Five things about today

  • I played hooky for an hour-and-half in the middle of the day to watch one of my favorite movies: The Dead. It was originally shown in theaters 1987, but it wasn’t released on DVD until this week. It was as good as I remembered it was.
  • This morning, I made myself a cup of tea (in my insulated travel mug), but didn’t realize until 30 minutes later, when I went to take my first sip, that I had never turned the kettle on. So what I really had was a mug of tepid water.
  • In the mail today, we received a copy of Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion, a new book by our friend Katherine. I can’t wait to start reading it. We also (separately) received a beautiful, handmade necklace and a pair of earrings from Katherine’s daughter, Emily, as a donation for Hyla’s school’s auction.
  • Hyla can play most of Ashokan Farewell on her violin from memory. She can also play it while lying on her back on the floor. I don’t know how often she’ll need that skill, but it’s nice to know she’ll be prepared, if and when.
  • This afternoon, we started fantasizing about hiking Alta Via 1 in a couple of years.


  1. jeremyxmerritt says:

    Number 5: A mountain range named after Dolemite? (


    1. grongar says:

      Wow, I had no idea how recently those mountains were named. 😉

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