Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On the homefront

1. I was reminded that I hadn't brought my bike into the house when, a few minutes ago, I heard a bright "ding!" from outside the window. Thanks, Joe! Ringing the bell on my bike isn't quite his favorite thing in the world anymore, but it still ranks pretty high up there. He also likes to point at all the parts on the bike and have me name them, much like with his 1001 Trucks book. Peddle! Chaincase! Tire valve!

Speaking of which, did you know this blog went 100% carless for awhile? I assume Katie and Richard are still making extra grocery bike trips for watermelon. (This appears to be their largest car-free concern.) After hearing their story of brake woes, I promptly came back from MA to (less dramatic) tire failure. I eventually got those new tires I'd been putting off, but in the meanwhile I enjoyed the excuse to just rely on Old Blue for a solid couple of weeks.

Pro: I hate driving and have been missing the bike commute I had at my previous jobs. It turns out to be surprisingly doable despite having shifts as early as 8 am and as late as 11:30 pm.
Pro: Also, it's kind of creepy how quickly I got all summery and toned just from a lame short bike ride, especially given that I generally use this as an excuse to come home and eat pizza and cookies for dinner. I probably shouldn't be surprised that replacing ass-sitting in the car for an hour each day with vaguely human movement in the outdoors will have that effect...
Con: It's really quite easy to do the whole transit commute thing... assuming you don't want any space in between work to, you know, live. Good times.
Con: Double bike-->bart commutes on mondays, to work and singing. Well, mostly the one freaking hill up to the singing space. ZOMG THAT IS THE MOST EVIL HILL EVER.

2. With my erratic work schedule, I haven't been able to get to the farmers' markets like I used to. I hear you can buy fruits and veggies at these places called gro-ce-ry stores, but it's not something I ever remember to do. So I've been having serious produce withdrawal. Fortunately, this finally gives me the excuse I've been looking for to sign up for a CSA! Yay! I can't wait for the first delivery, which is obscenely close to home. Speaking of obscenely close to home, I finally found someone with local eggs who'll trade for jam!



(She had to delay the delivery, and ended her email with: "The up side is that the eggs will be only hours old. I hope this isn't a problem.")

3. I officially registered for classes! Woohoo! Confusingly, I didn't get very excited about class shopping. If you knew me in my college days, you'll realize that this is probably a good sign, in that it won't end up being the high point of my semester. Also, it's just the core required classes. I did look up professor reviews and essentially chose the sections with the best ratings smallest workload. For the record, these classes are:

LIBR200: Library and Society (AKA Libraries and You, or "Did you know your chosen field of study is Very Important, thereby justifying all the money you are about to spend?")
LIBR204: Information Organizations and Management (This one cracks me up because they describe it as: "Identifying distinguishing characteristics, culture and relationships of information organizations. Emphasizes theories examining the interaction between human beings and the organizations in which they work." But apparently this is a fancy way of saying we read pop-business books like Who Moved My Cheese.)

OH and I almost forgot the newly required 1 credit course.
LIBR 203: Online Social Networking (I'm pretty sure this is exactly what it sounds like. I also think they pretend it's Beyond Cutting Edge, but actually they use this course to weed out students who don't know how the people got into their computer screen and hence shouldn't actually be enrolled in a distance learning program.)

4. When I went out to take a picture of my eggs for illustration, Joe was giving new meaning to the phrase "all-terrain vehicle."




5. Also, I forgot that I had taken a picture of my buried treasure.



By which I mean Crouton stole an energy bar from me, buried it in the backyard, and dug it up again a week later. And yes, it was still sealed, and yes, I ate it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Forget our golden years, this blog is going back to school


In the literal sense that Katie, Richard and I are all going back for various graduate degrees. Eek. I'll be the first to take the plunge this fall, when I start clown college the MLIS program "at" San Jose State. I've been pretty much ignoring this fact, which I learned today from my orientation video is actually the recommended strategy.

I encourage you to click through to at least see the first slide. "And what you're seeing in front of you is in fact one of the entrance gates to San Jose State University and if you were coming to campus, that's probably one of the gates that you would actually walk through." Then they remind you that you're going to be sitting in front of your computer like a schmuck instead.

Anyway, I'm still stuck on the later slide where the lady with the nice accent tells you to enjoy your summer holiday, relax, and generally live like you were dying. "And I'd also encourage you not to get too worried. These are your last wonderful months of freedom and once you start into the program, you're going to become a very frenzied individual." THAT'S YOUR PEP TALK???

Vacationland

Thursday, July 14, 2011

4th annual Canada Day book report (by way of Bastille Day)

25! It's a nice, round number, sure, but it's a new low for me. Never (in the arbitrary 4 years I've been keeping track) have I read so few books in the months from Jan-June! Woe!

It's ok. Shake it off Edwards. Look, a chart!



So many non-traditional formats! Ooh, ahh!

1) The return of audio! It turns out the reports of the death of my stereo were greatly exaggerated. There's a funny story about my new trusty mechanic and my embarrassing rube goldberg-esque method of breaking things in my car, but that's not the point here. What's the point of this list item Rebecca? I like lists. I mean, look, I listened to 4 audiobooks just in the last couple months! Once I remembered that I would rather have a broken stereo than listen to dreamy literary fiction, all was well. Please do yourself a favor and check out Will Grayson, Will Grayson on audio.

2) Graphic novels! I read one! For the first time ever in life!

3) E-books! Like the good Librarian of the Future* that I am, I downloaded the Stanza e-reader for my ipod touch. I was skeptical of reading on a small screen but I actually found it to be super easy and natural. Sure, you "turn the page" more often, but this just involves a tiny thumb motion with the hand that's already holding the ipod. This means you can even read while eating, you know, ribs! Or some equivalent messy vegetarian food item! Genius! And my carry-on bag was so light on my last trip. Like audio, I wouldn't prefer to read anything too meaty in this format, but for travel and lunch breaks it's totally blowing my mind.

4) Oh yeah, plus some of those old-fashioned paper things that I spend all day carting around. Those are pretty good too. Especially riveting non-fiction like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Country Driving.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksCountry Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory








*Trademark 2011 Richard J. Lee, laser eyes and robot dog included.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The best part about pulling old files off of old computers...

...is finding amazing gems that you haven't seen since 2005. Like this written transcription of an actual conversation (AN ACTUAL CONVERSATION, people) that occurred between Richard and Rebecca, circa sometime in college:

REBECCA: "I can't decide which picture I like better because they're totally different."
RICHARD: "I can judge two totally different things... like sports and emotions. For example, I like baseball more than compassion."
REBECCA: "Do you really like baseball more than compassion?"
RICHARD: "Well, I like baseball more than patience. But I like patience more than hockey."

PS Apologies for neglectful blogging lately. My excuse is that I am busy having East Coast adventures involving most of my readers. Is that good enough?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Our shelter from the stormy blast / and our eternal home

Is it wrong that my best memories of singing this weekend are 3-part harmony in the car with questionable recall of the poetry? Tied with 4-part late night harmony in PJs?

In between our private harmonizing we did squeeze in time for the 11th annual PVADS and the 10th annual Harp of Ages sing at Laura's! If I did my math right, that's 21 years of 11 shapes!

And in between all those shapes we also found time to do a lot of nothing, which is what we do best. Mmmmm.

And even though it wasn't too hot I got to stick to benches with my favorite altos and eat a lot of watermelon.

And I am still full of potluck goodness and Mahoney home cooking.

In conclusion, WHY DIDN'T I TAKE MORE VACATION TIME???? WHY??

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Still blogging by proxy, with more visitors!

Well, as usual I'm too overstimulated by my western mass adventures to blog about them properly. Ok, full disclosure, I slept in and barely left the house today. But there's a lot going on here! For more on this, let's check in with Dan, who continues to do a better job of blogging about our lives than we do, despite being on the other side of the country.

Also, we squeezed in a visit from Ruth, Lauren and their Little Kicker! We love love love them, but we hate the pictures of all of us, and we lack Richard's mom's photoshopping skills, so here's the two most photogenic members.