Monday, March 24, 2008

left out of the joke

Back at work and the overwhelming-ness is daunting.

The vacation is being asked about by the co-workers. It's funny how one works up an appropriate response. "it was relaxing." "it was good" etc. "the weather was pleasant and it was very nice not to fall on ice," for the people who can take my flippancy.

I don't know, I'm worried. I thought I had a firm plan about things but as ever, lovely entropy has made its will known and things are unraveling. As I unpacked yesterday and looked at my delightful acquisitions I was a little sad to have been by myself, the dog doesn't really react to cute magnets and gleaned moss. He was happy to have me home, though.

It's nice to be home with Pickles. I'm looking forward to the end of the month. The roommate wasn't around much last night and I didn't see him this morning but I will be happy to be alone in the Bricker with the dog. How odd to crave the alone-ness and still bemoan the solitude.

I just feel like there is a big joke being played out that everyone knows about but me. I did do a lot of laughing on vacation and yet I still am left out of the joke.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

3 Dogs on a Rainy Day

Barbeque tonight.
And I'm not talking about the stuff you get at a restaurant, albeit tasty as can be.
But stuff from the grill on the back porch, the stuff you stand close to while you wait to flip it because it's gotten damn cold out.
Barbeque tonight.
The only vacation I have took where the only decision making I am allowed is when and how much and which flavor beer to drink.
The first vacation I have taken as an adult where I wasn't the boss.
Barbeque tonight.
Many many discussions and illuminations and the relationship continues on a path I haven't exactly mapped. I was told the general direction but I find myself trailing along. Broken ankle doesn't help.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Not Rated PG

"It's one of my favorites. It's got an abduction scene which is pretty hot."
He raised his eyebrow and laughed, or pretended. I wondered if that was flirting. Was I flirting?

Two nights ago I wanted to have sex with myself so I crawled under my covers, kicked the cat off the top and turned on the vibrator. In order to come, I have to stimulate my brain and so I started to drum up a fantasy. The roofers who were to come replace the rubber roof on top of my 3 story home were coming the next morning at 8 am and I was planning to be up, showered, dressed and drinking coffee before they arrived.

What if they came and there were 3 or 4 guys, the main ringleader guy being about my age...late 30s or early 40s but very youthful, virile and agile for his beefy size. They set up a big ladder. This ladder was as stable as the Mount Rushmore. Nothing was going to move it anywhere and there was one guy on the crew who was in charge of the ladder: holding it when need be, planting it, keeping it stable at all times. He was the ladder guy. He had an important job. He wore safety glasses and a winter hat. When I came outside on my way to work, he bade me to come over and look at the ladder. I did and it indeed looked stable. Two guys came down it easily. One was my hero, the leader and the other was obviously his second hand. Second was carrying a camera.
"Show her the picture of.." Leader told him. And he did. The picture was easy to see and a joy to behold.
"Wow, that's awesome. Can you take a hundred or so more up there and email them to me? You make it so clear what I'm looking at.." I saw one where the photo looked down the skylight into my bedroom. I got a sense of a wide flat space from all the photos. "It looks so cool."
Leader must have heard the wistfulness in my voice. "Come on," he offered conspiratorially, "Let's go up, I'll show you."
I was shocked. "No! I'm wicked scared."
"It's fine. It's flat. Just stay away from the edges. Most owners want to see."
"I do want to see. It's too high up." I started to yearn to go up.
He gave me permission. "I'll follow right behind you. I'll keep track of everything." I looked at him. He looked reassuringly at me. His clean cut face had some nice lines around the cheeks and his eyelashes were very dark and long. He smiled. "What's the scariest part?" He asked me.
I thought about it. "Getting back on the ladder to start down."
"Oh, because you have to manipulate your body in a strange way onto the ladder, I see."
He was reassuring. He really did seem to understand. He pointed at the top of the ladder and showed me how one simply steps forward off of it onto the roof and just backed onto it, holding onto the rails, not like a ladder where you have to tip yourself up and off or down and on...It looked doable. "Go ahead."

No one else came up. Just he and I. I realized that they all knew what he was going to do. I was the only one surprised and although when he touched my side and my arm and my back, all in attempts to steady me, his hand stayed too long, wore too hot. He showed me things about my chimney and looked into my eyes and we kissed and he fondled and he brought out a condom and although I knew I was just another score for him: "Housewives Fucked By Leader On Their Roofs", I was willing. It was my fucking house, my fucking roof. I was on top of my world and he has a condom, so what could it hurt?

We found a spot against the skylight where it was warm from the sun and stable. We pushed aside our clothes but not too much. I didn't come but I was excited.

Downstairs, on the ground, later, I told my boyfriend. "What else could I do?" I asked. "I see." he said, biting his lip. "And you think I'm going to fuck you now after you have cheated on me?" He said, his voice a dark tease. "I hope so." We were already in bed, it was a done deal. He pulled off my shirt until my arms were still entwined in them and he stared at me hard for a long time. I stared back. He squeezed very soft parts of my flesh. This was when I came.

remind me, again

I waited in the hall for him to get out of the bathroom. It took a while. I wandered into the baby room and gawked at the horrible window. It was frightening to see. I vowed to call my favorite window replacement guy that day.

He came out and I passed him in the hall. I went by him slow but he went by me fast. We made eye contact, enough for us both to acknowledge. "I need that rent money." I said. Eye contact finished, he went into his room and closed the door. I stood outside, stunned. Did that really just happening? Maybe he needed to close the door so he could reach behind it for his wallet. Maybe he was getting his money out of the secret floor board stash and didn't want me to see. I waited for a moment or two. The finality of the door tongue clicking into place astounded me. I was not used to being brushed aside and ignored. I generally disappeared from any people who would treat me in such a way. I'd rather be alone, disregarding myself, than to inhabit a world where I had to try to understand such behavior. I heard the tv click on and knocked hard on his door.

"Yeah?" He muttered through the door. I thought about how he looked when he had brushed past me: not showered, nor dressed, eyes red, kind of bleat. He was obviously not on his way anywhere such as his usual job, gym, etc. Was he ill? What was afoot?

I put on a voice. "Hi! It's me. I really need that rent money."

Silence for half a beat. "I got to get a check from a guy." He offered. I smelled bullshit but couldn't call him on it at this point.

"So, tonight, then?" I prodded.

"Well, I was going to see him tomorrow about that check so Saturday."

I didn't answer. I walked away.