–My Grandma turned 98 yesterday, and unfortunately she had to spend it in the hospital. After Isobel got out of school we met up with my parents about bought her balloons and went to visit her. This unexpected turn is why today’s Snapshot is so late, and it’s extra-long since I missed last week’s altogether.
–After much thought I decided to continue my Follow Friday posts, but to keep it fresh I’m going to streamline the format and number of tweets and scale the frequency down to about once a month. I love these posts, but they are somewhat I’m consuming to put together, and I really want to start working on new posts again.
–I have become not only my mom but my aunt Debbie also. My Aunt Debbie has always liked to cut out articles she thinks I might enjoy from newspapers or magazines and send them to me. I realized the other day I do the exact same thing, via this post and twitter, but instead of newspaper articles, I send people links. Sorry, all. You’ve been Aunt Debbie’d.
–My Mom and my Aunt are actually quite hilarious. We three recently had this conversation: MOM: “Of course I know what Burning Man is! This is the Modern Age.”// AUNT DEBBIE: “Everyone knows what Burning Man is, Carrie Anne.”
–ME: Why is there a squash on the couch? //ISOBEL: I was playing Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose!
–In the interest of fully knowing all the ins and outs of my favorite series, Star Trek, I have begun watching the original series. I had only ever seen one episode before, and I think I was probably twelve, so my memories of it were not that clear. So far, Kirk is sort of the worst, I find myself missing Leonard Nimoy, Earth’s Universal Grandpa, all over again, and I have noticed several embarrassing similarities between TOS and the 1960s Batman series. And Majel played so many roles! I can only watch one, maybe two episodes at a time before my interest wanders. Television was so different back then. My favorite part is noticing all the origins of details that populate TNG. That helps bridge the gap between problematic, at times boring, television of the past and the show I love today. It really warms my heart to discover these details.
–We went to the Greek Food Festival, our yearly tradition with my inlaws and our friends the Waltons, this year, and due to a mix-up we ended up grabbing our bag of homemade Greek desserts and my inlaws’ bag. There is no way we could have eaten all that delicious baklava ourselves, so I shared some with Isobel’s teacher and gave the rest to Dave and Stef. Which means I was able to visit Stef–a deceptively hard feat as the stars and our chronic illness symptoms must align in the same way to give us each enough health to be well enough for a visit. One of my favorite parts of this last long and difficult week is when Stef called Lt Barkley a Squib.
–We cosleep, which is impossible for some, but perfect for us. I couldn’t imagine it any other way. Some of our favorite times are when we are all cuddling on the bed together.
–I had one really great doctor appointment last week and because it is the nature of the Universe to balance things out, another really awful doctor appointment. If I were playing Shitty Doctor Appointment Bingo, I’d probably be able to fill up all the squares. The only good thing about the appointment is that she signed my handicapped placard paperwork, so finally leaving the house will be much, much easier for me. My ultimate goal in life is to get full treatment for my various diseases and conditions before I develop any new diseases.
–In surreal news, I was approached by someone who asked if I wanted to be on a reality show that involved a military-style boot camp (HAAAAAA) and we got a letter in the mail encouraging us to enter Isobel in pageants. You will know I have been replaced by a pod person if either of those things happen.
–Elias said his first (inadvertent) joke this week: ELIAS: Knock, knock! //ME: Who’s there? //ELIAS: I’m not a door!
–My husband has been working many late nights over the last month, and it has lead to some difficult situations for me. Basically, Crohn’s pain + demonic nap-skipping baby + late husband + daughter needing help with homework + trying to make dinner = my Kobayashi Maru
–Grandma Juani’s service was both sad and wonderful. The kids were all very involved and I know that’s how Grandma would have wanted it. Most of the grand kids even said a few words on her behalf, which was more than I could muster. That following week I attended the family picnic at Isobel’s school and I decided to bring enough money to buy every kid in her class an ice cream. That’s exactly the kind of thing Grandma Juani would have done. By the time lunch rolled around, most of her class had scattered to the four winds, but we did manage to buy five kids an ice cream.
Follow Friday 9/16. My love letter to the internet, now 20% cooler.
Snapshot 09.07.16. My beautifully flowered monstrosity.
VIDEO: Cuddly Seal Finds A Friend On Beach. What a tolerant pupper!
Please allow this blessed image to bring you joy. One ear up is a way of life.
I Am Deplorable Shame Signs. Oh, the best.
You’re welcome, Internet. My two favorite things! Kittens and tacos!
This is an Amazon review that is well thought out, concise, and gets right to the heart of the problem. Tragically missed opportunity!!
Who is She? Venus de Milo
Young woman in Chile facing down a riot cop during marches remembering the coup against Allende and the disappeared. An incredible, powerful photo.
Fourteen wind turbines in a line. Reminds me of the atomic art from the 50s.
In the third grade i was obsessed with Michael Jordan so i carried a cardboard cutout of him around for a month. I do not know this woman, but I love her.
Tiny frog print
DORIS HILL, MYRNA LOY and JANE WINTON 1926. Beach babe goals. Those suits, that hair, those fierce af gazes.
Film posters with text removed. Gorgeous!
YES WE CAN! I nearly had tears at “impossible to translate.”
Every god damn detail of this story is A++++ “The first time the bears steal human food, they are relocated 30 miles away. The second time, it’s 60 miles, and the third time it’s 100. After that, they become consumer product consultants.”
Have you ever loved a bootleg so much that you wanted to take it out to dinner and a movie and grow old together. Isobel walked by and saw this and said WHAT IS THAT?!
The story behind the greatest Halloween video in the history of the internet. I binged on dancing pumpkin man videos last weekend while sad and sick and it defintiely helped me recover. Personal faves are X-Files Theme, Cantina Band from Star Wars, the theme from Bill Nye the Science Guy, and What Are You Doing In My Swam Remix, which is perhaps the most successful. Via jenreidreads
MY SOUP OPINION. (Not actually my soup opinion. I love soup.)
Holiday Special: DIY Glowstick Halloween Wreath. This only lasts one night but can be put together really quickly and looks so lovely!