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Friday Ten (Late and Less)

1 - ammichaels was supposed to have her baby yesterday. I can’t wait to hear her good news!

2 - Yesterday my son took Shel Silverstein’s Falling Up with him to day camp … a book which has been gathering dust on his shelf as long as he’s been alive. I think he must have felt the call of National Poetry Month in his 9-year-old soul. (“I Grew A Foot” is his favorite.)

3 - If I don’t lay off the chips, I’m going to find myself pulling a Valerie Bertinelli on the cover of Writers’ Spread Weekly.*

4 - I have an “I Trust Snape” t-shirt. I mention this because my immense geekiosity came charging out yesterday when I was earnestly explaining to my co-worker’s 13yo why we should, in fact, trust that Snape will prove to be a good guy in the end. Not a nice guy, but one who will do whatever he has to do to defeat Lord Voldemort … including looking like a traitor.

5 - Don Imus getting fired: good. He’s obsolete. His voice has no place in 2007.

6 - It freaks me out that some of you are still getting so much snow. Granted, all we get is day after day of rain … but it feels like spring. The rain hasn’t fallen in a few hours – quick! Here’s some spring color:


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Ferns unfurling.

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What are these things called?

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Spring color.



*My late father-in-law had a quaint (?) way of describing someone who was overweight. “He sure likes his groceries.” Let it be known here and now: I don’t care how much other people like their groceries. You can be twig-like or Rubenesque – it’s all the same to me. I only care how much I like my groceries. I don’t want to have to go out and buy all new clothes.

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dampscribbler
Apr. 14th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Lame-o response
1) I want an "I trust Snape" t-shirt. Because I do.
2) National Poetry Month is news to me. Thanks!
3) I don't know the name of those flowers
4) Pretty tulips! My daughter calls them tool-ups. I love two and a half, it's a delightful age!
5) Don Imus getting fired: Couldn't have said it better myself.
lkmadigan
Apr. 14th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Lame-o response
1) cafepress.com
2) See, April is not just the cruelest month ... it's the most poemiful.
3) Buttercups?
4) Awww. Yes, except for tantrums.
5) May he fade gently away in his obsolescence.
robinellen
Apr. 14th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures, Mo :) Makes me think of spring -- and since we're finally getting some nice sunshine (though it snowed yesterday), maybe we'll actually see some flowers before long :)
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)

I think I'd be jonesing for flowers by this point, if we didn't have any.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 14th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Trust Snape is the right answer.

And Borders's marketing campaign (Snape: Friend or Foe?) is complete genius. And if you preorder, they'll give you a sticker to put in your window or something.

I need three copies of HP7, as it turns out, so I ordered one there, just for the sticker. Yeah, I'm that shallow.
amanda_marrone
Apr. 15th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about the Boder's campaign--love it!

I'm a bit worried about pulling a Valerie Bertinelli myself--we're going to Florida in two weeks and I"m not feeling bathing-suit-worn-in-public ready.
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Writing, which requires many hours of BIC, is not a slenderizing activity.
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Not shallow ... brilliant!

I think I need two copies, too ... one from friendly neighborhood indepedent Powells Books, and one from sticker-giving Borders! (I didn't know about the marketing campaign.)
rusalkatrix
Apr. 15th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Those ferns look like they eat humans. Be careful.

My late father-in-law had a quaint (?) way of describing someone who was overweight. “He sure likes his groceries.”

That is awesome! It's so weird and yet . . . perfect. But only if an old man says it. Otherwise it would just be rude.

I clicked that Valerie Bertinelli link and . . . *that's* a cover-worthy headline?? That she wants to lose 30 lbs.? Clearly, Britney needs to lose a limb. It's the only thing that will save us.

P.S. You should stop eating chips not because they'll make you gain wait, but because the way they're processed makes them extremely bad for you. (I forget why but I know I read it somewhere. You can trust me. I do not lie!) Just imagine your heart & veins in a deep fryer--then every time you see a bag of chips, you'll be too grossed out to eat them. Well, unless you like deep-fried hearts. Then you might be hungrier. There is no perfect answer.

Personally I just drank 60+ ounces of tea & I feel like I'm going to die. Which might explain the rambly-ness of this comment.
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
He was an old man, so he was by definition endearing ... and somehow the "groceries" comment was perfect instead of rude.

But Sarah, the chips! In all of their crunchy, salty, salsa-bearing or dip-laden goodness! I don't think I can give them up entirely. It's a very good thing I don't have a taste for crack or heroin, because I do have some addictive tendencies. But I'm of an age (sigh) that I must stop eating like a teenager. :-o

P.S. I really, really love the way your mind works. I see delicate green shoots, unfurling the promise of spring ... you see carnivorous tentacles of doom.

rusalkatrix
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ohhh--you mean tortilla chips! Those are not nearly as evil.

But I share your struggle, comrade! I have a definite "salt tooth" that is waaay more demanding than my sweet tooth. I try to keep it in check by reminding myself that all that sodium is slowly shriveling up my insides like a dying, salted slug. (Um, yes. I do rely on reverse conditioning. I am too weak otherwise!)

It's a very good thing I don't have a taste for crack or heroin

Or meth! XD

P.S. I really, really love the way your mind works. I see delicate green shoots, unfurling the promise of spring ... you see carnivorous tentacles of doom.

*sigh* Those ferns have you exactly where they want you.
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
ROFL at your icon! Did you make that specially for this topic?!

Tortilla chips aren't as bad? What if you eat two basketsful at the Mexican restaurant?

And I'm a promiscuous chip-lover ... I'll chow down on some sour-cream-and-onion Lays or some Ruffles with ranch dip any day, any time. I think my salt-tooth has dominance, too.

rusalkatrix
Apr. 16th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Shockingly, no--it just occurred to me finally that "hey, I have a Lay's chips icon I can use!" ^^

As for potato chips being worse: Potato chips contain high levels of acrylamide, which is "formed when starchy foods are baked or fried at high temperatures and is considered a cancer-causing chemical by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment." Therefore they are more evil. At least, I think so. (Maybe tortilla chips contain the same chemical, but I haven't read that yet.)

Two baskets full seems to be the magic number. At least from my experience. ^.~ But, but--the salsa is so refreshing! And if you ask the waitress, she will bring you more! Is this not a sign that I should eat them?!
idaho_laurie
Apr. 15th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Alas. Poor Snape. He's doomed.

Chips. Yum. The best are Terra chips Yukon Gold. I have myself fooled into thinking they're a health food because they're made with olive oil.
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yep. He's going to redeem himself brilliantly in the end. Then they won't have old Snape to kick around anymore!

dampscribbler
Apr. 15th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! May I please gank your icon? Or at very least, the language?
lkmadigan
Apr. 15th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Of course!
dampscribbler
Apr. 16th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks!

sookie06
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Of course Snape is a good guy. Dramatically, Rowling has to make him shine in the end. And Dumbledore trusted him, I mean, come on! I thought it's so obvious, but I have a friend who, after having read book 6, didn't see it at all.
That T-shirt would be pretty cool to have.
And now we have flowers too! My crocuses are a joy of yellow and white, and those little blue ones in your picture, are coming up. And some other flowers too, that I don't know the name of. We've worked on the garden all weekend!
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