Interstellar Adventures

October 10, 2005

23/5 Meme

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:50 am

I’ve seen this meme in a couple of different places. I had gone back and looked to see what mine would be if I were to be tagged. Once I figured it out, I hoped that I wouldn’t be. I managed to luck out until Abby decided she would finally play along with a meme. Thanks girly! Really, I mean it. 🙂

The Rules:
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same.

My 23rd post was Kid Free Weekend. I finally had a date with my husband. I so try not to be, but if I could have a Date with my husband every night of the week, I would be on top of the world!

Or so I thought. This was shortly before my STBX left me and asked for a divorce. But you know what, that’s OK. Because when I re-read this post, I see someone who genuinely wants to spend time with the person they love. Someone who is excited by the thought of being a couple. Someone who wants to enjoy new experiences with the significant other in their life. Someone who can appreciate the quiet times together. And you know what? He wasn’t that person for me. He didn’t enjoy taking me out. Silences between us were uncomfortable. I felt like I was constantly searching for something interesting to say to him. Holding hands? Being romantic? Nope, he’d have none of it.

So, while this divorce process is tedious, I’m glad for it. I shouldn’t be desperate for a date with the man I married. And when I got it, wow, you would’ve thought I won the lottery. Seems silly now.

Hmmm. Who shall I tag?

1. Bone.
2. Coyote Mike.
3. Raehan.
4. Crys.
5. Vitamin Sea.

A Morning to Stay in Bed

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:01 am

Indeed. Cool weather, gentle showers, slight breeze. A day to stay in bed. Except for this thing called work. Damn the almighty dollar! I need to snuggle under a blanket and refresh my batteries.

I was starting to write up a typical recap of my weekend. But then it sounded so dull. I don’t think it was dull at all, but the way it read was ordinary and mundane. That’s not my life is it? Why do we aspire to be so extraordinary? Is it our own egos wanting us to be better than we truly are? Why are we afraid of being like our neighbors? “Shades of grey” another blogger called it recently, if I recall correctly. How can we have a sense of “self” if everything is so cookie-cutter? And then, when we try to break out of the mold, we’re made fun of, laughed at, questioned, made to feel as if we shouldn’t be an individual.

See, I told you I need to refresh my batteries.

October 8, 2005

Quiet Morning

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:04 am

It seems to have been a while now since I’ve had a quiet morning. I’m sitting, sipping my coffee, browsing blogs, listening to the dishwasher do its duty. The dogs are curled up on the kitchen floor, having munched down on their rawhides. Doesn’t take long for Wrigley to devour hers, and so of course Tori hurries her chew as well. Doesn’t want it to be stolen. Occassionally I have to admonish Wrigley when I hear Tori defending her territory. Wrigley’s still a puppy. I’m still teaching her to share.

I’ve taken out the recycling and the garbage so far this morning. There’s more to sort through of course. The “To Do” list never gets any shorter, does it?

I took my knitting project down to the yarn store last night. This is the first project I’ve done where I actually switch the yarn colors. I didn’t think I was doing it right because my edges looked a little loose around the area where the colors joined. My suspicions were right. I was doing it wrong. So I sat down at the communal knititng table and got in about 30 minutes of assistance before the shop closed down.

The kids and I enjoyed a quick dinner at Chipotle. Then we talked a little bit about her. I asked if they liked her, if she was nice, if they were happy for their dad. They said they were. It hurt a little, but I think I hid it pretty well from them. Zed did make me laugh at one point though. “She’s nice. But it’s like she’s almost too nice. You know, like a crazy person.” Figures. It’s not that I don’t want them to like her, just not too much. It’s my own insecurity playing me. I don’t want her to be better than me. I know that no one could ever replace me in their eyes. But the thought of being compared makes me sad. I don’t want anyone else kissing my kids on the head, hugging them, loving them in the way I do. Tucking them in at night and wishing them sweet dreams. The thought that one day they might want to share something with her and not me, that they would have a secret from me, just kills me. Petty jealousy I know. One of my many flaws. It’s not a competition. But I can’t help but feel that at times.

October 7, 2005

Friday Roundup

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:01 am

Well yee-haw! It’s Friday ladies and gents! And the weather is wonderful! It’s 51 degrees, cloudy, light showers and I want to go home, put on my jammies, snuggle under a blanket and knit! Summertime in Texas is just to damn hot to have yarn in your hands and feel any sort of ability to make a sweater! So, tonight I think I’m going to dust off my needles, bust out my unfinished projects and sort through my yarn stash. We’ll see what I come up with!

Per your request, here are photos of my cute new boots! Nick helped me pick them out. Didn’t he do a good job? There were a pair that were the same style but were purple. I would have died for those, but they didn’t have them in my size. But I love these! The stitching on the leg is pretty, don’t you think?

Yesterday’s meeting with my lawyer went well. It wasn’t for the ‘final’ signing, so I’m not divorced yet. But I’m looking forward to it! Most everything is ironed out. But, there’s a couple of things we still have to discuss. So, Sunday evening I’m supposed to go to dinner with my STBX and his dad. Groan. It should be so much harder to get married. Maybe if it were more difficult, people would take it a bit more seriously.

Anyone have any big plans for the weekend? I might go see a movie, and of course, I have my Sunday morning run. But only 2:40 this time! We’re starting our taper before the race. Otherwise, I’m going to force my slaves children to clean their rooms, sort through summer clothes and bring out the winter wardrobe. We’ll see what, if anything, still fits. Happy Weekend all!

P.S. As of this morning, yours truly has had 25,000+ hits to her little ‘ol blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You like me, you really, really like me! 🙂

October 6, 2005

Thursday Thirteen, II

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:53 am

Thirteen things on my mind today:

1) We got another cool front! Yay! It’s a lovely overcast day today.

2) I’m getting a flu shot in about 20 minutes. Didn’t get one last year due to the shortages, but I’d gotten them every year for the past 5, and haven’t been sick.

3) I’m meeting with my lawyer today to go over my divorce papers. I can’t wait to get this over with.

4) I found out that my STB-ex is dating someone. This doesn’t bother me at all. What bothers me is that he’s already introduced my kids to her, and he didn’t tell me. I had to find out from them. Jerk. If it’s not serious (he says it isn’t), they don’t need to know just yet. Right?

5) I like surprising Nick.

6) My kids were in their uncle’s wedding last weekend. I saw some pictures, and they looked adorable. Evidently, they danced for three hours straight, most of the time with each other. Their dad said everyone was amazed at how much fun they had together on the dance floor! They’re just like their momma in this aspect, because their daddy certainly can’t and doesn’t dance.

7) Nick looked into dance lessons at a local studio. They start at $400. I don’t think so.

8) We can get free dance lessons at Gilley’s on Saturday nights. I need to get good use out of my new boots anyway.

9) Yep, this rock’n’roll girl bought herself a pair of cowboy boots. They’re super cute!

10) Gas is out of control. I hate paying $42 to fill up my tank. You’d think Jetta’s would get better gas mileage, but in truth, they’re only about average. Around 25 mpg.

11) I’m thankful that my job is now closer to home than it was four months ago. I like driving 4 miles to work.

12) Elle lost her 8th tooth this week. Except the first night it was under her pillow, the tooth fairy didn’t have any cash. So the tooth sat there for another 24 hours before the tooth fairy got on the stick and found some green paper stuff to swap out with.

13) I need more coffee.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. MommaK @ Petroville
2. UziCue
3. Kate @ Daily Dose
4. Crusty Crone
5. Sleeping Mommy
6. E @ Retrospect
7. Angie @ Big Red Couch
8. Laura @ LaLa Girl
9. Raehan @ Agog & Aghast
10. Catherine @ The Fountain Pen
11. Mommy D
12. Nearest Distant Shore

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

Leanne says: Thirteen things is all I ask for, and what do you get in return? Linkage! If you do it, leave a comment here and link me to your Thursday Thirteen. I will be sure to update my entry with links to yours, and then you can continue the chain if you like! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Twelfth Night, a surprise

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:13 am

Yesterday was another anniversary of sorts. Three months since my first date with Nick. (Some of you may have guessed I went a little wonky a couple of weeks ago, but I just needed a moment to catch my breath and regroup, and fortunately he was patient.)

He had asked if I was free Wednesday, and I was pretty sure that I was. We were thinking just a quiet dinner/movie kind of thing. But then I got an email from the Shakespeare Festival people. They normally only do summer shows, but this year they’ve added in a short autumn series. And, as luck would have it, the first show was set for October 5th! Plus, it was a show that he had wanted to see, Twelfth Night but that we had missed during the regular season. Perfect! So, I decided to make it a little surprise and re-create our second date.

I told him to leave all the planning to me for our Wednesday evening, which he gladly allowed. I bought tickets online on Monday. Yesterday afternoon I took my lunch break to go shopping at Central Market. I bought everything that we had at our first dinner. Chicken breasts, creamed spinach, pasta salad, brie, honeyed goat cheese, crackers, marinated olives, marinated roasted tomatoes, strawberries, grapes and creme fraiche. Then I picked up a couple of bottles of our favorite wine. After work I hurried home to change, pack up the basket, and grab a blanket.

When I picked him up, he still had no clue where we were going. He even indulged me and allowed me to blindfold him so that I could keep the secret up to the moment we got there. (I know, I’m a bit much sometimes, but it makes it fun!) We pulled into the parking lot, and I let him look around to see if he could figure out where we were. Then I popped the trunk and showed him the basket, and he was very surprised! And, when I unpacked the basket, he noticed that it was everything from our second date. This guy is smart and he notices details!

The play was fantastic. Because it was a weeknight, there weren’t very many people at the show, so we had lots of room. The weather stayed nice too! I got a little book of poems from him, Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman. I love it. He still “wow’s” me.

I was glad I was able to surprise him. It wasn’t that big a thing, but it made me happy to do it. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever received?

October 5, 2005

Today’s Special

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:20 am

It’s a special day for a special someone. I’m taking him somewhere special, and it’s a surprise! I have the hardest time keeping a secret, but I’m doing good so far! Gosh! I’ve had to keep it secret for like 48 hours. That’s got to be a record. I’m so excited! I can’t spill any details yet, ’cause he might see. Shhh…

October 4, 2005

Your Questions Answered — Round 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:49 am

Steph asked: Who would you consider to be the biggest influence in your life (can be many) and why? What do you want to do when you grow up? 😉 jk…if you could have any job what would it be and why?

I’ve never had one person influence my life in a way that changed me drastically. I’ve gleaned a little bit of knowledge from many people and observed their actions, but I think I’m a bit too stubborn independent-minded to let it have too much influence over me. Sometimes I’ve banged my head against the wall as a result, but things have also worked out for me where they didn’t for others.

Of course my mom is a major influence. Despite the fact that we are very different people with very different views on life, she has helped me a lot. Probably more than I wanted, and sometimes maybe more than I needed, and of course I rebelled against that. She’s sacrificed a lot for me and my sisters and brother. She also taught me never to quit. I can thank (or curse) her for my persistence.

My great-grandparents were also great people. When I was with them I felt peaceful. They never judged, they just loved. They were plain, simple and wonderful. They taught me that there is more to life than just ‘stuff’. It’s the people that are in them that matter.

My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Strain, was my best teacher ever. He taught me what being a good teacher was. It’s not just about making people understand the material. It’s about how they understand. The process of learning. And sometimes the more important lesson isn’t the material either. Something that happens during the course of the teaching can be extracted and made into a lesson itself. Don’t be so hurried to get from A to C just because that’s what you’ve been instructed to do. If something about B intrigues you, take the time to explore that as well.

My friends. I didn’t have a lot of close friends growing up. I didn’t like getting close to people for fear that they would see that I wasn’t everything that I said I was. I tried too hard to make friends with people that weren’t worthy of friendship. My friends that I have now though have taught me that it’s worth it to be a friend, to care about others, and to accept people for who they are. They’ve done the same for me.

As far as when I grow up…I don’t think I’ll ever grow up all the way. I enjoy my times when I can just be silly and goofy and child-like. But, if I could have any job in the world? I’d be a writer/philosopher. I’d sit in a cabin in the woods, with my desk open to a huge picture window where I could see the beauty of the world laid out before me. I would think and pontificate and write and create. I used to think I wanted a really important job, fast-paced, high-living. But I’ve seen those people now, and I don’t like them much. They’re self-important and fake and political and unreal. I don’t want to be like that. I don’t want to have to be nice to mean people just because they have an important job over at XYZ Company. I want to spend time with people that I choose for reasons beyond what they can do for me.

Either that, or I want to be a professional poker player.

October 3, 2005


Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:47 am

Friday was payday of course. So, I did a little shopping. I went to DSW and spent about an hour and a half looking at and trying on shoes! I found a great pair on the sale rack. 70% off! I had to buy them just on principle…they were $10.40! And I got a new bag that was 80% off that went with the shoes. I also paid full price for a pair of black beaded dressy slides. So, two pairs of shoes and a bag for $62! Then I went to REI for a new running hydration system and some more energy gels. I also went to Target for a new hair dryer. Mine died on Friday. It was blowing nothing but cold air. Fortunately I was nearly done drying my hair when it croaked, so it wasn’t too bad of a bad hair day.

Saturday morning I went and did my longest long run before the race. Four hours and twenty miles! I parked near one of our local light-rail stations and did a ‘trail-to-trail’ run. Galatyn Park Trail to the Spring Creek Trail to the UTD Trail to the Preston Ridge Trail to the White Rock Creek Trail, then another 20 minutes at White Rock Lake. Whew! I made it! It wasn’t easy, and for awhile I felt kinda sick, so I did have to stop and walk for a bit. Just 20 more days!

Saturday night I went out with some friends. Wore my cute new shoes and took my bag out. And then when I got in my car to go home, I realized that I was missing something. When I realized what it was, I picked up the phone, made a call and set out to correct a mistake that I made. It took admitting I was wrong, and making an apology, but it’s so worth it.

Sunday I slept in! Best night of sleep I’ve had in a couple of weeks. This of course was followed by breakfast, and then a visit to my mom’s house. She’s redoing her kitchen. My sister and I went over to help her clean some things out and get ready for the guys to come in and measure the countertops and replace the stove top, oven, microwave and dishwasher. I’m sure I’ll end up helping her do the floors too, but that’s down the road. I also bought my mom her first pair of reading glasses. For months she’s been squinting and holding items at arms length just to try to read the small print, insisting that she doesn’t need reading glasses. But I think she’s glad to have them now.

I rounded out my weekend by watching one of my favorite new shows: Rome on HBO. It’s awesome! If you haven’t seen it yet, well, dangit, you’re missing out! I love all the characters. Well, except this one scheming devious hag, but I don’t think you’re supposed to like her.

Random Quote of the Day: “I think I want to move my computer over there, because then I can put a shorter cord on it. I heard that will make it run faster.”

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