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Archive for July, 2012

   Jul 29


Oh, those kitties! The other evening, I saw Audrey trotting toward the open sliding glass doors with something in her mouth. I hastened to close the doors before she came inside with whatever it was – I have a firmly closed door policy on things like that – but she got in before I could […]

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   Jul 27

Mostly Done

Well, the holes in my mouth and yard are filled in. For now. Getting my Golden Jubilee crown was not as festive as it sounds. The dentist applied the anesthetic, and after it made my face feel rubbery and weird, tilted the chair way, way back until I was practically upside down. I pointed out […]

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   Jul 24

Unexpected Visitors

On Saturday, I was working* when Mark, my landlord and neighbor, stopped by with his wife, Citlali, who is Rose’s daughter. It’s always nice to see them, but especially when it’s an excuse to stop working. They had some news for me: they have found three young guys** to rent out their house while they […]

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   Jul 22

Unexpected Visitor

Megan’s emergency services are, as you probably know by now, not limited to the Emergency Room or the ambulance, though her big sister might well be the most frequent beneficiary of her expertise. This morning, a hummingbird took a detour from the fuchsia on the back deck into my house. He then flew up to […]

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   Jul 20

One Step Forward…

I mailed my expense report to the US Attorney’s office today, but as I waited in line at the post office (there were two whole people in front of me), it occurred to me that the real cost is trying to catch up on almost a week’s worth of work. It’s really hard to get […]

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   Jul 18

Moving Along

Excavation It’s been a busy week at the jobette – fun things like stuffing 500 envelopes with 3 different pieces of paper, after folding all the paper. Then putting two labels on each envelope, sealing it, stamping it, and hauling the whole thing to the post office. I actually had to drive there, and it’s […]

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   Jul 15

Odds & Ends

Last night, I had so many weird dreams that I actually feel more tired now than when I went to bed. It was like running a mental marathon. I was relieved to discover that I had not in fact had all my hair cut off, as I did in the last dream before I finally […]

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   Jul 14

Home at Last

My garden says “hello” Thursday would have been a beautiful day no matter what, but it was a sunny one, too, without the bone-crushing heat’n’humidy of an East Coast summer day*. I sang along to the Beach Boys’ new CD as I drove past the vineyards and redwoods in the California sunshine. I yelled “Woo […]

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   Jul 12

Nearly There

Coming to you from San Francisco! I’m drinking bad in-room coffee, but not at my usual modest motel, where there was, in keeping with the theme of this trip, no room at the inn. So I’m at a more expensive, but noisier and less nice place nearby. I had the middle seat for the long […]

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   Jul 11

In Transit

As usual, karma ignored me. I got a seat in the very last row of the plane, giving me a front row set to the sights, smells, and sounds of the lavatoire. As an added bonus – as if one were needed – being in the last row means that the jerk in front of […]

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   Jul 10

En Route (Sort of)

Well, things did not go exactly as planned. “Picking up forgotten items at lunch” turned into “half hour call with lawyers”, and forgotten items remained in oblivion. Had a hasty falafel dinner with our friend Clayton in the lower reaches of the Haight, then went to the airport. I was astonished at the traffic trying […]

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   Jul 09

Manic Monday

I know most of you spend most of your time wishing you were Me, but today you would much prefer to be You. I promise. Here’s my unenviable schedule for today: 6 am: Get up. (Check! Up at 5:30 to discover that cats have broken one of my Elvis movie poster glasses. Bonus: water all […]

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   Jul 07

Departure Lounge

There’s nothing like an unwanted trip looming on the horizon to make you appreciate your humble abode. Leaving all my doors open when I go to work! Driving to work beside the ocean! Having the adorable Digit (and my awesome co-workers) at work when I get there: My beautiful, peaceful garden! My naughty kitties! It […]

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   Jul 05


On Monday night, I was engrossed in the second season of the complex and rainswept* Killing, when I noticed a hole in my tooth. Uh-oh. Apparently a filling had fallen from its original location. Even more disturbing, I must have swallowed it without realizing. I tried not to think about all the “lead is known […]

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   Jul 02


It’s a great day for cats. Today (or maybe yesterday or tomorrow or next week, since she’s in Australia) my gorgeous niece Cat turns 30, and my adorable cat Audrey turns 6. Cat asked me whether I thought turning 30 or being subpoenaed was worse, and I said turning 30, since it lasts longer. Audrey […]

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   Jul 01

Brightening Up

Back in the golden days of our youth, my siblings and I were all golden-haired. But when puberty reared its ugly head, mine went from gleaming to drab, seemingly overnight. “We’ll take your blonde hair and swap it for decades of menstrual hell and pregnancy scares! Enjoy!” This was about the time I began to […]

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