Thursday, October 31, 2013
Also, Ming's making soy yogurt again now that it's no longer summer. The batch he made yesterday turned out perfect.
I made some more beans the other day in Ming's crock pot. They are great northern beans. They turned out perfect too.
So basically all's well on the food front. Fall's my favorite. We are lucky.
I need some magazines for collage but don't want magazines that will make me feel like crap about myself. I think maybe at the library book sales I can get some. Like at McClatchy.
I just wish everything opened at 7.
The sun just came up and the warm glow is glowing through the blinds.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
As we left the building, I explained to Ming how if we had kids, I would go crazier. I would say, "Here, you take the kid. I'm going out."
Ming's eating grapes. We picked some poblanos from the garden. I need to roast them.
Today we had an over the phone board meeting. I almost bailed. I was on mute because I was doing art during the phone call. Collaging and cutting pictures out of AAA magazines because that's the only magazine we get.
This morning free breakfast was bad. They moved the toast station so they can supervise. People were taking whole loaves of bread and whole bowls of butter. And making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to take home, stacks of them. I'm guessing that's why they moved the toast station. But it's more crowded now. So I didn't have toast.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I have this friend I write mail to almost every day. Lately I am writing letters because postcards could not contain me, but I managed a postcard today, which I'm proud of.
"Is the sun not up yet, or is it dreary out?" I asked Ming this morning. He said something about it being cloudy and not dreary.
Last night Ming and I recorded the bumblebee bee song, so now I can put it on mixes, but I feel shy about it.
Today tutoring is the only thing on our agenda, and a walk. It feels good to have open days.
Monday, October 28, 2013
spinach walnut synergy
In other ecstatic news, I found my digital voice recorder! Now I can record the Bumblebee song and add intros to the mixes I make.
Dave's Killer Bread
Today I tutor and Ming has a thing he's going to. I will sit at a cafe and read. Write.
I had some toast and soy yogurt for breakfast. The bread is seedy, which I enjoy. We got a ton of it at a giveaway a month ago, and it's in the big freezer downstairs. So we bring up another loaf from time to time.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
friends with drinks
ghost mice sticker and bread
Saturday, October 26, 2013
today's excellent delicious peanut sauce recipe
1/8 cup soy sauce
3 cloves pressed garlic
several shakes sesame oil
1/4 tsp dried ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne
a little water to thin it
Would it have been better with the lime juice? Maybe. But it was great this way. We dipped green beans in it, and snap peas, and used it to top a potato.
Now I can be my own archivist!
what sea creature am I?
This morning we went to the farmers market in Oak Park. It's the last one until May, which is a bummer for us. We got awesome foods: strawberries, tomatoes, apples, green beans, snow peas. Cookies for $2 when they were supposed to be $3.50. The seller was nice and took our two last tokens.
Oh, also, we put the Ghost Mice sticker on our truck. I will take a picture for you later.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Kevin Johnson and Ghost Mice
But it said Kevin Michael Johnson, so I thought I'd come home and look up the mayor's middle name, but it's Maurice. So that's the end of that strange story.
In other news, the Ghost Mice stickers I ordered came today! But I thought my address was wrong, so I'm confused. I thought I fixed it after they would have sent it. So how that got here is a mystery. I ordered two and they sent five. Isn't that just something Plan-it-x would do? They're awesome.
and all's well
So I walked to the cafe where Ming was waiting for me, and he got his mocha to go.
I sent some first rate mail this morning, and all's well.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
love this quote about help
"And because of the world we live in, and people are so expert in portraying themselves to be happy and 'devil-may-care' and things like this here, people are such good actors - and we should always be mindful that maybe somebody is carrying a lot of pain in their heart. And in a good world, in a perfect world, people would be okay with reaching out to say to somebody, 'I need help', but we don't live in a world like that though. People just hope that eventually they'll get over it, but eventually never comes though, because they're not accessing the healing properly. That's what I believe, anyway. You know, there's no shame in asking for help, you know, from the land - if you can't bring yourself to ask a counsellor, well then let the land, tell the land, tell it to the tree, tell it to the river, tell it to the bees and the spiders, tell it to the birds - you know, they'll listen, and they'll help you out. Tell it to your ancestors, 'cause they love you."
return of the collards
We also harvested some tomatoes from by the compost. Late October tomatoes. Some are splitting.
Furthermore, I had my appointment with a new psychiatrist this afternoon, and it was easy. I was so worried about it, and now I'm free.
the incredibly true adventures of two girls in love
Good morning. Ming's not really a girl, but I wanted to title the blogpost that. How are you? I feel like avoiding all of my responsibilities. How about you? Let's hide!
But I need to tutor, to see my new psychiatrist, and stuff like that. I need to check the calendar. Eat breakfast and go for a walk--blech.
Yesterday we went to the Bay Area as promised. We saw Ming's kids and mom. We walked the pier and saw some great graffiti which I cannot show you because we left the camera in the car. We ate all day.
We went to a peace walk talk at night and got home just fine though it was late for us. Then couldn't sleep at night and talked for a long time.
Well, see you later, Reader.
all love all the time,
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
poblano mushroom garlic rice
At first no chiles grew, and we thought the bees weren't doing their job, that maybe we should hand pollinate, but then we never got to it. Then there were suddenly about 12 chiles growing. No, more than that. About 15.
Today we're going to the bay area to see Ming's kids and to be show & tell items for a Sacred Peace Walk talk. It will be a late night, so pray for us, if you pray.
I bought a little pumpkin at Trader Joe's and it's so cute. But the acorn squash is too.
I never told you I made pinto beans in Ming's crockpot. They turned out great but not like my mom's, maybe because of lower heat.
Last night Ming and I both dreamt of stolen or lost backpacks. Strange, isn't it?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Then Ming and I made some photocopies. Ming said, "Congratulations," because I finished all the photocopying for my ELM project.
Then we went thrift store shopping. I got two pairs of jeans that will be great!
Now I need to find something I lost, so I need to clean my desk. Wish me retro-luck!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Last night I dreamt I had done something illegal having to do with IT and banks. I was going to jail. And I was thinking in my dream how I would not get SSI.
Then the day's yogurt was vanilla, not strawberry, which I had never seen before. Then someone pushed me at the toast station. I was trying to get my bread in the toaster, and she said, "Don't reach over my food!" and pushed me--I was upset and uncomfortable.
After that I ate my food and felt like I couldn't handle being there, but I needed to wait for bus tickets to be given out because I get a bus ticket for my neighbor who rides the bus to school. So I went outside and read old texts on my phone and deleted some.
Finally it was bus ticket time. Walking home, someone told me to smile, and I obeyed.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
hurray! hurray! hurray!
My favorite part was talking to this person who was running the concession stand. He wore glittery nailpolish and asked me about my hat. He told me Canada is not expensive and that Ming and I need to go back. "Did you get your healthcare while you were up there?" he asked.
My other favorite part was when our friend T said, "Follow me," and led us to free food she brought to share. It was vegan Chinese, I think. She runs Anna's Vegan Cafe, and I don't know what kind of food that is, but it's very good. And so inexpensive! Vegan lunch specials $4.95 including soup! Vegan Thai iced tea for $1.95. I always get the eggplant and tofu in black bean sauce, and it's a delicious heap of food with rice and a crispy roll.
Last night we did bread pickup and had no car trouble. Yesterday we had choir practice. We also went to the SPCA thrift store so I could look at their great notecards. The worker didn't feel like counting them so gave them to us for a dollar. I was stoked.
All these phonecalls to make and letters to write. Luckily I slept the night. Three cheers for sleeping the night!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Neighbors were talking and playing music late into the night. Maybe I should try to go back to bed.
Friday, October 18, 2013
This morning I went to egg day.
Then I returned to my women's place for free yoga. It was my first time doing yoga there, and it was really good for me. It was my first yoga class in years. I left feeling loose and happy and like my body works.
Then I tutored. Then I made more copies for the ELM anthology, standing at the Fed Ex store in flip flops, thirsty, but Ming got me some water from Peet's.
Lotsa poems, elaborate dreams, and semi-lost memories.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I'm working hard on Erik and Laura-Marie Magazine anthology. There were 52 issues, and I think it's going to be thick and fantastic. Funny. Good poems. My bestie loaned me her ELM archive.
Munching organic Trader Joe's version of Fritos. I like the salt.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Maybe once I do, I'll show you a picture.
I hope they start using Chelsea Manning's current name, which is Chelsea.
Monday, October 14, 2013
the excitement around here
Then in the morning we got up at 5 and took him back to the trainstation so he could get home to help his mom with the babies.
Today I sent out a ton of zines, but I forgot it was a holiday, so they won't get out till tomorrow.
Bought some organic potatoes and carrots to roast. Should be tasty. Watered at the garden, bought packing tape, purple pens.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
they only come and they come when they wanna
birth announcement: functionally ill 16
I have a new functionally ill. It's issue 16.
This is the latest issue of my mental health zine about living with schizoaffective disorder and no health insurance.
This one's about applying for SSI and SSDI, my "mental exam," long intakes, crazy performance, being pushed, and services.
quarter size, 32 pages including covers, black & white photocopy, bound with thread
Saturday, October 12, 2013
So we were going to disconnect the battery and have it towed, but Ming didn't have the tool to disconnect it, so we called neighbors then called AAA.
Meanwhile I was feeling really incapable of handling reality, so I called K, and she picked me up and took me home. It was great to be rescued.
The AAA tow truck driver didn't do anything, just told Ming to drive home, which he did. Home, Ming read the Chilton and found out which fuse to pull. Dad said to pull the horn's wire, but Ming didn't see it. So Ming pulled the fuse, and now we have a mute truck.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
three new plants
Then we went back at 1 and nobody else was there. We got a private tour! Our guide was nice. She told us facts and told us her favorites.
We saw the angel statue circling above the other statues. We saw the car hanging from the tree (though we didn't comment on it). We saw peafowl. We saw the glass chapel.
Probably my favorite art was the desk.
Ming took this beautiful picture of it.
We had been despairing about this plot. We were thinking about giving it up. It's grown so wild. The yarrow and borrage are taking over. The New Zealand spinach is spreading. The oregano is EVERYWHERE.
But we cleared space for these plants. We put the drought tolerant clevelandii in the back where we water less. We put the pineapple sage to the right, and the rosemary to the left. We hope they flourish.
Yesterday we went over there to check things out. The pineapple sage seems vulnerable. I wanted to see if the snails got it. It was fine. We didn't water because we'd watered well the day before.
Someone in the garden came up to us. She said, "I just wanted to tell you I love your space. It's one of my favorites." I laughed a little. I think Ming thanked her. And she walked away.
Then at home binding with it, I asked, "Bookbinding thread, where have you been all my life?" It goes through the holes so easily, and the knots seem so secure, and it's just beautiful in every way.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
new cereal knowledge
Today I'm having some cinnamon Life. I have had plenty of Life in my life, but this is my first time for cinnamon. I like regular better.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Las Vegas jelly bean party
We played cards and listened to They Might Be Giants. Our friend J came to tell us about an external hard drive for backing up the laptop, and we were willing to stop, but he wanted us to finish our game.
The list of things to do seems endless, but all I want to do is relax and listen to Sufjan Stevens on youtube.
I don't think I ever told you about the wedding ring rash I developed weeks ago. I stopped wearing the ring on that finger, but the rash is still with me. I thought all I needed to do was stop wearing the ring. Wrong!
We have got an incredible amount done here, papers pushed, info shared, notes typed, emails sent, phone calls made.
Today I'm taking it easy. I want to do some self-care and do not much more than that. I'd like to watch the movie my bestie gave me for my birthday. It's How to Cook Your Life, which I saw a long time ago and loved and never thought I'd find again.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
how is the war economy working for you?
This morning we served the hungry again, washed pots again, and peace vigiled at the federal building. I held the HOW IS THE WAR ECONOMY WORKING FOR YOU? sign. Ming had something about nuclear waste.
Then we played cards and our friend J made us delicious breakfast for lunch. Now we need to work on a grant application.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
serving the hungry, sweet potato for breakfast, rabbit fur jelly beans
Ming and I served soup at the empty lot where we serve. Usually we like to do bread, and Saturday we did sugar and creamer, but today we served the main dish. It got thicker and thicker as the half-hour progressed. The guests were in good moods, and we got a lot of thank yous but no sweeties or honeys.
There's this really good tea, holiday chai, in the cabinet of the house we're staying in. I like drinking it in the mornings when I remember. Then later in the day or in addition to the chai there's this hibiscus tea that's good too, but in a fruity way.
I can't believe how long we've been away from home. I'm worried important mail is coming and we're not there for it. But I think about mail a lot.
Today is hospitality day at the Catholic Worker and we'll go for lunch. Our friend M said he might make us some veggie enchiladas--the main dish is chicken ones.
We shared a large sweet potato for breakfast, which was good, filling. Maybe we should have sweet potatoes for breakfast every day.
This morning I had an elaborate dream about being pressured into transporting drugs. They were in a shrink wrapped boot box. I was supposed to say they were a gift. Then the cops came and busted us. I thought that would ruin my SSI case and was upset. In some ways the dream was realistic and in other ways not.
I also dreamed about jelly beans with the flavors of rabbit fur and basil & lavender. I was asking Ming why he picked those flavors--the package had just those two flavors--and I was like who wants to eat something that tastes like rabbit fur?
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
fun museum time
Then there was a huge collage station where you could collage stuff, objects as well as paper. The walls there were covered in visitor-made art. We made a collage I would like to show you. I tried taking some pictures, so hopefully some worked.
Then they had paper on boards, and you could sketch with pencil. I drew Ming, and Ming drew me. It was great fun. We laughed a lot. We left our drawings there for other people to enjoy.
Today we wanted to go to a museum that's on the UNLV campus, but we never made it. Instead we ran errands and worked with our former staff person learning some things to try to keep the organization going, but maybe it's futile.
I made my curried greens with beans dish for dinner, but I used frilly kale instead of collards, and we didn't have any curry powder, so I used other spices, but I didn't include enough, and the meal was bland. Didn't have fresh ginger so used dried. It smelled fragrant while it was cooking, but it didn't taste that way.