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What Stace had to say on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Oh the things

So who else is watching the World Cup?

I don’t actually care much about soccer, really. I never watch it outside of the Cup (and I don’t always watch or pay attention to the Cup, either). I don’t watch gymnastics or swimming competitions outside of the Summer Olympics, either, or likewise with any of the winter sports. But I am having fun watching this year, and it’s not just because of how insanely hot a lot of the players are, or the amusing way they all stand in a line cupping their balls when there’s a free kick, like preschoolers who really have to pee. (Even funnier is the way the camera always zooms way out when this is happening, and even funnier than that are the occasional players who do something like put their hands deliberately behind their back as a way of psyching out the opposing players or demonstrating to the audience how they don’t worry about getting racked by a soccer ball because their own balls are literally made of steel, motherfuckers! Bring it ON!)

(I also noticed that none of the Iranian players did this. I don’t know if it was modesty or toughness. Because man, those guys fought hard. It was very impressive.)

(Why yes, I suppose I do spend a weirdly long amount of time thinking about the players’ balls. So? You act like there’s something wrong with that, when in fact I suspect most people are thinking about balls at least 30% of the time. Men would be thinking about their own–and possibly those of other men–and women would be thinking about the ones they wouldn’t mind getting a peek at or perhaps fondling in a friendly manner. Or balls they have known in the past, or whatever. Point is, people think about balls, so it’s not at all weird to notice a bunch of grown men standing in a line gently cupping their own, sometimes with their other hands over their hearts like the national anthem of the world’s weirdest country is being played and they are all loyal citizens. Imagine the flag of that country.)

Anyway. So I’m watching, and enjoying it. I don’t have any idea who’s going to win the whole thing, because–as I said–I don’t pay attention to soccer any other time, and haven’t really paid a lot of attention to the standings and such, although I seem to think Argentina is the general opinion? Or was, anyway, because from what I’ve seen a whole bunch of teams aren’t performing as expected, either for the worse or for the better.

Meanwhile, I am busily at work, rewriting stuff and making notes and all that sort of thing. I am also trying to find the time for the fun thing I want to do here over the summer–it requires rather a lot of prep work, see. Also, now I feel like I’m building this up way too high and everyone is going to be disappointed, because it’s really not that big a thing. It’s just an old piece of writing of mine that I thought was lost forever, but which has been found, and I think it might be really fun to post some of it here. But that requires me reading the whole thing to find the choice bits, hence the delay.

Also, it’s hot here. Hot and sunny, and some of you may remember that my productivity takes a nosedive when it’s hot out. Not because I’m out hiking or swimming or doing other healthy outdoorsy things in the sunshine like a girl in a Noxema ad, but because I’m inside with all the curtains drawn, cursing the heat, slathering myself with unguents, and wishing I could sleep more than four hours without being awakened by A) the stupid fucking sun or B) the stupid fucking heat. Sometimes I’m debating the logic of sleeping in the car with the engine running and the AC on, but I generally discard that idea as impractical. Oh, and I spend time trying to think of things to make for dinner that won’t result in my kitchen turning into a sweatlodge. I do not have a lot of luck with that.

But I am chugging on, though I’ve reached the point in my latest edit/rewrite where I start thinking, “God, why am I bothering, this is just a piece of shit and nothing can fix it ever.” I hate this point. But I force myself to keep going because I have so many other things I need to do and won’t let myself do them until I’m done with this. So there you go.

And yes, of course I saw the Game of Thrones finale last week. OMG!!

4 comments to “Oh the things”

  1. Laura
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    · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:55 am · Link

    Things to make that do not turn kitchen into a sweat lodge: Salad. Sandwiches. Ice cream (your kids will love you). Cereal. Most crock pot meals are good. See? I help.

    And now I will be thinking about balls. All day. So thanks for that.



    • Stace
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      · June 23rd, 2014 at 6:58 am · Link

      Oh, like you weren’t already thinking about balls.

      Thanks for the suggestions! :) I’m not a big salad or sandwich girl, but that does give me a few ideas.



  2. Miss Bliss
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    · June 23rd, 2014 at 10:52 am · Link

    I have lived almost my whole life in Los Angeles, CA where it is basically Hotter Than Hell or Almost As Hot As Hell…and we used to live in a house with no A/C, for many many years, we grilled everything outside. We purchased a grill that had a gas side burner on it so we could use that if something needed to be made on the stove top. It got to the point where we almost never used the stove/oven during the actual summer because we would have spontaneously combusted for sure.



  3. becc
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    · July 3rd, 2014 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Try a solar oven. Once you’ve bought it the sun runs it for you, makes it cheap to run, and keeps your kitchen cool(er).



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