Tuesday, March 23, 2010

lather, rinse... repeat

Springtime in Denver... it was 70 and sunny yesterday and this evening? Not so much.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ernie of the day

a good mail day

YUMMY!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

worst cat-mom ever

So... I haven't seen my mother in months. She gives me the krajees and I typically have to write-off the entire day when we have face-t0-face visits. Today was OK, not too traumatic, not spectacular. I decided to take my cat over so she could meet him -- I adopted him last April, but didn't even tell my mother I had adopted a cat because I feared the Lecture. She's my go-to cat-sitter when I'm on the road; I haven't worked on the road in over a year -- although I didn't realize this would be the case when I decided to make Ernie my forever pet, that's how it turned out. My mother looked after my other two, now deceased, cats for years. She has a reason for being upset that I would adopt another cat... the ones I get tend to be long-lived (20 and 21 years for the two dead ones) and when Bill died while I was on tour a couple of years ago, I promised her I would never adopt another cat. Ever. That was a lie. A bald-faced and horrible lie, but I had to tell her that at the time -- it was the only thing that would get her off my back.

So anyhow, I think I managed to keep Ernie a secret for three months before I broke down and told her... but today was the first time she got to meet him. He was a wreck in the car (as always) and was acting really odd at her house -- terrified, actually. I don't know if it was the ghost of Bill or her dead dog, but he was literally cowering in the corner for three hours. Poor bug. I knew it would be hard on him so I took his favorite toy... THE STRING. Seriously. He loves his string... it's a drawstring from an old hoodie that he drags all over the house. I almost got him to play with it at my mother's, but not quite. When her old-lady cigarette smoke got to be too much, after she had popped in a K-drama, I decided it was time to pack up and go. My mother never lets me leave without a large parcel of stuff -- today it was fresh eggs from a farmer friend, a bottle of wine, a massive container of kimchi (which she made in front of me), some rice and some soup... also some frozen bulgogi (you know, because clearly I'm starving). In the madness of getting Ernie packed into his dreaded crate and slogging all my loot into the car, I totally forgot the string. OH. MY. GOD! THE STRING!!! He hasn't noticed yet, of course, but he will. He'll troll the house and yowl plaintively (as he does when we're getting ready for bed... if the string isn't just at the top of the stairs or laying next to his food bowl). Crap. I called my mom and begged her not to throw away the string. She said she wouldn't... but I don't entirely trust her.

The poor bug pissed himself on the drive home and now I don't have a string to console him with. No, wait. I have A string but not THE string. Crappers. Lucky for my mom, she gets to see me twice in one week now. Urgh.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

should we send celebrities to war?

I woke up this morning as I always do -- to NPR. Today, there was an interview (I was half asleep, but it sounded like Terry Gross) with Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson which just about broke my heart. I've had days when I wake up crying -- sometimes it's just a dream I'm having, more often it's a story on NPR that touches me. SSN was embedded with a Marine patrol when one of the soldiers, a young man named Alejandro Yazzie was killed. She choked up and needed to take a break a couple of times when recounting the "incident" and again when she talked about a lighthearted moment they shared back at the base when she told him he had the "coolest" name.

This kid was a soldier; a husband (expecting his first child back at home); a Navajo. He was 23 years old and he was killed on a "normal" day in Iraq. It just seems so incredibly senseless.

I got out of bed, still weepy, and came down to watch the national news. What was the big story of the day? Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's new, boyish haircut. I know morning shows serve a purpose -- to start the day off lighthearted... I mean, who wants to hear about someone's kid/husband/father being killed in Iraq over their Cheerios? Sadly, we need to hear more of these kind of stories.