holiday in review

*pre-christmas: the crappiest time of the year!*

i dread christmas. i can’t even muster a rational reason anymore; i just dread it. the weeks preceding the holiday were heavily scheduled for me, and not with fun things. i can maintain a tight schedule when i have to, but after a week or so it really eats at me. selling and buying cars around this time was part of the problem, a big part, actually. i wouldn’t do that again.

*christmas day: not actually traumatic*

despite it being the last christmas our family will ever have in the house we’ve owned since it was built in 1948, the day itself was okay. mom is good at keeping things light and i enjoy the company of my family.

the only really bad part was that gran had a stroke on christmas eve and wound up in the hospital. i visited her in the evening and given her age (98) i wouldn’t be surprised if this is the beginning of the end. i haven’t gotten an update since then so i assume she’s still with us and hopefully they’ve moved her into the full time care facility at her retirement home. she was awake and talking a blue streak when i saw her (although because of the stroke, only about a third of it was comprehensible, and most of it seemed to be her obsessing about her pills) so there probably wasn’t much more point in her being in a hospital. she’s DNR and just needs pallative care, not a bunch of tests and stuff.

*bless you my child*

although i am not all about the christmas booty, i did get some nice things for which i am grateful. notably, the twins gave me a heavily loaded gift card to everyone’s favorite latte-serving mega-chain. i admit it; i have a real fondness for the place. i’ll be making very good use of that for some time to come.

j’s mom gave me a nice surprise: a gift card to everyone’s favorite book-selling mega-chain. the moment we got to virginia i dragged J out to buy books (and coffee), and got the aforementioned ‘ominivore’s dilemma’, and the new william gibson book which i have been dying to read since it came out a few months ago. in an attempt to be frugal, i had added it to my christmas wishlist– but didn’t get it.

there was also a great deal of chocolate and such things, and perhaps a few nice pieces of jewelry from someone. no, not a ring.

the nicest thing though was having J around for the entire time and for the first time in my adult life, not spending most of the holiday alone in town taking care of everyone else’s cats.

*such stuff as dreams*

we spent most of the time in Va sleeping (yes, really sleeping), talking, reading, and thinking, with occasional bouts of eating. of the half dozen movies we wanted to see, we saw exactly one, and i’ve already spoken of it here. (tangentially, despite the fact that there will be no glendale ave oscars party for me to attend, i feel a compulsion to watch a lot of oscar nominated movies. so much so that i scoped out the ticket prices of all the local theaters.)

*and we’re home*

mo and i drove home today in the blue beetle, which has performed admirably, getting 49mpg on our first tank together.

mo seems to be none the worse for wear. he enjoys our time in Va, now, so I’m not surprised.

*new year*

oh, i might have an internal resolution or two, but i’m keeping them to myself. i do find myself making plans, however: thinking about the farmer’s market and investigating local farmers; marshaling the to-do list for the house with new energy; thinking, once again, about the poor old van.

and another chocolate covered strawberry to top it off

ending winter vacation with J in Va by going to Chain Fondue Restaurant and becoming very, very full.

the wine i had kind of sucked and everything else was decadent and wonderful. now we are groaning in our separate areas, J downstairs with the puppy and probably an episode of babylon 5; me upstairs with the kitty and the internets.

spending winter vacation with J is far superior to spending it alone in durham with everyone out of town.

i have been _devouring_ ‘the omnivore’s dilemma’, and the resulting thoughts and conversations have been interesting. nothing in the book really shocks me. it has been interesting to remember why i already know a little about the realities of industrial farming. it makes me want to grow more of my own food, although i’m sure that idea will be short-lived.

man, i am full.

quit yelling, lady

we saw the golden compass tonight. it was disappointing and a little boring. the best part is the bear. the characters aren’t well developed and new ones spring up abruptly, spouting extremely implausible, difficult to remember names. the witches were way too ren-faire.

otherwise, things in virginia are pleasant and a nice change from the stress just prior to and on christmas day.

after the movie was over, this very tall woman in the row in front of us stood up and started loudly berating her husband for not having an imagination.

newer and blue-er

we went to SC sunday and picked up my new blue bug from this guy:

Inky moves to NC

a few of you know him.

it’s a 2001 diesel bug with 100k miles, which is 70k less than spacepod. it’s also been meticulously cared for, because that’s how dan is.

right now there are three bugs in front of my house. it’ll be friday before the money for the convertible comes through.

admittedly, it’s not that exciting to drive another diesel bug. it’s cute, and it has a couple of luxuries that spacepod doesn’t, but mostly it’s inexpensive, reliable transportation.

In the “whew” department…

Mo’s PCV (red blood cell count) is up 5% over last week, to 25%. Target is around 35%. so that means the Epo is still effective, and that’s a big relief.

I’ll be administering his next two Epo shots myself over the holiday, but it shouldn’t be a big deal because it’s done the same as insulin, and Dr. C already prepared the syringes for me.

We’ll be in Va for an extended period over the break and he always has a fine time up there, plus he’s obviously feeling more energetic this week, so he’ll be SuperHappyKitty, which will be great.


just got the ‘vert back from the detailer. top looks a lot better but it’s far from showroom perfect– as the detailer predicted.

i think the high bidder isn’t going to want it– but i’m on tenterhooks waiting to find out.

after all the dragging on, i’ll be oh so excited to actually wrap up this sale.

Heroes, Season 2 — too bad.

Dear large stupid television network,

if you’re going to yank Heroes from iTunes, only provide downloads of the current season to Windoze/IE users, and also not rerun the current season during the writer’s strike (just give the writers a reasonable royalty already, OKAY?), then _you realize you’re shooting yourself in the foot, right??_ Heroes is so intensely plot-driven that I’m really loathe to start watching season 2 in the middle, if and when it ever starts airing again after the strike.

It’s 2007 and there’s no reason it should be this difficult for me to catch up on the current season of a major network TV show.