Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Currently:

So excited I could burst. Tomorrow, there shall be a further explanation (and photos.) :)

Also, I enjoy wrapping gifts to an astonishing degree. I should work at a mall or something.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray ...

I'm watching the first flurries of the year through my office window, and deciding on being more optimistic. The thing I was planning on didn't work out to my serious disappointment (and tears) but I have decided not to feel sorry for myself and am laying out the ground work for further good things to happen. I'm not at the I-give-up stage yet. All this effort to no results is seriously starting to give me a complex, though I am resisting and just chalking it down to good old fashioned paranoia.

Thanksgiving tomorrow! No turkey for me though, I'm having a big old leg of lamb, currently sitting on my back porch probably dripping blood. I have resigned myself to the fact that I can never be anything less than an omnivore. I hope you all have good holidays or weekends if you're not in the states.

I need some good new music to bring me out of my funk. Recommend a current CD you think worth plunking down $$$ for, or an older one you think I may not have heard, pretty please?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sweetness.

1. Waiting for the movie to start and being presented with a stuffed animal S. won for me in the lobby.
2. Ruby Tuesday hiding completely under the blanket when we're away from home, eyes wide open and bolting when she's spotted.

Hopefully, this forthcoming holiday week will bring more.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Lonely no more.

Sorry I haven't been around much, internet. I've spent the last two weeks anticipating something that I'm not sure is going to happen, but if it does, I will be supremely happy. Until I find out whether this certain thing is a go or not, I'll be high strung and waking up at 4:30 AM (like I did yesterday). But keep your fingers crossed for me, would you? It would be good to have something go right for once.

All correspondence will be answered soon, hopefully.

Tomorrow, I will go see Walk the Line and maybe think about something else for a second. I really hate getting so compulsive about things, but I can't HELP IT. Also, today I bought 2 Christmas gifts. Holiday success shall be mine!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hang on sloopy.

Lately it seems that I've been spending an inordinate amount of time over at petfinder.com oohing and aahing over all the furry beings of the canine persuasion. I've also been vaguely reading up on various breeds and training methods for young dogs all of which leads me to believe that A) I miss my dogs and B) it'll be a long winter without a pet to walk outside.

I thought that I wouldn't want a dog for at least a year after Buster passed away earlier this autumn, but my mind and heart seem to say that there's still plenty of room left over (and plenty of animals who need good homes and well, I have a home and it wouldn't seem right not to share now would it?).

I wonder if other people spend part of their day looking at all the lost animals of their corner of the world and thinking up clever pet names. I wonder if it's normal. Mostly, I've grown to prefer the company of animals over people in the suburbs. It's a fucked up world in which I reside when that happens.

Monday, November 07, 2005

On the other side.

So, I went to see Shopgirl which was excellent, of course and even exceeded my own expectations. One of the most pleasantly surprising things about it though, was an appearance by Mark Kozelek as a minor charachter in the film and the usage of Sun Kil Moon's (his) music. It's a worth a view if only to see him perform "Lily & Parrots" live. For some strange reason there doesn't appear to be an official soundtrack out, though.

Aside from movie-going, I've spent the last day and a half obsessively reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Having never read any sort of travel non-fiction before I wasn't sure what to expect, but he has a great narrative style that any reader can take to. It almost makes me want to get out and really hike, but I'm terrified of (real, live) bears.

Some other books that I picked up this weekend included :
Caucasia, (Danny Senza)
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Disgrace, JM Coetzee
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

And some books I want to read (this is mostly for my own future reference):
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Mary Roach
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didon
A Million Little Pieces, James Frey

My New Year's resolution was to read 52 books this year, but I'm probably not going to make it that far.

What have you been reading lately?

Sparks.






Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I lost my heart down by the water.


adirondack chairs w/ 9/11 osprey memorial
Originally uploaded by theredthread.
If you happen to be a loner and prefer solitude over crowds, the best time to go anywhere near the water in LI is when it's nipple piercingly cold. This also makes it my favourite time of year, before the frost sets in.

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