Fourth Most Gorgeous Day So Far in 2010

Oh, it was a beautiful, beautiful day. Self spent most of the afternoon in the backyard: munching raisins, alternately reading and watering. The pages of her book(s) were sprinkled with white from the blossoms drifting down from the gnarly old cherry trees. A bee had discovered the one blooming white magnolia flower.

Niece G, who self has not seen in ages, is helping self with a story. She said her father flew in last weekend, and they watched “The Ghost Writer.” Niece is a Ewan McGregor fan. She said she liked Olivia Williams (who played Ruth Lang in the movie) a lot. So did self.

Son got accepted to the PhD program in Social Psychology at the Claremont Graduate School! He got a call from the department to say he was in, and a formal offer was coming. He’s already met with a professor. If you had told self, in the birthing room at Stanford Hospital, that this here little tyke would grow up to be a PhD candidate, she would have said, Get out of here.

Rahm Emmanuel is on the cover of last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Apparently, according to people who phone in tips for, Rahm in person is “hot” (Is it true he is missing a digit? Or is that yet another of those urban legends that seem to crop up every time the weather starts warming up?), in spite of being “short.”

Let’s see, what else is of interest from last Sunday’s New York Times? There’s an article on people in Berkeley starting to raise chickens in their backyard. Which self thinks is partly prompted by the recession. This morning, self was in the garden section of Home Depot, and she inspected tomato plants. But when she’s grown tomatoes in the past, her plants produce maybe two dozen tomatoes, tops, and self ends up eating them like fruit. So the poor tomatoes never get a chance to get to the dinner table. Let’s see: four Roma tomatoes from Whole Foods are about $3/lb. $3 x 10= $30. Tomato plants cost $5- $7 each. Not to mention buying tomato frames and fertilizers. Never mind, self will continue buying her tomatoes from the supermarket.

But the article about the Berkeley chicken-growing trend, “The Femivore’s Dilemma,” is interesting, so here’s a quote from the beginning.

Four women I know — none of whom know one another — are building chicken coops in their backyards. It goes without saying that they already raise organic produce: my town, Berkeley, Calif., is the Vatican of locavorism, the high church of Alice Waters. Kitchen gardens are as much a given here as indoor plumbing. But chickens? That ups the ante. Apparently it is no longer enough to know the name of the farm your eggs came from; now you need to know the name of the actual bird.

The article’s writer was Peggy Orenstein.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

1 Comment

  1. KJB said,

    March 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Oh, congrats to your son! What a thrill!

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