Child, I am tired.
It's been a pretty full day. First I had to thoroughly analyze a dream I had last night. Don't worry, I am not about to relate it here. Or anywhere. It had a lot of my common dream themes but took them to far greater heights than ever before. It was like, "What the fuck, brain? Is this how I really feel?"
Interesting, to say the least.
So I got ready to go to the dentist office which mostly involved dressing in town clothes, flossing and brushing my teeth, making Mr. Moon some breakfast burritos, and most importantly- controlling my anxiety.
Of course everything went fine. I take excellent care of my teeth and gums and was blessed with good dental genes. Well, except for my two front crooked teeth but that's cosmetic, not structural.
My dental hygienist and I chatted a lot as we always do. We are very, very different in many ways but we avoid those areas of conversation and talk about the many things we have in common like being married for a long time, having children and grandchildren, getting older, etc. When my teeth were all clean the dentist came in to poke around as he does and I do like him. He's my age and has recently sold the practice but he's still there working every day and probably will be for awhile. He's grown his hair out which I really like. Seems to me that he's enjoying his life and he's a good dentist and I hope he doesn't leave anytime soon.
When it was all over and I had my little goodie bag of floss and toothpaste and a new toothbrush I told my hygienist that I'd really enjoyed catching up with her and that it had been my biggest social event since the last time I saw her.
I was not lying, either.
Then on to Costco and Publix. I saw Brenda, she of the mermaid eye-shadow and that's always nice. I didn't need much at all but I figured I'd get my weekly supply of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, apples, bananas, and M&M's. (BOGO!)
Got home, put everything away, ate a late lunch and then started in on tonight's supper. I bought a nice fat eggplant last week and hadn't used it yet so I made an eggplant parmesan. I hope it's good. I sliced the eggplant and dipped the pieces in milk and egg and then panko and baked them on the convection setting and they crisped and browned beautifully in just a few minutes. I made a sauce with squash in it and I grated cheese and put it all together and then cleaned up the kitchen which was a huge mess at that point but most of my work is done for tonight.
And I'm afraid that I've spent way too much time on my bum foot. It hurts worse tonight than it did when I woke up and I'm not happy about that.
So. I just listened to Ali Wong's book, "Dear Girls" and I want to say that I very much enjoyed it. Have you ever seen any of her stand-up performances on Netflix? Let me just say that if you don't like dirty comedy (or "blue" comedy, as they say), please don't watch it. The woman gives no fucks about being ladylike in the least. "Pussy" is one of her favorite words and she is not discussing cats. But. She has worked her ass off in a very tough business for many years, has a successful marriage and partnership with a loving husband, and has two daughters.
AND, she had one of the most bizarre and interesting ayahuasca experiences I've ever heard.
Interestingly, after I finished the book I listened to some more of the "Breaking Down Patriarchy" podcast which is about the farthest thing from an Ali Wong performance and/or book there could possibly be and as I listened to how women's sexuality, appetites, and rights to own their own lives and bodies have been controlled by men via religions and governments for thousands of years, I thought about Wong and how she has somehow transcended all of that to be a strong and capable woman, determined to define her own terms when it has come to her career, her life, and her relationships.
Interesting, to say the least.
If you're interested, you can access her stand-up specials on Netflix or alternately, on Youtube. Her book can be found anywhere books are sold, of course, and at the library, both in audible and readable versions. "Breaking Down Patriarchy" is available, as they say, wherever you access your podcasts.
I do so love living in a world where I can listen and watch and learn from women of many different beliefs, backgrounds, upbringings, and world views.
I better go put that eggplant in the oven.