Unconsious Mutterings

  1. Coroner :: Jordan
  2. Mystify :: de
  3. Corroborate :: evidence
  4. Misinterpret :: lies
  5. Humorless :: boring
  6. Calculus :: ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Eye for an eye :: teeth
  8. CPR :: sloppy
  9. Stitched :: up
  10. Facility :: rental

Thanksgiving Weekend

Unlike most people in this world, I absolutely relished my four day long weekend having no one to interact with but my cats. At one point on Thursday night, Liz called to make sure I wasn’t too lonely. Not possible. Melissa left for the East Coast last Sunday and won’t be back until this Tuesday (though I had dreams about her returning early and finding the huge mess in the kitchen I’d left), and Karla left on Wednesday and came back last night. Four glorious, blissful days of doing only what I wanted to do and not having to answer to anyone. Of course, Romeo and Matea insisted on being fed each morning at 6:30, but I managed to go back to bed after that.

I made a wonderful meal for myself on Thanksgiving day. Be prepared to be jealous. Cornish Rock Hens in a Rosemary Marinade. Wild Rice Stuffing. Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic. And a lovely bottle of White Zinfandel that I drank all by myself. That’s right. It did take me nearly 8 hours though.

In all my planning for the meal, I completely forgot about desert. I ended up watching TV and eating caramel Hershey’s kisses. All in all, not to shabby.

I also watched 13 going on 30 this weekend, and Saved, and a lot of TV.

I went to the MOA and Ikea on both Wednesday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. I also battled the crowds on Friday morning to get to the Limited and receive my free sweater and $10 corduroy pants. I like free things. Friday I also went to Target three times. Three different Targets. Met Alison after the Limited on Friday morning for some shopping and an excuse for her to get out of the house. Her husband, Josh, is sick with the flu, and has been for a week now, including a trip to the hospital. A little bit whiny and demanding, but who can blame him?

Sunday I went to Church and felt pretty good all morning, including “working the crowds” to get people to sign up to ring bells for the Salvation Army in December. Another trip to Target, time spent cleaning up the kitchen, moving most of the furniture in my room into a different configuration, vacuuming up “kitty bison” as Amanda calls them, and watching more TV.

Later, I will tell you about my weekend Match.com experiences. Don’t chastise me.

This Weekend

Friday night I got together with Amanda and Liza for dinner, games & a movie. Saw Amanda’s new place. We played Scrabble (but didn’t keep score) and I must say I had some kick-butt moves. Much better than last time. Did I mention I bought Scrabble a few weeks ago? It was on sale at Target. I love word games. I wish I could play Scrabble by myself. Hmm. Must work on that.

We also watched Office Space. Again. Wasn’t my favorite of the options I’d brought, but friendship does involve a certain amount of compromise.

Saturday was delicious, though I am a little frustrated that my body decided “sleeping in” meant 8:30. What happened to sleeping in until noon? I am getting old. Lazed around, finally got off my tookus and went shopping. Glorious shopping. Spent way too much money. Visited two Franks stores to partake in the going-out-of-business-because-we’re-filing-bankruptcy store. Found white pants (and a white skirt!) for Christmas. Now, of course, I need white shoes. Winter white shoes. How hard is that going to be?

I also watched Calendar Girls, which was good but not as great as I expected. Of course, it’s based on a true story, so….

Sunday we spent three hours raking leaves, again. Today my arms hurt. Last Sunday I mostly bagged leaves, but we didn’t have to do that this time, so I raked, and raked, and raked. Poor arms. Was bored the rest of the day. I tried to find things to do, but nothing amused me. Ended up laying in bed watching TV with Matea cuddling with me. She’s become quite snuggly lately.

Thanksgiving should be fun. Melissa left yesterday morning for New England, and will be gone till the end of the month. Karla leaves Wednesday and will be gone through Sunday. Four days in the house all by myself!!! I’m making Cornish rock hens with wild rice stuffing, and candied acorn squash. All for me. And before you go feeling bad for me, it’s by personal choice. I had several invitations to spend the holiday with families from church, but really felt like having a weekend off and doing exactly what I wanted to do. The joys of being single.

Yes, I do bathe regularly

I’m happy to say that this is not my battle-cry:

“I’m hopeless and awkward and desperate for love!”

from Friends, said by Chandler

And amazingly enough, I’ve been this way for quite a while. I do remember the many times when all I wanted was a boyfriend and that would make life perfect.

Ha. If a boy could make life perfect, he would have to be pretty darn special in order to fix all I’ve got going on.

Plus, I realized over the weekend that I really don’t know who I am right now, and I definitely don’t know where I’m going. That’s not a good place to be in to form new significant relationships. It’s like not really knowing the person, because they’re going to change anyways. I can only imagine meeting some guy’s parents and them asking, “and what do you do, dear?” and saying that I have this one job and this other part-time one but it’s ending soon and I really don’t know what I want to do with my life but I’m considering a lot of things and I’ll let you know when I figure it all out.

Gasping for air.

Quite content, thank you. With the singleness, that is.

Of course, not like I’m getting any offers to end it or resistance to the plan. And yes, I do bathe regularly.

Proud of Me

This weekend, I threw away all of my Dawson’s Creek videos. You know, when all through college I recorded it off of TV. I had 13 videos. I also threw away several tapes of movies recorded off of television. I plan on only keeping a few Primetime specials and the actual movies (you know, the kind you buy in the store), and even some of those I should really get rid of, but can’t bring myself to yet. Maybe I can get rid of those on Amazon for a few pennies. Hmm. Anyone want to buy videotapes? You know, in this age of DVD, VHS just seems to take up so much space.

Also, I bought some spray paint and started refinishing some of my furniture. All I really got done was some handles for my desk drawers, and it started raining last night so they need a few more coats now (they were outside). I only managed to get away from WalMart with one small can of spray paint – did you know you need an ID to purchase spray paint? I had no idea, and had left my wallet in the car (it had no money in it). I have to go back tonight to get some rugs for the youth room – half the price of those at Home Depot – so I’ll try again. Really, I’m not getting high off the stuff.

I picked up a car on Sunday – one of the youth group moms is letting me borrow her oldest son’s car – it’s fully insured, they have AAA, and according to her, I’m doing them a favor. Amazing. It’s not a great car by any means, but it’s free, and it’s a way of getting around until I buy one mid-October. Such a relief to not have to worry about that and stress about finding a place to live (update: there is no update. no place to live yet) at the same time. She will get some extra jewels in her crown as far as I’m concerned. Of course, I don’t think I’ll be put in charge of handing out jewels for crowns in heaven. It’d be a fun job, though.

Rockin’ out to: U2, The Best Of 1980-1990
Wisdom Source: just finished Emma, by Jane Austen. Definitely up there on my favorite books list.
Today’s Wisdom: Psalm 149:4, “For the LORD delights in his people; He crowns the humble with salvation.”

Bonus Wisdom:
Proverbs 14:24, “Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only folly.”
2 Timothy 4:8, “And now the prize awaits me–the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.”
James 1:12, “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”


(and yes, I know that irregardless is an entirely redundant word that means the same thing as regardless, but I like it)

Despite all evidence in this world to the contrary, I still believe in movie-star, fairytale love. I remembered this while watching “What I Like About You” on Sunday night. Just thought I should let someone know. Anytime my knight wants to ride up on a white horse and sweep me away, I’m available. Or, perhaps you’re dashingly handsome but I find you annoying for some reason (probably due to a childhood trauma) and I keep pushing you away, but you pursue me anyways and we fall in love. Please don’t be dying, though, for while that’s terribly romantic, eventually I’d be a widow, and at a very young age. And then I’d have to go through the whole thing again.

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TV Tuesday

TV Tuesday:

  1. What show would you like to see brought back for an hour or two episode, to see how the characters are doing now? (This should be a show that it might be possible to do a reunion on.) Ally McBeal. I really miss that show. But it ended really well, so it’d be hard to bring it back. They did a good job with closure.
  2. Pick a show that could not realistically be brought back for a reunion, because some or all of the cast members are gone. What if they could have done a reunion before it was too late? Name the show you’d most like to see. I can’t think of anything.
  3. Which reunion show have you watched and thought ‘Wow, they should have left that one alone! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed one. I like the spoofs, like the Brady Bunch movie – those are worth making. But the reunions? Eh.
  4. ~Bonus~ Which do you prefer- a ‘reunion’ episode of the series, or a ‘cast reunion’ where the actors sit around and talk about the making of the show? Reunion episode, even though they’re always disappointing. I’d rather be disappointed with bad writing and acting and story lines than with loser actors who wish they were still in the glory days.

Only Monster left…

Monster (my work fish, a male beta) is the only fish left. Bandit passed away on Friday night. I’m going to let the tank sit empty for a while to hopefully get rid of some toxins or just… let it be.

Had a pretty good weekend, even though I spent way more money than I should have. Rent was awesome, as was Tanpopo. On the way to Rent (we parked in the Fields’ lot) we stopped in so I could show Amanda the ballerina prom dress. A coworker of mine doesn’t like it, but he’s 50, so I don’t think he counts. We had a good time at Rent, despite having to sit through the first half next to these annoying middle-aged ladies, and then just being in general freezing cold the whole time.

Saturday morning I went to a meeting and secured a community garden plot for Amanda & myself. Then I did some cleaning (not much though) and took a trip to buy groceries and some stuff for gardening. Spent much of the afternoon on the balcony planting, with the cats wandering around the roof. It was gorgeous out. I think I could have gotten a nice tan if so inclined. Then I got my hair cut and stopped by the fabric store since I was out that way. Got some nice “scrim” to change the draping over my bed – white now instead of blue. Much better. My room is still a mess, though, so I don’t think you can really tell. I need to do laundry. And take a bunch of stuff to Goodwill. And vacuum. Kitties shed a lot.

Watched “Miss Congeniality” and ate pizza for dinner. No, wait, pizza was Sunday lunch. Saturday night I made potatoes and chicken with mushrooms and garlic. And coleslaw. Eh, not too great, but not horrible. Next time, I’ll use the right kind of vinegar.

Sunday was spent waking up late (skipping first service and most of Sunday School) and then after Church going over to a church lady’s house to rake her yard with the youth group. We had a good time and were done by 1:15. Stopped by Target, indulged myself with Krispy Kremes which I’d been craving for weeks, and bought light bulbs. I know, terribly exciting. Youth group last night went OK, much better than the junior high lesson on the same. Only six kids though, and all from the same vehicle (most from the same family, plus 2 friends). It’s been a disappointing way to end the year, with declining attendance, especially since at the beginning of the year we were prepared for low attendance with the schedule change.

I did get to watch Crossing Jordan when I got home, despite the storm that blew through here. Drove very slow on the way home. But I kept myself company with thoughts of a charming guy and things he said. [remaining calm]

the friday five

What was…

  1. …your first grade teacher’s name? Mrs. Erdman (I think). I do remember that my second grade teacher’s name was Mrs. Brown, and her husband was Charles.
  2. …your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?oooh, tough one. The Smurfs maybe.
  3. …the name of your very first best friend? I don’t know…. I’ve had a lot over the years
  4. …your favorite breakfast cereal? GrapeNuts or Frosted Wheats
  5. …your favorite thing to do after school? Sometimes Alison and I would go over to the mall (which we weren’t allowed to do) or watch TV (also off-limits) when Mom was at work. Mostly though we played outside, rode bikes, I think I read a lot of books.