Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm a Christmas unicorn!

I know it’s after Christmas, but I just heard this song by Sufjan Stevens this morning and I think it’s great!

I kind of have a l love/hate relationship to unicorns and maybe even Christmas. I can’t decide what my favorite line is because there are so many good ones. His tumblr is pretty entertaining too!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Link to review of a 2010 biography of Freud

I am going through the links to reviews and articles etc that are on my Instapaper site. Here is a review I quite liked of a Freud biography by Alfred Tauber. And yes I am only getting to it over two years after originally posting it to Instapaper. Better late than never, right? right??

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas tree ornaments

I bought most these ornaments at the Lauscha hut at the Chicago Christmas market. I went there almost every year, when I lived in Michigan, with students from Albion college. It was always a bit of an adventure what with winter weather and often bitter cold temperatures!  
The "smokers" (Rauchermännchen) (which I purchased at the Chicago Christmas market and at a Christams market in Germany,when we were there one year) are from the Ore mountain area of Germany- which lies in the east of Germany, on the border of what used to be Bohemia but is now Czech republic. It is an area famous for wooden toys and Christmas objects. 

Of course I have a cat ornament. (I think this one might be from Inge-Glass,which is in Coburg, even though I bought it at the Lauscha hut). 

Had to get this glass slipper ornament! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Goodbye house

So on Friday, November 22 we drove up to Albion to sell our house. Here are a few pictures from the trip.
A picture of one of the small towns we drove through. 
Quite a few of these towns had huge grain silos right in the middle. 
We had just enough time to split a turkey reuben at Cascarelli's - the only restaurant we went to regularly downtown. This is the sign over the bar. Then it was off to sign the papers and sell our house!
This is the house we sold. Bye bye house. After that we had a bit of time so we decided to go to the "new to us" Bigby's café: 
Pretty nice! Wish they would have opened while I still lived there! 
Then we went to visit a good friend and neighbor AG (and fellow cat-person): here is a picture of her big orange cat Finnegan: 
Then we were off to meet friends from the college who now live in Ann Arbor  - we met them at our favorite Brewpub: The Dark Horse in Marshall. For some reason I didn't think to get any photos from there-probably too hungry and thirsty and busy talking! 
The next day we met our other friends M & D at the Roxy Café in Jackson. It was chilly in the morning. I forgot to get an inside pic so I quickly took this one once we outside: 
Bill with D &M.
Then we were on our way back to Ohio. We passed lots of wind turbines on the way (a different road than the one we drove in on).
wind turbines
After not too long we were back at our new home (we moved here from a smaller apartment in the same complex in June). 
The new casa GK
It was a big relief to sell the house and I still cannot believe it happened so quickly! I'm not sure if we'll ever buy another one. Not for a while at least. After three moves in three years I definitely want to stay put for a while!  

Sunday, August 18, 2013

And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this a lot. Emily, the heroine is very likeable. Her mother is perhaps too stereotypically awful, making Emily seem all the more pleasant. I liked how we got inside her head - her ambivalent feelings regarding her dead husband. I also liked the allusions to the Iliad, which I have yet to read. It seemed obvious to me who she would end up with, but that part also worked nevertheless. I will probably continue to read the series.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A few new photos (July 2013)

Bill about to enjoy his marguerita

His and hers margueritas

My new Futon cover from IKEA (for my Lyksele futon) and a new cushion to match.

The home office is starting to come together.

The stuff on display here will probably change quite often till I'm happy with it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pictures from our trip to visit family in Bucks County, PA

Tomatoes at the farm ("Blooming Glen") where Bill's nephew Doug works.

Doug (nephew), Jason (friend), Lydia (Bill's mom), David (brother-in-law), Bill & Nancy (Bill's sister).

Orchard at the farm


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David's 1963 beautiful blue Valiant

Interior of the Valiant

David, Nicole (Doug's friend), Bill, Lydia & Doug outside the "Amish Buffet" called "Shady Maple"

David and Jason

My favorite picture: Christian (good friend of Nancy's) and Lydia -- both looking good at 90!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Where my mind is at: Sunday, June 16, 2013

This is a list of all the tabs I have open on my computer right now

The Society of Spectacle

Guardian article about Debord and his book

Another on-line copy of it

wiki article on "commodity fetishism"

wiki article on "The Society of Spectacle"

A 1973 film Debord made based on the book

Brain-pickings post about the "science of chunking"

Brain-pickings post on the filter bubble

Brain-pickings post on the book "The Information Diet"

Brain-pickings post on Dennis Dutton's "Provocative Darwinian Theory of Beauty"

In other news: we were supposed to have moved into our new apartment yesterday but instead they told us we cannot move until next week.... So we re-scheduled the movers for Sunday, June 23. I sure hope the move happens then! (We're just moving to a bigger apartment in the same complex). On Friday, June 28 we will drive to Cleveland to pick up Lydia (Bill's mom) and then fly to Philadelphia with her to meet up with Bill's sister Nancy, who will take us back to her house in Bucks County where we will be staying for the week.

Right now I must go get my laundry and fold it. Not sure how all of this relates to the "Society of Spectacle".