Thursday, October 19, 2006

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Blaine?! That's not a name, that's a major appliance!

When I was little, I very distinctly remember hating my name - I thought it was soooo boring. My middle name, Elizabeth, I found much more exciting and tried numerous times to get my mother to switch my name to Elizabeth (visions of being called Beth, Lizzie, Liza danced in my head). But my mom was all "Birth certificate blah blah blah" and I remained dreary ol' Susan.

Then I got older...and I don't hate my name anymore. However, I still wish there was something fancy about it...a nickname perhaps, or a quirky spelling. I have a really hot e-friend who capitalizes the middle letter in her name. For example, SuSan. And the thing is...that's totally her. She works it. She OWNS it. If I did it? ...Dude, it would stop being cool and start being ridiculous.

When I was a freshman, one of my roommates found this obscure juvenile fiction book called, I kid you not, "My Name Is Sus5an...The 5 Is Silent". I loved this. We all loved it. All 6 of us came up with number names - Bro7oke. Tiffi9ny. (Of course, pronouncing the's not cool if you don't actually pronounce the number.) Could I actually get away with putting a (silent) number in the middle of my name? Hmm...

Point is, people, I need something...something that distinguishes me from all those other drabbly monikered Susans you all know. Thoughts?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Corky For President

Yesterday morning, I hopped on and saw that yesterday was Kelli Martin’s birthday – she was in the 80’s TV drama “Life Goes On”, with that retarded kid. I clicked on “Life Goes On” and someone had reviewed it…I copy it here in it’s entirety…

“Life Goes On was a wonderful show. It never failed to make me cry or laugh. The relationships between the family were heartwarming. I wish it had run longer. I'll never forget the time that Corky rescued a pig and was hiding it in the house! I wish they'd do a reunion show.”

Dude…from now on, whenever something really makes me happy, I'm going to say, "I'll never forget the time that Corky rescued a pig and was hiding it in the house!"

Then I went to see what that Corky kid was up to and they had a quote from him…

“People said I could never become an actor because I'm retarded. It goes to show you that anyone can make their dreams a reality... unless they're brain dead.”

Dude – if you're brain dead, ain't none of your dreams becoming a reality!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

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Fakey Fall

A crisp wind. Colorful leaves. Upturned collars. These are the things the world experiences during my favorite season, the fall.

Here are the things we in Houston enjoy during my second favorite season...fakey fall: less AC usage. Long sleeves (but only if it's thin cotton). Falling leaves...that are still green.

The rest of you may feel sad for us...but since we pretty much don't know any better, we revel in this fakey fall. The mornings are almost chilly. Occasionally, we can start thinking about turtleneck and jackets. My electric bill will be much lower next month (who needs a heater?!).

No seriously, there are many good reasons to live in Houston...The weather just isn't one of them.

**Note: when I originally wrote this, our daily high was a cool 83...This week, summer's back with highs in the mid-90's......*sigh*