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Kickin’ It Day 12: Ten Things

Today at Kickin’ It Old Skool, we’re sharing ten things we know for sure. There is very little that I know for sure, but I came up with ten:

    1. When you blend raw baby spinach into your fruit smoothie, you can’t taste the spinach.
    2. Vitamixes rock. So does the internet, and so do these things:

      head thing

      Head massage-y thing.

    3. There should be a name for that pink-orange color you get at sunsets and on the tops of wheat fields.
    4. We’re all different. (I’m not!)
    5. The sun. I know it for sure.
    6. The Hawaiian language is as beautiful as the Hawaiian landscape.
    7. Dogs and dolphins have got it going on.


      Dogs and a dolphin, with it going on.

    8. Truth and kindness.
    9. Only a handful of things really matter. Everything else should be fun or it isn’t worth doing.
    10. You know, books and music and art and storytelling, and the color of grass, and that kind of thing.


Kickin’ It Day 10: Show and Tell

Today is Show and Tell at the Kickin’ It Old Skool! I remember my dog, Socks, coming to school when I was a kid, and I wish I could show you him! Black, white, and brown, very fuzzy and cute.

Instead, here’s some of my painting. I have a thing for Claude Monet, and when I started painting, I began by making my own renditions of some of his. Not that I have a clue how to make mine sparkle like he did. He was so brilliant.

Here’s one:


My rendition of Monet’s The Seine at Argenteuil, Autumn 1873

And here’s another:


My rendition of Monet’s Haystacks at Sunset, 1889

The bottom one was my first ever painting as an adult, and it’s still my favorite, though most people prefer the top one.

And because they’re too gorgeous not to share, here are Monet’s originals:


Monet’s The Seine at Argenteuil, Autumn 1873


Monet’s Haystacks at Sunset, 1889


Kickin’ It Day 9: Favorite Movies

Today, Jamie and Shannon ask us about our favorite movies. (Or our “favourite” movies. You Canadians. 😀 ) At first I thought, “I don’t have any.” Then I read a bunch of other people’s lists and realized I have a ton. So here they are in categories!

Classics: Cary Grant, especially The Philadelphia Story, The Bishop’s Wife, and Charade; Bing Crosby, especially Holiday Inn and White Christmas; Doris Day, especially Pillow Talk

Book Movies: Harry Potter and Jane Austen adaptations

Johnny Depp movies: Finding Neverland, Secret Window, Benny and Joon, Dead Man

Movies about people who go to another country and find themselves: Shirley Valentine, Enchanted April, Midnight in Paris, Sabrina

Movies that are nominally romantic comedies but whose highlight is the supporting cast playing older members of specific ethnic groups: Moonstruck, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Return to Me

Movies that break the mold or are their own mold: Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother Where Art Thou, Best in Show, Grosse Point Blank, Being John Malkovich, Harold and Maude

Movies about the meaning of life: The Legend of Baggar Vance, I Heart Huckabees, Les Miserables, and they tell me I should see The Matrix

Comedies of Errors: The Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest

And two more: Eve’s Christmas and the original Star Wars trilogy








Kickin’ It Day 8: Share Where You Blog!

photoHere’s my desk! This is actually the perfect time for it to have its photo taken because it was just decluttered yesterday. The guided tour:

  • On the left we have my bed. (I live in a very small space. This also means that I have an extremely short commute.)
  • My computer is all happy, just back from being upgraded and tuned up by the wonderful people at Happy Mac. My browser is open to Suzie’s Eclectic Scrapbook, and behind that I have rotating images that are scans of this year’s vision cards, an idea I got from collage-and-computer-goddess Jamie Ridler.
  • My sister gave me that lovely vase of purple flowers.
  • One of the pens was bought especially for signing copies of my new book, on the recommendation of my writing buddy Earl Russell, who bought the same kind of pen for signing his new book.
  • The glass is plastic because I have a dropping-and-breaking-things disorder.
  • Light box on top of the printer to counteract seasonal depression. It gets less use here in Austin than it did up north, but it’s still invaluable to me.
  • That box underneath is not really holding a toaster oven, but file folders and office supplies. Same with the box next to it. The magazine tray on top was just yesterday totally cleared of a stack of papers that went nearly up to the top of the handle.
  • The boxes on the left, behind the chair, are holding my collection of Archie Comics, yes indeedy. And on top of that is one binder with my dissertation in it, and another binder with the manuscript of my book in it, featuring margin comments written by my book’s best friend, Colleen Moore.
  • I love my windows. This one looks out onto a big overgrown lantana bush, and beyond that, our backyard, garage apartment and laundry room, and a big ol’ tree.
Big ol' tree

Big ol’ tree.


Lantana bush in the summer.




Kickin’ It Day 7: One-Sentence Saturday

Hi there! My computer was off with the wonderful Happy Mac people all week, getting upgraded, so I took a hiatus from the Kickin’ It Old Skool blogathon. I have it back now! So here’s my post for day 7:

Today, the lovely Julie Rorrer is coming to my little house to advise me on decluttering. (Yay!)

Kickin’ It Day 2: Time Capsule

Day 2 of the Kickin’ It Old Skool Blogathon! Today we’re making a little time capsule by answering these seven questions:


My copy of The Complete Works of Jane Austen. Seriously!

What are you reading? I re-read Jane Austen and Harry Potter over and over again, and at the moment I’m going through my torn-up, waterlogged, taped-up, binder-clipped copy of Pride and Prejudice for the millionth time. I’m also catching up on reading friends’ books. For some reason, while I was writing my own book, I couldn’t read anyone else’s. So now I have a backlog. I’m in the middle of Earl Russell’s great memoir Cold Turkey at Nine: The Memoir of a Problem Child. Next I move on to Dan Simons’s and Chris Chabris’s The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us (What?! I love intuition! But I also love Dan, gorillas, and cognitive psychology. 😀 ) Then it’s on to Habits of the Heartland: Small-Town Life in Modern America, a great study of Viroqua, Wisconsin, written by my grad school buddy Lyn Macgregor.

What are you watching? Jamie Ridler’s Behind the Scenes videos! And Christmas movies. And the Harry Potter movie marathon. And Jen Lee’s interview with Tim Manley is on my list.

What are you listening to? Local folk! This week I’m going to see The Sea The Sea at the home of Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt.

What are you loving? I’m loving having my first book published and the chaos of getting oriented to the next phase of my life. I’m especially loving the sun when it appears this time of year! Love you, sun! Don’t ever leave me.

What are you wearing? Wine-colored nightie and socks when I started this post, blue sundress when I finished it.


Some of the clutter I’m clearing.

What are you creating? I seem to be very slowly creating a more clear, decluttered, aesthetically pretty and streamlined apartment/work space. Also many lists and calendars.

What are you looking forward to? Breathing room. Space. Empty space on my calendar. Space in my apartment. Space in my mind. Clarity.






Kickin’ It Day 1: Selfie

This is half me and half the fountain at Mueller Park, near where I live in Austin. Often there's a rainbow in this fountain, and there was a little one there today too but it was hard to capture both me and the rainbow!

This is half me and half the fountain at Mueller Park, near where I live in Austin. Often there’s a rainbow in this fountain, and there was a little one there today too but it was hard to capture both me and the rainbow!

I have all kinds of serious-type topics I keep meaning to blog about, but somehow I haven’t gotten going on those! And this month, just in the nick of time, Jamie and Shannon Ridler decided to sponsor  their “Kickin’ It Old Skool” blogathon–to help us all get away from “I really should be blogging” and back to the days when blogging was just a fun and silly way to share our lives. The perfect way for me to start off this blog! So here’s my post for Day 1’s topic: De Selfie. Thanks, Jamie and Shannon!