With apologies to Notmartha

It has been such a lovely weekend so far. It seems especially luxurious after having to go to work last Saturday for the big site launch (a roaring success, hooray, and worth a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at the company meeting Friday), and getting Martin Luther King Day off tomorrow will be the icing on the cupcake — even if I end up doing some work from home.

We had a lovely dinner with Terri and Ezra at Forest Cafe after work Friday. Cleaned house and ran errands yesterday. (I haven’t settled on goals for 2008, but one of them is to invest more energy in caring for my living environment.) And we spent several hours reading and watching Season 3 of Lost. Here’s what else I’ve been up to:

cover of Call It Sleep
Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
I had thought I’d read this years and years ago, but actually, I think my then-husband read it and I never actually picked it up. I’m really enjoying the novel, as heart-wrenching as it is to get inside the head of a young immigrant boy with a hateful, violent father.

Merrell Spire Peak boot
Merrell Spire Peak waterproof boots
These would be a splurge, but Thinsulated! And my $30 pleather pair, while serviceable, doesn’t keep my feet warm at all, and they probably won’t last much longer than this season.

sweet potato fries with rosemary
Oven-baked sweet potato fries with fresh rosemary. These turned out about as well as could be hoped without deep-frying them — crisp, peppery, and sweet. A good accompaniment to vegetarian sloppy Joes last night. (I used frozen, thawed, crumbled tofu: very tasty.)

still from Persepolis
Going to see it this afternoon. This will be the third movie-theater movie we’ve seen this year (the other two being Juno and Charlie Wilson’s War) — we’re on a roll, for us.

I hit the 10-year mark at my company last November, which means that the CEO will buy me whatever I want up to a certain amount. (Personally, I’d rather have the cash to put into savings toward a down payment on a house, but that’s not an option.) So I’ve been thinking of what I’ll do with the windfall.

antique Stickley rockerI’ve wanted a Stickley rocker since I’ve been in Boston, and there’s a gorgeous one on eBay. Assuming that the seller’s reserve isn’t some crazy sum, I’d also have some cash left over for a trip or something.


Calvin bed from Room & BoardOn a more practical note, the cheap bedframe and mattress I bought when I moved to Boston are giving me backaches and could stand to be replaced by something sturdier. I like this cherry frame from Room & Board quite a lot. But perhaps it’s only because they used my actual duvet cover in the photo!

Macbook ProHowever, if I were to be wildly impractical, I wouldn’t mind a Macbook Pro. Nothing against my iBook — it still works great — but it would be nice to have something a little zippier that I could actually use Photoshop on.


Schwinn stationary bikeTime: 51:10
Distance: 13.2 miles
Music: Summervillain’s 2007 mix, part B, last 14 songs, plus part A, first 4.5 songs. The series of bands starting with the letter “M” that I’d previously thought uniformly beige are starting to grow on me, particularly the Miskatonic track.

3 Responses to “With apologies to Notmartha”

  1. Sue says:

    Visit Sue

    ooh, can I have the recipe for the sweet potato fries? Or do you just slice ‘em and toss them with a random amount of olive oil & rosemary?

  2. Heather says:

    Visit Heather

    Go for the new bed!!

  3. Terri says:

    Visit Terri

    I would be *SO* jealous if you got a Stickley rocker. BUT, the value of a comfortable bed just can’t be overemphasized.

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