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

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

FLAPJACK promo on Cartoon Network

Here's a promo for Flapjack which should come out on June 5th.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Will someone help me...

figure out how to personalize my blog page with a cool picture and font at the top? What template do I use?

Technologically unsavvily yours,
LVH

Flight of the Conchords

Dan and I just got the HBO series "Flight of the Conchords" on Netflix and so far (four episodes into it) we love it. It's about two New Zealander musicians who move to New York to make it big and get girls. They have one fan and a hilarious band manager named Murray. Sometimes, they burst into song, like in this clip (I think it's a parody of Prince singing "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World):

Friday, April 25, 2008

Best of Boston: This Week

  • I'm really loving Antonya Nelson's stories this week. See here and here.
  • Also enjoying reading Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. See here.
  • Went to see the Red Sox on Wednesday Night courtesy of a babysitting swap with these kind folks. It was the PERFECT night for a game: about 70 degrees, clear skies and great seats in the box. They lost by a little bit, but I was just loving being there. Seems like whenever we go to a Red Sox game (okay, so we've only been to two), some kind of record is met - last time it was some kind of home run record and this time it was the 400th consecutive game that was sold out.
  • I made amazing scones this week with this mix. If you're in Boston, get the mix at Shaw's or Whole Foods. Elsewhere, I don't know. Maybe Wild Oats? Make the drop scone recipe on the back of the bag with whole milk (I admit - I used half-and-half. Grandpa Van Orman would be proud. When I was a kid, I loved to visit my grandparents because they always served my cereal with half-and-half.). You won't be sorry.
  • Went to a BBQ on Monday night (Patriot's Day) and had a great time with fun(ny) people.
  • Got this wonderful illustrated version of Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Everyone should have this on their bookshelf. Also see this delightful video that goes along with it.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Boston Marathon

Today is the marathon and I had the PRIME SPOT to watch from the window of Trader Joe's where I was working. I saw the wheelchair racers, the first men and women racers and LANCE ARMSTRONG in his yellow outfit. Word has it that Matthew McConaughey was also running, but I didn't see him. I didn't really care, though, since I think he's one of the worst actors EVER.

I got the chills when I saw everyone running past - there was so much good energy in Boston today. My friend Jen ran the marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. What an accomplishment. I'm so proud of her.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sentences and Coincidences

I'm reading a great book right now: Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. Yesterday I read about sentences. Gertrude Stein wrote, "I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences. I like the feeling the everlasting feeling of sentences as they diagram themselves." I'm admittedly not that passionate about sentences, but there is a whole lot of satisfaction in writing a good sentence and in reading amazing sentences.

Here are a few of my favorite sentences (I'm probably leaving out the best ones since I'm limited by time and what pops out to me on the bookshelf):

"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself" from Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. I don't know exactly what it is about that opening line, but it will always stick with me.

"But my mother's hair, my mother's hair, like little rosettes, like little candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it up in pincurls all day, sweet to put your nose into when she's holding you, holding you and you feel safe, is the warm smell of bread before you bake it, is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin, and you sleep near her, the rain outside falling and Papa snoring." From Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street. I love the way this sentence travels from one image to another, from the description of the hair to the feelings it evokes. I love the music of the lines and the repetition. I love that middle part, where the rhythm changes completely with that little word "is."

This is more than one sentence, but I like the way these lines play off one another:
"'A peeper person?' queried her mother on the phone from Pittsburgh.
'People,' said Abby.
'Oh, those,' said her mother, and she sighed the sigh of death, though she was strong as a brick" from Lorrie Moore's "Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People." I love how Lorrie Moore does funny and sad at the same time. She's so good at that.

"One's first day by the sea, one's being feels salt, strong, resilient and hollow - like a seaweed pod not giving under the heel" from Elizabeth Bowen's The Death of the Heart. I love that she uses salt as an adjective.

"Sharp gray eyes, lean and narrow-waisted, and when he died it was almost beautiful, the way the sunlight came around him and lifted him up and sucked him high into a tree full of moss and vines and white blossoms" from Tim O'Brien's "How to Tell a True War Story."

I could go on. I won't.

As for coincidences, I talked to my friend Amorette yesterday. I was very happy to hear that she and Parker are moving to Pittsburgh this summer for Parker to do a PhD. It's not too terribly close to us (10 hours by car - but that doesn't really matter because we don't have a car anyway), but close enough that we can fly out and visit them. I love that more and more people are coming out East (Dan's brother, Patrick, is moving to Toronto this summer for a PhD and his cousin, Heather, is moving to NYC).

Anyway, the real coincidence is that when we were talking on the phone we realized that we will all be in Kauai AT THE SAME TIME. Dan and I are going to Hawaii for two weeks in May right after he finishes school. Parker & Amorette are going on a family trip. I hope we can eat some shave ice and spam together. The last time I was in Hawaii (2000), I was with Amorette, Jenny, Alicen, Thurop & Sherri. We missed our flight back to Utah because I didn't know how to read military time. So we ended up staying a night with a lady that Alicen's mom's friend knew or something. When she opened the door, she handed us a pamphlet and said (in a freaky voice that explained exactly why she was handing us the pamphlet) "this is what's wrong with me." Good times. That summer in Hawaii was the most carefree/fun/crazy summer of my life.

I'm really excited for Dan to see Hawaii and see my old stomping grounds. I always say that I've never missed living in a place more than I miss living in Hawaii.

Monday, April 14, 2008

An Explanation:

This is for all the people that were surprised at yesterday's post.

Dan got a great funding package here - so it turned out to be not only the best choice academically, but economically as well. And, we both think that staying here for two more years will actually make it easier to settle down in the west after school.

So, to all our friends in Boston: we're excited to be able to hang out for two more years.

And to all our friends & family in the West: we're coming. Just hold your horses.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's Official.

We're sticking around in Boston for two more years.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Six Words

I like this bite-sized advice about food from Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma:

"Eat food, not much, mostly plants."

P.S. This is my 100th post, I'm done with my essay, and I'm feeling a little bit celebratory. So, the first 5 people to comment on here will get a little CD mix in the mail from me, no strings attached.

P.P.S. This is what came up when I googled "Happy 100th":