Friday, May 31, 2013

What I Did

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by your insincere "goodbye and thank you."  What did I expect, really?  I guess I expected you to have thought of what you were going to say in order to make the lie that much more convincing.  I guess I thought you would have prepared so you didn't fumble for words and look above me at fluorescent light beams.

It was obvious from the banality of your words and by the effort you had to expend to grope for just those few vague phrases that you have no idea what I did over the past two years.  And in your defense, I suppose it doesn't look all that great on paper.  I did not head any committees.  I did not make any sweeping changes to existing protocols.  I did not cure cancer.  I did not build a better mousetrap.

Perhaps if you came out of your office at all, you might know what I did over the past two years, but since you clearly had no idea, I have some "textual evidence" for you.  HERE is what I did:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Chipmunks (and Chipettes!)

I loved this show in the 1980s!  And let's not forget The Chipettes! 

The show itself (Alvin & the Chipmunks) started running in 1983 and lasted for eight (8!) seasons until 1991.  The cast included Ms. Dody Goodman (of Grease fame) as Miss Miller, the Chipettes' chaperone.  I have her autograph, thankyouverymuch.  It may interest you to know that:
  • The same man voiced Alvin, Simon, and Dave Seville
  • The same woman voiced Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor
  • Alvin, Simon, and Theodore's last name is listed as Seville, same as Dave, though they don't call him "Dad."  They call him "Dave."
  • The Chipettes all have the last name as "Miller," but they don't call Miss Miller "mom."  They (and the boys) call her "Miss Miller."
  • I used to know the entire The Chipmunk Adventure movie (1987) by heart.
More importantly, I realized that without these little rascals I probably wouldn't know "Wooly Bully" (Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, 1965), "Sharp Dressed Man" (ZZ Top, 1983) --  not to mention, of course, the Chipmunk classics "Witch Doctor" and "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)."  Growing up we had an album (yes, an actual record) of The Chipmunks singing their Christmas songs; I now have it all on iTunes and listen to it every Christmas.

I wonder if the placement of these songs in their respective episodes/movies (at the 1980s stuff) will make more sense now that I know the songs.  Hmmm,....I may have to rewatch some cartoons!

And yes, I watched both Alvin & the Chipmunks (2007) and Alvin & the Chipmunks:  The Squeakquel (2009). when they came out (on DVD).  I even own the 2007 soundtrack (hey, I like both the updated and original versions of the songs!).  Of those two movies, these two videos make me giggle no matter what:

"Rinse Cycle"

And this, because it's adorable and really kind of wrong if you think about it (though it must be watched directly through YouTube).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Needs More Cowbell

Car Conversations:

Me: (joking)  "Woman, I will throw you out of this car!"
My Unit:  "Say it again, but more intense."
Me:  "I will throw you out of this car!"
My Unit:  "No, louder."
Me:  "Y'know, 'intense' doesn't always mean 'louder.'"
My Unit:  "I'm the one giving direction.  Louder AND more intense."
Me:  "I will throw you out of this car!"
My Unit:  "More Joan Crawford!"
Me:  "I will throw you out of this car!"
My Unit:  "I have no idea how you made your eyebrows that pointy.  MORE Joan Crawford plus loud and intense!"
Me:  "I will throw you out of this car!"
My Unit:  "You need more shoulder pads."
Me:  "Wardrobe!"
My Unit: "Make-up!"
So if you see us at a stoplight, screaming and laughing so hard we're crying, this is why.

The Bitch Is Back!

Hellooooooo Interwebs! The title is correct: this bitch is back. It's been five months and nineteen days since I last blogged, but who's counting? The old blog is no more. In fact, it's been deleted since December. "Why?" you're probably asking. "What have you been doing? Why haven't you been writing?" And those are all valid questions, my darlings. Unfortunately, I cannot answer them right now. To find out more about the drama that ensued, you'll have to read my upcoming novel Crucified.
I just have to write it first.

In the mean time, I will still be updating with my thoughts on life, knitting, acting, Doctor Who, Hobbit-y things, Whedonesque things, and living in the dangerous city. Just last night my Unit and I both heard two gunshots around midnight -- woohoo!  I've been taking advantage of Blogger's "scheduling" feature, which means there are about a week's worth of posts coming atcha in the next, well, week.  So check back often for updates!