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stuffing a day's worth of blogging material into one post

Like a stocking stuffed with goodies. That turn out mostly to be crap toys made in a third world factory and some stale candy. Little to no blogging today. Work is kicking my ass, we have a holiday obligation with friends tonight, both my kids have huge projects due tomorrow, I haven't finished my Christmas shopping yet and I haven't even wrapped one single present and I still have to figure out a way to get my kidney out of my body so I can sell it in order to afford the rest of my holiday shopping - or I'll be forced to dig those red fishnet stockings and green bikini out of the closet. Money, cash, hos, baby. I did get one blog thing accomplished and that was to start using Jittery/BlogPoint, an adverstiser of this blog. If you'll notice on the right sidebar, I am using it to sell a piece of my husband's art (and lo, did we learn our lesson last time about shipping/packing). I'm thinking of this as a blog yard sale. We have tons of stuff around the house (including unopened video games) that we'd like to get rid of and what better place to sell it then right here? If have a blog you've got some items you'd like to depart with/make cash off of and you can't be bothered with the whole eBay thing (BlogPoint gives you much more control), then you might want to look into this. And that ends today's commerical portion of ASV. I will no go back to working/printing out items for a timeline of space travel. Which leads me to a question: Do teachers ever take into account that a child might have projects going on in other classes as well? How hard would it be for the teachers to get together and say, hmmm...do you think giving the kids four projects to complete in one week, in addition to regular homework, tests and quizzes would be too much? This is where I usually end up doing half a project, more out of pity than anything else. Also (trying to cram everything into this one post) it has come to my attention that nobody outside of Long Island knows what a Dairy Barn is. This is a Dairy Barn. It's a small store that looks - you guessed it - like a barn. It is specifically a drive through store; you can't walk int (unless you're buying beer, then you have to get out of your car). Not only are these stores wonderful in cold weather when you don't want to leave the warmth of your auto, they are also a boon for lazy people who just don't feel like walking the ten feet from parking lot to front door of the 7-11 and for people like me, who realize they are out of cigarettes/coffee/ice cream and can get into their car in pajama bottoms, a t-shirt, no bra or shoes, and no one will be the wiser. I think that's everything. I'm going to test my anxiety levels by braving Target during lunch hour. I would say wish me luck, but you'd be better off wishing luck to those who come in contact with me. I have not had good shopping experiences lately, which can be attritbuted to my psychological shortcomings, my fear of crowds and my hatred of humanity, but a girl's gotta shop when Christmas is coming (online shopping just wasn't happening this year for various reasons). I think I picked a bad week to be out of Xanax.

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It would seem we need to change the lyrics to Merry Christmas from the Family:

Carve the turkey turn the ballgame on
Make Bloody Marys cause we all want one
Send somebody to the Dairy Barn
We need some celery and a can of fake snow
A bag of lemons and some Dite Sprite
A box of tampons and some Salem Lights
Hallelujah everybody say cheese
Merry Christmas from the family

Totally OT: Michele, since you are a fan of old video games, you might be interested in this heart-warming story:

http://photoncourier.blogspot.com/2004_12_01_photoncourier_archive.html#110364416000141861

We used to have a store like your pictured "Dairy Barn" in the Los Angeles neighborhood I grew up in. It was very similar looking, except for the silo.

God, I haven't seen one of those in years. My mother used to go there to get milk, eggs and bread.

I was in an especially anti-holiday mood yesterday and it actually motivated me to finish my holiday shopping. I sent a shovelful of dirt to each and every family member. Packaged in a newspaper-wrapped shoebox.

hohowhogivesafnck.

When I lived in Ohio, they had drive-through Beer stores everywhere (they sold soda, and some snack too.) But, really - I loved those. How often do you REALLY need a beer, but you're just not up for walking? I miss those.

I miss Dairy Barn.

Wow, Dairy Barn strikes me as... really quite strange. We don't have anything even remotely like that in the DC area.

No drive-thru liquor stores? what benighted state do you live in? Maybe I spent too much time in Ohio - I'm not even sure if we have them in Florida.....

Texas had drive thru bars until they outlawed 'em not too long ago (you could drink while driving as long as you weren't drunk... who thought that was a good idea? But they were everywhere)

But we do have Sonic - a drive thru burger joint where they come to your car...very 50's retro.

Still being new to living here on the Island (I'm from Ohio originally), I've driven by the local dairy barn, not quite understanding exactly what it was. The fact that there'd be a drive through for milk seemed like a silly concept to me, but now I see why Dairy Barn is indeed so popular out here.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

And in Killeen Texas, you can still drive through and order a daiquiri at the Daiquiri Express. No lie!

It's served in multiple sizes, flavors and strengths of rum. BUT they do put two long pieces of masking tape over the lid of the cup, and you are dutifully admonished NOT to insert the straw through the lid until you are home!

On a completely unrelated note, yet concerning space travel, I just realized that I can redeem my USAir miles for "Space Adventures."

But no, teachers don't often care what the requirements of other classes are. They tend to believe that every kid has time to do stuff (with the assistance of their parents, of course) that takes all of their time. That is the beauty of the educational system. At leat I think that is the beauty, but I am quite drunk right now and venting against my learning experiences.

I so miss Dairy Barns. I lived in Queens (home to bodegas, but not DBs) and would drive across the county line to a DB in New Hyde Park.

You'd think those places would be around rural areas; we just get WaWa's and Turkey Hills.