My (former) life as the crab

Musings about life after Crabby Office Lady

Day four: I took a nap! June 15, 2012

Filed under: Annik — Annik @ 4:05 pm
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Okay, I really didn’t. Never been much of a napper. But I did do an hour an a half of hot yoga, sweated about a liter bottle full of salty water, drank it back, got a car wash (waited for the rain–here it comes) and then went online to start the job search. There was a dog walk in there too. Some squirrel chasing.

Okay, here are some things I learned about today:

Martha Payne's school lunch

Photo by Martha Payne

Martha Payne’s food blog

9-year-old Scot (Scottette?) Martha Payne writes a food blog about school lunches with the clever title NeverSeconds. Clever girl, apparently: she had more than 2 million hits when she was alerted by school officials  on Thursday, June 14, that she was no longer allowed to take and post photos of her school lunches. But just exactly one day later, “an Argyll and Bute council leader told the BBC that the ban had been lifted — effective immediately.”

Every day Martha posted about what she ate, how many bites it took to finish, how many hairs she found ( two, since launching the blog in April) and the nutritional value. Her blog caught the eye of the likes of famed (and terribly handsome) Jamie Oliver. It also raised money for “Mary’s Meals” an organization which raises money to help feed people around the world. Although I found some of her photos to be unappetizing, she DID give the last one (before she was banned and then un-banned) 10 out of 10 stars.So I guess the lunch ladies do not have to fear for their jobs.

Well done Martha! I shall show this to my own little blogger, the one who refuses to eat school lunches here in Colorado at all. I make her lunch everyday and she comes back with horror stories about what her school served that day…

Remi - one of our two Dumbo ratsThe rat likes to watch me type

Because it’s been so hot and because the air conditioner isn’t working upstairs (need a new one, just when I’m unemployed, of course), I’ve been sleeping in Bian’s trundle bed on a futon. (Know what a futon is filled with? HATRED.) Anyway, the rats, being as nocturnal as they were would NOT let this pre-menopausal woman–who has trouble sleeping anyway–sleep. SO I moved them to my office desk (which, after having gotten rid of all the PC junk–the laptop, the docking station, the huge monitor, the desktop, the gigantic keyboard, the mouse) where there is plenty of room with my very modular iMac now. And I never moved them back into Bian’s room. As I sit here and type, Remi, one of our 7-month-old rats is very interested in it. Bessie sleeps. Remi watches. I wonder if it’s the sound. I wonder if it’s the movement. I wonder if she’s learning language like The Rats of Nimh (from the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, which we’re reading right now, as it were). Rats are very smart. But I wonder if she takes dictation?

High Park fireThe High Park Fire continues to rage

I really feel for everyone affected by this horrible catastrophe. Today it jumped the Poudre river and is only 15% contained although it’s burned nearly 55,000 acres. It is going to take a LONG time for all those trees to grow back (and many of them were already affected by the Colorado Pine Beetle, making them more vulnerable to fire anyway. Let’s all send out some good hopes and prayers to the people out there: the homeowners, the residents, the firefighters, and the press covering it.

Good weekend, everyone. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads (and moms who are both mom AND dad–like me, Anna, Fran, and some other folks I know) and of course Hallmark, the company that invented this holiday. I kid you not.

— annik

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4 Responses to “Day four: I took a nap!”

  1. queenshannikwa Says:

    Hey Adrienne from Singapore-Great to near from you! Yeah Crabby was “pushed” but I think it’s a good thing. She found her wings on the long way down.

    Stay in touch, okay? Southeast Asia is in our plans sometime in late 2012 or 2013 and we’d (my Vietnamese Brown Princess & I) would love to meet you (although I bought a cool iMac my last day at MSFT and so can’t help with anything PC-related…ha!) we have an old friend who married a Singapore-born woma and we want to see them too! (Is it true you can’t chew gum in public? bian would hate it; I think it’s marvelous; even though I despise laws that take away civil liberties, I also despise people imitating cows and finding gobs of chewed gum under school and library desks and stepping on them on the streets…

  2. Adrienne Says:

    All the best in the job search, Annik!

  3. Happy Fathers Day to you too, Annik! Keep the blogs coming…

    • queenshannikwa Says:

      Anna (& Fran): Happy Dads’ (“Dad’s”? Just one dad? Hallmark just didn’t think this through— drives me bonkers). We’re off to Me-here-Conext Sat for my folks’ 50th will all,the kids. Spouses, grandkids. More important tha nsuncreen: Valium? Xanax? Anyone?


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