Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday morning conversation

Babe: (Before turning on NY1) What temperature do you think it is outside?
Me: It looks warm. I'd say 28. Looks like it's going to snow.
Babe: I'd say 22.

Actual temperature? 13

Friday, January 29, 2010

Haiku Friday

Nineteen this AM
Feels like zero with wind chill.
Love my new ugg boots.

Kind of a tough week.
Headache 3 days in a row.
Feeling much better.

Chill weekend - come here.
Sleep late, take walks, eat healthy.
Cali - I miss you.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hockey

Went to my first hockey game yesterday. It was the Rangers versus someone from Carolina. Here's a picture of everyone.
Then the goalie all by himself.
This lady in front of us was so rich it cracked me up. She had on a fur coat and a giant LV bag. And her diamond ring is reflected in the face plate of the LV bag.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

just some things I like and don't like. Not an exhaustive list.

Things I like:
Strawberries
My bed
Chocolate chips
The Yankees
Lists
Vampire books
Black nail polish
My new Ugg boots
Red hair
Pictures of my friend's babies
Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction
Hiking in Torrey Pines
Pictures drawn by my nieces
Stories about Scooby Doo told by Ben

Things I don't like
Headaches
Shrimp
The Boston Red Sox
Depressing books about post apocolyptic America
Cats
Flight delays
Acne
The smell of tomato sauce, except right when I'm eating it
Mushrooms
The Boss
Cheap shoes

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Deeply disturbing

I am reading a deeply disturbing book right now. The Road by Cormac McCarthy, is a Pulitzer prize winner (and an Oprah book, I guess!) that came out in 2006. It's a book about a man and his son who walk down a road, in the post-apocalyptic ruin of what is presumably North America. It is awful, bleak, and hopeless at every turn. Why is it curiously compelling? I think because these two are survivors and as they search for food - and I mean there is really no food - there is nothing alive - you want them to (need them to) to find something because you know sooner or later they are probably going to starve to death.

I don't know if you should read it. I'm not done yet. I am about 3/4 of the way through. Last night, I had to get back up from my non-sleep and read a part of the Eclipse book, between Bella and Edward that is nothing short of sheer happiness, so I could go back to sleep.

Read the Times review, then decide. I'll tell you when I finish it.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Numbers

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Made 30 of Grama Anne's chicken wings for the 2nd weekend in a row. That's 60 wings of deliciousness.
  2. Watched two football games. Would've been nice to see a Jets Vikings superbowl (though Babe doesn't agree!) but now it's going to be the Saints and the Colts. I suppose I'll root for the Saints since it's their first time.
  3. Watched two movies at Nine's on Friday night: Memento from 2001, member that one? And Twilight.
  4. Went out on Saturday night for the first time in weeks! Went to Milday's and chatted it up with friends. It was super nice.
  5. Made three dozen chocolate chip cookies - that's one batch.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Haiku Movie Review Friday

Last night - Avatar.
Amazing effects! My first
real 3-D movie.

(Well...Captain E-O.)
Totally original
story. Unlike most

blockbusters, only
Sigourney was famous. Loved
skinny blue people.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ang!

Happy Birthday, Sister! Hope you have a beautiful day!! I wish I could go to Fidel's with you guys, but soon, soon.
Also, happy birthday to my Grampa. If he was still alive, he would be 100 years old today! How bout that? This is him and my Uncle Tony. Sorry about the picture quality. My scanner was acting up.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Review

Babe and I found this book while in a wee bookstore in Shawano, Wisconsin. We were there visiting my Grama and while we weren't visiting her, there wasn't very much to do. So, we spent a long time in this one book store looking for a libro for Babe.

Pyres is Derek Nikitas's first novel and the review by the San Francisco Chronicle on the back of the book said something like "as many people who can should read this book." It takes place in upstate NY. A 15 year old girl goes to the mall with her pops and in the parking garage on the way out of the mall he gets killed. It's a mystery with a bit of magic realism and Swedish mythology sprinkled throughout. It's pretty deeply disturbing, but also hard to put down. I think I recommend it, but only if you have a stomach for violence. The cops in this book are rad. Good names, too. Luc Morberg is the daughter and Gerta Herd is the detective.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Numbers

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Enjoyed a three day weekend. Thank you, Dr. King.
  2. Watched about 10 maybe 12 episodes of Buffy.
  3. Cleaned out my closet and put away three boxes of clothes and gave away two bags of clothes.
  4. Went to a new restaurant called The Vanderbilt about a fifteen minute walk from my house. I will tell you more about that later in the week.
  5. Watched three of the four football games this weekend - so many hideous games this playoff season. Or maybe it's just that I am paying more attention? Or that I can see them more clearly on my amazing new TV?
  6. Finished one book, Pyres, which I'll also tell you more about later.
  7. Made: three dozen chocolate chip cookies (one batch), one pot of veggie chili, one batch of Ruben's salsa, and one pan of cornbread.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiku Friday

Met tiny Ethan
yesterday. You know, Nancy's
wee little baby.

Dreamt about my own.
Babe said, "What did he look like?"
Me: "It was a girl."

Tiny with black hair.
Spent the first night in her car
seat. I didn't sleep.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti!

If you're interested in donating money to Haiti, here are a few good places to do it:

For those interested in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

http://newsroom.redcross.org/2010/01/12/disaster-alert-earthquake-in-haiti/

http://www.mercycorps.org/

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Also

I went 0-4 on my pics for playoffs last week. (I don't want to talk about the Packers game.)

Who should I pick this week?

Jets @ Chargers

Ravens @ Colts

Cowboys @ Vikings

Cardinals @ Saints

Lots of time on my hands

I remember talking to Jojo when she was pregnant who told me about the all time she had on her hands to read and what not.

Well, I had no idea.

Let me tell you, now that I don't go out really, no drinking after work, no happy hours, I have a lot of time. That's not to say I don't hang out with people. I mean, I totally do. But I work at a very social place and at least one or two nights a week we would drink after work, either here or at a bar. Now, I don't do that at all. I still hang out with them if they drink here or go to happy hour, but it seems without my ringleading, they just don't go out as much.

Anyways, all this time, all this time. Last night I made banana bread. Seriously. I don't think I'd ever made banana bread before I got knocked up, now I've made it twice in the last two months. Is this what people who don't party feel like all the time??

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ben

Here's a picture of my nephew Ben, from when we were home in San Diego. He's just the cutest boy I've ever seen in my life. He's also a really nice person.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Numbers

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Became enraged at two separate news items. Number one: Rudy Giuliani. Dude, that man really pisses me off. I wish he would just stop talking. Number two: those two asshole terrorist guys who went to high school together in Queens, then went off to Pakistan to learn how to be a terrorist. I tell you, it just makes me mad.
  2. Laughed and laughed at the 20th anniversary Simpsons commercials. They had Coldplay's "Yellow" playing over clips from the Simpsons. Hilarious!
  3. Watched our new 40 inch TV.
  4. Watched four football games with several different people.
  5. Made one pot of Posole. Yum!
  6. Made one breakfast casserole that was delicious.
  7. Made two types of peppermint bark.
  8. Watched four episodes of Buffy on my new GIANT TV.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Haiku Friday

Got a manicure yesterday.
My new color? Licorice.
It's really just black.

Snowed some overnight.
The city is dusted white.
Looks really lovely.

BFF's present
on my desk. Crayon onesies
in red, green, orange.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Ma's Famous Blueberry Dessert

For the first time in about 8 years, I'm not on a diet, folks. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not in a free-for-all, eat anything you want. I still eat super healthy as much as possible. But, I've started enjoying something that people who don't diet have enjoyed for many years.

That something is called "Dessert." If you aren't familiar with the concept, dessert is a sweet delicious treat that you eat after your meal. If you happen to drink your extra calories, like I have for years, desserts are few and far between. Well, now that drinking is off the table I have found myself with a few extra calories on my hands. Hooray!

When I was home, I was thumbing through my Ma's recipe book (which is one of my favorite things to do at anyone's house, really). I found the recipe for her blueberry dessert that she used to make when we were kids. I loved it then, so much. Loved it. So, yesterday, she sent me recipe. I made it last night and guess what? I still love it. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Here's the secret recipe to Ma's Famous Blueberry Dessert. Enjoy, lucky ducks!

Ma's Famous Blueberry Dessert
Layer one
crush one package of graham crackers
mix in 3/4 cup of melted butter
press in a 9X13 inch pan
bake at 350 for about 7 minutes
cool

Layer 2
mix 4 tbsp milk, an 8oz. package of cream cheese, and one cup of powered sugar. Spread this mixture on top of layer one

Layer 3
Pour 11/2 cup of chopped walnuts on top of layer 2

Layer 4
whip 2 cups of whipping cream with 4 tbsp. of sugar or use 2 packages of dream whip as directed on the pkg, and spread onto layer 3

Layer 5
spread onto layer 4 one can of Comstock blueberry or cherry pie filling

refrigerate for a few hours

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Glass Castle

I just finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (which I thought that Crusty had reviewed but I must have dreamt that). This memoir is about the Walls family, a family with four kids and pretty nontraditional parents. Because her dad is a drunk and her mother doesn't take care of them, they basically raise themselves.

It's crazy, though. They live in about twenty different desert towns and eventually settle in Welch, W. Virginia, which must be one of the most god forsaken parts of the United States.

Anyways, I'm not sure if I recommend, but it did keep me interested. If you've read it, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Numbers, one day later

This isn't really since we last chatted, but maybe it's since I last did a numbers??
  1. Celebrated my dad's 65th birthday.
  2. Took two flights, one to San Diego, one home. The flight from JFK to SAN actually arrived one hour early. Seriously.
  3. By the way, I am stuck in my apartment. The door just won't budge. Babe is on his way home to rescue me. Going to miss my 10 o'clock.
  4. Got a new jacket, 50% off! It's so warm. It's all soft and full of down. With a furry hood.
  5. Also got a pair of shorty boots - also 50% off.
  6. Saw a lot of good friends who I've know for more than ten years.
  7. Hung out with my familials for nearly ten days.
  8. Saw my little niece and nephew (6 and 4) a lot. They are so big but little and smart and cute.
  9. Ate a lot of good Mexican food, including Lolita's twice.
  10. Had a $10 pizza from Pizza Hut. Yup. I really did.
  11. Rang in 2010, stone cold sober.

Monday, January 04, 2010