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Friday, April 25, 2003
It’s Friday, it’s sunny, and I got a refund!
There are some rather depressing things that I could talk about, but I have books and movies waiting for me at the library, and it’s nice outside today, and the company I (foolishly) purchased (& later returned) an exercise machine from last year finally gave me a refund!
So in lieu of possibly fruitless and depression-inspiring discussions about life & death & that kind of thing, here is the first-ever Friday Five! (Ta-Da!)
1. What was the last TV show you watched?
We don’t have cable anymore… we couldn’t have it during college, because we determined that we were spending waaaayy too much of the time we should be doing projects or homework watching TV. We got cable when we moved to Portland after college, in order to watch the final season of the X-Files (sob!). However, once the X-Files came to its terribly dissatisfying ending wrapped itself up, we came to the conclusion that cable was eating up too much of our time, and we got rid of it again. So I don’t watch TV, just movies. But I watched the pilot episode of Twin Peaks last Saturday, and I will be watching Episodes One and Two tomorrow. We’re doing weekly Twin Peaks parties, with pie and coffee, with our friends.
We were inspired by (ahem) meeting Mike, the One-Armed Man, in March! (who is, I am sure, sick to death of people recognizing him only from his Twin Peaks gig. But he was very nice in spite of that.)
2. What was the last thing you complained about and what was the problem?
I kind of groused about my boss complaining that she can’t bring her dogs to work, although she has not put any significant effort into getting the company to adopt a pet-friendly policy. I was mostly grumping about that because I want to get a dog, and then bring my dog to work, so it's kind of a self-serving pseudo-complaint.
3. Who was the last person you complimented and what did you say?
I told my kitty he was my sweet fuzzy baby…does that count? (I think I might need to work on being more complimentary and less critical.)
4. What was the last thing you threw away?
A Red Delicious apple core left from my lunch.
5. What was the last website (besides this one) that you visited?
Yesterday I wanted to go out to lunch, but what I wanted to have for lunch and what The Husband wanted to have for lunch were—gasp!—different things. I became somewhat distraught over this dilemma, eventually coming close to tears because “I’m sure you think I’m awful and selfish because we always do what I want to do and not what you want to do, and I’m sure you resent it and you’ll keep not saying anything and then we’ll have to get a divorce because we never go where you want to go for lunch!"
Later, as we were heading into the restaurant to get lunch (where I wanted to go), I said “It’s remotely possible that I might have gotten a tiny bit more upset than the situation really warranted, and it’s faintly possible that I might have been inclined to be a little emotional because my period is due today.” (Muffled sounds from The Husband, who is prudently facing the other way) "Stop laughing, you bastard!”
That night, while getting ready for bed, I ask “Are you sure you don’t think I’m insane and that getting married was a terrible idea?”
He says “Well, it’s not like I didn’t know ahead of time—I had a few years to notice…”