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  • The Making of a Home
    The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday April 24 2008 By Sarah Memes with Clementine I ve been tagged by Levi for a literature related meme so here goes The task at hand Pick up the nearest book Open to page 123 Find the fifth sentence Post the next three sentences Tag five people and acknowledge who tagged you So when I read Levi s post this morning the closest book to me was Clémentine in the Kitchen a book best described in its own terms This is the gastronomic diary of the Becks an American family in France and of their most cherished possession Clémentine the faithful red cheeked cuisinière who presided majestically over the Beck kitchen for close to a decade The Becks described as well upholstered Anglo Saxons loved their alert good natured little Burgundian woman much as we well upholstered Hungarian Jews love our drowsy temperamental fat tabby cat Sandy on giving the book to me as a Hanukkah present suggested perhaps we might write some follow up volumes like Clementine in the Bathroom Crying for Tap Water or Clementine in the Blanket She Thinks is Her Mother So page 123 is mostly a description of how to make various dishes with leftover ham I m going to cheat Page 125 is way better dealing as it does with the depredations of Clementine s culinary life in the United States after the family fled war torn Europe Why didn t Mr Cletus R Wilcox the town butcher have an occasional rabbit goose pheasant or guinea hen in season Clémentine accepted Madame Beck s explanation of these essential shortages with sympathy but no amount of elucidation could clear up the most baffling mystery of all why was

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  • The Making of a Home
    King in A few weeks older and a little bit wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Sunday April 20 2008 By Sarah Magic pill The receptionist at my disorganized doctor s office was brief Hello Sarah The doctor wants to start you on Synthroid so could you tell me the phone number of your pharmacy Whoa Hold on a second What Turns out that on my yearly cholesterol and thyroid check my TSH level was over 4 Turns out further that this is not a spiked reading It was over 4 last year So why am I suddenly a candidate for the most awesomely robotic sounding medicine ever They changed the guidelines I was legislated into hypothyroidism But here s the thing This is fabulous news It turns

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  • The Making of a Home
    Thursday April 17 2008 By Sandy What to say and how to say it If there s anything patently lamer than a post apologizing for not having posted much lately it s one that eschews both apology and actual content for introspection and analysis So apologies and I promise to make it up to you soon with more thrilling stories about dinner In a nutshell it s like this we ve gotten boring I guess that presumes we were interesting at one point which I m really not too comfortable asserting Whatever novelty there was to our life to our living together has since turned into habit and convention and lately there just doesn t seem like there s much to talk about The last time I posted which was in the current calendar year but just barely I expounded on the phenomenon of my facial hair Sarah s posted three times since then the last time about the hair on our cat What are we eighty Truth is there have actually been some interesting things going on in the last few months We went to Wisconsin to cross country ski Mexico to relax and snorkel and Charlotte for a friend s wedding Somehow none merited the effort for a full blog post The primary cause is laziness but that laziness has an enabler friend and her name is Twitter I m not going to get into a froth about Twitter right now it s been done a bajillion times over though I m happy to echo the refrain It s great and you should try it I will say that I think Greg is right on it s a cancer on long form blogging The story of the last year of my life for what it s worth has

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  • The Making of a Home
    Strength Tylenol While Nursing Silvana King in A few weeks older and a little bit wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday February 28 2008 By Sarah Bald spot Message on the machine from our catsitter when we got back from our vacation Hi Hope you guys had a great trip I wanted to talk to you I m really worried about the enormous mat on the side of Lucy s head OK here s a cat that is constantly in my face literally licking my face rubbing herself all over my hands and the hands of all our friends How on earth does she develop a nasty gigantic goiterous mat on her neck and we don t notice it Are we the worst cat parents ever Anyway

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    engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Friday February 8 2008 By Sarah A long time ago we used to be friends A long time ago I used to spend lots of nights at home eating cereal for dinner and watching teen fluff on the WB Now that I m married we mostly have dinner for dinner and watch good movies Sometimes we do something else useful and fun with our time like play scrabble or plan a vacation But I m not going to lie Sometimes I kind of miss my nights of Roswellian debauchery So when I got two nights this week to curl up on the couch with Clementine and watch Veronica Mars DVDs and eat oatmeal it was kind of a delightful gift And to top it off I also got to finish a mostly fabulous mystery novel and figured out how to make amazingly easy flavored hot chocolate When I used to do this

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  • The Making of a Home
    to never go to Las Vegas Specifically I had singled out that particular town and said on many occasions I will never go there But like many well laid plans this one hit a bump Matthew and Johanna decided to get married there and we wanted to go to their wedding more than I wanted to not go to Vegas and so off to Caesar s Palace we went I have something of a gambling phobia probably a combination of a temperamental aversion to risk and a lifetime of hearing stories about my dad s dad who was a serious gambler I don t enjoy gambling but more than that I don t even like being around it It makes me really really sad So I was a little nervous that the constant gaming was going to freak me out But what I hadn t counted on was that Las Vegas is pretty much Disney World And like at Disney everything is really clean and surreal There may have been really sad people in Las Vegas losing all their money but I sure didn t see any through the neon haze Or maybe I did but the flashing lights short circuited my brain so I don t remember I was so out of it that when Sandy decided to set down 100 at a 10 blackjack table I didn t blink when he staked me my own 10 and told me to take a seat I never bet more than 10 and I promptly forgot everything he had told me about doubling and splitting but in the end I probably made like 60 on my 10 And it was fun Not fun like I m dying to do it again but fun like it didn t make me cry or

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  • The Making of a Home
    unexpectedly the beardification of my face Days later as my face started to resemble a diseased briar patch I considered making the effort to break out my razor That s precisely when Sarah took notice Hey is that a beard she said And also I sure like it And then Why don t you grow that out some more And finally C mere you mountain man I d grown a beard before which is to say when I was a college freshman I stopped shaving for four months What resulted wasn t so much a beard as a proto beard It was more mature than peach fuzz but not by much Let s call it naked mole rat fuzz It wasn t pretty By spring break I felt I had proved my point so I shaved it to a goatee I remember sitting down in chemistry class that first day of spring quarter and having my friend turn to me see me goateed and proclaim Awesome This makes you so much more fuckable Which okay may have been true but was still pretty creepy I should have taken that as a cue to end that awful experiment but I pressed on The goat stayed on for about five years more or less You have to remember this was the 90s and goatees were FUCKING HOT It would have stayed on longer too if not for a little movie called Road to Perdition in which I starred as Despondent Depression era Worker 2087 After my audition sending in a headshot the casting intern called me up to ask if I could shave that little goatee I guess it wasn t historically accurate I begrudgingly obliged as a commitment to the craft Once Sarah and I started dating and she saw photographic

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  • The Making of a Home
    stand The first step was deciding which methodology we wanted to follow For fiction it s easy group it all together and arrange by author s last name We chose our most prominent bookshelves the six shelves flanking the fake fireplace for the fiction It filled five of those six shelves leaving the last one for a category to be named later It ended up being the home for poetry graphic novels and last season s coffee table books This is where we hit our first bump Part of the procrastination on this project was due to this thing I have about spine height I fear wasted space and unbalance and the thought of mixing trade paperbacks with full size hardcovers on the same shelf brings on cold sweats I was willing to give up on this point however for the sake of an organized house Pitting one aspect of my OCD against another is a cruel trick and not unlike setting the computer to play itself in chess I end up both winning and losing and my central processor gets a heavy workout Yet as I began to shelve the books I found a beautiful compromise group the trade paperbacks of consecutive letters together and stack them vertically between the long spined ones So for instance all the Joan Didions got grouped with the George Eliots then turned ninety degrees and stacked between the D s and the E s The height of the stack matched the other bigger books and order was restored to the universe But what to do with non fiction Word is that Dewey is out of fashion Library of Congress was more appealing but we just didn t have enough volume to warrant that specific of a classification I put in a half hearted

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