Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Okay, so,

I love reading ESL stuff. I think it's s hilarious. (Everything Is Illuminated cracked me up for just that reason. Then again, it also made me sob - and on NJ Transit nonetheless) Right now I'm reading The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (I know... I thought it would be lame too, but it's actually GREAT) and she's telling stories about when they first move to New York...

"There was, for instance, the lady who wanted to buy cauliflower.
"'How much?' she asked the grocer.
"'Ninety cents," was the asnwer.
"'What?' She was outraged. 'Behold your cauliflower. I can become cauliflower myself for forty cents around the corner!'
"(Such things happen when you take words from your own language and translate them into similar-sounding words in English, thinking they mean the same thing. The word for 'keep' in German is behalten, and if we want to 'get' soemthing, we said bekommen.)
"Another incident happened to a priest friend of ours. When he first arrived in this country, he went to a religious house.
"The lay brother who showed him to his quarters asked: 'Is there anything else you would need, Father?'
"'Well,' said Father thoughtfully, 'a set of new bowels every Saturday. Just hang them on the doorknob.'
"The lay brother seemed so startled by this request that Father had to point to a towel in his room to illustrate his wish."

Hm. On second thought, maybe I am just a huge dork...

Monday, December 14, 2009

dear santa,

i'll take any one of these... thanks.

1, 2, 3, 4

Sunday, December 13, 2009

it's a bit late, but

here is this year's t0-do list, my 23 things before I turn 24.

1. practice calligraphy
2. make crepes
3. go ice skating outside
4. attend a yoga seminar
5. get to Hawaii
6. take a dance class
7. be in 4 plays
8. finish the garden
9. read 12 books
10. read 12 plays
11. learn to felt
12. study autism
13. eat course upon course at Domani
14. knit a pair of socks
15. do some tie-dying
16. finish Rosetta Stone
17. make snow angels with Mica
18. fill a whole notebook with writing
19. get some wellies
20. celebrate solstice
21. explore 2 new museums
22. print linocut postcards
23. make the move

Friday, December 11, 2009

well, oh, well

Isn't this just charming?

And how wonderfully frivolous is this?

And this, this is simply striking.

Friday, December 4, 2009

makes me want an iphone

you know, so i can have a cool cover.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

pretty tough

i generally look forward to solstice and seasons and all, but this year i am having a hard time accepting the coming of winter.

[image via elbira]
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