Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Mabon!

Yesterday was the equinox, for all you peeps in the know. Cultures around the world and way back to prehistory have been celebrating this time as a moment of balance before the days become darker and colder. For a lot of people in the northern hemisphere it's a time to celebrate the second harvest, a time to take stock of what you have reaped and collected against the hungers of winter. And for that reason, it's also a time to say thanks, to be grateful for what you have.

As much of a struggle as it's been for me this year, I believe I have a lot to be thankful for.

My parents have been supporting me, both financially and in many ways, spiritually, for several months now. I could never have held on to my home this long with out them, and I am so thankful for that.

I'm also grateful that I have love in my life. That I can give love and receive love from the wonderful people that I hold dear.

I'm going to add my cats to the list, especially Cici and the Brute, who are, sometimes, the little mewling things that keep me going every day. When I want to stay in bed and worry, Brute is my snuggle thing, and when I want to get up and face the day head on, Cici makes sure I have a smile on my face while I do it. And Smeagol, who is simply a blessing, in his own little short bus way.

I'm thankful that I have a strong healthy body capable of doing all the things I want to do.

And I'm thankful that I have a sharp mind that is still hungry for knowledge and never tires of learning.

I'm thankful for Scotland. That it exists, that I've visited it, and that I can fantasize every day of my life about living there one day.

Finally, I'm thankful for all of the friends I have met online this year - through this blog or flickr or facebook or etsy - who have become real friends of the spirit, if not of the flesh. It's amazing to have people all over the world I can share things with, learn from, and cherish. The world is, really, such a small, beautiful place.

Take a little time today to think about what you are thankful for, and what light you have collected against the darkness.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mariann is having a yard/art sale!

Or, well, I should say, she's participating in one.

Next Saturday, the 26th, and it's a fundraiser for a good cause - to help one of her friends raise the money for his documentary, and also to help do some sort of 'day-camp type thingie.' The important thing here is that she is selling off most of the artworks from her gorgeous installation piece What Happens. This is one of my favorite installations that involves postcards, found artifacts, and a scientific frame of mind.

Here's her original post. It's in Los Feliz, which is central to the whole world, so you have no excuse for missing it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Almost Autumn

As of yet, haven't found the money to fix the water heater, so it's still icy cold showers around here. During the 100+ summer days, a quick cool off felt wonderful, like a clandestine skinny dip in my boss's pool. I think I feel a change in the air that has got me pondering the near future, however. Here in So Cal, Fall is a season that never really appears; we usually have hot, hot, more hot, then out of nowhere in late October, miserable damp greyness that sometimes fades into two months of miserable rains, sometimes not. I think, though, this year we may have an Autumn. My room was so cold last night I actually had to sleep with a blanket. Not to mention the three cats who demanded I share. And this morning that icy cold water actually HURT.

So. What's a girl with zero cash to do? I recently tried to heat up pots of water on the stove top, but by the time one batch was done, the last was cold. I must tell you that the thought of a winter with out a bathtub of hot water makes me want to hide in bed for the next 6 months. Even after today warmed up, this morning's chill never left my bones. And in times of stress, as nearly every day for the last few weeks have been, I crave long soaks like other people crave... well, whatever it is you do to drown your sorrows.

I spoke to my Grandma Fran about it. She just returned last month from a visit to my cousin in Mongolia, where, she said, in the summer months, you have to take cold showers because that's when they work on all the plumbing. Fran said that my cousin told her to try to achieve a 'Zen one-ness with the water.' All I have to say to that is "Bullshit."

In the meantime, I'll be day dreaming about this:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dear Morbidly Obese Man in line at the Asian buffet,

If it were socially acceptable for me to smack you on the head with a rolled up newspaper, I would.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I just want to say right now

that people who don't like candy corn are unamerican. They are probably not really people either. Possibly, they are robots. Or Zombies. Candy corn is one of the sweet foundations of this nation, up there with cotton candy and candy necklaces.

You know who you are, and I am looking right at you with a big eye. That is Vietnamese Kung Fu Master terminology for some sort of big... eye. Yes.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Will work for air tickets to Scotland

Scotland is my favorite place in the whole world, and every few months I get crazy needy to be there. I spend a lot of time obsessing over the photos I took there, all heart achey. What's that you say? You would LOVE to see my trip photos? Oh, no, they are terribly bor- well, since you asked.

When I go to Scotland, I can't help taking pictures of the sky. It's so moody and dramatic..