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5 months from now

When I wake up in the morning, I won't immediately go to work as soon as, or possibly even before, my feet hit the ground. I won't walk into a kitchen filled with dirty dishes because *someone* forgot to unload the dishwasher, and the dish drainer, consequently leaving no room for me load dirty dishes into the dishwasher or clean dishes into the dish drainer. I won't have to remind anyone to do any chores. I won't have to listen to another muthafuckin' Beyonce song. Ever. Food that I buy and work to prepare will not go uneaten. There will be NO McDildo's containers in my fridge.

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Mesiah Hameed

This is a story about my kid's friend, Mesiah, who was brutalized and arrested...at an anti-police brutality protest in New York.
http://eastvillage.thelocal.nytimes.com/tag/mesiah-hameed/

I can't watch the video. She is a sweet, quirky, soft-spoken teenager.

Here you can see Mesiah (red and white stripes) and T-Dizzle (white tank top, long hair, red bandana) dancing at a Destiny Arts Center show, from a couple of years ago.

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College update

She's going to SF State. Went there to day to meet her academic adviser. Came home to her financial aid offer. 1/2 grants, some work study and the rest loans. Working madly on some scholarships. Please vibe us for more money and for her to get into the on-campus housing. Thanks!

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not vulnerable

I've had a profile on a dating site for months and months now. I haven't been asked out on a date, I've only had two or three people send messages to me, and I've only had a couple people respond when I write. I happened to look at my "personality" bar graph page, and the top thing, the most glaring was "more arrogant". Hmmm. The second on the list is "more kind". Kind and arrogant. I feel like I'm collecting a stack of green apple cards at the end of a game of "apples to apples". Clearly, their algorithm doesn't work for me.

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so, I've been doing yoga

for a few months, a class called yoga punx. I really like the class because it is designed for people who might not otherwise take a yoga class. It's an all-levels class, and it's NOT in a hot room (it's in a funky warehouse in the Mission area in San Francisco), and it's donation based, and the teacher plays old punk rock while we do yoga (California Uberalles was a featured tune the other night). I go once or twice a week. I've also checked out some other yoga classes, other teachers, proper studios.

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I love doing taxes

Yes, you read that right. I'm not so fond of paying them, per se. Although I haven't had to pay for a long time, due to the offspring. I think next year I might lose my EIC (as T will be 18) and then I'll have to pay, but that's not the point. I like, no, LOVE filling out the forms, figuring out if, for instance, I claim car expenses then I get less EIC money, so maybe it's better not to claim car expenses, and not worry about how claiming the car for biz use might change my insurance rates, blah blah blah. I like to see the numbers rise and fall, rise and fall.

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grats today

Things for which I am grateful today:
1. I live in an area where there is a Farmer's Market Year Round. Local produce, fresh, and mostly organic. I sometimes think of it as a hassle, going down to the Farmer's Market, and I am lucky enough to be able to think that way.

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