Sunday, December 28, 2008

The blog lives on!

Somebody asked, so I must tell you: the blog is not going on hiatus! Just the magazine. The blog will continue with its updates which are chockful of news. If you read between the lines.

This is Rita as a puppy.

Look for a poem by me in Shampoo in 2009!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

On Hiatus

I put Caffeine Destiny on official hiatus which felt good. Time will tell!

My "about me" blog bio is no longer accurate, as Rita doesn't live here anymore. However it feels too soon to update the bio.

She lives here still in our hearts.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Max in the snow

Here's Max at Glendover golf course today!

I took the bus and the Max to Lloyd Center today (Max the train not Max my son!) and am just about done with my Christmas shopping.

I turned in my Marylhurst grades and I am officially not thinking about any teaching until the week after Christmas. Winter term starts January 5th so I have time to take a break.

Monday is my last day at work until after Christmas. It's on its way!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Last Christmas

For all you young kids out there,

The Wham! version of Last Christmas is the only acceptable version. Jimmy Eat World and Taylor Swift just don't cut it.

I tried to explain this to my kids in the car this morning. I'm not sure if they believed me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

She's Coming!

I'm driving to Corvallis after work to pick up mom and bring her back to Portland for Thanksgiving.

Speaking of which, a reader on a blog commented on the article on Caffeine Destiny about the history of Thanksgiving, that I think I originally posted around 2000, if not earlier. It's still kind of fun to read I think.

I'm reading On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction, by Karl Iagnemma. It's a book of short stories - the winner of the Paris Review Discovery Prize for best first fiction - but he's a research scientist in mechanical engineering at MIT.

More soon - I have to vacuum.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Annie and Laura

I took this picture backstage last night. I think they're both adorable.

Tonight Laura and Max and I are going to see Twilight. I'm not big on vampire movies, but maybe it will be good?

I made curried carrot soup last weekend and it was super easy! I kind of used two different recipes and then added coconut milk, which neither recipe called for, but I have seen as an ingredient in other soups and it was really good. All that was in it was onions, carrots, chicken broth, curry powder, a little turmeric and coconut milk! Saute the onions in butter, then add three cans of chicken broth and add the carrots (I used about three pounds). Add the curry (I used about two and 1/2 tablesoons) and the turmeric (I used about two teaspoons). Once the carrots are tender, you puree it. But don't fill the blender up all the way or it will explode, because hot things expand! (thanks to Martha Stewat's recipe for pointing that out). I pureed it in batches, and then I added the can of coconut milk afterwards.

Super easy.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Amy has a new kitty!

I need a book to read.

Laura and I are going to see Guys and Dolls tomorrow night. That will be my second time.

I finally took the big rotting pumpkin off our front porch.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

This is Max and Laura ... ten years ago! They are very proud of their pumpkin Pez dispensers.  I made the Dorothy costume that Laura has on. Max was the cowardly lion. 

We carved pumpkins last night.

David Sedaris is tonight. Election soon! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm Still Here!

Readers I have rearranged my office! My office at home I mean. Now my desk faces the window. Aren't you glad I told you?

It's great to have a new arrangement and I figure it puts me in the right frame of mind for the new administration that will hopefully be arriving in January. Yes!

I have been reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

Parkrose won their homecoming game last Friday.

I was on KBOO last night with the poetry finalists.

I am working on a new poem.

But right now, I must dry my hair.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Did it

Watched McCain and Obama tonight.

Need I say more?

Anyway, I finished the Portland marathon. It took me longer than I thought. It rained a lot. I spilled a whole cup of water on my foot. My Ipod stopped working. I feel like I should have done better. However, I appreciate the fact that I did it and I am pleased about that! It was great to see my family at the finish line!

It was a learning experience and I learned that I want to run another marathon. But not any time soon! I am looking forward to Sunday morning this weekend, when I plan to sit around in my pajamas and read the Sunday paper and not go running.

I started The Short History of A Prince by Jane Hamilton and I am not going to finish it. The main character is kind of insufferable and I can't tell if the author is aware of it. There was one scene where he interacted with another character and it just seemed like the only reason the other character was there was so that she could deliver important background information that the reader needed to know. It just seemed kind of clumsy.

I liked The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton, and some of her other books. Just not this one!

Max's team won their game this afternoon and it was a beautiful fall afternoon. I am glad that autumn is here.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Tomorrow is IT

I run the Portland Marathon tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Last Weekend of September

Yesterday I went to Gresham with Laura; the Parkrose Cheer squad was in the Teddy Bear Parade. It was funny to see all these people, young and old, carrying teddy bears. Horses and dogs had them too.

We went to Mcminnville yesterday and watched the Ducks demolish WSU.

Guys and Dolls was great and I've been humming tunes from it all weekend. Came home afterwards and watched the rest of the debates.

This time next week I will be done with the marathon!

I think Hud is my favorite Paul Newman movie. What's yours?

Guys And Dolls

Michael and I are going to see Guys and Dolls on Friday at Portland Center Stage. I can't wait.

Parkrose won its first football game in a long time on Friday!

It's autumn everyone!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I ran 20 miles today. That means I can run the marathon, unless I trip or something. My goal is to come in under 5 hours, which I can do. Who knows maybe I'll run it in 4 1/2 hours. No, I don't think so.

Michael and I saw the movie Tell No One yesterday. It's a French thriller! I thought it was great.

Laura and I saw Willy Porter and Raining Jane at the Alladin Theater Friday night. They were really good and I'm looking forward to seeing Raining Jane and Sara Bareilles in October.

Max was on t.v. Friday night, showing his Parkrose pride! His first football game is Wednesday.

I'm reading Empire Falls and looking forward to meeting Richard Russo on Thursday.

Here is a link to poems by Reginald Shepherd that were in Caffeine Destiny a few years ago. I was sad to hear that he died.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thursday night

I want to find time to mess around and make silly collages.

I want to write some new poems.

I want the marathon to be done with.

I want my office to be magically cleaned by little elves.

I want to have time to bake bread.

I want to miraculously lose 20 pounds, just by thinking about it very hard.

I want someone to take my poetry manuscript and publish the hell out of it.

I want Obama to be elected.


Monday, September 01, 2008

School Starts!

Laura starts high school tomorrow, and Max begins 7th grade on Wednesday.

Carly starts First Grade this week! Congratulations Carly!

We had fun this weekend in McMinnville. I had the most enjoyable run of my whole marathon training on Sunday with Amy.

It's hard to believe summer is just about over, but it is.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Not National, Still Poet-ish

I got my letter from the nice National Poetry Series people today and my manuscript has not been selected as a winner this year. Which would have been exciting, but hey, Frank O"Hara never was a National Poetry Series poet either. I like this picture of him!

I was a finalist and they told me in May that I was a finalist so I've been waiting. So I heard today but I will press onward!

I ran 15 miles yesterday. I was supposed to run 17, but only did 15. (note to self: how embarassing - I already mentioned this in the post from yesterday. People who are training for marathons are BORING!)

I wonder if Frank O'Hara ever ran 15 miles.

I appreciated this interview with Chase Twichell in the current Poets and Writers. I read it in print but here it is online and it made me think that Caffeine Destiny could end eventually and that would be okay. At what point is enough enough?

Here's a little Frank for your Monday evening:

My eyes are vague blue, like the sky, and change all the time; they are indiscriminate but fleeting, entirely specific and disloyal, so that no one trusts me. I am always looking away. Or again at something after it has given me up. It makes me restless and that makes me unhappy, but I cannot keep them still. If only i had grey, green, black, brown, yellow eyes; I would stay at home and do something. It's not that I'm curious. On the contrary, I am bored but it's my duty to be attentive, I am needed by things as the sky must be above the earth. And lately, so great has their anxiety become, I can spare myself little sleep.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Back from Eastern Oregon

I had a good time in Enterprise and La Grande. It's beautiful out there. It was good to see Zanni - and Rich, and David and Jody.

Today I was going to run 17 miles but only did 15. The Portland Marathon will be interesting! We'll see how long it takes me.

Laura and I saw Hancock last night. Laura's going to Mcminnville later this week, and Max has football camp.

Okay, just a few more papers to grade.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fall 2008 is online

It's here!

Max and I saw The Dark Knight last night. I liked it. He's 12 now!

Back to work for me tomorrow.

Laura has daily doubles.

Michael has new glasses.

I need to finish some poems.

My tomatos are starting to ripen.

I hope you like the new issue.

Friday, August 08, 2008


I was supposed to run 8 miles this morning but I only ran 3.8.

The Augen gallery here in Portland has an exhibit, Bande à part: New York Underground 60's, 70's, 80's that I am going to see, either today or later next week. I read Andy Warhol's Diary a long time ago.

Tomorrow Max comes home from camp - hooray! Laura and Lily have their showcase for Rock and Roll Camp at the Wonder Ballroom.

Max Winter, whose work has appeared in Caffeine Destiny and many other places, as well as in the fabulous book The Pictures, will be on The Joe Milford Poetry Show on Saturday. You can listen to it live or it will be archived after the show.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Three Day Weekend!

We're going to Seattle tomorrow to see a Mariners game.

Then Sunday Max is going to Camp Collins for a week. Laura starts Rock and Roll Camp Monday.

I have Monday off. I'm going to take Laura and her friend to Rock and Roll camp and then come home and write. Not grade papers or post to blogs or anything. I'm going to get writing done.

New Caffeine Destiny is going up by the end of the month.

It's August, the month of endings.

and Max's birthday!

I haven't made a collage in a while. Maybe I will Sunday.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Last week it was Frank Bidart, this week's picture is of Frank the horse! At least his ears. I took this photo when I was riding Frank in Colorado. It was my second horse ride. We rode up a rocky path and then down a rocky path in the Rocky Mountains. I was worried he would stumble, but he never did. We rode up Glacier Basin and looked down on Glacier Creek. It was one of the best parts of our trip to Colorado.

The photo on the right is Michael and I in our fashionable bucket hats at Bear Lake. You can't see from the photo, but they say Colorado on them. Maybe I will start making bucket hats with the Caffeine Destiny logo on them. Would you buy them? I know you would!

If you are wondering if I saw any elk, I did not. Max saw a herd of them. My brother-in-law Howie saw a bear. I am envious, but I saw lots of bunnies, and I got to ride a horse!

I'm reading Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Laura and I went to see Mama Mia on Wednesday. I never really liked those Abba songs when they were popular, but I loved watching Meryl Streep sing them!

The photo on the right is the view of the Rockies from the YMCA at Estes Park, where we stayed. Colorado was gorgeous but it was good to come home to Oregon.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Leaving Tomorrow for Colorado

Last night I went to hear Frank Bidart read at the Tin House reading. He was great. He read outside and it was dark by the time it was over. He said something - which I am no doubt misquoting here - about how the most important thing for a poet to do is to figure out how to get on the page their own understanding of how they determine meaning.

Yes, I have totally mangled that. But it makes sense in my head!

I stood in line to get my book signed. He knew Robert Lowell, so I read some letters to Frank Bidart from Robert Lowell this morning, in my Letters of Robert Lowell.

Tomorrow we are heading for Estes Park. Laura is going to cheer camp at OSU, so she won't be with us. She'll be cheering! 

Here's a link to an Estes Park web cam!

I ran 14 miles today. Now I need to pack!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Police and Elvis Costello

We saw Elvis Costello and the Police on Friday night!

I ran 9 miles today.

I am reading Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje.

More soon.

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July!

It's the 4th of July and Max is in Washington D.C.! Laura and I bought fireworks today and I saved some for him.

I ran 6 miles today. I made a pasta salad to take to Holly's and we're leaving soon. Debbie's in town!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


We had fun camping although the weekend sure went by fast. That's Michael and Laura at the campground! Bats came out of the trees at night and that was kind of cool.

Max and Laura have new bikes and I rode Laura's last night. It felt great to be on a bike again! I used to ride a bike everywhere in Eugene.

I am reading Without End by Adam Zagajewski. I am going to read The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth once I get my hands on a copy.

Debbie comes to visit next week! My tomatos have yellow flowers on them.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Where I'll be this weekend

Leaving tomorrow for Timothy Lake! Camping with everyone.

Tomorrow is summer solstice.

I have been running a lot. Writing poems in the early morning.

Yay for summer.

Sunday, June 08, 2008


The weekend is winding down and I had a good one.

Max's team lost yesterday, so his season is pretty much over. But they had an 18 win, 3 loss record which is pretty fantastic. We are going to a Mariners game in Seattle in August!

I watched a lot of the O.C. on Saturday night - season one. Laura wasn't feeling well, so we watched several episodes. Sometimes nothing else will do. This is Laura's last week of middle school.

I'm going to start taking the Max train into work more I think and I was thinking, maybe I should get a bike and then I could ride the bike to the Max. Just a thought. But then I read some things about how it's kind of a hassle during rush hour to find a place to put your bike on the Max. Although I still wonder what it would be like to have a bike again.

I ran 8 miles yesterday. I pulled a lot of weedy grass in my backyard today. I cleaned my office. Worked on poems.

I am reading Strangers by Taichi Yamada. It's a Japanese novel about a man who gos to his hometown and finds his parents living there. But his parents have been dead for over 20 years. It's kind of spooky and I like it.

Friday, May 30, 2008

I Am Supposed to Be Grading Papers

Look, it's the new WITS director at Literary Arts! That's Portland's own Mary Rechner.

The new Deschutes Brewery in Portland is just like the one in Bend. Sort of.

Monday I start my marathon training. Wish me luck.

I brought home some cactus. Tomorrow Max has a baseball game.

I have no quote for the day because I'm supposed to be grading papers.

Here I go.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


There is like four baskets of unfolded laundry in my basement. Maybe five.

I haven't called my mom in like two weeks.

I finished When She Was Good.

Monica is getting ducks! I'm very excited for her.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Very Smart Kids and Queen Cows

The picture is a Rauschenberg painting. I hope he is having fun, wherever he is. Rest in peace!

Max and Laura are very smart kids. I know because they showed Michael and I at their student-led conferences at school tonight.

I am reading When She Was Good by Philip Roth.

Baker City was fabulous. The streets are gorgeous there - wide streets and mountains in the distance. People leave their bikes unlocked on the sidewalk. It's true, I'm not making it up!

I have been reading about cow etiquette. It's really fascinating! There is always a queen cow. Cows who are higher in the social heirarchy don't have to walk as far for their share of the grass.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Leaving Burns, Heading For Baker City

There they are, at the Harney County Libray.

Burns is flat, quiet, pretty.

My motel room has a desk with drawer handles made from bent horseshoes.

You can hunt antelope here in the late summer, by the Malheur River. And elk. Maybe that's where some of the heads at Central Pastime came from. We went there last night. There was a big buffalo head which was kind of cool except of course I felt sorry for the buffalo.

I go now in search of birds and coffee. Then on to Baker City!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

If We Reach Idaho We've Gone Too Far

I'm leaving for Burns this morning with Charlie and Lee. Jeff is already there! Robert's on his way.

I have never been to Burns. I have Diet Coke and Oreos in my car. And soon, a full tank of gas.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

May Day

So you know what that means! But if you don't remember, refresh your memory here and here.

I need to make more collages! I haven't made any in ages.

Next week I"ll be in Burns and Baker City. This weekend I'm running the Eugene Half-Marathon.

Tonight I'm going out to dinner at Jake's with my husband of 18 years.

I love him.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The View from My Hotel Balcony

I'm in Astoria this morning. Last night Tom Blood, Monica Drake, Susan Fletcher and Kristian Williams read at the Cannery Pier Hotel, where we're all staying.

Their work is all very different, but somehow it all comes together in an interesting way. Monica's book is about a girl who works as a clown, Tom's a lyric poet, Kristian's book is about government torture and Susan's book for young adults takes place in the Middle East. It always happens in these readings that I notice connections, even in work that seems very disparate.

The picture to the left is Tom at the reading last night.

I'm spending the next hour or so trying to finish some of my own poems for poetry group Sunday! Then I'll explore Astoria a little. On foot! And drive down to Newport for the reading tonight.

My internet connection seems intermittent. I'll post this now, while I can! (the ship was passing by my room so I took a picture of it)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday It Is!

Do you like my Yoda title for this posting?

It is Friday. I'm going to the Oregon Literary Coalition meeting at Marylhurst today.

Michael and I are going to Sometimes A Great Notion on Sunday.

Max has a game tomorrow and it might snow!

I got up early this morning and worked on my poem which is nearing completion.

Next week I'm going to Astoria and Newport with the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour.

One of Laura's fish may have had a baby fish.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Well she was lovely. I really enjoyed her visit!

Michael is re-doing our kitchen. He took out a cabinet today that had been between the dining room and the kitchen. So now there's plenty of light in the kitchen. I wonder how it will all end up!

Yesterday the office was closed. I wrote drafts of two poems. I made lasagne for dinner! That was a treat as I hardly ever have time to make dinner anymore during the week. And Max has baseball practice several times a week and doesn't get home until 7:00.

Sunday poetry group is meeting at my house.

I am going to read Joe Sacco. Marjane mentioned him.

Katy Lederer will be in the next Caffeine Destiny. I asked her two years ago. She remembered!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Two to Go!

In our event parade! Lucille Clifton will be here Sunday, and Monday it's Marjane Satrapi!

Elizabeth Gilbert was amazing. The audience was mostly women! It was a great evening.

I need a new book to read. I'm between books, although I have seen books I want to read and by this time next week I should be reading something!

Laura will be a cheerleader next year! And Max is switching to the tuba.

I have to clean my office. Tonight Battlestar premieres.

It's National Poetry Month but I have yet to write a poem in April.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Gilbert and Clifton and Marjane oh my!

It's a busy next few days for me!

I'm looking forward to all our events.

We had a great time in Leavenworth, and it snowed!

I haven't been on Facebook much. The new term started. So it's a busy time but it's Spring!

Happy Birthday Debbie!

Max's baseball season starts Saturday. Tomorrow Laura has cheerleading tryouts.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter!

Edward Hirsch will be reading here in Portland on Monday, March 24th. Please leave me a comment if you'd like to see him!

The kids are on spring break. I'll be on spring break after Tuesday.

I read last night in Salem. That was really fun, and Dad and Jane came and that made it even more fun.

It was great to hear Cecelia read.

Always very reassuring to look out in the audience and see Michael. To know that even if I totally make a complete fool of myself, he will still like me.

Mom coming up tomorrow. Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Holy Week

It's hard to believe Easter is a week away.

I started reading A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers last night. I like it. The narrator is learning English, so at the beginning the English is halting.

Stephen Sondheim was here last week, with Frank Rich. It was exciting to meet him. I have been listening to Sondheim tunes ever since.

Tomorrow is poetry group, and then I'm at the Multnomah Library, for the writer's resource fair. Giving out information about the fellowships and the book awards.

It's raining and I need to take a shower.

Michael is done with school!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Seven Notebooks

I am reading Seven Notebooks by Campbell McGrath. It's poems and prose and I'm really enjoying it. I'm also still reading The Theory of Clouds. Clouds and notebooks!

Laura and I saw the movie The Other Boleyn Girl today. That was fun. We shopped a little too.

Debbie sent me a scarf she made and a shawl. They are both lovely and I like to think of Debbie in her studio apartment in Manhattan knitting her niece a scarf. How sweet. I have been wearing the shawl tonight while I look at student papers. It's a nice deep burgundy.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

How I Love a Three Day Weekend

What I've Done So Far This Weekend:

Went to the Spotlight dance competition in Oregon City, where Laura danced with Carlea. We left the house very early and it was very foggy on our way to Oregon City. Laura and Carlea were good, one of the few hip hop dance numbers at Spotlight. The rest was tap and jazz and other stuff. I thought Laura and Carlea were the best.

Picked up Girl Scout cookies that people ordered so I can give them to them!

Saw Pinback with Michael at the Wonder Ballroom. We enjoyed it. But after hearing them play for a while the idea of sitting down really appealed to me, and I was glad that Michael felt the same way. We left before the encore. But what we saw was great.

Ran 5 and a half miles.

Thought of titles for unwritten poems on my run but haven't written them down yet.

Met Daneen to talk about our new writing group. Poetry! It was just Daneen and I today at the Bipartisan Cafe, but in two weeks we will be at Daneen's house and there will be more of us!

Dyed my hair.

Watched the first Battlestar Gallatica miniseries, that we own on DVD. Now I want to watch the entire series. I love Laura Roslin.

Read some of the Theory of Clouds. I read some of the 2004 Best American Poetry because Lynn Hejinian edited it and I saw her last weekend so I wanted to remember who she picked for that edition.

Read some more of a friend's book so I can write a blurb for it.

Here's your Gertrude Stein excerpt for today: A light in the moon the only light is on Sunday.

Tomorrow I have another day off! Thank you Presidents!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I am supposed to be grading student papers. Here I go.

Flowers for valentine's day! Lovely lovely flowers.

I am making creme brulee.

A poet I like asked me to write a blurb for her upcoming book.

Another poet friend has a new book out and it's sparkly and fresh.

I admit it, I have book envy.

Laura has a dance competition this weekend. Max has Little League tryouts.

I am writing a poem this week. I will finish it soon.

Li-Young Lee is coming next week. To the Newmark. I will be there too.

I have papers to grade. Here I go.

Your Gertrude Stein quote for the day: A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Dead Fish Museum

Wow it's been quite a week for books and me (I can say that because this is MY blog).

Mary Oliver on Tuesday! She read and talked about writing. Tonight, just around the corner at the Heathman, Charles D'Ambrosio read from The Dead Fish Museum and talked about writing. He is working on a novel, and I thought he said some interesting things about writing essays and writing stories. If I was a loquacious blogger I'd talk for several paragraphs about what he said but you know by now that's not my style. I saw him. He was good.

I have signed books by Mary and Charlie now and I like getting books signed by authors. I like what Mary said about showing up to write every day. Charles is pro writing programs! Go writing programs! Meet other writers! Connect! Teach each other stuff!

I have been playing this stupid stupid game on Facebook where you put things in your pack and then you also steal them from other people and you get points if you make sets. I allow myself 10 minutes or so doing this every few days, although Saturday, when I first started playing it, I think I spent like 20 minutes. It's kind of like an aggressive GO FISH card game. I think it also can be seen as a kind of metaphor for something having to do with consumerism.

If you're not too tired to think in those ways, which I kind of am right now. Plus it's kind of trite to say something is a metaphor for consumerism because that's like so easy. Except Ratpack (I think that's the name or something) is about GETTING STUFF, so I don't think it's entirely off base. But maybe too obvious.

My office is a mess. I ran three miles today and I have been working on a poem this week that I'd like to finish a draft of soon.

My dogs want their walk.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I saw Persepolis this afternoon and I loved it. I'm going to read Persepolis I and II.

I finished Pillars of the Earth! It is the longest book I think I've ever read.

You are not supposed to feed puppies cupcakes but sometimes you just can't help yourself.

I have been messing around with Facebook, but I'm not sure what it's for. If you take away the hugs and the pokes and putting stuff on people's walls, what's left? A poet sent me a virtual strawberry and encouraged me to send one back and then the message said, "together, we can fight global warming!" So I sent a few others to "friends" and it seemed funny and also, kind of sad. Because it really won't fight global warming. But maybe it was meant ironically. Or maybe it's just a Facebook fun thing to do, when you need time off from fighting global warming.

Tomorrow I have the day off (from work I mean, not from fighting global warming, as I spend very little time actually fighting global warming, although I do recycle and sometimes take public transportation).

Max has a chess tournament this weekend.

When I turned 5 I celebrated my birthday at a Farrell's in Eugene. I also celebrated my 21st birthday in Eugene. I remember when I turned 35 I thought I was SO OLD. Ha!

When I was three, I think, my mom made me a cake from a magazine recipe. It was like a bear or some kind of animal and our Siamese cat ate the ears off it. The ears were like gingersnaps or something.

Michele said something very useful today about my poetry manuscript. Because the idea of putting this year's poems, and all the poems to come, back in that first manuscript, making room for them somehow in a manuscript that I feel very DONE with, doesn't appeal to me at all. And she asked me if it was done and I said, yes. She said, then it's done! And I should just believe that it was going to get published eventually and the new poems go in the 2nd book.

So! It's done. It'll get published and then I'll already have a 2nd book well on its way when that happens. Funny how I couldn't just tell myself that and still needed my thesis advisor from 4 years ago to tell me that and somehow give me permission! Well! Thesis advisor, it's just a never-ending job.

It also reminded me of a conversation I had once with Michele when I was in school and she asked me how I decided if a poem was "done", and I said, uh, well if someone publishes it, I guess. Lame answer I know. She said at the time, oh so then you let someone ELSE decide?

Reb Livingston's rant on her blog made me smile.

Debbie your book is on its way to you!

I received this book today!The web page that displays this book has been permanently bookmarked in my web browser for almost two years, as I've been thinking about buying it for a long time. And then I opened a present today and there it was!

Wherever you go, there you are!