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Dec. 26th, 2013

every sad story needs nuns

Books of 2013

(At the beginning of 2013, I decided it might be interesting to create a poem where each line is the first line of each book I read during the course of 2013.)

I am the head cookie bitch and this is my party.
From the moments babies are born,these tiny human beings start communicating with the world around them.
The motto “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is one lesson you likely learn at a very young age.
I thought it would be easy.
I was still hands shaking.
I want to get one thing straight from the start: I am not a natural-born jock.
I certainly didn't realize how easy it was to calm crying babies when I began my pediatric studies in the 1970s.
You're invited to a marvelous soiree, a wellness revolution to be exact.
School's out fo-evah!
This is where we live.
Prelude to a ballad.
Taking the plunge and quitting your job is a scary step.
When I was a little girl, I lived in an apartment house in New York City, with Mama and Papa and my little brother Harry.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I had absolutely no idea what to expect.
This might as well come out up front, first paragraph.
In the early 1900s,Maria Montessori,practicing physician, and professor of anthropology at the University of Rome,presented a startling idea to the academic world.
Off with their – legs.
Whether your child is an infant or a toddler, performing puppet shows at preschool or using your belly as a trampoline, we know how hard it can be to pry your eyes off your little one.
When the Jews came out of Egypt, that was enough to make us happy.
It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.
If you haven't been to a mosh pit, you've probably seen one in movies.
By God!
It was a midsummer afternoon on Long Island,and the mosquitoes, like the girls who get dolled up at evening time, would not be seen flitting for hours yet.
I turned 31 on December 29,2009.
I climbed aboard the Little No. 5 as I did every morning on my way to work.
Most people get flowers when they give birth – I got a two pound baby and a failing liver.
When the Fabulous Flying Fandinis moved in the neighbors said they were strange.
The bedroom is strange.
Slow simmered, shredded chicken, vegetable, and three bean soup.
Sloth's house was a terrible mess.
One morning, as the Keeper of the Zoo was about to unlock the gate, he noticed something on the steps.
We were headed for the Verrazano Bridge, caught in traffic.
I have never been what you'd call a crying man.
How do you remember things?
I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth of the tea has long since leeched into the frozen air.
It isn't even noon and I've already had sex with fourteen women.
My name is Molly Pink and I'm a yarnaholic, I announce to my crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers , as I put my stash on the table.
Get it together,Abraham.
I'm watching an internet series about pregnancy.
I used to live in a small apartment in Chicago, where the radiator hummed noisily while I drew comics.
The New Orleans businessman,whose grey hair put him in his fifties,was accompanied by his much younger and much taller bodyguard/chauffeur on the night he met the devil in the French Quarter.
Naps take only a few hours of time, but they shape all twenty four hours of your child's day.
When I was in high school all the coolest punk rockers hung out in the shopping mall parking lot across the street from campus.
I had a car but on most days in that fall of 1973 I walked to Joyland from Mrs. Shoplaw's Beachside Accommodations in the town of Heaven's Bay.
In the tower of the nameless necromancer it is always cold.
The day they came to tell me, I was in one of the gardens with Kiernan, trying to decipher a three-hundred-year-old map of the palace grounds.
The subinspector works the last breath out of a waning cigarette and flicks it out the window.
Once your baby is born,you'll find that life takes on a new momentum as you grapple with all the first time experiences that caring for a growing baby involves.
We found the monster on a rocky ledge high above the lake.
His first memory is an execution.
What do you cook?
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my head ever since.
The fault line running through my bones, through my every breath, may be the day of the accident: on June 23,1993, I became paralyzed.
They say women are blessed with the ability to forget the pain of childbirth so they will be able to have more children later on.
It is Sunday in Venice.
Shh, quiet Scout, go to sleep, you'll wake Johnny and Mom.
I am a jackass living in America and living surprisingly well.
On the second day in December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado's great resort hotels burned to the ground.
You probably have no memory of what your life was like between the ages of twelve and twenty four months.
Twenty years ago...
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Jan. 1st, 2013

creepy club

Happy New Year!


Aug. 17th, 2012

every sad story needs nuns

Three Things: The One Thing Edition


I'm the only one who keep confusing that teacher from the television series, Glee, with the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, aren't I?

Mar. 24th, 2012

every sad story needs nuns

Three Things


This might be the project to force me to get over my (irrational) fear of sewing machines. I'll add this project to the list of "After the move" projects I want to start, but shouldn't, because my time is better spent packing for the move.


My brother-in-law's wedding is in two weeks. I'm contemplating braiding my hair using this tutorial. It's a daytime, outdoor wedding by a lake in Florida. I need some sort of style that doesn't involve my hair being down. Unless I want to be more sweat than guest at this wedding.

*Currently Reading: (Nonfiction) Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies by Jena Pincott
Currently Listening to : Camille Saint-Saens
Currently Obsessed with: packing.

Jan. 6th, 2012

every sad story needs nuns

Three Things

* Received confirmation yesterday that my job, will in fact, end come sometime in March 2012. Not taking it personal, apparently there will be no grants given in 2012.

* We are also apartment hunting. After two years of duplex living I have learned that apartment living is a better fit for me. Plus, kind of tired of living in a place that develops a weird mold every time the temperature dips below 75 F, which probably has something to do with the fact our floors are exposed to the elements.

* And my father still has brain cancer.

Dec. 27th, 2011

tardis nyan

New Year's Resolutions for 2012

* Learn how to spin yarn using a drop spindle.

* Knit and crochet through yarn stash.

* Finish writing novel.

* Hoop more.

* Learn how to play chess.

* Be more social with friends and family.

* Play the violin more.

Here's to 2012 being the year of awesome. May the best of your past be the worst of your future. Happy New Year, everybody! See you in 2012!

Dec. 25th, 2011

tardis nyan

Happy Christmas to my Christian pals. Here's a video of puppies.

To those that celebrate, Happy Christmas!

Dec. 23rd, 2011

creepy club

Holiday Tip of the Day

Don't watch a marathon of The Walking Dead while addressing your holiday cards. The first five come out alright, but by card fifteen your signature reads:

"May your holiday be zombie free."

And here I used to think watching a marathon of David Lynch films while addressing holiday cards was one of my worse ideas. (Don't ask me about that signature.)

Dec. 11th, 2011


End of Year Survey

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?

Had a conversation with a two year old in French.

Found out my father is dying of brain cancer.

Ate crab legs.

Drank cinnamon whiskey.

Watched the last shuttle launch of Atlantis.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I have the best of intentions, but did not keep all of my resolutions. I am a big fan of lists, so yes, I will make resolutions for 2012.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend, Beki gave birth about a month ago.

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

The ability to run a 5K.


Finished manuscript.

The doctors to be wrong about my father.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

December 03, 2011 - The day I learned my father has a year to live.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

After three years I finally got a steady paycheck job.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Inability to cure cancer.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had strep throat.

11. What was the best thing you bought?


12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My mom.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I'm still not terribly happy with me.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Student loan repayment.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My cousin's wedding.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna - "We Found Love"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

ii. thinner or fatter?

iii. richer or poorer?

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?




19. What do you wish you'd done less of?


20. How will you be spending the winter holidays?

Traveling around the country.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?


22. How many one-night stands?


23. What was your favorite TV program?

The Walking Dead.


Downton Abbey.

24. Do you hate anyone or anything now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I hate cancer. I didn't like cancer before, but damn, I really, really, really hate cancer.

25. What was the best book you read?

Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?


27. What did you want and get?

Paid employment.

28. What did you want and not get?

I am still waiting for the call from my stepmom where she explains that the doctors were wrong.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Rise of Planet of the Apes. No, really.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I got drunk with a French rapper and turned 32.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I know, I am sounding like a broken record, but my dad not having terminal cancer and less than a year to live would be the best.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Pinstripes and Chucks and Black Frames and Plaits, or an accidental NDN version of the 10th Doctor.

33. What kept you sane?

Graphic novels. Coffee. The ability to play the violin.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Hannah Hart from My Drunk Kitchen.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

LGBTQ rights.

36. Who did you miss?


37. Who was the best new person you met?

I am going to go ahead and say my cousin's fiance, even though I won't technically meet her for a couple more weeks. I think, however, if my cousin thinks she is boss, then she will be boss enough to win best new person I met for 2011.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

This was a year full of surprises. Some good, like babies, employment, weddings. And some bad. I spent a lot of time surprised and not expecting a lot of things to happen that did. So, for the year 2011, the life lesson I learned can be best summed up in six words:

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. -Monty Python

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that.

-Dog Days Are Over by Florence and The Machine

Nov. 10th, 2011

every sad story needs nuns

Win Your Knit Picks Wishlist Contest

Over at Knit Picks, they are hosting a contest to win the contents of your Knit Picks wish list.

Part of entering the contest involves posting your wish list on Facebook.

And if you are one of the five people on the internet who don't have a Facebook account, like myself, there is the option of posting a link to your wish list on your blog.

I don't know what to tell you to do if you don't have a blog or a Facebook account and you want to enter. Enjoy your life that involves sunshine and in person social interaction I guess.
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