The Ciel Show

Sunday, December 31, 2017

the last day

So here we are, at the end of 2017, a year of challenges socially, politically, personally... Unthinkable, unimaginable challenges for some of us, some long overdue, some unbelievable: How could this even happen? This was the year of consequences including really unwelcome surprises: How could they even do that? And here we are on the verge of 2018. I, for one, am hopeful that we will see consequences of last year's consequences. Like the first three STAR WARS movies, the Obama years were A NEW... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

5 AM

Here it is, Saturday again already. Another broken night's sleep, waking half a dozen times for a few sips of water, and bothered by a persistant, uncomfortable dream. I dreamed that I had accepted a role in a Christmas movie set in Tudor times. But the history was casual, far from accurate, and there was nothing in it actually Christmassy at all. There were no miracles nor magic, nothing sentimental... I kept wondering why it was a Christmas movie, what was the point of making it. They had had... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Along with other Christmas gifts...

I brought home a sore throat and a bit of a fever I think, which frustrated all attempts to sleep last night. Embers walking about on me and petting my face, threatening to lick me didn't help either. Today, after I take Charlie off to work, it is likely to be nap time again. Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Someone gave this one to Charlie for Christmas: https://www.artifactpuzzles.com/products/diego-mazzeo-mechanical-griffin This company, Artifact, makes some amazing puzzles, many with no outside... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

flying into winter

The flight from Seattle was not terribly long, between 2-3 hours. It was cold in Seattle and the Christmas snow was still on the ground in many places in the early evening. Sunset was over my shoulder for a long time as we flew southeast towards Denver. There was a counterpane of fluffy clouds for a while, then I could discern a snowy landscape below with clusters of lights. There was a first-quarter moon brightening the snow a little. Across the Rockies, approaching the prairies beyond the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Homeward bound

And here we are, once again all packed and ready to head out to my old 'home' airport, SeaTac. So many times, I have flown out of it, and into it, it is so familiar, I know where the best shops are and the best food spots. We will have a good couple of hours to hang out before time for our flight. Between 2 and 3 hours later, we will come into the Denver airport, DIA, my now 'home' airport. This one, too, has become very familiar. After a long long day of travel, after much anxiety, of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 25, 2017

To Everyone--

Here's to a day of lovely lights and warm hearts, of welcome, sharing, and acceptance, miracles of all sizes! Here's to suprises and delights! Whatever your religion or beliefs, may you celebrated them in peace and in joy, in gratitude, awe, and happiness! Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve! How ready are you?

First thing this chilly Seattle morning, I laid out all the gifts to be wrapped and tagged. Now I have a better idea of what needs to be last-minute sought and bought, all on what has to be the worst day for shopping all year. I enjoy shopping all year, and making, creating gifts for this season. When the official season is on, though, I resent the great Commercialism, resist playing into it. But sooner or later, I do seem to always get caught by it: will everyone be happy? Will everyone get... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Seattle and Elsa

A lot of time on the road today, going south to Tacoma and back again. Highways could have been worse. By the end of it, Elsa was pretty cranky, but is quite happy now we are home again. Elsa turned one year old on Dec 12, and I've been lucky to have been with her for some weeks her first year in England, at 3 weeks and 3 months, then again in Seattle at the end of summer. There have been 'skypings' from time to time, too. So she knows me, smiles and reaches for hugs and interacts with me... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Waking in Seattle

You know that first waking in a different place, when you open your eyes and are surprised at your surroundings...? Oh, right, I forgot I spent hours packing and driving to the airport and crammed into a little plane seat and waiting and waiting and waiting to get on the plane, to start moving, to get to the runway, to get to the ground, to the gate, for all the people ahead of me in the plane to get their gear and go... My body thinks it is well past time to be up and breakfasted, though my... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Heading out...

In an hour I'll be going to collect Charlie from work, make a quick stop for him to buy some much-needed shoes, then we are headed north to Denver International Airport for a 6:10 flight. We have discovered that driving up and parking at one of the private lots is cheaper than getting the airport shuttle from here, and much easier than looking for a friend to drive us up there and then meet us when we get back. So, plants are all watered and likely to make it through a week of neglect. Embers... Sign in to see full entry.

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