Friday, March 27, 2009

Depression fashion redux

I've noticed more and more businessmen wearing hats when I'm downtown. Not as many as in this picture, but I'm counting at least 4 or 5 guys in old-timey hats a day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

But I don't sing like one

Today my boss told me I write "like an angel." I had no idea how to respond to that. (I still don't handle praise well.)

But it was a very nice thing to say.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

ELO and Gene Kelly, what more do you need?

I'm staying up later than I'd like merely because I need to wait a total of 6 hours before I can give AB another dose of Motrin (he's had a ridiculously high fever all day). But I just saw that Xanadu is on TV! So now it won't be so hard to stay up for a while.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The boys, they are a-craaaaazy

This evening was punctuated by my screaming, many times, to get the attention of the two youngest males in the house. (The two oldest males -- the husband and the dog -- were above reproach, as usual.) There was much discussion of sharing and taking turns. And playing nice. And not gloating. And not wrestling on the bed. And not jumping on our brand new couch. And not talking back (that one was directed solely at the child who is very capable of talking).

All of which makes it sound like I had a horrible day, but it was actually quite nice. As ALB napped, AB came and sat with me as we watched The Waterboy together (yeah, it's got some inappropriate language, but not too much). He loved the football scenes and the happy ending. And later, ALB sat on my lap while I read a magazine and he watched some Disney cartoons, and I got to smell his nice, clean, baby-shampoo hair.

As I was putting ALB to bed (with his bear, his blankie, and the regulation baseball he decided to take to his crib), I turned off the light and held him in my lap. I told him I wished it wasn't Sunday, because I wanted to spend all day tomorrow with him, too. He looked at me in the dark and said, "Bees-ball."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hail to the Redskins... from my couch

Dude, I am Larry Shaughnessy:

Like Larry, I got my "CONGRATULATIONS!" letter from the Redskins last week. We had put ourselves on the waitlist for tickets back in 1998, so we didn't have to wait that long to make it to this point, all things considered. But why did we get the letter now? Our retirement funds have been cut by half, not to mention the kids' college funds (ALB's is looking more like one semester's worth of books now). Although my job is looking pretty secure, NSAH's chosen field isn't recession-proof. We just bought a much-needed new couch. We need to buy an oven soon (a few months ago we replaced our ancient fridge with a new, more energy efficient one). And eventually (hopefully not soon, knock on wood) we'll need to replace NSAH's car, and then mine.

So I think we're going to have to decline. The only silver lining is that Dan Snyder won't get my money.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

25 authors

As seen at Musey's:

List the top 25 authors who have inspired you or made you think over the course of your life. My list is in no particular order. The first 11 were easy, but the rest took more thought:

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald

  2. William Styron

  3. Carrie Fisher

  4. John Irving

  5. Susan Faludi

  6. Dorothy Parker

  7. Barbara Kingsolver

  8. Barbara Ehrenreich

  9. James Gleick

  10. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  11. Louisa May Alcott

  12. Lloyd Alexander

  13. Thomas Mann

  14. John Christopher

  15. Ray Bradbury

  16. Alfred Slote

  17. Madeleine L'Engle

  18. George Orwell

  19. Nathaniel Hawthorne

  20. Edgar Allen Poe

  21. John Steinbeck

  22. Ralph Ellison

  23. Mark Twain

  24. Stephen Hawking

  25. Ralph Waldo Emerson