Saturday, April 05, 2003

Butterfly Bush

More flowers are blooming, swaying in the breeze,
reaching for the blue and scenting every breathe.

Friday, April 04, 2003

6 titles continued
19. Spirited Away + My Neighbor Totoro + Kiki's Delivery Service

My mom is in town, on a mission of comfort and support, so we went to the movies. We saw "Spirited Away." My cerebral functions are still down, so my post film analysis is fractured at best. It's a really, really good movie. The artists spared no effort for even the cracks in the concrete. The story is mind altering in its orginality; I would have chosen it over the vacuous and shallow "Chicago" for best film. Poor Hollywood is so enamoured of its special effects, it has effectively forgotten to tell special stories. Meanwhile we can rely on the fresh perspectives, and visions of Miyazaki, Robert Rodriguez, Salma Hayek, Peter Jackson, Mira Nair.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

More Lists, because I like reading other people's lists, because I am too frazzled to think in long sentences, because someone else got me started ("...if you had a 6 title video library...?") and because I love trivial and meaningless activities. So, in no particular order, and definitely not limited, here are some essentials:

Six Title Video Library...I guess I would have a circulating collection...I just know I will add more when I see other lists...

1. A Room With A View
2. There's Something About Mary
3. It's a Wonderful Life
4. Ghandi
5. Sponge Bob: Sea Stories
6. Frida
7. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original animated)
8. Mississippi Masala
9. Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown
10. The Empire Strikes Back
11. Monsoon Wedding
12. A Christmas Story
13. Smoke Signals
14. The Sound of Music
15. El Norte
16. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
17. Spy Kids
18. My Father's Glory + My Mother's Castle

Six CDs I Can Play Straight Through +12 more, because I can't count

1. Hawaiian Style Band: Hawaiian Style
2. Oingo Boingo: Dead Man's Party
3. Nat King Cole: The Unforgettable Collection
4. Los Lobos: Del Este de Los Angeles
5. Tino Rossi: C'est A Capri
6. Raffi: Bananaphone
7. Tish Hinojosa: Cada Nino
8. Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Enemble: Music For The Native Americans
9. A. Paul Ortega and Joanne Shenandoah: Loving Ways
10. Makaha Sons: Ke Alaula
11. They Might Be Giants: NO!
12. John Denver: The Best of John Denver Live
13. Robi Kahakalau: Sistah Robi
14. Dixie Chicks: Wide Open Spaces
15. Linda Ronstadt: Canciones de Mi Padre
16. Patsy Cline: Greatest Hits
17. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Oklahoma!
18. Lullaby, a Collection
+ more, because I don't comprehend "limits"
19. Christmas Music, lots of it
20. Madness, English Beat, Tears For Fears, Bob Marley, Depeche Mode, Duran, Duran, Louie Armstrong, The B-52's, Talking Heads, Santana, Gipsy Kings
21. Jane Siberry and k.d.lang, singing "Calling All Angels"

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Some Days...

Diego, The Cat in The Bag,
impersonating me.
Life has been extra thick around here lately. I can't decide whether to elaborate with documentary length reporting, or just leave it at: BLAHHH!! Freakin' ARGHHH-BLECH-PTTT.
Yes, I think that about covers it.

Now, in a desperate attempt to avoid deep thoughts, and other yucky feelings I will list about numbers...

25: number of times I have moved in 36 years.
13: number of years I have been married
7: number of people living in this house
8: number of gray hairs I can count on my head
100: number of sit ups I do a day
2: number of weeks I have been doing 100 sit ups a day
200: number of feet we lived from the Pacific Ocean
40: number of feet I can swim on one breath
21: number of years I have known Geoff
7.75: number of years, cumulatively, I breast fed our sons
5: number of times high school government teacher asked me, "Do you speak Spanish?"
1: number of times high school counselor pointed at me and asked my mother, "Can she speak English?"
2: number of days "Ghandi" and "Empire of the Sun" are overdue at Video store
6: number of bottles of "2 Buck Chuck" I picked up from Trader Joe's
3: number of weeks it takes me and Grandma to finish a bottle of wine
5: number of people that regularly read "Chicken Blog"
3: number of regular readers that scrolled down, looking for something interesting

Monday, March 31, 2003

Lay. Lie. Lye. Bold faced lie, or liar? Lying, or laying.

Do I lie in bed, to sleep? Or am I laying in bed? If I am laying, do we expect an egg? Which is the truth, and which is horizontal posture?

What about lay in wait? Do predators lie or lay in wait? I know to lie about my weight, but which is it if I am stalking a carrot cake?

News From the Home Front

Cats Caught in Open Defiance of Civility,
and Other Acts of Domestic Disobedience

Nena's Mug Shots

These photographs, taken moments ago, show Nena in
clear defiance of domestic laws, and health policy.

Her defense counsel insists on her innocence: "It's plain to see
she is a victim of circumstance. I plan to investigate the
possibility she was even set up."

Proof such as this is pretty damning. She may be
serving 9 lives.

Warning: Graphic Images

Pictured above, Chango "El Cubano"
aka Chango the Gopher Ralpher.

There is more than one "Bad Cat" at El Rancho.
Praised by some for his hunting skills, he has lately
come under criticism for gopher regurgitation.
Due to the graphic nature of the crime scene,
extreme close ups cannot be printed
in a family publication.

Is it in their nature or were they
raised to be bad?

Two cats, lying in wait, openly giving stink eye.

Chango and Diego, how do you plea?