Saturday, April 30, 2011

a to z

Age: 32, for another day and a half

Bed Size: full. we need a bigger bed.

Chore you hate: Loading the dishwasher. I apparently "do it wrong!". <
Dogs: none =(

Essential start of your day: coffee

Favorite Color: mustard

Gold or silver: silver

Height: 5'2

Instruments I play (or have played): violin, piano, guitar

Job Title: Recruiting Manager

Kids: None.

Live: Fairfax

Mom's Name: Carol

Nickname: Snorey the bear

Overnight hospital stays: never had one, knock on wood

Pet Peeve: people who misuse literally

Quote from a movie:
I don't want to live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light.

Right or left handed: Right

Siblings: 1 older sister.

Time you wake up: 7-ish

Underwear: hanky panky

Vegetables you dislike: um, i think i like all veggies. that can't be right

What makes you run late: figuring out what to wear, bad hair days

X-rays you've had done: feet, head, wrists

Yummy food you make: i'm a decent cook - right now i like chicken saltambocca

Zoo animal: red pandas, dude. they rock.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

thinking about newspapers

so i've had a conversation from Easter pop into my head from time to time this week, and I think its interesting.

As you may know, the New York Times starting charging for online usage. Fine, I say. My sister was complaining about it. My immediate answer was, 1) How do you want them to make money, then? and 2) You can use my sign in (I'm a paper subscriber, I get unlimited online access - and she decline on a moral basis).

So here is this interesting conundrum. We seem to belive the news should be free. Why? That's a new thought, certainly new within the confines of the internet age. Newspapers were never free before the internet. They may have been damn close, but you still had to cough up that quarter. Why do we expect them to be free now?

If the Grey Lady's model works out, you can be assured our Washington Post will follow. I won't have an issue because I get the paper daily of the Post anyway. Yes, it gets recycled, but I belive in supporting newspapers. I like this model that acknowledges paper subscribers and doesn't make you pay twice.

I think I could strongly argue that in a free society, news should be abundant and freely available. And I believe it always will be, at your local library, just where it always was.

I apply the NPR approach to this issue. I would gladly drop a quarter, if I could, into my car radio each and every day to listen to NPR. I would gladly drop a quarter into my computer to read the Times and the Post and the Chronicle and the Globe and any other major paper. I donate to NPR as my payment, and I get the old paper versions of the Times and the Post dropped on my driveway. I'm paying for it, and I'm getting what I'm paying for, and more, I'd argue.

Do we then get into an oh-so-slippery slope about payment for content on the internet? Academic journals have been doing it for years..

What do you think?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

a kitchen conversation

Scene: I'm taking freshly baked banana chocolate chip bread out of its pan..

Fred: i can has banana bread?

Sara: Sure

Fred: What's that (makes poking gesture at chocolate)

Sara: Its chocolate

Fred: Why is there chocolate in it? It's banana bread

Sara: Its chocolate chip banana bread. It's good.

Fred: That's not a thing

Sara: It is.

Fred: Is not

Sara: It is, fucking google it.

Fred: You fucking google it. I'm googling something else.

Sara: Try it

Fred: Its pretty good

Sara: Its fucking delicious, and you know it.

Ahhh, I love my relationship, and I mean that, sincerely and truly. We make eachother laugh on the hour.

4.16 365

Apr 16
Q: What is a political issue that interests you?
A: What is a political issue that doesn't interest me? Ok, I'm sure there are some. Here is one that is very current. We are engaged in 2.5 wars right now yet we are still incessently, idiotically focused on tax cuts. You can't have both. CAN'T HAVE BOTH.

Friday, April 15, 2011

lots of catch up to do! 365

Apr 4 Q: If you could wish for one thing to happen today, what would it be? A: For me to magically be cured of all panic-disorder related things. Apr 5 Q: ___________ was inspiring A: This article I read in the Women's Empowerment issues of the NYT magazine. Especially the woman who has taken on childhood shelter, health and education in Nepal. Truly inspiring. Apr 6 Q: What was the last take-out meal you ordered? A: I got Chinese food the other night - Mongolian Pork, Beef and Broccoli, Veggie Lo Mein. It wasn't spectacular, but not the worst take out we've ever had. Apr 7 Q: What colors are you wearing? A: I'm going to have to answer this one for today, as I have no idea what I wore on April 7th. Had it been a Friday, I might have known, because at least one part would be "jeans". Today I am wearing a black cardigan, a mustard yellow shirt with cream flower pattern, a tan belt, medium-dark blue jeans and tan sandals. Apr 8 Q: What is your secret passion? A: Its no secret, just ask! I love cultural anthropology, specifically linguistic I got a little giddy when this article came out. Ok, so maybe my secret passion is reading the journal of science. Also, amateur stylist. Apr 9 Q: Where do you feel most at home? A: At home. My home was my parents home for 10+ years, so I feel very comfortable and happy here. Its got a lot of good memories, this house. Apr 10 Q: A chore you ignored today ____________. A: If you catch Fred on a bad day, he'll say I ignore all my chores. And on a really bad day, maybe I do. But today, no chores have gone neglected thus far. Apr 11 Q: What sound affect are you most like today? A: I've felt like hitting the buzzer that tells you you have a WRONG ANSWER a couple of times this week. Fail. Apr 12 Q: Write down a new fact you recently learned A: The person who received the first experimental stem-cell treatment, a 21-year old who was paralyzed from the chest down from a car accident, is also a devout Christian and believes that his treatment was brought to him by God. How you like them apples Apr 13 Q: What is your favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning? A: Read the NYT Magazine, do the NYT Mag crossword, grab a coffee, browse the thrift store. Apr 14 Q: If you could acquire a talent (without any extra effort) what would it be? A: I just want all my gymnastics skills back with a strong apptitude for picking up new skills. Talk about excercise being fun. Apr 15 Q: Which celebrity would you want to interview? A: Bob Dylan, hands down no question. Q:

Monday, April 11, 2011

things i like

this volvo 240

greene mountain lake

this chair

this emerson quote


san francisco

Saturday, April 09, 2011

all the pretty pretty boys

top to bottom: matthew goode; diego luna; casey affleck; brandon boyd; conor oberst

Monday, April 04, 2011

baby dreams

Something strange is afoot. With the exception of last night, I have dreamed of babies almost every night for a week. I had a dream about being pregnant, which was totally uneventful, with the exception of me, pregnant and all. I had a dream about giving birth, in which I was slightly inconvenienced but all in all, it was, you know, no bigs. I had a dream about having a newborn at home with me. My mother was there too. I would put the baby in its car seat and it would fall asleep, and I'd basically leave it be for 4-5 hours, and then go, huh, maybe I should check on the baby, and then I'd go change its diaper, and leave again for another 4-5 hours. I spent a lot of this time pondering my post-pregnancy body, which was pretty damn svelte, I must say, and enjoying my time off of work by, apparently, sitting around daydreaming and checking on the baby every once in a blue moon. So, um, yep. I may not be a mother, but I have enough mother friends to know that none of the above is remotely realistic. What on earth is my brain doing up in there? What's with all this baby-dreaming with the ease and no-big-ness of it all? Is this what its like when the time to have babies alarm goes off? It hasn't crept into my waking days yet. Sigh.

Sunday, April 03, 2011


what is going on with blogger formatting? All my posts are running together, ugh.

3/30 - 4/3 / 365

Mar 30 Q: Pick a color for today. A: Yellow Mar 31 Q: What inventions can you not live without? A: Well, I'm fairly sure I could live without, but.. Washing machines and dryers. Running water/indoor facilities/electricity. Cars. Non-stick pans. Refrigerators. Irons. Dry-cleaners. Record players. Elliptical machines. The multitude of fabrics my gym clothes are made of - so breathable and sweat-wicking! Apr 1 Q: Who are you fooling? A: Noone, I hope. Apr 2 Q: Who do you feel closest to? A: My mom and dad, my sister and my brother-in-law, and Fred. Apr 3 Q: Did you have fun today? Because? A: Well, its only 12:43, but so far, sure did. I finished watching Black Swan, great flick. I did some weeding and clean up of the garden, hoping its warm enough to plant very soon. The rest of the day should be lovely and relaxing.