Sunday, December 31, 2006

"the feeling that its all a lot of oysters, but no pearls. (Last Post of 2006)

".....talked a little while about the year.
I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her.
And its been a long December and there's reason to believe.
Maybe this year will be better than the last.
I can't remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
to hold on to these moments as they pass...."

Credit: "A Long December" by the Counting Crows.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!! I TOAST TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Rest in peace...


Phill Hines


While most people out there will be mourning the death of James Brown, who died on Christmas, I will be mourning the unexpected passing of one of the best punk rock drummers known to man. Phill Hines, drummer for the punk band Dissonance (from Flint, Michigan) died of a massive stroke and heart attack on Christmas. The photo above was taken at the 20th reunion show last year (I also downloaded the image from their website, thanks Andy). He will be sadly missed. I encourage you to click the Dissonance link to hear some fantastic American Hardcore tunes. This band was of great influence to me in my formative years.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Exit real life, enter blogger plane... (or, Yes, I still live)

Just a quick note to let you know that all is well with me. My son and I have survived our first week without Hubby. He has just returned home, and will be here for the next 4 days. Of course our days will be filled with many holiday obligations, amplified by the fact that Hubby's father has flown in from California. It has been over 3 years since he was here last. My son had no idea who he was when he saw him last night. The only saving grace was that Hubby remarkable resembles his father, not only in looks but in many mannerisms. Son was quick to notice this, so eventually they got along fine.

It is good to have the Hubby back. This is the longest we have been apart from each other in almost 8 years. It's not like we are doing the Paul and Linda thing, really. The flat has been cleaned from top to bottom. For those of you who are familiar with this blog and my life, I am not a domestic queen by any stretch. I even folded the laundry and put it all away in the closets and drawers. Can't even remember the last time I did that.

I am still trying to finish up this great scarf for my sister. The days are ticking away fast, and I fear that I won't have it done in time for Christmas. I have also been reading a book called "Heat" by Bill Buford (thanks for the recommendation, Bob). It chronicals a writer/editor who leaves his field in order to become a professional cook/chef. It is a great read, and has brought up many thoughts from my time (12 years) spent in numerous bakeshops. I plan on having a post about my own stint as a professional baker in January. I can safely devulge secrets since it has been years since I have been in the field. I also will finally utilize my team membership over at Beggar's Banquet by including some recipes for you all to make.

I would like to wish all of you a great holiday season, and a very happy New Year. I will try to post again before 2007, but just in case...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I am NOT moving to Wyoming!

That Union shit is SO far behind us now. Hubby completed a two week program at a school so he could begin a new profession. He ranked in the 95th percentile, and was excused from the testing since he had completed most of the requirements for the course while working within the Union. This course was essentially a formality so he could get placed in a job.

And Job it is. He had an interview yesterday and was hired on. He leaves Sunday night and will be gone until Friday night. As a pre-hire he must do an additional 5 days of hands on work. After the week is over he will be gone a total of 6-8 weeks for additional PAID training. He will be home at least once a week over the 6-8 weeks. The company has also assured him that they will give him up to two weeks off after BabyVog is born. This is great news. Of course, he will most likely still be on the road when I go into labor. Yippy! I get to give birth alone, well, minus the help of the hospital staff. I am okay with this. I just need to make sure that my son is cared for, and that I can get to the hospital on time. I am not a needy individual, I don't need friends and family to hold my hand while birthing. I approach it as I would a job, and jobs don't need personal cheering sections. I'm not into the "hey, lets have a labor party" space. Don't get me wrong, I am really looking forward to seeing this little girl. The fun will start once she is in the light of day. Then we can hug her, and love her, dress her cute and call her Vog.

On another note, I have been knitting up a storm. I plan to have some pictures up in a week or so, of all that I have completed. Aaarggg! Gotta go. The cat is attacking the christmas tree again!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The stylish Baby Vog.

Morning started as usual. Coffee and a bowl of cereal in front of the computer as I begin my blog rounds. However, this morning I was side tracked. 9 times out of 10, I check *Asterisk's blog first. He is my personal bloggin' superstar. The time zone difference most always assures to have a fresh post for me to read each morning. He is getting ready to post his 500th entry since starting his blog in March. Anyhoo, as always, he has a great post up. This time, the side track occurred because of a comment by Tanya. She mentioned that she had used the internet to buy Goth baby clothes. Huh?!? I got to see this. Of to Google I go. Holy Crap! And I thought I lived in a fairly progressive town, but NO ONE sells stuff like this for baby in this city!
Check out these two links. I have only listed two, since I didn't want to overwhelm or bore you. And for you non-baby lovers, go anyway. If more kids were dressed like this, there may be a slim chance you could be a tiny bit more tolerent of the little shits, well, maybe not. But you'll get a laugh anyway.

My mom is so going to kill me when she sees BabyGirl Vog sporting a Ramones onesie, and a Che Guevara t-shirt paired with skull print pants.

Stardust Kids Clothes
Lucky lil' Devil

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Exhaling a sigh of relief.

I will start out by saying that everything is now okay with my mom.

They transfered my mom to a far better hospital on Friday afternoon. She was in surgery by 7:30 pm. The surgeon gave the procedure a 50/50 chance of being successful. 3 hours later he emerged from the operating theater with a smile on his face. He said my mom was doing great and that even though it was a tough job, everything had worked out better than expected. Next thing I know, they are wheeling my mom into the recovery room. She had the biggest smile on her face. When I saw her smile, days of heavy stress was lifted off my head.

She gets to go home this afternoon, and will return in a few weeks to have the coratid arteries cleaned out. Once she gets through that, she will be completely back to normal. She has suffered a series of heart attacks, but the doctors feel they were minor and that she will be fine. They even told her she can drive on Wednesday, which to me is mind blowing, since it is only one week since she was near death.

Thanks to everyone for all of your support, it meant so much to me, and helped to keep me sane. And a HUGE shout out goes to Fluffy Stuffin' for watching my son on Friday so we could be present for the surgery. Thanks again, my friends!