Poetry: apt, liked or both.

Afraid So

Jan 012010

Is it starting to rain?
Did the check bounce?
Are we out of coffee?
Is this going to hurt?
Could you lose your job?
Did the glass break?
Was the baggage misrouted?
Will this go on my record?
Are you missing much money?
Was anyone injured?
Is the traffic heavy?
Do I have to remove my clothes?
Will it leave a scar?
Must you go?
Will this be in the papers?
Is my time up already?
Are we seeing the understudy?
Will it affect my eyesight?
Did all the books burn?
Are you still smoking?
Is the bone broken?
Will I have to put him to sleep?
Was the car totaled?
Am I responsible for these charges?
Are you contagious?
Will we have to wait long?
Is the runway icy?
Was the gun loaded?
Could this cause side effects?
Do you know who betrayed you?
Is the wound infected?
Are we lost?
Can it get any worse?

by Jeanne Marie Beaumont

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Oct 312009

Dreams: dinosaurs, zombies, projects, YouTube, hover flats, bread, work. Big variety this time around.
10:09 AM Oct 1st from web

Come on, coffee. Help me get things done today!
12:11 PM Oct 1st from web

Quilt top: done. Quilt back: done. Now the hard parts: quilting and binding. Must find batting before I can continue.
3:17 PM Oct 1st from web

Oh look, batting! A whole package in the right size, even. Thank goodness for labels. Love labels.
3:28 PM Oct 1st from web

Ugh. Done with quilting for tonight due to sewing injury. Was tired of quilting anyway. Now maybe blogging, less dangerous.
8:22 PM Oct 1st from web

Downtown Cheyenne: the mailboxes that used to be on the 2100 block of Carey Ave are now on the 2100 block of Pioneer. Just circle the block.
2:52 AM Oct 2nd from web

But it was fun to watch car after car, their windows rolled down and mail in hand, pull up to the place where the mailboxes USED to be.
2:54 AM Oct 2nd from web

I’ve tried 3x now to Tweet last night’s dreams, but no go. Thankfully, they weren’t that interesting, so you’re not missing anything good.
9:59 AM Oct 2nd from web

Shit. I am completely unprepared to decorate for Halloween.
1:01 PM Oct 3rd from web

Winding down an exciting day at the races, gathering and Zombieland with a nice round or two of Left 4 Dead. Later: frozen pizza & Fringe!
7:59 PM Oct 3rd from web

And that’s Numberwa … er … a Saturday.
1:41 AM Oct 4th from web

Desperately want overpriced, yummy, creamy designer espresso drinks. But that requires getting dressed, leaving house. Settle for french press @ home.
11:10 AM Oct 4th from web

Fuck. I am never quilting anything this big again. My wrist is killing me & I’m only 3/5 of the way through. Still have binding to do, too.
2:25 PM Oct 4th from web

Ahhh! Finally, the quilting is done. I’ll worry about the binding later; I’m fed up with the quilt for now. On to different projects.
4:02 PM Oct 4th from web

And then there were none.
12:33 AM Oct 5th from web

This last week, which I was working at home for, was just perfect for watching autumn in Cheyenne.
10:20 AM Oct 5th from web

Off I go again. Unwililng, but going. Wish me safe and swift travels. Maybe I’ll pick up some neat prize bag items this trip.
12:35 PM Oct 5th from web

Hustling through the airport while wet from the rain does not make my top ten list of enjoyable activities. At least it is done!
3:20 PM Oct 5th from txt

Fortunately for me, the weather in Sioux Falls is just like the weather in Cheyenne recently.
4:51 PM Oct 5th from txt

This rental car is huge. I could fit three adult bodies in the trunk. Or two obese bodies. Or my entire closet contents. Or about 50 pillows.
5:29 PM Oct 5th from txt
Not bad. Enjoying a buffalo steak in downtown Sioux Falls with a view of the river in the cold rain. Good start to the trip of the week.
5:41 PM Oct 5th from txt

Well of course they have delectable carrot cake.
6:15 PM Oct 5th from txt

Someone in the adjacent hotel room is snoring, deeply and loudly. Wish I found that comforting in some way.
11:06 PM Oct 5th from txt

Yar!! Here be nerds!
8:26 AM Oct 6th from TwitPic

Ss.s. ..s. server room is COLD! (ss. s…sh. shivvv .. vv.vv err)
10:26 AM Oct 6th from web

Why are things not working? Again?!?
10:55 AM Oct 6th from web

And now that everything is working, we’re going to move it all around and undo all the work I had done. FINE, NO IT IS FINE, REALLY! Grr.
1:42 PM Oct 6th from web

Am stuffed on really good steak. Did manage to pass on dessert, so I think my tummy won’t burst. Maybe.
7:51 PM Oct 6th from web

After cutting the bandage off my finger, I managed to slice the next finger. Frustrating.
10:44 PM Oct 6th from txt

Annoying & slightly insulting emails from salesman coworker before my alarm even goes off is a bad way to start day. Not helping headache!
8:05 AM Oct 7th from web

Sioux Falls is entirely enjoyable, other than this rancid headache I have.
2:57 PM Oct 7th from txt

Too tired to blog. Thank you, Twitter.
10:25 PM Oct 7th from web

Sweet holy fuckity fuck – there is snow covering my yard! SNOW!! YEA! SNOW!
9:05 AM Oct 8th from web

Went to put on bunny slippers (in celebration of SNOW) but found I’ve worn large holes in the soles. Time to repair, or just buy new ones.
10:16 AM Oct 8th from web

Planned to do yard work and Halloween decorations today, but the snow changed my plans to buffing my fingernails. They gleam and shine now.
11:07 AM Oct 8th from web

Anyone in the Cheyenne area want a treadmill? Works great, just come pick it up and get it out my house and therefore my way!
11:07 AM Oct 8th from web

Very frustrated by stupid people busy covering their ass & trying to look smart instead of just doing the minimum of their fucking job!!
12:02 PM Oct 8th from web

No one? No one wants a pretty nice treadmill? It has incline and a built in fan! And more importantly, I need it out of my dining room.
12:21 PM Oct 8th from web

Oh. Okay, that’s it. I’m making some stickers.
1:37 PM Oct 8th from web

Have officially succumbed to the cold; turned thermostat up to 65F and might wear worn out slippers anyway.
1:54 PM Oct 8th from web

This link is crafty-painful: RT @chantalbernard: http://www.regretsy.com
2:38 PM Oct 8th from web

How do I have 29 types of glue, 12 types of tape and NONE of them are removable/temporary?!
4:47 PM Oct 8th from web

Okay Slick, I’m officially calling it. No one wants our treadmill; you are clear to dismantle it and appropriate parts as desired.
6:06 PM Oct 8th from web

Now at the stage of tired where perfectly average words look weird and wrong. Going to sleep. Dream well.
2:43 AM Oct 9th from web

Dreams: time- jumping! Yea! Finally back to dream territory I know instead of that dull, stupid non-dream shit. Ahhhh. Better.
9:12 AM Oct 9th from web

Keep forgetting what I’m doing, very distracted this morning. Maybe this delicious cup of coffee can set me on the right track?
9:47 AM Oct 9th from web

There is another enchantingly gentle snowfall in Cheyenne now. Love it.
11:47 AM Oct 9th from web

Craft Night email SENT! Check your inboxes, gals.
12:14 PM Oct 9th from web

Need to drop off mail and pick up some milk & bread to make cocoa & toast (perfect snow weather snacks) but don’t want to leave the house!
4:38 PM Oct 9th from web

FYI, Beer Night guys: if this blizzard keeps up, I will NOT be offering my normal designated driver services – you can hoof it home!
7:17 PM Oct 9th from web
Guess I got my “snowed in” wish. There’s no way I could leave my house even if I did want to.
9:48 AM Oct 10th from web

Left snow shovel in shed & can’t get it without going through 40′ of drift. Those kids that came to the door with their shovel just made $5. I know, they only wanted $5!
3:49 PM Oct 11th from web

Okay Snow, it is Monday and I have to get to the airport – lay off already. Oh yeah, sunshine to get some melt going would be good, too.
9:47 AM Oct 12th from web

Left for DEN early due to weekend snow, but roads were fine after thick fog while leaving WY. Now I sit and wait.
2:07 PM Oct 12th from txt

I know I don’t watch much television, but who gave Tyra Banks a show? I thought it was a joke. Well, it IS a joke …
11:08 PM Oct 12th from web

More telly thoughts: that Progressive insurance with Captain Ahab, that was funny.
11:19 PM Oct 12th from web

My Netflix queue sucks. I may delete the whole thing. I don’t want to watch those movies. Was I drunk?
11:48 PM Oct 12th from web

Difficult to follow conversation with ADHD, multi-tasking customer. Like a ferret on speed! I need coffee to keep up & around.
10:05 AM Oct 13th from web

10:32 AM Oct 13th from web

Partying it up at the casino! Woot!
(the internet really needs a sarcasm tag.)
7:19 PM Oct 13th from txt

Dying from second hand smoke in one night.
8:30 PM Oct 13th from txt

My hair now reeks of cigar smoke, my sweater requires washing and my throat is harshed. Damned smoking bastards.
9:07 PM Oct 13th from web

Dreams: puffins run over by yacht, workman smashed by pallet of falling materials. Are my dreams trying to tell me something?!
7:59 AM Oct 14th from web

Isn’t it time for Girl Scout cookies or those school fund raisers yet? Where are those tempting things – I could go for tasty cookies.
11:59 AM Oct 14th from web

And now off to dinner at a snooty Italian restaurant. Can’t I just have that tasty food in a place where I can wear jeans and a sweater!?
4:34 PM Oct 14th from web

Consternation! Snooty place booked, now at seafood place where everyone is wearing jeans and sweaters. Yargh!
5:08 PM Oct 14th from txt

Resisting dessert, resisting a visit to the neat gift store, resisting, resisting. I am a resistor! Only so much, though.
7:20 PM Oct 14th from web

Frontier has oversold their earlier flight, thus I have zero chance at standby. Now what to do for 5.5 hours in STL airport?
12:53 PM Oct 15th from txt

With this much time I can do everything. To start, I shall watch the boarding of the earlier flight I have no hope of getting a seat on.
1:05 PM Oct 15th from txt

Just saw a STL airport cop zip down the flatscalator whilst riding a Sedgeway. Fast!
1:09 PM Oct 15th from txt

This plane can’t fly fast
Enough into the sunset,
Swiftly to my love.
5:13 PM Oct 15th from txt

And ….Traffic! Damn you construction!
9:47 PM Oct 15th from txt

I’m up and I’m mostly dressed. I’ve had coffee, I’ve checked the internets. What excuse do I have for not getting down to business?!
11:05 AM Oct 16th from web

Cheyenne Oktoberfest this Saturday in the Depot Plaza.
4:36 PM Oct 16th from txt

We’re off to Beer/Craft Night. Woot!
6:28 PM Oct 16th from web

Need coffee-making robot for these chilly, lazy mornings. I’ve been consulting the internets oracle for an hour -without coffee! The horror!
9:43 AM Oct 17th from web

Enjoying a late breakfast at Penny’s Diner. And by breakfast I mean an excuse to eat sinful pie.
11:23 AM Oct 17th from txt

Too late for coffee, too early for bed. Just right for arson.
11:06 PM Oct 17th from web

Phew, Twitter is back. I know it wasn’t down for everyone, but it was for me. I almost logged on to my blog and posted. I know, the work!
11:43 AM Oct 18th from web

Ah, Internets. You are still there. Hello and good morning, my favored oracle.
8:59 AM Oct 19th from web

My craft desk is overflowing with project pieces and parts. I am intimidated, but must forge a path. If only I had a plow …
12:43 PM Oct 19th from web

Was really enjoying a long and loud post-lunch belch before I realized my car windows were down … and so were those of the car next to me.
2:26 PM Oct 19th from txt

Who likes to rock the party? We like to rock the party!
8:18 PM Oct 19th from TwitPic

Dreams: another serial killer, brightly colored, rare kestrels, old trucks, socks. Halloween pranks and old houses.
10:41 AM Oct 20th from web

After an exciting evening of stocking up on toilet paper, pillows & paper towels, then playing three rounds of Scrabble, I am beat. And a very dull person.
1:46 AM Oct 21st from web

Scrabble is just fucking with me now.
12:41 PM Oct 21st from TwitPic
Was wondering why my computer’s sound seemed so quiet til I realized I had my headphones (hanging behind monitor) still plugged in. Need more coffee.
2:30 PM Oct 21st from web

In my dream this morning, I had the perfect coffee. Alas, it was but dream coffee.
10:52 AM Oct 22nd from web

Godiva chocolate truffle coffee is just sinfully good. Like I need more excuses to drink more coffee!
11:58 AM Oct 22nd from web

I think we’ve accidentally stumbled upon playing themed Scrabble.
7:35 PM Oct 22nd from TwitPic

Woke up with nasty headache. Seems an ominous start to the day, but I shall combat such superstition with modern science = pain pills, FTW!
10:09 AM Oct 23rd from web
Forgot I had my speakers on and the automated virus database update message startled me out of my chair!
6:38 PM Oct 23rd from web

Caffeinated, crafting, ordering on Amazon. Must crash soon .. can’t … go on. .
12:55 AM Oct 24th from web
Sleep= FAIL. Too much caffeine yesterday. Guess this means I get an early start today. Hell must be pretty cold right now.
7:34 AM Oct 24th from web

No, I don’t want you to show me how you knit, I don’t like it! Are people daffy?! They’re like knitting evangelicals. Back, knitters, BACK!
9:19 AM Oct 24th from web

OMG Dansko makes boots – I am in trouble.
11:12 AM Oct 24th from TwitPic

Was really tired when I misread this as “farting goat”. RT @1953diygal I want a pet Fainting Goat.
7:43 PM Oct 24th from web

About to watch Slick in his big screen debut at the Lincoln downtown.
12:50 PM Oct 25th from txt

Goodbye wonderful, long weekend of joyous fall and romping. Hello looming week of work.
12:09 AM Oct 26th from web

Way too early.
6:03 AM Oct 26th from web
Very busy at the work. Holding up a wall. Not kidding.
11:14 AM Oct 26th from txt

Well the wall can officially hold itself up now. On to plugging in machines.
2:34 PM Oct 26th from txt

Okay, that sunrise was really pretty and all that, but I would much rather have been asleep. Damned the work, getting me up this early.
7:24 AM Oct 27th from web

Lessons relearned this morning: just because you can fit the whole thing in your mouth doesn’t mean you should.
10:25 AM Oct 27th from txt

Have a serious need to kill some zombies today.
1:07 PM Oct 27th from txt

Snow! Beautifully falling fluffy snow!
5:16 PM Oct 27th from web
Worried about traveling to the work in Denver tomorrow since they just closed parts of 80 and the snow has barely begun yet. Fret!!
6:40 PM Oct 27th from web

This show needs to end! My feet are killing me.
5:02 PM Oct 28th from txt

This long day is almost over. Just a little bit more and I can sleep!
9:37 PM Oct 28th from txt

Dreamed I was fighting a ghost that was trying to smother me. Snorted awake to find my face pressed into a pillow wedged against headboard.
12:01 PM Oct 29th from txt

Damned ghosts.
12:02 PM Oct 29th from txt

Thought I was free from the stupid dinners, but it looks like I might get roped in still. Dammit!
6:28 PM Oct 29th from web

Am I free? I think I’m free. Free to be me! Whee. No, I have not been drinking. Yet.
6:50 PM Oct 29th from web
Mistakenly got Strange Brew instead of the movie I intended. Wondered why there were artifacts in what was supposed to be a new movie.
8:50 PM Oct 29th from web

The highway to my home has been closed for two days. How will I get to my wonderful home tomorrow if it doesn’t open!! Damn you, snow.
9:19 PM Oct 29th from web
WTF is with the continued door-slamming at my hotel?! You loud fuckers have cost me an hour of sleep!
7:16 AM Oct 30th from txt
Last day of standing for hours with a smile pasted on my face. My feet already hurt. Just a few more hours.
9:25 AM Oct 30th from web
Why is the highway still closed, but only in the direction and stretch I require to get home tonight?!
12:13 PM Oct 30th from web
Can’t believe I have been waiting for over three hours for a pallet and some shipping boxes. Suck!
4:46 PM Oct 30th from txt
Gave up on boxes, filled out claim info, shrink-wrapped the hell out of everything we had. Shipping the rest from home. Leaving! At last!
5:53 PM Oct 30th from txt

My arms are tired from hauling servers blocks to the parking garage. But we are leaving!
5:54 PM Oct 30th from txt

And that is the distinct sound of a dead battery!! Woot!
5:55 PM Oct 30th from txt

New battery in! On the road, finally. For reals this time. I have hope!
5:59 PM Oct 30th from txt
And traffic. Denver end of day traffic. Still headed home, but at 20 MPH now.
6:07 PM Oct 30th from txt
HOME!! I am home! I love home, home is great. I’m glad I’m here. I like it here. HOME!!
8:21 PM Oct 30th from web
Continuing my vacillation betwixt and between misanthropy and philanthropy.
11:36 AM Oct 31st from web
OH! Oh! Glue explosion! Gem-tac everywhere!
12:13 PM Oct 31st from web
Ah, it’s Halloween! That’s why everyone is dressed funny.
3:27 PM Oct 31st from txt
Ewww, coffee on top of sushi is not so good. Cucumber plus mocha equals unpleasant.
3:39 PM Oct 31st from txt
Hey, Surly Bookstore Guy is dressed all out as a pirate. Nice costume!
3:41 PM Oct 31st from txt
Ah, um… Surly Bookstore Guy isn’t working today. He’s just lurking. In costume.
3:45 PM Oct 31st from txt

Time to dust off the old witch hat. No, really. It is covered in dust.
6:59 PM Oct 31st from web

8:48 PM Oct 31st from TwitPic

So far we’ve had a total of four trick-or-treaters. WTF kids! Is it really so hard to put on a mask and ring the doorbell for candy?!?
9:15 PM Oct 31st from web

Apr 302009

Here I go, off to Houston again for work. Trying to mentally prepare for the humidity when we land. Send dry thoughts my way!
12:14 PM Apr 1st from txt

Okay, why is my left eyelid twitching?? That can’t be good.
12:21 PM Apr 1st from txt

People always give these sad, curious looks when I eat alone at restaurants. That’s another button I need: Business Traveler; it’s okay!
5:26 PM Apr 1st from txt

Oh good, multiple hours of waiting in this warm office again instead of doing the work. At least I’m not hungry this time. Yet.
9:57 AM Apr 2nd from txt

Houston rush hour traffic is trying to make me miss my flight!! Wish me luck!
3:52 PM Apr 2nd from txt

Phew!! Just made it. Now I just have five hours of flying and driving and then I can enjoy home and sleep. Not bad.
5:06 PM Apr 2nd from txt

Hmmmm. Window seat with no window. Tricky bastards, you got me this time.
5:28 PM Apr 2nd from txt

Have I mentioned for the 100th time how much I love being home? Good.
11:24 AM Apr 3rd from web

Too much coffee – having some sort of caffeine crash now. Nap?
1:49 PM Apr 3rd from web

Cheyenne gets more snow? I thought we were done with the snow already. Glad I don’t have to do anything tomorrow, in case it builds up.
1:19 AM Apr 4th from web

Alright, where was all the hype about this blizzard? Cheyenne has some significant snow blowing all over right now. I’m not shoveling that!
10:40 AM Apr 4th from web

If you ever get famous, try this list of dressing room requirements. Let me know if you chose the A or B list. http://tiny.cc/contract
12:31 PM Apr 4th from web

Haven’t had soda for a few weeks & now I REALLY want a Mt. Dew. Do I want it enough to get through the snowdrift at my door? Hmm. We’ll see.
4:53 PM Apr 4th from web

Recently, in Medicine Bow, WY: http://tiny.cc/deer
5:04 PM Apr 4th from web

So much snow has drifted in front of my doors I’m not getting out of my house until the sun comes back in full force. And I’m lazy.
2:42 AM Apr 5th from web

I think shoveling a truck load of snow off my walks falls firmly in the ‘exercise’ category. Now for a hot bath and some coffee to wake up.
11:59 AM Apr 5th from web

http://twitpic.com/2w4fe – Coffee = good!
5:27 PM Apr 5th from TwitPic

The meetings always start too early on Monday mornings.
9:02 AM Apr 6th from web

Yes Spooky, this is the same chair I blog & browse the internets from, but I also work from this chair. Stop meowing on calls with me!
11:31 AM Apr 6th from web

Piles and piles of snow
Clearing the walk takes an hour
But don’t have to mow!
12:41 PM Apr 6th from web

Anger: Big Company Rips Off Indie Crafter: Oilily versus Rosa Pomar http://craftingagreenworld…. I don’t even like the dolls, but this is BAD!!
5:44 PM Apr 6th from web

I cannot find my tailor’s chalk and therefore cannot function as a proper sewist. Damn. Must cheat to move on now.
8:49 PM Apr 6th from web

White china marker is a good substitute for tailor’s chalk in a pinch. This was a pinch. Don’t judge me!
9:09 PM Apr 6th from web

And now I can’t find my nice Mundial scissors. This means I’ve been away from serious sewing for far too long.
9:15 PM Apr 6th from web

Why am I still up? Hoot, hoot. Tomorrow will suck.
4:44 AM Apr 7th from web

Hello springtime!
12:57 PM Apr 7th from web

I always feel much lighter and energetic after a haircut.
5:39 PM Apr 7th from txt

All my 324 updates are gone. I wish Twitter would become a membership so I could pay them & not have these problems I can’t bitch about.
7:56 PM Apr 7th from web

There is no way I should be up before the sun, but here we are.
5:36 AM Apr 8th from txt

So much sun today. Makes me want to put on more sunblock. Or make my servant carry a sun umbrella for me. Wait. Where are my servants?!
12:02 PM Apr 8th from web

Some asshat at the McDonald’s drive thru in KC, KS just told me to have a ‘blessed’ day. Screw that & screw you, Blessed! Give me my coffee!
2:06 PM Apr 8th from txt

First time at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant – didn’t expect it to be this nice.
5:34 PM Apr 8th from txt

http://twitpic.com/30zmg – Not a great pic but there is a stellar moon coming up right now.
6:54 PM Apr 8th from TwitPic

Completely uninspired. Need coffee, I guess.
7:31 AM Apr 9th from web

Amazing how repeatedly asking the same question continues to get you the same answer and information, huh? NO. Just learn already!! Sheesh.
10:11 AM Apr 9th from web

I may be irritable. Watch your heads.
10:12 AM Apr 9th from web

Give me COFFEE!! I demand coffee.
10:16 AM Apr 9th from web

Bonanza in Ankeney, IA has a salad bar twice as big and abundant as the buffet. I like that trend.
11:45 AM Apr 9th from txt

I’m discouraged. I can’t find any of the things I need to make the crafts I’m set for. I’m finding everything else in the world though.
1:33 PM Apr 10th from web

Now I am missing evil. What to do?
1:53 PM Apr 10th from web

I found nefarious, but that just doesn’t work. I need evil.
2:00 PM Apr 10th from web

Mission accomplished. Now, to sit back, wait for the casserole to cook and indulge my addictions.
9:57 PM Apr 10th from web

Oh, look! Here’s the internet! I knew I left it somewhere. Now that I’ve found it again, back to action.
12:04 PM Apr 14th from web

How did I lose 18 colors of glitter?! Where is my glitter! I have finally reached critical mass in my craft workshop. Damn.
2:51 PM Apr 14th from web

I give up. The glitter is a goner.
5:34 PM Apr 14th from web

http://twitpic.com/3ctny – Damn. Parking at DEN pretty full today.
11:14 AM Apr 15th from TwitPic

Yeah, far too little sleep – having trouble using BB trackball. Wish I could nap on the plane.
12:27 PM Apr 15th from txt

Alright everyone, please send suggestions on things to occupy my mind during the next 5 hours of salesman chitchat, BS & dinner. Ugh! Yuk!
3:52 PM Apr 15th from web

I hate how I can be dead tired all day, then wake up when the sun sets. No chance for catching up on sleep this way.
8:15 PM Apr 15th from web

Oh hell. Everything is broken and I’m concerned that half of it is my fault. Not good.
12:44 PM Apr 16th from txt

Starbucks Doubleshot;
Sweet, soothing sounds of comfort,
Whispered from my cup
2:50 PM Apr 16th from web

Sometimes I wonder about the direction I’ve taken my life in when the most notable accomplishment of my day is a cell phone game high score.
5:35 PM Apr 16th from txt

To the red SUV hauling a trailer on I 45 N : your engine is smoking. You might want to look into that. Soon.
6:06 PM Apr 16th from txt

Just saw about twenty deer spread along the highway munching on wildflowers in the sunset. Pleasant.
7:01 PM Apr 16th from txt

Watching an impressive lightening storm as I approach Dallas.
7:36 PM Apr 16th from txt

If you try to eat at a Jack In The Box, does that forfeit your justifiable right to complain about it?
8:39 PM Apr 16th from txt

Damn. Dallas had a bit of rain now both airports are a wet, crowded mess. My flight is already delayed two hours & it will only get worse..
2:06 PM Apr 17th from txt

I just watched a very made-up blonde on her cell phone wander in to two people before stopping to have a loud conversation beside me.
2:31 PM Apr 17th from txt

Can’t believe I leave town for three days & there is sudden snow everywhere & possibly closed highways. Dammit! Where is spring already?!
3:23 PM Apr 17th from web

Oooh. About to get a plane in! I have hope.
4:39 PM Apr 17th from txt

I’m actually on a plane now so I have high hopes of at least making it to DEN.
5:02 PM Apr 17th from txt

Psych! You thought you were getting to Denver when your plane took off that way. Didn’t count on them turning around did ya’?! Hello OKC.
7:34 PM Apr 17th from txt

Taking another shot at getting to Denver. After 7 hrs of trying to get even to this halfway point I just want to uncrease jeans off my legs.
8:10 PM Apr 17th from txt

Denver! Finally. Now to see about the drive.
9:57 PM Apr 17th from txt

Well of course they have plowed all that slushy snow up behind my car. What else would they have done today?
10:31 PM Apr 17th from txt

I25 just south of WY border is Very Bad. Closer to Cheyenne, it is even worse. Cheyenne itself is unbelievably bad tonight. Not going out. Don’t go.
12:54 AM Apr 18th from web

Long day, harrowing drive, safely home. Spooky & I are going to bed now for as long as we can stay under.
12:55 AM Apr 18th from web

Watch the sun come out in full force tomorrow morning & destroy all evidence of this massive snowfall before you get to see it. My luck.
12:58 AM Apr 18th from web

I love home. 9.5 hours of sleep was great, too. Now for a hot bath to unknot my stressed muscles and coffee to give me a little zip today.
11:35 AM Apr 18th from web

Surely enough, the sun melted away the most dangerous snow build up. I didn’t even have to shovel the walk. Freezing tonight is undesirable.
8:16 PM Apr 18th from web

Spooky the cat comes in and yells at me when it is past bedtime. I tell you, she has a set schedule and likes us all to follow it.
1:28 AM Apr 19th from web

I forgot how delicious Cocoa Puffs are. It’s like dessert for breakfast. Good for when I don’t have cupcakes.
9:50 AM Apr 19th from web

Oh man, I’m already running behind schedule! I’ve barely started!!
1:31 PM Apr 19th from web

How is it that every slow Sunday driver knows to get in front of you when you’re in a hurry!?
2:14 PM Apr 19th from txt

Nice! Free room upgrade!
8:08 PM Apr 19th from txt

Successfully did the work. One step closer to home.
11:21 AM Apr 20th from txt

More work done. Even closer to home now. Is it obvious that I miss home & Slick?
1:17 PM Apr 20th from web

Ugh. Coffee crash. Must stay perked up – still have the long drive home then an early morning tomorrow.
5:38 PM Apr 20th from txt

Yea! Home. Spooky missed me terribly, spoiled cat. Now for a few hours sleep and then more of the work. Sweet dreams all.
10:59 PM Apr 20th from web

A plea to all my friends: lend me strength to keep my tongue bitten today.
9:51 AM Apr 21st from txt

Okay, I got a couple useful bits. It will be easier to be still now. Thanks for the strength loan, all.
10:47 AM Apr 21st from txt

I reluctantly admit that the presentation training was beneficial. Easier to say now that it is done.
4:17 PM Apr 21st from txt

Oh! That feeling is hunger! I remember now, I need to eat.
9:21 PM Apr 21st from web

What is THIS queasy feeling tum now? I don’t have time for this. OH! Damn! I was supposed to be asleep two hours ago!! Damn you internets!
10:59 PM Apr 21st from web

Damn you coyotes! Damn you to Hell.
11:34 PM Apr 21st from web

Teeth: funny, hard parts
Enamel in a soft mouth
Fangs for tearing hearts
9:47 AM Apr 22nd from web

Having Slick home makes everything better. Especially ice cream. ‘Night all.
12:36 AM Apr 23rd from web

Homemade pizza, a good ol’-fashioned sock burning and ice cream and movies. Sounds like we’re starting our weekend early. Enjoy yours!
9:24 PM Apr 23rd from web

Hope this fresh work drops off before it interrupts my afternoon coffee with Ymabean!
3:06 PM Apr 24th from web

9:23 PM Apr 24th from web

Bangkok Dangerous,
the Nicholas Cage remake,
was malodorous.
12:47 AM Apr 25th from web

Cocoa Puffs make it easier to drag my sleepy ass out of bed after a party night. Dessert for breakfast, followed shortly by coffee. Yum.
11:20 AM Apr 25th from web

Sushi Saturday!
3:02 PM Apr 25th from TwitPic

Glitter Twitter: my glitter is still missing. How do 18 colors of glitter vanish? Where could it be? Is the glitter with the surgical masks?
6:32 PM Apr 25th from web

If anyone is still up, there is some light hail / frost layered outside. It will be gone in the morning but it looks neat right now.
2:05 AM Apr 26th from web

Another wonderful spring day at home finds me full of coffee and covered in glue. No glitter still, but I can’t do everything.
3:09 PM Apr 26th from web

Slick and I are finally finishing Lost tonight. I forgot how much I liked this show! Good stuff.
8:04 PM Apr 26th from web

I was unaware Lost was still going until May of 2010. We are now only two episodes behind the aired schedule. But now we must wait a YEAR!!
3:01 AM Apr 27th from web

Okay, Cheyenne, I thought we were done with this snow business!
10:13 AM Apr 27th from web

Good to see there are still some people left who can identify those funny little marks correctly: http://www.unnecessaryquote…
1:17 PM Apr 27th from web

I’m going to organize a Search Party for my glitter set. House isn’t that big – it has to be here. Also, typing w/ gluey fingers is hard.
3:00 PM Apr 27th from web

I could really use a nice shot of whiskey and a foot rub right now. Wait! I think we have whiskey. Halfway there!
8:37 PM Apr 27th from web

Giant moth in the shower makes for a startling bedtime bathroom visit. Have a nice night, all.
12:59 AM Apr 28th from web

Things keep popping up but I don’t have time to deal with them before getting on the plane! Patience, problems. I’ll be with you soon.
3:03 PM Apr 28th from txt

Oh Sis, did you know how POPULAR this Oregon Ducks shirt would make me when you sent it this way? You are a little bit the devil.
7:09 PM Apr 28th from txt

Something must have happened on 270S. Cops are blocking onramps and I see a woman pulled over taking pictures from an overpass. Meeting!
8:52 AM Apr 29th from txt

Cool – the president is in town! Thanks for the info, AlphaMaven. Now I get to see how badly this messes up traffic for me later. Woot.
9:45 AM Apr 29th from web

Oh good, more gnarly traffic. I was so hoping that getting to the airport could be more challenging. Wish granted! Now to wish for lottery $!
5:13 PM Apr 29th from txt

I hate you TSA!
5:34 PM Apr 29th from txt

I am both relieved and shocked that I made my gate in time. Until next time, STL.
5:42 PM Apr 29th from txt

OMG OMG, the SWINE FLU is coming! Tape your windows shut. Hey, maybe it will kick the Evil Economy’s ass. The economy is OUT to GET us, too.
10:38 PM Apr 29th from web

It has been a long, long, exhausting day (thanks insomnia) & I am VERY glad to be home with Slick & Spooky to care for/shed & purr over me.
11:03 PM Apr 29th from web

I must say, a nice, long, hard sleep will help your attitude overnight. Now for coffee to improve that even more.
11:00 AM Apr 30th from web

Awesome: http://tinyurl.com/d9latl but I know we crafters will do this and more when the time comes!
11:06 AM Apr 30th from web

Cereal for lunch = I need to do some grocery shopping.
6:14 PM Apr 30th from web


Feb 072009
Spooky, with her favorite mouse toy.

Oh, I love to eat them mousies,
Mousies what I love to eat,
Bite they little heads off,
Nibble on they tiny feet.

by Bernard Kliban

Jan 312009

Browsing the internets, being lazy.
4:56 PM Jan 26th from web

Sitting in a restaraunt in Rockford, IL waiting for some pecan crusted walleye for dinner.
6:59 PM Jan 27th from txt

Riding to Madison, WI on 90W.
7:56 PM Jan 27th from txt

Wishing for sleep in a Clarion hotel, next to the place where a Slipknot concert just finished.
10:04 PM Jan 27th from web

Do all these people who went to Slipknot and are now at the hotel breakfast buffet realize how very alike they dress? Post-concert casual.
6:51 AM Jan 28th from txt

My first appointment of the day is in a cell phone black hole. I’m ‘cheering on’ my BlackBerry – offering encouragement.
7:47 AM Jan 28th from web

Wishing I’d brought my screwdriver with me.
8:36 AM Jan 28th from txt

Craving some Starbucks!
2:08 PM Jan 28th from txt

Waiting impatiently in a car in chilly Madison, WI. Wanting dinner already!
4:13 PM Jan 28th from txt

Wisconsin accents, especially the ‘o’ sounds are so CUTE! I want to find a badger and squeeze its cheeks!
4:26 PM Jan 28th from txt

Warm sake plus cold weather equals good combination.
5:24 PM Jan 28th from txt

Took a hibachi shrimp to the eye. Might need to get a sexy eye patch and lose depth perception.
7:37 PM Jan 28th from web

The Shield fucking rocks. All adults should watch it. All adults with an even view of the world, though – no rainbows in that telly world.
9:30 PM Jan 28th from web

Too early. Need coffee.
6:16 AM Jan 29th from txt

Oh man, daily rioting and unrest in Reykjavik. Not good.
9:29 AM Jan 29th from txt

Western salad = one pound of cheese, meat, sour cream and fried veg on top of half a cup of lettuce inside a giant taco shell.
10:43 AM Jan 29th from txt

Dark trees stand silent
Snow builds on branches like dust
Winter in Fitchburg
11:20 AM Jan 29th from txt

Horses wear blankets
Standing in white fields of snow
Their breath ghostly puffs
11:37 AM Jan 29th from txt

Felled limbs, wasted woods.
I wonder what happened here.
These lost guardians.
12:34 PM Jan 29th from txt

So far the only civil person in all of ORD has been a woman travelling to Arkansas. Not a good ratio.
2:27 PM Jan 29th from txt

Nothing witty to share. Too tired from long, long day, which is still ongoing.
5:20 PM Jan 29th from txt

This day will never end. I feel like a zombie.
7:20 PM Jan 29th from txt

Finally at the hotel. I want sleep, but I must go out and video this weird light thing outside. Hope I don’t get abducted – wish me luck!!
9:05 PM Jan 29th from web

Good thing Popeye’s closes at 10p in Lafayette, LA or I’d never have discovered Raising Cane’s and their awesome sauce.
9:30 PM Jan 29th from web

At last, going to bed. Happy dreams, all.
10:14 PM Jan 29th from web

I hate hoe really head cereals tear up the top of your mouth.
6:45 AM Jan 30th from txt

More so I hate that this BlackBerry has a typo-prone tiny keypad but not enough smarts to catch typos.
6:55 AM Jan 30th from txt

Louisiana is warm and bright. Good change. Nice break from Wisconsin the past few days and Wyoming the next couple days.
7:34 AM Jan 30th from web

Doing the work, doing the work.
9:44 AM Jan 30th from txt

Crawfish etouffee is so yummy!
11:15 AM Jan 30th from txt

Waiting on the plane that will take me from sunny, mild Louisiana.
1:03 PM Jan 30th from txt

I love home.
9:09 PM Jan 30th from txt

Going to the movies. Yes, we’re leaving the house!
4:02 PM Jan 31st from txt

Underworld 3 was not what I went in thinking it would be. But, it was okay for what it was. The army of werewolves was worth seeing.
7:49 PM Jan 31st from web

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Jan 172009

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant –
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind –

— by Emily Dickinson

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The Moon

Oct 242008

The moon is outside.
I saw the great uncomplicated thing
when I went to take a leak just now.
I should have looked at it longer.
I am a poor lover of the moon.
I see it all at once and that’s it
for me and the moon.

by Leonard Cohen

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Nov 032007

Once I loved a spider
When I was born a fly,
A velvet-footed spider
With a gown of rainbow-dye.
She ate my wings and gloated.
She bound me with a hair.
She drove me to her parlor
Above her winding stair.
To educate young spiders
She took me all apart.
My ghost came back to haunt her.
I saw her eat my heart.

by Vachel Lindsay

(A little post-Halloween flavor for everyone.)

God Says Yes To Me

Jun 282007

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

by Kaylin Haught

Alley Cat Love Song

May 172007

Come into the garden, Fred,
For the neighborhood tabby is gone.
Come into the garden, Fred.
I have nothing but my flea collar on,
And the scent of catnip has gone to my head.
I’ll wait by the screen door till dawn.

The fireflies court in the sweetgum tree.
The nightjar calls from the pine,
And she seems to say in her rhapsody,
“Oh, mustard-brown Fred, be mine!”
The full moon lights my whiskers afire,
And the fur goes erect on my spine.

I hear the frogs in the muddy lake
Croaking from shore to shore.
They’ve one swift season to soothe their ache.
In autumn they sing no more.
So ignore me now, and you’ll hear my meow
As I scratch all night at the door.

by Dana Gioia

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Sister Cat

Apr 212007

Cat stands at the fridge,
Cries loudly for milk.
But I’ve filled her bowl.
Wild cat, I say, Sister,
Look, you have milk.
I clink my fingernail
Against the rim. Milk.
With down and liver,
A word I know she hears.
Her sad miaow. She runs
To me. She dips
In her whiskers but
Doesn’t drink. As sometimes
I want the light on
When it is on. Or when
I saw the woman walking
toward my house and
I thought there’s Frances.
Then looked in the car mirror
To be sure. She stalks
The room. She wants. Milk
Beyond milk. World beyond
This one, she cries.

by Frances Mayes

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Introduction to Poetry

Dec 052006

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

by Billy Collins

My cat

Sep 242006

My cat, unlike Verlaine’s or Baudelaire’s
Is neither diabolic nor a sphinx.
Though equally at home on laps or chairs,
She will not be caressed, nor plays the minx.
She has a single mood, she’s merely bored,
Yawns and walks away, retires to sleep.
Has never sniffed at where the fish is stored
Nor known to relish milk; less cat than sheep.
She does not condescend to chase a rat
Or play with balls of wool or show her claws
To teasing guests, but in my basement flat
Defies all animal and human laws
Of love and hate.

One night I’ll drown this cat.

–Nissim Ezekiel

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Sep 052006

Intention doesn’t sweeten.
It should be picked young
and eaten. Sometimes only hours
separate the cotyledon
from the wooden plant.
Then if you want to eat it,
you can’t.

by Kay Ryan

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Slow Children at Play

Jul 232006

All the quick children have gone inside, called
by their mothers to hurry-up-wash-your-hands
honey-dinner’s-getting-cold, just-wait-till-your-father-gets-home-
and only the slow children out on the lawns, marking off
paths between fireflies, making soft little sounds with their mouths, ohs, that glow and go out and glow. And their slow mothers flickering,
pale in the dusk, watching them turn in the gentle air, watching them
twirling, their arms spread wide, thinking, These are my children, thinking, Where is their dinner? Where has their father gone?

By Cecilia Woloch

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