Archive for October, 2012

The Fabric of (2 Years of) Our Lives

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Shama and I have been married for 2 years. It’s been the best 2 years. The second year anniversary is the “cotton” anniversary. A year ago for our first (“paper”) anniversary, I made Shama a pop-up book.


I was pretty proud of it. I wasn’t expecting us to make crazy presents this year since Shama’s been so busy writing lesson plans for school, but when we were out to dinner she told me she made something “entirely of cotton.” I guessed and guessed (pillows? a hat? socks? stapler cozy?) but I never got it. Finally, as we were eating dessert, I realized what it was. “Did you make ‘us’?”

She did.



What’s a Mule?

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Three times I’ve tried to buy my wife shoes and three times I have failed. The first time we were going to a wedding and she mentioned that she wished she had some red shoes to wear to it. “Okay,” I thought. “How hard can this be?” I offered to go over to the softer side of Sears to pick up some red shoes while she was getting ready. Shama was skeptical. When I got to the store, there were only two pairs of red shoes to choose from. I chose… poorly.

Now, I must emphasize that Shama is not a very picky person. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a fairly large margin of error to work with. The shoes I picked fell well outside that margin of error.

The next two times I tried to get shoes for Shama I ordered them from Zappos. Famed for its customer service and “no-questions-asked” return policy, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Well, I can personally vouch for their return policy! Now, when I look at my order history on Zappos, I see two orders and two returns. The second time they asked if there was anything they could have done to prevent this return. I wrote, “help me understand my wife’s tastes in shoes.” I haven’t heard back.

UPDATE: I was wrong! I’m not 0 for 3, I’m 1 for 4!  I forgot that I got Shama some Wellington boots when she left for Ireland and she didn’t return them! Self-high-five!

Boy Dogs Have Nipples

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Gus and I managed one last trip to the beach this summer. Over the last year and a half we’ve really gotten to know a lot about each other. One thing I learned that I never knew before: boy dogs have nipples. Seems obvious now.

Piefest XIII

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

We’ve made it to Piefest thirteen! It was a lovely day for Piefest this year! Much better than the downpour we had last year. (This time it started raining just after Piefest. Thanks, clouds!)

There was an unusual three-way-tie for best in show, and more amazingly, none of the three pies won their respective categories. You just never know how people will vote at these things.

Shama and I were interviewed for the Stupid Nerd Podcast about Piefest, which you can listen to here:

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Name That Tune

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I’m halfway through the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire (better known as Game of Thrones) saga. It’s not the first epic series I’ve gotten sucked into, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, but it’s helped me hone in on something I can’t stand in literature — a feature that many of my favorite books seem to share: songs in novels.

A Storm of Swords is silly with songs, and every time I get to one it’s the same problem. How do I read this? Do I make up a tune? Do I read it like poetry? Do I just skip the stupid thing, because, really, who cares? Drives me crazy! I dabble in songwriting, but I can’t just come up with a melody on the fly.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

I recently got my first Android device and I’ve been finding myself, as far as technology goes, losing interest in the products Apple makes. Last night I was watching the Bears game and two commercials came on, one for Google and one for Apple. The Apple commercial was cold, smug, and insulting to physics aficionados (ever heard of volume and density?).

The Google commercial, on the other hand, was funny, sweet, and entirely about people and their relationships. I thought I was judging the products on their merits, but maybe I’m just falling victim to good advertising.

You be the judge.