Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009. Hello 2010.

2009 was quite the year, wasn't it? A little rundown suggests it was quite busy:
  • 5 weddings (New Jersey, Oxnard, San Diego, Pennsylvania, Richmond, VA)
  • 1 dad surgery (He's okay.)
  • 3 babies born to close friends (HOORAY! Welcome Santi, Nicole & Ethan!!)
  • 1 apartment move (a move up, I must say.)
  • Several flights: One to Denver, two to California, two to Wisconsin, one to Richmond, VA.)
  • A couple of road trips: three times to DC, one to Glens Falls, one to Connecticut - not to mention getting to some of those weddings.)
  • Some pretty fun visits from some pretty fun people: Cin, Omar and Santi in utero, Titi (3 times!), Uncle Samoi, The Lys (with Nicole in utero), am I forgetting anyone?
  • About a million hours of work between Babe and I. About half of those spent in meetings for me.
  • About 50 books read. I read: all of the books written by Laurell Hamilton (27 books, read each about 5 or 6 times), re-read about half of the books written by Charlaine Harris (13 books), read many other books including: The Hunger Games book 1 and book 2, Breakfast with Buddha, a book by Sherman Alexie, the Dan Brown book. That only equals about 40 but who's counting really? (Babe read 16 books, by the way. He would want me to tell you that.)
  • Lots of hours spent playing the new Mario game on Wii.
  • Lots of shows watched on DVR and DVD and occasionally on TV: West Wing, Mad Men, Amazing Race, Survivor, maybe LOST was on in 2009, I don't remember!
  • About a hundred bars were visited, bands watched, restaurants eaten at. Beers drank. Wines tried.
  • Did I mention I worked a lot?
Now this has become just a list, but to sum up, a lot of big stuff happened in 2009. I might have left some stuff off. But, it was a big year. Me and Babe moved to yet another apartment in Brooklyn. My BFF got married.We worked a lot. I got knocked up. You know. Just another year in the life of Cod.

Thanks for joining! See you in 2009!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Haiku Friday

Merry Christmas, All!
Hope your day was wonderful
and full of good cheer!

Mine was beautiful.
In San Diego with the
family and sun.

Such easy travel -
that was a Christmas present.
Or, a miracle.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I think these commercials are so funny, you guys. They have a whole bunch of commercials with these two guys who own NY NY Sports Sports or something like that. Anyways, this one is my favorite.

Birthday Girl

Happy Birthday (a couple days late), Baby Caroline. Love, your negligent Auntie.
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Holiday Travel

We're flying on Christmas eve. I can't figure out if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I generally think it is going to be bad. At least the weather is supposed to be good.

I booked a flight on Delta, which if you rearrange the letters can spell out THE WORST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD, to leave at 4pm on Christmas eve. Then about four months ago I got an email that said they changed my flight to leave at 8pm, arriving in San Diego at 11:30. On Christmas eve. Factor in the inevitable delays and I will be in San Diego at 2:30 AM Christmas morning, or 5:30 AM NYC time. I called to bitch, complain, and change my flight, to no avail.

Any-ways. Babe sent me this article this morning from the Gothamist, "Police Called to Quell 'Unruly Crowd' at JFK."

Someday, we won't have to travel for the holidays. Someday.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Numbers - only one more weekend in 09! edition

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Watched the season finale of the 19th season of Survivor. I'm telling you, that show is so good, dudes. I can't explain it, it just is. The real winner was totally robbed and I have no idea why they picked the person they picked to win.
  2. Went to my boss's Christmas party in about 6 inches of snow. It was about 15 degrees outside. Really fun, though, and there were about 35 different kinds of cookies to eat. YUM.
  3. Hung out with Nines and ate good ole Korean food. She lives in the 40s on the east side.
  4. Read one book, the second in the Hunger Games series. Man, it was so good.
  5. Talked on the phone for no less than two or three hours.
  6. Played Mario 3! Is that what it is called? The new one, for Wii.
  7. Made a lot of good food, including two dishes of chicken parm, a home made pizza, more pimento dip, and babe made blueberry pancakes.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Haikur Friday!

holiday edition was
a giant success!

Everyone knows now,
So there are no more secrets
and its super fun!

Our tree is so nice.
The food turned out really good.
Much wine was consumed!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 - Magazines

In 2009, I subscribed to three magazines: The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Vanity Fair. By the end of 2009, I decided to get rid of NY Magazine. I swear it makes me dumber for the reading. I don't know how these articles get written, how the claims can be so un-substantiated and how they compete with real magazines.

I did, however, like the article they did on Letterman, though, because I love Letterman and thought it was well balanced. The article that tipped me over the edge, though, as you'll recall, was the one where they said I lived in the Greater Williamsburg area. I decided not to renew.

The New Yorker, I still love. Though I am often full of guilt because I don't read it as much as I should.

And Vanity Fair, beautiful Vanity Fair. They have the best pictures, the best stories, the best covers. I just love it. Have a look, for example, at these pictures they took of the Mad Men cast. Yum!

I also subscribe to Money magazine for Babe, and receive Family Circle and Women's Day from my MIL. Thanks, MIL!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2009 - Movies

I think I saw maybe three movies in the theater this year. If that. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince was one. Milk - I think that was this year. Maybe in Jan?

Allrite, I just reviewed the blog and those are the only two movies I saw in the theater this year. How's that for a record low?

What a snore of a post. The 2009 review of books/TV/music promises to be better!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toffee Bars

Made these last night for work (and for me and babe!) and they are so good. My mom and sister used to make these all the time. Probably still do.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream one egg and one cup light brown sugar and one cup softened margarine
Add one tablespoon of vanilla
Add 2 cups of flour
Mix it all together
Spread it on the big long cookie sheet
Bake for 15-20 mins at 350 until it is light brownish
While its still hot and done, put about 4 hershey bars on top and let them melt then spread them around
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Seriously? YUM.

Happy Birthday, Bober!

Hope you have a great day!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Wrote out about 40 Christmas Cards.
  2. Read one book. Grave Secret, by Charlaine Harris. It's pretty good - another series book, but I don't know if I'd recommend because you'd have to read all four of them and I don't know if you want to do that. If you are looking for a book to read, see my suggestions last week.
  3. Watched one movie two times. Taken starring Liam Neeson. He's like Jack Bauer trying to get his daughter back - and her name is Kim, too! I dug this movie for a number of reasons, but one of the big ones was that it was 90 minutes long. Amen short movie, Amen.
  4. Went out to dinner at a neat little restaurant in Carroll Gardens, called Frankie's 457. Babe and I each had a lovely homemade pasta and some crostini. It was really fun.
  5. Went to a pal's annual tree lighting party. It was on the third floor of a great Carroll Garden's apartment. Super fun.
  6. Hung out at home for many, many hours. Talked to a friend who I've known for about 15 or 20 years. That's always nice.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Haiku Friday

End of year is near,
love a good retrospective
the best of oh nine.

Even better now -
a look back at the decade,
the oughts? the naughts? yuck.

I'll just say zeros.
Or even, the past decade.
Look for that, next week!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


My dreams have been super crazy lately. In the past three nights, I have dreamt:
  • That I stole a taxi cab and crashed it.
  • That two friends I don't know that well were BFF with my boss and we were hanging out at my boss's beach house in cape cod. (Yah, she doesn't have one).
  • That Matt Damon was in one of my meetings at work.
  • That Babe and I and two other people were driving through a crazy building. Through the building.
  • That my luggage fell out of the tram door as Babe and I were making our way up some hill and I got off the tram to get it. Tram, huh? Where were we? Disneyland?

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Sorry about the lame placement of these pictures. Sometimes Blogger super sucks.

So, I just finished two books that I need to tell you about.

First, The Hunger Games, was recommended to me by a friend of mine who is a high school teacher. It's a book that takes place in America, after wars, drought and famine have screwed up life as we know it. In order to keep the people down, the government, each year, holds annual games called The Hunger Games. Each of the country's 12 districts (sorta like regions of the US) sends two teenagers to compete in the games - to the death! Yikes. It's a scary, fast moving, action adventure, with a tiny bit of romance. I read it in one day. Be forewarned, though, it's a series, so get ready for a couple more.

The other book, The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie could not be more different. This book is about a kid who lives on the Spokane Indian reservation in Washington. It's an easy book about his first year of high school. The kid is a cartoonist so the book is full of the hilarious and wonderful little comics that he draws. I laughed, I cried, I wish this book was required reading for everyone. It's so funny and smart. Read it.

Those are my two adolescent fiction reads from this week. More to come next week!

Monday, December 07, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Bought, with Babe, a gigantic 7 or 8 foot Christmas tree and decorated it.
  2. Went out to dinner at Olea with a couple of pals. Olea is the Mediterranean restaurant three blocks from my house.
  3. Read one book. The incredible The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins which I will review later this week.
  4. Played kind of a lot of Super Mario 3, because along with reading adolescent fiction, I play video games for fun. I am 11.
  5. Made 13 homemade frozen burritos for husband babe to take to work whenever there aren't leftovers or sandwiches to take.
  6. Made 1 batch of Ruben's salsa.
  7. Picked up my first CSA pick up. Got a box of produce that included a lot of brocolli, about a hundred potatoes and a bunch of cilantro (that's why I made the salsa).
  8. Talked on the phone for about 8 hours this weekend. See? Teenager.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Haiku Friday

My headache is gone
Well, almost. Can still feel it.
But it's nearly gone.

That was a doozy.
Lasted longer than a day.
A spear through my eye.

Migraines, I hate you.
You make me miserable.
And a bit crazy.

Thursday, December 03, 2009


Yah, the guy on the plate is either a giant (doubt it) or the perspective is wrong. Anyone who is closer in a picture should be bigger. Even if he was a giant, it still doesn't make any sense.

But this is the kind of thing I hear about on a regular basis. Oh, Babe. Silly architect.

I like all your suggestions, though. I think there should be a tavern.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Many of you already know I am married to Babe the architect. One thing that is funny about being married to an architect is how hard they work and how they don't get paid enough money. Just kidding, that's not funny.

But what is funny is that they always notice weird shit that I would never notice. This was the plate our dinner came on for Thanksgiving. Notice anything weird about it that an architect would notice? I'll give you the answer later or tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Numbers - Thanksgiving Edition

Sorry to be late! Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went to DC and back. We were supposed to take MEGABUS down there but it was a MEGABUST so Babe rented a car and drove us the 5 hours down to DC. I love you, Babe.
  2. Took the MEGABUS back and it was fine, but it took like 6 hours to get home. Next time, we're taking the train.
  3. Went to five museum type things in DC. Went to the Natural History musuem where I saw the hope diamond a 40 something carat diamond. But you could skip the Natural History, because the one in NYC is so far superior it's not even funny. Went to American History (Smithsonian) where I've always wanted to go and saw Dorothy's slippers and the First Ladies outfits. Toured the Ford Theater where Abe Lincoln (not Babe Lincoln) was shot. Went to the Spy Museum, got up early to get there before the crowds and had $8 tickets at 8am because we are now officially elderly. Took a tour of the Capitol which was awesome.
  4. Had a delicious dinner at Zaytinya for Babe's 32nd birthday.
  5. Read three libros.
  6. Played the new Mario with three players and two.
  7. Played a couple songs on DJ Hero.
  8. Yesterday, took a bus tour of the fifth borough, Staten Island.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Haiku Friday

Washington DC
super nice (and quiet) town
Today - museums!

Thanksgivin dinner
at the Commonwealth last night
turkey and fixings.

Black Friday? Not me.
Saw someone waiting at noon -
lawn chair and blanket.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Back at work today but in meetings all day!

Hope you all have a happy thanksgiving and I'll see you next week!!!


Monday, November 23, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Had Samois, my friend for 13 years, Babes' for 14, stay at the pad for a couple days.
  2. We watched the Big Game and the California Golden Bears kicked Stanfurds ass for the 6th year in a row.
  3. Watched like 11 football games on TV on Sunday. Well, they did. I cleaned out my closet and read.
  4. Took part in the consumption of 60 buffalo wings from Atomic Wings.
  5. Ate dinner at 67 Burger on Sunday night.
  6. Took care of my sick husband who had a fever of 101. Swine flu? I hope not.
  7. Watched two episodes of Mad Men on Friday night. And two episodes of a show that comes on CW. I won't tell you which one.
  8. Skyped for the second time. That is a neat thing, let me tell you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Haiku Worst Commute Ever Friday

Was already late,
left my house at 8:40
work - 10 after nine.

Busted ass C train
clunking along down the tracks
late but still moving.

Then, the train just stopped.
lights turned off, no air. Sat there
for thirty minutes.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I've been getting my NYC on lately. I know that sounds a little redundant, since I live here, but it's true. Watching Mad Men, reading books. I just finished When Kafka was the Rage about Greenwich Village in 1946. It's unfinished, I guess, but was still very interesting, short, and beautifully written.

I've also been reading my NY Magazine lately, as opposed to ignoring it. I feel that one might actually get dumber when reading this publication. I'm not sure. I'll let you know if my intelligence slips any further. Not sure I'll renew my subscription. After they called my neighborhood the "greater williamsburg area" I was a little disgusted.

Then, I just got these AWESOME pictures from Cindy LooHoo that made me miss her even more than I usually do. She takes such good pictures and really makes our City look incredible.
A house in our neighborhood, Clinton Hill. Not Greater Williamsburg.
The view from my roof at work.
Central Park.

Fort Green Park in late March. The gang at La Palapa!
Thanks, Cin!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Thanks, BON for the funny submission!

Oscar Wao

I'm back to reading good book that I can actually talk about here. Hooray! I'm still going to read the crap books behind your back, but at least I'll have something to talk about periodically.

I just finished the Pulitzer Prize winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. They don't just give those pulitzers away, let me tell you. This is a tough book - in your face with violence at times, and sad. But it is also incredibly interesting and full of historical facts you think must be true. Or at least are believable.

The Times review says it better than I can:

Díaz’s novel also has a wild, capacious spirit, making it feel much larger than it is. Within its relatively compact span, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” contains an unruly multitude of styles and genres. The tale of Oscar’s coming-of-age is in some ways the book’s thinnest layer, a young-adult melodrama draped over a multigenerational immigrant family chronicle that dabbles in tropical magic realism, punk-rock feminism, hip-hop machismo, post-postmodern pyrotechnics and enough polymorphous multiculturalism to fill up an Introduction to Cultural Studies syllabus.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Watched three episodes of the first season of Mad Men.
  2. Drove four hours one way and four hours back to Glens Falls to see my sister & her family.
  3. I found out it only takes 5 and a half hours to drive from Brooklyn to Martha's Vineyard, not seven like I thought.
  4. I watched the California Golden Bears beat the Wildcats by a score of 24 - 16. We are ranked again - 25, but still.
  5. Finished one book - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Will share a review of that later in the week.
  6. Watched one episode of Amazing Race and one of Survivor. Man, I watch a lot of TV.
  7. Took a two mile walk along the Hudson - it sure was pretty. The Hudson is skinny up there by Glens Falls.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Haiku Friday

Been listening to
Jay-Z all week long, New York!
Such a good ol song.

Already busy,
two meetings, so far so good.
Kinda ouchy head.

Going to Glens Falls
this weekend, to see kids and
familials. Yay!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


This ones for you, Nancy. You guys know I love my Big Picture by the Boston Globe. Look at this one!!! It's full of animals. Look at the monkey punching his mom.

Reminds me of that wedding picture of Dr. Brad punching Randi.

Not that either one is like a monkey, but just one person punching someone he loves very much is all.

(PS:Thanks, Ang for this pic!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The 40s & 50s

Started Mad Men the other day. Already getting caught up! Just finished the 3rd episode of the first season and have a lot of questions. It makes me think about a lot of things - why are these people so unhappy?

As a supplement to my viewing, I am also reading When Kafka was the Rage, a memoir from the 40s that takes place in Greenwich Village in NYC. It's a neat book that shows an entirely different side of life than the Mad Men series. Whereas the Mad Men are totally middle class executives with stay at home wives in Greenwich, CT, these characters in the Kafka book are boho artists who only care about painting, writing, reading.

It will be interesting to see what people watch and read about the 2000s in NYC in 60 years.

Monday, November 09, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went to the 4th Ave. Pub for the first time for a pal's birthday. Nice spot - free hot and delicious popcorn!
  2. Went into the city to get my hair cut - the A and C trains were both broken, so I had to sit on the bus for 20 minutes before giving up and taking a $20 cab ride into the city.
  3. Had a $5 smoothie from the street fair.
  4. Had about 25 people over for a wee housewarming birthday party on Saturday night. That's about 15 less than I planned for but was still a rockin good time. We have a lot of beer leftover, so if you want some, come on over.
  5. Took it super easy yesterday, walked into the park and ate my breakfast with Babe (I guess lunch, since it was about 3) and enjoyed the upper 60 degree weather! What a gorgeous day!
  6. Watched the first episode of the first season of Mad Men. Thumbs up!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Haiku Parade for the Yankees Friday

Work gets in the way
celebratory ticker
tape parades - can't go.

Instead, I do work.
Busy but good week for me.
Making food tonight.

For my fiesta!
Birthday shindig, tonight, too.
Happy Weekend, Peeps!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Who's your daddy?

Go on, Hideki!!!
Congrats to the Yankees - I feel like I watched just about every game this season. What fun to watch a team all season long and then they wind up winning the world series! Go Yankees!
I want to go to the parade tomorrow!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Taco Tuesday

We went back, you guys. To the same place we'd gone before. This time, I got two carne asada tacos y un tostada con beef.

The carne asada tacos weren't as good this time. The tostada no tiene beef. But it was still soo good. And the guacamole, chips and salsa were really good.

Plus the company was super fun. It was me and Babe and Stretch and the Commish and it had been a long time since the four of us had gone out. It was fun and the food was plentiful and the bill was cheap. I love Sunset Park. I love tacos.

You should go: Tacos Matamoros.

Next taco Tuesday, we're going to a new spot!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Misc. Items

  • Taco Tuesday today! Going to either the same spot we went to last time, which we know is delicious, or one of the ones from this guys website, who seems to know what he's talking about.
  • Birthday yesterday was very nice. Got a lot of beautiful shout outs from pals, an awesome gift from BABE, a picture of Santiago, a good friend took me to lunch, and we ordered chinese food for dinner. I was unfortunately struck down my allergies and spent most of the night curled up on the couch sleeping while the Yankees went down to the Phillies who are tenacious little bastards, I'll give em that. Chase Utley is a freak.
  • Voted this morning. It was a far cry from my voting experience last year where I had to wait over an hour. There was no line! I hope everyone goes after work but bet that people just aren't voting this time.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Me! Me!

Best bday present ever - we all dressed up as the cast of clue for Halloween and sang For She's a Jolly Good Fellow, in the rain!!!! Yay!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Haiku Friday

Halloween Weekend!
Come to Milady's on Prince,
that's where we'll all be.

Dressed as characters
from the movie Clue. I'll be
Mrs. White, of course.

Flames, flames, on the sides
of my face...I hated her...
so much. It's like flames.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

If I hear

Cliff Lee one more time I'm going to hurt somebody.

That was totally brutal, man. Seriously. The Yankees better kick it up a notch. The guy on the elevator this morning doesn't think tonight is going to be any better because AJ is pitching. They can't have two Cliff Lee's, can they?

Can they??

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bored to Death

This show is a scream, you guys. It's on HBO on Sunday nights at 9:30, but you can watch it any time on demand. Don't I sound like a commercial?

I think I'll always love Ted Danson because of Cheers and he is no disappointment in this show. He's hilarious as a super wealthy magazine owner who is somewhat bored with his life.

Jason Schwartzman plays the main character, Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, who decides to make some extra cash and procrastinate on writing his second book, by being a private eye. He advertises his services on craigslist and ends up with a variety of pretty funny clients.

Another reason I really like it is it literally takes place in my neighborhood! So, if you want to see where I live, watch the show. Or just come visit me. Slackers.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


My niece, Nava, wrote a poem that I think I absolutely love. She's the little gal in the blue dress in the picture below. Here it is!
It is Sunrise.
Sunrise is the best time to pick pumpkins.
My Grandma is taking me.
My name is Nava.
My baby brother, Ben is coming with me.
Sunrise is the best time to pick pumpkins,
because the pumpkins are more orange that a tangerine
and more yellow than a lemon.
The pumpkins will not take me anywhere,
although they are as round as a balloon.
But the pumpkin will not take me anywhere, but I
will have fun at the pumpkin patch.

Happy Birthday, Sun!

Happy Birthday to my sister, Sunny! I hope the day rocks the house.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went out to dinner with Babe at the General Greene on Dekalb. It was our second time there, but this time was much better. I would rank the five dishes we shared as follows: 1) the green beans were out of this world. So delicious! 2) the salted caramel sundae was so good - the vanilla ice cream homemade and wonderful 3) the burger was just right - super hot and char-broiled to perfection! 4)the roasted beet salad was one of the better I've had this season, but ranks below the burger because it really was just a roasted beet salad. 5) The macaroni and cheese I would rank last - it was good, but Smoke Joint is way better.
  2. Watched the Yankees clinch the win so they can go to the world series - first time since I've been a fan!
  3. Went out to Long Island for Nancy's baby shower which was very nice, and well attended! There had to be about 80 women there!
  4. Walked around the hood for awhile and went to the nabe's first bookstore - Greenlight bookstore. It's about time!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Haiku Friday

What a game last night.
I think I hate Nick Swisher.
Cuz he really sucks.

Now I have to change
stinkin Saturday night plans
because the Yankees lost.

Work was super biz
this week. I guess that's good, right?
Job security.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This is so cute

Check out this tiny dancer from Oxnard, California. And, you get to see Ellen!


Sorry about the lies yesterday. I know, I shouldn't tease you guys or myself like that. Sometimes I just want to get up and get on out of here.

But the fall and winter will be fun in NYC. My birthday is coming up (housewarmingbirthday party), Halloween, hopefully the Yankees will be in the world series (it's looking pretty good), and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Babe and I are trying to figure out what to do for Thanksgiving. Any ideas? I want to go to an island. Not Manhattan.

Been seeing you a lot lately in my dreams. Seriously. I've had dreams involving almost all of my pals lately - and Angela is in my dreams nearly every single night. Guess I must miss you guys!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Numbers - Yikes! I'm so behind!

Sorry, dudes! Since I last spoke to you (four days ago!), I:
  • Went to and from Denver, Colorado. 3 hours and 45 minutes there, 2 hours and 45 minutes home.
  • Had to cut the line at security b/c we were late (sorry, Babe!), and the person we cut was a woman wearing 4 inch heels pushing a stroller. You go girl! Oooh, she was mad.
  • Watched a lot of playoff games on a 60 inch television screen at the in-laws house.
  • Decided to quit my job and move out of NYC. Just kidding. I mean, I want to do that, but I won't. I've been here for seven years. I think that is enough.
  • Read one book: Breakfast with Buddha. It was such a nice book - funny and easy to read. Check it out!
  • Started the third Dan Brown novel, The Lost Symbol. Great read - very fast paced and fun.
  • Slept about a million hours.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Haiku holla Denver friday

Weather is gorgeous
low seventies? I think so.
Raining in New York

watching the playoffs
rooting for the dodgers so
randi will be glad

the real action starts
later. May the yanks beat up
the stupid angels

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Hey Peeps - I'm off to Denver tomorrow, so I won't be here to update. I'll probably toss a Haiku Friday up on the ole bloggage from JFK. I'll also be out Monday, so you'll see Numbers on Tuesday.
I need to get cracking on my Halloween costume, ya'all. A whole bunch of us are going as the cast of Clue which is easily one of the best movies on earth. I'm going to be Mrs. White! Hee. I can't wait. I need a hat with some net over it and some shiny black sleeves to go with my black dress.
I also need to get some freaking new boots this season. My black boots are sad. They've been around for many years and I don't think they are suitable for use anymore. Sad, but true.
My birthday party is coming, up, too. I think I'm going to do the facebook invite this year, cuz I'm hip. Heck yah I am. Hip indeed. Yup.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Take the R train to wherever the heck the R train goes and you'll arrive in Sunset Park for Tacos Matamoros and you won't be sorry.

Dude! Those freaking tacos were totally delicious. I mean, when I ate my taco, I talked about it the whole time. Two carne asada tacos grandes and I was in heaven. Go there.

Best tacos in NYC.

Too bold? I don't think so.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Taco Tuesday

Tonight, we're headed to Sunset Park for Taco Tuesdays.

This guy has a crazy list
! But, this is the one we're hitting up:

Tacos Matamoros.

I'll let you know how it is!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pasta e Fagioli

Here's Rachel Ray's recipe, with a few changes, of course.

2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 pound (about 3 slices) pancetta, chopped (I didn't have pancetta, b/c apparently they don't sell it at the Pioneer on Lafayette, so I used chopped proscuitto. Next time, I'll find pancetta)
2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact (I would omit this next time. Unfortunately, I no longer like rosemary, after the Sonoma Diet.)
1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact (I used dry thyme)
1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
Coarse salt and pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1 quart chicken stock
1 1/2 cups ditalini
Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table
Crusty bread, for mopping


Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and add pasta. Reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Pass crusty bread for bowl mopping.

Numbers - Fall-tastic edition

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went to Connecticut. Drove (well, Babe drove) 3 hours each way to beautiful Connecticut where we hung out and took it pretty freakin easy.
  2. Made a delicious dinner of Philly cheese steaks which we hadn't made in years. Like two or three years.
  3. Listened to the Yankees on the radio on Friday night driving up - the game started at 6 and we left home at 8 and were still listening to it when we go to CT at 11! It went into extra innings. We won.
  4. Watched Clue with Babe - a movie I've been watching since I was in the sixth grade. It's still hilarious.
  5. Made a delicious dinner of Pasta Fagioli soup - for the first time!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Haiku Friday

Off to renegade
this weekend. Boss's loaning
her country house - YAY!

Go look at some leaves
changing colors for the fall.
And choose a pumpkin.

Yankees baseball, too.
Congrats to Randi's Dodgers -
last night was epic!

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Last night, after I got home from a ridiculously delicious dinner with some ridiculously delicious friends at Alta, which I can tell you more about later, I watched the Daily Show.

On the Daily Show, there was this kid (well, he's 22 now) named William Kamkwamba who wrote a book. The book is called "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and its his story about how he was growing up in Malawi during a famine. So, his family didn't have any money to send him to school. So, he used to go to the library and look at books. But he wasn't GREAT at reading, so he mainly looked at pictures to get the jist. He saw a picture of a windmill that was used to harness electricity, I guess, and decided to build one. So, at 14 years old, this kid built a electricity generating windmill for his family. Fo reals, you guys.

Now, the kid is 22 and studying for his S.A.T. so he can go to college somewhere here in the Good Ol U.S. of A.

I was just totally blown away by this fella, he was so smart and funny. I really dug it. Made me feel like I should probably be doing more with my life.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Feliz Cumpleanos!

Also, happy birthday to Jessicurl today! Too bad you don't live in NYC anymore. I'd take you out for a drink. Yah, yah, yah, I know, it's been years. I should get over it already.


One of the things we did when we went to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia was eat at the Chickahominy House. This is BFF's meal (and picture. Thanks, BFF!) She had the chicken and dumplings. And, see those biscuits off in the corner there? They were so delicious!

So, in honor of the Chickahominy, and because I had an unopened package of Bisquick Heart Healthy in the cupboard, I made chicken and dumplings for dinner last night. Want the recipe? Here it is.

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup frozen green peas and carrots (I used a 10 oz package of frozen veggies, including carrots, peas, corn and green beans).
  • 1 cup cut-up cooked chicken (I used a bit more. See, when I made the chicken for the chicky enchilalas on Sunday, I made two extra pieces, so I could have it for my chicken an dumplings later in the week. Amazing.)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup (Healthy request, of course)
  • 1 cup Original Bisquick® mix (I use Heart Healthy)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Paprika, if desired
1. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk, the peas and carrots, chicken and soup to boiling in 3-quart saucepan, stirring frequently. Okay - so here, I first sauteed a little onion in some EVOO. Then, I added everything else. Plus lots of black pepper.
2. Stir Bisquick mix and 1/3 cup milk until soft dough forms. Drop dough by 8 spoonfuls onto chicken mixture (do not drop directly into liquid). Sprinkle with paprika.
3. Cook uncovered over low heat 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009


Since we last spoke, I:
  1. Had two guests from DC - Ruby and Joaquin came up since Ruby was celebrating his 3 x 11 birthday.
  2. Went to Smoke Joint for dinner and had a six point with my meal.
  3. Had #1 brunch with R&J for his birthday (he had a 2nd brunch later in the day).
  4. Watched my California Golden Bears be destroyed for the 2nd week in a row.
  5. Went to the Atlantic Antic with hundreds of thousands of other people in Brooklyn.
  6. Made what two trays of enchiladas, one to eat and one to freeze.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Haiku Friday

Rio Olympics?
Too bad, Chicago. You lost.
Been there, done that, too.

Babe loves Olympics.
More than anybody else.
I like them, too, though.
We made it to the weekend.
Here's to days off work!

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Rolling Stone gives the new Pearl Jam Album four out of five stars. Not surprisingly, I give it five. Have a listen! If you go on Stupid Myspace you can hear at least one track all the way through, for free. If you want to hang out, you can listen to it with me. Or, just go buy yourself one. You won't regret it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Facebook & Work

Dudes, I've been thinking about putting together a facebook page for my workplace. That would mean a lot of things, though. Chiefly, it would mean that I would need to go through and limit access to various parts of my page and photos, etc., to keep things a bit more professional.

Does that mean I want to throw a sheep at my boss? Not so much. But it is a good way to connect with peeps.

Do you guys FB with work peeps? Does your work have a FB page?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Missed Connections

We were talking about this the other day - "missed connections" on craigslist. These things are terrific, I don't read them often enough.
You: hipster, reading a book about Gandhi
Me: black pants, gray sweater, reading a book about vampires
You looked up and noticed my vampire book. I looked away, embarrassed. We should meet at the barnes & noble on Union Square.
Anyways, someone has apparently illustrated them. I chose this one to highlight b/c it's my anniversary. Enjoy!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Numbers - we won't discuss football edition

Since we last spoke, I:
  1. Went to Ikea and bought: 2 rugs, 1 desk storage thing, 2 frames, a trash can for recyclables, 2 lamps, and 4 placemats.
  2. Read one book for the 10th time and hopefully the last for awhile.
  3. Watched the Yankess win twice.
  4. Finally finished putting our apartment together after three months of living. It look so good!
  5. Drove to Manhattan, picked up a coffee table, dropped it off at the pad, picked up our old coffee table, dropped it off at someone else's pad, went to Home Depot, bought plants, all before meeting at Pacific Standard at 3:30, for an event which shall not be named.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Haiku Friday

Rejoice! Weddings are
done for the year. There were five.
Each one was lovely.

Del Mar, New Jersey,
Villanova, in P.A.
Oxnard, Virginia.

Blue dress, black dress, pink
wrap, don't forget beige raw silk.
Mazel Tov to all!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

U2, UN & Guiness

Buncha peeps I work with went to U2 last night at Giants stadium. Ever seen em? I saw u2 my sophomore year in high school. I flew southwest to Phoenix, AZ, to see my friend Michelle. We went and saw them at the ASU Sun Devils stadium. It was the Acthung Baby tour and he wore a white cowboy hat and called George H.W. Bush from the stage. Bush didn't answer. Public Enemy opened up but they wouldn't perform b/c at the time Arizona didn't recognize MLK Jr. Day. That was 1992.
The UN is in session right now. As if you didn't know that. You probably know that because you watch the news. I know because I went up to my friend's house and she lives right by th UN. The place was lined with police officers and all sorts of emergency vehicles, and just a crazy amount of people. All the streets were blocked off, and there were policeman guarding every entrance. Plus, when I went on Tuesday, there was a protest of all these Hasidic dudes. Here's why they were mad.
Today is Arthur's Day. The day Guiness was invented. 250 years ago! Go have a pint on me. Just kidding, I'm not buying you anything. Unless you want to hang out. But if you just send me your tab from across the country, I'm not paying it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I took this from here.

My roommate and I once: oh boy, what didn't we do? My roomateS and I once threw a party every week for three months. It's when we lived in the Big House in Oakland. Every Friday we had peeps over. Lots of peeps.

Never in my life have I: sang karaoke by myself.

High school was: entertaining and a little bit trashy. I'm glad it's over and wouldn't go back if you paid me.

When I’m nervous: I scream uncontrollably. Just kidding. I don't get too nervous too often.

My hair: amazes even me.

When I was 5: my grampa died.

When I turn my head left: I can see outside.

I should be: doing the work that is piled up around me.

By this time next year: I will be one year older.

My favorite aunt is: me and my sisters! We're great Aunts.

I have a hard time understanding: any language other than English, really. I wish I were bilingual, but I'm not.

You know I like you if: I am your friend on facebook.

My ideal breakfast is: a breakfast burreet from Lolita's.

If you visit my home town: you'll be super stolked to hang out on the beach, eating a breakfast burrito, chilling with BFF.

If you spend the night at my house: you'll be amazed by the magnificence of my apartment.

The animal I would like to see flying besides birds: this is frightening. None. I don't want to see any other animals flying.

I shouldn’t have been: you know what they say, folks. Shoulda in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up faster.

Last night I: hung out with Nine's and watched Nick and Norah again.

A better name for me would be: Codfish

I’ve been told I look like: every other Indian person you've ever met.

If I could have any car, it would be: a bitchen camaro. No idea. Oh, maybe BFF's car?

By the way, at least I'm consistent.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Richmond, Virginia

The state capital in Richmond, Virginia. Designed by Thomas Jefferson. Who had children with his slaves.
Neat building in downtown Richmond, nearabouts where we were staying.
BFF loved her present from the Britney Spears show!
Michael Jackson's jacket from BAD.
Another nice building from Richmond, VA.
See it wasn't all bad! We had a pretty nice time meeting all sorts of nice people and checking out all sorts of pretty architecture.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Numbers - Last gasp of summer edition

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Watched Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist, a movie made for teenagers that I loved. I watched it twice. So many good parts, including a drunk girl named Caroline who gets lost all over NYC, and Michael Cera, and good music, and great scenes of NYC and Brooklyn, and a hilarious cameo of Andy Samberg, and a general good feeling like sometimes the normal girl wins out over the trashy skinny girl.
  2. Watched California Golden Bears beat up the Minnesota something or others. Final score, 35-21. We're ranked 6, by the way.
  3. Watched the game at the Pacific Standard on 4th avenue. Babe was partaking in that Six Point beer challenge we talked about, and he did it! Drank all 12 beers and got the first T-shirt. Winner, Babe.
  4. Went to a new spot for brunch, well new to me, Teddy's in Williamsburg. Great Bloody Mary's and really really good food. On 8th and Berry. Then, went to the Brooklyn Industries Outlet and got a present for a baby. Did you know there was an outlet? It's over by Peter Luger's. Then walked home.
  5. Had a nice, slow-cooked beef brisket for dinner. Cooked for 8 hours.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Haiku Friday

Oh! What a beautee
ful morning! Oh what a beau
teeful day! Yahoo!

I had a great week.
Worked hard, got my stuff done, and
totally hung out.

Dinner with new friends,
Brooklyn wine club, beauty treats,
A fantastic week!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Busy day so far. I have a lot of emails to go through, a few meetings to report on, a meeting to prepare for, and I'm a little bit hungry.

Hope your day is going great.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pacific Standard

I may have told you before about this spot, Pacific Standard, but it definitely bears repeating. This is a great neighborhood bar, full of really nice, casual, laid back people. Right now, they are doing a Craft Beer Week special where if you drink each of their 12 different Six Point Beers, you get a t-shirt. I'm totally not partaking in this challenge, because I'd rather drink 2 or 3 Bengali Tiger IPAs then one of each of the crazier brews, but Babe is on a mission! He's done I think 8 so far. As you all well know, Six Point is my favorite beer, so combining my favorite bar with my favorite beer makes for perfect happiness.

You can find us there every Saturday during the college football season routing for our California Golden Bears!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vote for Babe

Looks like Babe is running for president and that I'm some sort of ... well. I don't know what.

Posole - Faker Version

Made this on Sunday:

Chicken Posole
  • 1 can (15 oz) white hominy, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Mexican style diced tomatoes (I used stewed tomatoes)
  • 1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce (recipe calls for mild green, I used hot red)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 5 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless for me)
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips
  1. Combine everything but cilantro and tortilla chips in the crock pot. Cook for 3 - 3 1/2 hours on high.
  2. Shred the meat up a little bit, throw the cilantro in, give it a stir and serve it with some tortilla chips on the side. YUM!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went out to dinner with two pals and Babe, to a place called Chavella's on Classon in Crown Heights. The dinner was okay, pretty good. I gave it a B. Maybe a B-. It's tough to find good Mexican food, but I'm always looking. We went for one post dinner drink to Washington Commons, a sorta random brand new seeming bar in the middle of nowhere.
  2. Watched the California Golden Bears destroy "Eastern Washington" whoever the heck that is, with a score of 59-7. We watched the game at the Pacific Standard, and enjoyed delicious six point beers.
  3. Then went to a friend's 30th birthday party at Fontana's in Chinatown.
  4. Went to the Dumpling House and enjoyed 6 dumplings for a dollar or something insane like that.
  5. Took it pretty easy yesterday, watched a lot of football, read a lot on my new couch, went out to lunch with Babe at the Smoke Joint. Endured the seventh layer of hell, Target at Atlantic Terminal, and watched the SEASON FINALE OF TRUE BLOOD WHICH WAS SO GOOD I ALMOST DIED.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Haiku Friday

Rain is falling fast,
My umbrella is a piece
of broken down poop.

Wore the galoshes.
Marks official start of fall?
Summer's still here though.

Football is starting.
But, all I want is college ball.
Go Cal Golden Bears!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Richmond, Virgnia

First visit to the south (except for Florida, which doesn't count) was pretty interesting. Babe and I spent most of the time in Richmond, VA. I liked the city. It had an Oakland vibe, lots of peeps of color, some grand old architecture, and lots of history.

Lots of poverty, too, and massive disinvestment.

Went to a great little museum, the Black History Museum, which was in an old house right in the center of a residential neighborhood. The story of Black Richmond was really inspiring and interesting. The first black bank was started in Richmond, and there were all sorts of Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and retail shops.

There was also a cool Michael Jackson memorabilia exhibit downstairs and a really nice exhibit about domestic workers. I learned, for example, that it used to take a woman 12 hours to wash 8 dress shirts. Let's hear it for technology, people.

Other highlights of Richmond included:

Legend Brewing Company (best place in Virginia, as far as I'm concerned).
Pearly's restaurant (where I learned that Hipsters & Richmond go hand in hand and where I had the best biscuit I've ever had.
The people - everyone I talked to was friendly and helpful. Way to go, South! Way to deliver on that Southern hospitality.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Numbers - Virginia Edition

Since we last chatted, I:
  • Took two plane rides, from JFK to Richmond and back again. Our flight from Richmond to NYC left at 6:27 pm. That was the scheduled time of departure.
  • Saw a friend of mine, who I've known for 18 years, get married. The wedding took place in a cool, old train station.
  • I went on a tour of a southern plantation from the 1600s. We can talk more about that later in the week.
  • Had a flight of six or seven beers at the Legend Brewing Company, the best place in Richmond. More on that later, too.
  • Ate at Perly's twice.
  • Tried to swim in the pool on the 17th floor but it was just too cold!
  • Got to hang out with three of my favorite people on earth. Babe, BFF, and Dr. Brad.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Haiku Friday

Made the best salad
for dinner last night: orange
tiny tomatoes,

cut in half, fresh mozz,
fresh basil, cut into shreds,
olive oil and

balsamic and salt.
best tomatoes I've eaten
in 2009.

Thursday, September 03, 2009


Today, I have a meeting at 9:30, 11:00. 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 and 3:00.

I'm orienting new students, that's why I need so many little meetings. But it sure is going to be a busy day!
Tomorrow, I'm taking half day to get my hair cut and get ready to go to Richmond Virginia to see PJP the pilot wed Sheila the Storm Trooper. Just kidding, Sheila's not her name, and she's a State Trooper, not a storm trooper.

PJP really is a pilot.
Have you been to Ricmond, VA? Any recommendations? Should be some really old stuff.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wiggin Out

Went to a wig party a couple of weeks ago. This is me and my brother, apparently, wearing wigs.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


It's the first of the month, bitches! Man, I'm stolked. August was a long month. Not to look back to much, but August included:
  • Yankess, Mets, Britney, Wisconsin, Williamsburg, Baby Showers, Birthday Drinks, Bachelorettes, and a Trip to DC.
September will include:
  • A trip to Richmond and Colonial Williamsburg and CAL Football. And I hope that is all.
Hope your September is a good one. Back to school around here, lots of new students, orientation, hiring, that sort of thing.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Numbers - DC Edition II

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Took the BoltBus down and back to DC. About $20 each way. Clean, comfortable, four hour bus ride.
  2. Stayed in Ruby & Joaquin's brand new luxury, two bedroom apartment.
  3. Saw just about all of the 43 president's portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. So amazing!
  4. Saw three pandas eating bamboo at the National Zoo.
  5. Had my first bad Bloody Mary of the summer at Commonwealth Gastro Pub. Didn't drink it.
  6. Walked all over DC's beautiful neighborhoods, saw some gorgeous old houses that look like castles. They must have been built about 100 years ago, maybe 150.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Haiku Friday

Britney and Yankees!
A week spent in arenas
hordes of screaming fans.

I was one of them.
Go Britney!!! Hip! Hip! Jorge!
Glad everyone won.

No breakdown for Brit,
The Yankees managed to win,
All's well that ends well.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Information Technology

Last night, after the yankee game, me and Sashie were talking about the blog. Not too surprisingly, I was thinking of focusing on Britney for the third day in a row. To which Sasha replied, why don't you talk about the role of information technology in long distance shit-talking. What a smart idea. Here goes!
Last night, Babe was heckling Samoi by sending him pics of me and Sasha at the Yankee game. See below.
Samoi got right back to us with his response, showing just how he feels about the Yankees.
So, we all got together to show how we feel about the RED SOX. See below.
Thank god for the iphone!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

She's still talking about Britney?

This is all of us ladies just at the end of the show.
This pic cracks me up, dudes.
One more gratuitous Britney picture for BFF and others. Also a good opportunity to illustrate how up close and personal we were with her.
Thanks to Stretch for the photos.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


The concert was so much fun, ya'all. Me and a bunch of girls, hit up some drink specials at a nice irish pub (MollyWee, if you're in the nabe), and then went to see the Circus, featuring Britney Spears.

We danced, we laughed, we screamed. It was a really fun show, totally ridiculous production. Pyro technics, many many many costume changes, hot hot hot back up dancers, and a real honest to goodness Circus sideshow. (Lady with no legs jumping on a trampoline? Really? Yes, really.)

Check back for videos later.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went to a baseball game and watched the Mets beat the Phillies 4 - 2.
  2. Scheduled multiple things for 10am on Saturday morning: Babe had to get the car, two mail exchanges.
  3. Went out to exit 35 on Long Island. Spent some time in one for the sickest houses I've ever seen.
  4. Went to a bachelorette party at the Clover Club on Smith Street. Had two cocktails that cost too much and tasted okay.
  5. Went to brunch on Sunday then took it easy for the rest of the day. Where's the number there? Went to Autour du Monde at 860 Fulton.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Haiku Friday

Super busy week!
Lots of fun stuff happening.
Lots of work to do.

My coffee tastes weird.
Being punished for ditching
J&B maybe?

Dog days of summer.
It is so scorching outside.
Need to find a pool.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August Full O Fun

Well, I'm just having and August full of fun, I tell you! What with visits to Wisconsin to see the family and a trip to DC planned at the end of the month, I am just cramming as much into this last gasp of summer as humanly possible!

Going to see the Mets tomorrow, the Yankees next week, see GIRL TALK on Sunday, and BRITNEY SPEARS on Monday. Ya heard. That's right. I said it. I'm seeing Britney Spears on Monday at Madison Square Garden and I Can't. Hardly. Wait.

What are you doing this August?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009