Monday, November 30, 2009

Currently Obsessing Over:

An Education.

More specifically, Rosamund Pike in An Education.

Also, the soundtrack is delightful! And Peter Sarsgaard is so good at playing the creepers. (I can think of one role that wasn't creepy and that was Shattered Glass. Can you think of any others? He seems like such a cool guy, alas...)

Saturday, November 28, 2009


I've been pretty much obsessed with the Muppets since I was a small child, and now that they have a youtube channel, I'm pretty obsessed with that too. I'm assuming you've all seen the Bohemian Rhapsody but I love Beaker. So here he is.

A note to Ryan.

A week ago there was a going away party for one of my favorite people, whom we will call "Ryan" (because that is his name). At this party, Ryan asked me if I was going to blog about it. So, here it is, sort of.
Ryan happens to be one of the most charming and charismatic people I've ever met. One time when we were going to meet for trivia, I sent him a text saying, "I'll be carrying a copy of Pride and Prejudice and a red rose." He responded by sending me this picture:
along with a description of what he'd be wearing, something about a trench coat... ahem. This might also be the time to mention that he is an equal opportunity flirt, which I think more people need to be. Gold star, Ryan!
Last Saturday when I said he was one of my favorite people, he seemed shocked, and asked if I liked him better than Obama. Without getting on a political soapbox, let me just say, Obama = not a favorite, while Ryan = a favorite.

Ryan, now that you are where you were going away to, have so much fun, and know that you are missed.


I am someone who likes pumpkin. I like pumpkin pie okay, but for thanksgiving, a holiday only celebrated by social eating, why serve the same old pumpkin pie? Last year I made a pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry compote, which was super yummy. And this year, I decided to try something I saw on the Food Network. Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, and my all time fave, made a pumpkin roulade with ginger butter cream. I thought I'd mix it up and put an orange cream cheese frosting inside it instead of the ginger butter cream, and boy howdy, it was rich, and delicious. Since my computer has yet to be replaced, I don't have a picture of it to post, but think of a really big hostess ho ho. In order to make it all roll uppy like roulades are by definition you flip it out of the pan onto a towel as soon as it comes out of the oven, then you roll it up and let it cool, (later to unroll it and add the filling). When I flipped that 13" x 18" cake out of the pan and rolled it up without anything breaking I had this huge sense of accomplishment. I would liken it to the time when Heidi taught me how to bust a coal, aka start a fire by rubbing sticks together. After rolling up that cake I had the rush of, "I have made fire! I have made fire!" (and by fire, I mean a cake, rolled up in a towel.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

One of these days I'll blog maybe?

So, I've been a little hesitant to post the blogs on my mental to-blog-list because I've recently been bombarded with a bunch* of random commenters/email respondents, some of them have been hard core crazy - not unlike our old friend Hawkeye Rachel. Sure, some of the people who have emailed me were mentioned on my blog, and apparently have a bone to pick with me, like I'm Hedda Hopper or something. But some have not. I'm not sure how these new friends are finding my blog, but it made me not post about my run in with Gumby at Lola's Room last Friday night, lest Gumby google him/herself and then feel like I was mis-representing them and the integrity of their costume at 80's night. (Chuck Norris** was also there, and for a brief moment I was concerned that the universe would implode because they were in the same room together.) (Nice comments and emails, and non-nice from people I know, are always welcome.)

Also, my little laptop died. It has been geriatric for a while (why yes, it is the same 12 inch beauty I bought in 2004, and had recently contracted narcolepsy (do you contract narcolepsy? develop maybe?) where it would yawn briefly before quickly falling asleep. Tonight, it gave up the ghost. It is making a terrible angry beeping noise every time I try to turn it on - apparently it has had enough moments posing as Lazarus. Even though I was anticipating the loss, it still smarts something fierce. Sure I've been through three operating systems, two hard drives, four batteries and two plugs, I loved my computer. The sad news is, I have to buy this as soon as possible, potentially changing my plans for Africa...I was making MAJOR progress on a project, and I need a computer. SHOOT!

*Ok, maybe just a few, but enough all the same.

**Not THE duster-wearing Chuck Norris, but he sure does throw down an awe-inspiring roundhouse!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Open Season:

To the writers of Gossip Girl:
Dan + Vanessa with her awful extensions + Hilary Duff = EW.

To Matthew Weiner:
Good job. Wow. Wow. Good job.

Please order more episodes of Mad Men. 13 is not enough. Thank you.

To my wrist:
I don't know how you got sprained, but I do know that you hurt like nobody's business. I hope you like the stupid brace I'm wearing for you. Let's be friends again soon.

To the pretentious 18 year old featured on Caridgan Empire today:
I really liked this outfit.

To Charlie Kaufman:
I just watched Being John Malkovich again, and you are AWESOME.

To Wade Robson:
Your dance last week was my favorite of this season, and last season.

To the sales girl at Ray's Ragtime.
You're not cool.

To the kid who plays Artie on Glee:
I am SHOCKED that I like your David Bowie cover so much. Good job.

To pears:
I am addicted to you.

To my hair:
I'm sorry that I tease and curl you all the time. Thanks for doing whatever I tell you to do.

To Cory:
Yes, Dead Man's Bones really is my greatest concert yet. You were there, you know why.

To Charlie Kelly:
I'd like to place an order for "Kitten Mittons." I'm smitten!