Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I know, I've been remiss in blogging lately. We've been busy. Here's what we've been up to:
  1. We got a huge folder of documents together and headed down to H&R Block to do our taxes. My good friend Sam works there. I like to drop statements like "our accountant has advised us to open an IRA" in conversations - it makes me feel like I've arrived. But really, she's my buddy, not my accountant. Getting my taxes done is one of the few times I get to see her now that she's working up in the North Bay and can't have lunches with me anymore.

  2. But what were the chances we would actually show up to our tax appointment with all of the documents Sam needed to do our return? Especially given that we bought a house last year? It turns out, the chances were slim to none. We were missing something called a HUD1. So we have to go back again this Saturday. In the meantime, I need to track down the HUD1, whatever that is. Wish me luck with this. If you've seen my house, you know I need more than luck. A miracle, perhaps.

  3. Last weekend, I planted two heirloom tomatoes - a grape and a cherry. I was in a colorful mood, so the cherry tomatoes will be yellow, and the grape tomatoes will be purple. The grape tomatoes are some kind of Russian variety. Our climate is pretty much the opposite of the Russian climate (whereas Russian summers are short but intense, with 20 hour days, ours are long and cool, with 12-14 hour days), so we'll see how this goes.

  4. I also planted onions, parsley, cilantro, peas, and marigolds (since I hear it's good to plant marigolds with your veggies - they ward off pests or something). But it all looks rather sad and small right now. I'll post pictures when there is more to see.

  5. Steve made "beer can chicken." I admit, it's a little disturbing to behold (is that can of beer where I think it is?), but that "spice rub" he uses is amazing. Just spicy enough. We should be rubbing everything we cook with this stuff. I'm thinking sweet potatoes and baked tofu for starters ... Props to Steve for incorporating our favorite Hank (from King of the Hill) quote into his blog. Said wonderingly, "Is there anything beer can't do?"

  6. I sold all of my old Folkwear patterns on ebay, and made about $50 off the transactions. Folkwear has discontinued several of their patterns, so they've become collectible. And I've realized it's not practical to collect everything. But I'm really lazy about going to the post office, so I don't think I'm cut out to be a major force on ebay anytime soon.

  7. I had a little sock-monkey gathering on Sunday with Krishna and Jaki. My sister made an almost painfully adorable stripey sock monkey, with a pink nose and ears. Pictures to follow. Jaki made a gruesome sock-alien, with intestines for hair and dangling button-eyeballs. I made something indecisive and hideous that I would rather just pretend never happened. I thought about giving it to the dogs, but it made a face at me, and now I'm scared of it.

  8. Practically every spare surface in the house has a shot glass with a sprouting bulb on it now. Many are promising to flower. Again, pictures to follow.

  9. Oh yeah, and I need these Prada heels:Yes, those are flower heels. Check it out:

I don't know what you're talking about. I think they'd go with everything! And they're a steal at only $790!

So, I may not have been blogging, but, as you can see, I was not slacking off.


  1. Okay, gotta ask... did you EAT the beer can chicken? Or merely admire the ingenuity of it all?

  2. those shoes are amazing. I need them as well!


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