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Just a quick update to let everyone know I'm still alive. It seems that since I mostly beat down my girly woes of this summer I've been catching colds more often than former East Germans change their underwear. (One of the major US weekly news magazines did a "by the numbers" sidebar after the Berlin Wall fell that stated East Germans wore the same pair of underwear for an average of 21 days.) I finally unpacked my Zicam zinc spray and vitamin C, so this one should be less unpleasant than last month's cold.

Today was Evergreen's Homecoming parade and carnival and I planned to go down and help Mom twist (she was there in clown), but the idea to take Laurel along backfired because she didn't understand that the bouncy inflatable rides were too crowded for her to join in on and she head-butted Himself so hard it knocked it glasses off.

We took her home after that, but not before some random nearby person (I'm assuming one of the non-staff/parent "outside" coaches because I know everyone that works at the high school and most of the parents) tried to relieve him of holding Laurel after he doubled over from the pain and lectured us on how he had taken harder hits than that and never reacted like it hurt. The guy looked like he could take a hit with a two-by-four and still be able to cold-cock his opponent, but we double over in pain and make noise when a hard toddler head hits one of us rapid-fire between the eyes and briefly blinds us. Also, I'm not comfortable with complete strangers grabbing at my little burrito.

1017_01laurelamyglovesAfter her tantrum over being taken home subsided, she settled down and was pretty agreeable for the rest of the day, especially after we met Amy at the cabin. She got spoiled with a cute set of an apron, gloves and kneeling pad to dig in the cabin's garden, pet a neighbor's cat that came over and their pygmy goats through the fence.

judecorp, do you think it's worth it to see Donnie Darko in the theater? It opened today in limited release at the Madstone and I'm itching to take Himself to see it. If we do I need to jump on it because I missed their limited showing of Gigantic and I don't think we'll have the chance to see it until it comes out on DVD.

On a TMBG note, we're pre-ordering our copy of Bed, Bed, Bed this weekend. Hooray for mildly off children's books, since I'm debating buying Amphigorey and Amphigorey Too since I scored Amphigorey Also a few weeks ago for $6 on clearance at a bookstore (a chain one, but I received a gift card to it for my birthday). It always cracks me up to read Eloise book reviews on Amazon and see how many people get righteously indignant instead of laughing; double for the reviews of Shel Silverstein's Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?. If the latter merkins read more, they would have known he was a satirist and published in Playboy long before he wrote children's books. I only aspire to have a career like that.

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juldea
Oct. 18th, 2003 01:29 am (UTC)
It is absolutely worth "it" to see Donnie Darko in the theaters. Holy shit how I wish I had that opportunity. Do it, if only for me...
textivore
Oct. 18th, 2003 06:36 am (UTC)
I've got a friend who has an old copy of a collection of his Playboy cartoons . . . you think he's subversive in his children's books? I assume you're familiar with Uncle Shelby, yes?
oddharmonic
Oct. 20th, 2003 11:27 pm (UTC)
If you're talking about Different Dances, his 1979 folio of cartoons, I am going to die of envy. While I was thinking about it and doing my usual stew over the fact that the cheapest used copies run in the $150 range, I hit alibris.com to double-check on that number and found a copy for $95. I am going to hyperventilate with joy now.

I started collecting off-color children's books long before I had the midget and my favorite Uncle Shleby books share shelf space with Edward Gorey, all of Kay Thompson's Eloise books in print, and Dr. Seuss' Seven Ladies Godiva. My grandmother's carefully preserved edition of the latter sparked my interest in said books when I was a little burrito.
textivore
Oct. 21st, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
I couldn't swear to the title, but I think that's indeed it. It's a big damn book of twisted goodness.

Ok, how about Lane Smith? If you don't have The Happy Hocky Family, you should check it out . . .
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oddharmonic
Oct. 20th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
I've lived in Evergreen since I was in middle school (three years away) and have always loved it. I was angsty in my mid-teens about being so far from Denver, but then I realized I hate most people anyway and the open space is more than worth the distance.

I'm sorry to hear your friend didn't like it, though if it involved the local high school I completely understand. I transferred to a better school before I did any serious damage, though my mother works there now and I do on-again off-again work for a non-profit that benefits the school.

I noticed you're a friend of Humpty. Any friend of Wonder Bread Wendy is more than welcome here. Make yourself comfortable.
denmarkadonis
Oct. 21st, 2003 07:11 pm (UTC)
it's worth it. good songs from the 80's, odd characters and lots of weirdness. i own it and i love it.
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