Monday, May 29, 2006

Why I Love Oakland

There aren't many reasons, but this is one:

You put something outside on the sidewalk with a 'Free' sign, and overnight, it's gone. No hauling fees! No worries. It's great.

So far we've gotten rid of four tables of various sizes, three old computer monitors, some semi-working stereo equipment, some pictures, some other various kitchen items, and three printers.


We've also sold the queen size bed and Terri's old set of speakers, and someone is coming over to look at the big bed tonight.

Yesterday when we went to the new place, the neighbors in the next-door apartment complex were outside being noisy teenagers. It was happy noise, but noise nevertheless. We were worried. However, I think the white-noise machine we have will take care of any nerve-jangling neighborhood noise until we get used to it all. At any rate, the space still feels good and we're getting rid of everything we don't love. It's great.

Now, we're off to IKEA for new garbage cans, laundry baskets, a TV stand, etc. Anything to bring new, happy energy to the new place. Leaving the bad juju behind. I'm excited. It's a lot of work, and it's disheartening to know that this isn't our 'landing' place, it's just the best we could do for now (until we can finally settle someplace big/quiet/affordable enough for us to just STAY), but still. New, fresh, sunny, pretty, breezy. It will be good.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

A Good Day

Today was very, very good. Slept in, had a good creative phone meeting with the women's magazine visionary person, headed over to the city for a day of beautification with Terri, got terrific news about her doctorate degree, had a great lunch and closed down Macy's. Whew. Very successful.

Terri got: a haircut, new facial products (including some face-brightening cosmetics!), and the news that her dissertation is completely accepted by everyone and they are scheduling her oral defense for June! We were so excited and thrilled. She got the message on her voice mail, and we were both so affected that I had to pull over the car and we both cried tears of joy. Seriously. That was some darn good news. Doctor Terri. That sounds pretty good.

I got: a terrific day with Terri, a new dress (black silk with white polka dots), two pairs of new shoes, and a new opportunity to do some meaningful art, maybe.

We both had: a great, fun lunch at The Stinking Rose. Mmmm, garlic. It was fun to be in North Beach on a gorgeous San Francisco day. Very joyous and romantic. I can't wait for more days like today. You need a good day like this every once in awhile.

I'm happy. I did get a letter from the Nevada parole board that Jim is up for parole, which makes me angry, but I'm going to talk to someone on the parole board and do my part to make sure he stays in jail as long as possible. But even that can't take away this terrific day that we had.

It was just nice to feel normal. Terrific, even. All day long. Sure, there were imperfections: Terri had her crutch and walking boot, and traffic was horrific, and we almost lost her bag of face stuff, but it was nothing we couldn't deal with, and the sun was shining on us, literally and figuratively. I haven't had a day like this in a long time, and it was good. I'm cautiously beginning to hope that things will continue to get better.

Now, if only Terri's car will stay where we park it...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The New Beginning

Time to start anew. Bring in sunlight and peace. And all the parts of me.

Time to remember: I love poetry. Especially ee cummings.

Here's why:

[somewhere i have never travelled]

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously) her first rose
or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain, has such small hands

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Books Read 2008

Here is a list of all books I've read in 2008.

  1. Twilight
  2. New Moon
  3. Eclipse
  4. A Stroke Of Midnight
  5. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
  6. Once
  7. High Fidelity
  8. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
  9. The Lamp From The Warlock's Tomb
  10. The House With A Clock In Its Walls
  11. The Figure In The Shadows
  12. The Eyes Of The Killer Robot
  13. Haunted
  14. About A Boy
  15. 'Salem's Lot
  16. Little Women
  17. On Stranger Tides
  18. American Blooomsbury
  19. Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein
  20. Close Range (including Brokeback Mountain)
  21. Haunted, Tales of the Grotesque
  22. Tim Gunn's A Guide To Quality, Taste, And Style
  23. The Face In The Frost
  24. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  25. The Amateur Marriage
  26. The Curse of the Blue Figurine
  27. Morality for Beautiful Girls
  28. The Relic
  29. Reliquary
  30. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  31. The Turn of the Screw
  32. Will Storr vs. The Supernatural
  33. The Once and Future King
  34. Storm Front
  35. Ghost Hunting
  36. The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  37. The Year 1000
  38. Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim
  39. The Time Traveler's Wife
  40. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
  41. Pledged: The Secret Life Of Sororities
  42. Good Omens
  43. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
  44. Neverwhere
  45. Stardust
  46. American Gods
  47. 7-Day Detox Miracle
  48. Outlander
  49. Julie & Julia
  50. In Defense Of Food
  51. Appetite For Life
  52. My Life In France
  53. The Magician's Assistant
  54. Still Life With Crows
  55. Brimstone
  56. Dance of Death
  57. Breaking Dawn
  58. Book of the Dead
  59. Wheel of Darkness
  60. Lost Boy Lost Girl
  61. 3 Big Questions For A Frantic Family
  62. Ghost Story
  63. The Mummy, The Will, and the Crypt
  64. Summer of Fear
  65. The Midnight Club
  66. The Witching Hour
  67. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  68. Bury Me Deep
  69. The Blue Girl
  70. The Terror
  71. My Stroke of Insight
  72. Truth and Beauty
  73. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  74. The Dog Who Rescued Cats
  75. Heart In The Right Place
  76. Cabinet of Curiosities

Monday, May 22, 2006

Books Read 2009

Goal for the year: 75

1. In The Woods
2. The Land of Laughs
3. The Grotesque
4. Hotel Transylvania
5. The Woman In Black
6. Weetzie Bat
7. Swish: My Quest To Become The Gayest Person Ever
8. Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
9. The Graveyard Book
10. Memory and Dream
11. Dreams Underfoot
12. The Onion Girl
13. Widdershins
14. The Wood Wife
15. The Ghost Writer
16. About Alice
17. The Seance
18. Anansi Boys
19. Waiter Rant
20. Tightwad Gazette I
21. Tightwad Gazette II
22. Tightwad Gazette III
23. The Enchanted April
24. A Wizard of Earthsea
25. Heroin Diaries
26. The Stepford Wives
27. Thomas the Rhymer
28. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home
29. Birdman
30. Mother Night
31. The Jane Austen Book Club
32. Sharp Objects
33. Swallowing Darkness
34. The Hard Facts About Grimm's Fairy Tales (partial)
35. When You Are Engulfed In Flames (partial)
36. Wesley The Owl
37. The Fox Woman
38. Danse Macabre
39. Murder on the Orient Express
40. The Rescuers
41. Danny, Champion of the World
42. The Book of Lost Things
44. Busted
50. The Hip Chicks Guide To Macrobiotics (read, not reviewed)
51. Free-Range Kids (read, not reviewed)
52. 80-10-10 (read, not reviewed)
55. Spook
71. Wait 'Till Helen Comes (read, not reviewed)
72. Sandman: The Dream Country (read, not reviewed)
79. The Queen of Heaven Trilogy, Book 1 (unpublished manuscript by Jane Kindred)
80. The Queen of Heaven Trilogy, Book 2 (unpublished manuscript by Jane Kindred)
81. The Housekeeper and the Professor (read, not reviewed)

Books Read 2010

12. PUSH
13. Strangers In Paradise (complete collection, actually 6 books)
14. The Lace Reader (not yet reviewed)