We’ve been overrun with family visitors for the last two weekends, so our apologies for the dearth of posts – I’m on my way out the door right now, but I wanted to pop over and say GO NATS!

Monday meme

From Jenny:

The rules:
1. After reading my answers, copy and paste the list into your comment.
2. Change my one-word responses with yours (yes, only ONE WORD, even if it hurts the most painful of hurts).
3. Submit your comment.
4. And hey, you can always post your finished list on your blog, too.

You’re Feeling:
To Your Left: phone
On Your Mind: family
Last Meal Included: mayonnaise
You Sometimes Find it Hard To: sleep
The Weather: grey
Something You Have a Collection of: ambitions
A Smell that Cheers You Up: tulips
A Smell that Can Ruin Your Mood: rot
How Long Since You Last Shaved: week
The Current State of Your Hair: dry
The Largest Item On Your Desk/Workspace Right Now (besides computer): piles
Your Skill with Chopsticks: adept
Which Section You Head to First In the Bookstore: books
…and After That?: paper
Something You’re Craving: space
Your General Thoughts On the Presidential Race: unending
How Many Times You’ve Been Hospitalized this Year: zero
A Favorite Place to Go for Quiet Time: bathtub
You’ve Always Secretly Thought You’d Be a Good: mom
Something that Freaks You Out a Little: reproduction
Something You’ve Eaten Too Much of Lately: cheese
You Have Never: procreated
You Never Want To: skydive


aspic on the brain

I realize I’m jeopardizing future dinner invitations by saying this, but I’m oddly fascinated by aspic right now.


OK, the above isn’t actually an aspic jelly – but it is a jello salad in a mold, which falls into the same category as far as I’m concerned. I spent a bunch of time last weekend reading my 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking, which was full of such wonders. I don’t know if I’ll ever bring my aspic dream to fruition – but good lord, they’re weird, and I’m enjoying looking at pictures of them and imagining how anyone found them palatable.

Just like in With Honors (kind of)

There’s an article in the GW Hatchet today that reports that a student has been living in the library for basically the last month after getting kicked out of University housing for financial reasons.  I think it’s most interesting that we AT THE LIBRARY are just hearing about this now!  We’re wondering if this will be addressed – not that those of us who leave at 5 can really do much about a student who comes back and sleeps on our couches in the middle of the night – or if it will be ignored.

Also, who knew that parts of With Honors were filmed in Champaign!

Two Things Of Note

1. I had lunch with my dear friend Oday yesterday! He had a long layover at Reagan, so he took the Metro into the city and we walked over to Georgetown for a bit. I haven’t seen him since his last visit to Champaign in the summer of 2005, so it was fantastic to catch up.

2. I just realized that I’ve finally stopped calling my little brother by his baby nickname. He’s 12.

My parents and Eric (formerly: Coo) will be in town for the holiday weekend. I’m not sure what we’re going to do other than dye Easter eggs, but it will be nice to have them around for a few days.

Music news!

I forgot to mention that my friend and former coworker Garret has released his first album! He’s recording under the name Tomorrow is Already Here, and his album is available on CDBaby and through the iTunes store. Go Garret!

15 minutes

So on Friday, Keem sent around a post from Mental Floss requesting pictures of weird or nerdy animal photos.  Oddly enough, we have them in spades.  I quickly put together a humorous email containing shots of Basil, Mina, and Sid in action, and then promptly forgot about it…until today.

Imagine my surprise and delight that not one but TWO photos of Basil are included in today’s Pictures from our Readers! post.