Sunday, November 12, 2006

More Rainy Sunday Ramblings...

It's gone from a misty morning to a pissing-rain afternoon, and Marge and I have been packing all day. It's got Marge in a bit of a down mood -- she's a 'nester,' not enjoying this phase of packing boxes of our stuff up knowing the closing on the new house is still a full month away. I've been in full packing (and moving, shuttling boxes and stuff to a storage facility close to our new home) mode for almost two weeks now, and only know to keep nose to grindhouse and grind on ahead, from waking to either break or falling down. It'll be an odd existence for the next month or so, and none to comfortable for anyone in the abode.

The cats, you see, are restless with all this, too. One of our two, Tuco, reacted so promptly to the first sign of boxes being packed that I immediately suspected this process is what led to his landing in the animal shelter. He's constantly seeking our attention and reassurances now, and both cats (Lizzie and Tuco) sleep plastered to our sides or as close as our sleeping bods will permit. They know something's up, and they don't like it one bit. We've already strategized the cats move -- the where and when of it -- to the new house, but until then they'll be as fretful as Marge, if not moreso, and we'll be dreading the momentous long drive in December from Marlboro to Windsor with unhappy (no doubt yowling) cats in carriers in the car.

Maia was going to come by this afternoon to work on the comic story we're jamming on together, and to begin sorting through her boxes from the last move (the 2002 move from Wilmington to Marlboro) -- debris from her last years of high school, etc., in search of winter clothes and in hopes of excavating her beloved manga collection, I reckon. However, the shit weather scotched that; she'll be up tomorrow. I hope to get together with Dan in the AM, too, if all goes well.

Though both are in their 20s, I wonder how this move sits with them -- time will tell, if they don't.

Such are the musings between the boxing and packing -- got to get back to work on the CCS stuff... more later!
Sunday Ketchup for Lunch

Ah, I've been away from computer land -- the move, the new house, and prepping our current home for market has been all-consuming, with the usual weekly workload (prepping today for this week's CCS classes, freelancing, etc.) and our stealing one movie night just to get away (Stephen Frears' The Queen, which was excellent).

The torment of dial-up-only access will soon end, as our new Windsor home offers a choice of three possible high-speed providers, but that's still at least a month and a half away... though there's light at the tunnel's end on that matter, at last.

Anyhoot, a few ketchup items I meant to post earlier this week.

* Yep, election day came and went, and we all woke up Wednesday morning (and especially Thursday, once the Democrats had secured a majority in the Senate, too) to a somewhat new reality. Let's see, now, what happens. I'm cynical per usual about the President's claims to bipartisan compromise and partnership (what's he pushing in this final stretch of the Republican-dominated sessions? John Bolton's official installation at the UN -- a recess move Bush made when that was the only opening he saw to putting Bolton at the United Nations -- and his push for fucking tax cuts for the wealthy being made permanent -- do your worst, Fearless Leader!), but hey, we'll see. The Democrats got their votes of confidence from the voting public; let's see if they can do something positive in the next two years. It was heartening event, the first in over a decade.

In VT, our Republican Governor James Douglas was reelected (like NH, VT govs only enjoy two-year terms of office), but he lost veto power with the Democratic sweep in every other key niche of power -- so, again, some ground gained there, too.

* The biggest charge for me on election night was seeing a number of CCS students so passionately engaged with the process that they were still up working until almost 2 AM, habitually checking the election news (via internet news) and reporting to one another and yours truly every time there was something to latch onto. A good number of CCSers voted, though I've heard a number of tales of voter troubles here in VT -- the majority tied to the VT Department of Motor Vehicles failing to follow through on the tie-in of state driver's license renewal & voter registration, which reportedly compromised a number of folks being able to vote at all (with one amigo reporting two attempts, neither yielding results).

More later today -- have a great Sunday --