Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Slightly Early Wahooey Stuff (unless you're living in my future, aka another time zone)

One more reason lizards are cool, in case you haven't gotten enough of my anole lizard buddies, lately:

Oooh, I want to hang upside down and grin while I'm at it! How wahooey is that?

Today, I read the intro of Beyond the Mommy Years: Empty Nest, Full Life by Carin Rubenstein, which a friend sent to me (thank you, Lover of Books!) bought a copy of The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson in the library sale and hired a roofer to replace the roof before it falls to pieces (bits keep flying off -- we've had an awful lot of storms, this year). I'm really quite proud of my roof. It survived Hurricane Katrina. Good for you, roof; you did your part. When I first opened the door to my roofer, Ronnie, he looked waaaaay up at our two gigantic oak trees and said, "I'd be scared of those trees." Well, they do have a tendency to fall over, around here. But, I told him I figured we'd just be goners if they did, so I don't bother thinking about it.

I didn't get around to Weekly Geeking, although I still have the best of intentions, but I'm all about environmental issues: global warming, saving the rainforests and the polar bears (because it's a bad idea to plunk the polar bears in the rain forest, we keep these two mentally separated, although they're really interconnected), planting trees and subsistence-only whaling, etc. And, I noted this comment in the Alaska Newsreader:

"The ice is melting three weeks earlier in the spring than it did 20 years ago, and it's re-forming a month later in the fall," said Carleton Ray of the University of Virginia, who has studied walruses since the 1950s. "There's no question that these changes are very bad for walruses."

Save the walruses! Stop global warming! Okay, got that off my chest. One excellent book that relates to the whole saving-nature theme is Silence of the Songbirds by Bridget Stutchbury You can read my review of Silence of the Songbirds, here. Wahoo! for songbirds.

And, on the other extreme of life (the exterminating end), I kicked the anthill to see if the fire ants have expired. They're sluggish, but aren't we all? It's hot out there. Still, they're alive so it's possible that the old home remedy won't work. I'll give them another package of cheese grits before making any judgment calls. Maybe their absence will be a future wahoo.

My youngest son is now officially employed as a lifeguard (Wahoo! for the teenager having a job) and I'm not quite ready to let him drive himself to the pool alone, so afternoons involve a lot of zipping back and forth to and from the pool. I'm driving our 18-year-old Honda Accord on pool and school runs. It's the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the Lizard Central Parking Lot and the car the youngster is most comfortable driving when he takes the wheel (with Mom in the passenger seat, of course). I love that car; it's got pep. Never mind the fact that little bits and pieces are falling off because it's elderly. It's your health that counts, even if you're an automobile. Wahoo! for a nice old car that runs like a dream.

The kiddo won't let me photograph him, these days, but I recently sneaked in a photo of his hair. Doesn't he have great hair? Very wahooey hair, if you ask me -- it's auburn and wavy with streaks of blond from sun exposure.

I haven't gotten back to it, but my friend Mike, a very wahooey email pal with whom I exchange lists of books read, finally tipped the scales with his enthusiastic recommendation of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. So far, I'm really enjoying it. Mike doesn't read blogs or I'd send him a virtual smooch. I've decided that my reading is taking a terrible turn towards Attention Deficit Chaos, though, so I'm going to focus on finishing Moonstruck by Susan Grant before I read another page of anything else at all. Sometimes I just have to tell myself, "Focus, lady, focus."

Vicksburg and Warren County: A History of People and Place by Pamela Lea Grillis -- Book #1 completed for the Southern Reading Challenge -- is probably not of interest to many of y'all, so I'm going to skip reviewing it and return it to the library. But, there are a couple of quotes I have to share because they made me chuckle:

To populate the Yazoo plantations, the French sent peasants, slaves, tramps, prostitutes and anyone out of work for more than four days in France. [p. 27]

In fact, in 1827, a Baptist minister, Zebulon Butler, had visited Vicksburg with an eye toward establishing a ministry there. After less than a year, Reverend Butler had fled, aghast at the "lawless immorality" he had encountered. Indeed, Vicksburg was a wild, rambunctious town of singular personalities at its beginning. [p. 40]

Things have changed a bit. We have a lot of Baptists, now. Wahoo for that, eh?

Must go read before I babble so long that it really turns into Wednesday on our side of the globe.

Bookfool, who used to be able to walk upside-down on her hands but is so over that, doggone it


  1. You pack so much stuff into one of your wahoo posts that it's impossible to keep up!

    I do love that photo, though. Look at those little feet! It would indeed be cool to be able to do that.

    The pool is lucky to have the kiddo guarding it, if you ask me. And his hair is great. Tell him it's not nice that he won't let you take pictures! He's depriving a lot of older ladies of their "Awwwww's"!

    Love those quotes!

    And, wahoo officially now!


  2. Wahoo for so much Wahoo-ing!

    The songbird book sounds wonderful...I'm going to head off and read your review here in a sec. And by the way, I need to lecture myself with the "Focus, lady, focus!" too. Never used to be that way, but lately I get so many books going at once, that I never seem to finish any.

    Your son's hair is gorgeous. It looks just like my husband's used to look...in the days when he had hair :)

    May today continue to bring you plenty of Wahoos!

  3. I love the randomness of this post (for me, "random"=good) . . . and your kid's hair is amazing . . . Breck commercial hair in my world. And I did enjoy Eat, Pray, Love, so I hope you will, too, when you get to it. . .

  4. I'm so with you on the environment. Changes are hard to make, but losing the polar bears or the walruses is too much to contemplate.

    Still nursing the fire ant bites on my foot. Dinner Deluxe will be served as soon as I purchase cheese grits.

  5. CJ,

    I was more than a little scattered, yesterday, so that really started out as a Tuesday Twaddle post and then I realized there were plenty of wahoos within the text. Why not knock two birds out with one rock, right?

    Those tiny little feet are nifty grippers, aren't they!

    Well, thank you. The kiddo has been having a lot of fun and I'm impressed with the pool manager. She has the kids doing lifesaving drills in between cleaning chores and sometimes she'll throw a pop quiz on them. Kiddo's getting that gorgeous hair buzzed, today. I'm already in mourning.

    Wishing you many wahoos!


    I think you'd enjoy that book about songbirds -- or, at least, your husband would!

    I'm terribly scattered, but some weeks are worse than others, so I've got a big old "do list", today. "Finish Moonstruck" is about in the middle. If I didn't write it down, I'd probably go from one book to another and never finish a thing. Again. I do that a lot.

    Thank you. I love the kiddo's hair. Women used to stop him to tell him they wished for hair just like his, when he was a toddler. The poor kid just stood there and smiled. He had no idea what to say to that! :)

    Thank you and many wahoos right back at ya!

  6. Andi,

    It was a very random sort of day. I couldn't keep myself on any one particular track. Thanks, I love kiddo's hair, too. But, it's going to be on the floor, later today. He said he's ready for a summer buzz cut. He'd like to be able to see when he swims or when he has a cap on his head!

    What little I read of Eat, Pray Love was wonderful, IMHO. I don't think I'm going to fall into the spectrum of readers who think the book is totally self-indulgent (even if it is -- I'm just enjoying her style).


    The way I see it, we've already put some heavy chips in the circle of life and if humanity takes it too far, that circle will cease to connect and we're doomed. So, you're totally right. It may be difficult learning to carry bags to the store instead of using plastic and to recycle and use less energy, but life is too important to ignore.

    LOL! Poor foot! I only got a couple of tiny bites; I moved quickly. But, I think my ants are about ready for a second helping. Yummy grits! Oh, boy!

  7. That is a very cool lizard photo. I'm still not sure I'd actually like to have them running around but your photos are no problem. ;)
    Congrats to youngest on the lifeguard job.
    "Attention Deficit Chaos" ... Hahahah! I suffer from that sometimes too.

  8. Thanks Nat. They're really cute and skittish enough that you don't have to worry about being bitten (unless, I suppose, you stick a finger right next to a pair of little jaws -- never had a reason to do that).

    Youngest has unaccountably misplaced his first paycheck. We're going to clean up to locate it, today. Yeeks. And, that's another area where the chaos comes in, unfortunately. :)

  9. LOL, Nikki!

    I'll tell him you said he's cute. He looks much better now that his nose isn't peeling, but outside of that frame is a tiny stub of tail. Poor guy lost his tail!


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