Sunday, March 01, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: ice, ice, babies
Poor pups are so cold with these recent cold snaps. I'm in my recliner under blankets and all three pups while I study. Thank goodness I have my laptop, but I need a hospital bed style tray table so I can work over them and have all my books/ materials handy. This has been a pleasant, quiet time, but I admit I am tired of the confinement. Here's a picture of Mochi and Chuy from this morning, and then one of everyone on top of me. 
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Bonus: sidesaddle puppy!
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Taking control of the elements
Afterglow by Phaeleh

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Happy birthday, Mom!


Happy birthday to my lovely mother. 
Thank you for everything. 
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: tractor beam
See why it's so hard to get out of bed on a cold morning? 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
There is nothing in the world like a sister.
There is no one in the world with a frame of reference that will mesh with your own quite like that of a sibling. You have a shared history and perspective, and often you agree on matters of import great and small. And, good or bad and right or wrong, no one knows you quite like a sibling, either. They know your flaws and your features, and if you are very lucky, they'll be honest with you about both.

Today I called my sister during a moment of doubt, and she pulled me through to a moment of greater self- assurance. This has turned into a wonderful day.

Thank you, Amy. I love you more than I can say. I'd love you if you were horrible, too, but maybe slightly less. Thank you for your encouragin' words.  :)

This was me 40 years ago:
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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: courtesy of Jen
The ever-lovely Jennifer tapped in to Mochi's inner Valkyrie:

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: Now, with fresher breath!
Praline had her fangs de-funked on Thursday. I hate to have anything like that done, but I am trying to prevent future dental problems, as well as help her keep in good health for as long as possible. It's so hard to believe that she and Chuy are both going to be 7 later this year, my sweet little babies.

The weather here is absolutely gorgeous, and the temps are supposed to be in the 70s every day through at least Thursday. The windows are open and everything smells so fresh. Blissfully sedate pups have been looking out the windows in between dozings, and occasionally barking protest at birds or bunnies that dare to walk through their yard. I've completed homework for one class just now, and I need to complete one more and I'm done for the evening. Clothes are drying on the line, and I've bagged up one fair size bag of old clothing for the charity shop.  All in all, a pleasant and satisfying Sunday.
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
"We're all born naked. The rest is drag." RuPaul
Of course, as I'm immersed in school, I sometimes have only a peripheral awareness of what's happening here and around the world in politics and culture. I try not to be blind-sided by things, but sometimes a snippet of something will prick up my ears and pull my focus a bit.

The entire SJW (social justice warrior) thing is beyond worn-thin. Everything has to be a huge hand-wringing issue, sackcloth and ashes and all that garbage.

Tedious.

The most recent of these earth-shaking issues to come across my radar has been the effort on the part of some to liken the offensiveness of men dressing up in drag to the offensiveness of Blackface.

 Because I have to study before class later today, I'll cut to the chase and show what I posted on FB about the subject:

...I have LONG been a fan of drag, always having recognized it as an homage to powerful and beautiful women, rather than a slight. Witness the art of Jinkx Monsoon or The Bianca Del Rio if you want to see the full package at work. These performers are brilliant and put a lot of heart into the personae they so carefully craft. Watch an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race featuring either of those two performers in particular and compare th...e level of banter to what one usually sees in reality shows - drag performers are self-aware, most are culturally aware, and there's always a display of wit and irony that is oh-so-refreshing in the canned-laughter wasteland that is modern television programming.

Misses Monsoon and Del Rio are living art, any way you slice them. I have spectacular respect for what they do. They certainly don't need me to defend them, but do not get between me and my queens, people.


I have to insert a qualifier here. I can understand if drag is not to your taste, and that is subjective, personal, and entirely your business.  But don't decide on behalf of all women that all women have been insulted. Every drag queen I've ever known has been a person who admires women. Don't decide for me that I've been insulted. Frankly, I'm insulted when someone wants to decide for me how I should feel about anything.

What goes on with drag in no way parallels what is at work in blackface. Period.

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A chilly Thursday morning.
Praline is at the vet for a dental cleaning today. She and Chuy are overdue, and it's time for Mochi to have hers, as she is three this month. Mochi's teeth are manky beyond her three years due to her uneven bite, I suspect. To say that Mochi is outraged by the absence of Praline would be to understate. Chuy is unusually quiet and Not Happy.

School continues apace, and this semester is more enjoyable than previous ones. Three weeks in doesn't sound like much, but three of 16 is not so much. This time next week my semester will be 1/4 complete. I'm pleased with my progress this time.

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Sunday, February 01, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: coffee table pup
Praline is a little goat girl, and it never surprises
me to see her on any horizontal surface. Good thing she's such a good little girl- with her range, she could be a holy terror if she really wanted to be naughty. Here she is on the coffee table. 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A day too pretty to be easily upset.

This is not boasting, it's just the truth, and a quirk of Mother Nature's timing. Try and remember that when you're having your gorgeous 80 degree summer heat and it's 115 degrees here. We sometimes go straight from our mostly milquetoast tepid winters directly into 100 degree blasts of summer days, so when we get Spring, even if it's in January, we tend to celebrate it. I know that some friends who will read this are house-bound in sub-freezing weather with two foot drifts of snow.

The weather is wondrously lovely today, heart-achingly so. 74 degrees.

My one class of the day ended at 9:20, and I've been studying and cleaning. Half my windows are open. Gorgeous music has been playing all day on my Harold Budd station on Pandora. The puppies are stationed at  open windows, enjoying the smells through the screens. Mochi is been barking too much, but I approve of exuberance in its many forms. The pretty day has been a treat for the doggies, too.

I've picked up about 4 more pounds of pecans.

I went to the store for dinner fixings, and the little old lady in line ahead of me was unhappy with the bag arrangement of her things, the cashier said she'd fix it, but the little lady hobbled off in a fume. I checked out quickly and rushed to catch up with the little lady. I'd arranged my bag and purse in one hand so I had a free hand to help her. She turned from frowning to beaming. I think sometimes old folks feel so marginalized that they just expect to be ignored and disappointed. Anyway, she said it was so kind of me and kept smiling. It was no trouble on my part-- it was an extra minute I got to be outside on a beautiful day.

Dinner is in the oven and is smelling amazing. It's been a beautiful Spring day. I know there will be more cool weather and likely some extremely cold weather yet this winter, but I hope we get a whole raft of more days like today.

Here's a gorgeous piece of music that played on my Pandora station.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: lap dogs
How will I ever get anything done today? They're so warm and cozy!!!
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Friday, January 23, 2015
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: afternoon nap
Mochi wore herself out playing on the sun, and now she seems boneless. It melts my heart to see her sweet little feet. I think we both need a nap!
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