Ack! I’m not here. But check out the new site!

empty roomI’m no longer regularly updating this site. My “About” section is up to date, and for more current writing check out the Ladies Liquor Club.



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Catching up this month

Earlier this month the writers and editors over at Slate starting wondering what cultural artifacts our new millennium would leave behind. Reading the article reminded me of when I was a kid and my brother and I were heavy into the Indian Jones, lost treasure, and anthropology. (I’m pretty sure this was after dinosaurs but before X-Men). Anyway, we tried to think of what kind of treasures we would leave behind, and what people 200 years from now would think about it. (From what I remember we thought that Barbie would be mistaken for a house hold goddess/idol and Hot Wheels precious currency).
Obviously those are artifacts from the previous millennium, but it’s an interesting list worth looking at.

Slate is also doing some silly internet polling….so you can go vote and the wonder at the idiots who think “The Star Wars Kid” is going to survive the next 100 years.

This month was also the NYC Marathon. Christoph Niemann, the all-around fantastic illustrator, did a great live illustration of the event…while running the 26.2 miles. It’s charming and a really nice way to see how someone’s brain works when it’s running that far. Apparently you think about bananas and pen caps. If nothing else, you should absolutely check out his work.

And in follow up, I remember when this project, 3191 a Year of Mornings ,was just a beautiful blog of pretty pretty images. Now it looks like it’s taken off in some great ways. If you get the chance,take some time to enjoy the peaceful images. When you are wondering at the beauty of toast try not to think about how disorganized and chaotic your mornings are. I just have to believe those ladies have a “beautify” lens on their cameras that instantly turns a bowl of oatmeal into art…

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I’m back

toastOver 2 years ago I abandoned this blog. It was a lonely orphan wandering the dark sleezey streets of the internet. In a curious and delightful way we’ve reconnected and you’ll be able to find me here….blogging. As a side note–I know we can’t change “blogging”, but writing it down and seeing it on screen makes me feel kind of squidgy. I’d welcome some recommendations for a new name of whatever it is I’m doing.

Anyway. Howdy internet! For the start of the week here’s a few links to get reacquainted:
We’ll start here at I love charts  because they’ve got a great diagram of toast.

And last week, the DailyMail had a silly article about women, here’s the the actual study if you want. From this article it looks like someone got a gift bag from Saphora and turned it into a science fair project. I’m not really sure what to make of it. When participants of the study were shown faces  of women with make-up on they were considered more attractive, competent, likeable and trustworthy. (Do not ask me how mascara makes me more competent or trustworthy. It just does.) But when participants were looking at the make-up face for longer periods of time, the faces with heavy make-up were considered more attractive, competent, likeable, but not trustworthy. In all cases, not wearing makeup apparently makes you a looser.  What’s the take away? Next time I pile on the makeup I’ll make sure to keep moving.

This man’s art will make you feel better.

Once you’ve done that, you can join me leaf collecting. Then we’ll sit around and make these while we drink tea and chat about how much we love fall. We can also sit around an look at pics of Ryan Gosling.

I’m going to be posting about what I’m reading and writing, along with my misadventures here in Asheville. Stay tuned!

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Why didn’t they have books like this at my middle school?

the London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

london eye

Ted and his sister watch as their cousin Salim enters a pod on the London Eye and follow his progress around the wheel; when the pod empties, Salim isn’t there. The book records the events that follow Salim’s disappearance

Dowd’s characters are absolutely compelling and the plot simple but well developed. Nothing in the book felt overblown or overwrought (you know how mysteries can quickly spin out of the norm). Dowd keeps the plot tight and grounded, and that sense of reality makes it all the more gripping. Ted is a wonderfully insightful narrator, and his  relationship with his sister is spot on. It a fun quick read, perfect for summer afternoons in the park.

Check out her website for an excerpt and a few other reviews.

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Looking forward to while I’m in NC:

Picture 1Mountains
Good food (biscuits, homemade brick oven pizza)
A massage
Sleeping in
Staying in my pjs
Mom, Dad, Cambo
Down time with Fred
Sitting on the front porch sipping coffee
A nighttime that gets dark

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Reasons to start blogging in lists (in order of practicality)

1. I’m no good at real posts.
(see past posts)

2. I’m always thinking in lists
– to do’s
-groceries to buy
– people to email
– books to read
– things to remember

3. This’ll be a good exercises in brevity

4. I’ve always loved these lists at McSweeny’s

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love yo mama

love, mom

I got sucked into the internet void this afternoon looking at this website, postcards from yo mama.

The whole concept is pretty brilliant: a website to post emails from or IM chats with your mom. Mothers are one of the best sources for stories, and  these flashes of insight are both laugh-out-loud funny and cringe-worthy. Ahh… such are mom stories.   Mom stories usually start as harmless rants and then break into a game of one-upping, “oh yeah, well my mom…” or “that’s nothing my mom is even crazier.” Until the only thing left to do is drunk dial your mom.

Needless to say, I’ll be looking at their book when it comes out on March 24th.

And I just have to add, that my mom is NOT one to be counted among the crazy. If anything, she should start a blog collecting all the wacky voice mails and emails I send HER.

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