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Band of the Day #2491

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Sugar Pines showed off their phenomenal wizardry at Awaken Cafe tonight – harmonies and bass and lovely melodies, all those fantastic voices weaving together to great something superhuman. Laurel and I, still in pajamas, listened to them practice in the apartment this afternoon, and as they played Laurel said their harmonies feel like a hug.

your voice has a cute inflection

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July 19, 2015 at 12:45 am

Party of the Day #2445

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Party of the Day #2445

There is a picnic waiting in the future, but we had a smaller something for my birthday tonight, as well. Laurel brought a mango tart, the fruit splayed out like a blooming rose, with six modest candles ready for a wish.

Lighting enough candles to match a person’s age becomes an inconvenience and then a fire hazard as they grow older, but I think it might be nice to count up with each decade – 6 for your 26th birthday, 10 when you reach 30, then back to 1 again as your next chapter begins.

Birthday parties are a good excuse to pull together friends you usually see in different circles. Mitch and Brittany both made it tonight, and the five of us made a spirited chain of miscommunications in Telestrations – one of those games that I feel can characterize a group nicely.

I’ll always miss people, but I’m looking forward to Sunday.

your last day

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June 3, 2015 at 12:11 am

Kiss of the Day #2362

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Kiss of the Day #2362

Zinky doesn’t look especially appreciative of Laurel’s affection here, but he pays his own uncomfortable affections in kind, so I think this is a fair deal overall.

People have an innate need not only to be loved but to be able to express affection. I’m glad I have Laurel here for that.

cutesy startup music

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March 11, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Fleet of the Day #2283

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Fleet of the Day #2283

Laurel’s family made a tradition of picking out a new menorah each year, and over the course of Laurel’s life they’ve amassed a considerable fleet of them. They come in all manner of shapes and styles and materials: one is a little train with the shamash for a locomotive; another is a street of tiny houses; two have a streak of marbled blue glass, both made by the same artist; one is a molten silver tree; many are more traditional in style, but with their own particular patterns. When they were all lit tonight – a tricky maneuver, done in a particular order to prevent burning your sleeves – they made quite a light show, a tremendous dance of little flames. Together they were so warm, it seemed, that they actually created a bit of an updraft; flames at the edge of the display were pulled inwards, and a few toward the middle were extinguished entirely, and needed to be rekindled. You rarely see so many candles burning together, and the way they interact is an interesting puzzle.

The festivities, of course, were lovely. It’s nice to see Laurel’s family again, and to be part of their holiday celebrations. Things will be busy for the next few days.


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December 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

Photo of the Day #2258

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Photo of the Day #2258

Mom lives so nearby, and I see her so rarely. We at least had Thanksgiving together tonight, hosted at my place for the first time. Michaela came by early in the day, taking on the greatest share of the burden of cooking; Mom and Joe came by later on, each offering a few dishes of their own. I helped a bit here and there, but less than I expected to as host, since everyone else had so many things they wanted to throw in.

We talked about the kinds of things we often do – chemistry and little scientific curiosities, our place in life right now, nonsense about Santa Claus. We watched a movie that, though good, was very much not a family movie, and at the end of the evening we parceled out the bountiful leftovers. Now that everyone’s left, I find that I could have asked them so many more things. So it goes.

Christmas will be with Laurel’s family if things go right, so I will need more than a holiday to see my family again soon.

the magic’s right

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November 28, 2014 at 2:17 am