Archive for October, 2007


Music that speaks to my melancholy

October 31, 2007

Several weeks ago, a friend asked what music speaks to my melancholy. At the time I was feeling quite melancholy indeed, realizing that my little family, in its entirety, wouldn’t be together for a couple of months.

Playing piano, while I’m certainly no virtuoso, has always been an outlet for me, and this time was no exception.

I will not be playing for a little while, however, because I can not seem to make the piano sound any kind of decent without a sustaining pedal. The piano repair man comes in two weeks to hopefully replace the pedal that Bab’s friend inadvertently dislocated from my much loved piano earlier this month when she chose to launch herself from the piano bench to the enormous bean bag across the room.


“What’s going on, girls?” I yelled from the bedroom where I was folding laundry, nervousness in my voice.

Together in perfect unison, the girls replied in that sing-song way that eight-year-olds have, “No-thing.”

“Oh, awesome,” I thought to myself. “No worries.” And I continued going about my business.

I didn’t even think to explore the potential ramifications of that very large crash until I sat down later at the piano to play and realized that my sustaining pedal was lying on the ground next to the piano, no longer attached and there was a rather large dent in the side of the bench. Fortunately, I am still bright enough to put two and two and one together.

It’s only a 100-year-old, hand-carved piano. I’m sure it will be fine. Just fine.

I, however, will not be able to take requests until then, but I have not forgotten that someday I am expected to play “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Every girl needs a challenge, yes?

In the meantime, Autumn Leaves, the music that spoke to my melancholy early last month when I was missing LJ.

I can post it today because he’s home playing trains with Jon and everything is, once again, well in my world.


Dog philosophy

October 30, 2007

In lieu of an acutal post, I bring you (dum du du dum) DOG PHILOSOPHY quotations. Preparing for the fam and enjoying the fam has left little blogging time, so please know that I have missed you all and am sending out good thoughts even though I’ve been offline. On the upside, I had my best day ever in terms of page views! Looks like being gone is good for the blog! (What that says about me, I’m not exactly sure, but I had a good laugh over it nonetheless.)

And so, without further adieu:

Dog Philosophy

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.


Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

-Ann Landers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

-Will Rogers

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

-Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

-Andy Rooney

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.

-Sigmund Freud

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.

-Rita Rudner

Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.

-Franklin P. Jones

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.

-James Thurber

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.

-Joe Weinstein

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

-Robert A. Heinlein

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

-Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’

– Dave Barry

If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.

-Phil Pastoret


Because once you’ve had penguin you can never go back

October 25, 2007

My new IM avatar

October 25, 2007

Courtesy of the uber-wonderful flick Madagascar.


Skipper the Penguin: Can you keep a secret, my monochromatic friend?

[Marty nods head]

Skipper the Penguin: Do you ever see any penguins running free around New York City?

[Marty shakes head]

Skipper the Penguin: Of course not. We don’t belong here. It’s just not natural. This is all some kind of whacked-out conspiracy.


Feeling philosophical lately

October 24, 2007

In order to do what really matters to you, you have to, first of all, know what really matters to you.”

— Dr. Edward Hallowell: Psychiatrist; founder of The Hallowell Center


Yet another thing Suzanne Craig and I don’t have in common

October 22, 2007

Going on national television to defend a husband’s changed story? Wow.

Of course, there is always the possibility that he’s telling the truth. Perhaps Larry only gave Suzanne the one version — the honesty and fidelity one?

Why would a woman defend a man who admits infidelity and lies?

I know there are reasons and that maybe I’m too prideful, but why would someone stay, let alone defend?

Does anyone who actually says they’re going to change really change? Especially when those promises begin numbering in the double digits . . . At what point should someone cut his or her losses?


In keeping with my overall philosophy

October 20, 2007

Dichotomous Woman’s mantra:

“The most exquisite paradox … as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”

~ Ram Dass: Spiritual teacher, author, and professor