Maybe someday I'll post real pictures of the inside of our house, like when everything we own isn't a complete hodgepodge of furniture covered in baby toys and cat hair. You know, in like two decades.

Here's what you're looking at for the photo inspired by "bedside."

This is Ish's side of the bed, exactly as I found it on Sunday morning at 7:38 a.m.

A. We have textured walls throughout our house. This is sort of an homage to...I don't know? Adobe style homes? Napa is weird. Eclectic. There's agricultural influence, so some "farmhouse" style, and outside/inside decor, and "barrel room," and general "California." And also Mexico? I really don't get it, but the creamy yellow is nice.

B. This is Ish's pile of books, in front of Ish's pile of New Yorkers. Your first question is going to be, "Did you read Infinite Jest?" And the answer is no. Did Ish? No. He started it months ago, and refuses to give it up. He just keeps chipping away at it the way a man makes his way through a 32-ounce steak. His lack of enthusiasm does not inspire me. Perhaps you feel differently?

C. Baby monitor.

D. This is what we use as our bedside table; there's one on each side of the bed. They are a pair of "dressers" from Ikea that Ish got for his "Bachelor (Again) Pad" in SF. They are made of very durable cardboard with a layer of textured plastic stapled over it. Better Homes & Gardens will be calling any moment.

E. This is Snow White Barbie. I don't know why she's naked. I don't know why her head is turned 180-degrees from where it should be. I don't know why she's laying atop the radio in some sort of ├╝ber-creep stiff Exorcist-like repose.

F: Fun-Fact! BOSE radios can only be operated by their remotes. When you have things like "children" you lose things like "remotes." I suppose we could order a replacement remote, but what's the fun in KNOWING what hour it actually is? I prefer to be perpetually confused and surprised.


  1. I made it halfway through "Infinite Jest," and then I randomly went on a kick of reading every Sherlock Holmes novel not written by Doyle...and then I just never found my way back.

    I had a friend a few years ago who threw a party when he finished "Atlas Shrugged" because of how it took him almost two decades to read. I feel IJ is the same.

  2. Hey, the clock will be correct on Sunday morning.

  3. I love reading. I read damn near anything I can get my hands on. I have tried for years to get into Infinite Jest. I've never made it more than a few dozen pages in before giving up.

  4. Cute! That is pretty much how my Barbie as a kid spent most of her time. I have all boys...no barbies to torture anymore.

  5. I wish I had known this back when I was reading how unmissable Infinite Jest is and didn't know how unreadable it is so I bought it. Do you think there are only 10 or 12 copies that circulate unread, turning each reader from hopeful to jaded in record time?

  6. cute post I'm your newest follower! :)


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