Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Um ... is it OK to, like, take money?

I really have to wonder about our elected officials when one of them, who shall remain nameless, is quoted in a radio news program saying something to the effect of, "We all want to be ethical if someone will just tell us what is and is not ethical."

*slaps forehead*

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It must have been one of those days at work where I was struck by the utter absurdity and redundancy of some of the things around me. This link pretty much sums it up and had me nearly in tears of laughter when I discovered it midway through the day. Or were they tears of despair? You be the judge.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

The Good, the Bad and the Really Flippin’ Bad

Good: “Hmm. I think I remember filling up the fuel tank about this time last year. I have used a good bit of wood this year, so I should be fine, but I had better go measure the tank. Good thing I thought about this. Better safe than sorry.”

Bad: “Nice, the fuel company screwed my cap on so tight, I can’t get it off to measure the tank. Strap wrench? Nope, too cold. It slides. Channel locks? Nope. Too small. Surely the pipe wrench will be big enough. Nope. Too small. And they want $25 for a wrench that might be big enough? Oh forget it. I’ll just call next week.”

Really Flippin’ Bad: “Time to turn up the heat. It’s 40 below outside. What the...? Nice. No fuel. It’s 7 p.m. Guess I’ll be getting up in the middle of the night to add more wood to the woodstove. It’s gonna be a chilly morning, for sure.

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Life without kids

Kids were with dad for a week. I got a glimpse of my life in a dozen years and I think I am likely to go insane:

8 a.m. Get up and get ready for work
9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Work
6:15 p.m. Stop at grocery store and buy a bag of Caesar salad and a chicken breast
6:45 p.m. Eat dinner
7:30 p.m. Finish dishes, all five of them
10:30 p.m. Finish reading novel
10:35 p.m. Wonder what the heck to do next
10:40 p.m. Clean something
11 p.m. Wonder what the heck to do now
11:03 p.m. Look at the ceiling. Maybe I should paint it. Maybe I should paint it now.
11:06 p.m. Ephipany. So this is why single people have such organized houses. What the heck else are you supposed to do? If I had an entire year without children, I think I just might be able to completely gut and remodel my home and still have time to read three or four books a week.

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