THE CHATELAINE SHOPS or SPENDS (Installation Art in Progress)

Friday, September 30, 2005


Sept. 30, 2005's post is the last for this blog project which began -- *just to see what happens* -- on April 16, 2005.

Since this blog began, poems were written as inspired by its theme. Some of these poems came to form a book POST BLING BLING, published by Moria Books (Chicago, 2005), edited by Bill Allegrezza.

Before POST BLING BLING, the first poem to be submitted to a journal was also accepted -- and by no less than a respectable publication than SENTENCE: A Journal of Prose Poetics, edited by Brian Clements.

Indeed, this blog ended up being the forum for my first in-depth consideration of the list-poem form through "Installment Poems" that I wrote concurrent with listing out my real-life shopping/spending habits. This material will be part of my Spring 2007 book SILENCES: The Autobiography of Loss -- more details in the future no doubt will be presented in my primary blog, The Blind Chatelaine's Poker Poetics.

Thanks to all who've paid attention, who've read and commented. In fact, towards the later part of this blog's life, a parallel theme of monitoring the shopping lists of soon-to-be married Michelle Bautista unfolded through the Comments section. So, Michelle, until your wedding, feel free to post remaining wedding-related shopping lists through the Comments area of this last post.

I am grateful to my blog readers. Poetry is inherently social and much of what unfolded here wouldn't have, uh, unfolded...without YOU! Maraming Salamat!

9/30: FRIDAY

Continuous Peasant New Orleans Benefit CD

High Tide in Tucson: Essays From Now or Never by Barbara Kingsolver

sausage and egg burrito

mug of coffee

$32.84 gasoline ($3.259/gallon)

drycleaning for two men's suits

laundry services for 13 men's shirts

hemming services for a pair of pants

NY Times

four bananas


half a pint of corn salad

half a pint of cous cous

Juana's housecleaning services

veterinarian check-up and allergy shot for Achilles

60 Metronidazole pills for Achilles

Negative Purchases:
Discarded a roast beef slice from the fridge's bowels

Read SF Chronicle at local cafe

Thursday, September 29, 2005


postage for sending out review copy of Sean Finney's THE OBEDIENT DOOR

Purina Aquari-yums cat treat

SF Chronicle

NY Times

Negative Purchases:
Read Life & Style and OK magazines whilst on supermarket line

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Jerry's property maintenance services (shoring up library shelves)

Mollie's dog-playing and socialization services (Gabriela)

two containers of Soft Soap refills

SF Chronicle

From Heather's Kitchen:
.....Baby Arugula Salad tossed with a Balsamic Vinaigrette with Figs, Candied Walnuts and Blue Cheese
.....Hummus with Wheat Pita Crisps
.....Shallot and Herb Crusted Filet Mignon with Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Asparagus

Negative Purchases:
Read NY Times, PEOPLE and GLAMOUR at public library

From public library, checked out ARIEL'S GIFT: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters by Erica Wagner

Read US and IN TOUCH magazines while on supermarket line

German Shepherds demolished a rubber baseball toy

Discarded two bags of wheat pita toast from pantry

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Jerry's property-maintenance services for windows, kitchen doors and chair protection viz marble floors

Mollie's dog-playing & socialization services

postage to send out review copies of Sean Finney's THE OBEDIENT DOOR

deep tissue massage (Zamyra)

bill for, and postage to send payment to, St. Helena Hospital


From Heather's Kitchen:
.....Vegetable, Chicken and Rice Soup
.....Butterleaf Lettuce with Pears, Cranberries, Pistachio's and Blue Cheese
.....Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a Peanut Sauce served with Wheat Grains and Sauteed Bok Choy and Cabbage

Negative Purchases:
Donation to The Vistamar School

Read SF Chronicle and NY Times at local cafe

Gave Dreamland, novel by Dan Brown, to local cafe's freebie community bookshelf

Monday, September 26, 2005

9/26: MONDAY

bottle of 2002 Dutch Henry Los Carneros chardonnay

replacement leather wristband for watch

Jones New York pair of pants

Jones New York blouse

trash disposal fee

laundry services for four bedspreads

Juana's housecleaning and gardening services

bills and postage to send bill payments to Citibank, Chase, PG&E, Heather's Kitchen, Cingular Wireless, Easton Press, Total Concepts, and California State Parks Foundation

membership fee for California State Foundation

postage to send ENGLISH, MENAGE A TROIS and Paolo Javier's the time at the end of this writing to PA, CC, CT and Amazon

laundry services for six men's shirts and hemming a pair of pants

six bananas

pint of mixed bean salad

ham and cheese sandwich

3 gallons of Crystal Geyser spring water

four slices of roast beef

NY Times

SF Chronicle

From Heather's Kitchen:
.....Roasted Butternut Squash Soup garnished with Chives and Pumpkin Seeds
.....Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Basil, Balsamic and Olive Oil
.....Baked Chicken served over Taboule with Carrots and Peas

Negative Purchases:
German Shepherds demolished a "basketball" dog toy

Gave J. two pairs of pants, a skirt and matching blouse ensemble, a dress, four blouses, and a tank top

Got a birthday gift from SY of a hand-made bead bracelet

Read US and PEOPLE magazines at supermarket shopping line

Sunday, September 25, 2005

9/25: SUNDAY

Hotel Chambers stay

7-day access charges to internet via hotel

bellboy tip

cab from hotel to JFK

JFK porter tip


Dannon's mixed berry yogurt


Entenmann's package of six mini blueberry muffins

NY Times

American Airlines inflight meal of egg salad wrap sandwich

cab from SF Airport to apartment

Tropicana orange juice


10 Yoplait yogurts

banana cream pie

two organic bananas

Suave coconut body wash

SF Chronicle

a bunch of pink asters

two slices of roast beef

From Heather's Kitchen:
.....Lentil Soup
.....Seared Ahi Tuna with a Ginger Wasabi Soy dipping Sauce served with Wheat Cous Cous and Sugar Snap Peas and Peppers

Negative Purchases:
German Shepherds demolished a fuzzy ball toy

Discarded old cheese from fridge's bowels

Received Italian fruit bowl/dish from DM & SM

Saturday, September 24, 2005


eight cab rides

bottle of the 2003 The Dead Arm shiraz

Breakfast at Barney Greengrass:
orange juice
nova scotia salmon on plain bagel with scallion cream cheese
sable on raisin bagel with scallion cream cheese
whitefish plate with tomatos, pickles, plain bagel and plain cream cheese

Lunch at Shun Lee Palace:
...Beijing pan-fried dumplings
...Chilean sea bass with scallions
...Pellegrino sparkling water

Anne Sexton: The Last Summer by Arthur Fursl

The Bosnia Elegies, poems by Alicia Oktenberg

HIV, Mon Amour, poems by Tory Dent

Collected Poems by Edwin Denby

Pueblo Indian Religion, Vol. I and II, by Elsie Cleuris Parsons

Curtius History of Greece, Vol. I - V

Cambridge Ancient History, Volume I - XII, edited by S.A. Cook, F.E. Adcock, and M.P. Charlesworth

North Plutarch, the Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Vol. I - VIII

Troja by Heinrich Schliemann

Tiryas by Heinrich Schliemann

The Riddle of the Rhine by Victor Lafebure, Preface by Marshal Foch

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History by Alfred Mahan

War of the Rebellion: Official Record of the Union and Confederate Armies, Vol. I

Negative Purchases:
Gave copy of Menage a LS

Brought bottle of the 2003 The Dead Arm shiraz to dinner party hosted by AB. AB's menu for our visit:

...Veuve Cliquot champagne
...1989 CNP Les Cailloux
...1989 Le Chapoutier Sizeranne
...2003 The Dead Arm shiraz pepper soup with yogurt and thyme
...Harvest bread
...braised pork with black grapes
...sauteed kale with garlic and ginger
...cheese course with plum & walnut bread
...plum tart

Opened a bottle of the 1989 CNP Le Vieux Bonjou, but not worth drinking.


to announce the identity of the "Installation Artist" identified for this blog and the project THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF COMMODITIES. Drum roooolll!