Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I'm Going to Meet Judi Veoukas!

This is Judi and her granddog Noel. Noel and I are e-mail buddies and Mom tutors with Judi at the college. Judi is a humor writer and she is also a columnist for the Lake County Journal newspaper. The column she wrote earlier this month mentioned me. Okay, maybe not by name, but I think after you read the column you will see that it is me she is talking about because she mentions my blog at the end.

I'm finally going to meet Judi tonight and I'm so excited! Unfortunately, I will not be meeting Noel because she doesn't live with Judi and we are going to Judi's house. I am trying to set up a playdate with Noel but so far nothing. Noel is very busy keeping track of six human siblings and 2 real siblings.

Can you believe that Judi has my picture on her Facebook page? That's right - Judi is on Facebook! Maybe I should join the Facebook party since I have some spare time on my hands this summer. Mom is not on Facebook so I guess I can't be either. I don't think I have time for Facebook because I have my hands full with my blog and it is more important. Where else would you guys get your eco tips of the day from if I didn't blog?

Off The Deep End: A mind is a terrible thing to waster, or is it?

It came to me while I was posting comments on a dog’s blog. This is not just any dog; this one blogs about ecology, so he is an earth-caring pooch, certainly one worth corresponding with. Still, I WAS WRITING TO A DOG. That can’t be all that brain stimulating, well not for me, even if reading blog posts is pretty darn smart for a dog.

Upon further examination, I’ve concluded that writing to a domestic animal could be just one indication that things are going downhill in my head. Case in point – prior to posting on the dog’s site, I’d stood facing my open refrigerator for five minutes trying to recall why I’d gone there. Oh yes, I was looking for my purse.

It’s not that I haven’t tried to keep my brain stimulated. I have embarked upon mind-enhancing pursuits. The first was an area writers’ group. Excited, I looked forward to tips on how to improve my work.

Instead, the group was commandeered by an ancient woman who read us her life story. Slowly. By the time she recited, “To paraphrase Longfellow, I have entered the arctic region of my life,” I had made as many words as I could out of “egocentric.” I never returned.

I then joined a newly formed, local women’s group whose main objective seemed to be eating out. Obviously, this wasn’t a mind-enhancing pursuit, but it would acquaint me with the eateries of far northern Lake County. As a person who screams, “You’re stupid and deranged!” at her GPS, any activity near home sounded good.

They picked a restaurant in Schaumburg. Then, Elgin. I quit.

I’ve tried cards, book clubs, and mah-jongg. All that resonated through my mind during each session was, “When will we have cake?”

So, my mind-challenging pursuits did not work, leading me to again think about an alternate way of spending my time – volunteerism. But then I remembered my last foray into that world. A day-care center advertised, “Grandmas wanted to rock babies.” I was a grandma. I could rock. So, I applied. After being background checked, fingerprinted and strip-searched, I began life as an unpaid nanny. A baby cried in its crib. I picked it up. I rocked it.

A young tattooed and pierced employee took the babe from my arms. “We prefer they learn to fall asleep on their own,” she said.

“Then what do you want me to do?” I asked, as this same girl plopped her baby-less self in the rocker and left me standing empty handed.

“I dunno,” she said. “Maybe pick up the toys?”

After a few weeks of standing and staring at babies, I told the pierced girl I was going on vacation. That was 12 years ago. As far she knows (or cares), I’m still on that trip.

I’m not sure that e-mailing a dog is such a mind-wasting pursuit after all. We’ve arranged a date to play mah-jongg. He’s bringing cake.

(If you wish to leave a comment for an ecology minded dog, see


Pearl said...

Oh I loved Judi's article! She is too funny, and it's true!!! She found a good friend in you, Stubby!!!

Stubby said...

Hey Pearly Poo - Mom loves Judi and I'm sure I will too. I have to get a little cleaned up before I go see her but I hope she doesn't mind my manly smell!

Stubby xoxo

Salinger The Pug said...


Have fun meeting this funny lady and YES...tell mom she really needs to get on FB so she can have "mom" time with all of us other crazy "Pug moms"!

Stubby said...

Hey Salinger Dude! We are leaving to go to Judi's house in a couple of hours and I can hardly wait. I wonder if she will have some snacks for me. Maybe I should bring her some cake!

Stubby xoxo

Rachel said...

hahaha - that is a great article!! Judi sounds like a super fun lady - make sure to keep us updated on your play date and enjoy the cake!!

Stubby said...

Hi Rachel - I will let you know when my play date with Noel happens. You don't think she's playing hard to get, do you?

Stubby xoxo

The Devil Dog said...

That is a great article. Judi is very funny. Auntie joined a quilt group but the women there were so anal and anti color that they didn't understand Auntie at all. She quit.
I think Judi would fit in well with us.


Stubby said...

Hi Roxy! Judi was a riot! I loved hanging out with her last night and I hope I get invited back. She has a really beautiful home with a huge basement that she let me run around in.

I think Judi would fit in well and I'm sure she'd love to join us. I'm sure I will have more Judi to post about in the future.

Stubby xoxo