Monthly Archives: September 2010

because you can.

This week, I urge you to read. Read something that you love, read something that you hate, read something that makes you think. Read because you can.

It’s Banned Books Week, and we should celebrate. Celebrate your right to take in the words on the page – to see them and feel them and interpret them however you see fit. In more official terms (aka according to the American Library Association) “Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.”

It’s strange to think about the books we read or have read – and to imagine not being allowed to experience them. Seriously, look at these lists on the Frequently Challenged Books page. There’s a menu on the left side where you can browse by year, or see classics that have been banned or challenged – you won’t believe it.

Zora Neale Hurston makes the list with Janie and Their Eyes Were Watching God, as does Maya Angelou with the autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. William Golding and Aldous Huxley’s school-age classics, Lord of the Flies and Brave New World have their own respective spots, and William Faulkner’s excruciatingly frustrating and simultaneously genius (yes, I have strong opinions about what I read) As I Lay Dying is also on the list. More recently, J.K. Rowlings’ unique and well-crafted Harry Potter series has had to stand up to the challenge as well.

And last but certainly not least, The Great Gatsby stands alongside other intelligent, worthwhile and life changing literature as a text that has been challenged or banned. And so, if none of this (somehow) has meant anything to you – here is my plea. Read something this week. Do it for me. Do it for F. Scott Fitzgerald and for Daisy and for Jay. Do it because of the beauty and the misery, the true love and tragedy that I found within the pages of my favorite book in the universe. I would not read or think the way I do now were it not for that brief peek into the Fitzgerald’s rendition of the East and West Egg. I would not be myself if I’d never read The Great Gatsby (over and over again).

Call me crazy, call me dramatic, call me whatever you want. I don’t care. Just read something. Read anything. Just read. And be thankful that you can.



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a million miles a minute.

since last friday…

1. bridesmaid dresses tried on, chosen, and ordered. YAY!

2. to go along with #1, a trip to dc with many of the best people i know.

3. finally, a restocking of the barren land that was our fridge. thank goodness for sam’s club and for alex pushing the cart. :)

3. a delicious dinner – and thankfully, plenty of leftovers. (see #5.)

4. a trip to the doctor’s office, and a bottle of eye drops. boo.

5. another new job. a second job, for bill-paying and peace of mind.

life is fast. i’m breathing deep and pushing through. more posts with pictures coming soon. promise.



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sibling saturday [30]

Only a few minutes late this week, folks. Yesssssss. Check it.

Happy weekend. :)

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with what you’ve got.

Usually I’m really good at going to the grocery store. I go often, I make lists beforehand, I shop smart, you know? This week – not so much. On Sunday night, I went on a quick groceries run before Al got home, and told myself I’d go on a more thorough trip the following night. Monday night came and went – I didn’t get home until too late, and I was exhausted. Last night I went to PetSmart for food for my babies, and couldn’t muster up the energy for the grocery store too.

I did, however, want to make Alex some dinner. I’d taken out chicken to thaw in the morning, but decided to do something a little more exciting, too. I used the last of a package of pasta as a side dish, and created a delicious little vegetable medley in a saute pan. Inspired by a Crock-Pot meal I once was served by Lauryn, I sauteed red onion, apple, and sweet potato with butter, olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. As Al so eloquently put it: “Interesting. But delicious.”

Anyway, don’t get to thinking that I’m so creative or something to think up that combination. Onion, apple, and sweet potato were literally the only fresh foods we had on hand – so I did something with them! You should try it some time. It’s a fun game, letting your fridge get completely bare and finding ways to use the final things on the shelves. And if you play, keep me updated. I’m always up for something new. :)

Happy Wednesday!


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with arms high.

It’s so nice to have weekends. Real, true, raw weekends. No homework, no other jobs, just a break. The beauty of the real weekend may not be part of my life for much longer, but for now, I’m enjoying it while I can. This past weekend, Alex was out of town and I spent two nights at my parents’ in the Gooch. I got a ton of knitting done, enjoyed the time spent with family, and breathed.

Here’s a snapshot of the tone of the weekend. As you can see, it’s times like these that make the ever-busy, always overextended weekdays go by at least a little faster. Cheers, lovelies. :)

PS: Don’t judge my unladylike dog. Nobody ever promised she had manners. :)

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sibling saturday [29]

I know, I know. Sibling SUNDAY. Cut me a break already. :) This one’s in honor of our trip last weekend. Enjoy!

J’s online.


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a little of this, a little of that.

As promised, here are more knitting updates. I’m totally in love with the yarn in these next two projects — both skeins were purchased from what I deem the most amaaaaazing knitting store on earth. It’s called The Knitting Addiction, and it’s in the Outer Banks. Jeanne, the owner, is so knowledgeable and helpful. They have this incredible open door policy where you can basically come in and they’ll help you with anything, anytime. All that they ask is that you purchase materials from them! Just sit on the couch, talk to cool peeps, and learn how to knit rockin’ stuff. No scheduled classes, no hassle, just exactly what you need. Love it. This scarf is almost totally finished:

I’m also determined that I’m going to learn how to make socks, but since I’ve only ever knit rectangular things until last weekend, I figured I needed an in between project. So, with Jeanne’s help, I got started on an awesome slouchy hat. Here’s the work in progress:

Cool, huh? I have no idea how to finish it, but for now I’m just knitting happily away. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

In other news, this week has been busy! Al has a test tomorrow morning, I started taking a yoga class (which is big news for me – until now, I’ve adhered to a strict no-downward-dog-in-public policy), and we’ve been dog sitting. This is my parents’ dog, Raja:

While he hasn’t been miserable, the poor guy hasn’t exactly been relaxed either. Let’s just say that Charlie is just about the most lovable and friendly dog ever, and Raj can’t really handle it. The first night, he was barking like crazy every time Charlie sniffed him. And in case you’re wondering how often that was — Charlie followed him around for hours. To give you a frame of reference, here they are side by side:

Yeah. Raja is the size of Charlie’s head. See? You’d be freaked out too! The only time he rests is when we go to bed — and Roxie isn’t great at sharing so the two of them are mashed up beside me in the bed all night. It’s been a week to remember. :)

Happy almost weekend, lovies. I’m really going to faithfully re-enter the world of the back burner (aka post on a less sporadic schedule) soon. Promise.



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