Interstellar Adventures

February 7, 2008

The Afterglow has Faded

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 11:59 am

Maybe I’m one of the few people that watched the entire Superbowl start to finish. Granted it wasn’t a super exciting game between the Giant’s dominating opening drive and the fourth quarter, but I stuck the whole thing out.

Yes, the commercials were lame. I did like the half-time show though. I think Tom Petty rocks. I have several of his songs on my Shuffle for running, and growing up, my Aunt Judy was a Heartbreakers fan. I also like how the Superbowl continues with their sexually suggestive imagery. Janet Jackson’s boob, Prince’s guitar solo behind the curtain, and now the arrow piercing the heart cleavage. Subtle…not.

It hit me yesterday that football is over. This is one of the first years that I’ve had that realization hit me and actually miss watching games. I guess I’ll have to fall back to my old first love…basketball. The Mavs won last night. I need to follow up on a trade plan I heard last week that kind of shocked me. But maybe it’ll be for the best.

No update yet on Zed’s SAT scores. I’d heard that we were supposed to get them in a few weeks…faster than I remember getting mine.

Elle is about to be involved in 3 soccer ‘seasons’ between 2 teams. GOAL!

I’m working my butt off and am happier work-wise than I’ve been in a long time. Viva SCRUM.

Hang in there y’all. Spring is around the corner.

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November 5, 2007

Going for Principle, Bordering on Cheap

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 10:54 am

With all the work being done on the house, I’ve had to pay extra attention to budget. For a while there, I was doing really well with all my coupon-ing activities. But then, with all the change, I slacked off, and every single one of the coupons in my coupon folder expired. And I hadn’t replenished in a while. I even let a whole gaggle of coupons go to waste from my near and dear grocery retailer, Then I got another mailer, and lo, there were more coupons! The last two weeks of coupons in the paper were rather weak, but this week there were FOUR coupon inserts. Most likely in anticipation of the upcoming holiday. So, I dutifully cut my coupons, sorted them into the expandable folder-holder, and Elle and I set off for the store.

I didn’t actually need that many things, because last week I bought a lot of meat that was on sale. A few vegetables, cans of beans, rice, and ingredients for desserts for the workplace bake-off, and I was ready to check out.

Elle, as my little helper, has the responsibility of putting all the groceries on the conveyor belt. I prepare my coupons, get out my store card and check card. For some reason, I wasn’t really paying attention as she scanned all my coupons, and as I was walking out the door, checking the receipt, I noticed that I had given her 5 coupons, but only 4 had been scanned. Whoa nellie!

Debating with myself for a moment, I knew that I had two 50-cent coupons, one 25-cent coupon, and one 20-cent coupon, plus the big $6 off/$60 in groceries purchased coupon. I was missing a 50-cent coupon scan. With the bonus coupon, that was a whole $1. Did I really want to go back over a dollar? It’s not that big of a deal. A dollar. But then I decided, hell, if I spent all the time cutting and sorting, and then to have the fruits of my labors diminished by a careless checkout clerk, I was due my dollar.

What I didn’t realize was that this would involve a manager opening the coupon depository at the register, sorting through to find my missed coupon, and then going to guest services to get my refund. And then I realized how cheap I looked.

I’m really trying to convince myself that this was a good lesson for Elle. Get what you pay for. If you’re due a discount, don’t let their carelessness cost you more. I mean, a dollar here and there today adds up eventually. It’s the principle I tell you! Next time it might be $10!

But I still look damn cheap, don’t I?

October 29, 2007

What The Hell

Filed under: Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 11:57 pm

So, I’m feeling pretty good about the Packers win over Denver. Mr. Favre and his awesome long-bomb arm helped me eke out my first pick ’em win of the season. I big puffy heart love you Brett. You and your arm are H.O.T.

When did I start to get into football? I mean, back in the day (you know, the High School Days) I wouldn’t be caught dead at a football game. I think between Freshman and Senior years I only went to two (2) games. And those attendances must have been under some kind of duress.

I used to have no interest in spending my Sundays and Monday night (and sometimes Thursday and Saturday) watching grown men flip a pig skin up and down the gridiron. I mean, the tight pants were nice and all, but I needed more than a nice ass to reel me in.

Then came fantasy football. Then came the pick ’em league. I haven’t played FF the last two seasons. But I’ve stayed with my pick ’em league. I was second place two years in a row. I don’t remember where I landed last year, but it was pretty high. This year, I’m ranked #17. Even with my major win this week. Hopefully my mojo has kicked in mid-season and I’ll pull out a Favre-esque comeback.

So, every Sunday, I’m sitting and yelling at the TV, the referees, the coaches, the players, the commentators, and about anyone having anything to do with the NFL. I actually have to leave the room before some major plays because I can’t stand the anxiety. It’s worse than watching a horror flick. I actually cover my eyes and peek between my fingers. I don’t know where this came from, but I know I like it.

I still won’t go to a Cowboys game though – Jerry Jones is the antichrist. And I don’t root for one team. I root for the team that I think will win. Because it’s all about the $40 weekly pot. I’ve even had to root against Nick’s Chiefs. And I’m really sick of Tom Brady and the Pats winning. This weekend I will be in the Colts corner. That is if I live through the hype…

October 25, 2007

SciFi Expo, With Nerdy Goodness

Filed under: Adventures,Hobbies — by InterstellarLass @ 10:19 am

Finally! Issues resolved. So, without further ado, I share with you the Full Frontal Nerdity of my weekend. Nick and I went to hang out with our nerd friends, including my sister and her boyfriend. 

   

Stars of the show included the Dark Lord, complete with breathing apparatus, David Prowse, and Kenny Baker. Kenny is the man I wanted to see. My favorite little droid in the whole wide universe, R2-D2. And he admonished me. And rightly so. In my excitement, I accidently touched one of the photos for signature before I decided that was the one I wanted. “Don’t touch the photos! You’ll put fingerprints on them.” So I decided the one that had my fingerprint was the one I needed to take. A thousand pardons!

We walked around the expo, ogling toys Nick had from childhood, but that his mother, in a fit of religion (Pat Robertson said they were SATANIC!) made him sell to his cousin for $50. This included the orginal GI Joes with beards, Mego Superheroes, and just about every Star Wars toy that had come out until 1980, including the X-wing figher, the Millenium Falcon, and the Death Star. There were a lot of comic book vendors, boot-leg TV movie dealers and fake autograph hawkers. Oh and NERDS. There were lots and lots of nerds. 🙂 It rocked.

Now, to round out my basic set of signatures, I need Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Mark Hamill doesn’t do many appearances, and Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford likely wouldn’t be caught dead at a Con, so when I get really hungry for those, I’ll have to turn stalker on them. Maybe if I mailed them photos…

August 31, 2007

Welcome, Sports Fans!

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Hobbies,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 10:43 am

I find myself in a postion that I promised myself I would never get into. This semester, we will be suffering from OverSportitis. A long time ago I had a hard and fast rule. No child would be in more than one sport at any one time. Elle played soccer, and basketball in the off (winter) season. Zed played baseball when he was little. Then he decided on basketball. Football was a big no-no. “I will not even consider it until you are in seventh grade.”

I never stopped to think about what I would do once he got to seventh grade. Did I mention that he has started seventh grade this year? The whole ‘pick your classes for next year’ process was very confusing last year. Basketball is only a second semester sport. Tryouts aren’t even until November. So I figured he’d be put in another class for first semester. Art, drama, something. Nope. He got Athletics for the whole year. So I thought maybe he’d be put in some kind of off-season fitness thing, which would be good for him. This summer he grew a couple of inches and lost 11 pounds. Keeping him active was going to be the best thing.

So, imagine my chagrin when Nick put me on the phone with him on Monday. “Mom, I want to ask you something.” Uh. OK. “Since basketball doesn’t start until next semester and I’m already in Athletics, can I play football?” My head screamed NO! And then my heart hurt a little. And then conversations with Nick played over and over in my head. “You don’t want the boy to have regrets when he’s older. You don’t want him sitting with his friends, sharing stories, and regretting that he never tried football.” Of course I don’t want to hold him back. So I said Yes. Zed couldn’t believe it. “Really? Oh cool! My best friend J is playing and this is going to be so much fun.” The excitement in his voice still wasn’t enough to cover my fear. Because of course, in my mind, the worst is going to happen – a catastrophic injury of some kind.

So Nick took him for his physical, bought him a jock, cleats and mouthguard, and got him prepped. They started practice yesterday. But it wasn’t until I was talking with The Ex that it fully dawned on me. I’d already paid for and signed him up for basketball. So Zed will be playing basketball at the rec center, football at school, and be in the band. (Sidenote: I also checked the band schedule, and they never play at a 7th grade game.) Plus he’ll have his homework and other chores.

On top of that, Elle is playing on TWO soccer teams. She begged to play one more season with her rec team that she’s played with since Kindergarden. And she wants to play with her new club team. I had to check those rules too. Technically they’re not allowed to play on two teams, but since they’re in different divisions, they allow it. So, she’ll have two games and two practices per week.

Basketball, football, soccer, band…my head is already swimming. I’m going to have to be more faithful to my calendar book and remember to write it all down like I’m supposed to. And to stand and smile on the sidelines, cheering for every good play, wincing and enouraging at the not-so-good plays.

On top of it all, between now and October, I’m also playing dominoes, golf, softball, running, biking, and swimming (hoping a business trip gets me out of that one) for my company’s team during a Special Olympics fundraiser thingy-mabob. Sleep? What’s that?

March 27, 2007

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Filed under: Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 9:58 am

Lewis is gone. Martin croaked a while back. Dean and Jerry have been gone for some time. They didn’t last too long. Poor things. We’re back down to just two pets…and Wrigley & Tori keep us busy enough. I don’t think we’ll have any more fish for a while. I don’t really have a good record with them. Bone is really good with Pablo though it seems. Maybe I should have asked him his secret.

My bum hurts from my workout last night. I love the elliptical machine. It’s my favorite. But why the odd (even) number of minutes you might ask? See, first I selected one of the programs, then realized that it was only going to last 33 minutes. But Dancing with the Stars was on, and I wanted to finish watching that at the gym. So I manually added on minutes after the first program was over. But then, I realized Dancing with the Stars was going to be on for two hours. I didn’t have that kind of stamina in me, and I was hungry. (I can’t eat before I work out or I will throw up…have to have at least an hour, preferably two between food and exercise.) So I called to verify that Nick was recording the show and then bailed when my 35 minute session was done.

I think Clyde Drexler did a really good job last night. I loved that he came out on the floor and opened his arms wide…the judges (and mine) chief complaint last week was that he was too closed in with his arms. I really liked Laila’s mambo this week, but her foxtrot last week was highly overrated. I love Joey Fatone. And I wasn’t even a boy-band fan. I also hope that John Ratzenberger sticks around for awhile. His personality is so fun, and you can tell he’s really just enjoying himself.

What are you watching right now? Heroes is on hiatus for a couple more weeks…I’m dyin’ here!

March 15, 2007

Over-Scheduled

Filed under: Hobbies,Interstellar Casa,It's Me, Lass,Married Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 10:35 pm

Just when I think I’m going to get to relax and fill in my flower beds, the weekend has to come and mess it all up. I’ve only known for just a little over a week that the kids would be at SeaWorld this weekend. I thought, “Wow, a Friday night too tacked on to the regular weekend? What fun!”

Now Friday night is just in preparation for Saturday. There’s breakfast at 9:30 am with some friends, followed by the viewing of a St. Patty’s day parade (don’t forget to wear green or you’ll get a pinch on the ass from me!). Then one of Nick’s friends is having a book signing at a local mall. We have to go to support him, and buy a book and get it autographed for Nick’s brother. Then at 4 PM, I’m having the first meeting of my new knitting group. I’m expecting between 10 and 25 people to show up. Yikes! As social as I may seem, I absolutely tremble at meeting new people and having to make some kind of conversation. Then, Saturday night I have to run by the gym and drop off the score book to Zed’s basketball coach…I still have it from the last playoff game. \

Sunday was going to be a day of rest. Until I heard a commercial on the radio. Seems the Comic Con is going to be in Richardson this weekend. Peter Mayhew…come on…you all know who he is!…is scheduled to be there. I hope to get his autograph. And Chekov from Star Trek. And Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters will be there! Among others. But those are the ones I hope to see. Nick is all hot and bothered over a couple of authors that will be there…but if they don’t fall into the genre of ‘classic literature’ then I’m not likely to know them.

And I do hope to get a little planting in, because *gasp* I have tulips and…some other flowers! I planted a bunch of mixed bulbs, and the irises are about the only other thing I recognize. But there are a few things that didn’t quite grow in, so I need to go to the plant store and get some ‘filler’.

Geez…I’m already tired. Can’t I just skip the weekend?

January 26, 2007

New Reads and Chicken Fried Steak

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Hobbies,Interstellar Casa,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 4:27 pm

I didn’t yoga last night. About mid-day I decided I missed my kids. Hadn’t seen them much all week it felt like. So I decided to cook dinner, and I made it a family affair. Zed peeled carrots and potatoes, and Elle got to be the first user of my new crinkle cutter. I gave her very clear instructions and hovered, wincing a few times and correcting so we didn’t crinkle cut a finger. Nick cleared and set the table. Prep work done, everyone else was banned from the kitchen while I fried. I’m nervous when it comes to hot grease. My mom burned her legs bad when I was a kid, and I don’t want that for me or mine.

I don’t make CFS (that’s what we called it when I waited tables at a ‘home cookin’ kind of place) (or anything else fried for that matter) that often, and the last couple of times I was disappointed in my effort. And then I got worried because I was low on pepper. Very little in the grinder and no more peppercorns. So I dug in the cabinet and found some McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. Has pepper. Sounds like it’ll work. And it did. I guess my problem before was not enough seasoning! My gravy also turned out really well. Go me. Used a little bit of drippings from the grease, and the dredging flour mix, and it was good!

Then, Carnealian‘s comment reminded me that at Thanksgiving, I had borrowed Running with Scissors from my cousin. The book. Not the Weird Al album. I’m sure she’s going to want it back sometime. Maybe I’ll get her Christmas presents to her eventually too.

This weekend Nick and I are going to a birthday party for my friend Amy. She’s celebrating the 8th anniversary of her 27th birthday. What do you get for someone for that occasion? Elle has a basketball game on Sunday. There’s no football on this weekend. It’s supposed to rain some tomorrow. Hope it doesn’t get too nasty.

Anything fun going on in your neck of the woods?

January 16, 2007

Resolutions in Action

Filed under: Hobbies,It's Me, Lass,Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 9:00 am

So, I’m making an effort to keep up with my resolutions.

Week 1: I made it to the gym 3 times that week. Week2: Only made it to the gym once. But I’d also like to count the walking tour of the Capitol and the several flights of stairs we climbed as exercise, so I’ll bump it up to 2. That’s not cheating, right?

I’ve also worked on the reading resolution. Last night I finished a book called The Sari Shop. It’s written by an Indian woman, Rupa Bajwa, and focuses on the experiences of a young man who works in the sari shop. The manner in which descriptions were made, and the course-of-thought was slightly different from the style of writing I am used to reading, and the prose was plain and simple. In all, I thought it was a good book. The story premise (which I wasn’t sure of until the end of the book) was to show the struggle of a working class person that experiences an awakening when he is exposed to a world outside of what he’s previously known. Some of the characterizations were sketchy at best, and some of the transitions left me slightly confused. There was only a conclusion for two characters, and there were several that could have been flushed out further for a stronger story. In the end, I was left hanging. It seemed like it shouldn’t have ended where it did or ended in some other way. I was also not clear, until quite late in the book, the time in which the story takes place. There was mention of movies and cars, so I thought OK, maybe 50’s-80’s, but then a computer was mentioned, and so I figured the setting was modern times. I think this was important to understand, especially to compliment the intent of the story. The back of the book has a ‘reading guide’ and discussion topics for a book club. In the reading guide, there was some mention of a comedy. I didn’t find the book or the situations funny at all, and there were some rather sad parts and tragic circumstances. I would still recommend this to read though. It was enlightening.

The next book on my bedside table is called Love Walked In. I picked it solely on the summary on the back of the book. This is how I pick many books. I read the summary, and if the premise is decent, I’ll give it a go. Sometimes the title catches me.  Some of the Amazon.com reviews are mixed, but I’ll give it a chance. I started reading it last night, and the first chapter is quite clever. I was impressed that in the first 9 pages of the book, the author has worked in The Philadelphia Story, The Thin Man, and specific references to Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, William Powell and Myrna Loy AND made all references central to two of the main characters. So far I like the narrative voice being used to tell the story.

Sadly, I’m not yet doing much in the realm of ‘get more sleep’. I think that one is very important, but the easiest for me to break. I did manage to get to bed and get to sleep before midnight last night. And tonight, I’m going to the gym again.

How about you? Did you make any resolutions? Are you keeping up with them?

December 11, 2006

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Knit

Filed under: Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 9:56 am

Or, perhaps Invasion of the Skeins. I was plopped on the couch the majority of the weekend. I finished, ripped out, and then re-did this hat for Nick. The green one. The first one was too big. I measured his giant melon, made the biggest size according to measurements, and somehow it was still too big. Now I’m on #2 for Zed. His will be navy blue. I do have to go to the knit shop at lunch to figure out the particular seaming stitch the pattern calls for, but that’s not too much work.

After that’s done, I’ve also got to get needles to start these. For my mom I think. Nick will also get these. Then I have three of these bags to assemble. The pieces are all knitted and begging to be stitched up. One in the green shown, one in organge, and one in a wine-red color. And, when I tuck in the ends, this scarf will be finished. If you knit, I highly recommend making this lovely scarf. It didn’t take me two hours to knit it up, and it’s so soft and fluffy. The pattern is free! Oh, and yes, all this is for Christmas. I have two weeks from today to finish. At least my fingers are in shape, even if the rest of me isn’t.

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