Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Towelday and Haikuesday 5/25/2010

In memory of Douglas Adams and all his work, I've compiled some various poetry by him, about him and by me about his work. Enjoy!

I Teleported Home One Night

(From The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

I teleported home one night
With Ron and Sid and Meg
Ron stole Meggie's heart away
And I got Sidney's leg.

Marvin's Lullabies
From Life, the Universe, and Everything)

Now the world has gone to bed,
Darkness won't engulf my head,
I can see by infrared,
How I hate the night.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
Try to count electric sheep,
Sweet dream wishes you can keep,
How I hate the night.

Vogon Poetry (Ahhhh!!!)
(From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Oh freddled gruntbuggly/thy micturations are to me/As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes. And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!

My Favorite Part
(by Me)
My favorite part
Arthur discovering flight
Then finding Fenchurch

Sandwiching (by Me)
Making sandwiches
Seems like an awfully good job
when you are lonely

-over and out-

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Quick Haikuesday (5/18/2010)

Lovely weekend for being proud of my family! I watched my Mother-in-Law get her Doctorate in Education on Friday, my Sister-in-Law get her Teaching Degree Sunday morning and my other Sister-in-Law graduate from High School. But because this week has been busy, I havent had much time for composing Haikus, so Im writing these on the sly at work. Oh the joys of loathing your job.

The Three Graduates:
1 Doctorate
, 1 Teacher
And 1 on her way.

Work is hard to find
But calling them Jerbs, not jobs,
Makes me feel better.

Hearing my school choir
Makes me realize some things do
Not improve with age.

Okay, nose being pressed firmly to the Grindstone again.

-Over and Out-

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just Got Back From the Windy City (haikuesday 5/11/2010)

Daniel and I just returned from a nice weekend vacation to Chicago. Chicago is one of my absolute favorite cities. I never feel more at home than when I'm riding on the El. I love the whirring noise of the trains and the clapping of the tracks. Thank god there's not a bell to go clang clang, or I might break into a Judy Garland song or two. ;-)

Things we did in Chicago:
  • Visited friends (always nice)
  • White Sox Game (Freezing)
  • Deep Dish Pizza from Lou Malnatis (good sausage)
  • Iron Man 2 (sweet)
  • Learned to play Penuckle (fun)
  • Deep Dish Pizza from Pizanos (good cheese)
  • Wandered around Millennium Park (saw the Bean!)
  • Art Institute of Chicago (TOP NOTCH)
  • Cubs Game (Also Freezing, but very fun)

Here are two haikus in honor of my trip:

Cubs Fans, White Sox Fans
might be different - but they
BOTH froze this weekend

Lou Malnatis - Good.
Pizanos - Nice. The BEST is
still Giordanos.
And for a 100 Best Children's Novels Update, I finished "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster over the weekend. Amazing, clever, and downright wonderful. Can't wait to read it again. :-)

-over and out-

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fun in the Out of Doors, Surprising Book Finds, and Haikuesday 5/4/2010

Spring finally seems to be here to stay in KC, just in time for Summer to come and make everything unbearably hot. Gotta love the Midwest. :-) But because we've had such nice weather lately, I've been able to be outside and enjoy the season. One way we did that was by celebrating my good friend Ashley's birthday this past Saturday!

(Ashley, looking very no-nonsense and drinking her Schlitz Tall Boy)

After a wine tasting at Gomers, we had a wonderful day of Bocce Ball, Washers, Fake Tattoos, Chicken & Ribs (cooked by Tom), Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes (baked by me) & Dance Parties in the living room. All in all, Saturday has been added to my list of perfect days. :-)

(Carolyn, Ashley & Me)

Then Sunday, Daniel and I both decided to start living the Suburbia Dream and worked on the landscaping/lawn. I trimmed bushes, planted things and even put down new mulch. My back hurt like crazy on Monday since I carted around 40 lb bags of junk all day, but I’m pretty proud of our work, especially since I’m known among friends as Black Thumb Beth.

In other news (of the indoor sort) I have decided to read my way through the Top 100 Children's Novels (from the Elizabeth Bird's Fuse 8 Blog). I'll be reading all the books, even the ones I've read before, and here are some of my most recent:

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - WOW. I was amazed by this novel, and Daniel can back me up on that. I don't know how many dirty looks he shot me over the course of me reading it because of my frequent exclamations. "Oh my Gosh!" I'd scream, then when he asked what was happening, I'd just say I didn't want to spoil it for him and keep reading, only to cry out again in the next chapter. Read it and remind yourself why Kids Lit is wonderful.
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis - I listened to the audio of this with Lavar Burton narrating. I was so pleased to read this funny, true to life, and moving story of the Weird Watsons, and Burton perfectly embodies the voice of the young narrator. A great read and a wonderful listen.
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo - I had big doubts going into this book for no reason other than the previews for the movie made it look really silly (in a bad way). Thank God I picked it up anyway. What a lovely and charming story. I just finished this yesterday, and all I want to do now is eat soup!

And now...don't think I've forgotten that it's Haikuesday! I wrote both these this afternoon. The first was born out of frustration regarding ye olde crappy job, but the second is a sort of present for Jeanne at Necromancy Never Pays about a certain poet who didn't like us interpreting his work. :-)

Today - another
moment of pretending its
another - today.

Dear F.W.
your Verse opened up my mind
till YOU closed it shut.

And that's all I have for today. Enjoy the weather, enjoy life, and enjoy some Haikuesday fun!

-over and out-