Saturday, July 29, 2006


God be praised: Chipotle has come to North Carolina! I was driving home this morning from the brewing supply store in Raleigh, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a new Chipotle burrito shop.

"Oh," I thought. "A new Chipotle. Cool."

Then a double-take. I slammed on the break, nearly causing a traffic pileup, then swerved like a madman across three lanes of traffic to get into the lane for a u-turn.


Oh, the glory of burritos the size of one's head! Oh, the fresh, flavorful ingredients--the free-range pork and the organic onions! Oh, the four different varieties of salsa, made fresh daily with ingredients purchased from small-scale, sustainable farms!* The culinary gods have made their home here in hel--I mean, North Carolina. Why did it take them so long?

It was only 10:40 am--the store didn't open for another 20 minutes. I waited patiently for that agonzing score of minutes, then burst in the door: "Where have you been!? How long have you been open here!? IS THERE GOING TO BE A STORE IN DURHAM!!??"

Knowing grins from the manager--she's seen this reaction before, I see.

"Yes, we're here now. We've been open about a month. We're opening twelve new stores in NC this year. I don't know about Durham, but there will be one in Chapel Hill."

Chipotle is now only 22 miles from my house.

Thank you, Lord. Thank you.

* Yes, I know that 'sustainable agriculture' is a silly, self-congratulatory conceit of the upwardly mobile. But it makes me feel better if I can justify inhaling 4,000+ calories in a little under five minutes if I can imagine that I'm at least being socially and environmentally responsible.

Monday, July 24, 2006

GPoD 7.24.2006

Graham loves playing with our neighbor Angela!

A Craigslist post for today

I thought this was North Carolina, not Alabama.

pink GIT-R-DONE hat with REBEL FLAG & 3-D BUCK deer head - $20
Reply to:
Date: 2006-07-23, 10:38PM EDT

NEW 2006 Edition! ~ Girls/Ladies "pink" GIT-R-DONE hat.

Embroidered with GIT-R-DONE logo and oval shaped REBEL FLAG on the front with a BUCK Deer Head 3-D coming out of the flag. Also, on the back of the hat is a smaller rectangle shaped REBEL FLAG. Velcro adjusment straps for sizing.

* this is in or around Raleigh
* no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The GrahamCam: Childproof Locks

This weekend daddy installed childproof locks on the cupboards in the kitchen. As you will see, Graham was not pleased with this development. But there's one door daddy didn't secure. Leave it to Graham to sniff it right out....

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The GrahamCam: 7.15.2006

Here's Graham chowing on a homemade pudding pop.

GPoD: 7.15.2006

Caption ideas, anyone? Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 14, 2006

GPoD: 7.14.2006

Graham and his toys that go! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Week in Review

After threatening e-mails and phone calls from various family members who shall remain anonymous, we are finally posting new pictures of everybody's favorite big boy.

Here's Graham in his favorite napping position.

Graham and Jack had a playdate this week.

Graham loves this car! Jack thought the hammer was more fun.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Happy Birthday, Jack!

Graham's best friend Jack had a fabulous party on Saturday. Here's a picture of the Cracker Kids talking about life.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

GPoD: 7.4.2006

Here are the Cracker Kids, hanging out on the swings.

Monday, July 03, 2006

GPoD: 7.3.2006: Fun with Sparklers

Only a thin sheet of glass separates Graham from everlasting fame as the world's youngest fire-eater. Next year we'll try bottle rockets.

Fink's Fun House

Where's Graham?

Where is he?


Graham's new favorite toy is the bathroom door. Multiply this series of pictures by about thirty and you've got a pretty good idea of my morning so far. It's been fun:)