Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hansel now speaks like a superhero. ” I am gone to seek mayhem” he announced at 8 o’clock this morning, throwing on his cape (well, really his hoodie) and mounting his bike. He returned half an hour later to report several … Continue reading

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140 characters in a crisis

Itchy Ankle firestation has been opened as a storm shelter. I know this thanks to Twitter. Most of the time, Twitter is an annoying waste of time but it comes into its own for minute by minute updates on Hurricane … Continue reading

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Irene–the opera

The birch tree outside my bedroom window is feigning like a flamenco dancer and the bamboo has an Hawaiian hula sway. The rain provides percussion for the wind’s baritone rumble. None shall sleep.  

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Emergency Preparedness, Itchy Ankle-Style

Hansel is great in a crisis. He moved all the garden furniture into the shed and futility room, weighed down the trash cans with bricks and tied them together, and made sure the flamingo and figurehead from the front of … Continue reading

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Drinking the Eugene Walter way. A new book from Thomas Head.

The first of what I am sure will be many rave reviews and recommendations for Thomas Head’s book The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink. Yes, the book made Zagat’s must-read list for the fall. … Continue reading

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Tectonic Trouble in Itchy Ankle and environs

 Earthquake update: I was in the bathroom when the 5.9 struck and so braved a small personal tsunami while others were evacuating the building. Now back at work and fearing the commute home. Here in DC we don’t cope well with … Continue reading

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Bed-Hopping in Itchy Ankle

Gretel is feeling very glum because I am making her swap bedrooms with me. Her’s is the only room in the house with a built-in closet. It is wasted on her, because she keeps all her clothes tangled in her bed … Continue reading

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Almost worth the walk

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On losing 20lbs…

I have lost 20 lbs. Yippee. I have done this in 50 days, losing 7lbs in the three weeks since I returned home from Duke Diet and Fitness center. There are those of you who will scoff I know, saying … Continue reading

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Higher Ed–It’s Not Easy

Our mistake was missing breakfast. We are getting the DC apartment ready to rent, and so the cupboards there are intentionally bare. We could have gone out for breakfast, but Hansel was replacing the ballcock in the toilet and that meant … Continue reading

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