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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Every time I walk past 5ive&40rty, I furiously peer through the windows like I'm Harriet the Spy and I'm going to write all about it in my little notebook.

Shop Local

Today's gift: a mug with a message!

We all know her - the woman who relentlessly volunteers. For school! Church! Scouts! Fundraisers! Sports! Some of us quite possibly are her*! Give her the gift of negative affirmation with this handy mug! She'll have can't do it with her coffee, terribly sorry with her tea, otherwise engaged with her Ovaltine!

$8.99 each at The Golden Apple, 3458 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem

* OK, this sentence bothers me terribly. It calls for a predicate nominative, but some of us are she makes my skin crawl because of the plural-to-singular irregularity. We are her is doubly wrong, but I'm hoping that much like Spanish (or multiplying a negative number by another negative number), the doubleness kinda sorta cancels itself out.

I wish I had that former editor fella on speed dial. The grammarian, yes. Him.

Happy Little Local

Things I'm smiling about:

1. The Forsyth County Animal Shelter has started taking outdoor photographs of cats and dogs available for adoption! Hurray! Florescent lighting is the friend of no one, man or beast, and the rup-rups and kittehs look a kablillion times less shelter-scarred now. For goodness sake, check out Jeter over there! He is glowing with adoptability!

2. Edward McKay put a new section within the kids' section for medal-ed books! Now it's super-easy to find awesome reading material for the oldest; I was in and out in like 5 minutes today! Not that I plan to whip in and out every time, but now I can spend more time looking for books to assist the youngest in his quest to be the absolute authority in matters historical and arcane via obscure non-fiction tomes. Easy to read? Well-loved by judges, critics, and the public? Bah! He scoffs at that book!

3. He does, however, love opera. Classical music is wonderful, please turn it up so I feel like I'm sitting in the violin, Mommy, but opera is HANDS DOWN his thing, sending him into a rapturelike state. One evening I drove all over town for an hour and a half with a trunk full of groceries, because when we got in the car and turned on the radio, the Barber of Seville was on.

And while we cannot attend this concert, it being too late on a school night when he has to be on his game at CompRehab the following day, I'm so glad to live in a city where events like this take place.

Local Coming Soon

I kid you not, I had a conversation with... with... with someone maybe two weeks ago about how there was no frozen yogurt place in Winston. (suemo, maybe? Or l.c.?) Anyway, this is at Towers shopping center, on Stratford across from Thruway.

Peacehaven and Robinhood

I was going to do some banking, but in light of the fact that there are one, two, three, FOUR police cars here, I think I'll postpone this errand until tomorrow.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Shop Local

Today's gift:
a balloon racecar!

This isn't just any balloon car, though - this one is actually the clever work of German toy and game designer Dieter Stein! Kids will see a plaything, adults an objet!

However it's viewed, this car is easy to operate; simply blow into the back of the car to inflate the balloon, set the car on the ground, and watch it race away! Fits standard balloons.

Available in assorted colors, $8.50 apiece at Designed by Snooze, 535 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem.

re: these lamps -- SO CUTE

Um, not cute: apparently while I was inside IKEA it started spitting freezing rain here in Charlotte. On a happy note I now have a lifetime supply of superfun napkins for the youngest's lunchbox (on sale, packages of 30 for 49 cents!).

All Aboard!

The Southbound Model Railroaders
invite you to an
Open House
Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem

Saturday, December 4th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday December 5th, 1 PM - 5 PM
SMR Clubhouse, 120 Park Ridge Circle, Winston-Salem

Come see the Triad’s largest fully sceniced operating HO-Scale model railroading layout, depicting selected portions of the Norfolk & Western and Southern Railways, and featuring the latest in Digital Control, plus varied exhibits of rare model railroad equipment.

The Clubhouse is located just off Country Club Rd, in the South Fork Recreation Center opposite of the tennis courts.

Admission is by donation; all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

Southbound Model Railroaders, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Lowes Foods, this afternoon

Did I miss a special weather report? Because while I was amused this morning that the dogs looked like they'd taken up smoking every time they exhaled, I would be totally unamused to wake up to a foot of snow tomorrow. Like COMPLETELY.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

MPB and I saw Morning Glory at the Grand this afternoon. (It dragged slightly.)

Also I just spotted the AMAZING madras, ruffle-tiered skirt on the young fashionista looking at the Yogi Bear display/threat, and now I am swept up in a torrent of covet entitled Looks I Could Have Rocked Myself Had I Not Been Raised In That Unfortunate Decade Known As The 1970s.


New local etsy love is up in the righthand column. This is the time of year we create lots of small holiday scenes, on the mantle, on tabletops, and all about the house, and so while I love all the items, I'm especially smitten with the cards and the gift tag/pinback, since, like our tableaus, they feature little festive moments.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Sadly no Black Friday specials at the Lowes salad bar. But also no hordes of crazed shoppers, so it's a win.

Shop Local

Today's gift: lucky bamboo!

Though they do resemble small stalks of bamboo, they're actually not - they're members of the lily family often recommended to improve the feng shui of a room. (They're also stupid-easy and so perfect for that person on your gift list who shies from indoor plants as being too high maintenance.)

These are generously sized and fantastically spiraled; one set in water in one of those numerous simple glass vases you never use (check under your kitchen sink or in that weird cabinet above the fridge) with a jaunty ribbon tied around it would make a fabulous hostess or coworker gift!

$6 apiece at Imagine Flowers, 560 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem

Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Hey, boys and girls! It's that time of year again...

Shop Local!

Seemingly everyone is still adrift in the same boat for the third year running - the leaky one called No Money, Honey. Accordingly, on weekdays between now and Christmas I'll be profiling gift ideas, all of which will be

a. available in locally-owned shops

b. for ten dollars or less.

Every gift idea may not strike your fancy, but hopefully they will get you thinking - about supporting local businesses, about giving smaller but still personal gifts, about shopping smarter.

As always, there's a list of local stores' websites in the righthand column. If you know of any I've missed, email me, and I will happily add to the list.

Regrettably, prices and stock levels may fluctuate; as always, all information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.

Today's gift: roosting pockets! Give either the brown teardrop or the hive to your favorite backyard bird admirer! Both lovely avian residences feature smart designs that simultaneously stand out and blend harmoniously with natural surroundings; all aboard the dichotomy rollercoaster, wheeee! Handy hanging loops are also perfect for pretty red ribbons -- wrapping hint!

$6.99 apiece at L.A. Reynolds Garden Showcase, 4400 Styers Ferry Road, Winston-Salem

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I shan't post again until late tomorrow when my annual Shop Local series (gifts $10 and less from local merchants) begins anew.

Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!

Anyone want to have lunch next Thursday?

Hawley Day Festival
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
11 AM - 2 PM
Gateway YWCA
1300 S. Main

20 delicious chilis
100 professionally decorated wreaths
$12 in advance (online) / $15 at the door

The YWCA Hawley House helps women rebuild their lives. At the Hawley House women getting their lives back on track following substance abuse, find a residential environment that fosters responsibility, respect for self and others, and self-sufficiency. The nine-month in-residence program provides a structured environment that includes a 12-step recovery plan, after-care monitoring, counseling and employment assistance. Women in residence at the Hawley House live in a family-type atmosphere and are responsible for daily chores, required meetings and adherence to house rules. Women that graduate from the House continue in after-care but relocate to their own residences.

Our wish is to purchase a van for transporting the residents at Hawley House. Here’s why: This year alone, Hawley House provided 365 days of housing and transportation to and from work and counseling; transportation to 216 AA/NA meetings; and transportation for 154 round trips to receive medical care and medication. Add grocery shopping, educational field trips and church, and you have a lot of miles. It is driven every day, 7 days a week in town.

purchase tickets online
Hawley House
Gateway YWCA


Three recent emails pointing out wonderful obituaries... (They're like little, pre-holiday gifts, these emails!)

HL sends along this gem of a hookline from this obituary:
Bee Wood drank her final martini on November 14.
JM points out this AMAZING euphemism, from this local gentleman's:
Walter Louis Murray, Sr. of Winston-Salem, who always wore a hat, traded it in for his crown, when he went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 19, 2010.
And from RBC, comes the awe-inspiring obit of one Mary Long Young.
YOUNG, MARY LONG - was born in a farmhouse without water or electricity in November, 1926, outside of Verona, in middle Tennessee. She died last week at the end of a life well-lived. In between, she had tea with the Emperor of Japan, lunch with the Queen of Thailand, lived around the country and the world, married my father, Ross B. Young, Jr., and enjoyed a martini every day at 5:00 up to the day before she died.
(It only gets better from there, so go read it.)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Green Street

I am a fan of this on a multitude of levels.

1. the saloonness of the fence
2. the business name
3. the wording of the uppermost sign: "Barber On Duty" is so wonderfully urgent-sounding.

(Also I met the proprietor, and he was cool peeps.)

ATTN: Local Incredibly Daring Cat Owners

Or, "How to make a mortal enemy quickly"

Meet some local felines!

Local Revelation

Monday, November 22 at 7 PM, Author Alice Sink will discuss her book Hidden History of the Piedmont Triad following the Friends of the Lewisville Library Annual Meeting.

Alice Sink, longtime Piedmont resident, will share stories that reveal the hidden history of the Triad.

The Friends will be selling their gift baskets after the program.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Lewisville Branch Library

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

best seat in the house

So I heard Deweys had these new sugar cookies topped with a layer of chocolate and then crushed peppermints on top, and I felt like it was probably my duty to go taste them for us, because I'm thoughtful like that. Y'all are welcome, and by the way they are ah-MAAAAAAAZ-ing.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Sadly it's a mite chilly for any more creekstomping in 2010. (Besides my creekstomp creek of choice is Horne Creek.)

... And new local etsy love is up

Find it in its usual place in the righthand column. It's rife with gorgeous items in rich reds that remind me of my favorite thing on the Thanksgiving table -- cranberry sauce. (If you haven't ever tasted any you like, pop thee by Fresh Market and ask to sample theirs, because it is brilliant.)

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Dear Holy Family: I feel the EXACT SAME WAY.

Look for them at a public library branch near you

Fabulous bookmarks by fabulous local kids! (Every year I mean to have my children enter artwork and every year I forget.)

Forsyth County Public Library


This morning was another one of Those Mornings, and so I whipped by the Krankies Airstream after dropping off the oldest. And because the youngest learned to read last year, he immediately understood the words "ginger" and "cookie" and wanted one. I told him that was fine but to leave it on the seat next to him unopened because he couldn't eat it until after school. Then I took him there and dashed to the cafegymnatorium to begin my day by helping fourth graders build go-carts during first period. A few hours later I came out and got back in my car.

Y'ALL. Ignore pine trees. Ignore Yankee Candles. Go directly to Krankies and get yourself a ginger cookie to hang from your rearview, because THIS is how every vehicle should smell.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Today is a first for LiF, for I offer you (drumroll, please)...

Dueling Phonophotos!

The first phonophoto is in focus, was taken downtown, and epitomizes awesome.

The second phonophoto is fuzzy*, was taken on Hanes Mall Boulevard, and is in fact the complete opposite of awesome.

* because horror sometimes causes uncontrollable laughter

Breakfast Of Course

Oooh, drink specials include peppermint hot chocolate AND Aztec hot cocoa!

Local Mornings Just Got A Lot Better

This morning I finally perfected the driving route for delivering various children to various schools on those ridic-busy days when I have nonstop obligations from 8 AM on, and what a happy coincidence -- it takes me right past here!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Edward McKay

Local Letters

... And I came out from Target to a car that wouldn't start.


Dear Lady in the Parking Lot:

THANK YOU FOR JUMPING MY CAR. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You told me that you were having a bad day and you'd read somewhere that helping a stranger led to happiness, and I sincerely hope that wherever you are your day is much brighter now. My day was much brighter for your act of kindness. Alas the car completely died while I was driving it on Hanes Mall Boulevard just shy of Stratford.

But that's neither here nor there; what I want to say to you is THANK YOU.



Dear Two (2) Separate City of Winston-Salem Employees in City of Winston-Salem Vehicles Who Stopped to See if I Was OK:

THANK YOU. I frankly think they should add one more hyphen and rename the city Winston-Awesome-Salem in your honor. Among all the drivers who navigated past me where I sat stalled blocking the left lane, with hazards faintly blinking, you and one older lady were the only ones who checked. All others either studiously ignored me, which is fine, or gave me evil looks, which is SO NOT FINE.

But that's neither here nor there; what I want to say to you is THANK YOU.



Dear Homeless (I Presume) Gentleman:

THANK YOU. You emerged from the brush after a few minutes to walk over and make sure I was OK. You took it upon yourself to stand behind my vehicle and advance direct traffic away, which cut down on the evil looks I received immeasurably. Then you helped my husband get his truck into place to jump me again when he arrived. You thanked me and wished me God Bless when I gave you the small pittance I had with me. I wish I had had more than a few dollars on me or some Village Tavern Shrimp & Grits to give you, at least, because those are the best in town.

But that's neither here nor there; what I want to say to you is THANK YOU.



Dear Every Driver Who Gave Me An Evil Look:

Please, explain to me why you felt it necessary to contort your face into such an ugly expression and make sure I saw it. Do you honestly believe I woke up this morning and thought to myself, "How can I best screw it up for the citizenry of this fair city? I know! I'll have my car break down at a major intersection!" Because, hello, I did not. I guarantee you I was more upset about my car's immovability than you were. I was also more affected by it, timewise and financially. I apologize for the extra AT MOST 90 seconds I cost you with my wanton display of auto failure; I spent $120 and a good hour at Sears Automotive getting a new battery after my husband re-jumped my car and followed me to make sure I got there safely.

But that's neither here nor there; what I want to say to you is IF I'D MEANT TO SCREW UP THE UNIVERSE I WOULD HAVE EVIL GENIUS TIMED IT FOR RUSH HOUR.


Target, Hanes Mall Boulevard

I think I had every one of these toys. What I didn't have -- and coveted every time I went over to our neighbors', the Abendschein's, house -- was the Fisher Price garage with the elevator and that spinny spot.

Local Spag

The oldest's position is that since macaroni is, at its cheesy best, also called mac, spaghetti should be called spag. Since we have spaghetti probably once a week, he's probably right that we've reached a level of intimacy that demands an affectionate nickname.

Maple Springs UMC

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

L. A. Reynolds

Hanging Locally

Stripes (2009) and Riot (2010), part of Holy Land, a show by Severn Eaton, currently in the Electric Moustache Gallery at Krankies, 211 E. Third

Severn Eaton

Local Multitasking

I'm at Kaplan to get another grotto grip for the youngest, but I'm also finding some fantastic stocking stuffers. These gummy bear pencil sharpeners from Germany are adorable and only $1.99 apiece. Whee!

Kaplan Showroom

Monday, November 15, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

2900 block of Buena Vista

Reminds me of seaweed.

... And I'm officially (and happily) small beans

When I lived in DC, I was inured to images, representations, and frequently misrepresentations of my city in movies, books, and such.

Six and a half years later, I'm giddily yelling to the family to hurry so they won't miss it when WFU peeps show up in Toyota commercials.

Yay, Wake Forest! I couldn't be more proud.

Mad Scientist, Locally

Doktor Kaboom!
Tuesday, November 16th
7 PM
(doors open at 6:30)
Reynolds Auditorium
301 N. Hawthorne Rd.

Ticket Prices: Orchestra: Students: $10 - $15, Adults: $15 - $20. Tickets can be purchased night of the show at the door or at SciWorks Front Desk before 4pm on Tuesday, 11/16.

One of the smartest women I know went to high school with this man and swears he is comedy genius. Since she and I once laughed so hard we were teary-eyed regaling each other with horrible animal stories, thus proving her standards are excellently high, I'm quite sad I can't make this.

Doktor Kaboom

It's lovely out

I actually prefer overcast days during leaf season, because the colors pop more against gray than blue. Once I was driving to DC just before some mammoth storm, and so the sky was almost charcoal, and the reds and oranges and yellows were so vivid that I kept gasping and scaring the children. (Their lack of faith in my highway driving is completely undeserved, for the record.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Phonophoto of the day


Also one squirrel

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and among the goodies you'll find not one but two ducks!

I have been a fan of realistic-not-rubber ducks ever since those racing ducks were at the Dixie Classic a few years ago, and I got to HOLD A DUCK. (They're very nice to hold, all plump and warm in the hands.)

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Arbor at Buena Vista

Local Psychiatric Help 5¢

No Rules Theatre Company

November 12-28
HanesBrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce

note: The November 12 debut is a special "pay what you can" performance. Show up at the ticket office prior to the 8 p.m. performance and pay whatever you can for a ticket. There are a limited number of tickets available, so be sure to show up early!

This musical was the eighth grade production when I was in that grade. I didn't have the wherewithal to dare audition, so I lent myself to the wardrobe department and spent a few weeks looking up from where I sat sewing a black zigzag to a yellow t-shirt every time someone yelled, "Lucy!" only to realize it was stage-Lucy being addressed, not me.

That said I remember the musical itself as brilliant fun and so cannot wait to take the oldest to it on this, the opening night. We're going to make a whole evening of it, too, by having dinner somewhere downtown first. Whee!

No Rules Theatre Company
HanesBrands Theatre, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
purchase tickets

Local Hero Needed ASAP

Marvin is a neutered beagle pup who has been enjoying the amenities of Forsyth County Animal Control for the last six days.

Then this, on Craigslist:
Someone please go to the animal shelter and save this poor dog. I know Marvin, I live in the same neighborhood as the people who used to have Marvin. I had not seen him in a while so I check the animal shelter site this morning and sure enough, there he was.

Marvin has been tied in their backyard since they brought him home. The poor dog was out there during thunderstorms, freezing temperatures, and snow. He is the sweetest boy and he needs a family who will appreciate him and play with him, not just tie him out back and ignore him.

Someone please, please save him.
Disclaimer: I have no idea if that information is true or not. What I do know is OHMIGOODWESS WHO'S A SHWEET PUDDIN FACE PUPPY? YOU ARE, MARVY, YOU ARE!

Y'all, someone go adopt him, please. Then let me know about it, because I will personally give a $25 PetSmart giftcard to the blessed new owner so that Marvin can have some ridiculously cute doggie accessories to go with his ridiculously cute doggie eyes.

For the record

The row of mismatched chairs for sale outside Collage (434 West End Boulevard) makes me want to disavow all other forms of furniture and declare this house to be a shrine dedicated to general chair awesomeness.

Alas while the children I could easily bring to a position of agreement with the amazing blanket fort possibilities, my husband would be a stumbling block, I fear.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

My favorite veteran was always my daddy.

Local Gah

view toward St. Paul's from the Memorial Garden
Summit Street

Fourth & Liberty

Giant Xs always make me want to dig for pirate treasure. Arr!

Local ooh-la-la

The Foreign Film Series at Central Library will conclude on Monday, November 15th at 7 PM with a screening of the French film Swimming Pool. The film is rated R. This event is FREE.

Central Library

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

11:57 AM

Ollie's Bakery

(whispering) It won't stop staring at me.

Ollie's Bakery

Local Print, Clip, & Save

Renowned local quilter and lifelong North Carolinian Lisa Routh Alley is having a trunk show and sale this Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM at Chelsee's (533 N. Trade).

If you've ever been in Chelsee's and oogled (oohed and ogled simultaneously) one of the gorgeous quilts that are there from time to time, you are already familiar with her work.

If you haven't been so blessed, get thee there with a quickness this Saturday.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The B String, 560 N. Trade

Local Holiday-To-Go-Go

The turkey burger, while extremely delicious, is not the most important thing in this phonophoto. Nor, for that matter, is the spinach, bacon and apple salad, though I do love it so.

No, the most important thing in this phonophoto is the menu tucked under my plate on the left, because Ladies and Gentlemen, The Carving Board is offering Thanksgiving 2010 To Go!

Choose à la carte from temptations such as Corn Bisque with Red Bell Peppers and Rosemary, Citrus Haricot Verts with Pine Nuts, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Turkey Roulades with Dried Apricot & Rosemary Stuffing with Apricot & Mustard Sauce.

Just make sure you pop in to grab a menu and place your order by Saturday, November 20th at 3 PM.

(And forgive the wiggly jiggliness of the phonophoto. I was awfully excited about all three: the burger, the salad, and the Thanksgiving menu.)

The Carving Board