The happily pregnant Pink and Green Girl has a wonderful new homepage for the holidays--check it out.
I wonder if she'll be doing a new look for every trimester? Can't wait for the spring version!
New England and why everything about it is so frakking . . . New England! And it's not just the fried clams.
The happily pregnant Pink and Green Girl has a wonderful new homepage for the holidays--check it out.
My husband is very excited. I'm very excited. They finally opened the Upper Crust Pizzeria in Lexington. (It's so new that the Upper Crust management hasn't even updated its location list on the website. The Lexington store is on Waltham Street near the Lexington Town Center, in case you're interested.)
Can your personality be summed up by pie? I love pie (much more than the typical cake--so often too dry). Berry pies of all types--especially strawberry rhubarb--are high on my "must eat" list. When my family took our two camping trips to Newfoundland (two weeks each), we ate some type of berry pie (a Newfoundland specialty) every single day at either lunch or dinner (I confess--sometimes both!).
|You Are Pumpkin Pie|
You're the perfect combo of uniqueness and quality
Those who like you are looking for something (someone!) special
A little late in the day, but then again it's never too late to give thanks, is it?
My mom is the world's biggest fan of Anton Chekhov. If he were alive, I venture to say she'd be a groupie, though she's never been a groupie for anyone, so I'm not sure why I would venture to say that.
I learned something important last night when I went to the Manchester Airport to pick up my brother for Thanksgiving. Namely: while Dunkin Donuts iced coffee is still the best iced coffee, Dunkin iced with skim milk instead of cream is gray and yucky.
The stylish and smart Tish G's Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams is challenging me and a few fellow bloggers to construct a literary meme using the following rules (which Tish in turn got from Kira of Loving Twilight):
Take the first 5 novels from your bookshelf....then do the followingIt's a lot of fun, but, as I noted on my comment to Tish, I have a couple of slight dilemmas: so many bookshelves and boxes of books, where do I start? And if worked off only my latest reads, they're both non-fiction*, and the meme says to use novels. On the other hand, I haven't read any of the books Tish made her paragraph from (though I've seen the movie version of Fight Club, of course), so it gives me even more stuff to look for. (Too many books, so little time...)
1. Book One - take first sentence
2. Book 2 - the last sentence
3. Book 3 - second sentence on page 100
4. Book 4 - next to last sentence on page 150
5. Book 5 - Final sentence of the book.
Make the five sentences into a paragraph. Feel free to cheat and make it a beter paragraph. Name the sources and then post.
According to MLB.com, Johnny Damon (known around my house as "My Johnny") says he'd like to finish out his major league career in Boston. But if that's going to happen, the front office needs to make its move--and fast.
Damon would very much like to remain in Boston for the remainder of his career, and if that's going to happen, the dynamic leadoff man says time is of the essence.Come on John Henry, Larry, whomever--get off the stick and make the man an offer. You worked it out for Jason Varitek. Now give Johnny his due. And fast.
"You know, what would help me out is if they come to me sooner than later," Damon said by phone Tuesday night. "Once I know what other teams are offering ... I still haven't had an offer from Boston. I know that there were reports that they offered me a contract, but that's not true. I've been hoping for a contract since last offseason and back in Spring Training, but hopefully they can beat everyone to the punch. I know they have a lot going on. And I know, pretty soon, I have to start listening to other teams."
I had lunch today with a fellow Boston Globe "Sidekick" blogger, Pink and Green Girl. (Yes, she told me her full name--LOL!) Although I'd been reading her for awhile, when I found out we'd both been asked by the Globe to be Sidekicks, I suggested coffee or lunch. Lunch it was.
My grandmother was a very wise woman. She lived to be 102, which still wasn't nearly enough time for her family and friends, of which she had many.
"Thanksgiving has become too much for your mother to do alone. And you kids can't afford it. So I've asked her to find a nice hotel with a fancy buffet so everyone can eat what he likes, and your mother can just enjoy the day. Anyone who wants to come is invited, but everyone pays for himself. THAT'S IT."We initially had several nice meals in Norfolk (where my grandmother lived), then later ended up everywhere from Baltimore to New Mexico to Boston.
Wending my way home on some back roads tonight, I counted no fewer than five--count 'em, five--KeySpan trucks with crews digging up various parts of Lexington. All were well away from the town center--more than a mile in each case.
I should know better than to become attached to low-rated shows, but I still can't shake my funk over the news that Fox's Arrested Development, the funniest comedy currently on TV (that includes you, my newly beloved My Name Is Earl) may have been cancelled.
I was quite touched by the fact that several of my colleagues--knowing I live in Lexington--stopped by my office on Thursday morning to make sure my house wasn't affected by Wednesday's explosion and fire, or the ensuing gas-supply shut-off and evacuation. Nice bunch of people I work with. (And a shout-out to my faithful readers who also commented their concern.)
Lexington Center looked more like a western ghost town late Thursday morning rather than the sidewalk bustle typical from early lunchers and coffee-seekers.(And this is not to mention no hot water for showers or clothes washing in the homes around the town center.)
Most food-service businesses on either side of the Massachusetts Avenue marketplace were shut down due to a nearby residential gas explosion that occurred yesterday morning. Gas-powered ovens and water heaters are by far the norm for the industry, and the shutoff has led many to shut their doors for the entire day.
Daniel Hebenstreit, manager of Not Your Average Joe’s, said the loss of the previous day’s dinner business and Thursday’s closing could cost the restaurant between $5,000 and $7,000.
Wow--my husband and I either walked or drove past this house just about every day. Now it's gone. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt, but it's a shame to lose such a beautiful home--Civil War-era.
The fire, Lexington police say, blazed for two hours because the gas line to the house was not shut off. It took Keyspan employees one hour to reach the scene and another hour to shut off the gas, according to police.
Virginia, you've disappointed me in the last several years with your turn to the right. But yesterday, you did me proud, with the election of Democrat Tim Kaine as the governor. From Reuters:
The outcome in conservative, Republican-leaning Virginia was a particularly bad blow for Bush, who stopped there on election eve for a get-out-the-vote rally with Kilgore. Bush's mounting political problems and Kilgore's poor showing could make Republicans hesitant to call on him for help next year.Now, maybe I can go home again. Just for a visit of course. Wouldn't want to miss skiing season. And keep an eye on Warner--wouldn't be surprised to see him on the ticket for the 2008 presidential race.
The heated Virginia race featured a series of Kilgore television ads attacking Kaine as too liberal for the Southern state on social issues such as the death penalty, abortion and immigration.
But the harsh tone of the ads seemed to sour voters on Kilgore. Kaine allied himself with popular Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, a potential 2008 presidential candidate who is barred by law from seeking a second term, and argued he was the logical choice to move Virginia ahead.
"The people of Virginia have sent a message loud and clear that they like the path we chose and they want to keep Virginia moving forward," Kaine, with Warner at his side, told cheering supporters in Richmond.
The real news today is from our neighbor to the north. (No--not Canada.) Congratulations to the people of Maine for roundly defeating an attempt to repeal its newly enacted Human Rights Law. From the Globe:
The issue, put before voters for the third time since 1998, pitted a coalition of mainstream religious and business groups and politicians, including Governor John Baldacci, against a network of Christian church groups that sees gay rights as an assault on traditional marriage.This vote makes Maine the last state in New England to protect the legal rights of gays. Wicked good!
The vote was a referendum on the law, enacted earlier this year, to amend the Maine Human Rights Act by making discrimination illegal in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and education based on sexual orientation.
The Maine law had prohibited discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, religion, ancestry, and national origin. The gay-rights provision was broadly worded to protect transsexuals, transvestites, and those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery, in addition to gays.
The law exempts religious organizations that do not receive public funds. It also is worded to say it is not meant to address a right to marry. The law had been put on hold pending the outcome of the balloting.
Should I be concerned that my Site Meter says I've passed 6,666 page views since I began counting a few months ago? Is that E-V-I-L? Or 6,000 pages beyond E-V-I-L?
Still not sure what's up with this weather, though I'm enjoying it. But was that a major, boomy thunderstorm I heard last night? In November?
Today, my son had what was probably his last all-class birthday party, because next year he starts middle school, and the concept of a single classroom dominating his life will become a thing of the past.
Yesterday on NPR, reporter Michele Norris interviewed New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin. Late in the story, Norris asked Nagin how he has changed personally since Hurricane Katrina:
"Well," he said, "my wife has noticed that I'm cursing a lot more. And I don't sleep as much at night."Considering that he hasn't slept in his own bed for more than nine weeks because his house is still uninhabitable, I'm impressed that he's sleeping at all. Kind of puts things in perspective, don't you think?
I'm not a particularly girly-girl. I left the dating scene not long after I entered it. (Same guy, nearly 24 years--whoa!) I don't wear foundation (partly a reaction to all the goopy stuff I wore during years of high school theater), though I do moisturize. I will not not wear high heels--a fact that caused me great consternation when starting my first professional job 20 years ago, when I had a terrible time finding decent flats (a situation that has changed for the better). I like pretty shoes, but I have big, wide feet with narrow heels, so I struggle to find well-fitting (and low-heeled!) shoes of any kind.
My parents are coming for Thanksgiving from Virginia. As she always does before planning the trip (usally mid-October), Mom asks, "So, honey, what will the weather be like? How should I pack?"
I was driving home tonight through the only partially lit streets of Lexington-- honest-to-goodness only driving 25 miles per hour--when out of the darkness loomed a skateboarder.