Archive for May, 2011

Exit, Stage Left

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Just got home from watching live community theatre tonight with best bud Rella. It’s late, and I’m tired, so I should be going to bed, but right now my brain is so wired I need to wind down before I’ll be able to sleep.

This happens to me *every* time I see live theatre.

Once upon a time I was a bit of a drama geek, and appeared in a few productions in high school. It was a lot of fun, and I kick myself now and then (especially after seeing a good show) that I haven’t done more of it since. It’s hokey and cliche, but there’s something truly magical about stage shows — especially when they’re done well. Community theatre is…well…community theatre, full of its awkward moments and imperfections, and slips and goofs. But there are also always moments of beauty and genius that transcend the “community” element. Like tonight, a couple of the performers were truly quite good and I found myself fully enthralled for a few moments. (It didn’t help that the seating was on old church pews and therefore horribly uncomfortable. Ugh.)

Anyway. Maybe in a couple of years I’ll give that a try. When Ms. Junior Peanut is a little older, at least. Take a couple of turns about the stage, just for the fun of it. That’d be pretty damned cool.

Hurry Up, Future

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I need futuristic technology.

I want the device that plugs into your brain, allowing your story to spill out onto the computer screen already written, saving you the tedious, laborious effort of typing the damned thing to begin with.

*grimace*

Yeah, yeah. I know. I believe the phrase you’re looking for is, Suck it up, Princess, and just write the damned book.

I’m working on it. Damn you, exhaustion and chores and headaches and tantrums and … and life. Ugh.

If you need me, I’ll be chained to my desk.

It’s The Small Things

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Tonight the Offspring and I took Ms. Junior Peanut to our neighborhood park. The air was brisk, but the sun determinedly kept peeking through breaks in the clouds. Ms. J.P. had been to this particular park before, last summer, but until now had remained a happy observer — willing to cheerfully watch all the action from her comfy stroller seat.

Until today.

Ms. Junior Peanut got her first ride in the baby swing at the park. And from the moment the molded plastic seat began to sway, my little girl began to giggle.

And giggle.

She did nothing more than gently rock back and forth, eyes wide, grinning from ear to ear, but at that moment, it was the best thing in her whole entire world.

And my heart melted.

It didn’t matter anymore that I’d been feeling cold and tired and wanting a hot cup of tea. All that mattered was capturing this moment, the sheer joy of childish fun, of discovering something new and incredibly exciting.

It made me wonder, as we eventually wandered homeward…just what tomorrow will bring. :)

A Post With No Name

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Yeah, horribly clever of me, hm?

One of the (very) few drawbacks of working from home is the tendency to lose track of days. We up here in Canuckland are just finishing a three-day weekend, which always makes me feel a tad discombobulated. So…if today is Monday, that means tomorrow is Tuesday. At least, that’s the way it’s gone up until now.

I hear retired people have the same problem.

So this past weekend was a busy one. We did a lot of running around, but then some plans were postponed due to weather (damned rain!). It’s certainly no wonder I’m feeling so ass-over-teakettle tonight. I was going to surf a few things this evening, but I think I just need to get to bed. A good night’s sleep should fix things right up. I hope. Catch you on the flip side, gang!

Same Old, Same Old

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Wow.

Uh, hi guys. I didn’t realize I hadn’t been around for over a week. My bad. I think what they say about moms’ brains turning to mush after having babies is actually true, because mine seems to be the consistency of stale tapioca.

Frankly, I’m amazed I’m able to get the correct foot in the proper pantleg in the mornings…

Oy.

Anyway. I have done some crafting lately: an adorable sundress sewn for a niece’s birthday, and an impromptu summer skirt for yours truly. (Although I may have to revisit it — I’m slightly concerned it makes my ass look half again as big as it actually is. Not the look I was going for, frankly.) Eventually I’m going to try a different style and see what I can come up with. Skirts in the summer are underrated, I think. They’re much cooler and more comfortable. Not that we’ve had much heat yet, but here’s hoping.

I know, I know. I’m about as exciting as limp lutefisk at the moment. But thanks for stopping by, regardless. I’m feeling really rather “hamster (aside: is it hamster or hampster? I can never remember.) on the squeaky wheel-ish” lately. You know, when you find yourself getting ready for bed and you think, “What? I’m going to bed already again? Where did the day go? And just what the fuck did I do with it?”

Sometimes a little bit depressing.

B.E. was kind enough to remind me this evening that I’m busy raising kids, including a completely dependent infant, and that *that* is certainly accomplishing something. Yes, that’s true, but apparently my ambition and my motivation levels are totally out of whack. Perhaps I just need more sleep. So I shouldn’t be up at 11pm, typing this, should I?

Mm…no. On that note, I’m off to bed. Catch you on the flip side, my friends.

Right

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Am too tired to blog at the moment.

Back later.

(Am sorry to tease you all like this, I really am.)

Stay cool!

Oh, No! It’s Molded Plastic!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Avert your eyes, people! Quickly!

Now that you’re all staring at the screen in bewilderment, let me explain. Last night I was surfing my usual craft blogs, as I am wont to do, browsing for ever more ideas that I likely won’t ever be able to do…but I digress. Anyway, I came across a link to a blog post where the author touted how fabulous nail polish was…

…for painting permanent “underwear” on Ken and Barbie dolls.

*blink*

WTF?

Ooooookay, then. Puritanical, much? Geez. It’s not like the dolls have details like foreskins and nipples, people. Good God. The crotch areas (and boobs on Barbie) are more like…suggestions…than actual physical parts. I know I certainly never thought twice about those parts of the dolls when I played with them, oh-so-many years ago (well, that is, until Ken and Barbie liked to get nekkid together and swim in the Barbie pool… ahem. Moving along.)

Anyway. I don’t know about you folks, but I just thought that was a bit extreme. I’ll bet those kids end up wearing “purity rings” and saving their virginities for their wedding nights and ending up with a gawdamighty shock when the clothes come off… Oops. Got a little carried away, there.

On that note, have a fantabulous day, gang. Watch out for those naked fashion dolls! They’re trouble, they are!

*snort*

Wasn’t That A…Weekend…?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Hey howdy, gang. What’s happenin’?

Here’s hoping you had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good, considering it was both Mother’s Day *and* yours truly’s birthday!

Yep, another year older, but thankfully not deeper in debt! And before you start wondering, I’m heading rapidly down that slippery slope toward…40. (Nah, I don’t mind sharing my age. It’s not that big of a deal; besides, I don’t think I look 39. At least, I hope to God I don’t look older…)

So…thinking about where I am and what I’m doing, not to mention where I want to go in the next twelve months…I have one goal firmly in mind: every year at the beginning of May, a local community hosts a marathon-qualifying race weekend that also includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon runs…and my goal is to do the 5K next year. Personally, I think that’s an easily reachable target. In fact, I’m climbing on the fitness wagon once again — I’d like to drop a couple of clothing sizes, at least (so I can get back to wearing the stuff that’s sitting, neglected, in my closet!) I think it’s unrealistic to get down to my smallest size ever again (Five! Can you believe that?!?) but 10 would make me very happy. A 7/8 would be incredibly awesome, but that’s less likely. So we’ll see what I can do. Blonde and toned at my 40th birthday party would just *rock*, don’t you think??
Goal #2, which should be completely obvious, is to get more books out. I’ve got several stories floating around in my head. Now the task of dredging up the motivation begins. Nike, it seems, is right — when it comes to many things, not just fitness: Just Do It fits, no matter what.

Anyway. Those are the two main priorities for the next twelve months. (Aside: I meant to take a picture of myself yesterday — for comparison’s sake — and I forgot. D’oh.) I suppose I should make them even more specific — isn’t that what all those self-help, motivational-types say? — so I’ll nail down some details shortly.

All righty. The chore/To-Do list is staring me in the face, so I guess I need to get crackin’. Here’s to a fabulous week, everyone! Cheers!

Bawk! Bawk! Bawk!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I feel like the proverbial headless chicken, gang.

(Although if the chicken is headless, it couldn’t squawk, could it?? But I digress…)

Life around here has been crazy lately. Starting with Easter and continuing onward. I’ve got baby showers, concerts, birthdays (!)… it’s nuts. I suppose if we didn’t have anything to do we’d all get really bored really quickly, right? Good story, anyway.

So. I am in the middle of sewing some gifts for a baby shower this weekend, not to mention trying to figure out what to do for Mother’s Day for the Mater. Add to that our normal daily routine and I’m up to my eyeballs.

On the plus side, we’re going up to +16C today (yay!) and I’m going to hang the first load of laundry of the season outside. I’m looking forward to my spring/summer routine. I like the monotony of hanging things, letting my brain wander and percolate and (hopefully) resolve plot points…!

After some perusal, I also need to start doing some gardening — clipping away dead matter to let the new stuff come up, and repotting some indoor plants…and planning our front yard layout (it currently has *zero* landscaping…so this year is the year to make some small changes. Can’t wait!). I think most of it’s going to get pushed to the weekend at least, though. No time today.

Especially since Ms. Junior Peanut is beginning to demand milk. Off to appease HRH. Later!

Democracy Is Good, Yo

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Canucks:

Do your civic duty today and vote. The way things are is kindof a mess right now, but you can make a difference. So go do it already.

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