Otter…is holding…ANOTHER OTTER.


Here are some rubbish theme ideas I’ve had.  Read them, and tell me which ones you think are the least rubbish, and maybe that’s what I’ll write about soon because right now I have no theme.

  • Do You Want to Hear What I Ate Today? Week in which I, like a girl on a diet except I am clearly not on a diet, share all the foods I ate that day with you.  Then you, like any rational person, are appalled at the number of burritos and ice cream sandwiches that turn up throughout the week.  For example, for the last 3 days it would have been 3 and 6, respectively.
  • On a related note, I was thinking Burrito Week or Ice Cream Sandwich Week
  • Tahmoh Penniket Week would be characterized by a lot of omg omg sigh sigh sigh swoon swooning and not much intelligent discourse.  He plays Helo on Battlestar Galactica and Agent Paul Ballard on Dollhouse and he is very much on my mind these days seeing as how he is the only man I will ever truly love.  FACT.
  • Maybe I ought to try something abstracter, like The Wind Week and try to come up with something to say about The Wind.
  • Cute Baby Animals Week – because we all love cute baby animals, you know?  Sloths and Otters will feature prominently.


  • I have been meaning to do a Nora Roberts Week because I love her books, and I recently acquired some jewel-toned throw pillows.  During the proposed Nora Roberts Week, you would naturally learn why the throw-pillow thing is relevant.  This would be good for summer time, because I have no doubt that Nora Roberts will inspire me to write long, detailed posts, one of which will almost certainly need to involve Photoshop.
  • Mermaid Week or Unicorn Week or Some Other Mythological Creature Week – I don’t know what I would say about these things.  Just they probably deserve a week or something, right?

Hipster Ariel would never admit it, but she thinks Mermaid Week is a great idea.

P.S. Hipster Disney Princesses is MY FAVORITE THING

  • Olympics Week, I am just realizing, would have been very appropriate for this week.  I usually get really into the summer Olympics but this year…not so much.  I blame my television, for not having any channels on it any more.
  • How Can I Get the Drawers in the Dresser I Bought at the Salvation Army To Not Smell? Week Seriously – I cleaned them, sprayed them with bleach, let them sit in the sun for ages, and put sachets I made out of baking soda wrapped in knee highs in the drawers and still, there is a reek.  How can I get the drawers in the dresser I bought at the Salvation Army to not smell?

I dunno why but I really believed these would work.

If I don’t pick a theme soon, I’m this close to just changing the name of this blog to Otter Babies and Ice Cream Sandwiches, and everyday I will post a picture of an otter baby and eat an ice cream sandwich, the latter of which you will not really get to experience through the blog but you will know it is happening.


Holding. Another. Otter.


Shuffle up and deal…


Continuing the riff on this week’s theme: Hey!  My iPod is On Repeat!

(Fair warning: I have already scrolled through my first three songs – prepare to have your mind blown with high-quality, certified-awesome taste in music.)

Song #1: “One More Time With Feeling” by Regina Spektor off the album Far

My history with this song: Regina Spektor is probably my favorite singer of songs, and for sure my favorite singer of songs who is currently singing songs and is a woman.  The album Far came out in Summer 2009, right after I finished graduate school; I was all existential-crisis-y looking for a job.  I suppose as a balm to the fact that I could hardly even find jobs to apply for, and that when I did, I managed to do stupid things like get my phone number wrong on my resume, I began a summer-long rereading marathon of Nora Roberts’ romance novels.  I only remember that I had this Nora Roberts’ sesh because I also happened to be listening to Far on repeat at the same time.  I am fairly sure that for the rest of my life whenever I hear a song from this album, I will be instantly transported to the fictional Manhattan bar Lower the Boom, the setting of more than one Stanislaski-family romance.

worst cover ever, right? still - SUCH a good book. Ish.

Meanwhile, as regards this particular song off the album Far – it’s not my most favorite, but I still like it a lot.  I also appreciate that its title reminds me of the Buffy episode “Once More With Feeling.”(The song I’ve included below?  Also on my iPod, just in case you had any doubt)

Awful/Great?  Obviously Regina is excellent stuff, even though I can imagine she does not appeal to all.  I would prefer not speak to my Nora Roberts habit at this time.

Song #2: “Holland, 1945” by Neutral Milk Hotel off the album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

My history with this song: Got the album senior year of college from Mia, who used to supply me with a steady stream of awesome music from bands I had never heard of.  Still listen to it all the time.  Love this song the most, particularly the phrase “the world just screams and falls apart”, which I once used as the title of a mix CD that I made during a time of moderate depression.  Use this song on my gym mix for treadmill-running, for which it is incredibly well-suited.

Awful/Great?  I warned you that you would have bow down to my good taste.  Everyone agrees that Neutral Milk Hotel are geniuses (don’t they?).  Plus – young adult writer/my hero John Green also loves them, which is enough for me.

Song #3: “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” by She & Him off the album Volume Two

My history with this song: I used to have a record with this song on it when I was kid that I would listen to all the time.  It also had songs like “What’s New Pussycat?”  (sung by children, not Tom Jones), “The Name Game” and the “3-6-9, the goose drank wine, the monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line” song (is that supposed to be a children’s song?  because in addition to the vice-ridden activities, the monkey gets choked and they all go to heaven in a little rowboat.  I don’t think it is a children’s song after all, but it remains pretty excellent…).

Anyway, when She & Him Volume 2 came out, I was really thrilled to hear the cover of “Gonna Get Along Without You Now”, which I hadn’t thought about since I was like 7.  I don’t really like the rest of Volume 2, besides this song actually.  I do , however, pretty much like Zooey Deschanel’s new TV show New Girl…which I feel is somehow relevant to the conversation, even though it isn’t really.  I am loving the character of Schmidt, in case you were wondering, and I look forward to continued romantic tension between Nick and Jess.

schmidt's sweet 'mono is the stuff of legend

Awful/Great? I feel like some people probably hate the She & Him and Zooey, and others love them and her.  Still – I suspect this song gives me a little more cred than the Justin Bieber that could have (and still might, later in the week) come up in this game.

Stay tuned – there might yet be some Bieber in this if that is your thing!

First day of…what? Huh? What was I talking about?


I have a case of first-day-of-school-fuzzy-fog brain.

It is a real thing; look it up.

(Don’t look it up).

First day of school I had 120+ students come through already, plus ugh, plus I had to stay at school for Kindergarten open house.  Tomorrow I have to have kindergartners on their first day of school.  You ever had kindergartners on their first day of school?  It is ugly, sometimes tear-soaked, sometimes urine-soaked.  I will never make it to Friday.

Seriously right now, so much tired; agenda is hot shower, peace signs and Parmesan, Nora Roberts book about sorcerers, goddesses, keys, love (too tired to describe it better, but very great book), then asleep.

leave my Nora alone, I love her


it's like mac and cheese, but for hippies