Sunday, October 26, 2008

Checking out

I thought taking a job that made the work-life balance tip further toward the "life" side would free up more time for blogging. Paradoxically, though, the more "life" time I have, the less inclined I am to spend it blogging.

I still enjoy reading and commenting on others' blogs. But I have no desire to keep this one going any longer. (Just writing this post is taking far too long.) I started blogging in October 2002 (moved it to Blogger in early '05), and I think 6 years is plenty of ranting. Don't be a stranger. Y'all have my email.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm a real Virginian, and this is real pfuckin' hilarious

Monday, October 13, 2008

Jurassic park

I'm off today (thanks to my new job at the Region's Largest Employer of Lawyers!), and the kids' school/daycare was closed. So this morning we set out for the mountains and went to DinosaurLand. I've lived outside DC for years and years (and years) and had never even known this place existed. The kids thought it was very cool. Angry Boy liked the gory bits: dinosaurs biting and goring one another. Angry Linebacker had fun and waved, "Bye, bye, di-daur" to all of the statutes. And, like a sucker mom dutiful mom, I stopped at the gift store on the way out and let the boys browse through the toys. I have to say, the toys were priced way lower than any gift store I've ever seen. AB finally decided to get a dinosaur skeleton puzzle (a T-Rex) for $3.50, and ALB had his unwavering sights set on a little plastic football for 39 cents. Can't beat that.

So I think we're going to go back in a month or so, if the weather's still nice out.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I swear I'm doing more than watching TV

But this is my favorite ad right now. It gives me chills. *sigh* I love football. And I love my (non-football-playing) boys.

We're shooting for the moon and smiling Jackie's driving by

As seen at Musey's:

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Jackie!


You are a Jackie. "I do everything the right way."

Jackies are realistic, conscientious, and principled. They strive to live up to their high ideals.

How to Get Along with Me

* Take your share of the responsibility so I don't end up with all the work.

* Acknowledge my achievements.

* I'm hard on myself. Reassure me that I'm fine the way I am.

* Tell me that you value my advice.

* Be fair and considerate, as I am.

* Apologize if you have been unthoughtful. It will help me to forgive.

* Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get uptight, but hear my worries first.

What I Like About Being a Jackie

* Being self-disciplined and able to accomplish a great deal

* Working hard to make the world a better place

* Having high standards and ethics; not compromising myself

* Being reasonable, responsible, and dedicated in everything I do

* Being able to put facts together, coming to good understandings, and figuring out wise solutions

* Being the best I can be and bringing out the best in other people

What's Hard About Being a Jackie

* Being disappointed with myself or others when my expectations are not met

* Feeling burdened by too much responsibility

* Thinking that what I do is never good enough

* Not being appreciated for what I do for people

* Being upset because others aren't trying as hard as I am

* Obsessing about what I did or what I should do

* Being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously

Jackies as Children Often

* Criticize themselves in anticipation of criticism from others

* Refrain from doing things that they think might not come out perfect

* Focus on living up to the expectations of their parents and teachers

* Are very responsible; may assume the role of parent

* Hold back negative emotions ("good children aren't angry")

Jackies as Parents

* Teach their children responsibility and strong moral values

* Are consistent and fair

* Discipline firmly

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

And, some content:

Angry Boy read his first book tonight at bedtime. I'm very proud of him!

Monday, October 06, 2008

To the college student at the gym:

Seriously? You're going to talk on your cell phone while squatting on a gigantic bouncy-ball in front of the lockers, thereby blocking access to eight out of twenty lockers? And you're going to keep mindlessly chatting about wrapping up your semester at Marymount while I tediously check several of the remaining lockers to see if any of those are not already filled with gear?