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Hack Sniffle Moan

A wicked sore throat took me completely by surprise, and now I just wish someone would smack me over the head with a frying pan and not revive me until it’s all over. And getting sick just in time for the weekend? So wrong. At least it’s cloudy and rainy to match my mood.

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Bases Covered

D is out of deodorant. I watch as he sprays Axe body spray under his arms.

Me: You can use my deodorant if you want.
D: No, that’s okay. This is deodorant spray.
Me: Oh. Okay.
D: And I spray some on the outside of my shirt, too. So in case the inside of the shirt becomes stinkified…
Me: … you still have a body spray barrier on the outside.
D, smiling: Exactly.

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Little Jack-o-Lantern

Oscar is missing 3 baby teeth all of a sudden! Good thing they’re starting to fall out – the vet said he’d have to have baby teeth pulled at 6 mos when he gets fixed, if they don’t come out on their own.

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Self-Limiting

yehudabergdaily…Are you limiting what you can accomplish? Are you thinking small? Can your desire be expanded?

I think my problem isn’t so much that I think too small. It’s that I immediately jump to how-to, and start thinking of all the steps that would be involved in doing something spectacular. I’m very process-oriented, and I tend to focus more on how to get to the endpoint. And that usually overwhelms me so much that I decide it’s not worth it or it would be too difficult.

This quality isn’t all bad, though.. I’m very pragmatic, I’m great at designing and troubleshooting processes. Those are my strengths. I’ve never been much of a visionary, and don’t expect I ever will be. I’m the person who helps the visionaries make their big ideas into reality.

The negative part of this is that I’m not comfortable with much risk. In a group dynamic, I can be the voice of reason. But when it’s just me and my life, it probably does hold me back.

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yehudabergEgo gets a bad rap It cn be gd sometimes 2 have ego in that U know yr worth & gifts Positive ego 2day focus on wht U lk abt yourself

10 things I like about myself:

  1. I’m very frugal and good at accumulating savings.
  2. I take good care of myself.
  3. I love buying, wrapping, and giving gifts.
  4. I’m a quick study.
  5. I keep my house clean and neat.
  6. I love plants and planting things.
  7. I always pay my bills on time.
  8. I’m easy to talk to.
  9. I love to learn.
  10. I’m always striving to find better ways to do things.

Whew, that was harder than I expected. But also kind of satisfying.

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Home Sweet Home

Got back to the house late last night. Ah, how fleeting is a week on a tropical Mexico beach! On one level, I was ready to come home. D and I are making big plans to give our yard a facelift and create a beautiful, inviting oasis in the back, (which is currently a wasteland of concrete, not enough shade, and a sad-looking evergreen tree) and I am super-stoked to get my green-thumb on! But the last couple of hours before we had to head to the airport, I felt strangely melancholy. I almost cried when my sister left to catch her plane, and I am so NOT the weepy, huggy, emotional type. I had plenty to look forward to here at home, but dang it was hard to leave. I don’t know, I think I’m just getting more and more sentimental. I’m old enough to know that nothing lasts forever, and I and the people I love, well, we’re all mortal. And every time we get together or celebrate a milestone, I can’t help but have that in the back of my mind.

… And gee, didn’t that back-from-vacation post take an unexpected turn. Huh.

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I’ve never liveblogged. But I figure hey, I’m sitting here with my laptop and the TV. So what the heck?

Man, I’m just not all that into this year’s crop of AI hopefuls. There were some spectacular singers last year, and I wanted David Cooke to win from the beginning, so I thought it was a great AI season. About half of these final 36, though – I’m really not sure how they made it this far.

Aww, the goofy retrospective montage. Blech. But it wouldn’t be AI without this stuff.

I’m pulling for Jorge and Lil make it through from this Group. I thought their performances were far and above better than the rest of their group.

I don’t know if I can keep watching if barbell-piercing guy – Nathaniel? – goes on in the competition. He’s moodier than a 13-year-old girl having her first period. It’s annoying.

Okay, I”m pretty impressed by how Scott, the blind guy, is keeping up with the group-song choreography. I don’t think his voice is strong enough for the competition, though. (Whenever I type the word “competition” or say it in my head, I hear it in Simon’s accent.)

Commercial break…. I really wanted Megan and dueling-piano-player dude – Matt? – to make it. Maybe they’ll get wildcard slots. Megan is one of the most interesting singers I’ve seen in all the Idol seasons, and oh-em-gee, she is absolutely gorgeous.

And we’re back. Short clips from last night. Ugh, Alex was terrible. How did he even get this far? I think Arianna probably has a fantastic voice, but her performance just didn’t do it. I’d love to see Jorge get a recording contract out of this. A Spanish-speaking guy would be a great addition to the Idol successes.

Blah blah blah, small talk with the contestants. I wonder how the wild card part will work? Do they have to sing again? Do the judges pick?

Lil is through – cool.

Oh no, is Scott getting the sympathy vote? He doesn’t belong in the final 12. He seems like a genuinely nice guy and he puts a lot into his singing, but there are many other more talented kids in the group.

Back from the break. Poor Arianna. I liked Felicia. I wouldn’t be too upset if she made it. Alex totally mutilated a fantastic song (I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues). Whew, he didn’t make it.

God, this must be torture for the kids’ parents.

Kendall is cute, but she’d always be compared to Carrie Underwood, and she doesn’t hold a candle.

Whoa, Scott made it. Hmmm… huh, okay. I hope they at least give him a decent haircut before the top 12 action starts. I think it’ll be better if he can get back behind his piano. But I’m sorry, his voice is just weak.

Commercial break. I can’t believe I’ve been watching this show for what, 8 years? I just happened to catch the very, very first AI show that ever aired, and I’ve been hooked ever since. D wants to audition for next season. I totally think he should go for it. He’s as good a vocalist as  most of the people in the competition now, but I’ve heard the selection process isn’t all about picking the best singers. So who knows.

Back from commercial. Okay, I guess Nathaniel is sort of “fun.” If he just wouldn’t act like such a sissy. Seriously, Kristen looks like she’s 35. Neither is through. Moving on. Down to Ju’not and Jorge. Both were really good. Jorge! Sweet, that’s pretty cool.

Ooo, wildcard info. After the break – of course.

Back. I wonder who Scott’s helper is? Ooo – 8 wildcard singers tomorrow night!! And they are…. Von, huh – I tuned in late and missed his performance last night. Jasmine – she was alright, and she’s super-cute. I like Kara, I think she gives good critiques and advice.  Ricky – don’t even remember him. Megan – yes!! Oh GOD – Tatiana?!?!?!?! So thought we were done with her. People are actually laughing at her. Oh for god’s sake. Yes, Matt!! Love that guy. Huh, Jessie – that’s kinda cool, she’s different. Anoop, cool. Got some real diversity in the group.

Too bad I gotta study for a midterm tomorrow night. Gotta find a way to watch the wildcards…!

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