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Paging children of the 80s! (Mostly daughters of the 80s, I guess.)
Remember these?
hair elastics with plastic balls on each end
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Where I slept in 2013:

Arlington, MA
Cambridge, MA
East Syracuse, NY
Conneautville, PA
Providence, RI
Bar Harbor, ME
Menemsha, MA
42itous: (goldsworthy)
oh look, a meme!

Places I slept in 2012:

Arlington, MA
Everett, MA
Woodstock, VT
Troy, NH
Portland, ME
Somerville, MA
Foxboro, MA
Arlington, VT
Williston, VT
East Madison, NH
New Lebanon, NY
Portland, OR
Amtrak Coast Starlight
San Francisco, CA
Conneautville, PA
Greensboro, VT
Menemsha, MA
Brooklyn, NY

...and if all goes as planned, the next place I sleep away from home will be Mt Auburn Hospital, sometime in late February.
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a bicycle painted all white and chained to a lamppost, with a sign on it giving the biker's name and dates, and a pile of flowers and candles in the foreground
On a rainy evening two weeks ago, a man on a bike was struck and killed by a big truck at the corner of Mass Ave and Vassar Street in Cambridge. When I walked across the intersection today, I saw this memorial "ghost bike."
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This is a rare occasion upon which I like a meme enough to meme it (filched from [livejournal.com profile] athene:

Do you remember the day you and I met? Tell me what you remember about it in a comment (or an email, if you'd prefer).

book meme

Jul. 22nd, 2005 08:50 am
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Some may have noticed that I try to stay away from memes, but I've been tagged! by [livejournal.com profile] eetmewithtoast so I must proceed accordingly.

1) I own about 120 books, ballpark.

2) The last book I bought was How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk

3) I finished rereading A Separate Peace earlier this week, and immediately wrapped it in the Sunday comics and mailed it to Ijpe, wherever he is.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me:
1. The Riverside Shakespeare (it's two volumes, but I could have bought it in one so it counts as one)
2. Many Moons, by James Thurber
3. Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
4. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
5. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

And I'm supposed to tag five people, but I figure if you want to catch this meme from me, you'll help yourself.

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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http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/states_experiment_drag-drop_Intermed_State15s_500.html 
 
I got 94% corrent, with a 7-mile average error. What do you know?
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List five places you've been that you think the people on your friends list should see before they die. If you like, say why you think they're special.

1) Toledo, Spain. You know the Greco painting of thundercloud gathering over a city on a hill? That's exactly what Toledo looks like, even today. (Parenthetically, Monet's garden also looks just exactly like it does in his paintings (impressionist blobs of color); for that reason, I'm not including them on this list, although the flowers are lovely.)
2) Mohonk Mountain House, near New Paltz, NY. It's a rambling series of buildings, built in 1869, as a hotel. There's fun stuff like canoeing, hiking, rock-climbing... but the most important thing about Mohonk is the building: you can feel the comfortable protectiveness of the heavy, dark wood, the Victorian patterned carpets and wallpaper, the big rocking chairs on the porch, the nooks and cupboards in the tea parlor, the grand old staircases that have felt the tread of thousands of feet.
3) Exeter College chapel, Oxford University. The arts-and-crafts artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones met as students at Exeter college, and as they became famous in their own time, they graced the chapel of their alma mater with paintings, tapestries, and other textiles. The majestic gothic form of the chapel is the perfect setting for the Preraphaelites' work, and their motifs echo the red-and-yellow enamel tiles of the chapel's medieval floor.
4) The New Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames in London. I saw Henry V there as a groundling, in period Elizabethan costumes, with an all-male cast, double-cast as the first production might have been (the guy who played the Boy also played Katherine).
5) The Fox Point neighborhood of Providence, RI. This is where John Brown, Stephen Hopkins, and the other famous founders of Rhode Island settled; their houses are still there, but more importantly, they are surrounded by houses built in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. Some streets in the neighborhood are just barely wide enough for a car, and you can imagine you're trying to drive a pair of horses into the carriage house. But I recommend walking, looking at the little signs on the houses that say when they were built and _by whom_, and speculating about how these people were related to each other and the circumstances that surrounded their building of a new home.

happy foods

Mar. 8th, 2005 05:39 pm
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These foods (and drinks) make me happy:

1) pesto. I thawed out some pesto the other night, which I froze when I harvested my basil in September. Adding fresh garlic made it fresh, and I've been stinking wonderfully ever since.
2) hot milk with honey.
3) peanut butter cookies. my recipe has no flour; it's like a dense lump of protein.
4) my grandfather's fried potatoes.
5) teriyaki salmon.
6) chicken shumai with hot mustard paste.
7) my mom's raspberry-cherry pudding with custard.
8) raspberry tart with a crust made of almonds.
9) nova lox with cream cheese on an everything bagel with capers.
10) spicy eel maki.

mmmmmyum.
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Ten things I've done that I don't think anybody on my friendslist has...

1) Had something I wrote criticized by Kurt Vonegut.
2) Built an Edwardian evening gown.
3) Worked for a circus (hoopdiver is the exception to this one).
4) Biked from Inman Square in Somerville to the far corner of Lexington (10 miles uphill).
5) I went up to a street performer at Covent Garden after his show and asked to borrow his flaming torches (which were still flaming). He let me, and I juggled them, and I handed them back to him.
6) Composed puzzles for a puzzle event at my college and ran the event by myself.
7) Stage-managed a show in which one of the performers had a seizure on stage.
8) I grew up in a household that didn't have a TV (again, hoopdiver doesn't count).
9) Wore my hair in braids every day for 13 months.
10) Was chased by Canada geese at Wheaton College.

If anybody matches one of these, I shall think of something else I've done that you haven't. :P
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These are the places I lived for four weeks or more:

Providence, RI 1978-2002 (off and on)
Northampton, MA 1997-2000
Littleton, NH summer of 1998
Center Valley, PA summers of 1999 and 2000
Oxford, England summer of 2000
New Orleans, LA Dec-Jan 2000-2001
Orlando, FL Jan-May 2001
Lenox, MA summers 2001, 2002, and 2003
Hartford, CT Aug-Sep 2002
Somerville, MA:
Winter Hill Jan-Aug 2003
Inman Sq. Sep 2003 - Aug 2004
Porter Sq. Sep 2004 - present
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As far as I can tell, this meme consists purely of conjecture, as I have not seen the bookshelves of most of the people on my friends list. But here goes:

A book you own that no one on your friends list does: a facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer.

A CD you own that no one on your friends list does: Random Acts of Music, by Clean and Friendly. Also: Limbic Rage, by Amoebic Ensemble.

A DVD/VHS tape you own that no one on your friends list does: the 2000 Fall Dance Concert at Smith College, which I stage managed.

A place you've been that no one on your friends list has been: Backstage at La Nouba.


In other news, I am babysitting for Madeline for the third full day in a row. Poor kid's had a fever since Monday morning. She's napping now. Next week, one of two things will happen: either I will be back to my normal schedule, trying to catch up at Costume Works, or it will be my turn to have a fever for four days. Come to think of it, it's possible that both of the above will happen.

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