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1. The choir concert was amazing and magical and glorious. For about a week I would get home from traffic control in a soil yard, covered in sunblock and compost, hose myself off and race to rehearsal to sing with a professional symphony orchestra none the wiser. The reward last Saturday was a 5 minute standing ovation, and my well-used voice wrecked and husky as Kathleen Turner's.

2. I do not approve of the new guy hairstyles where it's all swooshed forward like they've been bobbin for apples.

3.
P1010159"
white-lined sphinx moth. he is shy, all "damn paparazzi."

cecropia moth (2)
cecropia moth

chubby checker
black swallowtail

monarch (3)
monarch (population is down by more than 50%, due to unaccommodating weather in mexico. please grow milkweed in yr yard for places to lay eggs.)

pipevine swallowtail
pipevine swallowtail

spotted
wot. i like fennel too.

4. There is a man named Geert Goiris who takes intensely arresting photographs of desolate and abandoned places. I am riveted. They are lovely and tragic at once. Get moved.

5. After my whole life, I might decide that I like Tom Waits but don't gloat or I will change my mind because I am spiteful!

6. guillotine - named after French physicist Joseph-Ignace Guillotin who tried to convince executioners in France to use a more humane method of capital punishment.

boycott - named after Captain Charles Boycott, "the estate agent of an absentee landlord, the Earl Erne, on Achill Island in County Mayo, Ireland, who was subject to social ostracism organized by the Irish Land League in 1880. In September of that year, protesting tenants demanded from Boycott a substantial reduction in their rents. He not only refused, but also evicted them from the land. Charles Stewart Parnell, in a speech in Ennis proposed that, rather than resorting to violence, everyone in the locality should refuse to deal with Boycott." - wiki.

quisling - one who consorts or collaborates with the enemy. "after Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian politician and officer who collaborated with the Nazis." - dictionary.com

definitions without words for $800 - when a person is so widely known for their actions that their name becomes a verb or descriptor for similar actions of others. (edit: EPONYMOUS, per lj_tuckova. and you thought it was just the name for an REM album.)

7.
I am gold as a chicken nugget, and Pollocked with freckles.

8. Just when choir season was over, the nursery job hired me on permanent and part-time and I managed to secure a second job at another flower shop. I recommend two part-time jobs, as it splits the week up and you do not become complacent doing the same thing for 5 days straight. Still broke and happy. Still preferring it over wealthy and pissed.

9. Fuckin, look at this crystal mine in Mexico, where the largest crystals in the world have been discovered. There are little people climbing around them dressed in red.

10. There was a notable dream where I had a husband with whom I lived contentedly. We had a sunful kitchen, a soft bed, a modest tree, and a derelict but hopeful backyard in which one day in the barren winter I noticed at the far corner against the fence a red lily blossoming, defiantly without coercion and called my husband to see, the petals dark as wine, and how uncharacteristic it was to be so healthy, at which he cocked his head, shrugged and paid no further mind, also uncharacteristically.
The crimson bloom never aged, and seemed to only grow overnight in an otherwise brittle and dormant lawn. Days later a new lily stood next to the first dubiously, and then more with each passing day, until soon the yard was a scarlet rash, though nowhere else did the blossoms thrive. The rest of the neighborhood spoke nothing of spring.
Late one night I heard strange cracking, breaking smacking sounds and crept into the kitchen to find my husband crouched over a bloody feast, gnawing on a severed arm. He had long, wet, shining fangs, eyes slate grey and blood matted the fur on his neck. Fingers curled out from the corners of his mouth as he turned to me, horrified. His beast ears erect, swiveled like satellites toward me and he cried a mongrel's cry. At that moment I magically knew where each strange bloom came from, stamens sticky with plasma, that they were rooted from the buried hearts of his kill, and the bones he hoarded like a dog in our backyard. And I ran in my nightgown from our home, from the corpse fed garden into the eye of the night.
Later I was picked up on the side of the road by a kind faced man, who offered to let me stay at his place for a few nights. When we arrived to his house, he gave me a robe and began to tour me around, showing me his kitchen, the living room, where I could sleep on the couch, and then the back porch, where looking out onto the lawn I saw in the distance, red patches of florets, spreading in from the far corners. There was the feeling of alarm that grew from my stomach and vined upward into my throat, and then I woke.

Date: 2010-05-30 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pills.livejournal.com
ahhhhhhhh that catarpilar iz so chubbby!

i miss you! i get emails when you make the LJs and its the numbawan thing that brings me back here. i'll have 2030238 more things to say-- you know how i post-it commentate!

xoxo

Date: 2010-05-30 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
hay sugarpeach!
i miss you right back!

the cecropia one, chubby chubchub, is even fatter now than when i photographed him last! he eats so seriously, like emergency binging like he's only got so much time before he can ever eat again!

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Date: 2010-06-02 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdollarsign.livejournal.com
MOOOOOOOOOTTTHH!!!!!!!! SO CUUUUTUTEEEE

Date: 2010-05-30 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Please write a short story out of no. 10! it's so very Stacie and captivating, reminds me of Angela Carter...but yet is fully YOU and wonderfull and chilling and beautiful!

Date: 2010-05-30 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
when i woke that morning i was like wtf?! i do definitely want to make something of it, maybe even an adult children's book? w illustration? i dunno.

it is good to hear from you, pretty. thanks for keeping me.

yes yes yesssssss

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Date: 2010-05-30 03:10 pm (UTC)
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In every regard, you may be the most beautiful woman I have ever known.

adfljerdrggeg

Date: 2010-05-30 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
this is a rare moment where I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!

Too heavy?

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no, very light, like flying

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Do I know him?

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Date: 2010-05-30 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vogdoid.livejournal.com
your pic gave me cute-fits. Do aunties stop you on the street to pinch your cheeks?

cecropia is crazy! that dream sounds familiar.

Date: 2010-05-30 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
heee. maybe i could set up a lemonade stand and charge .50 for cheek pinching on the side.

cecropia will end up one of the largest moths in north america! 6" wingspan holla!

Date: 2010-05-30 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamezm.livejournal.com
100% seriously, I thought that photo was of your daughter, at first. Then I noticed the tattoo.

For $1000, the term for when a person is so important in science that something is named after them, and is used without the first letter captialized (e.g. watts).

Date: 2010-05-30 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
fuck, i turn 34 in september! it's like i have some sort of neverending puberty.

and for real. also in food, like sandwich. we have instances where there are 2340824 words for one thing, yet no one has come up with the term for this? someone needs to get off their ass.

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Date: 2010-05-30 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cowboyjesus.livejournal.com
Trying to imagine the standing ovation. That had to feel good! Your fleeting between grit and glamour in the same day is fascinating. My head would be spinning.

Your dream does represent a great short story. I also encourage you to develop it.

Those crystals blew my mind! I didn't know such places existed, although I have seen some pretty desolate places such as Goiris' photographs convey. Thanks for all the phenomena!

I once saw a huge Atlas moth at our state fair and wondered which part of the state it was found. It is moth season here. We get a migration of "Millers" coming from Kansas. I have no idea why they come here except to cool off for a bit. Some years they are terrible and thick. The swifts and swallows dive after them at stoplights in the rain and barely diminish their numbers.

My favorite here is a small white moth with tiny black specks. I guess that's camouflage against aspen tree bark.

I have nothing to gloat about re: Tom Waits. It's an acquired taste. He ain't for everybody. I think it's great that he can also act. He needs to get his ass over to the HBO series "Treme" pronto.

Date: 2010-05-30 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
it did feel good! i cried a little.

you are welcome about the phenomena. the goiris photos are sad, but also kind of magical. claim and reclaim.

i think the rainfalls definitely increase and help the moth and butterfly numbers. the small white moth is a fuzzy black caterpillar i think. salt marsh, maybe?

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Date: 2010-05-30 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiet-flame.livejournal.com
I want you to win the lottery so that you don't have anything to do all day but sit on a throne and write amazing books (while fanned by a naked Cillian Murphy, natch).

Congrats on the kick-ass concert! I would've loved to witness it.

Re: those guy hairstyles, hahaha bobbing for apples. Yes. WTF.

So glad you are back.

Also you are pretty.

Date: 2010-05-30 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i'm glad to be back too. so excited for you as well, and yr little mini-megan, omg omg you are so close!

Date: 2010-05-30 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inertiacrept.livejournal.com
I'm gonna gloat a little. I have to. It's my nature.

(I won't get a swooshy haircut)

(I was gonna, now I won't)

(That's what love is)

Date: 2010-05-30 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
aw, if there was any doubt in my mind it's gone now.

yr one of the reasons i don't have a french bob!

The hoarder

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Date: 2010-05-30 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] el-moofo.livejournal.com
powerful dream!

Thank you for the photographer! OHHHHHhhh he is the best of the year.

Date: 2010-05-31 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
you are very welcome!
i forgot to breathe looking over some of his pictures. the frozen stalactite from the water faucet!!! so unsettling.

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Date: 2010-05-30 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] featherveins.livejournal.com
1. the caterpillars are phenomenal. i can't say enough about how gorgeous those photographs are. your eye is brilliant.

2. yes, do something with that dream. short story. something. it is beautiful & haunting, dark faerietale.

[[adore you.]]

Date: 2010-05-31 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
1. thank you thank you beautiful lady. i think my co-workers are a little weirded out by me. they don't know i'm such a shutterbug. i love crouching over the animals i find there all clickclickclick.

2. i will work on the dream as a story, definitely once i get a few minutes. it's been tugging at my heartstrings for a while now.

thanks for stoppin by. ♥

Date: 2010-05-31 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] createdestiny.livejournal.com
Good to see your words and pics...

Date: 2010-05-31 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
merci!
good to see you are still around

Date: 2010-05-31 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aedariamti.livejournal.com
Two part-time jobs ROCK. No time to get involved in office politics, no time to bitch about the bad stuff. Just work work work bye see you later and on to the next job.

Note to self: plant milkweed because Benjamin would love to see the caterpillars. The butterflies, he is not excited about.

Date: 2010-05-31 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
exactly! you know what i'm sayin, sister.

haha, butterflies will hardly be still. caterpillars are more docile.
incase you want to work on a butterfly garden; milkweed, lantana, fennel, dill, pipevine, dutchman's pipevine, wax myrtle (all for the larvae and caterpillars), then zinnia, phlox, standing cypress, firebush, echinacea...to name a few. and these are all easy for this climate.

Date: 2010-05-31 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojodragonfly.livejournal.com
there's a good chance you're the most beautiful thing, ever, and I know beautiful, I was visited by indigo birds bouncing along the fingers of low cypress tree branches today, while floating on my back in a river.

Date: 2010-05-31 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
you are sweet as pie, d.
i like this idea of you floating around, lookin up at birds.

Date: 2010-05-31 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pivovision
regarding number two, my friend says they look like they got hit on the back of a head with a frying pan.

regarding number ten, oh yeah. also, paintings! (please!)


Date: 2010-05-31 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
they do look like they got hit, or a strong wind...it's just ridiculous.

oh i miss painting so much, i have been too fricken busy. the dream was mostly black n white besides the flowers and bloody. it would make an interesting piece. will think harder about it.

#6.

Date: 2010-06-01 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tuckova.livejournal.com
Isn't it eponymous?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_eponyms
Or maybe eponym-er?

I am glad you have two jobs if they're working that way for you. This is why I am enjoying freelance, I think, is that no matter how bad it is it's not 40 hours a week. I am so appropriately delighted you work with flowers. You may be the color of a chicken nugget, but you smell fabulous.

Re: #6.

Date: 2010-06-01 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
ooooo you know everything!
i looked everywhere for this definition. THANK YOU.

I dreamed that I was dreaming of you

Date: 2010-06-01 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crooksandlucy.livejournal.com
#9 made my eyes round wide up like dinner plates
but upon reading #10 I had to go and buy whitewall tires to have a proper simile.
So your dream owes me fifty bucks.

all that we see or seem...

Date: 2010-06-01 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
my dream can only pay you in odd buttons and playing cards. can you break a 4 of hearts?

lovely all around

Date: 2010-06-01 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mexicanmaid.livejournal.com
there you are pretty girl

Re: lovely all around

Date: 2010-06-01 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
takes one to know one.

Date: 2010-06-02 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sofarfrom78.livejournal.com
Oh my-- those caterpillars... your face... too much loveliness to stand in this already blistering summer heat!!

I am so jealous of the two jobs that you have. We just have cute lime and cherry tree saplings, but no amazing caterpillars or acres of plants or rooms of flowers and amazing tales.

I have never liked Tom Waits-- something about that deep, scratchy throat I just can't get into. I never liked Joy Division for the same reasons-- Ian Curtis's deep deep voice was just god awful, although I liked some of the melodies.

Date: 2010-06-02 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i bet if you looked hard enough you could find some caterpillars. they hide up under leaves because they are shy!

tom waits is scary sounding to me too, which is why i could never could get into him. but there are less intimidating songs he sings, to kind of acclimatize you. sometimes he sounds sweet, even, like louis armstrong.

btw you are chicken smuggette

Date: 2010-06-03 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crooksandlucy.livejournal.com
and you have taken all the world's freckles.
We were upset until we saw how well it worked out.

Date: 2010-06-14 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
I dislike that hair, too, like
they want to be Link from the
Zelda games.


Those are beautiful pre-butter-
flies. Were those pictures taken
at work? I didn't make it May.
:(


You have been transmogrified by
work. You look younger than
ever!

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