Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jotting things down while driving.

I went to the doctors office yesterday and this time I found it, right where it was supposed to be. Apparently last week, it was still covered in construction scaffolding and according to the person I talked to on the phone it looked like it wasn't finished, so no wonder I missed it. I think she was just being kind. But anyway, this time I got directions including which parking garage, which pedway, etc. The whole thing is brand new and the parking garage is automated and the elevator announces your floor in an automated voice. It's interesting. It really did feel like 2008 in there.

So on my way yesterday I put a piece of paper on the dashboard of the van and jotted things down to blog about. Hey, no reason to waste time, right? Besides, most of my ideas come to me while I'm driving. I probably should drive more, if it weren't so expensive.

One of the things I jotted down was that I should explain my weird name my blog. I may have in the past, but I'm too lazy to search so here goes. When I first got on the internet, I used Paulanne as a name on bulletin boards and things. It's my middle name and fairly uncommon and it worked. Then, I tried to get on a medical transcription discussion board and that name was already used by someone else. So I started trying to come up with other names. I typed in a whole bunch of names and they were all, already taken. Finally, after about 20 minutes or so, I looked at a picture of a cat on a birthday card my brother had sent me and typed in Fatcat. I was in. I spent a year or two talking quite a bit on that bulletin board as "Fatcat". Then when I tried to join blogger, it was already taken so I combined the old nickname and the new and became Fatcatpaulanne. Its long and goofy sounding, but hey, it's me.

The next thing I jotted down so I wouldn't forget to tell you was my youngest son's plan for making money, literally. My daughter was talking about how she would spend the money if she won 5000 dollars in a sweepstakes. My son said he'd like to get permission from the president to just print his own money legally, so he could print as much as he wanted forever.

Another thing I wrote down was to update about our orthodontist visit and the reason I thought about that was because I noticed that I was writing things down with the pen I'd stolen from the orthodontist's office. (Accidently, of course!) My daughter does need braces to the tune of 1800 dollars after insurance, so I guess that's in our future. We may wait until after Christmas, since December is traditionally the best month for my Cafepress store.

Finally, the last thing I wrote down while going 70 mph on Interstate 65 was a comment my daughter made last week. My husband's car muffler was dragging the ground and he wired it up with a coat hanger. My daughter said that Dad fixed the car "the cowboy way". I guess we've read too much Hank the Cowdog!

The picture is of a morning glory. I thought they were pretty and planted some about 3 years ago and now they are taking over. At the rate they are going our whole house will be covered in them. They are growing up my corn, tomatoes and sunflowers, trailing across the yard from garden bed to garden bed. I've been pulling them up by the roots all summer, but to no avail. They are winning.


Amy said...

That's funny.....I do the same thing alot of times as I'm driving to town.....I'll have a little notebook handy to jot stuff down because I too, get a ton of wonderful ideas only to forget them later.

And the Morning Glories....Ha! I think they are so pretty too, but Clay HATES them for that very reason......they just totally take over his garden!

Freakmom said...

I never knew where your screen name came from. Cool!

At least if you are completely covered with morning glories it will be much prettier than kudzu.


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