I'm wanting to beat up the TV again. It's hard to sit here and think and try to remember what all I've done this week when Daffy Duck is screaming in my ear. Except now Daffy has been replaced by Joan Rivers, and it's not an improvement. Oh, and there's Larry the Cable Guy. Okay, now there's a show about Border Collies. Finn's part Border Collie, so this is okay, i guess. Now i want to put him through agility training. (We couldn't even make it through obedience classes, who am I kidding?)
The water problem was solved by a visit from our favorite plumber and a few turns of a pipe wrench. It really was that simple, thank goodness. (Of course, that was something we learned after Jimi spent 3 hours and an entire bottle of propane trying to torch the handle off, but whatevs.) We've not yet addressed the water line on the fridge, but we'll get to that this week. I'm still thrilled by the novelty of turning a knob and water coming out of the spigot. The little things are huge, you know.
I was thrilled that Mississippi's proposed "personhood" amendment failed on Tuesday. It would've made abortion completely illegal in Mississippi, and also would've banned contraceptive methods such as the IUD and certain forms of birth control pills. Pregnancy threatening the life of the mother? There's no choice or option - the pregnancy must be continued. It surely would've been defeated in the Supreme Court had it somehow tragically passed, but I'm happy to see that the people of Mississippi, like those in Colorado before them, were able to recognize this attack on the reproductive rights of women and defeat it soundly.
My mouth/face has hurt all week, but (fingers crossed) I think it's over and all better now. I guess I just really burned the fuck out of the roof of my mouth - I've never had something so long-lasting and painful result from a french bread pizza before.
It's so windy here today - I was finally able to turn off the TV, and I hear Granny's windchimes making beautiful music, accompanied by a hollow howling sound made when the wind whips across my front porch and through the cracks under my front door. It's a creepy sound, that wind blowing. It makes me think of dark and stormy nights, locked away in a cabin in the woods, where some madman is stalking and waiting...but it's 11:30 Sunday morning in the middle of the South End of Louisville Kentucky, and it's 60 degrees and overcast outside and the madmen don't hide and stalk, they're out there walking the streets with the rest of us. Or we are them.
I applied for a credit card this week. I don't know why I did it...if I had to guess, I'd say it was probably because of the whole "what if I need to go to the dentist and I don't have any money" thing. I know the right thing to do is to have a savings account from which to draw those emergency funds. I'm working on that. Meanwhile, I will have this little dangerous piece of plastic. This is a test, to see if 5 years of cash-only living and a few really painful lessons have taught me to live within my means and not spend money that isn't mine. Wish me luck.
I think I blinked and all of a sudden it's the middle of November. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away; so's Stacy's birthday. Her baby shower is the first weekend in December, then there's the company Christmas dinner, then Christmas and New Year, then the baby will be here - holy crap! Time is flying! I've gotta get on the ball - I'm taking Stacy to a day spa for her birthday for a massage and facial (it's her 30th, and I can't exactly treat her to a fifth of Patron, you know?), and I still have to find a place and make appointments.
Brother comes home on Tuesday. He made it. He will be home for the holidays, home for the first time in over a year. Able to sleep in a dark quiet room that's not shared with 39 other men. Able to eat real food, meals complete with fruits and vegetables that grew from the ground. Able to come and go as he pleases, without requiring a pass or a "by your leave" from a guard or counselor. I'm terrified for him.
I went to the local coffee shop yesterday for a fix and came away with three huge cupcakes, one for me, one for Jimi, and one for Steve. They were all three different flavors, but all three had a squirt of whipped cream icing in the center. This seems to be a recent trend in cupcakes, and it's sorta pissing me off. Now, a year or so ago, my boss's wife brought in a six-pack of gourmet cupcakes from a bakery near them; one was a lemon, and inside was a wonderful squirt of lemon curd, all tangy and sweet. The wedding cake cupcake had the whipped cream icing, with a surprise injection of strawberry glaze. Those surprise fillings add a great flavor element and are welcome and completely acceptable. The plain ol' whipped cream icing squirted into every single cake, though? Come on. If your cupcakes need that, you need to make better cupcakes.
Jimi's got a list a mile long of shit we're supposed to do today. I don't want to do any of it. Are you shocked? I'm sure. I want to sit here and do nothing. Maybe take a nap. Then do nothing some more.
I repotted the love tree and brought it into the house this week. Well, I actually replanted it into the same pot, but it had a nasty lean to it, so I had to add some extra soil and make some adjustments for the odd angle. As I dropped the root ball into the dirt-filled pot, the loose dirt blew up into my face - and my open eyes. Wow, that sucked so bad. I was blinded immediately; I stopped what i was doing, made my way to the front door, and once inside, I stripped off the clothes from my top half. I walked straight across the living room and hall into the bathroom, where I flushed my eyes over and over for the next five minutes. So. Much. Dirt. Eventually they weren't so red anymore and the tears stopped, and I was able to go out and finish the job. Fast forward to yesterday, when I'm talking to Jimi as he digs around in the shed where we keep the gardening stuff. I was standing on a bag of dirt, just like the one I'd used to repot the love tree, and looked down and read "Important: We strongly recommend the use of gloves when using this product." and "Not for container plants". It's organic garden soil. It's supposed to go in your flower beds. It's a big ol' bag of shit, and I got it all in my face and mouth and nose and eyes. While repotting my container plant. Pretty good metaphor for the whole week, really.
Jimi and I are good, though. We spent a couple hours a couple nights this week talking to each other - really talking, like looking at each other while we spoke and everything. No distractions of television or computer, just us, the way we used to do all the time. The sort of talk that reconnects you as a couple; the sort that's as therapeutic as good sex. We're always here, but I'm always grateful when we're able to take the time and reaffirm that fact. And then I feel guilty for doing my part in not making it happen more often. But not too guilty, because that's just life, and I don't need one more thing to beat myself up about.
He picked me a rose from the bushes that line the White Castle drive-thru. Then we made out like teenagers (the drive-thru line wasn't moving anyhow) and got our food and came home and I put the flower in a little tiny mason jar full of water next to the laptop. A pretty good metaphor for our whole relationship, really.
I'm in a Sims phase. I'm addicted to this Pets thing - I've adopted a unicorn and five cats and three dogs and some horses and birds and rats and snakes...it's awesome. (When I say I want to do nothing, that's what I really mean - I want to play Sims Pets.) I guess I'll go do that until he makes me do something else.