Thanks for nothing!

I came up with the perfect birthday gift for David, the man who is impossible to buy for: NOTHING.

Now, this isn’t as stingy – nor as easy – as it sounds.  The nothing I gave him took a great deal of time and effort, and I am incredibly proud of myself.

There is, right now, nothing on the floor of our bedroom except furniture and Bonesy’s dog bed. Nothing on the hope chest at the foot of our bed. Nothing on the bed itself, nothing on the little desk by the window.  Nothing. Continue reading “Thanks for nothing!”

Movie of the week: When Harry Met Sally 

Quinland and I have been celebrating the glory that is When Harry Met Sally this week, through texts, phone calls, and Snapchat. It’s been awesome. Yesterday I got a text from him that just said, “If you need a root canal, Sheldon’s your man.” I was right there with him: “But humpin’ and pumpin’ is not Sheldon’s strong suit.”

We passed favorite quotes back and forth:

“Call the cops! It’s already out there!”

“You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.”

“Six years later you find yourself singing ‘Surrey with a Fringe on Top’ in front of Ira!”

“What they could do to make it easier is combine the two. You know, Mr. Kline died yesterday, leaving behind a wife, two children, and a spacious three bedroom apartment with a wood burning fireplace.” Continue reading “Movie of the week: When Harry Met Sally “

New music from Hudson Taylor!

It has been a long while since I’ve written about my favorite Irish brothers, Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor, and far too long (over two years!) since their debut album was released.

But the wait is over for us all! The lads have just released an incredibly catchy new single, “Feel It Again.” The production is more slick (a full band! horns!), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I love love love stripped-down Hudson Taylor (shout-out to the original “Hideaway” video), but a few of the songs on Singing For Strangers may have been a bit under-done, even for me.

In addition, though I’ve loved Harry and Alfie’s gorgeous voices and beautiful music for four years now, I’ve felt that they had their fair share of songs with a clunky or cringe-worthy lyric.  As would be expected now that they are not just kids anymore, “Feel It Again” impresses me as a more mature work, lyrically. (There may be a few too many “la la la’s” for some folks, but I’m one who protested the cutting of “And I don’t want to let you go” lines from eight to six in the official “Chasing Rubies” single, so I’m fine with it.) I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Continue reading “New music from Hudson Taylor!”