Archive | October, 2011

If only boring people get bored …

28 Oct

… then I’m going to take on that Dos Equis guy as the Most Interesting Man Alive.

Yes, I’m a man now. The operation was a success.

I’m trying so hard to keep up with all the correspondence I want to, while still maintaing a relationship with my Ol’Boy and Vivi.

(A conversation from last night:

Me: ” … if you, you know, had to live in an unhappy house.”

Vivian: “Did you say ‘ we have a Happy House?’ ”

Me: “No, I said, if you were LIVING in an UNhappy house.”

Vivian: “OK, I was like, ‘We bought a Chinese restaurant?!’ “)

But I got to catch up with an old friend on my walk tonight (do I not have all my best conversation at the wrong end of Baxter’s leash? It’s a dangerous place, friends. There are poodles and piles of crap everywhere, just begging to be yanked into), which was nice. We’re both all old and smarter and inquisitive and shit. I’m more interesting over a bottle, near a music source. Otherwise I’m liable to start talking new media and digital advancements and other really, really mind-numbing stuff.

Point being, so much is going on, I feel the need again to bullet point it, lest my exploits be lost to history (read: I can’t remember what the hell happened to me last week, let alone a year ago).

1. I should be in Orlando right now for the annual collegiate student media conference, but I am not. It’s homecoming weekend and I’d be there alone, and it’s just not worth it without my students. But sad face.

2. Next week G$ should be rolling into town and I’ll get to hold/suck on the face of her new little boy. Yay!

3. Vivi’s band concert is next week, as is OSU’s High School Journalism Day and a training session at the Oklahoman, but NOTHING takes precedent over the Greatest Holiday in America. Next Monday night is Halloween, and it will be our first in Stillwater. (We usually go to Tulsa but the rumor is that our new neighborhood is the bomb.com at Halloween.) She’s going as a gypsy. I’m going as a middle-aged mom following children who are trick-or-treating, and hoping that someone takes pity on me and gives me wrapped sugar. That’s not part of the costume. Like, I really want that last part to happen.

4. Of course, the most important news of the week is that Cal and Sisi made it official by putting a ring on it, and so now I’m helping to plan a wedding, which I LOVE. I have to say that I am so, so, so thrilled — my soon-to-be daughter in law has gone from a sweet girl to an incredibly clever, funny, smart and dare I say GORGEOUS young woman. I am so lucky to have her, and for Vivian to have her, and for Cal to have her. Cal, of course, is the oldest soul I know and a simply magical person. It’s by the grace of God he’s in my life. I used to joke that I only married Billy to be closer to Cal and Sam, and I was only partly kidding. They are … well, they’re just amazing. Here’s to an incredible life together that I am blessed to share in.

 

‘They call me MR. Pig!’

19 Oct

So much has happened. So much that I can hardly afford time to see my husband and child, let alone write about it.

So here’s my version of the last four months, short-form version.

1. Bought a house. It. Is. Awesome. If you love living in old lady houses, which I totally do, in which there’s one consistent color of brand-new paint throughout and carpet on EVERY earthbound surface save the kitchen (yes, even the bathrooms are carpeted). My old hardwoods were lovely, but as my old boss Marco Bruno says, “Hardwoods are for dreamers,” IE, people who can afford maids or who love to sweep every few hours. I just walk in and kick off my shoes and marvel at how freaking nice it is.

2. New paint, new carpet … and a deck! That overlooks the woods! Wherein there is a trail that I forged that leads to a road to an old hayfield where I take my dog daily and he runs while I trot in circles and he occasionally manages to notice the deer and foxes that run past and chases them and scares me because it takes him 15 minutes to come back! But mostly just the deck and the woods.

3. Yesterday I found two turtles making sweet love in my woods. Clearly, I attract amorous turtles.

4. Work — love my O’Colly students, and love my job teaching two sections of one class called electronic communications and one class called Newsroom 101. Making both up as I go. Challenging as hell, plus I’m still writing ad copy for a national deals company. So three jobs, but I’m making bank, and so is Billy, and it’s so much easier to find oxygen that way.

5. Vivi is great, thank God. Middle school agrees with her, the girls aren’t mean and she’s even met new friends. She’s turning out to be kind of pretty, with the occasional flash of future hotness popping out.

6. Billy is great. He’s hot and nice. What more could I possibly ask for? Oh, he got this:

I have pretty much decided against any sort of tattoo for myself, but I am a hell of a support team during the action.

So many random thoughts: Jim and Nora visited over Labor Day, Sarah moved to ESPN (no, literally, she works so much she might as well live there), my five nieces are so sweet and fun, Kyle is raking in awards … life continues to be so blessed. And tomorrow is my baby momma’s 47th birthday — I hope she has a great day, even if she wouldn’t really cotton to me tellin’ her so. 🙂 She did give me the two greatest stepsons a mom could want, and for that I thank her!

One-hour photo

19 Oct

Tonight on the way to get a fall jacket at Walmart …

(Me: “You don’t have to buy Walmart clothes anymore. I can afford to get you something nicer now.”

Vivi: “But I LIKE this jacket. It just happens to BE from Walmart.”)

… she’s reading the signs on the side of the building.

“One hour photo … ‘Can I stop smiling now?’ ‘No, 49 minutes to go.’ ”