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Snow Pictures!


At MaNette’s request!

These first pictures are from Tuesday, when we were snowed in. These were taken at about 10 am or thereabouts, and probably another inch fell after these were taken. It snowed until at least 4 pm.




This is the picture of the trees behind our house yesterday. The sky was perfectly blue and snow was still everywhere!!

There is still snow everywhere, in fact. In the shady places, most of the snow has not melted. It is supposed to warm up more this weekend, so it will all probably be gone soon.

My Queue


Reed and I share a Netf!ix account. We’ve had up to 5 DVD’s at a time, which is overkill, especially because it takes me forever to watch mine. I used to watch many more movies than I do now, perhaps because I felt as if I had more free time in big chunks. That reasoning is more than a little strange because never in my life have I had more free time in big chunks than I do now.

Anywho. My queue in our account is about 300 movies long. It includes movies that I have seen before, but most of them I have not. What is bizarre to me is that probably about 1/3 of the movies listed are movies I have NEVER heard of. It seems as if someone has just randomly added movies to my queue.

What has really happened is that I heard a radio program, or read a newspaper article, or looked up all the Palm d’Or winners and added films to my list. In that way, it is good to have this list that is kept independently of me. I don’t lose track of it or throw it away, even if I have no idea what possessed me to add The Spirit of the Beehive, a 1973 Spanish film, to it. (Most of the movies that I have no recollection of are foreign films.)

That’s what I like about my blog, too. It helps me keep up with my lists–the adventure list, my reading list, etc. At least I can usually remember why the items are on the lists on my blog.

Happy Inauguration Day!


I hope you enjoyed watching some or all of the inauguration. We have been snowed in, so there really wasn’t much else to do! CNN has been on most of the day.

So far, there’s about 4 inches of snow and it is still snowing. I think it is supposed to snow the rest of the day. Reed has some pictures up from this morning on his blog. I’d say that almost another inch has fallen since then, looking at our deck.

We are safe inside our house. We still have power and water. Our gas logs will keep us toasty even if we lose power. And we have plenty of food! So we are set.

Which is good. Reed and I walked up the hill a bit where there is a grassy area that slopes down to the little creek. It’s the perfect place for a little sledding. If you have a sled. Or a waxed cardboard box that your carpet cleaner came in! That box made a pretty good ride. A few of our neighbors trudged up there, too, and they had a real sled thing made out of foam. I think we need one of those.

While we were sledding, we had the opportunity to realize that we will not be able to drive out until the snow melts. We live at the bottom of a steep hill, and at the top you still have to make an uphill turn to get to the main road. A few SUV’s and trucks went by and not all of them made it out, either. We don’t have 4WD on either of our cars so we aren’t even going to try. The buses are running, so if we absolutely had to go somewhere we could catch the bus.

Hiking and Snow


Reed and I had a nice little adventure today and explored somewhere new. We went to the Triangle Land Conservancy‘s Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve in Cary. The TLC has several preserves open to the public, but this is the one closest to us.

The preserve contains some of the floodplain along Swift Creek and part of the bluffs alongside it. This is the same creek and bluff system that is part of Hemlock Bluffs–but it is a Town of Cary park–that we visited a while back. We parked in the gravel lot off of Holly Springs Road, and slogged along the trails in the flood plain and then climbed the stairs to the top of the bluff. The trails are very muddy, but it was nice to sit at the top of the bluff and look out through the trees, high above the creek. It would be a good place to practice birdwatching, since there were loads of little birds chirping and flying about. I didn’t bring my binoculars and the glare from the clouds made it difficult to see, so I couldn’t tell if there were many more kinds than cardinals and chickadees. We saw a few shagbark hickories and some large hardwoods.

Down at the creek, we walked on the sandbars a bit. Small shells of mussels were lying about everywhere, along with some golf balls that have washed down from Lochmere. The other end of the trail links up with the greenway trails around Lochmere’s golf course, but we didn’t walk to the end of them. I think we walked less than a mile, maybe about .75.

After that, we stopped for a late lunch and picked up a few groceries on our way home. The forecast is for 2-4 inches of snow tonight, and some more accumulation tomorrow and tomorrow night. We’ll see what happens. No matter what, we will be cozy around our gas logs and have plenty to eat! We are going to charge up the camera, so if there is snow we can take pictures.

990.55 I’ve been walking a bit, without updating.



997 Miles Remaining.

I actually went to the Y last night and walked/jogged on the treadmill for 2 miles. I also discovered that they have removed all the weight machines that I know how to use. ARG! Maybe they are hiding in some new part of the building. Or something.

It is supposed to snow today, but I don’t see any. It doesn’t look like it will be cold enough. Yesterday, there was an amazing golden sunset. There was heavy cloud cover–snow looking clouds–but a break in them right where the sun was, close to the horizon. So the bright sunlight reflected off of all the heavy clouds and half the sky was gold and orange. Driving west, the whole world was golden because of the reflecting light. The eastern sky was deep, dark blue stormy clouds and between the two contrasting colors was a line of dusky purple. It was gorgeous.

Merry Christmas!

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Today was the twelfth day of Christmas, which means that it is the last day of Christmas. I took our Christmas tree down and boxed up the indoor decorations. The outdoor decorations are around the house drying out, so that I can put them in their boxes and bags. Eventually, Reed will haul them back up to the attic.

But because it is still Christmas for a few more minutes, I thought I would share with you the Christmas joy and terror in our neighborhood. Just imagine it all blinking.

It has already been put away at this point. There was a car parked in front, so you can’t see the holly bushes lit up or the figurines. But I think this will give you a sense of the holiday cheer we all shared. Other people still have their lights up, and they are very pretty.

— 999 miles remaining

Hiking Goal 2008 Update


Well, I didn’t make 70 miles by New Year’s, but that’s ok. I made it over halfway which is decent. I’m going to just focus on about 10 miles for January and see what happens. Woohoo!!

Also, a couple of years ago I tried a challenge based on the quote “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” and attempted to bike, walk, run, hike my way to 1000 miles. I didn’t quite get there, but I got about halfway. It was a good motivation to get out and get moving, even if just a little because it all added up. This year, I’m going to try again, but not split it up between bike and foot miles. Any distance in any exercise will count. I like to count down rather than count up, so the number will be miles remaining. — 1000 Miles Remaining

Oof. I didn’t do so well on my reading list for 2008. I did read lots of books that weren’t on the list, and one of the books I read (What the Dead Know) led me to read LOTS of other books. And I got a gift idea from another (Agent Zig Zag). Those two books were listed in a NYTimes article about good reads, and I’ve been looking for a similar article about books from this year–but no luck yet.

The books I read from last year’s list are:

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Agent ZigZag by Ben Mcintyre
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I would highly recommend these books to anyone, because they were all really good. Other recommendations from this year’s reading:
any of Laura Lippman’s books
The Rise of Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

So, what’s up for this year’s 12 books? Hmmm.
1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Booker prize winner)
2. The Gathering by Anne Enwright (ok, so it’s a leftover from last year!)
3. 2666 by Roberto Bolano (NYT 10 best books of the year)
4. Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father by John Matteson (Pulizer Prize)
5. White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
6. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
8. What are People For? by Wendell Berry
9. Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
10. King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
11. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
12. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

What were your favorite books this year? Any books planned for the upcoming year?

Happy New Year!!


I hope all of you are enjoying your first day of 2009! It’s going to be a great year! Here in Raleigh, it is a beautiful day–bright blue skies, not too cold.

Last night, we bundled up and went downtown to the First Night celebration. We were going to try to make it to the Improv performance at the Museum of History, but were a few minutes late (I had to eat dinner and Reed wanted to watch Vandy win its bowl game.) so we warmed up by planning the rest of our night and looking at Junior Johnson’s car.

Then it was down to Fayetteville Street, past the Capitol and to Raleigh City Museum. The Southern String Band was performing there, and we got to walk around inside for a bit. They were great, and I’d love to go see them again sometime. (You can listen to their mp3 recordings on the link.) They have a wooden statue of Sir Walter Raleigh from the 1700’s there–apparently, in England there were wooden Sir Walter Raleighs at tobacco shops, like there were wooden Indians here. Mostly,we looked at the exhibit about the local colleges and universities. Did you know that Meredith College’s senior class designs a doll each year showing the year’s fashions? These are the dolls for 1930, 1917, and 1977 (I think I have the dates right.)–wouldn’t it be great to see the whole collection?

After that, we walked past the Giant Acorn that is dropped at midnight here in the City of Oaks.

Then it was down to the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, and we saw Mark Nizer and Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater. It was a good way to spend an evening–especially Nizer who was hilarious. Then it was back home to watch the ball drop on tv and some daredevil in Las Vegas. (We don’t often stay to watch the midnight drop downtown, because Fayetteville Mall gets PACKED with people and we want to beat the crowds out of downtown. Last night, we parked on the street, so we could have stayed and not worried too much about traffic, but it was cold!!)

(Sorry this picture is all blurry–cellphone!)

My only New Year’s Resolution is to be in better touch with friends and family this year. Oh, and I noticed that my onions have two new shoots poking through the soil! Woohoo! We’re going to be able to forage for scallions soon!

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