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The Dirty Life

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This week I finished The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball.  Her memoir chronicles the journey from vegetarian NYC writer to rural farmer.  The majority of the book focues on her & her husband’s adventures during their first year starting up a “whole diet” farm, which is a farm program where subscribers get every part of their diet from the farm (dairy, meat, maple syrup, veggies, and grains).

Kimball is an easy writer to read and her outsider descriptions of the dirty reality of farm life are engaging.  There are two storylines: she and her husband begin to shape their new farm together and she makes a journey from head-over-heels lover to committed spouse.  The remainder of the book focus on the foodie rewards of farming and spares no expense when raving about how tasty the various products turn out to be (be they fresh potatoes or newly prepared internal organs).

Overall it was a fun and easy read if you’re looking for something light to pick up, even more so if you’re a foodie or a gardener.  Because they farm on such a large scale I wasn’t as inspired as I have been by similar books.  Still, it was fun to hear about the adventures of farming with horses even if I’ll never do it.

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August 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Reviews

Bart & JQ

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Last week we traveled to Arkansas to attend the wedding of two of our favorite people.  It was lovely to have so many CH friends there.  It was nearly three consecutive days of laughter and joy.  Loved it.


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August 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Church, Pictures, Travel

Greenville vs. Chapel Hill

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We’re now two weeks into our tenure here in Greenville.  Good news is that the new work environment has been great.  The bad news is that the hope of permanent position has faded.  We’re on the job market again.  For the third year in a row.  That stinks.

I’m usually not one for lists but I’m working on using words to talk about the adjustment process from Chapel Hill to Greenville.

Good Things about Greenville/TR/Work

  • Seeing mountains everyday on the drive home.  Beautiful.  I even stop in the parking lot when I walk out of Walmart to admire the vista.
  • Actually going to the mountains.  The state park 30 mins away is awesome.
  • It is so quiet at night.  No nightclubs.  No drunken college students screaming.  No cars with thumping base parked next door.
  • My department is very friendly.  They are abnormally social for PhDs.
  • The university is so small that it’s quaint.  Every time I have a question about how to do something, say get an ID card, people tell me to go see Paul Smith or Jim’s wife, Betty.  I have to prod them about the department/service because they just think in names not in abstraction enties like HR.  Always.
  • The small raised bed in our yard has given us an endless supply of cherry tomatoes.
  • Our new house is great.  It’s huge, clean, and well insulated.  It feels a bit like living in a hotel.  Dual sinks are as good as advertised.

Culture Shock Items

  • Gritty rural poverty and obesity.  Whew.
  • The constant sound of lawn care in our neighborhood.  Our landlords believe in . . . ah . . . a natural lawn approach (let grow what may) which we like.  Our neighbors worship theirs.  There always seem to a noisy offering taking place.  Let’s just say the property lines are pretty clear.  Decidedly not the woodsy CH approach.
  • Kids. They are everywhere in the neighborhood.  The little girls next door use the playset in our yard which is fine but strange after 8 years of living on a block comprised entirely of college students and childless couples.  The little boys across the street who pee in the front bushes are particularly funny.
  • The ugliness of some of the necessary drives (esp. between here and downtown Greenville).  It’s miles and miles of ugly strip malls, abandoned manufacturing plant and treeless parking lots.  It hurts the soul to drive through.
  • The traffic.  Whole Foods and TJ’s are 30 minutes away and it can be a brutal drive.  Bleh.

Things I miss about Chapel Hill

  • The food.  CH is a paradise.  For comparison, 3 of the top 10 places to eat in our little town on Yelp are gas stations.
  • Our friends.  This weekend we were at a wedding with many of our favorite CH people.  We laughed and hugged and celebrated for three days straight.  It was lovely and awesome.
  • The church.  Our first visit drove home the difference between where our church in CH is and where the church we visited here is.  It’s not bad, it’s just pretty different at first blush.

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August 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Posted in On the Job, Reflections

Parental Visit

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Tis nice to be just 45 minutes down the road!

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August 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

Posted in Pictures

Picking Tomatoes

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One nice treat about our new place is the raised bed that’s currently providing us with lots of yummy tomatoes.  Now if only we had someone to pick them . . .

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August 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Posted in At the House

The Long Goodbye

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Today we bid farewell the C’s over a meal of fresh SC peaches beside a beautiful mountain stream.  Twas a fun and lovely place to part.

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August 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Posted in Pictures, Travel