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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Local Young Artists

Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute

I dreamed a dream

I'm so ridiculously sick.

Good things:

1. I have this awesome, spectacularly deep voice right now. I'm enjoying sounding ferocious.

2. I am having the most vivid dreams ever, due to fever I suspect. Last night I dreamt I was rollerskating up and down the driveway at Reynolda House, which in my dream was my house. There was a small flock of ducks on the lawn next to me, waiting for me, because they were my ducks, and I took them with me everywhere like an entourage.

My arms feel like weights attached to my shoulders, so I'm stopping now. I do have the results from the last contest and will post them when I can bear to type longer.

Monday, June 29, 2009

What remains

"Sheesh," my husband said, as he looked inside the potato chip bag.

And that's when I felt my left eye begin to water furiously, inexplicably.

"Sheesh what?" I asked, dabbing at it with a paper towel.

"Sheesh is a Maya word. It's what's left when you take something away." He turned the bag so I could see that there were only little flakes, crumbs of chips, but no actual chips.

"How do you spell it?" Now my nose began to run. I pressed a hand to my left sinus.


"Like Roman numeral nineteen."

"Uh-huh." He crumpled up the bag, put it xix and all in the trashcan. "Are you OK?"

"I think I'm coming down with something."

By the time I went to bed, my head throbbed, my muscles ached, and the fever had started. I slept fitfully at best and woke up with the addition of a raw throat, a swollen neck.

I'll be back when I no longer feel like xix.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Local Tip

If you, like a kablillion other locals, were not lucky (and early) enough to snag tickets for the sold out screening of highly acclaimed, Winston-based film Goodbye, Solo at this year's RiverRun, consider yourself restocked, luckwise: said local awesomeness is currently being screened at The Grand.

Current Showtimes: 12:40 | 2:50 | 5:00 | 7:15 | 9:30

Goodbye, Solo
The Grand Theatre
RiverRun Film Festival

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sixth & Trade

click images to enlarge

B and his band rocked mightily. The oldest was duly impressed and looks forward to this week's lesson with even more enthusiasm, something I would not have believed possible.

in the photo at right, B is onstage on the far right

"So I'm grilling tonight," my husband announces.

I'm at the sink, washing the garden dirt off my hands.

"Oh, excellent! Lovely call! What are we having?"

"The kids are having burgers. I am having fish. You are having a little steak."

"Fantastic! See, this is why I married you."

"That's a lie. We lived in the city. We didn't even have a grill."

"I sensed your skill."

My husband snorts as I reach for the nailbrush.

"You growing anything I should grill tonight?"

"No, but in a few more days, the first habaneros will be ready."

"You plant xcatik, too?"


"See, this is why I married you."

B There

This evening, we're going to see our favorite guitar store owner perform. We're very excited!

June 27: As part of the Summer on Trade series, the B-String All Stars will be playing "eclectic rock and blues" in a free concert at Sixth & Trade Streets from 7-10 PM.

Summer on Trade
The "B" String

Friday, June 26, 2009

Here & Now

"Two cases of laboratory confirmed influenza caused by the novel H1N1 (Swine) influenza virus strain have been identified by the Forsyth County Department of Public Health within the last 24 hours.

Health Department employees are currently investigating both cases; however, there is no early evidence that the two cases are related or that either poses a risk of transmission to high risk populations.

If it is determined by the investigation that there are potentially exposed persons with risk factors for complications from influenza, those persons will be contacted by the public health system individually."

My position on Swine Flu hasn't changed in the last sixty days. To wit, calm and common sense go a long way.

Forsyth County Department of Public Health

I knew camp was a bad idea

No hyphen. Sigh.

He danced with a girl. In fact, he danced with the same girl the whole dance. That may sound innocent enough, but I know how these things happen:

When I was thirteen, I danced the whole camp dance with C.D. The following week during an intercamp archery competition, when I went into the archery hut to get a new arrow, he kissed me. In fact, that was my very first kiss.

In light of the dance marathon between the oldest and this girl, camp is clearly becoming a dangerous proposition.

REMINDER: Entries for the Local Purple contest must be received by 5 pm TODAY. I love the entries already received madly. I'm so glad I don't have to choose.

Local Animal Doc News

People on this side of town no longer have to haul after-hours injured animals over to Hanes Mall Blvd.; the building on North Point that formerly housed the pet ER (before CVS took it over and moved it with no warning) is housing one again.

Animal Emergency Services of Forsyth County

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Mommy, I have an idea. A great idea."

"You do?"


Elizabeth's Pizza

Spotted at Ssalefish

click to enlarge

We may have to go watch this nonsense tonight. This fantastically amazing nonsense.

(Sorry the photo is the slightest bit blurred. I got a wee bit giddy.)


How am I?

I'm not doing well, thank you for asking. I do seem barely here, I know.

I will tell you why: I miss my son. Keenly.

I miss his noises: his loud electric guitar playing and his unintentional slamming of the basement door. I miss seeing the lump of his shape under the duvet when I peek in his room last thing before going to bed. I miss the way he always manages to splash the bathroom floor when he takes a shower. I miss how his face crinkles up when he laughs so hard he's helpless to stop. I miss the sound of that laughter. I miss his shaggy head on my shoulder when we watch TV.

Tomorrow camp ends. My boy will return. And so will I.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Good Winston

Tell me I'm not the only one who sees this and thinks of this (opens with sound).

(The description says he knows tricks. Someone go get him and see if I'm right.)

The Buena Vista Garden Experience, by Yarddawg

Dawg Days

It’s too hot to dig so I have confined myself to roaming wild and exciting Buena Vista in air conditioned comfort. Today’s find was on Avalon Road parked in front of College Village. Does anyone have any idea about this awesome vehicle?

There was also this oddity received this week in the Buena Vista Garden Mail Bag from Farmer.

Q. What's going on with my Dwarf Alberta Spruce? Looks like it's growing a new species.

A. Not to worry, Farmer. This happens from time to time as plants revert back to the original graft stock. Plant people refer to it as a “sport”. Just cut out the unwanted growth and you should be good to go. Or if you prefer, just let it go and you could wind up on Ripley’s Believe It Or Not or another unreal reality show. To read more about this oddity click on Can Grafted Trees Revert to Their Root Stock?
- Yarddawg


"Ed Weiss, the principal of Wiley Middle School, will take the helm at Mount Tabor."

Did you hear that? That was the sound of parents of middle-schoolers in BV gasping in horror, followed by sighs of ecstasy from the parents of Spartans.

I know what these are. Do you?

First person to correctly identify this wins bragging rights.

Eat a Sweet for Science

Krispy Kreme is hosting a "Kool Kreme Social" at their new 5912 University Parkway store this Sunday, June 28 from 2 to 5 p.m, during which 20% of sales will be donated to SciWorks.

There will be prizes for the first 25 attendees, plus art projects, activities organized by SciWorks, a Krispy Kreme antique delivery truck onhand, music and more.

Krispy Kreme

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I feel like throwing everything other than Lego away

While I try to beat back the tide of useless and/or broken toys, Salsa does her part by protecting us all from the sprinkler.

(Seriously, where did all these toys in the boys' room come from? This is ridiculous.)

(begin announcer voice) Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

One exquisite turn-of-phrase just might render this The Best Event Description Ever:

The Heart of Carolina Street Rodders will be holding their 25th Anniversary Rod Run at Tanglewood Park on June 27th. The charity rod run is held annually. Beginning at 8:00 AM, the show features American cars and trucks that are 1972 and older. Held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, the show displays nearly 200 street rods and muscle cars of all makes and models. The 3:00 PM awards ceremony includes a presentation award given by the Ronald McDonald House, Sponsor Awards, and the presentation of "North Carolina Street Rodder of the Year." There are also 10 Participants' Choice awards given - five for pre-1949 cars and five for later model cars.

In addition to all of the street rod and muscle car eye candy to take in, the Heart of Carolina Street Rodders Charity Rod Run features a Concert by "Patsy Cline Tribute Artist", Darlene Caudle at 2 PM, silent auction, 50/50 drawing, music, cash drawings, super prizes, and games for all ages. NSRA is also on hand to conduct safety inspections. Ronald McDonald himself makes an appearance from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Proceeds from the rod run benefit the Winston-Salem Ronald McDonald House.

Did you see it? "Muscle car eye candy". Bravo! Bravo!

Heart of Carolina Street Rodders
Ronald McDonald House

Cloverdale Kitchen

There's a sign in the vestibule that says CK is now Wi-Fi Friendly. This is good to know in case simplyummy ever starts up with the renovation shenanigans again.

Cloverdale Kitchen

...And ladies

"While a student, Charlie adopted a baby squirrel that he trained to come when he whistled. A picture of Charlie with his squirrel on his shoulder once graced the cover of Life magazine. Charlie always had a knack with animals and children and ladies."

The whole thing is a splendid read.

Monday, June 22, 2009

He also enjoyed the lingonberry soda

The youngest appreciates the rigorous testing the IKEA furniture is put through.

IKEA Charlotte

The 711

The man in front of us is signing. Beside him, a man translates for me.

"We have captioned telephone service now. That way he can read the words as he hears them."

And I smile and say and sign Thank You. Because the oldest has discovered - and been frustrated by - the telephone. Unable to lipread on the phone, he's taken to avoiding calls from friends.

It may not be here before he gets back from camp, but it will be here before school starts up again.

Relay North Carolina is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled.

Relay North Carolina (opens with sound)

Thanks, Moravians!

"When music went out of style, Moravians carefully laid it aside for some future use."
-Moravian Music Foundation

Tonight at 7:30 PM at Fairview Moravian Church, the esteemed Eighth Regiment Band from Rome, Georgia will give an historical account of the War Between the States through period music featuring period instruments.

This event is FREE; an offering to benefit the MMF will be taken.

Eighth Regiment Band
Moravian Music Foundation
Fairview Moravian Church

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The oldest chose this for the flavor name: Trash Can

We've stopped at the Dairi-o in King where we've amused the locals greatly by telling them what road we're supposed to be on while en route to the oldest's camp. Apparently we're very lost, almost talentedly so. The best course of action seems to be to eat ice cream, then go home and start over.

update, 5:15 PM: Home again, child deposited in cabin. Being lost for two hours wasn't a complete waste of time; now I know where one can buy brown eggs, used tires, or pitbull puppies roadside, should I ever have need of any of those items.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Local Super Buena

Hurray! The footprint of this house going up at 326 Arbor appears to be properly proportioned to the lot!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Cloverdale and Lynwood

I know a woman who collects these obelisk things, so to speak. She tracks them locally, at least. (Hi, Susan!)

Home Depot (then off to Home Goods, then Target)

This area rug is called Pebbles, and it is blowing my mind. I want it utterly. Sadly it doesn't fit the oldest's room scheme (or the wee budget).

Yo, bird peeps

When I was maybe eight years old, my father woke me up one spring morning before the sun came up. He told me to dress warmly, that I was going to an island. Then he took me to Theodore Roosevelt Island and told me to sit still and not speak or I'd scare the birds off. I failed utterly at both directives.

The UNC Press presents Lena Galliano, noted local bird expert as she presents a presentation on local, coastal and mountain birds of North Carolina.

Ms. Galliano will make this exciting presentation on Saturday, June 20th at 1pm at Shakespeare and Company Books, 210 North Main Street, Kernersville.

Shakespeare and Company
UNC Press


Can you see it? It's a tiny ecosystem flourishing under the drain in the water fountain at Shaffner Park. I'm tickled when plants do this, be it wildflowers growing up between pavement slabs or a seedling making a go of it 50 feet above the ground. It's so wonderfully "in your face, humans. TEAM PLANT."

Well, I never...

Join other boardgamers in the Winston-Salem area! Instead of frantically clicking a mouse, why not roll some dice, place a tile, or draw a card - and enjoy some face-to-face interaction! It isn't about whether you win or lose (at least not entirely). It's about having a great evening, trying to win some of the time, and always playing better the next time!

The types of games we play are more fun and mentally stimulating than your regular mass-market boardgame (we don't play Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Risk, Twister, party games, etc).

They had me until they bashed on Scrabble.

Camel City Gamers


Anyone who's been reading here for very long knows that the youngest has a thing for the color purple. Everything is better in purple. Everything.

And so while the oldest is at camp next week, the youngest will console himself with purple popsicles and purple sidewalk chalk, a creekstomp with his purple bucket, a snuggle with his purple blanket.

Your mission:
Offer up some purple succor, in the form of a photo (or three) taken here in fabulous Forsyth County. The purple can be any shade.

  • You MAY enter more than one photo.
  • Email me the photo(s), and I will upload it/them 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, June 26th 2009.
An esteemed judge or two WHO IS NOT THE YOUNGEST 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 Target.


my photo: purple monster, who goes everywhere and is thankfully washable