my insightful film critique is not welcome
chris. | 19 February 2014 | 8:02 pm | (culture) consuming, (culture) transforming | 1 Comment

Talking with Mathew at his birthday party the other week.  He mentioned “Brian’s Song”.

me:  “Oh, yeah, hey i finally got around to watching that last autumn.  As the credits rolled at the end i thought to myself, ‘Oh, i see, it’s just “Kamikaze Girls“, but with boys, and with football instead of scooters.’

Mathew:  …  “Well, thanks, now i can never watch ‘Brian’s Song’ again.

Here, i’ll make it up to you!  Have the song from the “Kamikaze Girls” end credits.  :D

my day in a nutshell [+photo]
chris. | 18 February 2014 | 12:13 pm | everyday poetry, slide carousel | 3 Comments

gold-edged green leaf pin

This pin was Gma Kelly’s.  It’s one of the first things i acquired from her jewelry collection when Gpa Kelly insisted i look it over.

The weekend in Seattle was dismally rainy and very windy.  Yesterday was much calmer and more pleasant.  Today is dreadful again.  I’m wearing a dress i usually like and which i pair with my beloved blue platform shoes; but going to class and back i’m slopping around in knee-high wellington boots, and sitting in the classroom staring at the fabric of this dress i’m coming to the conclusion that that it’s probably time to bid this 20-year-old garment good-bye because it’s too prone to wrinkling and i’m tired of taking 30 minutes to iron it.

Then class is finished1 and i’m wrapping myself up in my scarf layers for the trek across campus in the chilly rain.  And what do i do?

I gash my thumb across the sharp top of this pin.  Not a huge gouge, but it’s bigger than a scratch and it bled and it requires a bandage for the time being.

Just that sort of day where even beloved things scratch you when you’re least expecting it.

  1. Got the midterm back, and it wasn’t great but it wasn’t as horrible as i thought. []
Fergus, you are not non-profit paperwork!!
chris. | 16 February 2014 | 4:09 pm | cat stories | Only Pings

Fergus in my portable filing box


Well you’re NOT.

in case you were wondering what 17.5oz of homegrown shiitake looks like
chris. | 10 February 2014 | 5:55 pm | (garden) 2014, food, Upstairs Farm | Only Pings

bowl of homegrown shiitake mushrooms

So this particular shiitake block has been pleasantly productive.  We bought it last saturday, it had started sprouting even before i put it in my growing box on tuesday, and now here we are with over a pound of mushrooms.  Andy’s turning some of them into risotto even as i type this.

in which i narrowly avoid going Colbert on someone
chris. | 14 December 2013 | 3:32 pm | glosses | 1 Comment

In a conversation about the similarity of the forests of New Zealand to the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

person:  “Have you seen the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies?”

me:  [nods]

person:  “Okay, so you know the forests?”

me:  “Um, which one?”

person:  “You know, the forests.”

internal monologue:  No, which forests?  Do you mean Lothlorien?  The forests surrounding Rivendell?  The forest outside of Hobbiton where the Withywindle runs?  Or the forests of the Ents, perhaps??

externally:  [nods warily]

late night baking post is out of cinnamon
chris. | 5 December 2013 | 10:30 pm | diary | Comments closed

We’re going to a potluck holiday party tomorrow and the dish we were planning to make tonight fell thru’ pretty spectacularly because someone (named Wrdnrd) forgot to look at the ingredient list before 8:55pm and it turns out we’re missing THREE ingredients.  Ooops.  So it’s back to ye olde standby — snickerdoodles.

Just as i’m finishing up the last sheet i realize the cinnamon/sugar mix is getting really thin.  For the last half-dozen cookies it was mostly just sugar, but it wasn’t worth the time and effort to make more cinnamon/sugar mix.  Also, i’m really tired.

me:  “Well, the last few are going to be coated with just sugar, but people can suck it.  …  Oh, that sounds mean.  What would Gordon Ramsay say?”

Andy:  “Gordon Ramsay would say, ‘People can suck it.’”

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