Archive for April, 2007

Too Close To Home

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I just found out that a dear friend’s brother is being sent to Iraq in May, and he’ll be there for 12-18 months.

Please do me a favour and keep Nick in your thoughts, wouldya?

Gracias.

Spreadin’ The Luuuuuurve!

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

I’m guest-blogging today over at Donna Alward’s place.

(Crazy woman. Didn’t she know what she was getting in to by asking me to open my big mouth?? I guess not… Heh.)

Feel free to pop by and check it out. Oh, and go buy her books while you’re at it, wouldya?

Have a great Sunday, gang! I’m doing laundry and going to enjoy the sun and +19C temperatures! (Well, okay, it’s not even close to that yet, but it’s supposed to get there this afternoon… keep your fingers crossed!)

Catch you all on the flip side…

Like Bowling Shoes, But Different

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Confession time: I admit I like going to yard sales. (Once in a while. I do not feel the compunction to go every single Saturday, like some people I know. Right, Rell? ;) )

I don’t even mind holding one once a year. Yes, it’s a lot of work, and you don’t always make a whole lot of money, but hey — it’s a way of getting rid of stuff that’s accumulated over the past twelve months.

This year, my neighbor held a sale, and I brought some of our stuff over. Having been so insanely busy the last few days, I wasn’t able to dig up a lot of stuff to bring, but I brought a few boxes’ worth. And actually, I got rid of a lot of it. Of course, most of it was piddly stuff — a lot of quarters and Loonies (that’s dollars for you ‘Mericans & others) — so my grand total earnings for the day were $64.

Yep. Sixty-four bucks. Not a lot, but I’m going to put it toward some new summer clothes, seeing as how I have nothing left in my closet that fits me. :D

Where the title of this post comes in, though, is in the moments of squickishness that I’m forced to suppress — it does feel somewhat odd to have one’s personal belongings spread over the yard and driveway for all and sundry to view. In a way, it’s like you’re letting people have a peek at your private life. And I know just by my own experiences in going to other yard sales that it’s very easy to surmise things about people by viewing their junk. If I think about that too hard, it makes me a wee bit squeamish.

But then I look at my cold, hard cash, and the feeling goes away. :D

I’ve learned my lesson this year, though — none of the leftovers are coming back into this house. They’re being donated to charity. The same goes for all future yard sales. One way or another, *stuff* will be cleared out…so help me, God. *g*

I’ve got a few things to do this evening, then I will crash loudly and heavily into my bed and sleep like the deceased. (Being outside all day will do that to you…)

G’night!

Where Are My Mounties??

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I am off to bed shortly, as I will be back up at the butt-crack of dawn in order to pawn my crappe — er, my unique, previously-loved knick-knacks and assorted tchotchkes — on unsuspecting sucke– er… willing customers.

(aka a yard sale.)

I really do need those Mounties, gang. Where the hell are they??

Anyway. Before I head for the warmth and comfort of my bed, I also wanted to tell you that I just finished Julie Cohen’s Spirit Willing, Flesh Weak.

I am reminded of just what a hack I am, and that perhaps I should just go right ahead and hang up my keyboard forever.

The woman is brilliant. Clever, witty and eminently readable. And on top of that, cute and friendly and funny to boot. I urge all of you to go pick up any of her books right now.

(And truly, I’m not saying that because I used to edit her. Honest. :D )

Hm. I wonder if Julie would mind if I could be her when I grow up…?

I’m falling asleep as I type this. I’m off to zonk out. Catch you all in the aftermath…

Thursday Three!

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Once again, it’s class participation time, gang!

(I know, I’m cheating…I wanted to write a full Blog post today, but I’m just mucho short on time this week.)

Questions taken from the Question of the Day Blog.

  1. What is your all-time favourite television game show?
  2. If drinking fountains could dispense another liquid, what would you want it to be?
  3. What’s bothering you today, physically?

Follow me down below for my answers, and then post yours in the comments!

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Places To Go, People To Do…

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Before I run off into the sunrise, screaming and ready to commit hara kiri, I thought I’d leave you with my To-Do list (Oh, and by the way, the Offspring has no school on Friday…):

  1. Wrap up current unfinished 15K+ WiP and edit to make it 15K all-in. By this weekend.
  2. Finish income taxes.
  3. Sort out and price stuff to bring to neighbor’s yard sale on Saturday.
  4. Finish prepping new discussion topics and assignments for alter-ego’s other internet job. Also by the end of the week.
  5. Finish putting Blogiversary contest together and post the damned thing already.
  6. Contact family lawyer to make arrangements for completion of some unfinished legal documentation.
  7. Get manhandled. (Tomorrow.)
  8. Write guest-blogging post for Donna Alward’s Blog.
  9. Do freelance project that is due to arrive any day now.
  10. Start work on editing next manuscript and getting it ready to email off. (By mid-May, hopefully.)
  11. Firm up plans for own birthday party. (W00T!)
  12. Have a pedicure done (technically, this is a pure luxury item and will fall to the bottom of the list most of the time…)
  13. Plan my country’s 500th anniversary, arrange wedding, murder wife, and frame Guilder for it. I’m swamped.*

Is it any wonder I want to go sample everything in the liquor cabinet right now?

And seeing as how I’m somewhat procrastinating by writing this blog entry, I’ve got to get my rear in gear and get hopping on that list. *sigh* And that’s only what I can think of off the top of my head. Other items will no doubt appear as this week soldiers on.

You know the drill. Mounties. Send. Now.

*Know where this is from? Gold star for you! :)

Is That All You Got?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Anybody out there familiar with the movie Muppets From Space? It’s a cute one, where we learn about Gonzo’s history, and that he’s actually an alien from another planet. (Sorry for the spoiler, there… :D )

There’s a scene where Miss Piggy is in a karate battle with a “man in black/secret agent”-type played by Josh Charles. Josh’s character gets in hit after hit, and after each one, Miss Piggy says (her words slowing and slurring further each time), “Is that all you got?”

In the last few days, I’ve felt rather like Miss Piggy, except my words are directed toward the universe. My to-do list keeps expanding by leaps and bounds, and shows no signs of stopping. (At least, not in the foreseeable future, anyway…)

And while a number of things on my list actually aren’t writing-related, I realize it’s no wonder that authors are sometimes driven to drink. :D Yeesh.

Anyway. I had an addendum to my earlier Klein post — I mentioned this in the comments, but I don’t know how many of you go back and check for new comments on old entries — I was at the drugstore this afternoon, and I found CKIN2U in the cosmetics/fragrances department. So I spritzed my wrist.

One word: YUM.

So much better than the wimpy magazine scent strip. There was an instant citrus note (very clean and light) and then throughout the day it has warmed and settled… and now it’s dark and earthy and oh-so-yummy. Mmmmm. Kudos to Klein for another hit (at least, in my opinion… LOL). I took a whiff of Eternity while I was there, and while I still love that scent, too, it brings up memories I’d rather not recall. So sadly, I was forced to wave goodbye to it. Oh, well. Onward and upward, yes?

And Doug — as I mentioned in the comments in response to your suggestion of going out to buy some of the cologne, it’s a good thing we’re most of a continent apart. ;)

In case you’re wondering, (and you’re probably not, but I’ll tell you anyway), my signature scent is The Body Shop’s White Musk (has been for years). Love it. Always have. I have the shower gel, the body lotion, and the perfume. I don’t use it every day, but definitely for special occasions and nights out. (Ooo…and I just bought myself the Sensual Shimmer… because me and scented sparkly glitter? Can’t go wrong there!)

All right. On that note, I’m off. I’ve dilly-dallied enough, and I actually need to accomplish something before I go to bed. *yawn*

Catch you on the flip side!

Glub, Glub, Glub…

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Am swamped.

No, swamped isn’t the word.

Am somewhat overwhelmed at the mo’.

I promise — I will be back later today to write a full post and catch you all up on the chaos that is your Hostess’ life… Ugh.

PSA - Boys Only ;)

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Gentlemen:

Are you tired of always being passed over for the boorish, obnoxious playa next to you at the bar? Is your intimate life less than satisfying? Feel like you’ve tried anything and everything to improve your social life, to no avail? Do you wish that just for once, you could get that girl of your dreams?

Well, have I got news for you! Magic has been bottled by none other than Calvin Klein, himself.

Try his new fragrance, ckIN2U, and I guarantee I, for one, would be all over you like a fat kid on a cupcake*.

Oh, my sweet mother of God. The last time I had this visceral of a reaction to a scent was years ago with Klein’s Eternity, or with Drakkar Noir. Slurpity-slurp-slurp.

Seriously. Sex in a bottle. Heh. :D

And while I’m on the topic of cologne/aftershave — boys, don’t bathe in the stuff. Just because we women like how you smell is no excuse to drown in it. In this instance, more is not better! Remember, subtlety is key, all right? The most important tip I know is you only want to smell the scent when you’re within hugging distance. (That goes for us girls, too.)

Here ends today’s boys-only PSA. Have yourselves a good one, ‘k? ;)

*Yes, I know. This is just me. I can’t speak for women everywhere, yanno. 

Slurpalicious (Not To Be Confused With Fergalicious…)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

There is a most stunning specimen of manhood at the Offspring’s school. He’s one of the teachers, and I’ve talked to him twice now.

Today, he helped me sign the Offspring in after her doctor’s appointment, because the secretary wasn’t around the office.

Let me tell you — tall, broad, dark…great smile, friendly, amazing with kids (as evidenced by his interaction with the Offspring…). Wow. Yum. I don’t know what grade he teaches, but by golly, I hope the Offspring has him for a teacher someday… :D

Now, if only it wasn’t for that gold band on his left hand… *sigh*

That’s always the way it goes, isn’t it?

On the plus side, we’re supposed to be hitting highs of 19C (about 66F) by this weekend. Not super-warm, but I’ll take it! W00T!

All right. I’m back at the WiP. Be good!