Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dipping Deeper Into Consumer Culture, Maybe

I finally got sucked into the Amazon Prime mind meld. In case you don’t know, Amazon Prime is a service where you pay $79 a year and have access free two-day shipping for about 75% of the goods Amazon sells. (Plus a Netflix-like streaming service, plus a Pandora-like music service that I don’t have the patience to figure out.)

This new compulsion started when I joined Amazon Prime on a trial basis last year, for xmas shipping. I stayed enrolled and let them bill my credit card because friends were raving about the service. Even though I’m not much for online shopping and couldn’t find many things on Amazon that: 1) I needed to buy, 2) that made sense to buy online, and 3) were priced competitively.

But recently I realized what the service actually is: an instant gratification machine. I blame a coworker: Every time we hold a “virtual meeting,” she constantly searches Amazon Prime for whatever we’re talking about and then sends me links. (Kinda like “There’s an app for that!”) She influenced me to order washable post-workout car seat covers while we were talking about hot yoga, and I don’t even do hot yoga. (But I did start doing regular yoga since that purchase, so… That’s good, right?)

The other day I was at a Big Box Retailer and my husband texted “See if they have those bamboo plate holders.” They did not. But I went home and saw that Amazon Prime did. Click–ordered.

Also at Big Box, I saw a child’s toy that I liked, so I bought it for myself. (I deserve the occassional cute plastic horse because I work hard, and I don’t care what anyone thinks about it!) The brick-and-mortar environment killer only had one such toy left, but Amazon Prime had all of them, so I ordered my faves and I’m getting them TOMORROW.

It’s kind of terrible. I feel kind of bad about starting this shopping-based habit, just when I’d gotten my compulsive shopping habit under control. (Hours of therapy talking about that unpurchased plastic horse = success!) But not really. I don’t really feel bad about it yet.

Posted in consumerism, culture, domestic, psychobabble, trauma on 07/24/2014 11:36 am

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Things I did today that, as recently as a year ago, I would’ve sworn never to be caught dead doing, ever:

1. Dressed myself in workout gear, knowing full well that I probably wouldn’t work out today.

2. Decided to lie in the grass with my husband for an hour instead [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in domestic, getting older, married life on 03/30/2014 07:57 pm

Friday, November 1, 2013

Idee Fixe

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of after-school and summer time at a non-profit arts organization-type place called MECA. I took dance and voice lessons there, performed in their performances, ate whatever free food they had lying around, etc. As you may imagine, MECA attracted all [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in culture, fantasies, getting older, obessions, superstition, writing on 11/01/2013 03:15 pm

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Status Check

We recently moved and our not-unhappy lives have become 100 times better. Which is good.

I’m not working on any books right now. Which is… good. I think.

The launch party for my newest book is going to be September 19 at the Julia Ideson building near the downtown Houston [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Uncategorized on 08/15/2013 01:10 pm

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Like Hammer Time but with Less Cardio, It’s Galley Time!

Arte Publico Press has issued the galleys for my upcoming poetry book, Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners (September 2013!).

This book’s release is similar emotionally, for me, to that of the first book I wrote, which was a short prose collection, because:

1. It’s made up of small works, [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in books, cats, domestic, insects, writing on 07/02/2013 09:17 am

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Answers to Important Questions Posted by Readers

Not because I don’t know how to unlock my own Word Press blog comments, but because they deserved their own entry! The following questions come from Mr. Nikita and Elvira Mistress of Felinity, two of Houston’s apparently few cat bloggers.

How many cats do you have? Are they poets, too?

I [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in books, cats, writing on 05/15/2013 07:05 pm

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blogger’s Guilt

Hey, everybody.

So, over the past year or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging and its evolution and about “online brands” (for want of a not-annoying phrase). For various reasons, I decided to pull back on how much personal writing I put online, such as on this [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in books, getting older, obessions, reminiscing, writing on 05/15/2013 06:32 pm

Monday, April 8, 2013

Things You Do When You Get Older

Now that I’ve reached my forties and the hyper-awareness that my life is more than half done, I have all new hobbies and interests. Some of these are activities that used to bewilder me, back when I was in my twenties and I’d see 40-somethings obsess over things I [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Uncategorized on 04/08/2013 09:05 am

Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer Recipes

I was going to write up a bunch of cocktail recipes that I developed over the summer, but after two or three minutes of Internet research, I see that I didn’t invent anything new. Diet cranberry cocktail plus Bombay Sapphire has quite a few Google pages, as does Maker’s [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in domestic, gluttony on 09/10/2012 08:58 am

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thoughts on Surgery

The Rule

I was told, more than once, that I shouldn’t talk about the surgery. Shouldn’t tell people my business. And I already knew that to be one of life’s rules, because I’d learned it from my late family members. You don’t talk to people about your surgery. Especially your [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Uncategorized on 04/03/2012 02:29 pm