Archive for January, 2009


I ordered my seeds!

Here’s what we’re growing:

Brandywine Red Tomato

Marketmore 76 Slicing Cucumber

Serrano Chili Pepper

Scallop Summer Squash Yellow Bush

Golden Summer Crookneck Squash

Marigold, Giant African

Rudbeckia, Black Eyed Susan

Jersey Knight 1 Year Old Asparagus Crowns

Blue Lake Pole Bean

Chrysanthemum, Shasta Daisy

The Best in Taste Tomato Collection: Black from Tula, Brandywine Pink, Cherokee Purple, Caspian Pink, Yellow Marble

Springtime Harvest Collection: Green Sprouting Broccoli, Salad Greens Mix, Heirloom Acres Lettuce Mix, Evergreen Bunching Onion, Cherry Belle Radish, Blommsdale Spinach, Lucullus Swiss Chard and Mammoth Melting Snow Peas

Sweet Pea, Everlasting


One down, 80 to go!

I read the first installment of my 9*9*9 list–Daniel Boorstin’s “The Image.” Conor’s been bugging me to read it for ages, so I finished it the night before the inauguration. It’s really good. Smart, lucid, and absolutely accurate. It was a particularly interesting read before the inauguration hoopla.

why do my kids always like the most expensive foods?

Mary always did this to me too–she didn’t like green beans, but loved asparagus and artichokes. Now I find that Wesley is totally into avocados. Why not bananas?!

just an ordinary day….

…but so happy!

Going to the gym: happy.
Changing diapers: happy.
Reading a book: happy.
Even, washing dishes with no hot water: still happy.

hunger strike over

So, Wesley had the same stomach bug that Mary had. For several days he hasn’t been hungry at all; he’s nursed 24/7 but not wanted bottles.

Today (and last night) he was hungry again, but he didn’t want formula. He just wanted to nurse, nurse, nurse. But he was HUNGRY. Cue the grumpy grousing noises here. He’s been so angry all day–wants to nurse, wants to eat, doesn’t want formula, repeat.

About an hour ago he caved and drank the formula. He drank 7 ounces and now he’s laying next to me with a replete, milky grin, barely able to move.


I’m doing a reading challenge–nine books in each of nine categories in 2009. I think I’ve selected things that will stretch me enough to read things I might not otherwise read, without being too esoteric so that I get bored. Here’s my list!

literary biography
* Zdzislaw Najder, “Joseph Conrad: A Life”
* Anthony Burgess, “Little Wilson and Big God”
* Anthony Burgess, “You’ve Had Your Time”
* Richard Ellman, “James Joyce”
* Philip Hoare, “Oscar Wilde’s Last Stand”
* Rebecca West, “The Young Rebecca”
* Evelyn Waugh, “Msgr. Ronald Knox”
* Graham Greene, “Lord Rochester’s Monkey”
* Hermione Lee, “Virginia Woolf”

* Ann Radcliffe, “Mysteries of Udolpho”
* Daphne DuMaurier, “Jamaica Inn”
* Horace Walpole, “The Castle of Otranto”
* John Polidori, “The Vampyre”
* Charlotte Bronte, “Jane Eyre”
* Emily Bronte, “Wuthering Heights”
* William Thomas Beckford, “Vathek”
* Charles Dickens, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
* Eric Nuzum, “The Dead Travel Fast”

* Neil Sheehan, “A Bright Shining Lie”
* Stanley Kurnow, “Vietnam: A History”
* Daniel J. Boorstin, “The Image”–DONE!
* Alfred McCoy, “Politics of Heroin”
* John Burrow, “History of Histories”
* Howard Zinn, “People’s History of the United States”
* Evan S. Connell, “Son of the Morning Star”
* Lester J. Cappon, ed., “The Adams-Jefferson Letters”
* Frances Fitzgerald, “Fire in the Lake”

Conrad/James Stories
* James’s short stories (5 vols)
* Conrad’s tales (4 vols)

books Conor wants me to read
* Robert K. Merton, “On the Shoulders of Giants”
* Homer (trans. Robert Fagles), “The Iliad”
* Janet Malcolm, “Journalist and the Murderer”
* Herodotus, “The Histories”
* Michael Cook, “A Brief History of the Human Race”
* Rudolph Fisher, “The Conjure-Man Dies”
* Andrew George, trans., “Epic of Gilgamesh”
* Frances Yates, “Art of Memory”
* Susan Sontag, “Illness as Metaphor/AIDS and Its Metaphors”
(Conor suggested both “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” but I rule that he has suggested enough huge sagas.)

British History/Culture
* R.S. Neale, “Bath”
* Kingsley Amis, “James Bond Dossier”
* Stephen Dorril, “MI6”
* S. Schoenbaum, “Lives of Shakespeare”
* W. H. Auden, “Lectures on Shakespeare”
* A. W. Brian Simpson, “Cannibalism and the Common Law”
* Richard Gilman, “Decadence: The Curious Life of an Epithet”
* Lytton Strachey, “Eminent Victorians”
* Edward Said, “Orientalism”

Graham Greene biographies
* Graham Greene, “A Life in Letters”
* Michael Shelden, “The Enemy Within”
* Leopold Duran, “Graham Greene: An Intimate Portrait by His Closest Friend and Confidant”
* Yvonne Cloetta, “In Search of a Beginning: My Life with Graham Greene”
* A. F. Cassis, “Graham Greene: Man of Paradox”
* William Cash, “The Third Woman”
* Henry J. Donaghy, “Conversations with Graham Greene”
* Marie-Francoise Allain, “The Other Man”
* Neil Sinyard, “Graham Greene: A Literary Life”

* Stanley Milgram, “Obedience to Authority”
* William James, “Varieties of Religious Experience”
* William James, “Pragmatism”
* William James, “Principles of Psychology” (2 vols)
* Kay Redfield Jameson, “Exuberance”
* “Saying No”
* Humez & Humez, “ABC, Etc.”
* Humez & Humez, “Alpha to Omega”

* Edward Allen and David Swoboda, “How Buildings Work”
* Henry Petroski, “The Pencil”
* Henry Petroski, “The Toothpick”
* Harold McGee, “On Food and Cooking”
* Harold McGee, “The Curious Cook”
* Henry Petroski, “Success Through Failure”
* Richard Rhodes, “Dark Sun”
* Richard Rhodes, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”
* Feynman, “Six Easy Pieces”

we have heat!

That is all. More information will be available when I decide I can stop sitting on the radiator, rubbing my hands together and chortling with glee.