Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday Concoction

Some of you have been noting in small ways the arrival of spring and I smile politely and do a baby clap for you. But I say screw you. Screw you and your crocusts and balmy afternoons. Do you know what it's like to live in a Montana subdivision with a deer problem (read: poorly landscaped or landscaping chewed to shit) and to stare out your window and see one little dead oak leaf clinging to the single long branch of a splindly oak tree? The only action out our front window these days is the rhythm of the tipped-over garbage cans. The wind blows them into the street where they pitch around fitfully bumping into each other like a bunch of 7th graders at their first dance.

Nah, I'm not grouchy really. I got eight responses from my on-line babysitting job posting (through the University career services website). All eight have nanny experience, First Aid/CPR certification and are either majoring in elementary ed or early childhood development. I gathered all the e-mails together in a folder and now I feel a little like Fagin when the Artful Dodger unloads the loot. Two girls even offered in their e-mails to do my grocery shopping and errands. Sort of reminded me of Orange's G-Spot post.

So now on to the Concoction:

Links and Other Goodness

  • They say this is where Usher learned his moves. Except not from the lady on the left. She screwed up a couple times.
  • Did you know the primary function of sinuses is to keep the brain cool? That's why animals that run long distances have long snouts - more room for brain cooling sinuses. (horses, dogs, deer, etc.) Yes, my husband knows some shit.
  • This is, well, I don't know what to say. Gap demolition. (Please can they do this to Wal-Mart next?)
  • Doodoo and bung. That's what I think of, when I think of puffed rice.
  • My favorite jewelry store, Twist, is in Portland. That's Sad. However, Jim recently suggested my wedding ring needed an upgrade (it's a cheap silver band with a diamond chip), which prompted me to go shopping. Any suggestions? I like red and green stones. Not big on diamonds. I'm thinking this or this with sapphires. A girl can and does dream.

And now, a little tribute to My BFF, J-Mo (*mouths "call me" and makes the little thumb/pinkie sign*)...
Really Then

Slightly Less Then (this was right before my rehearsal dinner at the burger joint on Flathead Lake)

Got plans this weekend? Tell me, unless it's really fun and cool. In that case make up something else. I've got a wee bit of a jealousy problem.


Blogger Jaye Wells said...


As I sit outside on my patio with the soft spring breeze caressing my face, I am weeping tears for you. Honest.

This weekend we're priming my master bath. We're also going to be measuring for the tile we recently and insanely decided to install ourselves.

For now, I'm off to go smell some beautiful tulips and daffodils while I contuinue to cry for you. Really.

3/03/2006 11:39 AM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Middle son has a baseball double header tonight and another DH tomorrow. Oldest son has to go junking for a Volvo hood to replace the one on his brother's car (the one he wrecked). Youngest son must go wherever we tell him to go...moaning and complaining bitterly. Six loads of laundry that are clean and spilling out of various baskets must be hung up or folded. Most people reluctant to do so. Except for Chinese food and the Oscars on Sunday, there's nothing all that exciting going on here.

3/03/2006 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Jo said...

Found ya over on MFA mama's site. Two things:
What about cheetahs? They don't have long snouts, and they run the fastest!
And the other:
Perky boobs??? The last time I remember perky was decades ago. Oh that's right, it was a dream... Just wait til your daughter has the body she took from you! Ha.

3/03/2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

Don't feel like you're the only one, Mignon. It's not spring here yet either. We had snow today, in fact.

I LOVE the second ring and with Saphhires, gorgeous.

Awesome news about the sitters. I would definitely take them up on the offer to grocery shop for you too and see what else you can get them to do... clean your house, give you manicures, walk the dog, pick up your dry cleaning.... the possibilities are endless.

3/03/2006 1:39 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

Hey, Montana in March sounds a lot like Wisconsin in March! Who knew.

Let's see...weekend plans...nope. I got nothin. Maybe some wine tonight, a trip to the in-laws Saturday, laundry 'n' errands, but no lollipops and cartwheels here.

3/03/2006 1:42 PM  
Anonymous honestyrain said...

plans? no, no plans. taking care of sick kids and trying not to get sick myself.

i likey the second ring.

deer you say? with us it's mounds and mounds of snow snow snow. go away snow. bye bye snow. get lost snow.

3/03/2006 7:03 PM  
Blogger Esereth said...

If movies have taught us anything it's that you better pick the feminist lesbian baby sitter or she's gonna seduce your husband and steal your asthma inhaler. True.

GOLDENDALE! No, no, I was there from 1993ish on. Oh we have so much to talk about. Did they have TWO blinking traffic lights when you were there? Were they beautiful? Did you shop at the Red Apple or the Sentry? Did you try to stuggle back to life in Yakima or The Dalles?

'clinks glass' here's to towns that insist on staggering on long after they've been gut shot.

3/03/2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Jaye, don't cry for me Argentina. At least you're being punished with tile.
Wordgirl, I love double headers, and thank you for reminding about the Oscars. Something to look forward to...
Jo, I consulted the expert, and apparently cheetahs don't really run long distances, so they and other big cats need to be cooled less. My daughter is going to curse me for the body she took from me. Unless she wants to be a speed-skater. Oh wait, she does! Lucky girl, because have I got some ass for her!!
jess and tb. I am sorry for us and our inhospitable spring. It's going to make our B-list get-together all the sweeter (Jess - can you go?)
honey (still can't stop saying honey's train) - did you shoo the snow away to me. I owe you!!
and Esereth. Who did that to you? We were Sentry shoppers. It was across the street from my BFF Meredith's house. And I don't have an inhaler, but I'm locking up the Anusol and Compound W right now.

3/04/2006 8:53 AM  
Anonymous DD said...

Snow here in Dresden too. Another four inches on Friday night, but today at least we've already seen a little of the sun.

Saturday we shopped at a special gathering of Polish crafts. I now have a very nice shopping basket (the wicker kind). I think I have been secretly jealous of all the German women and their shopping baskets for quite some time. Now our baked goods won't get crushed in the backpack by the winebottles on the walk back home.

Saturday night we had a couple over for wine, dinner and back taxes. One is another expat American who logically concluded that if you are living in a foreign country, not earning any money in the US, and do not own any property in the US, that you do not have to send that annual love letter to the IRS.

Between my hubby Ray and Turbotax they soon had all three years done. No taxes were owed, and this made for an enjoyable dinner. (The '98 Oregon Pinot Noir we brought over with us also helped.)

Plus our friend Kim made lemon bars!

3/04/2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Are you shitting me about the sitters? I am so jealous I could DIE.

And seeing as I lost power here due to the fucking wind and it is about 25 degrees without the wind chill, I also salute spring with my middle finger raised.

PS, my neighbor had his Geo stolen last night, and it is in the middle of the lake, slowly sinking through the ice. It is kind of funny in a HOLY SHIT kind of way. Just thought I'd share

3/05/2006 10:42 AM  
Blogger Orange said...

Man, if I had a list of eight experienced babysitters in my hands—some of them willing to shop for groceries—I might female-ejaculate a little, too.

It's snowing in Chicago right now, Sunday afternoon. Should get 1 to 3 inches. It's March! That's OK. The daffodils that stupidly sprouted over a month ago have already been exposed to plenty of subfreezing temps in the last couple weeks, so I'm expecting crappy blooms.

Weekend plans? Let's see. Saturday morning, we took Ben to the dentist for treatment of his first cavities. Yes, plural. Because we are terrible and incompetent parents! One was so big, he needed a baby root canal and a stainless steel crown. Yup, I'm a failure. However, Ben is a super-champion. Best 5-year-old dental patient ever. Then we went to the Museum of Science and Industry, where a migraine came upon me and fought off all attempts to medicate it out of existence. Saturday night, my exciting plans were tolerating a migraine. Lazy day/laundry day today, and then my mom's coming over to watch the Oscars and spend the night, because she's off work and Ben's off school tomorrow (it's Casimir Pulaski Day on Monday!). I'm gonna actually cook dinner, the Italian turkey meatloaf concept I recently invented.

3/05/2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Mark, the thought of you and the women-folk of Dresden with your wicker shopping baskets is making me smile. ;)

Dawn please tell me there are pictures of the sinking GEO. Sorry about the wind/power/other nastinesss. I can't complain now.

Orange, daffodils are like the cocker spaniels of flowers. Dumb and pretty. And they both kind of stink. What the hell is Italian turkey meatloaf?

3/05/2006 1:40 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

No need to be jealous here. No big plans except Oscar-watching. Ok, the weather is pretty good too. (slinks away...)

3/05/2006 2:29 PM  
Anonymous LVC said...

Posting those pics was a surefire way to get me to come out of hiding and commment... ah, the memories. You need a NOW pic - and I'd love to be there to capture it. Come visit!

3/05/2006 5:17 PM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

This weekend I went skydiving with Elvis Costello. Afterward he took me to a really funky, intimate cafe and we dyed our hair and ate cherries.


3/05/2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

Weekend plans? Only to watch my boyfriend Jon Stewart host the Oscars. No crocuses here yet, but I hear Krokus is on tour...oh wait. European cities only. Gottdammerhasselhoff!

3/05/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

lvc, that's all it took? Some pics of J-Mo - or do they have to be soccer oriented? If that's all, then I'll put in a gratuitous J-Mo photo at the end of every post to get you to comment.

Feral Mom, quit trippin'. Jon is mine.

MamaT, not so much jealous as worried about what you're smokin up there.

3/06/2006 8:33 AM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Love the ruby ring...good choice. Went to a great surprise party on Sat. one more surprised than me that I had fun!!! not because of whose party it was, but because i'm so freaking cranky these days.

3/06/2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Don't go to my blog and read all about my great weekend. Really. I don't want to be the reason that you feel worse!

What the hell was the 5th Dimension video??? And where do I get a wide ass belt like that?

3/06/2006 9:36 AM  
Anonymous J Mo said...

Wow - I feel famous! I'm so glad you have a picture of that dress because it's the best one I've ever had, but I put it into a brown paper bag to take to the cleaners (who doesn't?) with the dress I wore in your wedding and "it got thrown out". I still feel bad every time I think about it. I realized lately I use the passive voice less frequently now that I'm married and have two step-sons - now I have actual persons to blame when things go wrong and I wonder - did I spend all that time single being irritated with myself? Or is it just easier to feel mad when there's someone to blame? I can always somehow link the fact that I'm late back to something my husband did within the last six months. I vow to be more gentle and more patient -. Oh, my! I think i'm blogging!
I love my friend, Mignon, so much! and lvc is right - you gotta come out! Two versus one - we win.

3/06/2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...


I'm crying violently at the thought - You were so smokin' in those dresses!

And I am so happy you've broken your vow of silence. Now go get yourself a blog and we'll have a good old time! (This morning I blamed Jim in my mind when I peed my pants a little from sneezing. But that's probably not such a stretch. Haha - get it? Stretch?)

3/06/2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Ditsy Chick said...

I won't rub in the living in Phoenix, it's 80 degrees here thing anymore. Especially because last year, I was in Idaho Falls, complaining with you.

3/08/2006 2:21 PM  

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