Friday, May 30, 2008

I like this ad... Go Nike!

This is the text, in case you can't read it...

My butt is big
And round like the letter C
And ten thousand lunges
Have made it rounder
But not smaller
And that's just fine.
It's a space heater
For my side of the bed
It's my ambassador
To those who walk behind me
It's a border collie
That herds skinny women
Away from the best deals
At clothing sales.
My butt is big
And that's just fine
And those who might scorn it
Are invited to kiss it.
Just do it.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A quiet break for birdlovers...

Now, how is everyone doing?

Things here are fine. I had a lovely weekend in NYC with the parents, Ellie, and Charles.

In one more month my schedule will be back to normal and I'll start making plans and reaching out again. But it's still a little hectic.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I don't want to cause any trouble...

I have this thing to get over in my life. It is something that I have been taught, very clearly.

The thing I'm talking about is the idea that it is better if you just try to make everyone else's life easier. Some might call it codependent. Some might say it's just being nice. Some would say it's being a doormat.

For me I've realized it has reached a point of pathology. Two things this week have underlined it very clearly for me:

1) I am having a reaction to an antibiotic. Hives. Every time I take it I get itchy hives. But I didn't actually go to see the doctor, I asked him to call it in for me. So since I didn't actually pay for a visit, I'm feeling very guilty about calling and asking for a different prescription. So instead, I just keep taking the medicine. And itching has become my penitence for being nice.

2) A job was posted this week at a well-known grant making institution. Its an ideal job for me at twice the salary. I can't bring myself to apply because I would HAVE to tell my boss. She would find out, and I would have to chance another time when I would have to decide whether to stay or leave - or worse, another time when she knows I'm up for a job and then I don't get it. The job description is just sitting in my inbox... mocking me.

So this morning, I'm feeling very trapped by this thing I have. This need to try to make everyone's life easier. It's hurting me. It's holding me back.

And yet, I don't know how to do it differently. I can't make myself pick up the phone and call my doctor. I can't walk myself into my bosses office.

So instead, here I am. Poor. Overworked. Itchy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tell me when its too much

I really can't help myself. I am in love with this little guy. Just look at him in this little outfit I gave him... its super soft velvet with a pocket that has a stuffed frog in it. How can I resist sharing these things with you, when he's so cute. And he's becoming so photogenic.

But really, tell me if its too much. All you all have to do is say "enough!" and I'll try to control myself.

Try. At least try.

A friend said yesterday that I'm going to be one of those moms, or grandmoms that has a wallet with a plastic sleeve of photos that unrolls as she's trying to find cash to pay for groceries.

I like to think I'll be one that has a snazzy IPOD that I whip out to show people. But the former is probably closer to the truth.

God help you all when I have my own children. Then you're toast.

Friday, May 9, 2008

A little Friday fun...

I commissioned my fun friend Emily to take the adorbable Bodhi picture and fulfill my dream of seeing him dressed as a gnome or elf. He just has such sweet elfish qualities.

So, as an artist of great merit, she created this:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Finally! I found my camera cord.

This is my favorite photo... Little Bo and me

Dramatically handsome, isn't he?

I think he looks like an old man here.

Oh wait... this is Panda... PANDA!

What you miss when you don't have a TV...

I am coming up on my year anniversary at my tiny little city apartment, and also on the big YEAR OF NO TV.

I actually thought I would get a small television when I moved in, but laziness and the fear of a cable bill crept in and I procrasinated it... slowly fostering a certain intellectual smugness of being above the time-suck-machine.

There are alot of pros:
- Less pull to go all-materialistic and replace everything you own on a weekly basis.
- Less pull to eat large amounts of food that pushed every 3 - 5 minutes by advertisers.
- More time to read, watch movies, and do fun stuff in the city, since I'm not "missing my favorite show."
- No cable bill.

There are a few cons:
- Can't watch the Clinton-Obama debates.
- Have NO IDEA that Karl Rove is now a Fox News analyst (Fair and Balanced my ass).
- Hard to have a nice, relaxing sick day without some zone-out time with the TV.
- Philly-wireless is awful and doesn't let me watch LOST without timing out 10 times.

So I'll enjoy my time and solitude while it lasts. I'm certain that if I ever live with another human being again, they won't go for being TV-less.

In the meantime, maybe tonight I'll take a long walk and then do some laundry and watch some more of Rabbit-Proof Fence. I'll have more to say about that tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Overheard in a Grocery Store:

Mom: Okay, boys, stop it. Go pick out your candy.

Boy: Mom, can I have gum?

Mom: Yes, but if you are having gum, then it must be sugarless?

Boy: Is this one sugarless?

Mom: Yes, but if you want candy, then you should get the Skittles.

I was so confused that I continued to listen to them for another minute or so. The mother, concerned for her children's teeth, was actively encouraging them to go for the Skittles.

I don't know about you, but the last time I ate Skittles, I had to promise every single tooth in my mouth that I would follow-up with flossing and brushing, and even then they threatened to book a hasty retreat from my mouth.

Very odd.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Top whatever most pretentious books you've read...

Okay, I just read on another blog a list of the top 106 most pretentious books.

What are yours?

Give me a list of your favorite, somewhat pretentious books, and I'll compile them. Then we can test ourselves to see how many on the list we've read.

C'mon... it'll be fun.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thanks everyone!

The writing entry is now revised, double-spaced, and cyber-space approved.

Thanks to all those that gave me input. You all are too kind. Where are the nasty edits?

I mean, its too late now, its submitted, but if you have nasty comments, I'm still ready to hear them... just in case I win... I want to be prepared for the blogosphere to reject me!