I make an effort to write even when I’m busy. And I have been busy! The candy-making date with Amore on Monday went wonderfully. It’s snowed a bunch then it rained all away. Car-less I attempt to get out, go running, do my shopping. I cook food and more food and it all vanishes.
I’m working on a sew-intensive project and I’ve been missing my kids and I don’t want to be back in my sewing room SO I asked Ralph to put my sewing table in the living room so I could put on some “television” (Netflix through the computer) while I did my thing.
I can’t put on anything too good while I’m sewing or I get distracted; however if it’s no fun, what’s the point? So this time around I’ve been doing some serious camp!
Ralph and I are both huge Elvira fans. Sex-positive, quick-witted, corny, goofy – and some awesome one-liner double entendres, all in addition to her other obvious attributes. What’s not to like?
Not the funniest Mel Brooks comedy but one entirely adorable and served well by the straight-man slapstick of Leslie Nielsen. Speaking of which, I have yet to watch Forbidden Planet (1956) and given the recent demise of both Francis and Nielsen a memorial viewing seems entirely appropriate.
In other news, Ralph decided to shave the beard. OK, fine. I get it. He didn’t like its itchiness and maintenance and thought it made him look dirty. Now I thought he looked really handsome and mysterious and rugged but, OK. I even told him (truthfully) that the full beard gave him a less-bald appearance, the hair on jaw and chin compensating for thinning up above; I hoped his self-consciousness about his hairline might cast a more friendly light on the muttonchops. But he never liked the beard much and it was clear from the outset this ferocious display of hirsute manliness would be a short-lived, fleeting winter wonder.
So first he shaved down to a Zappa ala Phoenix’s request:
(Ha, I love how PISSED Harris looks. AS PER USUAL. Angry and obese, what a great cat.)
Nice enough, eh? Sinister but sexy.
But then. THEN. He went too far.
And finally – after 24 hours of the above abomination, tonight’s foulness – the meager and failed attempt at an iconic actor and persona.
And after he did this of course he wanted a kiss. GROSS.
I throw up my hands.
And – I’ve been writing in my One Line A Day Five Year Memory Book. And I’ve been writing my small stones. I have some saved for you.
(Small Stone #10*)
Melted snow in my husband’s beard
Diamonds, icy cold
As he just steps back inside
(Small Stone #11*)
and very late night,
up until dawn sometimes.
You and me and you.
Our own world,
Quiet and new.
(Small Stone #12*)
We’ve lived without water pressure in our kitchen for a year and a half.
I miss the bold rush of hot water.
I hate not being with the family when I’m working hard on a sewing project, too. You’re lucky that your kids are old enough that they are unlikely to screw up your work when you get up to go to the bathroom, lol! Because at least one of mine isn’t, the machine stays downstairs in the sewing/painting room and Scott and I try to spend time down there together – he painting his models and me sewing.
This series of pics of Ralph and his ‘stache had me remembering my dad, who did a similar series of shots when going from full mustache and beard to no facial hair, back in the 60’s or 70’s. The last photo, especially, reminded me of my dad. Not to make Ralph feel old or anything – it’s the expression that made me nostalgic.
luvin the frank zappa & the small stones
I have a pic of Hugh after shaving just his beard but leaving that full caterpillar mustache on…NED FLANDERS. Exactly.
Ralph took many, MANY photos and poses that I just found on my computer. O_o