Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sibling Telepathy

Apparently the inspiration for the Beatles's song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds recently died. The following is a conversation Kevin and I had afterward. And, no, Kevin hadn't heard anything about it before I told him. I think he can read my mind.

Me: Hey, did you hear that Lucy died?

Kevin: Really?

Me: No.

Kevin: Oh, you mean

Me: No. Not any Lucy you're thinking

Kevin: Oh, I know who you mean; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!

Another instance happened in the car the other day. Kevin was trying to think of a certain song that a contestant on American Idol sang once a couple seasons back.

Me, vaguely: Was it that one song...? You know...

Kevin: No, not that one.

It's a little creepy how well we can tell what the other is thinking.

Monday, September 14, 2009


I have a cold, but today is my first day in a while that I have nothing I need to do, so it's a lazy day. I have been studying the works of Vermeer on EssentialVermeer.com all morning.
I just finished rereading one of my favorite children's books last night, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. It is an excellent art mystery. I'm hesitant to even call it a mystery, however, because most of it doesn't make logical sense. The plot relies on coincidences and intuition and strange supernatural happenings. You are left wondering how much of it was real and how much was a product of the children's overactive imaginations. It is brilliant.

My favorite Vermeer painting is The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I think she is more beautiful and mysterious than the Mona Lisa.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Old Stuff and Another Year of Life

Today Kevin and I stopped by the thrift store again. We stayed until they closed, and it's a good thing that they closed, because I would have kept buying things. We ended up with seven candlesticks, two of them solid brass. They had an original price of $36 dollars each, and we got them for $2 each. We found a real leather, Eddie Bauer bag for $5, A $2 blue corduroy jacket for Ashley, and a couple of things for me too. I always browse the books, and today I got The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Which, unbelievably, I've never read), Charlie's Raven by Jean Craighead George, and a really nice volume of five Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie. That one I am really excited about. Can you tell I love the thrift store?
Tonight was Kevin's birthday eve. It has become a sort of tradition with us older kids to always stay up until midnight and do something special on the night before our birthday.
Tonight Kevin and I watched four episodes of Get Smart. At about ten minutes before midnight we did a mad dash around the house counter clockwise, as his last act as a fifteen year old.
Once back inside, we had an alarm set on Kevin's phone to go off right at midnight, and got all ready with our orange juice glasses for the toast. At about thirty seconds until midnight Mom realized she didn't have her camera and ran to get it, despite our protests that she was going to miss the toast. She got back just in time. The alarm went off, we said "huzzah" and toasted, then Kevin and I put our glasses down and ran back outside. This time we ran clockwise, as his first act as a sixteen year old.