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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Thankfully I have mad laundry skills.

Local Flavor

Local Flavor Summer Concert Series
Jeremy Vess
Jonathan Lemmon

Thursday, July 1st
7-9 PM
Kernel Kustard, Hanes Mall Boulevard location

This event is FREE.

Kernel Kustard
Jeremy Vess
Jonathan Lemmon

"Hey, I'm running to the store. You need anything?"

I grab a pen. "Ooh! Yes. Hang on, I'll write you a list."


My husband picks up his keys, then takes the list I'm holding out and begins to fold it without looking at it.

"It's only four items," I offer helpfully.

He stops folding, opens and reads it. "Milk, TaB, popcorn, 'cheap meat'?"

"Yes, whatever's on sale. And get lots of it, please."


"Because this child is eating us out of house and home! He ATE MOST OF A PORK ROAST last night. Let him get a bag of jerky in his hands, and he eats the whole thing."


"And so I'm going to just make him a giant dish of meat and keep it in the fridge for his supplemental dining needs. I can't factor this into my menu planning and portion planning. I'd need to start buying 37 pound roasts and such."

"Oven's not big enough."

"That, too."

"So any 'cheap meat'."

"Yes. Thank you."

My husband shuts the back door behind him just as the oldest wanders into the kitchen and opens the fridge again.

Wednesday Night @ the Movies @ Southside

Tonight, June 30th, from 7 PM -8:45 PM, Southside Branch Library will host a FREE screening of To Sir With Love, a 1967 film starring Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier as the teacher of a class of rowdy, rude London teenagers.

Free popcorn and cool drinks will be offered.

This film is unrated but is suggested for mature audiences only.

Southside Branch Library


I've been very reflective recently. No, not philosophical. Actually reflective. My skin is so fair that sunbeams bounce off of it and blind people. It's terrible, frankly.

Make me feel better about it, OK?

Your mission: Show me a reflection made right here in good old Forsyth County. Lights or images or something reflected in or onto something else. Your reflection can be clear or hazy or any sort of reflection that makes you happy, however your reflection should be in photo form. Use whatever mechanism to take that photo you like, then send it to me in .jpg or .gif form.

  • 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 NOT submit a previously submitted 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 neither be considered nor posted.
  • Do not add a signature or watermark to your photo.
  • Contest entries must be received by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, July 14th 2010.
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 LiF sticker worth kajillions plus a $10 giftcard to Target. They have lots of mirrors there. You might spot yourself.

my photo: window of Brookstown Antiques


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Local Survey

re: anonymous's comment on today's Phonophoto of the Day

Anonymous wants the LiF local photo contests back.

( ) YES! I want to enter!
( ) Yes! And I want to judge!
( ) Meh. I might enter, I might not.
( ) No!

Phonophoto of the day


If you're anywhere near N. Liberty and Fourth later today, let's say around 7 o'clock, go see if the buildings look like they're hosting jellyfish again, because last night it was a rather spectacular sight.

North Carolina Room, Central Library

I learn something new every time I come here. For instance, today it was that in 1938, the city was bounded to the north by Arbor and 26th (with a five block foray up to 30th) and to the west by Roslyn and Knollwood. My house is in what was then open land out in the county.

The North Carolina Room at Central Library

I give you a recipe

Mine, actually. I worked it out years ago building off a basic banana bread recipe. More than one person emailed me asking what one can do with blackberries and other yard fruits other than eating them straight. I never have that many, because we do eat them straight - in the actual yard, usually - so here's what I do with the ones that do make it inside.

(Everything but the) Kitchen Sink Bread
  • 2 or 3 bananas, overripe work best, smushed
  • any other pieces of fruit (stray strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, half a peach, etc), chopped (NO MELONS, THOUGH)
  • any stray walnuts or pecans, crushed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar, substitute some with dabs of brown or light brown if you have them
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinammon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 + 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°. With a mixing spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix. Add the baking soda, salt, and cinammon and mix. Last add the flour and mix. Pour into a greased 4 x 8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool. Eat.

If bread falls apart when you take it out of the pan (due to using too much fruit), convert it to a fruit crumble by putting servings in bowls with a bit of whipped cream, vanilla yogurt, or ice cream.

Sincerely this is easy-peasy, and it uses all the fruit and nut dribs and drabs that, at least in my house, seem to accumulate. There's almost no way to screw it up, and you don't even need to break out a mixer for it.

Please Give

Please Give is currently showing at a/perture (311 W. Fourth) and will be there next week, too. Thank goodness, because I haven't seen it yet, and it looks marvelous.

Visit their website for showtimes.


Gentlemen, avert your eyes

Seriously. See you next post, dudes. Vamoose.

My grandmother on my father's side wore dresses with lace fronts or pleated fronts to mask them. Her polar opposite, my grandmother on my mother's side wore undergarments that fashioned them into torpedoes, which frankly seemed understandable of any woman who resided in Florida during the 1950s.

Hey, baby, whatcha doin' with yours tonight?

Forsyth Woman Barely There® Smart Sizes Soiree
Tuesday, June 29
5 PM - 7 PM
Hanesbrands store, Thruway

Are you tired of bras that don't fit? Tired of never finding the right bra? Come over to Thruway and we'll find the PERFECT bra for you.

Meet nationally known author and simple living expert Wanda Urbanska, and enjoy bra fittings, prizes, refreshments, and special promotions like 20% off any purchase of $50 or more.

Continue the fun after the event by heading across the street to Noble's Grille for Smart Sizes drink specials and delicious food.

Hanesbrands, Inc.
Barely There
Thruway Shopping Center
Forsyth Woman
Wanda Urbanska
Noble's Grille

Monday, June 28, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Get to know your locality

Broad Street, Rural Hall

Cultural Corridors, a partnership between the Arts Council and Visit Winston-Salem, offers a narrated driving tour of the Great Wagon Road that takes one to Pinnacle, Kernersville, Bethania, and Old Salem.

Pick up the materials for it or any of the other tantalizing narrated tour options at the Winston-Salem Visitors Center (200 Brookstown).

Cultural Corridors
The Great Wagon Road to Wachovia driving tour
Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Visit Winston-Salem

Local For the Birds

The youngest was beyond thrilled to be selected as one of the audience members to play a bird role in a production of The Ugly Duckling this afternoon at Rural Hall branch library. I was beyond thrilled that the role was THE CHICKEN. Due to no small amount of resultant trembling with glee, the phonophoto is a bit blurry, apologies.

The production was put on by Bright Star Touring Theatre out of Asheville. Good news! They're doing another show at 4 PM today at the Clemmons branch and one at 7 PM at Reynolda Manor branch. Get thine children under 9 or so there.

It's fun, it's FREE, and thank heavens to Betsy, it's indoors.

Bright Star Touring Theatre
Rural Hall branch library
Clemmons branch library
Reynolda Manor branch library

Bad for black dogs, bad for black cars

Good weather for blackberries, some of which even made it inside today, a rarity.

Dear Reynolda House:

We need this event now.

Beat the Heat Behind the Scenes Tours
Sunday, July 25
2 PM

This tour of Reynolda House allows visitors to investigate areas normally closed to the general public. Guests will explore the kitchens, laundry and mechanical rooms, ice-block air conditioning rooms, the squash court, and areas below the swimming pool, as well as enjoy the view across the lawn from the former roof garden.

Also offered on August 8.

Members/students $10, non-members $12. For ticket information, call 336.758.5150.

I love this, though. Reynolda House is so quintessentially Winston, and this is like the tour for the locals. The only way it could be better is if they let us bowl.

Reynolda House Museum of Modern Art

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Notice anything?

For the next few weeks, I'm playing gallery! Amy Perrotti, a local illustrator who does AMAZING stuff, has graciously accepted my plea for her to bring her flair and style to our beloved Shell station.

Amy and her family live here in Winston-Salem, but her travels have taken her as far away as Hong Kong, which she describes as, "the closest to the equator I've gotten and the most amazing place I've ever visited. Ancient meets high tech, the mountains meet the sea, it is very high contrast."

Amy's love of all cultures is reflected in her work, especially in her Matryoshkas. See those, her beehive hair ladies, her gnomes and gnomettes, her pandas and skunks, and all her ridiculously wonderful pieces by clicking on the hyperlink under the header (or here).

Thank you, Amy!

Phonophoto of the day


In anticipation of spending a good chunk of quality time this weekend culling toys in the children's rooms, I went to iTunes recently. I had no idea what songs I wanted, just that they should be peppy and upbeat. Music to keep me moving. I used the related songs feature a lot, hop-skipping here and there, listening to 30 second clips, then swiftly rendering a verdict. Buy. Pass. Next. In all I bought maybe twelve new songs.

And then yesterday, I put my little earbuds in and entered a state I can only describe as complete and utter confusion.

Because I swear on all that is holy that I do not remember ever listening to a clip of this song, and if I had, I most certainly would not have pressed the purchase button. Not only because I don't especially enjoy boy bands, but also because - and maybe this is a minor detail - I don't speak Korean.

(I only learned that that was the specific linguistic background I lacked after first returning to iTunes and looking at my recent iPurchases then subsequently searching iWikipedia.)

But while I may not understand Korean, I do believe in signs , which is why if I drive by TJ Maxx and there's an available parking space right in front, I park and go in, even if I was actually en route to the nearby Lowes Foods. On those occasions Lowes just has to wait, because sometimes the universe wants me to shop clearance home goods. The universe, y'all.

So maybe this is also a sign. Maybe I was meant to download this song. Maybe, just maybe, I was meant to share it with you.

I'm beyond pleased with the video. The writhing! The facial expressions! The eyeliner! The fashion! That one line - Oh, my girl, I cry cry - that is now permanently wedged into a crevice of my brain, taking up space that otherwise would be wasted on useless information like teachers' names or my bank password! It's too splendid.

You are welcome. I'm just glad I could act as your Korean boy band conduit, as this is a musical area too many of us have been neglecting, and clearly the cosmos noticed.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I'm ever so hopeful that the youngest's sprinkler and golf umbrella playtime will act as a highly effective rain dance. At the very least as some sort of refreshing breeze dance.

Local Upcoming Anniversary

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is Turning 25!

On Saturday, July 10th from 8 AM - 1 PM, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Dash and Lowe’s will pre-build wall frames.

This work will assist Habitat for Humanity in its mission to eliminate poverty housing and provide quality, affordable housing for local families in the Winston-Salem area.

These frames will be used at various Habitat construction sites in the area.

There are 25 volunteer spots still open; interested participants should call Habitat of Humanity of Forsyth County at 765-8854.

Later that evening, Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Winston-Salem Dash home game (against the Lynchburg Hillcats) by providing tickets for 300 of its homeowners to attend the game.

Fans will sing “Happy Birthday” to Habitat for Humanity during the seventh-inning stretch.

Esbee note: the appropriate gift for the twenty-fifth anniversary is silver, even on the new, "modernized" gift list. For the record I am not a fan of that particular modernization, save for the fourteenth and the thirty-fifth anniversaries. Otherwise, though, I really do prefer the traditional gifts, paper and tin and leather and such.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Winston-Salem Dash

Local Rock On

Check out the modified pedestrian signal at Sixth & Trade, one of the venues for the outdoor summer concerts. Double dog dare you not to make the rocker hand gesture for comparison purposes. (For those able to take that dare, the signal is ridiculously accurate. Also much more hospitable than the last modified pedestrian signal I blogged.)

LiF Alert Reader RLR

In regards to this exciting local trend, RLR offers up this "cup reporter submission" she spotted at the corner of Peace Haven/Peacehaven/Pe Ace Ha Ven and Willowbrook.

Local Character

His death-defying childhood included walking on iced-over ponds and all sorts of adventures with his faithful Federation crew of Mr. Vuh Vuh, Honey Bun, "Odie", "Garfield" and "Pepper".
-the obituary of Mitchell A. Gough

Live Long and Prosper, King Fish!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Every time I drive past the SunTrust building at the corner of Trenwest and Hawthorne, I'm mesmerized by the building's disco cube properties. I've certainly never watched for my own car's reflection, then waved at myself maniacally, though. No Sirree Bob.

Local Good Doggie

Cyrus is a very laid back, 2 year old Lab & Shar-Pei mix who knows how to hang out. He was found dodging cars in the intersection of Peters Creek and Academy by Karen.

Cyrus's smooshie face and fabulously relaxed physique can be admired by would-be family members at Ard/Vista Animal Hospital (527 S. Stratford, 765-3070). Call Karen at the above number (see poster) with any questions.

Ard-Vista Animal Hospital

Local Retail Closings

The shelves are emptying at Space Savers retail store as final markdowns come into play. We made out like bandits this morning.

Also closing: Simply Needlepoint, set to shut its doors for the last time June 30th.

Also closing: Sweetie's, saying goodbye this Wednesday (but thankfully still doing business online).


Could Raising Chickens Be in Your Future?
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
10:30 AM
Reynolda Manor Branch Library

Chickens are small, easy to care for, and won’t take up your entire yard. When you raise your own chickens, you know what they eat, their living conditions, and how they are treated. No need to worry about food safety, antibiotics, or hormones. Chickens produce excellent, nitrogen-rich fertilizer, and feast on weeds and a number of harmful insects. They also make good pets, are a source of entertainment for friends and family, and help you to become a part of the local food movement! Still not convinced? Consider the following about raising chickens:
  • Easy and inexpensive to maintain (when compared to most other pets)
  • Eggs that are fresh, great-tasting & nutritious
  • Chemical-free bug and weed control
  • Manufacture the world’s best fertilizer
  • Fun & friendly pets with personality (yes, you read that right)
Want to find out more? Join us to learn about raising chickens in your backyard.

(Sadly I know for a fact that raising chickens is not in my future, thank you, Pep, aka The Small Animal Assassin.)

Reynolda Manor Branch Library

Breckie with Esbette

foreground: my Breakfast Burrito (with fruit)
background: Esbette's eggies and toasties and fruities
middle distance: angel chorus singing whilst hovering on clouds just above the tables
also: lutes

find all of the above at: Breakfast Of Course

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Local Hospitality

Why are we here? Because a bag of warm caramel corn makes a lovely hostess gift*.

* But maybe I move in different circles

Kernel Kustard

Phonophoto of the day

outside Lowes Foods, Sherwood Plaza

675 W. Fifth

We're having meat for dinner. Specifically we're having Bib's Downtown's awesome ribs and pulled pork. You should think about doing the same, maybe even eating it on site, because every Wednesday from 6-9 PM Bib's hosts an Open Mic Acoustical Jam Night.

Update, 4:45 PM

... and we didn't make it til dinnertime. Hey, speaking of time, let's pretend my plate is a clock!

Shown below, from eleven to half-past twelve: Bib's pulled pork (holy). From one o'clock all the way to four o'clock: Bib's ribs, which are incredibly generously cut (holy frijole). From four o'clock through seven o'clock, we have Bib's macaroni and cheese, which is comfort food at its finest (holy shmoly). There's a brief intermission from seven o'clock til nine o'clock, because Bib's hush puppies were too pop-in-the-mouth awesome to make it to the plate (holy roly poly). From nine o'clock til eleven o'clock, we have Bib's white coleslaw, which is my coleslaw of choice (holy ravioli), though the oldest swears by the red.

Bib's Downtown

Sometimes when it's really hot out, I head to the club to cool off

Club 361, Hanes Mall Boulevard

Local Thinker

Somewhere around Sixth & Trade, there lurks a very philosophic graffiti-ist whose thoughts are consumed with art.

Indeed, what is art? Where is art? These, my friends, are questions for the ages, the sages, and the Supreme Court of 1998.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

interior wall, Breakfast Of Course (723 N. Trade)

Entry to Canal Drive off Reynolda

This looks much more like an alleyway than a drive. (I'm fascinated by the little square sticker near the arrow's point, though. Cheese prize? Prize cheese? YES!)

Local Swoontastic Student Art

Y'all! A papier-mâché puppet of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin! (Spotted this morning in the lobby of my polling place, where I was #30 but followed in short order by #s 31 and 32.)

Elsie Dinsmore Popkin

Local Must See

Mother and Child will be showing at a/perture (311 W. Fourth) beginning this Friday.

showtimes 6/25 - 7/1
Friday - 3:20, 6:00 and 8:40
Saturday - 12:40, 3:20, 6:00 and 8:40
Sunday - 12:40, 3:20 and 6:00
Monday thru Thursday - 5:20 and 8:20


Monday, June 21, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

shelves at Pet Supermarket at Thruway, where we bought mulberry-scented shampoo especially formulated to bring luster to dark-coated dogs which I kid you not was the lowest maintenance canine shampoo* we could find there

*other than flea shampoo, which is not what we needed

Local Yummers

Steam pot of fresh seafood? Yes, thank you kindly. Don't mind if I do.

The Filling Station

And I mean EXACT...

First person to correctly identify the location in comments wins a highly coveted and virtually priceless LiF Shell Station sticker.

IMPORTANT: You must email me at hippo.hippo@gmail.com immediately after commenting to claim the comment.

Also email me if you have won a sticker in a previous contest and have not yet received it. I know I am still waiting on a mailing address from at least one person...

Other local roads: Robin Hood, Buenavista, Westend...

Dear Local Citizenry:

I'm confused. Is it Peace Haven? Or Peacehaven? For years I have employed both spellings intermittently. I always feel vaguely wrong, no matter which configuration I use.

Here's the thing, though: it's not just me. Even our city is confused! Both spellings are used on street signs the whole way down. The two at right are mere yards apart.

Here's who is not confused: the Postal Service. They like Peace Haven, preferably in all caps for easy legibility. But I don't trust them, because they don't recognize the hyphen in our city name - in fact they repudiate it entirely - so they're clearly on the side of evil.

If I had my druthers, I'd go with Peacehaven. One word, much like Robinhood. Same number of syllables even. But sadly I suspect I'm going to be told I'm wrong, that it's meant to be two words, à la Country Club.

For now, though, I'll revel in being a little, a smidge, (dare I say?) a dash right, and if I need reassurance, I'll just go stand at the corner of Milhaven.

Or is it Mil Haven?