I finally caved in and turned on the heat. It’s 58 F in here, and that’s too cold even with my robe, pajama pants, and thick socks on, and a blanket wrapped around my shoulders. I was trying to be frugal, but I feel like a damn popsicle. So that’s enough of that.

Didn’t do much of anything yesterday except mess around with Quicken and LiveJournal, and run out for a few groceries and some DVDs. We had nachos for lunch and pizza for dinner, and we watched “Elf” while we ate our pizza. (It was cute, but not highly recommended or anything. “Harmless,” as my mother would say.)

I guess I really needed a do-nothing day.

Talked to my parents last night, and they had a pretty low-key Thanksgiving, too, eating dinner at a local restaurant with just my sister, whose two children were with her ex-husband and his family for the day. My brother and his girlfriend were with her brother’s family, and of course, Karsten and I stayed here, so we were all scattered. But we’ll be together for Christmas, which is now less than a month away.

Speaking of that, my shopping is almost complete. How’s yours?

I do still have to bake a bunch of earth-shaped-cookies-on-sticks for my coworkers. (Which means, and , if you’re good, you get cookies!) And I either need to find a globe-cookie cutter — meaning one that will leave an impression of continents on the cookie — or just use a big round one and draw in the continents. I think I’ll ask Karsten to make me a stencil. I mean, never mind that he went to art school; he was once awarded for his fine scissors work in elementary school. That’s the kind of talent I want on this project with me.

Why earth-shaped cookies? ‘Cause the name of the product I work on is Atlas (Atlas 2, to be precise in a way no one but our team cares about), and the earth is a better cookie metaphor for Atlas than a big book would be. I mean, I could try to find an Atlas-with-the-earth-on-his-shoulders cookie cutter, but I doubt anyone’s ever manufactured one. (And to construct a home-made version might be asking a little too much of even Karsten’s creative talent.)

Anyway, that’s not happening for another two weeks. And in the meantime, there’s today to figure out.

I’m certainly not going shopping. I’m all for Buy Nothing Day, but my reasoning is more selfish than that: I hate dealing with insane crowds.

Now that I’ve had my do-nothing day to unwind, I’ll probably try to write as many songs as possible today and this weekend. I’m way behind on NaSoWriMo. Here it is, the 26th day of the month, and I’ve still only finished 8 songs. I’ve started at least 20, but I’m only counting finished songs. Clearly, I won’t make the 30 songs in 30 days goal as I originally planned, but hey, I got 8 finished songs out of this effort already, and that’s way more than I typically finish in a month. I do want to see how close to 30 I can still get. I’m betting 14 at the most, but 15 is probably a good secondary goal.

So yesterday was Do Nothing Day, and today is Buy Nothing Day. What should Saturday and Sunday be? Now that I have the heat on, I suppose Wear Nothing Day is feasible. Eat Nothing Day is out of the question — I’m too big a pig for that, and I’m already eagerly anticipating eating bagels this morning as soon as Karsten wakes up. Type Nothing Day would be annoying, so forget that. Any other ideas?

Gallimaufry

14 thoughts on “Gallimaufry

  • November 25, 2004 at 11:54 pm
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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    8 songs in a month – thats impressive. It usually takes me over a month to complete just one song…

    … and im writing 3-chord dance music fluff ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:24 am
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    *waving hands wildly* I vote for Wear Nothing Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    -J

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:26 am
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    Usually, it takes me forever to finish one also. It’s amazing what crap can pass for “finished” when all you care about is quota. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:31 am
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    That has the advantage of minimizing dirty laundry. I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:47 am
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    Think Nothing Day? Drive Nothing Day? Deconstruct Nothing Day?

    But actually I’m commenting because I’m curious about the post title. Gallimaufry – the word rings a bell, but I can’t place it…?

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:48 am
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    I second that one.

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:50 am
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    I ran my electric radiator in the bedroom last night. In fact it got so freaking warm in here I had to turn it off.

    I’m not buying a damn thing today either, and I refuse to get out in the crowds that will be out all over town.

    I live down by Hickory Hollow Mall, and I just know that area will be HELL.

    You mentioned pizza. I now want pizza.

    Yep… that’s gonna be lunch.

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  • November 26, 2004 at 12:59 am
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    It came to mind because I recalled that its origins had to do with stew. After reading what I’d written in this post, it felt like cooked-up leftovers, which seemed appropriate for the day aprรจs Thanksgiving, non?

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  • November 26, 2004 at 1:00 am
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    Pizza and Seinfeld on DVD, huh? Sounds like a great day off to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 26, 2004 at 4:22 am
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    I have a pretty good idea for your earth cookies. Go to your local craft store, or if you’re lucky enough to have a speciality stamping store you could pick up an earth or possibly Atlas/earth stamp. Just make sure you denote it as a food class item since inky cookies might taste yucky ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • November 26, 2004 at 4:51 am
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    Speaking of that, my shopping is almost complete. How’s yours?

    I just need to buy a little more yarn – I’m knitting all my wintergifts this year, and have fuzzy felted slippers for the siblings all done, plus some too-cute little felted purses for some friends. The women in my knitting polygon* will be getting decorated tins to store their needles in, courtesy of all the bottles of good scotch I’ve bought or been given over the past several years – I knew those tall, round tins would be good for something sooner or later!

    I vote for Wear Nothing Day, too. (-:

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  • November 26, 2004 at 6:23 am
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    Yeah, that’s a good one. I’d like to find it in a bigger size, though. I was thinking maybe three-inch diameter cookies. Still, good idea! I’ll see if there is a stamping specialty store anywhere.

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  • November 26, 2004 at 6:47 am
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    Mmm, do-nothing day. I’d like this to be one but it won’t be. Maybe tomorrow or Sunday. Glad you got to have one.

    And I just wanted to say, I’ve had coworkers like you, with the caring enought to do this sort of thing, and it’s WONDERFUL! It always makes people happy. Go you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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