Monday, February 25, 2008

This Bloggable Life

A friend recently e-mailed me to see if I was doing ok. We hadn’t talked in awhile and she wasn’t seeing any signs of life from my blog. I wrote her back and assured her that things were fine but there was nothing going on with me worth blogging about. I thought my next blog post would be a picture of the x#$@&!! sweater I’ve been knitting but I keep encountering problems with that and have to redo parts of it.

I wrote her that I had taken advantage of the warmish day and replaced the wiper blades on the van and that I had knit for awhile by a fire in my backyard of brotherly love. She seemed impressed by that and seemed to think that was bloggable so here I am trying to think of some other regular old things about me that might be a little bit interesting. Here you go, an assortment of little info nuggets about my dandelion life:

Info nugget #1 I pretty much dance party at some point every day. By myself. Lately I’ve been thrashing about to the Minutemen and it got me thinking about the eighties music I listened to. A lot of the popular eighties music sucked but I think I listened to the good stuff and I’ve been pulling out some of the things I still have around. The good stuff includes Bad Brains (I against I, which I used to have on vinyl but it warped), REM, Pylon, the Replacements, Black Flag, XTC, Camper Van Beethoven, Elvis Costello and the Style Council. That would be great if anyone has any of these on CD that I can copy. I just have Minutemen “Double Nickels on the Dime” on CD.

Info nugget #2 Eldest boy’s voice is changing and he’s getting himself a little cilium mustache. Hormones, they are a-surging. The most incredible thing about all this is that he seems to be more conscientious about helping around the house. Seriously. I busted him wiping the counter the other day – without being told to do it. People, it brings tears to my eyes. I remember when I first got Junie as a puppy and I trained her to do things in one or two sessions and it was then I felt validated as a parent. I realized that the training frustrations I was experiencing as a parent wasn’t about me, it was more of a reflection of the shortcomings of my students. So anyone out there with boys that seem a little dim, I just say to hang in there and you will see the results of your work when they’re about 13. Yes, it sounds like a long time but if you already gave birth to said child than you have no choice other than to wait.

Info nugget #3 I’m still a little bored. I’m exploring volunteer opportunities, and I have lots to do at home but I realize that my day is kind of like the mall. I need a big anchor store, i.e. something big and important in my schedule, to force me to walk by and deal with all the piddlyass stores. Or else I’ll just stay in the food court. So I am pondering if I should just get a job in the public health field and forget about the nurse thing or what. I don’t know what to do. I just do not know. I like to have a problem-solving aspect to my life, it's what keeps me going and it's kind of missing right now.

12 comments:

biscodo said...

hmmm... I got me some music... we might could be borrowing some from each other. I'm not really any good for the dance party though.

Wendy might have some overlapping tastes - that is, if I've understood her at all, lo these years. Maybe Scrabble this week turns into an ear-rejuvenation fest as well?

I'll show you mine if you show me yours...

chachele said...

*that's* what i'm talking about!

i loved all the 80s music (especially the really bad stuff). if your dance parties are ever open, you know i'll be there. and so will miss g. and her slice-of-life raps as well.

wish i had some of that music on CD, but don't. i could go for some replacements!

as for the life direction thing, could you not get a (part time?) job that sounds interesting in public health and play it by ear? you're a youngster yet...

talk when i return :)

Daye said...

the music thing..we are all good babe let me make you a mix tape freckles!

RE yer observation on young males...mmm ditto. Matt was fun to chill w/ at Beerfest. Zoli however? still needs a new light bulb.

and RE: the mall to life analogy--have you consider creative writing??

Zoe the Wonder Dog said...

I've been pulling 80s stuff from the libraries lately. The kids love it and dance all around the house. Talking Heads is a particular favorite. I also got the Smithereens recently -- a band I loved back in the day.

BTW, Biscodo is totally good for the dance party, despite what he says. Maybe not Chachele good, but I've seen him twitch in your living room when the 80s music was blaring :)

Ypsipearl said...

I have yet to see Biscodo twitch, despite all I've heard about his twitching.

Yeah, I guess my blog is a little creative writing outlet. I"ve thought about doing something more but I don't know what. I'm aimless.

Ypsipearl said...

I'm so bummed, I pulled out a Butthole Surfers record to play and my turntable seems to be sick. It's running too slow. I might replace it and get one of those turntables where you can record the vinyl to CD.

Todd Colby said...

FYI: I posted some sweet footage of the minutemen performing a few days before d boon died. they were the best.

YPR said...

Since you've been listening to a lot of 80s stuff, you could perhaps have your memory jogged so that you might write a short story based on what you saw when you went to Florida. I'm sure you would come up with something both entertaining and with proper grammatical structure as well.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who would be glad to read anything you might want to write.

the injector said...

I have bad brains' i against i on cd--if you want a copy...also, any other minutemen you want i got--almost.

i still have to answer your myspace message--sorry about that; i'm not too good at checking it...

Ypsipearl said...

YPR--what I saw in Florida? I didn't see anything, what are you talking about. I did listen to Elvis Costello's Armed Forces over and over in my Dodge Aspen. Injector! I have to have I Against I. I will contact you...

Andre said...

According to the "white people" blog, Andy Biscodo is a perfect fit. The anti-dancer... the guy who stands at a concert but never moves.

I have some Elvis Costello I can copy for you. Csicsila was just talking about Pylon. I'd never heard of them before.

Andre said...

By the way, I'm listening to Husker Du at the moment and it's pretty fantastic.