therapy in session

Friday, 22-April-2011 22:03:12 On my way to see the band The Boxer Rebellion that started at 10. It's 10 now. Am nowhere near Double Door the bar/concert venue. Panic attack 22:04:58 I'm going by myself again. [I went to see them for the first time last September]. With extra tickets. Maybe I'll give the ticket 2 [...]

This paragraph from A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award (ETA: AND the 2011 Pulitzer Prize!) for fiction, is one of the most hauntingly vivid descriptions of a marriage that I have ever read. At the same time the description sounds clinical, meticulous, it strikes me [...]

I saw these for sale when I made an emergency run for coffee at the store: a dozen for $1.99. I normally do not buy flowers, the same reason I do not make the bed: What's the point? But I made an impulse purchase that day and I am glad I did. Whenever I pass [...]

Fireworks

For this past week I have been thinking of this line by 20 Prospect "There is something unholy about being able to cross the world in a day," which succinctly summed up the experience of traveling to the other side of the world and dealing with the consequences, as he so poetically yet accurately described jet [...]

The Cuckoo and The Choo Choo

I am at the train station again. The one with the Starbucks. I come here almost every Saturday morning when the kids are in Religious Ed. Free babysitting provided by the Catholic Church. That's the least they could do for me really. When I was waiting for my non-fat Venti latte, I heard "Hi, Mrs. [...]

Ants

I have been thinking about ants a lot lately. Or rather, the absence of ants. It probably has a lot to do with all the holiday-related activities happening in this house: cookie baking, frosting, sprinkling, gingerbread house decorating. Every time when I see Mr. Monk walking around with a sugar cookie that he has added [...]

Envy

Of all the Seven Deadly sins, ENVY arguably is the root of all evil, imo. Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.       --- Joseph Epstein Kevin Spacey obviously agrees and that's why his character in Seven saved Envy the Sin for himself... It is also in the Ten [...]

Disclaimer: Objects in the mirror are both closer and farther than they appear. . Preamble: I have no idea what the point of this post is or whether there is any. Except to demonstrate the power of Picnik, the danger of believing in profile pictures in social media (Think Catfish), and the fact I look [...]

The most exciting, most surreal, yet most unnerving, and embarrassing part of the evening with David Sedaris (yeah this totally sounds like I spent some intimate hours with him, doesn't it? THIS is why I have a blog: so I can alter reality with the power of my words) came when, more than half way [...]

There is no other way around it: I am a hypocrite. Isn't it an ironic coincidence that after my holier-than-thou tirade against bullying and my immagonnakickyourpunkass battle cry, my 12-year-old son told me tonight that he has been called all sorts of names at school? Names such as gay, nerd, retard. Hurled at him, in [...]