spectating participant

August 28, 2006

feather flurries

Filed under: life — suzanne henderson @ 2:28 pm

It was a beautiful Friday morning. Alex and I were driving away from the school and taking advantage of the last school-free week day when it happened. Cruising down the street, talking about the day’s adventure with the windows rolled down, and something hits the edge of my seat. A rock? A branch? I just couldn’t tell, it was sizable and stung my arm even without perceived direct contact. I scanned all the mirrors looking for mischievous grins on any by-standing children, but nothing — nothing, but a flutter of visual activity in the back seat. “Leaves,” Alex tells me as something flitters past my face and out the window.

The abrupt disruption to my drive continues to bother me as we drive to our first destination. Once there, I grab my purse from the back seat, take a quick glance and see nothing. Must have been a branch falling and landing inside my moving car — odd. We get some shopping taken care of and then grab lunch. As we’re driving to our final destination, the incident completely removed from memory, feathers start floating about in the car — tiny little feathers, circling the wind and eventually traveling out the window. Feathers — not leaves.

Alex quickly checks in the back seat, comments on a small selection of feathers and assures me that nothing is there. We get to our last stop for the afternoon and I force myself to check again — nothing in the back seat. I lean forward to check under my seat and — I think I saw a leg. I jump back, Alex eagerly takes and look and confirms that there is indeed a dead bird under my seat. Ach! A dead bird? I convince myself that what I saw was just a twig and that Alex is pulling my leg, as she loves to do, but another quick inspection shows more feathers and very distinct bird feet. Eeew.

We do our final school shopping and drive home — all the way I’m thinking about this dead bird with the constant reminder of feathers fluttering by. At home, Alex promptly takes care of the problem, getting rid of the dead beast, and proudly announces that it wasn’t all cut up and that there is no bird blood all over my car — how reassuring. She provides a realistic imitation of its lifeless body and attempts to comfort me with the fact that it just broke its neck and died. She then proceeds to educate me on her many adventures of getting rid of dead animals — I guess one of the perks of a mile long walk/ride home from the bus stop.

However, Alex left all of the discarded feathers and takes advantage of the opportunity to laugh at my discomfort about the whole situation every time one flies around the car before escaping through the window. Hopefully the car will run out of feathers soon because it still gets under my skin that a bird flew into the open window of my moving car and died under my seat.

August 24, 2006

general activities of late

Filed under: life — suzanne henderson @ 7:21 pm

I am moving, in case that has somehow not permeated this aspect of my life. I am bored; so, I’m not gonna talk about that. I’ve been checking out several new places lately — mostly tired of the same ol’ and looking to do something different.

The week before last, went down to [College Perk] Coffee House to see a friend play. He was opening for another little group. It was a very small gathering of people. Other than family — all the people performing were related in some form or fashion — Chris and I added two to the three other individuals present. Summer is in swing and I guess College Perk doesn’t pull in a lot of people on a Saturday night right now. It was good and amusing to watch our friend/neighbor singing. We found out about it because we stopped by to pick up some free furniture he was giving us and heard him practicing in the house. Good times.

The next new activity was [dim sum]. Alex got some books from the library and was showing me a cooking book she liked. Flipping through the pages I saw a sections on dim sum and commented on how I’d never had it. So we made plans for Sunday morning (the following day) to solve that. After some adventures finding a place that didn’t exist, we ended up at [A & J Restaurant] in [Rockville, MD]. Oh, it was wonderfully yummy and I can’t wait to have it again. Brunch for 3 costs less than $30 and we walked out of the place very, very full. This place was yummy but it didn’t have the little carts of little treasures that I was looking for. When we go again, we’ll look for a place that has the little carts. I’m sure I”d be far more adventurous when ordering on looks versus written description.

Today, Alex and I decided to use some free* wireless at a new coffee shop just up 29 - [The Daily Grind] opened a new location in Red Lawn and it in is in an area where many new “yuppie” shops will be arriving any day. It is a pretty dressy shopping center, even with the construction still going on, and I look forward to having something closer than Columbia or Silver Spring. Of course, if I lived in this area, I’m sure I’d prefer nothing to what is now here.

We saw a flyer for some live music later in the evening and decided to come back and check it out. [Jodi McLaren] (www.jodimclaren.com) did a pretty good job. A couple more people played afterwards and they were decent as well. I enjoyed Jodi’s sound and enthusiasm a bit more overall.

Between the smoothie and the show, we headed to Columbia for dinner. Tired of all the same old places, I headed toward Burrito and decided to try the Mongolian Grill in the same center. It was great, the first bowl I made was incredibly spicy. The second bowl, not so hot, as I was a little too creative with the spices.

Anyway, lots of new things happening and I’m glad to be out of the house. Hearing people sing gets me all excited. I think of all the hours as a kid that I spent making up song and singing them to blank walls. I don’t know if my voice is good or bad, but it sure makes me wish I’d pursued it somewhat.

My creative drive has been kicking up a bit and I want to be home working on projects. But, we’ve got everything, everywhere and I can’t really get started with anything. School starts soon for Alex, I’ve been working hard on PTA stuff, and then there is the job search — I don’t want to talk about it either.

Okay, random, rambling update on my life. I’ve a house of craziness I should get back to and the music has stopped and it doesn’t look like it’ll start again anytime soon. So, guess we’ll stop being coffee shop bums and head home to (internetless) reality again. :)

verizon sucks

Filed under: life — suzanne henderson @ 12:28 pm

I could say this much more eloquently, but they suck and I don’t feel like taking the time to be eloquent. We were supposed to have DSL the 8th. We were supposed to have DSL the 28th. They just decided that we can’t DSL.

Thanks to high density housing, looks like DSL is out for all the local carriers. Looks like cable is the way to go and I don’t feel like getting that set up right now. sigh. still no internet.

August 9, 2006

new home sweet home

Filed under: life — suzanne henderson @ 4:22 pm

We moved into our new rental place last night. We’re not fully moved in, not even a small percentage, but we did move the bed over and sleep there. I’m having some conflicting opinions about the place and Chris is helping me stay somewhat positive about the whole thing. We’re pretty sure we’ve got a slumloard instead of a landlord — things that were going to be fixed weren’t and judging by the poor condition of most things in the place, I doubt anything will be fixed. I find it depressing because this is the most I’ve ever paid to rent somewhere and I find it rather unacceptable to be living with some of these problems while paying out so much. But, Chris points out that we’re paying for location and not looks and so I guess it is okay.

I made a huge list of things I wanted fixed and painting that needs done (and was supposed to have been done) but I’ve decided to not bother with any of it, fix what I can myself, and not waste time dealing with the lowest bidder he’d hire to patch things up. My biggest complaint at the moment is the pantry in the kitchen. It looked terrible, the metal wire shelves were extremely filthy, and the pantry looked beat to hell. I wanted it painted and the shelves cleaned because there was no way I could live with it the way it was. Well, this morning I painted it myself instead of waiting for him to do it and I’m getting really tired of dealing with the shelves. It took over 35 minutes to clean one and that was the cleanest one of all. So, I filled the tub, let them soak overnight, and started again this morning. The gunk that they are covered it just won’t come off without living lots of scrubbing and trails of sticky goo everywhere. I would throw these in the trash if I owned them. So, I’m at the old house searching for the Goo Gone and hoping that it will get them clean cause I’m at my wits end.

I’ve spent most of today and yesterday fixing and cleaning the new place. Scrubbing walls and doors have made things look better. Fixing closet doors that refused to open easily. Hopefully this stuff will all be taken care of soon and I can start pretending that where we are living is worth what we are paying. I’m disappointed to be so upset with the situation since I am so happy to be finally living with Chris and getting out of M&Ms place.

Oh, and I guess the other source of my foul mood is that I heard back from the job I was really wanting and they gave the position to someone else. I’m really bummed about that because I thought both interviews had gone wonderfully and I’d grown really committed to working there. So, now I’ve got to get back on that whole job search thing, I was really hoping that would all be wrapped up this week. Sigh.