Mary, Mary, quite contrary

My garden’s gonna die.  The tomatoes, anyway.  Most of mine have transplant shock, which I was expecting and is par for the course, but it won’t stop RAINING.  I think it’s rained every day but two since I put them out in the beds.  Raised beds have excellent drainage but there are limits.  If the next three days are strong and sunny, I might lose less than half.  If it keeps raining, I might lose them all.

And, you know, the peppers aren’t too happy either but I expect they’ll pull through.  Next year I think I’ll be planting at least a week earlier.  I don’t know if I can get more tomato seedlings this time of year and it might be too much to expect that there’s time to start from seed all over again.  Might give it a try though.  Not exactly as if I’ll be out a ton of money, just some seed and time. 

Movies I Have Seen Lately –

Twilight: Eclipse – I dunno, *I* thought it was hysterical.  Mostly didn’t mean to be, but you’ve got to love a movie that spoofs itself.  I laughed so hard through much of it, and had a grand old time throwing popcorn at the screen and shouting, “Pussy! Buy some Midol!  Here’s comes Jealous Bitch Bloodsucker in three… two… one… I CALLED IT!  Yeah, Team Jacob!”  The girl is the most manipulative cock-tease to hit the screen since Scarlett O’Hara.    A whiny emo vampire who needs to wash his damned hair isn’t my idea of sexy romantic figure, but obviously I am in the minority there.  Jacob probably needs to put on a shirt and learn to act, and if one of the many times he held Whatsername in front of her vampire boyfriend, he had thrown a smirk over her shoulder, it would have been priceless.  Was that one vampire Dakota Fanning?  It looked like Dakota Fanning and she was about the only one in the whole movie who could act.  They should have given her more screen time.  And a better script. 

Yeah, I’m looking forward to the next one.  Funny is funny, and it counts even when they didn’t mean to be.

My Best Friend’s Girl – This was cute.  Dane Cook is always good.  Not usually a chick-flick type but this was way better than some 27 Dresses or Sliding Doors.  Alas, unlike his Hunt For Red Oktober co-star Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin does not improve with age and weight.  End of an era.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief – Cuuuuute.  Good mythology.  Loved the cameos (helloooooo, Sean Bean, you’re looking particularly delicious today).  A little gay, but it’s a kids’ movie so they slide on that one.

A-Team – Funny eye candy.  They nailed Murdock, and for such a loving tribute to my favorite character, I promise to watch the inevitable sequel.

Prince of Persia – Actually quite good.  The chick is almost painfully hot, and I never pictured Jake Gyllenhallahhalalalalaal as an action star but he managed to convince me.  He needs to shed the last of his emo-boi acting roots though, because this one scene where he’s looking up at his uncle with big soulful eyes of gayness made me giggle.  I am not entirely sure why the director seemed to think ancient Persians spoke with British accents.

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

I am about to lose my mind

I’m stuttering, I am so upset right now.  I’d be a great deal more upset if it weren’t for Brandy, the voice of calm reason, telling me to take a deep breath, maybe it’s all a big mistake, someone will go to bat on this, everyone knows that’s not kosher pickle.

It seems, in violation of the eleventy-billion times I’ve stated I don’t allow it, someone has posted a picture of me on Eccie.

ETA: And that’s what Emily looks like when she’s having hysterics.  (You should pity Brandy.  She had to listen to me cry because it appeared someone posted an unasked-for picture.)

I’ve been emailing with a modly personage, who has performed a diligent search in every nook and cranny of the site.  I also called out the calvary, and had a few volunteers to hunt for a pic claimed to be of me.  There isn’t one – if there is, it’s eluding the best efforts of several people to find, which is doubtful.

So the little twat is either a moron or a liar.  Neat!

Guys, I fear this more than getting popped.  It’s more likely, for one, and will do equivalent damage.  I know most of you can’t fathom the thought of taking a lady’s picture without her permission or knowledge out at a hobby function in public.  You guys don’t read my inbox though.  It’s full of people who don’t listen at all, and whose motto collectively appears to be “better to ask forgiveness than permission”.  It was only a couple of socials ago I talked to someone about how nervous I was that someone would snap my picture at a social, figuring the bragging rights would be worth more than whatever trouble they got into.

The definitive word:   There are no pictures.  If someone claims to have a picture, they are either lying or took it at a hobby function and I’ll have their head with a side of gravy.  Go to a social if you want to see me in person, or make an appointment.

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm  Comments (1)  

Stupid tropical storm

Well, this shoots my plans all to hell.  I built a bunch of raised beds in the garden last week, and I have tomato and bell pepper seedlings, and a ton of herbs, waiting in the carport to be transplanted.  I was busy on Saturday and yesterday I spent all day doing inside chores, so today was the big day for working outside.  I wake up – tropical storm.  Lovely.

I’m really kind of stoked about the whole fall garden notion.  Where I come from, a “fall garden” is laughable.  My papa will be putting his garden to bed for the winter next month (he doesn’t do onions or garlic).  And yet I’ve been told that way down here, there’s time to get another garden in before a killing freeze hits.  All you have to do is replant the whole thing in late August or early September.  Nice.  I consider this to be an experiment, as I have no experience with planting this late in the year, so we’ll see how it works.  If I get tomatoes, wonderful.  If I don’t, well, I’ll try again next year a couple of weeks earlier.

So instead I’m out at the incall to do chores.  Wash the dishes, write a couple of articles for Brandy’s newsletter.  I left the econ article late last issue, finally turned it in at almost midnight the night before she published.  This issue I’m going to get it all done well in advance.

Published in: on September 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm  Leave a Comment  



Published in: on September 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Corpus Christi Appreciation Month

I did a special once.  I think the word I’m looking for is “fiasco”.  Didn’t like it at all.  It didn’t attractive a single new repeat customer (and in fact only attracted a bunch of yahoos) and I vowed never to do them again.

But! Someone here recently mentioned that not a lot of ladies arrange their donation tier to reward regulars.  This is true.  I tried that once, waaay back when I lived in SA, and it was a complete non-starter so I gave the idea up.  Still, it’s a good idea.  I know you gents must have noticed I arrange my rates so that you are rewarded for scheduling bigger blocks of time, and I do that because it’s a good marketer that works and lots of time fits my style.  Same basic concept.

I’m going to try it again, just to see how well everyone likes it.  This time, the special offers are only for the guys I already know.  You’ve been through screening, we’ve had some giggles… you’ve earned it.

Look for the details here.

Any questions, send me a message.  Some of the particulars, you will notice, are retroactive to August. A lot of the requirements extend back to forever.  Like I said, you guys are a great market and I think you’ve earned it.

If this turns out to be well-received, I will probably extend it.  The drawing, for example, I’m thinking might be good for an every other month style of thing.  I’m probably going to offer the special 60 minute rate for people I’ve seen more than once again, perhaps every three months.  Give me feedback, guys!  Let me know what you enjoy, and I’ll find a way to tailor the feedback into my rate schedules.

Published in: on September 2, 2010 at 11:28 am  Leave a Comment