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Alex
Ohio
An omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.
Interests: Reading, psychology, laziness, The Lord of the Rings, P.G. Wodehouse, Alexandre Dumas, Lake Erie, graveyards, Doctor Who, photography, tea
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Those are gorgeous! Her face in the elephant picture is so expressive. Is this for school?
Toggle Commented May 10, 2011 on the secret garden at emma block's blog
Does Christopher Lee count? Dude was into his 80s when they were filming Lord of the Rings.
Ten years ago today, my great-grandma Julia died. I'm not doing a big memoir-y blog post, I just wanted to write down a few things that I loved about her, and what kind of a woman she was. I was only 12 when she died, and we lived three hours... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Somewhere Quiet
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Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit was the opening act, playing solo on an acoustic guitar. He provided the "bitter motherfucker" part of the show, he told us. In reality he was funny, engaging, and sexily Scottish, stopping songs when we laughed at a lyric to poke fun at the young,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Somewhere Quiet
Oh yes. He was fine. The wife really bugged me. I felt for her more towards the end, but pretty much the second time you see her she's telling her husband she's ashamed of him for no reason that we as the audience can see. Or at least I couldn't. And then she was all about her ambition to get ahead (selling the house without telling him!! Argh!!) but berating him for trying to play the game to get ahead.
graduated college visited Alaska moved back home got a job got my driver's license read 34 books watched about a billion hours of Doctor Who named a puppy All in all....not bad! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
As I've gotten older, I've started to recognize in myself a desire to meet another person who is like me. Or maybe not like me, but who has been in a situation like mine. My sister has problems, some or most of which look very familiar: drug abuse, body image... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
This is me reading Robert Frost's poem My November Guest, with pictures I took back when it was, well, November! :) The sound quality isn't great, but it was the best my otherwise great camera could do. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
To Christ our Lord I CAUGHT this morning morning’s minion, king- dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
Ah, I'm very much a hymn-y Christmas music person, although I do like jazzy Christmas stuff too. Louis Armstrong can never be a bad choice. I made my mom a CD of all these different version of Silent Night, her favorite carol, and it was great fun trying to find all different styles. There was a steel-drum version, and I found a file of Hugh Laurie's version from [H]ouse.
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Another activity we did in Buffalo was to go looking for some family graves. We found none of them in the very weirdly-mapped cemeteries, but there were at least some interesting headstones to compensate. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
I love these! They're so quirky and eye-catching. I could see them looking as good on a coffee table as they would on a bookshelf.
We do make "real" dumplings occasionally! Not in my immediate family so much, but my grandmother definitely does. It may be worth mentioning that my great-grandma was also a notoriously poor cook, in addition to the stretched-for-money thing. :) There was talk about adding salt to the actual dough, but that was Not How We Do It.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2010 on Dumpling Day at Somewhere Quiet
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I went to Buffalo this weekend to visit my grandparents and participate in Dumpling Day, which is just like it sounds. It's a day of contradictions, really. When my grandfather was little, there were too many kids and not enough money, so these cheap-and-easy dumplings were necessary. Now all the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
You should! It's quite short, and it's public domain.
He dreams of a reign of terror! A reign of terror, I tell you. You must set a watch on trains and roads and shipping. The garrison must help. You must wire for help. I've had a love for reading as long as I can remember. I loved it and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
Alex is now following Emma Block
Oct 23, 2010
"Of all outdoor sports, few are more stimulating than watching middle-aged Frenchmen bathe. Drama, action, suspense, all are here." "As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows. On the occasions when Aunt is calling Aunt like mastodons bellowing across premieval swamps and Uncle James's letter about Cousin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
Thank you, liliales! I had a wonderful time writing it, and I'm glad others like it. :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2010 on Welcome to Somewhere Quiet at Somewhere Quiet
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Welcome to Somewhere Quiet, where residents and guests come to watch the seasons change around them and watch the world outside run through their days. Around here we all live in little stone houses. Some are under a hill, others on open ground. Some souls prefer their little homes to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
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Oct 9, 2010
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Today I went to Cleveland's famous Lakeview Cemetery. There are quite a few notable people buried there, like President Garfield and John D. Rockefeller, but possibly the most famous monument there is one called the Haserot Angel. I had seen several pictures of the Haserot grave, and the forbidding angel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet
I'm trying out this "Q" thing. And bummer, it's mostly corporate shilling. Ah well. TypePad's gotta pay the bills somehow. Would it be wrong of me to use this question to talk about how nauseating I sometimes find the Disney mystique? Like, I enjoy a good Disney movie and I've enjoyed my vacations to Disneyworld, but I watched this show on people getting married at Disney with frickin' Mickey ears in their wedding cakes and Cinderella dresses and I kind of wanted to vomit. To each his own, I guess, but it seems so infantalizing and stifling personal expression. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Somewhere Quiet