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Someday I will buy this.

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When you want to redo your concrete driveway, does it make more sense to wait until post-winter, or to do it now?

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A friend/coworker called me "Mrs" just now, and I corrected him. Then I teasingly broke out in a rant. "Oh sure, just taunt me, just throw it in my face that I'm single! That's right, I don't have a boyfriend! No marriage, no family!" I wasn't serious, I was just laughing.

He responded seriously though, "That's because you're picky. You're a great catch, don't you forget that." I was still trying to pass it off as a joke, but he wouldn't let me. What a sweet friend.

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After a big emergency meeting this morning, it looks like our new website is going to production this weekend. Oh sure it's a pilot/beta thing, but we'll be going live! That's a big step. We've shown the customer that we can deliver.

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This morning, taking out the garbage, I was thinking about living alone. To a large extend I like living alone, but work is so much easier when shared. I live alone, so I am responsible for everything. I either do it or pay to have it done. I take out the garbage. I do the laundry. I clean the toilet, vacuum, etc. When a hunk of concrete falls off the step, I either fix it or step over it. When the heat stops working, I figure out how to make it warm again. When a lightbulb or battery stops working, I replace it.

When there is a noise in the middle of the night, I get up and investigate it. Then I blame the cats. When I discover that it is the cover of the smoke alarm which has fallen off, I apologize to the cats. Then I drag a chair over and fix it. ...Actually that's not true, in this case I moved it aside so I wouldn't step on it and left it on the floor. Dragging a chair over is what made it fall off, because it was a bit too high to properly fasten the cover back on when I changed the battery. The cover stayed on for a few days, but eventually gravity became too much for it apparently. Soon I will drag a taller piece of furniture over and put the cover back on.

I love the fact that I can take care of myself, but it sure is a bother sometimes.

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This morning while changing the kitty litter, I noticed the brand name. Tidy Cat. I thought that it would go well with the Spider Man theme song, so I started singing it. "Tidy cat, tidy cat, does whatever a...." well then it stopped working. So I tried Batman. "Dananana dananana Tidy Cat!" No, that didn't work either.

Then I thought about Robin, not my cat but the Boy Wonder. I've always liked him better, with his "Holy this and that!" I like saying Holy-whatever too. Like when it's cold out, I'll say "Holy Brrr, Batman!"

Then I remembered in that recent movie with Robin, when he said "Holy rusted metal Batman!" And Batman looked weirded out... What? And Robin explained, "This metal, the water has made it rusty and full of holes."

I laughed and laughed, and it still makes me giggle a little bit inside every time I think of it. That was my favorite part of the movie.

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From: writerwench Date: September 27th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know exactly what you mean about being responsible for everything. I've done that for 26 years... the husband wouldn't accept responsibility for anything to do with the house or kids. He'd support the kids financially, but they were MY choice not his, therefore every time - EVERY time - they needed anything, it was up to me to meet that need. Very, very wearying, and it grew in me a deep root of bitter resentment towards him.

I've always changed the lightbulbs, taken out the trash, cleaned up the cat mess, made the decorating decisions, done the room painting, made the curtains...or rarely and extravagantly ordered them MADE... I've chosen the carpets, the furniture, the kids' schools, the cars.

And now I have a lovely guy who is very traditional and wants to help, and get things fixed up round here, and he fixes and he mends and he repairs, and I love it, but at the same time I'm feeling 'Er, excuse me, hello, I'm not used to this Being Helped, just take it slowly please?'. It's quite an effort to allow someone to share the burdens I've carried alone for so long.

I remember the original Batman TV show - my lord it was hokey and silly... I can't think why Mother let us watch it! That 'walking up buildings' that was so obviously a camera on its side... 'holy broken bones, Batman!'.
Yeah. That's a bit sad, that I still laugh at that.
mbumby From: mbumby Date: October 1st, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
(RE Resentment: Yeah -- somehow it's worse to be doing it all when there's another ostensible adult also in the household than it is when one is by oneself. Especially when s/he seems to be *making* no end of the mess.)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: September 27th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Homer made "Spider Pig" work, you can do Tidy Cat.

Tidy Cat, Tidy Cat, does whatever a Tidy Cat does.
Can he swing...from a web?
No, he can't, he's a cat.
Look out! He's a Tidy Cat!

Holy bad lyrics, Batman!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 28th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Spider Pig? I must have missed that episode.

Good song though.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 28th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Its from the Simpsons Movie, which I myself have yet to see.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: September 28th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
As Jeff says, from the movie.
Knowing the Spider Pig song got me plenty of points at Cub Scout resident camp last summer. Most of the kids had seen it in the last couple of weeks, and in the 3 days we were there, we must have sung Spider Pig about 50 times.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: September 27th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
i can totally hear you saying these things and it made me giggle. thank you for making me smile today (:
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: September 27th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a cool tshirt!

And the Batman theme can go with anything. My nephew sings it for all the superheroes.

"Nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana- Batman!
Nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana- Superman!
Nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana- Wonder Woman!
Nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana- Spider-man!"

Though he is a bit lacking in rhythm.
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: September 27th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy Tidy Cat, Batman!!
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: September 27th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then I remembered in that recent movie with Robin, when he said "Holy rusted metal Batman!" And Batman looked weirded out... What? And Robin explained, "This metal, the water has made it rusty and full of holes."

I laughed and laughed, and it still makes me giggle a little bit inside every time I think of it. That was my favorite part of the movie.


That, and the bit where he asked the shrink if she had a thing for bats after seeing Rorschat (sp?). It still wasn't enough to save the movie, though.

And that recent movie came out twelve years ago.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 28th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
It saved it for me, because - hey, it still makes me giggle 12 years later! There aren't a lot of movies I can say that about. (I do remember it being pretty crappy otherwise though...)
autographedcat From: autographedcat Date: September 27th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
He responded seriously though, "That's because you're picky. You're a great catch, don't you forget that."

He's right, you know.
autographedcat From: autographedcat Date: September 27th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and regarding superhero themes:

Go to http://www.myspace.com/othem and check out the song "Arthur Curry 2007" :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 28th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow... that's very weird. Fun though!

And thanks. (:
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: September 27th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't you just love how all the coupled folk have tons of suggestions for us single folk! I got my own earful of that this past weekend from a recently married friend. Of course, I had plenty of champagne in me when he made his suggestions. I am not sure if that helps or not... I can't really remember if he was telling me what he would do; what he would do if he was me; what I should do, being me; or what I should do if I wasn't me.

And you're dead-on with the home stuff, too. I could have written that. Except for the cat stuff. And except for the feminine salutations. And except the fire alarm thing. And except the spiderman/batman lyrics, though I totally remember that "hole-y rusted metal" line. Well, I can relate with some of it, at least.
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dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: September 28th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

OT - try le deux

Climbing in 3 weeks, when I'm in Detroit?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 28th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT - try le deux

Oh yeah.... Yes, I'm interested! Drop me an email at renniekins@livejournal.com, as frequently I forget to reply to lj comments.

I don't think I'll be at ConClave, that's my current plan, although there is no predicting when I might change my mind!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 28th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Driveways

You want the weather to be warm enough and dry enough for the concrete to cure.

Its good to be picky, just not too picky.
Look for the key aspects of what you consider a good catch.
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