Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Good

  • In San Diego this week! It is absolutely beautiful here. Get to spend time with the family and the buddy. Buddy gets to spend time with the family. Win, win, win.
  • Found some good after Christmas deals, but haven't spent too much money so that is also good.
The Bad
  • Dude, I haven't gotten as much work done as I thought I would. This is entirely my fault. I am terrible at working at Starbucks. SIGH. Oh well. I'm having a good week, like I said, so I can't really complain. 
The Ugly
  • The California Golden Bear football team just isn't very good. There are no two ways about it. I mean bowl game, yes. But we just stink at football. Oh well, there's always next year.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ben, conductor!

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Sash and nav on the train!

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Numbers

  1. I am still working on my 111 list, guys. Don't give up on me. I know you're dying to read it.
  2. Had our first Christmas waking up at home and that was really really nice and really fun. Buddy slept in til 8:30, and we all opened our presents. It was about 75 degrees outside so we played outside for awhile, then took the quick 1 and a half hour drive to Hemet to see the in-laws.
  3. Buddy got a lot of nice presents this year, including a pony to ride on and a drum set with all sorts of instruments inside. Yah! She's having fun. She's going to be 18 months old tomorrow!
  4. Yesterday, I drove down to San Diego because Buddy's day care is closed this week and I have to get some work done. So, I probably did about three hours today which is better than if I had been home alone with Buddy. Then I would have gotten about zero hours done.
  5. Tomorrow is my Dad's birthday! I'm taking him to the bowl game so we can watch the California Golden Bears in action. It's my first bowl game, don't know if it's his.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

111 things about 2011 - can I do it?


  1. The year started off with a bang. Actually, I have very little recollection of January and what I did on New Years Eve. That has to be a first.
  2. In the spring time we went to Wisconsin to see my Grama.
  3. My last day of work at NYU was in the end of May.
  4. I saw the Statue of Liberty up close for the first time.
  5. I brewed beer with my pals for the first time.
  6. I went to the Bronx Zoo and saw the tigers and bears frolic in the snow. 
  7. We basically took a victory lap around NYC and saw everyone we loved and sights we hadnt really seen before. 
  8. We celebrated buddy's first birthday in Brooklyn with fifty or so of our closest friends.
  9. Then we moved to California.
  10. I've visited several cities in California, like San Diego, Hemet, Oxnard, Pasadena and Idylwild.
  11. I've attended two weddings this year. 
  12. One was the wedding of the century in Washington DC.
  13. I read about fifty books this year, some of them were very good and many were very bad.
  14. The funniest one was the Tina Fey book. The other funny ones  
  15. I celebrated my thirty fourth birthday. 
  16. Babe and I celebrated our fifteenth anniversary of going out. 
  17. I welcomed a new niece and nephew into my life.
  18. I got a new car!
  19. I found a neat spot to live in, in beautiful west LA.
  20. I saw two movies in the theater this year - Black Swan and the Harry Potter #7, P2.
  21. I applied to forty eight jobs.
  22. I got two.
  23. Much like 9 years ago when we took a one way trip to the east coast, we took a one way flight from NYC to San Diego. 
  24. I sat outside today on Christmas Eve and it was seventy five degrees outside.
  25. I am going to wake up at my own house on Christmas morning for the first time, ever.
  26. I met several friends new babies. And some of my pals welcomed number two into their lives!
  27. I watched the same ten episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba about nine hundred times.
  28. I befriended the 94 year old lady who lives next door. She loves the buddy.
  29. I found an amazing day care for my buddy.
  30. I got a new suit.
  31. My dry cleaner lost my suit.
  32. Then they bought me a new one.
  33. I went to a Cal game at the Rose Bowl.
  34. I drove to San Diego and back, just me and the Buddy.
  35. Also did the same with Oxnard.
  36. I made a gingerbread house.
  37. I saw the Yankees at Yankee stadium twice. 
  38. I saw them at the Angels stadium once.
  39. I saw them at Camden yards once.
  40. And I saw the poor mets play at citifield.
  41. I hosted both of the families for Thanksgiving dinner for the first time.
  42. Buddy and I colored in a coloring book together for the first time.
  43. Celebrated my first mother's day!
  44. Watched the final season of Entourage. It got a little real, too. I didn't love that.
  45. I missed my first season of True Blood. Just got too far behind, and couldn't catch up.
  46. I still haven't found the saving grace of Los Angeles television to replace my beloved NY1.
  47. We hosted several pumpkins for the autumn season, including one brought by my friend Patrick Paumberg who just moved to Germany.
  48. Took Buddy trick or treating this year and also had a whole bunch of trick or treaters here at the pad. 
  49. Went to Vegas for the first time. 
  50. Went on my first bachelor/bachelor party trip and made dope pins of the couple for everyone to wear. 
  51. I wrote a blog entry that was supposed to be 111 things about 2011, but it turned out to be only 51. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Numeros!

  1. Finished the Christmas cards - 88 sent out this year! 
  2. Purchased about five christmas gifts Sunday.
  3. Went to my pal's coookie party downtown LA on Spring and 3rd Street. It's a beautiful old building, turned into a beautiful new loft. 
  4. Traded date night with our pals, so Friday night me and Babe went out to dinner while Buddy terrorized their two children, and Saturday night I went over and watched their TV while their two babies slept. I hope to do this every month, to be sure. 
  5. I made the mistake of making toffee bars yesterday, a recipe I will share with you because it is so easy it's painful. Why a mistake? Because I work from home. I've already had two "for breakfast." 
  6. My favorite pandora station of 2011 is Spoon Radio. It's great music to get your work done. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Great things about 2011!!

2011 has been one of the more challenging years on record for me and my nearest and dearest.

I've decided to start my closing-of-the-year entries by listing some of the great things that have happened in 2011.

  • I got a new niece and a new nephew this year. 
  • I moved to California this year and now live within 100 miles of both of my sets of parents and my sisters.
  • I found an awesome house to rent that costs the same as my old spot in Brooklyn but has a backyard, three bedrooms and my own washer and dryer. 
  • I got not one but two jobs to keep me super busy and to keep the paychecks coming this way.
  • Babe got a great job, super close to where we live and he is kicking its teeth in so far.
  • I found an awesome daycare for my buddy, steps away from my house, where she has so much fun all day, gets to play with lots of other kids, eats her veggies, and takes naps every day. It costs half of what my childcare cost in NYC, too, and thats for five days instead of four. She also makes me amazing art projects that I will cherish forever. 
  • Speaking of my buddy, she is thriving. She has cousins here and lots of little friends who live close by. 
Take that, 2011!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Haiku Friday

It's really cold here.
Yeah, I said it. What of it?
Fifty-three's not cold?

You know what you have,
my shivering New Yorkers?
INSULATION. YEP.

If you stand outside,
then inside my house, it is 
it is colder inside. Why?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two new recipes

I tried two new recipes this week, how bout that, huh? How does she do it, you ask yourself? I don't know. Here's one, hopefully I'll get you the second one, too!

I made a variation of this recipe "Layered Mexican Bake."

My version:


Ingredients 
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
large onion, chopped
colorful bell peppers peppers, chopped
2 1/2 cups chunky red salsa + Some taco sauce
1 can of black beans
6 corn tortillas
cup Light Sour Cream
1 1/2 cups  Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Directions 
HEAT oven to 375 degrees F.
BROWN meat with onions and peppers in large skillet on medium-high heat. Stir in taco sauce; cook 1 minute. Add salsa and black beans; mix well. Simmer 5 minutes.
SPREAD 2 cups meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 2 tortillas, 1 cup meat sauce, sour cream and 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with 2 tortillas, 2 cups of remaining meat sauce and half of remaining cheese; top with remaining tortillas and meat sauce. Cover with foil.
BAKE 30 minutes or until casserole is heated through. Top with remaining cheese; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until melted.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Numbers


  1. This past weekend was pretty marvy, dude. Went down to San Diego on Saturday to watch my 8 year old niece perform in the Nutcracker. I really love the Nutcracker, we used to go every year when I was a kid because my sister was in it. It was awfully nice to be there and it was very festive.
  2. The drive down to San Diego is perfect because if we leave at noon it is about exactly an hour and forty five minutes which is just as long as Buddy's nap. So she sleeps and we cruise down and have some nice time to catch up and chat.
  3. Whilst in San Diego, we went to our favorite place on the planet, the Ballast Point Brewery eighteen steps away from where my mom and dad live. Then we went out to dinner with my sister. 
  4. Sunday, Ang came back up with us to LA and watched the buddy while Babe and I went out on a date. Two dates in two days. Wowee. 
  5. I'm working this week from home for USC. So far its kinda ouchie hard but I'm hoping to get into a rythm. I left the house for a coffee shop today so hopefully that is more inspiring and I can get more than one organization researched - like maybe two or three!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh!
She's up and ready for the 
party and presents.

When Buddy saw it
Her eyes got big and she said,
"Oh Wow." I agree.

Man, I love Christmas.
Decorations and stockings,
lights and Santi Claus. 

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas List

Why not make a Christmas list, right?

  • One of the biggest things I miss about NYC is the prevalence of delicious seltzer. So, my number one wish list item is a Soda Stream. Then, I can make my own seltzer and drink it all the time!
  • I always like jewelry, and think Tiffany's is a great place to get it!
  • I need a new travel coffee mug because the one I use every morning was compromised. Meaning, water got inside where there isn't supposed to be water and it was all grody. So I had to throw it away. Now, I am drinking out of a cute mug with snoopy, charlie brown and a christmas tree on it, but it doesn't keep my coffee warm.
  • I always get people delicious smelling lotions and soaps for the holidays and I like those things, too. For myself I mean. Not just for other people.
  • A new set of awesome knives that cut real well. For cooking.
Probably that's a good enough list. I don't really need anything for Christmas and it feels a little disingenuous to be making a Christmas list, but it's a fun exercise.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wednesday Update


  • It's "cold" here. I use the quotes because cold is walking down Broadway with a windchill of 2 degrees and wet socks from slushy snow seeping in. Being that I live here, though, now, cold is 40s.
  • I am working on my proposal for USC and almost threw in the towel 18 times yesterday. Going to get it done today and send it off and if he doesn't like it, then FINE.
  • Dude. Pinterest is my new addiction. Don't go there. But, if you do, click my funny page, and laugh and laugh and laugh. 

Bundled!

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Ready for the day!

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Numbers - one day late


  1. I think I'm going to be one day late on Numbers from now on. Gives me a chance to digest the weekend. Sabes?
  2. This past weekend, I went to Long Beach three times. For realsies. It's about 20 miles away, so not far, but kind of funny to keep going to there over and over and over. On Friday, Babe flew out of the LBC to fly up to the Bay to hang out with the homies. On Sat, I went to Cin's to meet the new baby who is tiny and precious. On Sun, I went to pick up Babe from the LBC airport. Thank goodness Buddy like the car or I would be screwed.
  3. On Sat, I journeyed 47 miles up the coast to my homeland, beautiful Oxnard, California to spend the weekend with BFF's familials. We had a very nice and very chill weekend. Her husband the Doctor made us a delicious dinner, BFF and I strolled the Farmer's Market and I stopped in to see her folks. I managed to consume everything in sight while I was there, though, so am clearly fasting this week.
  4. My attempts to get a tree have so far been foiled, but high prices or hour long lines. Babe is going today to pick up a tree and, in his words, nothing but death will keep him from them. We're lookin at a 7 or 8 footer me thinks.
  5. I've been working on my proposal for USC for a couple of days and hope to finish it by tomorrow. It's hard but boy oh boy is it nice to work. Hate working? Be unemployed for several months and send out 48 job applications. That'll make you like it. 

Friday, December 02, 2011

Haiku Friday

A million bucks.
That's what I feel like right now.
Mama got a job!

My hard work paid off.
Working as a consultant 
for a spell, then temp.

Both could become perm.
It doesn't matter to me.
I will be working!