Blue in the Sky

A lesbian wife and mother tries her hand at something new. Surely there is a hat that fits out there somewhere!

Man on Wire Monday January 19, 2009

Filed under: Movies and TV — The Professor @ 9:34 pm

You must see this movie.  I don’t say that a lot.  Well…. maybe I do, but I really mean it when I say it.  We watched it last night and I’ve been thinking about these folks (particularly Phillipe) all day.  I’m sure it will stick with me.  An hour and a half well spent.  And it’s available through Netflix!  How easy is that?!  You can check out the trailer below:




And Baker Makes Four

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 9:17 pm

Although if you were here right now, you would have absolutely no idea that we have a cat.  Gadget has not been on the main floor since about the time we arrived late yesterday afternoon.  He has decided to take up residency in the basement.  Far, far away from the loud, lumbering beast that is currently snoozing on HIS BED!  After reading lots of helpful information on the internet about introducing a dog to a resident cat (I love the language there – I picture Gadget in a white coat and a stethoscope), we put Baker in his crate and brought Gadget upstairs to sniff around in safety.  “Ahhhhh hell naw” is what Gadget had to say about that.  Once he realized what was going on, he was just a black streak headed for the basement.  It’s official, at the end of day one Gadget is pissed.


Strange Snippets from Yoga Saturday January 17, 2009

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 10:42 am

We have arrived at the grandparents and will be taking Baker back home with us tmw.  It’s really happening!!!!  Our house is ready with new food bowls and dog treats for Baker and a baby gate for Gadget.  I set that up a few days ago so he could get used to the idea of negotiating the gate when he needed or wanted to get down to the basement.  I’ve set his food and water bowls down there in one of his favorite sunny spots, so we won’t have to be worried about Baker eating all of the cat food.  I think this will work.  Gadget won’t be confined to the basement, but he can have his own space if he wants to get away from Baker.  The Gadgets Meets Baker adventure commences tomorrow evening.


I’m in week two of my Bikram Yoga practice and I want to remember how weird the whole thing is before I get totally sucked into it and start thinking it’s normal.  The strangest thing about a Bikram studio isn’t the 105 degrees or the weird outfits or the odd calm of everyone around you, it is BY FAR the script that the instructor uses to guide you through the session.  Our studio has four instructors and no matter who you get, they say the same things.  Toad was the first to point this out.  As we were leaving class the first night she said “Did you feel like you were in a Star Wars movie?  She sounded a lot like Yoda.”  Aside from the persistent encouragement and references to your internal organs, this is a really odd element of the script.  Apparently Bikram likes verbs at the end of sentences.  So, what follows is a list of some of the stranger things I’ve heard during my first two weeks at yoga.


“Push your right shoulder forward and open your chest like flower petal blooming”

“Feel the rush of highly oxygenated blood rushing towards your heart.”

“Go back.  Push back.  Push back.  Way back.  Change.”

“Bend at the waist and push your happy smiling face into your calves.  Head to the legs, stomach to the thighs.  From the side you look like Japanese ham sandwich.  No light. No space.”

“Really strong pose that one. ”

“Chin to the chest.  Pituitary thyroid marriage.  This is your flu shot.”

“This one the equivalent of running a fifty yard dash”


The Bikram world is a funny world it is.


It’s Almost Like He Knows Tuesday January 13, 2009

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 6:49 pm

I’m pretty sure that Gadget is on to us.  He knows that he will be soon be de-throned.  It’s that or he has suddenly reverted to his horribly obnoxious kitten behavior for some other reason.  The whole thing is weird.  Everyone has been wowed by Gadget’s stellar behavior in the last few months.  Even my Dad agreed that the boy had calmed down a bit.  In fact, when Z&T were in town for Christmas, Gadget practically rolled out the red carpet for Kharma.  That poor dog has been on Gadget’s hit list for years and there were moments during their visit that the animals were downright friendly.  It was almost creepy.


But now, Bad Gadget has returned.  He runs out the door every time it is opened.  He threw his whole body at me and attached himself to my side with his claws while I was folding clothes a few days ago.  I can’t remember the last time that particular trick was demonstrated.  He’s batting at both of us much more than usual and generally maintaining a vague air of hostility.  Yes, a cat is capable of communicating hostility.  So, maybe he knows.    Poor guy.


2009 – The Year of the B Monday January 12, 2009

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 8:33 pm

The first day of classes means that 2009 is officially underway.  Sure, the year has given us eleven days already, but those days have been ramp up time.  Getting ready.  Clearing out.  Making room.  Now…’s on!


So far it seems that 2009 will be the year of the B.  Lots of B’s in my world these days.


1. Babies

Toad and I have MAJOR baby fever.  It’s pretty serious.  In fact it has been brought to my attention that I blogged almost exclusively about my niece during the last few months of the year.  So, yeah maybe that is a bit obsessive, but it’s also a fair representation of my world.  We see them everywhere and we talk about them way too much.  Babies in general, our friends’ babies, and of course our future baby/babies.   The talk around our future little people has grown less theoretical and more actual in the last few months.  We’re not talking abstractly about maybe or wouldn’t it be great, we’re talking timetables and sperm donors.  It’s all pretty exciting. 


2. Baker


I found out this AM that Toad has been working her behind the scenes magic to bring Baker back home to his Mom.  We will be going to Toad’s parents house this weekend to pick him up.  I am absolutely THRILLED about this!!  He will be joining us on a rent to own kind of basis.  We’ve got to make sure that we can take care of him the way we want to and that he and Gadget find a way to coexist in the same house.  I am optimistic on both fronts, but feel good that if things don’t work the way they need to, the grandparents are willing to take him back.  Toad and her Mom had planned to surprise me this weekend with something along the lines of Baker with a big red bow around his neck when we arrived.  However, she decided this AM that something as significant as getting a dog is probably something that she should run by me.  Of course, she knew I would be all for it and I definitely am. 





3. Bikram

This is probably the strangest development of the year so far.  I love Bikram Yoga!  In fact, I have joined a studio.  What this means is that I have shelled out a significant amount of money to sweat for an hour and half in a room heated to 105 degrees while I push at the edges of my flexibility and balance, focus on my breathing and try really hard not to die.  I don’t have anything too articulate to say about the experience yet beyond, I’m in.  I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid.  Sold.  Sign me up….hey, I already did that!


4. Blogging

Hey why not.  Maybe 2009 is the year that all of my consistent blogging dreams come true.  It could happen.