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Notes On My Mom's iPhone

04/20/2015 10:37 am ET | Updated Jun 20, 2015
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Someone famous once observed that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But in 2015, I am pretty positive that it's the notes section on our iPhones.

My mother and I started scrolling through hers after splitting a bottle of wine at dinner, and I found myself laughing uncontrollably, loving her so much -- amazed at the bizarre and simple randomness of everything she has written down. All the things she wants to remember to never forget.

Some are lists: names, places, things to do. Other notes are quotes from authors -- Tennessee Williams, Sartre, Kafka. And some are just a single term, with zero context. Asian carp.

Reading someone's notes is better than a diary. I don't think I've ever known my mom better.

No notes have been harmed in the making of this blog post.

TIVO
Bloodlines
American Crime
Blacklist
The Slap

Wolf hall. Its episode last week

Matzo

Magical realism -- Gunter Grass

Connor -- lamb stew. Appears to like

745 square feet

Try Helen for pedicures

Bitches be cray

The secret to happiness:
"Insensitivity, I guess" -- Tennessee Williams

Symbolic of his in-between situation, he thinks "with his belly." He belongs nowhere.
Kafka -- report to academy

SHORT CAPPUCCINO
Order this at Starbucks

Crackle.com
Comedians in cars

Asian carp

TO BLOCK A PHONE NUMBER:
Dial *60
Follow instructions

Newcastle

Lindy hop

Tenacious

Are you cracking wise?

"We're better off as friends that don't hang out or talk."
-Mindy

Bledsoe bar b q

Best time to negotiate this is when entering a new job
Signing bonus
Performance bonus
Equity
Stock
Vacation

J's bday
Gift is in den second drawer on left

FARENEHEIT TO CELSIUS
Subtract 30 from temp and divide by 2 (smiling face emoji)

Paso Robles Australian labor doodle

"He's been reduced to little more than his disabilities." Claudia Roth
Pierpont describing a Roth character in ROTH UNBOUND.

BILBAO. HOTEL.
SILKEN GRAN HOTEL DOMINE BILBAO

Wedding toast: CHEKOV
"The center of gravity should reside in two: he and she." 1886

Hoist that rag. Tom waits

Sports Authority
Wiffle balls
Long cord for Connor
Mitt for Jesse
Mitt for mom

Ronnie Hudson and the street people

Psylicibin. Magic mushrooms

XOLAIR. Sasha's miracle infusion

The meaning of life is that it stops -- Kafka

You can't say "I love you" before you can say "I".

X BOX INFO:
Press center silver button to get back out

SARTRE: POUR-SOI (FOR-ITSELF)
Something exists for-itself; if it has an idea of itself
EN-SOI (IN-ITSELF)
The being of non-human entities
Chair

WAITING FOR GODOT. The unreliability of memory is one of the reasons that Waiting for Godot lacks rationale.

This is making me hate love. Janelle's quote watching film

Murdered my tomorrows
Shakespeare.

Pope Francis
"You cannot look at people as categories of sin."

Grieving. Dali Lama quote
"Please change your hearts. Be brave. Please help everyone else and work hard; that is the best offering you can make to the dead."

PARAPHILIA
Beyond love, beyond desire.

Photos to desktop
Hold shift down and with mouse select the photos to highlight
Then go to file -- and option NEW ALBUM from selection

Esprit de L'escalier
That witty comment you think of just a moment too late.

ABSURDISM
Not logically impossible, but humanely impossible.

NAUSEA
The experience of recognizing your existence

SARTRE QUOTE
"Life begins on the other side of despair"

NOODLE KUEGEL

Displaying insincere emotion: Bathetic