Archive for October, 2011

Fall Table

On my table right now. Thanks, mom!


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I love rainy days. It’s as if they exist to remind us all to slow down a little bit, sleep in a little longer, read next to an open window so you can hear the rain coming down, and drink an extra-big bowl of coffee, with lots of creamer. Today, I’m embracing the rain by reading Philip Larkin.

Philip Larkin is one of my favorite poets that I discovered in college, and, by discovered, I mean his Collected Poems was on a required reading list. One of the things I love about this particular book is that the poems are arranged chronologically, in the order that he completed them. Larkin dated much of his work (something that I also tend to do), and I find this so fascinating because it reveals a rhythm in his creativity.

Just in case you don’t have any poetry handy today to read on your rainy day, I’ll share some of mine. Here’s a poem that Larkin finished on Oct. 10, 1954; almost 57 years ago to the day. I wonder if it was raining that day.

Places, Loved Ones

No, I have never found
The place where I could say
This is my proper ground,
Here I shall stay;
Nor met that special one
Who has an instant claim
On everything I own
Down to my name;

To find such seems to prove
You want no choice in where
To build, or whom to love;
You ask them to bear
You off irrevocably,
So that it’s not your fault
Should the town turn dreary,
The girl a dolt.

Yet, having missed them, you’re
Bound, none the less, to act
As if what you settled for
Mashed you, in fact;
And wiser to keep away
From thinking you still might trace
Uncalled-for to this day
Your person, your place.


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Yesterday was the type of day that only comes once or twice a year. A perfect day— 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky— spent with the people you love the most, and all thoughts of worry, and work, and Monday are far away.

Rachel and Kent came down from DC and we spent our day sipping Rose at Veritas Winery and sampling beers at Blue Mountain Brewery, all while taking in the unobstructed mountain views. I’m feeling awfully thankful this weekend, not just for the fun, food, and drink we had, but for my incredible, crazy family.



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My friend Jenn and I went to see Brandi Carlile last week and she covered two Johnny Cash songs. I loved the songs, but what I loved even more was listening to them in the semi-cool, September air. Fall is a great time to listen to Johnny Cash.

This time last year I shared a song, October, that I wrote about fall and the feelings that come with it. It occurs to me now that I was probably influenced by Johnny Cash’s I Still Miss Someone, even if it didn’t occur to me at the time. The song structure and picking pattern I chose for October are similar, though, the same could be said for many country songs and almost all Cash songs.

More imprtantly, they both also use the fall season to convey the sentiment of the song. I’ve found myself playing this song quite a bit recently, so I thought I’d share my version.

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Seriously. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Barracks Road. Artichoke Pizza with gluten-free crust.

I’m not gonna say that I would have eaten the crust on its own. But, when you top it with artichokes, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, mozarella and basil, it is pretty darn tasty.

I think it helps if you know going in to expect a thin-crust, almost bruschetta-like texture. If you’re looking for a gluten-free, soft, deep-dish crust— this isn’t going to do it for you. And, honestly, I don’t think it exists. You can get any of their pizzas with the gluten free crust, not just the veggie pizzas. So nice to have a good, gluten-free pizza option in Cville.

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