Tuesday, October 22, 2013

a metaphor--what it's like to live with a teenager

I am not as direct as the lower bunkmate in this video, but I wish I could be.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


I had a dream that I acquired a sweet, fat  daschund--not a dog I would choose in my waking life, but in the dream I was delighted!  So cuddly!  So wriggly! So grateful for my attention!

Then I woke up to this:

He is not very emotive.  Most dogs ingratiate themselves: wagging and rolling onto their back and waving their feet in the air.  Anything to demonstrate that you are, in their doggy opinion, the supreme being.  This may be why I like dogs.  Who doesn't like to be worshipped?

Magnus does not subscribe to this approach.  His method is one of silent insistence.  He generally just stares at me  until I divine what he wants:  in this case, to get out of my nice warm bed and let him out.  He is like a 100 pound cat.  Only instead of purring, he drools.  Perhaps his job is to keep me humble.  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A gift

for someone you really hate.  I'm thinking of sending these to Tea party SenatorTed Cruz. Only he'd probably like them.

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 Pair of Clowns 2 Feet Tall - $50 (W. Eugene)

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Pair of clowns Universal Statuary Chicago 1966 they are two feet tall and about 9 inches wide.
50.00 cash only
call if interested 541 517 1672
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Rah Rah

My friend and her very tall charming spouse spent their anniversary treasure hunting in the junk shops and thrift stores across town.  I almost fell over when she told me that.

He thrifts with you?  I asked.  Like, willingly?  On a fall weekend?  You don't have to bribe him with sexual favors?  Does he actually look for stuff?  Or does he just lurk and grimace and check the time and the football score whenever he thinks you're not looking.

No, he likes it, she said.  He thinks it's fun.  And look what we scored.  (Hodgepodge of mid century cool objects.)

I was telling the (tall, but not that tall) Man who lives in my house about this.  I was excited!  I had a proposal:

I think we should swap dates, I explained.  Like I will go to a football game with you, and I will get my rah rah on.  I will pay attention and jump up and down.  I will try to follow the action.  I will ask questions and strive for understanding.  I will give a shit about a bunch of grown men fighting in a ritualized manner for many hours over a ball.  Then when it's my turn, you could go to an estate sale and a couple of thrift shops with me one weekend afternoon.  You could pretend to be really into it, and take pictures of the ugly lamps.  You could dig around in the basement and the garage for tools.   Maybe we'd find a rad polyester tuxedo in a 44 long--that would be the ultimate!  It could happen!  We would have a blast!

The Man gave me what our friend Linda calls the "curious dog" look:  head tilted, brows furrowed.  Did you say you'd get your rah rah on?  You can't even keep track of the score when it's your kids' game.  You have no inner cheerleader.  What you have is an inner librarian/bag lady.  We need to just stick with going to the movies.

He may have a point.  I think it's my turn to pick the movie.  I'm feeling like a Merchant-Ivory costume drama is in order...

(It should be noted:  My friend also actually likes football, so maybe she earned a thrift enthusiast-spouse, karmically speaking.)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Good Morning, Sunshine :)

I lie abed for approximately 30 minutes longer than The Man Who Lives In My House.  This chafes his hide.  Particularly since I moan, "Coffee!?!"  in a pitiable but demanding manner if he doesn't bring me a cup posthaste.  Then I ask if the newspaper has arrived.  He rolls his eyes, stomps to the front step, brings it into our room, and tosses it on the bed.

He has taken to muttering as he goes about this business.  I catch fragments:

"is is worth it?  hard to say."

He hands me my cup and a gaze at him blearily.  I can't really express my gratitude properly until the caffeine enters my system.  

He heads to the bathroom to shave.  I overhear the following:

"Maybe when we get old I"ll get infirm first, then yeah.  She has to wipe my butt.  But if she loses it first,  I'm hosed."