Sunday, November 30, 2008


There are pros and cons to everything and as much fun as the holiday season may be I am already looking forward to it's end.

We started Wednesday to prep for T-day. We cleaned, we cooked, we baked. My mom's cheesecake - found the recipe and after not having it for over 20 years, thought I'd give it a go. After mixing and pouring you bake for 1/2 an hour then leave in oven for 3 hours. No problem. Except I didn't notice it was 11:3o at night when I started this brilliant project. So I set my alarm for 3am. Next thing I know it's 6am - Oh Shazzbat, the cheese cake! I stuck it in the fridge and crossed my fingers.

We did much yard work that T-day morning. Had the Bobcat out, graded the yard and gathered bulk to the side for the big push out Friday morning. I continued cooking and FINALLY got showered about 3pm just as everyone was arriving. They raved about my cheesecake, nice - I nailed it. Then I cleaned til 11pm.

Next? LIGHTS! After an entire day of putting up lights I am still tired. We have three deer, some packages, net lights and a retro stream over the roof line. THEN we started putting up the lattice fence on the west side for the vine we bought two weeks (maybe 3) to settle into. Digging holes, pouring cement, planting vines, we were filthy, wet, cold, and tired.

All this between going to the old house for carpet cleaning and check up prior to next rental AND the townhouse just vacated so now we are in the process of screening renters on THAT one. Oh if we could only just !@#$&*% SELL THEM!

Next week some friends are hosting their annual holiday wine tasting party. Hon asked if we were going and I just want to decline. The following weekend is OUR annual Rainbow Fences party which I am sure we will be busy with and then the following week is Christmas which will be busy, etc.

I am, indeed, thankful to have my family and friends and have this before us but at the same time, especially after my recent weekend, I'm a tad overwhelmed. It seems a bit non-stop since a couple of weeks ago. There was the election, the rally, the 1 in 10 meeting; I don't know where she finds the energy but she is amazing, truly.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Little Stranger

YEA! New Sarah Waters novel due next spring - c'mon 2009!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Baby pics

Standing up for Equality

After four states (the only four with "homosexual agenda" on the ballot) spoke loud and clear on homosexuality, the community decided to talk back. Across the nation at the same hour, every state held rallies. In Los Angeles, over 10,000 people participated; there were others in San Diego, San Fransisco, etc. In Phoenix, Arizona, over 4000 people participated, however AZCENTRAL reported on 2000. Sad - doesn't matter - I was there. It was larger than I expected. Prop 8's outcome really woke up the community. It was taken for granted that the minorities, being tired of their own mistreatment, would stand up and vote accordingly. It was taken for granted that a democratic win would automatically ensure an equality win across the board. Boy, were we wrong. It was more of a sting - a slap in the face that we ended up worse of, of all things, in this election than ever before in the previous two REPUBLICAN won elections. WTF???

So we attended the rally - the babes were awesome as usual and we took some pics. I really enjoyed some of the signs. It was a great day, a beautiful walk, and nice to see everyone geared up to end this ridiculous bigotry, hopefully, once and for all.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

one step forward...

...two steps back. Progress. I keep trying to tell myself we had progress. But I don't feel that. How is it we had the YOUTH vote, the HIGHEST turnout ever, the DEMS came out and won the senate, the house, and the presidency yet on all local levels, I am still a second class citizen?

I could understand if the GOP was on board. I could rationalize that they came out in droves and squashed our community once again. But I can't. It's the "liberal minded" folks that supposedly ran the polls this year. It's the "left" that took on Washington and it wasn't just a matter of electoral - Obama won popular as well. So it's Democrats as well as Republicans that think I don't count. I do not matter.

AZ actually place in their constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman. Florida did much the same. Several states banned legal adoption for gay couples. California is still undecided but leaning to banning same sex marriage as well. It's been said before but seriously, you want to protect marriage then outlaw divorce. Give me a break?! People marry and divorce within 24 hours. My father and stepmother combined are EIGHT marriages...this is okay? This is something to make sacred? Is anyone even holding it sacred???? I can't count on TWO hands how many people I know just over the past five years that have been divorced more than once - that's how epidemic divorce is...please!

I am angry; furious. I nearly wept last night for the outcome of this sad country called the United States of America. United it is not! I couldn't bare to listen to our new president elect speak about the injustices of this nation and how we have overcome, etc. I do understand the historical relevance - it is a great day in history that this occurred, sad that it took so long, but it happened. How long before those who were treated with injustice learn to stop treating others with injustice. There were a lare number of Obama supporters that do not support "all men are created equal" and that's a shame. That is what is hard to swallow.

People talk a great bit but the bottom line is they do not have the open mind/heart they profess to have. They are not really ready for change. Obama wasn't a surprise; he was a given. I went and voted and should be grateful they led this lesbian do that, right?

I am more disenchanted with this country than before because the supposed "good guys", "my party" voted against me. Now what? I know, our time will eventually come to pass but what do I tell my children. How do I tell them their moms can't be married because we do not rate in this country? How dare anyone tell anyone else they aren't as good. I knew this was coming...yesterday was just this negative weight that I carry on today. I am so dissapointed.

This simply is not my country; they've spoken.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

yea, yea, it's Tuesday...

...I'm filled with apathy. I don't doubt who will win. I don't know how any of our props got on the ballot - they all suck - they all accomplish nothing!!! What a waste of everyone's time. Can't even imagine what was NOT voted to be on the ballot?!?!

I will go, with twins, to wait, how long? Who knows? I am not excited this year. For that I am very glad. The last two just burnt me raw and now I feel nothing. If anything, I've become less patriotic (were that possible) and more disgusted with this country. If it were truly something I was free to do right now, I would seriously consider leaving it. It's not bad, it's not the greatest, and I'm sick of everyone's arrogance.

Someday, maybe.

Babies caught nekkid

Fresh from the bath I snapped some of Grayson a while ago via cell phone.

Recently, last night, Momma took a few of Chloe - much clearer - we'll have to revisit Gray from the bath another time. Anyway, here they are in all their glory, cheeks and all!

BOGOs first Halloween