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Friday, December 08, 2006

N.B., Megan.

A winter list of things that make me happy:

Turning corners on my bike with no hands.
Hearing men’s voices in the OM at the end of yoga.
Buying expensive mushrooms at market.
When a nephew finally sighs and rests his head on my shoulder.
That my sweet cat sleeps the whole night on my chest, or shoulder, or back.
Having hungry friends in my house.
Wearing scarves.
Wearing the hat my sister knit for me with the scarf Ali knit for me.
Running into my friends around Midtown.
Playing backgammon for push-ups and trashtalking.
Playing in the cup in zone D. Handling in zone O.
When my boss has time to sit and tell stories about his career.
Knowing you are out there, caring about my thoughts.
Bright colors and plants and the smell of soup.
Playing disc in a fog lit by sodium lights.
On a cold clear night, seeing players steam as they come off the field.
Songs with a horns section.
All the amazing things my friends are doing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You left all the snow sports off of your list. Where's skiing, and snow camping, and snow ball fights, and building a snow fort, and snow shoeing, and all the other wonderful activities you can do outside in the winter?

I know, you're afraid of the cold, but you can buy a nice down jacket, then you'll be plenty warm outside.

You're really missing out avoiding the snow. It's so quiet and peaceful outside with snow on the ground, it muffles all the noise. It feels very calm and peaceful outside on a nice winter day.


12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That my sweet cat sleeps the whole night on my chest, or shoulder, or back.

Lucky you. We have to carefully de-cat the bedroom each night. If one of the cats stays in the bedroom, it does not understand the concept of "sleep" and instead likes to play "Stomp on the (formerly) sleeping humans."

Iron Rails & Iron Weights

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my wife that parka and she loves it.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I just noticed how cheap the women's version is. Mine cost closer to $300, that one is only $180, it's a bargain, Megan should buy 2.

this is the nicer down jacket they make, but it's pricey.

And, as much as I like cats, I'm horribly allergic to them, so they're not allowed to sleep with me. Besides, I toss and turn a lot in my sleep, so nothing could sleep on me.

I also just noticed a sign that Megan isn't happy is her chorse accumulating. Heh, I'm always ignoring chores and letting them accumulate. I'm always off doing better things with my time, at the gym, outside, whatever. I hate staying home and cleaning, or paying bills, or making the bed, blah.


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love it when you make these lists! in college, at the tang student helth center--where i spent a lot of time because i was as accident prone as i was a hypochondriac--there were posted these signs that said "cal natural highs." (maybe you saw them?) and it was a list of stuff like, "walking around strawberry creek at dusk," and, "hearing the canon," and "people watching from the sproul steps." those posters used to make me tear up. seriously. i'm a sucker for stuff like that.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do people who de-cat the bedroom get past the howling at the bedroom door?

2:55 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Dude. She will never stop pawing at the door and asking to come in. Seriously, I cannot wait her out. She'll try to get in to me for hours and friends, I am not that hard-hearted.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if you can turn a corner with no hands it's okay to ride a fixie.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiousity, is there such a thing as winter inversions in Sacramento? SLC is surrounded by mountains and cold, so between storm systems the cold air just settles. It's regularly 10 degrees warmer at 8000 feet than in the valley at 4400.

I don't see how such a thing would happen in the Central Valley, but I figure it's worth finding out.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do people who de-cat the bedroom get past the howling at the bedroom door?

That actually doesn't happen much. One advantage of being a multiple-cat household* is that they're pretty good at amusing one another. Of course the "amusing" sometimes takes the form of fighting, but nothing's perfect.

* = currently, eight.

Iron Rails & Iron Weights

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you ever feel like posting a personal again, I think I have the venue: London Review of Books.

Oh, sure, you could get stuck with a dreaded long-distance relationship, but it is worth it for the funny ads. Some samples from "They Call Me Naughty Lola":

They Call Me Naughty LolaRun of the mill bearded physicist (M, 46).

Bald, short, fat, and ugly male, 53, seeks short-sighted woman with tremendous sexual appetite.

List your ten favorite albums... I just want to know if there's anything worth keeping when we finally break up.  Practical, forward-thinking man, 35.

Like the ad above, but better-educated and well read.  Also larger bosoms.  Man, 38, Watford.
I intend to spend the summer stewing over failed relationships.  You can join me if you like, but know now that you'll never live up to Sandra, Jackie, Dawn, Helen, Karen, or Peter.  M, 37.  Bitter, bi-curious, Bebington.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a new co-sleeping baby, we have had to de-cat the bedroom. Previously, they both slept with us.

I can deal with the cats knocking at the door. But the carpet won't hold out much longer. The cats are prepared to dig under the door to get in, and they are actually making progress.

Any ideas on how to save the carpet?


11:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...


You kicked out Patience and Fortitude? Might as well hate on freedom and mercy and hope. See if we help you with your carpet now.

10:59 AM  

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