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Missives from the Birdcage
Richmond, VA
Overextended and overeducated, mostly.
Interests: Catching my balance.
Recent Activity
We decided that Mr. Thibbs might need some company. So there is a new girl in town: Mr. Thibbs isn't totally sure about this development. Actually, he seems to be wondering if this is really going to keep going on or what. He seems to be trying to tell us... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Missives from the Birdcage
Lake Ontario, that is. Me and Mr. P took the kayaks out for a spin this weekend, and got some camping and a nature walk as well. We spent the weekend on Lake Ontario in New York state at Golden Hill state park. We hadn't had a chance to get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Missives from the Birdcage
Why? Because I'm coming back from the dead. In the blogosphere, anyway. Where in the hot holy hell have I been? Bizzy, y'all. Lots of cool and exciting things in the Land of Cleves, in the Places of Muses, in the House of Kittehs. Things have started to settle down... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Missives from the Birdcage
Excellent! I'm a fan of bun cha gio chay, myself.
I have had a plague of doppelgangers. For years, going back to when I lived in New York and everyone thought I was someone named Zoe. Then there are the phone doppelgangers. There are alumni doppelgangers. I have my army of dingbat doppelgangers, who never seem to learn. And they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
Whoo, the last few months have been a blur. I haven't been writing much, but that doesn't mean nothing has been going on.... 1. New Job. Yes, indeedy, I started a new gig, at a new museum, in a new field. (Well, not entirely new, but a new title). It's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
Mr. P has graduated! Yay! I'm so very, very proud of him. He graduated, on time, with honors (magna cum laude, suckers!), while working, teaching, having shows, and making art. *And* the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently purchased one of his pieces from Flight Patterns for their collection. Yay!... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
Tonight was date night a chez nous, and I took Mr. P for Indian food at a place on the West End. The food was pretty good, we had a lovely time. In the parking lot Mr. P was getting text messages from friends at the 1708 charity auction, so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
We went to the opera last night. I got season tickets, which is why we keep going to the opera. I can assure it that it is not because of Mr. P's enduring love of Verdi. Indeed, accompanying me to the opera is an example of Mr. P's five-star-ness as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
What would a week without a deadline look like? If you find out, let me know.... SuperStats midterm was the highlight... or lowlight... or maybe just the what-the-hell-is-this-asking-me?-light of last week. So to get past that I used my, ahem, free time (read: time I stole away from other things)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
I know, I know, everyone has seen it already... And yet. There are several points of awesomeness here. You know, besides the Take on me in jaunty accordion style. 1. The camera is crooked. It is like watching the happiest band of the Titanic play on while the deck lists... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
That's right. Llamallamallamallamallamallamallamallamallama.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
Apparently, the economy is having an impact all around. There was still shooting last night, but it was nothing like last year. I guess ammo is an expensive luxury no one can really afford in this economy. We both commented this morning that it sounded like fewer people shooting, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Missives from the Birdcage
Well, most of the deadlines have been wrapped up (there's a couple of stragglers, but what can you do?), so I've let out a biiiiiiiiig sigh this weekend. As soon as the new year opens I'm back on the treadmill set to high, but I have a couple of weeks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
I just got an email that some neato fat quarters I ordered aaaaaaaaages ago are finally coming. I might even be able to enjoy them if I survive this weekend and the imminent deadlines. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
I've been totally obsessing over having a pair of shoes made for months. I found this woman on etsy a couple of years ago and have been coveting a pair of skips from her ever since. I mean, are these not the cutest things ever? She makes heaps of things,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
So I haven't been around these parts for a while.... the last couple of months have been a bit like this: Nothing too earth shattering, mind you, just constant. Highlights? New professional responsibilities-- some super interesting ones, but new always = extra time, right? I have now learned what IRB... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
This summer has been a wild, wild ride, on all levels, with a whole lotta work to boot. Some big changes that have left me scrambling just to hang on-- but exciting things on the horizon if I manage to do that. In the meantime, it's a bit of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
Yesterday was my birthday, so I took the day off and made myself a birthday giftie.... A cape! It's what all the cool kids and superheroes will be wearing this fall. It's got split flaps so I can get my arms out. I kind of can't wait for it to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
It's been a busy summer. No, really. Busy. Stupid busy. So we went on a road trip. To Florida! First night plan: camping in Georgia, right on the Florida border. Plan scrapped when the skies opened up. Instead, we watched a giant puddle swallow cars from the safety of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
A number of years ago I applied to law school. I was trying to finish up my dissertation, and it could have been going better. I was having a crisis of faith in my area of scholarship and its applicability. I thought I saw a way to use the brains... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
Plane travel has become such a monumental hassle that I try to avoid it at all costs, only giving in to it when absolutely necessary. Funerals fall under that category, so this week involved plane travel. I was reminded of why I try to avoid it when I got a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
Thus far 2011 is not showing itself to be a very good year. For me, anyway. It's the halfway point and I just don't have anything positive to say, really. Memorable moments have included being attacked by insects while traveling for work; spending a third of my mornings eating crappy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
We've got new art! Mr. P's gift for Valentine's Day this year was a new piece of art! A fabu, eight foot painting. Eight foot = logistical problem, so it took a while for him to find a way to get it home. He put it up this weekend! Yeay!... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage
Today's theme song, brought to you by Harold Camping, wingnut and numeroligist extraordinaire! His group put up a billboard on I-95 south of town a few months ago, so I've been thinking about the end of the world soundtrack.... Of course, I've been wondering what to do about next year... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2011 at Missives from the Birdcage