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Widow & Bride
Vermont
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Big day big day happy day Saturday! Weather looks to be good, the dress is ready, the suit is being pressed, the paper work is about to be signed. Legit! More to come... xo. the bride. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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Hello. Hello? Yes! Hello! The Widow and the Bride may have been ridiculously lazy about posting in the past, oh, five or six months (eek!), but if one of us were very ridiculous, it would have to be me, the Bride. So much has happened, and maybe that's why we've been away. The Bride has a new job (though still at the same college); The Widow has a new job; the Widow moved even further north into the heart of Vermont; trips have been taken; adventures have been had; and now the big PARTY--ahem, WEDDING--is upon us in a mere... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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With the pale green things sprouting and spring-ish days ahead, sugaring season in Vermont is more or less over. But for the past month, I've been driving up to Fairfax (thank you Jason, Jessie, and little dogs!) for my very first maple-syrup-making experience. If you've spoken to me at all since I learned to tell Vermont from New Hampshire on the map, you're probably sick of hearing about my plan. Sorry. The Longevity Plan: Plant my own maple farm, from seed, as soon as I have any amount of property. When I am 70-ish years old, they will be ready... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
Generally, I can be transported out of viduitive misery by visiting old buildings that smell of Old Spice, mildew, and furniture polish. Add a flock of widows trading maple cookie recipes and a bunch of old men sporting red plaid flannel and suspenders, and I'm on proverbial cloud nine. And to transport me into pure poetic ecstacy, make the occasion for gathering some sort of theatrical performance, give me a red velvet cushion on a wooden stadium chair, make it the brink of spring, dim the lights. I spent part of Saturday feeling discontented that the ratio of my Vermont... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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Alternatively titled: A SERIES OF BABIES STRONGER AND STRANGER THAN ANY BEFORE HAS BEEN PEEKING AT ME. Poisson and I are off this weekend for a baby adventure: four friends, two babies, harried city driving. Here's a poem to commemorate, from Chelsey Minnis' collection Zirconia. Hopefully we return intact. xo. the bride Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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It's Casimir Pulaski Day! And a snow day! First thing this morning, we listened to this. Be still, my heart. This is the second weekend in a row that I've been stuck in Johnson. Totally, unintentionally... stuck. In a totally awesome way. Last Sunday I was whisked away to recover after a very small blip in level-headedness (I had to spend some time in a rather warm room, and warmth is my kryptonite); this Sunday evening I came out for meatloaf with every intent of a quick meal followed by a drive back to Burlington and a productive work week.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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Today is (according to the local news) an "epic and historic" snow day! As evidence, I present here an image of our landlord "plowing" the driveway: The Widow came out last night for a tasty meatloaf dinner and has been marooned here ever since. Today we're taking the unexpected free day from work and from school to catch up--the Widow with some grading, and me with some blogging. She, per usual, has done a spectacular blogging job as of late. I, per usual, have not. Alas! So let's backtrack... There was once a post penned by the Widow, in which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
I think it is a good idea to sometimes document friends telling your favorite stories about themselves, just in case they drop dead. Which they inevitably will. Here is my friend Blake telling one of my favorite Blake stories. It is about foolishness and toast. xxxxxooooo widow Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
aw, thanks, jb. i was just saying to the bride, "remember when j and e would make that delicious banana bread that was kind of fried on the outside? remember the cricket oven?" what i would give to drive the wrong way down park street for a visit to the good old days... xo
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2011 on buoyed at The Widow & The Bride
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Alternately titled: ONE DAY WE WILL ACCIDENTALLY FALL IN A SOFT PATCH OF DELIGHTFUL MOSS. Today is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, also known as The-Last-Day-of-My-Winter-Break. I'm sitting at a coffee shop (August First) next to a pile of ungraded papers. And blogging instead. It was my first week since moving to Vermont that I haven't been working or in the full-time pursuit of work. And in a way, I missed school. There's something rather torturous about teaching--it's like sitting in the woods for a long time, waiting for something to happen. Maintaining a tone where something might happen. Where... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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For a multitude of reasons, Frank O'Hara's Having a Coke With You just might be one of my favorites. I love that there's yoghurt with an "h," fluorescent tulips, that trees breathe through spectacles, that New York City and museums and art fade. This morning the widow and the bride took the hawk and the rabbit downtown, where there was much excitement, and which I will leave for the bride's telling. Afterward, we had brunch. Then, I had a Mrs. Dalloway moment at Costco. And here I am blogging about it. Adding a viduitive touch. xxxxxooooo widow Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
Well, Widow. Good scouting. Now the question: did you get the apple cake sharer guy's name?! ;)
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Wednesday was my first real snow day! School was cancelled and flurries flurried all day--the gentle little flakes kept piling up. In an effort to make the most of it, I decided to tromp through the storm and explore what Burlington has to offer in terms of coffee shops. It's so hard to find the perfect one! I was limited by my low caffeine tolerance. I rarely have more than one coffee a day, and other than that I really just drink water. (We are made of water.) Three iced mochas = jazzed. Too jazzed. So jazzed that the only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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Happy Snow Day/Poetry Day Wednesday! Today was pervaded with snow, caffeine, and self-prescribed Burlington exploration. I wrapped my scarf around my mourning veil, pulled on my bitterly conservative snow boots, snapped a few photographs, collected a lot of data, drank too many coffees, and soon will write a post detailing my findings. But for now I am hunkered down with my black cat and blankets: knit blankets, quilted blankets, fleece blankets, wool blankets, quilted blankets, childhood blankets, handmade blankets... I knew all these blankets were worth hauling from the prairie. So, readers, here is Gertrude Stein to keep you company,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
Today, on this brand new dawn of Poetry Day Wednesday, Poisson has a special request. I bring you the poetry of one Carl Sagan. Dig it. xo the bride. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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It's true, readers. Between holiday travels, the daily work commute, new school responsibilities, and attempting not to be constantly lame, blogging time has been scarce. With the weather dropping into the double-negative digits this week, any down moments get spent huddled under a pile of down blankets, with a stack of school papers and fingerless mittens. Not to say that widowly adventures the past several weeks haven't included some mighty big events. I traveled home to Illinois for Christmas, where I saw friends and family and made two trips to the Saint Joseph antique stores. Followed shortly by my first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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Hello. (Hello? Hello!) Yes! Hello! The Widow and the Bride have not really run away with a magical elk. Or else, if we have, we still have the means to transmit this message to you. Maybe part II of the story will pop up one of these days and you'll find out where exactly we've been and what exactly we may have been doing. We're mysterious like that. I can say, however, that over the course of our spontaneous hiatus, many new things have occurred. The Bride has been working, working, and working some more at Vermont College of Fine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at The Widow & The Bride
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Dec 18, 2010
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Once upon a time, up the rocky road and over the hill, was a farm. On this farm lived elk and alpaca. But mainly elk. Somewhere some farmer keeps their elk barn locked, even though everyone knows it's silly to lock a barn. So the widow and the bride, upon seeing a bright star to the north, donned their snow boots, knit mittens, and fur stoles and struck out on tipping toes across the rocky road. Being careful not to catch their veils on the twigs and branches reaching out from the dark forest, the discreet pair moved stealthily up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2010 at The Widow & The Bride
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Ahem....? Ahem.....? Bride? Well, nothing new to report, really. Some Christmas decorations, some Christmas get-togethers, glitter and elves, more bridal gowns. We have tickets to see this at the end of January, so that's exciting. I just purchased The Gate of Horn, L.S. Asekoff's latest, and I'm enjoying it. There's a poem with the word "widow" in the title, so I'm posting it for thematic cohesion. Also, here's a bit of paper chain that I made for the tree, and Moo the cat. xxxxxooooo widow Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at The Widow & The Bride
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I bought the Christmas tree myself. Picked it out, sawed it down, tied it to the hood of the car, hauled it into the apartment, put it in the stand, and wrapped it up in lights. Take that, Mrs. D. xxxxxooooo widow Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at The Widow & The Bride
As the Bride stated in her last post, weeks ago, I have been threatening "drastic posting," since I miss the Bride, and I run out of things to say on here if I don't have her to balance my viduity. Since today is the last day of November, and the last of this year's potential for November rain, I thought I would dedicate a post to the Guns N' Roses music video trilogy. I have always been an admirer of Axl's codas: how they are mostly questions, and screams. (Everybody needs somebody. Don't you think that you need someone? I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at The Widow & The Bride
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It's true that I had more fun last weekend, dress shopping with the Bride and Kim, than I thought I would. Still, the cake picture that she posted last week offends my sensibilities. A wedding is one of the few rituals where one is expected to go all out on an extravagant cake, and that cake there looks like something I could concoct right now using a biscuit cutter. If you're going to saw down a tree to use as a cake stand, make it a large tree. (Though I do prefer flowers to camouflage, most of the time.) When... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at The Widow & The Bride
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As I learned from another Dana this weekend, these are the things you absolutely must consider when trying on wedding dresses. I'm not sure how quite to interpret the wisdom, but I'll go with it. That's right: this past weekend the Widow, the lovely Miss Kim, and myself ventured out into the world of shantung, lace, organza, and fur. There was beading and crystals, obnoxious glittering flowers and belts, sashes, pearls, and white gloves. I was surprsied by how ridiculously fun it was, being zipped and laced and packed into the dresses. And I couldn't have asked for two more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at The Widow & The Bride