July 8th, 2004



It's so nice to be loved. My family rocks. I e-mailed my mom yesterday to ask her to schedule a couple of sessions for me with her massage therapist while we're in the States and this morning she e-mailed me back to tell me that she had already done so before she even got my e-mail. And yesterday in the package of birthday presents that my brother sent Karin, he included 3 CDs for me. Dido's Life For Rent, Amanda Marshall and The Best of REM. Life is good.

I ran a bunch of errands yesterday, so my to-do list is shortening, which also makes me happy. Karin and I went to the nursery and bought a big flat of summer flowers to replace the sad looking pansies in the front pots. We got 4 HOT PINK and BLINDING FUCHSIA geraniums, 2 bright lewisias (bitter-root), 2 peachy golden-pink tea-roses, a big pink begonia, 4 dusty millers and a beautiful orange-red-yellow flower called eldkrona* in Swedish.

I bought marinated pork chops and Anders grilled them up for dinner. We ate out on the porch but the flies were so obnoxious that I don't expect we'll be doing that again any time soon. :( I don't know if there is anything that can be done about the flies since we have a farm behind us with free-range fowl, 3 horses and a gazillion dogs. Because we were going in and out the flies all decided to come in the house every time the door was opened and we ended up a whole posse inside. I killed at least 7 before we went to bed, but of course 3 of the little bastards woke us up at 5:30 a.m. dive-bombing our heads. argh!

Martin and I finished reading Charlotte's Web last night. I've read it a dozen times and I STILL tear up when Charlotte dies. Martin was very solemn as well. He really liked it though, and wants to read Stuart Little next. :) I told him it was a great book, way better than the movie, and he said, "You ALWAYS say the book is better than the movie!"

I'm so pleased that we have solved a huge spam problem with the AWC email aliases. Thanks to a good friend who is a programming wizard, I hopefully won't be getting over a 100 spam emails a day anymore. On the subject of spam, I would SO like to see this show: Spamalot. What a lineup!

My New Love: In Passing...
  • "I don't care, it's hopeless."
    "At least you have hope. I'm without hope."
    "Um. Hope-less? Meaning also without hope?"

    —A guy, and a girl paying half attention to him, in line for the bathroom at Raleigh's.

  • "What kind of 'legitimate' excuse are we talking about? Legitimate like he was a hostage? Legitimate like car problems? Or just hungover?"
    —A businessman talking on a cellphone in line for the ATM

  • "I never even knew it was possible to have feelings one way or another about a drawer organizer. About hanging shelves. Now I've never wanted anything more in my life."
    "I won't protest if you start reading Harlequins again."

    —A woman and a man in IKEA

  • "I've got a lot of T-shirts, but I can only wear a limited selection of them to work."
    "Don't want to traumatize the children, eh?"
    "Oh, no, I'm happy to traumatize children. I just want to keep my job."

    —A guy and a girl shopping at Crossroads Trading Co.

  • "Wait a sec, these are heavy."
    "Come on, we're going to be late."
    "The girls are going to be late, so we can be late. Besides, they owe us a rib from way back."

    —A teenage guy carrying several pizzas, and another teenage guy, outside Round Table

  • "So wait, if he didn't remind you so much of an Oompa-Loompa, it would be ok with you that she's practically being forced to date him?"
    —A girl talking on a cell phone in Target
Best Wishes for a Purr-fectly Wonderful Birthday to chimeraesque!

*literally "fire-crown", Lantana Camara, a member of the Verbena/Vervain family
  • Current Music
    Dido—This Land is Mine