Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday

  • Project Runway - hilarious! If you're not watching it, you should be.
  • Shear Genius is also very good. But only if you have DVR because otherwise you watch more commercials than anything else.
  • I've been reading a book called "the world over" by Julia Glass - so good!! I can't stop reading it.
  • Today, Babe is going to Seattle.
  • Next week I'm going to California.
  • I offer some lyrics, to get you through your day:
Spent my days with a woman unkind,
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start,
Going to California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me theres a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane,
Never let them tell you that they're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey,
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
As the children of the sun began to awake.
Seems that the wrath of the gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
Ill meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.
To find a queen without a king;
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings.
La la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself its not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hump Day

I've been walking a lot. Miles and miles and miles.
This weekend, for example, I walked 13 miles.
It's only going to get more, too. This next weekend I'm supposed to walk 8 one day and 6 another.

Did you ever read Good in Bed? A somewhat horrible piece of chick lit that for some reason many people have read. Anyways, I feel like her. She walks and walks and walks and walks and walks.

I've really got to get some new music on my ipod, man.
What's good?

Have you seen this website? Favorite Run? Tremendous - lets you click your route and adds up miles for you. Neat.
Except I don't run. I walk.
Alright, enough.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Guestapalooza 2008

Well folks, guestapalooza summer 2008 has ended. In case you missed the tour, I offer a recap:

It began in the first weekend in June with Jessicurl & Esteban and many people who they knew. That was the hottest weekend in NYC and we hadn't yet installed air conditioned.

Next came Scooter, who was really just in and out for a few days, but now that he lives on the Best Coast does count as a guest.

Then July happened and Lamy came. That was a beautiful and fun visit except for when her car got broken into and we spent a day in East New York getting it fixed. Yay thanks Corona Auto Glass! You're the best.

Then my sister came so that was super easy and fun. We went out of town for the weekend to our other sister's place and then I became a guestapalooza while hosting my own guestapalooza. How complicated!

Then The Floreses came, and that was so much fun. They were incredibly easy guests who never complained once about anything, never bickered inside my house, and enjoyed every bit of New York City.

And thats something that ties together all the guests who came on the guestapalooza 2008 summer tour. They all loved New York City, saw that its a City which will give you whatever you're ready for (and sometimes more) and they embraced it with a smile. Never even getting mad at her that temperatures rose to the 100s.

There you have it folks. The B&B is closing up for the month of August. The innkeepers are taking a break.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Saturday

After brunch at Maggie Browns, then going on the Brooklyn Brewery Tour and checking out Williamsburg, we took the guests around lower Manhattan on Saturday.

Sights seen: Cosby House (I ain't one of the Cosbys, I didn't go to Hillman), Friends corner, Skinniest house in NYC, Stonewall, Jacque Torres's Chocolate Factory, Cod and Babe's old house, Soho, Chinatown, Little Italy.

Watering Holes Stopped at: Blind Tiger Ale House, Spring Lounge.

Snacks consumed: Cones on Bleecker St., Dumplings from Vanessa's Dumplings.

Miles walked: 3

Dumplings consumed as a group: 20

Pork buns consumed as a group: 6

Price of that meal: 6 dollars.

Price of one ice cream cone: 4 dollars

Friday, July 25, 2008

Haiku Could It Be A More Beautiful Day? Friday

The weather? Perfect.
My house guests? Totally fun.
This week? Delicious.

Drinking gatorade,
water and Goldie's coffee.
Total hydration.

Beautiful weekend.
Spend yours with peeps you adore.
That's what I'm doing.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Franny's

I love pizza. I do. I think its one of the food groups and a treat unto itself. I think pizza once a week is totally a good idea and if you can swing it, both in terms of your waistline, well and thats it, then you should.

So when someone tells me that they just had the best pizza they've ever had, I take that seriously. My coworker said just that about Franny's in Brooklyn.

The best pizza in Brooklyn, huh? What about that one way down in the nether regions of Brooklyn, Di Fara's? That's supposed to be the best. Or that one in Cobble Hill or the one right under the Brooklyn Bridge?

Well, we set out to give it a shot and I must say, it was pretty good.

The crust was deliciously thin and flaky, the toppings sparse and wonderful, the tomato sauce zesty and delicious. But we weren't prepared for the prices. 16 or 17 for a tiny one person pie?? A glass of wine for $10??? I'm sorry, what? This is pizza, right? And we're not at Otto, right? We are on Flatbush Avenue?

Just checking.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Why am I so stumped?

I'm not sure why I'm so stumped as to what to write about. It could be lack of fodder - I have not taken in a movie, finished a book, or went to a new bar or restaurant in some time. Can that be true?? Woe is me!
Well, I did finally check out the huge cemetery in Brooklyn - Greenwood Cemetary. Home to a lot of dead people. Also? The highest point in Brooklyn, with a panoramic view of Manhattan. And the site of a revolutionary war battle. Here's a tip - don't go on the hottest day of the year.

Thanks for the pic, Ang!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

writer's block

Totally fell victim to writer's block today.

Here are a few random recommendations:
  • Vinho Verde - cheap and summery. Drink it.
  • Sleep an extra hour once a weeknight if you can. You'll love it.
  • Banana Yamamoto - read her books.
Perhaps inspiration will strike later? I hope so.

Monday, July 21, 2008

4,000 words

Happy Birthday, Samoi! Hope your Sunday was great!!
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A couple of weeks ago, Babe got to visit the new Yankee stadium! Lucky Babe.
This is the hole from where they dug out the red sox jersey.
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This week me and Ang and Babe went up to see JOY and and her Babe and the darling nieces. Lake George is behind us. Can you see it?
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Haiku Day Off Friday

Taking the day off
to hang out with Banjelar
chilling in Brooklyn.

Going to the game
tonight. The Yankee game, so
can it dear samoi.

Then up to Glens Falls
for a weekend with darling
nieces, Mikes, sisters.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A must read

Instead of blogging on my own today, I think you should go read the I heart NY post on our recent houseguest's blog.
She wrote up her stay in Brooklyn and it sums up our weekend nicely and gives lots of good reasons why Brooklyn is so dope!! Yay!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Julio

July is half over. The year is half over. Things are going by fast people. If you don't do what you want to do now, when will you?
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Watched the all star game last night. Well, most of it. I mean I went to bed at midnight, the start of the 11th inning, so I watched just over half of it. First time I've watched the all star game. I dug it okay. I like watching just the Yankees better.
***
Am reading the New Yorker article on Barak Obama. It's interesting. I mean, I'll vote for Obama because I can't imagine McCain the War Mongerer Water Torturer as our next president but I don't yet love Obama. I am still nursing wounds over the Hillary defeat.
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That's all for now folks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

And THANKS AGAIN!


Dang! You guys rock the house! 91% already?? I still have three months to go! Exactly three months. I started my training yesterday. AWESOME. Thanks for donating, folks!

Phil

Went to the Philharmonic in Prospect Park last night. Absolutely beautiful. So nice to chill on the grass drinking wine. They even had awesome fireworks at the end. Yay awesome fireworks!
***
Someone took my New Yorker. I haven't received it yet. I usually get it on Mondays. Think someone stole it because of the cover??? Good Lord!
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Amy has been here this weekend - what fun! She and I go way back to the Main Stacks at UC Berkeley. Shelving, sorting, wanding - these were the tasks we performed at the library in our undergraduate days. She's traveling the country. Check her blog out for rad updates.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday, Monday

How was it? Your weekend? Was it awesome? Was it everything you hoped it could be, and more? Did you see things you'd never seen? Experience experiences you'd never experienced? Smell things you'd never smelled? Eat things you'd never eaten? If not, you wasted your weekend folks. Now, how does that make you feel?
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My, my, my. What attitude, right? You don't deserve that kind of talking to, do you? It's not your fault that it's Monday and that no one I mean no one wants to be at work today. Is it? And I've just presented you with a tirade of emotion, possibly making things even worse.
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Maybe we should start over. Did you have a nice weekend?

Friday, July 11, 2008

Haiku Holy God We Made It Friday

I tell ya, this week
made me a little bit crazed.
So glad its Friday.

Tomorrow, I sleep.
Get to go to a wedding
In Brooklyn, no less!

Amy is here now.
Haven't seen eachother in
six or seven years!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Holla!

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Cigarettes NOT smoked: 17344
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Oh yeah.

Last night I dreamt I was driving this car. But it was a convertible. I was rollin in my 6 4. Doo doo doo.

I'm sorry, what?

Why did Madame Tussauds in Berlin decide it was a good idea to make a wax figure of Hitler?

To go alongside wax figures of The Rolling Stones and Britney?

Does that make any sense to you? Anyways, it doesn't make any sense to me. But apparently not this guy, either, since he decided to rip it off 45 minutes after the museum opened. Well done, sir.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Misc. Tuesday Items

  • Dreamt for long time about Yedi and Skylark last night. It was so good to see them!
  • Finally reading Kitchen Confidential, years after everyone else did. It's aight. I can see why peeps like it.
  • Working in the summer kinda blows. I shoulda been an heiress.
  • Nobody knew my title movie quote yesterday? Ang, tell them where its from.

Rock the Casbah!


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Monday, July 07, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sashie!!


Man, I love this girl.

Hark! I hear the cannons roar. Is it the king approaching?

That's a line from a movie, by the way. The title of my post. Can anyone guess it? I know Ang can.
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How was your three day weekend? Did you do a lot of action packed bar b queing? Was it tremendous? My 4th was fairly easy. Watched a lot of baseball, went to a BBQ, watched the works from the pad.
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Sunday was like an old fashioned Sunday, before we moved to Brooklyn. Ate brunch at Essex in the LES - a great spot with unlimited mimosas and pretty but not too obnoxious people. Went and had a drink (or two) at Schiller's Liquor, just down the block from Essex. Walked around the village for awhile, window shopped, picked up wine at Warehouse on Broadway, had a beer outside at Wogie's, waved at all the tourists going by on buses. Took the 2/3 up to Harlem for a delicious dinner at R&Js, played WII and took the 2/3 back home.
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Sign me up - I'll do the whole thing again.
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Friday, July 04, 2008

Haiku Independence Day Friday

Kobayashi lost!
The mustard belt goes to the
American dude.

It's Independence
Day, our country's two hundredth
thirty-second year.

Red, white and blue cake?
Bar B qued brats and burgers?
Definitely beer.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

The third of July

It was the third of July and all through the town,
Not a creature was stirring, no one making a sound.

The subways were empty, the coffee shop bare,
Can you blame them? Look what this humidity does to my hair.

The three day weekend has come,
New Yorkers have flown the coop,
Maybe because the City smells like poop?

Well, I'm still here and so is Babe.
We'll be running around, enjoying the nabe.

What are you up to? Are you going away?
Come visit me! There is room to stay.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Pandora

I know we've discussed Pandora before but I have to tell you, I just created the best station on the planet! My "More Bounce to the Ounce" station has just played "I want to be your man" by Roger, Cutie Pie, So Ruff! So Tuff!, and so many other jams.

You know what they say. You can take the girl out of Oxnard, but you can't take Oxnard out of the girl.

69, dude!

Good Lord! You guys sure do make this easy!! I haven't even sent a follow up email or put up my little pink sign. You guys rock! Thanks for donating!!!

Hi Brow/Low Brow

Well, I don't know how High Brow it is, but it's certainly a great book. I just finished reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. Out of the what feels like 50 books I've read in the past six months, this one outshone by far. The story is about a man who is sitting in a coffee shop in Lahore, Pakistan talking to an American. You never hear the voice of the America, you only know what he's saying when the narrator responds to an unheard question. The narrator (Changez) graduates from Princeton at the very top of his class and becomes an incredibly succesful management consultant. But not for long. I won't say much more, but I do think you should read it.
As for Low Brow, last night on AMC, Baby Boom was on. Me and Ang used to watch this, oh I don't know, every other weekend? Why? I don't know. But as soon as I heard the theme song it brought it all back. I'd been thinking about this movie ever since my first foray into Vermont a few weeks ago for D&T's wedding. A picture of where they got married, below!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

hoy

I am at a fundraising summit today, I better freakin learn something.

We finally got our stimulus check. Already spent it.