Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My kitchen is spotless!

I have insomnia. I could be using this time to write the great American novel but I'm not. I am awake looking at gossip sites like perezhilton.com and clicking on links about "back porn" at Kotke's site.

This ridiculousness coupled with my inability to talk or swallow without whining like a wounded dog has made my life somewhat sit-com'ish sans the sitcom money.

It's about 3:30 and right about now my younger sister should be getting ready to give birth to my new niece via c-section. Welcome to the world baby bathtub* your parents may be republicans but they are capable of love and compassion, so I don't worry too much for you.

I have also started reading again. I love reading. As I was digging through a box in my shed last week, I found a copy of the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles and a copy of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I love both of these books so I brought them out of the dusty box and put them on the book shelf so I could read them whenever. I'm ashamed that I had books in boxes. If my mother knew this she would probably beat me with her Borders frequent buyer card. If I was raised to know anything it was to put every book on a shelf and remember not to take the Lord's name in vein. So far I am 0 for 2. I am hoping the whole parenting thing will keep me in good graces. Whose good graces? I'm not exactly sure but it can't hurt to be in them, eh?

I think I am going to make a grocery list and then try the whole count sheep thing. If all else fails, there is the option of a Judy Garland cocktail** Wish me luck!

*Bathtub is the name that my niece Maddy has lovingly given the baby that is to be her sister Abby. I feel that Abby has many confusing years ahead of her not only because I will refer to her as bathtub but because her parents are republicans.

**Judy Garland cocktail = 1 percocet and a bourbon on the rocks. In moderation, of course.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Waiting on the world to change

I can't sleep because I took a long nap this afternoon. In lieu of laying in bed tossing and turning, I am watching the movie Recount on HBO. Recount is a telepic about the 2000 vote debacle in Florida. I remember this time well. I voted for Al Gore and I was glued to the television whilst Florida effed up the election and incorrectly catapulted George Dubbya Bush into the White House.

The chain of events that drives this movie is amazing. No matter which party you are affiliated with, the 2000 Presidential election shows the importance of each and every vote. I have always been a very "political" person and I will never take for granted my right to vote.

I am enraged with the state of our union. I feel it is my responsibility to help make change by using my vote and educating myself on the issues we are facing. The past 8 years have been a tumble to a hole that is going to take years of work and commitment to crawl out of. I am proud to be an American citizen and I love my country. On the other hand, I am ashamed of our "elected" officials and the lack of leadership shown in Washington.

Here is a little perspective for you; this is nothing new to America! Think back to the Regan years, the cold war - when we spent 100 million dollars arming the Afghanis helping them to blow Russia out of Afghanistan's land. Russia withdrew and then what? Did America send money to rebuild the Afghanistan that had we had no problem blowing apart for our own needs? Absolutely not. Not a cent went into building a school or encouraging womens rights. There was no aid sent to the hundreds of thousands of hungry and displaced Afghanis.

So here we are today, marching our men and women in to a war in Iraq. Soldiers are serving their country with dignity and the current administration is using every one of those individuals as a pawn in a disastrous game of one-upsmanship. I'm asking again: Why? Where are the WMD's? What has any of this accomplished?

I wonder what our world would be today had the 2000 election been handled correctly? I guess we'll never know.

Friday, May 23, 2008

yes, I am being totally serious

I'm so over this whole "sick" thing. I went back to work for 4 days and the strep is back, Elle has pneumonia and I feel like I have been hit by a giant mack truck carrying a load of death.

At this point I feel like if I didn't have bad luck I would have no luck at all.

The Illness tally by numbers:

1 - number of times I googled "death by strep throat"
2 - shots of rocepherin
3 - shots of steroids for me and 3 prescriptions filled for Elle
4 - days of feeling well before round 2 hit
5 - prescriptions filled for Me
6 - over the counter remedies that were tried and failed
7 - (no lie!) boxes of Popsicles purchased and consumed
8 - family sized cans of soup purchased and consumed
9 - the number of times I have watched the Lion King with Elle
10 - days out of work during round 1 of strep

It goes with out saying but I am going to say it anyway. THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!
My throat is so swollen right now I feel like I am choking. Maybe THIS is my future?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

...yawn...

Out of work for two weeks sick and within 45 minutes of being back in the business, I wanted to take a nap.

Ideally, I would be an idle rich person, a philanthropist if you will. However these days, I understand that I need to work, so if you know of a job where you are paid to sleep, let me know.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Annoyed is not adequate

It's half past twelve and I should be in bed by now. I'd like to be in bed. Ideally, I would be in bed snuggly warm sleeping soundly. I'm not in bed or snuggly warm. Not even close.

Elle took a "power nap" from 5-6 and now she is WIDE AWAKE.

WIDE. AWAKE. NOT SLEEPING.

Music, milk, tv, benadryl by telepathy - nothing is knocking this kid out.

Damn.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Grilled Cheese Interrupted

Like most people, I appreciate the finer things in life. One such "fine thing" is a good grilled cheese sandwich. I have always been eager to try different takes on the grilled cheese sandwich, adding different bread and cheese combos, and tossing in anything from bacon to grilled onions to tomatoes or all three at the same time. It's been a mega-delicious endeavor that shows no sign of stopping.

I'm not sure if adding everything else keeps the sandwich from remaining a true grilled cheese, (I have not had the time to consult the international grilled cheese association for ruling on this matter,) but it is still a grilled cheese in my book.....

Anyhow, getting back on track.

My most recent foray into grilled cheese interrupted happened tonight and I couldn't be more pleased with the results! (I feel somewhat silly about putting exclamation points in sentences that discuss grilled cheese, but lets face it, this whole entry is cheesy.) Ba dum bum! Heh.

Anyhow, getting back on track.

Tonight's sandwich was simple but brilliant and I'm astonished that trying it had not occured to me sooner. Wheat bread and Pimento Cheese! Pimento cheese is something that is newer to me (newer, as in I had never tried it until I moved south 12 years ago) it's a tasty mix of cheeses, mayo, pimentos and sometimes grated onion, etc... It's good stuff, super yummy. I highly recomend that you try pimento cheese should you have the chance and if you feel like being a wild and crazy girl like me make a grilled cheese sammy with some pimento cheese. It's spicy, yummy, gooey and it goes good with soup. It's off the hook, yo!

Elle

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briefly

What do I say after not saying anything at all for two years.


What happened to make me stop?


Eventually I will sit down and write it all down for this page but it will take some time and right now I need to convince Elle that it's bedtime.

I'm excited to blog again. I kind of feel like a kid at Christmas.