Archive for August, 2009

Our Toilet Is Famous

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Our toilet is a featured exhibit in the Museum of Unintended Use. Check it out.

Four Years Post-Katrina

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

That we even call this the post-Katrina era in New Orleans is somewhat misleading. Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast east of New Orleans, but it missed the Crescent City. What we experienced was the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of our country. Floodwalls failed without being overtopped. The Army Corps of Engineers has […]


Friday, August 28th, 2009

This is not quite the “supervillain look” I described last week, but it’s as close as I’m liable to capture on camera.


Thursday, August 27th, 2009

House update: Our initial offer was $9K below the seller’s asking price, which got us to a nice round number. We also specified they cover $3K of closing costs. They made a counteroffer, bumping the price back up $3K. We are accepting this counteroffer and making a deposit. Now we just have to sell our […]

Cilantro Kick

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

photo by Michael Lehet I recently read that cilantro may help the body detoxify from heavy metals. I don’t know if it’s really true or not, but Xy and I both like cilantro, so we’ve been on a bit of a cilantro kick lately. I fixed a creolized risotto in a cilantro reduction the other […]

Gulf Coast Rally

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I got a press release about an interesting event coming up on the fourth anniversary of Katrina. My comments follow. Gulf Coast Rally to Demand Speaker Pelosi Take Action on 4th Anniversary of Katrina This Friday supporters of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 2269) will gather for a noon rally and press conference […]

Making an Offer

Monday, August 24th, 2009

We are making an offer on a house today. I don’t want to reveal too many details for fear of jinxing things, so suffice it to say that it’s in Mid-City and we like it a lot. It’s a predicated offer — our purchase of the new house is predicated on the successful sale of our […]

Chigger Bites

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

“Chigger Bites” has become my first and (only photo) to score over 10,000 views on Flickr. No need to share your home remedies, by the way. This photo was taken four years ago, so these bites have long since healed up.

One and a Half

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Dear Persephone, It’s your half-birthday today. You’re one and a half years old. Sometime over the past month you made a big transition. You went from hating hats to loving them. A month ago you wouldn’t tolerate a hat on your head. Now you wear a hat most of your waking hours. Your vocabulary continues […]

Another Little Number

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Two weeks ago I took our daughter in for a second opinion screening to check her blood lead level. I can’t believe it took two weeks to get the results back, but I just got them: BLLs > 14 µg/dL. That’s one microgram higher than her initial screening. That is not what we wanted to […]

Date Nite

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Last night for the first time ever we left our daughter with a babysitter and had a fun night out on the town. Actually it was a double date. We went over to Sue and Steve’s house just as the babysitter Althea arrived. (Not to be confused with my former co-worker, this Althea has done […]

An Idea for Twitter

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I just posted the following suggestion on Get Satisfaction: When getting a notification that someone’s following me, it would be nice to see how many people have blocked them. The e-mail notification currently includes how many followers they have, how many tweets they’ve posted, and how many people are following them. However, I’m betting a […]

The City & The City

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Title: The City & The City Author: China Miéville Published: 2009 When I saw that China Miéville had a new book out, I snapped it up. He’s one of the few authors I’ll spring for without even knowing anything about the book. I rarely have time to read above and beyond my book club, but […]


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

It’s new faculty orientation here at the University. This is the busiest time of year for those of us who work in faculty development. It’s the storm before the calm. Once classes begin, faculty and students will be busy, but we’ll get a chance to catch our breath.

Cough Cough

Monday, August 17th, 2009

What started as a mild sore throat ten days ago has moved through various stages. I had some nasal congestion for a while but now that’s gone. The throat got sore and swollen, but that’s gone too. Now I’m left with a cough. This has seemed like a fairly normal progression to me, and I […]

A Pile of Frustrations

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

It’s been three weeks since the Lutheran Invasion, but there’s still a pile of four-year-old flooded junk in front of the house next door. Don’t blame the Lutherans for this mess. Blame the Preservation Resource Center. Blame Operation Comeback. I was so excited when my neighbor donated his house to this program, so looking forward […]

Hassling with Humana

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I really hate our whole healthcare/insurance system, which is why I get excited when I hear about reform and discouraged when it seems to go off-track. This is on my mind today because of the inane interaction I just had with my health insurance provider, Humana. Back in June, when we were traveling, our daughter […]

Free Association #1

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I need a little break from reality so I indulged in one of my favorite fantasies, namely that of being a DJ on a freeform radio station where I can play whatever I want. Here’s the mix: I used a super secret process to create a logical flow from one song to the next. (OK, […]

Hopes & Fears

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I’m still holding out some hope that we are panicking unnecessarily. We are waiting results of a second fingerstick test which the girl got on Friday. Then we will have another number to look at. If it is higher than her first screening, there will be much moaning and gnashing of teeth. If it’s lower, […]

Trading Up

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I’ve put a lot of my heart and soul into our old house. Xy has too. So I thought it would be painful to contemplate moving. I thought I’d agonize over that decision more, weighing the pros and cons. But it really hasn’t been that hard. Once I framed the idea as “trading up,” it […]