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10 on Tuesday: Kill your television

I love this week’s 10 on Tuesday topic: 10 Things You Can Do Instead of Watching TV.

The topic was apparently inspired by the TV writers’ strike, which has had exactly zero impact on my life. We canceled our cable seven years ago, and I haven’t watched TV on a regular basis since Murphy Brown went off the air. If I had anything to say about it, we’d have an old Philco Predicta Continental sitting in the living room, and never mind that even a mint-condition model won’t pick up a signal when everything goes high-def next year. When you’ve got sleek Danish Modern lines, you don’t need talking pictures.

With that in mind, here’s my list … and this is just stuff I’ve done this evening:

1. Watch my gerbil explore her new cage.
2. Sort my latest batch of Holga prints. (Scans forthcoming sometime this week.)
3. Kiss the velvety-soft fur just behind my collie mutt’s ears.
4. Make a salad.
5. Bake some potatoes for dinner.
6. Make a batch of peppermint bark.
7. Take a nap.
8. Call my sister.
9. Read the Monitor.
10. Blog.

What about you? What do you do with your evenings?


P.S.: Eight days to p/c camp!


It’s Feb. 4, the Cubs’ pitchers and catchers report to Mesa in nine days, and the temperature in Red Fork right now is 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s still winter, of course, and I’m sure we’ll be shivering here tomorrow, but if this is the trailer for spring, I can’t wait to see the movie.

I’m heading out the door to pick up a desk lamp for my new desk and some bookends for my old one. Maybe when I finish picking up the rest of the clutter in my office, I’ll post some pictures of the new desk and the new configuration of my office. I think it looks pretty good, and it’s lots more efficient.

Life is good. Hope you’re happy, wherever you are.


New glasses

So I finally got sick of looking through scratched-up, out-of-date lenses and went to the optometrist this afternoon to get my glasses updated.

I wound up buying two pairs of glasses because I couldn’t decide which frame I liked better. (Hey — cut me some slack. I used to be an optician. I love shopping for glasses the way some women love shopping for shoes.)

Ron hasn’t seen them yet, so I’m posting them here:


These are my bifocals. Ridiculously hip, non? I normally go for tortoiseshell, but I wanted something heavier this time, and I sort of dug those crazy pink and purplish stripes on the sides. Goofy, yes, but kind of fun, and they should hold up well.


If this frame didn’t exist already, I would design it. I don’t know who came up with the idea to cross-breed cateyes with rimless frames, but I think it’s brilliant. And check out this great little detail:


I was actually wandering through the dispensary, asking myself, “WWREW?” (What Would Ray Eames Wear?) when I spotted these. That crazy geometric pattern printed on the top half of the eyewire was too Mid-Century Modern to pass up. The lenses are too shallow to accommodate a bifocal, but I don’t care; if all else fails, I can have them tinted pink and make killer sunglasses out of them.

On a totally unrelated note, it is exactly three weeks until the Cubs’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training. 🙂