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a few years ago, i bought a ceramic coffee tumbler (with lid) for the husband. it's black and grey, with the star wars empire symbol on the side. it's keeping my coffee hot surprisingly well -- i bet the rebel one wouldn't be near as good. =D yeah: we're an evil empire family.

except for the kid...she's totally rebel scum.

i'm pretty particular about a lot of things and i know this. i could reach the maximum allowable journal entry word limit and still not cover all of them, but i'll give you one: coffee cups.

when i'm at home, i will not drink coffee out of a cup that doesn't "fit my mood". i have around an even half dozen of mixy-not-matchy mugs in the following motifs: squirrel(!), horse, sheep, owl, artsy-fartsy, and cafe du monde. when we lived in town and had 3x the storage space, the number of mixy-not-matchy mood mugs was four times that. when i write (real write), i have an entire ritual of preparation that involves setting out the pens, getting the ink ready (JUST IN CASE), having paper towels handy (more on this later...maybe), neatly arranging the paper materials I'll need, and most importantly, getting the coffee ready and poured.

words will not come unless these things are as they should be; how can one be expected to create a universe when the current one is out of order?

i found a house in the area we're looking at that I AM IN LOVE WITH and the kitchen has a place one could put one's collection of fine mixy-not-matchy mugs if one was so inclined. sadly, this house is not for us: it's too big, no fenced areas for horses/critters, and too far in the back of the community and too far up the hill -- while we'll still have a long commute, it must be less than we are making now.

want to see my house that's not my house?

oh, well. the right one will happen and when it does, we should be in a position to snap it up. MINE!

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we had a few big (to me they were big....shhhh) snows up here already, so i imagine the el nino is not a story used to scare small children. i've lived in CA my whole life (except for the few months in WI and MN, but those don't count, because i never really unpacked) and know our weather can be all sorts of crazy. i mean, we have "earthquake weather" and even if you don't believe that is a real thing, you believe. all the jokes people make about californians and rain? totally accurate; we understand the severity of .001 inches of rain and drive/react accordingly.

so me with the snow we've had and the amount of snow we'll probably get makes me sort of nervous and feeling like the voice of reason in the donner party. "maybe we shouldn't cross those mountains right now, you know?" and "i think we should rent another wagon and stop at costco, yo."

anyway, all that aside and moving on to the point i wanted to make, is that the air is dry. which makes no sense. snow is precipitation, right? precipitation is water. water is moisture. or something. anyway, the air being dry just doesn't make sense, especially since the snow we had is 99% melted and i have the mud outside the deck to prove it.

for the past three or four days, my nose has felt weird. really weird. like there are THINGS up in it that shouldn't be up there. o.O yesterday i got a bloody nose and this morning there was another one. MY NOSE PARTS ARE BROKEN!

i plugged in the humidifier and a steady stream of steam is flowing out, but i don't like the idea of continual steam because i'm certain that it's causing mold to grow even as i type this. so i'll have moldy bloody boogers by the end of the week. =( poor nose.

when we go to the city (haha) tomorrow, i'll pick up some saline nose misty stuff -- that should help, too.

country living isn't for sissies.

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the drive to and from has gnawed into my reading time, something that bothers me tremendously. i do not ever want to be That Person who doesn't read, mostly because books and words are as part of my character and person as hair and toes and a fondness (hello, understatement) for chocolate. the kindle has saved me from no books, but i think i've stated before that i do not like reading all but the most brain-candy of books on it; anything substantial requires pages and covers and the feel of delicious paper beneath my fingers.

i'm reading a supernatural novel (like, based on the television series!) and just shake my head at myself because i actually enjoy it. it's as if it's a never before seen episode and because i'm so familiar with the characters and patterns of speech, it totally plays out in my mind like television. =D

we have NINE episodes of the new season to watch and i'm thinking we can get to some this week. hopefully. television is another thing that we don't do much of. with kid going to bed at 8 on weekdays and me going to bed around 9, there's just no time for inappropriate-for-9-year-olds (she's 9 now!) television.

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speaking of shorty, she's had a few tumbles off of the horse and her confidence level has sort of plummeted. at one lesson, she fell off, the head trainer came over and REAMED kid's trainer, and so now everyone's trying to get their groove back.

last week, she had "confidence" lessons. she had to lay back while in the saddle, so her head was on his butt; she had to lean forward to touch his ears (horses hate that and move their heads...jerks); she had to twist and touch her right hand to her left toe. all these things leave her in a vulnerable position and force her to feel her body and his body and gain knowledge of the relationship between horse and rider.

this week, there are only two lessons and next week, she's missing the whole week due to ditching school and town in favor of disneyland.

=D DISNEYLAND =D

anyway, horse still is wonderful even though he is a jerk. he loves peppermint and being told he's handsome. he's got gunga on his face (keratosis) and we need to get that under control, but i'm still in the research phase of that.

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i'm hoping to get some writing done today, but if i don't, i'll just take a nap. my battery needs some love. *nod*



OK, time to walk the dogs and think about breakfast! Bye!
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