Last day of April

Hooray! I did it! I posted every day, and every day I wrote a little something. Some were better than others. I’m very surprised by the reaction I got to yesterday’s poem. It was really nice what everyone said and those who liked it, too. It’s funny how something I just kind of pumped out would garner such a reaction. But I’m glad I’ve written these pieces, even the haiku.

The highlight of my work day was the sandwich I had at lunch so that should tell you something. But let me tell you about this sandwich! A nice roll, not too hard, not too soft. Spread both sides with aioli, then avocado on one side, red onions on the other, add feta cheese to both sides, then cover both sides with a slice of provolone. Put that under a broiler so it melts, then add cold, crispy lettuce. Oh my goodness, so yummy!

I got home and had just missed Barbara in the studio. I hung with Han for a bit and we chatted about stuff. Then I was off to meet The Becky and Barbara for dinner. The original plan was Benihana, but we hadn’t made reservations and there wasn’t room for us. We ended up at a little kitschy place called Albie’s Beef Inn. It had wood paneling and those mirrors with the gold swirls running through them. It seemed a bit overpriced for steaks, and it didn’t seem like the kind of place that was going to be super stellar food. I got a burger, which was okay. Barbara’s steak was good. The fries were good, and that was about it. The Becky had chicken-fried steak that she said was fine. Anyway, it was the pleasure of the company that made it great. It was nice to catch up with them both and just hang out.

When I got home, Han was busy in the studio with Poltz and one Mr. AJ Croce. Wow. Really cool stuff they’re doing.

I will make no promises for May, but I have enjoyed the daily updating as I know my family has also. 🙂

And with that, I’ll leave with today’s draft

Daily Poetry

observation is a mighty tool
or it’s like a muscle
that requires constant work to build up

when you don’t work on it
its power fades
and it seems harder to bring it back
to peak condition

some muscles might not work as well
as you get older
it’s a challenge to even want to do it
to get even a semblance
of what it once was back again

but once you get into a routine
you might think it will get easier
for some it might, others may
want to take on a different challenge
work some other muscle

goodness knows there’s so many
that we all could stand to work on

well woman

Today I had my well woman exam and physical. The spot where they took blood is bruised and looks like a vampire or a snake bit me. Ouch. I’m sure this next statement is true of most women, but I don’t care for the lady parts exam. It’s so invasive.

I went to work, and it was tough to get motivated, but I forged ahead. I brought work home, but I didn’t make as much of a dent as I wanted to. Han had in a new client but an old friend, Steve Poltz. It was good to see him and hear him play. He left around 7:30 pm. Han & I got Chinese food and watched an episode and a half of the West Wing. Now he’s in bed, and I’m writing this post. Sh-doobie.

today’s draft

Lessons

there is something to be said for simple
easy laughter, a song you like on the radio
a clear sky, a bright orange sunset

on these nights, when it’s quiet
and sleep comes without asking
it’s important to acknowledge

because elsewhere,
or maybe even here tomorrow
it won’t be like this

there’s something to be said for difficult
tough conversations, terrible news on the radio
stormy skies, the darkness of a starless night

on these nights, when it’s too much to take
and sleep is nowhere to be found
it’s important to acknowledge

because elsewhere,
or maybe even here tomorrow
it won’t be like this

winding down

Today has been a fairly normal day. Went to work, did some training there, did some work after the training. After work, I came home and hung out and talked with Han for a bit. He’s got some great projects lined up that he’s really excited about. It’s cool.

I made dinner, pork tenderloin and broccoli. Han left to go do some listening for the projects he’s working on. I’ve been just hanging out, watching TV and looking at some submission guidelines for a showcase that the Acoustic Duo wants to enter.

Here’s something new. At work, they did an incentive for employees with health benefits to receive a FitBit if a certain percentage of people completed a couple health assessments. Amazingly, we met the percentage. I got mine over the weekend and just started using it yesterday. Did you know that it’s recommended that you walk 10,000 steps a day? That’s a lot! In the last couple days I’ve walked about 3,000 steps. There’s a dashboard thing online where you can also track what you eat, how much water you drink, etc. I’ll try to keep it going. Here’s to 10,000 steps!

today’s draft

Steps

baby steps
watch your step
step on it
one step forward, two steps back
step down
step up
step by step
step on it
step back
keep one step ahead
step on someone’s toes
two-steppin’
step in the right direction
step outside
twelve steps
sidestep
stepdaughter
step up to the plate
step aside

Slammed

Stayed home from work today. I just didn’t feel good when I woke up. I worked from home. I also took my car to get a recall thing fixed & got groceries. 

Tonight I went to see the San Diego Grand Slam final. I knew some of the competitors, others were new. I left before it was over because it was late. I have my predictions. We’ll see if I’m right tomorrow. 

Today’s draft

Raise Your Voice

I don’t know why you feel 

That you have to raise your voice

To create meaning

getting ready for another week

It’s Sunday. I started the day at Filter coffeehouse in Hillcrest, meeting with my friend, Lindsay. I had always planned do some work when we got together, and that’s what I did. We were there ’til around 1 pm then I had to get a change of scenery. I bid her farewell, and then tried to decide what to have for lunch and later for diner. I decided against El Zarape because there was no parking. I also decided against Siesel’s because I didn’t feel like a sandwich. I came home and made some popcorn, then got some laundry going. Then I got back to work for a while. Han is off at more gigs today: a set at ArtWalk then a gig up in Fallbrook. I need to go to the grocery store, but my head is hurting bad. My allergies/sinuses are rebelling. With the rain and wind the last couple days, lots of crap is in the air and it’s getting to me today.

I just realized I never told you about the other 2 Blue Apron dinners. I made them. There was the piri piri chicken and a spring fennel casserole. I did not care for either of them much. Han ate the chicken, and he also ate the casserole for lunch the next day. We cancelled the delivery for this week. I’ll have to check what’s scheduled for next week and decide what we want to do.

What’s coming up this week? Tomorrow night, I plan to go see the San Diego slam finals to see who will make up the SD team to go to Nationals. On Thursday, Barbara’s coming to town, and we’ll go out to dinner with some other friends. Friday, I’ll probably go see Flan’s show in El Cajon, then Saturday, I’ll head up to LA to see a reading at the Getty Villa. Fun!

today’s draft

what to do, what to do

there are dishes to be washed
there are beds to be made
there is dinner to prepare
there is work to be done
there is always work to be done
always

but balance is needed
it’s hard to achieve sometimes
even on the best days

clouds

The clouds were so lovely on the way home tonight. They’re so rare around here, you really have to appreciate them when you see them. I like to think of them as upside down mountains that you could travel over if you did it just right.

Work was fine. Had to do some extra work because one girl is on vacation. Now I’m home, Han is at rehearsal, and D is out. Time to tackle the dinners! They look kind of hard. Wish me luck!

today’s draft

Clouds

ridges of darkening clouds
spread across the eastern sky
like a rumpled blanket
on the softest bed

as the night comes on
they smooth out
into a matte gray
a perfect backdrop
for a night in
with a good book