just a pile of random shit…

It is too hot here to spend much time contemplating real bloody topics, so I am resorting to a list. Aforementioned heat melted brain to the degree that one cannot come up with 10 items that go together in any meaningful way, so I thought I would just toss out some random thoughts, Tish style. =)

  1. If one is looking to change careers with teaching being the end game, consider your state’s liberal arts university. Small class sizes, writing intensive courses and LAC requirements mean one comes away with a more personalized and marketable degree, as well as being hugely prepared for the Graduate level work one will need to complete. The real bonus, though, is that you will have 10 or so PhD holding professors who personally know you and your work ethic… no small thing in a small state!
  2. Paul and I were at the Cape recently, and we decided to “rough it” rather than spending the $600 to do the activities we would have enjoyed, had the coffers been full. Opted to kayak with the seals rather than take the crowded boat ride, and had a peaceful and magical time. Ate the free B&B breakfast, and light lunch of sandwiches/snacks, deciding to go out for one real meal a day… seafood, since it is what they are known for. Saved a bundle and had better seafood than if we had to budget for 3 full meals out. We also got up crazy early so we could park for free at the best beaches and skip the crowds.Hottest part of the day was spent in the outdoor shower then napping in our spacious room, as half the cost of a crappy hotel room, and we were literally .4 miles from the boat launch and beach. We set a budget and found ways to have exactly what we wanted without compromising our wallets. Think you cannot afford to get away for a few days? Ping me for more recommendations! =)
  3. I have read 8 young adult books in as many days… and am now even more grateful for Thoreau than before, if possible. While there were a few glimmers of hope, I now know  why our kids cannot spell or comprehend a complex thought. Just saying.
  4. I am experiencing a weird phenomena, shifted my calories back to heavy lunch and light dinner, added my pervious health shake, and cut out pretty much all crap in the hopes of resetting my system after a long bout of sickness and meds. Have gained 1 1/2 pounds in a week. GRR….!!!!! This very limited exercise is literally KILLING me, and need to do SOMETHING that will not hurt knee that I can do at home!
  5. Kohl’s Cash dollars earned always, and I do mean ALWAYS are valid starting the day after a sale ends. I get it and all, but every time?! How about changing it up once a year, just to keep us on our toes?! Of course, cannot complain too much buck during the sale, I managed to grab two $35 pillows for a mere $#.05 each, by using my coupon and card. Love/Hate relationship defined.
  6. Michael Phelps, golden boy extraordinaire, acts like the lovable dufus he is at any and all moments, appropriate or not. He is revered, and we understand that “boys will be boys.” Gabby Douglas stands still during the pledge, hand not on heart, but silent and respectful anyway. We filleted her and will be serving her over toast in the atrium for brunch tomorrow. Bad Un-American. Other than skin color and gender, can anyone provide a VALID reason for America’s disgust for this girl, and the excuses we make for that boy?
  7. Am officially caught up on Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and House of Cards on Nexfilx, leaving me with only The West Wing to enjoy while I am melting to death in the evenings… I suppose this is a good thing with Uni starting back up in 2 weeks, but still, am sad. And a little relieved that nothing new has caught my eye to the extent that i will be tempted to blow off Italian to sneak-watch while kiddo is being good and working on assignments in her room… I would never live that down.
  8. Ever wonder why, 2 years later, you “accidentally” unfriended someone on Facebook? Go ahead, click them back into your life, no really, it will be fine. Not a chance of 13, 899 posts irrelevant to you showing up on your feed 12 seconds later. Sigh.

Well, that’s all I have today, peeps. Heading out to bring the kiddo to DR, grab some groceries, library for a bit. WAY too hot to enjoy outside time; friends tried the lake for an hour yesterday, srsly ONE HOUR, and came away with second degree sunburns, the lot of them. AFTER applying spf 60 liberally. My plan is to pretend we are star-nosed moles and eat watermelon on the couch with shades drawn all afternoon, watching scary movies and sipping frozen-to-slushy watered down Gatorade. Hope you all make it thru the insane weather this week, I do hear relief is on it’s way, and am reminded that I will be longing for such balmy temps come February. Love to you all! =)

listy little posting…

What do bored and burned out brilliant bloggers do when they have zero inspiration but still want to make their presence known? Yup, trusty list post to the rescue! =) However, WHAT type of list post exactly? Therein lies the rub; so one thinks and drinks coffee and nibbles carrot coins and chips, and drinks a bit more of the ever present bean juice until  coherent thought gels…

Without further ado, and apologies in advance for this paragon of brilliant writing you are about to devour… =)

MY CURRENT FAVORITES (subject to change without notice, lol)

SONG… Rainy Night in Georgia by Chris Young

BOOK… Among the Islands by Tim Flannery

FOOD… fresh Vietnamese spring rolls with added mango… YUM!

COFFEE… Peet’s Brazil Minas Naturais… holy gods, drink this NOW!

MOVIE… Love and Mercy, about Brian Wilson, amazing!

COLOR… Cerulean, this one never changes, but love champagne and sand dollar and lemon drop to varying degrees.

CANDLE… Yankee Candle Beach Walk, smells just like summer

SNACK… popcorn, but not just for snack, also treat and dessert and breakfast lol

LIP BALM… Fresh Wild Cherry Cause Lip Balm, great taste and texture, and each tube purchases plants 1,000 wildflowers in an attempt to grow bee populations! YIPEE!

ACTOR… Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal… beautiful, big-hearted, always dressed to the nines, and a life in bigger shambles than mine on my worst days. =) ** and yes, I am aware that I listed a female under a male category, but to debate such things is unimportant here =)**

PARFUM… Commodity’s Rain… breath of perfectly fresh and sexy air, too dear to buy in other than travel-sized spray. Seriously, the most beautiful scent on earth, and one that makes Paul swoon when I rub it behind my knees!

And, that’s about all I have for today. I am writing this while crunching more carrot coins, ever-present coffee perched on my art history text (lol), and the new season of Scandal playing, just released today, hence no schoolwork being accomplished. =) Gods, I love being an adult some day! Have a lovely, peeps! =)

the sum of my days…

Currently READING… Among the Islands, Eloquent Essays, Rereading Women, a memoir of Susan Sontag, you all’s blogs.

LISTENING TO… To Kill a Mockingbird (awesome, btw), French Cooking Music, George Michael, Michale Buble, Chris Botti, Coldplay, Vivaldi, and any manner c=of country music that catches my ear while in the car/shower/gym.

WATCHING… last season, disc 3-4 of Dexter, yeah I know, yuck, but srsly great show, Love and Mercy, Scandal.

EATING… popcorn, salad, burger sans bun, yogurt, haricot vert.

DRINKING… coffee, water, more coffee… did I mention coffee… and a solitary margarita. Actually, it was Tequila in a Margarita dress. Don’t go to a Mexican Steakhouse and order their “special” margarita unless you are ready to find walking impossible for the next 24 hours. Give or take a day.

BUSINESS TAKEN CARE OF… dmv for renewal, managed to remember enough paperwork and dan samples to get the highly sought after “Real ID” type. Now I am official. Good thing I paid all that money for my passport, which does the same thing… finished up my contract, out to lunch with former co-workers, obtained 2 business references, ordered a second copy of the Member 4 copy of DD-214, as other three copies are apparently useless for CT.

PLANS BEING MADE… a nice lunch out on Friday for Paul’s birthday (yay), grocery shopping at Aldi instead of other pricey place, hosting end of year sleepover for kiddo and pal, researching pc laptop for school within my budget, next week mornings on patio in sun with books, relaxing and working on my tan.

And that is about all for today, peeps. None too exciting, but there you have it. Love to you all, have a lovely! =)



just… wow…

I heard this the other day… “Oh, long weekend. My daughter and her friends tried to get drunk with their vaginas.” Um… wtf…?!

Apparently, my vajayjay has always been well behaved, as not only has she never been drunk, or tipsy for that matter, but at the tender age of 15, she was more concerned with keeping the secret fan-girl crush on Buck Rogers from her friends than trying to find ways to secretly imbibe. Hmm… seems I was a good girl after all… or perhaps my vajayjay was a nerd. I am not sure which freaks me out more…

So… random thoughts for the day… like it was gonna be anything else after that opener? =)

  1. If your vajayjay does indeed like to go out and tie one on, what’s her poison? I would like to think mine would have refined tastes, like maybe Sauternes, or at the very least, Cointreau… ok, maybe a Heineken.
  2. How ironic is it that when your work is canceled from threat of snow, you get up early in order to have an uninterrupted 4 hours plus to get an assignment done, only to have the power cut out 10 minutes later, and be off for 6 hours?
  3. “You don’t know what you’ve got until it is gone”… truer words never uttered, and by a shaggy hired, rockstar reprobate, nonetheless.
  4. The word most often used to describe me this past week was magnanimous. I got called that 4 times. 5 if you count the classmate who asked me what it meant then said in a loud whisper “Oh, yeah, you ARE magnanimous”… =)
  5. I am afraid this is going to be the semester that all my fav professors realize I am a total fraud and I flunk out, the only prospect on my horizon being to take a position in the janitorial service industry. I am doubly frightened because I cannot pull off a grey jumpsuit…

And that’s as far as I’ll go for today, seeing as I am in rare form, and can see things spiraling downward quickly. Anything of consequence to be said is going to have to be back-burnered for another day. Have a lovely, peeps!

what i’m up to…

Hey there peeps, how’s it ? =) January has, surprisingly, been a delight this year and we have had only a total of 1 inch of snow this season ! What a relief after getting storms 4-11 days a week last year at this time…

Gearing up for the coming term, I spent a drizzly day curled up on the sofa, surrounded by books and getting a head start on my first SOC paper. Yes, classes do not start until Jan 22. Yes, I already have 3 assignments completed for 2 classes. Yes, I have no life. And onward…

I decided to limit my course load this semester to the minimum allowable full time credits, which is 12, and equals a mere 4 classes. A gasp is heard, and all wonder what she will do with her scads of free time… but they are all upper level,  writing-in-the-major classes, so this is not as much of a break as one would expect. I am also working 2 days a week, have Isobel 3 days a week, and Paul is here in the middle of it all. So busy is still synonymous with my life, but perhaps to a more manageable degree for these next 4 months. =)

My days will be filled with the following classes, all taken to fulfill a specific requirement, and I do feel a small sense of accomplishment in that fact. I do so despise the gen-ed’s, and am riotously happy that with the exception of 3 years of another language, I am done with all those pedantic, regurgitation type scenarios. However, I am sure by midterm time, I will be crying for rote memorization rather than a 10 page analysis, but I digress…

  1. Social Inequality… examining around 20 themes, this course has a broad worldview that appeals to me.
  2. Humanities thru The Arts… required HUM course, but much more interesting than the usual fare, this textbook had me from the intro. LOVING the perception keys we must do, and first paper coming along without a hitch; a minor miracle for one who’s arts experience is limited to tipsy trips to The Met.
  3. Women’s Experience in Literature… rather than a course focused in the Americas, this survey covers 400 years and all the continents, creating quite a narrative of the women who helped shape our world. Cool beans !
  4. Nutrition… not the most challenging, but since it is my 3rd and final science course, I did not feel the need to go too hard core. Since I am quite well-versed in nutrition already, as well as vitamin therapy, homeopathy and alternative medicine as well as having a solid grasp of metabolic function and biology, I think I will maintain my GPA with this one. It was this or Genetics or Micro, so it was a no brainer, really.

And that wraps it up. As I said, they are writing intensive and the first 3 transfer to UConn as 3rd year courses, so I am sure there will be work aplenty to keep me up at night. However, during the long cold (?) winter ahead, I see many comfortable evenings curled up  next to Paul on this couch, telly flickering scenes of animal documentaries, and think it sounds pretty great.

What are you plans for the months ahead ? I know our Punky-Girl is about to move on to bigger and better things, and believe Ralph will finally be recognized globally as the comedic genius he so clearly is. Then there is Alice’s baby bunny who will make her debut, and CB is doing the school thing as well… any more news I need to catch up on ? Talk to you soon peeps, have a lovely !


As in 6am…

And 6 degrees; not of separation, but fahrenheit… (Holy mother of all gods it’s fkn FREEZING!!)

And the number of kisses I got while we were waiting for the truck to warm up this morning…

And the number of times he told me he loved me last night, as he wrapped his broad self around my chilly back…

And how many bites of dinner I had managed to eat…

And how many times I sneezed before I got up today…

Apparently 6 is the number of the day. Seeing as I am only on coffee #3 I better get a move on…


love is…

Love has as many incarnations as there are variations of color. That bitty word packs a punch like no other, and for this girl, makes my heart swell and my toes twirl me about the house without conscious thought…

Today, I know I am loved. I have a certainty in the depths of my being that I am cherished, adored above all others, and appreciated. In short, he loves me. And the only thing that makes this dream even more perfect is that I can look into his deep blue eyes and say, without guile or reservation, that I love him as well…

So how do I define this elusive yet all-encompassing emotion at this moment ?

  1. Love is… Paul shopping until 8 pm 2 days before Christmas to get the “most appropriate” teen ps3 games for my daughter… after working in the rain for 10 hours.
  2. Love is… heating up the lavender pad at 3am to put on my aching knee when I’m whimpering in my sleep… then rubbing my back so I slip back into slumber without knowing if it was a dream.
  3. Love is… forgoing buying coffee at work for 2 weeks in order to buy a pound of holiday blend at share with him, knowing a smile will light up his face when he sees the festive red foil wrap.
  4. Love is… getting up early to brew aforementioned coffee, allowing him a few more precious moments of sleep before another long day on the electric pole.
  5. Love is… baking cookies for him, temporarily ignoring the fact that I hate to bake.
  6. Love is… just one more kiss, for hours and hours, literally melting the night away. Then waking to the snooze button, late again, racing around the house… =)

I could go on and on, but I will spare you all. Have a beautiful night, peeps… =) =) May you be blessed with all the bounty, beauty and perfection of a love requited.

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