dangerous compassions

this may be the night / our bodies fill with light

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

last night

"What should I blog about?"  I asked Mom.  "Kicking your butt at cards last night?"

"What was the score?  I didn't even ask!"

"Pizza?  Going to four different pharmacies?"

"All around the garden.  Looking for a pill," Mom said. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

the tiedye


the health of BOB

This morning we left Las Vegas at 4.  BOB was fine.  BOB was fine all the way through until we pulled into the parking lot of the Vedanta temple in Montecito and parked.  I chastised Ming for checking BOB's back window five times. 

Then Ming pointed out to me that BOB was smoking.  There was a smell and some smoke coming out from under the hood. 

I was like, "What should we do?"  We decided to go to the temple's bookstore and look around then return to BOB and see if it would start.

I didn't know if I could enjoy the bookstore, but I did.  We looked at statues and expensive jewelry.  Then I read Ming two children's books.  Stellaluna and The Three Questions.  I wanted to talk to the woman who was running the bookstore but...too shy!

So we went back to BOB.  I was in suspense.  I thought it was oil burning off the engine, and I know there are leaks.  But BOB started, and we drove all the way to our current hideout.  No problem.

Here Ming checked the oil and automatic transmission fluid.  The oil was fine.  The ATF was a bit low.  So he added more.

Is BOB not long for this world?  Many people pray for our safe travels.  It's hard to say.

Monday, November 24, 2014

tiedye experiment

I was at Ross and saw a tiedye kit and got the idea in my head that we should tiedye the Sacred Peace Walk shirts.  So we bought a tiedye kit, I researched well how to do the spiral, we bought some larger rubber bands than the kit provides, we bought paper plates, a plastic table cloth...

So we were all ready.  And last night we finally tiedyed!  It was a little unnerving to get the all steps right, and it was getting dark (we were working on the picnic table outside).  So we didn't take any pictures this time.  And we let the clothes sit overnight in the oven because that's the warmest place in this house. 

This morning when we took everything apart to rinse it out on the sink, we saw we used not enough dye.  The shirts look pretty good but there's a lot of white left.  Maybe when we wash them a few times in the washer, the extra dye will dye the white parts a little bit.  Hope so.

Someone already has their clothes in the washer this morning, so we're waiting.  I will show you pics after. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

big time cookie fail

I baked some cookies.  They are vegan oatmeal cookies.  I pulled them out of the oven, and we each tried one.  First I thought it was pretty good.  Then I thought it tasted like nothing.  Then I thought it tasted strange.  The more I ate it, the less I liked it.  Now I think they're kind of nasty. 

"It's okay if you throw it away," I told my friend JR. 

Earlier we went to Buy Low for some baking soda and apple sauce for the recipe.  We looked for tea, but they didn't seem to have any.  But with the Mexican spices in their little cellophane bags on the wall, there was tea.  I chose Seven Blossoms and brewed some up.  It tastes like nothing too.

But the moral is the story is this: Don't trust random recipes on the internet that none of the comments are from people who actually tried the recipe.  And don't waste your friend JR's coconut oil on that shit.

park till dark

Yesterday we went to Sunset Park with a friend of ours and his granddaughter.  It was fun.  We had a picnic and played this kids game involving a pretend honeypot with pretend bees. 

Also we went around the lake.  Also we played red light green light--I fell and landed partly on my face, getting some rugburn.  But it feels fine today.

We also played freeze tag.  Ming was the quick hero, unfreezing us over and over again.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

no bacon, please

This morning I did creamer for coffee.  Then I did sugar for grits.  It was good. 

I was going to have some grits.  But then I realized the brown streaks were bacon.  Wtf.  Gratuitous bacon.

Then we rinsed and sanitized pots. 

Today we might go to Lake Mead.  We've never been there.

Friday, November 21, 2014

gmorning

We have been serving the hungry with Catholic Worker every morning here in Las Vegas.  We have had a lovely time.  This morning I was napkin girl.  Other days I did bread.

Yesterday's peace vigil at the federal building was the best attended of memory.  There were about 15 of us.

Ming's reading a book about Predator drones.  I emailed people and ate M&Ms.  Sorry we're going to a farmers market.  I mean soon.

I'm thinking of interviewing a bunch of NDE people.  The only problem with interviewing people is transcribing it.  I'm thinking of using Dragon to do some typing for me.  I need to figure it out.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

funslower


bread


yesterday's highlights

1.  laundry
2.  pasta
3.  emails
4.  candy and stamps run
5.  sleep

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

park



stop--grackle time


thermometers

Yesterday we were at Walmart to get a new battery for BOB.  We walked through the store while we waited.  We looked at thermometers.  They were broken.  I was curious what temperature it gets down to in this house.  They were only a dollar but...broken!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

more temple pics






at the temple






Monday, November 17, 2014

Cactus Springs

We left Sacramento at 4 am and arrived here at Cactus Springs at 4 20 pm.  I'm blogging on my phone and it sux.  But it's so good to be here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Last Gasp

Yesterday I met Ron of Last Gasp Books.  He gave me a weird coloring book: Forbidden Activities for Neglected Children.  "It even has stickers for your skateboard," he said.  He has a long white beard. 

more

Yesterday was Howard Zinn Book Fair.  We saw friends and had a good active time.  It was in San Francisco.  Then we went to dinner with my friend S who lives in Santa Ana which is down in Orange County.  We went to Herbivore.  I had the vegan beef stroganoff but it had too much fake beef in it.  I wanted more mushrooms.

Today I'm totally f-en tired.  Maybe I'll go back to bed.

Friday, November 14, 2014

help Enola go to Nutrition School



I feel honored to call Enola a friend of mine.  If you can, please support her in her school dream.

like candy

Is it time to send out Christmas cards yet?  I have this box with lots of Christmas cards in it from back when I thrift store shopped a lot.  I'm trying to use up stuff before we move. 

It's a beautiful cloudy day.  We did a lot of boring stuff today.  But at Jiffy Lube we got coffee.  I guess we topped off our fluids while they topped off BOB's?  I put sugar and French vanilla creamer in mine, and it tasted like candy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

the raven

Today we went to Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.  It was the best time I've ever had at a zoo, I think.  It was rainy but not raining, so we had the place mostly to ourselves.  Most of the animals were out!  We liked the red fox best.  The fox was bigger than I thought.  The mountain lion was smaller.  I was excited to see wolves but more excited to see a healthy coyote.

Oh, and the raven which cawed.  And the pair of huge golden eagles. 

Then we went to the library and read books.  I read I Am Malala and a book on not wasting money. 

Then we did a bunch of other stuff I will not trouble you with.  I love you, reader.  Catch you later.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

bling


"Why isn't everyone shocked by the beauty of my bracelet?" I asked Ming.

"It is a beautiful bracelet," Ming said.

"Because it's understated?" I asked.  "But it's got some sparkle shimmery.  It's a bit bling-y."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

pizza advice

Made pesto pasta salad as well as pizza this evening.  Ming was dripping hand water on the pizza while he sliced it, and I let him know.  "Crazy isn't a very far drive right now," I said.  The crust is delicious crust from Trader Joe's--it comes in a bag in dough form. 

I suggest precooking the crust for a few minutes before putting on the toppings and popping it back into the oven for 10 minutes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

fruits in the backyard


another one


9689 words

I'm at 9689 words on the prose project.  This morning I didn't feel like writing, but it was good to make myself.  I wrote about this story I told Ming on the Berkeley marina the other day.  It was about a small bear and their bird friend getting oppressed by a witch.  It was nice to have an interlude.

Having a bread knife has improved my quality of life.  Trying to slice bread with an inadequate knife is a recipe for sad.

Today I want to go to a big chain bookstore just to look around.  Please don't let me buy any stationery!  I am asking the goddess of all things paper to help me stay resolved against stationery purchases, but I lack faith.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

clarification

Waiting in person is beautiful and holy.  Waiting long distance like for someone to email you back--it varies. 

words

I'm at 8795 words on my chunk of prose for National Novel Writing Month, well behind.  But it's good to write a lot every morning. 

Yesterday we had lunch with a friend.  We brought over the vegan dal makhani I'd made the day before.  We brought over hot rice and some simple fruit salad.  I always like the grapes best.

Today we are having breakfast with friends and will go to the big farmers market under the freeway for more satsumas, I think.

Good morning.  I want to bless you today, though is there power vested in me?  Bless you.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

our hero sips Thai iced coffee


the sky

You're beautiful and brilliant.
You have tried so hard for so long:
you're doing great.

You belong in the family of humankind.
You belong with the animals and plants.
The sky loves you.

Friday, November 07, 2014

vegan tunafish

I'm up to 7156 words on my pretend novel, behind but truckin' along.  I want to write some letters today.  Ming's going to garden with a friend. 

We walked to the co-op this morning to participate in anti-depression Friday.  We bought some fun things like vegan tunafish--wtf!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

beautiful loved

Yesterday we went to Berkeley.  We saw Ming's kid J at Sconehenge and I had a voice lesson.  Then in the evening we went to this prisoner support event about Assata Shakur.  It was inspiring. 

Today I got a lot of writing done in the morning and emails.  Then I went to group.  I made those delicious roasted root veggies for brek and we finished them with avocado sandwiches for lunch.

I love fall.  Summer is an ordeal I endure.  Fall is my beautiful loved season.

veggies for breakfast