Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lasts



“Petunia, remember my last!”

[Note, the above was cryptically sent in a Howler(1) in Order of the Phoenix to Petunia Dursley(2). For YEARS we(3) discussed.... Last WHAT?! So I thought maybe I should share my Lasts with you, so whatever the question, you have the answer...] Keep in mind my 'last' is my most recent. Most of these things I will do again, so the answers will change... just in cast anybody was worried...

(1)  A screaming red letter in the Potterverse meant to shame or reprimand. If you don't open it, it explodes.
(2)  Harry Potter's aunt who raises him none too warmly.
(3)  My Pottergeeks and me


Last laugh: Daughter's story on the way to her LAST Lifeguarding class (and there was much rejoicing)... I'm quoting:

“So when dad picked me up Monday, we were riding and I was texting, and I look up and there was a car full of teenage boys next to us. The driver starts doing this,” (she does this bouncing dance with a big smile) “and I was embarrassed, but then dad starts doing it back at them—you know that creepy smile he does?” (believe me, I know) “And so then all the boys are doing it and dad keeps doing it. It was the longest light I ever sat at.”

(Bonus) OTHER last laugh: So I have a friend Mary through ABNA who said her son was going to be on Craig Ferguson, and shared how to see the LAST time he was on (warning, there is a lot of parasite sex discussed in this video--her son is a PhD biologist with an Animal Planet show.)

Dan Riskin on Craig Ferguson  (I fell off my chair when I watched)


Last Library Loan: discs 4, 5 and 6 of season 4 of Supernatural... and I've been pouting since. I thought Hulu had seasons 5 and 6, but it only has CLIPS from 5 and only the 2nd half of 6. Anyone know where I can see season 5 online (for free with no virus), because the Library doesn't have them yet! (you can SEE why I have to see more, yes?)


Last Lunch: I had taco salad yesterday. (and then a snack of yellow and red peppers a little later.

Last Latte: I had a couple Chai lattes through the Christmas season (home made). It's probably been years since my last store-bought. I am too cheap for latte. I buy black coffee (though an eggnog latte at Christmas DOES hit the spot if I happen to be meeting someone).

Last Limbo: You know... I haven't had a chance to limbo for real since college, though I limbo online with some regularity. I've only WRITTEN one limbo scene... it was Dumbledore's contribution (among other things) to James and Lily's wedding reception.

Last Lemming Act: I will just stop you right there and say, I am NOT a Lemming. I suffer from FOMS, a diagnosis about needing to participate in everything. (the latest being this ROW 80, I told you about yesterday... or blogging A to Z, or the query thing on the 19th... *shifty* At least I'm an equal opportunity opportunist...

Last Llama Love: (I always love llamas, but my last BLOG about llamas is here.) Surely that is too long ago!

Last Lunacy: Why... just today (posting at noon, GMT, I have posted a personal ad seeking a Sugar Daddy at Burrower's Books and Balderdash.

Last Leap: I am leaping for JOY because my friend LEIGH earned herself an AGENT this week! Woot Woot! (More on Leigh in recommended blogs)


And FINALLY, two lovely ladies with L names, though their blogs don't start with L... Still, these women are both soul sisters, each in their own way (and they are OPPOSITE in a lot of ways, so it amuses me their blog titles are so similar.


Leigh at That's Write: Leigh and I have been buddies from first meeting, and are likely to get into LONG back and forth emails. Her husband channels me, so that's handy... she knows what I'm thinking, even when I'm not there... but we are also Thursday twins... born the 4th Thursday in June (she was born the exact day as Rayna Iyer, in fact, my original Thursday Twin) and that funny first week of cancer causes some kindred thinking... every person I've ever met born that week has the soul of a writer. Leigh writes YA (just got her first agent based on her historical YA romance, Rouge—based on a New Orleans dancehall girl who takes an orphaned child under her wing), and she ROCKS as a crit partner (years as an editor will do that).

Lisa at That's Why:  Is perhaps the only person I know more blunt and out there than I am (figuratively naked, if you will). She is definitely my sister in the TMI is where it's at, but she is smart and poignant and funnier than funny as she tells often horribly difficult tales (a main theme is the difficulties of long-term unemployment or facing mistakes of parenting). I love her style and ability to make me laugh, while I am crying truly compassionate tears. Warning. If you are conservative, Lisa may force you to face yourself. Her blog can get political, always in an informed way, but not everyone will be comfortable in their own skin when they've read.


LIFEGUARD!!!  This just in!  After writing most of this, I picked up my daughter and she is now a certified lifeguard!!!

38 comments:

Trisha said...

S...s...uuuupernatural. Hang on, just got to wipe this drool off my chin.

Ahem. Okay, I own up to season 5 on DVD. Season 6 is non-existent here in Aus (we are always behind the times). I haven't even seen any of season 5 yet. Been waaaaiting for it to be affordable on DVD. It finally was, about a year after it was released ;)

So I'm finishing off a re-watch, nearly done with season 4...then it's onto fresh, fresh meat. OH YEAH. ;)

Tundiel said...

Oh my. Limbos, llamas and naked Jared. Awesome post! Though I'm more of a Dean/Jensen fan myself. Just do a search for 'Watch Supernatural' and you'll find something. I usually use megadvd when I'm desperate, but you can only watch an hour at a time for free, then you have to wait an hour before you can watch any more.

Christine Murray said...

Wow, your daughter is a lifeguard? And she had the decency to qualify on your 'L' day?

That's a daughter in a million ;)

Niki said...

lol Dads are so embarrassing! :)

Siv Maria said...

Ok now you have gone and done it, now I need and I say need to know your firsts. A little OCD going on here :)

Ca88andra said...

Congrats to your daughter! A whole lotta l's going on there! Loved reading about them.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congratulations to your daughter (and for you for being done with driving duty! Yay!) Too funny about your hubby being so embarrassing. Dads never realize that the joke is on them!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for your amazing daughter!!!

Awwww great that there are no Lasts for getting NAKED!! Phew!!

Ooooh congrats to Leigh!!! Take care
x

Jan Morrison said...

yipppeeee for having a life guard in the family! you'll never know when that might come in handy. I wish I could see a photo of your husband's creepy smile. I do.
I'm off for four days to Vancouver but I'll check in now and then (yep, I did my Burrower's duty!)
luv, jan

Hart Johnson said...

Trisha *giggle* He is definitely drool worthy.

Tara-I know you're a Jensen girl... this is the Sirius debate all over again, I think... See, I MARRIED the bad boy... I have my fantasies about the sweet one...

Christine-Yes, I'm proud of her on all counts!

Niki-INTENTIONALLY embarrassing!

Siv-Ha! I may see if I can work that into the end of the alphabet...

Cassandra-thank you!

Elizabeth-Oh, I think he knows completely how ridiculous he's being...

Jenny-Yeah... the nakeds will definitely continue...

Jan-never know, eh? When she texted her boyfriend he offered to come over and drown in our bathtub *snort*... as for the pic... I'm not allowed to even talk about him... a photo? Have fun in Vancouver! Say hi to the Pacific for me! and the Cascades! (man, I miss the Cascades)

GigglesandGuns said...

Congratulations to your daughter!
Leigh and Lisa have great blogs and that is wonderful news about Leigh's agent.

Hart, doesn't anyone worry about this "need" of yours to participate? ;0))))

Trisha said...

They both are - I would take either. But Jared is totally my favourite. mmmmmMMMMmmm

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I knew llamas would be in there somewhere. And funny story about your daughter. Hey, if you can't embarrass your kids, who can you embarrass?

Pk Hrezo said...

Hey congrats to your daughter! And what an embarrassing encounter in the car. lol.
You've went over and beyond for L day. Fabulous work, Ms. Tart!
And who wouldn't love a llama??? :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Your daughter's story was hilarious. Loved it.

By the way, thanks for the Jared pic. I'll be in my bunk (and I hope you get that reference).

Arlee Bird said...

Any post with a picture of Gumby is all right by me. And's he's always naked.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Alison said...

Have you watched Being Human yet? Oh the lovely drool factor there...

Although I'm afraid they are close to the LAST show in this season.

And, geek that I am, I was looking for the Shoe Last...

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats to the "Tartlette." You must be proud.

Nice to SEE those Llamas again!

Hart Johnson said...

Mary-are you suggesting I need therapy? *snort*

Trisha---mmmmm Jared...

Alex-I'd hardly be me with no llamas, eh?

PK-I know, right? Thank you!

MJ-teehee (you're welcome!)

Lee-I LOVE Gumby! And it's TRUE! He's naked!

Alison-I have NOT seen Being Huma. I will have to look for it!

Hart Johnson said...

Michael-I am definitely proud! (and YAY llamas!)

Deb and Barbara said...

Great lasts! Your daughter's story is hysterical (and CONGRATS to her!!). I llllllove Lisa's blog too. Read it all the time.
B

Carolyn Abiad said...

Congrats to the new lifeguard! You know you have a good relationship when she chooses to relive the embarassing moments with you... :)

Marjorie said...

I find the scientist very cute. Even if he does like parasites.

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

Omigosh Hart! You always crack me up. I've missed you and your posts so much!

TreeX said...

Footnoted Howlers... OHHHH YEAH!! =D

You forget to mention though that if you don't open them they explode AND shout out the message anyway, thereby making that not a convenient way of disposing of the things ;)

Cheeseboy said...

Yeah, that dance light is something I would totally do too. I think I might have even got out of the car and started grinding on the hood. Embarrassing your kids is the best.

Ann said...

Congratulations to the new Lifeguard. Last lunacy....how many replies????

Kate Larkindale said...

Llamas! Gotta love 'em. Reminds me of a spelling jingle I had to learn in 4th grade...

'One 'L' lama, he's a priest, 2 'L' llama, he's a beast, and I would bet a silk pajama, there isn't any 3 'L' lllama.'

Kendal said...

Any post that has both llamas and gumby is a good one. Thanks for sharing!

Spenc said...

I don't know how legal this site is but I use it all the time, I checked they have your show, I didn't check the links and going through all of them can be annoying but you can check it out (Hosted by z-share generally has bad dubbing where the sound and picture don't match I avoid those, try the ones hosted by novamov, loombo, or divxden if they are available)
http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/internet/supernatural/season_5.html

Hart Johnson said...

Barbara-thank you! (yeah, he's a nut that way)

Carolyn, she talks to me pretty well, which I'm very glad about (other than the yelling part)

marjorie-he's darling, isn't he!? I love smart guys!

Kierah-welcome back! You've been missed!

Joris, well yes... but it was already a lot of extra *teehee*

Abe-I can totally see that...

Ann-you know... none yet. It's baffling...

Kate-I love that song!

Kendal-thanks!

Spenc-You're my hero!!!! Thank you!

Jo Schaffer said...

Haha! I enjoyed that little story from your daughter. Ahhh...teens. (=

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

What a fun post. Your daughter's story is awesome--she is so smart!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment.

Doirs

Lisa Potts said...

I love your posts! I also find embarrassing my kids to be quite amusing. Tell your daughter congrats on the certification.

Andrew Green said...

Hilarious!
And congrats to the daughter.

Kimberly said...

Congrats to your daughter! And congrats to Leigh, too! Wow, that must be awesome for both.

Lisa said...

What a great post to be a part of! I have so much catching up to do! Thank you for the link and the very complimentary words!

Now it's time for me to catch up on you!

Congratulations to your daughter. That's very cool.

LTM said...

oh, ((big squeeze)) I hate being out of town when you give me shout outs. But I had a psychic feeling that you'd done it... :D I did!!!

And all you've said is true. Also, LOVE that shot of your daughter and I remember that Supernatural kid when he was Dean on Gilmore Girls. Heeey... :D LOL~ <3 U!