Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hurts so Good


The wife got the okay today for us to start getting our immunizations. I'm thrilled!

It is not that I'm looking forward to getting round after round of shots for diseases that I thought died out 2 centuries ago, but this is the true beginning of our international travels.

When they delayed us until January we were both crushed. And being the pessimist that I am I couldn't help but think it may never happen.

Of course I had no reason to think that but hey, we had no reason to think we weren't leaving in May either. It is really hard to live your life and to make huge life decisions based on a corporation's promises. They don't so much care when you've quit your job or you've sold a car in preparation...it doesn't affect them.

That being said I think my fear of being burned again is almost gone now that they have gotten the ball rolling with the medical requirements.

So bring it on Black Plague...we'll be ready for you.

p.s.-only 29 more weeks until we depart.

Friday, June 20, 2008

EAV

If you live intown you should definitely check out the EAV Farmers Market on Thursday nights from 4-8ish. There wasn't quite as much produce as I would have liked but a couple of vendors had gorgeous flowers at really reasonable prices.

By far the pi├Ęces de r├ęsistance for me was the Decimal Farms Dairy booth. This really great lady has a farm with 23 goats just outside the city and has been making cheese for 13 years.

This cheese is amazing and ridiculously priced...1/2lb is $5. And she does a few different cheeses other than the traditional chevre, the fresh mozzarella style is divine.

I'm sure there are many more goodies to be found there, but I only had $23 in cash so I had to shop wisely.

So go support some local farmers and treat yourself to some organic food that you won't have to sell your first born to be able to afford.

So far 1 out of 2

Okay this video is long, like really long. But if you get a chance watch it. I really enjoyed Michelle Obama. She was smart, well spoken, and had a wonderful elegant confidence about her all while seeming very down to earth and funny. Watching her made me feel better about Barrack. Although I don't think you should judge someone totally based on their spouse, I do think they can give you insight into who that person really is at their core.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pride

For the past 2-3 years I have been way over Pride Weekend. I have been attending since I was 15 and I'm no mathematician but (oh sweet Lord) that means I've been going half my life! Not to mention my tolerance for the heat, the crowds and the discomfort for the sake of being prideful has really been plummeting over the years.

That being said, I am really looking forward to Pride this year. Seems odd I know because everyone I've talked to who isn't going out of town that weekend is moaning and groaning about it being moved to the Civic Center. A ton of people have told me they have no intention of attending just because of the venue change.

Why the change of heart? Well first let me say the venue change doesn't bother me. At least I can ride Marta directly to the site this year, not blocks upon sweaty blocks away, and although I don't know the exact set up I am thinking some part of it has to be air conditioned! Sounds like a win-win to me.

But more importantly I think it is a really amazing time to be gay. Real change that affects our lives is happening now and it is actually change for the better. Just in the past couple of months we have made tremendous strides in our fight for marriage equality and with that rat-bastard's days in the White House numbered things can only improve.

I just can't imagine a better time to celebrate our diversity, our community and our commitment to equal rights.

Oh and then there is all the drinking and socializing, but hey we're gay...we know how to have a good time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It ain't bad to get mad

Podiatrist told me today that I could have another 5 weeks in the air-cast. That will make a grand total of 12 weeks with a broken foot.



Needless to say, I'm not exactly thrilled.

Monday, June 16, 2008

He's our guy but he doesn't feel like my guy

My maternal grandfather taught me the definition of a "yellow-dog Democrat" at a very young age and the importance of being one when I grew up. I think he recognized early on that out of all my cousins not only was I the most likely to even take the responsibility of voting seriously, I was, by far, the best candidate to carry his liberal torch into the next generation. I wish so much that he was still here so I could talk to him about our latest dog in the hunt.

But, since he's not here to help me I need someone else to give me some points and reasons why I should throw my support behind Obama.

For the life of me I cannot seem to muster up an ounce of excitement about this man. And from what I read and hear that's one of his strong suits...getting people fired up about him becoming President, being inspirational and charismatic. Why then am I not in the least bit inspired or charmed?

The wife thinks I'm just holding on to my feelings about Hill losing the nod and that eventually I will get over it and feel good about Obama. Maybe, I do have a tendency to be overly loyal. But this isn't the first time my party has elected someone other than "my candidate" but it is the first time I've had reservations about rallying behind "our candidate".

My trepidation isn't even based on his policies, other than his stand on gay marriage which even Hill ticked me off about. If only Kucinich wasn't such a little weirdo!

Honestly I think what makes me the most uneasy is his seemingly never ending supply of the word "change" without really telling me how he's been able to bring about "change" in the past or how all this promised "change" as President is going to come about. I just feel like he talks and talks without really doing much other than using catchphrases, inspirational cliches and quoting great leaders of the past.

So send me your links, video and articles...help me see what all these other people see. I really want to feel good about this guy because although Obama has my vote, he doesn't yet have my trust.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Bitch, urh, Baker is Back.


After the marathon 9 hours of baking for Ang & Jon's wedding cake I didn't have the desire to see my flour sifter for a long, long time.

Then I broke my foot and had no choice in the matter. There would be no cooking of any sort not to mention a lot of other things.

Though I'm desperate to just get back to normal I'm even more desperate to get back in the kitchen.

Now that I'm in the air-cast and it is easier for me to get around I decided to just go for it and bake some damn cookies today.

Feels good to be back, even if only by a little bit.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Oh Fox News, how I love to hate thee

By far my favorite coverage on the latest imbecilic "news reporting" from Fox News...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sea Pig, classic

Last week at the beach Pablo and I were discussing, aka arguing, about how I no longer think that SNL is funny. As I reminisce about the "good ol' days" of my beloved Spartan Cheerleaders I realize that I'm turning into that person who is stuck in their heyday. Unable to move past what I loved to what is now "cool". For God's sake, I don't even hide the fact that I buy about 2 Cd's annually and at least one of those is a re-purchase of a CD from my youth.

Later that week we were watching some late 90's comedy show and we both agreed that some humor is not timeless just like tight-rolled jeans and bangs that look like a hair sprayed eagle claw. Both of which I have abandoned.

It is my hope that my loyalty to the pop culture of my past stems really from my love of timeless classics. Just in the way I love movies from the 40's and 50's and books written 80 years ago...maybe, just maybe I won't be that woman who gets frozen in time.

I'm not saying the 80's and 90's were a Renaissance period but some things I will always love and will always think are funny...

Monday, June 9, 2008

32 weeks

We just returned from a week at the beach. I enjoy our trips down to good ol' PC Beach so much due to the fact that we have absolutely nothing to do. No sights to see, no itinerary, no agenda...just a real vacation from life. I read 4 books in 5 days. Which is sadly about as many books as I have read in the past 5 months. Even with a broken foot that definitely cramped my style it was still heaven.

One night while in PCB I realized that we leave in 32 weeks. I know that 7 months can seem like a long time but we've done this countdown before and I know it is going to fly by.

I really hope to spend quality time with our friends before we leave and that we really enjoy our last months in Georgia by really taking advantage of all there is to do.

Although our plan is to come back in 2 years I realize that even the most carefully laid plans may not be what life really has in store for you and that we could be gone even longer. A lot can happen in 2+ years. I find it difficult enough to keep up with and accept all the changes in our life and the lives of our friends now. I know that the whirlwind of marriages, careers, break-ups, babies, relationships, etc is only going to pick up speed while we are away.

Walking hand in hand with the excitement I feel for the adventure ahead is the sadness in knowing that the distance from our life here will not only be a physical one. I only hope we are able to soak up enough of our life in Atlanta to sustain us for the journey.