Sunday, December 09, 2007

marry me, hugh laurie*

Most people hate their parents for, like, grounding them.

Me? I am angry mine got me hooked on House, M.D.

*My husband objects to this blog post title. I cannot fathom why, but I agreed to register his objection.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

two entirely useless conversations

At dinner:

Jim: "So, who are the "merry gentlemen' in the carol?"

Me: "Um, the...people. You know. That you sing to when you go a-wassailing."

Jim: "Just like the guys in the street, then."

Me: "Yeah." {Beat} "Or, you know, penguins."

Jim: " ... "

Me: "I just have this visual of A Muppet Christmas Carol."

Jim: "Oh, right. Penguins."

Later, watching the taped news:

Me: "Yay! It's David Gregory."

Jim: "Yeah."

Me: "Holy shit--it is still snowing here!"

Jim: "You just realized we live where he's filmed, didn't you."

Me: "Shut up."

Monday, November 05, 2007

triple squee

Recently, my best friend had some big news moments. See, her book -- coming out, oh, I don't know, basically today -- has made some advances in terms of where and how it will exist in future publishing arenas.

By which I mean, I don't think I can give away the details that I accidentally did before, so I'm being intentionally vague and syntactically confusing. Grammar rules!!!

Hahahaha. Grammar...rules...get it? Yes, pun intended. I am so hoping to be nerd-famous by association.

But of course, good things must come in threes. (Hey, if bad things always do, why not good? I'm equal-opportunity that way.) So along with the prospects of international travel and lightening the weight of a suitcase filled with copies of her opus, it would seem that some sparkle and smiles are also in the picture. Vicarious happiness (and deco diamonds) light up my life. Huzzah!

Now, can someone tell me how to say "Will you visit me in Hilton Head?" in Urdu?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

welcome to camezotz

As anyone who has ever met me is probably aware, one of the books that most changed my life is Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

(It also, apparently, did so for Sawyer in LOST. Woo!)

My father first read the book to me as a bedtime story. Even though I was just at that age where, beginning to read, I would peer over his shoulder to read ahead, nothing ever matched his ability to do the amazing voices of the Three Ladies. To this day, each time I reread the book (an act I do every year or so), I hear those voices in my mind's ear.

The book is such a part of my being that my go-to quotation is straight from it* -- a book which, in a very tongue-in-cheek nod to the literary world, L'Engle began, "It was a dark and stormy night."

L'Engle passed away this weekend at the age of 88. I hope I will reread her book each year until I am at least that age.

And speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.

To you, Mrs. Whatsit.

*Apparently, if you Google "Speaking of ways, by the way..." my blog is the third hit. I happily assume the mantle of the Mrs. W's.

Monday, September 10, 2007

the queen of hearts, she made some tarts

What I have learned from law school so far:

Torts are not the same things as tortes.

Not to malign the law profession, but I'm thinkin' I prefer the latter.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

who needs career counseling?

An online chat with my husband.

Me: "So, are you back from the bookstore?"

Jim: "Yep."

Me: "And? Good books?"

Jim: "I know deep down that these books should be indescribably boring..."

{pause in typing here}

Jim: "but"


Jim: "I just cracked open Torts and Compensation and I'm pretty jazzed. So I think that's a good sign."

Me: "Hahaha yeah. I bet it's also probably the only time that sentence has been written."

Jim: " :-) "

Me: "I think I can safely say you're going to enjoy law school."

Thursday, August 09, 2007

well, maybe it *is* better than episode 2

...or at least cheaper.

i don't think we're in kansas anymore

Every area of the country has its endemic form of inclement weather. Where I grew up, that weather took the shape of roaring, howling funnel clouds that ate up everything in a straight-line path from where they touched down. That's right: I grew up in Tornado Alley. (True story: On the first Monday* of each month at 11 a.m., the towns would test the tornado sirens, and it wasn't until I'd lived away for a few years that I realized that this wasn't something that happened everywhere -- which itself I only realized because I suddenly noticed the silence.)

In third grade -- and then, due to a somewhat hilarious scheduling glitch, again in fourth -- my class sat through a presentation on tornadoes from one of the local meteorologists. I'm pretty sure it was the secondary guy from Channel 5, and I remember that it was Channel 5 (then, at least, the local NBC affiliate) because they were the ones with Doppler Radar before anyone else.

Doppler was a big thing. Every spring, we'd hit a stretch of tornado weather, meaning that I'd go to school and it would be all sunny and lovely, and by the time my mom picked me up in the afternoon, the sky would be turning green and everything would be inhumanly still, so we'd go down into the basement when we got home and I'd do my homework watching reruns of "The Cosby Show" because they were syndicated on Channel 5, which had the fancy-shmancy tornado- and lightning-tracking radar updates.

Anyway, I learned a lot about tornadoes from that presentation, and not just because I sat through it twice. No, I learned with a ravenous hunger for knowledge because tornadoes scared the living crap out of me. I had to know everything I could possibly know about them, just so that I could get to sleep at night when the weather was horrible by telling myself that no, that rainshaft or cumulus mass in the sky was not a wall cloud, there was no internal rotation, and in any case the there would be no spot on the ground for the funnel to build up from (which is key to a strong tornado), as we lived in a hilly and populated area -- but anyway it might be a good idea crack the window to relieve the internal pressure build-up just in case a funnel forms and lowers the pressure outside** and besides, that makes it easier to hear the warning sirens, amen.

Not that I was paranoid.

I've sort of come to look upon those tornado days fondly, not only because I'm an adult who understands that a crazy tornado is not going to reach in my window and grab me (my parents never used to let me watch the sepia-toned part of The Wizard of Oz, and I think it's now clear why), but also because I live far far away from where tornadoes should generally happen.

Or so I thought until yesterday, when there was a confirmed tornado touchdown in Brooklyn.

Really? What the hell? I mean, honestly: I know a lot about this weather phenomenon and it should not happen in Brooklyn.

Or, as Elizabeth put it, "The world is coming to an end." Which is probably not far off the mark, so we need to make plans to get together, or at least get some super-fancy shoes, before the apocalypse.

*Does anyone remember if it was actually Thursday instead? I just remember it always happened during Latin class my junior year, and we could hear the Ladue siren much better than usual from the third floor.

**I know that this is considered a myth, that the pressure differential would not be enough to blow out glass. I don't care.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

a necessary precaution

Me: "Hi, Mom!"

Polley: "Hi honey, how are you?"

Me: "I'm great! And before I go any further, I need to preface the rest of this conversation by saying we are not pregnant."

And that, my friends, is how you start a conversation about baby health with your in-laws.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

the kind of fun we have: a pictorial

Laura: "So, have you ridden your air mattress yet?"

Me: "I...what?"

Laura: "Ridden your air mattress."

Me: {confused} "Um, like, down the stairs? Or..."

Laura: "Hahaha, no. Remember, I told you I can ride the air mattress while it inflates?"

Me: "Oh! Right! I totally forgot about that. And it kind of eats you up and spits you out?"

Laura: "Yep! Wanna see?"

Devin: "Why have we not been doing this for entertainment on a nightly basis?"

Monday, July 09, 2007

please, sir, may i have some more?

The biggest response to my last post has come in the form of my friends (female) asking about the shoes.

First of all, I have to note that I posted the picture of my shoes because, while I do believe I looked pretty good on Saturday night, most of the pics that we took with our camera either (a) don't show my dress or (b) aren't that fantabulous. I am hoping beyond hope that one or more of my cousins got a better shot, because frankly, I'm kind of as much in love with the dress as with the shoes. (Cousins? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?)

Now. On to the shoe wonderfulness.

The Glorious Red Shoes (tm, and not to be confused with the movie of almost the same name which is lovely and sad) were acquired in Georgetown, with my mother, at the Steve Madden store. We had good luck there in Charleston and we stopped in here to find Mom a pair of flip-flops because her flats were giving her blisters, and I found the red patents I'd been craving for months.

Because the shoes are from a retailer who is happy to create products in various and sundry colours, they are indeed available in navy patent (Jasmin) and ivory/white (Torie). Not necessarily online, but yeah. And! They are sale-priced!

I'm telling you. I should be a personal shopper. Shoes, glorious shoes...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

lucky ducks

We attended the wedding of my cousin Andy and his wife Barbara this weekend, up in Baltimore. To be more precise, we attended the wedding yesterday, which -- for those of you who have of late been vacationing either on Mars or under a rock -- was 7/7/07, a date deemed auspicious and thus booked out the wazoo for weddings across America (and beyond, too).

Because we were "groom's side," it was one of those events where we knew half the people really well and the other half, essentially, not at all, so we ended up spending all the time with the family -- which was, I have to say, well worth it. My cousins are pretty uniformly awesome people, and I say this knowing full well that (a) some of them probably read this and (b) they know enough about me that I must never ever anger any of them in the slightest way.

Hi, Shapiro cousins! I love you!

Seriously, though, we had the best time hanging out in Relative Central. If there's one thing that the cousins know how to do, it's get dolled up to the nines and rock one hell of a party. Particularly with an open bar. (Kidding! Well, not really. OK, not at all.)

We also spent a lot of time with my parents, who came to D.C. first and helped us put the finishing touches on the apartment (NOT THAT I HAVE MY COFFEE TABLE YET, STUPID SHIPPING COMPANY). We did a little exploring in Georgetown and the Penn Quarter, had dinner at Jaleo, and then drove up to Baltimore together; on Sunday, we had brunch at and explored the Baltimore Museum of Art, which was a completely lovely place and has a stunning collection of Impressionists, mostly Matisse. We had to drop the folks off at the airport today and I already miss them.

And, of course, Barbara and Andy seemed happier than is humanly possible to be. They're very sweet together and also very ready for children, which is awesome, because they live forty-five minutes away and I can visit. Huzzah!

Mazel tov, Mr. and Mrs. Klau!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

pogue a-go-go

OK, I admit it. I have a weensy geekcrush on David Pogue.

Did I say "weensy?" Yeah, so by "weensy" I clearly meant "ginormous, or the same size as an old ENIAC-era mainframe." Hee.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

for luke, wherever this may find him

Recipe: Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Time: 5 minutes, plus 12 hours’ resting

1/3 cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best)
Milk (optional).

1. In a jar, stir together coffee and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours.

2. Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk.

Yield: Two drinks.

Next time, kid!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

this post is entirely for laura soto

I love lamp!

(I know there are others of you out there who will appreciate this. Some, like my parents, will think I've totally lost my mind. Either way: Enjoy, kids!)

life, she is a taskmistress/interior decorator

So the rest of our furniture came today.

Only it didn't.

Perhaps I should back up, yes?

One month ago, oh, tomorrow (give or take, going by dates and not days of the week), we left Maine. We left Maine while almost all of our Earthly Belongings stayed there, in the same apartment they had inhabited since we arrived in Maine three years earlier.

Recently, the Earthly Belongings joined us in the District of Columbia. This was a greatly pleasing event, but given that we have upgraded the total square footage of our living space, we ran into the problem of Not Having Quite Enough Stuff (tm).

We knew this was going to happen and had, in fact, planned for it by acquiring new Earthly Belongings that were due to arrive shortly after the old ones did. This was our first-anniversary-and-Christmas gift from my parents (hi Mom and Dad! Best gift ever and we love you!!), and the stuff we picked out is absolutely the most wonderful stuff I've ever found -- I'm really, truly in love with it, and if you know me and my previous vague indifference to home decor, you know how big a step that is.

Until its arrival, we created some stopgaps that would soon be rendered obsolete (an end table as a coffee table, for example) and a few that would last until more Earthly Belongings of a less urgent nature took their place (the steamer trunk as a stereo stand).

Anyway, the new and wonderful Earthly Belongings arrived this morning. They came from South Carolina -- it would seem that we have created, via our decor, a very pan-United-Statesian home, as befits our new zip code, I guess -- and were everything we hoped for and more.

Except the pieces that didn't arrive.

As you have been reading this, you may have noticed that there are pictures of the dining room and bedroom. There are, very intentionally, not pictures of the living room, because one of the pieces that did not make the trek from below the Mason-Dixon line yet is, in fact, the new coffee table.

(We're also still missing the lamps that go on the bedside tables. You can just imagine them there.)

Adding to the frustration, though, is the fact that while we still do not have quite enough Earthly Belongings, we also have now too many Earthly Belongings. By which I mean, we have this ugly old television stand that we do not need and have no place for, but we do not actually have a good entertainment console-y type thing yet, so we're using the old coffee table and aforementioned steamer trunk. Now, a "good entertainment console-y type thing" is by no means an urgent necessity, so I'm not really complaining -- I'm just sort of dumsquizzled by simultaneously having stuff I don't need while not having stuff I sort of do.

Still, the bedroom is perfect and the dining room just makes me want to invite everyone over as soon as possible. (Yay!) Even Jim's office-cum-guest room is looking put together, and there will be pictures of that as soon as we get more light bulbs.

We are 95% completely settled. Of course, as y'all know, I hate limbo states and have the patience of a flea, so I'm focusing on the negative, which I shouldn't. Please be assured: I'm actually supremely excited, and when everything is really, truly, 100% done, I will be the happiest girl on earth.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

the interwebs are for geeks

I want this shirt.

Only problem is, I'd so write on it what they have on the sample:

Because I'm just that lacking in creativity. And I already have a Trogdor t-shirt, so effectively I'd be doubling up on the same element of geekiness.

Which, since I just not only thought that all through but posted it for the world to read, really shouldn't matter that much to me.


Monday, June 11, 2007

28 going on 80

After eleven days of sitting on the floor, I can say it definitively.

I hurt.


My husband, on the other hand, is remarkaby chipper.

Fuckin' aging. It sucks.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

embedded in the genetic code

Dad: "So your mother rented the perfect movie for the summertime."

Me: "She rented Dr. Zhivago?"

Dad: "How did you know that?!?"

Me: "Hi, related much?"

Saturday, June 09, 2007


I should point out that, while I've not so much been cooking of late, that's not to say we have not been, ah, continuing our oenophilic explorations.

And to that end, we are -- ok, honestly? I am -- enamored of Cork'd. It's a wine-review-cum-social-networking site, where you can rate and review wines and see what your friends are drinking or recommending. You can also keep a list of what's in your cellar...if you, you know, have a cellar.

Oh, and: your chosen friends on the site are referred to as your Drinking Buddies.

Yeah, I'm hooked.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

learn summat new ever' day

Jim and I went downstairs just now to try to catch Simpsons reruns in the lounge. Unfortunately, the digital cable connection is inexplicably out. This also means we can't watch So You Think You Can Dance tonight. Who's gonna TiVo it for us? (Pretty please?)

However, on the ride down to the lounge, we ran into a couple who were, well, possibly a weensy bit tipsy. When we got onto the elevator, see, I was carrying a glass of wine. No, I was not trying to numb myself for the five-floor ride; rather, I was taking my wine and a small bar of delicious Scharffen Berger 70% chocolate down to the lounge to enjoy while watching television.

Anyway, this couple -- probably the only people over forty-five, by the way, we've seen in our building since we moved here -- seemed slightly schnockered, looked at my wine, and asked if we were going up to the 13th floor. (Note: this was a downward-bound elevator.) We looked confused, I guess, because they went on to say there's a terrace there and you can take drinks.

Well, he said that. She said, "Hey, don't give away all our secrets!"

And that was awkward.

Anyway, they saw us off at the lounge floor, and when we discovered that the digital cable was not functional, we decided, what the hell, let's go to the top floor and see what we can see.

Well, turns out we have a pretty good view. It's not as great as if the terrace were on the southern side of the building, in which case I think we could see the Monument and possibly the White House. However, we can see the National Cathedral and Thomas Circle and it's just a nice, relaxing place to go. There's a little bench and a little--well, to me it looks kind of like a sukkah without the fruit, if that helps, which for more than half of you it won't --and it's really quite lovely.

We still have no stuff, but at least there are some perks thus far.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

*for the three-and-a-half of you who care

*I have not been adding menus to the sidebar because I have not been cooking.

I have not been cooking because I have been moving.


Menus will resume when I have my kitchen fully stocked again.

That is all.

You may go about your business. Move along.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

greatest. book review. ever. (spoilers!)

"Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert. Passionate woman sleeps with men not her dull husband; ignores child; goes into debt; offs herself by arsenic; husband dies; Berthe works in cotton mill; pharmacist Homais gets legion of honor. Possibly the most perfect novel ever written, and possibly my favorite."

From my friend Matt McHale's blog. Go there. He bicycles to raise money for Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes, with which he was diagnosed in his early twenties, and has the greatest wife and most adorable son ever. Hi, McHales! Come visit us in D.C. -- or just send your too-cute-for-words child!

Monday, June 04, 2007

the relocation blues

Well, we're here.

Yep, we're safely installed in our new digs. And by "installed" I mean "I cannot wait to start work tomorrow if only because I should have a desk with a chair and not be sitting on the floor anymore."

This is because, while we made it to the District safe and sound with a very welcome week-long detour through South Carolina, our furniture did not actually even make it out of our Maine apartment until the day we arrived in the Mid-Atlantic, and it won't be joining us here for another week. (Props to Ms. Soto for her masterful supervision of the packing, and to Mr. Opperman for his masterful cleaning job.)

We have some bits and pieces because Mom and Dad were happy to provide certain necessities of which they had extras (thanks, Mom!) and because we bought a few other must-haves (thanks, credit card companies!), but essentially, we're living out of suitcases and picnicking on the carpet. Wait, no, that sounds lame. Let's call it "urban camping," shall we?

In all seriousness, though, it's really pretty great. Our apartment is in a fantastic location for us, so we have explored the neighborhood a little and realized we can walk to Whole Foods. This is, of course, a massive triumph for me. We are having dinner tonight with one friend, drinks with another, and brunch on Sunday with a third. And while walking home from dinner Saturday, we ran into a college friend on the corner right near our place. It's kind of awesome.

This is not to say that there have not been been a few snags -- above and beyond the moving-company hell, that is -- but overall, things are positive. The bathroom has two doors, but one won't open alllll the way due to the placement of the toilet (a common apartment foible, but still). The dishwasher is slightly smaller than my previous one -- but I have a double sink! And a gas stove! And an ice-maker! Most vexing during this time of Furniture-Free Living, though, is the fact that the pass-through counter is not meant to be a breakfast bar, so unless I buy extra-tall bar stools, I can't use it for least, not without thinking creatively. Last night we decided not to eat dinner on the floor and used our big CD storage books as booster seats so we could eat at the counter. We still weren't quite at the right height, so our feet dangled freely and our plates were a little too close to our chins, but hey, if four-year-olds can do it, so can we!

We've also decided we should paint before our stuff arrives, but that means driving the six hours round-trip to and from Warminster to borrow painting accoutrements from the Malteses. The idea of getting back in the car half makes me cringe, but then I realize, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing, since spending Friday night there means a real bed and not an air mattress. And chairs...

I'd post pictures, but we packed the digital camera's cable. That's probably for the best -- this way you'll see it when it's all gussied up, and when my hip flexors don't ache from contorting myself all over the damn place.

It's good. It's gonna get better. Welcome to D.C.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

only at an arti(choke)sts' colony

Rachel: "Someone here--I don't remember who--has tried it. Said it's really bitter."

Me: " That? Made my day."

Rachel: "You're so easy."

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

the family i've made

A select few of the friends we've made here in the Land of Port (...ha!) are more family than friends. They won't easily be lost from my life, and this is a tribute to them.

One is a younger brother who is trying to make it as an artist. He's talented and awesome and everyone should book him for a gig.

Another may be even younger, but is too much like me for words. (Well, if I'd been a younger-sib boy rather than an only-sib girl.) He's got an amazing mind and astounding intellect, and it stuns me more than I can say.

And the last is the younger sister I never had but probably always wanted. Plus she has inherited all our leftover alcohol and our air-conditioner. Whee.

You're all expected in DC, kids. Don't forget it.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

because i am an emotional wreck about moving: a poem

Remember that afternoon at
the old covered bridge
smack dab in the middle
of nowhere, New Hampshire?
The bronzed marker cried history
as we made over the world
inhabiting a fairy-tale castle
caught out of time, scaling
splintery turrets to hang
dangling our toes into the
moat below, trading the lookout,
scanning the fish-borne ripples for
signs of Prince Charming’s
barque lured by our siren anthem
felled by our skipped stones.
Oak planks long ago exhaled
dying breath into the brittle
thinning gasping autumn
air, shocked and bled out life
warmth into winter’s killing
kiss. Seventeen
tints of gray, dotted
here and there the red paint that
once welcomed those who crossed
no longer.
Sun streaming through gaps
like beestings in the roof
over our shoulders hair scraped
elbows and browned knuckles,
we laughed, little girls,
stringing dandelions into
dungeon chains and playing princess
until the shadows doubled our height.
In them we shuddered to see a hint,
grown women,
but we shook off the dandelion yoke
and ran home,
all skinny knees and ankles.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

regina registrar

Main Entry:
alteration of Middle English registrer, from registren to register, from Anglo-French registrer, from Medieval Latin registrare, from registrum
: an official recorder or keeper of records: as a: an officer of an educational institution responsible for registering students, keeping academic records, and corresponding with applicants and evaluating their credentials b: an admitting officer at a hospital

Or, as I like to think of it: I get to stage manage the whole school. I'll also be teaching and, most likely, advising Model U.N. So, to sum up?

So. Awesome.


that's what friends are for

Ideas for Rachel's bio in the Goucher anthology, as put forth by the gang at Downtown Lounge:

Rachel would like to know if you have a guest room. Tonight.

Rachel can be reached at "Itinerant Mini Cooper, Maine License Plates, U.S.A."

Rachel went to Yaddo. So there.

Rachel is from Colorado, Washington DC, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Maine, and probably some other places...yeah, she's just that cool.

Rachel knows a lot about guns, and knows where you live.

Rachel has some very awesome friends who enjoy living vicariously through her, because she is the best!

Monday, May 14, 2007

i think i might artichoke

On Saturday night, I went out for the most fantabulous girls' night out ever with Cat and Alisa. We sat at the bar at Chez Henri and ate a bunch of delicious food (duck tamale, smoked baby octopus, empanadas....mmmm) and even more delicious cheeses. We drank various cocktails containing rum and cava (namely, the rhum cocktail marilene, the mojito, and the pomegranate 75, if you are interested).

Then we noticed a bottle on the shelf called Cynar.

As we were waiting for our check, Cat pointed out that she'd noticed it earlier but forgotten to mention it when Alisa and I showed up. It seemed as though the label was decorated with an artichoke, which all three of us found...odd.

Don't get me wrong -- we all actually love artichokes. Eating them, anyway. But a liquor made from artichokes? It seemed unusual enough that although we pretty confidently identified the design as an actual artichoke blossom, we figured we had to be mistaken, that the label must not reflect the contents in any way other than, perhaps, metaphorically. And despite our earlier imbibing, we weren't, well, "prepared" to taste it to find out. We just decided we must have been misled.

As it turns out? Not so much.

See, Alisa and I returned to Dick's apartment to find the menfolk playing Wii, so we decided to do a little internet research.

And wow were we--and, once we relayed the information, was Cat--glad we didn't decide to try it. Seriously: artichoke liquor? That would not have been the ideal end to an otherwise ideal evening.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

"be intamit with marge"

Things to do in Portland before we go:

1. Barbecue ribs on Laura's deck, thereby convincing Devin that our ribs are the best. Ever.

2. Disassemble Rachel's lamp and toast the accomplishment of said disassembly with bubbly on her deck, savoring her amazing view.

3. Think about if we missed out, having just a balcony instead of a true deck. (Hmmm...)

4. Pick at least one of our favorite restaurants and get there again. (555 perhaps?)

5. Buy a case of Citra Montepulciano magnums to take with us, since the price is rather ridiculous. (Note: Already done!)

6. Decide unilaterally to postpone a cheese-tasting for the District in an effort to force dear friends to come visit. Also because we already have the wine.

Go to the beach. (I have a feeling this one is gonna bite the bullet, since we clearly gave priority to number 5...Oh well.)

8. Find a way to pack up all my SAT materials without too much effort. Well, and by "all" I mean "all the ones that aren't tests or grids that I can shred, because, come on." I'm keeping the teacher's editions, even though there's every chance I {sniff} won't be using them again {sniff sniff}.
Yeah, I know I bitch and moan about SAT prep, but this last class was wicked awesome, as proven by the fact that they let me take their picture. I really enjoyed teaching them, and it's rather bittersweet to go out on a high note.

9. Try extra-hard not to think about the rest of it. Not to think about the friends we've made here who have almost become family (me to Laura: "I'm like the big sister you never wanted!"). Not to think about how we all say we'll visit even as we know life is going to pull us in directions we can't anticipate (key words: Yaddo; Milton; AUP) and that, while we'll still make it happen, it won't be with the frequency and ease that we'd like. And, most importantly, not to think about how damnedly horrible it's going to be to pack up all these books again. Yargh.