June 13, 2006

Updates here will be few and far between this week as my home computer is currently wrapped in a towel and sitting in the garage, but please visit that other blog where I’m, uh, sort of contractually obligated to post each weekday and maybe also pretend like I know who the hell Andrew Shue is.

(Melrose what? I never saw it, back then I was too busy being despondent and heaving great dissatisfied sighs and weeping gently for having been born both without fangs and with a skintone that darkened when exposed to sunlight rather than curling into unholy flames. O, the injustice of being a fervent teen gothic with a tan.)


• I hate living in a hotel, but I am so glad our floors are being done. The workers pulled up the carpet today and there was a thick whitish built-up residue in several places. JB asked what is was, and they said “Oh, you know. Dirt. Mold.” SHUDDER.

• I rented this and we watched it last Saturday night and about halfway through I turned to JB and said, “Um, I didn’t know it was going to be quite so…if you want to turn it off, just say.” And he said, “No, it’s fine. I’m just NEVER GOING TO BE THE SAME.” Watch it, if you dare. I guarantee you will never eat wontons again.

• We also watched the premiere of Deadwood on Sunday before moving the entertainment system into the kitchen (and wrapping it in towels!) and now I don’t need to contribute to the cussin’ jar because Deadwood done filled it up. Cocksucker!

• I sort of love this Infiniti FX SUV-thing. Like a lot. Sorry, Mini Cooper, I have a new car-crush.

• I fed Riley tiny bits of chicken recently and he ate it so eagerly and with this look of dawning wonder on his face and I was ridiculously thrilled and proud. Non-smushy food, first time. (Although sometimes when he opens his mouth with such impatient expectation I think not of adorable cheeping birds but of Alex in A Clockwork Orange, smacking his mouth open in the hospital bed while he’s being spoon-fed, which is to say, damn, kid, I am not your Minister of the Interior!)

• Three hardware products JB has been project managing were all announced today; I know firsthand that it’s pretty exciting to have something you’ve worked on start getting mentioned in the press (although there are some differences, like my company is usually reported on by Mac news sites while his company is, you know, on the front page of the Wall Street Journal) so I am quite proud of him. Even if he did make a big stink about taking Riley to daycare this morning instead of picking him up tonight because, and I quote, “This is deviating from the plan. You know I don’t like deviating from the plan.” JB, you are the most awesome stubborn hardass I know.

• The other day I gave myself a home pedicure, painted on a loud-ass red polish, stuck a little rhinestone sparkle “fashion nail accessory” on each of my big toes, and my feet now officially look better than the rest of me. I feel stupidly happy about this. Sure, I’ve got on a wrinkled shirt and my hair’s a mess, but I’m walking pretty, by god.

• Oh! I almost forgot, I overheard this at work today: “It’s like MySpace…but with dragons.” Heh. Geeeeeeks.


Now is the time for the crazy links:

 • Young FrankenSteve
Walken Cowbell
Animator/Animation cage match
Diet Coke and Mentos


Happy Tuesday. Have a good week! May your floors be mold-free and your toes a source of pleasure. (WHAT? Go away, fetish googlers.)


22 Responses to “Menudo!”

  1. Lisa B on June 13th, 2006 3:18 pm

    Mmmm, gotta say, I have an embarrassing crush on that Lexus too. And I drive one of these http://auto.consumerguide.com/Auto/Used/reviews/full/index.cfm/id/2467/Act/usedcarreviewphotos/img/00812211990002/. Begone, begone ye SUV fetish!

  2. angela on June 13th, 2006 3:56 pm

    that infiniti thing looks kinda like the nissan murano. ‘cept way better.

    movie recommendation: Old Boy. Both awesome and disturbing. You gotta wait for it, tho.

  3. Andrea on June 13th, 2006 4:26 pm

    I’m a little worried about you after reading the description of this film, Linda. I can’t believe this is what you and JB would choose for entertainment on a Saturday night.

  4. sundry on June 13th, 2006 4:42 pm

    Angela: I’ve been looking at the Murano, too. I like it from the rear (WHAT? WHAT?) but the front is kind of blah, I think.

    Andrea: I think it’s safe to say that *JB* wouldn’t have chosen it, given the option. So the only sicko here is me. In my defense, I…oh, what can I say, I love sick movies. This one was a little rough, though, I have to admit.

  5. Mona on June 13th, 2006 5:15 pm

    You never watched Melrose Place? I wish I could have been so lucky. I think I’ve suffered irreversible damage having watched the tawdry Californian trifecta: Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and Models, Inc.

    Ichi the Killer, anyone?

  6. Mike on June 13th, 2006 5:38 pm

    I also hate deviating from the plan. The plan usually involves leaving for work/lunch/home at the same time every day. The funny thing is I’m pretty laid back in general and usually just roll with the punches. But, yeah, when left to my own devices, the plan rules all.

  7. jonniker on June 13th, 2006 8:48 pm

    I spent

  8. jonniker on June 13th, 2006 8:51 pm

    Oh. My. GOD. “I spent.” Spent what? My evening, drinking? Wine? Why yes, I DID. And so, I got fast fingers and it all went black and I said, “I SPENT.”

    What I meant to say was, I spent 10 years doing high-tech PR, and of this whole list, I swelled with pride at JB’s press stuff, because it feels SO COOL to have that happen, and the JOURNAL? THE HOLY GRAIL? OH MY GOD! I’m so excited for him.

    Yay, Sundry, family! Some drunk girl (on a TUESDAY. It was an ACCIDENT) is all excited about the PR! For real!

    ::runs off to pass out::

    ::no, seriously::

  9. Mara on June 13th, 2006 8:55 pm

    I’ve been reading your “Blog” forever, but I have this weird hang-up about commenting (perhaps because I was named after a Klingon which means “weridos” everywhere have access to me if I post upon YOUR blog…

    Anyhow, just wanted to say I “so love” your ruminations about Riley! And, I also “so love” looking forward to your posts about him when he starts ruminating his own esoteric wonderings. I’m sure you will capture them far more gracefully than I did–I mostly laughed my ass off and embarrassed my children with postings to “record” their esoteric wonderings. Of course, nowadays, in their “grown-up” wisdom, they ask me, “So, Mom, are you going to write about that funny thing I said in your blog?” and I pretty much respond with, “Well, yeah, but I only have something like 30 readers, so don’t get all prissy about it…”

    And your Riley, on the other hand, is like Brangelina’s Baby…

    So glad the pressure is YOURS instead of MINE!

  10. Beth on June 14th, 2006 5:37 am

    MySpace but with Dragons?! What is? You can’t leave all us Geeks hangin’, baby!
    I get my geek fix through my UbberGeek Husband, and not at work so I’m always hungry for the little GeekTips I can surprise Husband with (he’s forever shocked when I stumble across GeekFodder before he does).

  11. Jessie on June 14th, 2006 5:38 am

    I can completely relate to the pretty toes making you happy thing. After I paint my toenails, I make my husband look at them at least twice, saying “Aren’t they pretty?”. It’s definitely a girl thing though, because he just goes, “They’re pink” and he’s not impressed.

  12. Zoot on June 14th, 2006 5:39 am

    Okay, I will only admit this here since I am confident I won’t be shunned. When Dooce posted the picture of her and Andrew Shue – I think she even referred to Melrose Place, maybe, but since I didnt watch that (I was too busy being a despondent HIPPY instead of GOTH – but same effect) I only knew him as the jackass jock from Goonies. WHICH HE’S NOT. But, I couldnt figure out why everyone was so excited about meeting TROY!!! (WHICH HE’S NOT). And it wasn’t until Amalah posted his picture and I read some of the comments and I finally looked up Melrose Place before I realized my error(s).

    I’m an idiot.

    Oh – Go JB!

  13. Sabine on June 14th, 2006 6:04 am

    My boss came in the other day talking about the diet coke and mentos thing – before the day was out we were all on the roof trying it. Never mention things that explode or shoot up in the air around Geologists, because it will always end in trouble. :)

  14. justmouse on June 14th, 2006 7:50 am

    i’m with Beth…you can’t just say “myspace…but with dragons” and then NOT SAY WHAT IT IS!!!! dammit. also, i am a sucker for the sick & disturbing genre. i fall asleep at night lulled by the dulcit tones of Bill Kurtis describing grisly scenes in Cold Case Files, and American Justice. so…if you tell me that that movie is a little harsh…then i must, of course, rent it right away! i keep searching for a film that will scare me, but havent found one so far.

    also. you should post a picture of your spanky new pedicure. i need ideas, because I, too, want sexy feet. (although, if you’re at all worried about the toe fetishists, perhaps this is not a stellar idea?)

  15. Kay on June 14th, 2006 8:26 am


    Um I saw that movie and you are right. We went to our local Chinese restaurant and they had fried dumplings, always had but now I looked at them in a whole new light.
    And no, to those that haven’t seen the movie, it is not made of cat! (or dog) :)

  16. Ang on June 14th, 2006 8:37 am

    We’ll miss you!

  17. Orlandoann on June 14th, 2006 2:40 pm

    Dear Sundry,

    I have been reading your blog for ages now, I’ve just been a total slacker when it comes to leaving comments. Anywho, since you are getting hardwood floors, I wanted to tell you about the most amazing invention that has ever come into my life. My hubby gave me a Roomba (seriously) for Christmas and I swear I have died and gone to hardwood floor heaven. We have kids, dogs, cats, the works. We have the model that lets me program it to go on during the day when we aren’t here and I come home to a hair-free, dust/dirt free floor everyday. Love it! It will also work on carpeted areas, but I like doing that with my major cleaning once a month (well, I dunno about LIKE). They are a little expensive, but I spent a fortune on swiffers and dusters and whathaveyous. It is well worth it!

  18. Susie on June 14th, 2006 4:35 pm

    My car crush is the Saturn VUE. *drool* Oh, and the Nissan Titan.

    My little guy has a penchant for salmon. He prefers it grilled. Hifalutin, eh? LOL

  19. MATTY! on June 15th, 2006 3:26 pm

    I saw that coke video on G4 last week. Crazy shit, man. It’s like our generation’s version of pepsi and Pop-Rocks, only it’s completely factual and I completely want to see someone do it lol.

    Yay for Riley eating chicken! He’ll be asking for a steak medium rare in no time :D !

  20. mandy on June 15th, 2006 7:19 pm


    I didn’t know you grew up in Manassas, I grew up in Stafford! Your photography is always amazing and I love reading you. I’d buy your book too, I’d even buy the “new” one from amazon….not like the .25 used copies I usually buy.
    You are so entertaining. I love the glimpses you allow us into your world. Thanks…I loved the “mysteriously crusty blanket..” entry…oh what a chuckle. I tried to share why I was laughing with my husband who was sitting beside me watching “ultimate fighter”..but I think it went over his head, cause he didn’t laugh. ha

  21. Erica on June 16th, 2006 7:25 am

    I know your pain when it comes to hotel living. A GIANT red oak came crashing through my house a couple of years ago (going right through the attic and destroying my daughter’s room, the living room and dining room) and we had to live in a hotel for almost 6 weeks! I had to keep my extremely hyper-active 5-year old semi-quiet and entertained in a two-room suite because it rained constantly during that time…UGH

  22. Emily on June 17th, 2006 2:19 pm

    Dude, if you saw my Mini, you’d never think about such a betrayal again. It’s probably the awesomest car ever made in 1972. If you want one, you should check out eBay. WICKED CHEAP.

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