Saturday, June 26, 2010
I didn't know what to expect from Tinariwen. I purposefully didn't want to read too much about them but instead go in with an open mind, and my open mind was blown. They were fantastic. I can't rave about them enough.
Honestly, even if I had read about them, I don't think I would have understood what I was reading. Their back-story is amazing and heart-breaking, and difficult to fully grasp.
If you get a chance, go check them out for yourself. Anything I say or write will sound trite or like it's hyperbole. A live show is better, but here's a taste to convince you:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
For the most part, Liam and Thea behaved incredibly well, especially since they were the only kids there and the adults in the room weren't expecting to have to watch out for little ones. At one point, a woman irritated me because she cut in front of me in the food line when I turned around to say something to the kids. In front of her was a guy who dropped some tongs into some kind of sauce, and then just kind of shrugged and walked away. I said to her, "I'm glad it wasn't my kids who did that." She replied, "Yeah, but if your kids had done that, I bet they would have asked for some help cleaning it up."
That was funny, and a good reminder that sometimes people are more myopic than assholes.
Monday, June 21, 2010
|Thea and her best friend Wendy|
Thea: I miss my school. I even miss the cafeteria and the school's mac 'n cheese.
Me: I think it's like when it's winter and you're so sick of the cold and wet weather that you can't wait for a hot, sticky summer. Then summer comes around and you think how refreshing the snow was. It's a reminder that things change, always, and you have to appreciate what you have.
Thea: I like fall best.
Me: Yes, but [start droning on about how change is inevitable and often painful but let us rejoice in the lessons blah blah blah....]
Thea: [exhaling into her hand]
Me: [a little worried that the conversation is too intense and she's getting choked up] Are you okay, sweetie?
Thea: I'm trying to smell my breath!
Me: ... That's nice, dear.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
For Father's Day and in exchange for a minor favor, my friend Abigail took this picture:
and drew this:
I love it, and I think Todd will, too. Happy Father's Day!
she drew this way for old time's sake. Kids also experience nostalgia;
who knew? It's times like these that I feel a little like Jane Goodall
with the apes.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Eat them up, yum!
Sushi after Nylonthread and her brood's dance recital is a yearly event, and it's one of the best parties of the year.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This is incredibly cool:
Find more videos like this on Smart Girls at the Party
Smart girls have more fun!
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Flat Foot Floogee (or Triple F)
1 1/2 ounces rye whisky
3/4 ounce chartreuse
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
Shake with ice and strain.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Remember putting pants on your head and pretending that you had long hair? Apparently that is encoded in our DNA.