Friday, March 31, 2006

Haiku Friday

Seventy Degrees
dudes we are so effing stolked!
time change on sunday

babe's test tomorrow
then dining at bobby flay's
bar americain

naomi campbell
threw a phone at her maid. lame.
beware flying phones.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

LOST

I have been watching LOST like a maniac you guys. And so far I love it. I'd say it's the scariest show on TV since Twin Peaks.

The only problem so far for me with the show is that it is totally obsessed with religion. Whatever your religion is - you go grrl - me, not so into the whole kit and caboodle. So when a perfectly scary and delicious television show starts messing around with the stigmata, immaculate conception, and hymns as the closing music, I grow weary.

Despite that mostly minor flaw, though, the show is truly excellent and I can't wait to finish season 1 so I can join in on the discussion!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Brooklyn II


Went out to eat on Saturday with a group of friends (and Babe) to Alma Restaurant near Red Hook in Brooklyn.

A far hike for dinner, to be sure, but as I might have mentioned many of my friends moved to Brooklyn and so where they go I follow. I'm a follower, people.

Anyways, Alma actually has good Mexican food and is not very expensive. As a table, we shared two apps - the Guac (delicious!) and the chilaquiles (delicious, but not chilaquiles) - each had an entree (I had chicken enchiladas with a chili sauce, mmm mmm mmm!), several margaritas (instead of adding flavor to their margaritas, they infuse the tequila with fruit and use that) and shared two desserts - all for only $40 per person. That's a lot of food for not very much money. Oh Brooklyn, I totally get it.

But the best thing about Alma is the view. We sat on the rooftop and enjoyed a ridiculous view of lower Manhattan. Gorgeous! I'll be back at this restaurant, in the summer, enjoying margaritas on the roof!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Random Recommendation

All I've been doing is alternating between pilates, watching Babe study, reading for class, and watching TV. It's been a strange trip since about Friday. In any case, I'd like to take this opportunity to give a somewhat random recommendation. It is random because though I love music and listening and singing (god you should hear me, it's fucking ridiculous. you'll wonder how you ever lived without hearing my voice) (those are lies, people - all lies) I never purchase CDs unless it's Pearl Jam and that is because they are my favorite band and I collect PJ CDs like fictional serial killers collect heavy women's hides (see below if you think I'm just randomly this gross).

Wow.

In any case, Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine is such a good album. I've been singing it for weeks, ever since BFF burned me a copy. Have a listen! You'll dig. I swear.

Monday, March 27, 2006

WTF?!

My Am Stud cohort posted this on our website, so I thought I'd share.

Um, What the ...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

apts.

My second apartment was in this big old peach colored building on Blake St. in Berkeley. On Valentime's day, our ceiling started pouring water out of the chandelier (or "big light") in the living room. The management company instructed us to take a broom stick and start poking holes in the ceiling "to relieve pressure." We did. Our landlord came himself and spent the evening in our apartment, mopping up water. (Us grrls, we all went out.)

Then, Babe and I shared an apartment in Lake Merritt, he'd been living there for a few years before I moved in. Anyways, so this was the 4th apartment for me, and the bathroom ceiling started leaking gross disgusting warm brown water. Took the management company 9 months to fix the leak and we lived for at least half a year with a gaping hole in our bano ceiling.

Then we moved here to Nueva York and our little studio on W 12th was super cute and super old and one night we awoke to the unmistakable sound. Drip! Drip! Drip! Yeah our ceiling in the living room was leaking from the woman upstairs' radiator. This was not fixed until after the winter of that first year living in NYC.

Can you see where all of this is going?

Our bathroom ceiling is leaking. From the light. Awesome.

Friday, March 24, 2006


Oh, next blog, the gifts you bring! I found this video on random next blog and I can't believe what I'm seeing! Check it!

Haiku Friday

thank god its friday
great week but also longish
saw an old, old friend.

ate right and worked out
read a book, had class, worked hard
all with curly hair

randall action do
your application today
for channel islands

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Twinkiehenge



Nice pic from Burning Man taken by Waldemar Horwat. It always makes me smile.

dwell minding

When I was in high school, we used to engage in a practice of dwell minding, where we brought up lists of questions to which we did not know the answers. You know the type, anywhere from why does a mercedes benz have wind shield wipers on the headlights to ... god i can't remember any of them! Anyways, in that spirit, my MIL sent me a forward that contains some of these factoids so I will share them with you.
  • Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. (Is this true, by the way? And what are our eyes made out of?)
  • The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes)
  • There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5.00 bill.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.


Update: Here is a link to all of the answers about the above bullet points. Someone went through the trouble to look them all up. Except the eye balls one, we still don't know about that.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Myspace


I stole this from Myspace. There are supposedly 75 bands represented in this picture. Leave a couple in the comments if you like. I'll get you started:
1) Scissor Sisters
2) Rolling Stones
3) sex pistols.
Enjoy! You might be able to see the picture better if you view it here.
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The tree outside my window is starting to bloom, kids! Spring IS here!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Leland Palmer



The Vice President on 24 fills me with terror and not because he is a bad guy on the show (though he most certainly is!) but because he is none other than the scariest guy ever to hit television screens - Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks. Of course not only is he Leland Palmer, the child abusing and head bashing father of Laura Palmer, but he is also possessed by BOB and if you've ever watched Twin Peaks then I've said enough.

In any case, it doesn't bode well for the future of President Logan on 24, nor is it lookin good for Los Angeles.

Dork out, huh? You know I love my TV.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Lunchour Meme

I stole this from AWE.

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 24 and find line 5.
From Sula by Toni Morrison, "around toothpicks that kept Helene from asking informa-".

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what do you find?
A box of kleenex

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Entourage Episode 22, HBO on-demand is the shit.

4. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
a car drive by.

5. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
9:10 having bought my coffee from Goldie, I mosied into work.

6. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
I was reading during my lunch hour, then a comment popped up on my gmail from AWE
so I looked at his site and found this meme.

7. What are you wearing?
Jeans, red shirt, black zippy cardigan, socks with pinguinos on them.

8. Did you dream last night?
For once, I can't remember. During my nap yesterday I dreamt about candy, because I'm reading Tar Baby by Toni Morrison and the main character is a Candy Maker named Valerian Street.

9. When did you last laugh?
On the phone with Nancoi a few minutes ago.

10. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
White walls with shelving. I have a calendar, dried roses from BFF, various pics on the wall.

11. Seen anything weird lately?
Every day, dudes. I live in NYC. Out of my window right now, for example, I see a man in a full on black leather suit and matching hat. I also see a homeless dude pushing a baby carriage full of garbage.

12. What do you think of this quiz?
It's a little different than usual, I guess. But its not really a quiz is it?

13. What is the last film you saw?
In theaters? If so, “Walk the Line”

14. If you turned a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
an island.

15. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
There's alot you don't know about me. HAHAHA. That was dramatic, right? I'm double jointed and can pull my left thumb all the way back to touch my wrist.

16. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt and politics, what would you do?
Get Bush out of office.

17. Do you like to Dance?
Sure.

18. George Bush.
Is a dipshit.

19. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Jem. I dont know.

20. Imagine your boyfriend is making sweet love to his Xbox 360, what would you do?
Married, bitches!

21. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Sure!

22. What would you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
What's up, grrl?

23. 4 people who must also do this meme in their journal.
You don't have to, but if you want to you should do it, Randi.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

No Sleep Til

Took a tour of some Brooklyn Bars on Saturday night and checked out a good ole happenin' scene. Two great bars were Abeline on Court St. and Brooklyn Social Club on Smith Street. Abeline had a sort of fifties vibe with great vintage furniture and funky chandeliers - and of course Brooklyn Lager on tap. (I wonder if they just call it Lager?) The next bar, Brooklyn Social Club (just Social Club?) is a sweet little old thing, with brown paneling and a huge, wooden framed mirror bar behind the bar. Used to be a members only type of place where I'm sure old men sat around drinking and smoking cigars but now they are gone and there are just young people drinking martinis and mojitos. The bartenders wear those old skool-looking aprons (you know the ones) and they make fashionable cocktails. It was tres crowded but well lit and not too loud as to feel like you can't have a conversation. Thumbs up.
We went to a couple more places that were good, but those first two were great. At one of the bars (Camp? Boat? I don't know.) people were smoking cigarettes inside! Total anarchy!
It all ended beautifully with a super fast and not even that expensive cab ride home. Right on, Brooklyn! You're not so far after all!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Haiku Friday

tequila nightmares
succesful tarot reading
and enchiladas

after that thursday
what's in store for the weekend?
going out for sure.

i'll read your tarot
and make you enchiladas
just swing by, lovers.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

cheap seats

The Color Purple was really beautiful. About half of the show was truly excellent - amazing dancers and moving singing. Some parts were kind of slow and it was a lot different from the book (which I've read and re-read 50 times since I was a kid) and the movie (which I've seen and re-seen 15 times since I was a teenager) so that was a little bit hard to swallow for me.

But, here's the thing. I go to these things (musicals, shows) when I get an email from my work announcing that they have cheap tickets available. $28 to see a just-opened Broadway musical is a deal no one can pass up. Or me, at least. The cheap seats take some of the fun out of the show, though, and this was something that I felt yesterday. There were four women/grrls two rows in front of me talking/chatting/texting. They were too far for my SHHH to be effective and the people who were sitting by them did nothing to shut them up. I firmly believe it is the job of the people who are sitting by talkers to continually SHHH them or ask them to be quiet. The nieghbors of the noisy four did nothing.

Made the 2nd half a little hard to watch, because it's slow anyways, so with peeps talking wasn't that easy.

So I think maybe its all about quality and not quantity. Just go to one show a year and sit in the good seats. Then, I would get all dressed up and have dinner before hand. Not slap on a pair of dark jeans and some lipstick and meet Babe after work for a round or two before a slice then jamming to the show.

These are my thoughts.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Misc. Items

This quitting smoking thing has definitely become a habit - 10 months just the other day. Geez. If you would have known me when I was a smoker, and many of you did, then you know this is so unreal its almost impossible. I loved those little cigarettes. Loved them. And I still miss them.
Your Quit Date is:Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 10:15:00 PM
Time Smoke-Free:303 days, 7 hours, 55 minutes and 56 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked:4550
Lifetime Saved:1 month, 4 days, 18 hours
Money Saved:$1,596.00
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Spring Break is totally where it is at!! I still work full time, so I'm not REALLY on break, and I'm definitely not lying on the beach in St. Barts, but I have the luxury of not reading for school every minute that I'm not here. And that is a total exaggeration because I really do not read every minute I'm not here when it's not spring break, but I always feel like I have to.
*****
As me and Babe suspected, the Entourage theme song is by Jane's Addiction and it's off the Strays album.
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Tonight in further celebration of my no-class havin' ass me and Babe are going to go see The Color Purple on Broadway. I'll come back with a review. I always feel like apologizing for going to see "Musical Theater" because my friend Jessicurl usually talks about how she just can't stand "musical theater." Haha. If you were here Jessicurl, I'd make you come with.
*****

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

On Demand

You guys know how much I love television. It's no secret - I just love it. I could frankly watch hours of it, should have majored in it in college, and sometimes wish I could skip work and watch it all day long.

I just learned the meaning of "HBO On Demand" and let me tell you it spells trouble. I thought On Demand meant you had to pay for each whatever you watched. But, guess what? It totally doesn't. It means that if you can watch as many episodes of Entourage as you would like, which explains how I last night, I might have watched 4 episodes in a row starting at eleven pm. Tired.

Monday, March 13, 2006

It was everything I hoped it would be

The Sopranos starter was as good as the hype. If not better. Leave it to these guys to totally pull the rug out from under your feet in the first episode.

In effort to be and remain as cheesy as possible, me and babe partook in a special italian american feast prior to watching the show. I made Rachel Ray's Muffuletta:

Ingredients
1/2 cup hot pepper salad or giardiniera
1/2 cup pitted Sicilian green olives
A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, a couple of sprigs or, 1 teaspoon dried, 1/3 palm full (I couldn't find any fresh rosemary so I left this out)
1 large round loaf crusty bread, 10 to 12 inches
1/4 pound sliced Genoa salami or sweet sopressata
1/4 pound sliced capacola spicy ham
1/4 pound sliced provolone


Instructions
Chop pepper salad or giardiniera in a food processor with olives. Split bread and drizzle bread with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with chopped rosemary. Spread the olive salad on the bottom of the bread very liberally. Pile the meats on top of the olive salad, then layer cheese over meat and cover the giant sandwich with the bread top. Press down to set the sandwich, then cut into 4 wedges.

MMM MMM MMM you guys! It was delicious. Plus, I got all the ingredients from an italian specialty grocery store on 9th avenue and the bread from Amy's bread near my place. Come over! I'll make you delicious food.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Haiku Friday

what a night we had
tremendous insanity
then meetings today

thinking about lunch
not sure where to go and eat
its the big questions

its also spring break
which is good because i'm spent
and its only march

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Ho hum

It has sure been a busy week! I'm serious you guys! Lots of stuff going on in my three arenas - work school and home.

My spheres if you will.

You're a sphere. No, you're a sphere. You are!

Here: take this test it's kinda easy and kinda silly. I only got one wrong. Because I only got one wrong, I was informed that my love life is mediocre. Well, what does this person know any way, they're the ones sitting around creating stupid tests for people to take.

Wow.

Sopranos starts on Sunday, I can't hardly wait.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

twenty four

if i've told you once, i've told you 1,ooo times. you need to be watching 24. it is simply the best show on television. do you understand that? it's not just "good" or even "real neat" it's heart pumpin, non stop action. and don't give me that, well jack bauer might as well be a super hero he's escaped death so many times.

jack bauer IS a super hero. he's a man who has come back from the dead to fight crime and save the world from evil terrorists who want to blow up not only the us of a, but also mother russia. so check it. it's not too late and you won't be sorry.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Tuesday

  • Went to Dinosaur BBQ on Saturday to celebrate Babe being done with yet another test. I tried the Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time and DAMN were they good.
  • Got HBO yesterday in time for Sopranos on Sunday. The only problem with HBO is that now I have even more movies on TV to distract me from my homework. For example, last night when I was JUST CHECKING to see if HBO was working I saw that A Time to Kill had just started. Please, Matt McConaughey, Samuel L., Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, BOTH Sutherlands, this movie is a gem!
  • The Oscar's were good, I thought. I usually try to catch up on some of the movies I haven't seen before checking the Oscars but I didn't get very far this year. I've got on my list Capote & Crash - though I have a feeling judging from the mixed reactions I've heard that I'm going to hate Crash.
  • Yesterday I did my "weddings lecture" for one of my Professor's classes. It reminded me of some trivia you might be interested in:
    • There are 2.3 million US marriages a year.
    • The average US couple spends $22,000 on their wedding.
    • The wedding industry makes more money a year that McDonald's or Pepsi.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Oscar

For the Oscar's, I made Cindy's:

Hot Feta Artichoke Dip
ingredients
14 OZ can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
8 OZ feta Cheese, crumbled (why not try reduced fat?)
2 OZ can pimientos, drained and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup parmesan cheese shredded (I used parmigiano reggiano flakes)
3/4 cup reduced fat mayo
method
Mix up ingredients. Pour into 9" pie pan. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
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MMM MMM MMM You Guys.

We had this for our Oscar party (Yes - I spent the evening with a pug named Oscar - what is better than that?!) and the dip was a hit.

I learned about the recipe because for my wedding, my sibling had the foresight to put together one of the best presents I've ever received. It's this recipe book where each page is made by a different friend and includes their special recipes.

So, por ejemplo, this wedding-present-recipe-book has the Cinnamon Roll recipe from my ma-in-law and my Dad's Popular Chicken Curry and my friend Cindy Lisima's Hot Feta Artichoke Dip, to name just a few.

Best bridal shower gift idea, ever, people.


Friday, March 03, 2006

Haiku Friday

What a whirlwind week
here and there now here for now
finally friday

partied plenty, peeps.
testies to take tomorrow
bonne chance, baby doll

alliteration
in a haiku form is hard
i don't recommend