Archive for November, 2011

Sad News

I’m having a blue day. Cindi’s mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She was diagnosed yesterday so no other tests have been run. Cindi’s parents live in a small Montana town with limited health care options. Cindi’s parents will probably seek treatment in Tucson where Cindi’s brother lives. Cindi has wonderful parents. I hope this was caught early.

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Garden Pictures

Here are a few pictures of the landscaping.

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Home Again

We got back from Ft. Lauderdale late Friday night. K left for St. Louis early this morning. It was a short but great holiday. Here are a few pictures I took around R & H’s house.

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What Were They Thinking?

A children’s store in Greeley was selling crocthless panties. What were they thinking? This is wrong on so many levels.


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Updates 11/15/2011

Patty called on Sunday while I was cleaning the house. She broke up with her boyfriend, again. She gave back his car key and mailed his house key a few days later. She told me the relationship is finally over and she’s moving on. I think this is the fourth or fifth time they have ended the relationship. We ended up going to lunch because I needed any excuse not to clean the house. I tried to steer the conversation away from her relationship but it kept circling back. After lunch we drove by the new Clyfford Still Museum and around Washington Park in her new used Rav4. After she dropped me off I cleaned out the gutters and blew the leaves off the courtyard patio, walkway and driveway.

Last night Cindi called with her boyfriend woes. She’s calling it quits with a guy she’s been seeing. He accused her of being manipulative and not able to communicate. When she pressed the guy for specifics he couldn’t explain why he felt this way and accused her of trying to manipulate the conversation. She said the only thing she will miss is the great sex. Then asked me why straight men were so hard to understand. I couldn’t answer the question. She asked if I knew any women she could date. I told Cindi that Lena would take her back. We had a good laugh over the idea of Cindi going tribal again.

Lena will be house-sitting while K and I are in Ft. Lauderdale. Her set design career is taking off. She now creates the design concept while a crew does the construction work. She may be going to New York with a local theater director for an off-off-Broadway production. It’s great to see Lena succeed.

Tom and Sheila left on a sixteen day mystery trip today to celebrate Sheila’s sixtieth birthday. Tom told Sheila to pack for Colorado type weather and that they have never been to their destination. He also told Sheila they were taking the British Airways nonstop to London but would be changing planes at Gatwick. I think they’re going to Russia since they have been all over Europe in their professional opera careers. I’ll be watering their plants while they are away. Sheila promised to email me when they arrive at their destination.

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Updates 11/11/2011

K’s mother’s surgery has been postponed. It turns out a physician’s assistant told K’s mother the surgery needed to be scheduled immediately but never consulted the surgeon. K’s mother saw the surgeon yesterday and found out there are numerous issues with her surgery. She needs to be cleared for surgery by the other four or five doctors she sees on a regular basis.

Cindi has been involved in a war on Facebook with her two nieces. Cindi’s fourteen year old niece posted her holiday gift list to Facebook. The list was basically the entire women’s section of the Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue. Cindi posted a private note suggesting that her gift would be more educational in nature and not materialistic. That’s when the gates of hell exploded. The niece then called Cindi a moronic selfish dyke. The older niece (18) got involved and things got even worse. The younger niece sent an email virus to Cindi that caused pornographic images to be emailed to Cindi’s clients. Cindi reported both nieces to the Facebook security team. Now none of them are talking and the Facebook security team is investigating the issue. All of this drama over a holiday gift list.

Helena also got involved in a vacation drama. Helena hadn’t taken a vacation in two years so she was ecstatic when her friend of twenty five years, Jenny, invited her on a cruise she won at a casino. It was a Caribbean Cruise that included air fare and $1,000 spending money for each person. Helena was planning on using her share of the money to pay for her onboard expenses and her excursions. Jenny was given $2,000 when they boarded the ship. She told Helena she would hold onto the money. Helena went to bed early on the first night while Jenny went to the bar. The next morning Helena awoke to an empty room. She later found Jenny in the casino. Jenny had been up all night gambling. She lost the $2000 along with all the money she could pull out of the ATM. They had a huge fight. Helena ended up paying for all their onboard expenses and excursions because Jenny’s credit cards were maxed out and her bank account was empty. Helena tried to make the best of the situation. She tried to avoid Jenny and socialized with a new group of friends while the ship was at sea. Jenny has promised to pay Helena back in $500 monthly payments. It’s been two months and Jenny has yet to make a payment.

The homeowner’s board sent an email this week advising there have been numerous break-ins attempts at houses in our neighborhood. A district three policeman attend the last homeowner’s meeting to provide home protection tips. I always do a nightly door check because K will go to bed and leave the doors unlocked.

It’s Friday and I’m alone so I’m heading out to the galleries tonight. My first stop will be the Ice Cube Gallery over in Rino. It’s opening night for a collaborative installation featuring the clay work of Jean Smith and the assemblage art of Deborah Jang. I really like these artists. There are several Jean Smith pieces in our house and I would love to have a one of Deborah’s. Perhaps I’ll buy myself and early holiday gift.

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Alone Again

A black Lincoln Town Car just picked up K to take him to the airport. His six month stint in Missouri starts today. Sigh!

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Holiday Drama

K’s father called a few weeks ago to let us know they wanted to come to Denver for Thanksgiving. K’s brother and sil who live in Durango were spending Thanksgiving with friends in Ft. Collins. K’s parents didn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving and K’s mother has retired from cooking Thanksgiving dinners so we were the second choice. We told K’s parents we were going to Ft. Lauderdale for Thanksgiving so they made plans to go to a casino in New Mexico.

Yesterday K’s mother called K to let him know she was having hip replacement surgery on November 23rd. We knew she was having some pain but had no idea she needed a hip replacement. She’s having major surgery the day before Thanksgiving. K’s brother and sil have cancelled their trip to Ft. Collins so they can be in Durango for the surgery.

I was stunned by this news and K was upset. He’s been working really hard and was looking forward to a relaxing holiday in Florida. If we don’t cancel our trip it looks like we’re selfish and don’t care about K’s mother. K’s brother will surely use this in an argument with K. K’s brother thinks we are spoiled so this will just add fuel to that fire. K didn’t know what to do. I told K that we were not cancelling our trip and I was going to call his mother.

I talked with K’s mother about the surgery. She told me the doctor wanted to schedule the surgery as soon as possible and the 23rd was the first open date. I reminded K’s mother we would be in Florida but would like to be there for her. I suggested she talk to the doctor and push the surgery out a week or two. K’s mother didn’t seem to like this suggestion. Her reluctance to reschedule her surgery didn’t sit well with me but I didn’t go down that road with her. I told her we would look into a trip to Durango after Thanksgiving. If she wants us to be there for the surgery she’ll have to reschedule the surgery. She doesn’t have a life threatening condition so there’s no reason why she shouldn’t reschedule

K’s brother may think we’re selfish and self centered but we’re not cancelling our trip to Ft. Lauderdale. I think it’s ridiculous that K’s mother would agree to have surgery the day before Thanksgiving knowing the impact it will have on other people’s holiday plans. K’s brother may allow himself to be manipulated by his mother but I’m not allowing it.

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I Like My Kangaroo Rare

Last night K and I went to a Project Angel Heart fund raiser at the Hyatt Regency downtown next to the Convention Center. The event had thirty tasting stations serving delicious offerings from some of the best local creative culinary minds. One of my favorites was the kangaroo with butternut squash, arugula, parmesan and pomegranate vinaigrette from TAG Restaurant. Root Down served a great soup and Biker Jim’s Dogs served a rattlesnake pheasant sausage cassoulet. Gateaux had a great selection of mini pastries and cookies and one of the local culinary schools offered truffles and petit fours. The food was great. Cindi was there along with our neighbors Mike and Chris. We got a chance to catch up with a lot of people we haven’t seen in a long time. We ran into Matt & Kevin, Sharky, Gator & Jeff, Alex, Lee, Terry & Mark, CL, Andy, Ned and Brad. It was a great time.

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A Pleasant Surprise

For the last week I’ve been nagging K about getting our tickets to Ft. Lauderdale for Thanksgiving. He surprised me last night by cashing in miles and getting first class tickets. What a sweetie! He still has almost a half million miles. He leaves next week to start his six month stint in Missouri and he doesn’t come home until the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The first class airfare is sort of like saying he’s sorry for having to be away. That’s my interpretation not his.

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