Posts Tagged With: New Mexico

It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That When One Is In Need Of A New Pair Of Pants No Store Within A 300 Mile Radius Will Have A Single, Solitary Pair In Your Size…

By Kiki Keane

Ugh! I’ve dropped several dress sizes this year, which means that I have to do the thing I dread the most: Shop. I hate shopping. I really, really do. I thought I would love it. I thought things would be easier. Sad truth is, it still takes going to every store within a 300 miles radius to find a single pair of jeans in my size! Where did they all go? Everything below an 8 that does not show one’s ass-crack or cut off one’s circulation have disappeared from the shelves of New Mexican stores. Also, size 6 shoes. They have all vanished. I suspect everyone has been replaced by body snatching pod-people with large feet. Or maybe (Gulp!) I’m the pod-person…

Okay. Enough grumbling.

I really wish that I had something interesting to write about, but my life is currently uneventful. (I know. I know. Enjoy it while I can!) One would think with all this downtime, I would find something productive to do. I have not. I have not studied Arabic. I have not read more than 30 pages in a book. I have not read my book club selection. I have not exercised. Mostly, I just move from my bed to my Papasan and back with a few trips to the kitchen. Okay. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’ve made some trips to the library for books I most likely won’t read. I have also gone on a wild book hunt for used mass market copies of my favorite noir novels. (I can handle anything except an extended period without my hardboiled private dicks and femmes fatales.)  I came up mostly empty. I can find them in trade and ebook form online, but trade are big and sometimes heavy and I just can’t carry all that with me on my travels. And there is just something repulsive about reading classic noir on a kindle. However, I did find my favorite Science Fiction novel, Invasion Of the Body Snatchers, in a first edition Dell mass market. It’s a little musty and little worse for wear, but at least I’ll be able to take it with me! I’ll also be able to have my favorite spy (007) with me.

Needless to say, all this moving from bed to chair to bed has left little time for news gathering. I am not proud. However, I have been paying some attention. Here and here are the latest from Richard Engel who is still in Syria.

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Goals, Jonesing For A Hitchcock Marathon, Exploding Things And The Lack Of Good Manners, Tomb Raiders, Or Why Is It So Friggin’ Hard To Answer The Gorram Phone?

By Kiki Keane

Rachel had a dinner engagement tonight that did not end until late, so I have been tasked with writing our weekly goal blog. And without further preamble…

Kiki:

I can’t believe how terrible Rachel and I have been about keeping up with this blog. I guess having time and access to the internet has not, for me, been conducive to productivity. Unless you consider watching all the available seasons of Rizzoli and Isles productive.

For those of you who have been reading this blog for the last few months the following will not be much of a surprise to you: I did not accomplish a single goal. Hey! Why break my streak? Wouldn’t want to disappoint! However, I did actually attempt to figure out the Visa thing, but apparently those who work at the consulates and Embassy only work for four hours a day and don’t like to answer their phones when they are suppose to be at work. I got a pretty speedy response to email, but it didn’t actually answer my question. Finally, today I was able to get through to the people at the Chicago consulate, but it has only added a possible problem. So annoying. If I ran the world things would run smoothly and there would be no Visas and anyone who was unhelpful would deal with the Red Queen!

So my new goals are the same as my last. Lets hope I don’t discover any new TV series or movies. Although, I am jonesing for a Hitchcock marathon…

1) Finish a book. Any book. 2) Read some trip related literature 3) Cut down on TV watching (except the news) 4) Figure out that Visa thing 5) Smile once a day. A real smile.

Before I move on to Rachel’s goals, I want to pass on Richard Engel’s interesting piece on tomb raiders in Egypt post revolution.

Also, I may have been sheltered as kid (which is funny considering I lived in Hawaii, several towns in New York and spent summers in Japan all before the age of 10), but I was shocked when I moved to New Mexico and I saw that people set up tents where they sell lots and lots and lots of exploding things around the fourth of July and people buy those exploding things and then make them explode at 11 o’clock AT NIGHT waking the slumbering person minding her own business, having pleasant dreams about pie that makes you lose weight when you eat it… I’m all for celebration and exploding things, but I prefer them at reasonable hour. I mean, causing loud explosions late at night is just bad manners.

Rachel:

Rachel did not finish a book, but she started three: Anna Karenina, A Brief History of Time by Stephan Hawking, and Relativity by Albert Einstein. She did not watch a movie, but she did watch several episodes of Bones and a few debates. She says that she was cheery on some days and not so cheery on others (I can’t verify the cherry days ’cause I don’t think I was there for them…). I was there for the prank call to our friend about Hairy Balls.

Her new goals are: 1) Actually finish a book instead of starting several new books 2) Watch a movie 3) Feel good about herself 4) Write Haiku

Collective Goals:

Practice Arabic and write blog posts!

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A Noteworthy Blogger, Mediocre Haiku And The Tragic Reality Of Ignorance In America’s Youth OR Why Kiki Will Become A Hermit Soon

By: Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

Greetings Constant Readers from the hazy nebula of our collective imagination!

First of all we would like to issue a shout out to a great blogger and a personal friend of Rachel’s. The Desert Scientist, an entomologist who blogs primarily about the environment, the flora and fauna of New Mexico and Women Scientists. He regularly features the biographies of different female scientists. We commend him for bringing the scientific contributions of these often overlooked scientist to light and for educating the public about the oft ignored creepy crawlies. Rachel, at least, loves reading about reptiles, insects and arachnids! He’s also a pretty darn good photographer.

Rachel has been doing a few Haiku, with the goal of one a day. So far it hasn’t been going quite that way. Some days she writes none and others she will jot down several she has been collecting in the vast and largely unexplored reservoirs of her mind. O.K, O.K, maybe I am getting a little carried away. They are not anything special; just my way of exercising a tiny bit of creativity and enabling me to do a small bit of writing each day. We can’t all write impressive novels like Kiki (haha!)

Rachel’s Haiku:

Beneath the mountian

Poppies consume the desert.

Carpeting yellow.

 

Clear morning reveals

Coral colored blossoms.

Thorny cactus plant.

 

Marching brown army,

Ants invading the kitchen.

Stay away from my stove!

 

As for me (Kiki), well…I’ve done very little this week. Since I am unemployed I have vast amounts of time on my hands so I thought I’d take the opportunity to do something creative and productive. Hence, the novel. Sadly, when it comes to me, vast amounts of time leads to laziness. Basically this means that I have done very little this week. I have written maybe three hundred words of my novel (it should be about 1600 a day). I have not practiced Arabic and I have not read a single word of anything. Not a book, not a poem, not a newspaper.

I did, however, manage to get my lazy butt out of bed to see The Raven yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised. It is not a cinematic masterpiece, but it was worth the money. Also, it was sufficiently gruesome. Later I rented A Dangerous Method. It was pretty good, too. I enjoyed the acting, which is saying something. I would recommend both.

I also saw sat down with an old friend for the first time in nearly ten years. We had a great deal to talk about. One of the things we talked about was the dismal state of affairs we are in when it comes to what the American people know about history and about books. For example, my friend mentioned that according to a survey, most young people did not know that the movie Titanic was based on a historical event! How could they know about the Titanic? It may not be favorite historical tragedy (and yes, I understand how creepy it is to have favorite historical tragedy), but it was huge! Also, I mentioned that Longfellow and Emerson were mentioned (not nicely) by Poe in The Raven. Actually, it was suppose to be funny. I was the only one that laughed. I’m sure the friend I went with knew who those illustrious men were and why it was funny, but there wasn’t peep from anyone else. This saddens me. Is this were we are headed? Where reality stars and football scores are more famous and more important then our tragedies and triumphs, our great men of letters? Really? I don’t think I want to be part of that world. Maybe I should just become hermit.

Rachel would like to add that I’ve been trying to become a hermit for years! It is easier said than done. I have one more haiku to bore you all with it is one I just wrote while Kiki was zealously typing away. This is something I saw today between Las Cruces and Hatch.

 

Men baling green hay;

Sweet scented under the sun.

Last days of April.

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Goals, News and Pulitzers, Or A Really Long Post To Make Up For My Laziness…

By Kiki Keane

Okay, so Rachel and I have not been on the ball lately. It’s been a few days since we’ve blogged and we’re late on our weekly goals post (I’m sure you’ve lost sleep over it).  I guess we’ve been lazier than usual. So, this is going to be a combo post: goals and something…

Rachel hasn’t given me her goals or mentioned what goals she accomplished last week, so she’s going to have mention them on the next post she writes.

I am 1-5 this week, though it’s not for lack of trying. I applied for jobs, but to no avail. Apparently, I am too educated to flip burgers or run a cash register and too inexperienced to ________________ (fill in the blank). I tried to watch The Spy Who Loved Me, but the DVD was scratched, so I only got to the part where Jaws rips off pieces of the van with his bare hands (its not like I have seen it million times or anything…). I guess I could have found another movie to watch, but I was in a Bond mood and that was the only one I could find. Apparently, everyone in Las Cruces was in a Bond mood. I did not read a full book, but I think I read enough of several different books to say I read a full book… Still, I won’t count it. I did not work on the news/profile piece this week. I have no excuse for it. I did, however, work on my novel. Man is it bad! But it passes the time and what else am I going to do with all this time I have (don’t answer that!)?

I think it’s safe to say that I did not work on the collective goals either.

New Goals: 1) Finish at least one of the books I’ve started and read another one 2) Work on my book 3) Watch a movie 4) Not panic or have a panic attack about any of the following: my unemployment/bum status, lack of funds for my upcoming move to Egypt/N. Africa/Mid-East, the fact that I am a single (not actually something I’m upset about), unemployed, soon to be 28-year-old woman with a cat who lives with her grandparents (don’t judge!).

Collective Goals: 1) Learn Arabic 2) Blog

The Something: 

International News: I’ve still been riveted by the North Korea story. Here and here are the latest from Richard Engel. I believe he’s left Pyongyang.

Local News: People sometimes think I’m a bit weird because I’d rather not risk going out at night to walk, or at least not on my own. I know it’s crazy. I mean I want to report on one of the most volatile regions in the world, cover war, revolutions and disasters, but I don’t want to risk going for a walk at night in a small, fairly safe city because something, like rape, might happen. Well, as it turns out, according the New Mexico Department of Health, I live in the state that has the 5th highest prevalence of rape in the country. To break it down, 1-4 New Mexican women will be victims of rape and 1 in 20 men. They also say that the real numbers are probably much higher. And it’s not getting better. It’s getting worse. I know that we have more to fear from the people we know than from strangers, but still…

Books: So, the Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The big news is that no award was given for fiction, which is the first time since 1977. I find I actually don’t care about that. I am really glad about the photographer who won for his photo of the little girl in the green outfit who is crying/screaming surrounded by people who were killed in a bombing in Afghanistan in December. It is a hard photo to look at, but I remember it very vividly. It so moved me that I splurged and bought the newspaper (it was The New York Times, which is very expensive for a Master’s student in Hawaii).

Also, I’m reading Carrie for the first time. I’m not a King fan. I love his ideas, but there’s something about his style that grates like nails on a chalkboard. However, Carrie seems to be fairly readable. I’ve only cringed twice.

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A Bit of Progress and Another Nerdgasm

By: Rachel Womek

I’m on a movie watching role! Two days and two movies! I got the Alien Anthology and am working my way through the four films. This means that one goal (watch one movie) has already been fulfilled. As they say at the football match (International football, not American): GOOOAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The heroine of these films: Ripley, is I feel, one of the best and most authentic female protagonist characters. She is not an over-sexed dominatrix type (think Kate Beckinsale ala Underworld) nor is she an extremely butch woman. She is a hero on the same level as any male hero portrayed in film, and unmistakably female.

In world news a photographer captured a shocking moment as a Tibetan activist protested China’s rule in his country by setting himself on fire.

Here in New Mexico the weather’s warming a bit. I caught a quick snapshot of the mountains:

In non-photography related news:

Today is Leonard Nimoy’s 81rst Birthday!!!! 81 years old and still sexy. For those of you who have been living under a rock since the dawn of man: Leonard Nimoy is the wonderful actor who brought to life the character of Spock in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. This year he’ll be appearing in the more modern hit television series: The Big Bang Theory.

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Wind, Books, Books and More Books, Or The Life Of A Bookworm…

By Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

Wow! It’s a windy day here in New Mexico. Rachel and I were almost blown away as we walked from the car to the restaurant where we are now sitting. The horizon is a haze of brown and our faced are caked in sand. This is why Kiki hates Spring. This is why Kiki hates Spring. All outdoor activities are now off the roster, not that they were ever on our roster. At least it’s not all bad sitting here in a restaurant, eating comfort foods (hey, we’re going to the gym later!) and blogging.

We’ve just come from the library where Rachel walked away with 3 books and Kiki with 4 books and a movie. We are serious about our 50/50 challenge, no matter how arduous pleasure reading is (sarcasm). Rachel also lent Kiki a couple books so she’as got at least 7 to get through.We hope she can stop watching The Golden Girls long enough to get through them!

We are now about to head to our local used bookstore, Coas Books. It is a giant, six room cornucopia of literary adventure, knowledge and all things awesome. It is all one of the top used bookstores in the nation.

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Having Issues But Nevertheless…

By: Rachel Womek

My issues are with my new RAW software. I am having trouble accessing it to edit my RAW photos. Luckily for me I also took some JPEG’s. My pictures this time are of Mesilla a town in New Mexico right by Cruces, the Chihuahua Desert, The Organ Mountains, and Water. I had a human in one of my RAW photos but I will have to plead for patience from you Constant Readers. I am going to make myself a laminated Press Pass Reading: The Intrepids-Freelance Photojournalist; or something similar so that people don’t just think I am a creepo. Anyways without further ado:

Mesilla

Jogger on the Ditch

Desert Road

Lone Creosote

Misty Organ Mountians

Bubbles

Birdbath

 

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