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42itous: (goldsworthy)
I posted another photoessay over at the Day In The Life LJ community.
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The four-year-old boy next door sees me carrying a bucket of kitchen scraps to the backyard. He says, "I bet I know what you're doing! You're going to put those in the com-pile!"

Indeed: next year's garden is compiling.
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I got home tonight to find that my husband had baked yummy, yummy cookies. And they were still warm. Mmmmm.
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I'm soliciting any information y'all can give me about local (Cambridge and thereabouts) framing shops. Any stories, positive or negative, would be helpful.

I want to have a mat custom-cut for eight varying-sized photos in one frame.

I want to have some posters mounted on foam-core, or possibly just buy large frames for them.
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Today, Verizon continues in their tradition of Doing Something Wrong Every Single Time I Make a Request of Them. )

If you are ordering phone or internet services anytime in the future and have any say in the matter, DO NOT use Verizon. You will be sorry if you do.
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Our washing machine spins at the resonant frequency of the bathroom.
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Kyle and I have moved to East Arlington. In keeping with the belief that scheduling a party will induce quick unpacking, we are hosting a housewarming party on Sunday July 24th, from 2pm until we kick you out. We will provide munchies and drinks; if you feel like bringing something to share, please do, but don't feel obligated. We do have a charcoal grill which you are welcome to use, weather permitting. Children are welcome but the apartment is by no means childproof.

Please DON'T bring us any housewarming gifts, not even a bottle of wine.

Email me for directions.

whew

Jun. 17th, 2005 03:59 pm
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I have gotten a incredible amount of stuff done today.
Carried 50 pounds of soil and manure into the backyard from the car, plus four plants.
Signed for delivery of my new EZ-up Instant Shelter (canopy for ArtBeat).
Did a load of laundry, and while that was in, I sewed a hat, then made the bed with clean sheets.
Went to the bank, had breakfast, bought fabric.
Dropped a mini stereo off at Salvation Army. They were having a half-price sale on furniture and had one of those nice unfinished-wood CD shelf units for about 500 CDs for $15. So I went out and put the seats down in the car to make room for the shelves but when I went back in somebody had bought it. Curses!
Brought the fabric for the mockup of my wedding dress to the person who is making the pattern. Pressed-and-rolled it for her.
Picked up a shower curtain and toilet paper at Target.
Got five more plants from Ricky's Flower Market. Every time I go in there I marvel at such an oasis in the middle of Union Square -- and how nice the staff is.
Stopped by Porter Square Books (they didn't have what I was looking for), made the mistake of parking by the sidewalk (in front of where the video place used to be), and caught and ripped the bumper on the curb. F#@&!!! Ran into CVS for duct tape as a temporary fix.
Back at new apartment, I spent an hour and a half in the back yard, turning 8 square feet of weeds into beautiful soil and planting basil, oregano, dill, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and thyme (no sage). I also have mint but I'll be planting it in a pot because it's too invasive for the garden.
Put new shower curtain up. It makes the Ugly Room miraculously less ugly.
Just put in the third load of laundry for today.

Things I have not done today:
Pack any of my stuff for moving tomorrow. But I have a good reason: I gave my key to my subletter yesterday, and then forgot to get K's copy from him. oh well, it just means I need to spend a couple of hours over there tomorrow morning.

I bite

Jun. 15th, 2005 10:18 pm
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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess with this thought-provoking meme:

Things I enjoy when left to my own devices -- what I do to lower my stress level:

- lie in bed with an apple (cut neatly in eighths) and a book or crossword puzzle
- sew something easy and useful
- bike.. Ironically, although I tend to utter a prolonged string of curses at cars and pedestrians as I ride, biking almost always leaves me calm and pleasantly purposeful.
- fold laundry
- wash dishes
- watch a movie. I don't get to do this very often, but the right movie can change a bad mood into a good one.
- read LJ
- sleep :D
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Cool drops splashing on my legs and shoulders, gutters swirling yellow from pollen, smells of wet asphalt and grass and roses...
And coming home to sit on the porch with the laptop, surrounded by cool breezes and the sounds of rain washing the world clean again.
This is da life.
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We get the keys to the new apartment in thirteen days and six hours. I can't wait, I'm ready to pack up and move Now.

I can move almost all of my stuff by myself using a car during the day. I'm planning to rent a van for my mattress & futon frame, and the heavy bookshelf if I decide to move it. Unless someone has a better offer -- I mean, suggestion. I could use the help of a burly man or two for moving the mattress.

Other things on the horizon:

Picnic in [some] park on Sunday June 26th. Possibilities include: the spot where we were last year, on Mem Drive by JFK St; Powderhouse park; the ballfields near our new apartment.
Pros and cons:
The Mem Drive spot would be nice for the sake of consistency and tradition, but it's a bitch to find parking along there.
Powderhouse is a pleasant park area, nothing wrong with it that I can think of.
The ballfield, though wonderfully close to home, might already be scheduled for a ballgame, and I'm not sure how to find out.

Also: I will again have a table in ArtBeat on July 16th in Davis Sq. I'll have a lot of the same stuff as last year, but also some new ideas and colors. Please stop by, and tell lots of people about it.
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We've been looking for an apartment, hoping to move June 1st or 15th. We have a lot of criteria, but we've seen some places on craigslist that are very close to what we want, so we have hope. But time is starting to run short, I'm starting to get nervous, so I'm starting to look at realtors.

I noticed that allbostonapts.com has a lot of listings on CL that might be what we want but I'd have to get more info about them before I could decide. So I went to their website to see if they have more info. There, I found this sentence:

"You can search by the community where you wish live, by the number of bedrooms you require or by viewing all are listings."

I can't decide if it's hilarious or tragic, but we are absolutely NOT using their services.

haroset

Apr. 24th, 2005 11:41 pm
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Came home from a week away armed with leftovers from last night's family seder: my mom's matzah balls, Grandfather's pot roast, potato kugel, and homemade pickles. I decided sometime in the late afternoon that I wanted to make haroset and have another seder. So we walked to the grocery store and bought apples and walnuts and matzah. Kyle helped me chop apples and nuts, and he found a PDF haggadah online.

So there we were at the table with the laptop. We hit on most of the points of interest that last night's seder had omitted in the interests of time. (Even Kyle, who'd only been to one seder before in his life, realized that Grandfather had skipped the bit about Elijah and the extra glass of wine.) I even read a tradition in tonight's haggadah that I'd never heard of before -- presumably because it's a hasidic tradition -- which is that Elijah's glass starts out empty, and as it's passed around the table each person puts some wine into it, symbolizing the fact that we must work together as a community towards universal freedom.

It was a most satisfying experience, discussing the components of the seder plate and the variations in tradition from family to family, and what it all means to me. It surprised me to learn that I can actually lead a seder if I want to -- given the right haggadah and enough time to prepare, I could lead a rather respectable one!

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