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Today I had stew for breakfast.

I use the term breakfast loosely. I was up until six, slept til noon, and have just finished a bowl of stew, but even though it’s after four, it’s the first thing I’ve eaten today.

Stew, like lasagna, is better the next day.

I also did the outside lights, which includes wrapping the trunks of the front yard trees and adorning the bushes with white lights, but I’m confused because I thought we had six sections of shrubbery nets and I only found four. However, we had two strands of those BIG old fashioned colored bulbs, so I used them on the front sections of the hedge.

Tomorrow, in honor of the end of NaNoWriMo I will begin the decorating of the INSIDE of the house.


I’m all askew when it comes to sleeping this week. Not sure if it’s the weird weather or just weird restlessness. I have a fanfic piece burning in my brain and I’m afraid to write it, just like I’m afraid to write another piece I’ve been playing with in my head because I’m afraid of where it will lead.

It’s 4:25. I was up until 1:30 yesterday, slept an hour, then surfed the net in bed while Fuzzy slept til 3:30, and got up for his plane. After he left, I had cereal – he’d bought Lucky Charms, and I decided to try them – they are disgusting, and I shall stick to my nice, grown-up, painted-styrofoam-marshmallow-free Grape Nuts Flakes in future. I had one bowl, and some juice, then went to bed. Still restless, took an antihistamine. Slept til 11. Got up, made crockpot stew, showered, wrote a lot, ate stew, wrote more, ate more stew, changed back into bedclothes around 1:00 this morning, and now am still awake, but not coherent enough to do serious writing.

I hate when I’m too awake to sleep, and yet can’t get my brain to engage.

I’m ready for the cold weather the news seems so panicked about.
I’m craving mince pie.

Updatey Goodness

The sky was grey today, and damp, but not cold, and tonight when I took the dogs out for their last call, I saw geckos on the wall. We’re supposed to have another cold front tomorrow or the day after (according to Weather.com it will be 77 tomorrow, 74 Wednesday, drop 40 degrees over night, and warm up to 47 on Thursday), and since I know the house is heated and our dogs sleep with us, I find myself worrying about my small reptilian housemates.

The rain today was a soft rain, sometimes barely more than a mist, and sometimes fat drops that plunked onto the ground like wet marbles. But the air was warmish and there was no chill in the water. When I went out just now, it felt so refreshing on my face and arms and feet.

It feels like I haven’t blogged in forever – I’ve been writey, just not bloggey. Here are some updates.

Thanksgiving was spent with my aunt and her family in Louisiana, near Shreveport. Dinner was catered, but tasty, and my cousin J and his sons made an oreo pie, which was disgustingly unhealthy and horribly sweet, but worth experiencing once. We met my aunt’s horse (she does dressage) and fed him carrots, and I’ve been whuffled and wickered and whinned at, and used as an equine napkin, or rather, my pink shirt was. And I thought Rottie drool was bad. So beyond glad I don’t have jowly dogs. But I still want a burro.

Also, I never posted a list of things I’m thankful for, and while there are many I could list – a life filled with love and laughter, good friends, great books, a warm and cozy house to live in, time to write, etc, the thing that is foremost in my mind right now (and partly a reaction to certain relatives) is that I feel truly blessed that I was raised in an ethnically diverse place, among creative, talented people from many walks of life, religious, spiritual, and lifestyle traditions, that I grew up surrounded by people who made their own choices, and that my mother always encouraged me to be independent and a free thinker. Sappy? Yeah, but still true.

Saturday was spent at ComedySportz, where I helped greet ‘n’ seat during the early show, and participated in the late “blue” show which involved many phallic jokes about New Hampshire. (You had to be there). We hadn’t advertised, really, so there was no audience to speak of, so we turned it into a sort of open workshop, and had fun, then went out to dinner.

Sunday involved much churchiness, as it was the 60th anniversary of St. Andrew’s as well as just being St. Andrew’s Day (which was actually during the week, but apparently you can move feast days to the nearest Sunday if necessary). As the bishop was in attendance, there were confirmations and a baptism as well as the normal St. Andrew’s Day festivities, and the doubly altered service meant twice as much music (my favorite part) as well as a kilted bagpiper (an adorable man who reminds me of my grandfather who never, to my knowledge, wore a kilt or played the bagpipes) leading our procession. Later in the service he played Amazing Grace, and I got teary partly because I’m enough of a Trekkie that Amazing Grace on the bagpipe is significant that way, and partly because the song was included in my favorite aunt’s wedding, and both my grandparents’ funerals – I sang it, actually, in my grandmother’s funeral. In spite of being moved – the baptismal and confirmation ceremonies are really beautiful – I had to laugh, because there’s no way to really fade out on a bagpipe – it’s ruined by the sort of abrupt burp at the end. I was exhausted, having not gone to bed til two AM, but still, beginning a week with laughter (we are always so snarky in choir rehearsal) and song is pretty cool.

NaNoWriMo is nearly over. Our TGIO is Saturday at one in Arlington. I haven’t updated my wordcount in two weeks….I’m not quite at 50k yet, but I plan to spend Weds and Thurs finishing it (have another project to finish tomorrow).

Holidailies begins on Friday. (If you’ve never played before, it’s a committment to update your blog or journal every day from 12/01/06 – 01/01/07. Monitors read the portal entries and select the best of them each day to highlight. It’s fun, and a great holiday activity that doesn’t cost a cent. Think of it as a sort of advent calendar for bloggers.

Lessons and Carols Rehearsals begin Tuesday with the performance on Sunday evening, December 17th. It’s a traditional Anglican Christmas service (not a Mass), and it’s beautiful and amazing, and really fun.

And I’m still playing with my original short stories, a possible entry for the Dead of Winter contest at Toasted Cheese, and will be posting more fanfic 100 entries in my TNG fic after the month changes.

And um…Fuzzy is leaving for a business trip in three hours so I’m gonna go cuddle with him while I can.


Attn: DFW Folk – Got Laughs?

* * * * * ANNOUNCEMENT! * * * * *

Do you have relatives visiting for the holidays that you just can’t stand talking to? Are you looking for a way to give your family a positive holiday experience, by spending time with them without having to engage in conversation? If so, come to ComedySportz: the interactive improv experience in Dallas’s West End Marketplace. We play every Friday and Saturday from now til the New Year, with two shows on New Year’s Eve, as well.

ComedySportz shows begin at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:30), and are family-friendly. They’re child-safe without being childish, and more fun than eating leftover turkey in front of the open refrigerator at midnight. The ComedySportz Arena sells salty and sweet snacks (“sugar in solid and liquid forms”) but alcohol is BYOB.

Tickets for regular shows are $12 in advance (order by web or by phone), $15 at the door, and reservations are strongly suggested. To make reservations, visit the CSz website at www.comedysportzdfw.com or call (214)-521-LAFF ((214) 521-5233).

This Saturday, November 25th, we’re also having a 10:30 PM “blue show,” which features your favorite ComedySportz playerz uncensored. (The blue show is NOT a ComedySportz show and you must be 18 or older to attend). Come laugh off that third slice of pumpkin pie.

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I’d love for all of you to come to see the show on any weekend, but I’d prefer that you come when I’m actually playing. My scheduled performance dates for the 2006 Holiday Season are December 8th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 30th.

Rules of Seasonality – Part II

I agree with my noters that decor and music should not appear until the month turns to December.

The exceptions to this are:

1) Exterior Christmas Lights may be put up on houses on Thanksgiving Weekend, so long as this occurs post-Thanksgiving. This is allowable because it is a four day weekend, and putting up Christmas Lights is something reasonably safe to keep stray relatives busy and out of the house.

2) The brief appearance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a classic piece of Americana. It is therefore allowable as a Kitsch Exception.

However, the appearance of the brick-like, non-biodegradable substance known as “fruit cake” before mid-December is grounds for termination of ALL holiday-celebrating rights.

So saith me.

Rules of Seasonality

I realize that Starbucks has had the red cups since the 10th, because they always start the red cups on the 10th, but they’re a cafe, and allowed to break the rules. However, there are people on my street with Christmas lights up already, and Denny’s is playing nonstop Christmas songs, and while I do like the seasonal stylings of Bing, Perry, Rosemary and Nat, flipping to All Christmas All the Time before the day after Thanksgiving is a serious infraction.

Actually Denny’s in and of itself is a serious infraction, and I’m still trying to decide if their white tree is retro-chic or merely repugnant.

And yeah, okay, I still have my ceramic ghosties on the mantel, but, this is allowed, because they don’t just represent Halloween, they represent harvest, the death of summer, and the onset of winter, as well as (on Saturday) the ghosts of NaNo – past, present, and future. But I’m taking them down Thursday, and while I might decorate the outside of the house (well, make Fuzzy do it) on Friday, before then? No. Nothing. Not Christmassy, anyway.

Cuz that would be against the rules.

Confidence Restored

I’d been dreading tonight’s CSz (that’s Comedy Sportz to those who haven’t read me for long) show – I’ve been having a crisis of confidence this month brought on by general Novemberitis, not feeling well, not feeling motivated, and making stupid mistakes and bad choices in the last show I was in.

Tonight, however, rocked. I mean, I was nervous about playing with someone I hadn’t played with before, and a little intimidated because our team’s captain is so much better than I am, but I had fun, and even learned to love a game I generally avoid like the plague.

I attribute my restored confidence to a peppermint mocha in a red cup from Starbucks, having not eaten since nine-thirty this morning (hunger makes me energetic, cuz it makes the game seem faster, and there’s dinner after), and having fun. Also, I got to wear Red. I always play better when I get to wear Red.

Our team lost the match, but that’s okay, because it isn’t about winning or losing, really, it’s about making the audience laugh, and the voting was so close every time, that we knew they were totally into the match.

For those keeping track, games are below, and linked to descriptions of the rules:

  1. Both Teams: Do – Rap (Rapped version of Do Ron Ron)
  2. Blue: Blind Line (except we just scatter them on the stage, and pick them up at will)
  3. Red: Forward/Reverse
  4. Blue: Dinner at Joe’s (A Variation of Ding Dong, only we ask the volunteer for two ppl from his/her life. The playing team plays the volunteer, and the two others in any group setting suggested by the audience.)
  5. Red: Pillars (But we play with two volunteers)
  6. Blue: Five Things
  7. Red: Dr. Know-It-All
  8. Both Teams: I Object / Objection (A variation of Ding! / Other Choice, except it’s played team against team, and instead of the ref Dinging or Blowing a Whistle, the team not on the field can, at any time, shout “Objection” and then give a reason. “You don’t use breadcrumbs for bait, you feed ducks with them.” The ref will overrule, in which case the scene continues, or sustain, which gives the objecting team the field. They then play the SAME characters, but have to correct whatever they objected to. Objections fly back and forth until they get fast and ridiculous, and time is called.)
  9. Both Teams: 185

Thursday 13: 0611.16

Thirteen Things about MissMeliss: Books I Love to Re-read

  1. Certain Women, by Madeleine L’Engle.
  2. The Eight, by Katherine Neville
  3. Bread Alone, by Judith Ryan Hendricks
  4. Outside Lies Magic, by John R. Stilgoe
  5. Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
  6. On Writing, Stephen King
  7. The Mists of Avalon, by Marian Zimmer Bradley
  8. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
  9. Maiden Voyage, by Tanya Aebi
  10. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, by Kathleen Norris
  11. A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman
  12. A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle
  13. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

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