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Friday, July 31, 2009

Speaking of trees...

ATTN: Local Treehuggers

Ha! Just kidding, but do you like how this makes three consecutive posts now seamlessly blended as if belonging to one conversation???

A local "Green Living Guide" is being produced and distributed by Indy Week out of the Triangle. The concept was so successful there, they are making one for the Piedmont-Triad area as well! 20,000 copies to be delivered around town on stands September 30th.

Local parties and companies interested in being listed should contact Gloria Mock, Advertising Director at The Independent Weekly (919) 286-1972 x 130 gmock@indyweek.com.

The Independent Weekly

Also opening today

Eric Baden

(American, b. 1954)


Digital inkjet prints

11 x 14 inches

Credit: © Eric Baden, courtesy George Eastman House

The Angel Oak, a giant among southern live oaks, has seen native Carolinians, enslaved Africans, and white planters passing under its boughs. Under the leadership of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the City purchased the five acres surrounding the tree in 1988 and opened Angel Oak Park. Today, the oak stands 65 feet tall and has a circumference of 25½ feet at breast height and its canopy shades an area of 17,000 square feet. However, the oak’s island site is undergoing profound changes, especially development pressure from neighboring resorts. The massive tree, known for its strength and sweeping delicacy, has withstood centuries of nature’s furies, but must now be protected from the human impacts that threaten its health so that it may continue to link the centuries.


In the summer of 2007, a curatorial team from George Eastman House invited 12 photographers to photograph the sites designated by the Cultural Landscape Foundation as their 2007 Landslide landscapes. Landslide landscapes are horticultural sites that have stood steadfast in the face of development. The photographs made for this project record and illustrate the astonishing specimen trees, groves, allées, and plant collections throughout the United States that the Cultural Landscape Foundation deems unique and character-defining to a region. They also represent collaborations with artists that have yielded compelling interpretations of extraordinary places.

From July 31 through September 27, 2009, Reynolda House will host “Heroes of Horticulture,” an exhibition organized by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation of Washington, DC. The exhibition features photographs of trees and plantings, some of which are more than 100 years old.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
George Eastman House
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Matinee at The Grand

We saw Aliens in the Attic, which opened today and was SO MUCH BETTER than the previews indicated. It put last week's G-Force to SHAME.

Aliens in the Attic (slightly slow load, opens with sound)
The Grand Theatre

But just one

I celebrated another weight loss milestone last night. And so I went out and had a congratulatory cheddar-garlic biscuit. But just one. And it was heavenly. And then while eating my more cult-friendly grilled cod and broccoli, I wondered if there were any secret biscuit treasures in town of which I should be aware.

If so, please let me know, because I aim to hit another biscuit-worthy milestone ASAP.

image: yes, it was at Red Lobster, because their biscuits are da bomb. Click on it and enlarge at your own peril.

Rock the Camel City Vote!

In an effort to democratize the digitization process, I’d like to have your help in choosing what city to work on next. All of the cities and towns for which pre-1923 maps are available will be done eventually, but if you can’t wait to see these fascinating maps for your hometown, cast your vote in the comments section below.

While you're casting a vote for our gorgeous city in the form of the Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair (top of righthand column), take another minute to put your electorate approval behind Winston in the Maps Priority Category by casting your vote in the comment section here.

Then keep your eye here for freely accesible, digitized, pre-1923 color maps of Camel City!

As an old map fiend, I endorse this effort.

update: AND CAMEL CITY WINS. double-yoo-dash-ess! double-yoo-dash-ess!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We're here in search of door hooks

My father would have loved one of these all those years in DC. He was so proud to be a North Carolinian and missed no opportunity to announce it to those less blessed.

(NC welcome mat, $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.)


La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County La Leche League meets at 10 am on the first Wednesday of every month at Redeemer Presbyterian. The next meeting is scheduled for August 5th, which is during World Breastfeeding Week.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
La Leche League of North Carolina


Sometimes when she was feeling festive, my mother would make us cold butter and sugar sandwiches. One day I asked why those two. She smiled guiltily then explained that when she was a little girl, these were the rationed items that she missed the most and craved constantly, so on her birthday during those years, her mother would make her a butter and sugar sandwich. Forty years later, that was still a decadent taste to her.

Victory Gardens of course were also part of the WWII culinary landscape, and so every time I see one of these posters now popping up all over town, I actually think of butter and sugar sandwiches and how happy my mother was to be able to make them for us whenever she wanted.

The Law Offices of Timothy Welborn are the proud sponsor of this patriotic effort. Mr. Welborn has maintained a garden since his youth and even raised and sold his fresh produce through his college years. He hopes to give children in our local community the opportunity to develop a passion for gardening.

related WWII cuisine post
Dig It Garden website
Law Offices of Timothy Welborn
SciWorks, host of the Victory Garden

(sing along) On Top of Spaghettiiiiiiiii

The Winston-Salem Community Band gives amateur and semiprofessional musicians the opportunity to continue using the skills they developed while playing in high school and college bands. Entrance to the band is not based on audition, but primarily on interest and dedication.

The Winston-Salem Community Band will give a free concert Sunday, August 2nd, at 6:30 PM at the ampitheater at Miller Park.

Winston-Salem Community Band
Miller Park

ATTN: Boovs

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Those who prefer to get their hands dirty - for reals dirty - can help the Food Bank by helping with the harvesting at the Community Garden at the Children's Home. See lefthand column for specifics.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gelatos @ Blue Ridge

left to right: Dulce de Leche, Espresso, Mango

I had the Espresso, which was superb. Had I been feeling adventurous, I would have gone with the Lúcuma (not shown).

Blue Ridge Ice Creams


We're cart people, finally. When Winston-Salem launched the curbside program, not one house on our street used it, and so we didn't either, not wanting to make a special truck make a special trip just for our measly trash. So we kept using our old, mismatched cans, grousing when the lids fell off, hating how tippy they were.

But recently I realized that as neighbors died off or sold or rented, the new occupants went with the curbside program. And so, not wanting to be the only household forcing the old truck to come down our street, I switched us over last week. Five days later, our big, beautiful new trash carts were delivered. We'll never lose our lids again.

Voluntary Curbside Garbage Collection Program
switch over online
Winston-Salem Department of Sanitation

image: Spruce off Fourth

Other than hand sanitizer

We're done, and now we won't have to brave the second-week-in-August hordes.

Last year's backpacks are still in working order, as is the oldest's lunchbox. The youngest's new one is onhand.

The only thing left to do is find some jeans for the child who inexcusably is now the same height as his mother.

WSFCS supply lists


As part of their Wednesday Night @ The Movies series, the Southside Branch Library will be screening The Mambo Kings, starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante, tonight at 7 pm in the auditorium. Admission is free.

The Mambo Kings preview (rated R)

Southside Branch Library

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Crazy Frog

I ate a cult-friendly lunch with a dear friend at WEC, but while walking by the new Rana Loca afterward, I spotted a mutual friend eating the above. (She's built much like a greyhound*, hate her very much, so she can get away with gorging with impunity.)

I actually saw not one, not two, not three but four friends sitting outside Rana Loca at various times today. Clearly that's the hot new sidewalk in town.

West End Cafe (WEC)

Rana Loca (boo, no website yet, at least that's easily found. But here, have an old WSJ article!)

*But not in the face

Brown bag it Friday

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Rebecca Dresser
Associated Artists

Local Lovey Needs a Home

Meet Black Bear, a Corgi/Chow mix born August 13th 2004.

He is a neutered male with a white diamond chest. He has long black fur, a curly tail and one ear that stand straight up and the other flops. Up to date to on all shots.

He loves children, people and cats. He has great manners; he sits, stays, down, and shakes. He has severe separation anxiety and is scared of thunder, fireworks and gun shots.

Black Bear needs someone who can be a constant companion or would be great as a therapy dog to help brighten up the lives of older people or children.

Black Bear is free to a good home. He is a very sweet boy. If you think you might be a good fit, please email me and I will put you in touch.

(We're just not there yet.)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dinner @ The Carving Board

The menu for tomorrow has "Lemony Chicken" soup, which I suspect is heavenly.

Happy, happy, joy, joy

Just an FYI:

There is nothing like meandering into the side yard to pick blackberries to go with lunch. I had no idea how splendidly this would turn out when I planted a teeny, tiny sprig of a bush late last summer. Gah!

You can't have mine, but you can visit a local grower of blackberries at Hedgecock Farm in Kernersville.

(While there, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for a certain professional football player.)

Frankly it doesn't look good for the duck

Speaking of judges, remember "Judge Gina" Pruette?

She has a show opening August 5th at Buena Vista's own Diamondback Grill. It will run through the end of October.

Gina's pieces are lovely, peaceful paintings exploring her young daughter's playthings, her blocks, teacups, balls and such. They leave one feeling serene, wistful for childhood's simple pleasures.

It's a good thing Gina lives in her house and not mine, because here's what the youngest left behind after his bath last night. I'm just not sure it would work as a painting.

Gina Pruette
Diamondback Grill

And the winner is...

(of this contest)

First, an announcement. Due to logistical limitations, including but not limited to my inability to thwart the Time-Space continuum, we will skip a contest. That means that the next contest will launch two weeks from this coming Friday. (I know you are racing to mark your calendars, program your Crackberries, etc.)

Next, meet our judge! Jon Christman is another professorial person, a designer for theatre & dance (scenic and lighting), and a trader of stocks and options. He's also a fan of waterfalls, things Goth, and bare feet over shod. Clearly, he is well qualified to judge the drama of the digits.

Now to Jon's decision...

Runners-Up are:

Charliewabba's feline

Julie's TERRIFYING homage to Oobi

and Farmer's children's feet finding a geocache in Reynolda Gardens.

And the Winner of the $10 Target giftcard is...

Farmer's shot of creekstomping! (or at least creekstanding!)

Congratulations, Farmer! Please email me to arrange delivery of your prize.


Körner’s Folly invites the public to attend “The Paranormal Side of Körner’s Folly,” Friday, July 31st, 7 pm, at in Cupid’s Park, the Folly’s top-floor community theater.

On hand will be the Southern Paranormal and Anomaly Research Society (SPARS) to share experiences and results from their May 23rd investigation. SPARS is a family member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, better known as TAPS, made famous by SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters. SPARS has five members based in the Triad area.

Local legends suggested the Folly to be haunted although there was no evidence to substantiate claims. As the first paranormal group to investigate to property, SPARS was pleasantly surprised by the results.

Triad-based SPARS investigators will briefly outline how paranormal investigations are conducted, basic equipment used, and how to analyze evidence. SPARS will detail the experiences of their seven-hour investigation.

While SPARS cannot claim to know whom -or what- haunts the folly, they do feel the presence is gentle and curious.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased on the Körner’s Folly website. Seating is limited. All proceeds go to the Körner’s Folly Foundation.


The oldest and I spent yesterday afternoon at Körner's Folly. I'm a little ashamed to say I've not been before, though every time I've passed by on the way to my cousin's, I've sworn I'm going to visit within the week.

The oldest, a fan of the new kids' show "The Othersiders", was very intrigued by the recent paranormal findings. I mostly went because I've heard the interior is completely nonsensical. And architecturally, wow, it sure is, but it is also very charming and graceful, and both the oldest and I left feeling like it was well worth the visit, and we'd be very tickled to live there, ghosts or no ghosts.

The furniture is fantastic. The pieces are huge and have all these wonderfully wrought details. My favorite was a corner piece Jules designed for his daughter's small, pink room. As well as somehow making sturdy look elegant, it was a storage wonder.

Images, top to bottom: the dressing room, Cupid's Park, the Reception Room, The I Can't Remember The Name Room, the Rose Room. You can see the corner piece I love at right below the dolls. Click on images to enlarge.

PS: The Folly has a fantastic, crazily antique, rectangular grand piano for sale. I covet it MADLY. (Sadly no phonophoto. Or idea of price. Suspect kablillions due to high degree of awesome.)

Körner's Folly

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our downtown may be wee...

...but it is SO STINKIN' PRETTY when you stand back and look at it.

(I especially love the vintage Dewey's Bakery ad.)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Costco, Hanes Mall Blvd

Lunch at the club runs about $4 for the two of us.

note to self: next time there's a local murdered Hell's Angel funeral, take note of the service time and location, then avoid routes that pass nearby.

Costco Warehouse #361

Friday, July 24, 2009


This should make parking in West End even more challenging.

Surely the city doesn't mean to not park on all those streets for all of that time. Do they?

So with more ¡Olé!

The youngest's birthday is not very far off. Accordingly we're at Blue Ridge ordering a cake much like this, only in Mexican Vanilla and with cone edging.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

G-Force @ The Grand

The kids (mine plus one friend) loved it. I thought it was good... but not great.

We saw the 3D previews for A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland, though, and both of those look amazing.

G-Force (opens with sound)
The Grand Theatre

And you are?

I only planted habaneros and xcatik, and this rogue is neither of the two.

I don't know my infiltrator peppers very well. Anyone?


@ simplyummy

Peach pies were a staple of summer in our house. My father used to do an intricate lattice top crust on his while I sat on a stool talking to him. I'm sorry I never thought to ask him to show me how.


Bake Sale, you say?

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Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Reason #27 the oldest loves it at The "B" String

It's so much more exciting there.

Love Gun, a Winston-Salem based KISS tribute band
The "B" String

And I mean EXACT...

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First person to correctly identify the location in comments wins bragging rights something useless currently lying about my house, the exact nature of which is yet to be determined.

O, to have $600,000 lying around...


Why it's available

The Bare Minimum

Minimum wage in North Carolina goes up to $7.25/hour tomorrow.

At my very first job, a part-time position at Limited Express when I was 17, I made minimum wage, which was then $3.35/hour. Every week I would cash my paycheck, then immediately spend it all on clothing, for which I had a generous employee discount. It was basically a labor for clothing exchange.

North Carolina Minimum Wage

And how

I rarely cry in the children's section of bookstores. In fact it's happened on exactly one occasion, some years ago, when I casually picked up a book by Jamie Lee Curtis to thumb through it and see if she could really write.

It was the book at right, Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born, about how her adopted daughter joined her family. One page said, and this has stuck with me ever since, "Tell me again how the phone rang in the middle of the night and they told you I was born. Tell me again how you screamed."

And right there in the bookstore, I suddenly went completely teary.

Yes, she can write. And how.

Christian Adoption Services, Inc. invites you to a free domestic adoption informational meeting Thursday, July 30th, from 7-9 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 5000 Country Club Road.

Please RSVP to Christian Adoption Services at 704-847-0038 or CAS@christianadopt.org

Christian Adoption Services, Inc.
Calvary Baptist Church

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


You have a little less than forty-nine and a half hours to get your entry in for the current local contest.

This one.

Local Fauna

Adventure Landing

Speaking of carwashes...

Lost car magnets, Exxon, Stratford near Five Points

There but for the Grace of God

Donate food, donate time. Food drives would be amazing. Spread the word. Post about it on your blog. We have little to no food.
- a friend who works at the Food Bank

WXII's report on the Food Bank's shortage

a nice dinner out
a pair of movie tickets
a week of Starbucks
a really good bottle of wine
one more pair of shoes from Target
a new video game

For every $25 donated, Second Harvest is able to distribute $300 worth of food. If you can, please join me in making a tax-deductible $25 donation today.

donate online
other ways to help

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

re: Obituaries/Death Notices

The euphemisms in the Journal are splendid today:
  • departed this life
  • went home to be with the Lord
  • God summoned his son home
  • moved on to Glory
  • went home
The fourth is my favorite.

More awesome local euphemismage

Classic Location

Sunday, July 26th at 2 pm, there will be another Kool Kreme Social, this time at what I like to call the classic location on Stratford Road.

The first 25 guests to arrive will receive fun prizes. In addition, there will be activities for all ages including art projects, activities organized by the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, music, plus the Krispy Kreme antique delivery truck onhand.

Twenty percent of all sales during the Social at the Stratford Road store will go to the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem.

Krispy Kreme
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New and Whatever the Opposite of Improved Is

I speak of the recently redone carwash at the Shell at the corner of Peace Haven and Robinhood. The "best" carwash is no longer called The Ultimate but rather something else. The Supreme? The Magnificent?

I can't remember, but what it should be called is The Highway Robbery, because it's now $10 but no longer dries your car off even slightly. No wax anymore either. Boo.

Accordingly I am accepting local, drive-through carwash recs.

It's... not... possible...

I cannot believe this! They did away with it! "They" being the Dixie Classic powers-that-be, and "it" being the Artistic and Original Doorstop competition!

Do you realize what this means?!?!


It also means I'm going to need suggestions for a new signature competition,
and before anyone suggests Decorated Apple, they've done away with the Adults Ages 19+ class of that, too.

Hurry, y'all; the deadline for entry is September 1st!

JOYFUL UPDATE: Whoo! Alert LiF Reader Ben popped me an email to point out that the Artistic and Original Doorstop competition is indeed still on, though inexplicably listed among Chair Weaving, which may explain why I overlooked it before. L-243 here.

Dixie Classic Competitions (scroll down a bit)

(whispering) School Supplies

I saw they'd been put out at the Target on Hanes Mall Boulevard ten days or so ago, the whole back corner set up with backpacks and pencils, lunchboxes and binders. And I thought to myself, "Huh. That seems early."

Then last week the Lands End Back-To-School catalogue plopped into my mailbox, full of brightly colored bags and fall clothes and such. Knowing that the youngest's Lands End lunchbox is at the end of its lifespan -3 years, I'm not complaining - when we were at Hanes Mall last weekend, we popped into Sears for a new one.

I know of at least one person who's gone farther and done all the school supply shopping for her children already. I'm not ready to go there quite yet, but in case you are, below are links to the Winston-Salem/Forsth County Schools 2009-2010 School Supplies lists.

It's my understanding that these are to be universal lists, for all WSFCS schools, for all classrooms, and that while some schools may elect not to require some of the listed items, no additional items should be required.

Elementary Schools
Middle Schools
High Schools

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Hey peeps,

Do you have a loved one, a pet, a special friend, a special occasion or milestone you'd like remembered or honored? If so here's the place to do it. Please consider the Tanglewood Aboretum Commemorative Brick Program sponsored by Friends of the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park. The brick will be engraved with the name of your choosing. Read on for more information.

For a tax deductible donation of $50.00 per brick you will be able to honor that special someone or event and have that brick placed on a curving path walkway along the Arboretum's peaceful Dwarf Conifer Garden. Each brick is 4" x 8" with a maximum of 3 lines and 18 characters per line, including punctuation and spaces.

Your donation also supports the work of the Arboretum volunteers who work and maintain and enhance the gardens for the citizens of Forsyth County.

More more information and additional details on how to order please visit the Tanglewood Arboretum Website and order today.

Yarddawg recommended. It's for a good cause folks.

Hint... this is also a good way to promote your business or even your Blog. The current campaign ends August 31 but donations will be accepted after that date.
- Yarddawg

[Esbee note: I feel like you're trying to tell me something...]

ATTN: Local Creative Types

An Open Call for Book Cover Art

Any artists interested in contributing cover art for any upcoming projects should send an email to kevin@press53.com. The artist will receive by email a list of projects still needing cover art, submission guidelines, and compensation. Art can include photography, paintings, digital art, or complete cover design ideas. We’re working on developing a web page for interested artists, but until then email queries are encouraged.


On the list of Things I Should Have Saved, #47

When I was growing up, Christmas morning involved a knife. This was because of the packages my grandmother, my mother's mother, would ship from Ocala, Florida. Because she usually forwent wrapping paper, the brown shipping boxes themselves would be plunked under our tree as they arrived. These were no ordinary shipping boxes, however. No, these boxes were reinforced to withstand civil uprisings, encounters with wild boars, and the United States Postal Service, which my grandmother didn't overly trust.

Her primary weapon against the violence she believed a package would encounter along its harrowing journey to our cul-de-sac was That Tape. You know, the one with strings and the odd glue that chemically bonded with whatever surface it was affixed to, so that even if you ever even got a corner up, rather then the entire piece neatly coming off, it just shredded and left a residue.

So every Christmas morning, as we worked our way to the back of the tree where my mother hid the ugly, brown shipping box, at some point someone would say, "Get the knife," and we would know it was time to open the package from my grandmother. And whichever one of us went - my brother or I, it really didn't matter - we would bring back THE BIGGEST KNIFE IN THE HOUSE, like we were going to butcher a whole cow or something. And then we would spend the next thirty minutes watching my mother struggle not to curse her own mother while cutting through no less than ten layers of the tape with strings. At least ten layers, our grandmother's distrust apparently extending to the tape makers as well.

Eventually my mother would stop sawing away and declare the box "open". We would all expectantly gather around as she folded the box tabs out. Inside, there would be thick layers of protective, old newspapers. We'd paw through them and eventually find an irregularly shaped item wrapped in butcher's paper affixed with more of the tape with string. The knife would come back out. Finally, we'd reach our goal, and it would be something like tube socks for the whole family. With stripes of orange and brown. In 1984. Why? Because my grandmother had bought them at some massive, post-Christmas sale event some ten years earlier, then put them away and only now found them. And so year after year we'd spend forty-five Christmas morning minutes in pursuit of tube socks, bulk underwear, and, one memorable year, a shopping bag of stiff, denim knee patches.

And now, in 2009, I reallyreallyreally wish I still had those tube socks from twenty-five Christmases ago. But mostly I wish I wasn't tied up on a particular weekend. Because those tube socks would be an amazing look at an amazing-looking event:

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Kernersville Parks and Recreation
Beeson Park

Monday, July 20, 2009

Opening Friday

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Gateway Gallery
Pat Spainhour
Jack Hernon

Modified BLTs, for the record

Gratuitous summertime shot

Sandwiches made with tomatoes grown in one's own yard taste better than those made with tomatoes grown elsewhere. This is a fact. I cannot explain the science behind it, however.

My late mother used to tell smokers specifically not to touch her tomato plants, because the nicotine on their fingers would hurt the plants, which explanation is a possible fact. I cannot explain the science behind that one, either.

Waaaaay out

I feel completely out of touch, despite the fact that recently I was able to help a local, young stylista with her pop culture question.

It's this:
Starting July 23, Happy Hour has been renamed Noble Hour! Every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30, Noble’s Bar will offer a $5 Cosmo special, $2 buck cluck wines, and complimentary bar bites. Bring your friends and maybe meet some new ones!
I have no idea what a cluck wine is, and it's obvious I should. It's not even capitalized, so clearly it's already deeply accepted as a term among urban hipsters, whose lingo I like to pretend is my own, natch.

Noble's Grille

(whisper, please)

Council Member Wanda Merschel invites Northwest Ward citizens to come share in a Community Meeting with her on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Reynolda Manor Branch Library. Citizens are encouraged to participate by bringing topics of discussion that are of importance to them regarding City Government & their Ward.

If I were a current City Council member, I would hold my meetings in the library, too. But not in a meeting room or the auditorium. Rather right in the stacks. Then nobody could yell at me about the stadium.

Winston-Salem City Council

Reynolda Manor Branch Library

Nobody got it

This, I mean.

No local glory grabbed, alas.

But I actually know why. Because like me, when you get this particular type of coin, you spend it as fast as you can, because there are so many fantastical, wee things it can buy and you want to get one of those fantastical, wee things into your hands ASAP.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rock Star Glasses...

...and power peeps, including Mayor Joines and Rev. Kelly Carpenter (Green Street UMC), sitting on ice chairs at today's The Big Chill event.

In local political news, the youngest announced that he supports Wayne Patterson for City Council (North Ward), because he likes Mr. Patterson's "shoes of victory". For the record, they appeared to be black dress shoes (lace up).

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Lookit! Dinner!

We had a wonderfully relaxing day here. The only exciting item was my brow and lash tint and brow shaping at Van Davis Aveda. Otherwise I spent much of the day reading my new-to-me book from Edward McKay and playing checkers with the youngest. My husband and the youngest took a leisurely bike ride then came back to grill.

(The oldest was - and still is - away camping in Stokes County with friends.)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Build-A-Bear, Hanes Mall

The youngest saved up his funds to buy a bear-sized, purple and red wizard's outfit. He's a big fan of this Harry Potter costume, though neither he nor his brother have ever shown the slightest interest in the books/movies.

Clearly they aren't the only people in the area feeling ambivalent:

This group is on hiatus due to member apathy. No new events will be scheduled. No new members will be accepted for the foreseeable future.

I will reopen the group in the summer of 2009 in order to organize a get together for the "Half Blood Prince" movie premiere. At that time, we can re-evaluate whether this group will continue to exist.
Triad Harry Potter Group
Hanes Mall

Oh, legality

I yearn to run get this*!

Alas, our lot is too small, and I'm a major rule follower. (Also my husband would kill me.)

*Ron? Seriously?

NEW CONTEST: Playing Footsie

True story: there used to be this horrific kids' show on TV called Oobi. It was basically like a puppet show, but with bare hands holding Mr. Potato Head-looking eyes between the fingers. The dialogue was inane, built of single words often pronounced in an odd, stretched out way. I couldn't watch for more than a hot second; it made me feel squirrely. Of course the youngest loved the show madly.

Anyway, one day while walking through the room as quickly as I could, I realized a new character had been introduced: a foot. A FOOT, PEOPLE. I was frozen on the spot by the knowledge that somewhere, someone had lain on the floor of a set, with her one foot thrust aloft into the scenery, with miniature eyes wedged between the toes, delivering lines like "Park. Fuuuun."

Anyway, I'm giving feet another chance. Show me what good actors they can be. Redeem them.

Your mission: Bring the high drama, in the form of a photo (or more than one) starring a foot (or feet) right here in fabulous Forsyth County. The foot/feet should be part of a larger scene with some implied action or event.

  • 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, July 24th 2009.
An esteemed judge or two will select one winner. Not necessarily a consideration: photographic skill. Your entry will be judged 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. They have lots of socks and pumices and other things for feet.

my photo: feet attached to children responsible for making a clover chain


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