Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Social Responsibility

A little fun for hump day



If you haven't seen this guy, I strongly suggest going over to youtube.com and looking up his videos (Tim Minchin) - he's hilarious.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chasing Imagery

These are a few snidbits that race across my brain which I chase like a dog at a car holding my pen and searching for paper.  These turn into poetry at some later date.


Dormant gardens
laid out like bodies for viewing,
a lackluster sigh

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The acrid sweetness
of a much needed shower
in secret rooms

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the beat of his blood

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her measure to metronome
tocking in three dimensions
the fluid waves of pianissimo
distant and white and promising

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She's a ferret walker
she thinks she's some high class rebel
with her curls in the wind

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the drone of sameness
spewing like volcanic ashen tedium
makes my ears drool dull stupor

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Somewhere a dog barks, a rainbow billows, and an old woman clucks

We saw a rainbow yesterday.  I pointed it out to the kids.  My daughter grabbed me in the tightest hug and whispered to me, "Thank you mama, you made a rainbow."  (I realize this sounds suspiciously like a commercial once on the TV, but I swear that's exactly what she did, and I wanted so much to be able to take credit for it).

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We had a thunder storm that shook the house.  I'm not kidding, we woke up thinking there might be an earthquake in progress.  And I loved it.  I'm looking forward to more and more of those!

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If I could change one thing about myself it would be my propensity to procrastinate.  This bad habit usually leads to low self-esteem and guilt.  Which tends to bring on the dark and listless days in which I get even less done and then guess what?  We have a beautiful circle of dysfunction going, dalliance and I.

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Hot flashes.  They have taken up residence.  I rather like them in some odd way.  I'm usually colder than I ought to be so the hot flash gives me a tingling flush of warmth.  Of course, come August, in 90 degree weather with high humidity, I may be singing a different tune.  The night ones are especially fun.  (Now I'm being sarcastic).  Throwing blankets off of my body without disturbing the one next to me and then grabbing them back is an art. The wisdom of women transformed by menopause becomes increasingly clear.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

How are teenagers like an old dog?
They lose their sense of smell and they smell like one too!

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Where would mankind be without the discovery of the skillet? Seriously. Think eggs, pancakes, saute.

Or perhaps bunny slippers...

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I had a stuffed Clifford the Big Red Dog when I was a kid. Actually I still have it only I gave it to my daughter. I always thought he was the best stuffed animal I had. Mainly because he was red and he was in a book.

Sometimes lately I miss that kind of innocence.

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If you can buy produce at a store four blocks away but it is more costly than buying your produce at a store a half hour drive away but there is more selection and much better pricing, which do you choose? The long drive and extra gas or the quick stop?

I have waivered on this one. Sometimes the time and gas it takes to get the better selection and prices have been trumped by expedience. But my budget actually fares better with the longer drives.

Do you remember the bulk stores with the big barrels of grains and beans and other stuff? We had one called Piggly Wiggly. It had various other names as it changed management over the years before it finally died altogether. Convenience shopping phased that out. Now that I'm the buyer for a family I see the value in a store like that. It'd sure be nice if someone started those up again.

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I'm getting a dog! It was born two weeks ago today. I will be able to take it home early June. I haven't actually picked which one of the litter I will take yet. But I get first pick. I'm so excited. It is called a Goldendoodle (which is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross). It is 1/4 Golden Retriever and 3/4 Poodle. I've waited about four years now, thinking about getting a dog, learning about training and raising a dog and being sure I had the time and energy for it. Yay!