Friday tidbits

Just a bunch of randomosity grouped together and called a blog post.

Last night as I was walking home, I encountered a young man. He was maybe fourteen, tops. He rode his bike by me, turned around & stared, then yelled, “Nice Rack” and made an obscene gesture involving his tongue. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be outraged. I kinda wanted to say, “Hey! Go sexually harass someone your own age – I could be your mother!” And then, I promptly kicked the darn kids off my lawn, had a stroke & broke my hip – I aged that quickly.

I love taking new buses – it’s so much fun to see different parts of town (and a little discouraging to realize that there’s still so much I haven’t seen….). This morning, as I was taking #44, I saw Mt. Hood being backlit by the rising sun. It was all pink, and looked like a watercolor painting. It was so pretty. Made me think of happy mountains and happy clouds and happy trees. Also, the bus driver this morning was in an exceptionally good mood, and there’s something about being greeted with a genuine smile that can brighten a whole day.

Last night after dinner, I went upstairs (I have an upstairs! squee!) to change into comfy clothes and grab my laptop to do a little writing. I sat down on the bed. Next thing I know, it’s 6 AM. I guess I was tired. I feel pretty good today, though.

Wednesday, a committee that I was chairing at work presented our results to our Director. She was impressed, praised the committee, and praised my leadership. Today, our Finance Manager walked all the way down the hall to congratulate me on doing something he’d been trying to get my predecessors to do for years. Of course, I did make more work for myself. I have to stop pointing out things that I think are wrong – I have to be in charge of fixing them – although getting praised kinda makes it all worthwhile, I guess. (Oh, who am I kidding – I feel awesome about the positive feedback – it’s been a long time since I’ve felt any kind of support network in my career life.)

I really want a martini – but don’t have any olives. Because without olives, I’m just drinking gin in a glass. I need to head to the Saturday market this weekend and visit the Olive stand – they have olives stuffed with EVERYTHING. (Kris – if you want me to get you some for your gin-in-a-glass drinks, let me know. I’ll bring some next time I come up.)

I really want to go running, but had forgotten that I’d committed myself to eating homemade pasta for lunch today, and didn’t have time for the run as well. Maybe tonight when I get home. Definitely on Sunday. Because next Sunday, I’m doing a 10K. I may not be able to run the whole thing, but I do not doubt my ability to finish it.

It is so hot in our building today – I wish it would stop.

I’ve got mad report-writing skillz. I know you’re all hella jealous now!

The architect wants to put in a driveway – because we don’t have one. And it is annoying – I’d love to have a driveway and a garage. However, just the curb cut permits are $500 – and there are other things I’d like to have more. Like wood floors.

I am so happy it’s Friday. Have a good weekend!

2 responses to “Friday tidbits

  1. Yay, I hope you’re enjoying Stiff! I read it last fall and really enjoyed it. Except for the parts that made me throw up in my mouth a little… but I was on vacation with my mom, who is tough and has also donated her body to science, so I tried to avoid looking like I was throwing up in my mouth….

    Also, you should read A History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I intended to e-mail you and Claire and inform you that y’all should do that, but I got busy and didn’t. Add it to your list. It’s gorgeous.

  2. Nice Bob Ross reference.