Wednesday, May 8th
I interviewed today for a new job. A position at a Veterinary Clinic. It would be nice to work with animals again but it is kind of lame that the clinic is in one of the suburbs here. The other thing is the hours....I don't know if it is worth it or not. I would miss being so close to home and some of my co-workers...
Sunday was the MayDay parade and celebration. We had a good time, though we only really stayed for the parade.
I'm looking forward to the This Bike is A Pipe Bomb show at the Seward Cafe in early June. Though I am debating whether taking Ana is a wise choice or not. My dream job is being part of the Seward collective that runs the cafe, or the colletive that runs the Hard Times Cafe. Now that is really living on your own terms. As an employee, you are part owner of the business, so you have a say in how that business is run and matters that effect the business.
No real news on my end. Just waiting for something resembling spring at this point.
Wednesday, April 24th
The mother-in-law was in town for the past week. That is always an experience, let me tell you...
Really nothing to report other than silly mundane stories...
Friday, April 12th
We just got back from an adventure at Bryant Park. Lots of learning to share for little Ana. Games included the "toddler staredown", the "my ball" tug and hug and the "lets follow the other babies around like a puppy" game.
Ana is becoming quite the little anti-smoking and pro-pedestrian advocate (or is it anti-car?).
In other "May Day" news, check out the Indymedia site for events happening the week leading up to May 1st, in your city.
Amazon Books will be hosting Julia Butterfly Hill for a book signing, Sunday the 14th.
So, we were out for a stroll last night and as we were coming down Lake Street heading home, a traveling punk asked us if we could spare some loot. I was like, "Lemme check" and pulled my wallet-type thing out. Lo and behold, I had a few bucks. Well, let me tell you, we had gusty winds all day and just as I was fumbling around (I had my gloves on for some reason)with my money, WOOSH, the wind sucked 2 bucks out of my hand just as I was getting ready to hand it to him. The clincher of this story is, I just stood there dumbfounded as he scurried after the money. I felt terrible about the situation after it was too late to do anything about it. I hope to goddess that he didn't feel demeaned by the fact that I just stood there while he rushed to grab the dollar bills. I really didn't mean for it to be that way.
Oh yeah, I had my first session at the May Day workshops. GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE. Let's just say that I hope this coming week goes better.
Monday, April 1st
Had a relaxing breakfast at the Seward Cafe this morning. It's the perfect place to take Ana because they have toys and books and she can just wander around while we are waiting for our name to be called.
Today, I was thinking about some commonly used words and phrases that really annoy me. The first being "upscale", this word somehow implies that everything else is lower quality and lower class, that if you shop at a upscale shop, you are somewhat better than everyone else. It is such a bullshit term.
The other phrase is "cutting edge", what the hell? Every time a new product comes out, it's all of the sudden "cutting edge". What is that supposed to mean anyway, that you need
Working behind a counter at a corporate grocery that targets the rich folk, I notice things about our customers all of the time. Like how everyone that comes into the store is wearing the same North Face puffy coat or fleece vest, in black mind you, and the same leather hiking shoes, you know the ones. Why is everyone so caught up on a brand name. And the high school girls with their Abercrombie sweatshirts. It doesn't even look good, but they spend a load of their(parents) cash just because of the name on the front or on a little tag. And how I see a parking lot full of Volvos, Audis and Saabs when I walk out to go home. Is this the "American Dream"? If so, they can have it. Blah.
Friday, March 29th
The other day as I was leaving the Art Material's store with my bag of blockprinting goodies, I came to an elderly lady at the end of the alley. She held her hand up to me, motioning me to stop. I rested at the end of the alley and slid the window down a hair to she what she needed. Of course, she needed money. All of the sudden the excitement of getting my art supplies didn't seem so great anymore. I get knocked into to this every now and then. I feel as though I don't deserve to have things when there are people out there that can't even buy food. There have been too many times this year alone that I almost had to make the trek to the food shelf but I am thankful to have my housing.
On a good note, a co-worker offered up some space in her garden if I wanted to plant something this spring. I was very touched by her guesture. And another co-worker that I thought disliked me, paid the 5 cents that I was short for my morning coffee. I realize that 5 cents isn't much but it's the thought that counts.... Are things looking up???
Thursday, March 28th
Yes, its true, I think that Spring has finally graced us here in Minnesota. Keep your fingers crossed that it's not yet another false alarm.
It's time to dig the bicycle out and get my ass in shape again. I want to commit to at least riding the bike or walking this whole summer when I go out alone.
I've recruited someone to contribute some drawings to the zine-in-progress since I'm a spazz at art.
I picked up some block printing supplies to test my hand at that. If all goes well, I will block print covers.
I put the mini-poll back up for the time being....
Thursday, March 21st
Wednesday, March 20th
It's the Spring Equinox today. growl. Then how come it's snowing?
I have been thinking about issues of "class" too much lately. Then some pompus physician comes into my place of employment and belittles me and says very classist remarks about myself and my co-workers and when I find out, I am so angry that I get teary. I take shit way too personally, though it is hard not to when some selfish jerk is launching attacks at me and the people I work with. What a wonderful world we live in.
The other issue that I have been major insecurities about for the past few weeks, months and years is friends and friendships in general. In the whole city of Minneapolis, I have ONE person that wants to go out to catch lunch or hang out or whatever. ONE.
On a lighter note, I will be starting the puppet making at the Heart of the Beast theatre in a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to that anyway.
Sunday, March 17th
one word: SNOW
I finally picked up Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, it is a great book that focuses on the evils that the fast food industry forces upon unsuspecting masses and wage slaves alike. I have been switching between that book and the "Burn Collector" collection by Al Burian which is available through Microcosm.
I had a chance to check out Atom and His Package last Sunday. I was supposed to meet another Mpls mama there, but our paths didn't cross. Even though, it was a good time.
Monday, March 4th
I want to draw attention to the beautiful work by a local or once local, artist named Inna Valin. I know that I have mentioned her before but I thought that it was worth a second mention!
Well, I am offically signed up to work on puppets for the HOTB May Day parade and festival. I am also trying to decide if I want to try and participate in the May Day March for the Labor Movement on May 1st.
Another site with interesting "busy work" is the Victorian Trading Company. Check out the pretty Spring greeting cards.
Keep updated on all facets of "alternative news" on this site.
Okay, this is all I have time for tonight.
Wednesday, Feb 27th
Spring is getting closer! In the Heart of the Beast is getting ready for the annual MayDay 2002 parade!
Spring also means volunteering again with the Youth Farm and Market Project. Hopefully this time I can commit for a longer period than I did this past summer...
Thursday, Feb 21st
Sunday, Feb 17th
Spay Day 2002 is here...
HERE ARE SOME FACTS FOR YOU TO PONDER:
Another great site to visit is Alley Cat Allies.
Wednesday, Feb 13th
I've been having a love affair with WinMx. I finally can listen to some songs without buying the whole damn CD!! I realize that most ppl have been doing this all along but I just got back online, with my own computer at that!!
We had a mini Mardi Gras parade @ work Tuesday. Every department had to decorate a "float" starting with a cart. Then at 11:00 (for my shift) and 4:00 we paraded like asses around the store with our makeshift floats. Our theme was loosely based as a Mariachi float. Complete with a trumpet, violin and guitar made of bread, Latin music and a pinata. I was in charge of "playing the trumpet". The reasoning behind this theme was that over half of our staff in the bakery are Latino.
I got a bundle of zines and such in the mail this week from the good ppl @ Microcosm. Check them out, you shall not regret it. They run the distro, make custom buttons and I'm pretty sure that they can do custom silkscreened t-shirts.
I've been being a bad spender this month, I also ordered a beautiful Nikki McClure shirt from buyolympia.com. It is a white tee (In a womyn's cut, no less!) with a print of a crow papercut she did. I have a strange attachment to crows for some reason, so I was excited when I saw the new shirt!
And last but not least, I bought two colorful (meadow green and violet!! oohlala) bottles for the upcoming arrival of spring/summer from Nalgene. The old blue model was feeling a bit boring and that blasted wide mouth gets me and Ana wet nearly every time.
Sunday, Feb 10th
I bought the Lake Street,USA book last night. I wish I had picked it up sooner. The longer I live here the more I get interested in the other cultures that exsist here. I'm curious about what they think of me as a white womyn (good or bad), how they feel about living here and how they are treated by all of the other cultures and sub-cultures. I had seen some of the photos up when I moved back in 2000 but this goes more in depth obviously.
Along the same lines, this site is a good read.