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January 1, 2006

Overheard While Riding the Double Chair

Daughter to Father on the trail below: This looks like it's all ice, Dad.

Father to Daughter: It is all ice, dear.

January 16, 2006

What Goes Around Comes Around

Last summer when I visited my sister, we spent an afternoon visiting the Shelburne Museum, where we toured the 1950 House. What really made it fun was how familiar everything seemed, mainly because our grandmother's house in Orange is still very much the same as this recreated dwelling. A near duplicate of the refrigerator in the 1950 kitchen photo was in the Orange kitchen until it had to be replaced just this past fall. Recognizing all sorts of similar items preserved in a museum setting, gave me a new appreciation for familiar items in Orange which otherwise just seemed like regular stuff - the big glass cookie jar with the peanut handle on top where Grandma Pete's famous molasses cookies are always stored, the Peter Pan peanut butter yellow and red tin cans with handles we carry when we go blueberry picking, or the cupboard full of various-sized, thick green glass dishes with tops, that make storing leftovers way more fun than with Tupperware. The bedroom had maybe my favorite reminder of Orange - a lamp combination consisting of a round, three-legged, wooden table which had a pole on one side with holes in it. The light had a short pole of its own which could be inserted into whichever hole was the desired height, depending on whether you were sitting in a chair or maybe reading in bed. I read countless books by a light just like that while eating molasses cookies from a plate on its handy table, but I'm not sure where it is now. I guess because these things always seemed so common place, my Mom has never understood how some such items come to be collectibles, sold in antique stores for surprisingly large amounts of money.

Yesterday I did some errands in Cambridge and ended up on Mass. Ave. at Abodeon, my favorite store for 20th century modern designs in furniture and housewares. I always start off to the right as I enter the store, looking over the newly produced but classic designs, and then weave around past the jewelry and furniture to the authentic 60's and 70's housewares. Now I've seen the stacks of bright-colored plastic Heller dinnerware for sale there before, reminding me that the orange and purple service for eight I gave Michael to use in his first apartment might have been nice to have saved. What brought me up short though, was a simple white metal bowl decorated around the top with drawings of all kinds of fanciful mushrooms. As I reached for it, I chuckled, thinking of its exact duplicate, received as a present in the early 70's and sitting right now on a shelf in my kitchen cabinet. When I saw the price tag of $125 I practically yelled out loud, 'What? Are they crazy?' Then realizing I was the one precipitously close to appearing a bit insane, I laughed quietly to myself, and knew I was my Mother's daughter.

January 23, 2006

And Around Again

Spotted on a shelf in Las Vegas, and handily, just in time for Valentine's Day.

January 31, 2006

Tagged - I'm It

Thanks to Meg, I've got a chance to play the game everyone is playing, this internet game of lists. I'm curious about who started it, and when, but haven't succeeded in ferreting out that information. Anyhow it seems easy to play; just list four things for each category. Actually doing it has surprised me a little, with some categories downright hard to complete. Do you think you'll know me better after reading my lists? I guess that's the point.

4 jobs I've had

1. Mother
2. Physical education teacher
3. Software engineer
4. Riflery counselor at summer camp

4 movies I could watch over and over again

(I'm not much for movies but I'll give it a shot.)
1. Gone with the Wind
2. Amelie
3. Animal House
4. The Big Chill

4 places I've lived

1. Buffalo, NY
2. Springfield, MA
3. Brookline, MA
4. Larkspur, CA

4 TV shows I love

(I'm not much for TV either.)
1. 24 (new favorite)
2. Monkees (very old favorite)
3. Thirty Something (medium old favorite)
4. Can't think of another

4 places I've vacationed

1. Paris
2. Nantucket
3. Los Angeles
4. San Miguel de Allende

4 of my favorite dishes

1. Choucrote garni (I dream of following the Choucroute Route sometime)
2. Broccoli rabe with garlic (green and great)
3. Homemade pizza with walnut/cilantro pesto instead of tomato sauce
4. Fish sticks (as a kid because I could cook them myself)

4 sites I visit daily

1. eTrade.com
2. google.com
3. megnut.com
4. kottke.org

4 places I would rather be right now

1. Skiing at Mad River Glen because it's winter
2. If it was summer, the beach at Dionis
3. In spring it would have to be Paris
4. King Mountain in Larkspur any sunny day, and out there, there's plenty of them

4 people I am tagging

(This is a bit tough because I don't have many blogging friends.)
1. Kevin, a friend of Peter's
2. Julianna, another friend of Peter's
3. This site is apparently a family blog but it's Beverly who's emailed me about heyjud and seems pretty interesting and about my age, though I've never met her; I hope she sees this.
4. Marcia's Farmday sadly hasn't been updated since 2001 but if my sister remembers the password perhaps she can get it going again. I loved what she wrote on it.

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