Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Pretending to be simple (read: dumb) was certainly encouraged in my day (mother: "you should let him win at backgammon" me: "why? I'm a better player").
Girl-child was introduced to someone new on Thanksgiving, and she told me afterward, "your daughter is lovely; so pretty" and I wanted to say, "yes, and smart and hardworking, and accomplished...just to mention a few of her not-skin-deep virtues"
And then I stumbled upon this in Salon this morning, about The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
These socks are not actually done, but one is done and the second on the way. It's one of those pairs that kind of accidentally got started, and suddenly they're over halfway done.
This is the Montego Bay scarf, done with the sock yarn purchased when I was in Rapid City for my annual work conference in October. It's the perfect pattern for a skein of sock yarn. The colors are kind of cream, brown, blue and burgundy. Sort of. It'll go with a lot.
I also worked in the ends of three pairs of gift socks this weekend, cleaned the gutters and finished ripping out some carpet. Very productive weekend, plus there was good food and conversation. Hooray for long weekends!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Well! What a trip...Jackie Gleason tripping on LSD. Not kidding. Carol Channing is in it too. And Groucho Marx, playing God.
Stupid movie, but worth the trip. So to speak.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Girl-child received a hat recently from Rose the Gypsy. Rose had made one for the Minnesota Knitters' Guild service project this year, and sent it (along with two others) to my house so that I could deliver them (which I did, last Tuesday). When I told Rose that Girl-child was thinking of stealing one of them, an offer was made to deliver a custom order to her. It is, as you can see, adorable.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
You can't tell so much from this, but see the lamps? That's a start.
Cool prints on the walls, a mini-fridge, a full sized coffee pot with real mugs or paper ones to go, and a truck full of condiments.
The bathroom had a truck full of goodies too:
I don't think this is a functioning phone, but I liked it anyway. We had a little sitting area with two chairs and a table, and free wireless.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Right now they have a little bit of construction going on. Progress and all that:
There are beautiful views all around, though, from the library (the best building on campus, as it should be):
They live their philosophy, reusing and recycling as much as possible. The library building has a lot of re-used material and the bike cage below was a student project that basically collects bikes and bike parts so that folks who need one can have a bicycle available for their use.
The bathrooms have bottles which were excavated from a building site worked into the walls, along with collected stone (the old clinic burned down years ago, the refuse and remains plowed back into the ground) .
I like this sort of thing. You know you're not in Minnesota any more when there's vegetation like this.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
While the pilots were diligent about a clean windshield (very reassuring), and everything was a go, we had a few problems with flights being too full for us to board.
I think we were bumped a total of six times (three to Phoenix, two to Las Vegas and once to Cincinnati. Yes, Cincinnati. Don't ask.
Good thing I had plenty to do during all that airport time
The area is beautiful
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
A Greenward Palindrome
by Barry Duncan
IN WHICH A CONVERSATION WITH TWO U.S. SENATORS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE EVOLVES QUITE NATURALLY INTO A CELEBRATION OF THE CAMBRIDGE ECO-BOUTIQUE GREENWARD – ITS MISSION, ITS OWNERS, ITS STAFF, ITS INVENTORY, ITS PATRONS, AND ITS SPIRIT – ON THE OCCASION OF ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY
Won't I note Ben? Oh, still a cold, raw NE. Ergo: two nos. Day as dismal, climate big. Get Sen. (R- OK), sir. One disputes data in “war”? Damn, I do. Oh, retro? Paper a sham, lacks a bite. Mine position won. Kyoto? Negate; J.I.'d abet. Saw one rot. (Sneer.) Gas to low temp. Oh, sad loser, eh? Sit. Ah. We sue re caps, ocean?
Wows, is up: Mural a gem. It still, a ballet, how one in every 3 is awed. Art on!
At 1764 M. A., as I view Otsu, mill at some mags, I gab gab on. Sin. A catnip, a Reknitz on a pup. (Is it paw art?) Sleets? A Totes. “I was, I tote.”
No. No, see? Seeps. We fed ample. He's so PC in a Gro diaper.
(A IPO to CEO? Greed, sir! A fast ego's evil. Slam in a tub! How?)
One do Rei me. Togs. All is soft, safe, no? Rattle. Moth. Asleep.
Store: no BPA. Can I spot SIGG? (Is not a bottle beer, then a refill?!) Listen, a LP tray. (A LP is naive.) Was gift – rats! – late, Mom?
Gab. Keel. So ten, if smart, lug a bare hot pans: To-Go's tiffins (ha! sets!). A Taza tastes...ah! Sniff it. So, got snap? To HER, a bag (ultra-Ms.-fine-to-sleek bag). Mo' metal? Start. Figs? Awe. Via N.? Si. Play. Art.
Planet's ill. Life ran, eh? Tree. (Belt to baton, SIGG is tops in a cap.) Bone rots, peels. Ah, to melt tar, one fast fossil. (L.A.'s got 'em.) I erode now. Oh, but animals live, so get Safari's deer.
Repaid organic posse? Help! Made few. Speesees on one tot is a wise tot. A steel straw apt: I sip up an oz., tinker, a pint, a can. I, snob? AG bag is game. Most. All. I must owe, I. Visa. Am 46.71. Ta! No? Trade.
Was I 3 yr. even (i. e., now)? Oh, tell. A ball? It's time. Gala! Rumpus!
I, S.W., own a eco space. Reuse what is here sold. A shop. Me. Two lots. A green store. No, waste bad. I? Jet age no toy. Know. No, it is open. I met, I bask. Calm. Ah, S.A., rep a Porter 'hood in MA. Drawn? I? A tad. Set. Upside: no risk, or nest egg. I bet a mil clams, I'd say. Ad.
So now to Greenward: Local. Lit. Shone. Bet on it now.
ACRONYMS, REFERENCES, ABBREVIATIONS, AND SUCH:
Ben = Ben Nelson, Democratic senator from Nebraska.
NE = Nebraska.
Sen. (R-OK), J.I. = James Inhofe, Republican senator from Oklahoma.
Kyoto = The Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mural a gem = Greenward's brilliant and iconic in-store mural, created by artist Craig Bostick.
1764 M. A. = 1764 Massachusetts Avenue, Greenward's address.
PC = politically correct.
IPO = Initial Public Offering.
CEO = Chief Executive Officer.
BPA = Bisphenol A, a potentially harmful chemical used in the making of plastic.
LP = long-playing vinyl record album.
L.A. = Los Angeles.
oz. = ounce.
S.W. = Scott Walker, owner of Greenward.
S.A. = Simone Alpen, owner of Greenward.
MA = Massachusetts.
COMPANIES AND PRODUCTS I MENTIONED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (and my apologies to those I missed – I'll catch you next time!):
Otsu = Little Otsu Publishing, stationery and greeting cards.
A catnip, a Reknitz on a pup = catnip toys and Reknitz reclaimed cotton dog sweater, both from West Paw Design.
A Totes = Totes Umbrellas.
in a Gro diaper = Gro Baby cloth diapers.
One do Rei me = Toby + Rei, eco-friendly baby clothes and accessories.
SIGG (mentioned twice) = SIGG of Switzerland water bottles.
a LP tray = LP snack tray by Vinylux.
To-Go's tiffins = tiffin set by To-Go Ware.
A Taza = Taza Chocolate, makers of organic, stone ground chocolate.
HER, a bag = HER Design, eco-friendly bags by Helen E. Riegle.
Figs = jewelry by Figs & Ginger.
Via N. = jewelry by Via Nativa.
Safari's deer = Bucky Cardboard Deer Trophy by Cardboard Safari.
Speesees on one tot = Speesees, organic gear for babies and tots.
A steel straw = stainless steel straws from R.S.V.P. International.
AG bag = bag made from upcycled materials by Alchemy Goods.