Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Getting To Know You

1. What's on your feet?
2. What is the last beverage you consumed?
3. What will you be doing in 2 hours? In 12 hours?

(me: 1. Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot tennis shoes; 2. Water with Cranberry Electrolyte Stamina powder in it; 3. Teaching a voice lesson; Sleeping)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

If You Forget Me

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

(In Celebration of Pablo Neruda's Birthday)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Help Find Jack!

If you live in the San Francisco area, please download a picture of Jack, the partially blind kitty who was recently stolen from the SF SPCA, and put it up somewhere in your neighborhood.

From the SPCA press release:

He is a partially-blind kitten, who depends on his brother for many of life's necessities.
He is particularly vulnerable and we are gravely concerned for his safety and well-being.


My friend, Jake, came to visit over 4th of July weekend! It was fun to experience San Francisco through the eyes of a first-timer, although it was a little too cloudy for my taste during most of his stay. I keep forgetting that July is the month when it really gets cloudy here. One thing that visitors always seem to comment on is the hills. Not only do they create challenges in walking from here to there, but they also provide lots of beautiful vistas at various points throughout the city. I didn't take any pictures, but perhaps Jake will post some of his somewhere?! :-)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Lost Day

Today I had an upper endoscopy, a procedure in which my doctor took a camera on a long rubber tube and shoved it down my throat to look at my esophagus, stomach, and part of my small intestine (a procedure he routinely prescribes to people like me, who have had acid reflux for more than 5 years). I had to be sedated with a drug that made me very sleepy and only semi-conscious during the procedure (something I have never experienced before). I sort of remembered the procedure right afterwards, but basically I have no memory of what happened. The narcotic (and amnetic) drug I was given made it so that I felt really drowsy and out of it for the entirety of the rest of the day. It has been a really weird day. I came home and after eating a bit and catching up on email, I fell asleep for 4 hours. So much for going back to work. Then I went out and got some food, read a few internet articles, and sat in bed some more. My throat is quite sore in one spot, so much of what I ate was ice cream and apple sauce. Finally after Ian came home, I ate a little (including some butter he made...) and we watched an episode of Futurama. I feel like if I had a cup of caffeinated tea or coffee, I could finally start my day. Unfortunately, it's 10:42pm. I wonder if I'll be able to sleep?