Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wheel and turn

The maples are peaking and per tradition I haven't taken any photos. The autumness isn't bowling me over this year. I like it and the cool weather just fine. But some years it pierces my heart and so far I remain unpierced. Shrug. I had a moment of euphoria in NM about going north to Santa Fe. Maybe it was mostly the altitude and/or nostalgia, nonetheless I welcome it.

We're all sleeping later in the darker mornings and I am eating more. I par boiled some potatoes, halved lengthwise. Per the British instructions I then tossed them with olive oil, garlic and S&P and baked at 400 for 20 minutes. We all 4 liked them. Is that even allowed? We've entered roasting season! Seasonal shiftiness. Exercise has fallen away and I'm going to get to start again. Again.

Holey moley! Holy Hannah! I need some new old lady exclamations.

Third debate successfully avoided. I have seen some of the coverage and reactions today. Patton Oswalt's twitter feed is pretty entertaining just regarding the election this year. I have a sample ballot to make sure that I get info on the local candidates before making my marks. And I am still waiting for my absentee ballot in the mail. We haven't gotten any mail at all this week and I realize that it's time to take a utility bill to prove my residence and go ask for an explanation at the post office. I double checked to see if I had accidentally extended our mail hold beyond the NM dates. Not that I can see. Hoping to find a postal person to check this. Figuring it might take more than one run at the sheer face of the PO.

Reading Max Gladstone's Last First Snow and enjoying the Aztecan-labor politics-law firm-magical intellectualism of it. Ancillary Sword is in at the library so I need to whip through this one. It may be a while before I get through Lafayette -- I have a hard time resisting the fiction.Dessert first!

Pinky purply infinity scarf trimmed with purple bobbles was a big hit with youngest daught. I tried to text her a picture of it from the store as is the new custom. But my text took forever so I just bought it on spec. So satisfying to have it be a win. Older daught says she may want me to knit her a scarf, we'll scan Ravelry and see if anything grabs her. Was thinking of knitting a sweater for Bun but I know how poky I am. I'd like to finish my gray/white/blue sweater I started last winter before starting anything else. Guess I don't want to buy any more yarn right now so I'll see if I can pick this pattern up again.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Only a bit late for Coming Out Day, here's an affirming welcome from a book lover and former drama club teen Seanan McGuire. Very kind.

My kids are out of school Friday. One is at a friend's house for a sleepover. One brought a cough back from New Mexico and will be resting up. She has a choir concert on Monday so it's a race to get to the end of this cold as fast as possible.

This week was a bit steep after the vacation return. The kids both had end of quarter due dates to make sure all their makeup work was in. I've been productive in between bouts of screwing around at work. I feel that we've gotten thru it all quite well. Now I'm ready for a pumpkin and some time to make a costume.

Party trick party this weekend. I'm running off with a coworker's white board so I can demo mirror
writing. Gotta practice! Will bring juggling balls too. Totally looking forward to seeing all the tricks.

Inspector Grant and our cool omniscient narrator are totally filling the big for me lately. I'm on my third already.

Tazo's Sweet Cinnamon Spice tea is described in French thusly: Une tisane avec de douces volutes de cannelle mielleuse mariées à la saveur poivrée de l'anis étoilé.
I'd like someone to whisper that in my ear.

In addition to tea bags and Tey's mysteries I'm reading the Unger biography of the Marquis de Lafayette off and on and am feeling quite francophile.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Better than 'Clowns!' right? That's part of my face and the panorama in the sky at about 8:00am. We got up in the dark on Wednesday morning and got out to the field in time to watch the dozen dawn patrol balloons go up in the dimness. They did a beautiful flicker glow in the air. Floating lanterns, that's what hot air balloons are. So colorful! and it was super cold! and the green chile breakfast burritos from Hello Deli! were tasty! ABQ was looking good. We went to ride the tram up Sandia Crest but found that a few other people had that idea so we hiked part of the La Luz trail instead. Such a good idea. We also got to the Petroglyphs Nat'l Monument trail on the west side of town. Our wildlife tally: roadrunners, lizards, stink bugs. quail, jackrabbits, cottontails, rock squirrels, chipmunks and many little hopping birds.

Walked through the Shidoni Foundry sculpture garden in Tesuque and visited one of their galleries. There were loaded apple trees all over the property. The only signs reminded us not to climb on the sculptures so I told the kids they could have an apple. I think Kat ate 6 tiny ones. Photo management is of course yet to be done. I will try to post my favorite sculpture pic and balloon picture more in focus.

Trying to leave the politics alone. No one needs more of that. I will bend the rule in order to share something that made me laugh: here's the first debate, Bad Lip Reading Style.

That link and more laughing curated by Miss Cellania which I found via Nag on the Lake who continues to provide high quality links and images. Those Canadians -- you can count on them.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Leaf clock

Leaves all around are still green. But there is a little color at the edges of the burning bush shrubs and a little bit on the maple by the preschool play yard. I am waiting for the next stage. Probably it'll be dramatically advanced by the time we come back from ABQ.

I went looking for current Santa Fe aspen color pictures and didn't find any. Lots of postcard worthy pictures from some autumn who knows when. But I'm curious about current conditions. Like the view from I 25 coming north over La Bajada and the mountains above Santa Fu come in sight. Hopefully I'll get to see for myself. We may either take the train up for the day or drive up. I bought train tickets two years ago but decided to drive because wind and rain and tight timetable.

Had to look up how to spell La Bajada and found it and a nice description on this NM place name page.

Went to a show on Wednesday night with both kids. It was a band I had heard of but didn't know. We listened to some music online beforehand and thought it all sounded peppy and good. The band was fine but the sound volume was so high that it was distorted and painful. I felt badly for not bringing earplugs for the girls if not for myself. We made do with tissues. It was still fun to go out in the middle of the week. And I liked the deconstructed electric cello. And the violin player who performed in front of a fan with her SJP hair flying and a glittered electric violin.

Arts walk and Standing Rock protest and circus performance, it's a busy night tonight.

This review of Luke Cage makes me want to give it a try.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Come on

I discovered yesterday that people have recorded and posted sunset videos on youtube. I searched for 'NM sunset' and found a slew of time lapse videos of beautiful skies and terrain as the light changes. My kind of video wallpaper.

[lovely weeds image ganked from Bandelier's facebook post]

I saw an update on fbook by the Bandelier National Monument park that recommended coming out to camp this weekend. They provided some details to draw in visitors. The chamisa and asters are in bloom. There was a star talk on Thursday night and then a ranger talk on wildlife on Friday night. Saturday night there are Santa Fe Opera singers visiting and performing. The Jemez Mountain Elk Festival is also going on at the (relatively nearby) Valles Caldera National Preserve on Saturday. I would go for almost any of these reasons.

I guess I'm missing northern New Mexico. The fall is the best and the most melancholy season. I'll be in ABQ on October 4 for hot air balloons and a mom visit. And it's not even soon enough.  

I have found the list of offices we'll vote on for our local/state/fed election in November. Now I have to make sure I know who I'm after. I may do the absentee ballot to get it out of my brain early. Except for the worrying about the outcome.

I'm pretty much in love with Sunday's forecast of a high of 72 and raining.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

At a remove

I've been reading British authors, which is not a surprise. But these most recent two books have both got me feeling the distance between me and the narrators which is more surprising. Both of them have child narrators: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man at the Helm. I found Curious had me tense on behalf of Christopher. I just never felt he was safe. The book gets high marks for its world view and the revelations of the first half. The end was more family soap opera than dramatic development. I think I secretly wanted there to be an unrealistically hopeful development for Christopher. It's for the best that didn't happen.

I'm not finding Man as funny as I think I'm meant to. Perhaps if I imagine it as a Wes Anderson film...

Adding to the list of things I didn't find funny recently:  A Bit of Fry and Laurie, season 1 and Broad City, the pilot. I did like watching some of the Fry and Laurie but.. that'll do me. Broad City is apparently not aimed at me. Maybe if I smoked more pot? To console myself and remember that I do sometimes find things funny, I will point out that Patton Oswalt's Talking for Clapping had me crying with laughter.

Hot and humid this week as we slide over the equinox. When I came out of the grocery store last night I even had my glasses fog over a bit. I just read that 'equinoxes' is a pig-ugly construction but I don't think equinoctes is any improvement. I'm looking forward to a cool down on Sunday but I should probably just assume it's going to be like this for the next two weeks and then I can be happily surprised when it switches. (Come on crisp mornings!!)

Updated to add that I finished A Man at the Helm last night and it was very satisfying. The book managed to make me lose all patience with the mother and then start over as she started over. I like the narrator telling us she wished that it could have been just her mother at the helm but that all humans need someone(s) in their corner.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Boars at the beach

Sangliers à la plage link via Belgian Waffle:

EN IMAGES - Pyrénées-Orientales : une famille de sangliers à la plage

And why are wild boars called sangliers in French which sounds like sang (blood)? Merriam Webster says the word comes from the latin root singularis meaning solitary. A very unbloody explanation.

Bun says she wants an infinity scarf so I'm parking these here.

Just had a pop-in visit from K on her way home from school. So grown up. Although she says that she walks through campus feeling like a young imposter. Hey, you're not a college student! There are some students that look younger than she does...

All our gullies got washed last night and this morning. Nod wants to go camping and it just sounds damp and skeetery to me.


California Academy of Sciences photos of arranged diatoms. I thought I had recorded this before but search says no.