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My infatuation with pomegranates continues. Today I was ready to prepare another. Apparently, this is what happens when pomegranate goes “bad”. It looks like a rabbit with a serious digestive problem left gooey bunny turds inside my pomegranate.

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Some bunny does not feel well

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Unfortunately, my ability to understand my cleaning lady has no relation to the importance of the information she is trying to convey. For example, I struggled to understand that I could reschedule my cleaning or that I forgot to leave her a check once. However, I understood perfectly that her mother is coming from Poland to visit and it will be the first time she’s seen her in ten years.

She gave me a lovely box of chocolates and a card.

Holiday card from my cleaning lady

Holiday card from my cleaning lady – inside

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Holiday card from my cleaning lady – outside

I am going to guess this says something wishing me a happy holiday and new year… or something along those lines. I have no idea.

Last year I got a similar card. I took it to work. I asked a Polish coworker about it. The conversation went something like:

Me: Can you read this? Do you understand what it says?
Coworker (examines card carefully): Yes

Me: Um… can you read it TO ME?
Coworker: Blah-blah-blah in Polish

Me: Um… okay. Can you translate it for me? I mean, can you tell me what it says in English?
Coworker (thinks): Blah-blah birthday of baby Jesus… happiness in year ahead….

Me: Great! Thank you! I basically just wanted to know if it said “I hate you, I hate cleaning for you, you are an evil witch and I hope you rot.”
Coworker: Um… no… it does not say that.

Coworker does not appreciate my twisted sense of humor. That’s okay, many people don’t. I understand this.

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Missing

I’ve been neglecting my blog.  However, I have recently cleared my schedule of more trivial activities like Fitocracy (a social media site for fitness tracking, etc), yarn swapping, working out, etc, so I hope to have more time for writing.  Perhaps I’ll even start a new category for “random thoughts of the Lintee Bean”.  We’ll see.

There have been a lot of advances in television viewing in recent years, at least for me.  Rather than plopping in front of the TV and watching whatever happens to be on, no matter how lame, now I can choose from shows recorded on my digital video recorder, shows on NetFlix, Hulu, iTunes, etc.  Now, I don’t really “watch” because along with television advances have come Internet advances and other life changes, and I’m usually watching TV while also on the Internet and/or writing and/or playing with yarn.

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I’ve had a number of people ask about the fugly custom yarn dolls – so here goes.

mini-LinteeBean made of yarn and stuffing

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Years ago, I wrote about some of my adventures with my little old neighbor man. I haven’t seen him in years, as I changed which route I take walking to the train station.  However, there’s no shortage of little old men in my neighborhood.

I think my “relationship” with Little Old Neighbor Man II started almost a year ago.  It started innocently enough.  I was walking home from work one night and saw a little old man watering his flowers.  I waved hello, and told him that his flowers were lovely.

As seems par for the course in my world, the story does not end there.

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‘Roid rage

Back in March, I mentioned I had started a second duel with midnightyell – the 6’5″ much-younger-than-me man from Texas.  This one was a “free-for-all”, the most Fitocracy points wins – every activity counts.  At that time, I held a somewhat comfortable lead of 9,223 to 7,743.  Things were going well, and I admit I was a tad smug knowing how many points I could rack up using barbell complexes.  Things appeared to be going my way this time around, unlike the push-up duel fiasco.

Then something very bad happened.  Well, bad for me.  Great for midnightyell.  Midnightyell apparently discovered strongman exercises like tire flipping and sled pushing.  These things are worth a LOT of points.  Also, I cannot do these things as I am little and not very strong.  I was in trouble.

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I’ve decided I better write this while I can.  If it’s possible to die from whining, I may do so.  My ex-boyfriend says if anyone can die from whining, I can.  It’s rather comforting he has faith in me.

It all started innocently enough, if that’s how it started.  Despite the number of hours I’ve spent watching educational shows like “House”, “The Walking Dead”, etc., I’m not a medical professional.  However, assuming it may be related, it started with what I thought was “dry, itchy skin” maybe six months ago.  My forehead and ears were itchy, dry, and flaky. I chalked it up to my visits to the gym and the perspiration I put out there, and switched to a softer cloth for sweat-dabbing.

Things didn’t improve, they got worse.  I decided maybe it was my new facial cleanser, and went back to my old one.  I added a thicker moisturizing cream at night.

I continued to blissfully ignore any signs of something more insidious, until a couple of weeks ago. This was when that “dry flaky skin” became more obviously HIVES.  Raised nasty bumps near my eyes and on my hands.  Given my vast medical knowledge garnered from movies like “Contagion” and “Outbreak”, I knew this was NOT RIGHT.  I made an appointment with my doctor.

Hives by my eyes

Hives by my eyes

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