Monthly Archives: February 2008

O Helen, My Helen!

Is it just me, or does Helen Mirren become ever lovelier with each passing year?

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Le Swoon.

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Strange Bedfellows

I’m at my parents’ house, organizing their media cabinet. This just surfaced: one VHS tape with my mother’s impeccable writing on the label,

January 28, 1986 – Shuttle Challenger Explosion (Ends 4382)

Then, in marker, in the scrawling penmanship of a 14-year old boy,

SKATE CELEBRITIES! 

Yikes.

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Fairly Odd Parents Don’t Get Sick

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself as I maniacally wash and sanitize my hands, and then pick up wads of tissue from the floor and tables. Seriously, Miles just walked from the living room to the dining room where I’m sitting just to toss a used tissue onto the table. I looked at him like he was tossing a kitten into a vat of boiling oil.

“Uh-uh, man, no WAY.”

He grinned sheepishly. He knows where he should put the snotty ones. And forgive my overreaction, as I am just as guilty of hoarding used tissues next to me in bed, or possibly on the nightstand when I am sick. But this one got up, walked fifteen feet and elected to place the wad just shy of the waste basket I use when I pay bills.

Miles is basically better, save for the head cold and gunk in his chest. Yay for neti pots; hopefully this won’t turn into a sinus infection.

Jack, on the other hand, is just on his second day of being feverish and developing a rattly cough.

Yesterday I bought Lego Star Wars II at Target.

In my ultimate fantasy, one or both children will either play it or sleep today so that a) I can get some writing done and b) I don’t have to listen to Cosmo & Wanda any. damn. more.

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Eat Cake.

For the third anniversary of Madeline in the Mirror I’ll be giving you some of my favorite things.

First up, Cake‘s Short Skirt, Long Jacket, one of my favorite songs. As Miles points out, there’s no real “singing” in the “song.” Doesn’t matter. Listen to the MP3 here.

I’ve been dancing around my house to these guys since, well, since roughly 1996. But this morning I had a serious Cake itch to scratch. The bass, the horns and the cabasa (THE CABASA!) are awesome, but dig the lyrics:

I want a girl who gets up early
I want a girl who stays up late
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
Who uses a machete to cut through red tape
With fingernails that shine like justice
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass
She is fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She’s touring the facility
And picking up slack

“Uses a machete to cut through red tape.” Hells, yeah.

Damn Sony BMG and their DRM, but you have to see the video; linkable but not embeddable. Hah!

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