The World According to Tiff Sniff

Meandering ponderings and wonderings on the state of things.


Chuck E. Cheese was every bit as good as I remembered. I won 175 tickets, which got me a Chuck E. Cheese Koosh, a pink plastic ring, and a little lizard, which now sits on my computer. We had a lot of fun with the kids. I’ll have to go back later in the summer when my own young cousins are in town.

Well, tonight is the last night that I’m teaching my class at church. For the last two years, on Wednesday nights, I’ve taught the 2-year-old class. It has been a challenge some weeks, but even so, every single week has been encouraging and uplifting. If you have the patience for it, there is nothing like the smile, laugh, and/or hug of a young child to just plain make you feel good.

However. With the good comes the exhaustion and stress inherent in trying to corral 10-12 toddlers for an hour every week. And so I’m taking a break. I know I’ll come back and teach again eventually, probably this same age group, but for now I need some time off.

It’s sad, because if I stayed, I would get the first batch of younger siblings – babies born while I taught their older brothers and sisters two years ago. There are at least 3 or 4 in the group promoting up into “my” class, and I hate that I’ll miss that time with them, but it’s just time to say no.

But I’m looking forward to being able to go to Movies in the Park and all of the awesome Wednesday-night concerts this summer. Come fall, I’ll be able to stay home and watch LOST, if I so choose. It will be nice to have the choice, anyway.

Bad grammar and good friends

It’s a slow day at work, so I have a few minutes to post, for once. I can always seem to find time to read other people’s blogs, but not to post to my own. Maybe because it does take a little more effort. Although anyone who reads this regularly will know that I’m not known for my effort.

But I’m housesitting for a family with wi-fi for a few weeks, so hopefully I’ll find time for a few more posts this month.

Right now, I have two major, urgent, pressing projects I need to finish for work. One requires some feedback at this point from my Boss boss. The other I’m being taught how to do by my Supervisor boss. So wouldn’t you know that one of our Big clients is here, and they’re both meeting with him. So until they get back, you’ll have to suffer my random thoughts.

Oh, I’m also going to experiment with posting my blog both at myspace and at blogspot, in a lame attempt to garner a little more traffic. Of course, it won’t be worth much if I continue my lackadaisical blogging, but maybe it will create some incentive for me, too. Or something.

The holiday weekend was pretty great. Thursday night I had dinner with Jennifer, James (aka the Malibu Librarian) and his wife Candice, and the Fabric Snob. We ate at the Loveless, which is a must-do for any self-respecting Nashville tourist. (Not that I’m calling you a tourist, JA.)

Friday night, I watched a movie and spent some time hanging out with people from church that I don’t spend a lot of time with. It was a random group, but a lot of fun. And, of course, “Zoolander’ is always a hit. Saturday I hit the mall and spent more money than I should have, which was great. That night I cooked dinner for my girlfriends and we scrapbooked and watched “Pride and Prejudice” and the first episode of “MI-5”, which I received for my birthday from Michelle and the Fabric Snob. (Bonus points for knowing the connection there, unless you're someone who has heard me go on and on and on about this particular obsession.)

Sunday and Monday I moved over to the place I’m housesitting. My parents’ best friends are in Europe for a few weeks with the university they both teach at, and they’re paying me to stay in their fabulous house, complete with a Jacuzzi, pool table, and movie projector and screen. And cable TV. It’s the small things in life. Fortunately, my roommate’s sister is still staying with us, so she can keep Vera company.

Tonight, I’m going to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time in about 20 years. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m excited. My roommate and I took her young cousins to see “Narnia” in January, and they apparently had a good time, because they’ve been wanting us to take them to see the giant creepy mouse who sells crappy pizza and lame games for more money than they’re worth. But I’m looking forward to it, really.

No extra points for catching all the prepositions I used to end sentences with. I’m too lazy to go back and fix them now, even if it’s you I’m doing it for, fair reader. Happy Tuesday.

Baby Connor

Phil's new baby is here! Hit his blog for details and pictures. Congratulations, y'all! Can't wait to babysit for both of your cuties now!


Let the corporate-veil piercing and class action lawsuits begin.


Has it really been 3 weeks since I've posted? Since I started working this "real" job, I just don't have as much playtime, go figure. And when I do, honestly, I don't want to sit in front of a computer.

But I do have a lot on my mind. Here are a couple of snapshots of the inside of my brain:

1. I hurt my back again. I actually missed two days of work earlier this week, and spent four days straight lying on my living room floor. Today is the first day I've put in a whole day, and just this afternoon am I comfortable enough to sit for a few minutes. Although I think I will regret it when I try to stand.

2. My roommate's sister moved to Nashville over the weekend, to be the new manager at a local store for a national clothing chain that caters to slutty pre-adolescents. Anyway, she hasn't been feeling well, and last night went to a doctor, who diagnosed her with pneumonia. She's at Vandy, for the next day or so. She's staying with us until she gets settled in and finds a place of her own, so our apartment is becoming poor-baby central.

3. Sedley Allen: those of you from states besides TN probably don't know anything about this. Short version is that he's on Death Row and was scheduled to be executed earlier this week, but the governor gave him a 2-week stay so that DNA could be tested, and also to give the US Supreme Court time to decide whether or not to review a case challenging lethal injection, which is how he will die. I am in general opposed to the death penalty for a number of reasons, the most important being that, as a Christian, I believe that all life is important and has hope and potential. The death of any person, no matter how degenerate we may think he is, eliminates all potential redemption in this life. Also, it is generally more expensive than housing an inmate for life, does nothing to deter crime (since most murders are heat-of-the-moment, and the perpetrators don't take the time to contemplate a death sentence), creates a society of fans (seriously) who glorify what the person has done, is applied disporportionately against minorities and the impoverished, and does nothing towards our penal sytem's purported goal of rehabilitating offenders. The law being what it is, Gov. Bredesen did the right thing. Sedley Allen has every chance under the existing rules to save his life. Maybe DNA analysis will cast doubt onto his conviction, although I doubt it. Maybe the Supreme Court will take up the lethal injection, and no one will be killed by that method for a while. We'll see. Either way, he's done what he can, while not standing in the way of decided law.

4. Da Vinci. Read the book, going to see the movie, even if it does suck. Don't care much about the controversy. I think it's great that there is discussion being spurred within the church about the supression of women over th centuries. I think there has been a lot of that, and a lot of denial of the feminine side of God's nature. It doesn't bother me to think that maybe Jesus got married and had kids. He did live a full human life, right? I don't think he did, though, b/c surely the gospel writers would have included His example as father and husband. But it wouldn't change who He was or what He did, in the end, so what does it matter? And the church has suppressed people and covered things up. We'll have to account for that some day. Why not come clean now? It would add to our credibility at this point.

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