Thursday, July 29, 2010


Dear Jane Austen,

Thank you for always being there, in one form or another, when I need you.

Love always,


P.S. Somehow, I can't get this video to conform to my blog's measly little size. Right click on it and hit "show all" to, well, show all. Love.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

summer loving, part 1: vegas

So here's the deal: This summer the Ross and I have been able to do a ridiculous number of really fun things, all of which I have utterly failed to blog about. But no more! I hereby resolved to catch up. Starting with Vegas, June 26th.

Time for a true story? We hated Vegas. The exploitation, the environmental atrocity, the whole deal. Hated, hated, hated it...

...except for the Bellagio fountains (and yes, I know all about the wasted water, but they're so lovely) ...

...and the MGM Grand lions WHICH, I was happy to learn, are rotated out very often, which made me feel a little better about there being lions in a noisy, chaotic casino. Still, though, my Zoo brain was reeling at the lack of any educational naturalist-type person.
After Vegas we hightailed it to St. George, UT, where we ran into Ross' sister-in-law from DC in what was the single most bizarre coincidence of my life.

Hasta la vista, Vegas. See you never.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

quick story

There's a group of guys who like to come and sing in front of my house. They're not busking, they're not selling CDs... as far as I can tell, they're simply doing it for the sheer joy of it (which I LOVE, no matter what the "it" is). They're each very different. One of them looks like a thirty-something hippy, and one of them looks like he does something technical at Intel. They sing old a capella standards and are very reminiscent of the Coats (formerly the Trench Coats). Anyway, as I was getting out of my car today I thought I'd let them know how much I appreciate them. I caught them in between songs and explained that I live right across the street and that every time they come to 23rd I open my window and sit and listen for a while. "You're the girl in the window," one of them said. "Yup," I said. "I'm the girl in the window. You guys are swell." As I walked away the big hippy said "Aww."

I love, love, love, love, LOVE this crazy, lovely life.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

some reasons why deferring might actually be okay*

2. Miss Anna's opera
4. Amazing apartment
5. REALLY amazing neighbors
6. Potential, West Coast-centric trips here, here, or here (words cannot describe how much I loved Costanoa)
7. The sheer wonder and majesty that is our fair city
8. The Vaux's Swifts coming to roost in the Chapman school chimney in September

*Just as a note, we have not officially deferred yet. We're waiting until the absolute last second (and Ross has an interview). All I'm saying is that if we have to, there is compensation.**

**But we'd still rather go.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

i'm totally going to this

July 24th. Be there and be square. We'll save you a seat.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

oh say can you see

Happy Fourth, dear friends, and a very, VERY happy July.

Upcoming July highlights: Hiking and camping, 4th festivities, Bend weekend, and that most glorious of days, MY BIRTHDAY. Stay tuned.