Archive for June, 2006

*drumming fingers on desktop*

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Next step will be twitchy legs, and then I’ll just be in a full-blown mess. *g*

Nothing that I can report yet, even though I did get an email from my dear, sweet editor. I’d planned to spend this evening either celebrating copiously, or drowning my sorrows….and technically I can’t do either. :D

Well, it’s moot anyway, because I have to drive myself tonight. So consumption will not be excessive or copious, regardless.

It’s all right. There will be other nights available for that purpose. It’s more exciting to know that Rella and I will be meeting up with another friend from High School this evening (as long as she was able to get on the highway in time…)!

Anyway. I got nothin’ else, dudes. I’ll let you know how the clubbing goes. Happy holiday weekend to everyone!

*whistling*

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

I hate waiting.

Once upon a time I thought I was the most patient person on the planet. Turns out that’s nowhere near the truth. *snort*

I’m hoping to relay some news today, so stay tuned.

I’ll attempt to not chew my fingernails down to the first knuckle.

Oh, and thanks to those who commented in the previous post. All you lurkers out there–feel free to comment, too! I promise I won’t make fun or call you names, or not allow you to play reindeer gam–
Uh. Sorry. Got carried away there. More coffee? I think not.

Mrs. Bloom, I Presume?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

According to my counter stats, someone found my blog by Googling “Kris Bloom”. Now, if this is supposed to be a sign, I’ll take it. Although…*thinks*…I’m not sure I’d actually want to marry him. A torrid affair would be fun, though.

So Mr. Wednesday Morning was at the gym again today, but he was playing the “I’m-not-going-to-make-eye-contact” game. I’m not sure if this means he’s got a girlfriend and perhaps was feeling guilty about all the eye contact last week, or if he’s decided he’s not interested. Whatever. I’m certainly not heartbroken over it. :D

Doug has an interesting post today about choices and evolving and taking the right path, and it’s struck me as interesting fodder. I’m not sure I ever presumed that I’d be a writer “when I grew up”, although in my “School Days” memory book, my future career aspirations for a couple of years was writer. So I guess it was forefront for a while. But as I got older, I flitted from prospect to prospect. I considered law, pharmacy, medicine (pediatrics), the arts (music and/or drama) and teaching, among other things. It’s always interesting to me how some people know right from childhood or teenagehood exactly what they want to do. I always envied those people, assumed that their lives had direction, not an empty horizon like mine seemed to be.

But as I commented on Doug’s blog, I believe that life is a constant state of flux — we’re continually adapting and changing (not necessarily huge or even noticeable changes, but of all sizes), and if we don’t — we refuse or we avoid change — then we stagnate. And that’s dangerous and unhealthy. There’s no rule that says you can’t change things in your life when you’re 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or older! What’s the quotation — We will not go quiet into that dark night? I’d like to be able to tell my grandchildren about all the things I’ve learned, and all the exciting things I’ve done — and sometimes that means taking a risk.

What about you? What risks have you taken? What changes have you made in your life? What is it that you want to do?

If it’s okay with you all, I’ll start with my torrid Orli affair. ;)

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow…

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

…creep up on you without you even really noticing.

Hi gang! Sorry for the prolonged absence, but the weekend was a tiring jumble of activity. Saturday was our family Midsummer party. The lake was chilly, but after a while your legs would go somewhat numb, so then it didn’t matter much anymore. There was food for days, the annual volleyball game, the bonfire and singalong (of both English and Finnish folky-type stuff) and then the fireworks and sparklers. The Offspring was up until 11PM, which was just crazy, but she had a good time. There were only (I think) 4 people missing, so we had a good turnout this year.

Sunday was a birthday party for the Offspring’s classmate. It was fun, but my problem is I’m relatively new to living in this area (after having been gone for….what…at least nine years) and all these other moms know each other quite well. It’s the inevitable schoolyard mom clique, and while some of them are quite nice, others are….well…not quite as welcoming. Whatever. Just because our children are in school together does not require that we be bosom buddies, and that’s just fine with me, too.

Finally, yesterday the Offspring had a “Splash” party at school (wasn’t her normal day to go, but her class was invited, so we went) — probably a dozen plastic and inflatable wading pools filled with cold tapwater. :D Thankfully the weather held out, and it was hot and sunny.

On top of that, the Offspring’s swingset is finally complete and anchored. So now she’s got a place to play in the back yard.

Any wonder that I’m pooped?? It doesn’t help that the weather is miserable today — rainy and humid. The air out there is like soup. I’m frankly surprised that I don’t have a headache… <i>*glances about cautiously*</i>

In other news, during her early-morning workout, Rella spotted Mr. Wednesday Morning at the gym today, which answers that question. And before any of you ask, nope, I’m not about to start changing my workouts to go there for 6AM. I barely get enough sleep as it is, gang. So I will continue to eyeball him on Wednesdays, as has become routine. :D

Okay. That’s about it for now. I’ve got to try and get some work done, then I’m picking up my new contact lenses today and I’ve got a session at the gym. I’ll be back later to try and write about something remotely interesting — how’s that for a promise?!? ;)

Kris’s Mini Movie Review: X-Men:The Last Stand

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Or, It’s All About Hugh Jackman or James Marsden.

So last night Rella and I went to see a late showing of X-Men 3. It was entertaining for the price (free, because I had a pass), but lacking in character development. The movie’s only just over an hour and a half–way to short to fully flesh out an appropriate climax to the trilogy–but like I said, it was fun. If you’re looking for lots of explosions and noise, you’ll get what you came for. I only had one major beef with the film, and since it’s a bit of a SPOILER, I’ll post it at the bottom of this blog entry.

I’ll give it a couple of stars. :D

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The car ride home last night also gave me time to think about things, and it occurred to me that the cute Mr. Wednesday Morning (at the gym) looks a little bit like Erik Palladino from the TV show ER. What do you think, Rella?

If you haven’t noticed by now, I tend to think in celebrities for comparison purposes. It just makes things a little easier to relay to other people. :D

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In other news, today is the Finnish celebration of Juhannus, or Midsummer, and in a few hours we’ll be off to relatives’ to sauna and swim (for the brave–it’s only going up to 21C - high 60s? - with showers this afternoon) and to eat like food is no longer going to be available in grocery stores. :) We end the evening with sparklers and fireworks, and somehow we’ve also gotten into the routine of having a Pinata (I know, very Finnish!). It’s always a fun time.

All right. That’s about all I’ve got to say today — I am zonked (didn’t get to bed until 1AM), so it’s time for another cup o’ joe. Have a great day, and see you all later!

X-MEN SPOILER!!!!
So. Why is it that when Phoenix/Jean Grey is ripping everything around her apart everything disintigrates EXCEPT for Wolverine’s pants??? Literally, vehicles, buildings, everything is being annihilated by her power — to the extent of Wolverine’s flesh (from his torso and face) and yet his pants are unaffected, even though his shirt was practically the first thing to go???
What is with that?? Are they made of Kevlar? Would it be so wrong to show Hugh Jackman’s ass? Oh, wait…part of the movie’s target audience is kids, so I guess it would be wrong. But it would drastically increase the proportion of women who would willingly go see the film… :D

You Just Gotta Have Faith…

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Oooooo! Got-ta, got-ta, got-ta have faith!

*HAPPY SNOOPY DANCE*

According to MSN.ca’s entertainment news, GEORGE MICHAEL IS TOURING AGAIN AFTER 15 YEARS!!!!

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!

*pant, pant* This is *almost* as good as book sale news. :D

According to the article, this is a European tour, but tickets have presold like gangbusters, surprising even the promoters. This is an okay thing, though — according to George’s manager –

‘With overwhelming success of Europe, is there any chance Michael will test the waters in the United States? “I am very optimistic that we will,” Lippman says. “Let’s get up and running. We’re all going to wear T-shirts saying, ‘Let’s make sure George has a good time.’ I can’t imagine it won’t come to America.”‘

This makes me squirmy just thinking about it. I don’t care when it is or where it is, I don’t care what it costs, but I will see him live in concert.

Look at it this way — when he came to Toronto the last time, promoting his Faith album, I was on a family holiday in EUROPE. Believe me, I was more than bereft about that.

So THIS TIME, when that supposed American tour happens, I’m going. As close to front row as possible. Are you game to go with, Auntie M? :D

Ohhhh Say Can You Seeeee…?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I can. And I’ll be able to even better when my new contact lenses arrive!

Yep, had an appointment with my studly optometrist today. :D On the health front, my eyes are in excellent shape (which is good, considering how much time I spend on the computer… *yeesh*). I’m looking very forward to new lenses — I’ve been lazy and worn my glasses more than contacts in the last few years. I used to wear contacts all the time. And soon I’ll be able to again! Whee! :)

And maybe they’ll better help me see the cute guy who’s always at the gym on Wednesday mornings when Rella and I have our standing squash game… :D (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I let her win all four games this morning. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.)

What else did I want to say? Oh, this weekend my extended family is having our traditional celebration of Juhannus, or Midsummer, complete with sauna and swimming, as well as all kinds of very good food*. The temperature’s not supposed to be very warm on Saturday, but at least it’s not likely that we’ll be wearing sweatshirts and jackets like we did the one year… Brr!

Anyway. I’m zonked (what else is bloody well new??) so I think I’ll head for bed. Tomorrow’s a busy day — trainer session in the morning, then the Offspring’s end-of-year picnic in the afternoon (which I volunteered for).

Tomorrow’s also definitely a day to get cracking on some writing/freelance work. Heigh-ho, heigh-ho…it’s off to work I go… :D

Have a good one, gang, and I’ll see you on the flip side!

*Note to self: must keep tabs on everything eaten on Saturday to avoid overindulging. *siiiiigh*

No Sugar Tonight In My Coffee…

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

No sugar tonight in my tea.

Weeeeeell, technically I *do* have sweetener in my tea, but that's neither here nor there. What *is* here is that Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings are currently belting out their classic The Guess Who tunes, and I'm not there listening to them.

Oh, well. Next time, I suppose. :( If they ever go on tour again.

So I finally purchased my flight for the RWA conference in Atlanta. The price went up about $50 compared to last week, but I couldn't purchase the tickets then. Regardless, the price is right, and I'm one step closer to meeting up with some wonderful, wonderful people that I haven't seen in a year. :)

For those who are attending, *ahem*, yours truly will be participating on a discussion panel on Saturday morning. I *think* it's 11AM, but I could be wrong. The workshop is listed in the conference guide, along with my name. Note to all friends attending the conference: you can come to the workshop if you like, but only if you promise not to heckle me. :D

What else is new? Our school year is quickly coming to a close, and soon The Offspring will be underfoot daily. Oh joy, oh bliss. Can you sense my excitement?

I'm pooped. We raked and shoveled dirt for an hour and a half this morning as the Pater and I prepped the spot for our little Smurf Pot pool. And then I had a session with Mr. Personal Trainer. I think I got enough exercise today. :)

I'm up at ye auld butt-crack of dawn again tomorrow for squash, so I think I'm to bed early tonight. I shall start Book 2 of Eddings' Mallorean, and then I shall crash like a log.

Writing-related posts coming soon! (Merely because I just looked at the calendar and did some calculating in my head. Can we say, oh, crap?)

Have a good one, gang, and I'll see you on the flip side!

The Day After The Night Before

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

I feel like crud. Why do we do this to ourselves? It’s such a dumb thing to do, frankly. And the worst part of it all is, I didn’t even get a good buzz last night. The older I get, the worse my alcohol tolerance seems to get. At this rate, I’m not going to have any vices left, and that thought depresses me.

*sigh* Any suggestions for new (legal) vices??

The irony? This is my horoscope for today. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I read it.

There will be time enough for flitting around like a social butterfly later — right now, your energy is much more suited to introspection. You don’t necessarily need to spend the day by yourself, but it would definitely be in your best interest to keep things low-key and mellow. Despite what others may tell you, being in the middle of raucous activity is not the best for what is ailing you. Tell those people to go off and have fun without you; you’ve got a date with a couch.

Hell, yes. I have a date with my couch tonight for sure. Once the offspring is asleep, I think I’m going to watch LOTR: The Two Towers. I watched Fellowship a little while ago, so it’s time for #2. :D

And I’ve fallen painfully off the diet wagon this weekend, so I’m indulging in some chocolate and ice cream.

Oh, c’mon. I’ve practically been a saint lately. It’s time for a little sinning. :D

See you on Monday, gang. Bright and early. I’ve got a zillion things to do that I didn’t do today, for obvious reasons. Time to get crackin’.

Squirmy, But In A Good Way

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

Today’s Horoscope:

Taurus
Don’t look now, but someone who’s always been strictly business around you wants to move things into a new realm. Give them a warm response, but just because they want to get closer to you doesn’t mean you need to go along with it. Examine your options and remember your high standards — after all, that’s part of the reason this person admires you so much. Your professional and social circles are expanding quickly, and it might be hard to catch up at first, but it will certainly be fun!

Ooo! OOO! I’d love more than anything to pretend to know who this might be, but I haven’t got a clue. So, dude, if you’re out there, say ‘hey’ already, wouldya? :D

And co-inky-dink-ily enough, here’s today’s Fortune, too:

Someone wants your body.

Hmm. How con-veeeeeeen-ient, no? That goes with the horoscope a little too well…!

So… what does one do to let the universe know that she’s ready for all this excitement to actually take place…? I feel like the athlete waving at the guy with the ball/puck/whatever, going, “I’m open! Me! Me! Over here!” :D

Subtle enough?

Anyway. I guess I should start getting things together for today’s schedule of events. It’s very muggy and humid outside, but overcast. Sixty-percent chance of thunderboomers. I don’t think I’ll go out and do yardwork this morning — I’ll save that for Sunday or Monday, maybe. I don’t know if we’re going to the beach, either, but I guess I’ll pack the paraphernalia, regardless.

Don’t know if I’ll be back here today, so have a great one, and I’ll let you know tomorrow how the Daiquiris were. :D