The basics

Peeling apple

When he was around The Botanist was my #1 apple dessert fan, especially pie, but he’d take crisp or even sauce. He was also my #1 peeler. I did a crisp today and thought of him through nine apples, Cameo I believe they were called. Came out pretty tasty. Yay for Vietnamese cinnamon.

Animal hill

This is a taste of Randall Munroe’s exemplary “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words,” in which he marshals exceptional drawings and a vocabulary of only 1000 words to explain complicated things. The 1000 (aka “ten hundred”) words apparently include flies but not ants. We gave away the copy we bought, and I think we’ll buy another copy for ourselves…yay, dead-tree books!


  1. says:

    I took Elizabeth to her —>first<— football game last month (THE LIONS WON). She explained what was happening… "Knock 'em down! Run into each other!!!".

    Then I saw, "Thing Explainer", at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor. I thought I might get a copy for Chrismas… but it didn't happen.

  2. Sammy says:

    Awww. Sweet story—the football one. Maybe you can turn around latter with a self-purchased gift?