August 2008

So, Gospel Bob caught wind of that meme that’s going around–it came our way again via the Lovely and Very Much Missed Skycat. So he decided he wanted to do it, but he’s kind of over blogging at this point, so he asked if he could just answer it and have me post it here. Well, hell, sure I will.
So–the fill-in-the-blanks meme, from Gospel Bob!
1.MY UNCLE ONCE took me to play Ultimate Frisbee on the beach with his team, the Lemons.
2. NEVER IN MY LIFE have I waited so long for a meme question to make sense.
3. WHEN I WAS FIVE I taunted God and waited for the thunderbolts.
5.I WILL NEVER FORGET that thing. What was it?
6. ONCE I MET A GUY IN A BAR. We took things a little too far. He grabbed a drink, I started to think, perhaps we should fuck in his car. (Nice spontaneous limerickage, GB!)
7. THERE’S THIS BOY I KNOW I don’t know.
8. ONCE AT A BAR, i met a wife.
9. BY NOON, I’m drunk of course.
10.LAST NIGHT i fell in love with my family even more.
11.IF ONLY I HAD more teeth.
12. NEXT TIME I GO TO CHURCH I hope it’s a wedding.
13. WHAT WORRIES ME MOST is little shit.
14. WHEN I TURN MY HEAD LEFT – where’d my head go? Holy shit!
15. WHEN I TURN MY HEAD RIGHT I see sugarplums and snuggleturds.
16. YOU KNOW I’M LYING WHEN I’m on my bed.
17. WHAT I MISS MOST ABOUT THE EIGHTIES is not a damn thing.
18. IF I WERE A CHARACTER IN SHAKESPEARE I’d be one of them crossdressers.
19. BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR Waylon will be sooo much bigger.
20. A BETTER NAME FOR ME would be Malfluvio.
22. IF I EVER GO BACK TO SCHOOL, I won’t. Fuck no. No way. I love it though. But a terminal degree is a terminal degree.
23. YOU KNOW I LIKE YOU if I offer to eat mushrooms because they’re in what you’re cooking.
25. TAKE MY ADVICE, please take my advice. What do you mean, he had bullet holes in his mirrors?
26. MY IDEAL BREAKFAST just keeps going and going. Mmm, I love breakfast.
27. A SONG I LOVE BUT DO NOT HAVE IS unknown to me.
28.IF YOU VISIT MY HOMETOWN, you really should be in San Francisco.
29. WHY WON’T PEOPLE park better?
30. IF YOU SPEND A NIGHT AT MY HOUSE you will either a) drink too much and eat all of our food, or b) be a relative.
34. MY FAVORITE BLOND is a blond in hand.
36. IF I DO ANYTHING WELL – what do you mean “if”?
37.I CAN’T HELP BUT be thankful.
38. I USUALLY CRY if I’m lucky. I’m not a crier, but I like crying.
40. AND BY THE WAY, you look fantastic.


As seen first at New Kid‘s.

1. My uncle once told me not to tell my dad he smokes weed.

2. Never in my life have I seen Top Gun.

3. When I was five my little sister was born, and my grandma died.

4. High school was sheer hell.

5. I will never forget Waylon’s birth. That may or may not be a good thing.

6. Once I met a guy who might have actually been a deer. It’s a long story (but a cool one).

7. There’s this boy I know who really should have slept with me. I’m just sayin’.

8. Once, at a bar, I met GB. History, the rest of it is.

9. By noon, I’ve had two cups of coffee and am wondering if I should have a third.

10. Last night Waylon went to bed WAY too early, wreaking havoc on the rest of the night and morning.

11. If only I had more self-confidence.

12. Next time I go to church pigs will be flying.

13. What worries me most is pretty much everything.

14. When I turn my head left I see Waylon’s favorite toy (though his is different colors and has bugs instead of that bird thing).

15. When I turn my head right I see Waylon and GB.

16. You know I’m lying when I say I don’t want ice cream.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is Atari.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be Hamlet. Totally.

19. By this time next year I hope to be getting ready to start some kind of job….

20. A better name for me would be “OCD about everything but dirt.” (This was New Kid’s answer, but I can’t do better than that for me either)

21. I have a hard time understanding high heels.

22. If I ever go back to school, I hope to be the professor.

23. You know I like you if I try to kiss you when we’re drinking.

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be Gospel Bob. Whatever I won it for, I’m sure I drove him crazy in the process.

25. Take my advice, never do three different drugs in one afternoon. Or, uh, so I hear.

26. My ideal breakfast is cooked by someone else.

27. A song I love but do not have is “Sister Golden Hair.” I always love it whenever I hear it, and then I forget all about it.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest you carry a gun. For real.

29. Why won’t people just pay me to hang out with Waylon? (Oh, wait, that’s kind of what my dissertation completion fellowship does…)

30. If you spend a night at my house you will be squished all night by the two giant cats sharing the twin bed with you.

31. I’d stop my wedding for many things (it took us 10 years to get there, waiting a little longer wouldn’t have been a problem).

32. The world could do without Tom Hanks.

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than read the DaVinci Code.

34. My favorite blonde is GB.

35. Paper clips are more useful than I am.

36. If I do anything well it’s sleeping (when I get the chance).

37. I can’t help but worry.

38. I usually cry because–as one of my favorite artists says–the world is so beautiful and life is so short.

39. My advice to my nephew/niece is not to dig too deep into family don’t want to know.

40. And by the way, thanks to everyone who’s sticking with me in blogland, even though I’ve been a bad blogfriend. I appreciate it. 🙂

Everybody and their uncle did this meme at the beginning of the summer, but I wasn’t really listening to much music then. I felt a little left out, but I was feeling that way a lot at the beginning of the summer. I’d forgotten about it, but Dr. Medusa just resurrected it and inspired me to go ahead and post my own…though I’m not sure I even have seven songs for this summer. Let’s see.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring/summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Tag seven others to see what they’re listening to.

1. The Bach/Beethoven/Mozart tunes that play on Waylon’s mobiles. (He loved this mobile so much that we bought a second one for the other side of the room.) I don’t even know what the pieces actually are…but I am positive I’ll never hear them without thinking of this summer (and they run through my head constantly).

2. “Die Die Die,” The Avett Brothers. The first song on their Emotionalism album. I’ve been listening to this album in the car for months now. Can’t get enough of it.

3. “I Would Be Sad,” The Avett Brothers. Same deal. This one is my favorite to sing along with. “Now listen here, I told you I could live on without loving you…I was bluffing then, but it seems that just might have been the truth.” Awesome.

4. “California Stars,” Wilco. I sing this to Waylon a lot.

5. “My Darling,” Wilco. Because, yeah, I’m sappy like that.

6. “Way Down in the Hole,” Tom Waits. Because I love Tom Waits, and we’ve been watching The Wire all summer.

7. “Hotel Yorba,” The White Stripes.

“I been thinking
of a little place down by the lake
they got a dirty little road leading up to the house
I wonder how long it will take till we’re alone
sitting on the front porch of that home
stomping our feet on the wooden boards
never gonna worry about locking the door”

It’s working for me.

There you have it. I’m not tagging because I think everyone’s done it (though consider yourself tagged if you like).
And I have now successfully put off working on job stuff yet again.

I totally missed my blogiversary!

It was–ahem–July 10th. I’ve been blogging for over three years here (well, at the blogspot site and then here, but under the same name).


So, for some reason the other day I remembered that Google Reader exists, and that I used to use it. So I went over there, and saw the names of some blogs I haven’t read in awhile…well over a year, maybe more like two. And I thought, what the hell, so I imported all those feeds into my Bloglines.


Apparently there are a lot of blogs I forgot I used to read. I’ve been trying to whittle them down, and right now I still have 103,567 posts coming up as “new.”

Uh, yeah. It might be awhile before I catch up.

(I want to tell y’all about the weekend at the in-laws,* and about how the Small Blond Cousins are adorably enamored with Waylon,** and about my fabulous afternoon at the aquarium with one of my favorite blogger friends and her fabulous family, and how my job search is coming (ugh), and how cool it is that our old old friend (my first friend when I moved to SF) the Wry Toaster is in town staying with us for the weekend, and what I think of Season 5 of the Wire (awesome so far)….but I still can’t seem to master the one-handed typing, so it’ll have to wait a bit again.)

*Snippet: GB’s dad, having not talked to me much at all since we’d arrived, decided to start his first conversation with me like this: “So, how’s your post-baby weight loss coming?” Ugh. I did NOT actually hit him over the head with a backgammon board, but I think he could tell I wanted to. Really. Can you imagine thinking that’s an appropriate conversation starter?

**The Small Blond Cousins Just. Loved. Waylon. It was adorable. The six-year-old would not leave his side (and asked me anxiously, as we were leaving, “You don’t leave him alone in the backseat for the long drive, do you?” I reassured him I was back there and he looked relieved.) and shadowed him all weekend. And even the one 10 year old quasi-cousin, who told me on the first night “I’m not much of a baby person,” begged to push Waylon’s stroller, and did it so seriously and with such an air of hefty responsibility that it kind of made me tear up. Here’s a picture of the two older boys walking with Waylon (the youngest cousin is up ahead, clearing the way):

I really do hope to have a somewhat content-like post soon….Or some random bullets, at least. I’m working on it.

In the meantime…How the hell do people get any work done with little babies? Because I’m really not figuring that out. Someone in my department told me that when her daughter was about 6 weeks old she was able to get back to work on her dissertation. Well…Waylon is 10 weeks old, and I can’t figure out how to get enough time with two hands free to work on job applications, let alone the diss. How exactly do I work this out? And, while I’m at it, how do I stop procrastinating and being totally freaked out by the job market and just get my shit together, already?

Yeah. Anyway. Substantial post to come, sometime.

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