Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Talkative Tuesday, the 091608 Edition

Well, hello there. I haven’t had a lot to say lately… I know you’ve been waiting for another edition of Talkative Tuesday, so here goes.

(Wait, it is Tuesday, right?)


Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Fannie, Freddie, and now AIG…

Can I get a collective "YIKES!" from the crowd?!!!

As you know, I work for Giant Ass Bank. It’s a good place to work. We are financially secure and not in trouble, at least that’s the kool-aid we’re being sold. But it’s all a little bit freaky, since half of my 401K is in Giant Ass Bank’s stock, and I hate watching the numbers shrink every time I look up my balance. What goes down must come up… or something. And since I'm not retiring for sixty-seven years, it'll make a complete recovery, right?


Yesterday I was at Great Clips, getting The Boy a much needed haircut. I cracked up because there was a little boy there who kept saying things that embarrassed his mom.

Hairdresser to little boy: "How was school today?"

Little boy: “I didn’t go to school. I have pink eye. See how gross it is?”

The hairdresser paused and the mom quickly assured her that he’d been on medication and was ok. She wouldn’t have brought him in if he were contagious. (I meanwhile, was digging in my purse for my hand sanitizer…)

Then, later on...

Hairdresser: "Did you get to watch a lot of tv since you had to stay home but weren't really sick?"

Little boy: “Only when my mom was taking a really long nap. Then I got to watch tv because she wasn’t watching her shows.”

I had to crack up at his mom’s face. She looked seriously embarrassed. But hey – I love naps too, so no judging here, sister!


I just ran into The Husband on my walk at lunch, which is weird because he usually works in Nebraska, and for two days in a row, he’s been working in downtown Des Moines. It’s kinda cool to bump into him like that!


Speaking of TH working downtown, he came home last night to tell me about a woman who stopped him as he was loading up his van last night. "Sir, can you help me? I'm on my way to work and I ran out of gas. Can you lend me $7? I'd send you the money back if you could help." When he said he didn't have any cash on him, she had the nerve to ask him to go to the ATM. He just looked at her and said no.

This same woman stopped my pal Webgal and me on our way to lunch a year or two ago and I fell for it. She only asked for $5 then. Guess when gas prices go up, so do panhandler prices. I gave her the $5 and she asked me if I could spare more, so she could get somethign to eat. I think she said she'd left her purse at home or something. That's when I knew I'd been had.

In my defense... there are very few panhandlers in Iowa. I believed her because I have faith in humanity. About the only other beggar I can remember seeing hangs out with a sign that says Why Lie? I need a beer. Now that dude's got a good marketing campaign going on.


I had a stress test on our systems last night, so I was on a conference call from 2:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Then I came into work at 8 and will be here until at least 4. I get to do it all over again Thursday morning, and again Thursday night. Sometimes working at Giant Ass Bank isn’t so great. Sleep? Who needs sleep?

I’m on my fourth cup of nasty 25 cent vending machine coffee (bleck!) and I had a caffeinated soda for lunch. I never drink soda. Soon I’m going to crash like the people in my favorite commercial:

I know it's not a new commercial, but it cracks me up. I only watch football on regular (non-TiVoed) TV, so it's about the only time I see commercials. The part where the kid's swinging and he knocks his sleeping dad over makes me laugh like a goober every time.


It is absolutely gorgeous outside. Sunny, 70 degrees. Perfection. And I'm tethered to my cubicle at work. That is so unfair. Days like these are reminders of why Fall is my favorite season. Clarification: early Fall is my favorite season. Because late Fall is pretty much winter, and everyone knows that winter sucks.

I’m going to go run a couple of miles with The Boy tonight, it’ll be a beautiful night to do so.


Bumblebee learned the Pledge of Allegiance in school. I must remember to capture it on video and post it for y'all. It’s really just too adorable. She’s enjoying Kindergarten so much – I love hearing about her days at school. She absolutely gushes with excitement when she talks about the letters they are learning. It's so fun.

The Boy is getting more and more organized and getting great grades so far this year. He seems to be coming into his own in school, and has been reading voraciously lately. A few weeks ago, I found a book recommendation on Barrie Summy’s blog for the book The Lightning Thief, so I brought the first book home from the library for him. He flew through that, borrowed the second book from school and begged me to buy the last two at the mall this weekend. He's been devouring that series all week. It’s craziness!

Hollywood is getting straight A's so far, despite being out for football manager, show choir, driver’s ed, fall softball league, and a full load of courses. And homecoming is this weekend. Wait until you see her dress. g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. That kid never ceases to amaze me.

I’ve been pretty busy lately and haven’t had a lot of time to devote to my blog. I appreciate that you people still read my posts, even if they aren’t terribly frequent (or amusing) of late. Soon I’ll have something of substance to post about, I promise. Until then, check out my peeps in the blog roll to the right.


Barb said...

My son also flew thru the Lightning thief books that are out so far. On the guys website it promises more to come. He also enjoyed Dragon series by R.D. Henham. I think there are 3 out so far with the promise of more to come. I'd love to hear what he thinks.

WebGal said...

Man...I can't believe that woman is still out doing that! And I was the one who was a sucker and gave her cash. Must be a lucrative scam if she's still doing it.

Travis Erwin said...

Substance is overrated. You are entertaining and that is all that matters.

Monnik said...

It was you who gave her the cash? sheesh. my memory sucks. I knew that one of us was a sucker... yep - same woman!

thanks, Barb, for the recommendations! I'm adding it to the list.

And Travis, you're too nice. :)

Barrie said...

Wow. I'm so happy to hear The Boy loved The Lightning Thief. And it's always fun to check out your blog. Thanks for the link!

ALF said...

Wow - that sounds like one busy schedule.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking about you when reading about various banks in trouble. Glad to hear you're safe.

Swishy said...

This was a fun post! I hope you're getting some sleep ... or at least some sun :)

Swishy said...

This was a fun post! I hope you're getting some sleep ... or at least some sun :)

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Debbielou said...

Glad that your job is ok x

Mom In Scrubs said...

That's a heck of a lot to comment on....the one thing that really zinged me was the Pledge of Allegiance thing. Do you know they don't teach it in my school district? Too many people from too many countries, and we wouldn't want to offend anyone. So they skip it.

What is this country coming to!!

Never Settle said...

RE: The Pledge of Allegiance

No one is forcing them to say it, but this is America... right? I say- if you hate the country so much... go home. And seriously, is there any way to do ANYTHING without offending SOMEONE? I think political correctness has gone politically incorrect.

RE: Why Lie? I need a beer.

I saw a guy here in Phoenix with the same sign and I tell you... I am more likely to give HIM money than someone just begging on the street. In Philadelphia, PA it's a regular job for many people throughout the city. If you drive by the same location over time, you'll notice the person you've been giving $1-10 to for food is wearing nice, new sneakers or has better clothes than you do!

RE: My most favorite part of this post

I'm overjoyed to hear that your son has a passion for reading. Reading is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

I like your talkative Tuesday. You wrote about so many different things. That's how my mind works... running around from one topic to another. Could be why I fare better at writing short stories. :o)