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Literacy Meme

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this list; bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

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Happiness

I'm feeling pretty happy today. I had my INR blood draw this morning, then an appointment with my doctor. It's all good news---lungs are clear, heart is fine (as always), coumadin level is theraputic. I've been experiencing some pain and swelling in my right leg, but my doctor said this was perfectly normal and would take some time to heal. In the meantime, elevation and Tylenol are working; it actually feels pretty good today, and I've been walking quite a bit.

My doctor was very pleased with my weight loss, and best of all gave me the go-ahead to go to Palm Springs tomorrow for a couple of weeks--sun, relaxation and Thanksgiving with friends. I can do my labs less than a mile from our house, and I'm at a very nice theraputic level, so I'm safe. He shook my hand at least five times, and when I left he gave me a big hug. He's the best doctor I've ever had--not only professionally, but also the way he truly cares about me and all his patients.

I was originally referred to him by sweet Gary (fuzzygruf), who also has been his patient a long time. He's now Steve's (rootbeer1) primary too. His name is Gary Feldman MD, here in SF, and I've been his patient for about 10 years now, and will never have another primary care physician if I can help it (hopefully we can convince him to retire to Palm Springs!). He has a practice with two very fine nurse practitioners and a full staff, and I can't recommend them highly enough.

So tomorrow we're off (with frequent stops to stretch!) to the desert. I'll telecommute the rest of this week, then have all of the next week off to relax and cook and visit. We're having an old-fashioned New England Thanksgiving dinner hosted by our dear friends John and Frank (sunbeam_bears) , Ray (profkampf) is staying with us, Tim (timmmmbar) and Peter (peterinoakland) will be in town, as well as the friends who already live there like Curtis (drscott) and Paul (excessor). I'm so ready for a festive holiday. I may even cheat a teensy bit on the diet, but so far being very faithful to the 1500 calorie limit.

This on rereading is almost sickeningly sweet and Pollyanna-ish, but dang it, I'm finally feeling like my old self a bit. And I'm not even on Vicodin!!!

Authors

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets/playwrights included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.



  1. J R R Tolkien
  2. Lewis Carroll
  3. L Frank Baum
  4. C S Lewis
  5. Harper Lee
  6. Margaret Mitchell
  7. Louisa May Alcott
  8. Jack London
  9. Ira Levin
  10. Issac Asimov
  11. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  12. Rumer Godden
  13. Claire Weekes
  14. Norman Vincent Peale
  15. James Redfield

Good News

My Coumadin level is theraputic! Woohoo!!! No more giving myself Lovenox shots in the stomach!!!

Back to work (telecommuting) tomorrow.

Also, lost 17 pounds since this whole thing began. Kickstarted the nutrition program and observing 1500 Kcal/day religiously. My dietician will be pleased!

Awaiting my chariot

Waiting for the wheelchair to bring me to the lobby. Last view out my window:

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Coming home tomorrow!

Woohoo! things are progressing well, and I learned to inject myself with one blood thinner while the other one comes up to full strength. In less than an hour I'll be off the Heparin pump...whee! I can wee without dragging an IV tower behind me!

My highest complements to all the staff here at California Pacific Medical Center--everyone has been so comforting, informative and attentive, and without exception just plain sweet. Even the food isn't half bad.

Many thanks again to all who sent good thoughts, prayers, messages, cards, and who visited my room and endured the spectacle of me sitting on the bed clad only in underpants and wires and tubes (the room was really hot). It was great to see you all.

And of course the highest praise to my loving husband, who has stayed in the room with me and been jolted awake each night by my many vitals checks, blood draws, and peepee runs. True love!

First thing I'm doing when I get home is taking a long, long shower.

Progress report

First off, many thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the good wishes, thoughts and prayers you've all been sending my way. I'm incredibly cheered by them, and so thankful for my many blessings, most important of which is the love and support of my family, friends and caregivers.

As a recap, I saw my doctor on Monday after getting very winded just making the bed that morning. He examined me, and since my heart was A-OK he sent me to the nearby CPMC ER so they could run some tests. Long story short, they found pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) in both lungs. Serious if left unattended, but very treatable with anti-coagulants to help the body naturally absorb the clots. But it takes several days (like 4-6) for the meds to reach the proper levels, and they need to monitor all that, so I'm in a lovely room with a panoramic view from the Golden Gate Bridge to the ocean, cooling my heels till I can go home and start the oral meds. PEs aren't uncommon, and usually caused by long period of sitting, like on a plane or a long car ride. We suspect possible one of the 8-hour drives to and from Palm Springs. So kiddies, on a long drive stop often and literally stretch your legs!

This is my first hospitalization and emotionally I've been feeling kind of low, even though everything is under control. Steve spent the day with me in the room, and as he was leaving around 9 PM I broke down a little. He left and I settled in for bed, reading something or other on my phone. Anoint an hour later Steve comes back in the room with a bag of his stuff--he brought the car home and had his BFF Carl from work, who is a major sweetheart, drive him back so he could spend the night with me in the room.

For all the conservative twats out there who oppose gay marriage, this is what it's about--love and support, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health. We said those vows and we meant them. When this is over, I may get on my soapbox and tell all the people who have seen us get married over and over on TV (cause we are stock footage) that this is the reality of marriage, no matter the sex of the spouses.

Here's the view from my bed:

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EARTHQUAKE

EARTHQUAKE!!!!

I guess so....


I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!





Hmmm...the only work of hers I've read is The Handmaid's Tale, which was good but chilling. I'm more good but warming, I like to think.

Meme time


You are The Sun


Happiness, Content, Joy.


The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.


Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.


The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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Big eyes

Just got back from the eye doctor. You can't tell too well here, but my pupils are enormous. I can barely see to type.



I am a glaucoma suspect, which means my intercorneal pressure is above normal. I have a few more tests to undergo to see if I need to start treatment (which means eyedrops). At one point one of the doctors was tapping on my corneas with a pen-like instrument. Luckily she had given me drops so I didn't feel pain, just a little pressure. But it was weird nonetheless.

My New Drag Name

Bea Ferroni

Meme too

Your rainbow is shaded yellow.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You appreciate optimism. You're good at getting people to like you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Home Again

We are back from a great two-week vacation, unpacking, doing laundry, and getting back into our regular routines.

We left San Francisco on May 4th, driving down to LA in the afternoon. We had originally planned to stay overnight with Ray (profkampf), but due to an upstairs neighbor's water tank leaking all over Ray's apartment, we were graciously hosted by Jason (fidgetcub) and Dave (e_ticket), whom we wanted to see too, so it worked out wonderfully. Ray and Brad joined us for dinner, and we caught up and relaxed.

Next day we drove down to Aliso Viejo to visit Reid (animbear), Richard (redbeardedblond), Robert (bigsabu) and Tim (martini_tim). It was so good to see the boys together after such a long time, and stay overnight. We ate, we drank, we played with electronics and watched videos. These two visits were all too short, but we had an itinerary to follow, so eastward ho!!

Thursday we drove to Palm Springs for the first of two stays. This one was with Randy and Dick and their two adorable miniature Dachsunds Sparky and Buddy. We caught up and spend several days relaxing in the pool and looking at real estate. Dick took us out all day Friday, and Randy all day Saturday, to see what was available and look at some open houses. I should explain the Steve (rootbeer1) and I are beginning to explore getting a second home, for vacation use and eventual retirement, and Palm Springs is our primary destination. Well, we looked at condos and houses, in a variety of price ranges, and saw a few we really liked. We also met a plethora of realtors, all friendly and eager to assist us, of course.

We ate out a lot and had plenty of downtime, and also saw a lot of Keith and his magnificent show Boxer CJ, who is 16 months old and the friendliest dog of that breed I've ever met. Keith was busy bringing him to training and scoring events--he's only five points away from his championship, at which time he can enter a lot more shows. He's quite beautiful and a real chick magnet too--women were coming up to us all weekend to fawn over him.

On Tuesday we headed east to Tuscon to visit Steve's brother David and his wife Andrea for a few days. We helped them select and install a new 52" LCD television, and I was wowed by all its features, especially the built-in Internet connectivity. I helped David get his wireless router back online, and we then watched some YouTube directly off the net. Hooray for technology!

Wednesday we hung out at the pool, went out to lunch, and D&A hosted a little cocktail party in the evening to introduce us to the neighbors. There were three couples and the widow next door, as well as the four of us, and we had a very nice time chatting about the climate, living in the desert, and the joys and woes of retirement in Arizona. We were the youngest ones there by far--Tuscon is known for its retired snowbirds. Most of the elderly neighbors felt the desert was nice, but too hot, so they traveled a lot to avoid the intense heat in the middle of summer.

It was great spending time with family (I wish mine weren't so far away), but on Thursday we needed to move along back to Palm Springs. We were staying with John and Frank (sunbeam_bears) this time, our first stay in their new Mid-Century Modern Alexander home. We've been friends with these guys for at least ten years, and they've hosted us so many times. We caught up, cooked, sunned, and relaxed. We also checked out a few more houses, and found a few that were very interesting. More on that to come---anyway, on Sunday we drove back west to the Disney resort complex in Anaheim to stay a couple of days at Frank and John's vacation club villa at the Grand Californian. What a beautiful place! The food and wine festival was going on too, so we explored that in the parks, and since the villa has a full kitchen, we brought a ton of groceries and cooked all our meals the two days we were there. We were glad to see the recent and ongoing changes at California Adventure, and it was nice to be in Disneyland without holiday decorations for the first time in many years.

Tuesday we made breakfast out of leftovers (jambalaya omelets!) and headed back to San Francisco. It was a great, relaxing vacation, and also productive. We did a little shopping, a little exploring, a lot of relaxing, and best of all a lot of time with our dear friends and family, whom we're very blessed to have in our lives. Thanks everybody for having us!!!

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Go Away

I'm tired of the rain. But I do love the sound of it tapping on the skylights.

Weekend Update

While bringing in the garbage cans yesterday morning, I pulled something in my back. Hurts like hell, left hip and down the leg, but I can still walk around a bit. I took half a Vicodin and floated through the afternoon, waking up from my nap in time to get ready to go out to dinner with the visiting Tim (martini_tim), soon-to-be-local Erik (erik415) and the local Donovan (bigreddee). We went to All Seasons Sushi in the Castro and had a great time, all talking nonstop at once as we consumed raw fish and rice at an alarming rate. It was so nice to spend time will all the guys and catch up.

Came home, set the clocks ahead, and watched Project Runway on TiVo. This morning I drove Steve (rootbeer1) into work so I could have the car for the day. I need to do some shopping, and want to go to the gym and soak my sore back in the jacuzzi for an hour or two.

I'm getting tired of Facebook. It's confusing, the interface changes constantly, and it's a pain to keep up with. I don't think I'll cancel my account, just not check it anymore. I do read Live Journal every single day.

I've been playing Words With Friends on my iPhone a lot--it's really addictive if you like Scrabble. Plus there's a chat feature. I'm qbear on it if you want to play.

I'm starting on a controlled nutrition program to lose hundreds of pounds. I've met with the dietician already and am on the pre-diet. Lost 6 lbs. this week. I meet with him this Thursday, with the program MD the following week, and start on the shakes and bars in April. It's a safe, medically-supervised program through UCSF that's worked really well for some friends, including the awe-inspiring John (keanubear).

That is all.

Happy Birthday

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Damn iPhone app--it forgot the message! Happy, happy birthday to my rootbeer1!!!

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Mmm mmm good!

For our next dinner party--Bacon Cheese Turtleburgers!

Not bad, actually...

So Steve (rootbeer1) and I stopped by Rainbow Grocery the other day on the way to driving me to work. Our main goal was to get some nutritional yeast flakes so I could experiment with vegan mac and cheese recipes (see previous post). Today for lunch I tried one of the recipes for cheese sauce that I found online, cooked up a pound of penne, added the sauce, turned it into a baking dish, sprinkled with bread crumbs and a drizzle of olive oil, and baked for half an hour. It really isn't bad---cheesy-enough tasting to fool some people at first bite. Definitely a nice dish in its own right, especially for the lactose-intolerant. The cheese sauce itself was a good consistancy and pretty darn good for having no actual dairy in it. I went ahead and ordered the source cookbook from Amazon because I'm curious about what other things can be made from yeast.

Here's the recipe:

Melty Nutritional Yeast 'Cheese' Sauce
from The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak

* 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 2 Tablespoons flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 cups water
* 1 teaspoon mustard
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil (to reduce fat, I have successfully reduced the oil by
1/3 to 1/2, but don't tell on me)

Mix the dry ingredients in a saucepan.
Whisk in 1 cup of water and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and bubbles.

Remove from heat and whip in 1/2 cup oil and mustard.
Put back on the heat and slowly add the remaining water.

Cook until thickened and bubbly (it will have the consistency of a nacho cheese sauce).

Saturday hijinks

Weekends are kind of strange at the present, with Steve (rootbeer1) working Saturdays and Sundays, from 4:30AM to 1:00PM. By the time he gets home from work, we have not a whole lot of time before he has to go to bed (at 7:30PM or so). We're trying to get out and do stuff more rather than retiring to our respective studies and banging on the computers. We can do that when each other is sleeping.

Today we met Peter (peterinoakland) and Tim (timmmmbar) at the Oakland Club One to work out. After the gym, we went to this vegan soul food place right across the street from our favorite Buttercup in Oakland. The place is called Souley Vegan, and damn if it's not some of the best soul food I've ever had, and totally vegan. Here's the Yelp review. Everything was delicious, but the mac and cheese was utterly amazing.



Steve's now asleep, I'm banging on the computer and watching Cops. Later I will retire to bed and continue reading Little Men on my iPhone.

Jeopardy!!

Watching moroccomole on Jeopardy right now!!!

Spirits of Christmas Past

Holidays are bittersweet. I get exhausted with all the shopping, decorating, cooking, and socializing. But mostly I feel kind of melancholy, remembering celebrations in the past with my family.

Christmas was always a big deal in our house growing up. Decorations went up early, Mom started baking hundreds of cookies for us and to give to the neighbors, there were tons of church activities (choir practice, caroling, parties), and of course the big day itself. Even after I was grown and out of the house, every year I would drive up to my parents early Christmas morning and join them for gift opening and the big prime rib dinner. The next day or so my sister and her family would drive up and we'd have more gift giving and another big dinner (traditionally Shake and Bake Chicken and Noodles Alfredo). We'd watch movies and play board games and the kids would run around.

After my mother moved to the nursing home when her Alzheimer's progressed, we still kept the tradition, stopping by the home first to see Mom and give her her gifts. When my father died in 1996 the day after Thanksgiving, we did it one more time at the house, mainly for the kids (my brother's this time--my sister's were all grown up). We made the dinner, decorated the house, exchanged the gifts--and knew it was the last time. One year later I was living in San Francisco and my brother and his family were in Alabama. My other brothers still lived at the house--I don't know what they did. My sister stayed home.

These days I celebrate Christmas with my own tiny family (me and Steve) and the larger chosen family of our close friends. It's generally happy, but I'm always haunted (in a good but sad way) by the memories of Christmases past. I miss my parents. I miss my family. I suppose I could move back East and reconnect with my sister and brothers and nephews and nieces and their kids, but it wouldn't be the same. And there would be snow and cold, which I think I'm allergic to now.

I'm very, very grateful for all the blessings in my life--my home, my job, my health, my husband, my friends, my family. I don't take any of them for granted. But I guess the holidays will always be a mixed blessing for me. And that's OK. It is what it is.

A very merry and joyful holiday season to you all. Off to make a tourtiere!

What I Did On My Weekend

Friday Ray (profkampf) swept into town. Steve (rootbeer1) picked him up at the BART station (he railed in from the Oakland Airport), and we hung out and caught up before heading down to the Castro. After shopping a bit (we found some fabulous hats for Halloween) we met Kevin (simonbear) and Jeff at Starbuck's before walking over to the Crepevine for dinner. My back has been acting up, so I took Muni home while the boys walked around the Castro some more.

Saturday bright and early we drove to Oakland to get mani/pedis with the usual crowd. It was a continuation of the Tim (timmmmbar) birthday festival, and there was a great turnout. Then we went to brunch at Buttercup, where they gave us our own room. We watched women's gymnasitics as we ate. We split up and Steve and I went to the gym where I gave my back a good soaking in the jacuzzi. In the evening my back was still achy so I stayed in while Steve attended Paul (excessor) and Curtis' (dr_scott) cocktail party.

Sunday Ray, Steve and I met Kevin and Jeff at the new Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. It was far larger than we expected, and really just spectacular. All our Disney fan friends must see it. Steve and I became members on the spot, so we can go for free now.

Tonight, The Amazing Race and The Next Iron Chef. And back to work tomorrow.

On the road again

Steve picked up our fixed car today---well, the mirror is still off but we'll bring it back on Monday to get it. We celebrated with a trip to Costco, of course.

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Meme

Taken from jrjarrett

Had the Chicken pox: Yes, as an infant
Ever gotten a scar: Yes
Had a broken nose: No
Had your tonsils removed?: No
Had ice cream in the morning: Yes
Had to give the heimlich: No
Dated outside your race?: Yes
Given ...a hickey?: No
Dated your good friend/best friend?: Yes
Sung in the shower?: Yes
Spit in someone's drink?: No
Dumped someone?: No
Opened your Christmas presents early?: No
Peed outside?: Yes
Seen "The Goonies" more than 10 times?: No
Had more than five REAL bf/gf?: No
Played a computer game for more than 5 hours?: Yes
Ran through the sprinklers naked?: No
Ate food that fell on the floor?: Yes
Went outside naked?: Yes
Made out with your best friends bf/gf?: No
Mooned somebody?: Yes
Been on stage?: Yes
Made someone cry?: Yes
Been in a parade?: Yes
Been in a school play?: Yes
Drank beer?: Yes
Gotten detention?: No
Been on a plane?: Yes
Been on a cruise?: Yes
Broken into a house?: Yes
Gotten piercings?: No
Cried so hard you threw up?: No
Gotten into a shouting match?: Yes
Been skinny dipping?: Yes
Spun yourself in circles to get dizzy on purpose?: Yes
Laughed so hard it hurt?: Yes
Tripped on your own feet?: Yes
Cried yourself to sleep?: Yes
Cried in public?: Yes
Thrown up in public?: Yes
Lied to your parents?: Yes
Skipped class?: Yes
Slept in class?: Yes
So Steve (rootbeer1) picked me up after work and we drove to the gym. I had a massage appointment at 6:00, so the plan was I would leave the gym at 5:30 and drive to my massage and Steve would take Muni home. So far so good. I left the gym and started to back out of the parking space in the garage, being careful of the concrete column on my left. As I turned to look over my shoulder, some hoochie on her cell phone appeared walking right behind the car. I instincively cut the wheel to avoid her and BAM!--I hit the column.

The driver side mirror flew off and skittered across the garage. I got out and saw a biggish crumple at the front joint of the drivers door. The hoochie kept on walking. A kind fellow parker retrieved my mirror.

When I got to my massage therapist's place I reached down to examine the broken mirror and cut my thumb and index finger. Small wounds, but blood everywhere. My massage guy gave me band aids. The massage was great, but when I got home I took a Xanax.

Tomorrow we find out what the damages are going to cost us. Seeing as the car is 6 years old, maybe it's time for an upgrade anyway.

Happy Anniversary Bear!

Today is our 15th anniversary of being together, and our first wedding anniversary. Every year gets better and better. Thank you Steve for being my Bear. And don't you worry, the living room will be back to normal before we know it!

Farewell Mary

When I was in third grade my school had a talent show, and I opted to perform my favorite song, Puff The Magic Dragon. I practiced and practiced, and when the time to perform came I got up on stage, the music teacher started playing the piano, and after the first verse I completely forgot the words and stood silent as the audience twittered and laughed. The piano played on, and I finished with the refrain, which I did remember.

Years later in the early 80's (I think) I attended a Peter, Paul and Mary concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I was in the third row, and at one of the song breaks, Noel and Peter bantered on about getting older and losing their hair. Peter caught my eye, pointed to me and my bald head, and said, "This guy knows what we're talking about!" I was absolutely thrilled.

I have always loved, and will always love, PP&M. Mary's voice had a quality that just couldn't be duplicated (though Mama Cass came close). Rest in peace, Mary Travers.

Weekend Update

Relaxing weekend. Went to a pool party yesterday and knew almost everyone there. Sort of a last summer fling, though it rained and thunderstormed (very rare for SF) but we were south in Santa Clara where it was sunny and warm. Driving home, seeing the fog bank ahead over SF was kind of like entering Mordor.

Spent the day ripping and editing video for my iPod/iPhone, and handling a few work on-call issues. Steve (rootbeer1) made dinner--Chicken Piccata as fine as I've ever had in a restaurant, and roasted haricots verts. A nice sauvignon blanc too. I'm very full and happy.

Steve's brother David and his wife Andrea are arriving tomorrow for a week's stay. It's always nice to see our family, and we'll be hanging out, playing canasta and catching up. We haven't seen them for a year, since our wedding. Our anniversary is the 17th. Fifteen years together and one year legally married. We have so many blessings, including all our wonderful family and friends, for whom we are so grateful.

ISS take 2

Saw the ISS again tonight at 20:54 PDT right where it was supposed to be. Greg and John called and saw it from their house too. Tomorrow it appears at 19:43--woohoo!

Space-tacular

We went over to our friends Dave and Cal's house for dinner tonight. After Cal's delicious baked meatballs and portobello ravioli, we tried out their new hot tub, on the back deck with a spectacular 180-degree view to the south--city lights, the bay, the ocean. As we enjoyed the evening air and clear sky, we spotted Jupiter and started talking about space, and eventually the current Space Shuttle mission and the fact that it is currently docked to the International Space Station. As we chatted, a bright star-like light appeared in the west and passed overhead. "Look, there's the space station now," I said, then laughed and added "I'm sure it's just an airplane."

When we got home I was checking the local newspaper online and saw an article saying the ISS was visible over the Bay area the next few nights. I went to the site they linked to, entered our location, and sure enough, it passed over right when we were in the hot tub and was really bright (magnitude -2.9).

We're going to watch for it tomorrow. Apparently after the shuttle undocks tomorrow night but while it's still adjacent to the ISS you will see them both, one behind the other.






The chart is from the site http://www.heavens-above.com

Afterglow

Productive day at work, lovely mai tai cocktail, delicious meatloaf dinner, watching TV with amiable husband.

I am content.

Writer's Block: I May Be Crazy

What does this Rorschach blot look like to you?


A pelvis from a skeleton.

New toys

We drank the kool-aid...or the apple juice, I should say. Yesterday we both got rid of our crappy old cell phones and got iPhones.

I'm amazed how much I love mine already. I actually plan to keep it turned on and carry it with me, unlike previous phones. The only other Apple product I own is my iPod, which I also love, so who knows? Maybe my next computer....

Gay Genes

Ganked from fuzzygruf, who invented it, I think. It's fabulous!

Neat freak (no)
Gym bunny (no)
Computer geek (yes)
Sci-fi geek (yes)
Comic book geek (yes)
Fabulous cook (yes)
Showtunes (yes)
Opera (yes)
Midler (yes)
Streisand (yes)
Cher (yes)
Madonna (no)
Pull off drag in public (no)
Pull off pants in public (no)
Able to quote fabulous movies (yes)
Witty repartee (yes)
Fashion-forward (no)
Well-groomed (no)
Perfect hair (no)
Good dancer (yes)
Disco bunny (yes)
Bathhouse buddy (no)
Wine connoisseur (no)
Fine dining connoisseur (yes)
Green thumb (no)
Judgmental queen (no)
Buy Perfect gift for perfect occasion (yes)
Interior decorating (yes)
Protest queen (yes)
Sew/knit (crochet)
Dated Leigh Chapman (no)

Swanky Jack

Swankify yourself at www.madmenyourself.com

Another one

Ganked from hotelbearsf, originally from Vanity Fair.

Name: Jack
Home: California
Sheets: Flannel or jersey from Target
Towels: Some from college; all shapes and sizes
Stationary: Mozilla Thunderbird
Pets: Uniblab, our Roomba, and Marvel Anne, our tribble
Necessary extravagances: Weekly trips to Costco
Favorite gadget: iPod
Favorite neighborhood restaurants: Tower Burger, Pomelo, Old Kracow (RIP), The Anchor
Favorite cocktail: A dirty Tanq martini or Seagrams 7 on the rocks
Shampoo:Aussie Moist
Conditioner: Herbal Essence
Haircut: every 4 weeks or so, #1 buzz, do it myself
Cologne: Cool Water (Davidoff)
Face products: Zit cream when necessary
Bath soap: Lever 2000
Body Moisturizer: Vaseline Intensive Care
Jeans: Levi's
Boxers or Briefs: Boxer briefs
Watch: Timex Expedition
Dress clothes: Casual Male XL
Ties: Haven't worn 'em for years
Shirts: Casual Male XL
Sportswear: Casual Male XL
Cuff links or button cuffs: Tshirts don't have cuffs
Wallet or money clip: Wallet (Velcro)
Favorite hotels: Disney Grand Californian, The Flamingo in Vegas, Days Inn
Music: Early music up through Classical, 70's rock/pop, world music

A-Z

Ganked from dewittar, who ganked it from elsewhere.

A - Age: 53
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: Mopping the floor
D - Dad's name: Alfred
E - Essential start your day item: Coffee
F - Favorite food:Chicken
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 5'8"
I - Instruments you play(ed):Violin, Piano, Guitar, Recorder
J - Job title: Software Engineer
K - Kid(s): 0
L - Living arrangements: Own house with rootbeer1
M - Mom's name: Martha
N - Nicknames: Jack, Jacko, Bouncer, Meatball
O- Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None
Q -Quote from a brilliant person: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss.
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: One older sister, one older brother, two younger brothers, one older half-brother, one older half-sister.
T - Time you wake up: 7 AM or so
U- Underwear: Boxer briefs
V - Vegetable you dislike: Canned peas
W - Ways you run late: Getting out of the bathroom
X - X-rays you've had: Dental, knee, back
Y - Yummy food you make: Chicken and sausage jambalaya
Z - Zoo favorite: Meerkats, anteater.

24 years ago...

...in Switzerland, feeding money into a gas pump. I had never seen such a thing!

Jambalaya!

Defrost 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts and 4 thighs in the microwave. Cut into bite size pieces and saute in 3 Tbs. olive oil. Add 3 cut-up spicy smoked sausage and brown. Add 1 onion, 1 green pepper and a couple of stalks celery (I was out of celery, so I used celery salt instead of regular salt when seasoning). Cook for 5 minutes, then add a mixture of cayenne, white and black pepper, dried thyme, rubbed sage, salt, minced garlic and a couple of bay leaves. Add 1 cup tomato sauce, 2 cups chopped tomato, 3 cups raw brown rice and 6 cups chicken stock. Place in 350° oven and bake uncovered for 2 hours or until liquid is almost all absorbed and rice is tender. Stir and let rest 10 minutes. Delicious, and even better the next day.

I made this tonight for dinner and was pronounced the best husband ever.

Trashy Dinner

I am so ashamed. No, not really--I love to cook, and am pretty good at it, but sometimes, you just have to work with what you've got.

I took four Tyson breaded chicken patties and placed them in a baking dish. Topped them with Safeway generic cornbread stuffing, then four more patties. Mixed together a can of cream of celery soup, a can of mushrooms with their liquid, salt, pepper, and paprika, poured it over the stuffed patties and threw it in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes or so.

Dumped frozen collard greens, Hormel bacon bits, white wine vinegar, water and nutmeg (freshly-grated, happily) in a saucepan and cooked until the liquid evaporated. Served it all to the long-suffering rootbeer1, who rolled his eyes and then ate it up.

We are so easily pleased.

In other news, we just had a fantastic weekend in Palm Springs with a bunch of great friends. No drama, no conflicts, just a lot of swimming, eating and napping with some very nice and handsome and smart men. Story on Steve's LJ here, and pics here.

That is all.

Gay Rights

I think this is cool---

What's going on?

Not a lot...which is why I haven't updated in a while. Work continues normally for me--we moved to a new building (2 blocks away) last month and I'm liking my new cube. If I lean back I can look out the window and see the Bay Bridge. I'm working on a number of projects in addition to my usual backend engineering stuff, such as a .NET web app and a code generator written in Python. Another day, another language.

On the homefront, Steve (rootbeer1) is still looking for work. The economy appears to be picking up just a smidge and he's getting a few nibbles on the line, so we're optimistic. We were planning a cross-country drive this fall when I get my 4-week sabbatical, but given that Steve will hopefully be in a new job by then we'll probably put it off till next year. In the meantime, we're going to Palm Springs over July 4th with some friends, renting a big house with a lovely pool. I plan to bake in the sun and catch up on my reading.

I'm back taking Prilosec for my reflux problem. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to it, but it turns out it was the shampoo at the gym. It makes all the difference (the Prilosec, not the shampoo).

Having finished the afghan I was crocheting for the last 7 years, I've been working on a few new little projects whilst we watch HGTV in the evenings (I like House Hunters, but Property Virgins is fun too--those newbies are so demanding and whiny--'There's no granite! No stainless steel appliances! And it's so expensive!!! Waaaaah!!!!') Anyhoo, here's a few of my recent crochet accomplishments:

A couple of close-fitting caps. The black one kind of looks like hair when I'm wearing it.


Another cap with a bill like a baseball cap.


And finally, My Little Cthulhu.


This is actually my first stuffed animal. It was really fun to make. The wings were challanging and a little tough, but I sort of figured them out.

Long weekend

The weekend sort of began Thursday evening. We went over to Cal (shprdbear) and Dave's for a delicious dinner, and hung out with them and Julio, whos' staying with them while working in the City. Steve (rootbeer1) had just picked up our friends Rich and Pat fron San Diego at the airport and dropped them off at their hotel.

Friday I telecommuted, and we had lunch at home with Mauricio, an online friend who was on his way to a job fair. After work we met up with Rich and Pat in the Castro and had dinner at Blue, sitting next to Scott (sftekbear) and Brian and seeing a number of other people we knew, as always happens in the Castro.

Saturday we picked up R&P and went to the Saturday farmer's market at the Ferry Building. It's gotten bigger than ever, and we walked around sampling all kinds of yummy organic produce. We had lunch at The Slanted Door, arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant in the country (Bill & Hillary eat here all the time when they're in SF) and it didn't disappoint. Then back home to rest a bit before heading out to the Metreon to pick up tickets and wait in line three hours to see Star Trek. Dave (daved010) and Andy joined us in line and we hung out and chatted and ate popcorn and movie hot dogs. We also saw basically the entire SF bear community arrive like the Academy Awards red carpet--too many to mention, but pretty much everybody.

The theater was packed, of course, and the film was spectacular. As a long time ST fanboy (I was in junior high when the original series aired, and saw every one, and even circulated a petition to keep in on the air which we sent to NBC) I think it was perfectly cast, and just totally entertaining. And it was in IMAX, so it was BIG.

Today (Sunday), we rest. It's The Amazing Race finale tonight, and I might even finish off the afghan I've been crocheting for the last 7 years.