Archive for August, 2010

A Good Idea at the Time

Holland House, Nashville, originally uploaded by marlaink.

But the reason for my headache today.

“The Rose Marie,” at the Holland House, Nashville.


August 21, 2010 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Nutty Mr. Lady

I’m not sure what it says about me that one of my earliest childhood memories centers around Mr. Peanut.

I’d like to think that it reflects an innate interest in and affinity for effective advertising and marketing. But after telling you this story, I probably won’t be able to get away with that explanation.

I remember it so vividly. My mother and I walked into the drug store, and there he was: Mr. Peanut, hawking his salty snacks, twirling his cane and, in the grand tradition of costumed mascot characters everywhere, making a special point to talk to all the kids.

I was pretty excited to meet Mr. Peanut. After all, I was a big fan of his TV work, and he looked even more stylish and sophisticated in person.

“Hello, little girl! How are you today?”

Wait, what? Mr. Peanut sounds like a…



August 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm 8 comments

Drink Now Through Friday

The Silly Tasting Note Generator really comes in handy when you need a quick way to express your deep thoughts about wine…

Silly Wine Tasting Note Generator

Tip: I always go for “Extra Silly.”

August 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

This Dog’s Life

My busy morning, by Gibson

Wake up. B-i-i-i-i-i-g stretch.

Wag tail like crazy.

Shake vigorously. Enjoy the loud clanking of tag against collar.

Run down the stairs and bark at back door.

Outside! Smell interesting spot in the grass.

Run around the yard.

Return to interesting spot; smell harder.

Tiptoe, smell, tiptoe, smell, and…


Run around the yard.

Totally starving. Come back in for breakfast.

Bark out the front window for 10 minutes.

Run back upstairs.

Look out the upstairs window. Sigh loudly.

Crawl back in bed.

Gibson's cozy in bed.

Settle in while bed is made up on top of me.

August 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm 2 comments

Taking Some Heat from the Mother of all Fact Checkers

Really, I should have seen it coming.

I recently wrote about our family road trip adventures and, in particular, the endless drive to Santa Fe.

And that’s when I got the phone call.

Mom in the 60s

“What about the denim shirts? How could you leave out that part of the story?”

My mother called to remind me that she spent the entire drive (when not refereeing arguments between the kids) embroidering denim shirts for my sister and me.

Ah, those embroidered denim shirts. They were all the rage at the time (I’m guessing late 70s?), and my sister and I just had to have them. I have to admit, I don’t remember my mother actually working on those during the drive – and OH, I can feel the guilt trip coming just for saying that – but I do remember the shirts.

Since I can’t find any photos of us wearing those shirts, I’ll substitute a much earlier creation of my mother’s: the matching Raggedy Ann dresses.

Raggedy Ann girls and brother


But according to my mother, shocking though it may be, the Embroidered Denim Shirt Omission wasn’t actually the biggest historical inaccuracy of that post. The real issue is that Santa Fe wasn’t nearly the worst family road trip we ever took.

That distinction goes to the Disneyland trip.


August 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

The Road to the Middle of Nowhere

I was a child of the 1970s. It was a time of bell bottoms, shag carpeting, Skylab, Schoolhouse Rock, the least appealing shades of orange and green, and…long family car trips.

Now, that’s not to say the children in my family weren’t experienced flyers. My father had his pilot’s license, and for a while in the 70s, he had a little two-seater plane, so we had all flown at young ages. (And when I say “flown,” I mean it. Let’s just say that, very early on, we had an inkling of how bad of a driver my sister would turn out to be.)

me in front of my dad's plane

Marla as a young (and stylish) flyer

But the big family car trips are what I remember most, probably because they seemed to last forever.


August 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm 4 comments

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