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Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 10:49 pm just perfectly evocative
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poetry doesn't usually reach out and grab me... but this little haiku did:

rainy night
a hole in the radio
where a ballgame should be

--Ed Markowski

(from Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game)
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Mar. 27th, 2013 @ 08:28 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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What have you recently finished reading?

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout - the first of the Nero Wolfe books. Wolfe is gruff in a slightly different way, and Archie ws more ... insecure in some ways, but everyone was still very recognizable.

I read a few more episodes of Shadow Unit. It's start to veer towards all-torture, all the time. It's making me not want to read past the 2nd season. :-/

barely started Design Patterns by Erich Gamma -- it's hard to gear up to do reading for work when you work late most days.

What are you currently reading?

two more episodes of Shadow Unit to go...

What do you think you'll read next?

Bill Bryson's Shakespeare just came off hold for my nook, so I've grabbed that.
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Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 09:57 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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Heh -- that subject line doesn't *explicitly* promise that i'll update EVERY wednesday, right?

What have you recently finished reading?

The Eyre Affair was indeed fun, even if i'm still not sure if I've ever actually read Jane Eyre or just listened to people talk about it...

Just finished Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Well written (as expected) but didn't really get me to change the general impression i'd had going into the book -- that Chris McCandless was foolhardy and not terribly realistic. Plus I really have trouble sympathizing with someone who cuts off contact with their family like that -- even if you think his Dad deserved it, his sister did not. Intelligence and charm doesn't much make up for that in my worldview.

Gave up on Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I really like the universe, but Harry was driving me up a tree -- he's so self righteous. Admitting you're a chauvinist, but hey, that's just how i am, and don't you mean chivalrous? --> that does not charm me.

I didn't end up finishing Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway either. I just didn't get to it for over a week, it expired off my Nook and then I realized I didn't mind.

Re-read the first 4 books of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. (I found the 5th book disappointing enough that i like to pretend it doesn't exist, which implies that the 6th one doesn't exist either, no matter how much i like Eoin Colfer's writing) Ah, comfort food reading.

What are you currently reading?

well, i just finished Into the Wild on the bus ride home, so technically, i'm not reading anything yet....

What do you think you'll read next?

Just checked out a Nero Wolfe book, tho I'm not really sure i'm in the mood. that's a weird thing to say -- i've always been in the mood for Archie! maybe i'm just too tired to be thinking straight.

I had paused Shadow Unit, perhaps I'll go back to that?

Also, for work I need to start in on Design Patterns by Erich Gamma. it's hard to find the brain power after work, so I hope to carve out some time for it on the weekend.
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Feb. 27th, 2013 @ 09:42 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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hrm, I seem to have missed doing this last week...

What have you recently finished reading?

I'm having a bit of a comics renaissance. I picked up a few more issues (2-4) of Captain Marvel and am still liking it. Read Pride of Baghdad (the Iraq war thru the eyes of lions from the Baghdad zoo -- interesting concept, but not something that made me go "wow" like i expected) and The Rabbi's Cat (i liked it but felt it lacked a proper ending -- while I don't need things wrapped up in a bow or anything, it felt like the author forgot that he had more than one character)

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl was entertaining yet ultimately disturbing. she tells many stories about wearing disguises so she could review restaurants for the NYTimes without being recognized. But it's not just disguises -- she changes her attitude and personality and honestly becomes rather mean sometimes. It was sort of like a game that went too far. and she's rather aware of that, but it seems to have taken way too many years to sink in.


What is on hold?

I probably need to admit that A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is just not happening right now.

I started Death Comes To Pemberley but it wasn't really gripping me (the characters all seemed frightfully flat), so i let it slide for a while. I should probably pick it up again just to officially see if i want to give up or not.


What are you currently reading?

Am picking back up on Fables (the Bill Willingham comics) -- i'm about 7 trade paperbacks behind. So much to look forward to!

I'm in the 2nd "season" of Shadow Unit. it hits a lot of the same buttons as NCIS (maybe not quite as many jokes) but in text format!

I'm trying Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, but am not quite finding myself sucked in. the premise looks awfully cool (british clockmaker, son of a gangster, finding his old non-legal life trying to take back over and people tracking him down for possibly a book or possibly stuff he inherited from his grandfather), and at first the style was working for me, but i keep reading Shadow Unit instead, even tho I've only got Angelmaker for a limited time from the library (no renewals). hrm.


What do you think you'll read next?

Just downloaded The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde -- I know I read it ages ago, but I think i read it after having read the 4th book in the series and I just never really got to plow through the series like it deserves. so i'm starting over. :-)
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Feb. 13th, 2013 @ 04:44 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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What have you recently finished reading?

The Dead Isle by Sam Starbuck -- fun steampunk; I spent all of Monday night speeding thru the last 100 page. gets a little... preachy? unsubtle? towards the end with trying to push a world of equality between genders and races. But there was enough good going on that i was willing to forgive it.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter -- cute, but I couldn't stomach the teen romance (I couldn't even when I was a teen) so I had to speed thru the end. That's more a comment on me and my tastes than on the quality of the book -- I'd say it's a good book, just not quite my thing, even with the "spy school" setting.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers -- still awesome. Almost started in on another Wimsey novel re-read immediately afterwards, but I restrained myself.

Hawkeye #7 -- this series is making me seriously consider getting a subscription (not something I've done before for comic). I like the focus on the "normal" life of a superhero -- Clint and his neighbors and how he still can't help trying to save people even when he's not on the clock. :) That said, the art in this last issue is different enough from David Aja's usual that I realized that I'm in this for the art as much as the stories (ie, I reallllllly missed Aja's style). I'll need to find out if Aja will be doing this series for the long haul; if not, I may end up being less faithful to it.

Captain Marvel #9 -- i've been dipping into this series and liking it enough that i may have track down more of the previous issues. We'll see.


What are you currently reading?

Haven't touched A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man since the last post. Not officially giving up on it yet, but really, reading this with long breaks is not the way to do it. I am not making this easier on myself...

Just started Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane. I've had this sitting on my to-read pile for years (borrowed from T), but wasn't feeling mentally ready for it. Not quite sure what inspired me to pick it up now (my mood isn't particularly one extreme or another), but i was right -- it is yet another example of how wonderfully evocative & compelling Lehane's writing is and yet how utterly depressing a book can be.

What do you think you'll read next?

I would like to continue reading books I've borrowed from friends (I'm horrible at getting them back in a timely manner), so perhaps Death Comes To Pemberley. Also, I'm shocked to discover that I don't own Strong Poison or Busman's Honeymoon (more Peter Wimsey books), so I will be doing some prowling in used book stores and probably reading them as soon as I acquire them. Because I only have so much restraint. :)
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Feb. 6th, 2013 @ 09:37 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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What have you recently finished reading?

Finished up The Music Room: A Memoir by Namita Devidayal. Really interesting to read about people who devoted their life (or decided not to) to music but with a more mystical bent than a yearning for fame and fortune. It's an attitude of serving the music that was really interesting to think about.

What are you currently reading?

Haven't given up yet on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I only seem to have the energy/concentration to do it on the morning busride -- lunch and the ride home are right out. :) Even if I do manage to get all the way thru, this will not be turning into a favorite, or probably even anything i truly appreciate.

The Dead Isle by Sam Starbuck has gotten slightly paused, thru no fault of its own. I happened to be at a decent stopping place (original plan of adventure has been accomplished, party seems likely to split up to do other things, tho surely coming back together again) and other books happened.

like I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. It's the start of "The Gallagher Girls" series, so obviously I had to try it. :) It's set in a private high school for brilliant girls training to be spies. Think Alias for high schoolers, with a Carrie Diaries type voiceover. While I *love* the setting, I'm (predictably) not thrilled with the romantic plot -- but this is totally a case of "it's not you, it's me" -- I think it's a good book that lots of people would enjoy. At least so far. :)

And as I suspected, having Gaudy Night sitting on my nook was too much to resist. I am nothing if not predicatable.

What do you think you'll read next?

Good lord I just want to finish one of the books I've currently got going. starting something else is really not a concept.
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Jan. 30th, 2013 @ 08:11 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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What have you recently finished reading?

Finished The Queen of Attolia pretty soon after my last post; no change in opinion there.

Re-read The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer because I had forgotten that I read it in the first place and it was available from the library as an ebook. A cute book that I assume I will forget all about again, because while it's fun while it lasts, the characters really aren't that memorable.

What are you currently reading?

Still reading bits of The Music Room: A Memoir by Namita Devidayal before going to bed. really liking the contrasting life stories of the student and the teacher/guru.

On the morning bus ride, I've been making a stab at A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I was completely befuddled by this in school - to the point where I finished reading it, turned back to the first page and felt like i'd never seen those words before in my life. I think it's going a bit better this time thru, but I don't feel at all confident that i'll actually want to stick with it. There's enough slang and culture and politics being thrown around that I'm simply not familiar with which makes parsing thru the stream of consciousness harder than I think it would be for an Irishman or Brit of a certain age.

At lunch I've been reading The Dead Isle, a steampunk adventure novel by Sam Starbuck. I've read a few of his Avengers-based fan fic (under the DJ name copperbadge) and like his style of writing, so altho the book is self-published I decided to give it a try. So far so good -- it's fast paced with intelligent characters -- a little unbelievable at times, but i'm having too much fun to care.

What do you think you'll read next?

I just bought the ebook of Gaudy Night since it was $2 and seems like the perfect book to have on hand at all times in all formats. I wouldn't be surprised if I get suckered into re-reading it, tho it's certainly not the plan.
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Jan. 23rd, 2013 @ 12:43 pm "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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What have you recently finished reading?

I did indeed read A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee. Cute premise (Victorian girl about to be hanged as a thief is saved and trained to be a spy), ok writing (much better at dialog and general description than thoughts-going-thru-the-character's-head, which there's a lot of). Fine, but I'm not sure I'll track down the rest of the series (altho I could totally imagine the author's writing getting better, since this was her first book).

I gave up on A Mosque Among the Stars which was a collection of sci-fi short stories incorporating Islam in some way. The writing was just disappointingly bad, bad enough that even a few good premises couldn't keep me going. ugh.

What are you currently reading?

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. I remember liking the first book in this series, altho I remember very few details about it. This one? Feels really disjointed. Both in the sense of "I'm having trouble telling how much time has passed between scenes" and "is this an adventure novel? or a military strategy book? or a psychological drama?". It's not horrible or anything, but not as good as I hoped. Oh and a disadvantage to waiting til a series is over before you start reading it? sometimes the title of a subsequent book can make it obvious how the previous book has to end. And that's all I'll say about that. :)


Also i've just barely started The Music Room: A Memoir by Namita Devidayal. Non-fic, set in India, looks like it'll be about a girl's experience learning the classical ragas. Looks promising.

What do you think you'll read next?

I might go back to Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity by Sam Miller, which i never finished before I ran off to India. Or, more likely, I'll find another fiction book to dive into.
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Jan. 16th, 2013 @ 10:26 am "What are you reading?" Wednesday
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I've seen this meme around on friendsfriends, and figured i'd do it to get back in the habit of posting here.

What have you recently finished reading?

I last finished The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. I started when I was actually in the jungles he was writing about -- how cool is that? sadly, I didn't finish before I had to return the ereader it was on to my mom. but now I have my own Nook and I got to finish it and mentally spend a little more time back in Rajasthan, India!

Just before that I read Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson which I totally got sucked into. a great blend of adventure, and fantasy and religion. Highly recommended.

What are you currently reading?

I'll probably finish up with a re-read of Pride & Prejudice today. I've been reading it in chunks out of order - i keep kidding myself that if i just read this or that scene, that will satisfy me and i'll be able to put it down. not so much. Does anyone else do this out-of-order re-reading of favorite books?

Also reading Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India by Anita Jain. Not sure quite how I feel about this one yet. Liking the observations of life in New Delhi, but those feel less foreign than the descriptions of her social life (clubbing and such) which are *so* not like my life. :)

What do you think you'll read next?

I just downloaded A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee from the library, so that's the most likely candidate.
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Jan. 1st, 2013 @ 05:02 pm Thoughts on 2012
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Favorite movies watched:
  • Argo
  • The Avengers
  • London, Paris, New York

Books I'm most happy to have discovered:
  • Ramayana: Divine Loophole, by Sanjay Patel
  • Shadow Unit, by Emma Bull, et al
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemesin
  • Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
  • Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis, et al

TV I watched most often:
  • Top Chef
  • Doctor Who
  • Eureka
  • White Collar

Favorite food-related discoveries:
  • Moong dal
  • Masala tea
  • Christmas salsa (red & green chiles)
  • Bon Me food truck
  • Zinneken's

Songs most often on repeat:
  • Voh Dekhnay Mein by Ali Zafar
  • Some Nights by fun.
  • Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  • Baby, You've Got What It Takes by Deborah Cox
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Dec. 22nd, 2012 @ 12:00 am Christmas Card Letter 2012
[in case you say my comment on facebook, I've removed the typo. Well, at least I removed the one I *found*...]




Ok, there’s lots to tell and only one page to do it in! Here’s the state of the Maura in 2012:

  • You know the drill by now: I am living in the same apartment (with one of two roomies being new this year, per usual), with the same job, filling my spare time with the same a cappella group. I feel like I should have an acronym for this by now, to save space in each year’s letter. :-)

  • Started off the year with a trip to New Mexico. I am now addicted to both green and red chile. Sadly saw no aliens while in Roswell. At least not that I know of...

  • Finally visited Provincetown after living in eastern Mass for 17+ years. I suspect I should have gone when I was in more of a wild & crazy phase. (I’m not totally sure I ever had a wild & crazy phase.)

  • Found out that Rhode Island has quality wineries. And pierogis! Who knew?

  • There are few things more relaxing than spending a long weekend in Maine eating really yummy food with friends. I knew that, but it’s good to keep testing these theories, right?

  • People doing 90-foot dives off the side of a museum into Boston Harbor is really impressive. And a great experience to share with my cousin and her diving team!

  • Oh, and I took a little jaunt to India last month. No biggie.


  • Yes! I finally took the trip I’ve been wanting to do for at least a decade! I went with Smithsonian Tours (which I highly recommend – everything was insanely well-organized and I’ve never stayed in such nice accommodations before) and travelled to Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi over 2.5 weeks. I could talk for hours about how much I loved the whole trip and how I would go back there in a heartbeat. Really, I could’ve stayed for another month, easily. Some of the highlights:

  • The Taj Mahal is just as awe-inspiring as everyone says. But the Baby Taj across town has even more intricate designs in a small space – fabulous!

  • And so many styles of architecture in all the different temples/mosques – Buddhist, Hindi, Muslim, Sikh – all so different and beautiful.

  • I knew I’d love the food – I don’t always know what I was eating, but it was all delicious – even the SPICY stuff the guides kept having me try.

  • Being run over by a cow in the old Jaipur market

  • Riding on elephants, camels, tuk-tuks, rickshaws…

  • Finding out that cow paddies really don’t smell too bad, and they’re very solid. :-)

  • Reading “The Jungle Book” while actually in the jungle Kipling was writing about!

  • Having my name transliterated into Hindi script… and then having a bunch of villagers giggle madly because it’s very close to the word for “mine” in their dialect – they all enjoyed “claiming” me!

  • 2-lane roads generally have 5 lanes worth of traffic weaving in and out of each other – and I managed to cross a 4 lane road all by myself!

  • Stopping at an 80-seat movie theatre in the middle of nowhere to watch a Bollywood musical number.


  • You wouldn’t believe I was there if I didn’t have a pic of me at the Taj Mahal, right?

    Riding an elephant up to the Amber Fort


    I've got a set of pics online at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCVN25b where you can see more of what I got up to! Here’s wishing that 2013 is full of similarly wonderful adventures (big or small) for all of us!!
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    Nov. 24th, 2012 @ 08:55 pm if you're interested (and have time to kill)
    I've narrowed down my India photos to a (possibly) reasonable 340 in a "highlights" reel. If you're burning for twice as many photos as that, then you can take a look at the whole shebang. (and by the "whole shebang", I mean about 1/3 of what I actually took!)

    I had an amazing time there, and don't have the words yet to really sum it up. hopefully the captions on the photos will give some sense of the fun I had and the coolness of what I saw. I would go back in a heartbeat (especially to Delhi -- I was in a bit of a jet-lagged fog since it was the first place we explored, and I really feel there's a lot that i just didn't take in) and really hope I will get back there someday. honestly, I wish I could go back right now -- there's just so much more to see and do (and eat)!
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    tea
    Aug. 7th, 2012 @ 01:04 pm might as well break a long streak of not posting with big news
    http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/india

    So, um, I seem to have just signed up for the Oct 25 - Nov 11 version of this tour!

    I've been thinking of doing this for literally years. i have an email to myself of potential tours from 2004.

    Anyone have any advice? i haven't travelled to Asia in over 20 years; haven't been off the continent in over a decade. I suspect a few things have changed in the meantime. For one thing, the last time I travelled like this, I didn't have my parents asking if my cell phone will work outside the US. :)
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    french fry bird
    Apr. 18th, 2011 @ 12:45 pm (no subject)
    so I really hate my job today -- like literally swearing and punching the wall (I suspect the bathroom is not terribly soundproof; oh well). Deadlines being moved up from an already tight 2 weeks from now to next Monday. Completely unclear if chunks of work needed by that deadline have actually been assigned to anyone. Me being deluged with questions, many of which I cannot clear my head enough to come up with an actual answer (because either [1] I just can't remember this much crap off the top of my head or [2] I need time to actually design a brand new solution).

    so, post something happy-making? and if you have off for Patriot's Day, please don't mention it. :)
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    pissy stoat
    Mar. 11th, 2011 @ 11:20 pm (no subject)
    I wonder what percentage of my LJ entries are some variation of "I'm (not) packed for vacation and i leave tomorrow!"

    So i'll be seeing a bunch of you soon in Arizona; the rest of you will have to do without my overwhelming (hah!) digital presence for a week since i am not bringing my laptop with me. I look forward to 8 days without a computer screen beckoning to me incessantly. oh, and all the other fun stuff, i look forward to that too. :)
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    french fry bird
    Mar. 8th, 2011 @ 06:29 pm Census meme
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    2011: Living in a 3-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA with two roommates, more books than I have shelf space, one Dell laptop and one Dell desktop that hasn't worked in years but hasn't been disposed of yet, working as a programmer at CSN.

    2001: Living in a 3-bedroom apartment in East Cambridge, MA with two completely different roommates, fewer books which probably fit on my shelves even if some were on the floor, and one Dell desktop, unemployed but about to start working as a programmer at Optiant.

    1991: Living in a double in a house in Oxford with 1 Brit and ~12 Ephs, so few books (or really any personal possessions), no computer, but often going to the teensytinsy computer center at the university to check a shared email account, doing my junior year of college abroad.

    1981: Living in a four-bedroom single family home in Red Hook, NY with my parents, no thoughts of personal computers in anyone's mind (tho I'd probably used a terminal at dad's office by that point), being a 5th grader.

    1971: Living in a basement apartment in Queens, NY with my parents, learning to do things beyond basic bodily functions.

    1961 and census prior: Not yet existing, not even as a twinkle in someone's eye (parents may have just met but it took a while for positive emotions to form!).


    I believe the meme is also assuming that you will list whatever pets you had at the time, but that isn't really a factor in my life. I mean there might have been a goldfish in 1981, but who knows. :)
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    tea
    Feb. 28th, 2011 @ 10:07 am I am a meme-lemming
    </form>
    What American accent do you have?
    Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

    Northeastern.
    You're probably from somewhere near New York City, possibly north Jersey, or Connecticut or Rhode Island. If you are from New York City you may be one of the types who people never believe when you say you're from New York.

    If you are not from here, you are probably one of the following:
    (a) A Philadelphian who can't stand the way other Philadelphians say "on";
    (b) A Yat from New Orleans; or
    (c) Someone from England, Australia, or New Zealand, in which case why are you doing this quiz in the first place?

    Take this quiz now - it's easy!
    We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?





    I'll accept that assessment seeing as I did grow up "somewhere near New York City". :)

    58% of people who have taken this quiz think that Mary, merry and marry all sound the same. Only 19% think that they all have distinct sounds. This blows my mind (being one of the 19%).
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    tea
    Feb. 6th, 2011 @ 12:47 pm (no subject)
    yesterday was very good. Had spontaneous tea with my landlady in the morning, then went out and got lots of ingredients for multiple soups! Soups that I got to share with multiple peoples (elklad, ltlbird and marlene). We had a regular feast: elklad brought beer & cheese, ltlbird brought wine and sourdough bread, I made Red Lentil, Chickpea and Chili soup and Chorizo, Lentil and Chickpea Soup, while Marlene brought a variety of desserts from an Italian bakery. so much yumminess! The chorizo soup may be a new standard for me -- it was that good, even tho a lot of the liquid boiled off when I was trying to keep it warm -- it was just a bit more like a stew than a soup. The red lentil soup was also worth making again (tho I should mention that I substituted a sprinkling of parsley and ground coriander for the "bunch of fresh coriander" (which i neither had nor realized was the same thing as cilantro) so it probably tastes a bit different than the original recipe.

    After noshing for a long time, we then watched Murder By Death, which I had had recommended to me by many people (including my physical therapist) in a "you, you specifically, need to see this movie" sort of way. I think if you've read/seen a lot of old mysteries (in the Agatha Christie / Nick & Nora / Sam Spade vein) you would find a lot to laugh at in this movie - I certainly did. It's so definitely not PC at all (it was made in the mid-70's) but it's pretty even-handed in its non-PC-ness, so we ended up thinking a lot of it was intentional (so don't turn it off immediately!). And the cast is full of awesome: Peter Falk, David Niven, Eileen Brennan, Maggie Smith, Alec Guiness, Truman Capote and a young James Cromwell! So, um, yeah, I think that a lot of you might enjoy putting this on your to-see list.

    Today is, of course, Superbowl Sunday, so I'll be going over to Meredith & Dave's for a little Rock Band followed by the game [and commercials, don't forget those], accompanied by Blue Ribbon BBQ. And i'm bringing the traditional Tex-Mex dip which tastes a little nontraditional due to the use of chipotle chili powder & lemon juice instead of regular chili powder and lime juice -- still quite good, and a bit more spicy than usual, so I think it's a worthy variation.

    Ok, need to go deal with some laundry and chat with the parents. Hope you're all having an equally peachy weekend!
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    happy lowell
    Jan. 28th, 2011 @ 11:41 pm a good day
    I needed a good day, and I actually took steps to make sure I got one. go me!

    woke up this morning and just really couldn't face going to work. things, while objectively not that bad, have been feeling really overwhelming. I'm pretty sure it's a case of "it's me, not them", but I just did not want to be there At All. When I realized that the only *scheduled* thing I had was a recurring meeting that would get along fine without me, plus some code I had promised to review, I figured that I could actually not go in and not feel too guilty. So I wrote in saying that i didn't "feel too great" [objectively true, even if they're all assuming it was something physical rather than mental; not sure what I'll say on Monday if anyone asks, but I'm leaning towards saying the truth: that it was a mental health day] and went back to bed for another 2 hours. :)

    once i was upright I read a bunch (magazines, my Sondheim lyrics book) and eventually got back on line and did that code review, so there went any possible guilt. later I walked over to the library, got a book, did a crossword puzzle, ran into an ex-coworker and then walked back home. Listened to a podcast of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and did some knitting (this entrelac scarf). Went to Anthology's CD release party and got to chat with many cool people (stealthmuffin, elklad, sen_no_ongaku, thomascantor, storian and of course wavyarms) as well as listen to pretty music about food, drinking and death. ;-)

    and now I feel like I can get some stuff done this weekend (clean the bathroom, clothes shopping, cooking, etc) and not continually mentally whine about not having enough time to myself. hopefully i will prove to be right about that. :)
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    french fry bird
    Dec. 22nd, 2010 @ 09:16 am This year's Xmas letter
    As is traditional, i'm posting my Christmas card letter here. I'm in the midst of finally printing it out, which is good seeing as I'm trying to actually leave town today! oy, someday I will manage to get the christmas cards/letter done before the last minute... but not this year!




    This feels like a weird letter to write this year. In some sense, there was a lot of same old same old – I haven’t moved; I’m still working at CSN Stores; the a cappella group is still going strong. But in another sense, I don’t seem to have stayed in one place very long – my vacation time took me to at least 7 different states and a myriad of people!


    I visited California with my usual Spring Training crowd to celebrate the first of many 40th birthdays in that group; on my way there I stopped over in San Antonio to visit with yet another college friend and had a short but awesome time catching up with her and her family. I had my usual relaxing long weekend in Maine, thanks to my roomie’s family’s house up in the wilderness. I descended upon my college roomie and her family for the July 4th weekend in Chicago and had a blast seeing her kids so grown up. Yet more college friends gathered in Cape May for our rescheduled “New Years Eve” weekend. I got to have a “Second Easter” in Pennsylvania with family that I hadn’t seen in way too long – apparently rescheduling holidays was a theme this year for me! Thanksgiving was spent in NY with other family I’d been missing (tho Facebook has turned out to be a great way to keep up with each other – if you’re on there and I haven’t friended you yet, please track me down!). I got to spend a bunch of weekends with my parents going to museums, seeing shows, and trying new restaurants. When I was in town, my Boston friends kept me busy with baby showers and hikes and movie nights and Rock Band-centric gatherings. And perhaps best of all was having friends from across the country surprise me by showing up unannounced at my own 40th birthday party! (If you want tips on how to do intricate plotting behind someone’s back, I have a slew of people to recommend to you.)


    I can’t say that everything’s been perfect, and there have definitely been times this year when I shook my fists at the universe. But I’m feeling pretty grateful for all the fun times that I’ve had with so many awesome people and looking forward to spending even more time with you wonderful people in 2011. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everybody!!

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