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Monday, October 31, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

This morning the youngest and I toodled over to Greensboro to see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Not gonna lie: it was pretty much amazing, and I'm not even a Titanic person. (The youngest, though? Wowsers, is he a Titanic, and other tragic shipwrecks, person.)

On an unrelated note, GERMALIAN BLACK & TAN PYGMY GOAT!!! I want one.

Local Going By The Covers It Involves Hot Air Balloons and Grandfather Clocks

It unnerves me to no end to be in a bookstore and see a book category with which I am wholly unfamiliar. I mean, I may not read Manga, but I know what it is, at least. This "Steampunk Fiction"? Not the vaguest, my friends.

Local I Do! I Like Them, Sam I Am!

Literally just yesterday I was Seussing it up with a group of friends who have kids roughly the same age as my own. Someone told a funny story, made funnier by the wording which sounded sort of Seussish, and someone else quickly remarked on that. Then I shared that when my husband is full-bore exhausted, he sometimes quotes Seuss, specifically, "Dad is sad. Very, very sad. He had a bad day. What a day Dad had!" And instantly every other person listening said, "Hop on Pop!" Because every single one of us has read that book umpteen times to our children and think of it fondly now that we no longer are called upon to do so.

The Winston-Salem Symphony
Bravo, Dr. Seuss!
Saturday, November 5th
2 PM
preconcert activities beginning at 1 PM
K.R. Williams Auditorium, Winston-Salem State University
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Conducted by Associate Conductor, Matthew Troy and featuring music set to the stories of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, this first Discovery Concert for Kids for the 2011-2012 season includes musical versions of Green Eggs and Ham, Gertrude McFuzz and lots of other favorites.

Preconcert activities include musical activities and games and an instrument petting zoo and are included in the price of the concert ticket.

Single tickets are $5 for children, ages three to 12 (age two and under, free) and $9 for adults.

Season tickets for Discovery concerts are $36 for each adult, which includes one free child subscription. Each additional child subscription is $10.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336.464.0145 or online. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the concert.

The 2011-2012 Discovery Concerts for Kids include two more concerts: Carnival of the Animals!, January 28, 2012 — a symphonic safari through Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns’ magical, musical menagerie — and a chance to blast off into outer space at Space Rocks!, April 28, 2012.

Winston-Salem Symphony
Winston-Salem State University

Friday, October 28, 2011

Local Shop Local YESSSSSSSSS


To say I am madly a-swoon is a gross understatement. I am undulant. Someone catch me!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

As expected, the youngest chose vanilla bean with exactly zero toppings.

Local Happy Update!




And if I had glitter, I'd throw that at this post, too.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Helpful hint: peppermint stick ice cream goes beautifully with hot fudge.

Shocking but true!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

West End Boulevard

I used to do this when I lived in a rather... "limited"* space in DC. Short on both art and square footage, I left but one chair on the floor for myself and hung the other two I owned on the walls to moonlight as decorations until friends stopped by.

*Apartment hunting in DC back then required an actual newspaper, and one quickly learned to read between the lines. "Darling" meant small; ditto "sweet". "Unique" meant awkward. "Period charm" meant 20 year old appliances and cramped, dark closets.

Local I cannot believe this is a Datsun

I've decided CompRehab is THE place to spot cool old cars.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Today was amazing. Simply amazing.

And to be perfectly frank, we've needed it. Generally I'm pretty upbeat,  but the last few weeks have been very, very hard for the youngest. Consequently for me, too, but whatever I feel is a mere fraction of what he faces. My baby is extraordinarily brave*, y'all.

Then today came and everything not only went well, we had what were like unexpected bonuses from the universe:
  • The lady at Thruway Dewey's made the youngest feel incredibly special when we stopped by for his favorite (vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing with purple flower, natch)
  • The used book fair at school had a cool book about camouflage in the animal kingdom which featured our family favorite, the elephant shrew. In the car this afternoon the youngest happily regaled me with tidbits not only about said elephant shrew but also about polar bears and butterflies and leaf bugs. This last one he found especially fascinating in illustration, and he wistfully wished he could see one in real life.
  • Which brings me to the above, which we found perched on my husband's car upon arriving home after a uke lesson.
Thanks mightily, Universe! We needed today.

* Surely my son is not the only child who has designed his own coat of arms? His motto, featured prominently, is "Small But Fierce".  Indeed.

A.C. Moore

The puppy organizer strikes again! (It being Halloween costume season, obviously I'm living here this month.)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Phonophoto(s) of the day(s)

A weekend retrospective in phonophotos, if you will...

First, a note: this October has been glorious. So much so that if it doesn't end soon, I'm going to fall over dead from exhaustion. I can't justify a day spent at home in my pjs being sluggy when it's this pretty out. And frankly my modus operandi is to oscillate between GO HERE! NOW HERE! NOW THERE! and  Hey! It's cold and rainy! Let's not get dressed today! And those are the days I rest, only when it's never cold and rainy, this system fails. I'm pooped!

And now...


2. The youngest and I very much enjoyed our "skate date", though he categorically refused to let me taste his snowcone for poison. (You can never be too careful!)

3. The roofline of the church reminds me of the Sawtooth building.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Easton Elementary School is currently a finalist in a national recycling contest! Yay, Easton!

Students and parents designed an uber-adorable recycling box that looks like a giant taco (squeeeee!) to collect tortilla and tostada bags for recycling.

Easton is one of ten finalists in the nation.

To win Easton needs votes; however Easton families have approximately a 2% internet access rate, and so for Easton to win this, the greater local community is really going to need to step up.

Easton is the only school in North Carolina participating.

To vote go http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J22GV23

As of Thursday they were only 601 votes away from first place; voting ends October 24th.

Read more about the contest here.

Easton Elementary School

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Phonophoto of the day


Usually I loathe the long waits endemic to medical offices, that simultaneously helpless and maddening sensation that I am the only person to whom time matters. But with this book inhand, I've actually been gleeful to be left to myself the last ten or so days. Yay, books!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Stratford Road

Ultimately we left empty-handed, the oldest already possessing a headful of awesomely fun hair.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The oaks outside Ed McKay are exceptionally generous with double and triple caps, but what I really want is to find an oak tree putting out the ginormous caps.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Trade Street

I only wish Breakfast Of Course offered hammocks for post-lunch-on-the-patio siestas.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The youngest feels especially snazzy in his choir robe, though he prefers that I refer to this look as "singing vestments".

Local Monster Mash

"The Phantom" and "Frankie Play The Banjo" by Jeff Bertrand, part of Horror Business, the current show featuring works by Bertrand and Patrick Harris, in the Electric Moustache Gallery at Krankies.

My favorite piece is "Fonzenstein" by Harris, which I doubledog dare you to look at without inwardly snortling.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Reynolda Road

Note the fingers itching to pick up the lone gourd.

Spoiler alert!
...that gourd is no longer for sale, ifyouknowwhatImean.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Local Originals

These are gelato flavors, but Blue Ridge also has a RIDICULOUS pumpkin ice cream right now. Holy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

on sharing & caring

I haven't been very forthright with you, and let me explain why: at first we didn't know quite what was going on and then when we did, the youngest wasn't sure it was something he was ready to share. Then he decided he was ready to share it, but it never really came up here naturally, so I didn't.

So it's not a secret nor is it anything we're embarrassed about, but unfortunately it's also not something that's going to go away: the youngest has Tourette Syndrome.

It's not the worst diagnosis nor the best. It's generally misunderstood, that's for sure, and it's definitely lonely: the youngest seems to be the only one anyone personally knows with it.

But generally on a day to day basis it doesn't really affect us as much as you might think, never-ending visits to CompRehab aside, except that the medicine he takes* to reduce the tics, including a sort of gallop and lots of grimaces and an odd little repetitive cough, also reduces natural coughing, the good kind that your body does when it's fighting something.

...Which is why he's now home with pneumonia.

I was marginally serviceable yesterday -- I had to be for the doctor and then the x-ray technician -- but today? After two sleepless nights? Well, I am dumb as a stump, there's just nothing to be done for it.

Until the antibiotics kick in (hopefully later today), my sweet, funny, fabulous boy and I will be cuddling on the sofa and working on printouts from here.

...Which is not at all a bad way to spend a rainy day.

* by his own request, because as he beautifully explained, "When I'm trying to do something my body keeps interrupting me." His tics never bothered us.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Hanes Mall Boulevard, 4:36 PM

Local This Bodes Well or Poorly Depending On Your Banjo Viewpoint

spotted at Jackson's Music, Stratford Road

Local Erin Go Bragh

Please Join Us….

An Evening of Irish Music
Featuring The Red Wellies out of Asheville

A traditional open Irish session with room
for dancing will follow the concert.

Food & beverages available

Friday, October 14, 7:00pm
Gateway Gallery at The Enrichment Center

Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit
the programs of The Enrichment Center.
1006 S. Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Equally cheery and bright: this week's local etsy love items, which went up in the righthand column earlier today!

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Hood Drive

Watching middle schoolers interact at Skatehaven is much like being an observer on an anthropological expedition into a strange culture whose communication hinges on opposites and tomfoolery.

Local You're Invited

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 6 p.m.
Wait Chapel

Mark Kennedy Shriver comes to Wake Forest in the tradition of Pro Humanitate to speak about the American mission of serving others, particularly in relation to the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. His father, Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy, was the driving force behind and the first administrator of the Peace Corps. Shriver served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, was Maryland's first Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families and currently is senior vice president of U.S. Programs for Save the Children.

This event is free and open to the public.

Voices of Our Time
Wake Forest University

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The youngest declared this display of timelined schoolbus seats to be the coolest thing at this year's Dixie Classic and was sorely disappointed when I didn't post this phonophoto for you last Friday.

When I told him I had already posted a montage of fancy chickens, his reaction was hysterical: he spun on his heels and as he was walking away threw his hands up in the air and said, "It's always the chickens!"

I'm thinking of adopting this as my new go-to reaction to disappointment. Not just chicken-related disappointment, either. All disappointment.
The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras
invite you to a
an afternoon of FREE performances
Saturday, October 8th
1-4 PM
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Drive

This event is FREE and open to the public. Donations welcome. Listeners may drop by at any time during the event.

The Playathon is an early season concert and fundraiser designed to benefit the Youth Orchestras program while giving back the gift of music to supporters and the community.

All three orchestras — the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and Premiere Strings — will perform rotationally throughout the event.

The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony and includes about 130 student musicians.

The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras are currently comprised of three full orchestras for aspiring musicians in the first through twelfth grades: the Premiere Strings, a 20-30 member strings only orchestra for young musicians who are new to the experience of playing in an ensemble with a conductor, the Youth Philharmonic for intermediate level students and the Youth Symphony for more advanced students. Each full orchestra consists of 60 to 75 members and performs several public concerts annually as well as occasional concerts for special audiences.

Winston Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras

Local Crazymad Flavor Talent

Coconut gelato with caramel ribbon and almonds

Blue Ridge has an afterschool special running that is essentially BOGO1/2O. We make great use of it, as it simultaneously saves money for us and stimulates the economy for our nation. Go, America!

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Local Mysterious

These are stapled to telephone poles following a meandering path through BeeVee. This one's at the intersection of Dartmouth and Buena Vista.

I haven't the foggiest idea what this is all about, though. Or who! Or why! When! How!


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Check it! It's a phonophoto of someone taking a phonophoto! It's like seeing a teevee on teevee!

(drumroll, please)...

Ladies and Gentlemen, I was a judge today!

(additional drumroll, please)...

For the Seniors Talent Contest!

And it was as fabulous as all my hopes and dreams not just fulfilled but also bonus bedecked with glitter and moondust and puppy kisses. And I only teared up thrice (once being the Star Spangled Banner, which gets me every time).

I'm still beaming.

Tuesday is SQUEEday

1. Wow, prize-winning roosters do not fetch much these days.

2. Silkie roosters are poor competitors in crowing competitions, possibly because they can't see through all the fluffery.


Monday, October 03, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Jackson's Music

No phonophoto yesterday because I spent the day muttering to myself while driving from craft store to craft store trying to muddle out how exactly I'm going to make the gobsmackingly challenging Halloween costume that one of the children requested, per our agreement, on October 1st. I won't say which child, but you'd be wise to put your money on the one who was here for his weekly ukulele lesson.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Wanna be startin' somethin', Got to be startin' somethin'

Confession: in seventh grade the inside of my locker was adorned with a poster of Michael Jackson wearing a yellow sweater vest  over an all-white ensemble. The lettering or the floor or something backgroundish was gray, and so I described the poster as "the yellow and gray Michael" whenever someone asked me which locker was mine or which Michael poster I liked best or any question I could possibly answer in terms of Michael. How am I? I'm great, because I get to look at Michael in his sweater vest! Isn't he the cutest? I love him!

Later I was so ashamed of the fervency of my fan love for him that I banished not just Michael from my life but also the combination of yellow and gray. I literally could not see those colors together without remembering the poster and feeling vaguely anxious that someone might somehow look into my soul and read my shame. YOU! YOU LOVED MICHAEL JACKSON. YOU DAYDREAMED OF HIM IN HIS SWEATER VEST! I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR EYES!

Y'all, it has been too long. I have processed my shame and while I cannot undo my tween crushing, I can take those colors back. To that end, today's new local etsy love features delightful items in that very palette. You can find them in the usual spot in the righthand column.

Only took me 28 years. Woooo! Give it up for healing!

Thank you for supporting local artisans.