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The only things that matter

From Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess): “I used to think that that it was a small sin to waste time rereading silly books you’ve already read, or watching shows about robots with hearts, and time travel, and impossible things, but then I grew up and realized that those things were the only things that mattered.”


Sudo agrees. Especially because reading and watching shows about robots with hearts are things you can do from the couch. And if any dog ever had a favorite place, hers is the couch. One day I hope to enjoy my retirement as much as she enjoys hers.



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Interior decorating with greyhound

Last night, we moved some furniture around in the living room. We’re not 100% sold on the new arrangement, but guess who really isn’t sold on it?


“My couch…what have you done with my couch?”



“Put it back.”

Either she’s terrible at adjusting to change, or else she has a more developed sense of feng shui than we do. Actually, those two things are not mutually exclusive.

Side note: we have those pads for the “feet” of tables, chairs, couches, etc., but one or two had come loose and the floor was a little scratched; a little mineral oil practically disappeared the scratches. Hurray for whatever the opposite of functional fixedness is! Thinking outside the box, I guess? So there’s your household tip for the day. Along with the dog photos, which are what you’re really here for.

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When September Ends

…and you realize that you haven’t written a single blog post all month…then it is time to summarize. Or, in the immortal words of Inigo Montoya, “sum up” (“Let me ‘splain. [Pause] No, there is too much. Let me sum up”).

I made oatmeal-apricot scones (twice, they were that good).

Saw some pretty snapdragons outside Cafe 1369 in Inman Square.

Took a ferry out to Spectacle Island and swam in the very, very cold water of the Boston Harbor.

View of Boston from the ferry on the way to Spectacle.

The beach was a little rocky. Someone took advantage of this to sculpt a mouse. (Sand mouse: it rocks.)

We had to take a closer look at the Duck House when we got back to Boston. Does it have the same connotation as being in the doghouse? Are the ducks in trouble?

Also, after eleven years of listening to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, I finally saw them live…

…at Fenway.

And they were totally amazing and awesome and lived up to all my wildest expectations. They were followed by the Dropkick Murphys:

Who were also good, but who were not so mighty as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

We had a housewarming party, at which a guest made “chocolate death cake.” (It was amazing. And there was extra mousse.)

Made these peach muffins from a recipe in Good to the Grain. They were supposed to be ginger-peach, but I didn’t have any ginger. They were delicious nevertheless.

Apparently, if you turn the muffins sideways in their cups (see above) after you take them out of the oven, they cool without getting soggy? I’m not sure this made a huge difference. However, I would definitely agree with the “best when fresh” advice in the recipe; they do keep all right for a few days, but they are the opposite of lasagna (which is tastier a day or two or three after it is first baked than it is when it is fresh out of the oven).

Played at Mixed New England Sectionals. We came in second in our division! And had beautiful weather both days.

Post-frisbee, we added some additional illustrations to this pre-printed paper placemat.

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print. When I’m not reading or studying or writing for one of my three classes this semester (my last semester!), or playing frisbee, or cooking, or sleeping, I’m posting more often on my “professional” site (mostly library-related, fewer tirades against cable companies) and on Things I Put In My Container Today (fun for us, odd for you). I’m also keeping track of my reading on Goodreads; it’s mostly teen fiction right now because of my young adult literature class, but if you’re interested, I usually post reviews there. Finally, I am looking for a job! So if you know of any library jobs in the greater Boston area, let me know.

What I’m reading: Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi
What I’ve been listening to: the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Barenaked Ladies, Motion City Soundtrack, Black Lab, Nick Cave, Eluvium

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New site launch!

My former roommate and I just started a new blog together, Things I Put In My Container Today. (It’s exactly what it sounds like.) Check it out!

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Spring into Summer

Time to play catch-up!

This is Catoctin Mountain Orchard in Maryland. When I was younger and lived in Virginia, this was the halfway point in the drive when we went to visit my grandparents in Harrisburg. It hasn’t changed at all, that I can tell (but it does have a website now).

If you happen to be a fan of jam or preserves, I highly recommend ordering some of their blueberry or strawberry-rhubarb preserves. Mmm.

Welcome to Virginia! State bird: the cardinal. (Superior to the Pennsylvania state bird, which is the ruffed grouse.)

Virginia countryside. Smells like green.

My team for BUDA’s Spring Hat league, after going 5-0 in the tournament (after going 1-6 during the season…).

Interesting neighborhood gardening. (Flower spills: much less harmful than oil spills.)

Still Life With Ducks, I.

Still Life With Ducks, II (it was a slow day).

Later that day, slightly more interesting than ducks: THESE TWO got married! Here they are listening to one of the toasts.

In gardening news, the strawberry plant produced its first berry, and it was DELICIOUS. I am looking forward to a summer full of these. Nom nom nom.

Unique-looking clouds above the school at the end of the street.

Neighborhood chickens. One of the little ones is venturesome; believe it or not, there are at least three more chicks under the mama hen. She’s like Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker!

Yet more ultimate frisbee: seven players on the line at Mixed Easterns. Love Handles (my summer club team) did not break seed (to put it kindly), but we had fun and we’ll be ready to clean up (or at least finish in the first half) by the time the summer club tournament comes around in August.

And that’s about it for now: frisbee, weddings, poultry (wooden, plastic, and real), plants, and sky.

What I’ve been reading: The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Delirium, Lauren Oliver; Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
What I’ve been listening to: Ocean Eyes, Owl City; Tattoo You, Some Girls, Beggars Banquet, and Voodoo Lounge, The Rolling Stones; Torches, Foster the People

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Things have been kind of busy lately. I’m getting a few real posts together, but in the meantime, here’s a picture of my great-aunt’s dog in a fireplace.

What I’ve been reading: The Case for Books, Robert Darnton; The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Delirium, Lauren Oliver

What I’ve been listening to: Question the Answers and Medium Rare, Mighty Mighty Bosstones; Nasty Little Thoughts and Rip It Off, Stroke 9; Exile on Main Street and 40 Licks, Rolling Stones; Abbey Road, The Beatles; I Don’t Mind the Buzzcocks and Singles Going Steady, The Buzzcocks; The Ultimate Collection, The Kinks

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Et tu, Brute?

Happy Ides of March! Don’t get stabbed. Instead, take this poll on online personal cataloging tools (if you’re one of those people who catalogs your books for fun. We’re a rare breed, I know).


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