holiday hijinx

and oh so many more combinations!!!

(we are officially a pair of 8 year old boys)


slow roads

Headed home.



If winter won't come to me then I will go to the winter.



It was a good day.



I'm giving my brain a hard reset today.  Cleaning, making, fixing. Baking? 
Back to it for one last deadline tomorrow, but for today, this will be enough.



Who needs party dresses when you have a vintage wool plaid in holiday

Besides, it's too cold for tulle.


sunday nightcap

Just hit *send* on the last paper of the semster. Just one more exam
to go. Motivation dwindling!

Recharging my batteries with a hot whiskey.



late-night coffee shop

Going to study at a coffee shop at 9pm is a great way to make myself keep working. That's just about when I'm feeling like I should be throwing in the towel for the night, but look! All of these people out and working and chatting and that lady just ordered dinner! Second wind!

But it is also when the crazies come out. Who practices a foreign language out loud in public? Oh, that guy does.

Other observations:

How is it that women from South America are able to look elegant wearing long fuzzy sweaters and hiking pants that would make event the svelt-est USA-American look like a raging hippie?

What kind of a self-respecting coffee shop plays this kind of festive holiday muzak?

Dude, I don't care if your hair is bleached and you are wearing black glasses, you are about 20 years too old for those skinny jeans.


cold rooftops

Just so we're clear, flurries do not equal snow either.
I want accumulation!

I've spent the entire day trying to rescue my laptop from the Great Hard Drive Slow-Down of '09. I know that the second to last week of a semester is not an ideal time to undertake this kind of a mission, but I have been putting it off for over 6 months now. It turns out that there is NEVER a good time to give up a few days on the computer when you are in graduate school. It turns out that the work never stops. And, since in order to finish this semester, it would be convenient to be able to say, save the paper that I am writing, I decided it had to happen now. Or, I guess the computer decided it for me.

This experience has reinforced my feeling that the people at computer stores (mac related places especially) have magical powers and are able to a) do the exact same thing you've done 80 times and yet the time they do it it works, and, more to the point of this endeavor b) put a hex on you if you appear too overly confident. You know, just to take you down a notch. It's like... a business strategy, to stay in demand. The minute I say anything to the effect of "no, you don't need to do that part, I can take care of that at home", I feel the slow creep of dread. Can I? Can I do it at home? There is usually a 50/50 chance.

Anyway, this is far more than you ever wanted to know about my disk space, so I'll just say that after 3 trips, but *only* $170 spent so far, I think I am in the midst of successfully reinstalling my operating system and restoring all of my files. By myself. onto a big gigantor 500 GB hard drive.

Also, it is blowing like mad out there, there are limbs down in my yard, every person I know is stranded somewhere in a blizzard, but all I get are a few measly flakes and subzero wind chills. STL is my winter purgatory, but at least I have a functioning computer so I can view weather reports and pictures from the great white north.


THIS is NOT snow

This is rain. Very cold rain.



Well, the tree is up. So I guess I accomplished something today.



Making my great-grandmother's sugar cookies.



Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 2:48 PM
To: AA
Subject: reminder

hey -- john's party is this evening, and we're supposed to bring an unwrapped toy. any chance that you have a minute to stop by target/walmart/walgreens/somewhere & pick something up on your way home?


How about a Steely Dan album from Good Will?

kid appropriate!!!
no songs about drugs!

Magic Hands 45?
eeps! let's not get arrested here, folks.
how about a can of tomato soup?
or a torpedo level?

F@*% that. I love that torpedo level. We could give them Sarah’s hair iron.

too dangerous. how about your Kiss poster?

.... ....

Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 4:31 PM
To: AA
Subject: ok but seriously

can u get?

Roger that

So, I don't know. If you see some sad kid running around STL on Xmas morning with an ice bucket shaped like a bowling ball you'll know where it came from.


my logic is sound

Reasons regular sized-cupcakes are better than those crazy extra-large-the-size-of-a-grapefruit ones:
  1. superior frosting-to-cake ratio
  2. moister
  3. less pretentious
  4. better selection in my belly --why eat one large chocolate when i could eat three flavors of regular cupcake?
1+2+3+4= SweetArt is better than Cupcakery, plus they make vegan, so I may as well just move in.

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