Tuesday, January 31, 2006

fish face



I have always said that Brit looks like a fishy to me, it's true. Her eyes are so far apart it's almost impossible to see both of them at the same time. They are nearly on the sides of her face. But, Katie Holmes? Who knew?!

I was watching Batman Begins (my first tryst with the Katie-Feverblister-Holmes as Conversations about... refers to her) and noticed that she, too, has the fish face. Eyes wide apart if you will.

Speaking of eyes wide apart this awesome cartoonist knows exactly what I'm talking about.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Do ya love him, Loretta?


I just read (thank you gothamist) that the house that they filmed Moonstruck in is up for sale.

Can you imagine? I'm pooling resources.

Oh Moonstruck.



****
"Do ya love him, Loretta?"
"Ma, I love him awful."
"That's too bad."
****

zzzzzzzzzzzzz

I'm such a bore! I used to do fantastically original things like *go out* on the weekends, but not this time my little chiquita bananas. Alls I did was work and read. But I went for a lovely walk on Saturday in the high-50s weather that is our winter this year.

And I watched the Batman Begins movie, which BFF reviews quite succinctly. It's good. Check it out.

But as promised, here's the rundown of what I'm reading this week:

Odd Tribes: Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People which is strange so far but not too hard to read. I'll keep you posted. Funny name, right?

And Notes on a Native Son by master writer James Baldwin. This guy could be writing out a mathematical equation or a recipe by hand and you'd be compelled to keep reading.

Happy Monday. Let's try and have a good week, shall we?
Babe's Testies are tomorrow!! Good luck babe!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

my future coche, a funny bush, icy pond, and crazy new building

Bloggies



The bloggies led me to this crazy website called PostSecret where people mail post cards that they have created that reveal their secrets. Go there, now please, and check it out! Wild.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Haiku Friday

the week flew by dudes!
cant believe its haiku time
again already

productive week though
did alot of work and read
a thousand pages

thank god its friday
hope all you lovelies are great
lets go drink some beer!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

My First MeMe

Four Jobs I've Had in My Life
  1. Pizza Hut Customer Service Representative
  2. Salesgrrl at a headshop on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, Cali (Holla, Raz!)
  3. Book shelver at the biblioteca
  4. Waitress at AnnaPurna restaurant in Berkeley, Cali
Four Movies I could (and I do) Watch Over and Over
  1. O Brother Where Art Thou? (everytime its on TBS)
  2. Clue
  3. Beverly Hills Cop
  4. Moonstruck (Why yes Mrs. Castorini, I would love some oatmeal. I have a feeling this is going to be JUST delicious.)
Four Places I've Lived
  1. NYC (02-present)
  2. Oakland, CA (00-02)
  3. Berkeley, CA (95-00)
  4. Oxnard, CA (77-95)
Four TV Shows I Love to Watch
  1. Ellen Degeneres (Going with Mona on this one!!)
  2. 24 - best show on TV hands down
  3. Letterman - it's true. He puts me to bed.
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (nuff said.)
Four Places I've Been on Vacation
  1. Amsterdam
  2. Guanajuato, Mexico
  3. San Jose Del Cabo
  4. The Playa, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Four Websites I Visit Daily
  1. All of the blogs to my right here.
  2. NY Times
  3. Weight Watchers (obsession people, it's not easy.)
  4. SF Gate
Four of My Favorite Foods
  1. Pizza
  2. Enchiladas or anything Mexican
  3. Indian food made by my dad
  4. Avocados and corn tortilla (please take me back to college!)
Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now
  1. At home with Babe
  2. In Amsterdam, Mexico, or on the beach somewhere
  3. Some archipelago of some type
  4. The Playa
Four Tags
  1. Randi
  2. Nancoi
  3. Carissa
  4. Crusteja

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Coodence!

  1. Bananas don't grow on trees - they grow on coodence.
  2. Louisa May Alcott, author of 'Little Coodence', hated coodence and only wrote the book at her publisher's request.
  3. Coodence is the smallest of Jupiter's many moons.
  4. The eye of an ostrich is bigger than coodence.
  5. By tradition, a girl standing under coodence cannot refuse to be kissed by anyone who claims the privilege.
  6. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are coodence!
  7. The opposite sides of coodence always add up to seven!
  8. The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention coodence.
  9. Coodence can pollinate up to six times more efficiently than the honeybee.
  10. Coodence will become gaseous if her temperature rises above -42°C.
I am interested in - do tell me about

What I'm reading

I noticed some people have a little box in the corner of their blog that says "what I'm reading right now." I would like to have one of those, but have not, as yet, figured out who to create such a box. In the meantime, I'll just tell you. Okay?

I just finished last night Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin, which was written in 1952. It's about a boy named John's 14 year old birthday. Nearly the whole book takes place inside a tiny church in 1930s Harlem, but through each of the character's prayers we see what their lives were like before today. It's full of sermons because the Dad is a preacher, but it's also written like a sermon so pretty easy to read and engaging, punctuated throughout by "amens" and "hallelujahs."

I am also reading Notes of a Native Son by the same author, but haven't finished it so can't tell you much about it.

And then those articles on what it means to be white. I took down the post I wrote about "Whiteness" because I did not want to alienate my readers and I felt it might have been taken out of context.

Hallelujah.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Overheard

I made my first submission today to Overhead in New York.

Location: ACE platform at the 14th St. Station, ACE going uptown.

Who's talking: Young woman, talking to a guy:

I would honestly just not date somebody who lived in Jersey.

Nice, lady. Nice.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Pinguinos


Such a cute movie!! The penguin movie will have you giggling for no reason. My mouth was agape nearly the whole time. Who are these little guys? Man oh man they work hard to keep their babies safe. They endure months without food, and all huddle together to make themselves stay sorta warm in the negative 80 degree winter at the South Pole. You've probably seen it already, but if not, go get it! This is the perfect Mother's or Father's day present, too. Totally makes you think about parents and how much they do to keep us safe and warm.
If you look really closely in this picture, you can see the little baby Chicken's head sticking out from under it's Ma's belly.

Happy Monday!











My little nephew giving you the stare down and My little niecey-poo in her school outfit.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Friday, January 20, 2006

Haiku Friday

Insomnia blows
you lay there and think and think
watching the clock change
***
an excellent week
and now my favorite part
the lovely weekend
***
three movies to watch,
two dinner dates and a show,
and sleeping in late.

987654321

9 LASTS

last cigarette: May 10, 2005 at 11:15 pm
last beverage: Coffee i'm drinking right now
last kiss: Babe
last movie seen: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
last phone call: BFF
last cd played: Fiona Apple
last bubble bath: too long ago to remember
last time you cried: yesterday (but only for a second!)
last serious relationship: In it now


8 HAVE YOU EVERS

have you ever dated one of your best friends: yes
have you ever skinny dipped: YES!
have you ever kissed somebody and regretted it: nah (well maybe!)
have you ever fallen in love: yes
have you ever lost someone you loved: no
have you ever been depressed: nah
have you ever been drunk and threw up: yea


7 STATES YOU HAVE BEEN TO

1. Arizona
2. Iowa
3. Nevada
4. California
5. New York
6. West Virginia
7. Wisconsin


6 THINGS YOU'VE DONE TODAY

1. woke up
2. went to work
3. stopped by the pharmacy
4. bought my coffee
5. made Babe's and my lunches
6. wrote a haiku


5 FAVORITE THINGS

1. Babe
2. Familials and pals
3. home cooked meals
4. burned cds
5. good books

4 PPL YOU CAN TELL ALMOST ANYTHING TO

1. Babe
2. Randi
3. Sun/Ang/Ma
4. You guys


3 wishes.

1. whirrled peas
2. to have a good day
3. to be the mayor of oakland

2 THINGS YOU WANNA DO B4 U DIE

1. travel, travel, travel
2. i'll get back to you

1 THING I REGRET

1. nothing.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Clownsnack


The other day, I was watching RollerGrrls on A&E. (Don't ask, people.) Anyways, these roller grrls play roller derby as teams against each other. Maybe you already know this. I did not. My knowledge of Roller Derby is limited to a post apocalyptic movie called Rollerball featuring a curly-headed James Caan as Jonathan E and the grampa from Silver Spoons.

I digress!

So on this show RollerGrrls, they have themselves some nicknames. One of the women is called, and I am not kidding here, ClownSnack. Oh geez. She's definitely a bad-ass, but I think its the stupidest name I've ever heard.

But, it does inspire. Why not create your own rollergrrl (or rollerboy) name by picking first the thing you are afraid of and then the thing you like to eat.

So my Rollergrrl name is DarkEnchilada.

What's yours?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Slip Slidin

Slip slidin' awayyyyy.

I already feel my life and all the fun I've been having fall out of reach. The semester starts today for me and with that, all my free time and all my happiness is over. OH! Just kidding you guys. I'm stolked to start school and am looking forward to totally getting down with my bad self.

I hope that this semester I can finally learn how to manage my time a little better.

******

In other news, it's raining.

******

In other, other news, BFF sent me a link yesterday to her astrological compatibility with the "widower," this guy who she's not dating. In any case, this prompted me to look into mine and Babe's astrological configuration:
Scorpio with Sagittarius
Scorpio is dominant by nature, but Scorpio will have trouble keeping their Sagittarian partner under control. This freedom loving sign will surely bring out the worst in Scorpios nature. Mutual distrust is easy here. The Scorpion possessiveness will make life unbearable for Sagittarius. It is true that from the sexual standpoint, Scorpio is attractive to the Sagittarian lust, but thats where the compatibility ends. Not a recommended combination.

Bummer, right?
I gotta be honest with you. I believe that I am a Scorpio through and through, we all do, ask any Scorp. But this compatibility crap is way beyond me. If Babe and I are supposed to be such a bad combo then why are we celebrating 10 years together in April? Take that, Miss Chloe.

Central Park

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

From the Times

California Kills Another
Clarence Ray Allen, 76, was executed today despite arguments that putting to death an elderly, blind and wheelchair-bound man was cruel and unusual punishment.
Huh. Ya think?

Look

24 is the best damn show on television. Hands down. It's so good my eyes bleed.

Within the first 4 hours of this CRAZY day that Jack Bauer is involved with, scores of main characters have died and we've seen some new characters - like Sean Astin, you know, Samwise Gamgee - be introduced.

I've read in various bloggages some people's problems with 24 - a) they never go to the bathroom (are you telling me you want to see these people go to the bathroom? Let's find you another show.) b) Jack Bauer is too much like a superhero. Um, okay. If that is your problem I won't fight you there. They might as well put a g-damn cape on this SOB, he is such an effing bad ass.

Jack Bauer is like MacGyver but with an "I'll shoot you if I don't like you" edge.

So good. If you don't believe me, rent disc one of season 1. Your heart will be pounding and you'll be unable to rest until you've seen the whole, grueling day.

For those of you who are watching the new season, could President Logan be any more disgusting? His cowardice and love for himself and the media reminds me of the current administration. His crazy wife? She'll be the undoing of his presidency.

And now I rest. Until next Monday!!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Haiku Friday

wonderful week, kids!
such nice weather and good times
totally worked hard

next week school begins
as do sixty hour weeks
but for now, i chill

pilates tonight
ice skating with babe i hope
maybe go out some?!

XO

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Brain Dump


  • Yesterday I went to the post office to buy a book of .39 stamps and mail a package to China. I mailed the package, paid for the stamps and left. But the guy didn't give me stamps. Do you think if I go back today and tell them he'll give them to me? I doubt it but I think I'm going to try.
  • When I was a kid, little - 6 7 or 8, I thought that if you were blonde you were pretty. Blonde = pretty. I grew out of it.
  • Words I'd like to see a bit more often: embellish, dastardly, innocuous.
  • Words I'd like to see a bit less: bratty.
  • Sometimes its hard to live in New York City. There are just so many people. Everything you do, millions of other people are doing it too. Or so it seems. Despite this, I want to go ice skating this weekend.
  • My Mozilla firefox keeps shutting down. This does not a happy codfish make.
  • I didn't even come close to making it to work before 9 am any day this month. Fuck resolutions, who needs em?
  • I did however drink 64 oz of water each day, join weight watchers, and cook every meal at home since the gas got turned back on.
  • I tried pilates the other day and I love it. I'll be going back tomorrow. If my muscles somehow stick back together because right now they are shorn in two.
  • I love you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Let's move down Arnie's mug

Everytime I check out the Gothamist I see something new. Crazy photos of NYC subways, underground tunnels, buildings, vacant land, etc. Who are these guys?!

governator



Stupid Arnie runs into things as he's illegally riding a hog
I've never gotten over the shame that the great state of California elected this guy the governor. When will I feel whole again?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Anniversary

8 Months today!
Your Quit Date is: 5/10/2005 10:15:00 PM
Time Smoke-Free: 244 days, 11 hours, 42 minutes and 15 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 3667
Lifetime Saved: 28 days
Money Saved: $1,286.25

I've noticed that quitting takes a lot longer than I thought it would. Who knew that 8 months later I'd still notice and celebrate my quit date? I do! I do notice and I do celebrate.

I went back to weight watchers yesterday, and fully blame quitting smoking + a smattering of holiday cheer on my recent (what's a euphamism for putting on a few??) "trouble." So cheers to dieting once more! If you watch TV like I do, you may have noticed Cher belting out a tune in the new weight watchers commercials. Oh Cher. That woman has got a set of pipes, huh?

Monday, January 09, 2006

Kong

Spoilers within.

Totally went and saw the blockbuster and action packed King Kong yesterday. Not about penguin families at all! It's about a monkey, and in the end of the movie (don't read this if you don't know what happens at the end) the big monkey eats it! Bummer.

The special effects were awesome and the whole 1 hour at the end of the film spent perched atop the Empire State Building is really a sight to behold. It takes the now skinny Peter Jackson two hours to get back to New York City so if you can't stand a really long movie, don't go see this one. I think he could have cut out a couple of the scenes in the jungle, but I am not in charge of that. The huge bugs were absolutely realistic and disgusting and may prevent you from sleeping, so con quido!

In any case, thumbs up to King Kong and thumbs up to a fantastic weekend spent cooking meals at home.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sunday Morning

all alone on a sunday morning, outside the rain is fahahallliinnggggg. whoah ho ho ho.... Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam

Rain is totally not falling outside. Absolutely gorgeous day, getting ready to head out to a walk and see King Kong, a movie about a lovable family of penguins who must secure their future by traveling a long long way across the ice to have baby penguins.

Last night we partied at a wee houseparty in Hoboken which was totally fun and ended up being a later night than I thought it would be. So far on our gassy stove that is now operating we've made:

our favorite dinner of chicken sausages + brocolli + macs and cheese
chicken enchilalas
soup
eggs and home fries

Watched a movie that created a stir a year ago when it was released but has now been largely forgotten, Closer with Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Julia Roberts.

It was pretty interesting, though I thought it sounded just like a play, the dialogue was so strange and a little distracting. Or maybe it is just that Natalie Portman is distracting because she always sounds like Queen Amidala to me. Also, I think the movie was supposed to be really heavy and teach us about love. I think it said something about relationships and infatuation and jealousy and treachery, but not very much about love. There is this scene when the itty-bitty Natalie Portman tells Jude Law, "I don't love you anymore. I would have loved you forever, but now I don't love you anymore."

I don't know what this type of love is but it doesn't seem to be very lasting, to say the least. Who just decides not to love someone anymore? And how can you pinpoint the exact moment when you all of a sudden don't love someone?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Old Things


Doesn't this look like a nice place to eat? It's the restaurant that Babe designed back in oaktown.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Haiku Friday

they turned the gas on
in my apartment after
three months of waiting

con edison sucks
but at least i have gas now
and wont bitch again

two thousand and six
started off shaky but now
is totally rad

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Cellular

Cameron: It is his love, It is his life.
Ferris: It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.


I was so down in the dumps yesterday and today you guys. 2006 was suckin bootie. I totally messed up my phone and I still don't have gas in my apartment. Then I went to the Sprint store and I bought a replacement. And again I have my phone. And all is right in the world.

Amen.

Peliculas

I saw the movie Rushmore the other night, after so many recommendations. It's old now, from 1998, and has the look of the Royal Tenenbaums, if you've seen that. (Same director, that's probably why.) Anyways, fresh, funny, and really different, I totally dug it! Makes me want to watch other movies by this director.

On vacay I saw Walk the Line with uber-hottie Joaquin Pheonix and the darling little Reese Witherspoon. Very romantic, so a nice change to what Mr. Johnny Cash's life must have really been like. I loved it and recommend it if you have a chance to go to the movies.

Not having the bestest day today, but will keep trying! My 2006 hasn't exactly started off as I hoped it would, but hopefully things will work themselves out. I'll hit you up a little later with something funny.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Banjela's Photo

This Picture Made Me Snort At My Desk

2006

Happy Happy New Year, dear hearts.

I've been away, enjoying Sunny San Diego, my niece and nephew, my bestest friends, and co-chilling with Babe and my family in the happiest place on earth - California.

I started my day off right. Heck Yes! I was going to be here before nine (one of my new year's resolutions) and I was going to like it. On the way to work I noticed that the water bottle I brought with me (64 oz a day! Also a new year's resolution) was totally empty. Strange, I thought to myself, since it was half full (half full, not half empty, see? Resolutions.) when I left the house. My darling leather school bag that Babe bought me, totally full of said water. Nice! New calendar, weekly planner, bills, keys, cell phone, make up, hair brush totally drenched. Hip! Hip! Hooray! I think my phone is ruined. Either way it hasn't turned on since said incident.

If your new year's resolution is to become more of a connoisseur or to be more daring when eating out, check out Waiter's How to order wine without looking like an asshole. It's good - except he makes some crack about breastfeeding moms that I don't agree with, but whatever. He's not perfect. And neither am I (new year's resolution - not to be perfect of course but to not expect others or myself to be perfect).

I'll return often with pictures, poems, and stories, stories stories. Let's try and have a good year, shall we?