Friday, May 18, 2007

Outside Magazine, Tuna, Coffee and Couches

Go get a copy of the May issue of Outside Magazine. Besides the cute brothers on the cover and their wonderful jobs there are 37 dream jobs to inspire you to go after your own dream job. Life is too short to be working at something you hate. I loved this issue.

Speaking of dream jobs, I just sent out another care package to Michael. Since his extension he requested tuna, tuna, tuna, and Ritz to eat it on and oddly, plastic forks. I love that they sell those envelopes of tuna now and I bought a whole lot of them. I got some individual packets of mayo from Arby's to complete the meal. Lovely. He has finished watching all the seasons of Seinfeld so I threw in 5 seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm. That should hold him for a while.

I quit coffee and it's been a couple weeks now. I can't tell you how much better I am sleeping. It's not like I drank it all day. Just a couple cups in the morning. And I wake up so quickly in the morning. No more groggy, shh, mommy hasn't had coffee yet time. Hm. Turns out I didn't need it to wake me up unless I was drinking it.

Can I just say without sounding snobby that my newest neighbors have 2 couches in the FRONT yard. The other day they were mowing the lawn. They mowed around them.


Blogger JM said...

OMG, I go into a panic attack just THINKING about giving up coffee. Good luck to you with that. I'm sure that your son will find CYE a help to escape the harsh reality he must deal with, but if Season 4 would happen to fall out of the package, it wouldn't be a tremendous loss.

5/18/2007 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I remember sending those packages. I was so happy to do it, but the postal costs got crazy. Cheap price, tho if the kids feel somehow connected to home and anything goes if I can let them know I love them and care about them. I used to have fantasies about getting an airplane and flying over there and loading as many up as I could, just to get them the hell out of hell. Then, I would have to remember to breathe.

5/18/2007 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

"Neighbours from Hell"!
No shame!

5/19/2007 05:19:00 AM  
Blogger Psychomikeo said...

I had a neighbour punch me out because his wife (the neighbourhood nazi) didn't like the color of my lawn goose...(it was red,white,& blue with stars all over it for the 4th of July)

I've never drank coffee, but I do love a coke in the morning. Lately I've tried to switch to decaf coke, & I have noticed the my RLS isn't as bad & I do sleep better.

5/19/2007 08:33:00 AM  
Blogger Shrink wrapped scream said...

Hmmnn. So I guess my bucket of wine suggestion is likely to fall on stoney ground, then?

I'll swop you neighbours, I'll take the sofas, if you'll take Nora..

Keep sending those food parcels wrapped in your love, mum!

5/19/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Antonio said...

"...neighbors have 2 couches in the FRONT yard."

Oh Wow. I'm so sorry for you.

5/19/2007 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Deam job? Is there such a thing?

5/19/2007 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

JM- I tell you it was hard coming off the stuff but I do feel better.

Peacechick- Yeah normally I would buy 50 bucks worth of tuna but if that's what makes him happy and gets him through, so be it. Great fantasy. Where do we get the plane?

Cream- What are ya gonna do?

Psycho- You can be my neighbor for sure! I've never had any luck w/whoever lives in this house. Well once. But mostly no.
See that caffeine is bad stuff.

Shrink wrapped- Ah but your wrong! A bucket of wine sounds good as long as I get to drink it.
Regarding the neighbor swap...I get your point.

Antonio- THEY mowed around them! I need to send Mark over to talk w/them. HA!

5/19/2007 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Ole Blue- I'm telling you get the magazine.

5/19/2007 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

dear mary,

i have three trucks parked in my front yard. one has two flat tires. i promise myself this week to move them and mow under them.

peace to Michael! and happy tuna!

peace, peter

5/19/2007 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Dizzy Dezzi said...

Mary, you know I got your back on the dream job issue.

While Nathan was in Iraq, I totally stocked up on tuna envelopes, twizzlers, sardines (until he got sick of them) free-flowing JellyBelly's (not the pre-packaged), the multipacks of trail, mini-boxes of the pre-packs of cheese or peanut butter crackers, cereal bars, kool-aid, and gatorade. I sent him a care package every single week, even when he came home on leave. This list varied, of course, depending on his needs. I know he didn't need all of those things all the time, but I know that the other soldiers appreciated the goodies and the jelly beans kept the chain of command calm (I am told).

Nathan also subsisted on various seasons of LOST, The 4400, 24, BSG, and Stargate.

As for rude neighbors...our new neighbors ran over Nathan's new garden with their moving van (all our homes face into a courtyard) and broke over one of my "Reading Cherubs"...they sent a kid to "apologize"...jerks!

5/19/2007 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger supergirlest said...

"they mowed around them" ! LMAO!!!! our neighbor finally removed his couch from his porch after the feral kitties had finally covered every inch of it in urine and had shredded it down to almost nothing...

tuna and ritz rocks. will you be my mommy? :)

5/19/2007 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Couch on their front yard? wait - 2 couches? MAybe they're getting ready for a garage sale?!

5/19/2007 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger No said...

Okay, they actually sit on the couches or just have them outside for decoration?

5/20/2007 06:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Two couches in the front yard. Hmmm. One of "us" musta moved up there, huh?:)

If tuna and ritz were to suddenly be banned....I'd die of cravings! I'm tolerant of running out of most things, but if the tuna and/or ritz are gone at late o''s panic time!:)

5/20/2007 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

dream jobs...sounds like a cool issue. my job actually is my dream job...even though it kicks my butt sometimes (but hey, i'll be off for the summer by Tuesday night!)

i hope michael enjoys the tuna!

and i'm glad the no coffee thing is working out for you! nice work...just don't try to take mine away from me!!!

5/20/2007 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

A morning without coffee? Is that possible?

5/20/2007 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

laughing at the couches!!! Sorry... I have neighbors I avoid when I see them simply because they are loud and dramatic...and often cussing... couches sound so peaceful! :)

Congratulations on your kicking the coffee habit!

5/21/2007 01:22:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'm sure your trucks are lovely. Even when you don't mow under them.

Dizzy- Wow. I'm gonna step up my care package-ing. You are definitely the woman to have backing you if you're over there. Twizzlers is a great idea too. And Lost.
It's tough to have neighbors. It's why I like being out here because we are farther apart. But these people are on a piece of property way to close to mine. Sorry about your garden and cherub. I would have lost it.

Supergirlest- Feral kitty's are always nice to have around w/children.

La Bellina- No. No yard sale. They've been there for quite awhile.

No- They are definitely trash. But I guess these people have no intention of going to the dump.

TUA- I know. I could go for some tuna and ritz right now.
Have you ever seen the white trash cookbook? I love the photos in that thing. But their couches are neatly on their front porches.

Bluegrrrrl- I have my dream job too. I try to encourage people to forget about the mula and go for the love of the job.
And you can keep your coffee. I get it. I loved it too. I just can't deny how good i feel. But like a cigarette I still want it.

Kvatch- Not really on the first 2-3 days. Ouch. But after that.

Katie- Ha! When you put it like that couches do sound peaceful.

5/21/2007 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I included a package of tuna as well for 'my Todd'. I haven't gotten around to nabbing packets of mayo and other things yet, I'll have to remind my other half to scoop some extras when at an 'establishment'!
dream jobs. My dream job is being able to sleep through the night (daughter dearest sleeps, but I've been 'conditioned' not to) ha! You've got a point, not drinking ANY coffee might help..oof..that's a tough one though. Although like you, I needed it in the morning. Here in the South, I've noticed that hot weather makes you feel sluggish and coffee is a great quick fix.. speaking of which, I'm having one right now!
I'll see if I can go without this summer, there's plenty of other things that are better to drink..

5/24/2007 04:40:00 PM  

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