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Q&A from verdaera )

Q&A from padawansguide )
mellymell: (rainbow at island in the sky)
10. Got all my cleaning done by 10:30am.

9. Jonah had a playdate with Maya.

8. I FINALLY got all those boxes and packing materials out of my car.

7. I got a ton of errands run (although at the expense of Jonah's nap).

6. Jonah was rather well behaved, despite a lot of in and out of the car and lack of nap.

5. Finally got to talk to my brother after a long time of us playing phone tag. Had a good, albeit short, conversation.

4. Crossing off about half of the to-do list I intended to keep me busy for the next couple of days. Granted, I really had a lot of other stuff to put on it, but ran out of lines on my notepad. At this pace, I have enough to keep me busy for tomorrow and then I can add more stuff.

3. Taking Jonah out for "frosty chocolate milkshakes" while we were running errands.

2. Right after promising him a "frosty chocolate milkshake" saw Homer and Bart Simpson latch hook kits in Michael's.

1. My Gola's freakin' rock my sox! Literally. ;)

I've got the weekend to write about, but now, it's bedtime. I'm still completely exhausted from the weekend and to be quite honest, have no idea how I managed to get so much done today for as brain dead as I felt. Coffee FTW!
mellymell: (he told me to burn things)
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Hmm, I think I'd have to say Lisa is my favorite character for who I feel I can identify most with.

But, I probably love quoting Ralphie the most and I totally love his hilarious, simpleton take on things!

Cleatus is another fun one for the same reason: "I don't remember so good since I drank my thermometer, but I whittles what I sees."

Then of course there's Troy McClure: "You may remember me from such films as the Erotic Adventures of Hercules and Dial M for Murderousness". I totally miss him and Lionel Hutz: "Mr. Simpson, this is the greatest case of flagrant false advertising since my case against The Neverending Story."

And yes, as Maggie pointed out, it's only been 19 years. I've been watching them since I was 8 and I don't turn 28 until April.
mellymell: (he told me to burn things)


So, our heat is fixed, both downstairs and upstairs, and it didn't cost us any extra. Turns out ants were flocking to the heat from the furnace and clogged up the tiny hole in one of the burners. This was causing the flame to just shoot out the top of the burner, which if left unchecked could have burned through the gas valve just above the burner and, well, could have resulted in much badness. Explosion. . . DO NOT WANT! When the guy opened up the panel on the unit, the flame was right there burning where it shouldn't. So, he got it all cleaned out, hit some reset switch and recommended we spray all around the base of the unit with a general purpose insect killer. So now it's firing into the burner where it was supposed to be.

While he was out, he also did the annual inspection we get with the Happy Hiller Club we signed up for earlier in the week. Basically, what he did to the downstairs unit is pretty much the annual inspection. So that coupled with the fact that Chris got loud with them on the phone when they wanted to charge us $56 for this visit when they were just out here and the tech who signed us up for the plan specifically told us that we wouldn't have to pay for service calls unless they were an emergency. Apparently that's not the case.

So, ants were trying to kill us apparently. I'd like to remind them that I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.
mellymell: (he told me to burn things)
I had a strange epiphany this morning at the breakfast table. Just the other day I watched the Homer's Enemy episode for the fifty-millionth time, so it's fresh in my mind. I've always felt a little sorry for old Grimey. He worked so hard and to see Homer getting by so easily by being so lazy, it drove him insane and ultimately, to his death.

Well, I started thinking about The Tao of Pooh and the chapter on Busy Backsons. The Busy Backson personality, as represented by Rabbit, is someone who runs through life as if it were a race to see how much you can get done before it's over. Now, Grimey isn't quite a full blooded Busy Backson; he's a little bit of Owl (know-it-all) and Eeyore (pessimist) as well. But regardless, his position in contrast to Homer is another illustration of Taoist principles similar to those drawn out in the Tao of Pooh. Granted with his materialism and laziness, Homer is no perfect example of of a Taoist either. But there again, his juxtaposition from Grimey makes the point that just because you work hard at life, doesn't mean you'll actually get anywhere. It's those that go with the flow and don't fight their way through life but rather cue their actions off what's happening naturally around them that make their way most successfully.

Now it can be argued that Homer lacks the insight to cue any action at all, regardless of whether it's in sync with the universe around him or not. But still, in this episode, he seems to represent an ability to let go of a stranglehold on life and instead living a reactionary and low impact existence and thereby reaping the rewards. Homer is the representative of those things we can't control in life and must learn to accept and work around them. Trying to fight against them only makes things worse for yourself and still makes no change to the obstacle. Mahatma Gandhi said it best: "Be the change you want to see in the world." Pooh was used to illustrate this point in The Tao of Pooh. His ability to problem solve without really trying and work around obstacles without getting flustered like the other characters seems to be the model of a Taoist.

Or, perhaps I'm putting too much meaning in a silly cartoon and it was just another illustration of jerk-ass Homer whose negligence got someone killed. Either way, it's an awesome episode. ;) "It's not about me being lazy. It's about him being a crazy nut."
mellymell: (he told me to burn things)
Recently Jonah has discovered that his index finger is a perfect fit for either of his nostrils. My reaction is of course to pull his finger out and say, "NO" firmly, so he knows he shouldn't do that. Well, unfortunately that means he wants to do it even more and will stick his finger in his nose and look at me like, "what are you going to do about it?" Well, today, being busy with dinner and such, he was playing around in this manner. I guess as I looked away for a moment, he jammed it up there good because when I turned back around, his nose was bleeding slightly. No big deal. No real damage done. I wiped it away and he seemed fine and it didn't continue to bleed.

But the whole time after, all I could think about was the Das Bus episode of the Simpsons when they're sending off the kids for their Model U.N. trip and Clancy says to his son, "Remember, Ralphie, if your nose starts bleeding it means you're picking it too much... or not enough."
mellymell: (SMRT d'oh!)
A list of my top 10 favorite Simpsons episodes can be found here.
mellymell: (he told me to burn things)
What are your top 10 favorite Simpsons episodes?
This was really tough. Like you said Maggie, I got it down to about 40 really great episodes, then had to cringe as I tried to cull the list down to just 10. I can name my all time favorite episode easily, Whacking Day. It's just a classic and has tons of quotable quotes in it. Here's my final list, in order from most favorite to least favorite (but either way, this is kind of a best of the best for me).


  1. Episode 79. Whacking Day - Like I said, just an all time classic and fantastic episode!

  2. Episode 115. Homer the Great - Who can forget Homer's adventures in the Stonecutters?

  3. Episode 162. El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) - This episode is just so wacky and you can't go wrong with Johnny Cash playing a talking coyote.

  4. Episode 109.Treehouse of Horror V (The Shinning, Time and Punishment, Nightmare Cafeteria) - I mostly chose this one just because of the Shinning segment. The rest of the episode I could take or leave.

  5. Episode 231. E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) - One word: TOMACCO!

  6. Episode 209. D'oh-in' in the Wind - "My god, it's nothing but carrots and peyote!"

  7. Episode 161. Hurricane Neddy - I love any episode that shows Ned's "lousy beatnik" parents.

  8. Episode 191. The Joy of Sect - "Na na na na na na na na, Lea-der!" or "Homer no function beer well without."

  9. Episode 91. $pringfield (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling) - "There's only one monster here, Lisa. The gambling monster who's enslaved your mother. I call him Gamblor!"

  10. Episode 55. Colonel Homer - I get Lurleen Lumpkin's songs stuck in my head all the time.

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