“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Warning: Rant ahead!

In the last week or two...

...the drama at my workplace has increased exponentially, putting many of my co-workers into really stinky moods...

...all of the plants I transplanted to the garden died within a day of planting due to nasty, solid clay soil which I cannot afford to amend right now...

...I have found no less than 7 ticks crawling on me (no other member of the household, furry or otherwise, has had more than 1 – most have had none)...

...we have still not sold our house...

...I've been so stressed out (and consequently tired) at work that I've been falling asleep every day on my breaks and occasionally fighting the same state at my desk... in-laws' dog (who was 2nd only to my own dog in sweetness) went to doggy heaven.


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Six-Word Memoir

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Holy Mama tagged me for this one. It's been a while since I've been tagged for anything, so it was kind of fun to be tagged now. And this is a fun one too.

The rules are simple. Write a memoir in a blog post, but it must be exactly 6 words.

After thinking about it for a minute or so much consideration I came up with this.

One dog. Five cats. Swiffer good.

Yup, that's my furry life in a nutshell.

Now it's your turn! Comment with a link if you do this one. I'd love to read your six-word memoir!

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Hi, My Name Is Geekwif...

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

...and I'm a podcast-aholic. Yes, it's true. I have discovered the wonderful world of podcasts.

And they are a-w-e-s-o-m-e.

Some time ago, I had heard of podcasts from a few people out there, mostly people I didn't really know. They sounded to me like radio bits or something and I didn't really understand what was so appealing about them.

Then, maybe a year or so ago, I got curious enough to go looking on iTunes and see what was out there in the world of podcasts. And whaddya know – there were podcasts for just about any topic you could want, and they were almost all free. I subscribed to a few just to try them out, but never really got into it. It wasn't long before I forgot I had ever downloaded anything.

And then ...

My Geek mentioned one day, a month or two ago, that he really would like to get an iPod. He had heard you could get used ones in good condition on eBay for great prices. We agreed we would both like to have one, so he found two that looked good, bid on them, and won. Within a week we both had our slightly-less-than-new, shiny iPods.

I plugged mine in (it's a totally cool limey green color!) and began loading the music from my iTunes playlists. While I was doing so I noticed a button at the top of the screen that said "podcasts". It had been waiting there all along for this moment, knowing its time would come, patiently waiting for this fateful day.

I clicked, and there were the forgotten podcasts. With no thought of any possible harm, I added them to the list of items to sync with my new iPod. Once the sync was complete, I queued one up and started listening.

That moment, my friends, was my downfall, and because of it my life will never be the same. It wasn't long before I was listening to and watching podcasts about gardening, crocheting, crafting, eBaying, farming, do-it-yourself-ing, writing and so much more.

Since we have dial-up at home, it can take several hours to download a single podcast, so on Friday nights when we go to dinner at the restaurant with free wi-fi, I immediately plug in my laptop when we are seated and start downloading more podcasts while we eat.

It's a sickness, I know, but for the time being it's a sickness of which I have no desire to be cured. In the past few weeks I have learned how to hill potatoes, rid my garden of Japanese beetles, cut down a tree, smoke a turkey, make beer, and a plethora of other skills that I would probably never have learned if I had not discovered the wonder of podcasts. (Never mind that I'm not growing potatoes this year, don't have Japanese beetles, don't own a chainsaw, don't have a smoker, and don't drink beer.)

So if I go AWOL; if you are unable to contact me by phone, email, blog comment or any other means of communication; if you knock on my door and I do not answer; if my blog posts are few and far between, you may safely assume that I am attending to my latest obsession.

And if you're interested in checking out some podcasts yourself, I'd be happy to point you in the direction of a few of my favorites.

Just beware ... they are seriously addictive.

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A Quote For The Workplace

Saturday, May 03, 2008

My husband emailed me this quote he found yesterday...
"When you walk in the door at your place of business and start
shooting your coworkers, it's safe to assume you've decided your job
isn't working out, and that you're ready to move on."
If I printed this out and hung it by my desk at work, do you think they would fire me?

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My Life Is A Drama Queen

Thursday, May 01, 2008

My life right now could be a soap opera ... minus the “who’s sleeping with who” aspect, of course. There is drama, drama everywhere, and I’d be happy to spare some of it if you are lacking drama in your own life. I wouldn’t even charge you!

First, My Geek is sick. He stayed home from work one day, but otherwise he’s had to go, stuffy nose, pounding head, aches and chills and all. I have been slathering myself in Purell and keeping contact with him and his germs to a minimum in an attempt to prevent myself from catching his cold. I think he might think I’m a little paranoid, but I cannot afford to get sick.

And then there’s the weather. Ah, the weather. I’ve chronicled it quite extensively in my blog over the past months, and still it continues. After two brief bursts of spring, winter keeps coming back to us. It’s like the bully in junior high who would smack you on the right side of the head and then run to your left side while yelling, “Psych!!” Seriously annoying.

A co-worker told me that she heard a forecast for snow on Saturday. It’s MAY. Ugh. That’s all there is to say about that. Just Ugh.

And I would be remiss to leave out work. The drama there would out-shine any movie or TV show I’ve ever seen. Ever known a drama queen? She had nothing on my workplace. Holy cow. I’m not going to go into details at the moment. It’s just too crazy – I wouldn’t know where to start. But trust me when I say it’s nuts. I have never worked anywhere in my life where people would have gotten away with some of the things certain employees are getting away with at this place. Nuts, I tell you.

So, the drama continues. Perhaps someday I will look back on these days fondly, or at least be able to laugh at them. On the other hand, it might be better to get a partial lobotomy to remove the part of my brain that remembers them. I think that’s a more viable option.

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