Frank said… #89

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

Frank: Shark Week’s gotten too commercial.
Me: Oh?
Frank: I remember when Shark Week had integrity. Sigh

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Coffee Date #38

Hey there! It’s nice to see you again, what’s in your cup this morning? I’m having Creme Brulee coffee with hot chocolate. I was hoping I had a Kahlua coffee hidden, but it seems I’m out. I’ll have to remedy that next time I find them on sale.

So what’s new? Anything good to report? Any good jokes or funny stories from this week?

I have one for you. Let me share the conversation I had with one of my little swimmers at the pool last night. D is one of my favorite swimmers and over the last couple of years that we’ve worked together, we’ve not only had a lot of fun, but he’s become quite the little swimmer.

D had finished a 75 yard swim for me and was giggling when he came into the wall to talk about what needed to be fixed.

unicornfartglitterMe: D, what’s so funny?
D: What happens when you fart in the pool? Because I did!
Me: Meh, the bubbles come out. Sometimes they get stuck in your suit for a bit first.
D: Oh, okay. (Slightly disappointed – I think that nothing “cooler” happened.)
Me: Come on out of the pool so we can work on something.
D: My mom farted last night!
Me: Everyone farts, D.
D: Girls don’t fart.
Me: Sorry kiddo. They do, we just try to be polite about it.
D: You sure?
Me: Yep.
D: Oh. (Even more disappointed.)

I’m not sure why he was disappointed unless he was trying to get a rise out of me so he didn’t have to swim more, but I’m really hoping I didn’t break his little boy heart with that piece of information though.

Kids. They’re great for a laugh.

Anything exciting planned for this weekend? Frank and I are going to a happy hour near my office to see a college friend of mine play some music. That should be nice. Tomorrow I’m working and then going to friends’ house for dinner which reminds me I have to decide what to bring! Maybe some Ice Cream Sundae Pie? Or gf mac and cheese who knows…

Well I have to get a refill and then run. It was nice to see you! I hope you have a laughter filled weekend!

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Thursday Three – Reasons Why I think Tom Cruise is a Robot

I found this in my drafts and thought it was an excellent post for today…It’s almost a year old and why I didn’t click publish escapes me now, but here you go. Perhaps my subconscious knew that I’d want to make a super fun graphic to go with it?

tomcruiserobotI was talking to BatGirl the other day about something or other and Tom Cruise came up. He did something (can’t remember what right now because I didn’t sleep last night and my brain is totally fried) and I commented that I thought hes clearly a robot.

She agreed that it’s likely. We then went onto discuss the facts* that support this being the case.

  1. The man does not age. Either he has the best plastic surgeon in the field (Let’s be honest, if you have enough work done, it starts to show.) or he’s a robot with Data like skin.
  2. He’s super into Scientology which makes sense from the standpoint that they’re all about “programming” and “deprogramming”. You’d think this would mean he’s not prone to crazy antics but I figure like all other computerized things, sometimes his programming gets gilitchy.
  3. He treated Katie like she was a robot and was a robot with her because he doesn’t know how else to be since he is a robot himself. It would also explain why there is the underlying assumption that Suri is totally Chris Klien’s kid because robots can’t make babies with humans.

I’m sure there’s other reasons, but you know what? My gut says he’s a robot and my gut is rarely wrong.

Do you think he’s a robot? Why or why not?

 

*Fact is being used loosely here.

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I feel like I have ants in my pants.

antsirutThe last few days I’ve been itchy, twitchy, a little anxious and I realized that it’s because I have ants in my pants. I feel like I need to get up and move, change things up if you will…

While I tend to do well with routine when it comes to eating the “right” food, getting my tush in gear, and even sleep, I often find myself craving something adventurous or different. While I can be a creature of habit (Aren’t we all?), it seems that too much “routine” leaves me feeling like I’m in a rut.  I end up feeling restless and in need of adventure.

Nothing’s wrong, I’m feeling too confined and dare I say bored? Don’t get me wrong, I have lots to do, I just don’t feel engaged in any of it at the moment.

(First world problems, right?)

My days are largely the same and my weeks keep a very similar rhythm. It looks something like this on my calendar from week to week:

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Each day I also hang out with that guy I Like, maybe watch some tv/do a project/read a book and try to sleep. Sometimes on the weekends I take a nap or see friends/family and often if I’m at the pool to teach, I get a swim in too.

I don’t wish to complain or whine because over all I do like my life and it’s general happiness. I need to shake it up a little. Add a little pizazz or glitter if you will.

I can’t do much about the work, teaching and sleep* part, I need my paychecks and the various things that come with them, but I could do something fun with my generous lunch break instead of eating at my desk and working/reading. I can get Frank to go different places/do different things with me when we hang out and maybe ever try new foods.

Heck, I don’t know. I’m just typing the words that come out of my fingers. What I do know is that I need to change things up somehow. This rut is starting to get to me.

What do you do to get out of a rut?

I did change something though! I ate my lunch outside in the sunshine instead of at my desk. All it’s changes so far was that I wasn’t cold for a bit

* when I do sleep…

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Reading More: The Panopticon

Quite some time ago now, I read The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan. A copy of this book was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon:

Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can’t remember what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais is covered in blood. Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counterculture outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor.

Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon—they form intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad-hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. But when she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais realizes her fate: She is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.

I don’t know what to say about The Panopticon because I have very mixed feelings about it.

It had a lot of potential to be a great book, but I felt like the author couldn’t decide which story to follow. Did she want to follow the drug addled thoughts of a delinquent, prone to violence teen who has been in and out of the system her whole life? Or did she want to follow a more sci/fi plot? This could have been a great dystopian thriller or a tale of redemption and freedom, but alas it was neither.

I don’t know that I enjoyed the story itself. It was difficult to read after knowing friends and former students who have been through similar circumstances. I can say without a doubt that I liked the characters. Isla, Tash, Shortie, and John could have been developed a little more, but Anais’s interactions with them helped me forgive her delinquencies. I found myself very much wanting her to get away with her next bit of naughtiness, to find mental and physical freedom, and to get to Paris.

This is not a book for someone who is offended by vulgar language, dark imagery, or violence. I’d also caution anyone who has trouble reading unusual dialects as much of this book is written in what I might best describe as Scottish slang. I found myself rereading pages several times to figure out what they were saying, sometimes using Google or saying the words out loud to figure out what they meant. Also, although Anais is a teen and many of the characters are teens, this isn’t a book I would hand most of the Young Adult readers I know. In fact, I’m not sure I’d hand this book to many adults.

Is this something you’d be interested in reading? Why or why not?

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Good Morning. It’s Monday and nice to meet you

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Sometimes I take selfies while I dance around my office to take a break. I think this is ridiculous but adds a little fun to my day.

Breaking news guys! Kim and Kanye have been married for 73 days. That’s officially longer than her second marriage! (Her first marriage to Damon Thomas lasted 3 years.)

Why is this breaking news? I have no idea. (I’d think a possible cure for Ebola was more breaking news…) Also in the news(?) Katy Perry wants to join the Illuminati . Would you want to join that group?

So how’s your Monday going? I had to fight with the k-cup machine at work for my coffee and I’m feeling pretty crappy, but hey, I have a job and a bottle of Advil. Those are two good things. I would have skipped the coffee and had tea but I’m on day 4 of a crappy sleep run and need a little extra boost.

I’ve been noticing new IP addresses around and thought I’d say hello to new visitors. Hi there! And a very special high-five welcome hug to returning friends! I’m pretty sure it’s nice to meet you even if you’re a jerk. Everyone has some sort of redeeming quality even if it’s that I know how I don’t wish to be.

If you’re new around here allow me to introduce myself. I’m fairly certain there are more than one “about me” posts that I’ve published. They are pretty representative of who I am, what I think about, and what I like or don’t, but I’ll tell you about the Me I am today.

I’m Court and I’m a baker, crafter, practical optimist, swimmer, teacher, big sister, best friend and lots of other things that really won’t tell you much about me unless you experience them with me first hand. I love music (covers are a favorite) and I’m often caught dash board drumming, singing along, or chair dancing. I’m not ashamed to admit it or embrace it either.

A couple of summers ago, I had a Picnic with a Judge to make it official that I really Liked this guy Frank that I met via blogging. He has his own blog and his own feature on this one. Some days he drives me nuts, but most days I Like him a whole lot.

I write something about whatever strikes my fancy on any given day.  I don’t always hit publish because sometimes my thoughts don’t really need to see the light of your screen. I love interactive posts where I learn something new about my readers and friends.

I welcome most challenges and you are welcome to suggest one.  During #julyoga, I rediscovered the pleasure in doing hard things and the satisfaction that goes with it. I’ll have to remind myself of that with some of the new challenges I’m taking on.

I’m also like to try new things because why not? (Although I don’t feel it necessary to join the Illuminati). I always have multiple projects going at any given time and I try to stay busy because I’m more likely to get into mischief if I don’t have something productive to do.

I think the world around me is interesting and always want to know more. I’m of the curious sort. I also find the world to be beautiful even if not in a traditional sense. I try to contribute to the beauty in the world around me even if it’s not visual. Thoughts, words and actions can all be beautiful in their own right. I appreciate others who do as well.

I struggle with my weight, sleeping, being able to pay attention and focus. I’ve learned to accept that I won’t likely ever be as thin as I “should”, get more than one decent nights sleep in a row, and work within my focus abilities. Like life, some days are better than others and I try not to let too much get me down because I think life is short and we should do what we can to enjoy it.

If you’d like to know more about me, feel free to ask.What I’ve typed out for today barely scratches the surface, but it’s a good start.

I’d like to know about you. Tell me about who you are today.

 

 

 

 

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Frank said…#88

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I was stretched out on the futon, relaxing with my legs across Frank’s lap when the NPH Heineken commercial came on the TV. He starts humping the side of my calf…

Me: What? Huh? What the? Why are you humping my leg?
Frank: It’s between me and Neal Patrick Harris!
Me: But he’s gay.
Frank: Then I have what he wants, don’t I?
Me: Touche.

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Coffee er LUNCH date…and August’s challenge let’s #makeaugust a good one!

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Last year’s birthday post. It was an epic party.

Happy Friday to you and you and you, and YOU! What did you have for lunch today? I had veggie soup and gf crackers.

Soup and crackers aren’t very inspired, but what can you do? I was tempted to just have a cupcake that I brought in, but I’m trying to hold off for now. I might want one later tonight after all.

So, how are you? Did you survive the week? I assume that if you’re reading this you did at least physically, but what about mentally?

July’s over. I did #julyoga as many days as I could and I enjoyed it. July had it’s rough points for me, but it was over all alright. How was July for you?

Captain Obvious would tell you if July is over then, today is August 1st. August 1st means that today is my brother’s birthday and that it’s time for a new challenge. I have a private one that I’ll share the results of when it’s over but I wanted to do something public for people to join me with if they wanted to do so.

I decided that because my cooking, crafting, and other wise creative endeavors have been sorely lacking this summer, I’m going to work on making something new every day.  It could be something food related, digital, textile, or really anything. The idea is to get my two normally busy hands and brain to get back into the swing of making things.

I might even take it to be a little less concrete some days and try to make someone smile, or their day, memories or mischief.

If you’d like to join along, you can certainly do so and if you’re feeling brave please share what you’ve “made” with the hashtag of #MakeAugust. Please also add a more specific hashtag of WHAT you made. For instance #someonesmile, #someonesday, #someonelaugh, #crafty, #yummy etc.

I’m also going to continue working on my yoga and making progress there. I think I’d like to more resemble girl in the striped pants, doing the funky back bend. I haven’t tried to do that yet and even if I could bend that way, I’m sure it wouldn’t look so graceful. Maybe some day?

I’d also like to make sure that I’m living and reflecting the traits that are listed there.  Most of those Bes? I’m pretty good with…I try like hell to embrace fearlessness, honesty, generosity, bravery, poetry (maybe not with words), openness, freedom, happiness, and to inspire myself and others. I don’t need to be a yogi, but I’d like to be thought of as the other traits and along with yoga, that takes practice.

It might seem like a tall order to #MakeAugust, but I think I’m up for it. Would you care to join me? If you’d like to guest post about what you’re doing/have done or post it on Instagram or Twitter, make sure you use the hastag so I see it!

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Thursday Thirteen – Thoughts I’ve had about #julyoga

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image from google, words added by me.

So I did it. I did yoga (almost) every day this past month. I missed a couple of days because my body said no and one because I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until the next morning (Basically that never happens!)

Some nights it was the very last thing I did before settling in for the night, sometimes it was at lunch, other times it was a yoga of some sort class…but I did it.

  1. Some days I really didn’t want to do it, unless I hurt, I tried 10 minutes and often it extended into at least 20 minutes. I almost never felt worse after doing it. Most times I felt better about myself and the world around me. (Go gentle endorphins!)
  2. I really hate being in a “mirror” spot because it’s incredibly distracting. It also makes me hyper aware of the fact that I’m often the biggest person in the room. I try to focus on what I can do, what I need to work on, and how strong I am rather than how big I am.
  3. I can in fact clear my mind to nothing. It lasted 5 seconds at most, but I did it more than once. On the days I couldn’t, that was okay too.
  4. Unless “the girls” go away there are some poses that no matter how hard I try, I will not be able to achieve. Same goes for my tummy. I try anyway.
  5. Modifications are our friend, but it feels damn awesome not to need them.
  6. Mean girls are everywhere, even in yoga class, and it makes it even more challenging to let go of your day.
  7. Forgetting my hand towel really just sucks. My hands sweat way too much.
  8. Speaking of sweat, wiping it away and counting breaths does help let go of what’s bothering you. Specifically if you give each wipe of the sweat a specific thing.
  9. I can in fact, do hard things and be stinkin’ proud of myself when I do them.
  10. I actually like (hopefully) hot yoga best I think. This was a far cry from almost passing out and hating it the first few times I did it.
  11. It’s a heck of a workout and really takes some effort. I didn’t change anything else really, but I’m seeing more definition and a less fluff.
  12. I’m both more and less flexible than I thought I was.
  13. I like yoga more than I ever did before and while I might not go every day after today, I’m going to keep it up.

Did you do #julyoga this month? Do you have thoughts you’d like to share?

I’d like to add a little more if you have a few moments…

I think what I have taken away most from this month of yoga is that really it’s up to me to be there for my own reasons. Each class starts with the quiet assigning of an intention for that day’s practice. Mine started with “Make it thorough without falling over, throwing up, or passing out.” It morphed into other more focused thoughts such as, “Accept what’s going on at work and with so and so.” and “See if you can push the flexibility today.”

The other mental practice that I liked a lot was that it wasn’t “wrong” to be out of the moment and to be “doing it wrong”. It was okay for my brain to wander (it’s favorite activity!) so long as I acknowledged where it went and brought it back to the focus of that moment.  I was able to do some sort of inspired soul searching (that I’m still working on) and take some time out of being a little upset with myself for the focus problems.

I got a lot out of this month and I’m very glad that I tried. I’ll never be perfect with yoga in my poses or myself, but it’s not about perfection. It’s about showing up and practicing that day.

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I don’t have anything I’ve recently made for you to see, but here’s a look at what I want to make soon…

If you were hoping for something tasty I’ve made recently, I’m sorry to say, you’re out of luck. Mostly we’re eating a whole lot of well loved but repeat dishes. I just haven’t felt like getting creative or finding something new. (You can see some of our favorites over here though.)

Just because I haven’t felt like trying to make new things, doesn’t mean that I haven’t been pinning like a fiend. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I can’t sleep.

My lunch today (soup and cherries) didn’t speak to my soul so I was looking at some of my pins. It might have been a mistake because now I’m totally hungry again or at least my eyes are.

Do your eyes ever think they’re hungry when your body isn’t in the least? I’m hoping it’s not just me here, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

Here are some of the links that made me particularly eye hungry. I didn’t include photos, but you can click through to see them. All links are to the Pinterest Pins and there is no particular order to them.

How about you? What are you eying to make in the near future? Alternately, what would you like to try off the list above?

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