals 'cause you know they'll enjoy it and do the same.

as always with these email things, if you know of or are the source, please let me know, as i'm happy to give credit where credit is due. i'll also send along a bottle of Maalox. ;)

eta: the name of the damn list, which bs pointed out was missing. and would that be #28 - you find yourself leaving little notes to yourself, because you forget things?

:: scribbled at 9:48 PM ... ... o

Thursday, September 30, 2004


debate (verb)
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French debatre, from Old French, from de- + batre to beat, from Latin battuere intransitive senses
1 obsolete : FIGHT, CONTEND
2 a : to contend in words b : to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments
3 : to participate in a debate
transitive senses
1 a : to argue about b : to engage (an opponent) in debate
2 : to turn over in one's mind

disĀ·cuss (transitive verb)
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin discussus, past participle of discutere to disperse, from dis- apart + quatere to shake
1 obsolete : DISPEL
2 a : to investigate by reasoning or argument b : to present in detail for examination or consideration c : to talk about

NPR : Connie Rice: Top 10 Secrets They Don't Want You to Know About the Debates.

they are not fucking debates. they are carefully managed political scripts. i watch because i vote, but they are not fucking debates. and i'm lucky my television is still intact.

:: scribbled at 10:19 PM ... ... o

dear x:

there was a moment, probably several of them, where you nearly won. since you seem to regard this as a competition, i suppose it's fair to talk about winning and losing, altho that perspective leaves it as a losing end game all around, doesn't it? regardless, you nearly tipped it a few times. or, i nearly let you tip it. people talk about incandescent rage, or seeing red; there's a reason for that, did you know? i think the rush of blood, the adrenaline urge to defend or protect, draws a curtain across the line of vision.

there's nothing productive in that, tho. it just keeps you - me - stuck. and i'm not interested in that. you poke sticks, you create problems, you look for the reaction. and the thing that lets it all soften, that lets me step back, is the thought that none of this matters to you as much as the rage that you seem to feel at yourself. you look for a reaction, but that won't answer your need, or stop the cycle, no matter what my answer. so i stop answering. i choose, instead, to try to give myself the gift of peace by just observing.


:: scribbled at 2:57 PM ... ... o

in honor of Miss Olivia, on the occasion of her naming:

The Naming of Cats

The naming of cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter
When I tell you a cat must have three different names.

- T.S. Eliot

(she really is stupendously adorable, shelley.)

:: scribbled at 1:18 PM ... ... o

Monday, September 27, 2004

unconscious mutterings:

Diminishing:: returns
Fed up:: aggravation
3:00 AM:: feedings
Interfere:: malice
Often:: and from a great height
Hay:: maker
Prediction:: gamble
Homophobia:: rampant idiocy
Booty call:: trashy
Enunciate:: clarify

:: scribbled at 12:10 PM ... ... o

a little Monday Madness, just to get the brain working in a different direction:

Name THREE of your........

1. Pet Peeves:

people who tailgate, people without manners, dishonesty.

2. Favorite Sounds:

my cat sqeaking, good jazz saxaphone, waves hitting the shore.

3. Desk Items:

desk at work, as the one at home is still in flux: happy Buddha, picture of Little Small, purple Devil Duck.

4. Biggest Fears:

breaking my teeth, heights, death.

5. Biggest Challenges:

as in, challenges i'm facing? finding balance between work and home, learning to be a parent, learning to be more patient.

6. Newest 'Toys':

my most excellent Exilem camera (thanks, sweetie!), and a snappy little rice cooker. don't really indulge in 'toys' as much these days, so there's no third on this one.

7. Most Used Words:

hrm... that's one more easily listed by others, who have to listen to me. hang on a sec... according to The Dane: outstanding, alrighty then, anything multisyllabic, and a slew of obscenities. ;)

8. Most Mispelled Words:

the (because i can't type), kindergarten, and anything like vacuum, where the odd (as in strange) letter is doubled.

9. Favorite Disney Characters:

hrm. the brooms in Fantasia, Jack Skellington (had no idea that was Disney! i went looking thru the list of movies, and found that), foxy Robin Hood, and the father/son in Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here oh! plus the conductor in Conjunction Junction.

eta: forgoing Jack and Schoolhouse Rock, and going for Disney *releases*, i'll add the doggies from Lady and the Tramp.

10. Bookmarks on Your Homepage:

we'll go with bookmarks, as there's no point in repeating the blogroll: the crossword page for the Boston Globe, Merriam Webster, homepage for Little Small's school.

:: scribbled at 11:46 AM ... ... o

freakin' Mondays. if yours is going anything like mine, you may need a little humor. herewith, a modicum of giggles:


I read an article that said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish things you've started. It is definitely working for me.

I am now making a point of always finishing what I start, and I think I am well on my way toward finding inner peace. Because I care for you, I am passing this wisdom on to you.

Today I finished two bags of potato chips, a strawberry cheesecake, a package of Oreos, a bottle of wine and a small box of chocolates. I feel better already.

Pass this along to everyone you know who needs Inner Peace.

(note: this is one of those email thingies that comes along without attribution; if you know or are the source, i'm happy to add a link.)

:: scribbled at 10:14 AM ... ... o