Monday, December 31, 2007
That said, here's my plug for being politically involved in the New Year.
I have a bit of an obsessive nature when it comes to finishing things that I say I will do. I'm somewhat cautious about committing to do things, because I know that if I tell someone that I'll do a thing, I will pretty much guilt myself into getting it done.
So what is my problem with New Years Resolutions? I nearly always make them, and I nearly always come up short when it comes to completing them. This year I had 10 goals. Okay, that's probably part of the problem - that's a lot of things to work on. Of the 10 I accomplished 3, did way better in a different way on 1, started, then fizzled on 5, and totally blew 1.
What's funny to me is that I don't feel too bad about the 5 I started and fizzled on. I may even make some of them goals again for this year. I look at it this way - at least I did something in those areas. One of my goals was to write in my journal regularly. I just looked through it, and I actually had 80 entries. That's a new record for me, and I'm not even counting this blog - which is up to 21 entries as of yesterday. I may have fizzled during the middle of the year (April through September), but something is better than nothing, and 100 entries is a huge improvement on nothing.
So, what are my New Year's resolutions for this year? I'll have to get back to you on that. Tomorrow.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
At our house we have been into K'nex ever since giving Nathan a set for his 8th birthday. I think K'nex have only been around 15 years or so - and since Nathan is now 22 years old, we've been in on K'nex almost from the start.
Grandma Erminie sent me some money this year to buy the boys something for Christmas that they would enjoy - so when I saw the roller coaster, I knew that was it. Andrew put it together, all 1,100+ parts, on Christmas day. It's not the biggest model they've ever built, but it is pretty fun.
I just need to find a place to keep it for 3 months until Nathan gets home....
Saturday, December 29, 2007
WENATCHEE — A 29-year-old Wenatchee man told police a pterodactyl caused him to drive his car into a light pole 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Wenatchee police cited the man with first degree negligent driving. A breathalyzer test showed “a minimal amount of alcohol,” said Wenatchee police Sgt. Cherie Smith.Witnesses told police the man was northbound on Wenatchee Avenue and drifted into a southbound lane for less than a block. Oncoming traffic stopped and waited for the man to pass, Smith said.He then totaled his car on a light pole in the 200 block of North Wenatchee Avenue, Smith said.When police asked the man what caused the accident, his one-word answer was “pterodactyl,” Smith said.A pterodactyl was a winged reptile that lived more than 65 million years ago. The man was driving a 1994 Cadillac DeVille.He was treated and released at Central Washington Hospital, hospital officials said this morning.— Rachel Schleif, World staff
Friday, December 28, 2007
pal·in·drome /ˈpælɪnˌdroʊm/ –noun
1. a word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward, as Madam, I'm Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop.
Today I'm in love. I've avoided writing much about NYT crossword puzzle - but today I'm feeling smug and smart. Part of the smartness is offset by the fact that I thought I finished the Friday crossword, when actually it was yesterday's paper (Thursday). Oh well, it still feels good. The theme for today's (okay, yesterday's) crossword was palindromes. There were three long palindromic answers:
"Must save vast sum"
"Aerate pipet area"
"Page gawks at task wage gap"
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I'm happy to see that our Canadian friends spend a whopping 2.3 billion loonies on chocolate every year, and what with the falling U.S. dollar, we're talking some serious chocolate insanity, eh.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
A few weeks ago when we were asking our kids what they would like for Christmas, Alex said he'd like to get his braces off. Not gonna happen. Not for Christmas. He went in for an adjustment today, and was informed that the braces come off in about 3 weeks. Wahoo!
Did I mention that our orthodontist's name is Jason Bourne?
Coincidence...I don't think so.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
And yes, I am still running a fever.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
"Avoid black holes." That's what an astrophysicist in New York advises, based on a new report by NASA about a black hole that's shooting a jet of deadly radiation at a smaller neighboring galaxy.If this were an episode of "Star Trek," the intrepid crew would get sucked toward certain death in the radiation stream, then find themselves forced to fight their evil doppelgangers from another dimension to get the dilithium crystals they need to escape. In the process, the transporter would fail, the shields would fall to 60 percent as soon as the enemy looked at them, and Capt. Kirk might very well be drugged and then seduced by someone wearing a minimum of clothing. -The Buzz (our local paper, the Everett Herald)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I was fairly gobsmacked when I totally finished today's (Thurs) crossword without once having to turn to Rex for help. It's not that I can't do it, I usually just don't have the time/energy/stars in alignment/lead in my pencil/dog ate my paper/there was a total eclipse of Saturn, so I just couldn't do it. Later on in the day I got on his site to see how he had rated the crossword (easy/medium, darn it). I noticed he had a place in his sidebar for "friends of the show" and lo and behold, there was my humble little blog. How cool is that. I also noticed that he has another site Pop Sensation - Vintage Paperbacks and Other Cultural Detritus. Definitely worth a gander.
It got me thinking - the borg queen and I could start a blog about Grace Livingston Hill. Between us we probably have 40 to 50 of her books (at the very least). GLH was amazingly prolific, if not uniformly great in her literary efforts. Her books are good clean fun, not that she necessarily meant them to be fun (she had a lamentable lack of humor).
So..how about it? Resistance is futile.....
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This year our little Sally was the head chearleader, validictorian, and Miss America. She also volunteers in a soup kitchen every day after schooland collects teddy bears for the starving children in Greenland. Our older son Billy is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize and he plays pro baseball AND basketball in his spare time while working on his presidential campaign and being a volunteer firefighter......
I finally realized that these were truly pathetic attempts by those people to validate their existence. Okay, so no one wants to have their faults held up for the world (or at least family and friends) to see, but I like the letters that throw in at least a pinch of reality. When my children were younger I considered a year in which we didn't need the orthodpedic department at the Everett Clinic on speed dial a red letter year. Let's hear more about years like that.
So, lets celebrate the little things in life - not try and make everyone else feel like losers. Trust me, your friends and family won't be surprised that you're not perfect, they'll be grateful that you're honest.
Now, it's time for me to start on our Christmas Newsletter......let's see, is there one or two e's in "genius"...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Before any music critics come to my house with a lynching party, please let me explain. I was young. If there is any crime here, I plead youth.
The first pop song I remember singing was The Beatles "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". Those were the only lyrics I knew. I would sing those words over and over and over and over. I probably drove my parents nuts, but it must have been their fault that I had even heard it.
Fast forward a few years and The Monkees were on our black and white tv every week. I was in love with Mickey. Big sis Marcy was in love with Davy. We had a record (you know, vinyl)of theirs...we had every song memorized. I know that the Beatles have much more critical acclaim. Much more. And in spite of that I still have that crush on Mickey.
As a novice at blogging, I'm still trying to get my bearings - I wrote another post this morning and accidently erased it.
I had a comment posted by Rex Parker (of NYT Crossword Puzzle blog fame!). And now a crossword puzzle digression...
I have a love/like/hate relationship with the NYT Crossword puzzle. On Monday and Tuesday I usually love it. On Wednesday I sometimes love it, sometimes like it. It only goes downhill from there. I love Friday and Saturday if I am able to finish. I feel like a genius. It actually just means that the puzzles were exceptionally easy for a Friday or Saturday - but I still feel like a genius. If I figure out answers that had Rex Parker stumped for a while (unusual, but it has happened) I again feel like a genius. That said, I would be ungrateful if I neglected to thank Rex Parker for helping through the dumb days. Especially the rebus days. He is my crossword puzzle superhero. Not a MAN OF STEEL with unlikely superpowers from another planet nor yet a mutant SPIDERMAN with webslinging abilities, but more like the classic BATMAN as portrayed by Adam West NOT any of his successors. I like that he looks like a regular Joe and doesn't have any freaky superpowers - just cool accessories - and no padded muscles for him. What you see is what you get. And ya' gotta love the giggle factor.
Monday, December 10, 2007
So...who knew how effective peer pressure could be even in your late 40's! Two of my younger (much younger) sisters started blogs and talked me into it. I am not, nor ever have been much of a creative writer, but here goes. I take great comfort in the fact that very few (if any) people besides my sisters will ever delve into my writings.
The only blog I read on a semi-regular basis is "Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle" - and I only read that towards the weekends (when the NYT crossword gets too hard and I need to cheat to finish it). I suppose now I will be checking posts by family members. Since I have an incredibly large family this could get out of control...