2008 October | Somewhere in Middle America

Did you know that John McCain is three years older than the ballpoint pen?

Read about 10 things, including the ballpoint pen, that are younger than McCain here.


A friend of mine in DC has a cameo in this short video featuring Jack Black, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Harold Ramis and Suzanne Whang and other pro-choice voters.

My father-in-law emailed me a link to carve pumpkins online. Do you like mine?

Go to Yes We Carve to see some REAL Barack O’Lanterns like the one below.


Briscoe has an appointment this morning with the vet to get some more vaccinations. After today he should be able to have play dates with our friends’ dogs (shout out to Lola, Plato, Bella and Sheriff!), which means that J and I will be able to finish packing without having to keep one eye on the puppy.  It’s been extremely hard to balance everything–puppy, packing, writing, reading, working–the past two weeks.

In honor of his big day, here are some random photos of Briscoe taken a week or so ago.


having a private moment

the first two baby teeth he lost

Have you been following my blog on Lemondrop?  It’s called The Starter Life, and the latest installment, “Leaving My NYC Life Behind Me,” went up today.

If you like it (or even if you don’t), it’d mean so much to me if you’d leave your comments on Lemondrop so that my editors think there are actually people reading my work!

Hope you’re having a great Monday.


You know you live in the Midwest when your local newspaper endorses John McCain for president, which the Omaha World-Herald did on Sunday.

Sen. Barack Obama, who is leading in presidential election polls, has demonstrated qualities that this newspaper has editorially praised and highlighted. The Democratic presidential nominee displays a remarkable ability to inspire voters. He speaks to commendable American ideals.

But in several key respects, the Democratic nominee’s approach is at great variance from long-standing principles that guide this newspaper’s editorial page. Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, is closer to those positions.

This newspaper finds McCain to be the stronger candidate for the country’s needs.

What long-standing principles guide the Omaha World-Herald‘s editorial page? Le sigh… I suppose this is to be expected when you live in a red state. I wonder if there are any Nebraska newspapers endorsing Obama.

In other news, gas prices are dropping! Hooray!

You can check out my latest CraftStylish post, “Getting Down to Business,” right here.

Hope you enjoy it!

J and I were invited to a “costumes mandatory” Halloween party next week.  Since my head is too busy worrying about packing and caring for the new puppy, I’m looking to you to help me come up with a costume.  I thought it’d be cute if we went dressed up as a pair of something, but at this point, I don’t really care whether our costumes coordinate!

Please leave your suggestions in the comment box below. Perhaps I’ll giving the person with the winning idea some sort of prize… Hmm…

Nobody puts Baby in the corner… on Broadway?

Can you believe that J’s never seen this classic? I can’t even count the number of times I watched it as a kid–not having any idea that Penny’s “stomach problem” was the result of an illegal abortion. She was actually my favorite character in the movie. I thought Cynthia Rhodes was so beautiful. Whatever happened to her?

Besides the fact that tea is chock full of antioxidants, here’s another good reason why I should switch from coffee to tea.

Scientists have discovered that drinking just three cups of coffee a day can make women’s breasts shrink.

According to Swedish researchers who surveyed nearly 300 women, three cups a day was enough to start making breasts shrink, with the effects increasing for every additional cup.

Experts say there is a clear link between drinking coffee and smaller breasts as around half of all women possess a gene that has been shown to link breast size to coffee intake.

“Drinking coffee can have a major effect on breast size. Coffee-drinking women do not have to worry their breasts will shrink to nothing overnight. They will get smaller, but the breasts aren’t just going to disappear,” says Helena Jernstroem, a lecturer in experimental oncology at Lund University in Sweden.

Are you a coffee or a tea drinker?

(image via flickr)