Wednesday, August 31, 2005

HNT: Lean on Me

I'm tired and weary. I needed something to hold me up, and Half-Nekkid Thursday, having become my favorite day of the week (right in front of Dumbass Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) keeps me revved up. See Os for more details.

God's Cruel Little Joke

My hair has always been my pride and joy. I was born with naturally curly hair that has oft been felt up by strangers on the street and cooed over by old ladies in Whataburger. The reason I've gotten hair compliments all these years is because I spend millions of hours and thousands of dollars on products and gadgets to wrangle this shit into something aesthetically pleasant. I'm taking you behind the scenes, bitches. Watch out.....

Freshly washed and slept upon. The curls have been allowed to run wild and crazy with no discipline whatsoever. Because of the sleeping there's sort of a rat nest effect that can't be prevented. Notice the ultra-curly roots. Those bitches are almost impossible to straighten...even with a round of chemical straightener and a flat-iron.

After the morning frying. It's amazing isn't it? It takes great willpower and an anal-retentive neat-streak the likes of which you don't see very often to make it behave.

The moral of my tale: Whatever you think about your own hair, it could always be worse. And God hates my head.

Note: It takes a woman strong in her womanhood to post morning hair and no makeup. I just happen to not care.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Drama Squelched, Assorted Goodies

--The latest and greatest Onion headlines:

  • New Strain of Jet Lag Devastates Airline Industry
  • U.S. Blowjobless Rate at All-Time High
  • Dave Matthews Not That Into Himself Anymore
  • --John Irving was on The Daily Show tonight, and he related a story about the time he tried to heimlich maneuver Kurt Vonnegut (his former teacher). When Veonnegut began to choke Irving proceeded to grab him from behind, which he found somewhat troublesome since he's 5'7" and Vonnegut was (is?) 6'5". Since he couldn't get the right angle, he threw Vonnegut on the floor and "proceeded to beat on him from the rodeo position" only to find out that he hadn't been choking at all. He had emphysema. My question being: how could he muster up the balls to tell it on The Daily Show?? I hope they padded his gift basket for giving up that little nugget of embarrassment.

    On TV: No, thanksyouvellymush.
    MP3: What Kind of Love, Rodney Crowell
    In my head: Sleeeepy vibes.

    Note: Longggg ass day tomorrow. Expect no peeps from me until evening.
    Another note: The formatting is wonked tonight...leaving spaces, etc.. It's driving me batty, but ignore it, and I'll try to, too.

    The Story of Estella

    "Break their hearts, my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy!"
    --Miss Havisham to Estella

    I started this blog out of great pain and spite with a capital SPIT. Spit as in venom and nails. I found myself at the end of a long, hard relationship at the end of 2004/beginning of 2005. It was gory. Bloody. Toxic. All figurative, by the way. I disappeared and some simpering victim appeared by Christmas of '04 and hung around for a couple of months. She wandered around the house, took antidepressants by the truckload, and crawled back toward what was so SO bad for her. She lacked vibrance, opinions, and a backbone of even the flimsiest sort. So many things she had before. She didn't think she was good enough to ever have a decent relationship. She didn't think she could hack it in graduate school.

    I took my previous blog, The Wasteland, down because it was frowned upon and stayed away from blogging from around November '04 until February of 2005. December '04 brought with it an occurence that finally dragged me out of my dark hole. I won't elaborate on what that event was, but it was enough. That's all that's important now.

    I came back to blogging furious and fractured with the vow to exclude only those things I deem too personal to share or to protect those I feel are worthy of protection. The first name that occurred to me was Estella's Revenge. Estella is a character from Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, that I've always found terribly interesting. Here's a description of her:

    Estella is Miss Havisham's adopted daughter and her project in cultivated cruelty. Raised by the old woman to be cruel and hard to men, Estella, a great beauty, entrances Pip. She is mean to Pip for most of his life, although at the novel's end they meet again, and she seems to be a softened, changed woman.

    At first Estella seems like the most evil, man-hating bitch imaginable, but she's raised to be. She's venomous out of circumstance. I found myself venomous because of my situation. I wanted to make men suffer. I knew the blog would accomplish that....for at least one man.

    The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to add something to Estella's Revenge. It wasn't only about revenge. It was about a place to vent. A place to be creative again, An exercise in writing every single day. It was about figuring out what the hell I wanted again. It was about talking to myself, and if someone else read it...fine. I came up with Tripping Toward Lucidity (in all its wordy goodness) because that's exactly what I was doing. It's what we're all doing. Just trying to figure out what the hell makes sense.

    One thing I really like about Estella is that she softened over time. She grew out of her situation and didn't hate anymore. Didn't torture. It's a small world when you're so angry and vindictive that it saturates your waking hours and your dreams. Estella's original revenge was on the men she destroyed, but the real revenge is that she grew up and became whole.

    I'm writing about this now, so long after the fact, because it's one of the biggest stories I've never told. It's still shady at best, but it's a huge part of who I am now.

    And, men, you can uncover your penises now. I'm not mad anymore if you didn't already catch that.

    Sunday, August 28, 2005


    Fence tagged me, and I'm one of the few that LOVES these, so here goes...

    Seven Things I Plan To Do Before I Die

    1. Have health insurance again!
    2. Design my own home.
    3. Own more schnauzers.
    4. Travel to exotic locales like Milwaukee and Houston..and hopefully some more exciting choices like London, Dublin, Paris, and Monaco.
    5. Lose some more weight/get in better shape.
    6. Draw Social Security (I can dream).
    7. Have my lower retainer removed.

    Seven things I can do

    1. Write good academic shit.
    2. The splits.
    3. Paint/sketch well (or at least I used to be able to).
    4. Make an ass of myself.
    5. Make people laugh without making an ass of myself.
    6. Take care of my family.
    7. Float.

    Seven things I can not do

    1. Get organized.
    2. Play an instrument.
    3. Reach the top level of any video game.
    4. Bring myself to say "give head" out loud.
    5. Be near a maggot.
    6. Control my chronic eye-rolling.
    7. Stand fuckwits, douchebags, or pedophiles.

    Seven things that I find really attractive about the opposite sex

    1. The "relaxed" voice.
    2. Shoulders.
    3. A nice whiff of cologne.
    4. Playful innuendo.
    5. Hands and wrist-veins.
    6. The occasional and heartfelt romantic gesture that takes me completely by surprise.
    7. When they'll call me out on my bullshit. Without being mean about it.

    Seven things I say the most

    1. FUCKKK!
    2. That's vile.
    3. Whatcha doin'?
    4. Oh my!
    5. Craptaculous.
    6. Just shoot me NOW.
    7. Why???

    Seven Books I LOVE

    1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
    2. The Cider House Rules, John Irving
    3. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
    4. The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo
    5. The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
    6. George's Marvelous Medicine, Roald Dahl
    7. What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt

    Seven people I'd like to see spread this across the blogosphere (and if you don't wanna do it, ignore me):

    1. Dena
    2. Ago-go
    3. Heather F.
    4. Amanda
    5. Opaco
    6. The Pink Kitty
    7. Suzz
    ...and anyone else who feels the urge.

    On TV: I turned that crap off.
    Music: X and Y, Coldplay
    Reading: The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank
    In my head: Whatthefuckever.

    Saturday, August 27, 2005

    The Verdict

    Yesterday's orientation went well. It was overwhelmingly informative, but good. There were donuts, there was an ice breaker (my super hero name will now be The Frigid Wench), and we discussed quite a volatile article about whether or not teachers should "push" their students to contemplate ideas they might be uncomfortable with (should we push them to discuss and write about religion, etc.) . We got our work schedules for the writing center and teaching. I'll be working in the writing center 20 hrs a week and also working with a few developmental "labs" (we're not supposed to call 'em labs). I had no idea I'd be doing that, but I'm already teaching a shitload, so why not add a few labs, right? I also found out I have to take a Colloquia that forced me to drop my Contemporary Lit class. If I hadn't, I would've been forced to give up sleep and one meal a day, and I don't see that happening anytime soon. The bitch of it: the Colloquia doesn't count toward the Masters. It's useless to me now credit-wise (not teaching-wise), but it'll be 6 total hours toward my PhD if I decide to do it. It's required if I want to start teaching for the university next year, too, so they had me by the nads.

    The party last night was lovely. There are several people still in the program that I graduated with, so it was nice to see them and get back into the swing of things. The food was great, the company was awesome, and I got into some veryyy interesting conversations about literature, feminism, more literature, and more literature. Oh, and publishing. And research. And composition, and more literature. Whew!

    My time will be limited, but I should be home every night by about 7:30, so that's not so bad. I should have time to do assignments, stress out, and do research. Oh, and BLOG! I'd shrivel up and die without it.


    Friday, August 26, 2005

    I'm up, I'm UP!

    7:20. I'd forgotten what 7:20 looks like. Graduate orientation is today from 9-3:30 and then the drunken pool party with my professors (so wrong). So, yeah, don't expect much outta me today. I'll be holed up being brainwashed and interrogated. Whatever will I do having to go a whole day without hearing "Pon De Replay" on MTV? A few of my brain cells might regenerate!!!

    I posted some informal reading comments over at Projectile Reviews yesterday in a fit of non-reading. I swear, I'm going to get on the stick and start posting more over there. It used to be on another, defunct, blog account, but now I've moved it to this account, so maybe that'll be less hassle and more motivation.

    One last thing: I moved the Denise Richards post above HNT. I would hate to think she lost some of the limelight because of my paper-dollness.

    Thursday, August 25, 2005

    I Just Don't Get It

    Denise Richards was on Ellen today (repeat) discussing the fact that she posed for Playboy a mere five months after she gave birth to her daughter. I'm going to skip all attempts at well-structured, mature commentary and jump straight to the...


    Now, I should clarify that my adamant "eeewww" should not be considered a bite of my thumb at the childbearing process. That's not the gross part. Giving birth is, and I'm sure many would agree, a sacred event...bring life into the world!!! It's beautiful, it's touching, it's special.

    On the other side of the coin, Playboy is not so sacred (boys, shuddup). It's about desire, objectification, and lust. Let's just say's about titties. I'm sure Richards looked smokin'-hot, but at least give little Sam time to get off the teet. Won't she be proud to look back and know that her mama was determined enough to reveal her peaks and valleys that she jumped off the gurney and onto the treadmill? Way to go, Mom!!! Way to be a life-giving temple!!!

    And fuck this PC business because we're all thinkin' it. Anyone think she lactated on set??

    Moms...please do not bitch me out in the comments section. This is simply a reflection of how classless Denise Richards strikes me. She's right up there with Britney!

    On an unrelated note: The asshat of the week award goes to Pat Robertson for calling for the assassination of the President of Venezuela and then claiming he never said that. Say it at home douchebag!!! That little black box with the man behind it is a CAMERA!

    HNT: Just Call Me Doll...Andi-Doll

    Oh my! It seems you caught me perusing my new collection of hot "Marilyn" clothes in my skivvies. I'll just die if I pick the wrong outfit. I'm leaning toward the one on the far left. I think it makes me look the most like Denise Richards after giving birth. Pat Robertson would never try to have me bumped off in that dress. Everyone would love me in that dress. I hope Madonna doesn't fall onto one of my cones. She'd break whatever bones are left.

    Get half-nekkid with Os.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2005

    Lazy Assedness

    Things I should have already done today:

    Gotten dressed.
    Finished cleaning this here 12th Circle.
    Started reading my assignment.
    Addendum: Should've done my syllabi for the three courses I'm TEACHING!

    What I've done:

    Watched Montel Williams (Sylvia Browne was the guest...she amuses me).
    Ate salad and a piece of turtle pie.
    Read blogs.

    What I will do in the next little while:

    Blow-dry my hair.
    Watch Ellen Degeneres and then Oprah.
    Begin reading the most boring assignment since the invention of the printing press. Thank you, Mr. Gutenberg...kiss my pasty pale tail.
    Addendum: The three syllabi for the courses I'm TEACHING!

    Tuesday, August 23, 2005

    Spotlight: Reginald

    If you haven't noticed, take a moment to scroll down and check my new addition to the sidebar...Reginald, my baby Jesus fetus. I love Him.

    I should be cleaning so I can do work. I can't read assignments or do other school/work-related crap with my bedroom looking like the 12th circle of hell (one of the new add-ons....reserved for messy mollies like myself).

    On TV: Oprah...the Presley women interview. I *heart* Lisa Marie
    Music: Amerie

    Monday, August 22, 2005

    Call You What???

    I have yet to start graduate school and I already have two orientations (a total of three days), a big drunken party, and 126 pages of homework looming before me. I've begun to feel a tightening of my asshole and stomach as if a panic attack might burst forth upon me. The freak outedness is increased when I think about the two jobs I'll be working in addition to my studeies.

    But ya wanna know what really weirds me out??

    When you're a graduate student, all the profs let you call them by their first names. OH MY GOD! My favorite prof referred to her and hubby as "Donna and Mike". And another prof I don't even know yet (the one with the 126 pages of homework) nonchalantly signed his e-mail, "Derrick." Not to mention a wild "Wooohooo" in the midst of the e-mail, but that's another post entirely.

    I'm not sure I can handle first names. I was raised in Texas where you call your superiors "Mr." or "Mrs."...."ma'am" and "sir". For the love of God, I might implode if I address a professor by first name.

    Watch for signs of implosion in seven days.

    TV: The Daily Show (how did I not watch this sooner?)
    Music: I haven't the foggiest idea.
    Reading: Appetities, Caroline Knapp (That was a typo, but I'm leaving it. Os, it was not Freudian.)
    In my head: Spittle.

    The Weekend, Pre- and Post-Tantrum

    The weekend was nice before my fuck-tantrum, and then I think God decided to punish me for reaching my "fuck" quota for the month.

    Saturday I woke up early thanks to my douchebag neighbors ('t's always the douchebag neighbors). Since I was up, and Mom is ALWAYS up early, we decided to go see a movie at 11:00. And what did we choose??? Guess...guess....

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin!!!!

    Steve Carell is officially my new celebrity crush! Look how cute he funny. The movie has actually gotten a lot of good reviews, and I can see why. It's hysterically funny thanks to Carell's sweet performance as a clueless 40-year-old virgin being "helped out" by his macho friends. But I'll save further comments for a proper review....

    After the movie we had lunch, we book shopped, and we swam for two hours. I have my tan back, but now I'm limping.

    The limping leads us to Sunday. Sunday morning I STUMBLED, HOBBLED, out of bed thanks to the dogs barking at the douchebag neighbors (always the douchebag neighbors). I noticed my foot hurting, but I didn't think much of it. As the day went on the hurting changed from "oh, it hurts a little" to PAIN. PURE UNADULTERATED PAIN. I have no idea what I've done to my foot, but it hurts along the sinewy side-area. It feels like a sprain, but how do you sprain your sinewy side area??

    My prognosis in the grand tradition of anal-retentive overreaction to body pain in the tradition of the rabid spider laying eggs in my ear when I had swim ear:

    Obviously a radioactive spider, reminiscent of that one in Spiderman, bit my foot in my sleep. It was very poisonous, so now the muscles in my foot are beginning to liquefy, thus causing me great pain.

    Why don't they just go ahead and hand over my honorary medical degree??

    Yesterday, while I was bedridden because I couldn't walk, I got an e-mail from my Research Methods professor giving us our reading assignments for the first class (126 pages). I'm not nervous yet. I think I *should* be very scared, though.

    TV: Today Show
    Music: Boy Sets Fire
    Reading: same thing

    Saturday, August 20, 2005

    F-u-c-k (tantrum rising)

    Fuck Blogger for installing the "flag" feature.

    Fuck my portable CD player for not playing. Yes, there is a disc!!!

    Fuck my toothless redneck neighbors for SAWING at 10:30.

    Fuck the loan people for abstaining from sending me a payment book until my interest reached $8,000.

    Fuck the hateful, the prejudiced, the sexist, the cruel and callous, the abusers, the killers, the torturers, the manipulative, the greedy.

    I hate that my day deteriorated to this temper tantrum. It started so well. Am I "objectionable" yet, Blogger?

    Song: Foundations to Burn, Boy Sets Fire
    In my head: Rat poison.

    Foundations to Burn

    Justify, as if it were our right to say
    Now decide, which liar you trust and which one chose our fate
    Fed in time as a choice we think we're making
    It's the guns that we know vs. the guns we never will
    When illusions burn where will we be left standing
    Still with the guns that we know vs. the guns we never will
    Pacify, with false hope of safety within
    Never mind that they were never there where could we begin
    We call upon god for which killing's permitted,
    and then brag out loud that our side made the grade
    We better pray, with this as our position
    Our wrongs don't come back and burn us down to the ground
    And what gives us the right to judge without reprisal
    To strike retaliation and wash our hands of blood
    And who gave us the crown to claim that we're divine
    Without needing repentance and drive them into hell

    Friday, August 19, 2005

    Things I Know and Freely Admit, vol. 1

    Subtitle: &-ee's idiosyncracies run amok!

    1. I want a career in which I can be a positive influence in people's lives. I'd also like to do the least amount of work for decent money. I think I've found my niche. I'm glad I know this about myself because it makes me feel less horrible about the fact that I've hated every job I've ever had, with the exception of two: college teacher, web designer/computer labby.

    2. I like to be adored. Stop looking at me like I have horns growing out of my nostrils. You like being adored, too.

    3. I CAN dance, and I do it often...through the house, to the music in my head, and even in bed (and, no, that's not code for anything). Yes, I dance in bed when I'm listening to my bedtime music--complete with hip swivels and come hither finger motions. Yes, I do this alone. What kind of dancing do I enjoy in and out of bed you ask?? The solitary kind. Love me some hip-hop dancin'. Seriously. It's fun, and a GREAT workout. My fave workout ever was Hip-Hop Body Shop.

    4. I'm MOOOODY. I can go from zero to bit.....(nevermind, that's so cliche). I can be really happy one minute and a bitch and a half the next. Then I'll go from flaming mean harpie to downright sad. Damn estrogen.

    5. Change is a thrill. I change hair colors like pantyhose, I miss my piercings, I would love a tattoo, I would trade in part of my liver to skydive, and I secretly fantasize about putting all my stuff in storage and living from little town to little town and little job to little job. I'll never do that, but it's a thrilling thought.

    6. I'm such a Scorpio. No details needed.

    More random crap later...

    On TV: Just finished watching The Fellowship of the Ring
    Music: Graham Colton...Killing Me
    Reading: The Obsession

    Thursday, August 18, 2005

    Newsflash: Blogger Shortens Name to Please Fans

    Since Sean Puff Daddy Puffy P. Diddy Combs has decided to shorten his name(s) to simply "Diddy" I request that you now refer to me only as "&-ee". As Mr. Diddy has so kindly pointed out, it's much easier for people to chant/scream your name if it's two easy syllables. And, in my case, I'm making it even easier by bowing to the phonetically challenged and throwing in a symbol.

    &-ee, out!

    *Note: No tongues or cheeks were harmed during the drafting of this post.


    I went to the university campus today for a meeting with the financial aid people about the dreaded $28,000 loan (not much came of that). While I was there I went ahead and picked up four more books for my courses (only two more to buy!), got my ID made, went to fill out some paperwork for the GA job, and got my parking sticker. I always feel a little charge just being on a university campus. Like little particles of inspiration and ideas worm their way into my brain. On the way home I had an idea for an interesting project for my English students to do this semester, had an idea for another magazine article, and even some research ideas. I normally wouldn't think anything of it, but my brain has been in complete hibernation since...oh....April. It's been really bad for the last couple of weeks (vacation), but the overall thoughtlessness has been kickin' since I took the library position. I'm so glad my neurons are firing again. I was beginning to bore myself. I even feel the urge to read again. Praise Jehovah (God)!

    To do:
    Write three reviews for Projectile Reviews
    Try to knock off a few books before the madness starts
    Catch up on book discussion groups
    Write down all these ideas before they waltz out my left ear

    On TV: I just turned off Bring It On Again
    Music: Flipping back and forth between Amerie and Coldplay
    Reading: The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness
    In my head: Thought-gasms

    Half-Nekkid Thursday: Shhhh!

    This is what my vacation looks like. I'm listening to Eric Clapton. Heaven.

    See Os...this whole business is his fault.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005


    Why the bloody hell does the handyman never CALL before showing up?? It never fails I'm....

    a) In bed and half-nekkid
    b) In a bathing suit

    I'll be SO GLAD whenever he gets FINISHED!

    Today he showed up, I'm in pj's because I don't have to leave until 2:30 to go to the college for registration and staff development. I answer the door in a bleary-eyed fog to him looking surprised and asking, "Oh, were you asleep??" No fuckwad, I'm in my pj's and don't know my own name all the time. YES, I was asleep. Or at least I was workin' on it awfully damn hard.

    If anyone says I should've been up and dressed, poop on your head. I'm on vacation. I won't get to stay in my pajamas again until December.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005

    Retail Therapy, Part Deux

    More retail therapy today. Many of you will remember my shop-gasm a month or so ago when I bought much black clothing that looks hot (you'll have to take me at my word). Today I threw in a little color...

    1. Lime green polo
    2. Black/white/silver ribbon watch
    3. Camo green purse with a limey and brown funky paisley insert. Might have to take a pic of this one.
    4. One pair of large silver hoop earrings. My others are on their last leg.
    5. A hard to kill 5-subject notebook for all the notes I'll be taking in two weeks' time.
    6. Bust Magazine
    7. Sushi for Beginners, by Marian Keyes. Chick lit, not a how-to sushi book.

    And I think that's it. I was on the verge of buying a black/white polka dot bag for school. It was built briefcase style, but you could carry it as such or as a shoulder bag. It was padded. It was adorable. It was not big enough for 800 books.

    Monday, August 15, 2005

    My past life as a cat...

    Click for a larger image.

    On TV: Nothing.
    CD: Everything You Want, by Vertical Horizon
    Reading: Schlock.
    In my head: Hairballs.

    Stop what you're doin'....

    It's Stephanie's birthday, and I had to take a moment to do a little tribute piece. Stephanie's blog is one of the most entertaining and genuinely packed with shock value that I've found in this ever-expanding blogosphere, and I'm proud to say she's a fellow Texan and Dallasite. Even though I'm not really a Dallasite, I say I am because who knows where my hometown is? No one but Clack, Val, D., Cherbear, and the Today Show.

    This is a pic I found of Stephanie's club hopping this weekend. Notice the delicious red halter and grass skirt...not to mention Non-IT Boy's penis that she ripped off his body shortly after he showed up at her apartment at 7am.

    Long live Steph. May you have many safe escapades to come.

    I just saw people from my tiny hometown of 1,200 on the Today Show!! They were having their 75th wedding anniversary. Can I get a "Whoa nelly!"?

    Sunday, August 14, 2005

    The Walking Coma

    My day started out deliciously relaxing, but now I just feel like shit. I wanted to get in the pool but it rained, I wanted to shop but there's nothing I really need to buy, I wanted to read but I couldn't concentrate for long enough. I'm not sure why I scheduled three weeks off. I'm TERRIBLE at being off...I'm terrible at relaxing.

    I have two more weeks off and I have several things scheduled. Some I'm looking forward to, and I'm sure having my nipples hooked up to a car battery would be more pleasant than some of the others.

    Tuesday I'm going over to Baptist Preacher's Wife's house for "crafting." Yes, Andi is going crafting. Well, more realistically...Andi is going to sit amongst people who craft. There is absolutely nothing wrong with crafting, and I wouldn't be so bitchy as to insinuate that, but I've managed to try 800 crafts in my life and I've stuck with exactly 0 of them for more than 2 weeks. I tried crocheting and wanted to rip my eyeballs out after I finished my first potholder, I tried quilting and ended up with gushing, bloody fingertips, and I tried cross stitch long enough to make half a project when Mikel was born. He's now 14. Baptist Preacher's Wife assured me that I was welcome to bring my own craft along or try the cross stitching or quilting. I was tempted to ask if I could bring my laptop and blog a long string of innovative curse words, but somehow I think that'd go over like a turd in a punch bowl. Why don't I just NOT GO you ask?? Because she has me firmly by the proverbial nuts. She wants to talk about the plans for the town library.

    Wednesday is faculty orientation for the college (not to be confused with GA orientation at the university). I've already been oriented, but apparently we have to be oriented over and over. Because summer can be very disorienting. Director invited me to help with registration, which means, "Ms. Andi, please come in and help with registration for a few hours if you'd like to ever work in education in this town again."

    Friday is a museum trip with a lady from my book group. Shit...that reminds me that the book group meeting is Tuesday night and I haven't read the book yet. Anyway, museum trip to Dallas and Ft. Worth. I need to try to get out of it. The lady is very nice, but wound tighter than an 8-day clock, and I'm afraid her nervous breakdown over the Dallas traffic might pull me right over the edge.

    The 26th is Grad. Assistant orientation from 9-3 and then a party at my favorite professor's house from 5 to whenever. Must pick out my most responsibly sexy ensemble so as to make a good impression on the new profs. I'm thinking the Jackie O shirt.

    On TV: I shot it.
    CD of choice: Touch...Amerie.
    Reading: My palm.
    In my head: White girl noise.

    Laziness and Book Talk

    I finally cleaned my fishtank after a week of putting it off. I realize this isn't the sort of snappy detail that's going to grab most readers, but it's all I've done today besides eat a couple of donuts for breakfast and finish Eat Cake, by Jeanne Ray. I had a delicious night's sleep: 11PM to 9:40 this morning. It's almost unheard of for me to sleep past 8AM, especially with the neighbors' ongoing construction, but miracles do happen occasionally.

    Eat Cake was cute, but nothing to write home about. It's about a woman whose hubby loses his job, her estranged father moves in with her family, her daughter is a typical bitchy teen, and she starts baking cakes to save the family's livelihood. Yay. Sweet, empty of heavy messages, and entertaining enough to turn over a few hours.

    Went to the library yesterday to return Amadeus and I picked up The Sixteen Pleasures, by some guy (looking for the book)...Robert Hellenga. Reference Diva assures me that it's one of the best examples of a man writing from a woman's perspective. I'll be interested to see if it lives up to Michael Cunningham's stunning The Hours, my favorite man-writes-as-woman book eva!

    This afternoon it looks like comfort movies abound. USA is playing Bring it On, Bring it On Again, and then...tadaaa...Coyote Ugly. None as good as Resident Evil or Deep Blue Sea, but they'll do in a pinch.

    TV: Bring it On
    CD of choice: Afterglow...Sarah McLachlan

    In my head: Sunshine and daisies.

    Thursday, August 11, 2005

    The Gift of Onion

    I was sitting at the circ desk looking supremely bored last weekend and Reference Diva took it upon herself to bestow a miracle upon me. She brought me a golden calf....Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of the Onion. I've been an Onion fan for a long time, but it's orgasmically delicious to have a big bunch of Oniony goodness in one place. Without much more favorite headlines from The Onion.

    I Can Instantly Tell Whether Someone is African-American with My Amazing "Blackdar"

    Children of Divorce Twice as Likely to Write Bad Poetry

    Chicken Killed

    Depression Hits Losers Hardest

    Tenth Circle Added to Rapidly Growing Hell

    CNN Still Releasing News Piled Up During Elian Gonzalez Saga

    Sudanese 14-Year-Old Has Midlife Crisis

    Gay Gene Isolated, Ostracized

    South Postpones Rising Again for Yet Another Year

    And my very very very favorite that made me cackle and disturb everyone in the library:

    Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs: "Oh, Shit," Says Humanity

    Blog Sloth Strikes Again

    Yeah, I'm a slacker. I didn't even visit my usual HNT staples today. Why? I was busy laying in bed, eating brownies, and chatting with D. I did leave the house for about two hours in order to go to Wal-Mart and buy hooker red nail polish, ATM some money to hand over to my mother, and I stopped by the library.

    It was supremely fulfilling to answer a man at the reference desk with, "No, sir, I do NOT work here." Mega-bitch was in with Embarrassed Hubby checking out movies. They looked at me as if I had three heads because I wasn't behind the desk giving them verbal fellatio. I sneered, and went back to ignoring them. Happy DANCE!

    Tomorrow's menu: Much slothfulness except for the fish tank cleaning. Tomorrow night, much merrymaking and frivolity. There might be an amaretto sour involved. Watch out!

    On TV: Crap.
    Listening to: Gavin Degraw (baby daddy)
    Reading: The back of my eyelids.
    In my head: Endless possibilities and imaginary scenarios.

    Half-Nekkid Thursday: Quite a bite!

    There is a story behind my crooked smile. Notice the upper lip's mid-dent is off center. That would be thanks to a wayward softball when I was in second grade. I played 2nd base for my softball team, and the injury happened at my VERY FIRST practice...ever. Actually, about six minutes ito my very first practice. We were practicing catching fly balls (stop snickering), and the ball bounced up out of my glove, popped me in the mouth, and blood flew everywhere. My mom hauled me to the emergency room in case I needed stitches, but they ended up icing it and slapping on a butterfly bandage. Yum.

    The teeth are attributable to three years of brace pain. Thank you, Mama!

    For all the half-nekkid goodness go see Os.

    Tuesday, August 09, 2005

    Moving that last post down the page...

    The second summer session is over and done, and it feels GOOOOD. Both of my students passed with flying colors, including Mute Girl who finally spilled her guts about what the problem has been. She's had it rough and worked really hard this last stretch. Gold star for her.

    Fall promises to be a bitchin'-fast schedule. I'm teaching a night class/lab combo from 5:30-9:20 on Wednesday nights and a class/lab combo that is NOT as long on Tuesday/Thursday afternoons. Not to mention the 20 hours tutoring at the university and the three grad courses. Whew! Should be fast and furious, but I likes it like that.

    I had a good 30-minute conversation with myself last night. Partially out loud. Is that normal??

    Monday, August 08, 2005

    A Full-Blown Tantrum


    I received a loan statement for a loan I didn't know I had for the amount of roughly $27,000. 27,000 DOLLARS! Now, this would not have been shocking had I been made aware of it during my TWO financial aid exit interviews from two INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. I left Baylor U....aka, Expensive-Ass Private 2001 to attend Texas A&M University-Branch Near Home for one iota the price. I paid a good deal of my junior and senior years of university out of my own fat pocket because I made a drug-dealer's stash of cash as a web designer for a Fortune 500 company in Dallas. Now defunct...a piece of shit overall, but that's beside the point (giving middle finger salute to TXU Energy and all their Polish outsourced whores).

    When I exited Baylor, I was told that all my financial aid info would be passed on to A&M's system, so I could carry on seamlessly with my education, and because my mom made too much money, I didn't qualify for grants. Work study and loans were my ticket to a cheap-ass piece of paper that has thus far gotten me one shitty teaching job that I hated and paid decent and one teaching job I dearly love that is PART TIME, but I love English, and I'm a woman of principle. I'll take beans to do what I love.

    Upon my exiting TAMU-Branch Near Home I was given a summary of my debt and I even asked, "Is that it?" When I went to Baylor it was approximately 16,000 dollars a year to attend, and it was looking light on the loan horizon upon exit interviewing. I was assured, "This is all." Well FUCK whoever said that. They were dead ass wrong and deserve to be raped with the handle of a garden tool because I do indeed now owe 27,000 dollars. Holy shit. I'm gonna be eating pork-n-beans out of a can for the next 50 years and I'll never be able to buy a home or retire.

    I've always joked about staying in school until I'm 55 so my loans will be forgiven. Right now, that's lookin' like the smart thing to do. Defer til I die.

    Let this be a warning to all of the college students out there reading. You are getting fucked, and I'm about to go back to school for another year and a half of fuckage.

    I was just telling D. yesterday that I need to curb my cursing. Yeah, well it's not fuckin' happenin' today.

    Listening to: The hum of my blood pressure.


    I made a bit of a road trip yesterday, and now I feel quite a bit better about things. Thanks to all of you who left messages wishing me well. They were much appreciated.

    Now, I have three weeks off and I have NO IDEA what to do with myself. After roughly nine hours sleep last night I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed. I could go to the library and read up the stash of magazines I've neglected since I've been a patron last. I could go visit Rachel (very likely), or maybe I'll swim all day. Heaven knows I've got a boat-load of books I could take advantage of.

    Oh the possibilities....

    More later.

    Saturday, August 06, 2005

    Blog Break

    There's been a development in the life of someone I care about veryyy very much that has prompted me to take a few days off from bloggin'. I don't feel like being cute and/or entertaining, and this isn't the forum to vent about this particular situation. I'll be back in a few days. Behave until then. If ya need me, e-mail me.

    Friday, August 05, 2005

    HELP ME!

    I'm baking in the fiery, yeasty bread ovens of hell. Yes, it's my next-to-last day at the 'brary, and I would trade my liver...the WHOLE be done with this place RIGHT NOW.Who needs a liver anyway?? It's a nice accessory, but I could do without.

    1. I've had to deal with the bitchiest, ass-biting people I've ever seen this morning.

    2. The Normans came in and someone had done a doodle in their pants because it smelled like a moldy cheese factory in a winding trail behind them.

    My going away part was thrown Wednesday. I walked in at 9am to the following sight:

    It's a flamingo. Wearing a hula skirt and a lei. This is the best thing to come out of four months employment at the city library. He has 12 seasonal outfits including a Santa outfit, St. Patty's Day garb, a wizard's robe (great for Harry Potter parties), and even bunny ears. He's standing in my chaise lounge wearing his hula outfit AND the bunny ears as we speak. At home. Away from the fiery, yeasty ovens of hell. Guess what I named him?


    I will miss the crazy people here...or at least the memory of them on good days and, let's face it, I'll see them all the time because I love coming to the library to stroke the books. At least they can't tell me what to do anymore, and I don't have to kiss any more ass.
    If I make it through tomorrow. Pray that I don't get accused of murder before then.

    Addendum: CRUELLA the Mega-bitch is HERE! She's here right now, and that murder charge will be up by morning. Pray for my poor "Dead Andi Walking" soul!

    Thursday, August 04, 2005

    Before & After

    Say goodbye to heavy, big, Texas hair......

    Say hello to short, sassy, straight, silky hair.

    Half-Nekkid Thursday: Toeing the Line of Decency

    This week, darlings, it's all about the shoes. These are my pride and "Marilyns." I feel ever so Marilyn Monroe in these polka dot babies. Please refrain from staring directly at my jacked up toes, though. I need a pedicure. And did I mention I've only twisted my ankle in these shoes once?? Thankfully I was just walking across the living room when Idid it. Whew!

    For the Half-Nekkid scoop check out Os.

    Tuesday, August 02, 2005

    My Muse: The Little Trollop

    Folks, meet my Muse. My giver of inspiration, my heroine of imagination. She's a total whore, lemme tell ya. She's always off cavorting...leaving me at home, no ideas to work with, no genius to spread. She'll seek out my neighbors, she'll diddle my relatives...she'll occasionally do my fellow bloggers...but will she do even the tiniest bit of inspiring for me?? Hardly ever.

    This time she walked out in the middle of an article I was writing. She claimed she was just going to take a smoke break and stretch her legs, but this is how it ended up. She stepped out on the street innocently enough, but she ended up falling into conversation with a greasy character and, as usual, she fell for his half-baked lines and dreams of being a big-time writer. I think she's codependent with a few abandonement issues thrown into the stew. Before I knew it she hopped on his crotch rocket and off she flew. I heard through the grapevine that she slept with the guy--some Ethan Hawke knockoff actor who wanted to slum with the writerly types--but she started really regretting it, so she left him to come back to me. She found herself sidetracked on the way home thanks to a bad batch of opium (supposedly left over from her stint as Edgar Allen Poe's muse). The cops told me they found her like this...sprawled out on a table in a warehouse...the card for a topless bar wrapped up in her panties and her pink dress soiled with only God knows what.

    And I have yet to finish my article. Fickle bitch.
    20 minutes and $360.00 later I walked out of the university bookstore, and I still didn't have all of the books for the courses because a couple of them haven't come in yet. I'm officially terrified and ecstatic, thankyouverymuch.

    Bits & Pieces

    It should be illegal to be miffed about money this early in the morning on a "day off." The college direct-deposited my check for summer II yesterday and it was about half the amount I'm due. I called this morning to ask what the problem is and couldn't get an answer because the answer lady was at orientation. This presents a problem seeing as I won't get paid from any of my educational jobs (which now make up all of my employment since I get to flutter out of the library Saturday and never been see again) won't pay again until the end of September. I'm stockpiling so I can pay bills until then, and I wanted to pay off another chunk of my credit card.

    ******end of money talk******

    There will be a cake/going away party of some sort. When I walked into the 'brary yesterday, R was standing in S's office door with a gift bag, and when they heard the door S started laughing and yelled "Run! Ruuuuun!!!" Later in the day, S said, "Hey, Andi, don't call in sick Wednesday."

    Subtle, eh?

    I talked to Kenya about it. She is threatening to get me a stripper and make him dress up as "the book police." I told her to just get me a gift card to Hastings so I can be my own book police. *shakey shakey, wiggle with a book* I love Kenya. I'm going to miss her. I'll be visiting often.

    Mega-bitch came in yesterday. I was in too good a mood given my windind-downness to be a tightass to her, so I plastered on my best cheesey grin and took care of business.

    I need to go buy textbooks for my graduate courses. Oh Jehovah (God), I just felt the first signs of a nervous stomach cramp. I need to buy my FACULTY PARKING STICKER, too, and get my new ID. Life is good (except for the paycheck thing, and that other thing I can't talk about).

    Monday, August 01, 2005

    Shit. I can't sleep. These are my sleeping. I should've taken drugs.

    On TV: I took an axe to my TV.
    Music: The Sundays...the Blind album...Wild Horses
    In my head: *static*

    Gnaw me, baby!

    My unborn twin is trying to gnaw out the back of my head today. He woke me up around 7AM trying to gnaw out my left eye, but I rolled over and he switched locations. This headache thing, for all of you who might be new readers and completely freaked out by my talking about a fictional unborn twin trying to gnaw out of my's just Andi-speak for a headache. This one is snot-induced. I hate allergies.

    If I ever had the urge to try escargot, it was squelched yesterday. Some of you may remember, I added two Gold Inca Snails to my aquarium a few months ago. One of them bit it yesterday, and snails are supremely gross when they're dead. They're gross when they're alive, too, but grosser dead. I buried him in the front flower bed, and toasted his too-short life with an imaginary Amaretto sour. Ok, OK, I dumped him under a bush at 10 last night and had a diet Coke. Sue me.

    Four days (counting today's deadly 11-8 shift) left at the library. If they don't buy me a going away cake I'm going to buy myself one. Sea cows unite (because that's what I feel like today)!!

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