Archive for September, 2010

much employment in Doha

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Marveled at all the jobs in Qatar right now, mostly here:

aromatherapy projections

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Spent the day blissed out on aura cacia’s “tranquility” blend, in my borrowed diffuser with trippy rainbow LED lights. Wish I could waft smells across the world.

still so incredibly hot

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

meditation on heat all day long. was sweating between my fingers walking around campus! Drove down a few hundred feet to sea level: -20 degrees, but hot again at home. Watered the suffering tree in our backyard, happy to see some green leaves emerging among the sad brown ones (the result of our last heat wave).

desert weather continues

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Blown away by LA temperatures! The desert encroaches.

But also, much love for this sustainable desert city outside Abu Dhabi.

hot again; pressing cold things against self.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

ice water against feet in this instance.

indoor desert day 2. still a few degrees cooler than qatar though.

desert indoors

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

really hot here today, heightened by S’s decision to fry a bunch of stuff (yummy stuff). Desertification of our kitchen was achieved for 2-3 hours last night.

email/dream overlap

Friday, September 24th, 2010

woke up from a dream about K to an email from K sent during the dream. The dream was surreal and kind of disturbing, won’t detail it here, but, the email was normal and reassuring. K has spent the last three birthdays in the same room in the same building in the same base.

Also pondering my lack of pictures lately. that last post could have had some good shots, but for my lack of camera while xeroxing.


Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

first day of class today. spent some quality time with the photocopier, which always reminds me of when K & I developed a special new form of pilot chatter devoted to xeroxing. I don’t even remember the jokes now, but I can’t make copies without thinking of him.

went through two reams of paper and even replaced the staples myself!

noisy plane

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

a low flying plane passed over us twice late last night. both times we went outside to look at it. A clear view of all those tiny lights underneath, and an alarming reminder of how loud planes can be!

made contact

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

My mom reminded me we hadn’t had news from K for a while. That’s normal, he’s busy, but I sent off an email anyway. Also fished for birthday requests.

Getting psyched up for cake in a jar.

freshman observation

Monday, September 20th, 2010

During a quick errand on campus, I couldn’t believe how young the students looked. Imagined myself, and K, at that age, wondered if he already wanted to fly.

war art breakfast

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

had breakfast with two art friends, one of whom does game/immersive/performance art related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I need to get busy and write up an article about a panel we did together a few years ago.

Breakfast was amazing and decadent: croissant french toast and a scrambled egg.

phone dream

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

had a dream this morning about a long phone call w/ K, who said he had all this spare time and was just calling people to fill it.

wish that were true!

saw a leafy bike & thought about camoflage

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Also of note, more aerospace related, is the zipline at the airport:

made apple juice

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This is the kind of thing I wish I could send overseas. Both the tree and the jar.

fed watermelon to Irene

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

My hospice client today managed to eat 4-5 bites of watermelon. While feeding her, I wondered about fruits in the Middle East again (dates are big, I guess) and mortality in general.

thought about my students

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

They get younger every year. The school where I teach doesn’t have much of a ROTC program (if there is one at all), but I always look around and wonder if any of them will end up at war. I always ask who among them knows someone who is deployed right then, and the number of hands has steadily increased over the years. Last year a student’s boyfriend was leaving for his first deployment during our term.


Monday, September 13th, 2010

The diary always helps during deployments. I doubt K keeps one, but, it’s amazing how much time you spend thinking about someone when they’re away doing this sort of thing. The diary helps remind you of that.

bought cake mix

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Preparing for cake in a jar.

Ended up with carrot cake + cream cheese frosting in a tube!

reflected on things that have happened on September 11, in addition to the obvious ones

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

This has very little to do with K, but, lots has happened on 9/11s past. My partner S’s birthday, for one. My grandfather’s funeral last year, for another. In 2001, sept 11 was all about wondering what to do with my roommate’s dad, since he couldn’t fly home. Since then I’ve learned I knew at least 2-3 other people who were wandering SFO that day, although we never crossed paths at the time.

9/11 cast a huge shadow over K’s commissioning, which could have been so mellow and optimistic.

care package philosophy

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Read this short piece about care packages in the Atlantic. A disappointing conclusion, but I like the part about cookies:

But it’s a rare soldier who, upon opening a package and finding a bag of squashed-up homemade cookies, wouldn’t grin. That wouldn’t be human.

The rest of the article detailed some of the bizarre things people send over, like 40 AARP magazines. Sounds like people just transfer things from the goodwill pile into an any soldier box!

wondered about fruits

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

wandering around 99 ranch, I wondered about fruit in Qatar. Where does it come from? Does any of it grow there? How? I know pomegranates are big in Afghanistan. Our neighbors have tons of pomegranate bushes. The fruit tempts me every year.

mailed more

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Wind, Sand and Stars is a great book. All pilots & non-pilots should read it.

assembled next package

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

including this clever microwavable brownie mix, which i hope will be indestructible yet edible. ? we’ll see.

lots of driving

Monday, September 6th, 2010

K & I share a love of the road trip. He used to do it more when he was living in Arizona. I don’t drive around as much as I used to, but today driving back from Lake Tahoe (in an unconventional way to avoid horrible holiday traffic), I remembered what a really long drive can do. Sort of an altered state.

thought about big snow

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Tahoe has these poles that say “FH” on top, so you can find the fire hydrants under tons of snow. I had never seen those before, even though I grew up in Colorado, where we get plenty of snow.

Anyway, spent a lot of time imagining snow, imagining various roads being closed, remembering how when I visited K in Flagstaff this huge kind of unseasonal snowstorm followed me there.

lake 1: Tenaya Lake in Yosemite

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Went swimming in Tenaya Lake, thought about Qatar’s “inland sea.”

porch reading

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

by proxy:


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

away for next few days. either i’ll manage to update from my phone or there will be an onslaught of posts upon my return. Meanwhile, there is always the flickr feed.

made chocolate chip cookie dough, accepted impossibility of butter

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Latest care package comment: “it was a very nice gesture.” That means, cookies were either rotten or inedible!

So, sadly, this cookie dough will be just for me.

Next baking adventure will be cake in a jar, made with a mix that only requires oil.