1. This is what a retired racing greyhound does when you leave him unsupervised for six and a half hours:
2. Heavener Runestone State Park is gorgeous.
3. Being lost on unfamiliar backroads is fun.
4. A small, fuzzy, black spider has been hanging out on the storm door on our front porch for two days. It’s sort of cute, in a spidery way.
5. Is it weird that I carry a tape measure and a can of WD-40 in my purse? ‘Cos some boys from church laughed at me when I pulled them out yesterday while searching for my Swiss Army knife.
6. I may get a chance to do some wasp wrangling in the near future. Words cannot begin to describe how excited I am about this possibility. Wasps? From a bucket lift? Yes, please! Bee suit or no, that is some seriously gonzo volunteer work.
7. One of the greatest moments in music history occurred on this date in 1972:
Pay special attention to the piano. It’s amazing.
1. It’s really hard to sound coherent when your boss calls to ask a question while you’re taking a nap after work.
2. It’s nice to have a boss who doesn’t equate confusion with stupidity.
After spending the past four days writing curriculum, I came home this afternoon and took a nice, long nap.
I dreamed I was writing more curriculum.
I guess Zaphod* wasn’t hallucinating that morning eight weeks ago when he looked at a burned-out-newspaper-editor-turned-secretary and saw an educator….
* My new boss
I went to H.R. to fill out paperwork and take a drug test for my new job this afternoon. (Random observation: The girl who helped me with the H.R. stuff totally reminded me of my friend Lulu from Chicago.)
When I got done with the drug test, I went to the mall to buy some responsible-grownup costumes. All my clothes look like something an unemployed journalist would wear. Go figure….
Thanks to the magic of store credit cards, I hit a sale at New York and Company and came home with three nice button-up shirts, a knit top, two short-sleeved sweaters, a blazer, and a skirt, all for less than $200. I picked up another top at Penney’s for $19.99, marked down from $30. The blazer — which is kind of a goldish tan color — makes me look vaguely like a Century 21 agent, but at least it looks more professional than those stained-up Tulsa World T-shirts and Croc knockoffs I’d been wearing.
I generally hate the mall, but I don’t mind shopping at NY&Co. It’s like the “For Better or For Worse” of clothing stores: It’s aged along with its fan base. When I first started shopping there in the late ’80s, NY&Co. — which was called “Lerner” at the time — was decorated with neon signs and flashy displays and carried a lot of ankle-cut, acid-washed jeans and baggy sweaters in junior sizes like 12-year-old girls were fond of wearing back then. By the time we all outgrew our training bras and got over the cute boy in third hour, Lerner had morphed into the more understated “Lerner New York” and had started carrying fitted jeans in grownup sizes and a good selection of upscale-casual outfits suitable for internships and the occasional job interview. Now that we’re all grown women with careers and responsibilities, the store — which changed its name to “New York and Company” a few years ago — is full of outfits that are cut to forgive our ever-expanding hips and make us look professional at the office.
It’s like instead of saying, “We’re going to target teenyboppers,” and then trying to keep up with every middle-school trend, the marketing people said, “We’re going to target this particular group of teenyboppers, and when they’re not teenyboppers any more, we’re going to keep targeting them with age-appropriate products so they’ll keep shopping with us for the rest of their lives.”
I personally think it’s brilliant marketing — especially since I have a lot more disposable income now than I did when I was a 13-year-old relying on a $4-a-week allowance and a $15-a-week babysitting gig to finance my wardrobe upgrades.
This week’s 10 on Tuesday topic is 10 Movies That You’ve Intended to Watch, But Haven’t.
I’m cheating a little bit and including the ones mentioned in “Science Fiction Double Feature” that I haven’t seen yet.
1. Toy Story 2
2. The Invisible Man
3. King Kong
4. It Came from Outer Space
5. Forbidden Planet
7. Day of the Triffids
8. When Worlds Collide
9. Dr. Strangelove
10. The Big Lebowski
What are yours?
OK … so I’m a few hours late, but I’ve been thinking about participating in the Ten on Tuesday meme lately, so I decided to go ahead and do this week’s list:
10 Reasons Why It’s Great to Be a Woman
1. Free Milk Duds at Lou Mitchell’s
2. Nobody looks at me weird if I greet my best friend with a hug
3. Men can’t be big sisters
4. Purse holds more tools than a pocket
5. People are impressed when I demonstrate competence with a lug wrench
6. Hips came in handy when I took combat karate
7. Platform heels
8. Better service at the hardware store
9. Woman’s intuition
10. Wonderbra = instant personal space
Housecleaning is less annoying if you turn your speakers all the way up and blast Bad Brains songs while you work.