Sunday, October 04, 2009

25 Things...Volume Deux

I am copying myself, and repeating my own homemade meme, as I know not when I'll be able to sit down and elaborate on some things again.

1. My laptop fixed itself. After feeling like a nut and trying to reboot it 3 days in a row, as if "this might be the day it works," I gave up. I took it into a repair shop, and it booted right up. Spiteful thing.

2. I'm playing "Biggest Loser" with my family. We suck at it. We meet at Atlanta Bread Company, order sausage-egg-cheddar croissants, and discuss all of the restaurants we have to try.

3. Mom and I sat in the living room today while Clint worked outside, hammering on something. His hammering jarred a screw lose in a outlet plate, which triggered something else that sent fireworks across the living room and blew out the power. That was exciting.

4. My family calls Clint "Clem" after Mom's brain misfired, and she referred to him as that, once.

5. On a similar note, they've all nicknamed his son Craig "Craigory." If you need a new nickname, hit us up. We'll re-dub you.

6. Brian deploys on Wednesday. Though it landed on the #6 spot here, make no mistakes that this isn't #1 on the list of Things on My Mind.

7. One of my favorite "Clint's working tonight" dinners is smoked baby clams on triscuits. Clams found next to canned tuna, in your supermarket, for you takers.

8. I got Craig to eat sushi! He didn't hate it, but I doubt he'll ask me to make it again.

9. Mom wants a flu shot, which she keeps referring to as a "flea-flot." I can usually decipher her misfirings, but this one stumped me for quite awhile.

10. I had a friend teach me how to knit yesterday. Several people had told me that I would struggle with it, and tear a lot out at first. Being a usual quick-study, I severely doubted it, but I got knocked off of my high horse fast.

11. I told Clint I'd like to eventually learn to knit socks, and he laughed. "People DO that?" he said. "And you can actually WEAR them?" Ha. People's individual awareness-es always fascinate me.

12. Padano's Pizza in St. Joseph, IL rocks. It reminds me old-timey pizza that I had when I was a kid. I don't think I could order from anywhere else, ever again.

13. I've had a great weekend, filled with ME-stuff.

14. This is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I've been there, and if I have a minute, I hope to add a voice to this issue, here, before the month is out.

15. Even though we never let her out, my cat likes living at the country casa more than at the casa ciudad. She's calmer and cuddlier, though she'll still nip at company to get some lovin, not understanding that this behavior makes people hate her kitty guts.

16. Clint and I are still loving putting this house together step-by-simple-step. Today we brought over one dresser, some winter clothes, some canned goods, the baking stone, and pizza peel, from my house.

17. I called my sister every day when I got off work, for the last 2-3 years. If I was late, she'd call ME, and say "where's my phone call?" 4:00 p.m., now, is hard.

18. I think I bought the last reputable 5 lbs. of homegrown tomato in this town, and roasted them today in onion, cumin, chili powder, for this winter's chili.

19. There are showers that consist of soap, shampoo and conditioner.

20. And THEN, there are those that consist of foaming bath gel, shaving gel, vibrating razors with 8 blades, sloughing gloves, sugar scrubs, volumizing shampoos, deep conditioners, body creams with shea butter, and facial moisturizers with Q10. (And some other stuff, that I'm too-too polite to blog about here.)

21. High-maintenance pays off: There is definitely a different result between Shower #1 and Shower #2.

22. Still, Shower #2 requires some scheduling, and is more of a rarity than Shower #1. Wear long pants and no one will ever know.

23. Re: #22: You DO know that's the punchline to the KFC crank call, whereupon you ask them if they have chicken legs, don't you? Almost as funny as the 10-pound balls question at the bowling alley.

24. My car is 3000 miles over the 3000 mile oil change.

25. I'm up to #25 now, and wondering where I lost you. Go ahead and post your number in the comments.



  1. june in florida12:39 AM

    Don't worry about the oil change, according to this months Consumer Reports 7500 miles is ok.

  2. Great post! I feel like I can see where you are at right now. I like that. My heart is with you on your son's deployment (#6) as well as a few other numbers (you know which ones).

  3. I'm with Clem on this one. People knit socks? Why??

  4. #3 made me laugh and worry about your house burning down.
    #7 made me gag.
    #10 made me all warm and fuzzy. I love to hear when someone learns to knit.
    #11 handmade knits are the best, especially socks. Be forwarned if Clint has large feet you're biting off an aweful lot. Once you make a pair of hanknit socks and put them on your feet your are hooked. They are like crack! email me for links to great tutorials on knitting socks.
    #17 made me cry. I've not commented on any of the posts concerning your sister as sitting at the computer and weeping disturbs my children. But I've been praying for you and yours.

  5. Tell Clem that I had someone knit me socks once and they were the best. They keep your toes nice and toasty :)
    Good Luck to your son.
    I think we can all agree that Shower #2 is definately the way to go.

  6. Not only do we both cry when our children leave us, we have #14 in common.

    If one can buy a pair of socks for $5, but it takes 2 hours to knit a pair of socks, one has just told the world her time is worth only$2.50 an hour.

  7. June: Yay, I have 1500 more miles then!

    Geewits: Thank you.

    Jazz: I'm just so drawn to hank-knitted socks! I don't know why, they seem special!

    Mim: Never any risk of the house burning down, but it was a fun show while it lasted.

    Grace: Shower #2? Every day?

    Wry: No, no, no! lol. It's not about owning socks, it's about the creating them. I can buy basil too, but it's so much more gratifying to grow and process it.

    Anyway, I'm not ready for socks, I'm still working on a worthless "wad" of knit. I'd take $2.50 for an hour of my time to create my wad.

  8. I've been out of the blogger world for a month or so and your's was the one I missed the most. As soon as I posted my apologies for being a slacker, I flew over to your nest to see what was happening with you. I hope you are doing well. The one year anniversary of my brother's death will be next month - but not before we have to celebrate his
    45th birthday without him here for the first time. When all else fails, find something that makes you smile for a moment. I do and for a brief second; it helps!

  9. I read them all, but I'm avoiding work, so I'm not sure it counts.

  10. I disagree with #22, I use that dial I make you smell everytime you're here, when I shave. And it makes my skin softer than all that other crap. I just told dane the other day, taking a shower is the fastest way to get my skin softer than anything else.


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