Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Enough Already

I have this txt file that lists all the sites where I have user IDs and logins (I'd love to have maintained completely consistency over the years, but some sites have annoying parameters that force me to throw in little differences, e.g., "please use at least seven alphanumeric characters and include either % $ or *"). I'm going to start slowly cleaning up, i.e., canceling accounts. Moments ago I began with "Friendster." Remember that one? I didn't either.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Saturday evening I noticed Jane had pinworms writhing around out of her anus like snakes on Medusa's head. Urgent care clinic, 24-hour pharmacy, 100 mg of Mebendazole for all four of us, just in case. Many loads of laundry: bed sheets, pillow cases, underwear. 48 hours later, there are fewer worms, but just now I counted 5 little wigglers. I could go on and on, but if you want more, here's a good article.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back To Our Future

I just finished Back To Our Future, a book about the 80s. I am a survivor of the 80s. Good book. I recommend it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


This is the latest bunny lead I'm eyeing, one for myself this time. We have two rabbits and have two more to collect.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This Weekend

My mom is visiting! She flew in from Ohio (Canton) this afternoon. She'll be here for several days. It's party time when Mom's here. This afternoon we drank white wine and ate cheese and crackers, and then later I cooked and we ate chicken and drank some other wine. Tomorrow night's dinner will be a 3-day daube, which will be consumed with red wine and potatoes and salad and rolls. Adventures will include visits to the farmer's market, Wine Authorities, Bull City Burger, Local Yogurt, and the Nelson music room at Duke for the kids' Saturday evening piano recital, followed by dinner at Satisfaction. High, high excitement around here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

S-K's Theorem

To review the Robert-Slentz-Kesler-Theory-Of-Fucked-Up-Driving, which we can shorten to S-K's Theorem: close examination of any car on the road that doesn't seem to be "with it" (e.g., driving too slowly, swerving, or displaying a general lack of focus and/or road courtesy) will reveal a driver who is 1) wearing a hat, 2) using a phone or other electronic device, or 3) driving a Buick. This theorem has yet to fail. Today's swerving Buick was being driven by someone wearing a hat. Hoping for the S-K Theorem equivalent of Bingo!, I looked for a cell phone. No luck. I remain hopeful that some day I'll see all three at work in the same driver.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sleepover Mania

Tonight Emma is sleeping over at a friend's house for a birthday party. Also tonight, Jane is entertaining a friend here for a sleepover. Tomorrow night, both girls will sleep here at our place but will host two friends for a sleepover. Party Time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two Links

Look what Gregg put on his blog. Frickin' jack-in-the-box, man, 'bout freaked me out.

And look what the Library of Congress has done.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Turn, Turn, Turn

For many years I've had this annoying thing called Ménière's Syndrome, always on the right side. Ringing comes and goes, dizziness happens from time to time, and occasionally (the last one was ten years ago) I get a whammy of a vertigo attack with plenty of barfing. Last night the whammy kind visited me while I was home alone, and since my fluid loss was starting to cause shakes, I phoned one of my excellent neighbors who called for an ambulance and came over to let in the EMTs.

Quiet ambulance ride, 5 hours in the E.R., IV fluids, anti-barfing drugs. That did the trick. I'm back home now and feeling much better.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Bunny Time

I recently finished building a walk-in rabbit hutch in the back yard. Muffin, Jane's 2-year-old Holland lop, has moved in and is having the time of her bunny life. Emma just turned 12 and gets a birthday rabbit. Tomorrow we'll be taking a look at these little guys.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Pictures from St. John

Plane ride

View from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay

The villa we rented

Breakfast with cousins

Jane holding something from a tree

Local lizard-like thing

On grandparents' sailboat

So many beaches I lost track

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Vacation Pictures

(Try the link again--I might have fixed it.) It's been a while since I've used Kodak Gallery. Let me know if this works. I put up some pictures from our excursion to St. John.