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NO ONE tried to guess the puzzle clues??! I'm shocked and disappointed. Okay, they WERE really hard, but STILL! Not THAT hard! I've edited the last post to include the answers for you. Use them at your own parties to amaze and confound your friends and family!


I'm leaving, on a jet plane at six o'clock in the yawning to get to the place where I'm rendevous-ing with the bus. That is WAY too damn early. I have to make some sandwiches and pack a cooler and my weekend bag as well. After we arrive in Stockholm we will be singing for something like 13 hours straight. Any takers on a bet on whether or not I'll have lost my voice by Sunday? :D


Are you always conscious of yourself and what you are thinking as you go about your daily life? I mean, more as if you are sort of narrating your story as you go, or reading over your own shoulder. Are you always conscious that OTHERS are conscious of themselves all the time? Sometimes, when I really stop and think about the fact that ALL the people on the planet (okay, maybe not alof them, but still) are CONSCIOUS of themselves, it really blows my mind. *boggles*


It's weird...I haven't been able to post anything for the past 2 days, even though I've sneaked in some commenting while at work, but I've been thinking about it continuously. However, when I actually sit down to write? BLANK. What the hell is up with that? Is my mind playing games with me? Mindgames from my OWN mind? So not fair.


It's only about 2 weeks left to Halloween, and I have done nothing at all about figuring out costumes for the Halloween party. I haven't even asked my kids what they want to be. In fact, just to get my bad mother award nailed down firmly, I must admit I have NEVER asked my kids what they want to be. Because when you do that, you end up like MY sister who has to create a "scary spider" costume for her 3-year old son, and once had to come up with something for her daughter who insisted she had to be a "peacock dancer." Since my sewing skills are limited to buttons and rips in pant-crotches, anything that requires more than cutting out a hole to stick your head through, or gluing brown-painted eggshell carton cups on a headband to represent billygoat horns, is out. Any ideas for Halloween costumes that we can wear regular clothing for and still be thought of as totally creative and imaginative? Heh. Why am I asking you people? You didn't even TRY to answer the puzzles!


3 Things About Liz When She Was A Kid As Dictated to Liz by Lizardmom:
1. She was strong-willed and determined to have her own way. Once she made an elderly babysitter very mad that she (Liz) refused to wear a hat when she (Liz) was going outside to play. (ed note: I still won't wear a hat, even in the winter)
2. She sucked her thumb for a long time. (ed. note: OH GREAT, thanks, MOM)
3. She was really mad when, while shopping for clothes to go to kindergarten for the first time, I (mom) wouldn't let her have the black dress with the big red roses and white lace that looked like a hooker's outfit.
4. (BONUS! I know, I said 3, but Mom kept going) She was shy, and she was the teacher's pet. (ed. note: I asked which teacher, but mom doesn't remember exactly...she said "all of them" :D)

3 More Things About Liz When She Was a Kid As Dictated to Liz by Lizardmom*:
1. When she was in kindergarten, I (mom) caught her trying to play hookey from school, and when she saw me, she ran away and hid in a ditch. The only reason I saw her was because I was going out shopping. That was when she was allowed to walk to school (7 blocks) by herself. She wasn't allowed to after that.
2. One of her first Halloween costumes was as Little Red Riding Hood, with our German shepherd Heidi for the wolf (ed note: I found that picture years later, and my eyes had been poked out. Sarah! John! 'Fess up!)
3. When she was a new baby, one of her dad's friends commented on how perfectly shaped her hands were, and said they looked like a model's hands. (ed note: okay, that's just weird)
4. (Look! BONUS again!) When she was 4-5 weeks old, her grandad played the harmonica for her, and she would ooh and aah at the music and smile, until he would hit the one bad note, and then she would start to scrunch up her face to cry...EVERY TIME. So, of course, they kept him playing, because they thought it was so funny.

And now mom is thinking that she DID this list once before for me on my journal AND she thinks she probably listed all the same things, but I looked back through April's entries and it's not there anyway, so if any of you remember it from one of her previous visits, too bad. It was still funny. :P


Catch you on the flip side of the weekend, kids!

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Borders

*3 is such an arbitrary number, isn't it?
mood: awake
music: my mom asking me crossword puzzle questions


See, I didn't even "get" the riddle thing. I had no idea there were supposed to be repeating letters and such. I counted "granny smith apple" and it was too long; so, in my exhausted state, I gave up.

Hmm, a lot of those descriptions of you as a child could fit Karin...

As far as Halloween: how 'bout giving the kids a limited choice? Say, 3 simple option out of which they can choose.

I know...they WERE hard. :)

no choices! They can root around in their costume boxes! >:D

I was Battle of the Bandaids once. Nobody got it.

I've wanted to be radioactive broccoli (big green afro wig, green clothes, green body much of it glow in the dark as possible) and a Fork (silver foil fork tines worn hat style).

I don't know if anyone would get those either, and both would be hard for driving...

I did try on the riddles, but they were too much for my tired brain.

You could go as a blue jeans. You all wear jeans and blue shirts etc. and then have name tags on, the boys have "Gene" and the girls have "Jean". Nobody gets it until you tell them and then they crack up laughing. hehe

Also you can be gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe. Of course, this does involve wearing pink which not everyone will do. But anyhow, you wear like a pink sweatsuit (scary!!) and tie a tennis shoe to your head. For added effect you can attach bits of twigs and stones to the sweatsuit.

Oh those are HILARIOUS ideas!! thanks!!!

i feel i am not conscious about myself at all. or just very little. it bothers me because i've got no idea what kind of an image do i give people. it's just only three weeks back that i've started to think about this a lot and suddenly feel somewhat puzzled of how i'm supposed to go on from this..

before all of this i've been just super conscious of my environment and other people. i *feel/see/hear* a lot around me. i'm not so sure anymore it's a good thing to be like this. i feel it isolates me from others... so i'm trying to reach out more now, but it's hard work.


I opt for yards and yards of ace bandages and making THEM the mummies for the night. Plus that way, if one of them pokes the others eyes out in the picture it'll just fit in with the overall scheme.

Are you always conscious of yourself and what you are thinking as you go about your daily life?

God no, that would be nearly impossible as thousands of thoughts are going through our brain every day. I used to be very focused on everything I thought and the way that I was heading in life, but Buddhism helped me to let go of most of that because I couldn't control it anyway. I feel a bit more free now. With some people yes I see that they are conscious a lot, especially when it comes to insecurity issues.

I *LOVE* your icon!!!!

I *heart* Halloween! :)


Are you always conscious of yourself and what you are thinking as you go about your daily life?

Of course. Isn't everyone?

The main thing is not to try and make it a big production, ...I shall walk in, down the staricase this way.....or try and think of the different camera angles, or how if you stare out the car, and kind of squint a bit, and the light is at the right angle you are already recording a movie which will be shown later.

In fact this movie, this consciousness is life, and only has one viewer - you.

I have a cold, and an annoying nose, so I am VERY conscious of me today. Then again in the end, it is all about me. For all of us.

I liked the three things from your mom. and the bonuses. cool idea.


Um...the puzzle?'ve never figured out how I can be so smart in some ways...and so positively dumb in other ways. Glad to know I was in good dumb company! Ha! Love the dirt from LizardMom! Please convince LizardMom to start blogging...I'll bet she has LOADS to say. :) Have a FABULOUS trip! ~Marilyn

I've tried and tried...she says she doesn't have any urge to WRITE. *sigh*

Have a fantastic weekend!

And that paragraph about consciousness and wondering about other people is EXACTLY how I feel so often - blows my mind! :)

I tried to figure out the puzzles. I was especially irritated about not being able to solve the clone one. Argg!

Now I feel bad. I DID try. I think I may have even googled "FRUIT GRANDMA DUBBED" Only to come up with scary garage bands, and notes abut blue haired ladies. I just am not that grey-matterly nimble.

Now, you write these incredibly long posts with so many goodies in them it boggles my mind just to read them and attempt to comment--I want to be sitting with you and giggling over a big cup of tea!

Yes--it boggles my mind too that everyone is conscious of themselves! The thing that cracks me up though--is people are hardly ever very conscious of EACH OTHER. I love the experiments that Glamour mag does on occasion where they send some girl out in this frightening outfit--a seethrough skirt for example, or with the intent of doing her entire beauty routine including facial mask and nail clipping while on the train--and almost no one comments or even acts like they care. Are we all really that self-absorbed?

And as to the halloween thing--my costumes were always either a) a gypsy (requires only a bunch of ratty skirts and bangles) or b) a pirate. Neither were very clever. Egg carton billy goat horns--NOW THAT IS COOL.

Have a wonderful time singing--drink lemon & honey in hot water to keep those vocal cords with you!

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