Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday 13: The opposite of deep thoughts

It's that kind of week, random and going by entirely too quickly. I do have 13 nuggets of information to share, of course. (I almost wrote nuggets of wisdom, but I think you'd agree that that would be pushing it...)

1. "Spring sports smell of sweat and sadness." That's our motto around here... Seth has a tennis match today and is eager to play, but the drip-drop of rain may hinder.

2. On the spectrum of acceptable adult behavior, cavorting in public is not the classiest thing (at least, that's what I've been told). (Bet you didn't know there's an adult behavior spectrum, aren't you glad I clued you in?) But when both individuals left other spouses to find that special happiness together, cavorting is somewhere well below not classy. People will want to avoid you. (I'll let you imagine what cavorting really is... brings up some pretty interesting mental images, doesn't it?)

3. My friend, Jen, is participating in National Screen-Free Week. Poor dear. Now would be a great time for me to give a recap of this week's episode of Smash (of which we are both avid watchers), don't you think?

4. At the rate we're finishing up our Easter candy (not), I'm giving fair warning to all relatives: look out for pastel colors in your Christmas stockings. Either I bought too much, or I bought too much.

5. I advised Seth yesterday that he needs to increase his revenue stream. We were talking about his card game hobby (Magic, the Gathering), but it later occurred to me that a more normal parental phraseology would have been: get a job!

6. Texting is awesome. How did one keep tabs on a traveling spouse before texting? I know, that question almost answers itself...

7. When you're looking to avoid someone, hiding behind bedding plants at Home Depot is probably not the way to go. By you, I mean me.

8. It's been a while since I've mentioned how lovely and green it is outside. It is indeed very beautiful, and I exclaim over the lushness, every day. Soon enough it will be 90 degrees. I'm happy with the cooler temps, and so are the plants! (Seth, not so much--see #1.)

9. Remind me to never buy a crewneck T-shirt again. Why do I still buy them when I vastly prefer v-neck? I cleaned out (well, mostly tidied) my T-shirt section of my closet yesterday and relegated the crewneck to a less-frequented area. Couldn't quite pull the plug on them--a thought occurred to me that maybe someone, somewhere, has posted a way to turn a crewneck T into something else? And of course, I found a couple of ideas very quickly and I know there are many more out there. And if all else fails, I can always just turn them into T-shirt yarn!

10. Seth is reading to ME at night with the book we just embarked on--Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I think this is Seth's umpteenth time reading it, and it is sweet how much he wants to read it to me. I read it probably more than 30 years ago, so any memory is extremely faint. The first night, I actually fell asleep while he was reading, it was so peaceful. Mama's gettin' old...

11. I was thinking recently... if my life were a musical, I would like a Bollywood number to be included (yes, obviously I've been watching Smash...). And of course, since no one actually stars in the movie of their life, you would be spared my gyrations to said Bollywood song. I would *let* Katharine McPhee play me, of course. Not Uma Thurman. No. (You can thank me later, Jen.)

12. I probably didn't state it with enough exclamation points in my post on sourdough pizza dough yesterday: blue cheese on pizza is amazing!!!!! It was lovely last night and it will be for lunch today, too!

13. Chief practically accosted my friend Sara yesterday when she was here for a visit and tea. Like, inappropriately so. He's sweet, but boy that muzzle on him when he's looking for a little affection... silly pup.

OK, I think that's about all that's running through my brain that's fit to share. The rest you really don't want to be exposed to anyway, believe me!

I hope your Thursday is off to a great start, and the rest of your week goes swimmingly.

For other Thursday 13 participants, go here.


  1. Dave's grandson is getting his summer reading list soon, and once he does, we're going to read the same book, so we can talk about it (course I'm sure it'll be something I've already read, but it's nice to have it fresh in mind).

    1. You'll have to let me know what you two end up reading... Sounds fun!

  2. I really like that you and Seth have a bedtime reading custom... and you read such noble stuff. GFU.

    I am enjoying reading the Ted Turner book... and yesterday came across a quote that I would like to share with Seth. Don't have the book with me on the ferry now... but the setting is just before Ted's dad commited suicide. He had basically accomplished his goals in business and wasn't able to get refocused on anything else to do. He told Ted to set his life goals higher than he could ever imagine reaching. That way he would never end up like him.

    1. Sounds like a good quote to share, Pa. Sad that it happened that way for Ted, but probably contributed a great deal to who he's become.

  3. That's a great idea for reinventing tshirts. Thanks! Happy T13!

    1. I know, they look fun, eh? I might even get working on some trial runs this weekend; I'm sure I won't be able to help but post about them if I get an acceptable outcome!

  4. Love your list of thirteen nuggets of wisdom...there is a lot of wisdom there.

    Actually thought that was you in the knit scarf. Fun idea.

    Acceptable adult behaviour? Hmmm....the spectrum is very wide for some and less so for others. Whole volumes could be written on the subject, I am sure. It can range all the way from comedic to tragic!!

    You are an observant woman who sees more than most. I am thankful for that.

  5. "7. When you're looking to avoid someone, hiding behind bedding plants at Home Depot is probably not the way to go. By you, I mean me. " Bahahaha. You sound like me- when someone rings the doorbell in the morning before I swim (when I'm still in my sleeping-pajamas, the kind I DON'T want people to see) I try and hide behind the shelves in my studio and crawl through the house to go get Tom to answer the door! And if Seth needs extra cash he can go to my parents' house. I just learned that Little Miss has a piggy bank over there that has over $100 in cash in it so apparently they have some sort of tree that grows money tucked away somewhere in that condo... ;)


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