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Spring Shoes

Posted by parsingtime on February 10, 2010

These have to be the most bizarre shoes I’ve ever seen on a 70 year old man.

They are tennis shoes with a spring on them. When they were flat on the ground it looked like he was wearing high heels. Perhaps he is trying to regain the spring in his step or maybe his granddaughter is Lady Gaga….or maybe this was the first prototype for those Sketchers shoes that promise you a workout while you do every day tasks (they looked really old) and Sketchers stole the idea and now he has to sue. Regardless, tres bizarre.

Sorry for the blurry photo but I’m not very good at covertly taking photos especially since the blackberry clicks really loudly when it takes a photo.

Also, I never updated you on Denim Therapy. If you have a beloved pair of jeans that get a hole in them or frayed all around the bottom, I highly recommend you mail them off to Denim Therapy. They fixed my beloved (and expensive) Joe’s Jeans for $7 and you can’t even tell they have been re-weaved.   They fix any jeans  for $7 an inch and can even turn your favorite jeans into maternity jeans and then back into regular jeans for $60!  And if you are in NYC you don’t even have to pay for postage.


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Ice Cream in Plano

Posted by parsingtime on January 2, 2010

If any of you kids are ever in Plano you need to check out Old Town Creamery. They have delicious ice cream in some unique flavors. We tried Thai Tea, Guava, Butterscotch and several others and they were all really yummy. A gem in Plano you definitely would not expect to find.

They make the ice cream on site and use only what they can find available fresh.  Totally worth the trip even in 30 degree Dallas weather.

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Cause All of the Stars Have Faded Away

Posted by parsingtime on September 8, 2009

I read The Road  by Cormac McCarthy last night on the recommendation of a good friend.  It got a lot of press when it came out and is the story of a father and son who are traveling south in some post-apocalyptic world. The book doesn’t tell you exactly what happened but the sun is obscured by a layer of ash and pretty much everything is dead. Cows, humans, plant life, everything.  The duo scrounges for food, avoid the humans who have turned to cannibalism and head south to warmer weather.   Throughout the novel the father reassures his son that they are one of the good guys and there there are still people out there who are humane and have ethics, though you rarely see it in the book. The boy is compassionate and really wants to believe there are good people out there and that they are worth saving.   The father wants to survive.

I read way too late last night because I wanted to finish. When I did I was just so incredibly sad. And by incredibly sad I mean I shed a tear which turned in to full blown crying which lead to me sobbing (quietly — not one of those hysterical sobs) into Husbands neck about the world and how hopeless it is and what if America slides from a first world country into a third world country like that economist said and there is nuclear war over water and resources and we all die?  It felt like there was no hope left (in the book not in real life — it just spilled over to real life).

Husband has now banned me from the news.

All this is to say, I really enjoyed this book and despite my personal hysterics and the fact that it was an Oprah book club pick I would recommend it if you haven’t read it already.

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Posted by parsingtime on January 26, 2009

I’m always impressed when I see people doing something they are really passionate about. Whenever Husband and I talk about my job future I always tell him that I’m not really passionate about anything (so far) and I want to be really excited about going to work.  I don’t have to be excited everyday just excited that what I’m doing means something to me.

I have two friends who live in Chicago who have turned something that was a hobby into a lucrative business. Carol & Tiem both have “real” jobs. Carol is in grad school and Tiem does something techie (sorry Tiem, I couldn’t tell you your job title if my life depended on it) but they both love photography and they turned a passion into a something get paid to do. Tiem and Carol have started 847media and recently took a friends engagement photos and I was jealous because I paid a ridiculous amount for photographers at my wedding and they sucked.  Our friends engagement photos looked better than our wedding photos.  Seriously, whenever I hear people are getting married in Houston I email them to tell them not to use these photographers. They were that bad.

So if you are in Chicago and want someone to photograph your wedding, your new baby,  high school grad   or anything I definitely recommend you give these guys a call. They do some really amazing work….probably because they really love what they do.

Now if only I can get some of that passion to rub off on me!

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Posted by parsingtime on February 24, 2008

For the first time in 27 years I got completely toasted last night (I’ve been semi-toasted before but it only took one drink the other two times). I also played drinking games for the first time in my life. This explains the aforementioned “toasted”.

We went to dinner with friends at Temple Bar in Cambridge. It was a great place with good food and a fun vibe (better than sister Bar’s Redline and Grafton Street in my opinion). I ordered their very excellent sangria and then I ordered another one because it tasted like really yummy fruit juice (and I wasn’t the only one). In hind sight ordering a second drink was not a good idea for a girl who drinks on average three times a month. The dessert menu didn’t look that great so we went to the CIA twins house for brownies and root beer floats. And that is where I learned to play Quarters.

Since my talents do not run towards bouncing quarters into a cup I lost several times and had to drink when I lost. It got to the point that Husband had to start taking them for me because I really couldn’t see straight enough to get the glass in the direction of my mouth.

I feel like I’ve finally crossed a threshold I should have crossed back in college. I’m a late bloomer I suppose but I feel like I’m enjoying it more now than I would have in college.

Removing that stick from my ass has been good for my fun quotient.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 13, 2008

Since I know you don’t want to see hives first thing in the morning we need a new post.

So let me tell you I really enjoy Pandora even though I know it isn’t the newest thing to hit the internet. You just type in the name of an artist or song you like and they play music with similar qualities as that artist or song. You can create multiple channels and then have them play a “quick mix” so you get to listen to several different genres of music throughout the day. It is pretty cool because you get to listen to things you may never have heard of before but that you really enjoy. You can also gives each song a thumbs up or thumbs down so they know what you do and do not like.

Go check it out if you like music.

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Posted by parsingtime on January 11, 2008

I went to see Juno yesterday with my mom. It was either Juno or P.S. I Love you  and I decided I couldn’t handle that much schmaltz so we saw Juno.

This is the first movie I’ve seen since India. For some reason Husband is not a big movie theater movie watcher…or maybe we just don’t have time…or most likely, we think about going to the movies and remember that we will have to walk 20 minutes in 20 degree weather and decide to see what is on TBS instead.

Anyway, if you haven’t heard Juno is about a girl (Ellen Page) who gets pregnant with Michael Cera’s baby (the guy from Arrested Development, whom I love), decided to have an abortion, can’t do it and decides to give the baby up for adoption.

It’s not your normal teen mom decides to give up baby and then can’t part with her little bundle of joy movie.  I really liked it, as did my mom.  Go see it. It got great reviews from lots of more important people than myself.

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Posted by parsingtime on December 19, 2007

We are in Buenos Aires and I have discovered the awesomeness that is the bidet.

It makes post sex clean up a snap. I know that’s too much information but if I don’t tell you, who will  — would put a qestion mark there but I can’t find it on the keyboard!

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For Sale

Posted by parsingtime on December 11, 2007

Normal life in the land of Time has come to a screeching halt while Husband studies for and takes his finals. This semester seems to be particularly busy because Husband now has papers to write…anyway, he is studying hard and was even up til 5am this morning before coming to bed.  And of course, being the good wife that I am I let him sleep on my side of the bed which was nice and warm and didn’t even complain when my arm fell asleep with him laying scrunched up next to me because when you only have an hour and a half to sleep every minute counts. Poor guy.

Anyway as I said normal life has disappeared…. I’ve had a lot of free time to myself while Husband studies and I’ve filled that time with cleaning up, getting ready for our trip, making brain food, and recording a lot of random television (because I’m bored and can’t read any of my books until our trip). Currently waiting in my line up is a documentary on China’s Three Gorges Dam (actually watched this while eating lunch VERY interesting), Man vs. Wild (the crazy guy who drinks water from dead camel’s stomachs), The Age of Walmart and Gangs of New York.

Recently, I watched the documentary Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers.  In this movie I learned how much of this war has been privatised as compared to the past and about the private companies who are making money from the war (they charge the US gov’t $45 for a six pack of coke that is made and bottled in the middle east!).  I won’t go into the details but it was really interesting and I recommend it.  The filmmaker does not have a style even remotely close to Michael Moore, so if he turns you off then this might be up your alley. The whole film feels hands off in terms of personal bias (though of course there is a bias).

It does make stories like this even more disturbing. This poor girl is also getting annihilated in the comments. People think she is making up the story or saying we can’t condemn KBR/Halliburton until they have been tried in court and in the same breath saying she must have been a slut. Hello Pot, meet Kettle.

The comments might be more disturbing than the story…regardless, war doesn’t bring out the best in anyone.

Oh, and I was reading an article on the new John Cusack movie (he plays a Dad who takes his daughters on a trip after he learns their mother died in Iraq) and he said something about asking his 12 year old co-star what she thought of the war, and she responded that it had been going on for half her life so she didn’t really remember life before it.

That’s just sad.

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Posted by parsingtime on October 11, 2007

Things have been busy in the land of ‘Time. I’ve been working long hours. Husband has been very busy (not buying chocolate and you know, doing homework and stuff) but we have been trying to make a concerted effort to see and do more here and around Boston since we only have a few months left. We went to Nantucket a few weekends ago and we have been polling native Bostonians regarding there favorite places to eat and hitting them up.

In that vein, I must recommend Emma’s Pizza.  It is much better than Cambridge One in Harvard Square by a factor of 10.  The sangria is very good and our thin crust pizza had an excellent crisp dough with great toppings. You can go unique (sweet potato, anyone) or traditional and they have three different types of sauces available. They only do pizza and salads, no desserts and no pasta but if you have a hankering for good pizza go to Emma’s.

Also, for a really unique dining experience Elephant Walk on Mass Ave near Porter Square is great. is Cambodian/French and the flavors are really interesting. I had grouper in this tangy sauce which was excellent. They also have a ton of vegetarian options as well as a gluten free menu should you have any food restrictions.

Also, Wagamama’s  just opened up in Harvard Square and while I liked it Husband didn’t really think it was all that great. For me, Wagamama’s is a great place to get a  cooked to order, pretty healthy meal that tastes good fast. Prices are more than I would pay in Texas for “fast” food but it’s the northeast sitting on expensive real estate so what can you expect. It’s a nice restaurant where you could take your parents and the food was great. I had swordfish and ate everything on my plate. It was really excellent with entrees $20+. Husband enjoyed his meal too. The only negative was that the dessert options sucked (pannacotta? Ugh. )and the warm chocolate cake that Husband and I tried was dry and not good.  Also, this place is WAY better than Central Kitchen, where the menu is limited and the food is not that great.

It’s only been a year but we are finally finding places that we want to go back to!

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