landing the quad


Yes, yes, I know I can’t be trusted to deliver you cutting-edge commentary and effervescent persiflage every weekday, but MAN has it been hard to restart after this 3-day weekend or WHAT? While I climb back onto the horse, I can deliver my headlines, and then encourage you to do the same.

1. It is now 75 degrees and sunny in Venice, CA.

2. As much as I want to believe otherwise, the Tar Heels are basically done for the season.

3. I don’t care what you say about Johnny Weir, I love him.

4. I can’t decide if I want to make our new TV project a dramatic comedy (1 hour) or a comedy (1/2 hour).

5. I installed a Thule rack on top of our car, and I’ve now contused my head into it seven separate times, the last one drawing blood.

6. Tessa has a conference in Colorado, so I’ll be a single dad for a week starting Monday.

7. Lucy skied for the first time this weekend, and after one lesson, she went down a blue-rated hill with us at Mammoth:

8. Oh, there’s so much I can’t say. How frustrating. O for the days when I could give myself suppositories while driving and still tell the blog…

So what are your headlines?

0 thoughts on “landing the quad

  1. Salem's Little Sister

    1. My 5 year old is in an all-school production of Oliver! and we have very late nights ahead of us until the end of next week when they finally get to perform. I was in the same production, at the same school, on the same stage 20 years ago.
    2. Coaching Girls on the Run is truly one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever done and I look forward to being with my girls every week.
    3. My husband is going to Columbia, SA next week for business and I’m scared to death for his safety.
    4. We’re giving up alcohol for Lent. It ain’t gonna be easy . . .

  2. mom

    Your headline reminded me about last night, watching that Russian skater, Plushenko, who now leads the pack in men’s figure skating. He landed a nice quad and then performed four plus minutes of the ugliest skating I’ve ever seen. Flailing, stomping, jerking… not a single beautiful or stirring move… just movement. And the judges love him. Because of a quad? That’s like saying some guy is the worlds greatest pianist because he can play the Minute Waltz in 53 seconds, even though he has no soul.
    Aside from that, well, snow in NY. Again. Cabin fever.

  3. killian

    1. I’m with you, mom. Johnny Weir is artistry on ice.
    2. Too many papers to grade.
    3. Too many speeches to grade.
    4. That’s really Lucy’s FIRST time on skis? AMAZING!
    5. Tar Heels. . .I got nuthin’.

  4. oliver

    Does a one-hour pay twice what a half-hour does? Shouldn’t that be a no-brainer? I mean, the drama part doesn’t even have to be funny.

  5. Rebecca

    1. It’s 79 and sunny in Irvine.
    2. My husband is going skiing in Colorado with his best buddy from Saturday to Saturday. Sounds unfair, but…
    3. I’m spending my 40th birthday in April in Rome with my Mom. My in-laws are coming in to watch the kids, while Matt has a conference in Boston that same week.
    4. Our elementary school held their “Guy Stuff” meeting last week for the 5th graders, and now my son wants to wear deoderant. (And knows about erections, etc…) How did my little boy grow up so fast?
    5. One of my dear friends is having big family problems because her step-son is a drug addict and has been in and out of rehab and is wreaking havoc on their lives. It makes me realize how easy my life is, and that the hardest part of raising children is yet to come.

  6. Josie

    1. By sticking to my guns and being gooey-gracious, I resolved a contentious business issue today. It could have been all I’ll-have-my-lawyer-call-your-lawyer. Even better, I got everything I wanted! I feel so grown up.
    2. We didn’t go skiing last weekend, although we planned to.
    3. My kids have been delightful these past few weeks.
    4. I am remodeling my living room by getting all new furniture, media set-up, plantation shutters and a new front door with a less fish-bowly quality to it. This, despite the fact that my laundry room and downstairs bathroom are falling into the crawl space. Doing something so impractical is feels good!

  7. emma

    1. My first grade daughter did her homework yesterday, writing sentences with her vocabulary words. Her Dad asked her if she had homework. She said no, so he wouldn’t check it. I checked it when I got back from a meeting after she was in bed. Her first sentence used the word “came.”
    This was her sentence, “He came to the door and farted on my head.”
    2. Since she was in bed, I laughed so hard, I couldn’t stop. My husband glared at me saying it wasn’t funny at all.
    3. My daughter rewrote her first sentence this morning while I supressed giggles.

  8. Neva

    I have nothing that could compare to Emma’s comment but here goes..
    1. My youngest kid, who we were never sure would even walk, is beginning to get the gist of potty training and we are so thrilled! I have been changing diapers now for 10 years straight and I’m sick of it.
    2. My husband tore his ACL playing soccer in January and is planning to have surgery in March.
    3. I am still wheezing after having pneumonia in January. I think I might be asthmatic but I refuse to go to a doctor. I’m a terrible patient.
    4. My oldest daughter is learning the hymn – His Eye is on the Sparrow – which is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard (check out Lauryn Hill’s version). Can’t wait to hear her solo soon.

  9. Anne

    Lucy is a natural! I am muy impressed. She did a lot better than I did my first time on skis. (Well, I was a very klutzy 16 at the time, but still.)
    Go for the half-hour comedy. That could simply be a reflection of my attention span these days. I find the one-hour format better suited to drama and suspense (24, FNL, NCIS, L&O, etc.). Comedy, for me, needs to be fast and snappy and not protracted or belabored. Just MHO.
    My headlines:
    1. Going into Day 4 of being home sick from work with some atrocious virus that started as a cold last weekend and is now a prolonged fever/exhaustion thing and just added GI ickiness.
    2. Canada Dry Ginger Ale never fails me when I’m ill.
    3. I too adore Johnny Weir. (I first typed “Johnny Weird” which also may be apt.) Shaun White is amazing. Ditto Lindsey Vonn — what athlete is tougher than her. The short-track relay is crazy fun to watch.
    4. While home sick I have become addicted to Cesar Milan and “The Dog Whisperer” on TV whenever the Olympics isn’t on.
    5. I hate being sick. The end.

  10. Caitlin

    1. Just volunteered to be deployed to Haiti, but am afraid this means I’m going to miss Coachella
    2. Wrote a grant for $500,000 to the State Dept last year for Maiti Nepal, a Nepali NGO that rescues and rehabilitates girls and women who have been sex trafficked. Found out yesterday that we got it.
    3. Am enjoying seeing my mom banter with my friends on Facebook.
    4. I do not want a PajamaGram Hoodie Footie Snuggle Suit, even if you sponsor NPR:


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