This Afternoon

Listening to: Oliver play in his room.

Loving: My new ability to text message! (Just for clarification, I understand the concept and know how to text message, I just didn’t have a text messaging plan until now.)

Also, that Oliver insists on holding my hand when he reads his books.

Laughing At:

Making: Coffee. Lots of coffee.

OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD!! Check it out!

I must have one.

Wake n’ Bacon

This Morning

Listening to: Oliver watching “Little Bill” and crunching away on a pile of Apple Jacks.

Thinking about: How much I am looking forward to spending the day with my girls. This morning I am off to a birthday brunch and then I am spending the afternoon with a dear friend and her beautiful little baby girl!

Things I Love About Our Home at This Moment:

  • The random farm animal and number magnets all over the dishwasher.
  • The occasional hint that Ollie has been here. . . like the mini fighter jet left in the dishwasher or the car left in the cupboard.
  • The new paintings we have hung.

Project I am Interested In: Isn’t It cute!

Questioned for Your Pleasure.

Most of you have heard The Great Interview Experiment. If you have not you should pull that large boulder off of your face introduce yourself to this awesome project and go check it out.

I was so excited to find out who I was going to interview. Just guess!! You’ll never guess.

OK.

I’ll tell you.

It’s Meg, from Mind of a Madwoman! How awesome is that?! (I know. I peed myself a little when I got the news.) If you don’t know of this wonderful woman, I pity your lame ass you should go check out her blog right away.

I have decided to proceed with this interview in the fashion of one of my favorite things. The random questionnaire!! So without further ado, I give you the MIND OF A MADWOMAN!!!! (DA DA DAAAAAAA *seriously ominous music at this moment*, but reallly, she’s cool. Don’t be freaked out by the sense of danger that may have occured at that moment.)

1. What was the last album you bought? What did you think of it? Favorite song and why?

Oh geez. I think it was a Kings of Leon album on iTunes. The lead singer’s voice makes me all wobbly and quite honestly ready to take my clothes off for the first person who asks. Fave song? “Sex on Fire”. Mmmm.

2. Where’s the best place you’ve been this year?

So far? To bed. I love love love sleeping. I’d spend days in bed if I could, but I can’t. I think it’s a conspiracy between all the perky little bitches that jump out of bed in the morning with a smile on their face. Their smiles stay up just as long as their boobs do. Bloody annoying and hard on those of us who are not so blessed.

3. Did you ever play ‘Dungeons and Dragons’?

Um. No. BUT! I did marry an uber geek in the form of Hotty Hubby who is not only an avid fan of “Dorks & Dumbasses” but also plays “Magic” and other games played by the residents of Geekville. He keeps trying to recruit me and he almost got me before I smacked myself in the head and came to my senses. Nice save, eh?

4. Who’s your favourite writer? Which of their books is your favorite?

Hoooo boy. I read so many books and love so many authors. I’m a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Dickens, my favourite novels being “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Great Expectations” respectively. In the fluff department though, I’m rather partial to anyone who can write books about vamps with any small amount of talent.

5. What is the biggest crime you have ever committed? Did you get caught? If yes, what happened?

Erm. I have not committed a crime. Actually that’s not true. I’m led to believe that it’s illegal to drive and talk on your cell at the same time in this country. I did that the other day. Didn’t get caught. There’s also those drugs I took back in the day…but again, not caught.

6. What would you do if you were male for the day?

Play with myself. All day. Isn’t that what they do anyway? And enjoy peeing standing up. Sweet!

7. Do you have any phobias?

Spiders. Nasty little buggers. I’m not deathly afraid so I guess it’s not technically a phobia. Heights. Hate them. I had a very short term boyfriend that lived in an apartment on a very high up floor of a tall building. He loved going out onto the balcony to make out. I told him if he made me go out there again he’d be making out with vomit. He didn’t ask me again.

8. How are you feeling right now?

Um. Cold. It’s after 9:30pm which seems to be when my body temperature plummets. It’s like this game that my body likes to play. Hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Cool. Warm. Hot. Hot. Really damn cold. Even in the summer. Sad really.

9. Type the first four word the come into your mind. Turn them into a haiku.

Cold feet suck ass, man.
Socks should be mandatory
After 9 p. m.

10. Do you have any collections? If yes, what about those items caught your interest?

Oooooh I love this question. I collect cows! I love cows. When I was younger I got licked by a cow and fell in love. (Much the same way Hotty Hubby got my interest actually). Since then I’ve picked up cows wherever I can. When we moved from Canada to NZ I had to leave all but two stuffed cow toys behind so I’ve had to restart, but I’m still collecting them.

11. Name four things you always have with you:

My cellphone, my iPod, my wallet and my boobs. Oh. Sorry, that’s 5 things. I don’t always have my iPod. There, now that’s four.

12. What is your family like?

Dysfunctional like everyone else’s. Divided over many countries. Many generations and new marriages and so on. Huge. But they’re mine. I wouldn’t trade it.

13. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up on?

My family. Not even just the direct family like Hubby & kids….family in general. Much as they might piss me off from time to time, I’ll not give up on them.

14. Do you have a favorite scar on your body? What is the story behind it?

My c-section scar. It’s a memory of my son’s birth and the emotional and physical journey I had to through to get him into my arms safe and sound. It was hard to trust my gut and go against the advice of my midwife, but if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have the handsome, adorable, smart boy that I do today.

15. Who is the last person you usually think about before you fall asleep?

Myself. Selfish cow aren’t I? I spend all day thinking about everyone else in my life. Lying in bed at night is my time.

16. What was your childhood nickname?

I nicknamed myself Meggers when I was a kid and it kind of stuck. I’ve been through many nicknames since then (not all of them kind or polite) but Meggers has always been there.

17. How do you decide what to blog about? Any inhibitions?

It’s really just whatever comes to my mind. Which is how we end up with some of the crap that shows up on my blog really. And no inhibitions. I own my words and will talk about pretty much anything.

18. What is something you with you were better at doing?

Being a good parent. I yell too much, spend too little time. I wish I came by it naturally. I really do. Maybe by the time they’re 18 and in full time therapy for the ways I’ve messed them up, I’ll have figured it all out.

19. What is one phrase that you cannot say or hear without cracking up? (Mine, by the way, are crap face or ass eyes. Gets me every time.)

Oh that’s easy. Assclam. Douchecicle. Many others that I probably shouldn’t repeat publicly so as not to offend the sensibilities of your readers 🙂

20. What is one of your goals for this year? Describe what you are doing so far to accomplish it.

Lose a crap load of weight. I’ve been doing well. Swimming. Walking. Weight Watchers. Already down 36 lbs in 16 weeks. I’m happy with that progress and will keep going.

Thank you, Meg, for this very insightful journey into your love of family, cows, and your likelihood to fondle your balls if ever you became a man. I hope everyone has enjoyed this as much as I have.

Now go read her blog!!

Serious slacker.

So over a YEAR AGO , I posted a little tag game that included creating some sort of gift for the first five who left a comment.

I haven’t thought about it since. (I know, pathetic.)

But I am trying to be better at following through and accomplishing what I say I am going to do. I am terrible at it honestly. As you may have learned from this blog, I am all talk and no do.

So if Heather, Rachel, LilSass, Britney, and Moonspun could kindly send me your addresses I will get your gifts to you by the end of the month (well at least finish them by that time, the shipping may take a little longer.)

Don’t forget that you have to post what you recieve and then do the same gift giving meme on your blog!

All Around Me

Listening to: Wrong (Todd Terry Remix) – Everything But the Girl

Thinking about: Things I need to do:

  • Put away baskets of clean laundry at the end of our bed
  • Find cable to upload photos from camera to my computer
  • Stop thinking about things I could draw in my sketchbook and actually do it
  • Mop the floors
  • Return Rocket’s library books
  • Eat chocolate Exercise
  • Go to post office

Things that I find inspiring at this moment:
100 ideas!
The Thought Project
Jenny Saville
Moleskines

Reading: “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” – James Joyce and “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown.

I Wonder How Long of a Title WordPress Will Allow Me to Create? Hmmm, So Far It Looks Like It Can Be as Long as I Want It to Be. Awesome.

Sorry about that. I was curious to see what I could get away with as far as a post title was concerned. Maybe one time, just for shits and giggles, I will publish my entire post as my title. Yeah. Probably not. But maybe I just might. You never know.

I like to keep you people on your toes.

So.

Why have I been so neglectful of this blog? Several reasons, but the biggest and most important reason is that I have been spending quality time with Rocket. Time is moving at a RAPID pace when it comes to my little guy (Ok, not so little. He has moved right out of babyhood and dived head first into toddler) and I fear that before I know it he will be driving away with his panties in a wad (my husband is yelling in his mind, “BOYS DON’T WEAR PANTIES!!”) because I made him stay home and eat dinner with the family instead of going to the movies with his friends.

Yes, I will be that kind of mom. The mom who wants to instill in her kids that family comes first no matter what. The mom who believes in the importance of family dinners, of spending time together playing games and going on trips (no, I am not talking about week long trips to Disneyland, I am talking about the last minute camping trips to a locale a mere 10 miles from your home or even in your own backyard). The mom who goes to all the parent teacher conferences and knows how her child is doing in school. The mom who yells, “I LOVE YOU!!!” out the car window to her embarrassed teenager in the hopes that, even though he is humiliated, deep down he knows and feels the same way.

My parents did an OUTSTANDING job when it came to instilling these values in their kids. My best friends are my sisters and brother and my parents. My parents were very young when they were married and had all of us. Because of this we basically grew up together (to put it in perspective, my mom and dad are 53, my older sister is 34, I am 32, my brother is 30 and my sister is 29), and this resulted in a closeness that I have never witnessed in any other family. We still get together weekly or more to have dinner or to just hang out. (Well most of us. I hate that my youngest sister, Jenn, lives clear across the US. Do you hear that Jennifer Jennifer Crotch Crotch? Move closer!!)

I don’t know if I have said this on my blog before, but I LOVE being a mom. I love it more than I can say. I love it to the point of heartbreak, if that makes any sense. I find myself brought to tears on many occasions from the joy and miraculous wonder that Oliver is. I gives thanks daily for being blessed with such an incredible little boy.

I have been painting. Not alot, but I have finished four paintings in the past few months.

It’s a start that I am quite proud of and hope to continue. We hung a series of twenty paintings that I did a couple years ago, in our livingroom, and I hope that this will keep me inspired to continue painting.

I have also been working on project Brain Work, although it is not going as quickly as I thought it would. I am a little behind on my schedule to read all those books in three years. I just finished “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” by James M. Cain. It wasn’t bad. I am not really sure why it was in the top 100 books of fiction, and I am pretty sure this won’t be the last time I feel this way. I do think the title was very clever as a way of saying that you will get what’s coming to you.

So next up is “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” by James Joyce. Another update to come!

Brain Work

I have been reading this fascinating book called, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession. In this book the thief, John Gilkey, often refers to the Modern Library 100 Best Novel List as he is trying to steal collect first editions of all printings from this list. I was curious to see what this included and was inspired to take on a new challenge! I am going to read ALL the books, yes that’s right all of them, from both the Board’s List and the Reader’s list.
I figure I have probably read some of them already and there are bound to be duplicates between the two lists. So 200 books quickly becomes whittled down to a much more manageable number. So that being said, let’s see what we have in store for us. (I have combined the lists into one. Crossed out books are the ones I have already read.)

ULYSSES by James Joyce
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler
1984 by George Orwell
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara
U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos
WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster
THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James
THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James
TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell
THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford
ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James
SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser
A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder
HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin
THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell
POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley
THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway
THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad
THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence
WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence
TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth
PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov
LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac
THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett
PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton
ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm
THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham
HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton
THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell
A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes
A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul
THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark
FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
KIM by Rudyard Kipling
A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow
ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul
THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad
RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett
THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
LOVING by Henry Green
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie
TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell
IRONWEED by William Kennedy
THE MAGUS by John Fowles
WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys
UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron
THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain
THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington
ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand
BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand
MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard
DUNE by Frank Herbert
THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein
A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute
GRAVITY’S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon
GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
SHANE by Jack Schaefer
TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving
THE STAND by Stephen King
THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles
BELOVED by Toni Morrison
THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison
MOONHEART by Charles de Lint
ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner
WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor
FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies
SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint
YARROW by Charles de Lint
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft
ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane
MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint
TRADER by Charles de Lint
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams
THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood
BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy
ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute
GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint
THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis
STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson
AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling
THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert Heinlein
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig
AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O’Brien
FARENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis
WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy
GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton
THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert Heinlein
IT by Stephen King
V. by Thomas Pynchon
DOUBLE STAR by Robert Heinlein
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert Heinlein
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Ken Kesey
SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey
MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather
MULENGRO by Charles de Lint
SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy
MYTHAGO WOOD by Robert Holdstock
ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach
THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies
THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie

What is the due date for this endeavor? Whenever the fuck I finish it. That is the joy of how I set goals. There is no end insight and it doesn’t matter one bit if I accomplish this or not.

Hmmmm. Maybe that’s why I never finish anything I start…..might what want to think about that little correlation.

OK. Well in that case, three years. I think that is fair. Let’s see that works out to be about 4 books a month, give or take. I think I could pull that off.

Anyone care to join me in this?! Eh?! Eh?! Come on!

Come on!

Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!Come on!

What’s the Matter? Cat Got Your Tongue?

So tomorrow I will be answering the questions for the Ask Sus Anything Your Heart Desires panel, but so far only three people have left a question.

Really? That’s it? Only three? It can be any question in the whole wide world, people. Don’t be afraid.

Maybe you are waiting until the last minute?

Yes, I’m sure that must be it.

I Used to Paint.

Remember that?

I do.

“Defeat” 2002
36″x48″ – oil and charcoal on canvas.

“Guitarist” 2000
24″x24″ – oil on canvas

“Woman in Repose” 2003
18″x24″ – watercolor on paper

I used to draw, too.

“Figure Study” 2002
18″x24″ – graphite on paper

“Marjorie” 1998
16″x20″ – graphite on paper

I am going to make a serious effort to start doing that again. It is good for my psyche.