I'm so glad no one came out to cheer on my inert little rodent.
- 9"x11" sketch book (essentially empty)
- Delta Society Team Training Manual
- Envelope of Rusty's medical forms and vet receipts
- Bark magazine-April 2007
- Dog Fancy magazine-May 2007
- A bookmark from a friend that she got during a recent trip to Cuba
- Paste magazine-April 2007
- L. A. Times Calendar Weekend with Rainn Wilson-03/22/07
- My Go Ami Go tote bag
- Partial package of yellow bunny Peeps® that a co-worker gave me
- 1/4 of a Diet Coke®
- Starbucks coupons that can only be used in May
- Lart's 3-in-1 Book (sketch, to do, notes) (small)
- No One Cares What You Had For Lunch-blog idea book
- Pencil and eraser
- Postcard from one of my high schools asking me to update my info
- A lemon
- A red gel pen
- Spiral notebook (medium with dogs on it)
- Referral for a chest Xray. I still need to schedule that.
- Another reminder from my high school
- The World According To Humphrey-book about a hamster
- Printout of an email with my password for a discussion forum
I found a couple of things in the notebook I passed back and forth with a friend related to drill team. She was also a member, but did not go to the competition, so I was kind of updating her.
Kristi wasn't a grouch at practice. I was shocked. We booted Susan and LaTonya out of the dance. They're so unreliable! It was a "group decision." Well I need to call Carol for some legwarmers and I have a shitload of homework to do.
I don't know about "Gloria." I'll probably go ahead and be in it. We're going to suck at contest. These routines look like SHIT!
We're going to miss the pep rally Friday 'cos of San Marcos. BUMMER! But since we'll be on pep rally schedule we'll leave during 6th and I won't have to get eligibility for Alg. since I'm failing.*
SWEEPSTAKES! Can you believe it?
See, like I've said before, I've always been a dork.
I'm keeping the black jelly beans all to myself though. Seriously.
When I picked Rusty up, later in the evening, he was still pretty loopy from the anesthesia. He freaked out during the whole car ride home. He's doing fine now and has been pretty perky. He has been able to keep a small meal down and is now kind of sleepy again.
My fears of his snout and mouth looking deformed did not come true. He is as adorable as ever. Not that it would matter. I'd still love him.
- I already wrote about This American Life Live. I need to download this weekend's radio show, which will include bits of the entire six-city tour. Listen if you get a chance.
- There was a new member at my book club meeting and I don't think he got the idea that most of us just hadn't finished (or even read, in my case) the book we were supposed to be discussing. He kept wanting to steer the conversation back to the book, which made some of us giggle. We aren't always so lazy, I swear, but it has been known to happen.
- We attended the last night of the 2007 William S. Paley TV Fest, which was a panel on The Simpsons. I usually attend several of the events, but only went to three this year, which I suppose I was lucky to do. There were major ticketing issues this year and many of us loyal members got royally screwed. The MT&R did what they could to make it up to some folks, but not others. We did get comped in to The Office panel, which was lots of fun. Click here for a review of that night. We barely got into Heroes. I'm pretty sure a friend of mine didn't and ended up leaving. I haven't told her yet that there were four empty seats in my row, right in the center for entire night. Yet, E and I couldn't even sit together. Hmm. Hopefully, they will get their act together for 2008.
- I was pleasantly surprised to actually have a nice meal of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. I found out with a bit of short notice that we'd been invited to a birthday party that afternoon. I was under the impression it was a barbecue and was fantasizing about having a grilled hot dog or burger. So, it was a nice treat to have the other, which was delicious.
- We followed up the afternoon birthday party with a bowling birthday party, which turned out to be much more fun than I had anticipated. (You should have come, Ren!) It also made me realize how much I miss one of my friends who I rarely see anymore.
- There has also been a lot of time spent parked in front of the tv to catch up on The Office. We completed the Season 1 and 2 DVDs, including most of the special features (we skipped a few commentary tracks). We've watched the first four or five shows of the current season (gotta love the internets) and if all goes as planned, I'll be completely caught up by
TuesdayApril 5th. E and I are both obsessed!
- E and I ventured out with Rusty The Dog today. First, we went to the Best Friends Pet Adoption in Burbank. No, we aren't getting another pet, anytime soon, but it's fun to check out the animals and some of the vendors. The rabbits were really adorable. I swear, if I didn't have to work full time, I would have a menagerie. After the pet fair, we thought it'd be nice to go for a drive and take Rusty to the Hydrant Cafe, which we'd been to before in Venice. Well, apparently it has been a long time since we went because it turns out that it is gone. Bummer, but we decided to walk along the Venice Beach Boardwalk instead, which is always entertaining. Rusty certainly had a great day and is snoring now.
Text Message from my 20-year old brother, Kyle:
Who do you like more...The Police or R.E.M.? Mom and I are debating.
I don't know. They are both so different. It would be like picking your favorite kid. Oh, I'm seeing The Police twice this summer.
10:48 PM (from Kyle):
I know! You're so lucky!
Yeah, I know. I am lucky to be Mom's favorite kid. ;-)
So, you see, I've always been a dork. And as if these photos aren't proof enough, here is a brief excerpt (one of the few not about Sting) from a notebook my friend Kelley and I passed back and forth at the time:
Sorry! I feel bad about waiting so long to write but w/exams, moving, etc. there hasn't been much time. Yes! M has "Daydream Believer" on one of her Monkees records. He He He. Yes T----- M---- was on the Seawall Sunday but then, he always is on weekends. So did you enjoy "Party Out of Bounds?" I think Kristi got mad because I was dancing w/Paul, Jenny, etc. It's just I don't see them (except Jenny) very often so you know. You understand don't you?I went on to quote some song lyrics that I don't even recognize (and can't find online)* and to talk about a professional football player that we had a crush on. Oh, and at the end I wrote, "Save the Texas Prairie Chicken!" I was really into the Monkees at that time. Like I said--dork.
*After some more searching, I found what the lyrics are supposed to be. I'm starting to see a "misquoted lyrics" post in my future.
It makes me sad that a lot of kids live such indoor lives now. Granted, the children I work with mostly live in urban areas, which aren't necessarily safe and don't usually have yards. Los Angeles does have a lot of wonderful parks, but you need to have someone take you there, which a lot of the youngsters don't have.
What did you like to do as a kid?
**Update @ 10:00pm: I talked to my sister earlier, who claims to have no memories of childhood whatsoever. I can assure you she played outside too. I neglected to mention that we did also go swimming a lot, either in the Chesapeake Bay or the pool where some friends were members. And yes, Legos, board and card games, and tape recorders used for commercials and news broadcasts were favorite indoor activities too.
I felt so lucky to go to the live This American Life event that was staged last night at UCLA. It was the last stop of a six city promotional tour for the upcoming companion television show. The night was amazing and magical. Watching Ira do his thing deepened my appreciation for him. He comes off as a bit nerdy and self-conscious in a down-to-earth way.
Aside from clips from the tv series, some of which will not actually air, we were treated to monologues on the theme "What I Learned From TV" by very talented and funny This American Life contributors Sarah Vowell, the adorable John Hodgman, and Dan Savage. There was also music and performance by the outstanding Ok Go (yeah, the treadmill guys!)
I'm not sure why I was in such awe, but I honestly spent most of the night close to tears. I laughed a lot, but I felt like I was part of something special that was somehow personal at the same time. This American Life is one of those things that I usually enjoy alone while in my car or my kitchen. I can't help feel like Ira Glass and his guests are talking just to me.
I'm a little burned out on listening to NPR or other talk radio in the car, like I normally do. I pulled out and dusted off the non-iPod mp3 player yesterday and got a wonderful random mix for the drive home. Sometimes the songs just align so perfectly.
- "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"--Death Cab for Cutie
- "Unconditional"-- The Bravery
- "Save Me"-- Aimee Mann
- "Radiate"-- Fleming & John
- "River Valley-- Moxy Früvous
- "Better Things"--The Kinks
- "Starman"-- David Bowie
It was so enjoyable that I had to write it down as soon as I got home.
And yes, I am lucky to have a short commute.
My sweet, soft-as-a-bunny Little Guy has been limping off and on for a good two weeks. Sometimes, he wouldn't put weight on his rear left leg at all and he's had spasms of his left hindquarter too. Since it wasn't going away, I wanted to get it checked out.
I slept pretty well last night too, without the aid of codeine, and decided to run a few errands this afternoon. I got my bangs trimmed, returned some chairs to a friend, dropped a couple of bags of clothing off at Goodwill, and picked up some dog food. It was a beautiful, sunny day and it felt great to drive around with windows down while listening to a special pledge-drive version of This American Life. Oh, how I've missed driving my little car!
I returned home with grand plans of a back yard photo shoot with the dogs, multiple loads of laundry, and house straightening. I got out my camera and lenses and immediately put them away. I started one load of laundry, but the house remains a bit of a mess. Frankly, my outing exhausted me and reminded me that I'm not quite 100% well yet.
Dread about returning to work on Monday is already starting to set in. Even though I am feeling much better, I do still have quite a cough, which worsens when I talk a lot or do physical activity. My job involves a lot of talking and quite a bit of physical activity, much of it strenuous at times. Also, I think I'm returning to the start of two of the nine pending maternity leaves, so I'll probably have extra work on my plate.
I think I'll embark on a well-deserved nap. The laundry can wait.