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

Friday, January 30, 2009

a beautiful paragraph

by Grace Paley: "He had a habit thoughout the twenty-seven years of making a narrow remark which, like a plumber's snake, could work its way through the ear down the throat, halfway to my heart. He would then disappear, leaving me choking with equipment. What I mean is, I sat down on the library steps and he went away." (from "Wants")

I love how she can say so much in such a small amount of space. I love the phrase "choking with equipment." Beautiful.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

further thoughts on thirty

I'm reading David Shields' book, "The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead."

It's a wonderful book, but it's full of facts about how our bodies age and it is not doing good things for my new thirty-year-old self.

First, a quote by Emerson: "After thirty, a man wakes up sad every morning, excepting perhaps five or six, until the day of his death." Just reading that makes me sad.

Here's just one of several fun facts from the book: "Starting at thirty [...] you lose one-sixteenth of an inch in height per year; your posture changes because your vertebrae shrink while your hips and knees bend closer to the ground and your foot arch flattens."

If my calculations are correct, I will be 5' by the time I'm 46, 4'11 by the time I'm 62, 4'10 by the time I'm 78 and a legal dwarf (4'9) by the time I'm 94.

But the upside is that creativity peaks in your thirties. I'll take creativity over height any day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

30 Rocks

The festivities began on Friday when my dear, beautiful school girls picked me up and took me to a delicious Brazilian restaurant called "Muqueca." The food was amazing. We got a couple of fish dishes and, of course, feijoada. They also had a lot of juice drinks that I haven't had since I was in Brazil, including cupuacu, my very favorite.

We then went back to Mary's house and they spoiled me with Mary-made chocolate ganache birthday cupcakes, my favorite chocolates, adorable earrings and tulips. The best part, though, was just being able to hang out with these girls. See here for more about how I feel about them. I feel so lucky to have met them.

On Saturday, we went to O'Sullivan's with our friends Laci & Christian. They just had a baby and this was Berkeley's first trip out (other than to the doctor). They gave me Chicken in a Biskit, Easy Cheese, and a country CD because they want me to get in touch with my ghetto side. Thanks, guys. I listened to the CD. I couldn't stomach some of the songs, but the old-time country I can do (Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, etc.). I love Laci & Christian and now little Berkeley. They are so much fun! And who knows? Maybe by my fortieth Laci will have converted me to Demolition Derbies and Keith Urban. Although I certainly wouldn't count on it.

On Saturday, Dan and I went to the mall to go shoe shopping and then were going to meet our friends Max & Elizabeth for a movie downtown. When we were about to hop on the train, Dan said he had to poo really bad and that he was going to poo his pants. Our friends Kate & Logan live close to the train station, so we ran over there so Dan could use their bathroom. Their stairwell smelled like chocolate cake and all I could think was, "Oh great, Kate & Logan are having a dinner party and Dan's going to ruin it by breaking in and stinking up their bathroom." And then, when I walked in, everyone yelled "SURPRISE" and I was really, truly, genuinely surprised. It took me a minute to realize that Dan wasn't really going to poo his pants.

The party was a blast. We have such amazing friends here. They are funny, smart, attractive, kind and I absolutely love spending time with them.

Kate, baker extraordinaire, made a vegan chocolate cake that could beat out an egg & butter cake any day.

Leslie & Rich made me a ninja mask

I really love my face in this photo for obvious reasons.

The gang, minus Adam & Marci and Shaylyn & James, who left before we took the picture.

Today (actual birthday) will be pretty chill. Shoe shopping (for real) and tonight some hanging out with dear friends.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dear Sir/Madam: please hang up

I get at least one of these per day at my place of employment:
Person comes through my line talking on their cell phone. They do not say "hello," they do not acknowledge me in any way. I ring up their stuff. I don't ask if they want paper or plastic. I choose because that's what they get for choosing to engage in a conversation with someone else.

And here is the real clincher:
They hang up after I have bagged all their things and then say, "I'm so sorry. That was so rude of me."

I'm not sure which is worse: the person who talks on their cell phone obliviously or the person who talks on their cell phone, realizes how incredibly rude it is, and then does it anyway.

You tell me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

two new cds

Dan gave me two new CDs for our anniversary 3 days ago. He's nice.

Thirteens by Leona Naess
Carry the Weight by Denison Witmer

Give 'em a listen. Almost all my new favorite music comes from our friend Hartman who has almost the exact same taste in music (and books) as me. Thanks, Hartman!

I wish I could have been in SLC for Denison Witmer's show a couple of months ago. Apparently, it was amazing. He played in an old church and then, after the show, jumped behind the table and sold his own CDs. I like that. A lot.

how i spent the new year

Dan and I spent New Year's at baggage claim with the Brown Women's Basketball Team. GO BEARS!

I was feeling pretty good about being back in Boston until the train tossed us out onto the street where it was (and is currently) 8 freaking degrees (-12 with windchill). But on a more positive note, we have an adorable kid waiting to meet us here. Berkeley Gentry was born yesterday just in time to give his parents the gift of a tax deduction for 2008. Can't wait to meet him.

It was fun to be with family and friends for Christmas. Now it's off to North Carolina on Saturday. Can't wait to see all my WW friends. I can't believe it's been a year since I saw some of them last. I love school so much and there is not even one bit of sarcasm in that statement. I really do.