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January 25, 2010

posted by soe 1:15 am

I should have written earlier, but I was busy with things like laundry, cat boxes, and dishes. (Don’t feel too bad for me. Today also included an evening out with some girlfriends eating chocolate and watching Jane Austen on PBS.) But now I just want to go to bed. So, perhaps tomorrow?

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January 24, 2010

posted by soe 2:15 am

We’re back home from a day trip to New York City. We had a nice time, although I’d prefer not to do anymore 8:15 a.m. departure-1 a.m. arrival roundtrips. At least with 9+ hours of that being on the bus…

More details tomorrow. G’night!

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January 23, 2010

bye, conan, bye
posted by soe 1:34 am

Conan O’Brien concluded his run on The Tonight Show this evening in the same way he has conducted himself throughout his run as an NBC late night talk show host — a class act to the end.

The NBC debacle has occupied many of the headlines over the past few weeks as Conan found himself to be the literal red-headed stepchild of the network. While he did direct some zingers toward his employers, he generally took the high road when it came to his predecessor (and successor), Jay Leno. He worked hard to reach a settlement that would best benefit his staff and crew, many of whom had followed him last spring from New York to L.A. And all the while he kept reminding his audience that although this was a disappointing turn of events, it didn’t begin to compare to the actual problems in Haiti and around the world in recent days, urging supporters to make financial contributions to support relief efforts.

Before Conan closed the show with the wail of a guitar to a classic rock anthem, he had this to say:

Truly a class act. Good luck, Conan. Your goofy charm, quirky intelligence, and upbeat humor have always been a winning combination for us. We’ll be waiting when you land your next gig.

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January 21, 2010

vehicle, tne, and the charm
posted by soe 11:25 pm

Three beautiful things from my week past:

1. Posey is particularly fond of when I leave my Mary Janes lying out. She likes to put her front paws in one and push it around the Burrow like she’s driving a bumper car.

2. In college, the weekend party scene would kick off with what were called TNE’s — Thursday Night Events. Tonight, we reprised that tradition by heading out to watch The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with Michael and Julia. The movie was a clever fairy tale of a story (a street performer tries to figure out a way of a deal he made with the devil many years earlier with the help of his troupe of outcasts) with memorable performances by Heath Ledger (in his final role), Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music), and Tom Waits (who didn’t sing once). I’d recommend seeing it if it’s in a theater nearby.

3. I am knitting with soft green yarn. My yarn and the pattern’s were different, which meant that it took three tries before I was happy with how my project was progressing.

What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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winter blah cure?
posted by soe 1:41 am

Rudi has a school happy hour/reunion in New York City this weekend, so we’re heading up for the day on Saturday.

Sometimes a change of pace and/or scenery is all that’s needed to combat the blahs, so I’m optimistic that despite getting up crazy early and returning at an ungodly late hour it’ll break me out of my rut. Could be that a whirlwind bus trip is precisely what the doctor ordered…

If not, Ms. Crankypants will be in residence on Sunday. I’ll ask her not to post if she decides to stop by.

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January 20, 2010

collection storage
posted by soe 1:27 am

The grammar question I raised last week elicited a lot of comments, so I thought maybe we’d see what you all have to say on another topic:

Many of you have collections of one sort or another — books, yarn, music, movies, games, art, ephemera, memorabilia, etc. How do you keep them from taking over your space? How do you store and/or display them to their best advantage?

Rudi and I have started seriously considering this question and we’d love to hear how others have dealt with it. Share your thoughts in the comments.