Archive for the 'Whatnot' Category


Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

By way of explication for the long absence, let me just say that we’re in the process of moving. It’ll probably be awhile before we’re settled enough that I can write more often, but that’ll be right about the time that my summer programs launch at work. I’ll do what I can, but count on […]

For what it’s worth

Monday, March 28th, 2005

I know it sounds lame to say that I’ve been busy lately, but here’s an example to give you an idea: I looked up today and realized that I never turned my calendar at work over from February to March. I mean, at this point, I’m just going to wait till the end of the […]

I’m in

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Well, it’s official: I’ll be matriculating in the Master’s of English Literature program at University of Houston in the fall. I’m thrilled and terrified all at the same time. The terror comes from the fact that from Day 1, I’ll be teaching freshman composition classes.The best part about this is that it feels really right. […]


Monday, March 21st, 2005

Dan and I were enjoying a lovely stroll along San Antonio’s Riverwalk yesterday. We’d driven over there on a whim, feeling a need to get away and recharge. The day was wonderful: nice weather, not too crowded on the Riverwalk, good food (as always).After lunch, we walked around La Villita for a bit, and we […]

Donk donk … zzzz…

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

You’ve perhaps heard of the (or the several) Law & Order drinking game. Because I’m lame and because I’m getting old, I propose instead The Law & Order Snoozing Game Begin watching L&O episode. Watch the first 25 minutes to get a sense of the characters, the plot, and a hint of the “classic Law […]

Stealth mode

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Erin conveniently provided me with a ready-made Skeletor deflector: purse-sized books. She’s recently loaned me a couple, and one of them accompanied me to Chipotle at lunch today — stowed away inside my purse — with nary a comment from any staff. Thanks, Erin!

Ways to know if the NBA game you’re watching is taking place in the Midwest

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

No dramatic lighting. Newer and flashier big-city arenas dim the lights in the stands and focus stage-like lighting on the floor only. Midwestern arenas flood light everywhere, making it look like a high school gym. La Cucaracha plays over the loudspeakers. Not so many Hispanics in the Midwest who might find it stereotypical and/or offensive. […]

You may already have won!

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

I’ve always had a sort of uneasy feeling about eBay. It’s kind of cool, but at the same time, people get really into it in a way that I just can’t get behind. I’ve used eBay to find rare video and board games that I want to reacquire and to track down an out-of-print DVD […]

Skeletor update

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Skeletor’s been absent from Chipotle the last several times I’ve been in there, and I ventured back today without Dan. Not only was he back, but he’s grown a goatee. Maybe he’s seen me too often with Dan and thinks that’s what it’ll take … He also picked up my book (Lost by Gregory Maguire) […]

For Jeremy, because he asked me to

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

I’ve been on a nearly two-year quest to find the perfect spa in Houston. “Perfect” being defined as “just like Watercourse Way in Palo Alto.” I hit another this past weekend on this quest, but sadly, I’m still searching. What makes Watercourse Way such a great spa is both the atmosphere and the consistent quality […]