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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Behold the fruits of our labors (ba-dum-bum)

There! Entry for tomorrow's kindergarten cardboard box derby complete. It's just your basic, run-of-the-mill, racing produce truck. You know.

I somehow never got the paper that came home weeks ago and so only found out we needed to make a vehicle at home FOUR DAYS AGO. At that point the weather promptly went "monsoon", which - pardon the pun - does put a damper on painting cardboard outdoors.

: a reliable source (parent of child in same classroom) informs me this is actually due Tuesday. That gives me ample time to add bounce hydraulics and one of those glowy lights underneath!

Local Recycling

Bulk item pickup season means Sunday scavenger season. I bet these people reduce the amount dumped in local landfills by a good 50%. Thanks, peeps.

Bulky Item Collection, City of Winston-Salem

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pool Sharks

The oldest attended a pool party today at Jonestown Pool, where the hosts are members.

We don't belong to a pool, though we've been considering joining one of the many about town for years.

(Secretly, though, I harbor dreams of having one dug in the backyard one day.)

City of Winston-Salem Pools

Friday, May 29, 2009

Guess what opens today?

After school let out we went to the Grand to see Up, which was a quarter step below Monsters, Inc (my animated movie perfect 10), and pleasantly 3-D, including previews. Some very wee kids in the audience were scared by a chase scene, but I suspect in 2-D, that part's a lot less intense.

Both my boys plus their friend enjoyed it start to finish, with the older two boys' declaring their favorite part to be the talking dog and the youngest citing the preview for Toy Story 3, coming out in June 2010. (He has a thing for Little Green Men.)

Up (opens with preview)
The Grand Theatre

Parlez vous Baby?

Beginning next Wednesday, June 3rd, O Baby Organics will host Triad International Playgroup, a "free playgroup for families interested in languages and multiculturalism."

Open to everyone, the group will meet Wednesdays from 10-11 at O Baby Organics (33 Miller Street).

The aim is to foster multilingual and multicultural bonds in the local community and provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and ideas in raising children in an international world.

more info
O Baby Organics

The opposite end of Stratford from where I need to be

Sorry so quiet today. Juggling 10,000 tiny tasks and dropping madly. But how eye-catching is the truck in front of me at the stoplight!

"ROVER stands for Recreational Outreach Vehicle Empowering Relationships.

This “gymnasium on wheels” goes where there is not a facility that kids can go to in their neighborhood or to events where fun and games are going to be a part of the program."

ROVER is an outreach ministry of Calvary Baptist Church.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lowes Foods Sherwood Plaza

The youngest prepares for relocation to the car. (Alternate caption: Oh, goodie - more rain!)

You're invited

click to enlarge

Tickets in advance or pay at the door.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem
The Matt Kendrick Unit (opens with music)

Polo Road, near Robinhood

... And in one fell swoop, the last of the nineties disappeared from my husband's wardrobe forever.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina


Question: Is the city responsible for vehicle damage resulting from a pothole, manhole and/or other road hazards?

Answer: The city is not legally liable for damages in these types of cases. This type of incident is considered a road hazard in the State of North Carolina, the city is not liable. Unless the city had prior knowledge of the pothole and/or any other hazard existing in the roadway and failed to correct that problem within a reasonable amount of time. This type of damage is usually covered under the Collision Coverage of your personal automobile policy.

As a car owner in DC, you knew to get the alignment checked (and corrected) roughly every three months, the streets being a hideous and bumpy amalgamation of original surfacing, metal roadplates, and temporary repair surfacing. Certain roadways made you suspect the entire infrastructure was held together by dollar store duct tape.

We have it good here.

Local Wedding Input Needed

Y'all, a LiF reader needs some help, please. He writes...

My fianceé and I are scouting local wedding locations, and I was wondering if you know or have heard of any good barn/rustic-type spots around town? So far we've considered Tanglewood, Grayln, Millenium Center, Old Salem & Brookstown Inn (only one of those meets the barn criteria). Reynolda Gardens is only for WFU-affiliated folks, but would otherwise be on the list.

"Swishy" is less of a priority for us than "fun." A barn in or close to Winston that's open to some light decoration and a party from 6-midnight next summer for about 125 folks is really the ultimate goal. So far the closest we've come is the barn at Tanglewood, which is nice — dont' get me wrong, but it just has kind of a state park vibe, you know? If you've seen the episode of The Office where Dwight and Angela get married, something like that would be ideal... open air, benches, Christmas lights, followed by some dancing under the stars (weather permitting, fingers crossed).

Do you know of a good barn (or similar wedding-friendly spot) around here?


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Local Coming Soon

West End Boulevard, next to Mock Orange

Even more excitingly, it looks like they're considering paint colors!

I'm partial to either of the two greenish-grayish hues, my loathing for the beigification of America being well-documented.

(No matter which color they pick, I hope they use contrast color to bring out the faux niche above the double doors, which is nearly invisible with the current paint treatment. See above photo.)

I want everything on this wall

I'm at Design by Snooze (535 Trade Street) designing bookplates for teacher gifts (and some for me!).

(sing along) Wonder Woman!

I loved her. Wanted the invisible jet, the lasso, the armbands. Begged my mom to buy me the Wonder Woman Underoos (she said no).


Super Hero Night at Children's Museum
May 30th, 6-8 pm

Come as your favorite hero or create your own at the Museum. Fun activities like the Cryptonite toss and x-ray vision game let you test your super power abilities. Dinner includes pizza, salad, and dessert.

Registration required. More information at the
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem website.

Morning Updates

1. You have a little less than 56.5 hours to get your entries in for this week's contest. Go see the already submitted entries for some inspiration.

2. Local ¡Olé! was adopted yesterday, but there is still a local, homeless chihuahua adoption opportunity. And she's reallyreallyreally cute. See that post for a link.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sprinkler time!

We thought we'd do our part to help out the humidity, which is frankly absurd today. With varying amounts of rainfall predicted for the next three days, I suspect it's only going to get even more swamplike.

There's still no explaining Sherwood Forest

There's nothing like a trip to Salem Cemetery to offer up the possible reasoning behind many of the local place names. The Sinks are here, as are the Cherrys, the Hausers, the Efirds, and the Bolichs. Plus about a kablillion of their closest, locally-surnamed friends.

And I Feel Fine

Everytime I go in Edward McKay I find myself humming a bonus verse for "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", the lyrics of which consist solely of Edward McKay sub-genre classifications.

Edward McKay

Local ¡Olé!

The name's all wrong, though.

UPDATE, 5:00: OK, which one of you went and got her, because I just had a call she'd been adopted, and I'd love to offer up a festive and seasonally appropriate dogkerchief!

The rest of you, fear not -- another local homeless chihuahua awaits! ¡Mira!

Monday, May 25, 2009

I miss letters

He graduated from Nebo High School in 1940 and moved to Winston-Salem soon afterward, where he met Avis Bodenheimer at a boarding house. Both of them continued a three-and-a-half-year courtship through correspondence during World War II as Bill served as an Army Medic in Europe. Bill and Avis married a week after his return on January 3, 1946, and celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary this year.

While I'm reminded of it, this book is sincerely fantastic.

Happy Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Pilot Mountain, River Section

In the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, I used to sometimes walk or ride my bike a few miles along the tracks that ran parallel to the Potomac.

These tracks run parallel to the Yadkin, which may be part of the reason they look and feel exactly like the tracks from my childhood.

Pilot Mountain

Local forecast calls for a shower Thursday

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will hold a baby shower for the local chapter of Newborns in Need on Thursday, May 28, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Medical Center’s Ardmore cafeteria.

The community is invited to attend and bring a new, unwrapped gift which will go to help needy newborns in the area. Clothing items needed for preemies and newborns consist of cotton hats, mittens, onesies, and socks. Other items include diapers, BPA-free baby bottles, nursing pillows and covers, receiving blankets, powdered baby formula, car seats, strollers and baby beds.

Brenner Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Critical Care Transport Team will give tours of its critical care ambulance and offer curbside collections of donated items outside the main entrance of the medical center.

I'll be dropping something off curbside in honor of my own preemie, now a thriving, almost-eleven year old (gah!).

Brenner Children's Hospital NICU
Newborns in Need, Piedmont Triad Chapter

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Far away

Reynolda Gardens, today

A week after our own wedding, my husband and I sat in the Zocalo in Valladolid, Yucatán, and watched wedding after wedding through the open doors of the Cathedral of San Gervasio. We rested in the cool of a tree with its lower trunk painted white and smiled as yet another new bride and groom spilled out into the early evening followed by a crowd of loved ones, pausing for a few minutes in front of the Cathedral for a quick group photograph to mark the occasion. Jocular young men who grinned at the camera. Older ladies who patted arms and spoke softly while waiting for the photographer. Beaming parents with babies in arms. And little girls in ruffly dresses and socks who couldn't stop spinning, the excitement of what they'd just witnessed too much to bear and keep still.

Friday, May 22, 2009

We're seeing Night at the Museum, of course

This sculpture thingamabob in the lobby of The Grand is intriguing, though.

UPDATE: What a fantastic film to start the summer with. Very, very clever. Both boys enjoyed it immensely, their only regret being that there was not an extended chase scene through their beloved Hirshhorn sculpture garden.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (opens with trailer)
The Grand 18

NEW CONTEST: Grounded!

When I do my walking, I tend to look down a lot. This is self-preservation; I am fantastically clumsy, and if I look down, I won't be surprised by a small stick or a pebble or any little thing that a normal person could pass with grace but that would leave me sprawled across the pavement. Because, you know, I've done that before, and it's boring.

I get a lot of comments from people about seeing things they don't see, even though they go to the same places. I suspect these are the gazelles of society, those who can walk and chew gum at the same time and so do not have to be hyper-aware of their surroundings. Accordingly, this week, you get to be me.

Your mission:
Show us a photo you have taken of a view looking downward somewhere in Forsyth County. The photo can be of anything. The photo can be taken using any kind of camera including phone.

  • Email me the photo(s), and I will upload it to this post so all can enjoy.
  • You MAY submit a previously submitted, non-accoladed photo.
  • Your entry constitutes a one time use grant (two if you garner judge praise). You retain ownership of your work.
  • You are solely responsible for any damages arising from your entry, as well as any tax concerns should you win.
  • Entries deemed as inappropriate by yours truly will not be considered.
  • Do not add a signature or watermark to your photo.
  • Contest entries must be received by 5 pm EST on Friday May 29th 2009.
An esteemed judge or two will select one winner. Not a consideration: photographic skill. Your entry will be judged solely on that intangible quality we call je ne sais quoi. (That's a fancy way of saying "Whichever wind blows the judge's skirt up.")

A $10 giftcard to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You can use it to buy a doormat, a bath rug, or anything else to make the downward view more pleasing.

my photo: sidewalk on Club Park Road, taken while walking