Tuesday, December 23, 2008

End of the Year Tidy-Up

no...I am not ready to tackle that just yet. I do like the idea of cleaning the hell out of the house--to get rid of dusty bad luck. But
it has been so bloody cold lately (Gertie's water dish keeps freezing solid) my knees aren't hip to much but playing video games. Maybe reading...baby I am on vacation.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A proper snowfall

seems to have caused much mayhem in the animal residents of BellyAcres. Luna is completely addicted to wrestling in the snow. Despite Jarvis' best attempts to ignore her she insists upon hourly romps. She absolutely luxuriates in the stuff. Meanwhile Jarvis much prefers to sit on the back of the loveseat and stare out the window watching the birds at the feeder. Of course I understand, if snow clung to the fur on my legs forming little balls of ice I would stay inside too! He needs a new tummy protection device (LGD sweater).

Speaking of birds--Gertrude seems immune to the temperature drop...well not completely immune, she is definitely in LO-Power. I clearly remember a day in late fall that the temp got down into the 30s and she sort of flew into the side of the house. That was my first real indicator that her cognitive abilities are directly linked to the outside temps. We got her a lizard heating rock which she avoids; at least when we are looking and she has yet to poop on it. But she is totally "chill" (get it?) she just fluffs up her feathers and eats her mealworms. No worries. And when you clean the coop she kinda purrs... instead of Ba-Racking. But she is bright eyed and cheerful. She still hasn't laid an egg, supposedly "production" drops off in the winter. She seems to like Kale.

Frank is clueless. It is a happy damp 70F in his world and he likes it that way.

Friday, December 12, 2008

thoroughly depressing

I am s'posed to be addressing holiday cards and "updating" the over flowing old address book to a new shiny one. I need a break because in the last two pages I have had to cross off three entries because that person DIED. bleh.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Harry Dresdan meets Buffy the vampire slayer and

they go to American Gods on vacation.... Fina tipped me off to a new Vash novel. The author is Lori Handeland and the title is Any Given Doomsday. So far so good, kinda Stephanie Plum-ish w/supes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mrs. Dalloway does Ypsi

One of my favorite Virginia Woolf pieces is Mrs. Dalloway. I think I have mentioned this before...anywho--Tuesday morning in the rain that should have been snow I did some Hollydaze shopping and frankly, somebody should have taken my picture (with all my colorful shopping bags) and used it for a PR poster promoting buying local. After parking for free in the city lot; I stopped into VGkids and placed an order for Isabel (heads up fans!! Monday Monkey is on his way!!) and then once the precious orginal art was safely to it's place of reproduction HERE, I toddled down to see Paul at The Rocket my favorite place to drop $50 holiday dollars--seriously, if we are having a party-- I get stuff from Paul. He has the best stuff: from theme candies to pinatas to smutty beer coasters, so the stocking stuffers were acquired and I moved back into the dreary gray rain. Now with my bright green Shakespeare umbrella and my little black VGkids bag (proudly sporting their logo!) I added bright red bag of treats from The Rocket, then I peered in the window of Look in The Attic and decided other people should shop there (FOR ME!!!) --then for the first time since they opened I perused the wares of Simply DeVine. It was no Henrietta Fahrenheit that was for sure, same space but VERY different goods to purchase. And purchase I did!! The girl working the counter was really sweet and we giggled and talked and I joined their email list. I saw some great gifty ideas and purchased some awesome reusable gift boxes. The customer service was Excellent and I ended up with another bag of consumer goods-- this one white and sprouting beautiful green tissue protecting my purchases. As I walked back to the car I caught a glimpse, in the reflective window of an interesting new art studio, of me with my umbrella & festive cheerful bags--seriously... I looked picturesque.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy fan girl

Well yesterday was a pretty special day for Potterheads in the 'hood. Not only did The Tales of Beedle the Bard finally arrive at Belly Acres (via UPS) about 4:15. I got all my work done in the morning and waited for it to come all day, obviously UPS had no idea how crack like Rowling's words are to me--I waited by the window like a little kid waiting to see Santa's sleigh. Once it arrived I reverently opened the special packaging and DEVOURED IT!! The new stories (and Dumbledore's notes!!!) were just long enough to keep me busy while Pete & Izzy were at their music lessons. They got home about 5:30 and we scarfed down our shrimp and udon (yes, I can finally face cooking Japanese again) we headed back into campus to enjoy a fantastic live musical performance by Tonks and the Aurors. click!! her myspace is here

After a rowdy set (is it unprofessional to wrock w/ one's students?) she screened a viewing of Megan and Mallory Schuyler's newly released WROCKumentary. (wizard + rock=WROCK) The auditorium in the EMU student center was about half full so I am guessing close to 100 people* showed up for the great tunes (Tonks/Stephanie has a lovely voice) but not everybody hung out till the end of the movie. We did!-- despite Isabel getting a little antsy near the end. Zoli and I were rocking!! I especially enjoyed the footage of Alex Carpenter aka Remus and the Lupins as he is my fave wizard rocker, though I tell ya, Miss Stephanie Anderson (aka Tonks) is right behind him in the awesome zone!

Now if we only had the Scottish book....sigh...

In other HP news I am advising a new student group on campus, a HP Reading Group and we had our first organizational meeting Weds. afternoon. We have big plans, they want a Quidditch team to join the existing league, we are going to hold both a filmfest & a cosplay ball next term and ultimately we want EMU to host a Pottercon. Trust me my freaky darlings..you are gonna hear more about this!!

I had no idea that Susan Booth (whom I know through the SCA) was involved with AMP (the campus group sponsoring Tonk's gig)---she chatted me up (pointed out who she was w/out garb!!) and we shall combine forces and save the universe!! Oh Ypsi!! WE are gonna WROCK!!!

*Geo brought her chilldwens too!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I JUST found this--

Tonks and the Aurors

12-04-2008 18:00 at E. Mich Univ.’s AMP festival w/ THE WIZARD ROCKUMENTARY
900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Cost: FREE

Come see Tonks & the Aurors AND THE WIZARD ROCKUMENTARY during EMU’s AMP Festival! We’re playing in the Student Center Auditorium from 6-7 and then the film will start around 7. The event is FREE and open to the public!