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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
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Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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Whining finally gets the respect it deserves.

So these guys decided that this post had some sort of merit (really?), and they’ve chosen it as a reading for their Blogsday 2006. Anyone who knows me knows that I love the James Joyce (my god, in my high school yearbook my senior quote was from Ulysses—how did everyone not punch me?) (Although at least it wasn’t from Finnegan’s Wake. "She has a gift of seek on site and she allcasually ansars helpers, the dreamydeary. Heed! Heed! Go Class of '87!"), so it’s a great honor to be included in this latter-day take on Bloomsday. Apparently an actor will read my words, adding some whimpering where appropriate. Maybe at the end she’ll burst into heaving sobs! Oh, I hope!

It will be airing on your local NPR affiliate, probably Thursday night. I know it’s on WNYC Thursday at 9, but the rest of you will just have to look it up. I’ll be sitting by my radio, cringing.

Meanwhile, since writing that post, I’ve found myself despite my best efforts actually liking it around here. This house is so pretty that I want to lick it. (I hold off, because of the lead paint.) I keep trying to avoid the neighbors but somehow they find me and then I end up liking them, damn it. I have an herb garden and so far everything is still alive. (Except my basil tastes like nothing. Readers, you’ve helped me with every other aspect of my life, so tell me: why would basil taste like, well, leaves? Instead of the explosive flavor sensation I have long known it to be?) And Henry starts camp in two weeks! Every-day-for-four-hours camp! Much-cheaper-than-the-babysitter camp!

Posts will be light around here for the next month, as I focus on other projects for a while and also try not to get fired. I’ll be posting more pictures on Flickr when I remember, including my new series, “Weed or Something Else?”

Reader Comments (65)

LetterB, will you carry the soap in your pocket all day?
June 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnne in New Jersey
Isn't it nice to be recognized?Glad you are feeling more at home.....
June 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJill Asher
Also, use the little leaves; the bigger (lower on the plant), the blander.
June 15, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermosprott

I've been enjoying reading your blog for some time. I'm glad you are beginning to like it in your new place. As for the basil it needs lots of heat and water. Where I live that' means a greenhouse.
June 15, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermelanie
Mucho congrats. But personally, I think every one of your posts should be read aloud on NPR.
June 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMom101
"Help! Need water. So thirsty. It's been days. So sorry, Alice. I'll be tasty. I promise. I promise.Alice? Pretty Rambo? anyone? Please!...can't stay awake...heedheed the dreamydeary..."
June 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBasil
I decided to get myself some Round Up and attack anything with 3 leaves around here, I don't care if it is intentional or not, I don't know what I am doing and it all looks like poison ivy to me.

Signed, another nativer NYer.
June 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterclickmom
Okay, my basil was a little tasteless pulled off the stem in the middle of the day. But I think it was a normal tasteless. I remember it from the past. I think the flavor gets better some time after picking or sitting in olive oil or something. I think yours will be fine.
June 19, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfisherking
Congrats...and good luck with the basil!
June 19, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I told you we like whimpering.

Yay for you. I want to lick your house too.
June 20, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
I'm sorry but I would like to defend Trixie on one point. I often have BeDazzling emergencies. Often. Practically hourly. Someone somewhere comes home from the mall realizing that their denim is WITHOUT RHINESTONES!! Their Keds have no oomph, no pizzaz. What is a person to do? Just let them walk around like that? So, I do what any red blooded American Bedazzler would do, I stop what I am doing and gemmify! And if I happen to be babysitting, I bring the kiddos along. I consider it passing on my craft to future generations.
June 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEm
Very sorry, that went in under the wrong post. I'll repost in the right spot. I saw something shiny.... something (say it with me) BeDazzling!
June 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEm
I just discovered you through various links. You are a remarkable story teller.
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam
After some experimenting, I've found that homegrown basil seems to have a stronger (and better) taste if it's somewhat neglected--don't supplement its soil with anything, and make sure not to overwater. Also, which kind of basil do you have? Some culinary varieties are just not as strong tasting as others.
June 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJ.
I stumbled upon this site as I was doing some online research. I actually don't know why basil would be tasteless, except, and I know this sounds silly, but are you absolutely positive that your basil is, in fact, actually basil?
July 18, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterpanasianbiz

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