Saturday, November 27, 2010

old school

some light weekend reading. snagged at my fave independent bookstore in saint louis. I used to have so many of these; I need to restart my collection. please excuse crappy webcam photo.

Friday, November 26, 2010


~this has been a cozy Thanksgiving weekend. The first time I've never been at my own home. It was just too long a trip to make with Christmas coming so soon. It was nice to be a guest of others, but there is no substitute for being able to take as many heaping helpings as you want and schlub around with an elastic waistband afterwards.
~a bit of shopping today, no early holiday sales though. I also saw Harry Potter again. Just as good the second time.
~holiday-season only cranberry ginger ale is in the grocery store. wheeee! it's the small things.

photo credit

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Deathly. Hallows.

When my knuckles are white from clenching and my breath is caught in my throat during the ferociously thrilling scenes at midnight tonight, I'll think of this candid set from the shot and remind myself, "it's just make believe"...or maybe I won't :-)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


grandmaster flash

paul newman

james earl jones

george harrison. lorne michaels. paul simon

miles davis

celebrating the amazing way men used to dress (and still should, I say) through fantastic vintage photos. here


I only have about 3 weeks until I get to go to Michigan for Christmas.

I am not going there for Thanksgiving this year.

But other fun things are happening.

My class load will significantly lighten until Christmas break.

Allowing me to stay in bed a little longer and make coffee runs guilt-free.

My little brother got accepted to Michigan State University.

My alma mater.

It would be impossible for me to be prouder or more excited.

Harry Potter is coming out at 12:01 Friday morning. This is a big deal.

One of my oldest, closest friends is coming for the weekend.

There will be late night discussions and spontaneous joybursts.

Monday, November 15, 2010

just bought tickets for the midnight showing this friday

the ballerina project

Ballerinas photographed in cityscapes
More here

Friday, November 12, 2010

This is pretty. I like this. I collect lots of rocks like this from the shores of Lake Michigan. I could do this. *If I had a mantle.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

el concierto

Went to see Joshua Radin last night with some friends who are quite in love with him. While I didn't know his stuff that well, it was quite lovely - his upbeat stuff more so than his mellower songs, which made me rather sleepy (teacher girl out on a school night way past bedtime!) But I liked his opening acts even better. I would've been fine with just hearing them. And the Pageant per usual was a lovely venue. I only achieved crappy cell phone photos because my camera/lens are bigger than they allow inside, so these will have to suffice for now.

This guy was pretty fly. When we went to buy his CD afterwards he was tres chatty and complimented my outfit.

But these guys were the BEST - my new band obsession for sure.

The best part was perhaps my 'Dude, Where's My Car' moment this morning when I went out to walk my dog and my car was nowhere to be seen. I stood scratching my head for about 3 minutes before remembering that I had parked it at a friend's house about a quarter of a mile away and gotten a ride from there. I was dropped back off at my apartment and was so sleepy on the way home that I forgot to have them take me to my car. Looks like I'm hoofing it over there today!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween, Belatedly

The 70s movie The Blob was enjoyed by all.

Ghost stories were told.

I discovered the mystique of dry ice.

Best if all, mass amounts of cheesy poofs and gummi worms were devoured.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Homemade Twix Bars

Wow. Just, wow. Drooling. Perhaps I'll try making these at Christmas.
Recipe from Not Without Salt

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I sold my soul to the devil

I did! I supported the early Christmas-ization of American by buying ornaments on Halloween. I'm so ashamed! I am totally anti-Christmas before Thanksgiving! Except...I was at Target, and they were cute, and on sale...and I have to decorate my classroom. Even more shameful, I will probably put them up school only has 2 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of those weeks I'll be at conference. My students need to feel festive merriment when they come into my room! They just don't make cool Thanksgiving decor! And they're blue and gold - school colors! I'm teaching pride here, peeps.