Less Shredding! More Snuggling!

Oh, what to write about today?

I know I should write a blog entry because I’m about to go away for the weekend (helloooo, Washington, DC!), so there won’t be another one for a couple of days. But I’m afraid not much of excitement has been happening up in here. I’ve spent the last two days going through my box of papers from 2002 and 2003, scanning them into my computer and then shredding and recycling them.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

(1) I have a TERRIBLE memory. I pulled out half-a-dozen theatre programs complete with tickets proving that I totally attended these plays, and yet I have no recollection whatsoever of seeing them. I don’t remember anything about the set or the plot or the theater or what possessed me to see it in the first place. I sat there reading the cast lists to see if I knew anyone involved (I’ve lived with a couple of actors, stage managers, and playwrights, but luckily I seem to remember most of their plays). But no. Apparently I occasionally attend random plays for no reason, and then wipe them from my brain. Maybe I have another personality — one that attacks without warning, drags me to the theatre, and then releases me back into my living room afterwards. That would certainly explain where the time goes when I’m trying to finish a manuscript.

(2) I saw a lot more movies back then. I know this because I kept most of my movie tickets (possibly all of them; it’s hard to tell). For 2003 I found 26 movie tickets. 26!! I can’t even think of 26 movies I was excited to see this year. I mean, whether you liked them or not, 2003 had two Matrix movies, X-Men 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Nemo, Underworld, Secretary, Holes, and 28 Days Later (post-apocalyptic! scary! and awesome!). This year had Pirates 2, X-Men 3, Little Miss Sunshine, The Prestige, and V for Vendetta. Oh, and John Tucker Must Die (whee!). The moral: Step it up, Hollywood! The other moral: Thank goodness for TV, which in my opinion is just as good if not better than most movies these days.

(3) I am a pack rat. Which I knew, but seeing all those movie tickets kind of confirmed it. La la la. Luckily for the world, now all my scavenged papers are digitized, so if posterity wants to know exactly when I dragged poor Adam to see How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days (something I think I still haven’t been forgiven for), they can find out!

(4) Sunshine is not a big fan of the scanning and shredding process. She doesn’t like the giant piles of papers all over the living room; she doesn’t like being told not to jump on them and scatter them about; and she doesn’t like the loud whirring noises of all the nifty machines. She is not even impressed by the giant bag of theatre playbills and movie tickets I was able to recycle. She is of the opinion that there should be more snuggling and less whirring, and that if something is going to take up that much of her space, it should at least squeak or taste like beef when she chews on it.

To make it up to her, here’s a picture of her making her dubious face.


Sure, it’s hard to see the difference between this and her "is it time for a walk?" face or her "give me treats" face or her "seriously? another picture?" face, but I can tell.

(5) The sixth edition of The Amazing Race is too stressful to watch while trying to work office machinery. There’s so much YELLING! Season 5 ruled, but Season 6 is composed mostly of dating or married couples (rather than friends or family members), who are all crazy, which means there’s a LOT more screaming and hollering and hullabalooing. Oh my goodness: if you love this person, stop bellowing at them already. Sheesh. And so it’s much less fun to watch, because I kind of hope none of these people win. Except maybe Kris and Jon, who at least so far are very excited about everything, and therefore cute. (I know this edition already aired and so the winner is out there, but I don’t know who it is, and I’m hoping to get through the rest of the season without finding out ahead of time.)

Whew. OK. Time to go spend three hours on a train.

Quote of the Day: I found this scribbled on a piece of paper in my handwriting, and it’s hilarious, but I knew it wasn’t something I’d say, so I googled it (yay for the internet!) and discovered that it’s a quote from Will and Grace:

“Today I’m handing out lollipops and ass whuppings, and I’m all out of lollipops.” – Grace