Sunday, May 30, 2010


I've lived in Durham for 18 years, and tonight I visited Frankie's for the first time. Dude. The kids loved it. We had fun. And the restaurant food was good. I watched someone win 1,000 arcade tickets on the Wheel of Fortune game. I played Indiana Jones pinball. We all won a bunch of tickets, and the girls cashed them in at the end of the evening for cheap little plastic things at the counter.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


My, but it's been a long time since we've heard from Omraam.

When there is nothing obliging them to respond, to make an effort, human beings tend to let themselves go. They need difficulties and trials, and then they rally and mobilize their energies to put the situation right. And when they have succeeded, that's it - they let themselves go again and fall back into laziness. Well, it's a mistake to adjust your behavior to changes in the outside world. You should always keep on working, whatever else is happening, because work must always be your priority.

Conditions improve, and difficulties work themselves out. That's all very well, but it's no reason for slowing down your activity. On the contrary, you should learn to use these conditions by devoting more time to working with your mind and building your inner being.

-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Monday, May 24, 2010

Library Time

Oh goodie goodie goodie goodie, the Southwest branch library is finally open. They have books and self checkout and everything. And when you place a hold online for a book, Southwest is now finally in the pull-down menu for delivery locations. Goodie.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kristen Wiig

Y'ever seen Kristen Wiig's "just kidding" bit? Funny.

Bonus: 10 more Wiigy videos.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


It occurs to me to ask: how's your thyroid these days?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


A friend of mine has a rain gauge and said 4.5 inches fell last night.

I had to look up "gauge."

Monday, May 17, 2010


It's time for another edition of Random Thoughts and Web Links. Here we go.

The rain falls hard. The ground is soaked. The yard is flooded.

I sleep much more soundly at night knowing other people are worrying about who will be awarded contracts to operate television screens on buses in Inner Mongolia.

Look, something called a personal mobility device. I gotta get me one of those.

As unbelievable as this sounds, someone actually opened a new independent book store. As in, an actual store where you can walk inside and look at books and sit in comfy chairs and everything. It's called Flyleaf Books.

We watched Matilda in its entirety Sunday night. It's good.

My mom visited this weekend from Ohio. We had good fun and did plenty of eating and it was fun. Did I mention fun? She flew back today. Sniff.

I just started reading The Book of Lost Things. Too early to comment.

I finished Pat Conroy's South of Broad. The man's got some chops. It was a moderately decent book, though he isn't very good at writing dialogue.

Who says you need a license to become a commercial pilot? Ha!

This article resonated with me: I've found that avoiding screens after dinner helps me sleep better.

Friday, May 14, 2010


We found Ella-the-dog at the Chapel Hill pound when she was a puppy, back in 1994 when we'd been married just one month. She was a good dog. Lately she'd lost her hearing, had a nosedive in cognitive ability that caused her to walk in small circles all day, couldn't use her back legs well, and spent at least one night this week sleeping in her own waste. It was time. She had her "final vet visit" late this afternoon. We miss her already.

A soccer clip

Oooo, Totti did a naughty thing by kicking someone. Word has it the other guy had insulted him a few minutes earlier.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Eating Out

Goodness, some people have strong opinions about eating out with children. Chill already. As with any open forum, the true literary gems can be found in the comment section.

Again with the movies

I was talking today to a "film" friend who told me there's still anger in Lumberton, NC because Blue Velvet is set there but was actually shot in Wilmington. Dennis Hopper looks so cute and young!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


If anyone has seen In Bruges, I'd love to hear thoughts. Is it very violent?

Monday, May 10, 2010


I'd never seen Matilda before. Saturday night I got to watch about 33.3% of it. I'm hooked. It's on our family-movie-night list.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


It's my birthday. I'm 42. Woo hoo. Yay, etc.

My sister and niece sent me this. I like it. I'm still smiling.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I find it hilarious that it took a Belgian to tell me all about the Trans-America Trail. I'd never heard of it. Tomorrow morning my friend Stefaan and his wife are starting their bicycle ride from here to Portland, Oregon. Tonight was beer-with-the-Flemish-people night at Tyler's. Stefaan rode his already-fully-packed bike, and while he was up at the bar ordering another round, Dirk joked that we should unpack all his stuff and replace his things with bottles of Duvel. And tomorrow on the road he'd be wondering why his bike feels so heavy, and what are all those clinking sounds. Hahahahahaha. But we didn't do that. Still, it was a funny idea.

Emma's tick bite was extra swollen and itchy today, so I took her in to the clinic. Not Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but the doc was concerned enough to prescribe an ointment and oral antibiotics.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wicked song

Ahhhhhhhhh! Help! Ever since we saw Wicked at the DPAC Sunday, this song won't stop playing and playing and playing in my brain.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tick Season

Yesterday I pulled a tick out of Emma's belly button and then swabbed the wound with alcohol. This morning it was red and itchy, so we swabbed again, filled her belly button with triple antibiotic ointment, and pasted on a bandage. After school we cleaned it out again, more ointment, and another bandage. I'm watching that thing, 'cuz tick-borne illnesses are no fun.

Monday, May 3, 2010