Sad note on the white fish in that tank below…

January 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm (News, Oscars, RIP) (, , , , , )

When we woke up for school a few weeks ago, he was gone.  At first we thought maybe the other Oscar (a Tiger) ate him. He got to be twice the size of the Albino Oscar, and he was three times as aggressive, so it’s possible. Or maybe the Kissing Gourami (also kind of mean) picked him to death and the Pleco finished him off. Seemed implausible to be eaten just overnight, but you never know. Then I thought to look to the side, there is a small opening in the back, and when the fish fight they splash around and break the surface pretty violently. Well, obviously the fish decided he had it with marine life and threw himself up and out and to the side in between the wall and the dresser. He was kind of dirty and stuck against one of those quarter-of-every-state folder things. We tried to revive him, but no. He was gone. All the dust on him served no protective advantage at all (see next post on cleanliness). We freed him to the universal ocean in the big, green garbage can. We feared the flush as he was somewhat larger than a regular fish. Incidentally, the Gourami died shortly thereafter. Poor, unfortunate souls….

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January 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm (Pictures) (, )

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Street Money Update—January 2010!

January 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

How lame! I am so far behind. I managed to shake the Facebook Infection called “BeJeweled”, but I have not been vaccinated for the “Fish World Flu”…sucks too, all that bubbling and gurgling, makes my stomach hurt. I blame my son. He said he needed a tank on the outside so he could go to his and get some coins or something…I don’t know. But suddenly I’m on level 5, I have 40-some fish and I find myself buying and selling and cleaning and feeding and treating and stealing and loving these stupid animated fake fish…I know I am wishing the unholy upon the masses of devotees, but I hope they do start charging for Facebook some time this year, then I NEVER have to go on it again! No way am I paying for the privilege of wasting all my spare hours of time.

Anyway…I do have school work to do so I better get on with this. Classes have begun and I need to keep up. BUT, I have found change all over the place and no chance to document it. Well, there have been chances but the socializing got me first.

I already have the 2010 link in place for the totals during the year and it has money listed, although I never sent an update about it…cart before the horse and all that…anyway, I’m telling you now.

At the beginning of January, let’s say, the 2nd, we collectively found 31¢. In change. And that’s not easy to do. Our weather has been for sh*t here and it’s either rain, snow, ice, melted black ice-snow, oil infused melted black ice-snow, slush, mud, or more snow. We have more snow right now, today, but even though it is 16° outside, it’s sunny and some of it is melting. Slightly.

In the parking lot of the bank, under a pile of snow-plowed, dirty, slushy ice-snow, I found just about the rattiest, dirtiest, oiliest, stinky dollar bill you could find that still looked like money. It had probably been there for a month or so. Stuck to the ground. Kind of folded on itself and faded to one side. I only saw it sticking out because it was greenish against the whitish. I parked the car and everything to dig it out. Dedication. And if you are wondering, except for being a lousy girlfriend, and not a very good house-duster or laundry do-er, I do apply the same overly-anal characteristics to everything else too. (Sorry, honey! As always…I’ll try harder!!)

Anystory…I got the dollar, tried to clean it in the sink, made it worse, so I just threw it in with the laundry, and presto! Looks like any old dollar again. And that was it for what’s already in the yearly total link. NOW, here’s what we’ve found since then:

14 days of coin finding (no luck on any more dollars). I’ll just give a general summary because I have no specifics except the amounts. We all found some. In the usual locations. The only notable coins are the 18 cents that Mason found in slush on the street. He said the plow went by and revealed the coins to him while he was walking home from school. Stevie found some slush money too, but I can’t remember which. I just recently found 13 pennies in the parking lot at school, scattered about just as the snow started to fall yesterday and half covered them up. Any more snow and I would have walked right over them. Thirteen seems like bad luck but it’s too late now.

SO here is the rundown: All in cents: 18, 2, 2, 3, 1, 6, 2, 3, 1, 15, 10, 25, 25, and 13. That is fourteen days worth of coin findings.

Total here is: $1.31 (from before) and $1.13 for all that other stuff. Hmmm. Maybe I should play the lottery. Combo numbers 131. I say that, but I am too lazy to go to a ticket seller location.

And that catches us all up on the money. Check it here for the year.

If I get sick of reading about real infections I’ll post some pics. I have some! They are off my phone and in my e-mail. Just a step away from my website picture folder! And two steps away from….you!

Life is de’ bubbles…

Later.

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January 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm (Pictures) (, , )

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Spoons in the Street–Third Installment–if you happen to be keeping track

January 21, 2010 at 11:42 am (Odd Items Walking to School, Pictures, Spoons in the Street) (, , )

So that means it’s official. Spoons in the Street is an actual category that I will be officially adding, along with my usual time wasting episodes of such exciting fare as: Street Money! and NYCoffee Cup Sightings! and Weird Sh*t in the House! and so on….

Obviously I have nothing better to do. But, as I was walking my daughter to school for the first time in a few weeks…there it was. Another spoon!

This time a baby spoon. The kind you would use to feed a small child, with the colorful bowl part that turns a different color if the food is too hot.

On the street, in the curb, kinda dirty.

But, that makes three now. And they are all different. I have included them below for reference and we can start here for 2010.

I am not sure how spoons get into the street. Garbage maybe? Fall out of a bag as the child is being transported? I can’t even guess and maybe it had quite a journey to get where it is right now. If you have any ideas, leave a comment, I’d be interested in hearing other theories and possibly strange utensils laying in the street where you live.

We seem to have shown particular favor to the spoon-drop market out here in the Chicago-land-specific area of the southern border of Cook and Will County. Where are the forks?? The knives?? The bagel spreaders?? Let me know.

It’s Weigh Day! So I gotta go workout! And study! I haven’t forgotten the studying! (Jeff…(that’s the BF–shout out! Love you!!) Don’t call me though! I’m wrapping this up!)

Pictures below!

Older ones first in case you forgot! I'll attach the original posts below 'cause I know you're dying to read all the hilarious things I have to say, or said, ha!

Original post for the Plastic Spoon here!

The silver spoon! Looking shiny! It was nicer weather then...

Original post for the Silver Spoon here!

Here’s the new spoon!! I took two pictures and I just can’t decide which one I like better. So I guess I’ll just use some of the very magical computer application techniques and put both of them here. Feel free to stare at the one you like best!! Have a great day!

But you can’t see it nice and clear with those little pics. I’ll just choose. I like BIG pictures. My eyes see better when the picture is HUGE. So here ya go…

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WHAT?!?!?! (Language Alert)

January 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm (Movies, Video) (, , , , , , , , , )

You’re f*cking high! Are you out of your mind? This sucks! This house is a f*cking prison! On planet bullsh*t! In the galaxy of this f*cking sucks!!

What are we gonna do now????

This is for the BF. I know I should be reading. Infections can be fun! But this is funner. Here is the clip you were looking for. Fast forward to the 5:30 mark. We are a little behind in the movie watching…but hey, it was still on the new release wall even if there were only two copies. It counts!

(This is from the website Funny or Die. Off the Starz special from the movie. (Thanks for putting it on the web) If you can’t see it directly, which is most likely the case because I can’t embed it here, click on the link below.  Hopefully I got it to work somehow. You are welcome!)

FYI  This contains VERY BAD language! Not for the youngsters!!

WHAT?!?!

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Inevitably…this always follows…

January 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm (Movies, Video) (, , , , , , , , )

As a parent, I can’t condone it, but the my son thinks it’s pretty funny. (He’s seen worse with his daddy so don’t send any nasty comments my way) He’s 12 and he can find it himself anyway. I’ve already told him to turn it off, like, 5 times. That I know of. Gotta love that YouTube!

Again I apologize for the language. It’s BAD.  Not for the little ones. Everyone else… enjoy the ride!

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Street Money Update! Final 2009 Totals!

January 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

Ok. NOT a big finish for 2009. We went to the mall, walked around parking lots, hung out near the bank …but no…on the last day of the year we found a grand total of 7¢. In all-penny form. So that’s that on that.

Click it here for the GRAND, grand total and check it in a few when I start up the new year from scratch. (Hint, hint…I already found some cash!)

Thanks for following the rainbow!

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Oh yeah! Almost Forgot…Happy New Year!

January 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm (Day to Day, Pictures) (, )

I was waiting at a streetlight and took the picture. I just thought this looked cool. This is mostly what winter looks like around here. Feels this way too.

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What is going on?? Why am I so popular??

January 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm (Day to Day, News, School News, Shameless Self Promotion, Updates) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am NOT complaining, but I sure needed a day like today! BIG GIANT THANKS to whoever (any and all) out there,  generating some traffic to this site! I think it’s cool and hopefully you will too! Don’t be fooled by that long standing Christmas Tree…I am updating I swear!!! See?!? Right this minute! Fresh material!

This was the first school related day that I have had to have in about a week and a half…holidays and all…I even had to dress up! Well, black pants, black top, tall shoes (not boots–the weather is a bit crapola around these parts and supposed to get worse in the next 24–not big news to those east of here (Chicago) but crap for us just the same–last report puts us at 6-10 inches of snow! Joy!) off track…business casual dress, second semester orientation (nursing), pictures will be taken for the Illinois Education Foundation that helps me achieve my goals! It’s all good.

So, I had to get up early anyway because the kids are back in school this week. So fine. The weather is a sunny 2° (TWO degrees). Whatever. With the wind chill it’s a brisk -15 or something. I drive to the school and there is literally, NO ONE, in the parking lot. At least not the one I park in. It’s the far one. The one that usually has less people than the front so I can park closer…to the back of the school (Ha. It is actually farther, but I hate the regular lot—too much traffic and you need a permit and blah blah blah) ok back to the story…walk from the lot to the school, climb FOUR flights of stairs to the class, enjoy some speech, sign some papers, go buy the syllabus, get my I.D. updated/punched, walk back to the car, drive home. (Are you still reading? Sorry about that…turned into kind of list thing…)

Open syllabus. Get school papers/books/highlighters/reading…reading…skill…reading…reading…skill…reading…reading…endless reading/complicated (?) skills/scary clinical stuff (?)/ on and on and on…realize that I haven’t eaten from the nervousness (I don’t know why–fear of failure makes me overly crazy and unduly paranoid) then realize right after that I might actually vomit from the whole afternoon. My crazy is just like an adverse side effect: unpredictable, unavoidable, and undesired. (Studying for the day: Done! And we all learned sumthing!)

So anyway, I basically marked everything I need to read, gathered my materials for said reading, collected the necessary objects that I will be lugging back and forth to school with me in two weeks, steth, BP cuff, pens, pencils, spirals, binder, scissors, tape, stapler, books, books, books (one book weighs NINE pounds!! as usual I have them all weighed and measured for your enjoyment—to be posted later) and in order to carry all this around I had to break out the…GASP!…Rolling. Book. Bag. Horror! It’s not even a book bag really…it’s more like luggage. I hate it. But I hate breaking my shoulder and spine worse, and I am not even entertaining the “backpack” route so just leave it alone. If you knew me—like all close and personal and all—I am hardly the backpack wearing type. I’m more like the make everything as hard as possible before giving in to any idea that is even remotely smart and sensible type—but that’s another webpage.

Where was I?? After my panic episode I decided it was time to, 1., eat something before I passed out, 2., turn up the heat–I was freezing at 60 degrees in the house, making me feel worse, and 3., sit on the couch and stare at the wall until my son came home from school. You will be happy to know that I did indeed do all these things.

And now I am here.

My kids are here too and that is making this extra difficult because they can’t seem to do simple math and vocab without asking me every 2 seconds what something is. For instance: What is the past tense of thrive? And what is another common multiple of 11 and 4? Why did you have kids mom?? (Ha ha ha, I threw that one in from my own brain…I was thinking it in my head… But still, why?)

Meltdowns are occurring so I must wrap this up for now. Plus I need to make dinner. I am the controller of food at the moment since we are all on intake-reduction, exercise and all around better health. Learn new stuff and everyone around you must suffer for it. They’ll thank me when they are old and can get up from a chair without the help of a hydraulic system on their furniture or a robot-servant or whatever they’ll have in the future to assist with the decrepit. I’ll be dead so I’ll have to watch from…heaven?? We’ll save theology for a later date, I gotta go.

To sum up:

School is almost rolling.

I am panicking.

Kids are trying to incite me to murder.

I have books and icicle and food and nature pictures to share.

I have the final Street Money Update for 2009 (I know! Can you believe I waited all the way until now to reveal this hot info???)

I have a new year, 2010, Street Money tally to roll out—already found some!!

I have more Weird Sh*t You Find Around the House! (I’ve been saving some! Dedicated to my new friend Merianne–shout out! “Hey!! I hope I spelled your name right!!”)

I have a new movie clip with the New York Coffee Cup. Mmmmm…

I have movies to talk about! I saw some over the holiday break! Some were even new(-er)!!

I have words and quotes and all the fab random riff raff that people, like you, hopefully, like to waste even a minute of their time with, with ME! (Thanks again! I am feeling the love. Or the boredom. But I’m feeling something!)

Check back later. It’s going to be an early bed time for the kiddies—they are throwing broken pencil pieces at each other so I better get the tweezers and the alcohol (I use the vodka–tastes great, steadies my hand and dulls their cries of pain) and close this thing. In the words of my favorite ex-husband:

“Roger that.”

“Over and Out.”

“Dork.”

Here’s a picture. For continuity.

It's a snow-dirt snowman that my son made with the first of the snow we got way back when. Look for a larger more exciting snowman in the near future!

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