Father’s Day Giveaway!

I fall more and more in love with Schmutzie every time she posts. On her review blog, she’s seriously very excited to tell you about this 16X20 GALLERY WRAPPED CANVAS PRINT that she is giving away. How fun. We’re giving my parents a family photo session for their 30th anniversary; it would be so cool to have one on a wrapped canvas. Either that or the one of my dad and me from when I was about two years old. Must have been summer, because we’re eating popsicles, shirtless. I always had to do what Dad was doing. Dad loves popsicles.

I don’t usually get up too much hope for blog giveaways, but a couple of months ago I actually won this rather spiffy bamboo shower caddy simply by leaving a comment on a giveaway post over at Design Milk. I’ll let you know when I’ve scrubbed the shower sufficiently to show a picture of it in the actual shower. So there you go. Good things can come from reading and writing about feeeeelings on the internet. Plus, in this contest you can get TWO chances to win. One by leaving a comment, another by posting about the giveaway on your own blog and linking back to the giveaway post. I would say the chances are good, so go take a look.

Insight through Facebook?!

I took one of those goofy quizzes on FB (thanks, Danny/Andy) entitled “What kind of writer are you?” and got the result Jack Kerouac. Since I’m only vaguely familiar with him, I of course consulted Wikipedia, and found this:

Among the writings he set down specifically about his Spontaneous Prose method, the most concise would be Belief and Technique for Modern Prose, a list of thirty “essentials.”

  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for your own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  3. Try never get drunk outside your own house
  4. Be in love with your life
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Don’t think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  29. You’re a Genius all the time
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

I really like almost all of those. Reminds me of the quote, though I don’t know who said or wrote it, “Writing is easy. You just sit down and open a vein.”

Back to Reality & GiST Part You’re Keeping Track, Aren’t You?

This working thing is for the birds. Taking a whole week for R&R was totally worth it, but I can see how people say that it’s then that much harder to get caught up. Not coming back to any huge disasters is definitely helpful.

Still, I’d much rather be home watering plants and figuring out what to wear for my CASA swearing-in tomorrow. Excited, excited, excited!

  1. A family that you can not only stand for a week living together in a beach house, but enjoy the entire time.
  2. Also getting to see my long-distance friends and their kids.
  3. Pirate Bendy‘s removable peg leg. Not so removable.
  4. The black rubber duckie with an eye patch that came with the skull & crossbones band-aids.
  5. Easily amused children.

A few more, why not

I adore the gradual, slinky way these bald cypress trees fill in throughout spring.

Hostas under the Japanese maple

Left side of the patio: Julianae lilac tree, purple coneflowers, daisies, sundrops, irises, tomatoes, pepper

Poor pepper is less droopy with a nice drink of water.

Right side of the patio: black-eyed susans, butterfly bush, some type of ornamental grass, lilyturf

A few of my favorite weeds

Memorial Day

Things sprang to life last week while we were on vacation. I am loving it! Perennials are the shit, I say. I’m still really nervous about whether the flower seeds will do much, but even if they don’t I have some interesting things to watch.

Up front, the purple geraniums seem to be done with their first flush of flowers, but the light pink and the bright pink are coming on strong.

Some other unknown pink volunteer. Stunning color.

Irises still coming on.

Buds on the daylilies
Dexter surveying the backyard.
Tomato flower!

The first sundrop flower!
The Siberian iris I put in last year that never bloomed is fricking spectacular this year. Budded and opened last week; the flowers are huge.
Looks like the very last lilac bloom on the Julianae – sob. No matter, plenty of other things to follow.

Owww & Awww

You know it’s been a good vacation when the first thing you do upon walking back inside at home is rip the biggest leaf off the aloe plant, slice it open, and smear it all over the sunburn you’ve sat on in the car for 12 hours driving home. Yikes. I did pretty good with the SPF, especially on my face, but I guess the very tops of the backs of my legs were out roasting on the beach au naturel on Friday. Sigh. But hey, that’s my biggest complaint, so I should really kind of get over it, eh?

I ended up using my phone more than my camera to take pictures, so for now I’ll just share a few I did get with the camera. Mostly of my dad getting goofy.

At the Wright Brothers Memorial Museum

View from the top deck – “widows’ walk”

His Unabomber grin

Bob’s Grill – the sign over the cash register read: Cashier – Pay and get the hell out. Thank you!

I do love when he laughs so hard he nearly cries.

Awww. Discussing the pros and cons of PDA before heading home.

Dex curled up wearing his new bandana. Yes, there is sushi on it. What?

Us

My ‘neice’s’ pirate tattoo. Arrgh, she’s a sweetheart.

My ‘nephew’s’: I LUV MOM

Maybe more later. I should go unpack something, and water my plants. Oh yeah…a little birdie told me that I’m getting a CASA case probably right after my swearing-in on Wednesday. A delinquency case. Gulp.