Archive for November, 2007

put some damned clothes on!

this is an old post, but still worthy of mentioning today

I do NOT understand what compels people to go out and conduct their lives while still wearing PAJAMAS!!!! I see girls all the time wearing some tee shirt and a pair of pajama pants.  Yes, so what, they are cute pajama pants, BUT THEY ARE STILL FUCKING PAJAMA PANTS!!!  I was at Moe’s, and there was this woman who had to be in her late 40s.  She was wearing a tee shirt, pajama pants and slippers!!!  HELLO???  People, I know they are comfy.  I wear them every night.  In my house.  To sleep in.  Now, I will admit that I will wear pj pants to the bojangles if I am hung over and NEED a butter biscuit or two.  BUT I NEVER LEAVE MY VEHICLE.  Today some sorority chick was wearing her polka dotted pj pants at Chick Fil A.  I know these are pj pants these women are wearing because I have SEEN them in the PAJAMA departments!!!  I don’t always go out in full make up and a dress, but I ALWAYS dress before I leave the damned house.  It’s NOT cute so STOP it.

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Originally posted September 2, 2007.

Lately, I have made some new discoveries and re-discoveries.  These are some of my new addictions:

–peanut butter chocolate chip chewy granola bars.  i used to hate granola, but these are really good.  i eat them for a snack at school.

–blue diamond wasabi soy almonds. YUM!!  a nice source of fiber with a kick!

–U2’s new cd. I know it’s just a compilation of old songs, but they’re all my faves.  plus proceeds from the cd go to help musicians affected by katrina.

–skirts.  i haven’t been wearing many skirts because i have been relegated to sneakers since i have the gimpy hoof.  but the hoof always hurts regardless of what shoes i wear, so i might as well skirts and cute shoes.

–koolaid.  i am hypoglycemic, so we always had a jug of koolaid in the fridge for me to drink. it was cheaper than juice.  i drank koolaid all the time in college.  rockadile red was my favorite, then they discontinued it.  i also like grape.  we made some this summer for the girls, and i drank some.  it’s still good!

–SmartBoard.  If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically an giantgantic (chalkboard sized) interactive computer monitor. i have one in my classroom and it is AWESOME!  there are lots of features and the kids love it.

–teen lit.  i have had a year away from the teen lit scene.  i always read these books so i can suggest them to students, but there are some really great novels for teens. way better than i had.

–meerkat manor.  it’s back!  a new season of meerkitty drama!  love it.

–MSNBC.  there are a lot of prison and crime documentaries on there! you know i love that.

–Qdoba.  it’s kinda like Moe’s, a little different.  moes is still my fave.

–Hardee’s Patty Melt.  it is my new hang over food. i certainly won’t eat them often, but it was good today for my sad little hungover ass.

–James Clavell’s Asian Series. I got hooked on Shogun.  I am buying Taipan this weekend.

–dark green eyeliner.  it brings out the green in my hazel eyes

–febreeze plug ins.  these are awesome.  they last forever. there are two scents and they release the differing scents alternatingly at different times.

–vitamin water power C flavor.  i love this stuff.

–goat cheese. which i already love, but jill had some the other night and now i crave it daily.

–pimento cheese from earth fare.  i like to eat it with the blue sesame corn chips they have.

–herbal essence shampoos and conditioners.  i like the one for dry hair.  the dandruff one is good too.  i have a really itchy scalp and a bad habit of digging at my head until it bleeds.  this stuff is good. i never scratch my noggin!

–kittens.  not that i haven’t always love them, but these five (down to three now in November) i have crack me.  they keep me entertained.  they are so little, but run around all “bowed up” so they can fight each other. they are ferocious.

–snail mail.  i have some cute cards and i have started sending them out to people.  it is nice to get mail from people.  cards and such.  my godmother nikki and jill are both really good at sending cards.  i always buy them and then forget to send them.

–60s fabric prints. i love the ones with mushrooms or owls or snails.  they are cute. i just ordered a totebag that has turquois and green mushrooms on it.

–jeopardy.  i go through jeopardy phases.  sometimes i watch it religiously, other times, i am just not interested because i have too much other crap to do.

–garage sales.  THE HOBB and i used to go to garage sales every saturday morning, hungover, tired, whatever. we had those babies mapped out.  then as gramma’s health has declined, i have quit going.  jill and i went to a couple this summer, but i was too broke, so now i am going to start back up.  today i was too hungover.  pitiful.


–fish tacos at casa linda. this is ashley’s fault!  she told me how good they were, so i tried them. she was right! damnit.

–blockbuster online.  i was at netflix. i like blockbuster just as well.  i am forgetful about inconsequential things like returning movies on time and going to the bank.  having the movies come straight to me is good. i will search that site forever picking movies.

–america’s next top model.  i don’t know why i got sucked into this crap. i know it’s not good, but it’s hilarious. the drama between the girls is great.  plus i do like seeing what the make up and hair people do.  that transformation is pretty cool.

–sage and citrus candles from yankee candle


–cranberry mandarin candles from, of all places, wal-mart

–rosemary and olive oil triscuits with cheese

–amy jo’s taco soup

–fires in the fire place

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This was partially posted on August 4, 2007.

Some weird, random facts about Kim:

*I don’t like food that is particly- like oatmeal, coconut and grits

*I don’t brush my hair every day

*I found out there was no Santa when I was 5, but knew I better go along so I could get presents

*I have only been in love once

*I don’t like ice cream

*The album Zooropa, by U2, makes me horny

*I didn’t learn to drive until I was 21

*I am expert manipulator

*In high school, I didn’t want to be in Honors classes anymore so I failed English. THE HOBB was not amused.  I went back to A’s the next nine weeks, and had to stay in Honors

*My mother was an alcoholic and drug addict which is why THE HOBB raised me

*I hate having my picture taken, but I love taking other people’s picture

*I have a deep dark secret that only Amy Jo knows

*I was the only person at Hand Middle School to read LITTLE WOMEN(while I was there).  I read it 5 times while I was there

*I used to be an actress but got out of in when I was a teen

*I hate my nose

*We were poor when I was growing up.  At one point we didn’t even have a refrigerator.

*I used to pay to see one movie, then sneak into all the others at Richland Mall when I was in middle school and high school, and recently this past Thanksgiving (just for old-times’ sake)

*I loved high school

*I had a crush on the same boy for four years in high school

*I am allergic to 51 different things, none of them food

*Amputees sorta freak me out

*I have a bizarre tie to Florence SC. I lost my virginity to a boy from Flo-town, my college love was from Flo-town.  A LOT of my friends, most of whom I met in college are from Florence.  My best bud, Mettler is from Florence.

*When I was 8 I was obsessed with learning all the presidents in order of their years in office. 

*I was an excellent hoola hooper

*I won a belching contest

*I am the only person in my immediate family who went to college

*I used to pick at the corners of my eyes until they bled

*Now I scratch my head until it bleeds.

*I think about sex several times a day

*Certain pain medications make me want to have sex

*I like all vegetables except okra, greens (except spinach) and lima beans.

*I think Tom Brokaw is sexy

*I won’t eat at Burger King, no matter how hungry I am, and haven’t since 1987

*I think I should have been born during a different era.  maybe the jazz age.

*I am often disappointed in people because I set my expectations far too high

*I don’t like marshmellows but I like Rice Krispie Treats and those chocolate covered marshmellow treats that come out every holiday, like the marshmellow santa

*At one time in my apartment in college I had two rats, a bird, a dog, a cat, a turtle and a 2 fish tanks (one was 6 feet tall)

*I would do anything for my friends

*I am a bully

*I fall for guys who don’t fall back

*I started wearing glasses my junior year in high school, and only to read.

*I hate to say no

*I am judgmental

*I used to go to church 3-4 days a week when I was in high school and no one made me. 

*I believe in God

*I have a horrible credit score ( so don’t steal my identity unless you wanna help me fix it) and that is my ONLY regret in life

*I think I should live in a different country

*I like cake with no frosting

*I like camping

*I have a jealous nature

*I dated a guy with a foot fetish

*I hate being out of control, which is one reason I curtail my drinking.  I make dumb decisions.

*I sleep in my glasses, sometimes all night

*I love Kool-Aid

*I think that one day, I will be famous for something

*I read the last 4 Harry Potter books in 2 days each

*I pray

*I love jelly bellies

*I cross-stitch

*I think Julia  Roberts looks like a horse, a pretty horse, but a horse none-the-less

*I think Dane Cook is over-rated

*I would like to own my school

*I want to adopt black boys because that is the area of our society in America that is being left behind. I want to raise them to be amazing black men

* I cry every single time I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, even if I just come in at the end

*I always wanted a convertible

*I recycle

*I love to take hot baths

*I eat the candy in the Brach’s displays at grocery stores.  Like they are just samples.  One time at Publix, I tried to “do the right thing” and pay for the chocolate-covered peanuts, and the cashier didn’t charge me!  That’s all the proof I need

*I have broken my nose 3 times (yes, I am clumsy)

*I like the way Zippo lighters smell

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Great Mysteries of the World

(Originally posted June 27, 2007)

I have noticed there are many great mysteries in this world.  You might not even NOTICE them because they are so allusive and mysterious (thus why they are a mystery).   Here are some you might have noticed too:

1.  Every time I put lotion on my hands, I IMMEDIATELY, have to pee. (If you don’t wash your hands after you pee, then you don’t know why this is a mystery)

2.  I can never sleep when I NEED to.  Like now.  Sleeping would be good since I have work tomorrow. 

3.  I can never sleep in when I have the opportunity. I always wake up at 7 or so. BUT, when I HAVE to get up at 7, I can barely drag my ass out of bed.

4.  Everyone has already eaten when you’re starving and want to go “grab a bite”.

5. When you have money to go shopping, you can never find anything you like, but when you’re broke and “just looking” you ALWAYS find shit you want.  ALWAYS.

6.  You can never remember someone’s name when you really need to. 

7.  George W. Bush is president.

8.  People actually care what Paris, Lindsey and Brittney are doing, more so than they care about our planet, the homeless, or education.

9. The grocery cart works great at the entrance, but by the time you reach produce the front wheel is going whackty whickty whonkwhonkwee and will only turn left. 

10.  Educated people are still ignorant.

11. Food knows when you’re wearing white, especially spaghetti sauce, really any tomato-based foods.

12.  The toilet paper roll is always empty when you’re home alone and no one can bring you a new roll. (this is why I keep ALL spare rolls in the bathroom.)

13.  Things always go on sale right after you buy them at some other store for more money, and most of us are too lazy to take the item back to go purchase it for a cheaper price.

14.  No matter how accomplished you are, there is always someone who makes you feel small.

15.  You still get a little jealous when you see that one ex with someone new.

16.  Every red light on your way to wherever you are going knows when you’re running late.

17.  Any person from SC, regardless of how incredibly intelligent or educated, comes across as an ignorant hillbilly on television, particularly after a national disaster. 

18.  Similar to the previous mystery: Journalist have a keen nose for sniffing out the least educated, most ignorant witness to any event in South Carolina.

There are many more that I think of daily, but right now, this is it.

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I am really ready for the next year to get here.  2007 has been very stressful for me.  There has been good stress and bad stress.  The biggest life changes this year were moving, changing my career (again, back to teaching) and then THE HOBB dying. 

I guess for some people moving isn’t that big of a change, but I am one of those rare people who lived in the same house for 25 of my 38 years.  I did have a different place to live each year in college, but those were not my permanent addresses.   I hate moving. I hate packing. It just sucks ass.  I DO like that i purge quite a bit when I move.  THE HOBB did not.  I am still trying to decide whether to stay in this house I am in now, or move.  Part of me wants a clean start in a new house. Another part is too lazy and overwhelmed to think about moving.  And yet another part doesn’t want to live where Gram died.  I am a bit fearful that lazy and overwhelmed will win! Although, I do like this house a lot, and it’s in a neighborhood that I really like.  So, maybe I will just stay put until I find the house I really want.  I actually thought about renting my friend Mettler’s house when he moves away for a new job, but that seems to be on hold. Plus, I don’t want his ass coming back to Columbia and kicking me out and having to move AGAIN.  I am a renter. I want to be a renter. I do NOT like the stress of household repairs and upkeep. I do LIKE being able to call the landlord and say, “Hey, the heating and air unit is busted, ” and they send someone to fix it.  I would like a house to rent that I am going to be able to rent until A) (and most likely) I die, or B) I get married and live with my betrothed.  Since I am not even able to get a date these days, I don’t see that as a big  concern.

In 2008, I want things to really turn around and be fun for me.  I want this to be the year of Kim and the year of Jill.  We have both had so much shit over the past couple of years, that we REALLY deserve to have our own year where it ALL goes right!  I am in a job that I love, so that part is covered. Now, I just want to travel and do things with my friends.  I have been unable to travel just to Charlotte to see friends because I was afraid to leave Gramma.  I want this to be the year where my only worry is whether or not Annie can remember to come take care of the dogs and pick up the mail when I am out and about travelling the roads.  I want to meet the man of my dreams and fall madly, crazily in love.  I want to get in to shape and take care of me for a change.  I want to spend my Saturdays running around to garage sales and flea markets and digging in my yard, or simply sitting on my couch with my cats and good book.  For the past 15 years or so, all of my decisions and plans were made around Gramma, even before she was sick.  I didn’t mind this, but I AM truly looking forward to living my own life in the way I want.  This will be my year. I am ready for it.  I will take the next one and some odd days to revel and be he old Kim, but as of January 1, 2008, it’s all about me.   

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Life after THE HOBB

Well, THE HOBB has been gone for a month now.  I miss her each and every day.  THe weirdest things make me think about her or bring a flash of a memory.  Then, that sort of sets the tears off.  I know that Gramma would NOT want me wandering around crying at the drop of a hat, so I just tell myself to suck it up. 

As I knew it would be Thanksgiving was really sad for me.  My family, for as long as I can remember, has always had a big Thanksgiving.  It was the one time that most of my family members came together and ate dinner and had great fellowship together.  Thanksgiving was a time when my mom might actually show up sober and hang out for a while.   This Turkey Day, my sister and I decided to just not have Thanksigiving.  We went to see No Country for Old Men.  It was good.   Then we sneaked in to Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.  So we spent the whole day at the movies.  It was nice.   By the time we got home, for me Thanksgiving was  over. 

In lieu of Thanksgiving, I decided to start my own new tradition. I decided to start having a gathering of friends on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It is called the FALL FRIENDS FREE-FOR-ALL.  We all gathered last night.  Most of my friends were there.  Some were still out of town for the holidays.  We had a nice fire going in the fireplace. There was a TON of food!  HOLY CRAP!  We had everything you can think of:  chili, pigs in the blanket, Asian cole slaw, boiled peanuts, hot wings, rum cakes, ice cream, rotel cheese dip, bleu cheese biscuits, pasta salad, artichoke dip. Lord, the list just goes on and on!  We had a giant cooler of beer and some wine (which was probably not that great, because I don’t drink wine).  It was a ton of fun.  A lot of my friends brought their kids.  We all drank and ate WAY TOO MUCH.  We watched the CLEMSON TIGERS beat USC.  Barely. But a win is a win baby!  My awesome friends helped me clean up, and we all split up the food.

One party guest stood out as THE NUMBER ONE party guest.  MICH! He brought me the JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FUTURESEX/LOVESHOW LIVE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DVD!!  WOOO!  That makes him the number one party guest!  (and my room is immaculate).  He also made the delicious pigs in the blanket. 

Gramma would have loved this party . She would have been the belle of the ball!  Now, I just have to get through Christmas.  That will be much harder. Thanksgiving and Christmas were her favorite holidays. 

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