Monday, October 29, 2007


This is Halloween week folks! A week of treats, scares, dress-ups, pumpkins, spiders, gourds, webs, ghosts and bones!! We kicked off the weekend with a "28 weeks later" party, though it turned out to be a 28 (good and potent) beers later (to the likes of Dead Guy Ale, Lagunitas Red and Bottington's). Unfortunately this event had a breakout of a certain sleepy sickness called the workweek, sick kids, on call, lack of sleep virus, which infects many parents with small children. Yes, we wore capes, ate jello jigglers in the shapes of cats and bats, hung spider webbing from the ceiling, but by about 10:30, nearly all my guests were sleeping: on the couch, in a chair, on the floor, in their car seat, etc. JB was the first to crash, I guess those long hours and tasty beer finally caught up with him. The 2 under two went next, which made pretty good sense. Then little K (age 4) curled up on the couch and let his lids fold and his mom, KT wrapped him up and snuggled him. She was out a few minutes later. That left Juj, who was playing Fifa Soccer on the computer, me and Scary Faced S. Scary faced S kept nodding off in his chair while JB sawed logs. Finally around 11:30 a few more guests arrived. We restarted the movie, which has been paused so many times that I almost caught the rage virus myself. And we watched the rest, just me, my cuz D and his lovely girlfriend B., (turned out to be a fairly good Halloween pick, if you like post apocalyptic zombie movies). And so that is how our Halloween festivities began. Luckily it is still early, and I am banking on our neighborhood trick or treating on Halloween night to be, well, just a bit more exciting than a bunch of over 30's snoozing by the glow of a horror movie.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Portland OR... in photos

My return from Portland sling shot me right into a "on call" week, in which JB continued his call through the weekend and into the following week. Friday at noon we will all get to let our proverbial hair down. Until then, a post in pictures of my visit with my sis. We trashed the usual siteseeing for a bunch of quirky mini trips within the city beginning with a trip to Finnegans Toy Store in which we bought masks and tortured the baby in the photo booth. Then a short stop in Reading Frenzy for the latest East Village Inky zine and a print by Nikki McClure. We also got a chance to hit the "Bins" at the Goodwill outlet store where clothes are sold by the pound and in which very good deals were had by all. A fabulous visit to the Oregon College of Art and Craft, which has a bookmaking program alongside carpentry, fibers, photography and the like. All between feedings, diapers, cups of tea, good snacks and naps too! And of course, lots of loving of the sweetest babe around, Little Miss O!

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Now I remember why I get so anxious around this time of year. It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder... yes there is a disorder for everything! Now that the PMS is under control thx to the IUD, the lack of sun and the turning of the leaves and the whispering of the wind is making my brain s l o w d o w n. I often have this feeling of being trapped, the sky a gray dome pressing down on me. It is harder to wake up now and my naps with the Pet are more frequent. There is this underlying stress, anxiety and fatigue that makes almost everything harder. So today, I give myself a break and stop fighting it. I know the light box is in the attic when I need it. And for me, melancholy is just a routine part of the changing of the seasons.