Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
butterflies in my stomach
Yesterday I saw my friend A--he took me grocery shopping and to a new park. I stood by while he chose what steak to buy and was suprised when he didn't get any beer--he said he'd been drinking a lot since his girlfriend dumped him a month ago. At the park we walked around a track he said was half a mile, and I lost my breath, I guess because he's tall and walks faster than I do.
Soon I'm going to my old high school to see a good friend J who teaches English there. It will be lunch time. I will bring him an apple from See Canyon, a Burgundy. I'm nervous to sneak on campus because I'm not so young anymore. I don't think I'll blend in. I thought about bringing my bakcpack.
Then at noon my bestie will come see me. It's been a friend-filled weekend. She and I will go out to lunch and to the park.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
pancakes, Target, swing
Then tonight I made vegan pumpkin pancakes. They were so good! However, they were super thick so it took forever to cook them. I should have added more water. Also, there was nothing in them to sweeten them, so I ate them with maple syrup, which is crazy sugar.
We have been to Target three times in the past two days, looking for backpacking stuff. Arg! And we were supposed to be boycotting them because they gave a ton of money to an anti-gay political candidate. Oops. We went there looking for a string you put on your glasses, around the back--Erik wanted one to be sure his glasses wouldn't come off while he looked over the edge of a cliff. Anyway, they didn't have any. And we went there looking for hiking socks yesterday before getting some at REI. And then we went there for a certain type of underwear--really, there is no K-Mart. Where are you supposed to buy underwear if you're not going to Target or Walmart? I guess we could have gone to Kohls.
Someone put a swing in one of the magnolia trees in the courtyard of our apartment complex. When I sit here at my computer desk I can see a kid swinging and the tree moving as if it were very windy.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
It's been hot--today's high was supposed to be 106. Hot moments in parking lots. Feels like summer in Sacramento. It's cooling off a lot this weekend, though.
We got Erik a new lens cap and little memory card for his camera. We went to Elliot's natural food store, which we hadn't visited in a long time (it's next door to the camera shop). We looked around at all the food, and I tried a peanutbutter pretzel. But I don't like pretzels. We looked at lip balm.
I got a nice letter from K who developed a new policy of two items on her to do list per day. I like that idea. Do two things, and do them well.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
dazzled by socks
We went to REI for hiking socks this morning. The choices overwhelmed us and we left without buying anything.
Monday, August 23, 2010
results of thrift store shopping
Today we went out to lunch with S and A. It was unusual for me to be in a group of people, and I met S for the first time. Everyone was very nice. We talked about books, movies, work, fantastic news stories, A's new dog, Erik's backpacking plans.
Keeping my fingers crossed that someone sees the freecycle wanted ad I posted for a warm vest and long johns for Erik's trip and has those items to offer. I suspect a vest might be expensive.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
offensive signage, backpacking, Food Not Bombs
Erik's going backpacking! The friend he's backpacking with has given him a list of things to bring, and we need to find a few items, like a windbreaker. It's very exciting that this friend is willing to take him backpacking.
This morning we volunteered with Food Not Bombs. Mostly it consisted of chopping veggies, lots of tomatoes especially. We also shredded zucchini. It was fun.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Jesus in a hat
Erik has a Rembrandt painting as his desktop, and it depicts Jesus in a hat. What the heck? And he has a shovel in one hand. So I googled "Jesus in a hat" and got eight hits. One is talking about a different painting depicting Jesus in a hat--in that painting, his upper body is naked and the shovel is in his left hand, but in Erik's Rembrandt, the shovel is in his right.
Anyway, I said "Jesus in a hat" would be a good curse, but we decided it doesn't roll off the tongue. However, my high school band director would curse "God bless America."
Friday, August 20, 2010
The last time I remember using a bobby pin was when I played Annie Sullivan in the play The Miracle Worker when I was in the fifth grade. My mom used bobby pins to secure the bun in my hair. They were black.
So I had never used them as an adult, but when I was little they were around, everyday objects.
our exciting apartment complex
I've been making some delicious oatmeal with walnuts and flaxseed meal in it, with brown sugar and Earth Balance and cinnamon, made with soymilk. It's creamy and good.
Erik really likes the movie Donnie Darko. He wants to watch it again so wants to keep it out from the library even though it was due yesterday. (It can't be renewed because it's on hold.)
missing the moonlight underbridge bat-viewing canoe expedition
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
edit to add: We watched the music video--Erik says it looks like a beer commercial.
more edit to add: Watching the video again, Erik says, "They're making fun of their coolness in a way that's cool. They're meta-cool."
Also at Trader Joe's they were selling Naked Ladies. I thought about buying some but didn't.
Today we went to a brilliant Music at Noon concert, a pianist who was obviously a genius and played us an hour of music by memory. I think I liked the Beethoven best.
This morning I saw my friend P. She was wearing a blanket like a shawl. She'd had a bad reaction to some medication.
This afternoon I took a long nap and dreamt of a friend I haven't seen in 20 years and dreamt Erik asked me to marry him and gave me lemon diamond earrings. I told him, "We're already married," and accepted them.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
book club fail
Monday, August 16, 2010
Today Erik went bowling with S. While he was gone I washed the dishes and worked on a letter to C in Oregon. Erik's headache went away--it was gone this morning.
Today I got out from the library a movie called Young @ Heart which was recommended to me by a stranger whose name I can't recall--I met her in the mail through sendsomething.net. It's a documentary, and I want to watch it tonight.
I got a plump bag of fresh basil at the farmers market on Sunday, and I'm going to make some pasta for dinner. Erik's peeling garlic.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
mung dal with tomatoes
Erik's had a headache for 29 hours.
Book club meeting on Tuesday! If I go, it will be my first book club meeting.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
But it's Second Saturday. We might look at some art, or maybe Erik is already--he's out with T, who got a haircut today and looks different. I got home from helping P with the bulletin, and those two were sitting on the apartment complex's front steps looking at photos on T's camera.
I've been eating slightly overripe mangoes. Drinking hibiscus tea. Messing around on the computer. And that is all.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
my personal zine fest
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
word bubbles rising
Monday, August 09, 2010
survived the drive home
Thursday, August 05, 2010
overdid it, homes
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
prop 8 overturned
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Golden Gate Park
Then we walked into the city a few blocks looking for an Indian-Pakistani place where we might get samosas for a treat. We didn't find the one we were looking for, but we did find vegan ice cream. I had a flavor called Charlie Brown's Nightmare, and it was good.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
"How's the soup?" Erik just asked. He hasn't tasted it--he was doing yoga.
"Boring," I said.
"I bet I'll like it," he said. He likes almost everything.
edit to add: He loves it!