Monday, March 30, 2009

Like a unicorn

Today I saw something that took me way back to October 8, 2003. What do 10/8/03 and 3/30/09 have in common, you ask? Why, on both days I saw a "Darwin Lizard" being eaten by a "Truth Fish", a rare sight, like a unicorn or the San Francisco Twins, which causes a warmth to fill my whole body to overflowing. In 2003 I was inspired to draw this other example, but today I thought, wouldn't it be marvelous if the "Truth Fish" were being eaten by a "Fact Fish"?

Yes, it's true, I enjoying mocking other people's religious beliefs, but, seriously, you've got to find a way to rectify Darwin better than just having him be eaten by "truth", right?

Some of you have discovered the joys of watching "Charlie Bit Me" over and over again, and I suspect some have not. Give it a try, why don't you? So far, it has not gotten old.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth (half) Hour

Last night we sort of celebrated Earth Hour. We tried to time it so that dinner would be ready at 8:30 and we could sit down to a relaxing candle-lit affair at the appropriate time, all lights darkened. Due to some unfortunate timing, M was knee-deep in a litterbox cleaning adventure that I must admit I strong-armed him into, and dinner was not quite finished. While M refused to finish the litterbox by candlelight, I nevertheless finished dinner in the dark, which is... not a good idea. When he finished, I implored him to wash his hands in the dark and join me, but he insisted at least a full-upper body wash and change of clothes was required. "But the LIGHTS!" I implored.

"Fuck Earth Hour!" sayeth he, dramatically flipping on the stairwell lights and trouncing upstairs.

Uh-oh. I think the Earth heard him, as we have been punished today with MORE SNOW and this interesting tid-bit of news: waves from 8-12 feet are gusting in Lake Michigan (whhaaaaaat?)

In other news, you won't believe it but I've been plagued with a weird stomach-thing lately. On the advice of some random person I met in Texas I've been taking activated-charcoal and chugging pepto-bismo* like a collage freshman on a bender. Aside from that I've been amusing myself by watching this video and saying "Charlie bit me and it really hurt."

* I know that's not how it's spelled, but that's how I like to pronounce it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Now, what could that mean?

Not much going on right now, but I did see two squirrels having sex in a tree yesterday. It seems noteworthy.

I look forward with some trepidation to work tomorrow because, I swear to you, all over the library were these signs that read, "On Thursday, March 26th, the fire alarms will sound from 9-5. We apologize for the inconvenience." That surely does not mean what I think it means. Does it?

Monday, March 23, 2009


One of my oldest and best friends got married over the weekend - the wedding was in Marfa, Texas and so much fun. We were all staying in an old hotel with a courtyard - with everyone in the same place it was like a days-long party. It was a beautiful, multi-cultural ceremony and reception with a tejano band you would not believe. A. was a gorgeous bride in a dress approx. 200 years old (!!!!) She couldn't be more dear to my heart and I feel really blessed to have her (and her whole family) in my life. Felicidades, A & O! Aside from the wedding festivies, we also got to see the local Donald Judds and the famed "Marfa Lights".

Monday, March 16, 2009

weekend recap

On Friday, we went to a luuuuurvely dinner with friends K & G to, imho, zee best Italian restaurant in Chicago*. Food, conversation, wine - all were fabulous. And I ate a fish head.

On Sat. we went to IN to visit family. At first I was kind of peeved because my brother and sister-in-law pulled a fast one and dumped their kid on me and my mom and took off for approximately 4 hours. But, it ended up being alright because I got to spend some quality time with nephew #2, who I really didn't know that well. It turns out he's a fine young person and I enjoyed getting to know him better. Plus: check it out, he loves jewelry!In other nephew news, I updated the "look" of my sister's kid's blog, and it's pretty cute!

The big reason we went to IN was to celebrate Mike's Gran's 84th birthday. Here she is with her favorite grandson.

*Anti Prima, in our old neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Michael Jackson night was a bit of a bust on American Idol. What's wrong with these kids? They pick the stupidest songs. It was like watching a lame-ass talent show in a church basement. I think I might dump this show. Also, is there like, a disproportionate number of teenage mother's that want to be American Idol stars? My least favorite part of this show, not counting the seemingly random screaming from the fraudience, is the bits with their indulgent parents and their mewling children. Families? Ick! (:

I'm also going to remove Friday Night Lights from the DVR - the first season was awesome, but this season is lacking all that terrif teenage drama and now it's more clear that people my age are pretending to be teenagers, pretending to have the problems of adults. Also, all the real adults are total assholes.

Now, I am enjoying Dollhouse, although the show seems prepped for inevitable ruin on Friday nights. Anywho, I like where they're going with it - I like how there's a little mystery that will supposedly unfold. It's a lot like Alias in terms of the outfits (natch) and the Girl Power without all that ridiculous Rambalidi nonsense.

You may be proud to hear that I'm not watching America's Next Top Model this season. Except I really want to. (!!!!)

Sunday, March 08, 2009


A certain husband has been very excited about going to see the Watchmen movie, thus did we go see it yesterday afternoon. M is a big fan of the comic book and enjoyed it very much. He said it was extremely faithful to the movie. I read all of page one before going to the show, and can verify that it was faithful to page one.

For the non-comic book viewer, I can tell you that the movie is somewhat confusing, waaaay too long at almost three hours, but largely amusing, with some pretty cool visual images (that are supposedly right out of the graphic novel).

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the movie is that it has the most full-frontal-male-nudity that I've seen since The Piano. One of the characters is like this blue guy? I think he got radioactivated or something? And for some reason he doesn't really wear clothes. Also he glows. Some extremely immature people in the theatre couldn't help but giggle uncontrollably everytime they showed his uh, wobbly bits. I would be lying if I told you one of those people was not me.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Well, would you believe I'm still feeling pretty sick? My goal was to be 100% by this weekend, but I don't think it's going to happen. Dern it all!

I've been doing little more than dragging myself to and fro work and then laying on the couch at the end of the day, begging a certain husband to deliver juice and antibiotics while I watch bad tv until going to bed by 9pm.

A good portion of that bad tv is American Idol; I'm not quite sure I'm ready to commit to this season. At an early stage, I can barely handle the WOOOOOOs and the BOOOOOOs of the fraudience. Also, how many times do the judges have to tell these darn kids to pick young, cool music? If I wanted to hear dreary music from the 80s being sung by overly earnest young people, I'd crash a high school talent show.

Which is not to say that I don't appreciate the fact that these kids 'spect the old songs - whatshisname singing I'd Do Anything for Love by Meatloaf. That song has always amused me, and I like trying to guess what it's about. A quick visit to revealed that no one shares my theory, that the song is about uh, now I don't want to say what I thought it was about. What do you guys think?

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Read the Books You've Always Meant to Read

It's been a bit of a bummer of a weekend what with MORE SNOW and CONTINUED ILLNESS. I mean, what kind of world do we live in? Terrible. I did manage to drag self to book club, which was a really fun, despite my massive sinus pain and lack of hearing in my left ear.

Lately I'm more than usually involved in my books and wish there were some way to cram them into my brain, Matrix-style. Although, on the other hand, love lingering over them. Did anyone catch the Amazon CEO on The Daily Show? I'm not sure I'd turn down a Kindle if someone gave it to me, but I DO love my books (my physical books). John Stewart really handed it to him when he couldn't produce any great reason to buy one besides "You can read with one hand." ??? That being said, I suppose I've been doing more tv watching lately than reading, which is a bit embarrassing. I lovelovelove The Dollhouse, the new Joss Wedon show. And I rather like that new Lie to Me with Tim Roth. It's about reading people expressions; they'll show photos of real folks - I think more than once Bill Clinton saying, "I did not have sex. with. that. woman." and then Tim Roth goes, "See? He's lying." Or like, any random picture of Dick Cheney and Roth says, "See? He's showing contempt." I took a bold move and completely removed Monk and Sarah Conner Chronicles from the DVR (I terminated it.) ha.