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

Monday, July 30, 2007

Gloucester (pronounced GLOSS-TAH) & Rockport

Yesterday our friends Logan & Kate invited us to go see some lighthouses. We actually only ended up seeing one, but as Thurop says, "If everything goes as planned, it's not an adventure." The one & only thing I miss about having a car is being able to leave the city and go on little road trips. It was so nice to drive along the Massachusetts shore and smell the salty air. I love all the little port towns around Boston.

Here are some pictures from our trip...

Thursday, July 26, 2007


This post is in honor of Courtney who emailed me and asked why I didn't include The Babysitter's Club in my poll of best children's series. I really don't know how I made this slip, except I'd maybe consider the series to be at the Immature Young Adult level. I grew up with Kristy, Stacey, Claudia, Mary Ann and all those Alternate Officers (i.e. Dawn, Mallory and friends).

It's funny how I never thought it was weird that a new book was coming out like every two weeks.

Remember when Stacey just couldn't resist eating a cookie (she was diabetic!) and got sent to the hospital? Bad Stacey. Or remember the Super Specials? Those were my favorite. Once they got stranded on an island and figured out how to collect rainwater in a tarp to drink! I think they went to Disneyworld and the Bahamas one time. Something cool happened, but I can't remember what.

So when I moved to Utah, I moved into a neighborhood that had its very own baby-sitter's club. Was Jenny president? I can't remember. Anyway, I was invited to be like the ALTERNATE ALTERNATE ALTERNATE Officer. Yeah, I felt pretty cool.

I also owned a BSC (let's abbreviate from now on, shall we?) video. My brothers will forever taunt me with these famous lines from Kristy:

"Drippy? Who you calling drippy? You're the only drip around here."

I never really got that. Maybe it's a Stoneybrook, Connecticut thing.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Trader Joe's Favorites of the Day

1. Greek Yogurt (2%) - Very thick and creamy. I mix it with a little honey - it's my favorite dessert. I also mix it into Indian food and substitute it for mayo.
2. Various Cheeses - Especially the Canadian Brie and the Dutch Goat Cheese.
3. Chocolate Pretzels - I'm usually a dark chocolate girl, but I prefer the milk chocolate in these.
4. Fennel Toothpaste - Cheaper than Tom's of Maine. A nice alternative to mint.
5. Pure Castille Soap - Is there anything you CAN'T use this for? Perfect for an all-in-one camping item. You can wash your dishes with it. You can wash your body with it. You can brush your teeth with it (although I wouldn't do it). You can wash your clothes with it (I have done that and it works pretty well). You can make a bubble bath with it. It's basically like Dr. Bronner's but without all the weird religious stuff on the label and like 4 times cheaper.
6. Soy & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips - The flaxseeds kind of make them look like they have little fleas in them.
7. Soba Noodles - They're vegan and delicious and very good for you (I'm talking about the frozen ones).
9. Frozen Naan - Dan eats these all the time. We like the garlic ones.
10. Frozen Edamame - Gotta love edamame.
11. Double Rainbow Mango/Vanilla Soycream
12. French Orange Blossom Honey Handsoap

We also got 2 new products today:
The first is CHOCOLATE COVERED EDAMAME. I'm not kidding. It's kind of different. I like it, but some people hated it. If you like dry roasted edamame and dark chocolate, you will like this.
The second is Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds - Sea salt is mixed in with the dark chocolate and it makes it really good.

Ok, that's all. Sorry to you poor folks who don't have a Trader Joe's (aka Utah people)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beans & Greens

I just want you all to know that I'm having black-eyed peas, okra and collard greens for lunch.

I've been deathly afraid of okra since elementary school and the days of "tater tot surprise." When we got those brown little fried nuggets on our lunch trays, we never knew until we took a bite whether it was going to be tater tots or fried okra. Okra was "GRODEY TO THE MAX!"

Post lunch addendum: Young Lisa was a smart girl. Okra sucks.


I wish I could be in Utah today to watch the parade and the fireworks and hang out with friends and family. Instead I will be doing homework and trying to get over this cold. Sunday was my first week in Nursery. I love it - the kids are adorable. The first thing they told me, however, was, "I hope you're ready to be sick all the time." I think I'll be taking Airborne every Sunday from now on.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Rainy Days and Mondays...

NEVER get me down.
It has been drizzling all day and I love it! I've been drinking Postum (I ran out of yerba mate!).
Speaking of mate, I order mine from San Francisco Herb Company. Looks like I need to place another order. Their mate is the best because it doesn't have twigs and junk in it. They have great, cheap teas and spices in bulk. Check 'em out.
I really don't know where this blog is going. It's pretty stream of consciousness right now. Just wanted to say somethin'.
I've been reading all day and trying to write.
That's all.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Why I love THE INNOCENCE MISSION (as explained to Dan)

Dan is constantly challenging my love of The Innocence Mission. He's more of an 80's rock n' roll kind of guy. He says (and I quote exactly here), "The Innocence Mission is more boring than a Sunday." But some good has come out of this. He has forced me to articulate why I love them and this has actually made me love them even more. Here are just a few of the reasons why I love The Innocence Mission.

1. I like Sunday. I don't think it's boring. It's restful.
2. Their music is sad and happy at the same time. I love anything that can convey a complexity of emotions. I love how they can be singing about something sad, but the beat can be upbeat and cheerful and vice-a-versa. I realized when I was explaining this to Dan that this is something I also look for in literature, movies and art.
3. They sing about small, everyday things and make them sparkle with life.
4. I love Karen Peris' raw, beautiful voice - I have never heard a more gorgeous voice than hers.
5. Amazing, poetic lyrics.
6. There's something magical about discovering a band on your own. No one tells you about them, you just happen to hear them one day and you fall in love. That's what happened with me and The Innocence Mission. I was flipping through radio stations and heard the last half of the song "Lakes of Canada." I didn't know who sang the song. I only knew some lyrics and came home and did a google search. This was in 2004. Dan and The Innocence Mission were my best discoveries of 2004 and never the twain shall meet...

Dan's waiting for me to go on a walk with him, so I must close.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Scott H...
Happy Birthday, you silly willy!
Hope you're having a splendid day.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

I found out last night that I'll be working with David Haynes this semester. I'm very excited. He's supposed to be an amazing teacher.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Aimee said she missed me...

Thanks, Aimee. Can't leave my faithful blog reader(s?) dissatisfied!

So I'm here at Warren-Wilson College for my 10 day residency. Lots of lectures and classes and hanging out with my Warren-Wilson friends. Tonight I find out which faculty member I'll work with this semester. They all seem amazing, so I'm excited.

I thought I'd post some pictures of this beautiful campus. The Blue Ridge Mountains are so lovely.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th o' July!

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Tomorrow I'm heading to North Carolina for my ten-day residency, so I'll be off the scene for awhile.

We're going to the esplanade tonight for the fireworks. Boston is supposedly the premier spot for 4th of July celebrations.