Monday, October 31, 2011


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Haiku Monday

I cannot believe
I forgot to Haiku for
maybe the first time.

Last week was busy.
I had two job interviews!
Takes a lot of work.

We'll see what happens.
One of them wasn't too great.
The other one was.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


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Buddy is growing by leaps and bounds people. Starting yesterday, you can say to her "what noise does a cow make?" and she'll answer "moooooooo."

Every time she sees a doggie she says, "woof woof woof," and every time she sees an owl she says, "whoooo."

This morning, she asked for her Baba. First time!

Then, she sat in her chair saying her name.

I told her I needed to brush my teeth and she ran to the bano to hang out while I was brushing.

When her papa left for work this am, she said "Bye Dada."

Of course, the minute she woke up this morning, she asked for her "Shooooooeeeees."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reuben Casserole Recipe

Thanks to MIL for this one! I made some changes, so I'll give you the recipe the way I made it!

Reuben Casserole

1/2 cup sour cream (I use light, as if that makes a difference. You'll see.)
1/2 cup 1,000 Island Dressing
1 pound corned beef from the deli
1 cup sauerkraut
6 slices of rye bread, cubed.
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Use a 9x9 casserole dish. Mix up the sauerkraut with the dressing and the sour cream. Put that on the bottom of the dish. Layer the corned beef and the cheese. I added a little bit of sharp cheddar for the heck of it.
Toss the bread with the butter, cover the casserole with that.
Bake for 30 minutes, covered, then another 10-15 uncovered.

Viola!  Delicious casserole.

If you can find fresh baked rye bread, use it. So few ingredients in this casserole, you'll want each one to be the best you can find.

Numbers - one day late!

  1. Excuse my tardiness people. Yesterday, I had to take my computer to the doctor for the first time! She wasn't charging right. So they gave her a new power cord. 
  2. This past weekend we had a mini shower for my pal who is having her second baby in two months! Wow! Lotsa second babies happening! No fear, blog readers. Not my second baby. Not for some time. 
  3. I made a reuben casserole and I will share the recipe on my 2nd blog post today. To make up for no post yesterday. 
  4. Sunday, we had the newlyweds come over for a bit and we all went to the farmers market. They are the folks whose wedding we attended about three weeks ago. 
  5. Afterwards, me and Buddy took a long nap. She slept for three hours, I slept for one
  6. Then, we went by our pal's house to watch the football game and meet their pals, all who had babies. So there were about 6 babies running around? I don't know. Anything more than three feels like six.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Haiku Friday

Watching Bored to Death
on HBO On Demand
made me miss New York.

Wholly, completely.
For the first time since I left.
I want to go back.

Just for a visit.
See my old nabe and my friends.
Get my hair cut right. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A flick, a book, a show

A flick
  • I watched my annual movie! A pal at Babe's work loaned him Bridesmaids, so we took it in. (I was going to link to BFF's review of it, but I can't find it. BFF?) It was super hilarious, really gross at parts, with a little bit of romantic comedy mixed it. The main person, Kristen Wiig, is so darn funny I can't even stand it. 
A book
  • I've been reading about three or four random books a week. Like, I go to the library with the Buddy strapped to my chest and pick up five of the easiest to reach books with the prettiest covers and take them home. Many aren't very good. But, I read a really good book called Cleaning Nabakov's House about a woman who lives in upstate New York, gets a divorce and loses her kids in the custody battle, then proceeds to work on getting them back. That sounds very serious, though, and this book is far lighter than that. Her writing reminds me a little bit of my comedic hero Tina Fey in the way she refers to things, like her one pair of presentable pants which she calls "The Pants" and her ex husband who she calls the experson. Anyways, it's good. Read it. 
A show
  • Anyone else watching the new Buffy (SMG, not BFF's husband) show Ringer on that marvel of television, the CW? It's twisted, soapy, sexy, and full of images of my old place of residence NYC. So far, I like it a lot. But, I kinda just love SMG, so would probably be pretty happy watching her in whatever she was in. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Job Update (numbers round II?)

  • I have applied to twenty-five jobs.
  • I have had two phone interviews.
  • I have had one in-person interview (UCLA) and I was not selected. I was his second choice, however, so that's not bad.
  • I have seen only about three rejections in my email, which means people have very few manners when it comes to the hiring process. 
  • I would like to be employed before the holidays because I feel like once that happens, it's going to be until January 2012 that I get a job.
  • I have one iron in the fire at a place that might hire me if they can scrape together the funding.
  • All this job searching has given me a couple of new allies here in LA that I didn't even know before moving here, but are now helping me get a job. Nice. 
  • I still have a lot of connections to make and people to meet with, so am far from feeling desperation. It's only been about ten weeks that I've been looking and I'd say that's a lot of progress.

Monday, October 17, 2011


  1. Last week was one for the books. I'm glad it's over and done with. 
  2. But, this weekend was beyond terrific. Babe, Buddy and I were home for the first time solo since we moved here. Is that true? Feels that way. 
  3. Ang came up on Friday to watch the buddy while I had an all day conference with 700 affordable housing folks. That evening, she stayed home to mind the buddy's sleeping habits while babe and I went out dinner. Heck yeah we did. We went to Waterloo & City just up the street. He got some pasta with lobster and I got a pizza with green chorizo and an egg on it. Both of those things were good, good, good. Plus they easily have the best beer list I've seen so far in LA.
  4. On Saturday, we hung out and took it easy, then went by the LACMA for my pal Jenny's 30-something birthday. We saw a beautiful exhibit about California from the 30s to the 50s
  5. Then, me and Babe went to Bevmo for the 5cent wine sale. Do you know about this? You get one bottle of wine and the next one is 5cents. So, we got a 30 dollar bottle of wine for 5cents. Yah. Awesome. 
  6. Sunday we went to a pumpkin patch, a park, watched football, and had two visitors! My pal Patricio who I have known for about twenty years came by with his lovely wife. Awesome. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Haiku Friday

At a conference
To learn about housing in
Los Angeles. Word.

Feels just like New York.
Housing people look the same
No matter the coast.

Ang is watching Bud.
She's feeling a lot better.
But is still sickie.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Feeling a lot better

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Sick Day

Sorry I missed my blog update yesterday. It's because the Buddy has the croup.

You heard me. Apparently I live in 19th Century England. Or the 20s. I don't know. The croup.

I woke up in the middle of the night, not last night but the night before, and buddy was as hot as a little pinto bean. I dont know what that means, exactly, but she felt hot and little like a bean. And, she sounded exactly like Darth Vader. I am not exaggerating. I don't mean she had a barking cough, I mean she sounded like she was breathing through a giant black mask about the give orders to blow up some rebels. (Rebels? Right Babe?)

So, we took her to the emergency room. First time. 5am.

She has the croup. Which means her windpipe is all swollen. So, it sounds REALLY bad, and it can be, but rarely. Like, most kids with the croup just stay home from school for a few days and then it goes away. Every parent of every child who has had it, though, will tell you that it is the scariest illness they get. They sound like they can't get any air. I won't say much more. Because it's too horrible. She got a shot at the hospital and is totally on the mend. Her fever is gone, she doesn't sound like a Sith Lord. She's eating her eggo in her monkey pajamas watching me type.

But, no daycare this week. So that isn't muy bueno for me. But, it's okay.

Monday, October 10, 2011


  1. My oldest pal game down - not that she is super old, Ha!, we've just been friends for a long long time. Since Kindergarten, so I guess that's about 25 years? I got to meet her baby who is two months older than the buddy. Boy is she just a cutie pie. 
  2. Friday night we went to a meet & greet pizza party at Buddy's daycare. Met the other moms and dads and stuff. There were two other sets of parents who also just moved here, so that was nice. 
  3. Saturday, we went and walked around Venice Beach some. There's a cute street called Abbot Kinney Blvd. with lots of shops and restaurants, etc. We stopped for a couple of scoops of ice cream and it was deeeelicous. 
  4. I just had to go get buddy from daycare because she has a fever! Poor little thing. It's 100.6, and I gave her tylenol and now she's taking a nap. I imagine it's because she is getting one new giant molar. Man, teething is a real bitch.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Haiku-we're not talking about baseball- Friday

When you're unemployed,
the first thing to go, besides
insurance, are pens.

When you have a job,
you have unlimited pens.
Gels, ballpoints, black, blue.

When you have no job,
you root through your purse for that
free coffee shop pen. 

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Buddy in the bath with her pal, Carter. Say it with me:

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Good, Bad, Ugly


  • Third interview/mtg with USC today! I hope I come out of this with a job, man! That would be great.
  • It's raining her and boy is it nice. It sure is "cute" when you have 70 degrees every day for three months then it rains. Very refreshing.
  • I am pretty glad the Yankees won yesterday. 

  • What could be bad? I guess I am starting to feel more pressure about getting a job because now I am an official drain on our resources. Before we were paying for daycare I wasn't creating a negative in the economy here at our house. Now? I am.

  • My cough, post cold. I sound like I have TB. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Jane Says!

Grown up Sasha (GUS) was the winner of two free tickets to see Jane's Addiction at the Ford Theater in Hollywood!
And she took me! 
We went to this beautiful outdoor amphitheater, which was tiny, and grabbed a seat right smack in the middle and watched the show.
Jane's Addiction had three albums when I was in college, and we listened to all of them all the time. There is not a guitar riff that I am not familiar with on those albums. So, it was really fun to see it in person. For a second time! GUS (and others) and I saw Jane's at the Enid Festival in the late nineties in San Francisco. 
They played everything from Ocean Size to Three Days, to a few off their new album.
The crowd was a little bit quiet, but we had a great time! 
Here's the good friends, good music and free shows!!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Buddy at a wedding in the woods!

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  1. Buddy and I had her first cold of her second year this past weekend. She's doing much better now and so am I. I think Babe probably has it, now.
  2. I dropped her off at daycare for her official first day today. 
  3. This past weekend, we went to Idyllwild for a wedding. Did you know that it is one mile high? It was absolutely beautiful. Babe's oldest friend, of about twenty years, got married. It was a lovely ceremony, and very small. About fifty people and the couple wed near a beautiful creek. I would like to go back to Idyllwild and stay there for a while.
  4. We drove to Hemet on Friday and that is 100 miles away and took us more than three hours to get there. It took us exactly two hours to get home from Idyllwild yesterday, which is forty minutes east of Hemet. Friday afternoon drives? No thank you. 
  5. It is so quiet here without my buddy. It could also be that my ears are still plugged up from the drive down the mountain, coupled with still being a little sick.