Something I didn’t anticipate about my move to the city this past December was that it would end in me cooking less than I used to. I mean, in theory, I have more free time than I used to when I owned a house, and I do, but I quickly began filling up some of that time eating at the many worthy restaurants within walking distance of my apartment. I’ve filled up my time with other things I can walk to: movies at the Little and Dryden, visiting museums, going out for runs, fitting in workouts at the gym. The … Read the rest
Category Archives: Travels
Last weekend, Amy, Arthur, and I went to Bethlehem, PA to see Marc Maron on his Out of the Garage Tour. None of us* had been to Bethlehem before. We came in along a hill packed with small run-down houses that Amy started calling Shantytown. As we were driving on this fifty-degree-and-raining day, I saw a shirtless guy standing in the middle of a side street shouting at, apparently, life, and I thought, Yes, exactly. This is exactly what happens here.
One thing about traveling is that you leave bits and pieces of yourself all over, and it can be difficult to get yourself all back in one place again.
Not to mention on the correct schedule.
I’m working on it, although I wonder if maybe it isn’t better to be scattered around a little. Just enough. There’s a line.
I have a couple weeks before I’m out of town again.… Read the rest
The train to Toronto doesn’t leave until 2:00 (in theory–I haven’t checked to see if it’s running late yet), so I feel like I have time. I’ve been using that time to hang around in my pajamas and finally make all the phone calls I need to make to change my address, since I’ve been living in my new place for two months now. I’ve also been planning two other trips because everyone knows the best time to plan a trip is the day you’re leaving to go on one you aren’t adequately prepared for.
Well, my presentation’s set. It’s … Read the rest
I’ve been waiting since the day Lucas was born to bring him to his first Broadway show.
I had no idea how to make sure Lucas would grow up to be the kind of person who would appreciate such a thing, but somehow I got lucky, and he is. Saturday night, I took him to see Peter and the Starcatcher, and we had such a good time. The show was great–funny and inventive. Lucas joked about how we were spending our evening watching people pretending to be something they are not, and I joked back about how most of … Read the rest
We made a lot of dam jokes that day, so many that at one point Maxwell became frustrated with Tammy and I laughing so much and shouted, “I AM SICK OF YOUR DAM JOKES!”
Which made us laugh for about ten minutes straight, during which Maxwell mostly growled at us.
We learned a lot about engineering and turkey vultures and history and stuff, too. Of course, some of this was also funny, like the satellite prominently positioned behind this historical marker:
Way to ruin the mood.… Read the rest
“A lot of it comes from just an earnest desire to say something to somebody real that won’t allow me to say it to them in person or who hasn’t understood me properly. So, well, I just needed to have it said right, out there in the world, because maybe you don’t understand now, but I need the truth to be told.”
-Fiona Apple on writing songs on WTF with Marc Maron (episode 297)
Isn’t that why anyone writes anything? Love that quote. My love of Fiona’s music may make me a bit biased, but this interview is everything that … Read the rest
I was a half-hour from home at the end of a seven hour drive a couple weeks ago when a bee flew into my car.
Here’s something you have to know: when I’m driving for a distance, I will often tuck my left leg up under me or put my foot on the seat and lean my leg up against the door. People have been crabbing at me about this habit for years, but no one’s ever been able to convince me it’s a problem.
I can now tell you that this habit becomes a problem in the rare instance … Read the rest
I’m a Little Sunburned and Dehydrated and Sore, Which I Think Means I Had an Excellent Trip to Boston
And more adventures are on the horizon.
Tomorrow is my last day at WPL. We’ll be doing Stories in the Park at 10:30am at Ridge Park in Webster (read more about that here–seriously, how awesome is this community? You can see why I’ve been in Webster for over a decade.), and then I’m having lunch with my coworkers.
Then there’s just a lot going on. I’ve only been home about an hour, and July is insisting I notice it.… Read the rest
“First it’s the spelling, then it’s the grammar.”
-Aro in Breaking Dawn, Part 1
As part of my continuing quest to organize and get rid of things to get ready to move, I’ve been coming across notebooks and post-its upon which I’ve written things I clearly meant to tell you about at some point but never did. I thought I’d share some.
Breaking Dawn, Part 1
I took extensive notes on this movie when I watched it months ago, but for some reason never wrote about it. As ever, Michael Sheen as Aro was the best thing about the movie, … Read the rest