Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Things Aren't What They Seem

A sweet, white-haired little old lady let me cut in front of her today on the busy, construction clogged road to work. Further down the road, as I moved into the turning lane, I ended up behind her car. First, I noticed her license plate reading that this was the car of a veteran. Then, I was drawn to the plaster of veteran bumper stickers. One in particular:
How is it that a little old lady could take pleasure in a firey bomb that destroys everything? Why didn't her "Atomic Veteran" sticker show the naked, burning flesh of the young girl made famous in Life magazine as she fled the explosion?


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

It's a Chicken's World

I walked outside today to discover that Sola, our chicken, was atop a 6 1/2-foot Juniper bush. I'm pretty certain that she climbed up as this is the bush where she often perches in the lower branches.

Then, to make sure that I noticed her, she came down and promptly marched over to my porch and through the small cat door that is cut in my screeen door. After preening a bit, she marched back out ready for the rest of her day!

Monday, February 26, 2007

The Things We Know

Was supervising a staff member at the shelter tonight. She let a resident go out to give his girlfriend some money. Innocent, right? Probably. But....

"You should have the girlfriend come into the office. Why can't he just hand her the money in here?" I asked. "This is a great time for him to shoot up in the car having had his girlfriend bring it to him."

It suddenly dawned on me that I am wiser in ways that I never expected.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Cash Cow Friday

United Way visits our shelter today for an inspection before graning us what will hopefully be loads of cash. We also have a deadline today for submitting our proposal to the city for funds (about 180,000 there). Meanwhile, I'm reviewing resident applications for funds to help them in first month's rents or deposits and I'm updating payroll to relfect a couple of raises that I'm able to give.

So it's Money Friday. Which is funny, because my own debit card bounced last night when I tried to buy dinner. I'm still going from paycheck to paycheck in order to pay down huge credit. Filing for bankruptcy is attractive, but not really a route that I want to go. Figure that an empty bank account keeps me connected to the plight of our residents.

Started sneezing the past two mornings as we leave winter behind and approach the spring blossoms. No greenery yet, but bluer skies. Due to great snow and rain this winter, plant life should be spectacular this spring.

Music, books and movie updates are in the righthand column for your consideration.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Busy, But Still Here

Sorry for the delay in posts. Over the weekend I slept only 13 hours out of 75. Oof! Had a no show that I had to cover for at the shelter, a volunteer day, plus a throat singing concert and throat singing workshop to attend.

Back on track now, at least for a bit.

Meanwhile, the other night I opened a can of refried beans and noticed that it smells exactly like moist cat food.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Guilty Pleasures

I still have a television on loan from my landlords. I have, one more than one occasion, found myself thoroughly enjoying Super Nanny and Extreme Makeover. They seem to me to be a good use of for-profit television.

Meanwhile, away from the television, my book reading and music listening continues onward. Be sure to check out the righthand column as itoften changes even between new posts.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Throat Singing

To celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, I naturally decided to hang out with a group of people from Tuva who demonstrated and taught throat singing. Incredible.

Running between shelter and hypnosis clients, so no time now for more. You'll just have to click on the link above to learn more.

Friday, February 02, 2007

I'm amused by startling cats and watching them jump.