Thursday, May 31, 2007

Gettin' Emotional...

Okay, I have to put in a plug for my new favorite CD: Emotionalism. The Avett Brothers have busted out with a remarkably gorgeous album, with lilting harmonies and unabashed, well, emotionalism. The album resonates with the thematic elements of loss, regret, intensity and love... an amalgam of mixed emotions that somehow translate into the most polished album they've released to date. It is gorgeous and adventurous, not afraid to be silly in its honesty. Does it all work perfectly? No. But it gels as a whole piece, which is a new thing for their sound.

As personal as the songs feel, they also feel universal, as if somehow they peeked into your old diary and discovered the regrets of lovers past. It is this intimacy that gives the album its banjo speckled wings. Musically they've stepped up, and it feels like Emotionalism is their first full fledged, cohesive album.

"Each scar makes it harder for me to hurt again."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Snoopy Sno-Cones!!!

Wow--they've reissued the 1979 fun summer toy, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine.

I have to admit, my old one was hanging around the attic for the past 20 some years... but inoperable, of course. I finally threw it out about three years ago... CHANGE IS HARD, okay?

Ahh, but the sno-cone gods have accepted my landfill offering and lo, now I can buy a brand new one!

Monday, May 21, 2007

In Pursuit of the Hall of Foam, or: Strep on the Beach

We just got back from a lovely vacation, albeit one in which I developed a nasty case of strep throat and had to eat Dora the Explorer chicken noodle soup and sip tea while the rest of the family noshed on fresh grouper and margaritas. SIGH. I read a really terrible novel by Anne Rivers Siddons that I discovered on the second floor bookshelf and I slept without dreaming in a penicillin laced haze.
All that aside, coastal North Carolina is one of the most restorative places I can imagine and it was fabulous just to be at the beach, with the house open and the wind rushing in (and man was it windy!). All the storms the week before had done a number on the beach, so in leui of stairs, we tumbled up and down the impromptu dune, pelicans overhead and myriad fishing boats bobbing on the choppy waves just past the sandbar.

But enough of that. The real meat of this story is my quest for root beer. Yes, root beer. Because last year, when I discovered the signs for Dr. Rootbeer's Hall of Foam in Snead's Ferry, NC (home of the Shrimp Festival! Go here to hear their song!!!) I was smitten with desire. (Wait, can you be smitten with desire, or does smitten already imply desire? Anyway...)
So, this year, I read up about it, got I. all whipped into a frenzy for a gosh darn homemade root beer float (he wanted a black cow, but of course), and even rallied the inlaws to take the trek for a hotdog amid root beer memorabilia. So, we cleaned up, loaded up, and took ourselves on a wild sassafras chase, so to speak.

(photo from HomegrownHandmade which is a pretty interesting site with links to art and farm spots throughout NC)
We wound up and around and down a little ways, past an ancient looking skatin' rink and down toward the water and there it sat, a garishly painted concrete building emblazoned with the promise of hot dogs, pot roast sandwiches, and, naturally, ROOT BEER! It bore one other decoration, however: a puny taped up sign that told us to visit them at their new location in frickin' Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach.

Sigh. So I might actually have to haul the family down to Myrtle sometime, simply for secret recipe root beer.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Beans. Turkish Style.

Okay. I can't stop looking at this food and salivating. I love me some bean dishes (who knew? Long ago when I was a midwestern kid eating pot roasts and steaks in A-1 I would never have imagined going ga-ga over garbanzos, but there you go...) and I stumbled across this site this afternoon: Almost Turkish Recipes.

I especially like the look of those green lentils...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Spidey Girl

Okay, fellow geeks: you know what I'm doing this weekend. It's Spiderman 3 weekend, y'all! But of course, we are too old and curmudgeoned to make the midnight showing, so the weekend will have to suffice.

Though I could pretend that we aren't a comic book lovin' household, why bother?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


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