Category: marginalia
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. []
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]

boast in rhyming verse {audio}
chris. | 28 August 2013 | 10:25 pm | (culture) transforming, Radio Free Wrdnrd | Comments closed

Back in the spring i saw this amazing post on Tumblr.  The Twitter @ShakespeareSong had attempted Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”, only to be soundly (and quite correctly!) criticized by Tumblr for not doing it in iambic pentameter, dammit.  So, Tumblr being Tumblr, someone quickly fixed it:

These tags I’ll pop, and boast in rhyming verse
that what I wear puts swagger in my gait;
though twenty shillings have I in my purse,
my self-esteem and manhood both inflate
when lofty furs I purchase for a cent.
Thy grandpa’s clothes are worthy salvage, though
they smell a trifle musty. Still, I spent
much less to dress myself from head to toe.

To save or not to save? The question’s moot.
I’ll never give my coin to high-street crooks.
These dusty shelves will yield their hidden loot
to those, like me, more frugal in their looks.
Like ancient coins washed up on distant shores,
I’ll find my treasures in these thrifty stores.

By Tumblr user reading-thoughts.

But Shakespearean-esque verse is so much more satisfying if you’re able to hear it.  I read it aloud and Andy said, “Oh, that makes much more sense!”

So.  Here you go.  (Apologies if the sound file doesn’t come thru’ on the RSS feeds.)

Comments welcome, but be kind!  This is actually my 1st recording — well, this is the billionth (est.) recording of this, but this whole endeavor is my first attempt at recording/publishing.  Things are a little rough.  I’m still not sure i’ve gotten the input sound at the best level.  I need to learn how to edit.  Blah blah blah.  Constructive comments are welcome, but don’t be a freakin’ asshole.  I mean, OBVIOUSLY i’ve never done any acting, voice or otherwise.  :P

ETA 8/29:  A few more details i should have noted (i said i was new to this!):

  • length:  This is only 50 seconds long!
  • download:  Here’s an MP3 if you’d rather download that shit –  Thrift_Shoppe
a collection of too-small pencils {slide}
chris. | 8 July 2013 | 3:40 pm | slide carousel | 3 Comments

too many too-small pencils, too little will to throw them away

I love pencils, but what do you do with them when they get this small?  Right now the smallest still rests against against my index finger knuckle when i write, but each of these pencils is starting to get a little uncomfortable to hold.  And i still cannot quite bring myself to throw them away, which is probably how i wound up with 5 of them in this state.

Why hasn’t someone invented a pencil handle that i could fit a shortened pencil into so i can still write with it until it’s down to a nub??

music ‘corner’ {slide}
chris. | 9 June 2013 | 12:31 pm | diary, favorite things, slide carousel | 1 Comment

music 'corner' -- piano, other instruments on the wall

I’ve been wanting to arrange the music “corner” something like this for years.  Finally decided to get the shelves to do it, only to have the project spiral into ~3 weekends for various reasons.  Really nice to also have that artwork up on the wall as well.  This wall has been 1 giant white/cream blank spot since we moved in here 10 years ago.

On the shelves on the left:  phonograph, (small) collection of vinyl albums.  On the top shelf on the wall: harp, bongo, collection of recorders/tin whistles/various small wind instruments; 1 maraca.  On the lower wall shelf: antique xylophone (black case), my student flute (brown case).  Hanging in the middle is my backpacking guitar, which i kept forgetting i had because it was packed in its bag and tucked behind all this other stuff when i stored it all on the piano.  The 4 prints on the right are by Juli Adams.  The print in the middle is a Japanese print that Andy’s had for awhile.

(Apologies for the picture being a little dark and murky.  My phone seems to be dying.  Yay.)

friday night at the saké bar {slide}
chris. | 31 May 2013 | 7:15 pm | diary, drink, slide carousel | 2 Comments

image

Everytime someone opens the front door i smell the sea.


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