Archive for December, 2008

Dec

29

End-of-the-Year Quiz

9:26 pm · category: Uncategorized

Swiped from Violet.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I had sushi for the first time.  I know this is not big news for most people, but I discovered that I really liked it!  Actually, I discovered that I prefer California rolls — or, better yet,  cucumber rolls (my favorite).  This, as I understand it, is blasphemy to true sushi lovers. I actually had a person refuse to eat at a sushi restaurant with me because I wouldn’t order “real sushi.”  Sorry!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any resolutions, per se.  I did set some goals — namely, to ride a motorcycle in 2008.  I set the same goal in 2006 and 2007.  Some day it’s going to happen.  (I don’t even want to drive a motorcycle; I just want to be a passenger. [But not in one of those little sidecars.])  So I’ll put that on the list for 2009 as well.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, although my cousin Bailey still has a couple of days left in the year to birth that little tax write-off.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.  No births and no deaths.  Doing my part to keep the world balanced!

5. What countries did you visit?
I didn’t leave the U.S.  Hell, I haven’t left the U.S. in 17 years.  I think I left Arkansas only once in 2008.  That’s pretty pathetic.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A humidifier.  A work-from-home FULL TIME job.  A pool boy.  (Or girl.  I’m not picky.  I’m just tired of messing with the damn thing.)  Dental insurance.  New carpet.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can’t think of a single date that I will remember.  Well, maybe a couple.  I remember I got fired on March 31.  And I remember Dr. Horrible debuted on July 15.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Further demonstrating my complete dorkitude, here’s the thing I’m most proud of:  I’m ranked first and second on Facebook’s Addicted to Angel and Addicted to Buffy Trivia Games, respectively.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I suppose it’s that I wasn’t able to reconcile with Rocco.  I regret not being able to come to some sort of agreement that would have at least left us on speaking terms.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope.  Healthy as a freakin’ horse.  I have,  however, had a wicked ear thing going on since October, and it’s just not getting any better.  My daddy gave me a round of antibiotics, but I’m waiting until I’m REALLY sick.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane ticket to L.A., hands down.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I am very much relieved that Britney seems only a little bit crazy these days. I was also rather pleased with McCain and Obama, neither of whom came across as complete dicks at any point in the campaign.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Registered Democrats who moved their allegiance to the GOP because they were (a) pissed Hillary didn’t secure the nomination, or (b) thought Sarah Palin was pretty, and that pretty=qualified, or (c) both a and b.

14. Where did most of your money go?
If I’m not counting the obvious (rent), then it would be my online course, which was about $2000.  I should be finished by the end of January!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I got to attend the Slayage Conference, which was right here in Arkansas!  Dr. Horrible was pretty awesome, as was the DVD with the musical commentary.  Chuck was renewed for a second season.  I learned how to make bulgogi.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Hmm.  That’s a tough one, because I don’t really listen to music because of my NPR addiction.  I hate to keep going back to it, but it would have to be something from Dr. Horrible — probably A Man’s Gotta Do.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? – Happier.  I didn’t know my work in the hotel business had eaten my soul until I realized I was happier going to work every day squeezing anal glands than I was doing room checks.
b) thinner or fatter? – The same.  I’ve been all over the map this year, but I’m pretty much where I was 12 months ago.
c) richer or poorer? – Poorer.  Much, much poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d spent more time on my online class in the last two months, because I had intended to kick off the new year with the new job.  But then I got sidetracked by things like the wonder that is DVR and the magic that is Hulu.  I wish I’d done more cardio.  I wish I’d swam more often.  I wish I’d blogged more.  I wish I’d written more.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I’d eaten less.  I wish I’d eaten out less, especially.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Hanging out at Kim and Nathan’s, eating soup and waiting for Kim to finish birthing a baby so she could come home and we could open up the pressies!

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Nope.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Chuck. Or maybe Mad Men.  They’re totally different, so it’s hard to say for certain.  Chelsea Lately ranks pretty high up there, too.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I think I’m done with hate.  I’m still bitter and angry, but the hatred is gone.

24. What was the best book you read?
I’m fairly certain I read only one book, which was Running With Scissors.  It was good!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Dr. Horrible.

26. What did you want and get?
Patio furniture.  Trip to a WD party.  A fish.  Presidential election in which my vote matched the winner.

27. What did you want and not get?
A humidifier.  A freelance career that lets me pay ALL my bills.  Another boxer so Louise will have a friend.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I haven’t been to the theater in probably two years, and my attention span is such that I can pretty much stomach only programming that’s 47 minutes or less.  I think the only movie I saw that was released in 2008 was Hamlet 2.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 34.  I worked that day, and I think Rocco and I ordered out and had cocktails.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Sex?  Weed?  Those are things I haven’t had in a while.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I continued my 34-year-long tradition of having no personal fashion concept.

32. What kept you sane?
Yoga.  Reading blogs about people more pitiful than me.  Baking lots and lots and lots of bread.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
My ongoing crush on Nathan Fillion did not abate, but I discovered Zach Galifianakis.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
This whole Palestine/Israel thing is scaring the shit out of me right now.

35. Who did you miss?
I don’t think I missed anyone this year.  Sometimes I missed my old cat Rupert, because he and one of my new cats, Nigel, would be really good friends.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
That would probably be Rian/Tinkcat.  I didn’t know her from Adam when she showed up at Cassy’s, but I’m so glad I met her!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
If you do your boss’s job because she is incompetent and has no management skills, she will hire her daughter and then fire you FOR DOING HER JOB.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Not so much a song, but it is from a musical!  (Predictably, yes.  I KNOW!)  “The world is a mess, and I just need to rule it.”

Dec

22

All Hail! Also: Ah, Hell.

7:39 pm · category: Dog Days

There are two dogs we have come in every two weeks named Jazzie (a Shih Tzu) and J.C. (a Chihuahua) Shaw.  Of course I call J.C. “Jesus Christ.”  “Jesus Christ, your anal gland smells unholy this week!”  “Be still!  Jesus Christ!”

Lately I’ve been calling the pair DJ Jazzie Shaw and the Fresh Prince of Peace.  Either nobody else gets it, or nobody else thinks it’s funny.  I, of course, think it’s hilarious.

*****

Louise, my Boxer, is STILL on her period.  She’s also completely hormonal.  She’s normally very docile and never acts out, but she has been CRAZY for the last couple of weeks.

First she got into one of the lower kitchen cabinets and shredded three packages of napkins.  That really pissed me off, because I never use napkins or paper towels unless I have a party.  Consequently, I can buy one 300-pack of napkins and it will last me a couple of years.  Now I’m going to have to restock.  Grrr.

Twice this weekend Lou knocked the lid off the garbage can on the deck, which is rarely used — so rarely, in fact, that there were diapers in there from the Fourth of July party I had.  So twice I had to clean up shredded diapers, 100 or so empty bags of pool shock, and approximately 10,000 cigarette butts.  Blechh.  (Yeah, I finally got wise and emptied the whole thing into the big trash can in the garage.)

Today I came home to find my under-the-sink garbage can lying on its side on the kitchen floor, its contents strewn from one side of the room to the other.  And Lou KNEW she was in trouble, because she was slinking around with her belly so close to the ground I thought she was going to chafe her engorged nipples.

*****

But tomorrow is another day.  A DAY WITH 30 DOGS ON THE BOOK.

Dec

14

It’s Not All Black and White, Even When It Is

1:13 pm · category: Mystery!

Usually I dream in color.  Sometimes I dream in black and white.  Last night I dreamed in cartoon.  Cartoon!  And it was a black and white cartoon.  I dreamed Spy vs Spy.  What is up with that?

Dec

6

You’ll Get Mail

10:00 am · category: Uncategorized

If you read here, I’d like your mailing address.  Here’s what you need to know up front:

  • I won’t be sending you a Christmas card.  I’m far too lazy for that.
  • I won’t be sending you random bullshit.  I’m far too astute for that.
  • I won’t be sending you presents.  I’m far too poor for that.
  • I won’t be selling your address to a direct mail company.  That’s just silly.

I would, however, like to have everyone’s address in my address book.  I mean, I might find six bags of good yarn stuffed in a closet and remember that I never learned — and likely never will learn — how to knit, thereby rendering it useless to me but a nice surprise for you.  Or maybe I’ll find a rare item that you collect at one of the bazillion yard sales in Arkansas and pick it up for a quarter.  Or maybe I just really, really, really like to send birthday cards.  (You should probably include your birthdate, too.)

Please email me at dropedgeofyonder [at] gmail.com.  (I’m especially interested in finding out who you are, person-I-don’t-know-who-reads-but-never-comments-in-West Virginia.)

Dec

4

Oh, Canada!

4:09 pm · category: Contest

I have some questions about your esteemed land.  I’ve been doing my research, but I’m still a bit confused.

And no, it’s not about this no confidence-vote-election thingie.  Best as I can tell, that Harper guy is a dick and y’all are pretty much tired of it.  Is that it in a nutshell?

Anyway, I need to know about your Thanksgiving.  I found the history part of it, but — as always –I’m way more interested in the food.  Does your traditional Thanksgiving meal mirror its American counterpart?  I would say that, while many things (many, many, many things if you’re at my house) are considered traditional menu items here, some are really traditional: namely, turkey, dressing/stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Oh!  And everyone should go to Meghan’s website, where she has a contest to give away some lovely cards made by my Canadian friend Jenn at her Etsy shop.

Dec

3

Woe is me.

7:40 pm · category: 5K Ass

The only thing I’ve managed to keep down for more than four hours is water and scrambled eggs.  I’m sleeping an average of 16 hours a day.  I shake all the time. Occasionally, I talk out of my head.

Am I the only person on the planet who gets DTs when she quits smoking?