Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
The hoody ones gathered on Saturday night to welcome Myrna back to town. We cooked a lovely supper together in our pajamas. We tried on Halloween costumes and played with Halloween candles.
Question: Who do you know who likes to hang out in PJs?
mompoet - lucky to have such warm and fuzzy friends.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Nelson the rat just got his photos back from Costco. Here he is with Mr. Disney and Mickey Rat. Thank you Kirsi, Allan, Jesse and Nolan, for taking Nelson with you to Disneyland. Thanks especially for bringing him back.
question: where would you take Nelson?
mompoet - (shhhh. Don't tell Nelson about the "mouse" thing.)
question: what frightens you?
mompoet - don't walk into the light
Friday, October 27, 2006
Do they have any idea how many students that is? I sure hope there'll be enough seats and free tickets of course. Won't it be fun to take all of the kindergarteners to watch the bobsled races? Well, maybe they can all watch it on TV.
And all of those moms and dads taking vacation for 2 weeks to look after their kids who are out of school. We'll probably also have to close most of the banks and stores and even the hospitals and police station.
Let's all go to the Olympics. YAY!
question: does this sound silly to you too?
mompoet - okay, enough cynicism. I have some sewing to do
question: what's your favourite punctuation mark?
mompoet - I have quite a few I might apply to His Royal Bushiness
Then I'm in a press conference/fan Q and A session with the band and there's only about 20 of us in the room and we can ask questions and all of the members of the band are just chatting away. But I brought this good novel so I'm slouched in my chair holding a book up in front of my face ignoring the whole thing. I think maybe I look kind of cool, not being impressed by the event. Then some manager person screens the band's latest rock video for us and the band members run to a limousine and drive away and I missed them again.
question: what do dreams mean?
mompoet - thinking maybe I should stop, look and listen?
So I booked today off. Only the kids are in school. I am going to nest with my sewing machine and put together my new Halloween costume. Construction-wise it's not that much different from all of the lime green munchkin dresses I sewed last Spring. The main difference will be that it's much more DEAD. Just wait, I'll post a picture when it's ready.
It's been raining for a few days. The furnace is kicking on in the morning. I found my wooly socks. Perfect day to be inside and not in a hurry.
question: do you ever reclaim and misplaced treat?
mompoet - self-indulgent in a positive way
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
By the way, while I was not watching the tooth decay and the amazing white stuff and the magical filling-hardening-light I watched my favourite close-caption television. I know I could do this at home, but I save it for a treat at the dentist. The close-caption simultaneous translator must have a very difficult job. The guy on the morning show was interviewing a guest from Science World. They were making SLIME for Halloween. But the close-caption guy did not know how to spell slime, so they were making "slim" for the whole segment. I was killing myself laughing. Do not laught immediately after the dentist injects novocaine. You will feel the novocaine in your elbow. Honest. Also, don't do it while he is drilling. I think I am now in Dr. Bruce's nuisance patient book. Also, the close caption translator captioned "ameliorate" like this: AMELIE OR ATE............AMELIORATE. (I could just hear him/her saying "OH CRAP!")
I still want that job.
question: have you been to the dentist lately?
mompoet - finding sources of amusement in inappropriate places
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
question: are you a cleaner-upper or a joke-teller?
mompoet - joke-teller
I hope Mom will read my blog from India. We will also email one another. She'll be back in time for my birthday. Yay!
Dad's a home. Hey Dad, come over for supper soon, okay?
question: where would you like to go?
mompoet - exploring the infinite boundaries of the internet
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
It's on the outside of all of us. It's just too bad too few of us see it when we look in the mirror. Let's work on that. Together.
question: did you know that you are beautiful?
mompoet - look! I can see it! BEAUTY!
I'm just thinking about the clown hat that I mentioned in an earlier post. It happened about 10 years ago. I sewed matching clown outfits for the kids and me. They were beautiful: red and black with dots, strips and rick-rack, pompoms and ruffles. Harlequin-style and elegant, if I do say so myself. The sewing pattern included dunce-style caps which I stiffened with some sturdy iron-on interfacing and secured with elastic chin-strings. When we got dressed on Halloween night to go out, Andy looked at the 3 of us and said
"Klown Klux Klan."
Now I don't really like the hats so much. He's right, you know. They do look like that.
That's the story of the clown costumes. Maybe I'll post a photo on Wednesday.
question: will you dress up for Halloween this year?
mompoet - creating faux pas and floobdobbles from time to time
Saturday, October 21, 2006
procreastinating - getting pregnant to avoid painting the house
procrapstinating - going to the bathroom to avoid cleaning the bathroom
precrastinating - planning how one will procrastinate in the future
prochristenating - attending a baptism to avoid paying the bills
procroysternating - eating oysters to avoid washing the dishes
pyrocrastinating - burning down your house to avoid cleaning it
question: do you procrastinate?
mompoet - really should be doing something
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I have another broken tooth and my arms are too short. What I mean by the latter is that I now have to take my glasses off to read when I am tired or if the light's not good. I need new glasses and I need my tooth fixed. It's to be expected, I guess. I'll be 45 in November. In the meantime I reassure myself with feats of physical prowess. Yesterday I hopped from one fitness class to another at the gym for a total of 90 minutes cardio flat out AND I LIKE IT! Thank you to Lisa the cycle class teacher for playing "Love Cats" by the Cure and a Peppers song, each at just the right moment. It's amazing what our brains can trick our bodies into doing.
All this is not to say that I'm in denial of aging. Here I am, right in the middle of my walking, talking life. I want to feel zesty now and for a long time. I think I'm on the right track.
New breakfast sandwich: toasted baguette with pesto and tomato slices. It's good. Try it.
Work continues to be an overwhelming avalanche of everythingness. I have been taking a few minutes to organize my stacks of work so I don't miss anything critical. I am taking time everyday to sit down and talk and laugh with my co-workers. I am not taking work home. I am trying not to take myself or my work too seriously. It's just a busy time. There have been busy times before. Every day there are nuggets of joy and moment here and there of, "Oh yes, that's why I love this job." So it's tiring but okay.
Halloween is coming. We'll decorate the carport this week. I'm thinking of sewing myself a new costume. I have a fabulous clown outfit (matching ones for the kids which they have outgrown) with an unfortunate hat (I'll tell you about that another time), and a beautiful kangaroo suit which is warm and snuggly. I haven't made a costume in a few years, since a sewed a cow suit for Fiona. Maybe I'll go to the fabric store after work today. That would be fun.
Scribbitz, grzl, skrink. Autumn wiggles in through the crack under the screen door. Let's put on our sweaters and find out what happens.
question: what befalls you as autumn arrives?
mompoet - sap going back down to the roots
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
10:49pm, the man and woman have just finished making love
she: Love you sweetie. 'Gnight."
he: Hey wait! You're going to sleep already? What about me?
she:I'ts almost 11. I'm really tired. What do you want me to do?
he: Put your head on my chest and tell me I'm great.
she:You ARE great. Really great. I'm just tired.
9:17am, just before cycle class (the women are talking about their husbands)
wife #1: My husband is willing to help around the house. He just has no idea what to do.
wife #2: My husband eats an apple every morning and leaves the little fruit identification sticker on the counter beside the sink.
wife #1: Well, at least you know where he's been and that he's eating his fruit.
wife #2: Yeah, he's a good husband. But if he'd just put that sticker in the trash he'd be PERFECT.
question: I wonder, is that all it takes for us to go from good to perfect?
mompoet - pondering the nuances of human relationships
Monday, October 16, 2006
I need to watch some really funny ones now, for a break. Also everyone who is reading my crying poem is contacting me to find out if I'm really okay. I'm really okay. Really. Toss me a funny movie. I'm ready for laughing.
question: what's your pick for something funny that is not made in Canada or the US?
mompoet - thinking a lot about Afghanistan and looking forward to a day when funny movies will come from there. Can you imagine the Afghan version of Bollywood. Yes! In our lifetimes, I pray.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
all of the cakes, baked partway, collapsed and discarded
the late-dawning mud clots, slumped outside my window
the bite-down-hard nuggets of resignation
shame parading as forgetfulness
neglected intentions, accumulating like overdue fines
for unread library books
hurts endured, inflicted and ignored
the shortcuts that never tasted as sweet as I thought they would
the whole damn list that I have chewed, swallowed
spit out and written down again
all of these things would come squeezing out, sour and hot
my disappointment in myself
wetting my lap, leaving me soggy-sleeved and empty
snow-blind and pretending
I could cry and cry and go on living
cry while I sleep
cry while I eat
cry at work and in the car
cry talking to my children
walking the dog
washing the dishes
at the end of one hundred days
I would shovel damp tissues into the trash
wring out my sodden sleeves
change into dry pants
and begin the next one hundred
because I simply don’t know what else
I can do.
Question: could you?
mompoet - the rain came today
Friday, October 13, 2006
question: which covers stick in your mind?
mompoet - the worst thing about downloads is no cover art
A new houseplant. Someone pushes a button and laughs and the "Little Shop of Horrors" flower spins off the plant like a helipcopter and buzzes around my head and lands and now it's a bug with a green grasshopper head and it bites me on the hand. Everyone is laughing and thinking it's funny and cute but it hurts and I am scared.
question: what do dreams mean?
mompoet - needing to let go of some stress, I think
Or feed you poisoned birthday cake
I wont deny I'm gonna miss you when you're gone
Oh I could bury you alive
But you might crawl out with a knife
And kill me when I'm sleeping
As I lie between these covers
I wanna tell her that I love it
When she chokes me in the
Backseat of her riverboat 'cause
She's my man
And we got all the balls we need
I'm listening to Scissor Sisters an American group. I got their new CD "Ta-Dah" then I had to buy their first one, "Scissor Sisters." They sound like Elton John meets the Bee Gees in some 1930s cabaret with a bit of Duran Duran around the edges. It's a weird combination that's tickling my music bone right now.
question: what are you listening to these days?
mompoet - oh, and there's a beautiful lisp too
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Although the festival schedule promised two short movies we were treated to three, Kabul Cinema, Shabnum and Gulchera. In between the movies two hosts answered questions and gave background information to help put the works in perspective. All three films were very sad. All three featured children as their main characters. Of the three, I enjoyed Kabul Cinema the best. It's the story of a boy who loves the movies so much that he salvages a projector and some reels of film from the burned ruins of the Kabul Cinema. He constructs a miniature cinema on wheels to show bits of movies to himself and anyone willing to pay. The writer and director is Mirwas Rekab, who also made Osama. We felt like we had enjoyed a rare treat to see these films and to hear them discussed by the hosts and audience members.
So now I've rented Kandahar, but I haven't watched it yet.
This morning I watched Nobody Knows from Japan. It's beautiful and heart-breaking.
So many movies, so little time.
question: seen any good shows lately?
mompoet - giving thanks for the world on my tv screen and in a theatre near home
Monday, October 09, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
plight - outdated and hysterical-sounding, usually applied to a collection of people, sounds like a big cow-pie of trouble
suggestion: be more specific about what the problem is - poverty? disease? war? talk about it (but don't say "war-torn" or "poverty-stricken.")
infrastructure - used to describe any services that we or someone else don't have enough of, as in "infrastructure problems."
suggestion: be specific - say "The sewers are wearing out. We need new pipes." or "There aren't enough doctors and nurses at the hospital so people are waiting too long for surgery."
strife - in the same category as plight. With the exception of the plant name, purple loosestrife, I think we should nuke this word. Used mostly in poems and songs, when people can't think of a better rhyme for "life."
suggestion: get a life, find a better rhyme
solutions - as in "business solutions" or what I saw on a sign today "specialty coffee solutions." As if all of your problems can be solved by the right software - or apparently the right caffeinated drink.
suggestion: call it what it is - "business software systems" or "coffee"
concerning to me - as in "It is concerning to me that the school district may cancel programs because of the ruling on school fees." Do you mean, "disconcerting?"
suggestion: be concerned and use the right word
Honest, I am not grumpy today, I am thankful and happy and well-rested for a change. Wrong words are just frustrating me because they distance the speaker and the listener from the real meaning. Most often, a simpler, more direct approach is better.
question: what bugs your ears?
mompoet - going to quietly eat my turkey now, having blown off some steam.
question: how do you feel about Pluto losing planet status?
mompoet - still sad about it
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I am over the moon with joy and excitement. Just got an email from Kirsi, who's leaving with her family tomorrow morning for Disneyland:
Kirsi is taking Nelson the rat to Disneyland. I told Nelson we would take him with us in August, then I forgot. I have been feeling so guilty. Now he will go on an airplane (his first trip on a plane) and have a great weekend. We'll take care of Fritz at home.
Thank you, my friends, for making Nelson's dream of the magic kingdom come true. He'll calm down if you rub his belly and give him some potato chips. He likes honey dijon the best.
question: what is your favourite chip flavour?
mompoet - glad that honey-dijon is available only in Sechelt - right??
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I am fascinated by how the human body works. I think it will be very interesting to see this exhibit. I believe that when you die, your body is as useful to you as your car or your clothing. What's intensely important in your life on earth is the opposite in the next life. If people want to donate their bodies to an exhibit, and other people want to see them, I think that's okay.
I am an organ donor. My family knows that I would like everything useful that's left of me donated, including the option to donate my used car of a body to a med school. I don't want to be plastinated, but mostly because the idea might upset surviving family members. Also, I've heard there's a waiting list to be in the show, so I'll leave it to those who really want that.
question: what do you think of this?
mompoet - intensely enjoying the outer part while it's meaningful, ready to give it up when the time comes
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
question: seen any good movies lately?
mompoet - spongebrain square eyes