Granted, I do keep a few of the amusing moments in my life close at hand so I can furtively drop them into a scene in my next book. But I can’t think about this right now, as I am focused on three things: 1) figuring out how to solve a problem near the climax of my book so that it exceeds my editor’s expectations (Hehehe. She said “climax.”); 2) finishing my last two grant proposals of the year so that they exceed the expectations of two of my favorite elementary school principals in the whole wide world; and 3) digging, planting, and generally obsessing over the new gardens I am in the process of establishing, with the ultimate goal of having my morning coffee in a backyard oasis (which no doubt will never live up to these expectations). I also want to entertain back here, if anyone wants to come over and be plied with a level of wine that I believe will help you ignore the flaws in my planting scheme.
So in lieu of a real post, here are some photos:
I found this ancient skeleton key and tiny spoon while planting some bareroot blackberries next to the garage. (Hmm. I bet that sentence has never before been written in the history of humanity.)
A Recipe for "Makin' the Magic Happen" (My, how that recipe has changed over the years...)
Two weekends of Painting. (You don't think this gives the impression that I live in a barbershop, do you? I have been cutting my own hair lately...)
A Porch Planting "Before" Photo. My goal is to make the mailman feel he's entering Borneo when he delivers my daily bale of charity requests. As you can see, we're off to a tepid start. I'll follow-up on this in late August.
Moving on. Because my favorite professor just gave me some material too good to pass up, I also present to you a collection of bits from the journal entries of college freshmen, one week before the spring semester ends:
Student #1: “…This is why I hate girls; they are moody, self-absorbed, flakey, ignorant, naïve, ostentagious, egotistical, popmpous creatures too busy with their own meaningless lives to notice anyone else.”
Student #2: “The only problem with today is that it is an asshole’s birthday. My latest heartbreak, I really wanted to make this birthday amazing for him. Las year I went to a part with him, basically he ended up telling me he wasn’t interested, so I made out with his brother. Then he decided he was interested.”
Student #3: “I have basically decided I am an attention whore, everything should be about me, all the time.”
Same student: “So there we were on our way to IHOP on hwy. 41 going 45 miles per hour because my dad doesn’t know how the fuck to drive.”
Student #4: “If I didn’t have to go to college I would piss my pants in happiness.”
Same student, on lying: “I lie about everything, from exaggerations to my abilities…I told people here I got a scholarship…I’ve lied about actually going through with killing myself…I lie about sex. I say I’ve had sex with like 5 people and that I’m really experienced. Truth is I’ve had sex with one person I didn’t know after getting drunk and now that person is dating a friend…I’ve never had a boyfriend, but I had like week things which are basically a week of making out in their house and maybe a little more.”
Student #5: “I actually worked out for once today. I need to get in shape because I’m goint to Sheboygan for Spring Break.”
And finally, some random responses to the journal assignment Things I’ve Learned in College So Far:
- "Boys are only interested in a piece of ass."
- "Parents aren’t as clueless as they seem."
- "No one cares what you do."
- "I’m not invisible."
- "Some people are beyond help."
- "I have a lot of growing up to do yet."
- "Don’t get drunk the night before a test. You won’t get a good grade."
- "Facebook = procrastination."
- "Don’t pass out in someone else’s room. You’ll get drawn on with Sharpies."
- "Peeing and puking in public costs you money."
- "You get away with a lot without being called a slut."
- "I never know there were so many books until I walked into the library."