Saturday, February 23, 2008

Be it ever so humble... I just wish I had something to write about this weekend

 

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As I write this around 6:10 am, it's icy black outside, and snowing.

It's supposed to end later this morning.  I couldn't care less.  (I don't have to be out there in it for once!)  I'll be back in a moment, I'm going to make a cup of coffee & some toast.

This has been a pretty rough week, to say the least.  I've been dealing with a gum infection (which wasn't causing me to shriek, but still!); plus, every 5 weeks I have to pull a week-long 'service call' shift at work.  What that means is, you're responsible for every call (email) that comes into your department.  (There are dozens, & if you don't know what to do, you'd better FIND someone that can.  Fast.)  On top of all that, you have to document & report everything. 

And this is on top of your REGULAR work.  So come Friday night, I was dead on my feet--but I made it!

hum1bIt's the weekend!  Now what?

1. Get some sleep.  It's my day off, why the hell did I get up at 5:30am?  I should go back to bed!

2. Holy cow, I didn't plan the weekend dinner menu!  I only cook once a week, so I usually have this planned 3-4 days in advance.  Hmm...I'm thinking 'summertime family get together' comfort food.  And maybe I'll try making a grilled chicken pizza from scratch on Sunday too!

3. I NEED TO COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR A NEW BLOG BUT I'M BRAIN-DEAD.   That does it...I really am going back to bed.

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But I know what I'm making for dinner; ham, baked beans & au gratin potatoes!  And instead of the tv blaring in the background, I've got Franks' CD on the stereo.   Nice n’ easy!

Speaking of the tube, I wonder if there's anything good on TV tonight?  I usually have the entertainment for Saturday night planned too.  AW C'MON!  ABC is re-airing 'Forrest Gump' for the 5,311th time & my faithful standby (Turner Classic Movies) is showing 'Poltergeist'.  What the--!?  Ah well, I wanted to come up with something new to write about in this week's blog anyway.  Hmm... I wonder what my online pals are up to?

Dinnertime, and the livin' is easy...

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Y'know, I NEVER eat at my dining table.  (I should call it my glasstop coat rack because in the winter I use the tabletop & chairs to store my coats, gloves, scarves...you get the idea.)  But dammit I took the time to make a sit-down meal--and I'm going to sit down for it!   FYI, everything came out pretty dandy.  Betty Crocker, you make a fine potato.

 

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Billie Holiday sets the mood... my stereo is gettin' a real workout today 

I was kind of lamenting the fact that I had no ice cream in the house, as that would've been a nice finish to this summertime feast.   Then I remembered the Girl Scout cookies I brought home Friday.  Woo-hoo!  Dammit, still clueless about this week's blog though. 

Sunday afternoon, 3:00pm - Still nothing to write home about

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Here's my attempt to make a homemade chicken pizza--which ended up a recipe for disaster.  (The crust is granite!)  All I can say is, thank God I have leftover ham.

 

Now this is interesting--I was checking my work email, and it seems that my sister Donda was a nervous wreck yesterday; apparently, my niece Drew attended her first sleepover (at a new friends house) last night.   Drew is 14.

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Drew, today—growing up fast 

This got me to thinking about going to sleepovers when I was a kid, & then it hit me--I was doing 'em when I was 8 years old!  (I can still vividly remember my 'first best friend' Randy Matheson smearing eggwhites over my eyelids as his idea of a joke while I was asleep; I woke up unable to open my eyes.  A real winner.)  But the thing is, by the time I was Drew's age, I'd been spending the night for 5-6 years with a slew of friends.  I was a regular sleepover whore.   Are kids that different now? 

Good grief!  It's almost 10:30pm & I still have to iron a shirt for work tomorrow--where'd the time go?  And I never came up with a blog-topic either...ah well, there's always next week, I suppose.  Goodnight!                                              hum3

 

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Okay she’s not Catwoman, but I think she comes close

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I normally don't write about people outside of myself or my family on here, but it's surprising who you can meet online when you're not even looking.

Thora Birch as the ultimate cynic Enid in 'Ghost World', a favorite of both mine and...

This all began a week or so ago, at the office.  I'm sitting there browsing the internet while waiting on a corrected excel file from the Pricing Dept, like any self-respecting cubicle dweller in my situation would do.  Suddenly I had this craving for a Lennon Sisters video (yeah, the Lennon Sisters—I know) & I go to YouTube to begin looking for a particular song, "Tonight You Belong to Me".  Alas, no luck; but I DO find a version of it, sung by this dastardly duo from the 1950s.

"The Best of Patience & Prudence", before rock n’ roll came along & ruined everything 

Their rendition of the song actually makes me cringe; so what do I do next?  Look for more Patience & Prudence, of course!

And that's when I found the Catwoman.  (Okay—Lisa, from California.  And I know that having a cat or two does not a catwoman make, but there’s just something there!) 

 

Lisa, primping before a mirror & playing with her cats while Patience & Prudence sing in the background

To be honest, at first I was a bit dumbstruck at what I was watching; who is this person?   I do a search for all videos connected to her, & am amazed at what I find.  (An eclectic collection of work, ranging from a dance club-tribute to her felines to exploring Black Diamond caves, her fear of standing water, & how to cook beans while drinking a martini & coloring her roots.)  And for the most part, very well produced.  

I'm feeling both intrigued & a bit smitten with this person.  I send the 'beans' video to a friend.  "Watch this!"  He responds back.  "Uh...some chick taped herself cookin' beans?"  You're not getting it.  I send the link to my sisters.  Shawn says "I laugh knowing it makes you laugh."  (Haha!  Well, that's sweet Shawn...)  I debate sending this girl a private message just to tell her how much I enjoyed her work, but I've never written a 'fan letter' to ANYONE.  Eventually I figure what the heck, and send one out.   The next day I receive this reply:

lv Thanks Doug! That's really sweet of you to tell me that. I always wonder how some people find my videos. (I saw the comment you left on the Smile video!) I don't make as many videos as I should. I'm pretty lazy. I write blogs as well! I used to have a blogspot page, but now I post them on Myspace, if you ever want to check those out. Exciting stuff...

Thanks for the link to your blog! I will check it out tomorrow. Right now it's 11:23 and I need to go to bed. If you have any video suggestions, let me know!  Lisa :-)

How nice!  I don't have the guts to tell her that while I may write enough junk of my own, I don’t read a lot of others stuff.  But after I watch a few more of her videos--again, I feel that darn 'kindred spirits' vibe--I decide to check out her blogs after all.  (I'm amazed...they date back to 2003.) 

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(A sampling from a hilarious piece about annoying neighbors smoking pot, and giving her cats Gary & Charlotte cat-nip; you can read the rest & many others if you click here.

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Striking a sexy pose & looking very Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman

I spent a couple evenings just reading her blogs; they're not so much 'here's what happened today, folks!' as they are captivating essays of introspection.  (It's almost a disconcerting feeling, not 'knowing' someone but knowing them.  Know what I mean?)  A couple of times I felt genuine sympathy for her; here she was baring her soul & only getting some flippant responses in return.  I think she wants to be seen as the writer she is, not a 'blogger'.  There's nothing snobbish about that; it is what it is. 

I can't believe I devoted a whole blog to someone I barely know!  But if she sees this, I just wanted Lisa to know (in my own rambling way) that I wish I had the courage & talent to share who I am like she does.  I don’t see her as a villain, but a heroine.

In a followup letter she informed me she liked the teepee (it was 'schnazzy’) & said I was a "darn good writer".   I think she’s just being kind, but I’ll take it—I like her words too much.   Thanks Lisa, and please keep writing!

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

I’ve seen the future, and everything’s so fast!

 

It's enough to make you want to scream.  After discovering I was the last person on this planet that was still using dial-up, I finally took the plunge & signed up for high-speed internet. 

I wasn't expecting any surprises; I've been using dial-up since 1998, but we have faster access in the office.  (Besides, I signed up for 'medium DSL', which I presumed would still be a lot slower than at work, but maybe a little better than what I have at home; hey, it's still the same phone line, right?)

Um...wrong!

I couldn't be more amazed.  I go online, visit my blog here, it pops up instantly, no waiting.  I visit YouTube; will I only have to wait 10 minutes instead of a half-hour to see a 3 minute video?  No wait at all--it's instant.   I visit my sisters online photo albums, then I attempt to download a 3MB Windows software file.  (On dial-up it would've taken a couple hours, now it transfers in...20 seconds?) 

I’m dizzy at the speed of it all, I call Verizon:  "Hey, I only signed up for medium-speed connection here!"  They check my line.  It's correct.  "Mr. Morris, welcome to DSL."

 

The evolution of man?  No, ApacheDug--that’s me, right there in the middle!  Well, I was the middle brother anyway—at least I’m walking upright, right?

However, that was all Friday evening.  I happily go to bed around midnight, anticipating a big Saturday breakfast, playing on the internet all day & having sloppy joes for supper--only to wake up the next morning sick as a dog.   (I think it's the flu, I can barely lift my head.)  It's enough to make you want to scream.  

Part Two: Looking back (& ahead)

Having nothing better to do today (other than sit here on the couch wrapped up in my blankie with a box of Kleenex and feel sorry for myself), I've been checking out the various photos & posts on the teepee.  Frankly I'm a little surprised.  There really is an emphasis on the past here,  moreso than the present (let alone the future). 

And I don't feel guilty about it!  When I first set up the teepee, the idea was to 'catalog' my family's history, along with my own personal background… I just wanted to leave a tiny thumbprint out there.    

 

 

I could take it even further and write a book about my family, oh the stories I could tell!  And really, who doesn't want to read all about the Morris Family?

Well, much like the DSL I just got, I have to start approaching the present...not only on here, but in my physical life too.  

I've GOT to get in gear about:

  • Adopting a healthier lifestyle & dropping 20 lbs.
  • Getting this place fixed up--I have the money, I know what I want to do; I just need to actually do it.
  • Stop finding excuses to stay at home so much, and get out more.  (My car & license are both 4 years old; I've only driven 13,000 miles.)
  • Decide if I'm going to pursue dating anytime soon, or be content remaining single.

"And if you look over here, you'll see where I talk about all the girls I dated in high school...see, it’s not so bad living in the past now, is it!”

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