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.