Sunday, November 30, 2008

A rainy, foggy, yucky drive

Daily photo: 11/30/08

Family home

This house in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis, MO was bought by my grandparents when my mom was 16. My uncle bought it from them when he graduated from college and his wife and son (only sort of, 'cause he's in college) live in it still (my uncle passed away 5 years ago).

Daily photo: 11/29/08


My grandpa gave N an LED light that clips to the underside of his hat bill. Came in pretty handy doing stuff around mom's house this weekend.

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Thanksgiving 2008

I cannot and would not deny my roots as a woman who celebrates Thanksgiving in a trailer in the Ozarks of Missouri. Notice my Grandpa's home-made wind vane, complete with sparkly pinwheels and two long screws on the front for balance. My craftiness is hereditary.

Daily photo: 11/27/08

Smack dab in the middle of nowhere, Indiana

On the way to Missouri for Thanksgiving. Great driving weather, which we could not say for our drive home.

Daily photo: 11/26/08

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


We strung lights around the arch way to our kitchen this weekend.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Holiday Contest!

Be the first to guess what is pictured above, and I'll send you a copper ornament! Good Luck!!

Daily photo: 11/23/08

Saturday, November 22, 2008

III-cicles! (read like Queen sings "BIII-cycles")

Daily photo: 11/22/08


Spent Friday re-labeling brochures for the Enamelist Society.

Daily photo: 11/21/08

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Winter Wonderland.

Daily photo: 11/19/08

Guess I was wrong.

Snowed pretty good here on Monday. This is Tuesday morning.

Daily photo: 11/18/08

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lake effect, baby.

We don't usually get it too bad this far south, but north and east of us is supposed to get 6 to 8 inches of the white stuff by this evening.

So winter is definitely coming. again.

Daily photo: 11/17/08

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Just love her!

Sarah Vowell spoke today at the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library. Got there too late to get a seat inside the auditorium (she's standing at a podium against that wood paneled wall in the distant background, through the doors, but we could see her on the screen, and she did walk through the crowd RIGHT NEXT TO ME when she went in. I think we made eye contact.

Oh, celebrity...

Daily photo: 11/16/08

Down to the wire.

Forgot to take my picture on Saturday so I had to jump out of bed and get one real-quick.

Daily photo: 11/15/08

Friday, November 14, 2008


I'm guessing this hook once held a clothesline that was connected to another hook on the back of our house. Poor tree. But I guess it's growing fine around it.

Daily photo: 11/14/08

Something pleasant for a Friday afternoon.

It's a gorgeous (and rare) day in Ohio today--sunny, warm and breezy. So I shot this footage of the tree in my backyard, for those of you who can't go outside to see such a thing yourself.


Sometimes I am very aware of the hair on top of my head. It can be overwhelming.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Soo Excited!

The new season of Top Chef started tonight!

Daily photo: 11/12/08

Our mantle.

Featuring one of our Mark Traughber stencil paintings.

Daily photo: 11/11/08

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A mountain of blankets.

It's getting cold out there.

Daily photo: 11/10/08

Sunday, November 9, 2008


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Spent most of Saturday shopping with N. at Beechwood Mall in Cleveland. Got some good bargains, including a shirt N. found for $2.97, plus 20% off of that! Hard to beat.

Daily photo: 11/8/08

Friday, November 7, 2008

It may not look like much,

but this is a (sort of) homemade chocolate lava cake and it is delicious! It's from a mix by Dr. Oetker, who makes organic baking mixes. I've tried (obviously) the lava cake and the brownies and they've both been really good, and really easy. I recommend them.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

New student work.

Guess what I'll be doing this weekend? I'll give you a hint: grading, and grading, and grading....

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I was a little distracted yesterday,

what with history being made and all, so I forgot to take my photo. Here's the special edition of the Akron Beacon Journal I got today.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

For those of you who don't know

Sarah Vowell is one of my favorite authors. She has a new book out, The Wordy Shipmates, and was recently in St. Louis doing a reading and book signing, which my mother and best friend attended.
I was silently indignant when my mom told me she did not have Sarah sign a book for me (I did, after all, introduce her to the fabulous Ms. Vowell) but I soon discovered the reason why.
My dear friend Lacy and her husband Anthony bought us a copy for our anniversary, which they had signed.
How great of a present is that!?!Here's a listing of all her works.
And if you've never heard her speak, you should check her out here. Or on the David Letterman show here.

Daily photo: 11/3/08

New retractable powder brush.

From Sephora. Love it. I'm a little obsessed with mineral makeup and new brushes right now. It'll pass...soon I hope...

Daily photo: 11/2/08

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Color Everywhere.

Daily photo: 11/01/08

Headed to Cleveland on Saturday to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed at the Radisson downtown and ate at Michael Symon's restaurant, Lola. It was delicious!

Friday coffee break.

Daily photo: 10/31/08