Thursday, November 24, 2011

Highlights of Thanksgiving 2011

Staying up past midnight the night before, baking Thanksgiving desserts--maple pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting, cranberry apple pie.

Starting my day with an 8k through the streets of Buffalo.

The delicious smells in the house upon arriving home from said 8k.

Stewart's turkey, stuffing and gravy.

My dad telling me he used to be proud of me (this was his reaction when I told him that I started my day by running 5 miles).

Ashlee's mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, veggies, rolls and more.

After dinner nap.

Knowing that everyone loved my desserts.

Spending almost all day with the Husband.

Knowing that I can sleep in as much as I want tomorrow, and then take a nap.

After meeting Kevin's parents once, being told to look them up if we ever find ourselves in Tennessee.

Only driving the mile-ish to the Campbells. I love being home for holidays. And by home I mean wherever I live (though I am insanely excited for Christmas in Idaho/Utah).

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Interested in Tax Law? I know I'm not.

One of my favorite sculptures of all time is Rodin's "La Porte d'Enfer," or "The Gates of Hell."  No photo of this epic work can do it justice.  It depicts Dante's vision of the Inferno.
What always fascinated me about the sculpture is the placement of the Thinker above the door.  I suppose his presence could signify how any attempt to replace the divine Word with human understanding is doomed to hell-fire and torment.  

I would suggest an alternative interpretation.  Perhaps the Thinker is actually an accountant; hell seems like an apt place for most of that ilk (sorry Heiffer).  Moreover, perhaps his punishment is not to sit on a stool with poor lumbar support.  Instead his punishment is to spend eternity contemplating the U.S. Tax Code.  I can think of no worse torment.

Now back to my Federal Income Tax homework.  May God have mercy on my soul.