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Friday, September 30, 2005

So. Funny.
A Quicktime movie-trailer that makes "The Shining" look like a romantic comedy.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

So, a close reading of my last post might lead people to infer that my job of 2 months was replaced by another.

Those who made that inference would be correct.

I am much happier.

I have a much shorter commute.

I plan on posting more often. I am feeling communicative again. I may rant. I may cajole. I may even (should the mood strike me) bloviate.

For anyone who is still checking in occasionally, I thank you. I may never again reach the giddy heights of posting every weekday, but I should have more things to say more often. Having 2+ hours per day of your life back can do that to a person.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Announcement, of a Sort
At seven in the morning, Fifth Avenue is cool. Walking with a swinging, unobstructed, early-morning stride, you can see uptown, the buildings creating a canyon running unnaturally straight. The sun glints on the gilded towers of The Plaza at the foot of Central Park.

At seven in the morning, the windows of the expensive shops look like eerie stage sets: empty and expectant. The mannequins stand in their pristine clothes, drawing the eye with soft folds, daring plunges, sinuous curves.

At seven in the morning, construction workers sit on the ledges of those windows, eating breakfast. Their rough, paint-spattered grey trousers contrast with the smooth, soft grey trousers in the windows behind them.

At seven in the morning, the smell of new showers, expensive cologne, and cigarettes mingle with the smell of water as hoses spray down the sidewalk cafes on the cross streets.

At seven in the morning, I am headed for a meeting for my new-new job and I am happy.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Yoga Thoughts
Posted at Yogalila blog.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Damn You, Woman.
From La Bonne-Femme Moderne:

I. Seven things I plan to do before I die:

1. Write a novel
2. Learn some more German (we all know I have pitiable German).
3. Visit India.
4. Own another horse (or pony, if you will).
5. Have a real garden.
6. Be able to do a freestanding handstand.
7. Own my own Yoga studio.

II. Seven things I can do:

1. Mermaid pose.
2. Make my friends laugh.
3. Hold a (sung) note for a pretty darn long time.
4. Knit
5. Read very, very fast
6. Eat very, very fast
7. Make bread.

III. Seven things I can’t do:

1. A decent, reliable handstand.
2. A Donald Duck imitation.
3. Remember which is closer to "The Show," A or AAA baseball.
4. Suffer fools gladly (my mother says I can't do it at all).
5. Cause my shetland sheepdog to stop barking his fool head off at nothing at all.
6. The most basic arithmetic, when under pressure.
7. Play soccer for a season without getting injured.

IV. Seven things that attract me to people of the opposite sex:

1. Sense of Humor.
2. Good with animals.
3. Intelligence.
4. How he treats others.
5. Understanding.
6. Puts up with my lunatic musical tastes.
7. Manners.

V. Seven things I say most:

1. "Clearly."
2. "Does that make sense?"
3. "Jackass!" (said most frequently while driving)
4. "Please." (Politesse and sarcasm are equally welcome in my vocabulary)
5. "Ya think?"
6. "I just won a bet with myself." or "Ka-ching." (When someone I know well - esp. John - does or says something I knew they would.)
7. "Bubba." (The household nickname applied to me, John, the animals, and any random object I can't remember the name of at the moment.)

VI. Seven celebrity crushes:

1. Alan Rickman
2. Ciaran Hinds
3. Colin Firth
4. Hugh Laurie
5. Robert Sean Leonard (yes, House is a love-fest for me)
6. John Corbett
7. Marc Blucas (don't start with me, Angel fans)

VII. Seven people I want to take this quiz (who weren’t already tagged by die moderne Hausfrau):

1. Rana (she may already have done this - can't remember)
2. Julia
3. Terry
4. Artichoke Heart
5. Mark
6. Mary Kay
7. Lianne

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I'm not sure where the now-hackneyed tradition of artists decorating statues of large animals and placing them about as civic art came from, but a neighboring town now has Ponymania. It's cute.

Excuses, Excuses
I am truly sorry I have been so out of it. I have nothing to add to the Katrina discussions that have not already been said by those far more eloquent than I, and it seems that much of my brain is taken up by work (which is a verboten subject in blogland).

I do, however, have a terrifically entertaining sinus infection and a wedding to go to this weekend. Also, I seem to have lost the dress which is my default attire for all such occasions over the last few years.

So things are going really well, yeah.

Friday, September 02, 2005

It's Not Like Anyone Can't Find this Anywhere Else...
...But here is a link to the American Red Cross - they are doing a lot of good work (and Valerie will be volunteering for the foreseeable future while they figure out what is going to happen at Tulane).