Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina
Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
Green Salad with Pears and Gorgozola
Iced Christmas Sugar Cookies
Green Chile and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Winter Squash and White Bean Stew with Crusty Bread
The tricycle was a big hit. Here's Dah and Geej, going out on their maiden voyage.
Earl kept wondering where his presents were. It was kind of sad, really.
Now we get to wait another year to do it all again.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
- Vacuumed and washed car
- Paid storage room bill
- Deposited $46 refund check from Austin Radiological Association at the bank
- Tried to get a bracelet repaired; Was unsuccessful
- Got a pedicure (the first one since September...YIKES!)
- Read a chapter-and-a-half in the book I'm almost finished with
- Ate migas
- Did two loads of laundry
- Changed sheets
- Cleaned GJ's bathroom and bedroom
- Swept tons of leaves off the front porch
- Got a bunch of stocking stuffers at CVS
- Went for a nice walk with Shiloh and BH (it was nice except the wind was blowing a gazillion miles an hour)
- Saw this on our walk--
- And this--
- Watched Earl enjoy a sunbeam
- Made a menu and shopping list for Christmas eve, Christmas brunch, and Christmas evening
- Ordered Chinese food for delivery
- Drank wine
- Took a shower
- Watched "Knocked Up"
- Went to Whole Foods to get 98% of the stuff that was on my shopping list I made on Saturday
- Ate lunch
- Folded laundry
- Went to HEB and got the other 2% of stuff that was on my shopping list
- Took a long drive
- Took a short nap
- Looked in on and fed Bookhart's cats (They're doing fine, by the way.)
- Was reunited with The Geej
- Made frito pie
- Drank wine
- Bathed the Geej
- Watched Milo and Otis with the Geej who told be to be on the lookout because, "Those animals poop out babies in this movie."
Friday, December 21, 2007
Their mission? To "successfully provide high-quality coffee based products with a provocative flair."
I don't even DRINK coffee, and this pisses me off.
Good GOD! Now you can't even get coffee without a little T&A? Way to alienate 50% of your potential coffee-drinking clientele, geniuses.
And you know what's sad? It'll probably succeed like crazy. These little stands will start popping up everywhere. U.S.A!! U.S.A!! We are devolving faster than I ever thought possible. By this point, I'm pretty sure "Idiocracy" was a documentary.
We're going to try again on Christmas eve...you know, to make cookies for Santa. I heard Santa also enjoys martinis...
Something that worked out FAR better was Pajama Day last Friday at The Geej's school. They got to wear pajamas to school (duh) and make "gingerbread" houses and watch a holiday movie in the gym. The day was perfect for it--cold and drizzly. I was totally jealous. And Geej, being the candy FREAK that she is could barely wait to get home to start eating her house. She did a pretty nice job decorating. But that didn't stop her from chowing down on it. Last weekend was BH's work Christmas party. It was at one of their facilities near the cute little town of Mason, TX--about 2+ hours from Austin. The drive was nice, and once we were there, the property was lovely.Seems some rich old dude donated this 8,600 acre plot of land to BH's state agency about 10 years ago. Now its used for managed wildlife hunts, hence this sign. You'll be happy to know, we turned left, not right. Getting to meet BH's workmates was nice. They all seem like very nice, down-to-earth people--the exact kind of people you'd imagine working in land and wildlife conservation management.
Finally, I'll leave you with this recent discovery: When it's really chilly outside, Earl is not only a loving, sweet cat. He's also a warm fur stole!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Mommy, Santa Claus doesn't like it when you say bad words...like "stupid" or "jackass" or "panties-in-a-wad."
Okay, "stupid" she got from school. "Jackass" she got from me (I've got a wee case of the road rage dontcha know...), but "panties-in-a-wad"? That's 100% her grandmother.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Um, what? Excuse me? Did you just tell me I look like tired-ass crap? Why, yes. Yes you did.
Here's the thing, though: I did NOT feel particularly tired that day nor did I think I looked it. But hey, the random elevator stranger never lies, right?
So to try and counter this apparent drain on my usually astonishingly perky good looks, I ended up taking a FOUR HOUR NAP with the Geej today. We got in bed to read books at around 1:30, and didn't wake until 5:38 as the sun was setting. The upside is now I'm feeling chipper as Donna Reed and am in the midst of making some Christmas cookies (more on that later). The downside is that the length of the nap probably confirms what I've been suspecting for a couple of days--The Geej is coming down with something, AND she'll never, ever go to sleep tonight.
*MSW=my luxurious cube
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Raising Sand--the duet album with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, produced by T. Bone Burnett. So. Damn. Good.
My new laptop at work.
The Tolerability Index.
Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Oh, where was I? Right: Christmas shopping.
So the workshop ended about 1/2 hour early (that NEVER happens), so I found myself with the rare gift of an hour to kill before I needed to pick up The Geej. I hit this weird shopping center near her school and ended up dropping about $70 in a Target lovingly known as the "Targhetto" because it's so skanky. But, it's still a Target. So there you go.
Long story short: I finally have some damn Christmas gifts to wrap and put under our lovely tree.
Speaking of Christmas gifts, I thought I'd do y'all a favor and do some shopping consulting for you. Some people call it "personal shopping," but since I didn't actually make the purchase and am only providing some REALLY awesome options for you to act upon (or not), I think I'll call it "consulting" and charge you 10 times as much for my services.
Gift Idea #1: For the wacky, cold-natured, free spirit with absolutely no sense of shame in your life, ADULT FOOTIE PAJAMAS!! Perfect for doing the splits and/or some weird frat boy's fucked up sex fantasy.
Gift Idea #2: Some home decor for the bondage-inclined, decapitation prone murderer on your list. Because, what says "I've got Klass," more than an anorexic, shiny, headless woman lamp-type thing? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Gift Idea #3: Want some more kick-ass home decor for your crib? How 'bout some terribly practical furniture like the Aqua Table?Goddamn, that's good lookin'. Especially with those "brass" sailboats on top that accentuate its ocean-ness. And I'm sure it's a totally trouble-free piece of furniture. Like, it's probably no problem at all to keep it clean and to keep actual marine life alive in it or anything. And I'm sure it's not the least bit difficult to move from one double-wide to another. Right? Who's with me?! The Aquatable RULES!!
Gift Idea #4: While we're on the topic of fine looking tables, may I present the "Unfortunate Sumo." Given the expression on this poor bastard's face, I really, REALLY don't want to know what this thing looks like from the back.
Gift Idea #5: Hey--Do this table and the Aquatable not scream, "Yo, bitches, I'm KLASSY!" loudly enough? Well, how 'bout this saucy little number?
Notice that there's only one martini glass on this table. All I'm saying is that the guy who owns this is one lonely, lonely dude.
Gift Idea #6: Did someone say, "lonely dude"? Well what about the lonely, internet porn addicted, hardcore gamer dudes? Don't they deserve to be on your Christmas list too? Of COURSE they do, Ebenezer!
May I introduce, "The Slanket." Really. That's what it's called. And what's great is, you can order it and send it via the internet, so that you don't actually have to interact with the fucking loser receiving this thing.
Gift Idea #7: Speaking of fucking losers...
The only people who should be able to legally order this are quadriplegics, the extremely elderly, those with disabling illnesses (such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Leprosy, etc.), and, of course, the armless. And I have a question: Wouldn't the need to turn the pages and then put the pages back into the holder-thingie sort of negate the purpose of this thing? I'm just sayin'...
Gift Idea #8: Lord, I wish I had some clever, smart-ass segue to give you to introduce the "Backyard Yeti": But alas, all I can say is that the very existence of this "lifelike cast resin" version of Sasquatch is far more unbelievable than the creature spoken of in the legendary Pacific Northwest sightings.
Gift Idea #9: And last but certainly not least (unless you're a terrorist): The "I'm proud to be an Ah-murh-kin, where at least I know I'm free...!" Eagle Wall Art!I'm not sure, but I think this comes from the "Toby Keith SERIOUSLY Rules" home patriot decor collection.
Listen, freaks: If you're truly interested in any of these fine products*, you can spend** your money at skymall.com.
Happy shopping, friends!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
He surprised me with a beautiful ring and a sweet proposal on Friday evening, and I am happy beyond belief. He is truly the man I was meant to be with. Somehow, he knows me completely, and STILL loves me.
We told The Geej, and she seems to approve, even if the concept of it all is a bit confusing for her. She did tell me she wants to marry Daschel, however.
Have no idea when the wedding will be. We've narrowed it down to "sometime in 2008."