Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
1. He was the most polite cat I've ever met. He literally would wait his turn to eat. If another one of our cats was eating he would back up a few feet, sit down on his haunches and look around a bit, passing time while the other cat ate. When they were finished he would take his turn. It was kind of heartbreaking, but adorable. If he went outside and we didn't let him in right away he would just sit at the door and wait patiently, occasionally give a meow, but nothing to disturb anyone too much. Everyone else came first for Oakley.
2. In spite of his polite demeanor, he didn't take crap from no one; yet he still did it politely. He was the only cat I've ever known to slap on the hand---no claws. It really felt like a human was slapping me. He rarely did it, but if he was afraid (he was abused prior to my having him so he didn't like it when I raised my hand over his head which I never did intentionally!) I would get two quick slaps on the hand. Our house is a veritable way station for homeless cats, so there have been many a cat that has gone through here before finding their permanent home. Oakley welcomed them all, but if they ever got aggressive he let them know who was boss. Not by fighting, just his little quick slaps and they got the message.
3. He was also the only cat I've known who grew emotionally. Yes, that's ridiculous! But also true! Because of his early abuse he was borderline feral when I got him at 7 months. The last few years he really came into his own and became much less skittish. The last year or so he was like a regular cat. Brett had said when he met him that he wished for Oakley that he could feel safe (and have opposable thumbs. Why opposable thumbs? I think so he could play the piano, I'm not sure.). And he truly did seem like he felt safe and happy this last year. Opposable thumbs not withstanding.
I'm lucky to have known him all those years and I'm going to miss him for the rest of mine.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
(And P.S. of course I love Harper just as much but I met her in 2006!)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I love this show. Elvis made me even like Bono. This sounds pretentious when I repeat it, but Bono was talking about seeing a band that had a very intimate show even in a large arena and he said, "Intimacy is the new punk rock. It's the thing that makes me stop in my tracks now." I love that! Intimacy is bold and scary whether it's in music or the rest of life. I like the idea of it being bad ass like punk rock. I still don't like U2 though! I'll hold on to that, don't worry!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I saw this movie a couple nights ago. Brett and I had a good laugh about how awful it would be, but how I was going to watch it anyway. Hahaha! Get outta here you, I said to Brett, I'm going to watch this bad movie, you! Well, joke's on me, kids! Not only did I like a lot of it, I LOVED parts of it. I would even watch those parts again? Yes, I would. They were funny parts! Who doesn't want to watch funny parts twice?? Fine. I know everyone thinks they have a good sense of humor but I can't argue with the facts. Turns out Housesitter wasn't an anomaly. I just can't be trusted in the humor department. Goodbye, I'm going to watch Seems Like Old Times for the 128th time!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Cook over medium heat, without stirring, to 260 degree F, hard-ball stage. Mixture should boil at moderate, steady rate over entire surface. Reaching hard-ball stage should take about 15 minutes.
What the hell is hard ball stage?? Sorry hard-ball stage?? I'm out of my element(Donny)!!Is this some inside joke with bakers? They never expect us sugar fans to ever read the recipe and find them out?? But find out WHAT? How will I know if I've reached hard-ball stage if I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS???
Guys, we can all calm down. There was a small time lapse wherein I googled it. But here's the bad news. I'm only SLIGHTLY less confused! Apparently there's also soft-ball and firm-ball that goes along with hard-ball! But the difference between firm-ball and hard-ball is not as obvious as it seems! Candy making is a science, guys! I found that out on a website about the science of candy! Does this make it more fun or less? I DON'T KNOW!!
I may or may not be making candy treats for the holidays. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
It turns out Eddie Vedder, Lisa Marie Presley, Dave Grohl, David Spade and one of the Dixie Chicks have daughters named Harper. When we picked the name we did it for a variety of reasons, one of which was that it be somewhat different without being pretentiously different. But when five celebrities name their kid that same sort of unusual name in the last year it makes me feel like it's both too pretentious and too normal! HOW DO I GO ON???? My resolve is heroic!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Brett: You know what a platypus is.
Me: No I don't, that's why I'm asking.
Brett: It's a furry looking animal with a bill like a duck. Harper, do platypuses lay eggs or have babies?
Harper: Lay eggs.
Brett: That's right. Even though they are what?
Brett: That's right!
Me: Now you're just trying to make me look stupid.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Harper: I'll give him this!
Me: A peanut! You'll hurt him!
Harper: (like I'm insane) He's not REAL!
Me: Oh, you're right.
Harper: I can feed them things they don't eat if they're not real!
She then repeated that over and over until I was convinced I've messed her up for life.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
(This poster is on the bus stop near our house, and for reasons I don't understand I can't find in English!)
I was getting more than a little bit nervous because Oprah was going on her television program making grand announcements about her show ending, but absolutely NO MENTION of what was next for Oprah and ME. Well, FINALLY I have some answers about what to do next! Those were a terrifying couple of days, guys!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
and I die a hundred deaths about how cute they are and how lucky we are that they are so great and so good to each other. And then maybe Clyde will make some noise in his sleep and I will pray to God he stays asleep and wonder what the hell I've been doing with the six minutes I actually get to myself every day. Isn't my life great?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Also, I really do like Ellen, but I feel like some celebs who go on Oprah feel like they have to espouse Oprahisms and she was no different. "I work hard to see the bigger picture and not be caught in my ego." I mean, I appreciate that as much as the next lady, but it feels like she's trying when she says it on Oprah. Like everyone has to go toe to toe with our Queen. Queen Oprah. Stop trying so hard Ellen! Leave your face alone and just be yourself! Ironically the interview was all about how comfortable she is with herself.
Jeez, what's my problem with Ellen?
Friday, November 6, 2009
Me: I love you for saying that.
Brett: I blame you for this.
Me: It's not my fault!
Brett: Who's fault is it?
Me: Hey, I've watched lots of terrible TV for a long time.
Brett: Touche. Who would have thought that would come back and win you an argument.
I’m not even going to thing about pick-pocketing this guy. Honestly, where is that chain wallet going into because that doesn’t look like a pocket to me.
(the caption is not mine)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
hello I notice you have not reply to my offer is tv still available? If so I will increase my offer to 25 plus 12 for delivery plus 2 sandiwhc of fruit salad for vegetable. It is very nice tv! Also I teach class in spiritual dancing so if you want I gve you free one hours class for up to four studnets maybe friend or family. God is great! JEsus can help you if you let HIM into your herat.
thank you please/
Monday, October 19, 2009
hello I am interested in youre telvision please but first a little about me!
I am 59 years old single woman. I have no car so you would have to bring tv to me but I am fun to meet and get to know so this will be no problem I am sure. I have 1 bike and also cart for groceries no car! But I can pays extra for deliveirty. I can also give sandiwch or fruit salad if you are vegetable for time or energy.
I want to watch housewife show and also oprah with tv! Does tv get these chanels? I heard about goverment program to replace tvs with new digital tvs ... is your tv part of that and where can i go to get tv exchanged once you delibvr to me?
Also you asked about dreams in ad ... my dream is to meet Nelson Mandale and take picture. or did you mean night time dreams if so my nighttime dreams are about falling down off tall building or sometimes about rats crawling under my house mostly.
would you take 20 for tv with 10 extra for delivery to irvine plus sandwihc?
thank you please!
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is a perfect TV! Let's do this thing! With remote, gorgeous inside and out. You have to ask yourself, what are you waiting for? Watch Mad Men in style. Or whatever you want to watch, it will be projected from this beauty. Email me, let's make your dreams start now.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Me: Harper, I will stay there today, but I may leave on Thursday.
Harper: No, you can leave today.
Me: They won't let me leave today. I have to stay.
Harper: Oh! No, you can leave.
Me: Harper, I'm telling you, I have to stay today.
Harper: Oh! No, I mean, you can leave.
Me: I think when we actually get there you may feel differently.
We turn the corner and see the place.
Harper: I was just joking. You can stay.
(She didn't end up caring if I was there or not.) On the way home we discussed her time there.
Me: What are your teachers names? Do you remember?
Her: No! YOU know! You're the one who knows!
This child came out fully formed. And she is an adolescent general.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Brett: Write: Get ready to have your sh*t rocked.
So, as a joke I wrote: Perfect condition. It'll rock your sh*t off.
Brett: Please write that.
Me: I will not write that, because I want it to sell.
Brett: (completely serious)It'll sell, and it'll sell to a far more interesting person.
Me: It will NOT sell that way. Seriously, what should I write?
Brett: You should SERIOUSLY write that.
Me: I am NOT going to write that! What should I say?
Brett: FINE. If you're not going to be interesting, just be FACTUAL (contempt not at all disguised).
Now he wants to write two competing ads and see who gets more calls.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Say “yes.” In fact, say “yes” as often as you can. When I was starting out in Chicago, doing improvisational theatre with Second City and other places, there was really only one rule I was taught about improv. That was, “yes-and.” In this case, “yes-and” is a verb. To “yes-and.” I yes-and, you yes-and, he, she or it yes-ands. And yes-anding means that when you go onstage to improvise a scene with no script, you have no idea what’s going to happen, maybe with someone you’ve never met before. To build a scene, you have to accept. To build anything onstage, you have to accept what the other improviser initiates on stage. They say you’re doctors — you’re doctors. And then, you add to that: We’re doctors and we’re trapped in an ice cave. That’s the “-and.” And then hopefully they “yes-and” you back. You have to keep your eyes open when you do this. You have to be aware of what the other performer is offering you, so that you can agree and add to it. And through these agreements, you can improvise a scene or a one-act play. And because, by following each other’s lead, neither of you are really in control. It’s more of a mutual discovery than a solo adventure. What happens in a scene is often as much a surprise to you as it is to the audience.
Well, you are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say “yes.” And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say “yes” back. Now will saying “yes” get you in trouble at times? Will saying “yes” lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.”
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
But before all that happened I went to pick up some pictures I had printed out there. I went to pay and I notice that the guy who was helping me had printed on his name tag: Cousin Joey. I don't know whether to love him or wince. I mean it could be adorable or crazy. It's anybody's guess. I guess I acted a little confused about the total amount and because he mentions the taxes. And then he says, "Some of your money has to go to cousin Arnold!" And he winks at me and hands me the receipt. He didn't say Uncle Sam, he said cousin Arnold. The guy is definitely crazy! But here's the kicker: ALSO adorable.
I love Target.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Dude looks like a really old lady? I'm sorry! So obvious! (I swear I do love him, I'm just reporting the facts.)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
In other news today, Clyde grabbed my face and kissed it. Brett said that kid is magic, and I am here to tell you, he is RIGHT.
Monday, August 10, 2009
To give you some perspective, this is what I look like posing for a picture without Rick in it:
Now that you have an idea, this is what I look like posing for a picture WITH Rick Springfield!!!:
Now, let's calm down while I take us back just a bit in the story. For those of you unfamiliar with my Rick Springfield life story, suffice it to say I spent about 4 of my formative years loving Rick Springfield (read: escaping from my adolescence) and convincing myself that I was going to marry him. The idea of which would send my mother into a rage yelling at me, "YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MARRY RICK SPRINGFIELD!!!" as if this was a possibility. As if this fifteen year old girl from Palo Alto was going to meet and then marry a 36 year old pop sensation who was touring the world. (I totally thought I would.) But if there was one thing my mother was always good at, it was squashing dreams. Well, you're good at what you enjoy, you understand. At this point I find this quality of hers funny, so I thought, why not call my mother before I meet him to see in what manner she will be wholly unsupportive. Here are the results:
Me: Mom, I'm going to meet Rick Springfield tonight. He's having a CD signing and meeting everyone who buys a CD.
Her: (a beat where her psyche builds up all the sarcasm it can muster) Well, I am THRILLED for you. What are you going to say? (mimicking I guess me? In a cloying, annoying tone) "Oh, I've loved you for so many years! I'm just so excited to meet you! Blah blah blah."
She delivered! At some point I told her it wasn't about getting excited about Rick Springfield (a concern she delivered) it was about getting excited for the person who is excited about Rick Springfield. When I told that to my friend Sophia she said she wanted to get that put on a t-shirt. I would wear that shirt.
Let's get to the important part! I went there with my BFF Laura and I was VERY nervous about what I would say to him. I wanted to convey to him how much he meant to me, but I didn't want to appear crazy. I asked Brett earlier what he thought of various things I was thinking of saying and most of it was negated due to: craziness! Apparently telling him I think of him as family is crazy! I had a feeling, but I wasn't sure! Exclamation points for nerves!! To add to the nerves, my friend Sussy had recently made me an INCREDIBLE craft of a felt/embroidered/handsewn picture of Rick dreaming about rescuing cats with me. Now, do I just say a simple, "Thank you for the music." And then pull out the picture and say, "My friend made a picture of you dreaming about rescuing cats with me, can you sign it??" THAT'S crazy, right? But that's the one thing that Brett AND Laura approved! I'm so confused about what's crazy and what isn't in regards to Rick Springfield! I asked them what if I said, "I hope I don't sound crazy, but I've got a picture of you dreaming about rescuing cats with me?" And Laura said whatever I do don't talk about being crazy. I said that's the one thing I'm sure I HAVE to do.
Guys, this is a long entry, but suffice it to say there are a bunch of VERY angry Rick Springfield fans out there. After about 15 minutes of being in their midst I realized if Rick Springfield is worried about my craziness then he's pretty much spending all of his time worried about everyone who loves him. So right after I took the picture with him, I suddenly thought I HAVE to do it! I HAVE to show him the picture of him and me and the cats. So I said, "Can I show you something?" To which he said, "Sure!" (He's so nice!) And I said, "I hope this doesn't sound crazy..." At which point he DID look concerned that I was crazy! Laura was right, I should NOT have mentioned craziness. Here he is VERY concerned about what's in my bag:
But I barreled ahead and showed him the picture and he LOVED it!!! (Thank you Sussy!! I'm linking to you again for double gratitude!!) Look at his face! He LOVES it!!
And now look at how genuinely happy he is when he takes the picture with it! (Note to readers: you don't have to take in how I look like I am clutching to the picture for dear life.)
I wish you could see the intricacies of this amazing picture. It delighted me and Rick Springfield alike! What a night! He was so great and the next time we meet I'll tell him how much I love him and that he should come over for Thanksgiving. I HAVE LEARNED NOTHING.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Some type of objectification of a woman.
Some completely unrealistic sexual encounter happens with Denis Leary or the older chubby guy.
Some mostly annoying but occasionally funny dialogue about sex and/or poop.
Some even more unrealistic sexual encounter with Denis Leary happens.
Something offensive about alcoholics happens.
Some brave depiction of firefighters that warms the heart and is supposed to make up for the fact that everyone associated with this show hates women.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Brett: Are you red?
Brett: Are you red? You look like you're colored red.
Needless to say, I was not colored red.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
After I read this quote and loved it I looked up this Alvin Toffler character. What is his profession? Futurist! I didn't know such a thing existed! Is it too late to become a futurist? I don't know because I'm not a futurist! Apparently you just go around predicting the future. Maybe it's different from being a psychic because it uses science instead of whatever psychics use. Regardless, I love it! It sounds like a profession from a Kurt Vonnegut novel.
In other news, please watch the Ghost Whisperer. It's HILARIOUS. Do yourself that favor. Once you get over J Love Hewitt's pout it's non stop laughs. Acctually, once you can make friends with it, her pout is responsible for about 18% of the laughs.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
- Joyce Maynard via julie911
Every thoughtful thing I read about parenting these days makes me tear up.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Harper and I we were listening to Morning Becomes Eclectic on the way to a friend's house today.
Harper: Is that the same sound?
Me: You mean a new song?
Harper: Yeah. Are those the same sounds?
Me: No honey, it's a different song.
Harper: But it SOUNDS similar.(Subtext, obvs: All your indie crap sounds the same, mom. Don't kid yourself. )
Me: Yes honey, I guess it does.
But I just love that she isn't even three and uses the word similar. I love that kid like crazy too, don't kid yourself people!
Monday, July 13, 2009
via Jane Fonds, something I really needed to hear:
Gloria Steinem, in her book “Revolution Within”
If we think of ourselves as circles, our goal is completion –not defeating others.
Progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.
If we think of families and nurturing groups as circles, the sum means maximizing each part—not restricting others or keeping secrets.
Progress is appreciation.
If we think of work structures as circles, excellence and cooperation are the goal –not competition.
Progress becomes mutual support and connectedness.
If we think of nature as a circle, then we are part of its reciprocity.
Progress means interdependence.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Confirmed on www.rickspringfield.com
Rick will be appearing at the following BORDERS locations to sign 'My Precious Little One" CDs purchased in-store with a short 3 or 4 song performance. Don't miss it!
AS IF I WOULD MISS IT!!! Just reading that information gave me something akin to a panic attack!! I'm going to have to spend the next month in a cave meditating on the mantra, "Keep it together, Levinger. KEEP IT TOGETHER!!!" I'm going to have to drag the BFF there to ensure the togetherness is kept securely in place!!! Refer to subject heading!!!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Brett: I was just wondering what right-handed was derived from. I think it's dexter.
Me: You're asking me if I know this?
Me: I'm sorry.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I'd like inform you that Scarlett Johansson "actress"actually is a clone from original person,who has nothing with acting career.Clone was created illegally using stolen biomaterial.Original Scarlett Galabekian last name is nice, CHRISTIAN young lady.I'll tell more,those clones(it's not only 1)made in GERMANY-world leader manufacturer of humans clones,it's in Ludwigshafen am Rhein,Rhineland-Palatinate,Mr.Helmut Kohl home town
This poor guy must be exhausted.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I hope this ends without a crash and maybe even some peeing in the potty.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I saw this picture of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig and was taken aback by the copiousness of Hugh Jackman's body. I don't even find it particularly attractive, it's just startling that it exists. He may actually be a wolverine at this point because that does not seem human.
Me: Look at him, that is insane.
Me: I mean seriously, he makes Daniel Craig look fat.
Brett: Yeah, it's crazy.
Me: I mean it's just--
Brett: Okay, okay, you don't have to say anything else. You said he makes Daniel Craig look fat, that says it all.