Sunday, April 27, 2008
Yesterday I found the bag on the right. A very large travel toiletry bag from The Body Shop. All those plastic containers you see are Velcro-ed inside. So they're removable. Very nifty I think. 4 bucks.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Just getting our affairs together. Vacation affairs that is. John leaves for Florida Monday morning. He's getting very excited. I've arranged for his plane and his car and his hotel. And I've also arranged for the day off. Because I'm going to drop him off at the airport early that morning and then I'm going back to bed. And then Lynn and I are going out for the day. Whole Foods and bookstores and maybe some in-door rock climbing.
Last week I made our reservations for Savannah. We're staying at The 1895 Inn. It comes highly recommended and I'm as giddy as a school girl. I also made reservations in PA for the trip down. P.S. my car got 30 miles to the gallon on it's first tank. Good-Girl!
What I just finished reading: "Blood Orange" by Druscilla Campbell (I think). Interesting story. Decent read. But the more I think about it the less I like most of the characters. I wanted it to be a little more one thing and a little less of another. And you know what else? I'm by no means a prude. But good Lord. What's up with people, particularly people who are supposed to be in committed relationships, not being able to keep it in their pants? I'm just not into the whole theme of adultery for the sake of adultery. At least let there be money or revenge or love or something as an ulterior motive to make it more interesting. It's not so much a morality issue as it is a boring, unimaginative, waste of my frickin' time issue.
Now reading: "Murder on Washington Square" by Victoria Thompson. 4th in the Gaslight Mysteries. Set in turn of the century New York. Main character is a young widowed mid-wife. I'm a big fan of historical mysteries. It's set in the same era as Caleb Carr's "The Alienist".
P.S. Anybody out there ever have a bunion? Cause I think I gots one and I'd really appreciate some advice before I take a knife to my Nikes. Ya'll I got some serious hoof pain.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I've worked out 6 of the past 7 days. I haven't eaten any refined sugar and I'm totally watching my portion control and I weigh exactly the same thing I weighed last Saturday morning. John, on the other hand, stopped drinking soda and has lost 11 pounds since Saturday. And he has the gall to wonder why I want to stab him in his sleep. Then he says to me, "You look thinner." And what am I supposed to do with that? Punch him? Kiss him? Ignore him? Thank him?
We're taking a ride this week-end. Perhaps Maine?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I pick it up Tues. or Wed. I can't believe I bought a new car. I'm gonna go have myself a heart attack now.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I've been thinking about religion and spirituality a lot lately. It's an extremely personal topic. I have no problem discussing it. I'm not offended or put off by the topic, but for some reason I tend to be offended for anyone else who gets cornered by the 'Jesus/God/denomination/religion' question. It's like asking someone how much money they make or if they're impotent or something. I thought maybe I had more to say about it... but as it turns out, that's about it. Religion fascinates me. All of the different rituals and symbols. People dedicate their entire lives to their religion. I am in awe of monks and nuns and priests and missionaries. I am humbled by their service. I adore conviction and zealotry even if I disagree with the values and ethics behind them. Man's constant search and evolution.
I'm gonna go eat my vegetable lasagna and chocolate bread pudding now. Maybe pop a Valium or two...'cause a few minutes ago Bea gave us quite a scare. Apparently she was in quite the deep sleep, eyeballs all rolled back in her head, completely non-responsive for about 10 seconds. I lifted her head with my hand and she was limp... and then, just like that, she was awake and wondering why the hell I was disturbing her. First I broke down and had myself a little infarction. Then I fed her and scooped her litter box. All is right with the world.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Me and John. John and Me. I'm actually holding Bea in this picture but she got cut out... or maybe she's just too evil to cast a reflection. Is possible.
Daddy's still in the nursing home. He's doing two hours of therapy every day. He says it hurts like hell but Mama says she can see the improvement from one day to the next. Of course this is the same woman who called me the other night to tell me Angie found the wallet Mama lost 5 days ago. She had a 15 minute conversation about it and we hung up. Literally 3 minutes later she called me again to let me know that Angie found her wallet... poor stressed out Mama. Have I expressed how much I love my Mama? Well, I really love my Mama. She's too much fun and too kind hearted. She and my Daddy are the two best people I have ever known. Period. I miss them every day. Shit... now I'm all sad and sentimental.
This is me and Mama at Nubble Light in Maine. It was last summer. About 90 degrees until you pulled into the parking lot for the lighthouse. Then it was like 50 and windy. That's why we're all bundled up. It was a good day. Mama usually visits for a couple of weeks in the summer and a couple of weeks at Christmas. But she and Daddy haven't been doing too well the past year. Her back and Daddy's heart and knees. Makes for a difficult travel. Six more weeks and I'll get to spend quality time with them. -sigh-
Book I'm reading: "How to Marry a Murderer" by Amanda Matetsky. 3rd in her Paige Turner series. Set in 1950's New York. Love it. Awesome setting, meticulously detailed. I'm trying to savor it until I have the opportunity to buy the 4th.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
This is my lone hyacinth. Last summer I planted all kinds of flowers in front of our trailer. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones, plants and shrubs and anything that looked pale and sickly for less than a dollar at Wal-Mart. This here little purple chick is one of those that I paid 75cents for. And here she is, making her grand entrance. I'm so proud of her I could spit!
And these are my sisters. Angie on the left and Wendy on the right. They're my best friends and they tie for 2nd place in the Mama department. I love them more than is humanly possible. They're so opposite but their core goodness is so innately identical it's fascinating. Mwah-Mwah to my "suhsters".
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Saturday, April 5, 2008
As far as this blog thing goes... geez louise... this is pretty fun. Pretty pictures and colors and bright shiny objects ooo-aah. It rained part of the day here in CT. But, it was in the mid-50's. Ain't gonna sneeze at that. I slept for like forty-eleven hours. I talked to Mama. I brushed my teeth. I ate pizza and chips and cookies. If I weren't so shameless I'd be embarrassed. I swear to Buddha I'm gonna work out tomorrow. Turbo-Jam, baby! When I do it, I really enjoy it and the endorphins kick in and I feel all superior. I'm telling myself: You just want to be healthy. You just want to feel better. You're doing this for your own well-being. Blah-ditty-blah.
When in reality, despite all of my self-empowering, esteem-enforcing diatribes... I want Angelina Jolie arms and a 22 inch waist. And for this I am furious with myself.
John: "I guess I'm gonna have to break down and use that thing beside of the television" (referring to the treadmill)
Me: "You should probably start with using those things attached to your ass."
Friday, April 4, 2008
Truthfully though, I've always been a journal keeper, so this shouldn't be much different, huh? Except now all of my bitching and whining and witty observations will be public.
"This will be the most public yet of my many humiliations."
Also, I should let any one who reads this know that John, my significant, came up with the title of my blog spot. He's sitting in his recliner watching the Sox with our cat Beatrice curled up beside of him and I tell him to give me a good title for my blog. He says something about life in a trailer... something conducive to eye-rolling... and after I stare at him sternly for 10 full seconds he says, "Cat Day Afternoon." See - I knew he could do it.
Any-damn-way, I'm trying to plan a getaway vacation with my chiquita Lynn. Last November she took me to Sedona, AZ. It was too glorious. I'm thinking this year we should do a long weekend retreat. A spa/meditation/hiking/relaxing/renewing adventure for the girls. I've narrowed it down to Colorado, Utah or New Mexico. If anyone out there has any advice and/or info. they're willing to give it would be muchly appreciated.
Book I just finished: "Heart-Shaped Box" by Joe Hill. Totally enjoyed. Passed it on to John and will recommend to my sisters.
Book I just started: "The Old Wine Shades" by Martha Grimes. Not a bad read so far.