Tuesday, June 15, 2010

surfacing for air

Hey kids! I'm back! (::cue Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"::)

I hope you've all been well while I've been away... it was a stressful couple weeks but I'm through the worst of it and I'm back to blogging and catching up on everyone else's blogs, HUZZAH.

First and most importantly, a big huge thank you to all of you commenters who trusted me enough to be super honest about the crappy people that are sucking your energy away from you. I am constantly kind of humbled and ever so slightly terrified by how much you guys open up to me and I'm trying my damnedest to be worthy of your trust. I know it's not easy out there with a universe full of clueless people sometimes but I can say, since I pride myself on getting to know just about every one of you, that you are all so strong and kick-ass. It might be hard right now (it still is for me) but I really believe it's gonna get better. So thanks for all your comments that made me laugh, tear up, or really think. You guys are the freakin' coolest.

Second and only slightly less importantly, great white sharks do not attack kayaks very often, for those of you who were worried when you saw that photo in my last post (you can read the full story of that photograph here, no, it's not fake).

And now for the FastPass version of what I was up to while I was away:

1) Celebrated my 200th blog post (I vaguely remember giving my cat my password to blogspot, while face-down on the kitchen floor)

2) Celebrated my birthday - my friends threw a picnic party for me in the park and it was lovely - the highlight was meeting my best friend's two new dogs and Krista's gorgeously adorable little girl, Finn (and seeing Krista for the first time in, oh, five years?)

3) consumed an unnatural amount of red velvet and cream cheese concoctions, including red velvet frozen yogurt, red velvet cupcakes, and a red velvet and cream cheese cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory

4) Was bitten on the face by a kitten while I was trying to use the toilet (no, I'm not making that up)

5) Hit someone in the back of the head with a blueberry that I accidentally launched off my plate at a party (sadly, also not making that up)

6) Tried to carry the neighbor's cat into my mom's house, not realizing it was, in fact, NOT my mother's cat

7) Have been secretly rooting for the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Championship (shhh, don't tell any of my LA partners in crime!)

8) Received "YOU ARE A DOUCHE" business cards for me to leave on cars clearly parked by idiots from this lovely girl as a surprise birthday present

9) Opened up a book given to me by aforementioned best friend only to be facing the poem that has followed me around for the past several years and pops up when I need it most

10) Cooked this with a few minor tweaks (I took out the bacon and smothered the toast with goat cheese) and didn't burn down the apartment OR poison my boyfriend

11) Received some very cool blog awards from Robin at Your Daily Dose, Heather from The Dream Machine, and Tricia over at Talespinning - thank you ladies, I will pass these along shortly!

12) considered tossing the book I'm reading for my Sci-Fi book club across the room

13) Have been playing this album over and over again as my summer chill-out album, particularly tracks 1, 4, and 9

14) Saw a BMW delivering Pizza Hut pizza (how LA is that??)

15) Bought this and this for myself with some birthday money.

k, off to catch up on your lives! ::hugs!!::


krista said...

it was so good seeing you.
and saying 'no, thank you, i'm not hungry' and then stuffing myself with red velvet cupcakes and chocolate cookie heaven in my mouth bar.
i'm so glad you got to meet finn. and that i got to see you again, FINALLY!
more often now. yes.

Robin said...

So glad to have you back in the blogosphere. Interesting story about the sharks and the kayak. I love THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. I found my copy when we went through my books. It was one of my keepers. Great book. Anyway, so glad you had such a red velvety birthday!

Taylor K said...

well, hello. happy birthday. that shark story is super cool. I am glad you had loads of red velvet and that you scored two super cool t shirts. welcome back!

Barbara said...

Happy 200th post.
Happy Birthday.
I've been bitten by a cat, seriously, but not while on the john.
Would love some "you are a douche" business cards.
That sci fi book stinks.

Glad to catch up with you! :)

Bathwater said...

Wow I could disappear for a month and not come up with such an interesting list.

Rosaria Williams said...

You live in L.A. Nobody is what they seem; they are all looking for an agent wherever they go. We left L.A, and are so much more relaxed about who we are.

Happy Belated Birthday. Thanks for the visit.

Annah said...

Okay, well it's obvious that you're awesome because you love animals and cupcakes so like, duh! You are totally rocking. A cat bit you on your face? What the frack! How rude.

Thanks for the wonderful comment on my hilarity *looks shyly away*. Now for a moment of self-whoring... why aren't you following me?!?! Okay, this is where this comment ends.

Kissies from Miami, *muah*

Annah said...

Oh and 200 posts! That's a milestone girlfriend. Cupcakes and champagne for you!

Annah said...

Oooh ooh wait! Last comment I promise. yes, I know Ricky is gay. *tear tear* Hence! why my sex tape with him is going to catapult me into major stardom. lol. Okay that's it for now.

Lydia Kang said...

Ack, you got bit in the face by a kitten? Was it a love bite or just a bite?
Cool list. Sounds like you've been busy in a good way!

Eric W. Trant said...

Blueberries, birthdays, misidentified cats, neurotic kittens, and great white sharks -- which is an interesting story!

Happy birthday.

My Word Verification for this post is this: quasked

I'm not sure what that word means, but it's cool as hell. I love random word generators. Furuski was another of my favorites.

- Eric

Ed Pilolla said...

okay, rooting for the celtics is what a lot of people in la are doing, including me. the bmw delivering pizza, that is downright precious.
congrats on the 200th blog post and happy birthday.
taking care of ourselves is the best thing we can do for others, i believe. and a red velvet cupcake sounds durn, durn good.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

What a list! Your life flows with interesting things. Happy birthday and 200th post and red velvet goodness and shark-gasp photos. :D

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Interesting list!
Happy belated Birthday dear~

Marion said...

What a wild time you've been having. I love the CD you've been playing and put it on my Wish List. Thanks for sharing. I'm very, very, very, very happy that you're back to blogland. I missed you!!! xoxo

maggisaar said...

Haha! I'm so glad you like those DOUCHE Cards. I get them at a store in Big Bear, so they are extra special...as I am always full of very good Indian Food while buying them. And they come from cool mountain air.

(Funny side story...cause it's you...and me...After I got those cards, it was when I got all dizzy and woozy and threw up my delicious Indian food. I had to use the bag the store gave me for your cards to throw up in. I SWEAR to you I took your cards out and put them in my purse before using said bag. The receipt was not so lucky. ... Why did I just tell you that?)

Anyhoo, I looked at the link of the book you are reading, and the words "an army of clones created from aborted fetuses" jumped right out at me and honestly...I...It's 7AM and I don't know what to think.

Nice to have you blogging again. I miss it too. :)

Dionne said...

Bit in the face by a cat when trying to pee? What the heck? Back story, please!!!!!

And all that red velvet sounds marvelous, and I love that Maggi gave you You are a Douche cards! That's awesome!

drollgirl said...

well happy belated birthday!

and you have had a LOT of red velvet activity in your life lately. bah! i think that is a good thing.

and thanks so much for your sweet comments. i really appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, you've been very busy. And happy birthday!

Wine and Words said...

Back to writing funny I see :) You live large my friend. Small as you are...you live quite large. I am envious.

A New England Girl said...

Darling! I've missed your posts... I have been absent from the blogging world for so, so long.

First off, congratulations on 200! That is an achievement. Mine went quietly by... I think... I don't recall it at all. ;)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Belated, of course, but I always do things in a late fashion it seems. :) I am so happy you had a lovely time!

Heather Taylor said...

Love that you're back! Those shirts are awesome, I love how they contribute a book to a community in need!
BMW delivering pizza? Only in LA :)

Deech said...

Welcome back...I have been out of it as well. Glad to hear that all is OK (relatively) with you!

drollgirl said...

um, thanks for the cowboy pic link. GULP! wow. WOW. they usually aren't my thing, but maybe sometimes they are worth another look! :)

Maggie May said...

personally i like getting hit with blueberries.

glad you are back:)

Jo said...

Sounds like a fun filled birthday!! :)
And, 200th post!! Very cool!!
The BMW driving pizza delivery is hilarious!!

Marion said...

Phoenix, check your Gmail. I sent you the information you requested and am very excited. LOL! Love you! xoxo

Gwen said...

I'm so glad you are back. I was worried about you. Um...about that Pizza Delivery guy in a BMW. I think I'm in the wrong profession. :) XOXO

* said...

I'm new to your blog and already smitten. Loved your profile bit, and your sidebar has me happily envious.

Will return...

Kristin Quinn said...

How did I miss this?! Tracy! Stop confusing the cats!!

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