The Virtues of Restraint

October 19, 2010
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Shortly after we moved into our house (which She Who Must Be Obeyed bought me for my birthday fifteen years ago), we were given a bonsai juniper as a housewarming present. Since I deal with all of the Chez Belm biology projects (carnivorous plants, herb garden, outdoor landscaping, fermented food products, tropical fish, small boy), […]

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October 15, 2010
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Today, while loading the remaster of David Bowie’s Station to Station (the three-CD box that includes the complete 1976 Nassau Coliseum concert), I noticed that “TVC15” was song number 80,000. The decrease in the intervals between 70, 75, and 80 thousand is due to my adding a more than a few boxed sets (complete Mahler, […]

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I Married a Cartoon Character

October 1, 2010
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I‘ve always had suspicions that She Who Must Be Obeyed was more than she seemed. I first noticed it at the 2000 Toy Fair in New York, where we both had our photos taken in a Sanrio instant photo sticker booth. The end product was a 4 by 5 inch sheet of little stickers of […]

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Cooking the Books

September 28, 2010
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My cookbook shelf in the kitchen had managed to overflow onto the sideboard in the dining room, a situation She Who Must Be Obeyed advised me wouldn’t be tolerated for long. Unfortunately IKEA stopped manufacturing the twenty four inch wide Billy bookcase (why?), so I was forced to have something custom made. After two days […]

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A Critic Is Born

June 22, 2010
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Today was the last day of school for He Who Will Not Be Ignored. Included in the sheaf of art projects, returned tests, and other work sent home from his classroom was a stack of poems from his most recent unit of language arts. A note from his teacher explained that he really enjoyed the […]

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Fifth Annual Birthday Dinner

May 9, 2010
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It’s that time of year, when I pull out all the stops and host a birthday dinner party for She Who Must Be Obeyed. I try to top the previous year’s menu, which is getting harder to do with each iteration (menu for third annual, menu for fourth annual), but I think I managed to […]

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The Perfect Couple

April 30, 2010
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This weekend I’m taking She Who Must Be Obeyed to New York for a dinner to celebrate a major birthday (her 39th, to be precise, at least that’s what I have been told to say under threat of a savage mauling with a Garden Weasel). I’ll report on the meal next week, but I thought […]

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Happy Birthday, Miles

April 20, 2010
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Just before his fourth birthday, we took Miles to Disney World, the location of this, one of our favorite photos of him: In the intervening years, he became He Who Will Not Be Ignored, but I still get the drop on him from time to time: Today (April 19th) we took him to Disneyland for […]

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A Look Into the Future

April 1, 2010
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Miles has made his first attempt at predicting the future. The Venn diagram seen here is from his math homework, in which he was asked to compare this year with what might be possible in the year 2157. Why that year? I think he liked the number. According to Miles, in 2010: We have to […]

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Feeding the Maws of Doom

March 9, 2010
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It’s been three months since I set up my iTerrarium. I must be doing something right, because the Nepenthes alata has developed two fully-formed pitchers (front and rear in the photo), with a third (to the right) on the way. I was advised by Paul Riddell, the iTerrarium’s creator and curator of the Texas Triffid […]

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