If it’s Thursday…

...that means I'm home for a brief respite. On the agenda? Plowing through my neglected kitchen, polishing off some laundry, relaxing over a beer or two, and then crawling in bed to fall asleep to reruns of school board hearings. Yes, I am a habitual watcher of channel 28 here in PDX - invariably, I see snippets of meetings I missed...wake up in the middle of the night to new information (we've had so many hearings lately that they're all looping in constant rerun during the wee hours of the morning), and open my eyes at the crack of dawn - yep, they're still at it (is it too much to hope that it's all sinking in, osmosis-like, while I sleep?) To be sure, I don't awaken [Read more...]

About that photo…

I think that the photo on the front page of the Tribune (and the only one available on the website) unjustly makes me look Mad and Pissy. Maybe it's the caption - "...(I) can be a loud voice both at school board meetings and online..." - which co-workers are now warning me I'll never live down. (I still swear that I've never been loud at a school board meeting. Online? You be the judge...) This is, of course, no fault of photographer Jim Clark, who did heroic work given the subject matter (unphotogenic yours truly in a school basement.) Did I mention that Drama Mama had informed everyone on the school bus that a) a photographer from the NEWSPAPER would be meeting us [Read more...]

Me and my big mouth…

...(not to mention other things- oy, that double chin!) are both featured in today's Tribune. (I'll have a link later for the out-of-towners, although thankfully you'll be spared the photos that are inspiring my current 'must diet, must skip the free ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry's' mood.) Double oy - there's a photo available after all...and no, I'm not yelling anything at anyone (if I remember correctly, I was talking in an aside to a friend.) If you're visiting for the first time: yep, I'm opinionated. I may even be loud from time to time. But...bubbly? Ye gods - that's going to ruin my jaded 'former NYCer always wearing black' reputation! My thanks, though, to [Read more...]

How mean would it be…

...to simply stop by Ben & Jerry's on my way home from work tomorrow to nab a free cone for myself? Not mean, you say? Well, let me finish the sentence: ...without telling either small child that tomorrow is free cone day at Ben & Jerry's OR heading home first so I can escort them to the store for their OWN free cones. Weeellll...I still think I'm going to do this tomorrow. And I don't think I'm going to say anything about it - before or after. Pretty mean of me, you say? Hey - at least I'm not eating my free ice cream cone in front of them...!

Safe bets

When you rush out of the shower dripping wet to catch me before I leave the house so that I can sign the piece of paper you forgot to drag out of your school backpack and have me sign earlier - well, it's definitely not going to be full of good news, is it?Any sentence that starts out "but you prOOOOmised" will always end with a complaint and not a compliment.I will never, ever, agree to hold another birthday party at ChuckECheese - so you might as well save your breath, darling.When you do several loads of laundry, but leave one undone - the children will only want to wear the clothes in that pile.When you set important papers aside in a Very Special Stack - the stack will [Read more...]