Archive for September, 2005


THE Letter

September 28, 2005

So, that letter. You know, the one from CIS clearing us to adopt an unidentified orphan from another country? The one which required $700 and fingerprint clearance from the FBI? The only which I’ve been expecting since the 3rd week of July?

Still not here.


Manogue news

September 28, 2005

Kylie Manogue imitates Kylie Minogue. Feeling reluctant to admit any connection to this lineage… Although raising funds for breast cancer research is a good thing. Maybe if I told him about my heart disease plight he would create a show based on me and raise some funds for WomenHeart. Kylie Manogue imitates Dawn Manogue. Could be interesting.

spotted on Ghost of a flea, which I found by happy accident in a search for info on an ancestor. He’s a huge Kylie fan


The mind of a 4-year old

September 27, 2005

This was swiped from Caiterwauling, and I added the resident 4 year-old’s answers. She rarely fails to entertain.

This little quiz is supposed to test your mental agility/ability. See how you do.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

Lily says: Well, since he is so tall, I’d have to bend his neck before I put him in. And take out the shelves in the fridge.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong answer. Correct answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

Lily says: Humph. I’d have to squeeze him pretty small to fit with the giraffe. Maybe iron him. Then I could squish him in.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend…. except one. Which animal does not attend? Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

Lily says: Unicorns of course. They are too magical.

4. There is a river your must cross, but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it? Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

Lily says: I’d fly over on a pegasus. Or use the crocodile’s head as stepping stones.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers.

According to Lily, “those are silly questions.”


Too many choices

September 24, 2005

Who said Hartford is boring? This weekend there are so many options that interest me, I’m not sure what to do.

GothStock: A weekend of peace, love, and darkness… and 40 bands.

30th Anniversary celebration of Curbstone Press. They publish Latino authors, and I’ve enjoyed following their journey as a small press with a huge impact. I focused on Latin American literature as an undergrad and grad student, so I’ve read many of the authors. The weekend festival features readings by authors including Martin Espada and Claribel Alegria.

Nearby there is the CT Ren Faire, too. Happy weekend!


Pizza joy

September 23, 2005

I haven’t had pizza in years. The other day I found a frozen pizza with a brown rice crust made by Amy’s Meals. It. was. so. good. I actually wrote a letter to express my pizza joy. It is a rare thing to find a good tasting convience food for celiacs.

Now all I need is a gluten-free beer.


Global friends

September 20, 2005

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Good Mornin’

September 19, 2005

I suspect that there is no ickier way to start the day than by cleaning up dog puke after she’s been snacking in the cat litter box