Checking in

1. I went to an open mic poetry reading yesterday, and an ecology professor complemented me on my knowledge of local plants. Basically this is the highest compliment you can pay me because it validates the last 6 months of wandering around in ditches trying to identify as many weeds as I possibly can.

2. This morning for five solid minutes Dax chased me around the house with a rubber snake, hissing all the while. It was a good predictive glimpse of how his boyhood is going to go.

3. Lately I’ve been making myself gin and tonics with the tonic syrup Dominic got me for my birthday. I can never go back to bottled tonic water, which I barely ever drank anymore anyway, because tonic syrup is ABOVE AND BEYOND any bottled tonic water I’ve ever had and it has rekindled a fire I didn’t know I had for gin and tonics. Those damn Brits REALLY knew what was up when they paired sugar and quinine with gin and limes and soda water.

serialsghostwritten asked: KATE! Have you seen this giant alligator they are reporting about in Alabama!! HIS PAW IS HUGE!

serialsghostwritten:

kabillieu:

NO WHAT PART OF ALABAMA WHERE? WHY? AHHHHH!

Holy shit, I just looked it up and that gator was caught about an hour and a half from where I grew up. I am dizzy and horrified, but also strangely elated. This has made my day.

THE PICTURES OF IT ARE CRAZY ON SLATE!!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/08/18/giant_alligator_1_000_pound_alabama_animal_found_during_hunt.html

A million thousand thanks to LR for bringing this to my attention. I am going to be staying in my house and not going outside ever again.

serialsghostwritten asked: KATE! Have you seen this giant alligator they are reporting about in Alabama!! HIS PAW IS HUGE!

NO WHAT PART OF ALABAMA WHERE? WHY? AHHHHH!

Holy shit, I just looked it up and that gator was caught about an hour and a half from where I grew up. I am dizzy and horrified, but also strangely elated. This has made my day.

At times this summer has been 2 real. My brother moving away, my grandfather dying… and we’ve been having septic tank issues like woah. And it’s still not resolved. 

Good things have happened too. The bay’s still here. Dax still takes monster afternoon naps. I can still enjoy a Moscow Mule on a Sunday while reading a good book. We went into town and got tacos yesterday. I’ve got some tv shows to watch tonight. Feeling p good, honestly. I’ll try to hold onto that feeling.

At times this summer has been 2 real. My brother moving away, my grandfather dying… and we’ve been having septic tank issues like woah. And it’s still not resolved.

Good things have happened too. The bay’s still here. Dax still takes monster afternoon naps. I can still enjoy a Moscow Mule on a Sunday while reading a good book. We went into town and got tacos yesterday. I’ve got some tv shows to watch tonight. Feeling p good, honestly. I’ll try to hold onto that feeling.

Liz has already said this better than me, but the cynicism over the ice bucket challenge is really unwarranted. Donations to ALS research have almost quadrupled. People are hardly avoiding raising money.

I get that it’s kind of a corny thing. Maybe it can even be seen as attention-seeking, but money is being raised to help fund research for a terrible disease. 

(I also find this particular photo and the implication in it problematic. Water scarcity in developing nations and raising money for ALS aren’t comparable. It’s a false equivalency. Making lives better for ALS patients isn’t taking away anything from communities that don’t have access to clean water.)

Liz has already said this better than me, but the cynicism over the ice bucket challenge is really unwarranted. Donations to ALS research have almost quadrupled. People are hardly avoiding raising money.

I get that it’s kind of a corny thing. Maybe it can even be seen as attention-seeking, but money is being raised to help fund research for a terrible disease.

(I also find this particular photo and the implication in it problematic. Water scarcity in developing nations and raising money for ALS aren’t comparable. It’s a false equivalency. Making lives better for ALS patients isn’t taking away anything from communities that don’t have access to clean water.)

(Source: spoonfullofsassy, via if-thisisntnice)

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

President Obama, on the death of Robin Williams (via apsies)

(via messily)

Lately

There’s an osprey that hangs out for hours on our dock during the day. I didn’t see him this weekend, but Monday morning, like clockwork, he’s back out there. Did he take a mini-break?

Ospreys like to build nests in dead trees. Telephone companies also build wooden platforms for them on top of telephone poles. There are a lot of dead trees in this area, especially as you get closer to the ocean. I learned yesterday that they’re called dead snags. They’re important to the health of any forest ecosystem because animals and birds like to live in them.

Dax’s teacher said that he rarely sleeps during nap time. Instead he lies on his cot and quietly makes choo-choo noises for an hour and a half.

Just Monday things.

Genetics

Just realized that the irritating cowlick on the back of my head matches Dax’s swirl on the back of his head almost exactly.

You’re welcome for that, kid.

the-final-sentence:

Final sentences:

"[Darling, do you remember
the man you married?] Touch me,
remind me who I am.”

from “Touch Me

"[Our lives are spinning out
from world to world;
the shapes of things
are shifting in the wind.]
What do we know
beyond the rapture and the dread?”

from “The Abduction

(via cal2neb)

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