Just Pat

"...all language about everything is analogical; we think in a series of metaphors. We can explain nothing in terms of itself, but only in terms of other things." (Dorothy Sayers, Mind of the Maker, 1941)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Back to Bloggin

I've been horribly absent for several months. Maybe horribly is a strong word. Maybe amazingly is better. I have cable modem because I value my computer time more than my television and telephone time. So you'd think I'd be more present. I guess my words just withered up.
As late, my life has been consumed with my mother's cancer diagnosis. I've spent nearly every weekend for the past two months with her. It's a three hour drive for me, for which I am at the same time grateful and tired. In the end the gratitude wins out. I am very thankful that I haven't moved across the country and that I can see my mom every weekend.
I'll probably be writing a bit more on this site, because I'm also writing on the site we set up for Mom on Sunday. I can't promise my writing will always be light hearted, but I can promise to be me, whatever that means to you.
I might not even write about Mom.
But if you're interested in what's happening with my mom, go to www.everythingsrosie.blogspot.com.


Friday, December 29, 2006

Okay, let me put it this way...

Your Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
25% Upper Midwestern
10% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Janay's Challenge - Six Wierd Things About Me

It took me a little while to come up with these, because I'm generally oblivious of my wierdness. But once I thought of one, the quirks came flooding into my consciousness. Hats off to my friends for being my friends!

1. When I finish using a paper napkin at dinner, I carefully fold it into a small square before throwing it away.

2. I have a mutant nose hair that comes from somewhere deep in my head and periodically becomes visible in my right nostril. When I pluck it, it is often over an inch long.

3. I find it very hard to throw away candy wrappers without making tiny paper airplanes out of them and presenting them to innocent bystanders.

4. I count my steps. Sometimes I spell sentences with my steps as if I were typing, and if the letters fall consecutively on the same side I skip a beat to compensate. For more information, call 1-800-ima-loon.

5. My pinkie toes curl under my fourth toes, like they're laying down taking a nap or something. Lazy toes.

6. I generally eat the outside edges of my food first and save the center for last.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Your Vocabulary Score: A

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cool - now I don't have to bother my family to write one!

'What will your obituary say?' at QuizGalaxy.com


This is a complete surprise.....

You Are 12% Republican

If you have anything in common with the Republican party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch liberal, and nothing is going to change that!


Fall has always been my favorite season...

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...
You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings
Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Construction Chronicles Revisited

In mid July we had a heavy, driving rain that held me accountable for my procrastination over dealing with the roof of my house. Yep, I knew when I bought the house that the roof needed a facelift. I opted for the botox remedy of tar patching last fall, but it failed miserably. The rain made it from the south dormer of my attic through to my first floor kitchen counter with a stop in the second floor guestroom along the way. I was saving for a hearing aid prior to the roof blowout. I'd be lying if I told you I didn't feel a little sorry for myself that I have to pay for a hearing aid that my insurance won't cover, that I'm only 44 and need one, and that I will now have to postpone it in order to save my home.

Turns out my builder brother was having a slow spell and needed work about that time. He agreed to reroof my house for a great price, and my roofing contractor neighbor sold me the supplies at wholesale. My roof is now beautiful, dry, and will last me 25 years. And I spent more time with my brother those three days of the project than I have since we were kids.

I just finished my last class for my associates degree. It's taken me nineteen years and 84 credit hours in intermittent attempts to complete it. The completion of my degree feels much like the completion of my roof, in that it was a nagging issue that is finally resolved. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the learning experience and I know I've grown through it. It's just that I procrastinated for so many years because of my responsibilities to home and husband - homes and husbands that are now part of my history - that my education has become somewhat of a mission to myself to reclaim what I had set aside.

Celebration is not what I feel right now. It is a sense of relief, of freedom, of resolution. I have done what I needed to do for myself. It's a solid, good feeling, like knowing that when it rains my home will stay dry.


Friday, August 25, 2006


You Have A Type B+ Personality

You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions


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