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A Short and Sweet Update

What have I been up to?

  • temporarily suspended all dating activities so that I can re-focus on other, arguably more important things–namely, creativity projects. Online dating is a major time suck. 
  • shovelling. Its been near non-stop snow and/or ice here, all month. The other day, I even had to dig out my car, since one of my neighbors parked in MY clean spot and forced me to try parking in a not-so-great spot; a spot in which I promptly got stuck and had to shovel my car out, so that I could drive out the following morning. Then the next day, had to widen up another spot for me to park, on account of fresh snow and ice accumulations. Also, more snow expected Friday.
  • Added Advil and Pepcid to my daily chemical cocktail.
  • Getting back into the whole creative writing mindset. Slowly but surely. I hope.

Where did all my neurons go?

Things I should be blogging about but aren’t because I’ve lost the ability to think:

1. Yesterday, snowflakes the size of lemons!!

2. Finally saw Avatar, and I really liked it.

3. Had a date, a REAL date, and with a REAL dude I met beforehand, and not some formless cyberdude from OKCupid.com.

4. Trials and tribulations of going gluten-free.

5. A ranty rebuttal to some neo-con screed against some of the questions on this term’s census survey.

6. How Citizens United vs Federal Elections Commisson and the GOP’s mission to “starve the beast” combined to make me dream last night of a dystopian America where the government had been “starved” to nothingness and Corporations ruled; the government a mere bastion of capitalistic tyranny, not the free stronghold of libertarian fantasies.

7. My real opinions on public health care and being healthy: ethical imperative vs personal autonomy.

8. I really need a haircut but have no frigging clue what to do with my wild mane.

9. How I have “mes amis, mes amis, militaire” in my godforsaken head.

10. My half-baked “Lost” theories.

Aaaaaaaand…

…holy fucking shit, has it really been over 3 weeks since I last posted? Well, shit. Let’s see here, did I do anything interesting in that time?

  • Went to an ASL interpreted performance of the Lion King at Hartford’s Bushnell Theatre. Visually amazing! Spectacular puppets, bright costumes, energetic dances, cast of shirtless dudes; it was awesome. Oh, and the interpreters were pretty damn good too; one lady knew the translation of the African songs, and gave us deafies the words.
  • All-deaf birthday party at a local nightclub (country-western bar, complete with dance hall, mechanical bull, pool tables, bar food, and dudes in cowboy hats. Oy, I thought I left that nonsense behind me in Idaho!) It was good fun, and I enjoyed reconnecting and meeting new friends.
  • I done did my taxes, y’all. I’m getting enough of a refund to buy my precious Macbook at last. That is, unless karma doesn’t sneak up on me first to snatch my money away for something else, that fucking bitch. I hates karma, my precious, I hates it, I hates it.
  • Goofed off on OKCupid a lot. Chatted a lot. Got absolutely nowhere, a lot. Some fizzled-out communications; disappointing, as there was a lot of hope there. Lots of random chats, most of which ended up being “booty call” or “wank material” seekers; very fucking annoying. But I suppose that’s to be expected in a free site. Still no dates, which fucking sucks a lot of buckyballs. (Is it me, or am I saying “a lot” a LOT? I better knock that shit off before it gets outta control. Like my cussing. I passed that point with my potty mouth in my early teens, and its been getting fucking worse every damn year since.)
  • I did a lot of brooding over my writing projects while letting the dishes pile up. (I fucking hate dirty dishes more than I hates karma. I’m sure theres no connection.) I picked at my writer’s block some, and spoke very firmly with myself for lack of motivation and being too much of a distracted, procrastinating, potato-munching bum. Managed to get my head out of my ass long enough to realize that all that brooding on WHY I wasn’t writing was damn self-defeating foolishness and starting thinking of HOW I could BE writing. And LO! I has written a page this weekend! This writing thing may actually be a real fucking prospect now, huzzah!

I really like cussing. It’s cathartic. FUCK YEAH!

Sick Day Blog Filler

My brain is being squeezed into the back of my skull by all the mucus and phlegm inside my sinuses. My eyeballs feel tired and kinda full too. Maybe there’s mucus inside my eyes. I’m blowing my nose as much as I can, but it kinda burns now, and I don’t think its helping at all.

I need to distract myself from the slime factory inside my head. So I’m gonna do a list. I stole this one from WIGSF, who got it from Life in Lists, and its a list of favorite movies by genre.

Sci-fi
Star Trek: First Contact
Independance Day
Star Wars: Eps 4, 5, 6.

Fantasy
Princess Bride
Lord of the Rings
LadyHawke

Comedy
Lewis Black: Black on Broadway
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Drama
Fight Club
Sixth Sense
Unbreakable

Animation
Finding Nemo
Up
Princess Mononoke

Action
Kill Bill 1 and 2
Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Foreign
Amelie
Seven Samurai
The Eye

Documentary
Supersize Me
Farhenheit 9/11

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to blow my nose, hock a loogie, and make other disgusting slime-related noises.

Holiday Recap

Hello All!
Its been a lazy, umstimulating holiday season, and that’s why I haven’t been motivated to post anything lately. Cuz lazy and unstimulating equals a lazy and unstimulated mind, see? And that means no blogging. Or anything else remotely creative and interesting.

The most exciting thing to happen these past few weeks (aside from Christmas Day dinner with my sister’s family, and a post-New Years gathering with a few friends last weekend) was when I discovered NBC’s new sitcom “Community” with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. Now, let me tell you why I am so excited about this. I discovered the show only a few weeks ago, so it is well into its first season, if not already over, but the episode I saw for the first time was called “Comparative Religion” and all the characters were discussing their respective faiths. There’s a christian, a muslim, a jehovah’s witness, a cultist (Chevy Chase), a jew, an atheist; and when Joel McHale’s character declares he is an agnostic, everyone else boos and throws paperballs at him, for “agnostics are the lazy atheist”. For some reason, it just cracked me the fuck up. Its the first show in 10 years to actually make me laugh, and laugh consistently. Its clever, intelligent, sarcastic, and well done. And also, Chevy Chase’s character is a fucking riot. He’s indescribable. In one episode he’s teaching some guy how to sneeze like a man.

For 10 years, since reality tv has dominated the industry, television has been nothing but a glut of mediocrity drowning true creativity. Creativity, talent, and art really took a beating these past decade, so its a real delight to find something that is genuinely a work of spirit (which is my definition of art). I wish I could embed clips from the show for you, but neither my blackberry nor my desktop have the ability to do that, so instead I will just direct you to the show’s website on NBC.

Anyway, that was the most exciting thing to happen over the holidays. I spent most of my free time at home relaxing, doing nothing except chores, cooking, taking long hot baths with several books (I read the Sookie Stackhouse books, The Devil’s Dictionary, Foundation, and I am currently reading The Dragon Quartet.

I’ve also started really getting back into online dating again, more than before the holidays. The more time goes by, the more ready I feel. When I get stories to tell, tell I shall.

I had plenty of time for introspection and the contemplation of resolutions. I’m not really all that fond of “resolutions”; seems a pointless endeavor, really. Things you think about doing just because its the new year and its the time to think about things you should be doing really don’t get things done. In any case, I didn’t think of “resolutions” in the sense of “these are the things I want to do this year” but more like taking stock of my long-held goals and needs: remembering, reevaluating, reprioritizing, restrategizing, reaffirming.

My goals–or resolutions, whatever–this year are:

  • get that damn computer already
  • get a savings account and start putting money away: I think I’m finally in a position to start doing so!
  • finish at least one of my many projects, and earn that sense of accomplishment I desperately crave.
  • find art/writing groups or workshops to attend
  • take a couple solitary weekends at the Cape during the summer to recoup energies
  • cultivate a bold fearlessness in my relations with other people.

Okay, that is all I have to say today.
Toodles!

Copycat week: What Rachel Is…

Today’s copycat muse comes from a fun fatshion and shopping blog called Manolo for the Big Girl, specifically, a weekly feature by contributor Plumcake called What Plumcake is… Only on this blog its called:

What Rachel Is…

Reading: Lips, eyes, body language. Blogs, online news, Facebook status updates. NOT Twitter, which is, IMHO, kinda lame.

Watching: The skies for signs of impending apocalypse.

Hearing: You’re kidding, right?

Smelling: A bitter, salty aroma, redolent of congealing blood and shattered hopes and dreams. (What? I’m at work!)

Loving: Fire. It keeps the cold outside and makes my bathwater hot.

Hating: Winter. The wind, it bites and nips the flesh–the icy cold, it burns, it burns!

Wanting: I want everything to go my way.

Buying: A MacBook Pro…in the summer.

Copycat week: Five Thoughts

Today’s copycat is courtesy of budding comedian MTAE over at N*ked on the Roof.. Those who see me around Facebook might recognize some of these.

1. Why is the word sarcasm so similar to orgasm? Or is it the other way around? Are the two related?

2. Men with large eyebrows kinda creep me out. Doesn’t matter if they are bushy or well-trimmed, brows as thick as or thicker than a pinkie finger is just…wrong.

3. Yanno, I’m with the guys on the whole toilet seat issue. Why should they be the only ones responsible for the state of the toilet? They must lift AND lower the seat? Why? I mean, its not that hard to lower the seat yourself. THEY have to lift before they pee, why should they also lower it when we can do it ourselves? If you fall into the toilet, its your own damn fault.

4. I’m getting really tired of this stray eyebrow hair sprouting off the bottom of my chin. At least I can reasonably say “not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!” Though why I would WANT to is something else entirely.

5. If I were the type to make new years resolutions, I’d resolve to be more social and outgoing. But I’m not a resolution type of gal. And being social sounds kinda like…well, WORK. What do social people do, anyway? Talk? Pretend to be interested and interesting? Yeah…nah.

Copycat Week: Weekend Recap

This week I am copying other people. Because its the only idea I’ve got.

First off, from WIGSF, whose regular blog feature “Weekend Recap” inspires today’s post:

Rachel’s extra special Holiday Weekend Recap!

Thursday, Christmas Eve
Did NOT have the day off from work. Worked all day, 7:30 to 3:30. Normally I work until 4, but They decided to let us peons out a half our early. Merry Christmas, right? Got home, took a long hot bath with a book, and chatted online with several people for a while.

Friday, Christmas Day
Woke up around 10 am. After getting dressed and feeding the cat, went to my sister’s for some christmas family time. Santa left me a pair of glittery striped socks. Thanks, Santa! Spent most of the day chatting with Sister, who was like a zombie (because her kids are 7 and 4, respectively, and woke up at 5:30). We all had prime rib roast for dinner, and watched A Christmas Story, the only christmas movie I like. Went home before the expected ice storm was supposed to arrive–it never did.

Saturday, day after Christmas
Woke up to my cat walking on my head. Started doing my chores and errands. After feeding the cat her wet turkey sludge (stuff looks disgusting but she loves it), I went out to do said chores and errands.

  • Pet store to get more turkey sludge.
  • Fashion Bug to exchange pants for a different color (from grey to black)
  • Walmart to buy a crockpot. Walmart had bupkis.
  • Target for a crockpot. Found a steel 5-qt Crockpot.
  • Grocery store. Bought fixings for beef stew and roast chicken.

After all that excitement, I went home, washed my dishes, borrowed my neighbor’s lighter to relight a pilot light in my stove, and the went online to goof off until bedtime.

Sunday, day after the day after Christmas
Woke up late, and started my beef stew. Threw everything (beef, garlic, onion, carrot, celery, potato, parsley, bay, tarragon, stock, cranberry juice, salt & pepper) into my brand new crockpot. Watched a couple movies on tv.: “Agent Cody Banks” (horrible movie, and I hated what they did to Angie Harmon’s character–costuming department, leather outfits, seriously?), part of “Knocked Up” (not too fond of this either: leaving aside the questionable premise, the “funny” really wasn’t. I liked the dude’s character in “Zack and Miri”, but in this one, he came off as an annoying schlub), and then some t.v. movie/show with Noah Wyle as “The Librarian”. It was okay. Then I took my bath, and spent an hour or so catching up with an old friend online.

In search of more rounded-ness.

I got to thinking over the weekend of things I’d like to learn to do, preferably sooner rather than later.

1. Dance. I really suck at dancing. I’m okay when I’m sitting in a chair; I can bob and weave with the best of them, given a little guidance, but I have no freaking clue what to do with my feet. Being asked to do things with my feet makes me feel very self-conscious, and that first step to the front or side feels utterly ridiculous. I don’t really like that feeling, and I avoid dancing in public. The cruel irony is, I do like to dance. I like to move my body, even if I can’t really hear the music. I would love to learn how to use my feet. I am particulary interested in Latin forms (tango, salsa, rumba, etc), Bellydancing, Pole dancing, or plain old club dance.

2. Yoga. A LONG time ago, when I was a child and a teenager, I was pretty stretchy and flexible. I lost a lot of that flexibility while in college and working after graduation. It could be due to age, weight gain, and inactivity. Whatever, I would like to get that flexibility back, and yoga seems a good way to maximize that potential. Besides, yoga is a meditative act as well, and learning to manage stress in addition to limbering my body sounds like a good idea.

3. Sailing. I had my first and as yet only taste of sailing last May and there was something about it that thrilled me, even though I did nothing but cling to the side and feel the salty wind blowing through my hair. I would like to learn how to operate a sailboat on my own, and someday take a little skiff down to the Carribbean.

4. Design. Specifically, industry standard professional rendering of jewelry designs. I have many sketchbooks filled with designs, but I need to know how to render them realistically and professionally to present them as a portfolio to major design Houses or clients.

5. Digital art. It would be nice to expand my visual vocabulary to include Photoshop and Illustrator as art mediums. Digital art is amazing, and it is a useful skill in a creative industry that is increasingly reliant on digital mastery.

Week of Lists: Over the Top, One Word

Ms Jazz decided to award me this award.

Its more of a list meme than the typical blog award, so Jazz figured I might enjoy the exercize, considering I’m on a list kick, and she was right.

These things come with rules and so, read and obey:

Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It’s quite tricky to use only one word answers! (Is it? I didn’t think it was at all.) Once you have filled it out be sure to pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers. Alert them that they have been awarded! Have fun!

1. Where is your cell phone? Hands
2. Your hair? Strawberry
3. Your mother? Peppery
4. Your father? Coffee-y
5. Your favorite food? Sushi
6. Your dream last night? Forgotten
7. Your favorite drink? Rum
8. Your dream/goal? Art
9. What room are you in? Lab
10. Your hobby? Brooding
11. Your fear? Failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Manhattan
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Certain
15. Muffins? Poop.
16. Wish list item? Words
17. Where did you grow up? Rockies
18. Last thing you did? Draw
19. What are you wearing? Cotton
20. Your TV? Annoying
21. Your pets? Senile
22. Friends? Awesome!
23. Your life? Improving
24. Your mood? Tired.
25. Missing someone? Yes.
26. Vehicle? Cheap.
27. Something you’re not wearing? Lace
28. Your favorite store? British
29. Your favorite color? Teal
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Sunday
32. Your best friend? Nuts!
33. One place that I go to over and over? Mall
34. One person who emails me regularly? Sister
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

I now pass this award on, knowing that most of them will not be interested in completing this, to:

  • Jen
  • WIGSF
  • Noceleryplease
  • Geo
  • MTAE
  • Secretagentwoman.

Those would be all the people who read this blog, I think.