That is how much I paid today for brake work on my car (new back rotors, something else replaced on the front brakes, plus oil change, tire rotation, etc).  I was planning on up to $600, so at least it wasn’t unexpected.  Now the brakes won’t squeak all the time, and possibly just as important, brake failure won’t lead to a fiery car crash.

September 28, 2007. Words. 1 comment.

Happy anniversary to us!

Tonight after I came home from work he asked if I wanted to go out to a romantic dinner this week for our anniversary. It had kind of snuck up on me, but here it is, three years of dating, half of which has been spent living together. I suppose if we were to get married or civil partnershipped the anniversary of beginning to date would slip into oblivion as the wedding date took over.

Any of you married or engaged people out there: do you still have a first date anniversary, or is it purely wedding anniversary celebrations now?

September 24, 2007. Words. 4 comments.

Frittered away

I spent all day reading The Devil Wears Prada and eating, often at the same time.  That’s pretty much all I did.  I feel bloated and slothful now.  Oh, I also fell asleep for maybe 20 minutes, too.

September 23, 2007. Words. Leave a comment.

Hooray for Northfield, Minn.!

In case you haven’t heard, Brad Pitt’s latest movie is coming out shortly: “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”. I wondered how far after the Defeat of Jesse James it will take place, and hoped that maybe it would even have a part in it about how his gang’s robbery of the Northfield bank didn’t go quite as planned and how several key members were killed and whatnot. If only — they could have filmed in my hometown and Brad Pitt would have been there and it would have been the most exciting thing to happen in the town since, I don’t know, since some cows got loose and wandered down Division Street or something.

CNN.com has my answer: “But Andrew Dominik’s elegiac, rueful — even funereal — film of Ron Hansen’s novel, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,’ begins late in his career, after the disastrous Northfield, Minnesota, raid and the disintegration of the original James-Younger gang.”. I feel a little bit famous, as if my hometown listed on cnn.com is like a mention of me.

The movie review

A movie from 1972 about the raid

Defeat of Jesse James Days information for those of you not familiar with Northfield’s claim to fame

I recommend clicking on that last link even if you ignore the others. The men in the picture at top are probably just the participants in some recent year’s reenactment, and I think some of them are looking a little too happy, like that guy in the middle. What is he smiling about? Robbing banks and shooting people is serious business. So is historical reenactment. Get that smirk off your face!

September 22, 2007. Words. 1 comment.

Baby quilt troubles

I made another block for the baby quilt tonight so now I have three, not quite enough to form a square to show how the pieces will really come together to form new patterns.  I’m not pleased so far.  I was delighted with the fabrics and colors I chose and somehow they’re just not pulling together well.  It looks like hey here are some fabrics in the same color family and not my god these colors are a summer forest, I weep with the joy the fabrics draw forth from my soul.

I hope it gets better with more pieces.

September 21, 2007. Words. Leave a comment.

Jim… who?

holy crap
Holy crap — what happened to Jim Carrey? If there weren’t a caption under this picture I’m not sure I would have even known who it was. Maybe I would have guessed, assuming I recognized Jenny McCarthy, that is. Because they’re together in a partnership kind of way. (Not gonna get married, ever, just together.) We all have to get old sometime, I guess. Some of you already qualify as old. You know who you are.

September 21, 2007. Words. 3 comments.

Sometimes, when you have a dog…

You open the pantry closet door and your dog walks out, wagging happily and delighted to be set free. You can’t remember when you last used the pantry or how you managed to accidentally close it without noticing she was still snuffling around the pantry floor, and you estimate that it was in the 30-60 minute range.

You laugh about it for a year and a half afterwards. One time, it happens with the bedroom closet, and only for 30 seconds.

September 18, 2007. Words. 3 comments.

Spaghetti dinner!

Tonight I am cooking spaghetti with a delicious homemade sauce, and others are providing bread, salad, and fruit.  I will eat good food and drink mediocre wine, and generally be merry.

September 15, 2007. Words. 2 comments.

Sometimes, when you have a dog…

… you have to pull things out of their butt. Like a long hair, or plastic, or what looks like a tiny rolled up leaf or chrysalis but is probably actually a little piece of garbage that they ate out of the bathroom trash yesterday. Sometimes, you just have to help them out, using the plastic pooper scooper bag.

Happy 14th birthday Kalayna! This might be the last one…

January 2007, dog holding time

September 11, 2007. Dog, Pictures, Words. 2 comments.

Somebody’s gotta get this

So here’s this amazing joke that I think is frickin’ hilarious.  I told it to some friends who were around Saturday night and nobody got it, and then when I explained, nobody laughed.  Anybody in my readership get it?  Eh?

Q.  What did 50 Cent say when Eminem made him an afghan for his birthday?
A.  “Gee, you knit?”

Say it out loud, see if that helps…

September 11, 2007. Words. 3 comments.

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