Saturday, December 31, 2005

I saved $52 yesterday!!

My new boss, however temporary, is a motherfucker...just don't like him. He's sexist in a cultural way. He's rude. He's arrogant. He knows nothing of the JCP way, though he is not new to JCP. I think he got the job as a way to get rid of him whether by his previous manager or by the company.

My real boss has worked so hard over the past few years to turn around a slow salon and she grew sales tremendously. It is just sad that this fucker might destroy that. A lot of good and productive stylists will leave on his watch.


On another note, the holidays have been divine. E has always not been able to take her company's provided holiday time because as art director, she has a magazine to get out and it has a deadline. She has usually been found in the office every daay that everyone else is off, which is usually at least xmas week. This year, the bossman specified she take the days elsewhere. So she has taken a day here and there to coincide with my days off. I think she thinks I think there is such a thing as too much togetherness. Not so. Perhaps there is, but I have not experienced it.

We have been slugging some days, shopping, holidaying...nice.

Did I say shopping? On Thursday we shopped til we dropped. Then after coming home to rest and recoup, we went out to dinner and shopped some more. New dishes might get unpacked today!! I need tto go through the old dishes and check a few and then shelve a few in the laundry room. We need to keep a few 'just in case' dishes. There is also a new kitchen shelf to install which is E's department It will house all things tea I think and maybe some fine glassware. Maybe.

Yesterday, Y2E had their annual customer appreciation sale. Everything in the store was 20% off and clearance and books were 30% off. I didn't even go near the books. What a good girl I was. I did, however, get some lovely yarn. I even thought ahead to xmas next year and got stuff for a few scarves. I promise pics will be taken and posted. The sale continues today, so if that fucker I work for plucks my last nerve, perhaps some retail therapy might be in order.


Happy New Year.

Monday, December 26, 2005

mani-pedi delight

Not only am I fresh back from a manicure and pedicure, but I was able to convince dear sweet elizabeth to get one

Friday, December 23, 2005

And the winner is...

Me. I win. Woohoo...

When I first learned to knit, oh, about 3 months ago now, I stumbled across dishcloth patterns for each state. The woman who designed them made them into an afghan and she raffled it off for some cancer charity. I sent her $5 for a ticket in support of what she has done by making the patterns available and I just got a call from her saying I won!!

The afghan is red white and blue in the pattern of a flag and my mother is simply going to flip. I asked rhonda to send it to her directly and I am not going to even mention it. I will just wait for my mom to tell me she got this package in the mail and it was the oddest thing...


Thursday, December 22, 2005

A post, she asks for...

Seems to me I have been busy lately. Connor is here and we are running around doing stuff beyond work. Last night we went to the pool hall for an hour or so and Beth came to hang out for a little while. I made her a blanket for xmas for all the teasing she does about my old lady ways of crochet and knitting. It is rainbow striped and very gay, its true salvation. Yet another project left unphotographed, but I can snap a pic next time I am over at Beth's.

Tonight after work is Dave and Buster's.

Work is its own set of drama at the moment. My boss was finally transferred and we see her a few hours this week as she is trying to help the new guy. Leo. Don't like him. If I wasn't transferring next month with my boss, I would be quitting sooner, not later. He is pretty incompetent and sexist in a cultural way. Very look down my nose at the american(or really any) women. ?He walks around with this you don't need to explain anything to me as I can deal with it all as it arises attitude, yet he doesn't have a clue. Really. Sure, any of us can manage personalities to a degree, but he has no clue about ordering supplies or scheduling or handling customers in 'the Penney way". He proved this yesterday and I am just glad my transfer has been approved. I wonder was he promoted and transferred to be gotten rid of. Given just enough rope to hang himself, perhaps.

I will need to sit and update further, soon, I promise. I am off now to do some side hair before work. Woohoo.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Saturday, December 17, 2005

spam commenting?

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So I have been getting these type of comments, three recently, and I just can't find the post they are on which leads me to believe they are burried in an old post. Is this something for concern?


Thursday, December 15, 2005

killing time at Neiman's

While at the Galleria the other day I saw a cute little display of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. There was a pack of lip tubes for $25 and a pack of brown eye shadows a trio if I remember, for $40. Could be time to purge the cosmetic basket and restock. Maybe they will still be around after the holiday...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Would I be a yarnaholic?

If this were on my xmas list?

Friday, December 09, 2005

Apparantly, it can get better...

Reheated leftover fries and fried crawfish from Annabelle's. Yumm.

god bless Costco

Fresh blueberries from Costco in December. And they are soft. And sweet. and simply luscious with a dab of sour cream and brown sugar. Life doesn't get much better than this.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Santa, baby...

I'm not sorry to say my wish list is not the same ideal as E's. Adds to the yin and yang, I like to think. One of the greatest gifts, JCP *finally* made the store announcement. The scheduled opening is Feb 5 qand my boss will be the salon mgr and I will be right there with her. That said, let's get on to more tangible info for Santa, baby.

Santa should know that Foley's currently has a Vera Wang fragrance gift pack. Actually they have three of them, small, medium, and large. The medium one is actually the large bottle of fragrance with lotion combo and if santa chooses this one she actually gets more bang for the buck because a VW candle comes with it as a gift with purchase.

Virginia peanuts in a tin might be available at Cost Plus. Maybe. Double chocolate dipped peanuts are certainly available at Crate & Barrel.

Various books, including but not limited to and not in any particular order:
Loop-d-Loop by Teva Durham
holiday Knits by SaraLucas and Allison Isaacs
Alterknits by Leigh Radford
Invasion of DTWOF by Alison Bechdel
The Knitting Experience Book 2 Purl
The knitting Experience Book 3 Color

While I appreciate Santa makes everything herself at her workshop (she don't need no stinking elves), Michael's and Hobby Lobby usually have a 40% off one item coupon available online and Michael's has a good selection of knitting books.

There is a divine leather jacket I have been eyeing...

La Femme
Nikita Season 3. In a previous post I know I stated I would not be buying this until I hit the new goal weight. Well, this does not prevent Sants, baby from getting it for me. Costco is the best price if they have any and Columbia House had it on sale recently.

A Kitchen Aide 6 quart whoop de do stand mixer. OK. A 5 qt would do.

More to come as it crosses my mind.


It isn't even 7 am and the construction workers are at it out front. Sure, I want them to be done and gone, but what the fuck is wrong with those people. Yes I need to be up for work anyway, but really.

Going to Atlanta next month. Any ideas?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Why Wah and an announcement

Well, the announcement should have been made months ago and I am over thinking I might jinx it. JCP is going into the mall that is just a mile from home and with any luck, my manager will get the salon and take me with her. I currently work at the Sugarland location which is 15 miles and one $1.25 toll away. It is a 17 minute commute most days. A two minute no toll commute will be much preferred. Can anyone say Santa bring me a scooter?

The wah was because I could not get into my site to read my dailies. I could get in to post, but not to read.


Monday, December 05, 2005


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Yes, my fingers were flying elsewhere.

As Cris suspected, the lack of posts is somehow proportional to the scarves I was crocheting for AssistHers. They currently have 30 clients and I made scarves for each of them which will be added to the holiday baskets each client receives. The scarves are done. Whew.

I have also knit other scarves along the way and I am currently working on my International Scarf Exchange scarf for my secret pal. I would link to her blog or tell you where she is but if she is reading, which I doubt, it would be less a secret, huh?I need to takes pics all around which I might do today or tomorrow. I need to photograph stuff for an etsy site as well, so tomorrow might be the day.

I love the wool E bought me from I was winding it into balls so I could play with it, but then I see dye on my fingers. The smart thing to do would be to rewind it into hanks and give it a wash before playing with it further. Which means it needs to hang dry. Which means a week or so before I get to play. I have 7 hanks from them all of various weights and I don't know if I should prewash all of them as a matter of course or not. Needs further consideration.

I need to go get my ass into the shower if I am to go to Crate & Barrel before working 3-10 tonight. Yes, tonight. 3. to 10.


Friday, December 02, 2005

post slacker

December 2nd? When did it get to be December? Why does that date ring a bell?

Silly, I know the answer why. December 2nd is the night of Carol's annual xmas party. Hundreds of lesbians having a house party to mix and miingle. I have on the cutest jeans right now and a grrlygrrl top is hanging in the closet. When I get to work I'll get the ooh, Maxine must be going somewhere she's so put together. Then they'll say Well the makeup will consist only of eyeliner, but siince I can't seem to give a shit on a regular basis about what I am wearing on my self or my face, people will talk.

I love it when those bitches have something to talk about and it's me.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

plans change don't they?

The ginger glazed carrots were just nixed from the menu. they are easy enough to add if I change my mind again, but there is plenty enough without them and E agrees it is time to enjoy the day.

the shels are all stuffed

Well, not exactly all of them. The pan held about 30 and there are a few more left in the strainer. And I bought three boxes because I used three boxes of manicotti noodles. So the one box I actually used would have been enough.

I tweaked the recipe a little and it is a good thing as I still used all the stuffing. The sauce part of the recipe always seems not enough, but it covers sparingly. Maybe I will make my own sauce recipe next time to have 'enough'.

I still need to make the potatoes and carrots as well as the poast pork. The brownies are fantastic and as I was putting them away in the freezer I saw the rolls, good thing, too. They are thawing nicely on the counter.

what the...

I just checked my email and it says Stuart Levis has left a comment her on the old bloggerooni. The comment was, "Excellent, that was really well explained and helpful ." and it was anonymous as far as an email address ore blog link.

Who are you stuart and what was helpful? I can't find the comment on my blog and I am not going to look further than the first archive.


Whatt time was that?

Nothing like starting Thanksgiving morning by licking the batter bowl from some scratch brownies. They are in the oven at this very moment. I really need to get better about looking at the clock when I put something into the oven.

Next up?

Spinach and pine nut stuffed shells.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

448 AM

Lilli Munster was up bright and early and she just finally conked out again on the pillow next to me on the couch. I could put her back into her crate, but then I have to get up again in about thirty minutes anyway, and that back to bed for a few winks sleep does far more harm than good.

I can't believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Well, I guess I can believe it because the salon was chaos yesterday and will certainly be more chaos again today. I am gladd the boss laedy will be present. I printed 80 some odd travelers last night which means 80 some odd appointments already booked for today. usually on a Tuesday night I print 35-40. Let the games begin.

Last thanksgiving we went to California. E made a travelog I was going to link but her new blog does not have it up that I could see. It was a fabulous vacation and we had a lovely T-day dinner with the women we stayed with and some of their friends. We decided we should always be traveling for T-day if for no other reason than to avoid holiday drama.

The best laid plans and all, we are home this year. I sent out the following group email to those invited:

We are doing an open house style thanksgiving this
year. I am still not sure what is on the menu., but
you all have eaten here before so be assured, it will
be delish. If there is something you want in
particular, bring it with you. We are very fond of
casual dining so there is no definite time. The only
thing really definite is that we will be hosting a
classic Star Wars marathon on Thanksgiving day so
there will be no football.

Please feel free to arrive any time between 3 and 6 in
the afternoon.

See you Thursday!

No football might just keep the guest list short.

I might be brilliant.

The menu this far includes but is not limited to:

pork tenderloin
St. Andre mashed potatoes
ginger glazed carrots
scratch onion dip
spinach and pine nut stuffed shells (can you believe Randalls does not sell manicoti noodles?)
cake reminiscent of our wedding cake from Costco (if E gets there today to get one)

Who knows what else might turn up between now and then?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Opening 7 am Saturday for the JCP Mega Sale

Don't miss it! I am working 1-9 so i get minimal chaos as I will be overlapped by two other receptionists at peak time. I think I might rather have the chaos solo.

Today was rather productive. I went first to Specs to get some pasta and tea. I did not actually go for the tea, but they do have a good price for Republic of Tea. TRepublic of Tea rep was there today as well. Two of them all whored up in their power suits. It must have been rep day at Specs because the place was full of themstanding around admiring their respective product lines. Rep one was gabbing with rep 2 while standing in the middle of the aisle right in front of the tea selection. I was pretty obviously looking to choose some tea and they noticed and didn't move. Then one finally noticed me giving them the hardline stare. "Can we help you?"

Yeah, you can get the hell out of the way so I can buy your product.

I got some ginger peach and some blackberry sage. Yumm.

Then it was off to the pasta section. I got a bag of pappar delle nests and a couple bags of pearl pasta for my latest in pantry cooking. IT is not the same as the last pearl pasta I got there, not quite as big, but E assures me it was still delish.

In a large pot lightly saute some chopped onion in Olive oil til translucent. Then add a can of diced tomatoes a can of tomato sauce, a can of chiclken stock and a tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Bring this to a boil and let it cook together for a bit. Add plenty of fresh cracked black pepper, too.

Then add thinly sliced raw (mine are usually frozen) chicken breast. I have them prepacked frozen in twos. Let it come back to a boil and cook for a while more. The acidic tomatoes will make the chicken really tender. Then right before you are ready to eat you throw in a cup or two of the pearl pasta. It really depends on how much liquid you have left. I normally add about 2 cups.



Stir some more.

When pasta is done remove from heat and allow it to sit covered to soak up any remaining liquid. If you still have a lot of liquid call it soup.

Always tres yumm.

After specs I went to Yarns 2 Ewe and got some yarn for my scarf exchange pal. It is gorgeous and as soon as E dumps the camera, I will be taking some pics.

From there I stopped at Costco where I officially began my xmas shopping getting a new cd, Diana Krall Christmas Songs hwich I just ripped and am listening to now. I got a gift too and some holiday cookies as well as some other stuff.

Wendy came for a haircut and the evening after that has been totally lazy, one of watching tv and knitting. Time for bed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Anyone Can Knit

I had to open up a livejournal account to be listed as a friend for someone, so I decided to see if I can keep work in progress updates on that journal. It will be its own work in progress, I guess.

Linked to the left.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

At the carwash...

Who knew that E had a thing for doing it in the carwash?

Friday, November 11, 2005


Reason number 7,543,869 why youshould always have a can of whipped cream in the fridge.

I decided to have some oatmeal for breakfast. My regular recipe is one packet of Maple and Brown sugar instant oatmeal, a tablespoon of butter and an additional heaping tablespoon of brown sugar. Add enough water and give it a stir. Enough is a relative term to how thick you like your oatmeal. I usually add an amount that looks like it might be too much. Experiment with this.

Next step is to nuke it for 1.5 minutes. Give it another good stir. At this point I usually add some milk to make it a little creamier. The last time I made oatmeal we were out of milk and I used soy. It was ok, but not as good as I wanted it to be. I was not sure about the milk in the fridge, so I was looking at the soy and then I saw the whipped cream.

Lightbulb moment here. I have used whipping cream when it has been in the fridge with good results so I opened the can and gave my oatmeal a liberal squirt. Then I patiently stirred it in. Worth every second of the wait for the fluffy, creamy oatmeal I just enjoyed.

Make it. Eat it. Love it.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Woohooooo It's Wednesday!!!

So excited over hump day? Umm, no. Dear Sweet Elizabeth returns today, Finally.

The beach on Sunday was fun. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, sitting in the sun for about an hour or so and no burning. I definitely want to get back soon. Lilli had a fun time but she really does not like getting her face wet and when the water approaches, she just can't out run it. It was a comedy. I also found a whole sand dollar. Sweet.

I remembered last night to reschedule my jury duty. It is now in MArch rather than today;. A little less hectic all around. IOf only I could reschedule work today.

Not only do I have to work 9-6, I also have a client right after work so I won't see E until about 8 or 830. I think she needs to call in sick tomorrow and slug with me.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

off like a dirty shirt

Going to Galveston this morning and Nola must be intuiting that Lilli Munster is going and she is not. She is being needy and wants to be right up my ass.

I am sure she understands something is up as it was barely light out and I was up letting them out and then not going back to bed. Any day we don't go back to bed for at least a little while, well there is something inherrantly wrong with that picture.

The plan is to pick Beth up at 930 and then hit the beach for an hour or so stopping at McD's. Since Beth is not a Starbuck's fan, I will get my fixon the way to her house. Simple eneough, all of it. No shower needed, find my hat or add more product to my hair, brush my teeth and then out the door.

I put most of the laundry away already this morning. Last night I went to watch a movie and the one I wanted is still in my car from the hurricane rita evacuation. My car is parked on the street three yards down because of road construction which means walking across 3 yards to get to it. That was not something I wanted to do at 10 oclock last night in the dark when one of the yards is particularly ungroomed. When I get home I need to remember tog rab them from the trunk. I might unload some other stuff too depending on how much I can carry.

The only other thing on the agenda is locating my jury duty summons so I can get the number to postpone it. I am going to go my 8 weeks out which takes me to the first week in January. I hope the date is after the jurors pay increase. Currently it is 6 bucks and in January it goes to 40. I am not sure if it is January 1st or not. Pushing it back that far also gets me through the holidays at work not requiring my boss to juggle schedules when we are already pretty much maxxed out on hours as it is.

Yesterday at work was the first Saturday of the holiday season. It was all I could do to knit a few rows of my sweater. My coworkers should realize that the knitting keeps me sane and stable which makes me a more pleasant coworker. They nearly collectively plucked my last nerve yesterday. Clients were rude and rushed and I even 'accidently' hung up on a few that were particularly rude. It is a well known fact how fucked our phone system is, 6 lines in, one phone, one receptionist most of the time handling the phone and ringing clients and independent sales, so them getting legitimately cut off happens. Gotta take the joy where I find it some days. And as the big day-o-jesus comes nearer, it is only going to get worse.


I remembered yesterday to ask for switching to an early shift on Dec 3 and 31. I am scheduled late both days and the 3rd is Carol's party, the lesbian social event of the season and quite possibly the year. $25 donation gets you in and the $$ go to a local lesbian charity. It gets you heavy hos d'oeuvres and an open bar as well as 300 or so lesbians milling about Carol's house. for New Year's we have been invited to the faux chateau, Beth's lake house up outside of Austin. Ok, so it's a trailer on a lot in the woods with a creek. I still think lake house is accurate enough. I have not been yet, but it would be nice tog et away with some friendaroonies after the holiday madhouse in the salon.

I think I will sit and knit a few rows before leaving as my morning meditation.

More later perhaps.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

just wondering

How much trouble would you (or would I) get into buying furniture while your (or my) dear wife was out of town? I have managed to control the impulse this far, but I still have a few more days to get through, and she did agree that the chairs, etc that I am lusting for are lovely.

Must think of Taos vacation next fall...

I guess I am not really lusting after them so much as I like them and we just need more furniture. I know in my rational mind that I need a room plan before I purchase more furniture with ot without E. But that is my rational mind. MMaybe the yarn shop on the way to work is in order.

Friday, November 04, 2005

130 more hours

Sigh...She's been gone just over three hours. Miracle of miracle's she left the house on schedule. Should my countdown for her return be days? 6 including today. Hours? Roughly 130.

Regardless of wanting her to have a good time, just...don' it.

I think I need to go make some cookie dough.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


I just sent E to Taco Bell drive thru...What was I thinking?

Monday, October 31, 2005

Make a list of your own

E had this link on her blog and I decided to play along. The ones in plain text I pretty much have no opinion about. I starred the ones I never knew. E will probably be reminding me that some of my starred songs I actually just don't remember.

One final point, the list is fucked because number 100 should certainly be number 1.

-Underline and bold your favorites
-Bold the ones you like
-Strikethru the ones you loathe (these would make terrific torture devices)
-Italicize the ones you consider to be guilty pleasures
-Leave as plain text, any you can’t remember or never knew

1. Physical, Olivia Newton-John
2. Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor
3. I Love Rock N' Roll, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
4. Ebony And Ivory, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
5. Centerfold, J. Geils Band
6. Don't You Want Me, Human League
7. Jack And Diane, John Cougar
8. Hurts So Good, John Cougar
9. Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band
10. Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Chicago
11. Tainted Love, Soft Cell
**12. Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis
13. Harden My Heart, Quarterflash
14. Rosanna, Toto
15. I Can't Go For That, Daryl Hall and John Oates
16. 867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone
**17. Key Largo, Bertie Higgins
18. You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Melissa Manchester
19. Waiting For A Girl Like You, Foreigner (if I only knew then what I know now)
20. Don't Talk To Strangers, Rick Springfield(just because it's RS)
** 21. The Sweetest Thing, Juice Newton
22. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson (Michael's mother luuuuved her some Willie Nelson and at the time I really hated this song though I like it well enough now)
23. Shake It Up, Cars
24. Let It Whip, Dazz Band
25. We Got The Beat, Go-Go's
** 26. The Other Woman, Ray Parker Jr.
27. Turn Your Love Around, George Benson
**28. Sweet Dreams, Air Supply
29. Only The Lonely, Motels
30. Who Can It Be Now?, Men At Work
31. Hold Me, Fleetwood Mac
32. Eye In The Sky, Alan Parsons Project
33. Let's Groove, Earth, Wind and Fire
34. Open Arms, Journey (at the time, yes, it was the prom theme, of course)
35. Leader Of The Band, Dan Fogelberg
36. Leather And Lace, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
37. Even The Nights Are Better, Air Supply
38. I've Never Been To Me, Charlene
39. '65 Love Affair, Paul Davis
40. Heat Of The Moment, Asia
**41. Take It Easy On Me, Little River Band
**42. Pac-man Fever, Buckner and Garcia
43. That Girl, Stevie Wonder
44. Private Eyes, Daryl Hall and John Oates
**45. Trouble, Lindsey Buckingham
**46. Making Love, Roberta Flack
**47. Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me, Juice Newton
** 48. Young Turks, Rod Stewart
49. Freeze-frame, J. Geils Band
50. Keep The Fire Burnin', REO Speedwagon
51. Do You Believe In Love, Huey Lewis and The News
52. Cool Night, Paul Davis
53. Caught Up In You, 38 Special
**54. Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, Diana Ross
55. Love In The First Degree, Alabama
**56. Hooked On Classics, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
57. Wasted On The Way, Crosby, Stills and Nash
58. Think I'm In Love, Eddie Money
**59. Love Is In Control, Donna Summer
60. Personally, Karla Bonoff
61. One Hundred Ways, Quincy Jones
62. Blue Eyes, Elton John
63. Our Lips Are Sealed, Go-Go's
**64. You Could Have Been Wih Me, Sheena Easton
65. You Can Do Magic, America
66. Did It In A Minute, Daryl Hall and John Oates
67. I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls
68. Somebody's Baby, Jackson Browne
**69. Oh No, Commodores
**70. Take It Away, Paul McCartney
**71. It's Gonna Take A Miracle, Deneice Williams
**72. Love Will Turn You Around, Kenny Rogers
73. Don't Stop Bellevin', Journey
74. Comin' In And Out Of Your Life, Barbra Streisand
75. Gloria, Laura Branigan

76. Empty Garden, Elton John
**77. Yesterday's Songs, Neil Diamond
78. Crimson And Clover, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
79. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Police

80. Here I Am, Air Supply
81. I Keep Forgettin', Michael Mcdonald
82. Get Down On It, Kool and The Gang
**83. Any Day Now, Ronnie Milsap
84. Make A Move On Me, Olivia Newton-John
**85. Take My Heart, Kool and The Gang
**86. Mirror Mirror, Diana Ross
87. Vacation, Go-Go's
88. (Oh) Pretty Woman, Van Halen
**89. Should I Do It, Pointer Sisters
90. Hot In The City, Billy Idol
**91. Kids In America, Kim Wilde (I know this song now as the 80's band we go see played it recently. If I knew it then I would have to strike through)
**92. Man On Your Mind, Little River Band
**93. What's Forever For, Michael Murphy
94. Waiting On A Friend, Rolling Stones
95. Do I Do, Stevie Wonder
96. Working For The Weekend, Loverboy
**97. Goin' Down, Greg Guidry
98. Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross
99. Through The Years, Kenny Rogers
100. Edge Of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks (Can you say karaoke?)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

note to self

k1, p1 k 2 rows

Inspiration strikes at 2AM

So Sawyer had to bark at something about an hour ago. This woke Lilli Munster up and I took her out to pee. It was immediately evident that she was not going back to sleep anytime soon, so I decided to begin a memoir entry inspired by seeing the carnival lights on the way home last night. I had not really thought about any of this in about 20 years. Maybe 25 years. Maybe.

The following is the first draft of 'Carnival".

The Carnival

As I drive home from work at night, I hit an overpass once I have gone from 59 to the Beltway that allows the night sky to become animated with uncommon color. There are flashing bulbs of every color and design matched only by fireworks. I love the lights of the carnival in the night sky. I love the carnival at night.

when I was 16 or 17, I went for a girls night out with my best friends at that time. I think there might have been 5 of us piled into Colleen's Maverick, Colleen, Tina, Eileen, Paula and myself. It was the end of summer and we were out to just have a grand old time. Someone had procured a couple of eight packs of Miller light ponies, and we were on our way to the county annual carnival by dusk.

I remember the five of us actually all fitting in the seat on the Tilt-a-Whirl together. It was a celebration of sorts because Eileen had finally relented and accepted me into the group of locals. I don't remember the five of us being exclusively social before this time. We were a pack of local girls out for the first time with none of the boy/friend regulars, also part of our group. It truly was unique to be out doing something with none of the boys figuring out where we were and just showing up.

There were mass quantities of cotton candy, funnel cakes, corn dogs and let's not forget, beer. Someone's cousin was working the beer concession so of course, there was more to drink than what we had on the way there. We stopped on the side of the road as soon as the night sky was filled with the lights of the carnival rides to drink the rest of our beer stash and dispose of the empties before unleashing ourselves for our night of fun. It was also the night of my first and only drunken tattoo.

As we took a break from the rides to stroll around and cruise for hot guys, someone suggested we play some carnival games. We went booth to booth and threw darts at balloons to win posters, played ring toss to win goldfish, and the best of all, thew softballs for records. I remember someone bringing home Steve Miller Band and someone else scoring Fleetwood Mac. After a fresh round of beers, we came across the tattoo tent.

The tattoo itself wasn't a bad choice . I got it on my left shoulder and it was about 4 inches high. There was a tiger and a sash across it where in my drunkenness, I took everyone's suggestion to heart and I put my boyfriend Michael's name boldly in black scripted letters. The tiger itself was vivid orange striped with black and behind the tiger was a red heart. Then the sash saying Michael. It really was stunning and I felt like such a rebellious bad girl. Truly one of the group for the first time. This was followed by more alcohol, more food, and more riding in the sea of colored lights. It really is one of my fondest memories of that era.

The next morning, I got up as usual and had campground chores to do. First there was the bathrooms, then the firepits and trash, then lifeguard duty for the bulk of the day. It was the lifeguarding where the drunken tattoo became a questionable choice. As my father finished cleaning the pool, He and I passed through the pool gate and I still had a hooded sweatshirt on over my bathing suit. I really was not consciously trying to cover the tattoo, I truly hadn't given it a thought since waking up that morning.

Michael and his dad returned from fishing and hit the pool at about 2 in the afternoon. I had been lazing around sunning for a bit and chatting it up with Stephan, one of our summer residents and a good friend and confidant. Stephan was a couple of years older and he and I developed a thick sibling like bond almost instantly when we first met the summer before. He asked about the new ink and for the first time that day my eyes went to my shoulder. Shit. I had been parading about all day without a clue. I touched it gently and instantly had the memory of the ink flowing off the artist's brush onto my skin. Yes, brush, not needle. Thank God it was fake.

So Michael and his dad came in for a dip. As soon as Mr. Wheeler swam the length of the pool, he got out of the water, dried off and told us kids to have fun while he went in search of a cold one. I knew he was also in search of my dad for some bullshitting. It was after fishing ritual. What didn't occur to me was that he had taken notice of my tattoo.

Not five minutes after Mr Wheeler's exit, I hear my dad on the speaker in the tree. "Inside, now" was all he said.

Out of the pool, towel around my waist, hoodie back on, I ran across the parking lot to the office.

"Let me see it." I had never really seen my dad pissed off. Certainly not at me. If steam could have blown out his ears, he would have looked like many a cartoon venting frustration. I really was puzzled as to what he was talking about. This only infuriated him more as he yanked me into the back room. "The tattoo."

I told him it was fake. He wasn't hearing that at all. He wanted to see it and he wanted to see it immediately. My hoodie was off in a flash. My dad touched my arm. At that point I thought he was ready to beat my ass, something that had never in my lifetime happened. He was reaching for the first aid kit and he rummaged through it for something. Finally he comes out with an alcohol wipe. I knew this would take the tattoo off, and Michael who was still at the pool had.t seen it yet.

I got my dad to give me the wipe and I proceeded to take off the tip of the tiger's tail to prove to him it was fake. My dad was instantly relieved and I was again his little girl. "Go" was all he said.

Mr. Wheeler was sitting at the counter drinking his coke and chuckling as I ran out the office door. I shed my hoodie and towel as I went through the gate and dove into the pool and came up in the deep end standing between Michael and Stephan. Michael and I had been a couple for about a year at that point and he had never kissed me in front of anyone. He was shy and protective. We were naive enough to think none of the adults knew and only many years later was this illusion shattered. Michael, after hearing the whole story leaned in close and hugged me. He then turned my face up to his and kissed me. I looked over his shoulder to see Stephan smiling and swimming off. Michael and I spent the rest of the afternoon sunning ourselves.

Friday, October 28, 2005

art at what risk?

I have already decided I will not be taking the risk, but the idea still begs the question. When you are driving along and you see the perfect photo to accompany a story you either will or have already written, but to take the phot would be nothing short of dangerous, do you ever take said picture?


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Tears for what might have been

No, not for the Astros, that would not have me shedding a tear or two.

Lilli Munster shimmied her petite self under the fence.

the ug dykes have a big dog. Bigger than Sawyer anyway. Under she goes not a care in the world. Reminded me of Traveling Matt on Fraggle Rock. Off to the wilds to explore the unknown. So she was staying right out of my reach under the fence. Fucker.

Then she wanders over to the edge of the pool just out of my vision and what I can see from my peephole between the slats.
Inside, put clothes on, go knock on the ug dykes door before 9am. Not surprisingly, no answer even though both their cars are in the driveway.

So I went back inside to our back yard to see if Lilli had come to her senses and come back over from the dark side. Umm, no.

I could see her make her way from the banana palms around the pool to the other side where the big dog was. Not a peep from him and it was hysterical as he was askeered of her.All 2 pounds of her.

Back out the front door and around to the shared sideyard where the gate to the ug dykes' yard is unlocked. I lifted the latch and over trots the big dog to investigate. Still no sound from him and his tail is awagging. Lilli trots close behind. Sees me. Comes running to the crack of an opening so that the gate remains between me and the big dog. Hesitantly, Lilli comes through to be with her own clan.



Thursday, October 20, 2005

New project

I know, I know... I am not even done with the retablo (barely started, really) and already there is a new project being launched.

There is an organization here in Houston called AssistHers. They provide care teams for lesbians in need. I think they are if you want more info. I have been crocheting up a storm and just last week on vacation, I finally took my sorry ass down to Y2E to learn how to knit. E went with me and sat and sketched a bit and all in all, it took about 45 minutes.

Anyway, the new project. I want to make throw size blankets for each client AssistHers serves. I can do this on my own and it would take forever. Or I could ask for help and people who want to participate. They have about 20 active cases at the moment. If you knit or crochet and are interested, please let me know. I think the blankets should be done in synthetic because allergies are quite often part of the illnesses dealt with.

If you don't knit or crochet but want to contribute, let me know and you can maybe send a Michael's or Hobby Lobby gift card or some yarn.

I am on a mission.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

inspired *and* brilliant

Just wait until I finish my retablo. My brilliance will shine here for all toappreciate once it is done. Maybe tomorrow.


I have been contemplating a site at Anyone heard of it?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Happy Birthday Connor

He doesn't read me as far as I know, but it might be the only bday wish I get to send him today, actually on his bday. My youngest is 15 today!

I'll take immunity, thank you.

I got on the scal ethis lovely back to work Tuesday morning and it didn't budge. No drama or concern, Aunt Flo is visiting y'know, but I just don't feel like changing the template for nothing.

My retablo is stil sitting naked. I have to turn it in on Friday. I have faith in the universe.

I made a wrap from some of the ebay yarn and I have a scarf going from some of it. Then I decided to combine strands to use it to test a pattern for Donna on Crochetcille. It is for a tote bag and I am nearly finished with it. I cannot decideif I will use it or not. I will wait until I get the strap onto it to decide.

Going back to work is going to suck today. Hopefully there will have been an announcement and I can make my countdown official. I bet y'all have forgotten about the mystery countdown.

Yoga beckons.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

vacation planning

E has told me it is my turn to pick for next year's major vacation. We have been talking about going to Santa Fe for some time now and I have found the perfect reason to make this my final decision. And it was even an easy sell.


Im know E must be relieved to not be stuck in a beach town somewhere having to slather on enogh sunscreen to keep her ass from becoming fried. I am not sure 'enough' is even a possibility. Now she will just have to worry about some exposed areas like her face and perhaps her arms. I am so good to her.

Anyone been to this area and have any suggestions? We will be going late September/early October and likely for 2 weeks.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

uh oh...

My disease has just multiplied. I have the illness times 2. We went to Yarns 2 Ewe today and I learned to cast on and knit. Then I was whipping right along and found a purl tutorial online. Then I figured out if I knit a row and then purl alternate rows, well then I have something normal sweater looking.


Happy Birthday baby!

DSE, she is so dear and sweet.

We are getting ready to go to Yarns 2 Ewe to sit with the worker grrls and learn to knit. Woo hoooooooo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Still processing

My creativity is still brewing. That loosely translates to my retablo is still a naked tin sitting on the workbench in the garage.

We went out this morning for a late breakfast to Cafe Artiste. We were planning a new budget in a neutral setting. It was rather productive and enlightening. Let's just say we are striving to be on a financial diet with greater success than our nutritional diet.

That doesn't mean I am dispairing or lamenting the state of my nutritional diet. It is working and on goddess time and I am losing, so no complaint. It only means that I hope for better success with the financial diet. Really it just comes to us communicating about finances in a healthy manner. Doing it together. A new breed of conceptual art.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Creative mind on overdrive.,,

It is a double edged sword for sure. I like all the creativity when it is brewing about. I don't like being less able to focus on one particular project. Specifically, the Lawndale retablo which I really need to get done this week.

I have seen it so clearly in my mind's eye but the tin is sitting out in the garage still naked and untouched.

Manana is soon enough for me...

We are just back from B & N and I was perusing a variety of books. Several were crochet books, no surprise there. I was also looking at a few on altered books and one called the collage Sourcebook. They are dizzying, really. I had a stack of five of the eight I selected to breeze through and took the easy road and selected a scarf crochet book. Of the croochet books, it was the one I would use the most. The others will be on the shelf in time.

I have a gift certificate from a paper/scrapbooking company to use, and I am thinking maybe I will start with the chalks and some letter stamps or embelishments. I can use these things in other mediums, altered books come to mind. I will decide on that after another breeze through the catalog.

We took Lilli Munster to the Bayou City Art Festival today. She is a chick magnet,

Friday, October 07, 2005

rainbow gay and grrly pink

I crafted a sling for Lilli Munster out of scraps of yarn. Really I had no idea what it was going to look like. It might be too ugly to photograph and post. But it is oh so gay and grrly. I might take Lilli out later and give it a test. One of the Yorkie books that came with her says it is important to socialize your pup early with as many people and animals as possible, so naturally we simply must take her out and about.

While sitting on the couch posting, I can look into the glass doors of the tv cabinet and see what Lilli is up too. There are a bunch of toy patterns available at Crochetville and it seems that Lilli plays most with the little scrumbles I have made for her with a scap of yarn. Cheapo homemade toys it is!

Buenos Dias

At 2 am, Nola and Sawyer decided they heard something outside. E got up and let them out, but I could hear Lilli Munster whining and wanting out too. Since I was awake anyway and I am tasked with house training her, I got up to take her outside with the others,

"yes baby, I am going out naked." I went on out and put Lilli in her spot where she promptly went pee. I took her back to the crate and she was quiet for a bit, but as I was laying in bed liistening, her whining increased. E thought it was the squeaky toy we got her, but no, it was Lilly.

I got up with her and took her outside again.

I have stayed up with her and let her crawl all over me on the couch and she just settled down onto the cushion just over my left shoulder. Nola is on the back of the cushion all the way to the left and Lilli tried to go lay with her, but Nola snapped at her. She came running back to the safety of my space.

The integration is going rather well. Sawyer only snapped at her once and that was when she thought she might get a drink from the big dogs' dish. She has gone back to it since, but he only seems to mind it when there is food in the other dish. I have kept Lilli's food and water dishes on the table so S and N don't inhale her food.She only eats about a tablespoon at a time. Yesterday I put her on the scale and the needle didn't even quiver, let alone move, so she has a delicate figure to maintain. That and the fact she is just 10 weeks.

When we were up last night, I scooped her up once she had settled and put her back into the crate and went back to bed with no trouble so I might try that again. Or I might stay up and find something to do. Vacation.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

On vacation

Since I am on vacation until the 18th, I decided to respect my body's time clock and go with the flow. That means lieing in bed awake at 230 in the morning wasn't an option. Lilli is pleased to have someone to play with.

She is so sweet.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Welcome Lilli Munster!

Originally uploaded by queenmaxine.
Certifiable. That is what e has to say. I called E and asked her if I could bring her lunch today. I suggested Jason's Deli which E agreed to and asked if I would stop at Starbucks, too. I couldnn't exactly say that might be too much to carry, so the plan was set.

I got to E's work and walked into her office with my arms full and promptly introduced e to Lilly. Love at first sight, of course.

change of plans

No knitting lessons today. Nola, please forgive me.

more later...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

16 cones

My ebay package arrived today. It is 16 cones of yarn, mostly lightweight stuff, but my imagination is already spinning away the things I might be creating. Most of it is a plain light strand, but some is chenille and some boucle. There is a bit of a musty age smell, but nothing too terrible.

I am considering going to the yarn shop and beginning to learn knitting tomorrow. Maybe. T lost a tire today, so he will take E's car tomorrow and I will take her to work which gets be up nice and early on the first day of my 2 weeks off work.

"2 weeks? how much time did I approve for you?" That was what my boss had to say when I told her I would see her in 2 weeks as she was leaving for the day. Actually I am taking 5 days off which parlays into my return two weeks from today because I switched a few days around.


Monday, October 03, 2005

domestic goddess

So I didn't feel like going to the store right now, but I did feel like some fresh cookies or something home baked.

I noticed right away we had about half the needed recipe for standard Toll House cc cookies. If this is the case, the cupboard is near bare, Don't dispair.

1 stick butter softened
3/8 cup sugar
3/8 cup brown sugar
capful vanilla

Cream the above ingredients together.

Mix in 1 egg.

Mix in 1 1/8 cup of flour.

spread evenly into an 8 inch square or other size cake pan you might have available.

Bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

When you take it out of the oven, sprinkle whatever chocolate chips you might have over the top of the pan. Let them sit until the heat of the cookie has melted them, about 2 minutes, and then spread them over the top of the cookie like frosting.

cut into bars and consume.


yum. yum.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Minpins and yarn just don't mix

I am sure Nola was convinced she was helping me out. She even went so far as to pick the skein of yarn I needed to wind next to finish the cute grrl clutch I am making.

I just spent the last two hours untangling her mess and she sat on the edge of the chair at attention the whole time watching me. She knew she fucked up. Now that I put it down, finally finished, she is snoozing next to me on the couch. She doesn't know how close I came to bringing home a Yorkie baby today. It would be quite tragic for her princess status to be displaced.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Up and at 'em

I was just going to say how it is odd for me to be ready and awakeso early on a Wednesday, and then I just let flythis tremendous yawn. So maybe not so awake.

I think work is going to be agressive today and I am even considering nnot taking a crochet bag. But if I don't bring it, I certainly will need it.

I dreamt this morning of being a substitute teacher for a history class of high school seniors. It was the class no one else wants to teach. The problem children. Oddly enough, all of my own 'problem children', were students in the class. My coworkers I have issue with, mostly, and the occasional nemesis of days gone by. They were all the age they are/were when I was actively engaged with them.

I was told by the principle goiing in that there were 10 objectives that must be addressed. Then he gave me a copy of the final exam for the class which was 10 questions long. He said he did not expect miracles. I told him that he should with me teaching.

The class was unruly and I let them be. Then 2 minutes before the end of class I told them that the only things required of them were courtesy and respect and that I would be grading them on it and it was worth half their final grade so that if I deemed them an F at thoose things, they would need an A on the exam to get a C.

I then told them to be prepared to discuss courtesy and respect the following class.

I said it was weird, yes?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


You Have A Type B Personality


You're as laid back as they come...
Your baseline mood is calm and level headed
Creativity and philosophy tend to be your forte

Like a natural sedative, you have a soothing effect on people
Friends and family often turn to you first with their problems
You have the personality to be a spiritual or psychological guru

Monday, September 26, 2005

inventory part 2

I just took some more stuff out of my car. There were two pieces of art E has given to me, bith done by her. One is part of the ball and chain series and one is a woman holding her tits a la queenmaxine which she painted before we met. It really was perfect as foreshadowing of what was to come.

Then I removed a piece of sculpture I bought on our trip to Switzerland and another sort of sculpture I got in San Antonio. Both are of women and both reside on my altar. Just something about them.

There were two plates which I rescued from my mother just last month when I was home. They are perhaps as old as I am and there is just something about them. E does not really care for them too much I think, but they have always been a fixture and have an intrinsic sentimental value I can't further explain.

Maybe more on the next commercial.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Catching up

I have unpacked our suitcases and straightened out the closet. Next comes the bedroom maybe. I did a quick stab at the kitchen and at least have the dishwasher going, but I amnot feeling like cleaning out here in the great room just yet as a lot of it is just stuff that needs to be returned to the garage and yard.

I am feeling like being lazy all around, but I also want to work toward getting stuff back to normal as well as getting my car further unpacked and cleaned and washed. A little too hot right now to be outdoors though, so I think the bedroom it is. After I make sure my baby does not need a beer or anything. Some things must remain a priority.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Thank you Saint Rita


Back form or trip to Beth's and our power has been restored. We have air. We have internet. We have fans. We have a fridge cooling the remaining beer.


feed me seymor

So we have journeyed into town to our friend Beth's house. She was lucky enough to make it to her pareents' place out toward Austin and we have her spare key. We wanted a hot meal and alittle bit of net time. All at la Casa de Goddesses is fine. Still no power, but we made it through with nothing but a yard to clean up.

It was cool and windy with cloud cover most of the day so the house only got up to about 80. Hopefully we will be able to sleep comvortably tonight without it being too muggy.

The dogs are happy to not be in a car somewhere and also glad that their humans are not off to work but are home slugging with them.

We were going to maybe watch a movie while we were here, but we forgot that you have to be a grrl genius to operate Beth's remote system. Too much challenge for me. Pass.

I made us some tamales and eggs for le diner and I might be off to make another round before we vacate the premises.

It's all good.

update posted from Beth's

814 Saturday morning and we are still in one piece. There is no electricity and it has rained and there has been some howling wind over night, but everything otherwise is sound. A lot of pecans are falling onto the roof and with there being no other ambient noise, they are so loud. There is a lot of tree debris in the yard, but no major branches seem to have fallen.

I was hoping that even though there is no power, that there might be cable and
I would have an internet connection but I was not thinking that the wireless box still requires power to transmit the signal so no such luck.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Nearly midnight

I am sitting here looking out the back window at a tree that is positively still. There doesn't even seem to be a gentle breeze milling about. There has been some brief rain, but none that I saw or heard. I only know it rained because I see the patio is wet.

When I switch the channel back to local news, there is a totally different picture. Galveston is getting slammed with the edge of the Hurricane. It has not quite made landfall as far as I can tell, but the current news is about a fire on the Strand in one of the historic buildings. Or maybe it is in the historic district but not a historic building. It is across from the opera house, so I kinda know where they are talking about. It is totally out of control and after an hour, no progress evident in containing it. There is a swirl of sparks that makes the wind visible in an eery way.

Rita, may you stay as calm (here) as you are right now.

Let the inventory begin

I decided I would take a physical inventory of things I decided to pack into my car to take with me had I been able to evacuate. The easiest way to do this will be to blog about the things I unload as I unload them.

The first thing out of the car was Nola and myself. Then when we went to bed last night, I brought in my 6 Martha Stewart Grandma feather pillows. They are from Kmart of all places and regular price 8 bucks a piece. In terms of our sleeping comfort they are worth taking because we might have needed to sleep in the car. In terms of recovery after the fact they are still a comfort. In terms of replacement if they got flooded, they are priceless as it would be difficult to replace them. There is no Kmart in TX. Annd they cannot be ordered from the Kmart website. I don't know what is wrong with those people.

I also removed my work in progress crochet bag which also holds my wallet and phone, etc. One needs to be able to crochet for calm if displaced, you know. All my hooks are in that bag and a pair of craft scissors. It really is rather organized of me to have all that in one place easy to grab should I have to flee.

More to come.

And let it gooooooooooooo

I just had some discipline and declined to raise my bid on my second auction. I can be so strong at times. Really it was such a struggle. Baby, be proud.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

One auction down...

So I won one of my two auctions and the other one ends tomorrow morning, I was going to pay attention to adjust my maximum bid if necessary, but considering I just multiplied my holdings I will see if I win it as is.

The one I already have won is for 6 spools of yarn of various weights. Large cones. Lots of possibilities. The seller also had 3 other groupings which did not sell and I offered her half the list which she accepted. I think that means I have about 16 spools coming.


Who loves you, baby?


House bound

When most of the city is trying to evacuate and most (if not all by now) businesses are closed, there's always ebay. The internet can be a dangerous thing. C'mon rita bring me a win on my two yarn auctions!!

supplied and in for the long haul

We just got back from the grocery store.

Actually, we went to the little brown market around the corner first. While there, we got the immediate essentials. A 12pak of Bud for E, a 12pak of Budlite for me, and also a six of Pepsi and various bags of chips, cookies, and a couple of Twinkies and Ding Dongs.

That would have been enough had we not needed dog food. E had heard on the news that walmart would be open til 5. There is a walmart about a half mile down the road and yes, I was actually going to go there. The parking lot was empty and I did not even have to turn into their parking lot.

Whew, narrow escape.

However, we still need dog food. So we went to Randalls down the street and we actually got an impressively responsible list of groceries. Real food. Not a lot of beer and crap (as we already had those items in full supply).

So as it now stands, Rita is a Cat4 and might dissipate to a Cat3 before landfall. I maintain that Rita will bring us no arm. I am already designing a Saint Rita tattoo for my calf in the near future.

The decision to stay came after careful consideration. It really is simple common sense at this point. We feel safer in our home than we would in 99 degrees, current temp, on 45 north feeling like sardines if not overheating ourselves, our car overheating or running out of gas.

Rita, c'mon over for Cheddarwurst and beer!


Was that the sound of me relaxing in aunt PAt's huge jacuzzi spa tub?

Fuck no.

That was the sound of me being somewhat rested because I have been asleep in my own bed for 5 hours.

It took us an hour and a half to go the normal 45 minutes to get to the area near E's sister's house. Then it was another hour and a half to get 2 miles further down the road.

There are 4 lanes of highway stagnant. Not moving. Then there are three to four lanes of feeder road to the highway which were not being allowed to merge onto 45 north. We were on the feeder lanes and our 2 miles were better progress than the vehicles actually on the freeway.

After the magnanimous 2 miles, E decided to pull off and rest. As I was following her, I tried to rest also.

It was 97 fucking degrees yesterday and at 330 in the mornning, it was still 82. Does Mother Nature not know it is FALL now?

So we slept or at least rested a little in a quiet little parking lot. Quiet is a relative term of course. We first pulled off and found ourselves at the walmart gas station 'letswaitinlinetiltheygettheirnextgasdelivery' party. There were a shitload of people just communning. There were several truckers sitting in their cozy little air conditioned cabs resting as is normal for them. Well let me tell you, that is fucking loud for the rest of us.

So we went to a little deserted side strip mall where it was relatively quiet.

At 6am, we decide (E decided with me following, I always defer to her as I can deny her nothing) to get back on our trek on 45 north. As we did the little turn around on SH242, E saw the left turn line for 45N and we took a right turn onto 45S.

This is how we got back home. E actually took the boy back to his dad's and I came home. I was home by about 730. I turned the air back on. I then hit the bed. So hence my ahhhhhhhhh I have slept about 3.5 hours.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

so now i am really in the car

waiting at the boy's dad's house for the boy. Traffic out of town is bumper to bumper gridlock and we will be forced into an evacuation route which will have us sitting in said traffic. Two cars of us. Yippee.

Hopefully we can do a little getaround.

On the road again

Fucking September 21st and it's 97 degrees at 6 pm.

My 17 minute ride home took me 1 hour exactly. Well, actually, it took me 20 minutes to gas up at the first gas station I came across leaving work. Then it took me 40 minutes to get home.

Houston is evacuating. Had you heard??

Hurricane Rita is a Cat 5 at the moment with landfall expected sometime late Thursday/early Friday. My theory is that we will suffer absolutely no losses from Rita because Rita is E's mother, our gaurdian angel, Goddess rest her soul. When we are inches from being destitute, Rita somehow steers us through. there is no way anything bad will come to us from a hurricane named Rita.

But...we are on our way to Dallas avec les chiens. Aunt Pat, Rita's sister, called E and said it would be a helluva thing if we made her come to Houston to collect our sorry asses. So we are on our way.

JC Penney even made it easy by deciding (the Sugarland store where I work anyway) to close Thursday to Sunday. Time for a few beers in Dallas.

I will update from Dallas as I can.


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I get a cookie for breakfast!

Minus two, woohoo!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Dreaming again

Weirdness. I have been dreaming again and they have all been weird. Usually something of my past but I am involved as I presently am. I suppose I should start to wi\rite them down again to see if any sense is to be made of it all. I need to do this before I get out of bed, otherwise they are gone. And as I get up it is often disconcerting to not be wherever I was dreaming of. As I said, weirdness.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

So. Not. Pretty.

Train wreck TV has taken over Sunday night. I just watched The Surreal Life followed by My Fair Brady and now Breaking Bonnaduce. It's just a train wreck. It's not pretty. Simple as that. But commercials are over, gotta watch.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Lazy Friday mornings

It has been lazy, but I have been productive. I rather like the combination.

Create work forms...done.
Straighten couch...done.

And it is not yet 930.

Right now the dogs are outside at the side fence which opens to the front of the house. There are construction vehicles and workers milling about out there and when they are momentarily quiet, I can hear the dogs steadily growling under their breath. This isn't quite as comical coming from Sawyer, he is medium size and definitely somewhat intimidating to strangers, particularly having no love for men. Coming from Nola, the MinPin, all 10 or so pounds of her, it's pretty fucking funny.

There is the low steady rumble and then the somewhat higher steady rumble.

Those men better beware.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Not so bad

I was going to skip the scale altogether this morning, but E so endearingly brought it to my attention that I just couldn't 'forget' it was scale day. It was my birthday week and all as well as Aunt flo, so I did not have the greatest sense of discipline. Actuaqlly, my discipline was not really sacrificed as I was intentional with everything I decided to put into my mouth.

Minus two. I'll take it.

Yoga is going to kick my ass today.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Thanks ladies!!

Thanks for all the HBs! It has been a wonderful birthday weekend celebration. Now it seems I need to find a hat pattern and get my ass in gear.

We have been kicking around the idea of an Emerald Pillows lesbian blogger convention in P-town next year. Who's in?

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Tht birthday celebration began on Wednesday evening with some nookie caliente supreme. Awesome.

On Friday we went to MiLuna for tapas and then to Soundwaves where E bought me Bloom, a CD of Sarah McLachlan remixes. It is different and interesting and overall after a few listens, I like it. We then went to Half Price Books where I got a Rita Mae Brown book I had never heard of 'In Her Day', as well as 'Mendocino', a book of short stories by Ann Packer.

We then headed to the Continental Club to see an 80s band and drink some beers. Too many beers when I had to get up at 6 on Saturday to work, but we were having some fun.

We tried to get to Empire for desert, but there was no reasonable parking. We ended up instead at Brenner's in tshirts where we had lobster bisque and cocktails at the bar. Very foofy place for tshirts, but goddesses that we are, there was not even a raised eyebrow from the wait staff. Their lobster bisque is certainly divine.

I think we were home by 11 and I promptly fell asleep.

Saturday I worked 8-4 and when I got home I was greeted by a vase of fresh cut flowers from our garden which I should have taken a picture of. Lovely. Next to them was a bag of gifties. A box of Godiva and a book were inside. Not just any book, but one I have had my eye on for a few months now. E totally surprised me by getting me 'The Crochet Stitch Bible'. She luuuuuuuuuvs me.

We then went to Eatzi's and got some food for a picnin at the waterwall. After that we went to see Mystic India at the museum IMAX. Then to Slick Willies and then for desert at Cafe Beneigt(I think I spelled that wrong, but as we are off to breakfast in a few, I really can't be bothered to go check).

So now we are off to breakfast at empire and then the farmer's market for some produce.

Happy Birthday to me.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Hornets...don't like them

There is a nest somewhere outside of the back door. It could actually be in the attic somewhere and they are going in and out somewhere near the door. I am really trying to get to a place of Buddhist calm and reason about not wishing them dead, but ever since I was little and got stung and had to go to the ER to be treated, I don't know, I sorta have this phobia thing about bees and wasps and hornets, oh my.

They dive bomb the back french doors. Do they really think the glass is an open window and they can just come in? I don't know, but if they are that stupid, they can be eliminated as a species dontcha think? It is an ongoing thunk periodically. Not often enought o form a soothing pattern, but distracting regardless. Wisdom says then to get my lazy ass off the couch.

Time to clean the closet, woohoo.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I nearly forgot...

The reward for making my goal will be Season 3 of La Femme Nikita. No buying it before then, not even at a great price. Not until the scale says 243.

That's less than 2 pounds a week. I can be that decisive. I really can.

It's time

I read a quote in Oprah yesterday that said once you make the decision for something to happen, it will. I should get off my lazy ass to get the entire quote, but now that I think about it, the magazine is at work. I will try to remember to get it while I am there tonight. It is in the September issue.

So on to my decision. It's time. Time to move on to the next 10%. I have also considered going back to Weight Watchers, once again hereafter WW, but I really do know their formulations and the leaders can be unbearable at times with their cheerfulness whether canned or genuine. I appreciate that their program has changed once again from the last one I used, but if it workked then, changes or not, it will work again.

10% of the current weight is the initial goal over 16 weeks. That is what I went through last time, though it took me longer than 16 weeks. Loolking at the calendar, 16 weeks from today is December 27th. I do not like the added challenge of the holidays, but if Oprah, the magazine, says it is possible to decide, than I decide. It's time.

I will weigh in each Tuesday morning and track my progress here, so for the next 16 weeks, Tuesday is weight blog day. Let me go hit the scale.

Uh-oh. Maybe it's Aunt flo bloat. She is due any day now. Maybe it is that I haven't been to yoga in a month or so. I just saw the numbers and I know by now, they don't lie. My last venture to WW got me down to about 265 and some time after leaving I hit my goal and was at 260. I started at 297, so I was quite pleased with that. With the help of yoga, I have maintained 260 for two years with a + or - of 5 pounds. I just got on the scale and was disappointed to see a +10.

So there is is. I am starting at 270. The WW 10% plan means I need to lose 27 pounds in 16 weeks. By Xmas, basically. So my new goal weight is 243.

I go back to yoga next week. I am going to make it a priority for the next six weeks and I will see where it takes me in this effort. I know that when I go twice a week I maintain with little extra effort. I also know that just by upping that to 4-5 times a week, I can lose with little extra effort.

Due to my work schedule and Saturday being either a morning shift or a night shift, I can go 4 days one week and alternate 5 days the next. I will even go so far as to commit to doing something yoga at home on the days I do not get to class so I am working toward daily yoga which I know makes me feel better. It's time.

The extra effort for this first 16 weeks is going to fall under the Starbucks sign. I was going to limit myself to only when we go on the breakfast run, currently Starbucks and kolaches. Instead I think I will begin by cutting to 3 times a week. I was going to be stearn and say two, but I am confident I can manage three easily, the brekfast run included.

I used to be quite disciplined and only got Starbucks after yoga class. That is where the 10 pounds is from since I have not been going to yoga, surely. I have already given up Starbucks for this week and next week. Nothing as drastic as a cold turkey detox, but rather I gave that budget to getting some supplies for a coworker of mine who has 20 family members staying with her in her three bedroom apartment since Katrina. E and I went to Costco and got her some stuff. I decided to forgo Starbucks in lieu of that.

So I will add a tracker to the sidebar to help keep me focused and progress will be evident. Decisive, huh?

It's time.

Monday, September 05, 2005

This is how it must start...

949 PM and I am just in from work.

Bowl of mac and cheese with sliced pork tenderloin mixed in.

Tall, no, make that xtra tall amaretto and oj on the rocks.


Thursday, September 01, 2005


Where do you start when considering essentials? I was daydreaming today while driving arouind. I know this is not the most appealing combination of activities. I wasn't fully invested in daydreaming, really, but more I have had an awareness lurking somewhere just beneath my consciousness so it manifests quite regularly in my thoughts, dreams, and daydreams.

For much of the past few years, I have felt as if I am on the cusp of a major revelation. What does that mean? Who knows, it is still just beneath my consciousness. I feel inadequate to describe it. What do I need to do to more fully actualize this potential?

My thinking today was along the lines of absolute simplicity of lifestyle. I am not quite sure what this means either, and this is what I was pondering. As I filled the tank of my little Honda Civic to the tune of $33.46, I was glad for only a 13 gallon tank. Gas was $2.89 a gallon. The president came on the tv today urging us as citizens to be conscious of resources. Does this mean do not head to Galveston for some beach time?

Gas is an essential. How much gas is optional.

Without going to extremes, how do you evolve toward a more conscious use of resources? How long is a good test of your willpower? Do you make a deliberately achievable goal like a week? A month?

What do you relinquish?

Maybe I should have taken that nap rather than posting.

tilted universe

Nothing is quite wrong, there is just something not quite right. My boy is here and i love him dearly, but it has the universe just slightly tilted. He does nothing wrong and he really is quite engaging. He just isn't part of the day to day thing called life on a regular basis.

We aren't doing anything particularly different than if he weren"t here, so I don't really get it.

It just is.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I may never again speak... that sorry ass hateful mother fucker to whom I was married. He has finally succeeded in making me regret the day I said 'I do'. I might even regret the day we first met, though I am not sure if the implications of that would infer I regret the son we share, which certainly I do not.

Sorry. Ass. Hateful. Mother. Fucker. Motherfucker.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

chef william

Originally uploaded by queenmaxine.
Sunday brunch at the Lake Placid Hilton Chef William prepared a ham and cheese omelette for his mother. There was no brown scorch anywhere to be found. Most excellent.

the final leg

The journey is coming to a close. I got into Chicago at 845 and arrived at gate C32, I think. I then had to find my way to gate B22. What a chore that was.

I walked from one end of the C concourse to the other thinking that at the other end there would be a hub that branched off to the other concourses. I wasn't really looking for signs to concourse B because I thought that it would branch off near the beginning of C. Wrong.

II got to the other end of C and had to ask where B was as there was no signing at the end. On the way back to the middle of the concourse C, I saw a sign. It was small. Fuckers. I had to go down a steep escalator and through a long tunnel, then up a steep escalator and voila, concourse B. They are an H configuration.

The tunnel had the moving walkways so at least it was less of a hike, but it was still a long way. My original flight had just a half hour layover. It took me 55 minutes to go from gate to gate. Even if I had not browsed and detoured the wrong way, I doubt I would have made it.

Original flight, yes, I had to change yet another leg of the journey. It wasn't enough to change Connor's trip plan by a week and a half causing the need to rebook two additional flights. It wasn't enough that he overslept and missed his first flight last week. Or that his connecting flight had a maintenance delay causing me to wait 4 hours rather than 5 minutes.

When we got to the airport so bright and early this morning, I checked in for my flight so I would be rid of my baggage. Then we went to Connor's airline to check him in for his flight. and I was informed that I could not get on my flight because I could not leave the airport until his flight was off the ground. This trip has been such a comedy of errors that it really didn't even phase me.

I went back over to United and had to see the man. I told him the dilemma and asked if Connor and I could just exchange flights. Umm, no. Not that simple. He could, however, book me on the next flight out, and he was nice enough to cancel the rebooking fee. I took Connor to his gate which was on one end of the airport and he left at 655. The plane was not actually off the ground, but my plane was boarding at 7 at the other end of the airport and the attendant said it was okay. Like I even asked permission. Lucky for me, the Albany airport is quite petite compared to Chicago. Gate B1 to gate A5 only took about 8 minutes.

The next drama will be when Connor arrives in Houston at 1220 in terminal C and I do not arrive until 1250 in terminal A. I called E while waiting at the gate in Chicago and explained all the new drama of the morning. I did make her an alternate to sign for Connor, but she might not be able to leave work to do it. I told her to not sweat it as this is part of what the airline is paid a fee for. Since Connor's flight had a connecting layover, the unaccompanied minor fee was $75. Let them earn it by having to wait for me. The clincher here is that the attendant that was working the check in in Albany was so adamant about me changing my flight that she neglected to collect the fee. She distracted herself right out of the $$ and I think that all this drama has earned me a trip to Yarns 2 Ewe. They are having a sale this weekend to unload some inventory before they move next weekend. Sounds like providence to me.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Almost home

Two times on this trip I had a NY state trooper pull out of a freeway trooper hidey spot right behind me. the first time, I was on my way up to the mountains from the Albany airport. I had cruise control set on 70 and the speed limit was 65. I was in the right lane and there were two other cars in the left lane who had been steady next to me for quite a while, so i imagine their cruise was set on 70 also. It was just after twilight. Most of the trooper cars here are dark blue Crown Vi8c's with no bubble rack on top. Stuck into the turn around with the radar gun and just waiting, They are nearly invisible at night against the trees.

Lucky for me, the lead car to my right was about a car length in front of me pretty much sheilding me from the radar gun. I would have never heard the end of my father ranting all week long if I had been the lead car. Of course, I would have been able to keep my mouth shut about it, but Connor would have surely let it slip.

My second brush was just coming here from the mountains. Same situation and maybe my cruise was 71 or 72. Trooperman got a CRV behind me this time. Whew. Note to myself for future trips to the Adirondacks: CRUISE IS TO ?BE SET AT THE SPEED LIMIT. PERIOD.

So we are checked in and we are signed up for the 4:30 shuttle to the airport with a 4AM wakeup call. My flight leaves at 620 and connor's at 655.


Monday, August 22, 2005

Sanity still in tact

I am so ready to be hoime.

I could stay longer finances permitting if either of the following applied. Either E would join me, making any corcumstance pleasant, or My mom would let me clean sweep her house. Correction, make that my mom *and* my dad.

My parents live in what would be a lovely artist's retreat. It is about 800 square feet and I am totally guessing. The moveable space is closer to 100 square feet. My parents are both hoarders of miscellaneous crap. I think said crap would be manageable for a time if it was my mother's or my father's, but that it is both of their's, individually and collectively, it is an avalanche waiting to happen.

My mom said in the car today, "Lynn said she couldn't live here when we die, too small."

I said, : That's good because it really should go to me and while I couldn't live here full time, it will be a lovely summer home some day."
Mom: You would want it, really?
Me: Yes. Really.
Mom: I will let your father know that so the will is proper.

Please note this does not actually mean she will have this conversation with my father. My father knows how to have a conversation, just not with my mother. Not with my sons either, really. He has one tone of voice, hollering, and one volume, on. I might have to send him an email about it and mention it. We seem to do okay whether in email or actual conversation, but email has something in writing for him to remember by.

I think anyone who spent time as a fly on the wall would say he is verbally abusive. The trouble is he still minds his manners most of the time. I know my mom feels stuck. Either she thinks she is better off surviving him to get everything rather than the half or less she would get upon leaving, or she is too attached to miscellaneous crap which noone who would take her in would allow to come with her. No reasonable person anyway. I am nothing if not reasonable.

My mom has a sister who left her husband after 40 years of marriage and Aunt Trudy is making it work. It's not like she lacks an example. If I had to label it, I would say defeated. Her other two surviving sisters would certainly take her in as they are both retired widows who enjoy her company. While I think we would welcome her also, I know she would perhaps make E and me cuckoo. This is no immediate concern because of the stuff factor. I advised her to imagine visiting Aunt Patty which she will be doing in September for about a month. I told her to then imagine that the house burns down while she is gone. What would she miss? I think it got her to thinking, but it will take way more to motivate her fully.

Que sera, sera...

Sunday, August 21, 2005


I am sitting at the cafe in Lake Placid once again, considering it my detox time. There were eight of us for Sunday brunch at the Hilton, my mom and dad, my sister Lynn and her son Ian, Brenda and bill, and Connor and myself. Brunch itself was not worthy of detoxing, but the weekend visiting without E certainly is. After brunch I went down Main St in LP for some minor shopping with Lynn and Ian. We ended up at Adirondack Yarns and i bought nothing!! E will be so happy.

I reparked the car down here by the cafe and came in for a Chai Latte. When visiting LP, be careful not to asked for a Chai, because that gets you nothing but tea bag chai. Yuckola. Yuckadoo.

There is a man sitting two tables away from me who looks exactly how I imagine Duffer would look after not seeing him for about 20 years if, in fact, if I hadn't seen him three years ago. It isn't Duffer, but he looks like Duffer should be looking. Duffer is Chef William's father. When he and I were together for three years, he was so into fitness that I would never imagine he would ever have anything other than the 27 inch waist he had then.

When I delivered Chef William to him three years ago, I was shocked to see him with a good hundred pounds or so additional...and balding. Badly. I wish I had before and after pics for the illustration.

So this guy is sitting here and has no clue how close I would be to saying hi and talking to him as if he were my ex.

After brunch, Connor went home with Poppy and Nanny because Pop was going to take him shooting. My mom is not up to walking Main Street or I am sure she would have stayed. I am not up for another day od sitting in her house as it really is rather depressing. That means I need to come up with something to do tomorrow. Connor will want to go shooting as it will be the last opportunity. Maybe the boat ride in LP. Maybe something else. We shall see.

The Saga 8/05 part 3

Technically, this is day 5, but since Wednesday was totally lost to travel it is day 4. The fourth day should have E and i back together as I instituted a three day rule early on in our relationship. On occasion there is little to be done about enforcing this rule, and I am ready to be back with my baby. Three days/nights I can handle well enough, beyond that, I just don't like it. I guess that means some retail therapy is required.

Truth be told, I don't like it for one night. I want her with me always.

So today is Sunday and we are meeting family at the Hilton in Lake Placid for Sunday brunch. If willie remembered, he made us a 1230 reservation and we won't have to wait. My sister Lynn and her son Ian will come down from Plattsburgh and Brenda and Bill who we have known long enough to make them family, will join us after church. Add Connor, my mom and maybe my dad to myself and we should be a party of eight.

William tends the omelette station for sunday brunch so that might be the required meal this morning. He said he will try to keep his chef's whites fresh for pictures that long.

It has been interesting seeing him after three years. Apparently he is quite put out with his father and refers to him as Duffer, his nickname, or That Crazy Man. I find it interesting because I have never said a disparaging word about him, and for the first 17 years of his life they had little contact. It is just another small affirmation to see him figuring this out for himself. He has lived with his father for nearly three years now and is in the process of finding his own place. There is an apartment house here which is the equivalent of the projects, but is actually fairly recent construction. It is state subsidized housing and Willie's pastor is helping him to get approved. At least he is not hinting around to come back to Texas.

So he has found god, too. That is a conversation I have managed to side step fairly easily. He had taken Thursday and Friday off so I saw quite a bit of him those days. Every time we stopped back at the hotel, he sat on the edge of the bed and picked up the bible and began reading to pass the time while he waited for me.


Connor has been relatively calm so far. His soul focus is on going target shooting with his pop. My dad says the only requirement is that he display a modicum of maturity. Connor is 14. A modicum is at times a stretch, but he is holding his own. My dad takes every opportunity to remind Connor he is supposed to be mature. It is much easier for him now that his brother has gone back to work. Oil and water, those two.

So Connor is very well adapted to taking my father's criticisms. He also takes every opportunity to mock my dad. This does not go unnoticed, and really, it seems the best way for him to handle my dad. I never thought of anyone as handling my dad, but Connor is already a master. He gives better than he gets most times, and my dad is so taken off guard by it, all he can do is laugh about it. It is perhaps the closest he will come to having a mini-me.

Life has been a comedy these past few days.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


So I found a goffee shop in lake Placid who makes chai lattes *and* has free wireless available. Woohooooooooo...

My oldest, Willie, surprised me at the hotel with a long hug and said as he was hugging, " Thanks mom for not leaving me fopr that crazy man to be raised."


Vindication? Affirmation?

Two disappointments in one and so early in the morning

Two disappointments in one and so early in the morning

Yes, there is enough time to go back to the McD's counter and bitch them out for giving me the wrong breakfast sandwich before i board the plane. No, it just isn't worth the effort and I will chalk it up to fate telling me I was not supposed to eat that crap anyway. At least they got my water right.

That was one.

Now for two, WIFI signs all over the place making me think I can log on and blog my disgust with said McD's. When will I learn that "WIFI access" is not the same as "FREE WIFI access"?

I suppose it is the beginning of my week-long detox. I will be detoxing off of the internet, sure. My folks live in the middle of nowhere. They do have internet access, but they are not likely set up for wireless, and my Mac is not set-up for anything else. Planning might have dictated that I might prepare for that and set it up and pack the phone cord, but no. Didn't happen.

I hope to at least find a cafe offering FREE WIFI in Lake Placid, but I am not betting on it, so this might not even get posted until I get back to Houston.

A cafe. Sigh. I am not sure there is any Starbucks anywhere near my destination, either. I meant to do a search at their site last night but I forgot. I can at least do that on my dad's computer when I get there. I might suffer serious withdrawal. Or it might be a good thing. Spell check says that is the correct spelling of withdrawal. Not so sure.

Drama part 2
So I get off the plane in Chicago, and there is a voice mail from my son. "I overslept. I missed my plane but I am on the next one which comes in at 530 or something. I will try to call again you must be on the plane."

I called my mom to let her know we would not be arriving by 6 just so she would not be all wigged out. You see, my folks are 2-3 hours drive from the airport.

I then get back onto a plane and take my hop to Albany from Chicago. I am waiting in baggage claim for Connor and remaining very calm. Meditation and yoga are serving me well. I was debating whether or not to bring any DVDs with me as I know it drains the battery of my laptop, but I figured I would give it a go and see how season 2 of La Femme Nikita ends up. At this point I am glad I brought them, the last two discs for S2, and while awaiting my son's arrival, I found an outlet by a bench in baggage claim. I can watch *and* recharge.

Finally, my phone rings again. Connor tells me the flight has been delayed with an 8:28 estimated arrival time. Ok, I couldn't help it, I released a heavy sigh.


C: Aw mom, don't get mad. It is vacation afterall.
Me: Clarify please, you missed your flight, and the one you got put onis being delayed. Both those things happened, not just one or the other? It started with you missing your flight?
C: Yeah. I did not set my alarm because I thought dad was getting me up. Dad said I should have set my alarm. My fault.
Me: Back up. Who is the parent, you or dad?
C: Dad.
Me: So it is his fault. Period. End of story.

I have innumerable past experience that dictates that any transaction involving Steven LaMont Witcher, will be convoluted. He. Is. Not. Reliable. Herein lies the source of my calm. I *know* this. It is a lesson I have mastered with great proficiency.

So I was watching Nikita and it occured to me, during the previous conversation with Connor, he informed me the airline mandated he fly UM status, unaccompanied minor. This bit of info delighted my mother, "That means he's not alone through all this mess."

So this little light bulb going off told me that I would not be able to meet my son in baggage claim as we had planned. I would have to sign for him and meet him at the gate. This raised a small panic in that I had absolutely no idea what flight my son was to be on and no number to call him back at. Let's not forget, no unticketed peeps allowed beyond security checkpoints. And I am still looking at a 3 hour drive and I woke up at 5 this morning after a brief stint awake and restless at 2 am.

I found check in and the man looked up the info and gave me a security pass. I check the monitor for the flight he gave me and it is the one that should have arrived at 2:35. The monitor says it is still delayed in Philly. But that is the flight he was supposed to be on, the one he missed.

So I am sitting here at the gate with peeps waiting for the Philly flight to get here so they can go back to Philly. Or get to Philly to transfer to London. Makes me wait more manageable. I imagine hearing E tell me, "Listen to someone else's troubles and you will keep your own." I am glad I am not worrying about making a London connection, though admittedly, I would gladly go to London.

Monday, August 15, 2005

I just learned something new.

I was trying to figure out how to edit comments to remove the comment spam I got on the previous post. I looked around the Blogger dashboard but found nada. Zippo. Then, I just had the brilliant idea to go look at the FAQ page and search 'edit comments'. There it was simple as can be.

And this was all made possible by Dear Sweet Elizabeth who corrupted my desire to bail on my yoga class today. I think that I might not even be missed by my students. Well, maybe by three or four of the 15, but not entirely. I won't see them for two weeks now as vacation draws ever closer. The decision will then need to be made as to whether or not i go back to teaching them.

As E mentioned on her blog today, we have been teaching at a facility for troubled youth. A lockdown facility. She is teaching mural making, and i am teaching yoga. We are each with a group of 15 young women. Teenagers. High schoolers. We had been warned that all the volunteers who take ona program usually leave after three weeks. Of course, this is week three.

It isn't the kids that make everyone run or just not come back. it is the staff. Terri, our friend and the facilitator of all these programs, says it is because they are underpaid. Actually, most of the staff are just glorified babysitters. They are well paid for that position. There are obvious flaws in the system, and it is bothersome to feel like one of the flaws.

This is not something i willl really dwell on, but I feel there has to be some solution. Of course, the solution might be to not go back. I will reserve judgement til after vacation.




Friday, August 12, 2005


It will be about 60 days until it is officially official.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

officially unofficial

156 days. I think that's correct. I was going to install a counter, but could not find one that
was sure enough in using in that it wouldn't fuck up my blog totally. So a random "xx number of days until..." will just have to do. And until it is officially official, that's all I have to say about it. So there.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Dried cantelope, sour cream, bagels, and rainbow sherbet

Is that a menu or what. That is actually my grocery purchases tonight on my way home from dinner with my friend Beth.

Earlier today, E and I went to the farmer's market and got some produce for the week. We scored two seedless watermelons, two cantelopes, red potatoes, bananas and strawberries. There are still squash and onions left from last week. When we are good about going to the market weekly, and good about cutting the produce when arriving home, we are pretty good then eating better, or healthier, through the week.

We also stopped at Costco where we got the nedded toilet paper and bottled water, dishwasher tablets, and eggs. We neglected to buy the also needed tamponskis and we added blueberries.

this is where the sour cream comes in, as a companion to the blueberries, breakfast tomorrow morning is already calling my name. The bagels i just knew we were in need of, and the dried cantelope and rainbow sherbet are pure impulse purchases. All in all, still a pretty healthful shopping day.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Originally uploaded by queenmaxine.
Back in the day...

My dad, sometime in the '50s. Musta had a hot date.

Don't wanna get up...

I am feeling lazy and sluggish and i really wanted to go to the beach this morning.


i guess I was just not supposed to be there. History has taught me that yoga is where i need to be this morning, so I am getting my ass up out of bed in a few minutes, into the shower, and out the door. Hmph.

Vacation in two week s will be nice. I hope. Haven't seen my folks in a couple of years and my youngest(14) who is meeting me in NY for a year, so it will be a nice mini reunion. My oldest(20) lives up there now and I haven't seen him since he left the nest 3 years ago. Interesting. He is training in the Lake Placid Hiltom to be a chef and has worked there since moving. I think he is currently a pantry man. I just learned from my mom that he has also acquired a tattoo gun. He is a decent artist, but i am thinking I would rather pay someone at this point. We shall see. E asked, "So he knows about how sanitary he needs to be?" My question exactly.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Which is worse?

I have a coworker who only works on weekends and as I in general do not work Sunday's, I see her at most once a week. Saturday is usually busy, so there is little, if any, chatty time, especially for a coworker I just don't really care for.

Today when I came in she actually made a point of saying hi to me. I did not think too much of it beyond noticing it seemed odd. She then said," I heard you sort of got remarried a couple of weeks ago and I just wanted to pass on congratulations to you and your husband."

Me: I don't have a husband.
Her: I guess that is where the sort of comes in?
Me: No, I have a wife.
Her: Oh.
Her: Well congratulations anyway, I guess.

Then around 5ish, I was talking with two other coworkers, ones I at least like well enough to have a conversation with. As she walked by the desk, she stopped and was listening to the conversation trying to be part of those of us talking. I was relaying the latest drama about my wasband. I was specifically saying what I said to him before I had to hang up on him because he was talking to me in a totally inappropriate way.

Me:...So I said to him, "You know that I won't condone the way you are speaking to me by allowing it to continue. So just so you are not confused, this is not us getting disconnected again. This is me hanging up on you for real. I will call my son tonight when I get home."
Her: Maxine, that is so unChristian of you!
Me: I really don't know which is worse. You presuming I am heterosexual or you presuming I am a christian.

She paused briefly and turned and left the room. My two coworkers I was actually talking to had a hard time stifling their laughter.
CW1:No you didn't...
CW2:Yes she did...