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weather is stupid, sickly kid, weekend highlights, drugs are bad

2 Feb

Mother Nature can for real bite me. Kiddo’s school opens two hours late tomorrow but it wouldn’t surprise me if they cancel it altogether before morning. It is raining out there after all. I always roll my eyes at people yakking on and on about the weather but when you were just in short sleeves 24 hours ago and now school is out because of potential icing, well, yak away if you want.

Speaking of the offspring, she’s not feeling so great. It’s not even 11pm yet and she’s already been up three times coughing and shivering and icky. I gave her honey for the cough, a roll of toilet paper for the snots, literally the shirt off my back for comfort, some extra blankets for the shivers, and Tylenol for general purposes. I really hope she’s not getting seriously sick yet again.

Other than her feeling a bit off, our weekend was good. We got to ride bikes together for a bit on Saturday, made Valentines this afternoon, completed homework, and she played video games with The Accountant. All of that and my fabulous veggie soup were the highlights from the weekend. There was the Superbowl thing on TV but I completely ignored that and watched Sam and Cat with you-know-who instead. A good choice I think.

Switching gears here…the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman is so incredibly sad, as are all deaths in which addiction plays a part (assuming the preliminary theories on cause of death are correct). Drugs are bad news bears folks. Addiction is a scary thing and doesn’t give two shits how much money you have or how talented or famous you are; it can happen to anyone in so many different forms. I honestly believe that we all have demons. Some people just find ways to deal better with theirs than others.

Happiness Inside Job

quick check in

3 Sep

we had a nice day off together today. kiddo was super excited to go to school. she is loving her new room and teachers and is adjusting great. i am constantly amazed by her. her new favorite song is “boom boom, ain’t it great to be crazy”. it is so funny to hear her sing along with it. i love this song too because i relate to it quite nicely.  i’m afraid she is much like her mother.

hubs and i went to our favorite breakfast spot and i had chocolate chip pancakes for brunch…and the yumminess was not spoiled even one tiny bit by a friend referring to my “rat poop pancakes”. but really, now i will always think of that when i order these. thanks c. heh. sidenote: allison krauss walked out of the restaurant as we were standing in line. i wonder what she eats for brunch?

my bro gets married in one week! the wedding will be in my parents front yard and is going to be so cute and sweet. i am now in possession of the bridesmaids dress and shoes. its amazing but they both fit even though they were ordered site unseen. i’m excited for the big day and for my brother and my friend as they start a new life together.

there’s no news on the “thing”. i will be inquiring to the status next week. stay tuned for either great joy or colossal nervous breakdown.

tomorrow is bookclub. well, i should say today since its 1:30 am. i just finished The Lovely Bones. hello manic sobbing and 2 boxes of kleenex. seriously though, it was beautifully written and just so raw. i loved it even though it wrenched out my heart.

holiday weekend = yay. there will be cookouts and family and hopefully naps like this one.

peas ‘n carrots.

sometimes it just rains, even in Lake Wobegon

12 Apr

This post is brought to you by a Bible verse from Matthew, Garrison Keillor and my dad.

Matthew 5:45 …for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust…

A friend asked me to blog about a passage from Matthew that popped out at me and the above portion of verse 45, chapter 5 wins. Why? Because it reminds me of my dad. I can’t read or hear this verse without hearing my dad finish it off with “and sometimes, it just rains”. Can I get in trouble for being amused? Surely not. God has a sense of humor I think. I mean, he created toddlers right? Toddlers who try to bite their daddy’s toes when no one is looking. But I digress.

I understand the context; to love, bless, do good and pray for all people, not just your friends and/or fellow Christians. Valuable, if not a very difficult lesson to apply. For me anyway. It goes against human nature, against MY nature for certain. A struggle no doubt, but one made less insoluble by remembering that “sometimes, it just rains”. Thanks Dad.

Speaking of my dear dad…Saturday he cashed in his Christmas gift and I accompanied him to The Ryman for a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. The man, Garrison Keillor in the flesh. I went as the chauffer on a daddy/daughter date, and came out truly enamored with Keillor, his monologue and his guests.

I remember when I lived at home, the radio being tuned in to static filled broadcasts of PHC. I wasn’t exactly a fan since it seemed much of the humor went right over my head and I wasn’t patient enough to sit and just listen. Ok, I’ll just go head and call it, in those days I thought it was boring. Yet, even then, Keillor’s voice was soothing and lovely and all kinds of melodic. And dad has loved it as long as I can remember. When Keillor was here a few years ago speaking at the Southern Festival of Books, we were there listening and then standing in line for ages at the book signing to get GK’s autograph. So when I saw that PHC would be in town, it was the perfect-made-for-my-father gift. 

I’m not really all that into music. Simply meaning that I don’t seek out new artists or genres. I enjoy them if I happen across them but it’s not my passion. However, I was quite thrilled to be exposed to new-to-me artists, The Dave Rawlings Machine. Gillian Welch performed with them and even a non-musical girl like myself knows who she is. I was a toe-tappin’, hand clappin’, shoulder swayin’ gal, lemme tell you.

Hey Dad, the broadcast that we attended can be listened to here. And yes, I am more than excited to make this a yearly event! I’m gonna be A Prairie Home Companion groupie y’all! And proud of it. 🙂

Oh, and for those of you wondering, yes, I was practically the youngest person there. I like to think so anyway.

wow i’m boring

27 Sep

I suppose I am back in the routine after being on vacation.  Woohoo.  I’ve successfully thrown flaming sacks of dog poo (readily available to me) at anyone making a comment in any way resembling “I thought you went to the beach, so where’s your tan?”. 

I had gazillion emails to catch up on at the 9 to 5 and I suppose I’m back into the swing of things in that regard as well.  But, as we must retain a Swiss-like neutrality on this here blog about the four letter word that begins with a “w” and ends with a “k”, we’ll just leave it at that. 

I saw MJ from The Real World Philadelphia at Which Wich on Tuesday.  Does that count as a celebrity sighting?  Probably not.

That’s it, I got nothin’.


17 Sep

I’ve never watched more than a few minutes of the Emmy’s until tonight.  Now I know why.  It’s a complete snoozefest.  And what was the big deal about Ryan Seacrest hosting?  E! made it seem like some huge gig but he was only on for about 3 minutes at the beginning and I haven’t seen him since.  Tough job. 

Someone is snoring on the couch next to me.  I won’t call any names.


10 Sep

In the midst of drought, floods, war and destruction I’m choosing to blog about the VMAs and Britney’s “comeback” performance.  So sue me. 

Disclaimer: I watch the VMA’s because I’m a shallow, empty, sad person.  Nah, not really.  I’m just really bored tonight and don’t want to fold the laundry. 

I know it’s easy for non-celebrity types to criticize those in the spotlight because of what we read in the tabloids and see on tv.  I’ve always been of the opinion that until you’ve “walked a mile in someone else’s shoes” you can have your opinions but shouldn’t pass judgement.  Because who knows what really goes on in people’s lives and what makes them do the things they do.  No one outside of that person knows the whole story.  I kind of feel sorry for some of these people but realize they bring a lot of it on themselves.  I guess I’m talking in circles here.  All that to say, from my comfortable seat on the front row of anonymity I think that Britney has really screwed up a lot of things in her life in the most bizarre way.  How’s that for a unique opinion? 

Tonight I was actually rooting for her to wow everyone (in that bubblegum, mainstream, manufactured popstar way of course).  I was disappointed.  She looked tentative and unsure of herself.  The dancemoves were more like choreographed walking than dancing.  Better than I would do for sure but that’s not my deal.  I’d challenge her to an Excel data file duel any day of the week.  But still, I give her props for getting up there and looking pretty darn good in her undies after having two kids. 

And can we talk about the cuteness that is Chris Brown?

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