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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.

7.03.2007

It won't be as witty, but whining is welcome.

Should Phantom not be posting a whining post tomorrow, anyone who so chooses is welcome to whine here. We can even award prizes, should anyone post. I am a very poor substitute for the dear Phantom, but if it can fill a void for anyone, I am happy to do so.

Should you also wish, I'd be curious to know if any of you are re-reading Harry Potter in preparation.


edited to add: phantom is back! You can still whine here, but it is much cozier over there!

8 Comments:

At 11:08 PM, Blogger dr four eyes said...

Anti-whine: surrogate Wednesday Whining venue!

Whine of the Week: I am overwhelmed by all the stuff that Chica's brother is moving into the house. We were very clear with him before he got here that his room is about 10' x 10'. We have an old house (built in 1900), so bedrooms are not huge. Even our room, which is the largest, would seem tiny by McMansion standards. He's put a lot of his stuff into storage, but not enough, if you ask me.

Whine of the Week, Part 2: The moving in process has been a royal pain. His stuff was supposed to come on Friday--while he was out of the freaking country--so Chica and I moved the stuff he already had out of his room and into my office, where it still sits. His stuff just came today, and it's all over the place.

Whine of the Week, Part 3: He keeps trying to replace or displace our stuff with his. For example, he's replaced our kitchen trash can with his and is trying to rearrange our living room furnature to accommodate all of his stuff. Fortunately, Chica is stepping in a bit to put her foot down on the bigger stuff, but it's really annoying/insulting to have someone come into my home and essentially say that my stuff isn't good enough.

Whine of the Week, What part are we on now?: He sends out these massively long emails to all of his friends and family on a daily basis, roughly speaking, chronicling his life. It's kind of like a blog, only via email. Anyway, he keeps making these comments and jokes about us that I find mildly insulting. Like: after we went grocery shopping last night, he commented on how Chica and I don't use the plastic produce bags for bigger items like apples and mangos, but we did use one for pine nuts; he said if we were really good environmentalists, we wouldn't use a bag for pine nuts. In a way, he has a point--we should bring some of our old bags with us and reuse them--but we're of the environmental approach that emphasizing making small gradual changes rather than going for all or nothing. So we use 1 plastic bag and not 4. But that's beside the point.

Whine of the Week, Part Bazillon: So far, he seems to expect us to cook dinner for him. Nuf said.

Whine of the Week, Part I take that back: Then he complains in his bloggy emails that we only make vegetarian food!

Whine of the Week, Part I'm almost done: I can't really complain about most of this to Chica, and I'm not sure I want to post it on my blog.

Related anti-whine: So I'm really happy to have a surrogate Wednesday Whining Venue.

Totally unrelated to Whine of the Week, but totally in the True Spirit of Wednesday Whines: At the gym tonight, I noticed that my, uh, girls were standing at attention and that they were askew--pointing in noticeably different directions.

And that is all.

 
At 4:33 AM, Blogger StyleyGeek said...

Antiwhine: twice as many places to whine! I'm going to use both.

Whine: My mother is in hospital and I am worried about her.

Other whine: I would like to go to my grandmother's funeral, but I don't think it's going to be possible.

Antiwhine: it has done nothing but rain for days now, and our roof hasn't leaked even a little bit. P

Bonus antiwhine: the water damage from previous leaks has finally been repaired. (All except the carpet).

Whine: it's 6:30pm and I still have another 5 hours of work to do to meet my goals for the day.

Antiwhine: I already managed 5 hours, so I feel productive no matter what. Plus, I'm going to finish! I'm really going to finish! Maybe even by the end of the week...

 
At 4:45 AM, Blogger StyleyGeek said...

PS: Doctor Four-eyes should get some sort of prize for making me both laugh til my eyes ran, and groan in sympathy.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

dr.foureyes, the part about pointing in two different directions? Happens to me all the frickin' time. Damn nursing.

I started rereading, but I don't think I'm going to finish before the 21st.

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

dr. four eyes: you totally get a prize for making us feel your pain, and laugh at the same time! I would be absolutely livid! I find what he is doing to be disrespectful and rude!

styley: I wish you could go to the funeral. I think it really helps for closure to be able to go. And I'm sorry about your mom. But hot damn about maybe being done this week!!! And about no leaking!!!

phantom: I started re-reading at number 5 (order of the phoenix) - makes it easier to finish quickly :)

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Genevieve said...

I started rereading, but having recently read 2 and 3 to the kiddo, I only need to reread 4, 5, and 6. Plus I'm on vacation this week, so more time to read. I'm about a third of the way through 5.

Old School Whine: can't find my copy of 1 to reread if I get time, to see if I've forgotten anything majorly important.

How nice of you to provide an alternate in-case-of-whine spot!

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger susan said...

I am speedily rereading--am in the middle of Goblet of Fire now, so I think I"ll just have finished before the new one comes out. And in a total anti-whine, Politica says since I read faster than she does, I can read the new one first! We will be getting it the day before we have a transatlantic flight: who knows if I will actually be able to read the new one since I"m usually Entertainer-in-Chief for our daughter on flights.

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger dr four eyes said...

Thanks for the votes!

I just added an addendum over at Phantom's place, but I'll summarize here: he hung a flag from our porch yesterday. !!!! Oh, how I wanted to rip it down and fast. The sorta hilarious part? He clipped it onto our Tibetan prayer flags to hang it.

At one point, we were outside when our neighbors were on their porch and I couldn't look them in the eye. I really wanted to tell them, "it's not mine! I swear!" As soon as he left this morning, I was out there taking it down.

 

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