Tagged: chatter
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]

spouse & spouse
chris. | 19 December 2012 | 12:34 pm | errant pedant, glosses | 4 Comments

When Washington changed their marriage paperwork to accommodate same-sex marriage, they debated replacing “wife/husband” with “spouse a/spouse b”, “applicant 1 / applicant 2″, and other varieties.  I can’t recall off the top of my head what language they chose.

Last night Andy referred to me, out of long habit, as wife.  “Spouse, dear”, i reminded him.  “Spouse”.

Andy:  Oh right!

me:  Which do you want to be?  Spouse A, or Spouse B?

Andy:  It should be Spouse A and Spouse 1.  Which do you want to be?

me:  Spouse A — the one with the letter, of course.

Andy:  Oh good, i wanted to be Spouse 1.

NERD MARRIAGE: when English and chemistry majors wed.

home decorating, word nerd -style
chris. | 9 September 2012 | 3:09 pm | glosses | Comments closed

I kind of love welcome mats.  I love when they have cats on them, when they’re silly, when they’re seasonal.  But i’ve refused to actually purchase a welcome mat for our place because we live in an apartment where, by the time you’ve walked across the carpeted halls and stairs of our building, you arrive at our door with pretty clean soles.

But, c’mon, this thing was half-off, so like i wasn’t going to buy it.

typewriter welcome mat

don’t need a credit card to ride this train
chris. | 16 August 2012 | 2:22 pm | glosses | Comments closed

Every now and then i stop in my tracks in the middle of the day and wonder to myself, “Why am i not re-watching Back to the Future right this very second???” I’m not even sure that i’ve seen it since the ’80s. What is wrong with me?? Well, guess i have my plans for the weekend.

proof Andy loves me — Avatar: Last Airbender edition
chris. | 27 February 2012 | 9:45 pm | errant pedant, favorite things, glosses | Comments closed

Andy:  “I think i love Zuko so much because his voice reminds me so much of yours sometimes.”

Let’s go, garden! Let’s do this thing!!
chris. | 7 February 2012 | 6:50 pm | (garden) 2012, glosses | Comments closed
my garden & 'Easy Growing' (by Gayla Trail)

my garden & 'Easy Growing' (by Gayla Trail)

Gayla Trail‘s newest book (Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces @ Powell’s) arrived at exactly the right time:  TODAY.  Today was unseasonably warm (60F+!!) and sunny in Seattle.  I was able to eat lunch on the deck (while browsing my Seed Saver’s Exchange catalog, which also arrived today!)!!  “I am so ready to start gardening,” i thought.  And then i picked up my copy of this book on the way home.  I’m really excited to start reading it — i’ve loved Gayla’s other 2 books, and have no doubt this one will be every bit as useful as those.

I am eager to get my hands in the dirt and start gardening this year.  Last year was lousy in some ways1, but i guess great in others because the plants that made it thru’ my inability to maintain a consistent garden-tending schedule are really buff.  This year i’m going to manage garden maintenance via repeating tasks in my Remember The Milk, since RTM has been working (more or less) pretty well for me for the past 9 months.

I’m itching to start a few seeds, but i guess the 1st step is to plot out exactly where i’m going to plant everything.  I always wind up with more plants than space — in my head the number of self-watering pots keeps multiplying.

One of my garden goals for 2012 is to really master companion planting.  I suck at (a) knowing what plants i can put together in one pot, and (b) keeping them going all summer.  What can i plant beneath my dwarf cherry tree?  What can i plant in with my rosemary now that it’s in a spacious self-watering pot??

And why won’t my mint grow??!

Oh, hey, if you’re interested in starting stuff from seed, stay tuned.  I need to catalog my seeds soon, and once i’ve done that i’ll have a list of stuff i’m happy to swap/give away.

  1. Why?  Whyyyy am i the only person on the planet who cannot keep mint growing?? []

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