Neglecting to Write…

At some point today, I was talking to a coworker. I can’t remember which coworker, and I don’t even remember the topic, but I do know that at some point in a conversation I had today, I had a ping in my mind. It was a little idea, phrased a certain way, that I wanted to tease out possibilities for writing on.
That’s how it happens: little pings of thoughts. Rarely are they fully formed. Mostly they are just half-thoughts, waiting for a rational mind to talk to them and see if they are fleshy or hollow.

But I didn’t write it down. My little black notebook sat in my bag. I can’t even remember the topic of conversation that led to the tidbit of thought. And I’m not yet in the habit of writing something down while in the midst of talking to someone. I need to be, because things get lost.

All day long, at least hourly, half-thoughts ping through my mind. And they never reach paper. I need to put them on paper, because, for some reason, they stick better in my mind. Typing it out doesn’t have the same kinetic, tangible connection to the saving function of ink for the thought.

So, after dealing with this dilemma of lost thought today, I can’t help but recalling a bit from an episode of Mad Men this season. One character, Paul, had a brilliant idea in the middle of the night, one that was perfect for the product they were going to sell. But he promptly passed out and never wrote it down.

Paul’s frustration with himself is met with sympathy, as I think he deserves. But he sums it up with a Chinese proverb: “The faintest ink is better than the best memory.”

Now my lost memory only recalls that proverb. Hopefully it will keep repeating itself to make sure I that when I hear a ping, I write it down.

More Evidence I’m a Twit…

  • Oh good, now I get to freak out for a week. #
  • The tubes are slow this evening. #
  • My house smells ridiculously good. #
  • Hey Adobe, go figure out why your Reader < Apple's Preview and fix it. Sick of dealing with its nonsense around here. Crash my printers… #
  • The fancy new song for beginning band? Unwittingly, it is the Mr Clean jingle. #
  • Wow, I need to clean up my Dropbox folder. #
  • These two-day school weeks are such a waste. All I know that's been going on today? LOUD! #
  • Hope and fear, hope and fear. It's like it's Monday already. #
  • RT @doctorstine: … www20.csueastbay.edu/googleapps We are actually getting rid of a Microsoft product. I'm shocked! | Congrats! #
  • Quoth: "Dad, wunderbar! Er, I mean, gracias! #
  • I'm in a random, tasty little whirlwind. #
  • @JollyAndy Rock, rock on! in reply to JollyAndy #
  • Anyone else's nose hurt? #
  • @studioaitken Maybe I did. My kids are really sneaky. in reply to studioaitken #
  • @judalicious Not fair!! in reply to judalicious #
  • RT @JollyAndy: http://twitpic.com/qw0vf – You think you have a tough job? #
  • @rainnwilson As opposed to all the other weeks it sucked? I will rescind my statement for a signed something cool from the set. in reply to rainnwilson #
  • Watch this now. NOW! http://tr.im/FNLi #
  • Tweeting will probably be light for a few days. Family time, shopping, and big issues on my plate for a bit. #
  • I do miss DnD… #

Some Thanks…

So there was a little bit going on around our house the past two days, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday occurring. Plus there are other projects I have on my mind that I need to get in order before I resume more regular, thoughtful blogging. So here are a few things I jotted down on Thanksgiving for which I am grateful.

  • Hot water heaters.
  • 21st century dentistry.
  • Ink.
  • Email.
  • Twitter, particularly for the sake of Iranians.
  • Non-stick cookware.
  • Salt.
  • Wooden barrels that hold grape juice.
  • Soft blankies.
  • Nintendo.
  • Feet.
  • Austin reading and Emily talking.

Leftover food for thought while you have leftover food for your lunch.

Had To…

Just had to pass this IMMD along…

In English class we finished reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ and were supposed to create a little joke about how mean Scrooge was. My friend said ‘Scrooge is so mean, for Christmas he got tiny Tim a 3 legged dog. IMMD

Any Way You Slice It…

Take a fresh bagel. Slice it in half.
Heat up a small non-stick pan. Put some butter on.

When the butter is bubbling, take a slice of bagel and press it face down in the butter and hear it sizzle.

Once the first slice is done (your call) add a little more butter and press in the second slice.

Eat the bagel.

That’s what I did, and I am happier for it.

A Day Off…

Yesterday, I took a day off. I only have a two-day work week, but the rest of the time will be spent with the kids, so hardly a vacation for Daddy. It was in the back of my mind, and given how I felt going through my morning routine, I went ahead and called in for work.
I also swore to myself that I would do nothing. Even my real sick days are usually spent with me doing chores around the house. So I didn’t do anything. Here was my schedule.

6:00 – 7:00 Go through my morning routine.

7:00 – 8:00 Get the kids up, dressed, fed, and out the door.

8:30 – 10:30 Sleep

10:30 – 11:30 Have a light lunch; Watch Curb Your Enthusiasm

11:30 – 12:30 Read Harry Potter (I’m trying to catch up to my niece)

12:30 – 2:00 Nap

2:00 – 3:00 Tidy the kitchen; Put pasta sauce on the stove; Watch more Curb

3:00 onward – Back to fetching kids, running errands, doing daily things

So really, my day off involved at best, 6 or so hours of personal time, most of which was spent catching up on some sleep. Then it was back to my normal routine, though with my Monday night band rehearsal tossed in. And even though I had some time to myself, I still wound up frustrated with my kids, because one was always annoying the other.

Then it dawned on me: I don’t need a break from work. My job is good, and I rarely feel overwhelmed there. I can get lots of things done at a good clip. When things are bugging me, I can usually resolve them fast enough to not have them really eat at me.

I need a break from my kids and house. Being at home all day, I had to force myself not to do any housework. So the best way to fight that impetus would be to get out. And as for the kids? It’d be nice not to have one of them talk my ear off about a video game he never actually played himself, and not have the other yell at me for either a) being in the kitchen making dinner or b) not being in the kitchen making dinner.

So here is my proposal: Who wants to donate toward me getting the equivalent of the Lewis’ Lassen cabin out here in the Minnesota wilderness? No electricity, but hot water is grand. Then I can just chop wood, take a canoe out on a lake, and simply read and write. In the down market with cheap land out here, it shouldn’t be too hard to find, should it? Two to three hours outside the cities would be perfect.

Oh, and just a few days every month to myself out there. I’ll need that as well. I’ll still take the kids up there with me sometimes, since I want to see my son’s reaction when he realizes there is no place to charge up his DS…

More Evidence I’m a Twit…

  • My daughter's word for cookie: CAKE! CAAAAAAAKE! #
  • Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four? #
  • Sometimes it just kills me that I don't write things down when I think of them. Brilliant idea last night as I was going to bed: gone. #
  • @studioaitken Just be thankful it's The Beatles. in reply to studioaitken #
  • @doctorstine You bastard. in reply to doctorstine #
  • I should have brought food to work. #
  • @judalicious W00T! in reply to judalicious #
  • Great. I just ate an expired fiber bar. Doom awaits me. #
  • @judalicious M and I did steak at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis. Get the dry rub char; your taste buds will dance. in reply to judalicious #
  • Sometimes, the only thing differentiating my toddler from middle-schoolers is height. #
  • I'm just trying to last until my kids are in bed. At least they're still adorable. #
  • How long do I wait to sneak out and grab some food and medicine? #
  • Would anybody mind, or even notice, if I spent an entire week re-watching all of Battlestar Galactica? #
  • Everyone better be following @FakeAPStylebook. If you don't, you're a fool. #
  • Yup, my little girl is pretty. http://twitpic.com/pwvz3 #
  • Happy birthday @valcp! http://twitpic.com/pxcdo #
  • Happy birthday @valecp! http://twitpic.com/pxcdo #
  • Slowest. Pump. Ever. #
  • @doctorstine Have they expanded that to the 7 lanes each way that it needs to be yet? in reply to doctorstine #
  • @doctorstine Oh yeah, you guys can build things during winter. in reply to doctorstine #
  • Sudafed and Salsa, do my sinuses right. #
  • Wish I got paid for doing what I enjoy doing, y'know? #
  • Can I go through the preparation of a single meal without getting yelled at or asked to do something? #
  • Looks like still some slow server issues for The Fry Side. #
  • I have spent 2 hours this morning undermining children. #
  • W00T! The joy of children: pwned. #
  • @leannrose You sure it's not becoming impacted? I just had my wisdom teeth pulled when the going got rough. in reply to leannrose #
  • You aren't helping a child any by doing their work for them. #
  • @leannrose That was just your family saying that. in reply to leannrose #
  • @doctorstine Be thankful it's not some Disney tune like I heard today and is now lodged in my brain like a bit of popcorn in my mouth. in reply to doctorstine #
  • @judalicious I don't believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman. All I want to do is– in reply to judalicious #
  • FACT: Sausage > Bacon as a meat. Bacon > Sausage as a garnish. #
  • I love that so much of what we tech support people do is try to eliminate people coming to talk to us. #
  • @jzeller Please do not confuse fact and opinion. You'll sound like Fox News and piss off @FakeAPStylebook in reply to jzeller #
  • @alyankovic Here's rootin' for you! in reply to alyankovic #
  • After a long day of work, and an even longer trip to the grocery store, I turned on the classical station. They were playing Star Wars.#IMMD #
  • I need to stop watching The Daily Show because I keep thinking that I could be a Congressman. #
  • My one cat has laid claim to all the footrests that go to our sofas. He is now the ruler of a new Ottoman Empire. #
  • @jzeller Rock on, you'll have to show me the end result. in reply to jzeller #