Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I name thee Rage.
End of year self portrait.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Progress- you can see the new glass block window.
Installation of ceiling fan and drywall work is next. The red tiles had to go back because they weren't right, so once the replacement tiles come in, the tile goes on the wall.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Roger's wild tree.
We arrived at Roger's beautiful house and I admired the beautiful Holiday decorations and I was pleased the lemon-rosemary cookies and the herb shortbread came out nice because Roger is an excellent cook.
The other tree.
Richard and some of the other guys from naked pool volleyball were there (hard to recognize people fully clothed!). I ate a bit too much and my acid reflux kicked in. There were a bunch of people from Phoenix at the party as well, including the sister of my good friend Steve G.
And of course I ended up making a new friend, Kevin, and we spent a lot of time talking and laughing. His sense of humor is as warped and silly as mine.
Homer and Kevin.
One more party to go before 2009 kicks in. Who knows what the new year will bring?
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The Christmas Tree.
Roger had made a Yule Log cake. The meringue mushrooms were too cute.
The Yule Log.
I had a good time, as always.
Homer and Roger, Scientists!
The highlight of my day today has been cleaning house. I know how to celebrate Holiday!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Joey says, "Go to bed!" so I will.
Vintage Big Santa Head.
I lay in bed and listened to the rain. I hope the coyotes I saw earlier last night had a dry place to spend the night.
I am not in much of a Holiday spirit this year, although I've done the things you are supposed to do. What's up with that?
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Doug came over this morning and we demolished my old shower.
We smashed the old tile and discovered that the wood beneath the drywall had termite damage. Good lord, there were several enormous roaches and a huge gecko living in the wall.
After demo work.
Doug will be treating the remaining wood, replacing the damaged wood, installing drywall, building a new curb, installing a vent and fan, and then doing the tile work in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I am now using the tub in the cat bathroom for the first time.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Kitchen wreath with lemons and oranges from the backyard.
I went over to Forrest's and gave him his present, a book that he had mentioned he had wanted for a while. I pay attention when people mention things like that, and it sometimes surprises them that I remember.
I had a surprise myself when Mark and Rodger sent me a box of canned goods in the mail.
Drunken Raspberry Jam, Tomatillo Salsa, Black & Blue Jam, Fandango Dilled Beans, Spicy Dill Pickles.
I told Forrest I would invited him over for the beans. One of my goals for 2009 is to go up to Portland during canning season and help Mark and Rodger out, they are such sweet guys.
As I type this Joey sits next to me. Puff has been wicked to her lately, chasing her around and being naughty. So she clings close to me for safety. Puff is only getting a lump of coal from Santa for Holiday.
Joey and Puff this morning, Puff is on his best behavior.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I keep confusing what day of the week it is, maybe that cinnamon schapps I drank on Sunday night killed a few brain cells?
My new shower tile is 6" by 6" and there are seven or eight colors. It will be colorful, perhaps a little dark. I will be so glad when the white tile and grout go away- impossible to keep clean and the disgusting orange mold that would periodically appear will never bother me again.
Holiday is fast approaching- I wish Santa would bring me a certain present, but that isn't likely to happen.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Crutches, nasty devices.
The tree and extra greenery safely in the car, we went to Mexican Safeway where I also plummeted into the meat section. But I caught myself and we returned home and later I made waffles with carmelized bananas along with fajita flavored scrambled free range eggs. I called Forrest to inform him that I had a waffle saved for him. He likes the bananas.
Forrest ingests his waffle.
Later, after Sandy finished his performance in which the program called Jesus "The Lard" by mistake, he, Mark, and Zane decorated the tree while I sat on the couch and occasionally moaned in pain. Sandy brought me comforting beverages and after enough of them you forget that your ankle hurts and feel all warm and glowing and festive.
Mark, Sandy, and Brian decorate.
I like to look at the Holiday tree with the overhead lights off. So pretty. Especially after a couple of gin and tonics.
Blurry tree, simulated head spins.
It is just as pretty in the daylight.
Holiday tree with my toy trailer house from September 1968.
Brian made Angry Black Bitches' Creamy Corn Casserole and a lemony-yellow cake while I was making the Cranberry Duff and Lemon Curd. The lemony cake with lemony curd was very, very good, I was surprised at how moist and delicious it was. I made mac and cheese using pepperjack and cheddar cheeses, and that disappeared very fast (secret ingredient, a couple of tablespoons of mustard). Also vegetarian dressing in which frozen mangoes made a surprise appearance and I won Brian over on that one.
Forrest and Zane decorate cookies.
Guests arrived for the Holiday Party: Brian, John G., Matt, Shane, Kyle, Mark B., Ahmet, John, Peter, Panchesco, Hiram, David G., Jeffrey, Forrest, Mark M., Sandy, Zane, David B., Richard, Mark A., Jim, Chris, John H., Bob, Steve G., Steve N., Brian B., Cobban, and Ray. Did I miss anybody? Cookies were decorated and a few cards made. Someone made me a lovely Holiday Tree ornament- a big black 666. Every tree needs a big black 666.
David G. and Brian make cards.
I forgot to take pictures and I tried to spend a little time with each guest, but also spent a lot of time sitting down trying not to aggravate the foot. I wish I had taken a picture of each of my handsome friends, but you'll have to trust me or look at Brian's blog when he posts pictures.
Sandy and Brian helped me clean up afterwards. I am thankful for such good friends. Now I am going to go sit on the couch with my friend, frozen peas and carrots.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Poor Jeffrey S. He came over to help me make gingerbread and sugar cookies and brought me a pair of crutches and got to see me weeping because my ankle is busy hurting so badly and the doctor won't be looking at it again until Monday. It is swollen and bruised and about twice a day the pain is so extreme that if I touch it I involuntarily scream. Sigh. Luckily, I have friends who are willing to drop everything and do little things for me. Brian is coming down from Phoenix tomorrow to help me get the Holiday tree and mop the floors.
Brady and Jeffrey S.
Poor Brady- I called him and asked him to come over and help make cookies. However, I think he had a good time hanging out with Jeffrey S. and I.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
But gay marriage must be banned because it isn't mentioned in the bible.
Makes perfect fucking sense to me.
- after the hernia surgery in December 2004
- when I had plantar fasciitis in my right foot, a couple of years back, from kicking the shovel too much
- in 1999, when I broke my left little toe on the door frame
- before and after neck surgery in 1991
- the time my cousin Katie accidentally hit my forehead with a mallet while playing croquet in the mid-1970s
- when I sawed off the end of my thumb when I was five
- falling off my bike when I was seven, scraping the skin from much of my scrotum
- right now, what the fuck did I do to my right ankle?
- donated cans of food to our company food drive
- bought toys and art kits to take to my neighborhood elementary school so some of the many poor kids who live in my neighborhood will get a present
- sent some cash to the food bank, apparently the shelves are pretty empty there
- sent some cash to the local HIV/AIDS groups
There are a lot of people who need the basics and I have am fortunate to be able to share.
I have bought two presents- one for Mummy from Sean's knitting store and another for a buddy.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
So I'm having my little Holiday cookie decorating party on Sunday and I'm thinking about what to serve the guests- I think Mac & Cheese, vegetarian stuffing (Brian liked it last year), Angry Black Bitch's Creamy Corn Casserole, and a couple of desserts- nothing too crazy.
This, of course, means I have to get everything cleaned up and dusted and furniture moved and cookies made and so on. Where's that houseboy when I need him?
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Tomorrow I'm calling the doctor about the ankle. It hurts, isn't getting better (at least as far as I can tell), and I'm tired of people pointing at me and screaming, "Ohmigod, it's The Limper!!!" Say atheist prayers that they don't amputate my foot.
The weather continues to be really nice here- highs in the 60s. When I talk with my mother and she uses the word "blizzard" it takes me a moment to think past Dairy Queen and remember that sometimes this frozen water stuff falls from the sky and makes a big old mess. I well remember the Blizzard of 1974 when we had to hold hands while walking to the barn because the snow drifts were so fucking enormous and we took in a family for several days whose car ran off the road. We don't have storms like that in Tucson.
Friday, December 05, 2008
This appears to be the tactic the Mormon Church has decided upon- try to divert attention onto other religious or racial groups while downplaying the role of the LDS Church in the anti-gay marriage amendments.
What Mr. Evans was surprised about was a peaceful protest that was held outside the Temple last Friday during the Mormon's annual Christmas display lighting. Somewhere between 150 and 200 supporters of gay marriage held signs that said "Peace" and "Acceptance."
So what is the truth about the LDS Church's involvement here in Arizona?
The Arizona Secretary of State has placed PDF files of the campaign filings for the pro-Amendment group, "Yes on 102" and the anti-Amendment groups "No on 102" and "Arizona Together." I examined the report filed for August 14, 2008 to September 22, 2008. It is very easy to search each file by keyword, so I searched for the words "Phoenix," "Tucson," and "Mesa." According to Wikipedia, the population of these three largest communities in Arizona in 2007 is as follows:
Mesa is the location of the Mesa Arizona Temple, completed in 1919 and has a very high number Mormon population. It has been reported that LDS Church leaders asked members to contribute money and volunteer time to the anti-gay marriage amendment- although since I am not a member, I cannot confirm this directly.
However, it is relatively easy to examine a community's support for the Yes or No campaigns. Let's examine how many people/families/businesses in these three communities gave to the campaigns, using the filed reports:
Town- Pro Anti
Phoenix 138 125
Tucson 333 289
Mesa 739 4
Mesa has less than one-third the population of Phoenix and yet more than five times as many people contributed to the Yes campaign. And a total of four (four!) gave to the two No campaigns. Note the disparity with the numbers reported for Tucson, the second largest community in the state. The overall ratios of Anti/Pro contributors is close for Phoenix and Tucson (87 and 90) and is very different from Mesa (.05).
I am not a statistician, but there is clearly something different going on in Mesa.
I didn't bother to look at the actual dollar amounts per contribution, but according to the campaign filings, one Mesa family and a Mormon-owned business based in Phoenix gave $100,000 each to the Yes campaign (as did the Crisis Pregnancy Center, although how gay marriage and crisis pregnancies relate to each other is very confusing to me).
And LDS spokesman Don Evans, who was so "surprised" that people would be protesting outside his Temple, he gave $10,000 cash to the Yes campaign.
So should Don Evans be so surprised? I don't think so. It is very clear to me that the LDS Church in Arizona had a major role, if not The Major Role, is fundraising for the anti-gay marriage amendment here in Arizona, despite whatever the leaders of that church claim.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
I forgot the Grinch yesterday, but I had had three glasses of red wine while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and I was just a tad out of it. Rudolph is, of course, my favorite Holiday show, followed closely by the Grinch. I like the Charlie Brown music, but that's about it for that one. Frosty always freaks me out a little. The Little Drummer Boy isn't shown anymore, but I always liked that song when I was a kid.
And in other news, plaster work is done in the kitchen. Yellow paint on Saturday, maybe the cream-colored trim too (depends on whether I can hobble around or not).
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
A). Frosty the Snowman.
B) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
C). The Little Drummer Boy.
D). Charlie Brown's Christmas.
My favorite? I'll let you know.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
- growing my hair longer for one last time.
- going to the gym to lose 20 pounds (13 more to go).
- repainting my kitchen the same colors.
- eating healthier
- learning how to cook Indian food. This has been made easier by watching Manjula cook. My favorite part is at the end when she says whatever she makes "smells yummy!"
For a midlife crisis, I guess these are pretty lame things to be doing. No new car- (I may fix my bike's tires instead), no 21-year-old trophy boyfriend (not that I wasn't asked out by a 21-year-old recently). I am just too practical.
Any suggestions for other things I should be doing?