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Like Sliding Off a Cliff

I’ve put the kaibosh on all the moping and am coming to terms with what was ruining my fun. And I think I can roll with it. So I’m feeling better, mentally. Physically? Well, Bruce McClure’s “totally sensory experience” made a bunch of us fairly ill last night. One audience member said: “The only way this could have been more annoying is if they had deployed millions of flesh-eating insects to slowly remove our epidermis(s).” Another suggested that aromatherapy for eye strain is the anti-McClure. Too bad I’m severely allergic to chamomile. That would be like the anti-anti-McClure for me.

Five good things:

  1. I didn’t know about Platypus venom until recently. That’ll teach you to underestimate cute and cuddly creatures - we can do some serious damage!
  2. Christopher Walken interviews Mickey Rourke, for Interview Magazine.
  3. The World’s Longest Exposures - a six month exposure in Bristol, England - is beautiful.
  4. Tom Tomorrow on yesterday’s US Airways unbelievable Die Hard-style emergency landing.
  5. Battlestar Galactica is finally back, thank gods. I’ll likely end up watching it tomorrow, but am tempted by a viewing party tonight.

Now that I have a real TV I signed up for Netflix again, for the first time in years. No more of this watching movies solely on my laptop, in bed. But this made me realize how uncomfortably cold my living room is at night. I have a digital thermostat set to bump the temp down to 59 degrees after 8pm, when the little man turns in. The rooms upstairs stay toasty but it’s downright nippy downstairs. Still, it helps keep the heating bill down (and my energy bill for December was still a painful $281). I am disinclined to go the Snuggie/Slanket route, but maybe I really will start wearing my Jawa robe around the house.

Cactus Pups!


  1. e. wrote:

    So, what was ruining your “fun” (whatever that may be)?

    Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Relationship complications, beyond my control.

    Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  3. zeenes wrote:

    The Slanket is AWESOME. I bought one for a bunch of people on my Christmas list last year, before I saw the cheesy Snuggie commercial. Really, though, it’s great for keeping warm and typing or reading.

    Friday, January 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  4. Jenny wrote:

    I have the same type of house. I did the budgeted year thing through Xcel and it seems more manageable, somehow - $160/mo; all year.

    Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  5. Sharyn wrote:

    I’ve been meaning to look into that. I also need to put plastic over the windows downstairs. I’ve put that off every year, fearing that between the boy and the cats the plastic will just end up a shredded mess before long. But it may be worth trying.

    Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 9:45 am | Permalink
  6. JasonC wrote:

    omg i love that six month exposure! that is so beautiful.

    Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
  7. I thought our cats would attack the plastic more than they do. And the plastic is well worth it (our house is also on the drafty side). You can let the little man work the blow dryer!

    Monday, January 19, 2009 at 8:38 am | Permalink

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