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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.

Did you just assume i’ve never even HEARD of ‘Star Wars’??
chris. | 14 October 2013 | 4:58 pm | culture, diary | Comments closed

I went to a meeting in a coffee shop last night.  When i got to the counter i’d just pulled off my headphones and so still had them around my neck.  For reference purposes, here are my headphones:

luxe headphones (brown 'aviator' style)

They are luxe.  They give great sound and i love the retro-ish aviator style.

So.  I give my order to the person at the cashier, who hands it off to the barista.  As the barista begins my drink, he glances up and notices my headphones.  I usually love conversations about my headphones because people who comment on them tend to love music and so we often wind up chatting about whatever i’m listening to.  Uh, not this time.

barista:  Wow, great headphones!

Me (standard response):  Thanks!  They have great sound quality.

barista:  They remind me of “Star Wars”.

me:  [blank look]  [internally: Um, how?  Is he thinking of Leia's horrible braids in Episode IV???]

barista (interpreting my blank look in the worst possible way):  Y’know, “Star Wars”.  It’s a science fiction film?  Came out in 1977?

me (with “oh no you did NOT” eyebrow deployed & using the driest voice possible):  Yes, of course, i have seen “Star Wars” after all.

barista (warming to his subject):  Yeah, yeah!  So you know what i mean, then.  [I, in fact, do not.]  The tech in “Star Wars” is just … just …  Well, it’s so.  I mean, it’s not very … it’s, oh, what’s the word??  It’s not very…  But you know what i mean.

me:  The tech in “Star Wars” isn’t very futuristic and forward-looking, unlike the tech in “Star Trek”.  The “Star Wars” tech is more backward-looking, more retro/vintage-y.

barista (delighted):  Yeah!  Yeah, exactly!  So, yeah, your headphones are totally like “Star Wars”.

me:  [grabs hot chocolate and flees]

When i told Andy about this, he suggested i should have put the dude in his place by noting i could have seen “Star Wars” in the cinema when it was freaking released, junior.  I mean, i was FIVE, but still.  And i did see it in the cinema when it was re-released shortly before the release of “Empire Strikes Back”.

Of course the barista had no idea that even as we were speaking i was torrenting the de-specialized editions of the original trilogy1, but that fact made this exchange all the more bitter.

On the other hand, i’m kind of excited that this might constitute my 1st in-the-wild sighting of a fake geek boy.  :P

  1. Lord i hope “Star Wars” is done by the time i get home.  Curious to see how long it’s going to take to get Empire and Jedi.  These things are HUGE. []
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.)

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