Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

dammit janet October 30, 2009

Filed under: life,style — mspolymath @ 8:58 am

It’s the Friday before Halloween, so people are dressed up and passing around candy at work. Halloween has never really been my thing – I never felt part of the costume community. I only remember a couple of costumes as a kid, though I’m sure I dressed up every year through fifth or sixth grade. My last childhood Halloween was a last-minute thing where I combined my mom’s childhood cowboy boots, a punk wig, and some sort of flannel shirt. I know I was a clown (totally against my will) one year, because while the costume faded away, the giant blue foam bow tie stuck around for years.

My freshman year of college I went as a KU janitor – I borrowed a workshirt from the facilities closet. It was a gorgeous shade of poop brown! A bunch of us saw Dazed and Confused at Liberty Hall, then went to the midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Union. Let me be upfront about this right now: I hate the Rocky Horror Picture Show. And if I remember correctly, I fell asleep on the floor because I was so tired, so bored, and probably so something else, too. 

I spent the rest of the ’90s working in music, so on any given Halloween night I would most likely be at a show. I did go as Cartman one year, to the Southern Culture on the Skids show at the Bottleneck. My homemade Beefcake t-shirt was awesome, and I wore a red winter coat Calvin Johnson had given me in trade for an orange sweater. How’s that for indie-rock name dropping?

Anyway, these days Jason and I live in a security building downtown, so there are no kids trick-or-treating. My best friends have kids dressing up for Halloween, but they live three hours away. Our one concession this year is a mini jack o’ lantern.


Jason's mom bought us this lil pumpkin up in Door County. What's scarier - my artistic skills or my photography skills?

Halloween does bring one great joy this year – the annual turning back of the clock. An extra hour of sleep! Now that’s a real treat (sorry, sorry, sorry).


for annette.

Filed under: celebrate,life,Sconnie,style — mspolymath @ 7:56 am

Why is it so crazy that Fred MacMurray lived in Milwaukee?


up north. October 29, 2009

Filed under: celebrate,life,Sconnie — mspolymath @ 8:47 am
We spent last weekend with Jason’s family up in Door County. It rained most of the weekend, so our adventure was fairly soggy. Still, the autumn colors were extraordinary and Jason and I were able to get some time outdoors despite the weather. I could post a million pictures of the same vista, but I think it might get a bit old. So I’ll post a few for now and maybe revisit the trip later.


It was so nice to get a little sun after the storms we drove up in. We took advantage of the break in Saturday's weather and explored a bike path in Peninsula State Park.


Eagle Panorama at Peninsula State Park, taken on a very foggy Saturday morning.


I think this one is from Sunday - also at Peninsula State Park, only this time it was rainy so Jason & I did our exploring in the car.


The view of Fish Creek from Peninsula State Park.


Is it wrong that this is the sort of personal memorial I long for? Not the bench per se, but to be referred to as crabby?


Jason's sister and I both wore our flannel pjs all weekend. Friday night I had a few too many vodka lemonades, which is why I look so very happy in this picture.


hectic. October 28, 2009

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 7:47 am

We got back from Door County on Monday, but things have sort of been chaos since our return. I had my annual review yesterday (and yes, I am a superstar) and my boss is in town through today.

Soooooooooo, tomorrow I should be back on the blog wagon. See you then.


10/21. October 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — mspolymath @ 8:28 am
I received many well wishes and thoughtful gifts. Everyone was too kind.

I received many well wishes and thoughtful gifts. Everyone was too kind.


35. October 20, 2009

Filed under: celebrate,life — mspolymath @ 7:30 am
Hot off the presses - my morning self-portrait. I keep waiting to feel a seismic shift or something, but 35 feels oddly similar to 34.

Hot off the presses - my morning self-portrait. I keep waiting to feel a seismic shift or something, but 35 feels oddly similar to 34.


really, a headlock? October 19, 2009

Filed under: celebrate — mspolymath @ 8:37 am
Sadly, I have no idea what this smells like.

I bet this smells a lot like Axe.