Friday, November 20, 2009

Indicative of

So let me tell you about my stick-to-it-iveness (sticktoitiveness? sp??) and, no, I'm actually not going to just make the blanket comment that it sucks. That would be too easy, and also not accurate, bc I'm veritably obsessive about certain things. Like running. Oh, running. Running is like meth to me. Except that I don't get all krayzee and my teeth don't fall out. And yet, it's still extraordinarily addictive. So maybe it's more like really good weed to me, since I sometimes feel like it makes me stupider.
Anywho, so I'm very inconsistent in my commitment to things. I'm also sort of all over the place mentally lately, with lately referring to possibly the past 6 years of my life. You know how some people focus on their career, and then lament that they've neglected their personal life? And how other people channel all of their energy into their family and, later, regret not developing their career? Well, I've focused on neither my career nor my family and have discovered, for the benefit of all, that when you do so you end up with neither enviable career nor gorgeous family. I'm not quite sure exactly WHAT I have. I have a lot of stuff. I have a cool, wonderful dog (and, yes, I pretend she's my daughter, don't give me that look.) I can turn myself out rather well when necessary. I've taken decent care of myself; I'm fit and strong and look younger than I am. But as for real, substantive things - I come up lacking. And here it is Thanksgiving again...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Well, that worked out well

But I have excuses! And boy howdy, do I! Though actually, nothing terribly legitimate. Just the usual excessive, petty busyness. We had a lunch for a sadly departing coworker (sad for me, happy for her) which prevented me from running home to potty my dog during the day, which meant I had to cancel PT for that day. These are the days of our lives. I know, bo-ring. But somehow all this small stuff ends up filling up all of my time and bogging me down. And I'm left wondering whether I actually have a lot of activities filling up my days, or if I'm just a terrible time-manager.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wha wha?

What? I have a blog? Stop it! Who knew? Obviously not me, at least not for the past, what, six months? It was a chor to log in, that's telling right there.
So today is October 27, 4 days before Halloween. And exactly a month before my birthday. As good a day as any. I think I'm going to try forcing myself to write something five days a week. Length need not matter - that's how I'm going to make it as enticing and torture-free as possible to myself. What a pallaver! What a treat!
Oh hey, remember how I was going to go into physical therapy? Like many moons ago? Well, I'm still in it. I'm totally addicted - not to say it's not doing oodles of good for me, because it truly is. It helps that I adore everyone at the PT place. So I'm just going with it, enjoying a little nice company while I do some stretches and roll a ball up and down a wall with my face. And maybe some day I can stop being a hunch-backed, twisted freak.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Back in the saddle

It seems trite to actually go about making this into a post, but I'm going to just be unabashed. It feels so good to ride again. I grew up as a horse girl - when I wasn't in lessons or at camp, I had shelves of horse books and dozens of Breyer's (but, of course.) So after twelve (?) years of no riding (though I have been working with horses for the past five,) starting back up (and over to a certain extent,) just feels so good. Although after an hour of physical therapy in the morning and an hour and a half private lesson in the evening, my body is finding previously unexpressed ways to "thank" me.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Things you don't want to hear from a massage therapist

1) "You're killing me here."

2) "You're well on your way to a dowager's hump."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Known quantity

I think know too much about the things that I don't need to, and too little about the things that I should.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Baring of the soul

I have a confession to make. In my office, as in many similar corporate type offices across the country, our supply buyers are stingy on the TP. There's usually enough (USUALLY) but it's of the flimsy, one-ply nature. Yes, you know. The rolls are kind of an infinity coil when they're brand new - no discernible beginning or end. And what I've observed is that a great number of my coworkers quickly grow frustrated when they are compelled to pull toilet paper off of a new roll. When left to their own devices, they seemingly attempt to effect smooth paper dispersal via random, infuriated clawing at the roll. What is left behind is a roll that looks like a badger has had a go at it and a tall pile of thin shreds below.
So. I now go into the ladies' room at the very start of every day and "start" all the toilet paper rolls in every stall. Thank me later folks!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I am forever left behind. At every phase of my life I've been the late bloomer, the last-comer. It is a pattern, a motif, it is my brand. Always watching the others before me go through the motions of things that I am waiting for. Then, when I finally arrive at the picnic spot on the lawn where everyone else has already stamped down the grass, it seems hollow, cardboard. I'm not able to savor it since I've already been left behind on the next milestone.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

While we're on the subject

Why is chocolate considered to be sexy? I mean, though not my bag, I can understand that some people find it tasty or satisfying, but sexy? Turn on the tv; every commercial for chocolate bars, ice cream, even low-fat artificial chocolate-tinged yogurt features some languid, nubile woman licking, sucking, fellating some vehicle of chocolate delivery. Chocolate turns into brown, silken garments. Who wears chocolate clothes?? Honestly people, just say no.

Monday, June 8, 2009


There are a couple things about chocolate that really bother me, and bother me more and more the more I think about them. First, there's the seemingly universal belief that because I am a woman, I am therefore also a chocoholic. Why must I feign all manner of gratuitous conniptions over chocolate simply because I have more estrogen than the mail guy? I don't HATE chocolate, but honestly too much chocolate comes along pretty quickly. I just don't GET those quintuple chocolate death cakes with fudge sauce and cocoa nibs. Don't you peoples' palates get tired of the onslaught? Have you ever come out in a crowd and said, "Hey, so chocolate. What's the big whoop?" People look at you like you've just confessed to murdering your childhood best friend behind the swingset when you both were 10. All conversation comes to an abrupt and very pointed halt. Finger foods drop from people's suddenly slack lips. You've somehow insulted every one of these people, in a way that is so horrific that none of them will look at you the same way ever again. It's like you've just copped to digging little kids or something. It's on that level. NEVER say you don't have multiple orgasms over chocolate in public. In fact, scratch that - never say it outloud. Period. When everyone at the table is ordering dessert, and you are somehow forced to split yet another flourless chocolate layer cake with the mindless zombie next to you, just do it. Choke down that bollis of cocoa that forms an impenetrable, gluey film inside your mouth and LOVE every second of it. Yum.

Friday, June 5, 2009

How? Just, how?

I'm just saying. There had to be something to clue you in, you know. Though I neither know nor know OF anyone who has experienced this, er, phenomenon. And thanks to this show, I'm perpetually expecting to spontaneously deliver in the ladies' room at work.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

More momentousness!

Today, I've set aside an entire day to pack. Because tomorrow, I leave for London where I'll spend the next 5 days and from there I'll be on my way to New Zealand, and then on to Hawaii. It's the trip of a lifetime. I've planned out all sorts of mandatory, touristy stuff but also plenty of off-the-beaten path thisandthat and a sizeable share of downtime to just breath in the far-awayness of the place. I can't wait. Um, haha! Just kidding! I'm not going anywhere. LEAST of all anywhere interesting and global and all. Dude, I don't even have my PASSPORT. The last time I left the country, (hello, spring break in Cancun! Rad!) I used my birth certificate to gain re-entry into my homeland.
Nope, sorry. My dog, however, did pull my mattress nearly all the way off of the bed, shredding my sheets in the process. Smart dog left bored at home for too long, that's what that reeks of. And this is why we're starting doggy junior college tonight.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Feeling mildly flat today.

Basic Flatbread Recipe
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 - 1 cup warm water

1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and the salt. If including additional spices, add them now. Drizzle in the water with one hand, and mix with the other, until the dough begins to come together as a ball. It shouldn't be overly wet or sticky; if it's too dry, drizzle in more water.
2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rest for an hour.
3. Remove from wrap, and divide into 6-8 equal-sized pieces of dough. On a lightly flour-dusted surface, press them flat, and roll each piece out to a disc 6 inches in diameter.
4. Set a griddle or heavy skillet over medium high heat, and lightly brush with vegetable or grapeseed oil. Place the breads, one at a time, on the griddle, moving around periodically with a spatula. If the bread begins to balloon, press it down with the spatula, and turn over. The cooking time should be no longer than about 20 seconds, total.
5. Remove each bread to a plate draped with a towel. Cover and keep warm until all done.
Makes about 6-8 breads

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Not a rant

I think that maybe the saddest thing to recognize about oneself is how it's possible for you to not be enough in another person's eyes. To see that who you are and all that you have to offer is simply not what they need. To be standing in front of someone, "here," proferring all that you have to give. I feel like there's something more there than just rejection.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Does it make me a bad person that I now reflexively change the channel/page/station when I hear Farrah Fawcett's name? It's not that I don't feel badly for her, that she's suffering. But what happens if/when she actually does die? What's left? On another note, I doubt that I'd be man enough to tell America that I had anal cancer. Wouldn't everyone then just be visualizing my cancer-riddled anus?

Wondering more stupid s*** lately

Why don't unpadded bras exist in sizes lower than a D cup? (And why, when they do, must they resemble some sort of therapeutic, surgical-recovery bra?) Why does the lingerie industry assume that anyone with bosoms smaller than a D cup is most certainly yearning for a more ample rack?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Is this bad?

Is it bad that I have to bribe myself with all these tiny rewards on a pretty regular basis? Or does that mean I'd just be a really effective (and also cool!) mom? Is it bad that I've already been bribing myself with the vacation I'll be taking in September?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wondering some stupid s*** lately

Why is the vegetable of the day so often multiple vegetables? And doesn't that derogate the identities of the individual vegetables?