Thursday, 26 November 2009

The End of the World As We Know It

I heard that song on the radio yesterday and felt it was so appropriate as to be ludicrous.

Things are hard here and more than that, my life has changed over the last three months, in ways good, bad, and just breathtaking.

I don't think I can keep this space alive any longer. It has been a lifeline and a joy, and it has brought me into contact with people I will always cherish. But it is also a monument to a certain phase of my life which is coming to an end. What is next, I am only beginning to discern.

Thank you for reading. I will leave the blog up in the hopes that anyone might find it useful, entertaining, or inspiring. I may take down MacCool Uncensored, not certain, but I doubt I will hand out the password much any more. (For those of you who have asked recently & been ignored, my apologies: it's not personal, not in any way.)

And maybe I will return to this space in the future, or start another one. Until then, farewell readers; I give thanks for each and every one of you.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Meme That Proves I'm Still Kicking

I was tagged by the super-cool ANPFisher, who is blogging every day this month. Whereas I have not blogged at all for a month. It makes a nice symmetry anyway, right?

But here it is, to prove I'm still alive... and to shake things up, I'm going to post seven good things about the last month. It's been a hell of a month so believe me this counts as "random and weird" things about me.


1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. FG got a table delivered that had belonged to her grandparents and resided in her family's basement for a looooong time. I've been knocking myself out cleaning it. Picture me, a bucket of hot water & Murphy's Oil Soap, flannel rags, and a small screwdriver to ease dirt out of the carvings, and you have it. I love it. It's a beautiful table.

2. Working on the table, plus doing some other minor fixing jobs, has made me think seriously about developing a furniture-refinishing hobby, especially if I can turn it in green/natural/historical-materials directions. I might take a relevant class or two from a nearby school. And I'm also thinking about refinishing a dresser that was originally my mom's and has been mine since I was a child. It's been mine for longer than it was hers but it still feels like hers; I'm thinking a rehab might fix that.

3. Cuban sandwiches. Um, goodbye vegetarianism...

4. Belle & Sebastian. Worth a listen. My preferred table-cleaning music.

5. Running. I ran a little over a mile *nonstop* for I think the first time in my life. Very happy about that & how it feels.

6. My lovely students. Who knew teaching was so energizing? Even if I am running around like a crazy person half the time.

7. All those friends & loved ones who keep on keeping me from falling.

No tagging, except you, Jess!