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LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!

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Kids got it right somehow. Don’t you wish you could call someone out with that line, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!”  It would be so much easier than the adult-appropriate  manner of handling lying, either through calmly confronting the person, or presenting evidence of the lie to a supervisor. There is more joy in the pants on fire version.  And those pants ... Read More »

THE BEST SEMESTER EVAAAAHHH!

swing-legs

I ended up with the worst possible schedule this semester.  That happens sometimes, a last-minute shuffle of classes.  I will leave the politics of those moves aside (but will engage in lively discussion iffin’ ya want).  The end result was a work week loaded up mostly on Monday, with just a smidgen of work required on Tuesday and Thursday. Sundays, ... Read More »

DAMN YOU, SHOPRITE… FOR NIRVANA!

valdeon

I cannot get out of ShopRite for under $100. I go for two or three items.  I only bring in one recyclable bag. I get caught at the cheeses. I hail from Wegmans country, in the western part of New York State.  Apparently, our Auburn Wegmans is the armpit of the Wegmans empire.  Still and all, it was always worth ... Read More »

THIS APPLE DID NOT FALL FAR FROM…

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the tree the kitchen gadget! I am a confessed lover of kitchen gadgets.  This penchant, much like my love of naps, I get from my mother.  It’s all her fault!  As I plan my weekdays, I always look for that one hour where I might pretend I am busy ahem, avoid direct eye contact with the dog who wants to go for ... Read More »

2012’s FAVORITE MENTAL SNAPSHOT

yellow lab

I tend to forget to take pictures.  I’ve been known to show up at children’s recitals and graduations without a camera.  (Kindergarten graduation really isn’t graduation, right?)  The smartphone technology helps you feels less the lousy parent idiot, but even then, there are times when I prefer to kick back and enjoy a scene, never once thinking to record it ... Read More »

MATURANA IN DA HOOOOOUUUUSE!

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So the Mayans were wrong, and in considering the end of our planet, I discovered that this fantastic, rediscovered Maturana grape is now available in the United States, from the Barón de Ley vineyards in the Rioja Baja region. WOOT!  WOOT! I love the story behind the grape, too.  Traditionally, vineyards in the Rioja region intermingled their vines in the ... Read More »

THE END OF THE MAYAN CALENDAR

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Do you buy it?  Do you believe the Mayans predicted the end of the world as we know it? Do you know that most high school-aged children are using the Mayan calendar as a way to hedge their bets on homework assignments?  “If we’re still here on December 22, I’ll get my annotated bibliography done.” I wonder how many mortgage ... Read More »

FRANKENPINE?

Frankenpine1

How awesome and timeless is the Charlie Brown Christmas special?  I remember waiting for it every year as a child, laughing at Charlie Brown’s tree, and at Lucy’s relentless pursuit of Schroeder. There are classic lines in the special, as well as scenes, themes and music that is not replicated elsewhere.  I especially appreciated the piano music in the special. ... Read More »

ADVENTUROUS PALATES

iguana

When I said “I do” nineteen years ago, it was with full knowledge that I was marrying a hunter.  Stephen had two uncles in particular who loved fishing and hunting, and he accompanied them many times out onto lakes and into woods, usually at ungodly hours of the day, or in unpleasant weather conditions. Our second date may have been ... Read More »

UNFETTERED FEATHERED DEBAUCHERY

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I have never seen this much poop before! Wait… Something is coming back to me… AHHHHH!  That’s it – I have seen this much poop before – on the lawn of our camp! Now welcoming you to the the austere and dignified center of learning that is the The College of Saint Rose: incalculable amounts of droppings centered around three ... Read More »

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