Thursday, January 12, 2012

Around Here

{Three Things}









1. We're on a tight budget here at the start of 2012, but damned if I didn't blow $5 on a a bag of luxurious  India Tree dark muscovado sugar from Mauritius for our morning coffee. Game-changer, people. P. and the doglets and I haven't all been together in one place since our August Scamp trip, so big mugs of good coffee + early morning off-leash romps in Prospect Park = January bliss.

2. Thank you notes are so much more fun on Leah Giberson's trailer painting stationery, courtesy of my witty sister in law. Nothing says classy like a 1959 canned ham trailer. Speaking of staying classy, I'm slowly making my way through David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. I have a bone to pick with you, David Mitchell, and that bone is the four hundred pages of 18th century Dutch sailor jargon you're inflicting upon an otherwise perfectly decent story. Example (say in pirate voice): "Mr. Cutlip, I want the marines to row the longboat, dressed in landsmen's slops, with cutlasses hidden below the thwarts in sackcloth." Aaargh! I mean, SERIOUSLY.

3. One last thing. War Horse: An Illustrated Review is probably the choicest bit of internet nerd genius I've come across all week. It had me giggling all morning, so I emailed it to my mom and then made her put me on speakerphone so I could listen to her laugh while she read it. Horse people are almost as crazy-wonderful as corgi people. But what happens when the horse people are also corgi people? Well, if you come to my show this weekend you get to find out.  Look for the heavy drinkers wearing Dansko clogs. (via the marvelous Maggie Shipstead)

So that's the latest in the world of bigBANG. Thanks for the ridiculously sweet, supportive comments about the show. I always want to throw up a little after I press "publish" on posts like that; obviously I don't expect everyone to like my work, but you just hope no one's going to throw rotten e-fruit at you from across the internet.  So, anyway, you guys are the best. 

19 comments:

  1. Puppy throat!

    I generally don't take sugar in my coffee (um, just HEAVY whipping cream, you know) but this might convince me. Perhaps I should seek it out.

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  2. I very rarely laugh out loud on ye old interwebs but that War Horse link def induced some nice guffaws.

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  3. Rache- muscovado AND heavy whipping cream would probably kill you with its deliciousness. DO IT. you'll also use the hell out of it with all your baking projects.

    ERB- so delighted you appreciated it. I keep going back to it and giggling at the illustration of her as runner/rider- "why did I draw this." mwahaha.

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  4. Omg. When I got to my little studio here in Paree, guess what the only book on the bookshelf was? Mmmhmm. And I didn't bring any books with me, so guess what I'm reading? Mmmhmm. Also, have you ever had palm sugar? They served it as a topping for oatmeal, um, where I was last month, and it's delicious. Molasses-y.

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  5. p.s.--I really want you to DNA test Spotty Miss D

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  6. Smaggletoof- you are IN for it. You will have pirate-talk in your head when you go to sleep at night, and I'd be lying if if I said I didn't clap my little hands in evil joy now that someone else has to read it, and that someone else is YOU.

    P.S. POINTER-LAB OR BUST.

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  7. Oh god - thanks so much for sharing. Just passed it on and shared a very much needed nerd laugh with a fellow horse lover over the illustrated review. I lost my shit over the part about her riding herself too. And thanks for the exposure to Hairpin - looks like one to add to the reader. :)

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  8. i'll take your share of the jargon, lily. i loved it.

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  9. I wonder if P is enjoying 'The Wind up Bird Chronicle' as much as I did? I've just started schlepping through Murakami's latest 'IQ84' and am loving it. 3 books in one volume - huge!

    Good luck with the show!!!!

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  10. Huzzah for the pups all in one place with you guys! Looks like some awesome quality time with Cuties (and the dogs). And that illustrated review is hysterical, thanks for the giggles!

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  11. i want to try that sugar! i love david mitchell's cloud atlas so much- sad to hear that new book is a tough one! the wind up bird chronicles is another fave- looks like you guys have everything you could ever need =)

    xo
    sami

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  12. So funny, my friend was just telling me yesterday how much she hated that movie, I sent it to her post haste. So good you are all together again...and it feels so good. I know what you mean about sending self-props out on the internets, it is an icky feeling sometimes. I have had some rotten e-fruit glistening on my computer screen from time to time. It is great for e-composting.

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  13. mmm, that sugar looks delicious. i need to start trying to make hot chocolate with only cocoa + cane sugar, i've decided...too much crap added to the powdered stuff, and who knows what is in the squeezable stuff!

    anyway what i was actually trying to (eventually) get at was that your time off together looks lovely: sunshine, walkies, and lots of reading. (and that british wildflowers book "including all the orchids" - brilliant, just brilliant.) :)

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  14. Thanks for the laughs this morning... the War Horse piece is great! Best wishes for a fantastic opening this weekend!!!

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  15. Oooh The Wind Up Bird Chronicles! It's been years, but I remember loving it.

    Totally trying your sugar rec... but I've been on a fresh almond milk kick in the coffee. Will have to wait until next winter for the whipping cream. That might be a little much for my January taste buds. Is more like November for me.

    AND the show is fabulous Lily-bean.

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  16. Oh god I love Lisa Hanawalt!! She is a comedic genius. Did you read her last piece for the Hairpin, "What Dogs Want"? Brilliant.

    Good luck with your show horse lady!!!

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  17. I have some catching up to to here, Lily, so let me make a list:

    1) I'm all about the small luxuries like that muscovado sugar.
    2) Congrats on the show! It looks amazing and I wish I could see it in person!
    3) Kiki Smith... again! I'm so star-struck
    4) I love that prefab cabin your family has.
    5) What a beautiful tribute post to your adoptive grandmother. She sounds like an amazing woman.

    xo

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  18. Wow! What a great sense of style you have! I love the colorful rugs! I am always struck by how they change a room. Keep up the good work. I must say, I really enjoy your blog!

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  19. mwah ha ha ha - I'm new to your blog (I know, it's a rock I've been livin' under) and have been slowly going through the archives when I found your post about David Mitchell's book - funny! Maybe because I'm a dutchy living in Australia, but I actually liked the lingo when I read the book a couple years ago, and have liked it even more every time I've re-read the book - bits like the one you quoted, I thought made it. Anyhoo, just wanted to let you know even though I'm a new convert, I'm really loving the blog!

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