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Nov
05
2008

Yes You Did!

I don't think there's much to be said about the presidential election that hasn't been said already. Sean and I started the day on tenterhooks, hearts hammering and---hell, what am I saying, we started the year on tenterhooks. We watched CNN pretty much every night of the week in 2008, tuned in obsessively to all of the debates, followed every blip and blurb on Barack Obama, crossed our fingers tight, tight, tight.

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Nov
04
2008

Teetering On The Edge Of History And All I Can Think About Is Vanilla Frosting

So November's shaping up to be a pretty exciting month, I think. For a start, a TJ Maxx just opened in downtown San Francisco---a first! We have a Marshalls, yes, but you'll get your stuff stolen there---and I've been looking forward to this moment for two months, ever since Moose and I passed a sign on the freeway that said TJ MAXX COMING SOON.

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Oct
15
2008

I Think This Might Be What They Call A Plot Twist

The funniest thing about the day is that it starts out badly. Having finally mastered the stovetop espresso pot in our tiny kitchen, I pour inky liquid into two tiny cups and hold them up proudly for Sean. On my first sip, I realize I've mistaken the salt for the sugar. There are two ways to realize that you've mistaken the salt for the sugar and this way is the worst one. As I'm spitting the briny mouthful back into the sink, the toast pops up, black and smoldering. Just like that, our first breakfast in Rome is ruined.

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Oct
05
2008

Call Me Martha

I had a rather overzealous goal this weekend of painting the front hallway, and even though I knew it was a rather overzealous goal, I kept it on my to-do list anyway, just in case. "You're not going to do it," said Sean, and I said "I might! You never know!" and then I went to two different hardware stores to get paint samples in various shades of dark red.

And......yeah. That was as far as I got, incidentally, with the painting of the front hallway. Whoops. Better luck next time! Play again soon!

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Sep
20
2008

On Doing The Thing You, Uh, Didn't Mean To Do

So here is what happens when you're staying in Salinas, California, and it's 9:30 at night and you've already eaten the town's best Mexican food, and the only other possibility the evening holds is heading back to your soulless room at the Marriott Residence Inn, making some peppermint tea at the 24-hour tea-making station in the hotel lobby, breaking open one of those 100-calorie bags of Swedish fish, and watching two straight hours of Ballot Bowl on CNN.

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Sep
08
2008

What's In a Name? Well, a Free Nintendo DS Lite, For a Start...

Well, wow, that was fun, wasn't it? Thank you so much to everyone who entered my competition; I can't tell you how interesting it was to read through all those middle names. I'm slightly obsessed with names, you see---I have been for as long as I can remember; I actually got a baby-naming book for my seventh birthday---and having 655 people present me with their middle names, one after the other like that, was as exciting as Christmas morning!

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Sep
05
2008

Seriously Good Update: Now Win Guitar Hero Too!

Holy shitballs, there are a lot of entries for my Nintendo DS Lite competition already. Apologies to my mother, father, Sean's mother and father, various assorted aunts and family members, and anyone else who might have been offended by me starting a post with holy shitballs, but whoa. You people are some fierce competitors.

And now! Stop the presses! THE STAKES HAVE BEEN UPPED!

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