Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Random Ramblings Round Up

Ah, it's Tuesday. I have galleys to do, a chapter to write, a trip to court with a friend to make, and about a dozen other things to do as well. So it's a random ramblings round-up, y'all!


I'm now a proud owner of a compost pile -- or a bin that will become my compost pile, at least. I was so proud of myself today as I dropped in all the weeds from the flowerbeds, my used tea bags, and a few veggie scraps from dinner. However, I'm going to need suggestions as to what to do with my compost as I don't actually garden all that much, and now I'm rather worried that the family of raccoons that live in the storm drain are going to make my compost bin their favorite dinner out spot. Hmmm... stay tuned. While I may not reach Instigator's level of Adventures in Agriculture, I get the feeling my attempt to compost may be blog fodder in the future.


An FYI: "Taking the red-eye back from LA" sounds very cool, very sophisticated, but it sucks. Even if you come home and go back to bed, you will suffer the effects of a short night of uncomfortable rest for several days. The older you are, the worse this will be. Just warning you.


My current favorite video of the week is Julia Sweeney' s (former Saturday Night Live comedienne) discussion of "the talk" with her 8-year-old. It's not safe for work, y'all, and please put down your drink before you click. It's hysterical, especially if you can relate to that impromptu birds-and-bees discussion you had with an 8-year-old. After watching this video, I felt much better about my own "talk" with AC at the dinner table.

Oh, and another FYI: If you have a small child, and you hope to avoid some of the awkwardness by giving them a book first (in that nonchalant, this-is-no-big-deal way), be sure to provide a pronunciation guide for the child. Just trust me on this. Phonics is not your friend when it comes to the genitals and the reproductive cycle.


I've had my new car for almost a month now, and I still can't find it in the parking lot. This is getting embarrassing.


After an absolutely brutal BodyFlow class Saturday (an 8 minute ab workout. Seriously. I have a 12-inch band of pain circling my torso now), I looked forward to a long soak in the hot tub. The hot tub is broken. It's amazing how quickly I grew to appreciate the hot tub and how much I took it for granted at the same time. Right now, I have a lukewarm tub that does me no good at all, and because I got so used to having it, I'm probably going to be willing to pay a small fortune to get it back in working order. Sigh. You can't miss what you didn't have, and I'm now wishing I didn't have a hot tub to get used to...


I've got a stack of books I picked up at RT and I'm ready to give some away! Just comment on today's post for a chance to win!



Angel said...

Well, if you don't garden, and the racoons need to eat.... what's the harm? :)

How about giving your child "the book" to read, then having her bring it back to you with, "I've changed my mind. I don't want to know."? (she'll kill me if she finds out I broadcast that all over the internet) :)


Smarty Pants said...

I'm sure your mom will find something to do with the compost if the racoons don't get to it first.

My favorite part of the video... "I know! It's weird. Like putting a waste management plant next to an amusement park. Poor zoning."

It took me a while to find my new car. You'll figure it out eventually.

runner10 said...

The Bodyflow class sounds fun!! I haven't tried Zumba. I hear it is a great workout.

Playground Monitor said...

I've had my car for 5 1/2 years and I have trouble in parking lots. Pay attention to the number of small beige sedans in the world. That's why I always try to park in the same place at the stores I visit. Worst case scenario -- I set off my car alarm to locate it. ::grin::

Smarty Pants said...

PM - that's why I got vanity plates. I bought the best selling SUV in America and you can be there will be at least one in the same color at any shopping facility.

PM's Mother said...

After my neighbor explained the "facts of life" (including the "process") to her two daughters the younger one replied, "That is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard!"


I was very pregnant with my second child when I was resting and your PM wanted to straddle my body and sit on my tummy. I thought I would be a good mommy and explain that I had a baby inside my tummy and she (PM) shouldn't sit on me. Her reply? "Open your mouth and let me see."

M-u-c-h later I bought "the book"

Anonymous said...

sounds like a fun time
gald u had fun at rt whooo

kim h

alinaduffer said...

I dread having to have that talk with my kids! Just like having the talk with my daughter when she hits puberty, I am so not ready for that.

As for the car, we have had ours for over two years and I still loose it sometimes. We have special plates so that helps, sometimes, lol!

Have a wonderful day!

Virginia said...

Well I don't do much gardening either but I do put out some tomatoes every year but the problems I have is the ground hogs eat them up. Anyone have any ideas on what to do about this.

catslady said...

OMG I haven't laughed so hard in a long time - thank you!!! Tuperware haha. Both my daughters had a class in school first and I was always open and truthful so it didn't see so hard at first until my first daughter asked that question - but how does it actually get from here to there lol. That was the one question I didn't actually answer and said when she gets to that point when she is MUCH OLDER she will be able to figure it out. And when telling the tale - it is weird roflmao.

traveler said...

This entertaining post was so what I needed today. thanks. just right.

robertsonreads said...

I have no daughters, but 1 son, so I left it up to his dad to have that discussion. Now my sister who has a young son (6) likes to visit her in the bathroom. For years now he will ask her what she needs, pad, tampon and get it right for her. When she told me this I was rotf. This lesson is not just for girls anymore...lol

Regarding your compost, maybe you could share with your neighbors and they might share some fresh veggies with you, just saying..

Angel said...

Groundhogs? I had enough problems with the racoons and moles (cats helped lots with the moles, but nothing helped for the racoons).


Pat L. said...

That exercise class sounds awfully painful. But am sure it was worth it.