Sunday, November 17, 2013

Life goes on

- Picked up Old Man's cremains yesterday.  He's about the size of a rolled-up pair of socks.  Didn't expect to cry when the lady handed me the paper bag full of my old friend, but I did.  Didn't realize I had any tears left.

-Coworker ML (who is-was?- technically my supervisor) is moving back to the PacNW.  Coworker AL is taking her place, which makes me happy.  Coworker AL is a smart dude and almost impossibly amiable.  You just can't get mad at the guy, which is a good thing when you're receiving your teaching evaluations, I imagine.  I'm also glad that we're not hiring some outsider, as I don't like having to decode new people very often.  It will be very different from Coworker ML's tenure, but at least I feel like I can predict how AL will tick.

-As a farewell gift to Coworker ML, I am tie-dying a set of bedsheets.  Her husband is eighty three feet tall, so they're California King sheets, which is a difficult thing to hang on the line to dry.  It's like trying to fold a wet sail by yourself.  ML likes octopussessesseses, and teal, so I'm going to do the fitted sheet with a big smoke-ring pattern (like suckers on tentacles), the top sheet with waves, and a combo of both on the pillowcases, all in watery teal shades.  I have also sort of figured out how to tie an octopus, so I need to make a big square scarf with an octopus to serve as wrapping paper (furoshiki or nothing, I say).  I have figured out how to do butterflies and flowers and mandalas and octopusseseeses, but I still can't figure out how to do a bat.  Alas.

- I have been cleaning and puttering around the house.  This house is a rabbit warren of small rooms, and I inherited a ton of antique furniture.  Most of the furniture is too big for the rooms.  As such, my dining room has been home to a roll-top desk, two nightstands, a vanity, and a large dresser for 3 years.  The tiny tiny kitchen has had a small dining set, but you can't use it because of the location.  Nobody has any idea why my grandmother felt the need to obstruct doorways with a dining set in the kitchen.  On Thursday, I moved the desk to the office, the dining set to the dining room, and the vanity to the kitchen to serve as a non-doorway-blocking shelf.  The dresser remains in the dining room, doing a rather good impersonation of a liquor cabinet.  I have yet to train myself to eat at the table, though.

-The rats have colds, so I have to give them both oral meds twice a day until they stop sneezing.  The only reason I have been successful is because I am in possession of coconut pecan cookies, which are apparently rat currency.  I bet they'd let me shave them for a cookie.  I bet they'd ride the dog for a cookie.  These cookies are very very important to the rats.  They are less sneezy.

-My guest room needs a paint job.  First Roommate painted the lower half of the walls dark chocolate brown, into which she scraped a roughly woodlike pattern, and the upper half dark olive with a weird crinkly texture, separating the two bits with a white chair rail.  I'm not super into olive.  I have many cool-toned objects that do not match the rest of my pinkredburgundy decor, and those objects can live in the guest room, but I gotta switch it up.  I'm thinking peacock blue.  There are swatches on my wall.  I also plan to loft the little twin bed, so as to be able to hide objects underneath.  I had a lofted bed all through college, I have never gotten over the happy nestlike feeling of being "up."  I'd loft my bed in my bedroom, if I thought the dog would be able to get up there.

-Thanksgiving is coming, which means I need to come up with a suitable cocktail to take to the family dinner, and I also need to go to Ikea to buy a bag of meatballs.  Yes, I bring Ikea meatballs to Thanksgiving.  I feel no shame about this.  This also means that "The Loop" is coming up.  "The Loop" is a yearly tradition- my sister-in-law's brother started organizing a pub crawl at the local high-end shopping center on Black Friday, and it's gotten more ridiculous as the years have gone on.  One year they made tee-shirts, another year they were escorted out by mall security.... It costs $50 to buy in, the Chairman holds the cash, places the orders, and tips the staff, and we swim among the throng of shoppers getting ever more inebriated.  I highly recommend you start a spinoff in your town.

3 comments:

  1. I have the answer to your cocktail conundrum (if you are already bringing meatballs I mean): Snaps. And not the weird Peppermint or Cherry liquors Americans call "schnapps". The Real kind, like Aalborg, Akvavit, O.P's - or if in a pinch: Absolut Vodka.

    The tie dye bed sheets sound like they are going to be amazing. I hope you'll post some pictures!

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    1. Two years ago, I brought a jar of cranberry moonshine to Thanksgiving (illegally produced high-proof distilled grain alcohol, do they do stupid shit like that in Sweden? Or is it an American thing? It feels VERY American-dumb). We sat around attempting to drink it, making weird faces and gagging. It was the high point of my holiday bartending career.

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    2. Indeed we do make moonshine. But it has decreased since the drinking habits has changed and alcohol got cheaper to buy. I totally agree with Ms Misantropia, real snaps is great with meatballs.

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