The blatherings of a mental giant.

Posted: December 18, 2008 in Bring the funny, Calvin, Family, Food, Friends, goals, Headspace, Holiday, Journal, Maine, movies, Video, work

sheldonevilsmileI just HAVE TO use this icon today. The Big Bang Theory has now surpassed all other television shows (yes, even Grey’s Anatomy!) to become my favorite TV show currently airing (Buffy still holds the title of Best TV Show EVAR).


Years ago my sister sent me a coffee mug in amongst the Big Box O’ Stuff she used to send at Christmas. It’s oversized, and has a Far Side cartoon on one side of Santa in a therapist’s office, lying on the couch. The other side reads, “It’s always cold, I’m surrounded by midgets, the reindeer stink, and – if you must know – I’ve never really liked kids.”

It is my most favoritest mug in the whole wide world.


So yesterday when I got home from work, I took a nap (or as much of one as the DAMNED CATS would let me take). I awoke in not the best of moods. Seems the panic attack I thwarted in the afternoon came back to mess with my mood in the evening. Calvin mocked me a bit (oh, don’t go off on him, that’s how he deals with my Mental Issues), but he helped with the evening chores, cleaned the kitchen with me (actually, cleaned most of it himself), and helped me make dinner.

He loves me. It’s not easy being married to an anxious, depressed psychopath. I think he does quite well.


For Heather:


I still haven’t heard anything from my sister or my uncle. I suspect I’m in Big Trouble, Missy.


I feel kind of crummy today, so I’m working from home. I can’t remember the last time I took an actual sick day, where I didn’t work at all. Telecommuting means that you can still get crap done even if you’re on Death’s Doorstep. Not that I am. I have a big ol’ case of I Don’t Feel Like It, though. Vacation-itis, I think. I’m two work days away from two weeks off. I’ll work physically at my desk tomorrow, then work from home on Monday, then be freefreefree. Tomorrow’s gonna be a bitch – Calvin has it off and any day he has off makes it harder for me to lever myself out of bed in the morning.

He’s very warm.


I have a goal to get one useful thing done each day, every day that I’m off work.

Stop laughing at me.


Sounds like we’re going to have quite a crew over for Christmas dinner. I ordered eight two-pound lobsters to be delivered next Wednesday and to be consumed on Christmas Day (one week from today, people!). Marie and her boyfriend are coming over, as are Michael and his girlfriend. Michael’s roomates are also coming over (they were here for Thanksgiving, too, and they’re nice kids), and also another friend of theirs who is bereft of family and plans for the holiday. For those of you doing the math, that’s nine people for dinner. Luckily, two folks don’t like lobster (I’m still not positive what I’m feeding them, but I found a good recipe for cornish game hens that might do the trick), so we’ll still have one left to fight over.

I will be making a double batch of baked potato soup, you can rest assured (yeah, I know you stay up at night worrying about these things). I’m skipping the fudge this year, I think. But I will make the tried and true magic cookie bars and walnut chews. Maybe I’ll make a batch of soft chocolate chip cookies as well. Depends on how ambitious I get.


I had my first experience with Godiva chocolate liquour last night. It was one of those novelty mini-bottles that I got on our last trip to BevMo. Oh DEAR LORD. Why have I never had this before? I’m going to get a big bottle of it next time. A VERY BIG BOTTLE.


When we move back to Maine (WHEN), I want to live here. It’s on Portland’s East End, within walking distance of everything we love in the Old Port.

Come on, economy! We need to sell out of Arizona and get the hell outta here!


Speaking of the economy, I think the whole world is just waiting for 2009 to begin. Fresh year, fresh president, fresh hope. Things will turn around soon, I just have a feeling. I’m a bit psychic, you know.

Overpowering the world with optimism, since 1974!



  1. AmyD says:

    I love, love, love, love Godiva chocolate liquor. OMG. It makes the best chocolate martinis ever. There used to be a restaurant by Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA) called The Hamburger Hamlet. They used to make a drink called a Raspberry Truffle, it had the Godiva and a raspberry liquor called Razzamatazz. So gooooood.

  2. I have a Far Side mug that the high school newspaper staff got for me in 1988. I still have it and use it in my regular rotation. I laugh everytime I pull it out of the cabinet.

    I think I will post a picture or find the cartoon to show on my page. It is the one of the dog trying to lure the cat into the clothes dryer with a handwritten “CAT FUD —>”

    The cup has made it everywhere I have been for the last 20 years.

  3. iamheatherjo says:

    Aww!! Thank you for that. Wonder if Bill Pullman would like to come over for Christmas? 😀

  4. Sherry says:

    Buffy still reigns as my all-time fave as well! And my favorite mug is from a now defunct virtual reality Internet cafe and it says”because reality sucks” on the side. Which is very true before that first cup of coffee!

  5. Taoist Biker says:

    “I have a goal to get one useful thing done each day, every day that I’m off work.”

    Hey, it all depends on what you choose to define as “useful.” For example, “You know, I’ve been lacking in sleep for months. Today I’m going to make it a project to catch up on some sleep.”

    MTAE, I know that one! The dog is around the corner thinking “Oh please, oh please…”

    And you wish you could have seen me at my desk, wearing my Grinch tie, grooving to “Jungle Boogie.” Now I need to go watch Pulp Fic again. (I actually wrote a couple of funny PF parodies many a moon ago for my old MUD, but you’d have to know the people involved to really understand…)

  6. Kim says:

    I’m in Big Trouble, Missy with an aunt and you know what? I LOVE IT. Maybe we can stand in the corner together and make fun of people.

  7. Laura says:

    Amy – That sounds so good! Plus, it gives me an excuse to be able to curse, “FUCKING TRUFFELS!” again! 😀

    MTAE – You know, I have Calvin and Hobbes compendiums, but no Far Side, and I love that cartoon. Hmm. Amazon here I come.

    Heather – If he won’t, perhaps you’ll accept Sean William Scott?

    Sherry – Ay. Men.

    TB – Hmm. Does Rock Band count as useful? How about making oatmeal cookie shots? Sitting in the hot tub? Yes? Also, YouTube apparently has a MILLION muppet parodies of various things. I spent a good half-hour yesterday shooting various liquids out my nose.

    Kim – Really? Can we can we can we? Sounds like fun! I love mocking people. I’m a bitch that way.

  8. rai says:

    Hokay, if you dig the Godiva chocolate liquor, you might want to try one of my favorite drinks. Ever. It’s called Chocolate Covered Cherry (or so the bar at California Adventure said). It’s 1 part Godiva, 1 part vanilla vodka and 1 half part grenadine. Shake with ice and pour in a glass. Preferably martini.

    Damn Washington and their stupid liquor laws. It’s a bitch to find a liquor store.

  9. Laura says:

    Rai – Note to self: Don’t move to Washington.

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