Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Sometimes I look at my life and say, this is what I'm doing with my portion of consciousness? This is what I'm fucking doing with my portion of consciousness?

Jesus Fucking Christ, this is fucking fucked up.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hauling out the Big Guns

Every time I take an on-line quiz, I ask myself, "Why do I take on-line quizzes?" If there were a quiz that could tell me that, I'd be truly grateful.

I just took the book quiz, which I found through The Passion of the Dale (indeed, PotD has helped me find so much) and it informed me that

You're The Guns of August!

by Barbara Tuchman

Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in the world. A fitting motto for you might be "Guns do kill, but so can diplomats."

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Now, I actually really like The Guns of August, I think it's a fabulous book. But I don't know how, after asking me only half a dozen questions, they'd arrive at the opinion that out of all the books ever written, this is the one that most aptly summarizes my personality.


Saturday, January 27, 2007

Random Fact about Me #7

I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE, with the fiery burning of a thousand angry suns, the dreadful, wretched task of mowing my lawn.

However, I sort of don't mind shoveling snow off my driveway and sidewalk. I'm not saying I LOVE it, mind you, so don't come along and think you're being all clever when you volunteer to let me shovel yours. But I sort of enjoy seeing how the snow behaves when you push it along.... I've lived with substantial snowfall for well over a decade, but I still find it a fascinating substance.

Driving in it, however, is another matter entirely. I once lived in a place city that just didn't own enough snowplows or hire enough drivers for the ones they had. That really sucked.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Three--Make that Four--Good Things

Revena at First-Person Narrator recently began taking some advice her mother gave her--her mother said she'd read some study that suggested that people who think of three good things about themselves each night before going to bed have better mental health and self-esteem or some such thing. (I'm paraphrasing Revena here--she too was a little fuzzy on the details--the important thing is the exercise itself.) Anyway, Revena tried it, so I'm trying it too. I figure I might as well, especially since I haven't done a damn thing with this blog in MONTHS.

So. Here are the good things I thought about myself in relation to yesterday, just before I went to bed.

1. I exercised, thoroughly. Not only did I bundle up and go for a vigorous long walk even though it was 25 F out, I did yoga for an hour, including some poses I hate and find really hard.
2. I didn't eat ANY chocolate. (I ate caramels instead. But still, most days, I eat SOME chocolate.)
3. I got all my prep work for the coming week finished before 3 p.m. on Sunday.
4. I wrote a poem last night--a serious one I think might be good enough to send out.

OK, that's four things. But yesterday was a productive day so I'm going to go with four while I've got them, to make up for some day when I can only think of two.