Friday, September 24, 2010


Y'all are gonna witness a very disciplined Claire this weekend.

(Or rather, not witness, since I will hopefully be absent from the blog world).  As much as I'd love to spend the weekend playing around with my cronies, drinking outside in the sunshine, and taking a little beach trip, 'tis not gonna happen.  I'm gonna have my weary head in the books all weekend working on these two things:

1. Voice of Witness writing

You may remember the interviews I did in the South this summer.  I met with four amazing women who had recently been released from prison (and who were brave enough to share their stories with me).  Well, as you can imagine, those recorded interviews had to be transcribed into documents, and now they have to be whipped up into first person narratives.  Tonight is slated for continuing to immerse myself the writing styles of past Voice of Witness books, and tomorrow is all about putting pen to paper (i.e. fingertips to keyboard).  Suffice to say that Sunday I'll be taking a break for football!

2. Campaigning against this.

I don't talk about politics very often on my blog, because frankly, I hate arguing.  But fighting against the death penalty is in my blood--it's in my heart--and it's a big part of who I am.  (If the state doesn't stop the planned execution of Albert Brown, I will do a longer post on this next Tuesday, before heading to San Quentin for an evening vigil).

That said, it's Friday!  And today, my Friday loves are New Orleans themed:

1. Abita Purple Haze

my Whole Foods shopping cart

New Orleans-brewed Abita beer is hard to come by in San Francisco . . . which was why I was overjoyed when Summer told me I could find it at Whole Foods!  Needless to say, I picked up two 6-packs this week, and will be happily sipping away while watching the Saints/Falcons game on Sunday morning (big game for me: I grew up in Georgia, then moved to New Orleans at 18).  Have you had Purple Haze raspberry wheat beer??  If not, get yourself to a Whole Foods, stat.

2. Drew Brees

hi, I'm Drew Brees, and I'm sweet and precious and an amazing quarterback who's gonna lead the Saints in beating the Falcons this week

is well on her way to makin' a baby!  Fingers & toes crossed, prayers sent up, chants repeated!

Happy Friday everyone--hope your weekends involve more fun than mine will!

p.p.s. Make the black bean chili I posted yesterday!


heather yalin said...

hey beautiful! good luck with your writing this weekend! most amazing stuff ever! wish i could get me some of the yummy looking beer, you know, just to smell it :)

big love! said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could check yours out- it's lovely! Your Voice of Witness project seems really interesting! And that "reading is sexy" mug is great!! I hope you'll stop by Sincerely Samantha again : )


Micaela said...

very disciplined indeed! i'll be slaving away at work... :( i'm so sad to miss my football games! Ugh. but thank God for TIVO!

PLEASE text me about summer when you know! soooooooo exciting and my prayers and all my body parts that can be crossed are crossed :)

i wish there was a whole foods here in town :( sucks! but whenever we visit his sister in Durham, NC that's where we go and i'll have to pick up your fave drink :)

love you!!!

this free bird said...

Good luck w/your writing and blog de-plugging this weekend. I'll be roaming around in tattered clothing trying to remember that we're in a recession while all kinds of people shop and upgrade to larger more expensive apartments.

You know what this means. :) Socks in shoes = ixnay


April said...

Love everything about this post. <3

Phoenix Peacock said...

Here is sending you all my productivity (lordy knows I;m not using it... I'm avoiding my paper writing like the plague... ugh if only I could skip it completely!)

shopgirl said...

I think it's fantastic that you're participating in this Voice of Witness Writing. I'm looking forward to reading more about it. And I agree with you about death penalties - very inhumane. I'm glad it's something that Canada does not adhere to.

Have a productive weekend sweetie!

Janet Dillon Robinson said...

Can't wait to hear what you have to say after a weekend of productivity!!!!

angelina la dawn said...

reading is sexy indeed. and i really wish we could get some purple beer here. that would be awesome!

Faiza said...

i love your brain! hope your weekend is productive and rewarding!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Good luck with your writing lady! Have a good and productive weekend!