When you love a costume as much as my boy does, Halloween is pretty much the pinnacle of your year. Every year we start talking about costumes at the beginning of September – we have to evaluate options, look around online, and accommodate shifting obsessions. In early September it seemed like we would be going with Captain Rex (a Clone Trooper… yeah, I don’t know either), but by the first week in October B had changed his mind.
Today my baby brother turns… some indeterminate age greater than thirty. He’s smart, he’s talented, he’s a terrific uncle and a great brother.
Happy Birthday, Douglas.
Apparently it’s Kite Festival weekend here on the island. As we drove across the causeway yesterday, we were greeted by dozens of kites floating in the air – including an impressive 30 foot whale!
Today B and I went down to the police station for a little kite workshop. B decorated a sled kite, which was then assembled using a few pieces of scotch tape. We got a few minutes of instruction from a lady kite enthusiast, who told us, “If the wind’s in your face, you’re in the wrong place,” and we were off.
I believe I promised y’all a Pope. And some nuns. Strap in. Obviously, my same secular disclaimers apply.
You see me waiting.
After Sunday morning brunch, and dire warnings from local new casters about two hour waits at the check points, we were off to the
cattle chutes corrals lines to get through security and onto the Parkway to possibly, maybe, if we were lucky, see the Pope. Continue reading
B is newly obsessed with This American Life. As far as I am concerned, this is a sign of excellent taste on his part. Continue reading
This barricade travelled all the way from New Orleans to see Francis!
Last week on social media, I compared the impending Papal visit to awaiting landfall during hurricane season. Much like the media coverage of a tropical storm in the Gulf, the lead up to the pope’s arrival in the U.S. was overblown. And yet, Exile battened down the hatches and boarded up all the windows, just in time for a weak Tropical Storm Francis to blow through. Continue reading
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Happy Thursday. Here’s a flashback to 2011, when Jim Butcher released Book 13 in the Dresden Files series. I’m still loving Harry today.
Recently B discovered the ‘new’ Scooby Doo on Netflix. I’d never watched an episode from beginning to end, although I noticed that the characters were, well, drawn a little differently. (Turns out the series is called Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated.)
Here’s a post about the first Hunger Games movie that I wrote but failed to publish back in 2012. Jennifer Lawrence has continued to crush it as Katniss, and I think the movies are getting better and better. I cannot wait for the final installment – I’m marking November 20th on my calendar.
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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Pope is coming to town. I’ve been joking that awaiting his arrival is like waiting for landfall during hurricane season, which has led me to sing this rocking Cowboy Mouth song over and over to myself and innocent bystanders: