November 13, 2011

Turkey Day

Every year around Thanksgiving Larry and I sponsor two turkeys through Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-a-Turkey program. Today is the day! This year we chose Payton and Elizabeth (pictures below © Farm Sanctuary). I know some people think turkeys are ugly, but come on! Look at Payton!

I love him so much. Look at his expression. Can’t you picture him breaking into a musical number at any moment?

And how about Elizabeth, Larry’s turkey? Noble, yes? Larry picked her because he likes Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. This turkey definitely looks capable of some verbal sparring with Mr. Darcy. “There is a stubbornness about me,” she’d say, “that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

Anyways, it’s a nice little tradition, and I look forward to it each year. If you are interested in adopting a turkey you can click the image below. If you are interested in mocking me, you can leave me a comment on this post.

 

December 25, 2010

Awesome presents

We got many lovely, thoughtful gifts from our family and friends this Christmas. Thank you, everyone! Here is a little sampling of a few of the gifts that are better if you see them than if I try to describe them to you:

Larry with our awesome new clock

Cutting tubes and stand for Larry the Victorian botanist.

Cool earrings!

Fabulous gay Uncle Drosselmeyer ornament.

Very pretty bracelet.

Now I am going to watch Doctor Who and attempt to bake something. Wish me luck, and have a lovely Christmas!

October 22, 2010

A piece of Manchester history

I didn’t have a chance to blog about this the other day, but Larry and I visited the coolest place in Manchester: the Victoria Baths. The baths were built in the early 1900s and are currently in the process of being restored, or at least as much as they can be with the money available. I found the Victoria Baths while searching for “fun places to photograph in the UK.” It wasn’t until later that I realized I’d read about the baths before because they are used for location shooting on lots of random British shows, including one of my favorites: Life on Mars. In fact, the day we visited there was a commercial being shot in one of the main rooms for some sort of Coke beverage.

If you want to read up on the history of the Victoria Baths go here. If you are ever in Manchester and enjoy history or architecture or both, make sure to take the tour. And if you are wealthy please give them lots of money so they can continue the restoration work. It really is a fantastic building. Here are some photos:

Front exterior of the Victoria Baths, Manchester

Interior tile wall, detail

Bannister detail, staircase in First Class Men's Entrance

Windows in one of the upstairs rooms

An upstairs hallway

Glass ceiling over one of the three pools

The Aeratone in the former women's waiting room

Stained glass

Stained glass windows

Fireplace in an upstairs room

Larry in a familiar room

The "morgue" from Life on Mars

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February 7, 2009

I Love Etc the Pet Shop Boys

Oh my god! The first single from the upcoming Pet Shop Boys album aired on UK radio stations today, and I LOVE IT!

The song is “Love Etc.” from the album Yes, which comes out March 16. I can’t wait for the full album. I adore the Pet Shop Boys and have been a fan since elementary school! I saw them twice after their last CD was released—including their concert at the Tower of London—and I am really hoping they will be touring again soon. Anyway, no actual video yet, but here’s the song via YouTube.

Update 3/4/09: Hey, the official video is up! It is about as weird as you’d expect from the Pet Shop Boys.

Is it March 23rd yet?!?

February 5, 2009

Modern Work of Genius

Kenneth brought this to my attention. Things like this restore my faith in human ingenuity. The spirit of invention is not dead—it is so SO alive.

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Yes. AWESOME. Keep clicking it.

Want your own? Go here.

January 20, 2009

Change Has Come

January 20, 2009. The beginning of a bold and beautiful new era for America and the world community. A day of hope and new beginnings. A day when millions were moved to tears. A day that will live forever in the hearts and minds of all who witnessed it.

Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about the relaunch of DocSmartypants.com.

Why, what did you think I meant?

OH. Right. The Inauguration. How could I forget?

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Aretha’s hat was A-MAZING!

Seriously. I looked upon it and saw the face of god. It was like that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark when they open the Ark of the Covenant and all the Nazis’ faces melt off. Aretha’s hat could totally melt a Nazi’s face off. This is just one of the many reasons we love that woman.

Oh yeah, and that President Obama guy is cool, too.

February 23, 2007

Magic Amidst the Misery: Even people with the flu have to smile sometimes

I want to tell you about a little bit of magic that I experienced today.

Those of you who know me well (and really, who but you would be reading this) will know that I’m one of those poor souls who, once I’ve gotten a song stuck in my head, finds it almost impossible to shake loose. And being a bit OCD anyway, it just loops and loops until I can listen to it a few times and move on to something else.

Yesterday I went home halfway through the day with a truly amazing quick-onset case of the flu. Honestly, I’m lucky I’d skipped breakfast. As it is, it’s a miracle I didn’t vomit up my morning ginger ale all over the bricks of Beacon Hill. So anyways, being in a bit of a foggy stupor, I crashed on the couch and popped on the nearest Netflix arrival–24 Hour Party People. The film is about Factory Records and the Manchester music scene in the late ’70s and ’80s.

So of course, for the rest of the day and all of today I’ve had two songs from the film looping in my head: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division and “Blue Monday” by New Order. Now I knew somewhere on some CD or other I had “Blue Monday” but I didn’t know where and certainly didn’t feel up to digging for it. So as a last ditch effort I thought, I’ll just put on the closest thing I can easily find and see if that helps. Flipping through one of our massive CD books I found “Newbury Comics Early Years: Vol. 2,” a mostly punk and new wave collection that I copied from a coworker about three years ago and had completely forgotten about. I put it on and went about my business, knowing that this was about as good as it was going to get. And then, nine songs in…magic.

Oh yes, children, it was Joy Division. And not just any Joy Division–“Love Will Tear Us Apart”!

I did a pathetic, haven’t kept food down for two days, couch dance of victory. This was it–my day couldn’t possibly get any better. I smiled and was happy for the simple things in life.

And then a few minutes later song 15 came on.

And I actually yelled, out loud, in my empty apartment, “NO WAY!

And I laughed loudly.

Because song 15 was “Blue Monday” by New Order.

Every once in a while, if you pay attention, life gives you a little gift. I guess it’s just easier to appreciate on some days.

September 1, 2006

I Guess Since It’s Friday…: Here’s ten things I love this week

1. Supreme Beings of Leisure “Get Away” My official song of the week. It’s the only thing that has managed to get that Alice in Wonderland Painting the Roses Red song out of my head.

2. Video Stores I know Netflix is cheaper and more convenient but there’s still something to be said for the spontaneous and hands on experience of the good old independent video store. Plus the always entertaining customer/clerk verbal exchange: “Have you seen this one? It’s really good. Well, not really but Matthew McConaughey has his shirt off for no reason for at least half of the movie! Oh, and these’ll be due back on Wednesday.”

3. Chex Mix Sweet ‘n’ Salty Honey Nut variety Just had these for the first time this week. I like the snacks that accomplish both sweetness and saltiness simultaneously.

4. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Because this author is just so weird.

5. Dear Frankie It’s an endearing Scottish film with Gerard Butler. Enough said.

6. This T-shirt!

7. The Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham and The Useless Information Society. If you bring a raccoon’s head to the Henniker, N.H., town hall, you are entitled to receive $10 from the town. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

8. Watching Snakes on a Plane with my coworkers. I live for surreal moments like this where the boundary between real life and dreams just seems to blend for a few hours.

9. Peanut Butter Puffins Who says cereal isn’t a dinner food?

10. That magical 30 minutes of the day when I am home and Buster is asleep.

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