Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yucky sloppy slop

I live near the coast, so instead of the 8"-to-10" of snow my neighbors to the west have the pleasure of cleaning up this fine evening, I had the unusual experience of shoveling and salting the sidewalks around the house, part of the driveway, and the stairs...IN THE DRIVING RAIN.

It soaked my coat and hat all the way through. My boots are nice and drenched for tomorrow morning's commute.

I can't recall a time when I have ever shoveled in the rain. It felt like 6" of snow, but was packed down to about 3" of yucky-dirty-heavy-brown-sloppy slop-slop waterlogged snow. Add to that the great joy of discovering that one of my neighbors hadn't scooped up after the dog. Nothing like throwing a nice heavy load with a nice load in it.

Even though it's pouring down rain outside, it's about to deep freeze, so instead of spending 4 hours out there chopping at the ice like I did on Christmas Eve, I decided I'd rather sleep tomorrow morning.

I hate this winter.

I sense that the feeling of sand between my toes, warm sun on my face, and a tropical breeze in my hair will become a necessity in the coming weeks.

Other gems of joy today: the basement has a bunch of water in it, and the dishwasher died for the second time this month. First time was a fuse within the brand-new machine, so I suspect the same issue.

I hate Sears now too.

Other than that, I'm good.

Happy freakin' winter, everyone! Anyone else feeling the same?

Monday, January 26, 2009

This is cool

Just made my first small donation. I love that it's going directly to a local family. I love the internet.

Monday, January 19, 2009

State of the the Onion

TJ Maxx story by The Onion ... so funny! We all know how how much I like to shop there.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Barack Obama song by Spearhead

SIX days left...count 'em SIX! Check it out dudes this is sooooo cool. The Barack Obama song by Michael Franti and Spearhead. We saw this song live at Lupo's in Providence, RI last month. SO COOL! At that point it was election joy but right now it's time for the man elected to rise to the challenge!

I can NOT NOT NOT NOT!!!!!!! wait until G.W. Bush is no longer our Prez and we have someone in office who has actually succeeded at everything he has ever put his mind to. HUGE challenges ahead of's a lot harder to get us back on track rather than taking us off of it, putting us 40 years behind the times, and taking our civil liberties away in the ride.

Well, check out the song in the video. Whatever way you swing you can't hide from the optimism and toe-tapping groove this video provides. :-)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Congratulations, Jim Rice!

I've always looked for an excuse to post this picture. Now I can say I've been photographed with a Hall-of-Fame Red Sox player!

Congratulations to Jim Rice, who on his 15th try finally (and most deservedly) made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame!
I was lucky enough to meet Jim Rice - one of my childhood heroes- at the amazing Legends Suite at Fenway Park with Randy a couple years ago. I even got on the jumbo-tron with him in the fourth inning or so. I almost didn't go 'cause I didn't want to ask my boss for a second early day in a row to go to see a ballgame.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Only days

We only have 11 days until George W. Bush isn't our president anymore.
How are you feelin' about that? ;-)

Monday, January 05, 2009

I "borrowed" another idea

A few months ago I stole a blog idea from my friend Chris. It had something to do with MacGyver, I think.

Today I read a post from my bloggie-buddy Har, which I think is totally meme-able. So here I go. I'm tagging Chris and The Gav Menagerie, 'cause I think they'll actually do this at some point. Even though I owe Chris a meme about the Summer of '89 and some scanned photos from the 80's. Which I'll do, once I learn how to use the scanner.

Also, I saw The Bucket List with Randy on New Year's Day, which was watchable, and makes me glad I'm not actually waiting to cross stuff off my list.

Borrowed and Completely Meme-able Topic: Here are a few things that I want to do with my life before I kick it.
There are 10.

1. Save enough money for retirement, but not at the expense of living life now. I can't bet that I'll live long enough or be healthy enough to see and do everything I want to. I'm probably going to wind up a greeter at Wal-Mart for the big supplementary salary I'll receive and also to see other live people. I don't have kids to worry about, so hopefully, I can hedge my bets.
2. Have a vacation home, even though I've never owned property. I will probably never own a "first home" in my real life but my hobby-life would actually entail someplace I own, located someplace I love. (Doesn't "I'm wintering in Spain this year" sound pretty good? And I could rent it out!)
3. Keep travelling to foreign countries I haven't been to yet, and explore the ones I love further. I really want to go to Poland, where my maternal grandmother's family is from, for one. I want to take the Hurtigruten along the coast of Norway and see the fjords and follow it up with the Norway-in-a-Nutshell train journey that I've wanted to take since 1995. I might need another jungle trip. I think I'd like to go to Rio before my ass gets too big too (honestly that doesn't really matter though). I know London's in my future often, since one of my best friends lives there. Get back to Paris when it's warmer than 40 degrees. And I am completely in love with Spain. I could probably cheat on it with Portugal, now that I think about it.
4. Get back on skis and feel like I'm kicking ass flying down a long, winding trail on a perfect 28-degree bright sunny day. On packed powder, of course. With all the young kids flying by me as I'm giggling.
5. Volunteer at an animal shelter and/or help out older disabled folks once in a while.
6. Learn Spanish, and improve my really bad, mostly-forgotten French. OK, learn French too.
7. Take my nieces on a European vacation when they're old enough to be interested.
8. Live by the beach and work in a tourist area. (Um, that will probably at walmart, but I'd prefer a jewelry store in a tourist shopping center.)
9. Take a nice trip with my mom. She wants to go to Greece. I could do a week!
10. Spend more of my travel dollars in the USA, on great girly weekends with my best girlfriends, who don't live here anymore. We need the time with each other and away from our real lives!

OK, that's it. You tagged people have to go now, and anyone else who would like to join in. Calamity? Alan? You are semi-tagged, though I know you aren't big on the whole meme thing. Facebook friends? Feel free to join in!