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|Sunday, December 21st, 2014|
Bad pagan is lazy and doesn't celebrate much. Especially since one of the family elders recently passed, and all the rest of the family has gone to the funeral. So I'm frankly feeling a little sorry for myself at the moment.
But that aside, may the coming year be better than this one. Good wishes to all.
|Tuesday, June 17th, 2014|
|HAPPY BABY INDUSTRIES' ATLANTA BRANCH IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A NEW BREAKTHROUGH
....actual laughter. The other day, while holding a good friend's three month old son, I distracted him from his looking about at stray sunbeams by blowing puffs of air at one tiny ear. This resulted in a baby chortle that had his father looking over in startlement and noting that that was his first actual laugh. Not a whoop or a chirp but an actual giggle. I've been tickled about it ever since. I love the idea that however many times he laughs, for the rest of his life (and may it be many, many, many times), I was there for the first time. I begin to get a glimpse of why people have babies.
|Saturday, April 20th, 2013|
|Nature noise CDs
I have several. Mostly of the ocean, because my associations with the ocean are so overwhelmingly positive it makes an amazing cloak of white noise, when it comes to relaxing and sleep. But I found someone who records nature noises and sells them. Soundscapes, as it were. And he has one of a mountain night in Georgia that is seventy minutes of the sound of my happy childhood. I'm listening to it right now, and even with all the storm and stress around, the grief in the city I consider my spiritual home.....it's good. Very good. There has to be a word for it, not just nostalgia or reminiscence, but.....when you summon up something very old in your life, and it hasn't lost any of its power to move you.
|Tuesday, February 19th, 2013|
I hadn't realized it'd been so long since I posted. Got to see Zero Dark Thirty today. Good and appropriately somber.
|Wednesday, November 7th, 2012|
|Dog came home
Sick, wounded, stiff, and unhappy, but alive. Took him to the vet - he's on antibiotics and pain meds for what looks like a bite wound. But he should be okay, insh'allah.
|Friday, October 19th, 2012|
|My dog is lost
He has been since Monday evening. He hasn't returned, which is very uncharacteristic of him. He usually doesn't go far at all once he gets out, and he walks up to a neighbor and they call me.
I've put up flyers, I've contacted local vets, I've made sure his microchip info was up to date. I've put up listings on Craigslist and Facebook and other local sites, I've gone to animal control. What else should I do?
|Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012|
in Hawaii. So tired. more updates later
|Saturday, December 24th, 2011|
|Purging my brain of Christmas music...
....by listening to the songs of an atheist nation.
In other words, I got myself a musical Christmas present in the form of the 2-CD Best of the Red Army Choir. Current Mood: exhausted
|Monday, December 12th, 2011|
|Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why?
One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here
Christmas, albeit in a secular sense
|Friday, November 18th, 2011|
A friend just got me hooked on this game. And now I am pondering buying it....and looking beyond at Arkham Horror. I've always found those Euro-style giant strategy games with the bazillion pieces and expansions intimidating, but.....
|Sunday, October 23rd, 2011|
|Sunday, September 18th, 2011|
|Beanie Babies For Depressives
We got these little plush critters in at work. Higher quality fur, a bit smaller size than American Beanie Babies, only made in shades of blue, gray and white. They're called Blue Nose Friends, they're some twee fucking thing from the UK....and it's all I can do not to buy the sixteen or so pocket sized creatures we sell. And then I find out they make more, in even stranger animal forms.
|Friday, September 16th, 2011|
|Wednesday, September 7th, 2011|
The heat has gone. And man, it's like being let out of jail. This lack of heat prompted me to get out my old steam cleaner, which had been lurking in the hall closet. I discovered in the process, however, that some liquid had spilled in the back of the bottom of the closet. Ew. Water, it looks like, though god only knows how. So, I had to haul out all the crap buried there and wash everything as best I could.
Cleaning, it's like Christmas. I discovered a number of useful things I had forgotten I own. Which is wonderful. Lightbulbs that actually work in the porch fixture. Little cans of the paint used to repaint the kitchen, which means I can repair the scratches the dog made in the pantry door because OMG MUST HAVE PIG EARS NAO!
I also got a sampler tin of Zhena's Gypsy Teas at World Market - A peach one, a raspberry Earl Grey, a black with rose, and a coconut chai. I tried the Earl Grey. I don't drink ordinary Earl Greys, but I wanted to try this one. With a bit of sugar, it was quite good.
World Market is a den of random temptations, especially for someone with a genetic weakness for things that come in tins.
Last night I bleached my roots. And ended up overbleaching. Instead of my normal medium blonde, I'm a lot brighter. It looks weird and incongruous, a la the protagonist in 'Memento'. But the brassiness usually calms down pretty quick. I hope so.
Been seeing a bunch of movies, too. I saw 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', which was really solid (thank you, Andy Serkis) and 'Fright Night' - *surprisingly* good (thank you, Colin Farrell).
But now, I am tired.
|Sunday, August 14th, 2011|
How do I feel about Borders liquidating entirely?
Like I just watched the guy in the next foxhole take a grenade to the face.
|Thursday, July 7th, 2011|
So tired. But, new silly icon
|Tuesday, June 21st, 2011|
The pecan tree in my backyard is glittering with lightning bugs, and noisy with peepers. Happy summer, kids.
|Thursday, May 19th, 2011|
|Writer's Block: Dynamite with a laser beam
What's your favorite line from a song, and why?
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
I made it to the forward deck.
I blessed our remnant fleet –
And then consented to be wrecked,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.
A Thousand Kisses Deep, Leonard Cohen
|Saturday, May 7th, 2011|
|Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011|
I'm reacting very slowly to the death of Bin Laden. I'm glad he's gone, but let's face it, that movement had expanded way beyond him.
I've been reading and listening to a lot of stuff about World War II of late. There's an excellent movie (if one of the most depressing you'll ever watch) about the last hours of Hitler and his inner circle, called 'Downfall'. And the contrast is ever more painful and evident, in that we won a clear and decisive victory against that horrible genocidal movement. We captured or killed the ringleader and his main henchmen, and the world was with us in that fight. And then it was done. Yes, there were immense repercussions but that particular fight was won definitively. This one is going to keep going - in a lot of ways, bin Laden had ceased to be relevant. There's no defined front line. It's like fighting mist.