23 October 2008

VI

I got tagged the other day by Kate. She wants me to share six random things. I'm plumb out of random things, but my head is full of blog posts. They float around in there, taunting me with their wit and charm, their poignancy, their hope. But somehow, nothing recently has made it onto the virtual page. In the hopes of breaking out of my block, here's six of those nascent post ideas.

  1. My sick mother - she's kind of fallen off of another cliff, sleeps and sleeps and sleeps some more.

  2. My Republican father - who told me the other day that he thought Obama had the chance to be one of the best presidents ever.

  3. The fact that the heat is not yet on in our house: We were trying to hold out until the first of November, out of perversity and thrift, but it's going on this weekend because baby, it's cold in there.

  4. The plethora of books that come home from kindergarten - I love books, don't get me wrong, but this feels like misplaced suburban PTA do-goodism. The kids in this school district don't need these earnest book packs every week. The kids on the other side of the county do.

  5. Eggplant - I don't love eggplant - but I finally found a recipe that I really like. Roast an eggplant and some sweet red peppers, peel them, seed the peppers, throw all the flesh in the food processor, add salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, and the secret ingredient, pimentón (a/k/a smoked paprika). It's a pasta sauce or a dip. I even smeared it on chicken breasts to make the bread crumbs stick. 

  6. Last but not least - I woke up this morning to find that my husband had sent the following text to my cell phone:
Before first light this late
October morning a hoary frost
lays quietly on the beds of
fallen, orange maple leaves.

Hey, I've got an idea! Ask me a question; I'll answer six questions - that'll get me off the "six random things" hook, right?

And by the way? Tagged if you want to be.

25 comments:

emma said...

That was a nice one - so a question, hmmm? Okay, tell me the story of how you met your husband and how you knew he was the one you wanted to marry (if you answered that in an earlier blog, forgive me for making you repeat yourself).

Mayberry said...

ooh, I'd like to hear more about Republican Dad, please.

Question. Hmm. If you could live anywhere in the US--ignoring family/career/financial barriers--where would it be? Would you stay in NY?

Ree said...

Absolutely not least. How sweet of your hubby.

Here's a question - what is the sweetest thing your husband has ever done for you?

Furrow said...

I've been wondering about your mother. I'm sorry that the news is not good, though I guess there are worse things than sleep.

Question: Are you annoyed by people who are not on time (for meetings, family gatherings, etc), or are you rarely on time, yourself?

FreshHell said...

5. Sounds a bit like baba ghanoush (which I love and haven't had in years).

Question: favorite foods and least favorite foods - what are they?

Janet said...

what a lovely poem! Does he often do things like that?

kathy a. said...

(((( magpie )))) the sleeping may be, as you suspect, a prelude. my thoughts and heart are with you, your family, and your mom. xoxoxo

and -- raised republican, long since gone another way, and feeling hopeful now -- my heart also is just busting with happiness about your dad.

Sober Briquette said...

6. forget what I said about them being separated at birth.

5. I love eggplant. I made a humongous batch of mellanzane alla parmiciana this week.

4. we've got the Scholastic book fair next week. On Friday they want us to give the kids money to buy their own books. As if! Left to her own devices, mine would come home with Barbie and Pony books.

3. This winter I am joining the homeless at the library. I keep it at 63. But I don't pay as often for dog grooming.

2. I think mine are voting for him.

1. I'm sorry. At least, I think, that if she is sleeping that is peaceful rather than painful, for her.

Sober Briquette said...

Unless... he were "horny" and I was "frosty." Then, I can see it.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Well he sure made all the other husbands out there look bad.

nonlineargirl said...

Maybe I could get behind that eggplant recipe. But now the farm share has no eggplants, so it will have to wait. Queasy as I have been, I am not paying to try out anything with eggplant right now.

Kate Lord Brown said...

The text was beautiful. So sorry about your Mom - thoughts with you. First time I've come across 'tagging' - now I now how to handle it gracefully (always an ignorer of chain letters etc, wasn't sure what to do with these ...) Eggplants - yum. Always remind me of that supermarket scene from 'Coneheads'.

Vodka Mom said...

that text was awesome. But, more importantly, I love what your REPUBLICAN father said. It gives me HOPE.

Library Lady said...

Sounds a bit like caponata--which I love, and for which I have luckily found a Weight Watchers recipe that works pretty well.

Which gives me my question. Since you don't like eggplant, what DO you like to cook most of all?

Irish Goddess said...

If I paid him, could your husband send me emails and/or texts like that once in a while?

caro said...

Husband texts you poetry? You lucky lady!

painted maypole said...

can your republican father do anything about the religious right and their crappy campaign that makes it sound like the US will fall apart in the next 8 years? yeesh.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

My father's Republican, too. So is my husband. And my father-in-law. In fact most of the men I know are Republicans & the women are mostly Democrats. Which I never thought about before. Hm.

What's your house like? Do you love it?

Kelley said...

Breakfast for dinner. Crime against humanity or full of awesome and win?

Ozma said...

I like your six random things. I'm always tempted to subvert those memes so I'll avoid the tag for now!

We kept the house at 48 until I got deathly ill for a significant period of time and some lingering health problems I have may perhaps be due to that illness.

We were too scared to do it the next year (last year) and the result? I didn't get sick ONCE.

Now we're kinda indulgent with the heat. But maybe we should give that performance fleece thing a go again. (It worked GREAT. I think it was dressing/undressing for the shower that got me.)

But I'm freezing my ass off right now and can't bring myself to turn it on.

I'm sorry about your mom.

Ozma said...

Oh, whoops. I didn't see the thing about the question.

How about this: Is it hard having a Republican parent if you are not Republican?

Nap Warden said...

We are doing the same with the heat...It's been a cold weekend!

Hmmmm...I'll have to think on a question...

Izzy said...

I'm suffering from the worst writer's block. I may have to tag myself. Thanks :)

the mama bird diaries said...

Umm... I couldn't get past this, "My Republican father - who told me the other day that he thought Obama had the chance to be one of the best presidents ever."

hallelujah!!!

womaninawindow said...

seriously? Your husband sent you that? My husband calls and pretends to be Henifer Hlopez or Xenu. Hummmm...