He concentrated on the relief of the mirror's cooling touch, wondering how one
went about forcing one's mind into blankness, particularly after a lifetime
lived on the axiom that the constant, clearest, most ruthless function of his
rational faculty was his foremost duty.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
We took a road trip (probably one of our last) to New River Gorge today. The weather threatened but never really followed through. I'm glad it wasn't 80 degrees, I most definitely would have been miserable. It was more hiking than this old fat bod is used to! ha ha.
Fayette County is a juxtaposition of beauty and squalor ridden poverty. It saddens me. This is a nationally protected state park/river area and undeniably one of the most beautiful places in the entire country. To go from awe inspiring wonder to repulsion and embarrassment from the trash and filth is just a shame.
We had a good time though. The bridge (of "Bridge Day" fame) is impossible to take a bad picture of. I took the above picture, it's not a postcard! I flatter myself, no?
After coming down from the scenic overlook, we stopped off at the side of the road to hike out into the river. It was not a trail for the faint of heart but we did ok!
Somehow I managed not to get a decent picture of Hawk's Nest but I don't think I could have taken a prettier one than I found at Amanda Haddox's website.
I'll try and write more tomorrow but tonight? I'm beat. Have a great weekend all!
I wish I'd had some Dansko shoes on today!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Get a drink, perhaps a stiff one, it'll make the story better.
Ok, cozy? settled in?
Anyone who knows me knows that I've been in feud for blood with my neighbors for some time now. It was bound to come to a head,, we all know this, right? Well, Wednesday morning was that day.
Just to catch you up, they got a Beagle. Now I have nothing against Beagles per Se but Beagles are not exactly neighborhood dogs. When they can't roam, they bark and bark and bark and screech, and bark and whine and bark and... and... and... you get the idea. Cute dogs, Beagles,, but wow,, are they noisy. I put up with it because it wasn't really reasonable for me not to put up with it,
until Wednesday morning.
Come about 7am, I awaken to the screeching of the beagle dog right outside my bedroom window. I try to put a pillow over my head and go back to sleep because I'm feeling a little unwell.
The barking gets louder and more obnoxious and UGH! I'm desperate for it to stop. Well, I get what I think, is a genius idea. We'd had pot roast the night before and we had quite a bit left. I went in the kitchen and broke off a large chunk. I then stepped out on my balcony and lobbed it at the dog.
Oh! What a happy puppy!
She was quiet, I was happy, I went back to bed.
For about 5 minutes.
Then just as I was drifting off, I awaken to BANG BANG BANG BANG.
OMG, what is it?
Well it's Mr. Jerkface and he has an attitude.
"DID YOU FEED MY DOG?!"
"yes, I gave her a chunk of potroast"
"DON'T FEED MUH DAWG" (he yelling mind you)
"then shut your *^$@#^* dog up, it's 7am!"
"DON'T FEED MUH DAWG"
"I did what was reasonable to get her to be quiet for a while so I could get some sleep"
"DON'T FEED MUH DAWG"
"I heard you @$$#*!%, Stop talking to me like one of your kids"
"YOU DON'T FEED A DOG MEAT"
Yup, I stood there,, blank stare on my face, "WTH?"
He proceeded to threaten me and my animals and I told him that he'd better take as good care of mine as I've taken of his. I've done nothing wrong and he's just got an attitude because he knows I'm pissed at him.
Then he started in with "DON'T FEED MUH DAWG" crap again. Oh yeah,, literary scholar this one. I told him that if she barked under my window, I would feed her again, if you don't want her fed, then muzzle her.
"BARKING'S NOT MY PROBLEM"
me- "I'll make it your problem, you'll have the cops up here 24/7 " and he proceeded to threaten and posture again. This is when I called him on it and came out the door at him.
"I cannot believe that you are up in MY YARD at MY DOOR on MY PROPERTY threatening me!, you'd better back the $%^& up before I call the ^%* *&^% cops"
Well, now he started to back up.
While I was standing in my yard in my housecoat screaming at the top of my lungs at 7am on a Wednesday I figured I'd go all out. You know,, there's not really any turning back now, there's no redeeming myself so I cut loose.
I let him know just exactly what he could do to get rid of me. Clean his nasty nasty yard up. I let him know exactly what he was doing to every one's property value (houses on all three sides of him are for sale) and do you know what he said???
"I don't know what your problem is? What do you want me to pick up?"
By now I was furious.
"LOOK THE *&#@ AROUND DUMB @$$" "If I can see it,, CLEAN IT"
There was a lot more to the story but it's mostly a blur now. I couldn't calm down and I was feeling sick. I figured I'd get cleaned up and run some errands and spend the day out at a friends house to calm myself.
My last errand was Walmart. Don't you love shopping Walmart in the early morning? Isn't it great? No one... I mean NO ONE is there! But I digress.
I stopped off at the automated blood pressure cuff because my headache felt like a blood pressure headache. I waited as the evil thing put a blood blister on my fat upper arm and I was shocked. I turned to the pharmacist, who was on her elbows at the window, and asked "when was this thing calibrated? Is it pretty accurate?" She said "It usually is, let's hope that reading is wrong!"
She came out with a bp cuff and checked me herself and the machine was pretty close. My BP was 183/110. No wonder I felt like crap. She advised me to go to the ER and I told her I would. I went directly to Tarah's instead. I took a BP pill and in an hour or so I felt much better. So much better in fact that I called the nasty neighbor and apologized. I got his answering machine but just the same, I did apologize.
Later that evening, I'd calmed down quite a bit more and I came home to find Mr. C quite perturbed. Nasty neighbor had left a note of apology on our door.
Well, now that should have been it, shouldn't it have been?
You and I both know it's not. Mr. C was very ticked that I had apologized. He was furious that another man had come to our house when he wasn't home and threatened me, the kids and our property.
He paced the floor until nasty neighbor pulled in the drive way. Man, did he ever cut into him! He totally called him out and nasty neighbor totally tucked tail like a beagle that had been kicked for eating pot roast!
I won't go into details here. I'll keep that between me and Mr. C.
He's my knight in shining armor.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I mean seriously. My bod is wearing out long before it should. If I named my ailments you'd think I was 70 years old. I try really hard not to bitch about them, no one wants to hear it. Not only is my body failing me and I feel old, I've just got an old soul. I knit and crochet, I play cards, I do crosswords, I don't sleep much, I like to feed ducks at the park, I get chilly, and finally, I yell at the neighborhood kids to get out of my yard. Before you know it I'll be shopping for the top wrinkle cream. I'd need it now if my face wasn't so fat.
I'll have to tell you all about the white trash old lady thing I did yesterday but not tonight. Soon, I promise.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
It didn't come out the color I expected but I think it's nice! There is just something very elemental about taking something from nature and putting it to good use.
Looking for excersize equipment? Try a Precor elliptical from eonfitness.com!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Well, I know more now than I did. Perhaps there is still hope. Maybe I'll get better each time I try it.
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be nice so we plan on taking FG out to tour the local hangouts. Stay tuned for more pictures!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Speaking of Flat Glenn, expect lots of misadventures from him real soon!
I had a blast. It's always fun and it was great to see everyone again!
(hope to see you in June!)
I came back to a very busy week.
- Monday- unpacking, recovering the house, and band of course.
- Tuesday- co-op, lunch and shopping with friends
- Wednesday- WSAZ field trip, lunch and then afternoon at the park
- Thursday- Some book work and again... recovering the house (it's always in recovery it seems!)
- Friday and Saturday- A spinning retreat. As in... wool, wheels and staying over night. Beware dear understanding husband of mine... this could get ugly. ($$$$$)
I also came back to one of the ceiling fans making a terrible noise. Like, some otherworldly, it might burn down the house kinda noise. Poor husband. It seems he'll be working over his head again. Yuck.
So I was looking online at fans. I came across Farreys.com . What a cool website! You can practically build your own. They have them in just about every price range too! They even have one called a Candelier that's $4999.99! Casablanca Ceiling Fans are really neat fans.
After looking at them all, I think I like this one the best. It's by Monte Carlo. The price is reasonable and it has that Art Deco look that I like. Maybe someday, we'll build a new house and the ceiling fan won't be the prettiest thing in the room! ha ha.
Well, I'm off to pack my bags again, school the kids, and get ready for tonight!