Friday, July 14, 2006

Bright Lights, Big City

The lure of the emerald city has sucked in my little brother like a moth to a bright thing. The others in his gypsy caravan have carried on down the coast to California, but HE HAS STAYED BEHIND. He wants to move here and start a new life away from his bad news "best" friend and the dusty repression of his rural roots. Yeehah!

We still have to go out of town for a few days, but he's going to housesit and explore and hopefully not bolt before we get back.

I've been on this creative high but have been too busy hostessing and tripping. Here are my work-in-progress quilt pieces:
There are more, but I didn't feel like spreading them all out. I've been writing and reading and giving Jack his first experience with crap cereal.


He didn't hate it.









Off to get organized and pack for the trip to the land of geysers, grizzlies, and grandpas.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Keeping Company

Aren't things supposed to slow down in the summertime? The in-laws came and went. We all went to Orcas Island and voted it beautiful- unanimously. I've been exploring the San Juan's bit by bit and this is by far my favorite. I felt so far from home, and there were postcard views around every bend.

Jack got some quality time with his grandma, and four generations got together.

Fun was had by all.

Now we await my sister, her partner, their son, and my little brother. They'll be here tonight after dinner- just in time to take my baby brother out for a beer on his 21st birthday. He's a gay country boy who's just become legal on his first trip to the city. My hairdresser says to just give him taxi fare and get out of his way, but I'm going to do a little more protective hovering than that. :) My two queer siblings are visiting at the same time- I'll be in Capitol Hill all week.

Next week I'll be nursing my hangover in Yellowstone and then the rest of the summer is pretty low key. I can remember to stress out about the adoption (Come on 171-h!), obsess over the submissions I have out, sit out in the garden I busted my ass on and get back to writing.

Work in Progress- I've been trying my had at machine quilting and experiment with piecing different shapes and patterns. I like to quilt, but I'm not so into patterns. We will see how it turns out.

We had dinner at Carmelita last night while some friends watched Jack and it was really nice. We even stopped into a pub for a pint on the way home. I prefer Cafe Flora for local gourmet vegetarian (how great is it that we have a variety of veggie restaurants?!?), but it was more elegant (read: less kid friendly) and yummy all the same. Last week Sam's mom watched Jack while we had dinner at Bombay Grill - and that was DELICIOUS. When Jack gets more used to it we can experiment with staying out later and maybe go to dinner AND a movie, or (gasp!) a concert! Still, we've had more dates this month than the rest of 2006 combined, so I am not complaining.

Enjoy the warmth and blue sky.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Recommendations for the short and scrappy.


I love The Adventures of Polo almost as much as my kid. It's a wordless graphic novel-ish picture book for the preschool set that I heartily recommend. Chez Polo




If you're more in the mood for family tunes than illustrations you should get John Bregar's Stomp Yer Feet. Not only is he the father of one of the coolest kids I know, but the kid tunes he has made are a treat for ears big and small. He's performing a free show tomorrow afternoon at 4 in the U Village Land of Nod. You should see it.

On the adoption front... We went to Yakima last week to get fingerprinted and file our I600-A form because our social worker finally finished the homestudy from hell. Today I sent our dossier to get authenticated and I feel really good that we are progressing, even if we are just waiting. Woo hoo!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Good weekend.

We had big ideas about kayaking, shopping, and socializing this weekend but the kid still wasn't feeling up to his usual scrappy self. We stayed home and I baked bread, cooked, gardened, and read a good book (King Dork). Sam finished building a deck to go around the new pond and the kid played.

Today we'll landscape around the pond so it looks more natural and try to get Rick smogged. I was kind of worried about scheduling some surgeries around the hordes of company we will have this summer, but so far so good. Tonight, I write!

On a positive health note, I used to get fake migraines. I thoughthad migraines for years, until I read an article in the PCC mailer that a lot of migraines were misdiagnosed muscle problems. I had a knot in my shoulder that would flare up around the time I'd start aching, but it was a chicken and egg thing and I never looked at it as the little knot causing the monster pain. In a fit of wild hope I scheduled some physical therapy and through some new yoga moves, deep tissue massage and being more aware of how I position my body- VOILA!- the 3 day headaches that came every 10 days have turned into maybe 1 day headaches once a month if I get lazy and don't do the yoga. Now I have hardly any excuse for being an inert recluse. Feet, do your stuff!