Wed. 12.01.16 – Canela and my Mom came back to Huntington Beach today. Canela has a lot of staples, on her belly, on her back, and on her sides. She is currently recovering in style with a leopard print coat and tiger print blanket.
Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts on her behalf.
Thurs. 11.10.16 – This is a very rocky week. Starting the day of the election, Scruffy’s back end and legs stopped working for him and by yesterday morning he was unable to walk or even raise up and stabilize his legs.
We had already planned to visit Erika and Lukas today so that Lukas could play with Belle. Erika let Lukas know that Scruffy was at the end of his life and that Lukas would most likely not see him again. Near the end of the visit, Lukas wanted to sit on the couch with an ailing Scruffy in his lap. It was very sweet.
In this photo, Erika was telling Lukas the story of the first time that Lukas met Scruffy.
Wed 11.09.16 – This afternoon I went to visit the ever amazing artist, Nicole Welke, at her day adventure – Salon Pop and Barber Shop. I love that Nicole’s aesthetic is not just in her paintings, cartoons, illustrations and products, but also in her physical space. I am excited to announce that Nicole will be doing the cover art for my short story collection.
Mon. 11.07.16 – On the 7th of November in the year 2003, Mr. Scruffy-licious Alidocious T. McDoglet was born to a pedigreed Maltese family. Within two months, Scruffy – not his birth name – was denied access into the American Kennel Club for having more than the 3-4 regulation spots and hair too thin for a AKC Maltese, whereupon he departed and moved to California.
In March of 2004, Jenifer Hanen (me) and her brother, Joe, found Scruffy on Craigslist and within days he joined the family. Jenifer promptly bought Craig a Jack & Coke at 20×2 that year at SXSWi to thank him for starting a website that allowed her and her brother to get a great dog. Craig likes dogs and was happy that we got Scruffy on his List.
Happy Birthday to the best maltese dog on the planet… Scruffy McDoglet!
Sun. 11.06.16 – Today including a whirlwind, blur of a drive out to Arizona and back home to Huntington Beach in one day! The madness was more than just an opportunity to spend $36 on gas; I was on a mission to pick up my friend Belle le Cane. I will be dogsitting Belle* for much of the month, so expect more photos.
Per usual, double click on the photo thumbnails for the larger versions and lightbox gallery.
*And Belle will be sitting on Scruffy…
Tues. 11.01.16 – Today is the first day of November and it has been a big few days for folks who celebrate Diwali/Deepavalli, Halloween, All Saints Day and/or Dia de Muertos.
This is my favorite time of the year, not for the holidays but for the change of the light and weather. Given that I have the opposite of SAD and that my migraines tend to be worse with too much bright sunlight, I am usually ecstatic when this darker, cooler time of year rolls around.
The sunlight is soft from now until mid-January. The light is short. And blessedly, the next six weeks will be the only time all year that I will move out of short sleeve shirts and may possibly put a light long sleeve shirt on.
I really need to move to a place with colder weather.
My one festive nod to the start of the dark season was going to the Throw Rag show on Fri. 10.18.16 at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The show was delightful, lots of folks showed up in costume, and I got to talk to friends I have not seen in a good, long while. The best costumes of the night were definitively the gentlemen of Throw Rag, particularly Franco’s 1960s groovy matron outfit, wig, and shoes. As for Dino’s amusing rainbow raver meets glam rocker, in the pink foreground in the above photo, well…
Happy All Saints Day! Celebrate your favorite saint, but don’t lose your head over it.
Photo of Throw Rag taken by Ms. Jen.
At the Intertidal Zone :: Dog Beach from Ms. Jen on Vimeo.
Tues 08.02.16 – I love how not every wave travels the same distance in the intertidal zone. I stood and took a long photo / short video to see how long it would be from the last wave to hit my feet to the next wave to hit my feet (39 seconds for the impatient).