Tuesday, November 29, 2011

30 Days of Thanks: Days 25-30.

Day 25: Not super thankful to have to work today (especially since we average roughly one phone call per year on Black Fridays at the office), but thankful to have a job, and thankful for a forgotten stash of M&M almonds in my desk.

Day 26: Thankful for the return of...Lappy the Laptop!!! And extremely thankful for my friend John's assistance at getting Lappy back up & running. I don't know what I would've done without his help.

Day 27: Thankful for a day alone at home, and for finally crossing a bunch of stuff off my ever-expanding to-do list. I cleaned and organized all day long, and I mean all day long. When it got to the point where I was vacuuming each individual frond of the blinds over the windows, I knew it was time to give it a rest.

Day 28: Thankful that I inadvertently brought something to read with me in my purse today when the power went out for an hour & a half at the office. Alas, the ten minute rule from college does not appear to apply to post-collegiate workplaces. (Then again, it didn't really apply in college, either.)

Day 29: This.

Day 30: This is a day early, but I'm thankful that Bessy's going in for her repairs tomorrow and hopeful that that'll be the end of her troubles for the time being.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

30 Days of Thanks: Days 16-24.

Day 16: Thankful to have some time to tinker on my crafty stuff after work.

Day 17: Thankful for this piece of ridiculousness.

Day 18: Thankful to have a good mechanic who figured out what was wrong with Bessy the Lumina (a leaking gasket), and who I know won't rip me off when the repair bill comes in.

Day 19: Thankful to sleep in today, and for not having to go anywhere as a very pretty 6-8 inches of snow fell from the sky (our first "big" snow of the season).

Day 20: Thankful for the snow plow drivers who cleared Highway 2 to Superior so I could shuttle my mom & Grandma Rosie to my brother's fiance's bridal shower. Also thankful for Chinese food and ice cream cake.

Day 21: Thankful to be able to come home from work and take a nap. Seriously, who doesn't love a good, solid nap?

Day 22: Today, we mourned the loss of Whitey the goldfish, the longest-living goldfish in the history of my mother's fish pond. However, we were thankful for Whitey's many years of fishly service (2006?-2011), and that he (she?) is off enjoying the great fish pond in the sky.

Munching on fish food.

Day 23: Thankful to dig out the Christmas trim at work and get it all put up after-hours. It makes the very brown room I sit in all day much more tolerable.

Day 24: I'm thankful for turkey and mashed potatoes and pie, and for a nice family to eat them with.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Police blotter.

Tuesday, 1:15 P.M.: 911 call from a female who said she was calling for time & temperature. When identified again as 911, she said “they connected me to you, f#$% you” and hung up.

Tuesday, 7:31 P.M.: Caller reports a vehicle pulled onto Fifield Row and parked at the end of the street. Update: Officer advised vehicle operator was looking for a good spot to "park" with his girlfriend. He was advised to move on.

Thursday, 7:53 A.M.: Officer reports a seagull that had been hit on Highway 2 by Timeless Timber; animal is beyond repair.

Friday, 4:08 P.M.: Caller would like to speak to an officer regarding another contractor that’s telling clients that he’s growing marijuana in his garage.

Saturday, 1:13 P.M.: Caller reports someone asked to borrow his bike for a few minutes and it’s been over two hours.

Saturday, 2:25 P.M.: 911 hang-up call. Update: called back, subject said her phone was in her bra and must have “bra dialed.”

Sunday, 2:01 A.M.: Skunk stuck inside kitchen cabinets.

Monday, 1:16 A.M.: Call reporting a disturbance in the motel room next to his. Update: a couple of Chippendale dancers were talking loudly.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

30 Days of Thanks: Days 10-15.

Day 10: Thankful for a lazy night at home.

Day 11: Thankful for veterans like my dad. One serendipitous thing that came out of my moving to Montana back in the day was that my dad got to reconnect with an old Army buddy of his who lives near Billings -- they hadn't seen each other since they'd gotten out of the service after Vietnam.

Dennis in Vietnam, Christmas 1969.
(Christmas 1969 in Vietnam.)

Day 12: Thankful for a weekend in Wausau visiting Shannon and Brad, and for another great Cinematic Titanic show (this time, in Green Bay). Oh -- and for paninis! Delicious paninis.

Cinematic Titanic in Green Bay, 11/12/2011.

Day 13: Thankful that I followed my gut instinct to pull over and pop the hood when the "low coolant" light came on the dashboard on my way home from Wausau. Also: this marked the first time I've ever been thankful to find a Walmart (not much of anywhere else to buy coolant at 6:00 on a Sunday night in Minocqua).

Day 14: Thankful that I popped the hood on Bessy the Lumina this morning to check the coolant before I drove to work, otherwise the haphazard bits of seat stuffing the mice had assembled for their slumber party on the engine block the night before might have made for quite the fire hazard.

Day 15: Thankful that they had chocolate macaroon brownies at the bakery this morning.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

"What did YOU do last Saturday that was so important?"

Upon hearing of Andy Rooney's passing last week, this immediately sprang to mind:

This clip is the stuff of legend at my house. Me & my brother Nick happened to be watching 60 Minutes the evening that it originally aired in 1997 and we just about died laughing. It's probably funny on its own merits, but I think we lost it because the dumping-out-a-can-of-mixed-nuts-and-counting-them totally sounds like something our mixed-nut-hoarding dad would do. In fact, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he has.

So R.I.P., Andy Rooney. You were an interesting guy and one of the great cranky old men in American history. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have had the enjoyment of muttering "a lot of NUTS in the supermarket" to myself lo these last thirteen years.

30 Days of Thanks: Days 6-9.

Day 6: Thankful for a leisurely get-together with my old friend John, and that even though Lappy the laptop is majorly on the fritz, John thinks he can rig it to run for a little while longer -- long enough to allow me to procure Lappy's replacement, anyway. Also thankful for Italian sodas and pumpkin cheesecake at the Black Cat.

Day 7: Thankful for leftover Hugo's pizza, heated up in a frying pan.

Day 8: Thankful that we didn't have any elections today in Wisconsin (or none in my neck of the woods, anyway), nor anything particularly contentious across the border in Minnesota. It was nice to be spared from all the nasty political ads for a change.

Day 9: Thankful for a warm coat and remembering to put my mittens in my purse.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Yip! Yip!

Filed under "better late than never": the tea towel I started embroidering for my friends Paula & Nick's wedding last December...and which I only got around to delivering a couple of weeks ago, along with the baby presents.

Embroidered towel for Paula & Nick.

It's a loose homage to their dog, Bootsy, who looks a little less chihuahua-y than this but well, I suppose it's close enough. (Also, I haven't heard her bark very often, but Bootsy's isn't super yip-yippy, either. I just thought it was more fun than the generic "woof, woof" option.)

It was supposed to be an homage to their dog...

My favorite part of the pattern: the waggy-tail lines.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

30 Days of Thanks: Days 4 and 5.

Day 4: I'm thankful that my plucky old computer kept running for almost exactly seven years.

Could it be curtains for Lappy the laptop?

(I'm not thrilled that it decided to suddenly stop running after almost exactly seven years, but still. Seven years was a good run.)

Day 5: I'm extremely grateful that my old friend John is passing through town & is willing to take a crack at jumpstarting ol' Lappy up there, or at least extracting the couple of things I hadn't gotten around to backing-up yet.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

30 Days of Thanks: Days 2 and 3.

Day 2: thankful that my 92 year-old grandma is still spry enough to accompany me & my mother on occasional shopping trips to Duluth, and for seeing this rather judgmental item on a clearance rack at Michael's.

Pretty judgmental, if you ask me.
(I mean, for all we know, those monsters might be entirely well-mannered and delightful.)

Day 3: for having a coupon for a free smoothie in my wallet this morning.


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

30 Days of Thanks: Day 1.

My friend Regina mentioned something she's doing with her boys this year that struck a chord with me -- instead of focusing on the old, played-out Pilgrims/Indians bits of Thanksgiving later this month, every day she's making them pick something they're thankful for. It seems like a much more tangible, meaningful way for little kids to learn about gratitude and contentment than, well, stuff like this.

So: today, I'm thankful that I live in a town where I bump into random ridiculousness like this on an almost daily basis.

Spotted on Halloween, downtown Ashland.