All In The Family


Jun
21
2011

Sixty Years Of Memories

For my dad's 60th birthday last week, I wanted to do something really fun. My dad and I talk a lot about the past---nostalgia runs in our blood, I think---and we both love to reminisce. Inspired by Jordan Ferney's Postcard Birthday Poster, I started batting around an idea: what if I could get everyone from my dad's past to contribute a memory they had of him? What if I had all those people send their memories to me, and then I put each one into an envelope---sixty total, of course---and had him open them, one by one, on his birthday?

That would be a lot of memories, right?

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Jun
20
2011

Weekend At Burnsey's

First of all, thank you so much for all your well wishes and congratulations on my new gig; I read each of the comments with such a smile on my face because sometimes the Internet is just such a lovely cheering section of a place, isn't it? I love it when everyone's so nice to each other. Hey, you're excited about something? Hurrah, we're excited for you too! You're sad about something? That's okay, come here, we have tissues.

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Jun
09
2011

Common Ground

I'm heading down to San Diego this weekend to hang out with one-third of my family: my dad and my sister Susie. It's an unusual combination, but luckily there's a new Househunters episode on HGTV every thirteen seconds.

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Dec
19
2010

Bring Home The Babies

What's supposed to be happening right now is that my dad's supposed to be on his way back from LAX with my brother and sister in tow, hearing all about the movies they watched on the 11-hour flight from London and the woman in 36B who got drunk and wouldn't stop snoring. I'm supposed to be in the front seat, tagging along for the company, and my mother's supposed to be back at home with a roaring fire in the fireplace, putting the finishing touches on her Hurrah, We Are Reunited!

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Oct
18
2010

Oh Right, I Have A Blog

Hey guess what, I still exist. Do I have an excuse for my pitiful posting record over the last week? I do not. I guess we'll just say that I was busy being young and alive and leave it at that, shall we? Young and alive!

Actually, I have been doing several things:

1. Surprising my mother

There's nothing better than pulling off a good surprise. Last weekend, to celebrate a birthday my mother would probably rather not admit to having, my dad, my brother Tom, and I pulled off perhaps the best one ever.

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Jan
27
2010

Three Stories My Mother Tells That Make Me Shriek

ONE

It is roughly 1990. We are living in Hong Kong. My mother wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse my baby brother and sister, as people with recently born infants often do. She is sitting up in bed, in the dark. She is breastfeeding Luke. She feels a weird....feeling on her left shoulder, just below her collarbone. It's like something is brushing up against her skin. Oh, she thinks, it's my necklace. Then: wait, she thinks. I'm not wearing a necklace. She puts her hand to her neck and cups it around an enormous cockroach. She screams bloody murder. She turns the light on. The cockroach is at least four inches long. My dad runs in, certain she is being decapitated or garotted or something equally as gruesome. "COCKROACH!" she shouts. "Oh, thank god," says my dad. "I thought there was something wrong with the baby."

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Jan
20
2010

Forget Reciting The Alphabet Backwards, Sobriety Tests Should Consist Of Getting People To Spell "Chihuahua" Correctly

My mother has been here in San Francisco all week, house-sitting my friend's house and also dog-sitting my friend's very lovable chihuahua. I'm not really much of a dog person normally, although I have found myself making a definite exception for this chihuahua, mostly because he acts more like a cat than a dog---small, cuddly, quiet, doesn't smell dog-ish---and also because he has a very impressive collection of sweaters. It's like Paris Fashion Week, visiting my mother after work; every time, the chihuahua is wearing a different outfit.

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