What do you mean there's just over 3 days left...?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Let the bells ring out and the banners fly. The weather feels like fall!!!! Woo hoo. Could I be any more excited? Only if it felt like fall and I won a million dollars. Then I’d be ecstatic. It’s currently only 14C outside and we’re expected to hit a max today of 19. There must be a god out there somewhere. A weather god who occasionally answers the prayers of landlocked sea captains…

Things have been a bit hectic lately. And yet not a lot going on. Work is busy (yay) as I’m covering for someone who recently retired. At home, I’ve been trying to get ready for the big race on Sunday which will NOT become a race between my mother and I (heh heh…that’s what she thinks). I’m hosting the carbo-load dinner for us three gals on Saturday night so I’ve been busy buying groceries, doing laundry, scolding naughty kitties, and trying desperately to rid my apartment of fur. Let’s just say it’s not going well but I have managed to make myself a beautiful and detailed list of things to do and buy day by day for the rest of the week… I love lists. I don’t follow them all the time but I do enjoy making them! So much in fact that I’ve made myself a list of goals for Sunday:

- I will finish
- I will finish standing upright
- I will finish standing upright under my own power
- I will finish standing upright under my own power with a smile (albeit likely forced) on my face
- I will finish slightly ahead of my mother (hundreds of a second count for a reason)
- I will NOT finish last

In between yelling obscenities at furry felines and crying desperately at the amount of work to be done before the big day, I managed to squeeze in a film. My online DVD rental company shipped a copy of The Green Mile which arrived yesterday. As I am the Queen (arrggh! I be the Captain) of procrastination, I popped it into the DVD player and sat down to watch. Wow. Long movie. And yet, not boring or too long. I have not read Stephen King’s novel – I gave up reading his work years ago as it just didn’t measure up to his earlier classics. I was stunned. Certainly not at all what I expected from a Stephen King novel or an adaption of one of his works. There are no psychotic killer clowns (unless you count Sam Rockwell) and no cemetaries full of undead pets (although Mr. Jingles does come back to life). I’m not in the mood to write a full review but it’s definitely a Captain recommended flick. Surprisingly I did not shed a tear (although I was on the verge) until they showed a close up of Barry Pepper bawling his eyes out towards the end of the movie. Then I lost it. Damn. And I have to commend the filmmakers for not taking the sensationalistic road and instead choosing NOT to show exactly what happened to the two little girls the main character is accused of murdering. It’s left mostly to the imagination of the viewer. Check it out if you haven’t seen it already.

Does anyone else know what a “wish chip” is? Or am I the only one who uses that juvenile expression? It’s something I picked up when I lived out east in them ‘thar maritimes. Lord Tunderin’ Jezzus they knew how to make chips back then ‘eh boy…remember Hostess when they had those two furry mascots?

I never thought I’d see the day when I would agree with…gulp…Newt Gingrich. Hell has frozen over folks. Seems he too thinks that starting the race for the next presidential election (which isn’t until November 2008!) a few months ago is a tad bit ridiculous.
Potential presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Tuesday blasted the modern-day road to the White House as too long, too expensive and verging on "insane."
Thank you Newt. (I will deny every typing this should someone question me on this in the future. My blog was hijacked…yeah, that’s it…hijacked).

And here's the final version of my Springfield self. Cute but slightly chunky as in real life. Enjoy if you will.


SME said...

I've heard good things about The Green Mile. Must see it sometime. I know it involves a mouse, and that alone is enough to get a rodent-phile like me to watch it.
Whether you beat your mother or not, best of luck in the big race!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Run Karen, Run!

Red said...

Hey, girl, I don't know what people are supposed to say ahead of a big race... in Italy, we say, "In the mouth of the wolf" to which you are supposed to reply, "May the wolf drop dead". So here I say for ya: "In bocca al lupo!" And most of all, have fun with it! Look forward to hearing all about it (and seeing pics, if you can be bothered to take your cam-cam).

Beth said...

Karen, I have no clue what a 'wish chip' is. And I still don't. Sounds like it totally deserves a discursive post all its own.

Or I could just Google it.

Anyway, you'll do great this weekend. You're too IN to it not to. And much like your summer reading challenge, it's not about how much or how fast, it's about the DOING itself.

Are you walking the whole thing or trying to run some or run all? And am I correct in thinking you're doing 10.5K?

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