Thursday, July 26, 2007

Meme in Haiku

This meme appeared
on dear Monkey Mama's blog.
Here are my answers:

1. Prefer hot or cold?
When skies are sunny
and the temper'tures rising,
I dream of blizzards.

2. # of jobs you have had?
Secretary, gas
station clerk, reporter and
photographer, mom.

3. If you could do anything for work, what would you do?
I wish for a job
where I can read to my heart's
content and help kids.

4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Salty air, gulls cry
on a dancing breeze. Waves crash
at the lighthouse base.

6. Would you like to have a tattoo?
There is a reason
God made us all without ink
drawn on our bodies.

7. Dream vacation?
I should like to traipse
upon foreign shores, to see
the Emerald Isle.

8. Morning person or night person?
When the rooster crows
I find myself wanting to
throw something at him.

9. Favorite fruit?
Size of a softball -
juicy red interior,
sweet yet sour taste.

10. Country music or rock music?
It matters not if
music twangs, rattles or rolls,
but it must be good.

11. Pool or ocean?
I admit a pool
may be more sanitary,
but I love the sea.

12. Name of 1st pet?
Laughing red haired dog,
sweet Irish Setter "Chivas"
was my darling pet.

13. City person or country person?
I can't claim to be
either one or the other
so I will say "both".

14. Type of vehicle you drive?
Little black hatchback,
Rachel calls her "cockroach", but
I say she is cute.

15. Natural Hair color?
My tresses remain
as God intended: black, brown,
red, and now some gray.

16. How far do you live from where you grew up?
I live where I grow,
as one does not stop "growing"
at a certain age.

17, Favorite pizza topping?
Broccoli, chicken,
mushrooms, green olives, bacon,
and extra cheese, please!

18. Favorite ice cream?
Yes, I must confess
that if it is frozen and
creamy, I'll eat it.

19, Sugar or artificial sweetener?
I have always loved
sugar, but did not want to
gain weight, so Splenda.

20. Sunrise or sunset?
Clouds ripple, colors
soften and blend. I love
mauve and gold sunsets.

21. Favorite movie?
Jareth and Sarah,
The Bog of Eternal Stench.
Have you seen Labyrinth?

22. 1st name of your best grade school friend?
were Jenny and Jessica
that was in third grade.

>23. Are you still in touch with #22?
Different paths taken,
once best friends are now strangers.
No contact in years.

24. Conservative or Liberal?
The older I grow
the more I find my leanings
now lie in between.

25. Books or magazines?
If it is made of
paper, and words are on the
page, I will read it.


Typically you find
in memes such as this that
someone must get tagged.

If you've read this blog
and have great love for haiku
then I'm tagging you.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Haiku For You

It's all Everett's fault;
the past three days have found me
writing in haiku.

Stinkbumps was fevered
with a headache and sore throat.
Turns out he had strep.

Rachel stayed home with
Jamie on Monday so I
could still go to work.

Stayed home on Tuesday -
Jamie still sick; boss got mad,
said I could lose job.

Wednesday back at work,
worried about sick boy but
want to keep my job.

Raining like buckets,
flooding streets and water ways;
guess I need a boat.

Now it's time for me
to finish all my homework.
School is almost done.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Quick Update

Okay, I haven't posted in about a week, so I figured I'd better post on here so I don't look like a big ol' hypocrite whining about other people not updating their blogs.

Jamie has gotten to go to Boy Scout camp this week courtesy of the YMCA. I still take him over to the YMCA in the morning, then they bus him over to Boy Scouts Camp, then bus him back to the YMCA in time for me to pick him up. He's having a blast! He was all atwitter over getting to shoot bows 'n arrows, a BB gun (a big deal, as I've NEVER let him shoot anything other than a water gun), go swimming and make all sorts of cool crafts. He's already made me a multi-colored beaded key chain, and made himself a leather bracelet and a leather and beaded necklace. He also will be taking a swimming test today to see if he's allowed to swim "on the big boys' side of the pool." They won't let you over there if all you know how to do is doggy paddle, it seems. I'm glad he's having fun and getting plenty of "boy time".

Stressed out over school, as usual. I have a big 10 page term paper coming up that I haven't even started yet. Plus I have a ton of reading and assignments to do. I'm frustrated and burned out, and can't wait until I get a couple of weeks off school before the Fall semester starts again. I'm tired, very cranky, totally discouraged and feel like my brain is going to start leaking out of my ears.

Work is, well, work. I've taken on even more responsibility overseeing some of the projects directly, and the stress of that on top of my other duties have fervently wishing my boss would hire me some help. [sigh] I don't see it happening any time soon.

Okay, well, now that I'm done whining, I'll get back to work. Goodness knows there's plenty of it to be done around here.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I've Been Slacking on my Blog

Okay, so here's a quick long-overdue update to my blog. Finished one summer class (got an A, woo hoo!), continuing another longer summer class and picked up another one. I'm very busy.

Couple of weeks ago, I hit a ginormous pothole which damaged both rims on the driver's side of the car and knocked my car completely out of alignment. More than $400.00 later and it's fixed, but I found out the city of San Antonio won't reimburse me anything for the damages because of something called the Texas Tort Claims Act which basically says that if it wasn't caused by a city employee driving a city vehicle it wasn't their fault. I'm looking into this, though.

Jamie's ankle sprain cleared up enough for him to begin playing relatively normally - just in time for him to come down with a stomach virus that has kept him out of daycare (and me out of work) for the past two days. If it ain't one thing, it's another.

Took Jamie to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for 4th of July. He rode his first big rollercoaster, at which time he discovered he LOVES rollercoasters. I discovered I do not. It had been 12 years since the last time I had gotten on a rollercoaster. I work for a company that investigates all the different ways metal can (and does) fail to provide the structural stability for which it is designed. As the person who types the reports and creates the photoillustrations, I've seen pictures of what happens to property (and sometimes people) when metal fails. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. While Jamie was laughing and whooping it up during the rollercoaster ride, I was revisiting my lamaze breathing techniques and praying. I was also trying very hard the block the images in my head of the bolts wiggling out of their holes, the metal suddenly popping apart and the lot of us plunging to our deaths. After that, the only ride Jamie could get me on was the Bugs Bunny log flume water ride. I'll take my chances on water and reinforced fiberglass and plastic. At least if I fall out of that one, I know how to swim well enough to get me and Jamie to safety. No amount of flapping your arms will make you fly if you fall out of a rollercoaster on a loop-de-loop.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Transformers...Robots in Disguise

Picked up advanced tix the other day to take Jamie to see Transformers on July 5. My boss, in his infinite kindness, gave me the day after the July 4 holiday off to make up for all the long hours I've been working. I'll be going to take a computer test at San Antonio College (so that I won't have to take the durn computer class required for graduation), then I'll pick Jamie up from the YMCA daycare and we'll go see Transformers. Woooooooooooohhhhhooooooooooooooooo! This is the summer of awesome movies!

Speaking of movies, I took Jamie Friday night to see Ratatouille. YOU. MUST. SEE. THIS. FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, enough of a break now. I've got to stop pracrastinating and finish my weekly homework.