Thursday, August 24, 2006

Because I haven't checked in for awhile...

One of these days, I will get around to reading this book. Seriously. I finally just read my first David Sedaris book, only to find out that he's seriously famous and only people who don't read books aren't familiar with this guy.

My real reason for being here today, besides the nagging voice coming in stereo from inside my head and from my husband and faithful reader telling me to at least put something up, is to bring you this, and maybe to mention that I had to go back to work yesterday. More on that, as well as a bringing up-to-date of my profile, etc, to come in the future. Also, I am working on a weekly interactive activity to give you something to look forward to each week (and keep me here each week!).

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Buzz Kill

Consider this the next time somebody makes it difficult to do your job: at least you're not a booze advertiser in Britain.

It's not quite the Naked News....

...but it is a guy talking and shaving at the same time. Brian Studer delivers commentary on the day's news in the exact same way Tyson proposed to me more than 6 years ago: all lathered up at the bathroom sink.

More Summer Pics

Me and Nick playing in the surf.

Zuccharitas--Breakfast of Nordic champions!

Me and Deidre on the beach.

Sancho watching for squirrels.

Another one of Barb in the Viking hat.

At Francisco's taco shop in Rosarito.

Nick has his beer goggles on!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

This guy has even more free time on his hands than I do!

If you never watched the short-lived Joss Whedon series "Firefly" or saw Serenity, you won't get this at all,but if you have, you should get a real kick out of it. Check the site for all kinds of detailed photos of the ship and the working lights he put on it. He also has a really great Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster that is fun and clever.

Then, if you're bored with that, rent or pirate (forgive the pun!) the "Firefly" series.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Internet Scavenger Hunt

I need to buy a bunch of these bound composition books for school. Does anybody know where to find them for cheap? The best I've come up with is a buck each at Staples, but I wonder if anyone else has an inside track for this sort of thing. Post a comment if you can find these for less than a dollar!


After 5 days of hard work (interspersed with long and frequent bouts of laziness), I finally finished the floor in Nick's room. I don't have the camera in the house at the moment, or I'd post a few pics so you too could bask in the glory of a project finished. My only regret is that I'm always so gung-ho to get going on a project like this that I usually forget to take "before" and "during" pictures so you can really see the change. But trust me, the painted concrete is much, much nicer than the 30-year-old maroon shag carpet that was in there, plus there's the peace of mind that comes with having vacuumed up a thick layer of fine black dirt that was trapped underneath the old mohair padding (yes, this was pre-synthetic stuff here) .

See, the nice thing about painting floors is that you do work hard--pulling up carpet and tack strip, scraping glue, cutting the heads off nails with the angle grinder, making showers of neat sparks in the process, even donning heavy gloves and a dust mask and eye protection--but then you get to take a long break. Sometimes even a 24-hour break. But during the entire time you spend playing the Sims on the computer waiting for the paint to dry--and this is absolutely the best part--you still get to tell yourself that you're painting. No kidding. If somebody calls on the phone, and it's three in the afternoon and you're in pj's because you got up at nine, put a coat of primer on, went back to bed for a few hours, got up, made a grilled cheese, took a look in at the semi-dry paint, then settled in to your video game, when they ask, "What are you doing?" you can still say, without a trace of irony, "Painting." In that way, it's a lot like spending the whole afternoon "doing laundry."

It's also nice, as I sit staring my last ten days of freedom in the face, to have achieved something tangible. I spent so few days in a row at home this summer that I never really settled into any sort of productive routine. I had intended to get some wall painting done, as well as pull up more carpet, and it wasn't until Nick went back to Texas that I realized if any of that was going to get done this summer, I had better get on it. Really, I'm one of those kinds of people that only gets anything accomplished under pressure. Actually, I'm already in the middle of ripping up the rest of the carpet in the hallway and the dining room so we can install laminate flooring in the rest of the house when Tyson gets back and we get paid again. I'm looking forward to that because when I painted the house four years ago, I assumed we'd be replacing the flooring sometime soon so there's all sorts of paint blobs everywhere. It'll be nice to have everything in a state of presentability, so we don't feel like we have to apologize or explain things when we give people a tour of the house.

Anyway, thanks for reading and as soon as I can (Thursday?) I will post the pictures for the two of you that are probably interested (Mom and Kathy). Incidentally, Thursday is my birthday and I could really use a table saw (cheap) or one of those fancy retracting dual-angle mitre saws (expensive) for my floors (hint, hint, Tyson).

The Viking hat

We bought a Viking hat for John (Nick's stepdad) at the mercado in Rosarito and then we all took turns trying it on.

Okay, I did find some more pics

A happy, goofy family.

When my sister was still asleep on the couch at 11:30 one morning, I tried to draw a Hitler mustache on her with a marker.

She was an awfully good sport about it, though.

Windsor takes up a lot of space!

Hi, Tracy!

I didn't find too many pictures--man, are they disorganized! Here are some of the ones I did find:

Nick and our talking dog, Sebastian.

I shaved my you-know-what.

I'm not allowed to ride the motorcycle dressed like this!

Nick and Sancho.

Tyson has a trout in the Box-Death Hollow Wilderness, Utah.

This is my imitation of Tyson after he saw a spider on the trail.

Sebastian and his cone.


I dyed my hair to match this shirt.