Friday, March 06, 2009

Today's Gratitude: Reunited (And It Feels So Good)

Today, I'm happy that business trips do eventually come to an end. I missed YG while he was gone. Don't get me wrong -- I love my alone time and I've never understood couples who need to spend every waking moment together. But you get used to certain sounds and smells in the house, and when they're not there, it just YG was gone from Sunday to today, and I'm glad he's back. It snowed on Monday and it was god awful cold all week so I didn't get out much, but I enjoyed my time working late and going to bed late and watching crappy t.v. I'm grateful YG made it back home safe and sound, and that our house is back to normal.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Today: Fighting for What's Right

Today, California's Supreme Court started weighing the legality of the gay marriage ban. They have 90 days to issue a ruling. Fingers and everything else on me crossed. I'm grateful for the people who showed up and non-violently protested side-by-side with the fuckers who held up signs like “Gay = Pervert” and “A Moral Wrong Can’t Be a Civil Right.” I don't know if I would have the ability to hold my tongue.

Also grateful for:

The Courage Campaign's video:

For The Bible Tells Me So -- My church did a screening of this movie (speaking of grateful, how cool is that?) about a year ago and I missed it, but I finally got along to watching it on HBO. Really well done, really moving.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Today: Bad TV

I'm sure I will eventually get around to all the real things that I'm grateful for like friends, family, blah, blah, but the frivalous things are fun too. America's Next Top Model kicks off tonight and I couldn't be more happy. I LOVE this show! It's a sick, sick addiction and I need help. Already we've had Tyra in some gold lame outfit using her faux European accent and claiming herself "The Goddess of Fierce," along with your standard freakshows like the Jesus freak, the uppity bitch, a conspiracy theorist and someone with "anxiety issues" who also collects pens. It is scripted, sparkly crack and it is awesome.

In other news, Zygote is doing well. I passed my glucose test so no gestational diabetes. Woot! Unfortunately, my anemia is getting worse so I have yet another iron supplement to take. But poop stories -- yay!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Today's Gratitude: Friends in The Arts

I had this long bitch post ready to go this morning about how it's 12 degrees and freezing and how I had to drive 80 miles this morning and how the pizza guy was an hour late last night and how I gained five pounds in a week and how gross my glucose drink was and.....well, sometimes you just end up in a good mood for reasons beyond your control. I was prepared to be bitchy and then I was not. Worked from home, caught up on a TON of work, listened to my happy, bouncy baby on the doppler. I guess this is why they call them mood "swings."

Tonight, I got to see my friend, SKB, perform in The Nose. It was great and interesting and weird. I am long past the point of caring whether or not I go somewhere by myself, and I struck up a conversation with the girl sitting next to me, who was there to support her friend singing in the chorus. I am grateful that I have so many friends still trying to make a living in The Arts. My day-to-day is about as far away from a creative life as you can possibly get, and I can sometimes get sucked into the racket. Between YG and I, we know quite a few singers, actors, writers, photographers, dancers, etc. It's inspiring, and helps me see that there is a life path other than the one that was prescribed to me (and that I unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the day, followed). I am still sending my writing out there, and got an official rejection today on my travel piece. But it wasn't a form letter! Progress. :-)

Today, I am also grateful for my corporate whore lifestyle because it allowed to me to hitch a $28 cab ride back from Boston rather than take the T in the freezing cold and talk to the cabbie about his favorite operas. It's the little things that count.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Grateful for! My new bras came today. Big, gargantuan bras for big, pregnant, gargantuan jugs. No more back fat! No more spillage! Woo hoo. Now that's the spirit of Lent.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Forty Days and Forty Nights

I've been thinking for a while about what I wanted to give up for Lent this year, but I came up with nothing. Last year, I gave up spending on extras like clothes and shoes and that was extremely tough. Yet rewarding. This year, with Zygote, I've already had to give up a lot of my vices -- wine, beer, buying tons of new clothes, caffeine, etc (and the crack and heroin ;-)) -- so what would be really hard? I briefly considered something abstract like "being negative," but that's nearly impossible. And then there's all those really nicey nice things like volunteering my time or helping people in need, and yeah...yeah. This is me we're talking about.

So I eventually decided that I'm not going to give up anything. I'm going to try and list something that I'm grateful for every day. That's not necessarily not being negative, but it does mean trying to find something to be thankful for every day, even when I'm knee deep in shit. And I think I can do it.

So today, I'm grateful for where I live. This may seem strange considering that we're able to get blanketed by another foot of snow tomorrow and I'm going to be trying to work, take care of MG and find someone to shovel all at the same time, but I love Cambridge. We still haven't eaten at all the great restaurants we want to eat at or explored all the bookstores or visited any of the Harvard museums. And spring WILL eventually come and that will mean more brunches outside and JP Licks and reading in the grass by the Charles.