Saturday, August 4, 2007

Would you buy this book?

I did. I was looking for a book by Laurie Notaro (she is a great humor writer) and came across this instead.

I picked it up after reading the title. I bought it after reading the description on the back cover:

"My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But I do contribute to humanity in one very important way:
I share my adventures with the world."

I haven't started it yet, but I probably will this weekend. Maybe I will let you know how it is when I finish. I have a feeling I will be amused, entertained and pissed off by it.


Does the title, cover art or description put you off, or would you read this book?

Yesterday, today and tomorrow... oh and Monday, too

Just a few minor updates to catch everyone up on the minutiae of my life:
Yesterday: I worked. It was work. After work I went home and the manfriend came over and made some burgers on the grill. We mixed some garlic and barbecue sauce right into the meat. Topped with a slice of cheddar and some avocado, those were some pretty tasty burger. He also made some grilled corn for him (I skipped that part) and I did a large russet potato. I cut it into four big slices, added some garlic butter and wrapped it in foil to bake on the grill. Potatoes are pretty good that way. I think the burger was the most exciting part of my day.
Today: Again, I am at work. After work mf is coming over so we can grill again. Yes, we are very boring. Anyway, I made a quick marinade of soy, ponzu, sesame oil and brown sugar. I zipped it up with a little dijon mustard and some red chili paste. It was sweet and tangy, so I reserved some to reduce and make a glaze. The rest I poured over a pork tenderloin soak for the next 8 or so hours. I plan to make some basmati rice and sauteed spinach with sesame seeds to go with that.
Tomorrow: Some friends of mine are having a 1st birthday party for their daughter. She is a cute, fat little thing. I still need to get a gift. I am thinking books. I love "Where the Wild Things Are" and her dad said she doesn't have that. So that is a given. I probably also will get some of the Dr. Seuss books. Every kid needs those. That is the afternoon. I think the evening will be just relaxing at home, maybe doing some chores.
Monday: I have my pottery class in the morning. I don't have any firm plans for the afternoon, but it would be nice to just relax. If I can get all my chores done Sunday, then I can be lazy Monday afternoon. Oh, and I probably will grill again.
Maybe something more exciting will happen or I will think of something insightful to add to the blog. Maybe not.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Missing... one doughnut hole...

OK. I got my "Simpsons Movie" soundtrack yesterday.

It arrived while I was at work.

Normally I leave the mail until I at least have changed out of the heels and work clothes and thought about what I will fix for dinner.
But as soon as I saw that box I had to know... does it really smell like doughnuts?

So I tore into the packaging and opened it to find a plastic doughnut case, but there was no doughnut hole!

I guess they left it solid so there would be something inside the case for the CD to grip onto.

But given how advanced packaging is, you'd think they could figure out a way to make the hole.

Anyway, about that smell.

It does smell like doughnuts! I brought it to work so other people could smell it. They confirmed the doughnut smell and also thought the lack of hole was odd.

I did listen to it on the way to work today.
It's amazing how you can watch a movie but not really think about the music as you are watching it.

For the most part the songs are instrumentals. There are vocals on "Spider Pig."

There is a track called "Recklessly Impulsive" that sounds like the theme song done as a techno, club version.

There also is a song called "Thank You Boob Lady." I just like the title of that one.
I think my favorite song on there is "Release the Hounds."

It's got a good beat, and I can dance to it.

Deck update

I got me some steps. At least on the side that leads to the back yard.
Which is important since that is where the barbecue is.
Work on the other set of steps probably will start tomorrow.
Oh, and my planters.
My man friend and I were discussing what kind of plants would be good for those.
I need something hard to kill. I am thinking succulents.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I like a man who is good with his hands

I have these crappy steps at the back door of my house. They are awkward and too small for the arc of the screen door.

When you go out to the back yard, you have to open the door then step out of the house and down a step. Then you have to come around the door and step back up on the landing and then continue to the steps on the other side.

Not earth shattering. But annoying.

So my man friend offered to build out the steps into more of a deck.

He started Thursday and worked a bit more Friday and Saturday.

Sunday afternoon was my day to help.

He had the supports in place and so we proceeded to cut and place the boards across the top.

Today he is working on the steps to the side that goes to the back yard.

Then he will do the steps on the side that goes to the gate and the front yard.

It's so nice that he is handy.

He is teaching me to be more handy by getting me out there with a drill and a crowbar.

As you can see from the photos, the deck is looking pretty good so far. Especially compared to the crappy steps that were there.

It's a nice redwood deck, and he is thinking about using the leftover wood to make a couple planters to go on each side.