kind of. dark river is playing one faraway show.
here's the plan: take a trip up the pacific coastline and meet our friends to play a show at a loggers' tavern in blue lake, california.
so i'll be gone for a few days. but i'll be romping through the green mistylands of the redwood forests and the most romantic and beautiful highway in the whole wide world.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
this is my grandma g.
georgia to be exact. we call her "georgie" and she is 98 years old.
she still lives alone.
she eats oatmeal with blueberries every morning, with a cup of hot chocolate.
she remembers all of her grandkids' and great-grandkids' birthdays. and there are A LOT of them and even great-great-grandkids.
she still loves my grandfather whom i never met; he died when my dad was twenty.
she is about four and a half feet tall...teeny tiny.
my dad, below on the left, does so much for her and she relies on him for a lot because she can't see very well or get around very easily. for years and years her favorite thing was to walk to the bus station in sacramento and ride the bus all over creation to do her errands and to go to bingo. now she can't walk as far as the bus station on her own, but still overall she is pretty much fit as a fiddle.
cousin tom beatty, on the right, owned the froggy that won the calaveras county jumping frog contest in 1989. when i was a kid that impressed me immesely.
oh, and just for good measure, here she is as a young lady.
pretty lil georgia baker, california girl!
pretty lil georgia baker, california girl!
what a doll.
and with my grandpa buck.
i come from a long line of nice, happy, loving people and for that i am so blessed.
GRANDMA GEORGIE, I CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR MANY FULL AND WONDERFUL YEARS!
can't wait till one hundred! and a massive fiesta!
Monday, February 22, 2010
my brother is a pisces, a rapscallion, and a bandit of love and magic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIGS!
or as darin would say, the free-wheelin mikie beatty!
i miss you dreadfully today on your birthday, thinking about your roguish charm.
hope that land of the "angels" appreciates your brilliance, cause it outshines every other star in sight.
can't wait till you're back in the midst of our madness:
and how old ARE you????
ha ha, i'll never tell. cause i like how mysterious you are like that.
you're a dreamboat mikie, a lover and a dreamer.
i love you kid.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
have you seen this:
because i watched it last night and i have to admit: i actually sort of loved it. (and so did darin, crazy huh?)at least as much as you can love a totally melodramatic 1990s teen chick flick based on a book that is much much better (i'm assuming, cause it's by joyce carol oates). but it had heart, and the sprawling portland setting and bridges and creepy abandoned house by the river sealed the deal for me. oh, yeah, and the girls sitting in the dark by candlelight bonding cermoniously, sound familiar?
but what i really loved most of all was jenny lewis as the sheepish and shy redhead rita who takes revenge on her pervert teacher.
i sympathized because of her inability to dissect a frog:
i mean, not that you didn't KNOW she was cute ALREADY... i did too and even saw her play with rilo kiley some years ago and have and enjoy some of her music but for some reason i was just "not buying into her shit" a hundred percent before. (yeah.....i have a cynical friend who used to say, "i just can't buy into his shit" and i sort of picked it up and use it from time to time but very sparingly because i am nice and a dork way too much to go around saying that)
but anyway, post-foxfire, i see this:
Jenny Lewis "See Fernando" from Team G on Vimeo.
and lollipops explode inside me because it looks so damn CUTE and FUN. my two favorite things.
her show last independence day with conor oberst and the mystic valley band which you can read all about here. and which looks like the funnest show on earth - she parades around in an american flag cape and sings with a giant smile plastered across her face! rad.
so that's my tribute to jenny lewis, my newfound love.
two other cuties of foxfire:
jenny shimizu as goldie, the druggie (darin's fave) and sarah rosenberg as violet, the sexy one (my fave).
pretty hot huh?
and angelina jolie says she wanted to marry her, for reals.
okay well i guess that's enough 90s trivia for the night. peace out and good night, lovelies.
Friday, February 19, 2010
for a couple of days, oh the sunshine we had!
oh the sunshine...
it was so magnificent and bright and strong that i felt it warming my very bones.
and i knew it was truly the pure solution to all human ills.
and it was utter bliss, and i wrote lists of everything that inspires and i danced around making wild shadows in the grass and being a total maniac.
me and my girls spent the whole two days outside, with a stack of books and a journal and music.
here's beanie jane and i rolling and stretching and loving and purring in the sun:
we even made a new friend with super cool front paws:
we dubbed him pluto.
today it was cloudy again but that's okay too because i've got this:
and a ladies' tea party and clothing swap to attend this eve...
so welcome rain, show me what you got; we can handle it because we have LOVE and a FIRE in the woodstove and our bodies are now a teeny bit stronger from that SUN.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
the other night i was exhausted after work, snacking on fudge and looking at blogs when my friends called me to go explore a cave at 8 pm. i was like, um, yeah right. that sounds way too cold, uncomfortable, and scary to make me get up off my lazy ass. then i was like, wait. wait just a minute. who am i to be such a loser? i love adventures, right? let's keep that in mind self. pulled on jeans under the nightie and went out into the cold, uncomfortable scary night air with the best group of lively explorers a girl could want!
jorden is a science teacher. so....we're safe right?
i still can't believe i went down in there!
by the way, what i fondly call a "cave" is actually an abandoned mine.
does that make it more or less scary?
once you creep through that freaky opening and down into the earth a bit, it opens up enough to stand.
i was breathing easier...except for the scary log that seems to be holding the whole thing up? oh, and werid broken down cart tracks and piles of bat dung and the close dampness of that hidden lair.
and joey and daniel with head lamps.
we came out a different way than where we went in. if this had been our entrance, NO THANKS.
here's em coming through the birth canal into the fresh-aired night.
we wandered around the land for a while. my brother and his friends have explored there many times before and they call it "middle earth."
and then we found this sign, whoops:
and other cool/creepy stuff:
but best of all were the brilliantly shining stars in the sky and us all trying to remember the names of constellations and talking about astonomy and our dream houses and other such fun topics.
sunny february days = the mood for pure adventure.
here's hoping for many more!