Monthly Archives: June 2008

Massachusetts, California, and . . . North Carolina? 7

This is how our mortgage is written up. My wife and I are very happy with our new house, by the way.

The list is life. 3

Yesterday all of our belongings were moved into the new house. Before we went to bed last night, I made lists of the things that need to be done in each room. I also made lists of overall things to be done and, finally, a list of things that had to happen on Sunday. Now […]

Digging for treasure. 7

Mike and I spent much of Friday afternoon/evening uncovering the hardwood floors in the front room of our new house. We pulled up the carpet, then got to work pulling out the staples and tacks. This is not the sort of thing we claim to be very good at, so it was especially satisfying to […]

Please forgive me if I leave you feeling uninspired. 2

Oh, internet. Have my comments about boxes got you wondering about our house and how we put it on the market? We put it on the market. And then people came to look at it, and we went to a coffeeshop and used the internet while the people were looking, and then we came back […]

My personal style: Never having enough bookshelves. 6

I am intimidated by people who have a strong sense of personal style, whether it’s their house or their clothes or . . . what else can you have a sense of style about? Your car? My car’s style is “dirty.” I am clearly uninformed about style. My personal style ranges from preppy button-downs to […]

Little boxes made of ticky tacky. 2

I called and visited several stores yesterday in order to get boxes. Boxes that were apparently made of gold. That is how difficult it was to find boxes yesterday. The ABC store is saving boxes for us today, and I have learned the magic trick of getting boxes from Wal-Mart. But McDonald’s, why did you […]

But of going through life feeling numb. 1

Eef Barzelay’s new CD has a song called “I Love the Unknown,” which was also on the Clem Snide CD Your Favorite Music. We are big Eef fans in this house, and I have been listening to his new CD a lot. As I was singing “I Love the Unknown” in the shower one morning, […]

Slow and steady might get you run over by a car. 4

On my run this morning, I saw a box turtle who was sitting in the street. I watched him for a minute to see if he was going to move, but he just sat there. As turtles do. I got a little bit worried, because he was right where a tire would go, and it […]

Mike’s Top Ten Movies. 2

Gentle readers, this is a post from Mike. Enjoy. — Here’s a first. Greetings to all of Kari’s dedicated readers. As you may know, Kari tagged me yesterday on the movie post. I remember talking to her on the way home from Ben and Jerry’s Friday night trying to come up with what our favorite […]

I don’t know how many times I can talk about ten of my favorite movies on this blog. 4

But Geof has asked me to do it once again. The rules are as follows: 1. List your top ten favorite films in no particular order. 2. If you’re tagged, post your list and tag 3-5 other people. 3. Link back to the person who tagged you. 4. Give a hat tip (HT) to Dan. […]

Hot Mess: Summer in the City by Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester 0

Hot Mess: Summer in the City is one part Sex and the City, one part The Devil Wears Prada (minus the awesome fashion), and one part high school. Emma Freeman has broken up with her boyfriend and scored a summer internship in New York City. She and her best friend Rachel are ready to hit […]

Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life by Rebecca Doughty 3

Earlier in the school year, some of the teachers and I were joking about needing to be more positive. One of the art teachers even purchased a book at Barnes and Noble with quotes about positivity, and we tried to read them at lunchtime, but . . . the quotes were too long! They often […]

And now, some words from Emily Dickinson. 4

“Hope” is the thing with feathers — That perches in the soul — And sings the tune without the words — And never stops — at all — And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard — And sore must be the storm — That could abash the little Bird That kept so many […]

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. 7

Did you think maybe we would make it through this summer without any Harry Potter entries? Surely you are not quite that naive! My plan was to reread the series this summer, but since they are packed, Mike and I have been listening to them instead. The other day, I paused the iPod and said, […]

W-E-I-R-D-O-S on a triple word score. 6

On Sunday afternoon, Mike and I went and played Scrabble at the zoo. I don’t know exactly how this happened. A few years ago, we went through a crazy Scrabble phase. And now that Mike has taken up Scrabulous, we seem to be in another crazy Scrabble phase. We wanted to get out of the […]

Fathers and sons. 3

The first time I saw my younger brother as a man was at my dad’s memorial service. At the last minute, and unbeknownst to me and my mom, he decided to share a few thoughts at the end of the service. As he stood there, sharing his thoughts and doing his best to honor our […]

The University is a Paradise. 0

I finished Gaudy Night last night . . . my summer class has made reading somewhat difficult, but it will be over in a week and a half, so I expect my books read to skyrocket in July. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that one of our fellow concert-goers did not have what I […]

Another simple pleasure. 4

On Saturday, after I finished my race, Mike handed me a bottle of water. “What’d you get at the Farmer’s Market?” I asked him. “Blueberries,” he said. “You’re making a pie this week.” That second picture is to show you the lattice work I did there. Check me out. Also, check out the spot on […]

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. 2

Tomorrow is the last day of school. These past few weeks, full of 8th grade dances, awards ceremonies, hugs, and tears, have made me remember the last days of my own middle school experience. My 8th grade year took place before it became so fashionable to have “graduations” from everything, so we merely had an […]

This week’s simple pleasures. 1

-Chocolate milkshakes from Cookout. A student’s mom brought me a chocolate milkshake as a thank you present for helping her son. Since the air conditioning has been broken in my library, this was practically a gift of life itself. -Iced Passion tea from Starbucks. I love this tea hot in the wintertime, but I am […]