at dusk just when the Light is filled with birds

careful habits of saving fractions of pennies

Sep 5
My little free RENFE earbuds finally gave up the ghost. Sleep well, sweet prince. 

My little free RENFE earbuds finally gave up the ghost. Sleep well, sweet prince. 


Sep 4
Let the decluttering begin! I own too many book; it is time to start pawning them off on various charitable institutions.
This week’s chaff:The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagan (bought for an undergrad course on journalling; awesomely catty)Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (I love this book, but I’m not going to be re-reading it in the next six months, so out it goes)Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters (I have never read this book; maybe future-me will attempt it again when future-me is swimming in leisure time)Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923 (Max Brod, most untrustworthy literary agent ever)F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up (also bought for that undergrad journalling course…as was the Kafka…hmmm, I detect a theme)

Let the decluttering begin! I own too many book; it is time to start pawning them off on various charitable institutions.

This week’s chaff:
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagan (bought for an undergrad course on journalling; awesomely catty)
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (I love this book, but I’m not going to be re-reading it in the next six months, so out it goes)
Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters (I have never read this book; maybe future-me will attempt it again when future-me is swimming in leisure time)
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923 (Max Brod, most untrustworthy literary agent ever)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up (also bought for that undergrad journalling course…as was the Kafka…hmmm, I detect a theme)


Sep 3
My contribution to a Labor Day potluck barbecue:
Hebrew National Hot Dogs: $2.50Hot Dog Buns: $3.50 Natty Boh Six-Pack: $6.00
Total: $12.00
And then I feasted on steak, grilled corn, and potato salad. 

My contribution to a Labor Day potluck barbecue:

Hebrew National Hot Dogs: $2.50
Hot Dog Buns: $3.50 
Natty Boh Six-Pack: $6.00

Total: $12.00

And then I feasted on steak, grilled corn, and potato salad. 


Aug 31
Today’s Lunch: Fried Rice (comprising a glug of olive oil, a bulb of diced garlic, half a cup of cooked white rice, an egg, and a dash of soy sauce)
Cost: Technically free (as I’m cooking out of my sublease’s pantry offerings), actually $1-$2. 

Today’s Lunch: Fried Rice (comprising a glug of olive oil, a bulb of diced garlic, half a cup of cooked white rice, an egg, and a dash of soy sauce)

Cost: Technically free (as I’m cooking out of my sublease’s pantry offerings), actually $1-$2. 


Aug 20

jaimetalangue:

I remember this song from my early Italian classes, in primary school! it’s so cute, you should watch the video and sing along.

Il caffè della Peppina

Il caffè della Peppina
non si beve alla mattina
né col latte né col tè
ma perché, perché, perché?

La Peppina fa il caffè
fa il caffè con la cioccolata
poi ci mette la marmellata
mezzo chilo di cipolle
quattro o cinque caramelle
sette ali di farfalle
e poi dice: “Che caffè!!!”

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Aug 19

Eros Ramazzotti, “Più Bella Cosa” (1997)

Com’è cominciata io non saprei
la storia infinita con te  
che sei diventata la mia lei
di tutta una vita per me

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Aug 10

August Duolingo

So it’s clear that roommate-dynamics are going to prevent me from keeping a strict budget this month (and thereby exorcizing my displaced-anxiety-via-controlling-minor-things demons). So now I’m turning to Duolingo.

Spanish: Level 10.
Italian: Level 3.

(I tried dipping back into my French tree, but nope, and I’d prefer to embark on Italian at the moment.)


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