Friday, August 31, 2007
We are going to celebrate a bit next weekend when we'll head to a resort in Maryland for pure R&R. The knitting will be eXtreme.
We're ready for Labor Day weekend at the river. Tomorrow's the big Farmer's Market and Christmas Countdown so that sounds like a mighty fine time.
I'm so glad that Jac asked Appi about her "red-haired girl friend" and that resulted in drunken complaining about tax morons which led to August 31, 2003 right here in the Northern Neck.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
foe ward, you ni nid, dep uh tee, en te pen ur, ek shtraw done airy, tempatur, contaversy
This has been a public service of the American Linguistics Agency.
Monday, August 27, 2007
And don't all you (2) vegans start getting all uppity on me now, we are talking about Ted's Frigging Montana Grill where the grilling that is happening is happening to bison. (What is the difference between bison and buffalo?) (p.p.s. A friggin animal brought back from the verge of extinction only to be brought to Ted's, grilled and served in a butter-free environment.) So there is hardly a horde of hungry animal friends beating a path to Ted's door. So, okay, perhaps Ted is right and Americans will shun butter brought uninvited to their tables. Clearly, Americans are picky eaters. Maybe they all prefer EVOO?? Well then Ted, I ask you, where the hell is the EVOO?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Ditech: People are Smart.
That's very interesting Ditech, come along with me, the Ghost of Lifetime Present and I will show you all the marvels of smartness.
Fade in: Target
A surprisingly brilliant and attractive woman is in line behind another woman who has apparently purchased less than she thought she would. The woman unloads her items from her cart on to the conveyor and walks to the far end of the check out, leaving her cart behind. "Um, miss? You forgot your cart." She finally returns and retrieves it, though it was clear to cashier and shopper #2 that she planned to abandon it at the register. "People do that all the time," the cashier confirmed. So we live in a world that is so smart that people feel comfortable not only requiring someone else to drag their cart back to the front of the store for them, but also making it an immediate impediment to the next shopper being able to physically get through the line.
Fade in: CVS
Dear Lord. CVS. 832 people line up at one open register. The line winds through a row of Space Invaders-style barriers. The cashier calls for backup. One lone woman emerges from the back of the store and wanders up to a closed register. The line tenses. The second cashier emerges and goes right up to help Woman From the Back of the Store. 832 people plot the cutting customer's death.
Fade in: Best Buy - Hi, I'm Jill, Remember Me??
A fine, bright man is in line buying alarmingly drivelous music from a bygone era. The cashier hits "Pay by Check" instead of Credit. The correction requires the intervention of the Attorney General, six state Lieutenant Governors, and Conchita Alanzo. Since they all have to fly in going through TSA security, the resolution takes quite some time.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
So I went to Posh DC last night at the invite of a friend and met her friends for Girls' Night. That brings me to traffic in Washington, but that is a whole other story. Anyway, we settled in, it turns out the place used to be BET on Jazz the very place where Jac and I had our second date and he pulled the John Cusack from Grosse Point Blank routine on me which I found oddly irresistible though I did not yet know that he had swiped his suaveness directly from that movie and that he had seen said movie with Luschnaya or whatever chick he was seeing at the time besides me. He was practice dating! Put if you are going to put moves on me, being John Cusack is an excellent place to start. But again, the digression.
We settled in for bottles of wine, a three course fixed price menu, some mini massages, some manicures and did I mention the wine. After dinner we had our faces read and apparently my face is an open book. Good times were had by all, the only thing that screwed up my night was the fact that I was crazy busy at work and had to dash home to change between work and dinner, then have dinner, then come home and work... until 3am. Luscious.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
But that was a big part of the busy, and probably will be again before it's all over. And thankfully work has taken off, we are the belle of the fiscal year ball and so I've been dashing to client meetings, speaking at conferences and writing proposals 'til my eyes bleed.
And then, holy cow, my sister got MARRIED. Okay, well I do have five sisters. But this was a cool affair on the whole other coast. So I got to visit Portland, Oregon. Portland is beautiful. It is a great size city - not to big, not too small. The people were lovely. The architecture and culture are lovely. It's a bit difficult not to chuck it all and go live there. Fortunately our real estate history grounds me well enough at the two houses I already have. But hey, we can visit.
Um, and the yarn there? Wow! We made it to Knit Purl and Yarn Garden and were delighted by both. I could really just buy yarn all day long - except for that small budget issue. I have been knitting a strawberry and lime feather and fan wrap. It is luscious. It should be, I have frogged it twice and reknit significant portions several more times. If I get to the end of another row and discover I have 77 stitches instead of 80 one more time they may have to put me in a rubber room.
Rubber rooms are Drama #5, but that is a whole other story best recounted when the whole thing is over and we can just have a glass, er bottle of wine and laugh about the whole ah... ordeal.
Now I'm in the process of booking our trip to Savannah/Tybee. We went First Class to Portland and I gotta say, it can really ruin a girl for all other modes of travel. Don't get me wrong, aviation as an industry is still effed in the head, but it's more bearable when you have 3 extra inches of seat and a glass of wine in hand. I found that to be the case when we rolled out onto the tarmac and they immediately announced that we would be there for "at least" an hour. And we were, two in fact. Still, why the hell is it $822 a person to fly First Class to Savannah. It's not THAT far. So I am all about strategies for cheaper First Class flights - ever heard of Y-Ups? Maybe we'll try for a standby upgrade. Maybe we'll sell the cats and pillows. Who knows.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
ST - sssst
THR - thrrrr
Can you see the Electric Company shadow head profile popping out and telling you how to pronounce these syllables? Really? Good. Because far too many people seem to think that ST is pronounced ShhhhhT and THR is just TH. I'm all for Army Strong, but the ads say Army SHHHTRONG. I'm watching the news and they're SHT this and SHT that. This is not German people.
And don't get me started about THR. The smartest, most wonderful man in the world, Jac, is just as Bubba as the president when he busts out with a "let's go thew the city". The president loves to "thow the ball" and "thow out the insurgents". I just hope he never goes noocyalar.