What do you think the sex(es) of the twins will be?

Monday, December 31, 2007

Flapjack Sneak Peak!

Thurop does Flapjack's voice. Should come out in June. I'm so proud...




Sunday, December 30, 2007

Three years ago today...


Dan and I were driving in Zeus (Dan's dad's mythic car) to San Francisco for our honeymoon. Just past Reno we hit a huge snowstorm and it took us almost a day to get from Reno to S.F. But we didn't care.  Because we had each other.  And the Da Vinci Code.  We read aloud as we drove (the person in the passenger seat being the reader and the driver being the primary listener).  We scoffed.  We baffled.  We laughed (mostly at the incredibly stupid questions Sophie's character would ask). We finished the book somewhere around Provo on our way home from L.A. (because after our honeymoon we decided we weren't ready to go home yet so we drove from S.F. to L.A. to visit my brothers).  The book sucked, but our honeymoon was amazing!    

Anyway, yesterday we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary.  We ate Portuguese food at Casa Portugal in Inman Square.  I had never tasted Portuguese food before.  They brought out bread, olives and olive oil as starters.  I ordered a mix of seafood (clams, little necks, shrimp, scallops and oysters) in a tomato based stock.  It was delicious.  Dan got grilled salmon which was likewise very tasty.  They also brought out some fried potato slices and orangey rice.  

After dinner we walked to Harvard Square and saw the movie "Juno."  I really liked it.  I thought it was funny and quirky and real.  I also loved the music.  Dan liked the movie okay - he's hard to please.  I think he was slightly biased because as we were standing in line to buy our tickets the woman in back of us (who earlier had tried to cut in front of us but was intercepted) said to her date that "Juno is a chick flick."  But I looked over and saw him laughing a few times.  I guess every movie can't be "Transformers."  Funny that one of Dan's criticisms of "Juno" was that he felt like the dialogue was too contrived - I can't imagine how robots communicating could be less contrived, but whatever.  Dan let me wear his jacket on the walk home and all was well in the world.    


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mom & Dad rocking out

My sister-in-law just sent me this little "video" of my parents and it totally cracked me up.  

(I can't get it to embed, so you'll have to click the link...)
 



Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I just discovered that we get a pretty strong wireless connection in our bathroom. Our internet woes are solved!

The Marvelous Misadventures of Captain Flapjack!

I just saw that my brother's upcoming show is now on Wikipedia!
I'm so excited for THE MARVELOUS MISADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN FLAPJACK to come out in 2008 on Cartoon Network! My brothers are very talented (Jonny is also working on this show). I'll let cha'll know the official air date as soon as I find out. Now I've just got to talk Dan into letting us get cable (he's still in denial about us having a little TV set hidden under our desk)...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

*The Three of Us*

So a few months ago, there was this great episode of This American Life called "The Break-up" in which contributor Starlee Kine wrote a break-up song for her ex-boyfriend (inspired by none other than Phil Collins!).  

I cannot get this song out of my head.  I sing it in the shower, while I'm doing the dishes, and even very quietly while I'm walking in the grocery store.  Dan sings along, too.  

It was a great episode, anyhow.  You should listen to it in the archives.  Starlee is funny.  

And while we're on the subject of This American Life, one of my fellow Warren-Wilsonites, Rachel Howard, was on the show last week talking about the unsolved murder of her father. 

And yes, I will continue to plug This American Life until everyone I know is a dedicated listener.  And RadioLab.  And Radio West.  I listen to these shows while I'm stocking the bread at Trader Joe's in the morning.  I have come to love those three precious hours of the morning before the outspoken but lovable Bostonians come shopping when I can listen to my favorite podcasts and make sure we have enough Ezekiel bread and Tuscan Pane for the masses.  

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wanna Live By An Apostle?

This seems so wrong.  

Makes me ashamed to come from such an "exclusive nieghborhood" [sic].    

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New York City, You're So Pretty

Last weekend we took the bus to NYC with our good friends Chelsi and Eric. The bus ride was only about four hours and it took us straight into Times Square. We had a fantastic time. Dan has family in Brooklyn and they were kind enough to let us stay with them. We walked and walked and walked and walked and walked AND walked like good little pioneer children. AND Chelsi is six months pregnant.

Here are some pictures of the awesomeness. I wish I could put a slideshow on here, but I'm not advanced enough to do that yet. I bet Aimee would know how. Aim?


































Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Photo Booth

Dan got a new MacBook last week and my favorite feature, by far, is Photo Booth. I have to say I've taken some pretty awesome pictures of myself. Here are a few of my favorites:







Monday, October 29, 2007

We'll be home for Christmas...

and we're very, very excited.



Friday, October 26, 2007

P.S.

Peanut Butter and Jonny

Welcome to blog land, Jonny & Kristen.

Check out how cute my nephew is and also learn some great new vocabulary words in the Noah-ese section.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jackets and sweaters and coats, oh my!

One of the reasons why I love the fall is that I love love love jackets and sweaters.

I'm in love with this one. I like the gray color, too. Only wish it were on sale :(

Amazing House in SLC

Our friend Brad and his wife, Maeve, are selling their incredible Sugarhouse bungalow. I don't know if anyone is looking for a house, but this one is absolutely gorgeous! I wish, wish, wish we could buy it.

http://forsaleinsugarhouse.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mistress Witch from McClure

I've loved this song ever since Aimee introduced me to it a few months ago. Sufjan Stevens explains the background of the song in this clip (I'm always curious to find out where songs come from).



I recommend you listen to the original version, which is wonderful.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Update to previous post

Last night Dan and I went to a rally in government center for ending the genocide in Darfur. One of the speakers was Panther Dior from the film "God Grew Tired of Us." It was so weird because I finished the documentary yesterday morning and then there he was speaking (I had no idea he would be there).

If you want to find out how you can help end the genocide, go to www.savedarfur.org. After the Holocaust, we said "Never again." It's happening again.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

God Grew Tired of Us

I just finished watching this documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan. I highly recommend it. I remember hearing about the Lost Boys and this film a few months ago on Radio West, but I can't find the clip :(

Here's a trailer (don't worry - the film doesn't include the cheesy music and over the top narration that's in the trailer). It's narrated by Nicole Kidman. I love her voice.



When will we stop ignoring Africa?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Grandma Moses

So last week my parents were in town and we drove to Bennington, Vermont. The drive was lovely, even though the leaves weren't quite turning. We went to the Bennington Museum, which features several paintings by Grandma Moses.



I'm kind of baffled by Grandma Moses. Her paintings have a certain charm, but I also think that a lot of her paintings look like they were done by a five-year-old. The faces on all her subjects are just two dots and a little smiley face. She was pretty good with color and evoking a certain era and, bless her heart, she started painting when she was in her late seventies, but I don't know if that warrants her being famous and having a painting in the White House. She doesn't seem to have a clue about perspective. I'd love to hear what others think of her work; you're welcome to offer a rebuttal.

Anyway, we spent all our money seeing the Grandma Moses stuff so we didn't have enough cash to go inside the place I really would have liked to see: Robert Frost's house. Oh well, maybe next time.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mark your calendars, Salt Lake City: Ira Glass, the host of my favorite radio show This American Life is coming to the Beehive on December 2nd. Trust me, you don't want to miss it.

D.C. Trip

Here are a few pictures from our trip. We forgot to take our camera to the wedding, so I'll have to wait to post those until I can get them from someone else. It was a beautiful, fun wedding. Laura is Jewish and Michael is Catholic, so the ceremony was performed by a rabbi and a priest. Dinner and lots of dancing after.

In front of the White House: Juliet, Sean, Pat, Hazel, Me and Dan
As we were standing in front of the White House, this helicopter landed right
in front and a man in a suit got out (we couldn't see whether it was Bush or not).
I think the helicopter is called Marine One?

Sean a.k.a Dirty a.k.a Wonky

The Hadleys: Dan, Me, Hazel, Patrick, Jackie, Paul, Juliet & Sean

I guess I'm just amazing

Jackie's Birthday

Dan & Lisa

I love my serious face in this picture and the way Hazel is looking at me

Back to beautiful Boston.
THANK YOU RYKA AND YOUR HEART OUT!




Wednesday, September 19, 2007

HOLY CRAP!

This has to be my luckiest week ever! I won again!!!! Last week I won a pair of shoes from Ryka via Your Heart Out (see the post below).

Well, look what I just got in my inbox...

Now I'm counting on winning a million dollars on the Lucky Case Game on Deal or No Deal!


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Survivor!

I love Survivor. The next season (Survivor: China) premieres this Thursday. Among the cast is Todd, *another* gay Mormon from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I say *another* because the last one was Rafe, who claimed to be a gay Mormon, but was not an actual member of the LDS church, nor had he ever been.

Here's Todd's bio (I don't really understand but kind of love the first line about winning the hearts of everyone at his school after coming out of the closet (especially confusing because he came out of the closet after high school...?)):

Todd Herzog is an openly gay Mormon who came out shortly after high school and won the hearts of everyone at his school. He attended Pleasant Grove High School in Utah and then two years of college at Utah Valley State College. He currently works as a flight attendant. He previously worked as a manager at a movie theater and at a major theme park.

Herzog has previously lived in Seattle, Orlando and Denver. His hobbies include traveling, shopping and drinking coffee. He enjoys surfing, biking and boating. He's allergic to cats, rabbits and shrimp. He describes himself as fantastic, amazing, awesome and super-original. He believes he will do well on SURVIVOR because he claims he is very positive, great at social skills and strategizing, and he's willing to "gather wood and sh*t." He thinks the Spice Girls are the most significant historical event of the past 100 years and is unbelievably stoked that they are going on a reunion tour this winter.

Herzog currently lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He has one brother, Tyler, and three sisters, Brandy, Kimmi and Tori. His birth date is January 29, 1985.

Should be interesting. Courtney, I know you'll be watching...

Monday, September 17, 2007

Back to School Supplies

Dan started school today. It's fun to see the Harvard campus buzzing with students again. I love September. The air has cooled off considerably and I even got to wear a sweater today! The leaves on our street are starting to go red and orange. Oh how I love New England in the fall. My parents are coming at the beginning of October and we're going to drive to Vermont to see the leaves. I've always wanted to be in Vermont at this time of year.

Anyway, back to school always reminds me of my favorite thing about going back to school: school supplies! Even though my semester started more than two months ago, I'm in the mood to buy some pens and paper.

Like every obsessive writer, I'm very particular about my pens. They have to be micro (.5). My favorite right now is the Uni-Ball Vision Exact. Black, always black. I like the thin lines and the little polka dots on the pen.

Dan introduced me to Moleskine notebooks when we met (three years ago!) and I'm convinced that they're a must-have for every writer (actually for every person who has a hand). I can't tell you how many times I've been sitting on the train or walking in the grocery store, etc., when an idea hits me and I'm scavenging for a scrap of paper in my purse to write on (I've written ideas on just about every surface you can possibly imagine). Enter the Moleskine. These little Italian notebooks are brilliant. They're small enough that you can slip one into your pocket or purse and their ultra-durable. I'm going to try out the Daily Planner in 2008.
What are your favorite back to school supplies?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Average Homeboy

Dan and I love this clip from the 80s for several reasons. But you don't have to take my word for it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Shoes!

I think I just won a pair of shoes! I've never won anything in my life. This is the best day ever (also a good day because Dan's brother Sean (a.k.a. Dirty) and his girlfriend Juliet are visiting). Tomorrow we're flying to D.C. with all the Hadley's for Dan's cousin's wedding. I'm very excited since I've never been to D.C. before.

Update: It's official - I won the MC2 walking shoes.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

E.L.F.

My friend and fellow blogger, Aimee, just posted about a great deal on makeup and I wanted to pass it along to you...

Basically, almost everything is a dollar. www.eyeslipsface.com

I echo Malibu Stacey's great line (from the Simpson's): "Let's go to the store and buy makeup so boys will like us."

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

How to Make Beans

Since a couple of you have asked to see my writing, I've decided (against my better judgment) to post a story I wrote a couple of years ago for City Weekly.

I'd post something new, but everything I've written lately is half-finished and too scary to post.


How to Make Beans

This is how you make feijão. This is how you get rid of the ones that are bad and this is the way you wash them. Be sure to wash them very well. Now pour them into the pressure cooker. This is how much water you put in and this is how long you cook them.

“If you don’t baptize her, she’ll go to hell, Flavia. Flavia, are you listening to me? She’s a heathen and you know where heathens go.”

Flavia stared down at the cardboard box with the blue baby inside. “How can she go to hell? She wasn’t ever alive.”

“Listen to me – that baby needs to be baptized before burial or she’ll receive the condemnation of God.” The woman continued, “a few months ago there was a baby that died on our street who was never baptized. That baby screamed from the ground – I’m telling you – he cried every night and all of us could hear it in our houses. I said to my husband, ‘that dead baby is crying out to be baptized – let’s go put him out of his misery.’ So we dug the baby up and baptized him and I tell you – honest truth – he never screamed again. May he rest in peace.”

“No need to wash them if they’re already clean,” Flavia thought.

* * * * *

This is how you know whether the beans are good or not. This is how you make them so your husband likes them. These are the spices that go inside. This is the way you take them off the stove and this is the way you hold a baby at the same time. This is the way you cook them if they’re for someone else and they’re watching to see if you do it right. This is what it looks like if you do it right. This is what it looks like if you do it wrong.

“It never felt like this with the boys.” She patted her stomach. “Boys carry wide – see how my stomach is pointy? They say it’s a girl when your stomach does that. Gordo wants a girl.”

His real name was Nonato, but everyone called him Gordo. Gordo because that’s what he was - rice and beans every day and a cerveja or two, or three, or four to top it off.

* * * * *

This is the way you heat the oil in the pan and make it really hot. This is how much garlic and onions to put in. This is where you really have to pay attention because you don’t want to put in too much garlic and onions. This is how long you cook the onions so they’re transparent but not brown. This is what they taste like if there’s too much garlic. This is what they taste like if there’s not enough garlic. This is what they taste like if you’ve put in just the right amount of garlic.

“She’s dead,” the nursemaid announced.

“Can I see her?” Flavia asked.

The nurse showed them the little girl, blue and perfect. “The cord must have wrapped around her and suffocated her,” the nursemaid said.

* * * * *

Now you add the beans and salt and let it boil. This is where you have to check to see if there is too much water. This is how much longer you should cook it if there’s too much water and you’re waiting for it to evaporate.

They took the dead baby while Flavia was taking a nap and baptized her. They sang hymns and said “Oh Gloria!” as they sprinkled water over her head. No priest, but when a dead baby needs baptizing, you do the best you can.

They christened her “Maria de Jesus Nossa Senhora Santificada dos Santos,” a proper Christian name. Flavia named her Isabel. But Flavia was a heathen.

They placed her back in the cardboard box and sprinkled salt over her body, to protect her from the demons.

* * * * *

This is when you add more salt. This is how you cook the feijão until it’s soft. This is how many people it will feed. This is what your husband will say if he doesn’t like it. This is what to say if he says he doesn’t like it and this is how you tell him what happened. This is what to tell him if he does like it. This is what you sprinkle in so he doesn’t know whether or not he likes it.

Flavia felt the baby go soft inside her. She didn’t want to wake Gordo – didn’t want him to yell at her for it happening. Flavia didn’t do anything to make it happen. The baby was swishing around and struggling like that and then it just went soft. So she laid there in her hammock. She thought about the litter of kittens that were born earlier that week on the street. One was stillborn and Flavia couldn’t help but think that it was the luckiest one – saved from life on the street and saved from one of the horse-carts that would have inevitably run it over.

* * * * *

This is what you do when it’s done. This is how you use it the next day to make little bean cakes. This is how you use it the day after the little bean cakes to make food for the chickens. This is what you do when there are no more beans. This is what you do when you have a little bacon. This is what it tastes like.






Sunday, September 2, 2007

Presidential Candidate Selector

This website lets you choose how you feel about several issues and then tells you which candidates are most aligned with your views.

Looks like Obama is my match...
Well, he wasn't at the TOP of the list, but his was the first name I recognized.

While we're on the issue of politics, the missionaries came over last night and told us something kind of funny. They said that Mitt Romney's home teacher (Mitt is in our stake) is part of Mormons Against Romney.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Treadmill Dancers

A lot of you have probably seen this on YouTube, but I just can't get enough of these treadmill dancers. I love the rollerskating move...

Monday, August 27, 2007

My Beloved Uggs

Last Christmas I got a pair of Ugg boots. They are the most comfortable things I have ever put on my feet. They have sheepskin inside and the shoes are meant to be worn barefoot. It felt like my feet were wrapped in a cumulus cloud.

My Uggs were stolen from the break room at my work a few months ago (which really sucks because only employees know the code to the break room - therefore they were stolen by one of my coworkers). So, I've been saving up and almost have enough to buy some new ones. I'm going to get either the short ones that I used to have or the tall ones (in Chestnut).

Vote at left on your favorite.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Maine

Dan & I went to Kennebunkport and Portland, Maine on Thursday. We got to take the Trader Joe's Mini Cooper for the day (our store won it for a year). It was funny because Maine people (Mainians? Mainites?) are obsessed with TJ's and they kept flagging us down to ask if Trader Joe's is finally coming to Maine. (No). We were also flagged down by pretty much everyone else we saw driving a Mini Cooper. They would flash their lights at us on the freeway, yell out their windows "Cool car!", etc. It was really odd. They sure love their Minis.


Anyway, here are some pictures from our trip. I'm excluding one from Kennebunkport in which Dan is making an unsavory hand gesture toward the Bush's summer home. It seems we were one week early. On the 25th there will be a protest while the Bush's are vacationing. Dubya will soon surpass all other presidents in one regard: he will have taken more vacation time than any other. He's already used all or part of 418 days of vacation time during his presidency.

Dan sketching a picture of the beach at Kennebunkport
Beach Dan was sketching
Welcome to Kennebunkport

The $16 Lobster Roll I got at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport (as shown on Rachel Ray).
It was good, but probably not worth 16 buckaroos. It was very small.

Just a cool old gas pump

Looking at Portland

Portland Observatory

Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth

Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth. Apparently it's the most photographed lighthouse.

Ditto.
This is written on the rocks by the lighthouse. It says,
"Annie C. Maguire shipwrecked here Christmas Eve 1886."