I get to meet someone this weekend... someone who, due to proximity, I should have met eons ago. Someone who has actually been at Old Town events the same time I have, but we didn't know it until after... Well, tomorrow, all of that non-meeting crap will come to an end. Now if we could only convince teh zombie to drive for a couple of hours...
Update: Yes, the b-day was a couple of days ago, but after looking at this, and reading all of the comments... back during a livelier time in this corner of the blogosphere, I had to put it up again, before it goes back into hiding.
What we learned from this?? Snag also had a pron stash... ZRM did not. ZRM had a music stash.
Bimler?? Well... I'm guessing bimler just had a stash.
Belated Happy, Snag!
Yes, I got permission to post the picture. He just didn't know it would be with birthday wishes.
Fortunately Mr. Mystery Blogger gave up the charcoal cancer sticks long ago so he'll be with us for decades to come, whether he wants to blog or not...
Also, doesn't this photo look like it should have been on a 70's album cover?? I love it.
Happy Birthday Mystery Blogger! May this next year be filled with bourbon, moose, meat, bacon, sausage, more meat, more bourbon, duvets in every color, obedient children, and a wonderful new job... and maybe just a few more blog posts.
I like like custard. I also like hot cereal (Cream of Wheat, etc). What makes these even better? Lumps. If I make hot cereal, I don't pour it in slowly, I pour it in fast. Faster equals more lumps. I also like tapioca. It's like lumpy custard. I also like bubble tea... lumpy tea. Grizzled would put all of the above into the category of "horse snot". Fool.
A few weeks ago I ran across a number of articles on the resurgence of chia seeds as a health food... yes, chia. They touted all of the wonderful nutritional aspects of the chia seed from high protein to high levels of omega-3, but that's not what got me. What got me was the description of what happens to the chia seed when you soak it in a liquid... it turns gelatinous... but stays kind of lumpy, the seeds retaining a smidge of crunch. It's awesome... grossly, wonderfully awesome.
Spent a good portion of yesterday in that gelatinous state of creating something. What a nice place to be. The ideas are there, nothing if forced, worrying about how it ends is not an issue, it's just that nice ride of being in the process... and that nice ride had a couple of unexpected side trips as well. One being an email about an upcoming project that's due in a couple of weeks. I was still kind of in that lovely haze of my current project, when the idea for the other project just plopped itself down. No thinking, there is was. Before I fully shifted gears, I wrote down the idea, tucked it in a safe place and went back to the comfort of being in between.
Things feel less gelatinous today. I can feel the rigidity of my mind setting in. Is the rigidity needed? Must it be there as decisions are made and the choices narrowed down or is it possible to stay in that open spot?? Even if it is needed, if that is a part of the process, I'm thinking I'd like to spend less time there. I'd like to be more aware of when the rigidity has served its purpose so I can slip back into the in between. I think I'm a better person when I'm in between.
Kathleen brought up a point in a previous post that I was also considering... do I wait to see Shutter Island first or do I read the book and then see the movie? My first thought was read the book... my track record has shown that reading the book first is the more fulfilling experience, even if it ruins the movie. In some cases, it actually makes the movie better, by filling in pieces that were left on the cutting room floor... so, yes, I guess I'm firm on reading the book first....
But... when do I start?? I have it in my hot, sweaty, little hand... I'm in a reading mood (I used to always be in a reading mood, but then had children)... tomorrow is looking like one of the few, blissfully free afternoons I've had in awhile... a perfect time for getting lost in a book. One problem... Grizzled is going out of town with the youngest lamblet. That means it will be me, the Eldest Lamblet and two crazy dogs. I'm not sure if that's enough buffer come nighttime.
In fish's latest post, he admits to occasionally... very rarely... liking pop music.
My music snobbery takes on a vaguely Pitchforkian cobaggishness in that
I am not usually a big fan of pop songs. When I do like them, they
almost always conform to a particular formula that I am powerless to
The two songs he mentions fall roughly a decade apart. I am not that strong, while loving many kinds of music, I know I'm also prone to answering the siren's call of the pop song. For that matter, I'm also prone to answering the siren's call of many baaad things. Sure, I have a fondness for the finer things. I want stellar, transcendent food, music, movies, friendships, etc, etc, etc... but sometimes, baaaad is just as good. Sometimes bad is better than good. I don't question, I just go with it.
At the top of my list of some favorite bads (and just to note, these bads do not preclude their finer counterparts)? Bads that I know are bad and don't care, I'm doing it anyhow!?!
~Bad wedding cake. Something about that shortening/almond flavoring/dense white cake combo can have me crashing a wedding on the wrong side of town.
~ Strawberry flavored items. It's not a replacement for real strawberries, but is its own beast. Along with this... raspberry flavored items. Blue coloring a MUST! I'm talking to you Pinko and Kathleen!!! Note: not all faux fruit flavors are good bad. Watermelon and sour apple are just nasty bad and have no business being in anything.
~ Bad TV. Yes, I spent way too many years of my youth reveling in and dissecting this show.
~ Along with bad TV would have to be... bad movies... those you'll watch again and again and not know why...
~ And of course, I wouldn't be a card-carrying female if I didn't mention the occasional bad boy... No links for those. Those remain in my memory.
~ Bad blogs also have a way of sinking their teeth in... You know you should be doing something productive, but instead you find yourself hanging out with a certain zombie, filling up the comment section with anything that will get you to 100 comments, 200 comm... oh hell, it's all a blur after that...
Ok... those are a few of my good bads... Pony up people. I know you've got them. What are yours? What rasty-ass bad things make your toes curl and make you smile with glee? Hmmm? Don't be shy. Share!
TypePad has assured me all is well... I don't think so... I still have to do bizarre things to get at my dashboard... but I'm here.
Had the pleasure of taking in an afternoon movie with Grizzled yesterday. I don't recall the last time he and I went to see a big people movie on a Monday afternoon... probably before we had little people. We saw Up in the Air. It was good.
We also saw previews for the following. I will so be there! Grizzled will most likely NOT be there. BG? Wanna go? Maybe Grizzled and The Skimmer can keep each other company while we venture off to see the scary movie.
Embedded preview of Shutter Island has been removed due to autoplay annoyance factor. Should you wish you, you may see it here.
Apparently any blog changes I make, changes of any kind, are causing TypePad to rearrange or totally remove my blog content. Or, maybe it's the spiders. Or payback for Zardozing without a license. Whatever it is, blogging will be nonexistent until I can get it figured out. I'm guessing merely posting this will cause my columns to go all willy-nilly again. Whatever.
We spiders have won. She was already in a weakened state from months of prolonged spider attacks, both in post and comment form, but she was finished off today by a one-two punch courtesy of fish's new animated spider poster (I'm guessing herr doktor smut played a hand here) and Andy's YouTube. Well played gentlemen. Your checks are in the mail.
Expect Saying Yes to Spider Blogging to start up next week.