I should be writing out Christmas cards and wrapping presents, but I have a humbug rep to protect here, so instead I’m at my laptop, pulling together links and other goodies for this ellipses post. I see I’ve got a nice little pile of stuff for you all, so let’s make this ellipses post a “double”…
ELLIPSES ONE (things to click on if you’re trying not to cry)… I was recently threatened with this as a Christmas present if I didn’t start smiling around the office… It’s impossible to watch these Japanese athletes–handicapped with reverse binoculars–play a game of soccer without laughing out loud… This recipe for a nearly guilt-free pumpkin pie that is tastier (and easier to prepare) than any traditional recipe I’ve ever tried. I baked it for Thanksgiving, and Mom and Dad brought Nana a slice on her leftover plate. Then, this Saturday I smiled when Nana told me it was “out of this world”… Sign up for a race (I did)… Find a friend who pays enough attention to send you links that relate to past posts and current complaints (so: even more about Grace Potter)… JMW posts the funniest thing I’ve read all month about parents (and other things). I’d advise you stop drinking your beverage before you start reading… Find a second friend who pays enough attention to let you know when Kara Goucher is going to be within a 200-mile radius of you. That’s right folks, Kara’s running Boston in 2009! Golden Ryan and Queen Kara… Oh I am SO going to spectate now. Who’s coming with me??!!
This random photograph is brought to you by my friend PP, who gave me this plaque for Christmas. Does he know me, or what? It now adorns my office. This is how I choose to read it: My drama is fine (amusing, even). Your drama, however, must go.
ELLIPSES TWO (things to click on if you are a naturally cheerful sort and don’t require any perking up)… I was in Boston and Salem the past two days, visiting some friends, old and new…. my new friend, a novelist, has a blog of her own… my old friend told me about another blog by a woman who writes about her life as a 40-something divorced mom. I like this post, in which Candy tries to sort out the difference between MILFs and Cougars, even though her position seems a little defensive to me (but maybe that’s because I am neither?)… Organization and routine are very soothing to me (let’s NOT apply pop psychology to that little confession, thanks!), so you can imagine how delighted I was to find the Unclutterer blog. If you live in an apartment, his rules on how to stay sane in tight quarters are only slightly unrealistic… Congrats to my associate DHS who ran the Dallas White Rock Marathon this weekend in high temps and 30 mph winds, his first marathon ever, in 4:08. The winning male [Kenyan’s] time was 2:22:07, so slow relative to typical winning times that it almost seems humanly possible…. Which reminds me, we’re coming up on the Winter Marathon season, so if you ever felt like running 26.2 or 13.1 in our southern or southwestern states, now’s your chance. Arizona, anyone? How about Disney World? We’ve missed Honolulu, but there’s still Miami, or Austin.