Still Thought # 80

Today I have nothing to report, dear blog readers. Except that it rained and I went to the post office (again) and by some miracle there was no line. And I’m almost to Chapter 30 of Jane Eyre and am fascinated by the Greek-god perfection of St. John, the parson on whose doorstep Jane finds herself after recklessly running away from Rochester and Thornfield.

Today also I bought a HUGE bag of R/D dog food for little crits, imagine my astonishment when was told by folks at San Carlos Pet Hospital that said bag, which used to cost $43, was now $49. So of course I was short and had to put the tab on my card.

At the same time, was absolutely transfixed by sight of six members of a family shuffling out of an inner room at the vet’s, all six red-eyed and sniffling. Receptionists as well looked downcast, sad, so deemed it prudent to wait until the family had filed sloooowly out before catching someone’s eye.

At that point, I upped and fessed that one of our dogs (Bella, the 11-year-old) had a big lump on her back, and they asked me how long she’d had it and I shrugged and lied (truthfully, she’s had it for — let’s see– maybe almost a year now) and said, “Couple of weeks?” Receptionist said she’d note it on Bella’s chart.

When hubby came home, served him up a pizza (from Nino’s in San Carlos, they have the most absolutely scrumptious crust, and the last time I called there it was definitely a Filipino voice on the phone), then we settled down to watch a Duke/ Clemson game (Duke winning– by a lot!), and then switched to Star Wars, which hubby always watches whenever he gets the chance (though self is getting so tired of the ridiculous names, the ridiculous dialogue about “the Force” and “the Dark Side”), and I forget which episode this is but it’s the one where Count Duku and Yoda square off with their light sabers (which is amusing, like something out of MADtv, a puppet vs. evil Christopher “Dracula” Lee) and I think, well, maybe things aren’t so bad after all.

Get to watch Oprah Oscar Special at 10 (Pretty good– Julia Roberts absolutely fearless in peppering George Clooney with questions about his love life, and actually gets him to admit he’s had an “eye lift”; and Nicole interviewing Russell Crowe, who actually looks like he’d rather be anywhere else than The Beverly Hills Hotel, though he is polite and flatters NK and ends up asking her things that make her cry). Also glad to catch a little bit of Shark, which I hear is clobbering Boston Legal in the ratings.

Let’s see, nothing tomorrow, Saturday have good intentions to drop by book launch at Bayanihan Center, then dinner with brother-in-law visiting from New York. Sunday, of course, is Oscar night, Monday teach teach, Tuesday nothing, Wednesday teach teach, Thursday haircut, then appear on a panel at Bindlestiff in which am supposed to represent the far end of the generational divide — that is, am supposed to speak with the voice of wisdom while addressing concerns of young artists (Wow, how did I get to this position??), Friday is a faculty retreat at xxxx community college, why am I even attending, feel like such a poseur (privately acknowledge I’m not a very good teacher, but need bread, one cannot live off writing alone!).

Oh, enough of the self-pity, the moaning. Things could be worse. Time for a saying from Master Shih Cheng-Yen!

Still Thought # 80: “If you look at a chipped cup from another angle, it is still round.”

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