Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I just got an email from my daughter's school saying that someone at her school (in a different class) came in with lice today. So they are going to check every kid in the entire school. I remember being checked for it in fourth or fifth grade, and the school nurse huffing, "This is a waste of time." I never had lice in elementary school, but then I got it unexpectedly in tenth grade (at age fifteen). I never found out who I got it from, but I was in a school play (Camelot) where we all shared hats. I remember my mother driving me to CVS, and then I insisted that we go to a different one in a neighboring town, because I knew the girl at the cash register. (You can't buy lice treatment from someone you know, especially not in high school). When my mother had lice as a child, her oldest sister's husband plucked them off her scalp and dropped them in a frying pan. I remember my mother combing out the nits when I was fifteen. It was a long process, especially since my hair was long and very thick at the time. So anyway, I hope my daughter doesn't have lice. Although someone in my old building told me they have lice removal services in the city (Lice Fairies or something like that). Only in New York!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Yesterday we went to Coney Island. At one point, a woman suddenly sat near me on the sand and hid a couple of mangos there. (True story.) Nearby, a young kid, maybe sixteen, was being handcuffed by a couple of cops. He didn't resist, but it was still shocking. A small crowd gathered. Then the woman sprang up and said, "That's my baby!" I couldn't hear most of it, but D was closer to them. It turned out selling anything on the beach is illegal. However, they gave him a summons instead of arresting him, because it was his first time selling mangos. You can't make this stuff up.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Getting annoyed with the focus on Hillary's emails. She is still a better candidate than Trump in every way, shape and form.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I just watched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It starts a little before the regular Pride and Prejudice, which begins when Bingley moves into Netherfield Hall. In the movie, the Featherstone family lives in Netherfield Hall, but they turn into zombies, leaving the hall vacant for Bingley. Darcy is a zombie hunter, and all five Bennet sisters have Shaolin training to fight zombies. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is the fiercest swordswoman in Britain, and wears an eyepatch. Mr. Collins is as unctuous as ever.

Monday, May 16, 2016

I was walking down the hall from my apartment to the garbage chute, and I smelled something that was familiar from a long time ago. The neighbors' cooking smells often drift into the hallway. Then I realized it was bacon. I've been a vegetarian since 1997.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sometimes I am allergic to change. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic for Zoe's school, which hasn't yet ended. I tend to get nostalgic in advance, then take the change in stride when it arrives. For one thing, the commute will be much shorter (to her new school). 

Monday, May 09, 2016

New word: pentimento. A visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas.
I walked behind Trevor Noah (Jon Stewart's replacement) for a few blocks this morning. The most noticeable thing about him was his ballerina posture - very tall and upright. He had a nice suit, too. He used a side entrance to get into the studio, but he took a selfie first. I'm not sure why.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

I have a list of Kindle pre-orders on my computer and I was excited to see that I have a good one coming out on May 10! It's the newest book by Katie Finn. She writes YA - a series about two girls who started out as friends, but one wronged the other, and then they seek revenge on each other in ingenious ways. Very gossipy and fun. The last one ended with the girls (frenemies) finding out that their parents are getting married (one girl's mother is marrying the other girl's father). So now the frenemies will be in the same house (presumably). They are definitely fun books if you are looking for a lively, light read.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I just saw in the New York Times that Hillary Clinton is widening her lead over Trump. Good :)
I've noticed a weird phenomenon where my niece and her friends (college age) pose with their stomachs pressed together on Instagram. We never did that.   
I was a little stunned when John Kasich dropped out of the race today. It means that Trump is the only Republican candidate for President. But I have confidence in Hillary, and I hope that most people will have the sense to vote for her over Trump. 

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

I just got Something New by Lucy Knisley in the mail. She's my favorite graphic novelist. Coincidentally, Zoe's preschool teacher said she should be a graphic novelist...because she always draws pictures with elaborate stories to accompany them.

Monday, May 02, 2016

There are a lot of musicians (and dogs) in our new apartment building. One of them is playing a saxophone right now. We have a pianist too. I ran into one of my neighbors from the old building. She had hip replacement surgery and was using her umbrella as a cane, but seemed in good spirits. She was telling me how handsome her son is, "a cleft in his chin and dimples", and people say he looks like Tom Cruise, but she's met Tom Cruise and claims her son is better looking, though Tom was "very nice." I've read Leah Remini's Scientology memoir, including the segments on Tom, but I just smiled and nodded. P.S. Now the piano is kicking in! I prefer it to the saxophone.
I found this link on Pinterest...it tells you the most popular baby names from 1915 to the present. The name Mary was in the top three from 1915 to 1966. Then Jennifer took over. The top names were Jennifer, Amy and Heather the year that I was born.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sitting by the ocean right now. I like it best in the morning.