Monday, July 26, 2010
My attempt at Katie's Dulce de Leche cake came out looking more like this:
Yet was quite delicious Not a crumb remained the next morning, when I awoke from my drunken stupor. Yes, I overindulged a bit in the vodka department, too much stress over too many commitments, a day spent cooking from dawn till dusk, washing sink after sink of dishes, the tension of entertaining when one must put on the bright face of happy house. We are happy here, in the happy house, and it is true, we are.
But there are those moments when I drop my lipstick and take an extra Lorazepam just to make it through the party. Perhaps we have been entertaining overmuch. It is the mania, and it is the hypomania. Bipolar disorder plays tricks, it plays the trick of , "I'm normal," and the trick of, 'If I take my pills I'm just like everyone else and everything will be normal." And in many ways, on many levels, I act like and have the capacities of a normal 33 year old woman. Who hasn't worked in three years. And who hears voices on the north side of the apartment. Who will clean the apartment loyally and not leave it until 3 pm each day. Who thinks her mail is being stolen when it doesn't show up. Who checks the mail seven times a day. Who takes five pills a day. Who is a lesbian. Who has paranoid delusions. There are many reasons that I am and am not quite as others.
I am working on an novel and it is difficult as always. Featherless is coming along more successfully. We are quite excited for August's lineup of poets, which will be announced at the beginning of the month. There is talk of a combined reality institute and featherless happening, a date has not yet been set for this, it is in the very nebulous planning stages. I am finding that I really enjoy setting up and holding events. It is exciting to watch each one take shape, as we gather the writers and the bartender and door people and frantically run around the day off with veggie trays and then in a warm wash of light it all comes together, in Brenda's beautiful Wordspace.