My (former) life as the crab

Musings about life after Crabby Office Lady

Earth November 9, 2011

Filed under: Bian,Bian's writing — Annik @ 8:00 pm

A big blue piece of gum circling outer space, but someone steps on it and it has grass on it. Two days later it snows. Tranquil, lilliputian, gloomy, forlorn.


Taste the World: Bian’s new restaurant concept November 4, 2011

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Welcome to my new restaurant where we serve snails, homemade mac & cheese, and Swedish meatballs, all from recipes from my mom and grandma. I know a lot of people don’t like snails but I tink you should try them. In fact, this whole restaurant is about trying new foods.

The first you come in you get a free drink and dessert.

Speaking of desserts, we offer French éclaires and Vietnamese sweet pudding called chè. We also serve Swedish linzer cookies and Swedish pancakes.

I think you are thinking, “Why is it called ‘Taste the World'”? Well, it’s because many countries offer different foods and we want you to try them.

The people who work here are from different countries and they bring different foods to our restaurant; they also help with the decorations to make it seem like you are eating in that country.

And please visit TASTE THE WORLD.

(Oh, and try, try, TRY new foods!)


The Atlantic Ocean (by Bian) October 18, 2011

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Puffer fishZooming down a skinny path 18000
feet below the beautiful sun
I want to explore the Atlantic Ocean
to find a new and weird animal
below the sea.
I also want to find
D.N.A. of an animal that lived
sooooooo long ago but first I will
finish 4th grade.

Maybe I will be the first lady to do that.


September 27, 2011

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Bian’s story of Poppy

(as she typed it)

Bian's story of Poppy

September 2011


Poppy September 25, 2011

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My friend Poppy

My friend Poppy

Mimi the lamb

Mimi the lamb

Poppy is my stuffed animal. She is an Australian Shepherd and I
think she is a little bit of Corgi because of her ears. I got her on my
birthday. She is an a Webkinz; a Webkinz is a stuffed animal that you can play
with online.

Now I bring her everywhere. Mimi a lamb that is a stuffed animal
that I love so much and Poppy and Mimi are sisters. My friend Poppy

I also made a collar for her with my grandma; I sewed it all
together. I even took her camping with me. She is My FAVORITE animal ever.


Good, strong wishes August 4, 2011

Filed under: Bian's musings,Bian's writing — Annik @ 2:46 pm

You take good strong wishes and make them into laughter.

(Sentence Bian created from those magnetic words people have on their fridge — if their fridges aren’t stainless, like ours is, which really bums me out now that she writes.)


This is just to say… July 29, 2011

Filed under: Bian's writing,Uncategorized,Writing — Annik @ 3:00 pm
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I was a Creative writing/poetry/Theater major in college; it prepared me for a life of waiting tables so I went back to grad school and now look at me (no; please don’t).

But that is not the point.

The point is, one of my favorite poems of all time was written by a poet/physician named William Carlos Williams. Here is it, and underneath it, Bian’s take on it.



This is just to say, by William Carlos Williams

PlumsI have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

This is just to say, by Bian Stahl

I have just eaten
All the Jolly Ranchers
In the cupboard

and which you were probably
for movie night

forgive me
there so sweet
so nice
and a good treat.


(Now I love Bian’s version for a couple of reasons: 1) because the kid as a sense of humor like her mamma; 2) Everyone knows I adore my cherry Jolly Ranchers and that B and I have movie night every Friday night, come hell or high water.


Now here is Kenneth Koch’s version (one of them; he had many. Mr. Koch died in 2002. I wish I could have met him and riffed with him on this theme):

 Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams (by Kenneth Koch)

I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.

The Beatles in the hollyhocksWe laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.

I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby
and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.

Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me. I was clumsy and
I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!