Waiting for My Real Life to Begin

The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Things I am loving right now

* The new show Men of a Certain Age on TNT. I am especially loving Ray Romano, in a vaguely dirty way I can't quite put my finger on. I'm not alone in this--I went to the very awesome Television Without Pity the other day and there's all kinds of Ray love. "I am actually finding RR to be kinda attractive," said one person. "Does anyone else find that Ray Romano looks kind of sexy?" said another. This might be a good time to point out that his character is a total schlub whose wife left him because of his gambling addiction, which basically proves every social theory ever about how women generally think a man who can be saved/fixed/rescued is about the hottest thing since Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise.

* The latest Alicia Keys song Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart, more specifically the 1:45-1:55 mark. Nobody loves a good blend of pretty and angsty more than yours truly.

* Mindy Kaling, the girl who writes for The Office and plays Kelly Kapoor on the show. Her Twitter page is so funny/true, and she just wrote this great essay for the New York Times about her imaginary husband and kids. Which transitions nicely to ...

* The incredibly hot guy I saw at the gym. He was tall and cute and he actually brought a magazine to read while he worked out, like a real magazine (GQ). Guys never read when they work out! They watch, like, Cops or SportsCenter or The Simpsons, or themselves in the mirror. He must be smart, I thought to myself, and that was all the permission I needed to stand behind him a few more seconds than is socially appropriate to ogle his sweet little booty. (And then I might have possibly snapped out of my daze, walked into a wall and spilled half of my water bottle on the floor ... but let's talk more about that sweet tuchus!)

* My complete domination in the kitchen lately. (We're counting the holiday cookies and definitely NOT counting the way overcooked and completely inedible salmon from the other night. I am the only person on the planet who cannot make a grown-up dinner, I swear.)

* That blanket I made for my mom for Christmas. I hate it and love it at the same time. Here were the two problems at work here: I had no idea what the hell I was doing (thank you, Google, for holding my hand and whispering sweet words of encouragement) and I have this issue with details. As in, I obsess over them a little/a lot (and thank YOU, seam ripper!). But after one marathon eight-hour session to finish the thing, interrupted only by trips to the bathroom and copious chocolate-covered pretzels, we have a blanket.

Can I point out one more thing here? The fact that this is in one piece is all the more impressive considering it was done by a girl whose very worst grade of her academic career (a big fat D) came in eighth-grade Sewing class. (Although I somewhat beg to differ on the D. One of my projects was a telephone pillow, and while the numbers are long gone, I still own that telephone pillow and it's all still mostly in one piece. Take that, Mrs. Eighth-Grade Sewing Teacher!)

Photographic evidence:

* The little string of white lights over my living room window. I did make a holiday decorating concession or two, and that is one of them. They make everything look festive and pretty at night, and they go splendidly with the Christmas tree-scented candle.

* All of you. I hope you're having a great week. Have a wonderful holiday!


At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Ree said...

YOU have a wonderful holiday too!
The blankie looks wonderful. (Of course, this, from a woman who refused to even take sewing in school!)

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss you so much! The blanket is perfect. I've recorded Men of a Certain Age--I missed the first one and can't find where to watch it.


At 9:40 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Nice job on the blanket!

I can't get Ray Romano (or many other typically popular people). I think I amm the exception that proves the rule for all sorts of weird theories like that. Except that Christian Slater. Mmmm. Just his voice alone....

Did NOT know that Kelly Kapoor's actress also wrote for the show. How cool! I knew only about Ryan. Are there others?

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Swishy said...

The guy who plays Toby writes for the show, too. I LOVE HIM!

Thank you, guys :)

(Allee: I MISS YOU TOO!!! As you know. :) I think you can watch on TNT.com but just a head's up, there are lots of swear words for TNT. Nothing worse than what you hear from me, but ... yeah. Ha.)

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Karen said...

That article by Mindy Kaling was so great. And her twitter feed is 100% my fave, no contest!

You did a great job on your blanket -- especially considering your experience level. Who wouldn't love getting a gift like that?!!

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Beth said...

WHATA GREAT BLANKET!!!! you go girl with your badd ass self!!! LOVE IT!!!!

and any man who reads an actual magazine AND works out is worth gazing at my book,,,,AND he has a great ass? Marry him!! ;)

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

Great quilt! Bet your mom loves it.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Little Ms Blogger said...

I am still out on the show Men of a Certain Age. In ways it reminds me of the male older version of 30 Something from the 1990s. A whole lot of whining.

Although, love the wife in the show married to the car salesman - she makes me laugh.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Bina said...

You did an EXCELLENT job on that blanket! I freaking love it!! How did your mom like it? I'm a pretty good sewer, and I tried to make a quilt once. ONCE, and never finished it.


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