Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

seven years. July 28, 2010

Filed under: celebrate,this week I really love.... — mspolymath @ 12:36 pm

Seven years seems like such a long time, yet of course it’s nothing in the grand scheme of things. And it’s gone so fast. We’ve been through so much together – I don’t think there’s really anything left to test us.

We’re solid. We’re not perfect. We still make each other laugh. We make each other crazy, too – because we’re not perfect. We know exactly how to push each other’s buttons. But you’re always there when I need you, and you know how to make me feel safe when no one else in the world can. You help keep me in check, listen to my outlandish ideas and love me anyway.

Here's to seven more years. No, your little friend can't come along.


1000 words. July 27, 2010

Filed under: this week I really love.... — mspolymath @ 3:30 pm

Sometimes I think I may be repeating myself with these titles. Oh well.

Today I’m posting some positive quotes and images, just ’cause. Yep, they’re sappy and probably silly. Maybe I’ll be snarky tomorrow.

Enjoy your day!


quote of the day. July 22, 2010

Filed under: drama mama,this week I really love.... — mspolymath @ 1:30 pm
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It’s funny how one person’s actions, lack of action or a bizarre combo of the two can mess with you. No matter how far you think you distance yourself from a poisonous person, he can still get to you. The world was a far less dramatic place before the invention of text messaging!

Anyway, as much as people can hurt you, it’s also amazing what has the power to heal. A hug from your sweetheart, a beautiful rainy day, and the prospect of an amazing breakfast are good places to start.

I had plans for today – I was going to dig in and work and make some money, but the sky opened and the money came in through another source. And since my heart hurts just a little bit, I’m going to enjoy this day with a book and some tea and be thankful for all that’s good in my life.

Another great healer? The wisdom of other people. Sometimes someone else’s perspective is enough to get you over the hump and through your day.

Love this quote from Marilyn Monroe: "I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."


bullhorn. July 20, 2010

Filed under: unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 2:48 pm

Maybe they should run this ad campaign again. Because this posted on my fridge is a great incentive not to eat.

Good things about this ad? No overt sexuality. No unrealistic body image to live up to. No hope.


defending america. July 19, 2010

Filed under: this week I really love.... — mspolymath @ 12:11 pm
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We watched David Cross’s latest stand-up special yesterday. This rant on the hypocrisy of patriotism is a sidesplitter guaranteed for a laugh. Start about 4 minutes in and enjoy!


luxury. July 16, 2010

Filed under: shower thoughts — mspolymath @ 5:34 pm

I just finished Martha McPhee’s novel Dear Money, which chronicles the life of an author as she transitions into a high-earning mortgage trader during the early 2000s. India Palmer has a charmed life, living in a rent-controlled Manhattan apartment with her artist husband and two girls. She teaches at a university, sends her daughters to private school and intermingles with New York’s best and brightest. On the verge of publishing her fifth novel, Palmer is also on the verge of a financial meltdown – keeping up with the Joneses has put her in the poorhouse. So, on a bet and a whim, she becomes the protegé of a mortgage trader, gives up her writer’s life and begins to earn.

The novel made me think about my ideas of luxury – things worth scrimping and saving for, things worth going into debt for. There’s no doubt about it, life is nicer with finer things – who wouldn’t rather curl up in soft cotton bedlinens rather than pilly polyester sheets? Food tastes better when presented on lovely dishes, and winter is more bearable with a cashmere scarf. Or is it? Sometimes it’s so easy to start confusing wants and needs.

I’m trying to figure out where to draw the line when it comes to the idea of worth. First off, I have way too much stuff. Too many clothes I’ll never wear. Far too many shoes that I’ll never set foot in. I’ve got glasses and dishes and bric a brac that means nothing to me, collecting dust. I’ve got cds and records that haven’t seen the light of day in years. And so on and so forth. Stuff. Things. Items I once didn’t think I could live without, and now I don’t even realize I’m living with – because they’re packed away, out of sight.

Still, there are some things I know I’ll always splurge on, if I can. A good, reliable car with heated seats. Massages. Decent shampoo. Cable (totally, totally worthless). Food. Travel. And while I certainly can’t afford the top of the line with most things, I do try to get the best I can.

What about you? What will you splurge on? What is worth it to you? And what can you live without?

Dear Money is very good, fyi, if you're looking for a summer read. Books are definitely one item I could never live without, but thanks to the library I can indulge without affecting my budget.


lazy. July 15, 2010

Filed under: this week I really love.... — mspolymath @ 2:22 pm

I don’t feel like writing today. So I’m going to link you to two things I’m reading today instead of writing this post.

Metafilter posted a thread about things we’ve been doing wrong all along. Like this gem:
I was 24 (so roughly 8 years of car ownership) before I finally figured out that this means “switch the positions of all 4 tires on your car for equally distributed wear” and not “jack the car up and manually spin the tires for no apparent reason”

And here’s today’s Mental Floss update – Presidential Fashion Flubs

1. George Washington didn’t want to be a king, but he did have the extravagant tastes of one: he liked to outfit his entire stable of horses in leopard-skin robes.

2. Lyndon B. Johnson used accessories to get him out of meetings. When he found himself listening to someone drone on and on, he would set off the alarm on his wristwatch to get them to shut up. Charming.

3. Chester A. Arthur was a clotheshorse! He was rumored to own more than 80 pairs of pants alone. This may seem normal for someone of his stature today, but it was quite extravagant for the 1880s.

4. Although the Revolutionary War had long since been over by the time James Monroe took his appointed post, he insisted on dressing as if the war was still raging on outside of the White House. That means britches, a buffcoat, a powdered wig and a cocked hat. It was both outdated and odd.

And speaking of lazy, this is one lazy woman! Can't she do anything to help her man?