Happy Weekend
July 11, 2008, 7:55 am
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National landmarks
First you have to park. Then you have to pay. Then you have to stand around with a lot of other fat Americans and their stupid children and their mewling old folk. Do so.

I lived a childhood with parents who were too groovy to do those square tourist things (Gen X had not yet invented irony), and so I never knew just how important Mount Rushmore is. Or the mile-high statue of Crazy Horse carved into the other side of the hills. Or Devil’s Tower, in a hideous corner of Wyoming. Well, my son and I experienced those three magnificent places in 24 hours (with a stint at a Flintstones theme park along the way), and still had time to stop and burgle some doubtless-protected wildflowers for the water bottle in my lousy VW cupholder.

There’s a reason we protect certain places, a reason the Parks Service takes the trouble to put up bathrooms and water fountains and collect your toll: because these places are treasures, every one, and if you’re within an hour of one, you must really stop and see it. We’ve been to national parks up and down the Sierra Nevada; we’ve been to Niagara Falls. We’ve seen Arches in Utah, and Zion National Park. We’ve roamed the gilded halls of Breakers (the Vanderbilt family home) in Newport, R.I. We’ve been everywhere, man.

Plus, the Park Service could really use the dough.

-Rebecca Schoenkopf

My thoughts exactly. If there’s something amazing within a few hours drive of you, why not go see it this summer? The park service really could use the dough, and we all need to feel awe (and perspective!) every once in a while.


Happy Long Weekend!
May 23, 2008, 12:15 pm
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Buy yourself some flowers this weekend, okay?

Happy Weekend
May 16, 2008, 12:00 pm
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I’ve never before seen a Christmas cactus put out a single bloom, but there you go. Even one is something to be thankful for.

(BTW: After you come to the conclusion that IKEA’s ceramic and glass 365 food storage dishes kinda stink (especially when the seal comes off the glass lid and refuses to go back on), you’ll realize they make great planters!)

Happy Weekend
April 18, 2008, 5:31 pm
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Summer is coming.  Are you ready?

Happy Weekend
March 28, 2008, 12:47 pm
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Enjoy a few simple pleasures this weekend.

Color Theory
March 18, 2008, 3:39 pm
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So I was at the laundromat this weekend, taking the very good advice of another patron to hang up my shirts right out of the dryer, even if it did mean awkwardness in the car. I’m humming and hanging and squinting under the fluorescents, when I notice the above.

Does all my clothing being blue, green, or black mean that I’m a smart lady who knows what she looks good in, that I’m too obsessed with my favorite color, or that I’m in a serious style rut? If I’m allowed to vote in my own election, I pick the first one! I take all kinds of colors into the fitting room. The blues, greens, and blacks are all that ever come back out. Can’t help it; I look fine in a good blue.

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Raleigh Represents
March 11, 2008, 3:05 pm
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Design*Sponge featured a design guide for home sweet home today.  I would have added a lot more for Durham, even though it’s obviously not Raleigh.  But still, Askew’s and Lilly’s!  Way to go!