Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How Not to Act Old

According to Pamela Redmond Satran's book entitled How Not to Act Old, in some ways I am young. In other ways, I am almost considered a 38-year-old fossil. For example, my married name is technically hyphenated. I read print books. I still send greeting cards (sigh). I love making cards and sending them out. I usually wear black at weddings. That's primarily all I own, although I am trying out new colors. Here's another one: Don't Go Hatin' on Christmas. Come on! I have good reason to get my Scrooge on these days. Someday the hellidays will ascend into holidays again. I'm having a helliday reprieve, if you will. I say awesome a lot. I'm channeling my inner surfer. I also say dude. So what? And my favorite: Don't Fear the Thong. I don't fear the thong. I write poems about the thong. (*Laughs*) The author includes twelve websites in her book (Satran). How many do you recognize? I know I am going to check them out: boingboing.net delicious.com digg.com etsy.com google.com/trends pandora.com secondlife.com technorati.com tenbyten.org Twitter.com xanga.com yelp.com I have to add in a 13th website: mojopages.com. Special thanks to my friend T., who blogged about this book awhile ago and inspired me to check it out!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Evolution of Scorch and Wishful Drinking

It's a gorgeous Tuesday evening. Third night of staycation. I finished up posting grades to the website. Have a couple more loose ends to tie tomorrow, and then the semester officially ends for me. I start a new class (same subject: Comp 1) next Tuesday. It should be a easier, although for the most part, it was enjoyable. Sunday I spent the afternoon with R & M and we canned cherries. Yes, I was playing in a friend's kitchen with utensils and donned a borrowed apron! :) I also learned how to make salsa. Yum. I visited the LaSalle Branch, hung out with friends, and checked out some books. Yes, these are books I will actually read, not books to check out just to increase circulation. I finished Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern. Hilarious! I'm now reading Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. So far, so good.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Purest Green Sings Songs About Whiskey in the Library, Or I Got My Diva Geek On Tonight

"For lack of a better sentence from an Adjunct Instuctor in English, I got my diva geek on tonight. " -LCS 2010. Yeah, that's my thesis statement for this blog post. It's part of the title of this blog posting, too. I hereby award myself an A on the diva geek assessment scale. That reminds me, I need to create a diva geek assessment scale. Now that's scraping the diva barrel of geek. Wait, that's a diva whiskey barrel of geek. Some of the songs avec M.'s amusing/hilarious commentary during our show at the Cassopolis District Library located in southern Michigan revolved around alchohol, particularly whiskey. It's naughty enough rocking out behind a drumset with a band in a (GASP!) library. It's scandalous to be performing songs about alcohol in a library! Whiskey. The hard stuff that Irish songs are made of. We had a good show. Great venue. The library staff took the proverbial cake on hospitality. There were refreshments (no whiskey, but understandable. It's taxpayer's money). They opened the library after hours for this performance. My bandmates, talented and hilarious, sang and performed songs about whiskey among other spirits. We enjoyed playing and hope to visit again. I find it difficult to curb my inner diva geek and straighten the books on the shelves before the show. And I may sport my Book Diva t-shirt again. I wore it tonight for all diva geeks of the universe!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The. Shortest. Set. Ever.

I took a break from grading final projects tonight and took Steve with me to Between the Buns in Osecola. We were scheduled to play five songs for their Open Mic night. We were in a covered yet open space outside the bar/restaurant and performed two songs. One of the staffers interrupted us during our their third song and informed us that we were under a tornado warning. Sirens blared in the distance. We abruptly left the stage and wandered inside the restaurant. Steve found the server and paid the bill. I promptly ordered a glass of merlot. One of our bandmates joined us and we all had a great conversation while we waited for storms to pass. Eventually, the tornado warnings passed and we headed for home. We enjoyed an interesting night-- it makes for a stormy blog post (couldn't resist).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Poetry Reading and Book Release Party

J created each cover of the books individually. He spent so much love and time creating these pieces of art. I am so humbled and inspired by him!
On Thursday, J and K at ArtPost hosted a beautiful poetry reading and book signing. The weather held out. The event occurred outside on the fenced-in terrace. K had flowers adorning the steps and J had the ivy trimmed. Chairs were lined in rows for an intimate effect. We sold a few books. Most importantly, my friends and family were there (and many were there in spirit) and I met new poet friends. It was a magical night and I am inspired to write more humorous poems to make people smile. How joyful to make Field of Blue come alive. J's poems from The Train I Ride were beautiful and powerful.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Excursion to the Jewelry Store

I am trying to simplify my space and clear my life of excesses. (Except for books, diet coke, drums,flowers, pillows,spaghetti, and wine.) I wanted to unload some jewelry. However, there are some local shops that are questionable. It seems that every other street has an establishment that buys gold to sell. Well, I asked a friend and she told me about an article in the South Bend Tribune about selling gold and diamonds. M. David Diamond Designs came up as giving a generous amount for the gold and diamonds. I then cross-referenced this store and checked out the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and they have an A rating. I sent an email and received one back immediately. Eureka! (That is an interjection in grammarland.) As an aside, I am sure there are other local establishments that are valid and serve customers well. After doing research, this store was the best for me. This afternoon, I visited the establishment to sell a few items. Laura, the person whom I corresponded with online, greeted me right away. She measured my items (my high school class ring and a couple of gold bracelets) and could tell right away that one of my bracelets was gold plated, not real gold. So she weighed the items, gave me a price, I accepted and came home with more cash and less gold. Lovely venue, great service. This was also the right choice for me because I spoke with the owner and he gives the customer the choice of taking the diamonds back if he can get them out of the gold. A lot of places keep the diamonds with the gold. Plus, buying gold is his sideline business rather than his full-time business, so he can pay more. Overall, this was a positive experience.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Floral Monday Free Writing

It's Monday and the sun is now shining! I brought flowers to my class today. (I promise, I'm not bribing students to write nice evaluations about me.) Actually, I found an interesting way to combine the five senses with grammar. Today we discussed adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections! Wow! That's a lot! Well, we spoke about adjectives and adverbs, and then I gave them a writing assignment. Each student took a rose petal, sniffed the rose petal, and then wrote about it using adjectives and adverbs. (Yes, we huffed rose petals today.) Then students traded papers and circled and/or underlined the adjectives and adverbs used in the writing. It's a way to build vocabulary and review grammar.
For conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections, we reviewed the definitions and then I put up a photograph from last September (the one above). Students wrote about the photograph keeping the conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in mind. Oh, yes, and I played School House rock for kicks. Most students seemed to enjoy it.
A lot is going on this week. The poetry book and performance is happening on Thursday night.
I'm happy the editing part is completed. The drawings are finished. I look forward to the event when everything is arranged and the event is launched without a hitch.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Memoir

I've been trolling the web tonight and viewed a great article on npr.org that featured Walter Mosley. His message to writers: stop reading and start writing. Write about 1,200 words a day and a first draft of a novel should be finished in about three months. The creative non-fiction memoir is written like a novel, so I will take this advice. I'm going to do it. (And that's why I'm announcing it on the blogosphere.) I will write every day and I'm giving myself until August 1 to finish a rough draft. I want to write about my library experiences and start with the last 4 1/2 years. It will be humorous and positive in scope and most importantly, meaningful. I'll keep you posted.

Bibliovino Book Recommendation: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

If you are looking for an amusing, somewhat raunchy read, I recommend Chelsea Handler's latest read: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. Her writing style and stories amuse and sometimes shocks me, but in a good way. Handler wrote two other books entitled
Are you There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea? and My Horizontal Life. I enjoyed all the reads, but the vodka memoir is still my favorite. And although I don't drink vodka, it would be the best choice if you drink and read!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Weekly Update

It's Thursday again. I cannot believe it is June 10 already! It's been a busy week so far. I'll share my week with you: * Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: Comp I class. The poor dears had to endure the grammar portion of the class today. You need to know your verbs and nouns to construct decent sentences! Grammar is like fiber: it makes you feel crappy, but it's necessary for healthy... writing. Yeah, that's it. Perhaps on Monday I will bring out SchoolHouse Rock to liven up the grammar scene a little bit. Conjunction junction, what's your function... * Tuesday night Steve and I visited the LaSalle Branch. I felt strange but happy being there as a patron. And I rebelled: I sported my Lucky Denims and open-toed shoes. We attended the neighborhood association meeting. It was interesting. Afterwards, we browsed through the stacks (and didn't sniff the new ones although I picked out quite a few.) I managed not to get kicked out by our security guard. *Wednesday I had lunch with a friend (she treated), lined up publicity for Purest Green's upcoming show in June at the Cass Public Library, and sent poems to ArtPost. I also visited ArtPost to see J and K and have an interview with a reporter from the Tribune. I'm stoked to see the article when it comes out! *Friday I need to visit a friend, have lunch with a friend, and work on class and Artpost stuff. * Saturday I have rehearsal in Cass in the a.m. and a soiree in the p.m. *Sunday I have editing, grading, and lesson plans for the next week. Somehow I need to fit in gardening, sleeping, and finding a new dishwasher.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Music, My Fair Lazy, and Avatar Evening

We had a music rehearsal this a.m. and took the latter part of rehearsal to a piano repair store. It was neat to see all the pianos, expecially the ones that are wood and is decorated with ornate features. It was good to rehearse some of the jazz tunes. Afterwards, I ran errands and took a long siesta. I finished Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy. I totally can relate to her. She is going through a Jenassaince and is working on becoming more sophisticated and arty. (I don't think I'm the sophisticated type: I'm too much of a clown. I do have the arty aspect down pat, though.) She also talks about fitting in and keeping it real, despite the fact that she is now a NY Times Best-Selling Author. Her blog is entitled http:// Jennsylvania.com. I recommend visiting her blog. We also viewed Avatar tonight. (I know, we're behind on our movie-watching.) It blew us away. We enjoyed the special effects. We viewed it in 2-D, I can't imagine how it will look in 3-D.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hoof Day Wednesday

Did you know...that 40% of people have second toes longer than their big toes? I learned that from a local friendly podiatrist, who barely peeked at my stubs since I kept pulling them away. A college friend used to tease me about my sensitive knees and toes...

"Head, shoulders, knees-and-toes, knees- and-toes!"

I am part of the 40%, which is why my shoes rub against my piggy toes and I have to wear goth toenail polish (and bandages on my toes when I walk) to protect and disguise the lovely rainbow colors the second toenails turn. At least they match in their grotesqueness. And having the (purposely) black toenail polish provides a sense of sophisticate-meets-bada**. Or I'm just doing a comb-over in the form of polish! :D

Wednesday

The weather is cloudy and rainy, so it is perfect for hoof management. Two of my friends asked me to go for a pedi today. So we met at J's house at noon and we drove to the mall to buy the proverbial clue (old joke from yesteryear but I still like it :)) and eat lunch and have painted paws and hooves. Since there were three of us, it would have been a bit crowded in my salon (I'm not cheating on you , Salon Rouge!) Since I only allow a few select people to handle my sensitive toes, I opted for the mani. I find out a lot when I can't write with my paws being worked on. My manicurist is a pre-med student from out-of-state. I told her some of the places (beaches) to visit while staying here in the summer. She only cut me once (yes, my cuticles are bad. I garden and occasionally forget to wear gloves.) If they were my hooves, the whole mall would have heard me. I still would have been hanging from the chandelier.

I just looked down now and realized that my nail polish- a lovely shade of pink with a darling name I can't remember and the salon was out of so I could not purchase-matches the color of my cell phone. (Laughs)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Tuesday

I started my new gig today. I need to have more material prepared for my students. I had the rest of orientation today, so now I have the big picture. It's exciting to share writing experiences and inspire others. And today I learned some concepts from students. I believe this is going to be a good experience. I look forward to class on Thursday.

Incivility

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