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Oh, is 2011 over? That’s too bad.

Photo on 12-31-11 at 10.38 AM
Somebody might be snuggly-est kitty ever. She slept with the dogs and me last night. There was gonna be none of that "I'm sleeping alone in the guest room" crap for her. At one point I woke up and she was splayed across Edsel.

Nervous and cowardly. That's Iris in a nutshell.

Anyway, it's time for my end-of-year slide show, and I am proud to report I did it myself. In previous years I just selected pictures and Marvin created the whole thing, but I figured it out myself. June. Certified genius. Acme Certified Genius.

This was a C- year, and that was being generous, but it wasn't all bad. See photo above. Also I got to know Dick Whitman's mom. And I got my new computer. And Latisse. Plus my new job is cool.

And then there's all of you.

See? You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life. The facts of life. (Fortunately that is not the song I play during this slide show. Although that would have been hilARious. It's by my friend Beth Thornley.)

 

June's stupid life

Day two with Pal from MA

Pal from MA is videotaping my matuurity.

 

Also?

 

I guess technically I recorded that one. Whatev.

My kitty gets here today. I will leave at lunchtime and get her, and take her home and set her up in the spare bedroom (now that I deflated the bed) (like a grownup) with all her new supplies.

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Pal and I went to Pet Supplies "Plus" and note the "Plus" is in quotes and then the end quote was burnt out. You can imagine how this entire scenario didn't make my entrails pucker up or anything.

Nevertheless, we got this:

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A cute cute cute bed, which she will care about deeply with all her visual skills, and toys that rattle so she can hear them, and a pink and green flowered collar. Yes, I will take the bell off because I figure she can hear me from the shelter right now, so acute are her other senses.

I also got a case of kitten food, which Pal paid for to welcome her to my world. And also? I think Ima call her Iris Frost instead of Virgin Merry Bailey Ingalls. Keep up. Keep up with the mature whirlwind that is June.

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I took Pal to Stameys, which is an excellent and also very classy barbecue place. Oddly, Pal had spent the whole morning hoping I'd suggest we go out for barbecue, so there was some kismet or simpatico or really unhealthy eating patterns at work there.

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We be happy. And adult.

Tune in tomorrow for blind baby kitty news!!!

Friends · June's stupid life

Just the tonic

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My Pal from MA is here. And for the 9943939494 people who emailed me to say, "Did Pal from MA get there?" OH MY GOD, yes, she got here, and let me take five hours out of her visit to email everyone to let them know that. Geez.

Modern technology. Freeing us up not at all.

I got to her hotel, because we are both only children and need our alone time. Even though we have been friends since we are zygotes we know we'd drive each other berserk in my teensy house. After I walked in and we didn't hug, she said, "We need to go get gin."

I have never gotten gin in my life. I mean, I know I sound like some kind of teetotler, over here, and as you all know that has not always been the case, but gin has not been my drink of choice. I much prefer wine or aerosol cans.

In North Carolina, you can't just schlep out to the grocery store to get your gin like in civilized society (i.e., Michigan, where we grew up). No! You have to go to specific liquor stores. And why? Is this going to stop anyone? Alcohol is legal. Why do we have to head on out to a special store like it's clandestine, like we're getting medical marijuana or something?

So I had to go home, Google ABC Liquor Stores, think about which one would be closest to me with my fine sense of geography, decide whether Pal needed rehab, ponder whether to call my friend who works on that show Intervention to see if I could get on there with Pal and finally get my big break, and eventually Pal and I got our so-needing-alcohol-at-this-point patoots in the car to ABC Liquor.

And whoo! Way to go with that creative name, ABC Liquor people! Ima start my OWN liquor stores. You Have No Other Outlet Liquor. Hate Your Life Liquor. You're Drinking a Depressant to Forget You're Depressed Liquor. Said You Weren't Gonna Tonight Yet Here You Are Again Liquor.

Liquor? You Don't Even Know Her.

The liquor store was in a strip mall, but way over in a dark corner, like we were doing something bad. Like we were going to the Little Shop of Pupy Porn or something.

There was a nice sign on the door, written in Spanish, but it showed a silhouette of a woman with a baby inside and we pretty much got the message. They serve baby drinks, apparently. Drinks for the whole family!

Or maybe because the baby was still inside, they serve drinks with folic acid or something, for your baby's health. They should really have that sign in English, too.

Anyway, Pal headed straight to the gin aisle like she had some kind of gin-dar, and then said, "There's no tonic."

"How do you know there's no tonic? We've been in here 16 seconds. I'm looking for the baby drinks."

"I just know. I HATE North Carolina."

"Do you have tonic?" I asked the clerk, who had a delightful eyebrow ring. "No, ma'am. We don't even have vermouth. It doesn't have enough liquor in it."

??

"I HATE NORTH CAROLINA!" Pal screeched. Did I mention she can be screechy?

I drove her to the Indian convenience store near my house, which at this point might as well have been in India, and did I mention we had to be at a dinner at 7:00 with my book club?

"Namaste!" chirped the Indian guy, who might know me too well, seeing as I am often out of the finer things in life such as Spaghetti-Os and toilet paper.

"HAVE YOU GOT TONIC?" screeched Pal.

"Tonic? Like mineral water for health?" I knew he was in trouble.

"I HATE THIS STATE! THIS IS THE STUPIDEST PLACE IN THE WORLD!"

I ushered her out, wondering why she didn't just drink gin straight. Does anyone drink gin straight? You never hear about people doing that. If no one does that, why don't they just put the tonic right in there in the first place? Have I mentioned I am not a fan of gin?

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Fortunately for all of North Carolina, tonic was the tonic for Pal at the grocery store, and the screech was tamed. And we were only 39939292 minutes late for book club dinner.

Where Pal had a gin and tonic.

Friends · June's stupid life

Deep Texts

A text conversation between Hulk and me last night:

Hulk: I'm sitting in a bar and they're playing Sleeping Beauty's song.

Me: I just wanna use your love toniiiiight!

Hulk: I don't blame you….Now I'm re-living the summer of '69. Those were the best days of my life.

Me: Where the hell ARE you, the WSAM Bar and Grille?

(WSAM was the top 40 AM radio station from our childhood. Trust me. This was a hilarious line. However, Hulk took forever to write back. So I wrote:)

Me: Don't you remember WSAM?

Hulk: Yes, of course. That's the station that played Gears hockey games.

(sighhh)

Hulk: I'm still bummed that Jimmy quit and Jodie got married, but now I'm rocking the Kasbah.

Me: You have got to get out of that effing bar. Of course, I'm listening to my Thomas Kinkade Christmas clock, so who am I to judge?

Hulk: I can't leave. I just requested every Ratt song ever recorded so I have to stay for that. Also, pour some sugar on me.

Me: IN THE NAME OF LOVE! Come on fatten me up. That'd be redundant. Are you there for some kind of sports watching?

Hulk: Yep…watching the bowl games.

Me: I want you to know I have any clue what that means. I mean, are you watching bowling? Are people throwing bowls? Is this some sort of pottery event?

Hulk: College football games. Purdue v. Western Michigan & NC State v. blooo de blooo de blooo blooo blooo…

Me: I don't see what bowls have to do with football.

Hulk: Geez. They just call them "bowl games." If you do well in football your team gets to go to a bowl game.

Me: Well, that makes no sense. They should try to make more sense, if you ask me.

Hulk: It makes as much sense as paying for dog day care. Damn, now Johnny's working on the docks and livin' on a prayer.

(Fortunately for us all, I went to bed at this point.)

Family · Friends · June's stupid life

In which the theme song from What’s Happenin’ is whipped out

I wish Edsel could be any more passionately in love with his grandpappy. Last night my stepfather took a book of poetry to the dining room table (me too) to read because he didn't want to watch Real Housewives (why the rerun? You know who'd be a good addition to Real Housewives? Rerun.)

 

and anyway Edsel, for the first time ever, slept under the dining room table. That was only after he'd been gazing worshipfully at my stepfather for many moons.

Edsel has man issues, have you noticed that? He is from a broken home.

Anyway, yesterday I schlepped my mother and stepfather out to the shelter, to meet Virgin Mary Bailey Ingalls, and the stupid shelter was closed. There was no room at the inn. I mean, what the? Just because I had the day off doesn't mean the shelter workers deserved one. GOD.

So after that fruitless effort we did the next-best thing and went to a movie with Dick Whitman. It's not like we said, "Well, that's out. Let's call Dick Whitman." He had been on our agenda, anyway. He'd wanted to Southernly charm my mother, which I did not think he could do, but it turns out he totally did.

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We all went to see My Week with Marilyn, not that I literally spent a really fast week with somebody named Marilyn and let them watch, it is a movie with Michelle Williams, who kind of bugs me. She always seems kind of beleaguered. And you know what I think? No one should try to play Marilyn Monroe. Because you can pad your bra and your hips and puff out your lips all you want. You are still not gonna have that thing that she and I have.

How much do you enjoy me?

Really, though. She had a kind of magic and that is why we are all fascinated by her and that is why no one can really play her. Dick Whitman pointed out that's why no one should play Elvis, either. True, that.

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See. I thought this would be funny, making them stand under the "Boys" sign, but then it turns out you just can't really see them. I shoulda brought my real camera and not just my cell phone. You spend 9 million dollars on a cell phone, it should at least take good pictures.

Remember when it was just exciting to have a phone that took pictures? Now we want really good pictures. Remember when it was just exciting to have a phone outside?

Anyway, the whole drive home from Dick Whitman I had to answer a bunch of questions about why I'm not dating Dick Whitman, kind of like here on this blog. Dick Whitman, could you have been a little LESS charming? Now I gotta hear it from everyone. Fortunately, when things get really heated, I get to whip out the "allergic to cats and dogs" thing. That shuts everyone up.

"Well. That's true," everyone says. You know this leopard isn't gonna change her spots on that one.

Anyway, my mother and stepfather leave today and my best friend gets here tomorrow and June is an entertaining fool.

But you knew that.

June's stupid life · Music

Dedicated to my pal Sleeping Beauty

I am still entertaining guests, so today I give you a video from our childhoods. Or younger-than-nowhoods. You may have to sit through a 10-second ad of a guy eating the top of a Big Mac.

 

If you love me, you'll get your hair cut like that. Also? Possibly the most boring video ever.

P.S. I just heard my mother call Edsel "Also."

Faithful Readers · Family · Friends · June's stupid life

Merry Christmas, 2011 Choking Hazard–Do Not Eat.

Do you think I have some kind of issue that I am taking time out from Christmas to blog? I think I have blogged every Christmas since I started this rather all-absorbing hobby, and for that? I am weird.

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My mother and stepfather got here yesterday, and here is the part where everyone's gonna say, "Oh, your mom is so cute!" Yes. I KNOW my mother is cute, okay? And that I look nothing like her and that I am a dog. I realize that part. Did I ever tell you about my wedding day, when everyone stampeded to me to tell me, "Your mother looks beautiful." WHOSE DAY IS IT?

Anyway, I like how it looks like she is wearing a wreath on her head. Did you see my pink wreath?

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June. Being a really-super-gay gay man at Christmas since, you know, birth. June. The Elton John of Christmas.

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As has been the prevailing theme this year, my mother and stepfather immediately said, "Open one of your presents right away," so I did. It was a DVD player! As you may or may not know, I have not had one all year, and have lived like a cave woman, with my club and my loincloth and my pointy Wilma phone.

Mostly they had me open it so my beleaguered stepfather could put it together, and why are men always stuck with tasks such as this? And then after we all watched Its a Wonderful Life, for a new and different experience. We all said the lines before they got there, such as, "Say, brainless" and "George, why must you torture the children" and one wonders why we watch it when we could mime it in its entirety.

Also, and I hope you are holding on to your hat, but I commenced to cooking.

I KNOW!

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Note my ease and naturalness in with kitchen implements. I made macaroni and cheese, and as I said in the comments, if any normal person made that for Christmas Eve dinner, people would say, "Oh, is she dying of something? That poor thing. She cobbled together what she could." But when it's ME, my family was all. WOW! Get the CAMERA! There's FOOD in the kitchen and stuff!

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I know, right? Who is a chef? Low expectations, people. You gotta underachieve and then everyone appreciates you when you don't.

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Nothing says yuletide like pink plates.

After dinner, we went to my neighbor Peg's church because going to TinyTown just seemed like too far to drive after my mother and stepfather had driven 558549399 miles and all. Peg is a member of the choir and I know a lot of her fellow Preses–when she has parties, her church friends drink 7&7s, which they call a "Pres," as apparently it's the Presbyterian drink of choice.

It was a really fancy church, and the pastor had on Burberry pants, I am not making that up. Eventually they handed out candles and dimmed the lights, and as I do every year, I said, "I'm having an aneurysm." Because what's more hilarious than that?

Anyway, my mother turned to me and with the wisdom of Solomon said, "We're going to sing Silent Night now."

Really? Do you think?

I do not have kids. In case you hadn't noticed that. So maybe I am wrong about this theory. But I think if you spend a few years teaching someone how to wipe their arse and to, you know, not breathe under water and not put their tongues in sockets, it's hard to turn that off.

"I was thinking we'd all break into Beer Barrel Polka," I said, loving myself for that as much as I do my annual aneurysm joke.

At the end of church, they gave us all angel ornaments.

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Isn't that the most beautiful sentiment?

Anyway, today we, you know, opened our gifts, as one is wont to do on Christmas morning. And if you read this blog and sent me a gift, could you email me your address? I got so many lovely things, and some of you said, "Open it right away" and some didn't, and I am just telling you I need everyone's address to write thank-you notes and I don't wanna leave anyone out. So could you just do me that large favor, please? Thank you. Otherwise I will feel guilty for the rest of time.

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What would have been lovely is being able to put my gifts under the tree all this time, then anticipate what they could be, like, you know, normal people do. People who don't have Edsels.

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However, I am a person who has an Edsel, so everything had to be traditionally piled on the piano and corner cabinet. Just like in the days of yore.

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Oh, and this is apropos of nothing, but my mother brought a chair that belonged to my grandmother. When Grammy owned it, it was kind of a burgundy naugahyde, and if my friend Iain is reading, he may recall making out with Beth on it circa 1980.

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Santa came to the dogs' stockings, and I wonder if this picture could be more violently all-Christmas-all-the-time. I took this about three hours ago and Talu is at my feet now, STILL CHEWING, and she managed to steal poor Edsel's bone and has that under her foot, too. Because she is full of the Christmas spirit.

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Santa also came to my stocking, via me getting something for me and putting it in there. Oh! Was I surprised. As are all of you, I'm certain. Wait, it's pink? It's vintage-y? It has a cat on it? And girly flowers? Who would have KNOWN?

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I also got myself this, because I adore me and I adored this cup. Both items I got at my friend Kit's store (Design Archives, because the three Greensboro readers who read this are going to STAMPEDE there and make her a millionaire, thanks to me and my plugging).

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Other people other than beloved me got me gifts. Seriously. I am so easy to buy for. Is it pink? Does it sparkle? DONE! The bracelet is from Aunt Mary. The rings are from my stepsister.

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And remember in the fall, when I so blatantly guilted my mother into giving me a mud-trapping rug? Got it. Note the destroyed candy cane already mussing it. No idea where Talu is and why she is not viciously guarding it. She is probably in the other room castrating Edsel over the other bone.

Okay, I must go shower now and continue with Christmas. I hope yours is going swimmingly, unless you do not celebrate Christmas, in which case I hope your Sunday is easy like Sunday morning.

XO,

June

 

 

 

 

Faithful Readers · June's stupid life

Of all the June Gardens, I’m the June Gardensiest. Or, your good deeds.

 

When I started the "let's do good deeds at Christmas" project a few years ago, I was able to list them all. If I did that this year, you'd have to cancel your own Christmas or Cha-neww-ka or pagan ritual with your family and sit here and read my blog for 47 hours.

And that's good, don't you think? All over the place we were out there doing nice things for each other. Like we're you know, supposed to. So here is a smattering, and yes I just said smattering, of some of the things y'all went out and did as you were wandering around on this planet. If your personal deed that you reported isn't in here it was nothing personal. And if you want to read them all, just read the comments starting after Thanksgiving till now, and also read all the entries on Pie on the Face on Facebook. See above reference to no family time.

Without further ado, because your hair is fine the way it is and yes, that DID make zero sense, here are some of your good deeds:

Today I was sitting next to a little old lady traveling alone who had a Kindle that had accidentally rebooted back to factory settings, and she didn't know how to re-register it so she could access her books. I did it for her and she was so grateful.

At Zaxbys, I attached a kind card (on which I had written 'use this for yourself') to a $20 and dropped it off at a table with a mom and six kids and just walked away without a word. She looked like she really needed a break.

I brought in a lb of freshly ground snooty coffee and left it in the breakroom here at work. The usual coffee here is whatever is delivered in pre-measured envelopes.

We were sitting at a highway construction site where the guy stands with his stop sign on a pole until all the oncoming cars get through, then he waves you through. I had some miniature Hershey bars and Kisses in the car and as we crept by him I handed him a handful of chocolate. He beamed like a kid. It was so cute. He tucked them in his pocket and patted his pocket.

Bought a new rolling pin today for a little old man who was looking for one in our thrift store recently. (We had none that day.)

While downtown, I fed all the meters that were running low. I has a ton of change.

I was tutoring at the high school when a girl asked me if I had any lotion because her hands were so dry they were bleeding and none of the boys had lotion (we were in ROTC.) I did, so I gave her my (almost) new tube to keep.

I haven't done a RAoK on my own yet but did join a group from the office to adopt a family. We collected enough money to go above the suggested amount and got them all nice gifts. They haven't had any christmas presents for the last 2 years.

When the DISH tech guy was here today, he admired my horse door stop so when he left I gave it to him.

 I paid for the person's meal behind me at Chick-Fil-A yesterday.

Yesterday I had a Christmas card delivered to my house that was meant for the elderly, widowed lady down the street. I walked it down to her house where I saw her newspaper still laying on the sidewalk at 5 p.m. I gave her the card and newspaper. She said she was afraid to go out to pick it up in all the rain we had yesterday for fear of falling. That was a teeny, tiny RaoK, but Ima set her newspaper on her porch table every morning from now on.

A lady came up to me in a parking lot and asked if I knew where a soup kitchen or church was, she was trying to get something to eat for her and her two girls. The man I was talking to told her he would buy them a meal, so I gave her forty dollars and she started to cry, now I wish I would have done more.

I was in a small aisle with a lady in a wheelchair cart. She saw me looking at some potholders that were out of her reach and she asked if I would mind handing her one of them. So I did.

I scooped up a little black pekingese that was lost and drove around harassing strangers for an hour until I found somebody who knew somebody who knew how to contact somebody who would have a way of finding the owner. The little smashed-in-face cutie is back with her family this evening.

I won an overnight stay at a local Holiday Inn. The room is a family suite with two queen beds and bunk beds. Since my children are grown, I gave the gift certificate to a friend with young kids. They will totally rock those bunk beds and the hotel pool.

The man behind us in line had no cash to pay for a meal and they didn't take credit cards. He looked a little down on his luck so I asked the lady if I could pay for his burger and twirly fries. He never knew it was me.

A friend I work with recently lost her mom and she's having a hard time with the holidays approaching. This week we have some shared responsibilities, and I took them on for both of us. She's off the hook!

I could tell by caller ID that the call was from a l.o.n.g. talker who is boring as hell but she lives alone and a long way away…so I answered it and just let her talk for a half hour.

I bought snacks for the person in line behind me at the gas station and I have gone out of my way to be extra friendly to cashiers when I go Christmas shopping.

I have an autoimmune disease and belong to a forum board for folks with said disease. I haven't been on it in many months. Last evening I logged on and responded to all the new postees who are just diagnosed and scared and looking for encouragement and connection.

Today I paid off someone's lay-away at K-Mart. There were toys and boots and a coat on the list for both boys and girls. It made me happy to do it.

My husband and I gave $60 to one of our employees who has a young daughter and no money for gifts. She just got away from a bad relationship, got her license (she is 24), is buying a house and has like $10 left after bills every week.

I gave money to a homeless person sitting on the corner at a busy intersection who was petting his adorable and sweet-looking pit bull.

After dancing till the wee hours with some friends, I sleepily agreed to go out to breakfast with them. Sitting next to us in a booth was a man I figured was homeless. He was and he hadn't eaten all day. The local shelters are all full and he was trying to stay warm (we're in Minnesota) till the Mall opened. I visited with him a bit, bought him breakfast, and left him with a gift card so he could stay in the restaurant all night.

I took 80.00 to Goodwill and asked the checker (I know her) to pass 20.00 to four different folks. Asked her to pick folks with kids.

Today at Petco adoptions, I met a little old lady with her little old dog. She said the dog had wandered up onto her porch, skinny and mangy, about a month ago. Dog's fur is coming back now and they are fast friends. The tail wags slow and content and continuous. The lady realized that her wallet was not in her purse, and was putting back the dog food and treats she had intended to purchase just as I walked up. She looked a little upset. I grabbed the treats and a bigger bag of the food and paid for them.

I was at the bank and the nice lady who is the head teller? She complimented my perfume, and I just happened to have a tiny bottle of it in my purse? So I gave it to her!!

A friend is going through a tough time with her boyfriend and I sent her an anonymous care package with chocolate, gummi bears, a girly movie (27 Dresses), and trashy magazines.

At a Starbucks before a business meeting a woman in the parking lot who looked very stressed stopped me & said, "Could you buy me a cup of coffee? My car was stolen & I'm waiting for the police." I normally would have thought  scam & said no. But, honest to God, the words "June's blog" popped in my head. So I said yes & bought her the coffee. As I was leaving, the police pulled up & she was telling them her story. Thanks June for making me be nice & trusting!!

I stopped into the local Home Depot to pick something up, and saw this woman and the HD guy trying in vain to get her just purchased fake Christmas tree into her car. It was SO not going to fit. I appreciated that she was still being nice to him, even though she was obviously frustrated. I had him load it into my truck and I took it to her house for her and got it into her living room.

Yesterday when my sweet little 88 year-old retired undertaker friend brought me a poinsettia, instead of a handshake and smile, I gave him a smooch on the cheek. He was pretty happy, I think.

I went through the donation box and selected some nice new Q-tips and baby shampoo; it makes my hair soft…(Cosmo's Dad. A dink we can count on, year after year.)

June's stupid life · My pets

Virgin Merry Bailey Ingalls

What I enjoy about myself is my steely resolve and firm self-discipline. Have you met that? Really? Where is it?

Because I wasn't gonna TELL you about Virgin Merry Bailey Ingalls until she got here, which will not be till the frickin' THIRTIETH, and who lasted, oh, three hours before she spilled the beans on Pie on the Face, the Facebook fan page for this blog? Actually, Tallulah spilled the beans, so it wasn't my fault. Damn gossipy dog.

And every time I mention Pie of the Face, I feel the need to reiterate that I did not invent a fan page for my own damn blog. I am not even a member. Tallulah is. She just reads this blog to see her own picture.

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Let's not even TALK about how filthy that floor is. Who has to clean everything before her mother and stepfather get here this weekend? Who has to tear around like a dervish, getting actual food to put in the house because PopTarts are not good enough for my mother for Christmas dinner (humph! They were GOOD ENOUGH for Mary and Joseph. Read the BIBLE, mom), get my cousin's present in the mail because I finally don't have negative $660 in the bank, wrap gifts because I can finally buy wrapping paper. Please see ref. to negative $660 in bank.

And then I have to pop over the the shelter to visit Virgin Merry Bailey Ingalls. Who you probably wish I'd get to already. Oh, but before I do…

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Aunt Peg, my next-door neighbor, brought toys over for the dogs yesterday, for Christmas. They each got their own toy then had to fight over them.

Peg and I had a good talk about Roger, as he used to crawl under my fence and into her yard, and hang on her deck. She would pet him and chat with him and she, too, thoroughly enjoyed his da-bomb self. It's always nice to talk to someone who loved someone you loved.

Okay, so anyway. At work yesterday, they let us go at 3:30 so we could commence celebrating Christmas and so forth. My coworker TinaDoris said, "Why don't we mosey on down to the shelter, you and me?" TinaDoris is about 25 and would say "mosey" as often as I say "Give me a big plate of cilantro" but you get my gist. "We can just look. We can just SEE what's down there," she said.

This is akin to asking Courtney Love to attend Attentionfest. Like in a million years I would say no to this offer. So we drive through the busiest streets imaginable, says the person who lived in LA for over 10 years, and get to the I'm glad to say packed shelter. I guess people wanted pets for Christmas.

We see this teensy gray kitten. You know I like me a gray cat.

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Because I've been to the shelter 900 million times, I know the rules, so I reach in and get her out. She is one of those kittens who purrs immediately. And she crawled up in my neck and put her head in my hair and fell asleep.

Hello.

I noticed her eyes were skrinchy. She had a brother in the cage, a fluffy black-and-white thing whose eyes were wide open. In fact, he looked like nothing but trouble. "HI! Hi hi hi hi hi hi! HI! What doing!?? You gots my sister!??? We going somewheres? I gots big eyes. Hi!" So I knew there wasn't a cold or infection with the litter.

"What's up with this kitty's eyes?" I asked the volunteer.

"Oh, that one's special needs. She has underdeveloped eyes. She'll be able to see a bit, but she'll need to stay an indoor cat." (ahem) "Other than that she'll be able to get around pretty well."

The kitten had been purring in my hair for a while at this point. I had been stroking her white feets. "Will everyone want her? I mean, will everyone say, Ohhhhh. Special needs kitty. I want her!"

The volunteer blinked at me several times. "No, ma'am. No one will want her."

"…..How do we start the paperwork?" I heard myself say. I mean, come on. What chance did I have?

The adoption process is probably only slightly less difficult than adopting a human. It took an hour. I had to show ID, promise I was not a devil worshipper (totally fooled them on THAT one), assure them I would not leave this kitty in the back yard on a chain (?), and so forth. In the meantime, her big-eyed brother was behind me in line, also getting adopted.

"HI! STILL HAS BIG EYES! WE GOTS CHRISTMAS TREE!??? CAUSE TOTLEE GOING UP DAT THING WHEN WE GETS HOME!"

I'm telling you. I have had cats my whole life, and that thing was adorable and 100% dick.

My kitty slept on me and chewed my necklace once she found it. While we were in that impermedipal line,

IM000555I came up with her brilliant name. Virgin Merry Bailey Ingalls. It's Christmassy, it acknowledges her, you know, not-so-sightyness, it's ludicrous, it's perfect. PERFECT! The shelter was calling her SugarPlum. Puleeze. We are just gonna call her Merry.

So, they can't spay her till the freaking 29th, and she can't leave till the 30th, and they are bugging me, is what they're doing.

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I wish Roger could have met her.

I hate everything · June's stupid life

The good news? Not one person has sent me the Rainbow Bridge poem.

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Ugh. I don't know whether to take Roger's stocking down, or leave it up and give the treats inside to the dogs, or crawl under the Christmas tree and sob till January 1.

In other news, my underwear is missing.

Faithful Reader Paula, who reads every day, even on Saturday when there is plenty of room to find a seat even in the front row, read about how most of my underthings are in Edsel's innards, like when you gut a shark, and in the spirit of the holiday she went on Amazon and got me amazon-sized chonies.

Except they keep not arriving. "I sent you something. Open it right away," she said, as everyone has said this season.

"Did my package arrive?" she asked, and at this point I can't keep track of WHOSE packages have arrived. "I don't…think so," I told her. "What'd you get me?" I'm like my Uncle Jim in reverse. He used to ask, "What'd we get you?" when you opened his gift, which clearly Aunt Sue had shopped for, wrapped and brought over in the car.

Anyway, the delicates, unmentionables, underthings, what-have-you keep not arriving, and I keep going commando, over here, and the world spins on, except Paula is going to have a stroke, so annoyed is she with Amazon, who I imagine is not at all busy this time of year.

"Only you would have The Mystery of the Missing Chonies," she wrote me, like this was all my fault.

"Where was Sunday? Where had I left Sunday?" I asked her, because everything has to be about When Harry Met Sally eventually. Or It's a Wonderful Life. Maybe I should leave the house more and stop watching movies.

Oh! Also? On a completely unrelated note? On the day I found out about Roger being, you know, dead, which in case you wondered how that was going is still completely awful, I came home from work, and opened my pantry to throw something away. Because there is no other reason to open that thing.

It was full of food. I was so startled. Pop-Tarts, two kinds of potato chips, all my staples. I was scared to death. I opened the fridge. Strawberries, lemonade, yogurt. What the…?

Then I figured it out. Marvin, feeling bad for me, had come over and loaded me up with my favorites. And just last night I figured out he'd loaded the freezer too.

Marvin. He is not bad.

People at work were nice to me, too. Yesterday morning I got there and someone had brought me a coffee, and a thing of cookies, and there was a bag of gifts from The Poet, and a nice sympathy note from another coworker. And the most cynical, sarcastic guy I work with sent me an eCard of two paws holding a rainbow. "I'm not sure how gay your cat was, but if he was gay, I'm sure he'd have appreciated this card," the guy wrote.

And you guys. Thank you so much for all the great things you wrote me yesterday. Roger was loved by so many of us.

Best of all? Today my father is going to the shelter and getting a cat! He and I perused the Albuquerque shelter site, and picked out a black-and-orange mottled kitty with half a black face for him. He just looks damn cool. We think he is gonna name that cat Picasso because of how is face is all "Hey! I have an orange face! Hey! I have a black face!" Plus, the cat has plans to have a blue period soon.

I guess I had better go to work. We have tomorrow off, so you think I can get away with wearing jeans today? What if I do and I get fired right before Christmas? And I have no chonies? And a dead cat? And no husband? Maybe I'll wear real pants.

Okay. Talk at you.

June's stupid life

Goodbye, my puma

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Most of you already read on Facebook or in the comments yesterday that Roger has died. He was only eight months old. And 640 pounds.

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Roger could open the screen door to the back yard by himself, and he stomped out Thursday night, angry at me because I put his Christmas collar on him. "Oh, Roger, don't go out in your Christmas collar!" I called after him. Dick Whitman was over and I was distracted. But Roger had gone out a hundred times and always came right back in. On his own. Opening the door. Sometimes he even let the dogs in and out for me.

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But I shouldn't blame Roger. I always stood by my belief that cats should be allowed to play outside, even if it was dangerous, and my whole life I've had cats live to a ripe old age, with no problem. Roger did not have that kind of luck.

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As soon as I woke up Friday morning and Roger wasn't in the bed with Edsel and Tallulah and me, I knew something was wrong. I went to the door and called him, and when he wasn't there, I just knew he was dead. I don't know how I knew.

My tarot cards, which I read every month, had said I may need to put a pet to sleep this month. I tried not to think of that. But what I didn't know is that at about 1 a.m., Roger had been hit by a car. My neighbor saw it happen, and it looked bad. He grabbed a shovel to get Roger out of the road, but when he went over there, Roger was still breathing, in a labored way.

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He took Roger to the all-night emergency vet. Because Rog had on that Christmas collar, he had no tags on so he didn't know who the cat belonged to. My neighbor was really upset about the whole thing and called the vet the next morning. They told him that Roger had made it though the night and was probably going to be transported to the county animal shelter as a stray. Then yesterday, the neighbor's girlfriend finally saw the signs I put up. That's when he called me.

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Can you imagine having to be that guy calling my dramatic ass?

"Hi, this is PJ. I found your cat."

OH MY GOD! REALLY!?!?!"

"Now, it ain't good, ma'am. He got hit."

"OH MY GOD! Booo hooo hooo hooo!"

"He didn't die. At least not right away, ma'am."

"OH MY GOD! WHERE IS HE!?"

I mean, who wishes he had never driven up on that scene, do you think? Anyway, as soon as I hung up I stampeded to the animal shelter FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR to try to find Roger Dodger.

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There are five damn rooms at the shelter of cats who just came in. Then there are three more of cats who are ready for adoption. This is why when someone tells me they just bought a cat I want to smack them with my adenoids. I looked and looked and looked for Roger, and even sneaked a glance for Winston while I was up, but nothing.

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Finally, I took his picture over to one of the workers and told her Roger's story. "He sure looks familiar," she said. Then she paused. "Ma'am. Did he have on a Christmas collar?"

"Yes," I said, my voice getting wavery. I knew it was gonna be bad when one of the other workers ripped off a paper towel and handed it to me.

"Come over here," she said, pulling me aside.

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"I'm the one who euthanized your kitty," she said. "Once I remembered the Christmas collar it all came back. It was Friday morning, real early. They brought him in from the emergency vet. They can't put cats down at the vet–we have to do it. His head trauma was real bad, ma'am. It was the humane thing to do. But I felt bad because I knew he was someone's Christmas kitty."

"He was my Christmas kitty," I said pathetically. Roger effing hated that collar. And he had to die in it. If you think he isn't gonna haunt me for the rest of my days, looking crabby in his jingles…

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I thanked her and she seemed very sorry for me. I started walking to my car, but halfway there I grabbed Roger's picture and just bent over and started sobbing in front of 394939292949393 people visiting the shelter, and all the workers, and all the dogs in the dog run, and God who apparently hates me, and the rooster who inexplicably is up for adoption in case anyone needs one. I cried and sobbed and wept and carried on and did not care that I looked the fool.

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Because I am gonna miss the crap out of that cat. I have had cats my whole life. I have known mean ones, sweet ones, shy ones, smart ones. I never met a cat like big old Roger. He was spectacular, with his squirrel-killing, refrigerator-jumping, dog-attacking, unflappable self. In many ways he reminded me of my all-time favorite cat, Mr. Horkheimer.

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I wonder if somehow he was Mr. Horkheimer, and he could only visit me for a short while.

Whatever the story is, I am glad I had Roger for as long as I did. I will never forget that giant puma of a kitten.

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Thank you, Roger, for putting up with me. And the Christmas collar. And Edsel. And the 900 million pictures. Rest in peace, sweet boy.

Faithful Readers · Friends · June's stupid life

Gift of the Junegi. I realize I make less and less sense as time goes on.

In case you were thinking I was going to stampede to the topic of gifts I have received from people and am just forgetting to tell you that Roger came home, that is in fact not the case. As there is still no Roger. But thanks for bringing up that painful topic.

In fact, last night, Tallulah, Edsel and I were on the couch, catching up on another stunning episode of Real Housewives, and I had my cat trap set up on the porch with my dirty laundry on top of it.

Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.

You're welcome. I hate that song.

Anyway, I thought I heard a meow. I sat up. Then I thought I heard a second, insistent,"MEOW!" I TOSSED the ludicrous Christmas throw off of me–and really how could a Christmas throw be anything but ludicrous–sent my bowl of nutritious Tostitos flying, because when I watch Real Housewives I like to feed my body and soul, and flew to the door.

No cat. I'm telling you, I HEARD it. There was no cat howling at Kyle's white party on the show. It was not coming from my TV. So now I'm hallucinating on top of everything else.

Where is that cat? Why won't he come home? I just want him to come home. I mean, yes. I will beat him mercilessly, but after that I will be so glad to see him.

ANYWAY, today's topic is gifts. And how it is better to receive. Because friends and faithful readers alike have been sending me things for Christmas and then telling me, "You have to open it now. You can't wait till Christmas," which means on Christmas day Ima be sitting under an empty tree with crickets chirping. Because someone got me a cricket farm. Bah!

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Mrs. Oh, who could not love herself more if she tried, made me a Barry Gibb ornament crafted from a starfish. I totally put it right in front on my tree, and when Barry Gibb comes over to propose to me he will be so happy to see it. Did I mention I am hallucinating?

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My friend Melinda? Of the I-adopted-Ladybird Melindas? Made chocolates. And did I mention she's a chemistry professor, as I am? So there's a little image of the formula or whatever for serotonin on the package. Her Christmas card also had a chemical formula on it. Who sleighs me? See what I did, there?

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And she has a little list of each of the delicious flavors she made. I am trying to be good and not eat all of these and keep some for when my guests arrive for Christmas.

Dear Guests, I have already eaten 47 pieces of Melinda's candy. Don't get your hopes up. But it was really good and you should be happy that I was happy. Merry Christmas. Love, June.

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My best friend Pal from MA and I were on the phone last night. "Open two of your gifts," she commanded. "Open the two narrow boxes." "The ones that look like shoe boxes?" "They ARE shoe boxes." Look at those shoes. Are they screaming, "JUNE! JOOOOOOOON!" in giant silver letters? Who knows me? Who knows me too well?

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Okay, you cannot tell, but these have GLITTER all over them! It's like Laura Petrie went all slutty all of a sudden! I am TOTALLY WEARING THEM to work today and I don't even care. Stripper Laura Petrie is STEPPING OUT. So excited about my new shoes.

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I am berserk · June's stupid life

I left my heart in Lexington at a TGIFriday’s. Somehow that’s not as catchy of a tune.

Yesterday I took a brief and convenient drive to Kentucky to take Ladybird the dog to go live with her new family.

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In case this is the very first day you have ever tuned in to this blog–and God help you, my child–Ladybird is a dog who was hanging out at MY dogs' day care center. Yes. My ridiculous dogs go to day care. And as someone who is currently $660 overdrawn in her checking account, that fact is even more ludicrous than ever, but I will tell you all about that another time.

Ladybird, who thank all that is holy and merciful is officially named Lucy now, is only 13 months old and has already had a sad life. Whoever the horrid horrid terrible person is who mistreated her is going to have a LOVELY TIME in hell compared to what IIIIIIIIII will do to him should I ever meet him. Because I cannot TELL you what a sweet driving companion that dog was.

I went to get her yesterday at the day care, and my dogs passed right by her without so much as a how-do-you-do, so unthreatening is she. I didn't want to tell Edsel and Talu that they'd breezed right past a dog who was almost their sister.

All the day care workers fussed over Lucy, and hugged her goodbye, and gave her Christmas presents that they had been planning to give her later, and she wagged politely and looked confused. When I took her out to my car and opened the door, she was all, "Oh, HELL, no. I am not going in the car with your big-haired self. What do I know about you?  How do I know where we're going?"

I put her blanket on the seat, the one she had laid on at day care, and finally she got in there, but she kept eyeing me sideways, like, I don't KNOW about you, missy.

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I drove along quietly, and spoke to her in soothing tones, because you know what a soothing person I am, and yes I did take a photo of my own self while we careened down the highway. I'm sure that did a lot to ease her troubled mind.

After an hour of her getting up and sitting down, getting up and sitting down, she finally sniff sniff sniffed me, and I petted her, and Lucy said, "SIGHHHHHHHHHH" and curled up and fell asleep while I scritched her ears.

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I think it was pretty much at that point that I fell desperately in love with her, and was ready to run to Vegas and marry her and start a whole new life, just me and Lucy.

Eventually, we stopped off at the Long John Silver's, there, in West Virginia, and you can be a snob all you want, but Long John Silver's is effing DELICIOUS. I don't care what you say.

It didn't even occur to Lucy to ask for any of my food, which I was safely eating as I drove. My dogs would be all up in my ovaries if I had food in the car. I offered her skinny self a fry, and she took it, but without much enthusiasm. So I broke off a piece of fish and she was all, "OKAY, then! Now you're speaking my language, there, sister!"

June. Teaching her friend Melinda's dog bad habits before Melinda even gets the creature home.

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Eleventy hours and 29 rounds of the "I went to the store" game later, we were finally in Lexington. Melinda, my friend who is taking the dog, lives in Illinois. We decided to meet in the middle and we picked a restaurant.

What we did not know? Is we were picking a restaurant? IN A GIANT SHOPPING CENTER.

THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Guess what was chaotic?

Nevertheless, we got to the uncrowded, unridiculous parking lot, and after several instances of road rage where I managed to shoot 18 people and Lucy bit four infants, we found Melinda.

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Who by the way? Just needed a Fair Isle sweater and a mock turtleneck and she would have looked like she did in high school.

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Okay, now, here's the part that kills me. Lucy? Saw Melinda talking to her through the window? And got rattled and climbed on my lap! She was already bonded with me! And she knew she was getting handed off!

I DIED EIGHTY-SEVEN DEATHS!

But I did what a, you know, kind of grownup would do. I got out of the car, came around, and lured her out. Here she is with her new leash on, looking just a tad reticent. I figured if she'd bonded with me that quickly, she would snuggle up to Melinda and her family in no time.

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Here she is in the back of Melinda's SUV. She has a nice new blanket, and two collars, and her fancy new leash, and her old blanket for comfort, and treats, and her Christmas chewy from dog day care, and a bowl of water. And that's just to get her to Illinois. I think she'll be okay.

Melinda emailed me this morning to say Lucy seemed quite taken with her new cat relatives, and she slept with Melinda's daughter last night. I wonder if that's the first night she ever slept with a human.

I think she'll be a happy, smiley dog in no time. Particularly if someone sees fit to go out for some Long John Silver's every so often. Just saying.

June's stupid life

No, go ahead. Say “blogaversary.” SAY IT! I dare you.

I just realized that my five-year anniversary of blogging came and went and I did not even notice. It just goes to show you that I suck. Also that I am v.v. busy currently. If you want to know the truth, I have been sans chonies for the last week (yes, Dick Whitman, even when I was with you at the Christmas party the other night) and have been drying off after showers with hand towels. Who needs to catch up on her laundry? Who has mailed zero Xmas packages?

WHO IS BUSY???

Anyway, since I am spending this fine Saturday driving a dog to Kentucky and NOT laundering or mailing Christmas packages or wearing chonies, I thought I would do a little retrospective post.

Here is an excerpt from my first blog post, ever. I started blogging because Marvin and I, when we used to make a healthy living in Los Angeles, decided to go a year without spending any extra money. Which is ironic, because soon he became a school teacher and our fun game became reality.

 

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Preparing for a year of not spending
Starting January 1, 2007, my husband and I are not going to spend any extra money for the entire year.

This means no clothes shopping, no movies, no restaurants (including getting stuff to go), no trips and no gifts (this one will kill me).

Six years ago I ran a marathon. I am the least athletic person you have ever met. Trust me. I cannot ride a bike, I cannot go under water without plugging my nose, I do not ski or golf or watch any sporting events whatsoever. The only famous athletes I can think of are Joe Namath and OJ Simpson. So, I decided to run a marathon because it was just about the last thing you'd ever expect me to do. And it was by far the most rewarding activity I have ever done.

That is why I wanted to try going a year without spending.

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Wow. Do you know what that was? Kind of boring. Let's see if I got better in 2007:

 

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Well Annie, why don't you draw up a chair?
Today we decorated for Christmas. I took 8 million photos, then the battery died, and you can only see about three actual pictures. I hate digital. I hate the future.

We purchased our tree from a man who looked exactly like Ronald Reagan. It was uncanny. It was without cans. He had a cowboy hat on and everything.

Ronnie charged us $36 for a seven-foot tree, which if you ask me isn't bad. We went into his store, and apparently it is the kind of place where men sit around together and play checkers or whatever. I have always thought that was a cool idea, but haven't seen a place like that till now. He also had dead animals mounted on the wall and paneling. I could have stayed all afternoon and gossiped and spit tobacco, but no one invited me to stay.

This whole story is neither here nor there. It is mostly to tell you we spent $36.

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(If you read yesterday's post, you will see I am living up to "Butter-Butt.")

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Okay! I was getting funnier. Also, my butt looks small to me now. It's all a matter of perspective. Also also, this was before I realized I was allergic to North Carolina trees. Oh, June, honey. Run from Ronald Regan and his trees. The allergies, they will trickle down.

Oh. And the title was from It's a Wonderful Life. That whole month of 2007 I used lines from It's a Wonderful Life as my blog titles. Sometimes I love myself so much it hurts.

 

15 December 2008
In honor of my cotton blogiversary (or, do I have more time on my hands than anyone else you know?)

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I say! Is it my two-year anniversary of blogging? Good show!

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Apparently I noticed it was my blog anniversary back in 2008. And I guess the two-year anniversary gift is cotton. Or I was batshit crazy in 2008. Whichever.

 

15 December 2009
June posts your good deeds. A task that took her three hours. But this is not about June…

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In 2009, I was busy getting ahead on posting many of your good deeds. That was nice of me. But I'm not going to show those here, cause, zzzzz. Anyway, how giving was I? I wonder how that all changed?

 

15 December 2010
Pieces of Wisdom re the cat we will probably never see

There are two men blowing leaves, so to speak, next door, and you can imagine how this delights my dogs. What cacophony? They are blowing the leaves into the dead neighbor's lawn across the street, which is rude. Perhaps she told them once they could blow those leaves there over her dead body.

Oh, and speaking of my poor neighbor, who apparently I cannot leave to rest in peace, in case you didn't read my comments yesterday, I found out she got diagnosed with can-sa, as they pronounce it here, on Halloween, had surgery November 2, and died December 1. Isn't that just awful?

Oh! And some man in a truck just pulled up over there! ABNER!

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Wow. So my poor dead neighbor has been my dead neighbor for over a year now. And that blog title was about Kipper's Dick, the orange and white cat who kept coming to my door and who now lives a block or so down, and who boldly approaches us on our walks, dogs be damned. I love Kipper's Dick. So to speak.

You know what's nice about having a blog? I mean other than having strangers send you cookies and jingle collars for your pets? Is you can look back at what you were doing in the past like this. It's like having a little history of your stupid life. Well. It's not LIKE having it, it IS having a little history of your stupid life.

And I thank you all for sharing it with me.

Friends · June's stupid life

I’ll be back in two and two

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Ladybird has a home!!

No, not with me. Geez, you all really do think I have a screw loose, don't you?

Since I've been obsessively posting about her here and on Facebook, my friend since junior high, Melinda, happened to see her. Melinda reads my blog, and her absolutely beautiful dog died on Thanksgiving. Melinda was devastated by it, and in fact had been going to partake in my take-a-photo-on-Thanksgiving project but was too sad to do so.

Anyway, a few days ago she was foolish enough to email me. "You know I want to take her," she said. Melinda lives in Illinois. You think that was gonna stop me? Who got all the paperwork arranged and phone calls done and who can get mighty unscattered when need be? Ladybird, who Melinda and I decided will be Lucy, thank God (Ladybird. Pfft.), will be getting in the car with me on Saturday and meeting her new mom halfway to Illinois, then getting in Melinda's car to go to her new, wonderful home. I'm sorry about the long drive, Lucy, but it's all uphill from here.

Yay! Plus, I get to see Melinda, who I have not seen since 1983. Yay again!

I liked the suggestion someone made in the comments, when we weren't discussing the sex lives of George and Mary Bailey and Sam Wainwright and horse masturbation and crock pots, that I be an animal rescue matchmaker. I can be the Chuck Wollery of pets.

In other news, I dragged my unboyfriend Dick Whitman to my work Christmas party last night.

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It's like we're going to homecoming, isn't it? I do not know why the light of God is shining on me, except Jane West, my pal and coworker at every job I have, insisted we move into the harsh light and this is what happened.

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If these pictures seem small it's because my computer is being weird. Anyway, right when we got in the car, my camera battery died, but here we are, and let's take a moment to thank the fine people of Latisse for my eyelashes. Seriously, you guys.

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After the party, we came back to my house and exchanged Christmas gifts. Dick Whitman got me a book by Merrill Markoe. I love her! She was David Letterman's girlfriend, and his head writer. And? He got me a shirt FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE!!!!

Who loves her nonboyfriend Dick Whitman? And how did he ever know what color to select? I will totally model it for you. Ima see if I can fashion an outfit around it today.

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I found an old cool tin in my friend Kit's store, and inside the tin is this ludicrous respirator, which I told Dick he could wear at my house because he is desperately allergic to my pets. Nice Blue Velvet impression on his part.

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And? I got him a ukelele. Marvin helped me pick it out. Dick Whitman plays guitar, because I can't not pick unboyfriends who don't play some ding-dang musical instrument, and anyway, Marvin said, "Anyone would love a ukelele!"

Really? Okay.

Oh, dear. My ridiculous Thomas Kinkade Christmas clock just played Deck the Halls, which I just typed Dick the Halls, which means it's 8:00 and Ima be late for work. And which ding-dong in my life got me a Thomas Kinkade clock anyway, thinking they were funny? It is conveneint, though, having a little song let me know what time it is. Maybe I need a big grandfather clock or something.

June, out.

 

Friends · June's stupid life

Party on, June

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June might have stayed up way too late partayyin' in TinyTown last night and cannot blog at you today because it is 7:42 and she is in her robe and has cotton in her head even though all she imbibed was Coke and coffee. Also, in the photo above, her whippoorwill of hair may or may not be capturing Father Mike, the Episcopal priest she worked for in TinyTown. He may or may not be the coolest guy on earth. Is it okay for Episcopal priests to swear?

June wonders one thing. Why the hell did she ever leave TinyTown?

Also, while June is wondering one thing, why is June referring to herself in the third person?

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FYI: They do not sell La Crema at Food Lion in TinyTown.

June really wants to stay and tell you how apparently she was the scandal of the evening, because the people of TinyTown believed her Facebook status that she is in a relationship with her friend Paula in Seattle. June thinks it's nice that everyone was being cool about it. "So, you're seeing a woman now?"

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June totally loves her TinyTown peeps. More than she ever really knew she did when she lived there.

Family · June's stupid life

Miracle of Christmas

I am still sad. A few days back, maybe even a week ago, I said I was gonna take a blog break, because I was sad, and then apparently because I can never shut up, I continued blogging. But sad I still am.

I am like Sam, I am. But I am sad, I am. If I had ham and any colored eggs I might feel better.

It is probably the stupid time of the year, when we're supposed to be remembering what we have and all I can do is think of what I have not, and appreciating our families, and all I can concentrate on is how mine has been torn asunder. Because I don't like to be dramatic and use phrases like "torn asunder" when I'm sad or anything.

And yes, I DO consider my cats my "family." Shut up. In the past year, I lost Francis, Winston, Henry and now Anderson. June can't keep a cat.

I did cheer up a little yesterday when Faithful Reader Letha sent jingle bell collars for the pets I did manage to keep, though.

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So that helped. They are all jinglng around like a band of the unmerriest men imaginable.

Anyway, I had to go to PetSmart, which they might as well name JuneSmart. Or perhaps June-is-not-so-smart. With The Pets, Already, June. They should just name it that and let the rest of America be all, "…?"

I had to buy who-even-knows-what, and they were playing annoying Christmas music, which depresses me on a good year, but this year it is even worse. So I'm over there looking at the Martha Stewart collection because it hypnotizes me whenever I go in there, and the music is making me kind of get weepy, and I really don't want to cry in PetSmart because what kind of freak cries in PetSmart?

This one. This kind of freak.

Martha Stewart's signature blue bowls and collars are getting wavery behind my tears when I hear, "Well, isssssn't that the cutest thing."

That's what my gramma used to say about stuff. Issssssn't that the cutest thing. I tended to not agree with her about whatever it was she found cute, because she was more a human baby person and less an animal person.

I turned around, and there was an old lady who looked like my grandmother. I am not kidding. I mean, they weren't TWINS, but she had big brown eyes and curly brown hair like she'd had it set possibly with a Toni home perm, and sort of a welcoming look about her.

"These cards are so cute," she said to me. I don't know if I've mentioned I'm the world's most approachable person. I have no idea why this is, but I do have to say I never mind being approached. Of course, at this particular moment I was .0004 seconds from bursting into tears and saying things like "torn asunder," so it wasn't my best moment.

I went over to gramma-looking lady. There was an assortment of cards that I would never in a million years buy, because I consider myself too sophisticated for them.

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They were actual photographs of dogs and cats, and they had cute sayings inside. But the old lady, who looked like my gramma? She could not get enough of these cards. I decided as one of my good deeds, I'd stay and let her show them all to me.

"Ohhhhh, would you look at this one," she said. It was a dog and a cat looking at a star.

"May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy," said the woman, looking straight at me.

"That's nice," I said, humoring her. Did I mention my extreme sophistication?

"May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy," she said again, still looking at me. "Issssn't that sweet?" She sounded so much like my grandmother.

"It is," I said. "Are you, um, gonna get the cards?"

"May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy." She held my wrist a little. And looked at me. I looked at her. She had brown eyes exactly like Gramma.

After a moment she looked down. "They're $14.95. I shouldn't get them."

"Oh, get 'em," I said. I am also a financial adviser and life coach. I started to walk away to get whatever I was gonna get, but after a moment I turned back to her.

"Merry–" I started to say.

She was gone.

 

Food and Drink · Friends · June's stupid life

You’ve got the teeth of a hydra upon you. You’re dirty sweet and you’re my girl. (Have you ever paid attention to the lyrics to Bang a Gong? It has nothing whatsoever to do with this post. Still.)

First of all, Dick Whitman finally emailed me pictures from when he really was over on Sunday.

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He was pretty taken by my adult, not-at-all-excessively-pink ornaments.

What if I meet some sort of really manly man, and I fall deeply in love with him, and he's all plaid wallpaper and mounted fish and dark leather and no-nonsense? How is my pink frilly stuff gonna blend in? Or what if I fall for some goth character, with spikes and skulls and Goya paintings? How is that gonna work? I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

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Anyway, Laurie took a picture of Dick the Whitman and me and you can see it did not turn out so, you know, focusedly. IT'S NOT SO EASY, IS IT, LAURIE?

Maybe it's my house. My house encourages fuzzy photography.

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Dick Whitman also took this picture of my many many many chins and Edsel. I'd like to point out my shoes, which were given to me by my Pal from MA, because she knows me. They are pink and tulle and girly. There just went my epitaph.

Edsel is over there thinking about how much he loves me. Even when I am noticing him he pines for me. He is pathetic, really.

I guess that's all I have to tell you about my holiday decorating, which has now stretched into a Very Special two-part extravaganza, except that I failed to mention the depressing part where I had to set aside Marvin's nod-to-Hanukkah stuff, and his stocking, and his guitar ornament and so forth for him to come get. Christmas. That very special time of year when regularly depressing stuff seems extra super depressing.

In other news, I had a salad.

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Righteous. Actually it looks disgusting in this picture. It's like I had lettuce and glistening tongues and eyeballs and coils and bloody stumps and veins. Mmmm!

Technically, I had very few of those things. It was spinach and eggs and carrots and cantaloupe. Did you ever see that funny cartoon where the couple is playing Scrabble and the woman has all the letters and she has them lined up and they spell carrost?

 

Marvin and I have pronounced it "carrost" ever since we first watched this.

Let's saw! That was only funny if you just sat there and watched that stupid cartoon.

What the hell was I talking about? Oh! Right. I ate a salad (see above). Then?

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A pecan chocolate-covered apple. Because apples are good for you.

I wouldn't say I have a pecan chocolate OBSESSION. I mean, have I mentioned that combo before? How long have you known me? There are plenty of things I've been way obsessier about than pecans and chocolate. Still. This was delicious. Not as good as tongues and veins and coils.

But what is?

Tomorrow night I am driving out to TinyTown, as I have been invited to attend the choir party for the church where I used to secretary. And if you think that sounds like a sinless, dull, reading-from-the-Old-Testament time, clearly you have never partayyyed with Episcopalians and their brown-liquor selves. Am beside self with excitement. Can't wait to see everyone.

Okay. Am off. Now you can all get back to talking about crock pots in the comments.