Monthly Archives: November 2006

Dear Gilmore Girls, 4

It’s funny how an episode can cause such different reactions. I’ve done more reading after this week’s episode, more than I usually do, and the responses surprised me. The Christopher camp seems thrilled with him learning more about Stars Hollow. The Despair camp remains firmly entrenched in, well, despair. And I, waving my banner of […]

I don’t mind if I am getting nowhere. 1

I do very much mind if I am getting nowhere, actually. It weighs on my mind and makes me even more tired than a plate full of tryptophans. But, slowly, slowly, I’ve been learning that heading in a straight line to what I perceive to be the answer may not be an answer at all. […]

The Cheer-o-meter is coming to a neighborhood near you. 5

Tonight, when Mike and I went to the store, I devised a new way of celebrating Christmas cheer. For each house that we passed, I gave it a score from 0-10, based on its decorations. The more bright lights, gaudy decorations, and Santas kneeling at the manger that you have on your house and in […]

With a thankful heart, with an endless joy 5

Our compromise on holidays has generally been to spend Thanksgiving with Mike’s sister and Christmas with my family. We did this for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it’s honestly the most convenient thing. I had been known to pay lip service to the fact that Thanksgiving is more important in Mike’s family than […]

Thanksgiving Weekend (so far) by the numbers. 5

Sweet potato casseroles made by me: 2 Sweet potato casseroles made by me prior to this weekend: 0 Compliments on my sweet potato casseroles: 2,847 How much I like sweet potato casserole, on a scale of 1-10: 0 Points I should get for making a dish I don’t like so that my husband and brother […]

Originally and most beautifully planned. 8

KARI: Sweeps. MIKE: *works on computer* KARI: February sweeps. MIKE: *works on computer* KARI: Valentine’s Day, February sweeps. MIKE: *smiles* Is that when it’s gonna happen? KARI: That’s when it’s gonna happen. Luke and Lorelai, back together. I’m flabbergasted to think that anyone could take last night’s episode as a positive sign for Lorelai and […]

I hated every day of high school. 12

I hated every day of high school It’s funny, I guess you did too. -Patty Griffin When we were at the Patty Griffin concert last year, she played “Tony,” and after the above line, there were so many cheers that I was taken aback (although, looking at the crowd, it’s not such a stretch to […]

Love takes many forms. 10

There are a lot of food-associated memories at my grandma’s house: eating fresh strawberries from her garden sprinkled with sugar, snapping beans in the living room while watching TV, “helping” with biscuits and getting covered in flour. And some of my favorite comfort foods: lima beans with butter, homemade beefaroni, her special chicken pie. Lately, […]

And this is how I feel. 7

Gilmore Girls spoilers for this week’s episode below. Beware! TV Guide dated October 30-November 5, 2006. Seriously. TV Guide. What the heck? That was two weeks ago, and . . . SPOILER. You are so on my bad list. I was going to say bad things about this episode, but then . . . Marty […]

“Next to music there is nothing that lifts the spirits and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.” 13

When I was growing up, my parents’ church had this picnic and chili cookoff . . . I don’t know if they did it every year, but they did it fairly regularly for a while, in the fall, I think, because it was cold a couple of times. And we would go, and my dad […]

Yet another list of books. 1

Publisher’s Weekly has posted their 100 Best Books of the Year. Of which I have read one: the lovely My Life with the Saints by James Martin (I wrote about it earlier this year). I started another from the list just this morning, though – The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, which won the […]

I don’t even know what the name of this week’s episode was. I feel like I barely know who I am anymore. 4

(This is a somewhat condensed version of a discussion I had last night about GG.) When I go to places that serve fancy coffee beverages, my drink of choice is usually cafe au lait. You can imagine how I feel now that I know that Christopher likes it. Who wants to help me find a […]

Not only am I feeling off, my favorite show is a little . . . off. 4

There is a bit of Gilmore talk at the bottom of this post, so those of you who want my take should check there. I am not feeling like myself these days. I’m not saying I’m not keeping my head above water, because I am. I completely am. I’m just . . . there are […]

On layering, football gods, and fur hats. 8

Yesterday we went to the N.C. State/Georgia Tech football game with Jeff and Adriene, Adriene’s parents, and my mom. We knew it was going to be cold – reports were saying scary numbers like “29.” (That’s a scary number to me, so I don’t want to hear anything about how it’s already snowed up north. […]

This book had some problems. 18

I read the first chapter of Alisa’s copy of Savannah from Savannah by Denise Hildreth, and I checked it out of the library to see if it was any good. You guys. It was not good. For one thing, the first chapter set up a conflict with her mother that . . . never really […]