Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Felt like I just couldn’t get today off the ground…grumpiness at work, grumpiness at home

Best Thing of Today
This (‘scuse the cheesy muzak) :

The joy of God’s creation interacting

Funny Things Said By My Husband

We had fajitas for dinner…

HL: Oh no!

Me: What?

HL: There’s still a fajita left over…

Me: You should eat it.

HL, huffing like an athlete preparing for a concerted physical effort: OK, but this is the last one I’m eating for you.

Their heads are green, and their hands are blue

Extract from The Jumblies
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
   In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,
   In a Sieve they went to sea!
And when the Sieve turned round a round,
And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’
They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big,
But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!
   In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’
        Far and few, far and few,
                Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
        Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
                And they went to sea in a Sieve…

And in twenty years they all came back,
   In twenty years or more,
And every one said, ‘How tall they’ve grown!
For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Terrible Zone,
   And the hills of the Chankly Bore!’
And they drank their health, and gave them a feast
Of dumplings made of beautiful yeast;
And every one said, ‘If we only live,
We too will go to sea in a Sieve, –
   To the hills of the Chankly Bore!’
        Far and few, far and few,
                Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
        Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
                And they went to sea in a Sieve.

Edward Lear

Brave or foolhardy? or both?

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Persistent dull aching – neck, back and side

Best Thing of Today
Watched The Gruen Transfer – there was a reference to the Whopper Freakout…laughed my ass off

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Work contentment

Worst Thing of Today
3 sink-loads of sticky, chocolately, creamy, syrupy, goopy washing-up

A Moment In Our Morning

Feeling not very wordy, wordy at the moment, so, in lieu of words, here’s one of my favourite pictures of HL:

HL Making Coffee

HL Making Coffee

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Over-ambitiously planning a time-consuming cake for a birthday for tomorrow, and spending most of my evening in the kitchen trying to pull it off

Best Thing of Today
Bed, bed, bed, bed, bed…aahh, snuggly

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
A grumpy HL, due to his wife being online for too long

Best Thing of Today
Speaking to my brother, Lucien, in NZ – 1 1/2 metres of snow and a new snowboard 🙂

Beauty and Warmth

Dahlias From My Garden Earlier This Year
 
Ruffles

Ruffles

Velvet

Velvet

Curlz

Curlz

Rich Red

Rich Red

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Productive

Worst Thing of Today
Inspirationless

A Losing Battle

Rabble runs riot.

The fuming teacher angrily flings open the door and stands disbelievingly in front of his unruly class. The class seems not to take notice, but goes on screaming foolishly.

The teacher strides purposefully to the middle of the room. He opens his mouth to speak, but shuts it again, seeing he can’t get a word in. He ducks, quickly and instinctively, as a paper aeroplane just misses his head.

He stares helplessly around the room as they fight, throw things, and run crazily. He takes a breath and screams maniacally. Total silence reigns.

A muffled giggle escapes from the back row.

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Tension between colleagues

Best Thing of Today
A thrumming purr in my ear

Funny Things Said By My Husband

HL makes up words sometimes…

HL, to Other Kitten, who was examining something on the wall very intently: Whycome so quizzical lookage?

“We’re the last team to arrive?”

When the journey ends for contestants on The Amazing Race, do their cameramen feel like they’ve lost as well?

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Waiting in the freezing cold, wondering if my lift had forgotten me

Best Thing of Today
HL saved $130 on 4 new tyres

And this:

It works 🙂 I found it here.

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Walking in to work this morning to find myself alone – everybody else was at a meeting. I think it was about a restructure in the office – find out tomorrow.

Best Thing of Today
A bathroom that feels less like it’s irrevocably decaying around our ears (see below)

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Our bathroom has been a piece of crap structurally for a very long time – broken and cracked sink, every single tap corroded and leaking, vanity shelf rotted away, bathtub spout running constantly (2 bathtubs full a day), shower walls wet and rotting inside the wall…

It has caused much unhappiness and annoyance, watching our bathroom collapse in on itself, but, as the house belongs to my parents (it used to be my grandmother’s and was inherited by my dad when she died), it’s not really in our power to ‘make thing happen’ to help the situation, other than minor cosmetic fixes.

Today – hooray! We had a contractor in and WE NOW HAVE A MOSTLY WORKING BATHROOM! The complete tear-down and replacement of the shower is on the back-burner, but just about everything else is in perfect working order.

It feels luxurious to be able to store toiletries on a shelf without a huge rotted hole in the middle, to be able to fill the sink without having it drip through to the vanity underneath, to use taps that turn on and off easily and that aren’t corroded so badly at the base that they constantly pool water, and to go to bed without having to shut the bathroom door to stop the sound of gallon after gallon of water pouring down the drain. I say again – hooray!

(And, in honour of the author of the words that make up the title of this post, here’s an extract from Jabberwocky:

Extract from Jabberwocky
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”

Lewis Carroll   )

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Seeing a little man in his pyjamas and slippers at 10 pm on a bridge looking down at the railway tracks – I called the police

Best Thing of Today
The police response – “We’ll send someone straight away to check it out, thank you.”

Oh, and when I got home from Bible Study I found that HL had organised dinner, cleaned out the cat litter, taken out the trash, and readied the bathroom for the work that will be done in there tomorrow.

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
That feeling of sitting in the movie theatre in the perfect seats (in the middle, no-one sitting next to us, and, due to a small wall/ledge, no-one in front and a place to put up our feet) waiting for the movie to start (and there’d been a huge line to get in, so dunno how we got that lucky)

Worst Thing of Today
The movie we were so eagerly awaiting turned out not to be nearly so great as I was expecting

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Having my parents over and introducing them to bean burritos – very amusing

Worst Thing of Today
3 important phonecalls to make – not one of the contactees were available… What is this? Do they have some kind of a life or something? harumph

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