Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
The San Diego concert is turning into an extravaganza all its own. In addition to Ginger joining me at the concert, fellow unschooling moms Flo, Kate and Gardenia are also coming. Flo told me that she's so excited to be losing her James virginity with me. Does that mean I'm pimping for James? Cool.
And now Diana is considering making the trek down as well. Look out James, we're coming back! Anyone else want to pop their James cherry with us? Just let me know. I'll be at concerts in San Francisco, LA, Anaheim and San Diego. Come join the fun! Why not? You know you wanna...
What I planned to do today:
- finish the book I'm reading so I can return it to the library before we leave tomorrow
- go on a 5k Ass Project walk
- make a check list of necessary items to bring on our road trip
- lay out clothes and other sundries
- carefully pack for the Bacon-Wrapped James Tour
What I did today:
- work a surprise! shift at the cafe for most of the day
- go to an after work meeting
- print out directions to the 87 different stops we're making on this trip
- throw stuff in a suitcase and hope for the best
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Speaking of which, I have a couple of willing converts down in San Diego and I'm really excited for that bit of the trip. My friends Ginger and Jeff have invited us to stay at their house while we're in town. Ginger and another friend, Flo, will be going to the San Diego concert with me. Girls Night Out!
Our final concert in Anaheim is also James' final US date. It's definitely going to be the best one.It's got to be, I promised Craig I would have absolutely NO fun without him at any other concert. No Flat Craig in Anaheim. He'll be there full size.
Rocking out with my obsessive James counterpart.
Except, maybe now we'll need a Flat Diana?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
If you've got a bubbe in Florida, you won't want to miss Sara Silverman's plea for your participation in The Great Schlep. (If you don't know what a bubbe is, or you're easily offended by Sara's incredibly non-PC approach to
The Great Thursday Morning Ass Schlep in which I took my dog for a long, hard walk, on a beautiful trail, in the morning air and now I feel great. So it's got me thinking that I may finally, possibly start doing something for Mrs G's 5k ass program like I said I would, even though I really didn't know that I said I would.
Seriously, I just thought I was encouraging Mrs.G, but now my link is on her sidebar as a participant, so I kind of feel obligated. But I don't do obligation very well. But walking makes me feel really good, and it's good for me, so I shouldn't let some perceived obligation get in my way, right?
What was I talking about again?
Oh yeah, walking. Why don't I do this everyday? It clears the cobwebs, facilitates the oxygen intake, makes the dog really happy and provides me time to think. (That's not even considering the obvious
Disclaimer: Even though I'm right there in spirit with Mrs. G, there will be no pictures of my ass on the web. Ever. You're welcome.
The Great California Schlep in which I pack up the family and head south for the much anticipated James
So it's almost here, Kenya believe it? Where did summer go? I know I saw it here just a minute ago. Then I turn around for one minute and it's gone. It seems like September just flew through my mind like a breeze. Maybe that's because I've been looking forward especially hard this year.
Anticipation is a funny thing. There's a kind of yin and yang to the whole experience this time around. The good part is that I have time to think and plan. (Unlike my last James road trip where I just jumped in the car and drove through the night.) The bad part of course is that I have time to think and plan. This means I've had time to evaluate the sanity of said plan.
I've had a few What Am I Crazy?! moments. Like yesterday when Qacei and I were going over our budget for the trip. We've actually done really well in that department and I've got it covered for the most part. And don't think I missed the whole Learning in Real Life, aka unschooling, benefit that goes into the planning of such an escapade. But this is what sent a mild gasp throughout the room.
Yup. That's our Google map of directions and destinations. Don't get me wrong, it's going to be a kick-ass, mind blowing, amazingly awesome experience. But we sure do have a lot of highway miles on there. And there's this...
It's s little unsettling to see the round trip driving time all put together like that. One and a half days in the car. Make that 1 day and 18 hours if we hit traffic. But I shouldn't worry. I mean we're driving to LA, what are the chances we'll hit traffic? Right?
Of course that's a small price to pay to see my boys in concert. Again. And again. And again. And again. WooHoo!
So get ready, it's almost here.
Want to be a part of the tour? Email me at zenmomma (at) comast (dot) net if it looks like I'll be heading anywhere near you and you'd like to meet up for coffee, chit chat and the latest James update. I'd love to say hi. Plus I've got a great CD to play for you.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
So.......drum roll please.....
Congratulations to Caren from Open-Hearted Life. I KNOW you will enjoy this CD.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
1. There be no need t' fear, UNDERDOG be here.
2. Where in t' heck did the dubloons go? Avast! T' bilge rats have made off with all of t' booty. They ought t' be keel hauled!
3. Shiver me timbers! Gettin' out o' bed be all I managed t' do.
4. Prospects for gettin' much done today be slim. Arrr!
5. Change be t' message.
6. Simplicity and tranquility be not t' pirate's way, ye scurvy dogs.
7. And as for t' weekend, tonight I’m be lookin' fore t' discovering the zen o't' pirate, tomorrow me plans include a bit o' pillage and plunder and Sunday, I want to work on my piratitude! Arrr!
Today's post created with t' help o' t' English to Pirate translator. Arrrr!
Avast! Get yer own Friday Fill-Ins here!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I want to live my next life backwards: You start out dead and get that
out of the way.
Then you wake up in an old age home feeling better every
Then you get kicked out for being too healthy. Enjoy your retirement
and collect your pension.
Then when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You
work 40 years until you're too young to work.
You get ready for High School: drink alcohol, party, and you're generally
promiscuous. Then you go to primary school, you become a kid, you play,
and you have no responsibilities.
Then you become a baby, and then... You spend your last 9 months
floating peacefully in luxury, in spa-like conditions - central
heating, room service on tap, and then...
You finish off as an orgasm.
*from the International Talk Like a Pirate Day website
1.Ahoy! - "Hello!"
2. Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
3.Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
4. Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
5. Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!6. Thar she blows! - The pirate equivalent of "Whoop, there it is!".
7. Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.
8. Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day – A lot of guy humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship. It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on your friends.
9. Bung hole – Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table. Great! More for you!
10. Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!
11. Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”
12. Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.
13. Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day – “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I sometimes wonder what other people do for fun. You know, "normal" people. Qacei and I, never accused of being normal, of course took this offhand request and decided to create this bit of heaven on a plate for our friend.
We decided to wing it as far as a plan goes. We started with your basic frosted brownie and
Qacei melted some chocolate and hand-dipped
The brownies were then frosted and decorated with 2 kinds of sprinkles, all of the chocolate dipped goodies plus more marshmallows and m&m's.
And of course the crowning touch, Jesus H. Christ on a Razor Scooter. We couldn't find a pogostick, but I think we came pretty close to her original request. We delivered our creation to much laughter and that of course was the goal.
Footnote: Mormon missionaries came to the door while we were visiting. I couldn't resist offering them a Jesus H.Christ on a Razor Scooter Brownie. The first young man asked if the H. stood for "Holy." I looked at Qacei and said..."sure!" So he took one. The other young man looked like I was offering him a big old helping of damnation and hellfire on a plate and politely refused. We all wondered then if the first guy actually ate his brownie? It would be sad to think he could let such a thing of beauty go to waste.
What: Pura Vida Unschooling Conference (Yahoo group link)
Where: Hotel California, Manual Antonio, Costa Rica
When: November 30 - December 8, 2008
Registration fees: $50 per adult, $40 per child, $200 per family, children under 3 free
Photos of the venue
* 25 rooms available. Possible overflow room in nearby hotel.
* Room rates will be discounted 20%
* Standard Garden Rooms: $90.00/night plus tax
* Ocean View Deluxe Rooms: $105.00/night plus tax
* The Villa ( 2 bedroom house) $174/night plus tax
* includes full breakfast, plus coffee & a small fridge in the room
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Of course my own personal countdown clock continues to tick away in joyful anticipation as the bacon-wrapped leg of the James tour heads my way. Which of course gets me to thinking about
Check it out. Remember, the holidays are sneaking up on us fast. Why not get some hand made goodies now and avoid the rush?
If you're interested in a more musical purchase, Hey Ma is finally available today here in the US! I've said it before and I'll say it again, this album is amazing! Buy it. Really. You won't be sorry.
And as a thank you to everyone who has managed to read to the end of this post. For you my loyal reader, I am doing Zenmomma's Garden's first ever
That's right. In one swell foop I will answer the burning question on everyone's mind. Namely, "Who the hell is James?" (While also probably doubling their US sales total.) So if you are interested in receiving your very own FREE copy of James' fantastic new CD, Hey Ma, just leave a comment on today's post. I'll leave comments open until Monday, Sept. 22. Then I'll choose a comment number at random and award you, my lucky reader, the most coveted of all items, music from Zenmomma's favorite
Friday, September 12, 2008
I figure it was my
Tomorrow we're going to work the Oregon State football game. Lots of unregistered students for sure. Wish us luck.
1. I enjoy reality tv a little bit too much, I fear. But really, what's not to love about a marathon of Tabatha's Salon Takeover, Project Runway and America's Next Top Model? Besides, I'm sure that maintaining healthy brain cells is overrated and somehow unattractively bourgeois.
2. What might possibly happen to screw up the election in November (aka Obama NOT winning) is something I wonder about often lately.
3. In your heart, you knew that everything would work out as it was meant to be.
4. Take just about anything, add a little bacon and you end up with something even better.
5. Life has gifted me with a sense of humor and an understanding family.
6. A salon pedicure is an instant vacation.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to something, but I'm not sure what exactly. It will be better with bacon though. Absolutely. Tomorrow my plans include brunch with my unschooling tribe (again, better with bacon) and Sunday, I want to do some more planning for the upcoming bacon-wrapped James tour!
You can find the Friday Fill-Ins here!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
4. Mom of the groom, the lovely Donna.
5. Erik and his dad, my brother Rick.
6. The old married folks.
7. The new married folks.
8. Oops! Qacei hits the deck while attempting a tricky group photo.
9. Liz & Story rockin' the reception.
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