Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kinda weird

just being Steve out here in the innertubes

Update: It's been a year and a month

Let's take a look at that Honey-do list, shall we? (Yes, we shall.)

  1. chosen not to leave me with no gas in the car every time I turn key after him. we no longer have a car. He crashed one and blew up the other. No issues.
  2. fixed the brakes on the Kia before they actually hit the floor since they'd been grinding for the previous 4 months. again, no car.
  3. put the missing piece on my car when I started complaining that the car was idling rough and tended to stall at red lights 4 months ago. I did not know a piece had been removed that caused this problem but he did. although...I have issues with my bike that he hasn't taken care of yet...
  4. tightened the power steering belt in my car when he put said piece on, as it is squealing and I tend to lose the power steering at odd times, like in the middle of turning and other inconsequential things like that.
  5. Fixed the headlight that refuses to pop up now.
  6. fixed the laundry room door that has been off it's hinge for a year. still broken
  7. run the water line for the icemaker I've been waiting for him to do for two years. still not run
  8. fixed the bathroom and kitchen floors that have been needing replacement tiles for about 6 months. attempted in half-measures that did not work. You have to fix the hole in the floor first and not just slap a tile over it. It will punch through. I fixed the kitchen floor.
  9. fixed our bedroom drawer that broke 8 months ago. My parents gave us their old bedroom furniture. The old dressers are now tool boxes. Drawer still broken.
  10. put knobs on our freaking shower and replaced the sheeting in the tub. knobs on but sheeting not fixed.
  11. put up The Girl's shelves that she's waited on him to do for two years. Nope.
  12. fixed The Boy's busted dresser drawer before it was totally beyond repair and had to be thrown out. Drawer still broken, not fixed.
  13. taken the old lawnmower somewhere that is not my backyard. took it to the dump. Check.
  14. raked the leaves this fall. weren't raked this fall either.
  15. turned over the compost heap, even once. still has never been turned.
  16. Also? Thanksgiving 2007 we deep fried a turkey in our deep fryer. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat. However, the peanut oil in the big pot must be removed and dumped after using it, you know? That pot? With the year and 3 month old peanut oil? Is still on my back porch. I took the top off--once. Won't make that mistake again.
  17. We've now been without a bathroom sink for a month.
In a month and year, so March 2010, we shall revisit this list once again. I'm not even mad anymore. I don't understand it, will never understand it but what can I do about it? Nothing. So, I either learn to live with it or go slowly insane. Now, I can't even do it myself with the back and all.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Non Cat and I Have Different Ideas

I guess she thinks if she sits on the table I'll feed her!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Machine Was Not Incorrect

I spent 90 bucks so a machine can call me unbalanced and out of shape? Really?

But alas much like the Terminator the machine was right!

So I did 2 runs around WII island tonight, tried to walk the tight rope, did the hula hoop, and tried some stretching exercises.

And all that took 15 minutes and I'm tired! lol

MII thinks I may have to start a WII FIT blog to shame myself into keeping up with teh electronic characters on my teevee.

Or not. But shame is always one of teh greatest motivators right?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Please Human

Do you have to pee in here? I'm trying to sleep

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Oh! I've been meaning to do this for days


Prove the BBC Wrong

BBC Book List

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
Instructions: [Whatshername altered these, the old ones made it messy]
1) Bold those you have read.
2) *Star the ones you loved.
3) Italicise those you plan on reading.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
*2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
*4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 eComplete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
*25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (and the rest of 'em.)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
*41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (Thank you, Jen!)
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
*48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (Hated it, btw)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (and the rest of these too. /yawn/)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville ( I tried. I really did. I got 3 pages in and couldn't keep my eyes open. Way better than Ambien, this book.)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
*99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
*********100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

According to my birth chart, I'm a "double-cross water water wet wet" or some such....

But according to this test....

Your result for The Elemental Beauty Test ...
Natural Beauty

42% Earth, 25% Air, 8% Water, and 25% Fire!

Natural Beauty

You scored 42% Earth! Outstanding!

The Earth element is a natural beauty. They tend to keep more toward greens, blacks, and natural colors for their wardrobe and their make-up, if they wear it to begin with. They tend to be grounded and not caught up in the latest trends. They are more interested in doing what feels right for them and being in touch with what is around them.

For inner beauty earth elements look for stability and commitment. They look after others and their family. They are realistic and tactile, meaning they aren't afraid to touch and be touched. But they can also be quite stubborn and unmoving when their mind is made up.

Zodiac signs for earth are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

You also scored:

8% Water: Water is the etheral beauty. They like things that drape and shimmer. The love vintage and heirlooms; things with emotional ties and history. 0% Water may mean that you don't trust or use your intuition. Equal Water and Air would indicate a person that is a hard worker with a need for security and an attachment to possessions.

25% Air: Air is the fearless beauty. They are offbeat and funny. The mix old fashions with new and love to make new trends. They aren't afraid to be new or crazy. 0% Air could indicate that you have trouble looking at things objectively. Persons with equal Earth and Air are usually those who think and use good common sense.

25% Fire: Fire is the alluring beauty. They like to wear bright colors and show some skin. They are sexually minded and spicy. They use a lot of charm to get what they want. 0% Fire can often be seen in someone that pushes and tries to force self-expression. An equal Fire and Earth person is someone who has the ability to be powerfully creative. Fire provides the motivation and Earth provides the tangible results.

Take the Elemental Beauty Test

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bob's New Meme

Bob has discovered a new meme

here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book - no matter what it is. Textbook, novel, pop-up book, building code study guide, whatever.
2. Turn to page 25.
3. Read the 10th word on that page, or the following if that one is blank.
4. Type that word into Google Image search.
5. Post the third image.
6. Tag 4 people and tell them.
7. Link back to this post.

(the image is kind of small it says "No one can tell if you're a dog on the internet"

My word was "You're" from a pretty good graphic novel called Silverfish.

Consider yourself tagged if you found this post

Monday, February 16, 2009


I just did not get an email from AARP!


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Why Does No One Remeber This Man?

Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle- dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz- ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer- spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein- nurnburger-bratwustle-gernspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut- gumberaber-shonedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Meet Reaper Man!

My First MII
Christine helped

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lessons in Bad Parenting: Lesson 7

The Continuing Saga of Raising Children of the Corn

The Parent/Teacher conference went okay. The Boy is lazy and stubborn. We've all agreed on that. He can do the work, he just won't. /mumbles/...the bloody little git...

If the reinforcement of the importance of education and the modeling that I do myself doesn't spark the fire in him, I have no idea what will.

We're going for bribery.

"If all else fails, bribe the brat." --lesson in Bad Parenting #7

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Know I am Boring and in a Bad Mood but....

does that mean my non cat doesn't even want to hang around?

Didn't mean to bore you non cat (but you're welcome back anytime)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

How Do I...

How do I get a voice recording when I don't have a microphone anymore?

Because seriously, y'all have to hear this dog snoring to believe it's coming from a itty-bitty, 19# cocker spaniel.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I Know You Are Tired Of Hearing It....

Just got off the phone with Dad and am feeling good realizing how lucky I am to such a cool Father.

Yeah the conversation gets circuitous some times but I'm lucky to have a parent that is so good to me.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Only Thing Worse Than Fox News At Night?

Fox News during teh day!

It's like watching a train wreck. I can't turn away.

These people are certifiable.

But I'm sure when Mitch McConnell is on in 20 minutes he'll bring an air of dignity to the broadcast!