Sunday, November 30, 2008

yer mom


Saturday, November 29, 2008

the bones of her hands

I'm still reeling from the madness that was yesterday and the craziness that is today. I felt calm and at ease, though, despite the steady traffic that made its way into the downtown area. I am truly grateful. I took a break and did a bit of shopping at the farmers market, the small, temporary shop that the Collar City Clay Guild set up for the holiday season, and a craft fair, all within a two minute walk from my shop. Amazing. I bought some really great garlic and cheese bread at the market and a beautiful stoneware bowl from the Guild. Good stuff.

The holidays are indeed upon us and people are out shoppin'! In fact, it seems like our little push to encourage people to skip the big box stores and buy handmade (and local!) this holiday season is really paying off. I've had the chance to talk with some of the other business owners in the area today and we all share the same story: yesterday's sales were insane, and today's aren't too shabby either! Thank god! Even one of the local newspapers wrote about it today. This is wonderful news.

So after closing up shop, I decided to stop in to check out two new stores I had heard rave reviews about but never visited. If you live in the Troy area, you must visit The Spinning Seed! I finally made it there and the store is amazing! I met the owner a while back and knew that someone that charming must have an incredible shop to show off. I was right. You can buy eco-friendly products for your children, your pets, your friends, your kids, and most importantly, yourself! I saw many things there that I'd love to have, and there are a few items that I recognize from Etsy, too. The shop itself is so pretty and warm and I wandered through several times just taking everything in. Very sweet...I was so glad to hear that business has been good there because I really want this shop to stick around!

After leaving The Spinning Seed, I headed back onto River Street and into the antiques district to check out Vintage Chic Furniture. I'd be lying if I said I knew about this shop before reading about it on one of my new favorite blogs. I love the antiques district and I can spend hours upon hours poking around in the shops at that end of the street...any new stores there are welcome in my opinion. Anyway, this shop is so sweet and I think I left little trails of drool around all of the gorgeous furniture I could only wish for. So nice.

Anyway, I'll stop raving about Troy now because I feel like I'm doing an awful lot of that lately. I can't help it though...this city is really starting to pull itself back up after being down for so, so long and I'm honestly honored to be a part of it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

An open letter

Dear Customers of The Paper Sparrow,

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart for coming out and supporting the shop tonight. Sales rocked, and let's face rock too! And I owe huge thanks to everyone who helped out and saved the day by lending a helping hand in every which way. I couldn't have done it without you.

I feel awful for talking badly about Black Friday now.

Love always,


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

All worn out with no place to go

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty great, actually, though quite small compared to past Thanksgivings. Our huge family has grown even bigger over the last few years or so, so it was weird having such a small gathering. All three of the dishes I made for dinner were delicious, by the way, so if any of the recipes I linked to a few posts back sound good to you, I give them all two thumbs up for flavor and ease of preparation. That said, I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already! So strange. I think we're all well aware that the older we get the faster time seems to whiz by. Everything is moving so fast and the idea of Christmas being less than a month away just boggles my mind. Yikes!

So of course tomorrow is Black Friday and that scares me a little. The Paper Sparrow is not my first venture into the sunny world of retail. I've worked my fair share of retail jobs, the most relevant being a position as a customer service representative in the world of undergarments. Yes, that's right, I used to sell bras and undies, and trust me, I've seen it all (gravity, she's a cruel mistress). The store was in a small mall where a major department store happened to be located and I've seen the evils and downright horrific conditions that Black Friday can bring about. Ugh. People are nasty. I've witnessed old ladies literally trampled by much younger "ladies" desperately trying to be the first in line for the early bird sales on (dare I say "ugly") Aigner handbags. Really bad. Makes me question humanity, to be totally honest. We, as a people, are certainly good at being consumers. Common courtesy, though, not our strong suit.

Anyway, now that I'm a business owner, I'm eager to see if this particular day of the year still gives me the willies the same way it always used to. I welcome the sales, and I really don't think I'll see the same viciousness in downtown Troy that I used to see at the mall. People are too broke these days, and I think there's a whole different mentality that comes with shopping outside of the mall. In any event, I'll be there all day. If you happen to be in the area, stop in! We're featuring work by THE David P. Geurin in the rear gallery, and since this is the last TNO for 2008, his work will be up and available for sale through mid January. So pop in and have a bite to eat (we're serving sweets this time around), some hot coffee, cider or wine, and of course there will be dip...none for sale this month, though...sorry. I wish I could show you how pretty the downtown area looks at night right now. They've strung tiny white Christmas lights in all of the trees and it's so subtle and yet so incredibly effulgent. If only all holiday decorations were this classy. Perhaps the person down the street with the enormous illuminated inflatable Santa on a Harley will find themselves in Troy tomorrow night and take notice. Or not.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

food stuffs

So, can the average Joe find caraway seeds at an everyday grocery store?

I'm closing the shop early tomorrow in order to get to the market, buy what I need for Thanksgiving and Troy Night Out, and then get home to make the vittles. But I need caraway seeds. Think I'll be able to find them? If not I need to change my side dish lineup because I'd rather die than go market-hopping on the day before Thanksgiving.

What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?

This family takes the pot luck route and I couldn't be happier about it. Everyone pretty much makes the same stuff every year but I like to mix it up a bit and change things around. This year I'll be making the following:

Carrots and Parsnips with Caraway-Cider Glaze
I read about this in the November(?) issue of Country Home magazine and volunteered to make it this year for the family. If I can't find caraway seeds, I'll be making Barefoot Contessa's recipe for roasted carrots and parsnips.

Roasted Cauliflower
I'm not all that familiar with Dave Lieberman or his recipes but I gave this one a shot a few years ago and everyone LOVED it. I've been asked to bring it to every Thanksgiving dinner after that, so it's now a staple, I guess. Even the non-veggie people liked this, and that's saying something. It's more of a steamed cauliflower than roasted, though. Just thought I'd put that out there in case you have issues with mushy veg.

Rutabagas with Caramelized Onions
The only time a rutabaga enters my house is a day or two before Thanksgiving every year and I really don't know why. They're delicious, and so incredibly versatile and yet I never even think about them until Novemberish. My grandfather insists that I make rutabagas for him every year and only a few people eat them. I'll be making a small dish this year. We've done the mashed, we've done the casserole, we've considered the gratin. It's all about the roasting this year, kids.

Caramelized Onion Dip
Of-freaking-course, because I'm not allowed at any family function without this damn dip. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. This stuff makes people mean.

Anyway, I'm curious to hear what you're making. Anything especially daring?

And just because I feel like throwing you a totally random addition to this post, I give you this because, well, it'll bring you sweet dreams tonight. I guarantee it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Only a complete dope would forget to record/watch the episode of Oprah that featured the business district she operates out of, right?

I guess I'm a dope.

Anyone know where I can catch a replay of the show? I'm so mad at myself right now.


So, I've survived the first day of my two day lock down here at the house. I've been at my sewing machine/makeshift cutting table (I say makeshift because I had to bring all of my notions and supplies home from the shop and so there's no rhyme or reason to anything here...just little piles all over) since 8:00 this morning. My back is killing me, but I'm happy. I had to take a two hour break around the 2:00 mark after a mega migraine decided to pay me a visit, but other than that everything's golden. I've finished nine, yes NINE pinafores, six little snap pouches, six coffee jackets and I have several handbags completely cut out and waiting for a bit of machine action. Oh yes, and the light bulb decided to die on my machine first thing this morning, so we had to get a bit creative. Ben, being the brilliant person that he is, hooked my little LED book light onto the presser foot of the machine and it seems to be working quite well. Scottish ingenuity!

This post wasn't meant to sound like I'm feeling sorry for myself. I've written this post more for my own benefit (a reference point, if you will) so that at this time next year, this close to the holidays, I won't wait until the last minute to get about a month's worth of sewing done in two days. Yeesh, I'll never learn.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bah Humbug!

It's official! I've had "the talk" with my family and friends and we've all agreed not to exchange gifts this year. This is quite the bummer if you ask me because I've always indulged in the act of giving gifts. Okay, okay, so I'm an overgifter, and I really like it! But this year, well, times are tough. More than that, though, I just think it's gotten to a point where someone just has to put their foot down and say when. We have so much stuff already and there isn't a single thing we need. Sure, Ben wants a gigantic television, and my Etsy wishlist and list of books is growing by the day, but we don't need any of those things. So, I took the step, and while certain people looked at me like I shot their dog when I broke the news (DAVE!), everyone took it well. I feel somewhat guilty because I think this might take the magic out of our holiday this year, but then again, we have so much fun when we're all together and that's really what Christmas is supposed to be about, right? Maybe I'm just trying to convince myself. Hopefully I'll still want to put my tree up this year. Meh.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holy moly!

Okay, so get this...

This morning, the Troy Record (a small local paper) printed this article:

TROY — The city’s Antiques District will be cast into the national limelight Monday as three local shops are featured as part of a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show after one the program’s designers made a visit to the area on Halloween.

Nate Berkus, one of Oprah’s featured design experts, was in the city on Oct. 31 looking for items to use in a home renovation project he was working on in Schenectady. He ended up taking his video crew along with him throughout the Antiques District and stopped along the way at Bournebrook Antiques, located at 172 River St., The Living Room, located at 274 River St., and the Antiques Warehouse, located at 78 Fourth St.

Mike Davis, owner of Bournebrook Antiques said he had recently gotten a phone call from the show’s producers which informed him that his shop and the district as a whole would be featured on an episode scheduled to air Monday.

“I think Troy will get a nice shot and, of course, we’re thrilled,” said Davis, who went on to explain that he believed Berkus had come to the city looking for suitable antiques because of a developing trend in recent years where several movie studios and production companies have come up from New York City searching for period-correct items to use as props or as part of their set design.

The most recent of these visits was made on Thursday morning when individuals from Redemption Pictures, a national film production company, came in to pick up an order of items which will be used on the set of the new “Sherlock Holmes” movie currently being filmed in London by Guy Ritchie starring Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role and Jude Law as the infamous Doctor Watson.

According to Davis, studios and production companies have been frequenting his store for such items over the past three years, often sending two individuals, who quickly hunt through his three floors of antiques with a pen and paper in hand, make a few calls to their superiors, and give him a list of what they’d like to purchase.

“The word is out, and we’re kind of the place to come to find this great stuff that they need,” said Davis, who noted that his shop featured several tools, ropes, and chains from the late 19th century that could easily fit into the “Sherlock Holmes” time period.

Living Room owner Elizabeth Young said she had been briefly speechless when, standing in her Halloween costume, she saw Berkus walk into her store and ask if he could film her store for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

“It’s very exciting,” said Young, who believed the spot on the television program would give Troy priceless national attention. “I just hope that it really kind of solidifies us as a wonderful place to come shopping for antiques — a place where the likes of Oprah Winfrey’s interior designer wants to come and shop.”

Young also noted that Berkus’ visit may not have happened if not for Davis’ hard work over the years.

“I think probably the reason that Oprah’s people even knew about having an Antiques District is because of the hard work that Mike Davis has done at Bournebrook Antique Center over the years in really giving the district its own identity in downtown Troy,” said Young. “He has been stalwart and is truly the anchor of the Antiques District.”

Young said she has had similar experiences with television and movie crews looking to purchase items appropriate for projects they are working on and that she had recently rented a large amount of antiques to be used for the HBO mini-series “John Adams.”

“Between my shop and my parents’ store, we rented them about 80 percent of the furniture that you saw in that mini-series,” said Young, who said she had also recently supplied antiques to the production of “Revolutionary Road,” starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. “You’d be surprised how many movies actually come upstate to rent antiques.”

Young’s mother, Christine, who owns the Antiques Warehouse with her husband, Norman, said that her family and their shops had received an on-screen credit for their work on “John Adams,” with the set designer taking home an Emmy award for the design and prop selection on the series, and that she hoped Troy would be mentioned more than a few seconds on Monday’s episode.“

I think Oprah has a tremendous audience and really influences people and what they do, so just highlighting the Antiques District and downtown Troy in general is a big plus,” said Christine Young. “Plus, I think that anything that can bring more people into downtown Troy is a tremendous bonus.”

She went on to explain that even though her family had been working with television shows and movies for more than 20 years, this was the first time she had sent out a mass e-mail to all of her customers telling them to watch a television show.

“It’s a little bit of Hollywood here in Troy, New York,” said her daughter, Elizabeth.The episode will air Monday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. on WNYT-Channel 13.

Oprah Winfrey is recommending downtown Troy as the place to shop this year! They were filming the area on Halloween, mostly in the antiques district, and the spot will be featured on Monday night's show. Holy crap!!! I don't sell antiques here, but the businesses here are all grouped in together so this means an amazing opportunity for all of us. How cool!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Give the ocean what I took from you

I have so many things on my plate right now it's almost maddening. Being the huge procrastinator that I am, I waited until the very last second to get all of the projects done that I needed to finish. With Troy Night Out on Black Friday this month and the Victorian Stroll sneaking up very quickly (for those of you who aren't from this area, the Stroll brings 20,000 people into downtown Troy every year), I find myself running around frantically, trying to build up as much stock in the shop as I possibly can and that means many, many, MANY hours at the sewing machine. I've decided to lock myself in my house this weekend and just sew until I can't sew anymore. Fun!

photo used with permission courtesy of Alicia at Posie Gets Cozy
And yet as if I don't have enough on my plate at the moment, I'm fantasizing about things I want to work on at the house. We're waiting for the official word on the wall that's coming down in our living room...I'm still determined to get that done before Christmas. We have an architect in the family and we're just waiting to find out if we've chosen the right wall to take down before any sledge hammers come out. Probably a good idea, right? On top of that, I have this huge desire to paint my fireplace. Like most people, I am completely and totally against painting brick. It's a crime, really. But this fireplace needs a huge pick me up. A while back, I flagged this post because I was fascinated by the idea of it. I haven't forgotten about it since then and I think I'd like to give it a shot. The process seems simple. Plaster of Paris is mixed and poured into candy molds. Alicia used molds of roses for her fireplace and then piped the stems in with a piping bag, but I'm thinking of using bird molds for mine. I like these:

Once the plaster cures in the molds, you pop the shapes out and plaster them to the brick. Once that plaster hardens, you simply prime and paint the entire surface and voila. I think it's pretty. What do you think???

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I love clever people

Especially people who make t-shirts with t-shirts on them:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yarn trip

Once upon a time, a group of three yarn whores and a guy just lookin' for something to do, decided to drive to Poughkeepsie, NY in search of a yarn wholesaler. This kind and friendly wholesaler tempted them with great deals, and so they decided to take him up on his offer.

After a long but quite pleasant drive (and a few bouts of temporary insanity from being completely and totally lost), this crew finally made it to Poughkeepsie and entered a crazy yarn paradise in the most unexpected of places.

There were rows and rows of boxes full of yarn, free for the rummaging.

There were bags filled with other bags full of yarn in every color one could imagine.

And the group was allowed to roam freely there, permitted to search in every nook and cranny. And boy were there a lot of them.

The warehouse was filled with all sorts of fiber,

And more fiber,

And one very sadistic kitty.

And there were multiple floors to visit, too.

And this made the group happy.

Very, very happy.

Okay, maybe entirely too happy.

But soon it was time to wind down,

And weigh out.

And make their way back through Poughkeepsie, heading home.

But not before making a pit stop at the best farm stand

where you could buy fleshy pumpkins,

sugarplums, cider, apple dumplings and divine Greek wedding cakes.

The perfect ending to a great day. And the group, they were plenty happy...

Especially the ones who walked away with a half-pound of cashmere for $20. Yep.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Skates, puddin' and yarn as far as the eye can see

That about sums up my weekend. Lots going on and I've had a blast.

First off, I'd just like to say that Saturday's sales were tremendous and I'd like to thank my customers because you totally made my weekend. I know times are tough for everyone and for you to pop on into my little corner of Troy and spend your hard earned dough, well, I appreciate it more than you know. So thanks.

Unfortunately I missed the Proposition 8 rally for two reasons:
1) Sales were too good to close up early and you never know when this economy of ours will head even deeper into the crapper.
2) The rain just wouldn't let up. I'm a wuss like that. Sorry.
From what I've read, it looks like they had about a 500 person turnout and that's great! I'm sure they would have had more if the weather wasn't so bad. Nasty, I say.

After closing up the shop for "my" weekend, I headed home and got ready to meet some friends and witness my very first roller derby. That's right, folks, Mrs. E. actually left the house and went out in public and had one of THE best times I've had in a very long time. I didn't know much about roller derby before my first match and so I didn't know what to expect, but boy is that stuff good! Nabua's daughter Bianca (she owns The Broken Mold for those of you local readers) is a member of the Empire Skate Troopers and they whooped some serious butt on Saturday night. Wow. I'm so impressed by the stamina of these ladies and I found myself leaping out of my seat and screaming like a maniac right along with the other 2,000 people in the place. Great stuff. You can find more info about the Albany All Stars here. If you live in the Albany area, I strongly recommend checking this out. Quite impressive. I need to learn the rules, though, because while I can follow the basics, there were an awful lot of gals tossed into the penalty box and I still don't know why.

So now it's time to get serious. A few days back I read a post on this lovely little blog in which the author mentioned making white chocolate bread pudding. The whole idea of it haunted me me for days and so of course I had to make one for us! Kids, I've never made bread pudding in my entire life and honestly I've never wanted to. This recipe, however, changed everything for me. Not only was this extremely simple to put together, but it was inexpensive to make (with the exception of the $7 WHIPPING CREAM!?! Am I missing something here?) and it comes out of the oven looking and smelling like something the finest of restaurants would serve. You must make this:

White Chocolate Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

8 ounces French bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
1/2 cup sugar
18 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli chopping needed)
7 large egg yolks
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 275°F. Arrange bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake until light golden and dry, about 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to rack; cool completely. Increase oven temperature to 350°F.

Combine 3 cups whipping cream, 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar in heavy large saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 10 ounces white chocolate (about 1 3/4 cups) and stir until melted and smooth. Whisk yolks and eggs in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in warm chocolate mixture.

Place bread cubes in 2-quart glass baking dish. Add half of chocolate mixture. Press bread cubes into chocolate mixture. Let stand 15 minutes. Gently mix in remaining chocolate mixture. Cover dish with foil.

Bake pudding 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer pudding to rack and cool slightly. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Rewarm covered pudding in 350°F oven for 30 minutes before serving.)

Bring remaining 1/2 cup cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove saucepan from heat. Add remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
Serve pudding warm with warm white chocolate sauce.

And can I just say that even if you don't like white chocolate...hell, even if you despise white chocolate you have to try this. It's so vanilla-ey and rich and just decadent and you won't believe it. Boys, if you're looking for something easy to wow your lady friends with, this is it!

I'll end this little novella of mine on the sweeter side of things, but stay tuned because tomorrow I have to share with you the tale of our adventure in Poughkeepsie where four of us went on a buying trip to meet with a yarn wholesaler. Holy moly, if you're a knitter you should be jealous. I know I'd be. I'd write it all out now, but this post is long enough already and I think I really did something bad to mess up my left shoulder. Spooning with the laptop does nothing to ease the pain, believe me.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm desperate!

After I posted about the Sheep and Wool Festival back in October, several of you mentioned that you were there. I need your help!
I bought some soap from a vendor there and I can't remember her name. She was located at the bottom of the hill (and to the right) from where the food vendors were set up. She had a small tent where she sold handmade soaps, lotions and yarn, and she was demonstrating how to dye yarn with grape juice and marigolds (her daughter was selling hot cider, too!). My mom took this picture of her, but none of the pictures include the name of her business. Do you recognize her? And if so, do you know how to contact her? Maybe you grabbed her card or bought something from her that might have her name on it. I adore her soap. During the fall and winter I suffer from a nasty little skin condition and this soap has helped me tremendously thus far...better than any other soap I've tried. If you can identify this woman, I am forever indebted to you. Thanks!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

2 things...

Two things on my mind this morning that I wanted to mention:

1) If you're a local artist and feel like donating to/supporting a good cause, consider heading over to the Lark Tavern in Albany on Tuesday night. SUNY Albany is sending a group of students from the School of Social Welfare to New Orleans to help Habitat for Humanity build new homes for those people still without a place to live after Hurricane Katrina. The students in this group are trying to raise money for food, lodging and transportation as the school is giving them limited funds for this trip. Therefore, students are putting together an art auction to raise enough money to support themselves. If you're an artist or crafter who would like to contribute something to the cause, let me know and I'll put you in contact with the person I've been in touch with. If you'd like to simply go out and support the cause, head on over to the Lark Tavern on Madison Avenue in Albany on Tuesday night at 9pm. Many, many thanks to those of you who have already contributed. I sent a group package out today, but there's still time to donate if you're interested. Thanks!
2) Don't forget about the rally against Proposition 8 in Albany (and wherever you live, too! Go here to find out where) on Saturday afternoon. I'll be meeting up with friends there, but if you'd like to join us let me know. I've got plenty of room if you need a ride. The rally starts at 1:30.

Thanks so much, and now I'll step down from my soapbox.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recent additions

New scarves made from the gorgeous hand painted yarn I purchased at the Fiber Festival. I'm struggling with myself not to keep them.

Thank goodness my arthritis is only a little bit bad at this stage in my life. I've been crocheting like a madwoman, and man are my hands killing me. Still, scarves are flying out of here faster than I can make them. I'll keep on keepin' on.

Oh, and for you Stern fans out there, did you get this yet? I picked up my copy at the bookstore this morning (courtesy of Nabua via the leftovers from my birthday present...thanks again, Nab!) and made it through the first few chapters. I've cried twice already. What an amazing storyteller. He holds a special place in my heart.

It's the little things...

This little girl melts my icy cold heart.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A message from Keith

This was stolen from Matt because, well, it's too good not to share:

Keith goes on a rant about this being an issue of love, but if you're cynical like me, love doesn't always come into consideration when it comes to issues like this. To me, this is about basic civil rights. Rights that we ALL have, regardless of what we do behind closed doors. Why is everyone so afraid?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lazy days

I feel a bit guilty about this past weekend. I barely did a thing. I normally stay active on the weekends, but this one, well, I took a bit of time off and apparently it was much needed. I feel refreshed.
We celebrated Gary's birthday on Saturday night over a gigantic burrito bar in my kitchen (at Gary's request), and of course there was chocolate death cake.
He asked for some sort of chocolatey peanut buttery goodness, so I made Barefoot Contessa's chocolate cake and added crushed peanut butter cups in the middle layer. Whole cups on the top were an obvious necessity.
Serve it up with some peanut butter cup ice cream and you've got a winner.
I highly recommend this cake to anyone who loves to bake. You'll surprise's an impressive cake, believe me. It's simple to make, really, but it's a tad bit time consuming. If you're afraid to try it yourself, let me know and I'll make you one. Maybe.

I think Gary liked it. As a matter of fact, I think we all liked it. The cake was gone.

And as if we didn't get enough sugar in our systems on Saturday, Mike and I cranked out a gigantic batch of snickerdoodles this afternoon. My mom gave me this book for Christmas a few years ago, right around the time I got married. Her grandmother gave her a copy when she got married and she still has it. The recipes, like this one, are a bit outdated, but a little creativity and good ingredients can make them go from amazing to fan-freakin'-tastic. Let me know if you want the recipe. These are so good.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Infiltrate, educate and stop hate.

You can go here for more information. There's a chapter already set up in Albany for those of you in this neck of the woods, and that link will also get you to the information you'll need to find the closest rally to you. Let me know if you want to go. I'd like to do my part.

More love for The Paper Sparrow

Very cool. Go here to read it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I've drawn a blank

My head is completely empty today and I have nothing to say here. Instead I've decided to participate in another meme, and I totally apologize if this bores you to tears. If you'd like to play along, the rules are simple: Copy and paste this list into your blog and fire your answers off at will. There's only one catch, can only use one word answers. Good luck.

Where is your mobile phone? nonexistent
Where is your significant other? driving?
Your hair color? natural
Your mother? courageous
Your father? strong
Your favorite thing? friendship
Your dream last night? bizarro
Your dream goal? happiness
The room you're in? plentiful
Your hobby? hoarding
Your fear? dental
Where do you want to be in 6 years? insane
Where were you last night? dreamland
What you're not? hot
One of your wish-list items? this (is that cheating?)
Where you grew up? home
The last thing you did? sew
What are you wearing? cotton
Your pets? Snugglebunnies
Your computer? EVILER
Your mood? blase
Missing someone? always
Your car? deathtrap
Something you're not wearing? makeup
Favorite shop? Pier1
Your summer? sweaty
Love someone? many
Your favorite color? Greens
When is the last time you laughed? Wednesday
When is the last time you cried? yesterday