Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring Hopes - Eternal

Yeah, yeah, I know that isn't quite how the saying goes BUT after this endless farking winter of COLDSNOWICEBELOWZERODARKDARKDARKDARKDARK there is hope that spring is coming:

6:45 AM leaving the gym

6:50 AM pulling up to the house

All I can say is: Let there be DAYLIGHT!
* Updated to add that I hadn't seen Frank's comment on my last post before I wrote this I SWEAR.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Fannie: I need to tell you something and I want to be very clear about of my intentions so no one gets the wrong idea.

The Saint: *blink* *blink*

Fannie: I’m going to have to start sleeping naked.

The Saint: *blink* *blink* Because of the hot flashes?

Fannie: Yes.

The Saint: So you showing up naked will not necessarily be an indication that you're looking to get lucky?

Fannie: Precisely!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Toes on the beach.

Toes at the pool.

Toes at the pool on the balcony!

Friday, February 19, 2010

small lowercase squee

My job is...well...a job. We have two children in college so having a job is good, right? And remember I was out of the work force from 1988 to 2005 so I basically started over at age 42.

I would love nothing more than to go into the shenanigans of my crazy ass boss; but I've heard that people have lost jobs over that shit so I will say just this: It is very, very, very difficult for me to work for a person I don't have a lot of respect for.

Yesterday the personnel committee met. They gave me a 10% raise. I guess I'll see if that makes it any easier.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In Defense of Valentine's Day

I'm getting - sort of - caught up with some of what's sitting in Google Reader. It seems poor Valentine's Day is/was getting trashed! We like Valentine's Day! I send of boxes of treats to the Precious Daughters! We were traveling this year, but ordinarily we go out for dinner! This Monday - the 15th by the way - The Saint had these delivered to my office.

Aw shit, terrible camera phone picture. Much prettier in real life. Well any way, it was very sweet and made me smile. Color me shallow if you will, but when I look at them it makes me feel cherished.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Aaaaand I'm back

Here’s the deal; if I were you I would NOT want to hear about my fucking fantastic vacation. Don’t get me wrong – once I pull pics off the camera you are damn well GOING to hear about it, but in the meantime let me share a little inappropriate personal revelation.

I have been dealing on and off with mega hot flashes due to that bitch we call menopause. The upside is that I have not had a period since SEPTEMBER 2009. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of five MONTHS. Needless to say this is welcome turn of events.

But sweet baby jesus the hot flashes! All winter I’ve been sleeping with the bedroom window open. Yes, as in even if it BELOW ZERO AND SNOWING I’m sleeping with the damn window open so I don’t wake up in a pool of my own sweat three times a night.

These hot flashes have been coming and going for a while. Oddly I’ll have weeks of relief where they are minimal in number, duration and intensity. As of late I HAD been sleeping clear thought the night which is six kinds of awesome. Then BAM – hotter than the hammered down hinges of hell.

The last several days those suckers were back with a vengeance! By the plane ride home Sunday I was in agony. I must have woken up six or seven times last night. Sheet thrown off, sheet pulled back on, rinse and repeat. I had to dry my hair bare assed naked this morning or risk passing out on the cold, tile floor. Which in hindsight sounds delightful; people it was sixteen degrees outside!

Then mid-morning it hit me. What did I NOT do all last week? What do I fail to do on the weekends and over holidays and the like? Drink GREEN TEA.

Back about a year or so ago I added green tea to my morning office routine. Having read all these bits and pieces about the virtues of green tea I finally found one that didn’t taste like...well…grass clippings that had been steeped in manure.

So as I sipped my morning brew and realized I did not feel as though I were about to spontaneously combust I got to pondering cause and effect. Is it possible all that stands between me and insanity is a teabag? Discuss among yourselves.

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Favorite

I love the Manning boys. So cute! So talented! And from all appearances very nice. If they have skeletons in their closets, chicks on the side or a penchant for ingesting illegal substance I haven't heard about it.

But last night when Drew Brees, after leading the New Orleans Saints to their first Super Bowl victory, held his son on the podium? I might have melted just a little bit.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

One Week

Third verse same as the first (and second):

One week from today I'm going to be on a beach in Mexico.

One week from today I'm going to be on a beach in Mexico at a lovely resort.

One week from today I'm going to be on a beach in Mexico at a lovely resort, with the Saint.

One week from today I'm going to be on a beach in Mexico at a lovely resort, with the Saint, on a trip that someone else is paying for.

For what it's worth? I highly recommend getting to know a salesman. A really, really good one.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Over the ocean blue

One afternoon we rented a sailboat. A sloop to be exact.

We also hired a captain - we're not crazy!

Hector was the boat owner and guide, Ricardo was the Captain. They were wonderful. Very knowledgeable about local landmarks, history and folklore

Lands End: The very tip of the Baja. From here you will not hit land again until Antarctica!

The "Key Hole", you can look through from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific.

They found us whales to follow!

Our friend A had ample opportunity to sail and our captain was impressed with her skill.

Our resort seen from the Pacific

We stayed to watch the sunset.

Gracias Ricardo and Hector; we had a ball!