when the dog bites...

it was a dog-biting kind of day yesterday at school. a beat down. so, i'm taking this moment to simply remember my favorite things in an attempt to drown out the angry mendy. atop the list of best things of late:
1. best cure for bad day of work: weekend
2. best book in a long, long while: The Help by Katheryn Stockett - one of the most important books i've read since I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings or Kaffir Boy and destined to land on my all-time favorites list. you should read it. today.
3. best food indulgence: homemade chicken pot pie with sweet potatoes, curry, and whatever other veggies i need to clear out of the fridge before they spoil...definitely a comfort food. mmmmm.
4. best way to get arrested: dressed as a bagel. true story: my activist sis recently got herself jailed for the day for participating in protests of Bloomberg's AIDS Awareness Bagel Breakfasts. the reason for protest: it's all a lot of pomp and circumstance. smoke and mirrors. bells and whistles. much ado about nothing. a lot of talk and no action. while breakfasting with important muckety-mucks, Bloomberg continues to raise the rent on properties where NYC's housing works (my sister's employer) tries to provide housing to low-income AIDS patients and cut funding to programs that benefit AIDS patients. so, they protested the ill-spent time and money for bagel breakfasts dressed as bagels. well done, sis.
5. best lighting to hide the extra holiday squidge around one's middle (resulting from "best" #3 chicken pot pie): my vintage globe purchase from etsy. as you can see, it is still quite dark even with this delightful little orb all aglow, thus it is this season's best tummy-trimmer. they say black is slimming...darkness is more slimming!
don't worry, friends, i'm not actually that worried about holiday squidge, i just wanted to use the nonsense-word squidge! and now i've said it 3 times!
6. best way to drown out the noise of an angry mendy (or best thing since Boys II Men, take your pick): The Sing Off (see previous 2 posts) or blasting Christmas music (did Boys II Men ever do a Christmas album??? if so, that would be the ultimate best way to drown out noisy angry mendy! kirk has informed me that yes, not only does Boys II Men indeed have a Christmas album, but we also own it. how this escaped my notice, i cannot say. short term memory perhaps?).
7. best way to cope with clutter and cleverly disguise dust bunnies without actually cleaning: Christmas decorations!
(please do not think to mock our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree...it is the only tree that our cats will not attempt to climb! i have no desire to come home from work to find my mercury glass ornaments shattered on the floor because cecil and percy were playing jungle cats in my living room.)


Theresa Buchheister said...

all good advice, sister. and everyone should be more aware of the fact that the AIDs crisis continues. 45,000 NYers (and those are only the ones that KNOW they have AIDs) were massively affected by the veto of the 30% rent cap veto and have been continually affected by bloomies cuts to programs and housing. his focus: testing. but what good is testing when people cannot afford the meds and housing. grandstanding is not a cure. many of my fellow arrestees have HIV/AIDs and those living with it and those affected by it (all of us) should not take anything sitting down. we need to fight against those in power until they choose to fight with us.

Theresa Buchheister said...

must fix my typo... veto of the 30% rent cap. not veto of the 30% rent cap veto.
also, i have a charlie brown tree and no cats.

tiff said...

So good to catch up with you over delish food and $2 cokes. I have put in a library request for The Help and am anxious to read it!