Friday, March 27, 2009

Illusions, Michael

Now comes the part that most people are interested in: the ring. (I promise this is the last engagement-related post. But I had a good title for it so I had to!) Jon's mom gave him her engagement ring on the sly when we were out in Idaho a few weeks back, and he has since (obviously) passed it on to me.

One of my favorite things about it, aside from the fact that it belonged to Jon's lovely mother, is that it's an "illusion" setting. Tricky! What is an illusion setting, you might ask? Well. As the Antique Jewelry University's website says, "An illusion setting is a prong setting designed to make a diamond look bigger than it actually is. This is accomplished by a ring of metal surrounding the girdle of the diamond and often bright cut. This ring diffuses the outline of the stone which in turn causes it to look larger."


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I am the northern lights!

So, I know y'all already know this, but I just had to post about it... Tuesday night at the Josh Ritter concert at Center Stage, during the song "Kathleen," Jon asked me to marry him. So now I'm an engaged lady! Jon is my intended, as my dad might say.

Thanks to Josh and the band for an unforgettable show! Thanks especially to Josh for writing an excellent song with my name in it. Otherwise, it's been "I'll take you home again, Kathleen," and Zady's got the rights on that one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



It's apparently already that time of year in Atlanta -- the fleet of ice cream trucks is out in full force with the onset of 70-degree afternoons. Now that I'm living within a half-mile of Atlanta's largest park and just a couple blocks from the neighborhood middle school, the ice cream man is a virtually inescapable part of my day. I can hear the doppler-distorted chimes as the truck loops around behind the school, across my short street, and back out to the wide avenue full of joggers, dog-walkers and teenage kids. Amazingly, I have not yet rushed out into the street to chase it down. It's only a matter of time.

The ice cream trucks I've seen through downtown, midtown and my neighborhood, Virginia-Highland, seem to be the same, standard-issue vans I recall from my childhood, but with one key difference: the music. For whatever reason, the ice cream man assigned to my area blares not "Pop goes the weasel" or "The Entertainer," but Beethoven's ubiquitous "Für Elise." Because everything is tastier in A minor?

This bizarre choice of music cast my mind back to my college days at Northwestern, especially those spent living in Allison Hall on University Place, one of the local ice cream trucks favorite cul-de-sacs to cruise. To my surprise, I couldn't recall the ditty that truck played, though I did remember cursing the ice cream man on many occasions when his awful (but cheerful) tune hit my ears. All I could think of was "Pop goes the weasel" and "Here we go 'round the mulberry bush" -- I knew it was neither but suspected a combination of the two. After a bit of internet recon, I found what I was looking for: "Turkey in the straw." (Better known to me, and countless former girl scouts and summer-campers, as "Do your ears hang low?") It would have bugged me for days if I hadn't figured it out, though maybe not as much as the song itself promises to now that I've remembered it...

And now, because I can't blog about the ice cream man without including it, I give you this timeless clip from Eddie Murphy:

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sasha Frere-Jones answers your questions

Last month, New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones's number was up for Ask the Author, a regular blog feature on the magazine's website. He answered readers' questions about specific artists, copyright issues, and his writerly process, and kindly dispensed some wisdom for aspiring music journalists. (He even gave Kaki King a shout-out. Holler.) If you haven't read it yet, it's definitely worth your time. Here's a snippet:

Isn't music criticism just a veiled attempt to create an exclusive canon of what's cool?
David Kootnikoff
Hong Kong, China

I thought it was an overt attempt to get a seat in the balcony.

Ding! You can find the whole Q-and-A here.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Look, Ma! New blog!

Hello, readers! I wanted to let you know that I've started a new blog called Atlanta Arts Review. It will be perhaps less whimsical than this one, but no less relevant. I don't recommend it if you want to follow the daily escapades of my cat, but if you're into music and art and all that jazz, and especially if you live in Atlanta, it may be worth your while.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

the birthday cat

Though Little Man isn't getting any bigger, he is getting older.
Hard to believe it's been four years... ah, college!