Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Kick Drum Heart- Avett Brothers
Funny Little Frog- Belle & Sebastian
Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side- Magnetic Fields
People Gotta Lot of Nerve- Neko Case
Business Time- Flight of the Conchords
Oh You Pretty Things- David Bowie
Rubella- Smoking Popes
Holland, 1945- Neutral Milk Hotel
Black Cadillacs- Modest Mouse
Push It- Salt N Pepa
Music Playlist at MixPod.com
(check out these guys' super sweet friday mixes too!)
hi fi weddings
one cat per person
dead flowers blog
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
(you can buy your cat a party hat here; found via here)
thanks for the help in advance, folks.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
so how was your weekend?
Friday, October 22, 2010
five things I miss from my childhood*:
(slimer needs no introduction, image found here)
1- ecto cooler!**
2- 'my' tv lineup (ducktales, tailspin, gummi bears; also I miss my strawberry toy box that I would sit in to watch said shows)
3- my sweet NKOTB accessories (I swear I had a bracelet that weighed 10 lbs; it was faux gold with hearts and their signatures)
4- my teenage mutant ninja turtle action figures (especially the van)
* certain things are a given like: being a kid, the house I grew up in, childhood pets
** see also: my metabolism, lack of food guilt
bonus! a link to start your weekend off hilariously
Thursday, October 21, 2010
(terrarium 1. I love this one, its hearty. its a varigated jade)
(terrarium 2. its a stripey aloe)
(purple ruffle basil, thai basil)
(the other half; also those little mushrooms I bought off etsy)
not picture: my lemon tree in the hallway.
*I really wanted to hobble together a post about 2 different conversations I had last night with my husband: (1) would I rather have a guy roommate my age or an older one? (I chose option 1) and (2) what is the deal with the creepy double bathtubs in the cialis ads? (we did some googling, apparently it has to do with relaxing and having the 'luxury of time' on your side)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
(image from here)
a couple things:
1. yesterday I was already saying what a long week it had been...on tuesday
2. seeing my sister and eating fancy pasta and frozen yogurt made it better!
(we went to this pick your own pasta/sauce/toppings place. I got gnocchi with pink vodka sauce and mushrooms, peas and tomatoes. she got creamy pesto fettuccine. then we went to berry line, which is actually the same as pinkberry, and I got frozen yogurt with blackberries and fresh figs! I never knew how good fresh figs were since they are so damn expensive at the store! now I want them all the time! one of the things on my list of best things ever would be laughing with my sister.)
what cheers you up on a looong week?
**also: Angie I got the new Belle & Sebastian, I'll let you know how that goes
Monday, October 18, 2010
(lots of VW listening. I have officially overplayed the Phoenix album so this cd was the soundtrack to our weekend)
(last wedding of the season, they had props on the dancefloor)
gorgeous wedding, beautiful bride, happy people. it's always fun to see people dance you haven't seen dance before.
(this didn't happen this weekend; this is just the face I make when I see babies)
we went to a 1 year old's birthday. I was so psyched to see the adorable little guy. I held him and made him cry which prompted me to ask Ryan if I thought our kids would like me. He looked at me like I was crazy and said of course they would but they might sense my crazy love for them and that is why they are nervous. Then he took it back saying babies are not like bears. regardless, I got some good times in with the wee ones since I had a balloon and he loved balloons (what little kid/adult doesn't?)
-LOTS of cleaning our house
-more spaghetti squash, made soup for lunch for the week, made muffins for breakfast
-did a million loads of laundry (anyone else feel REALLY good after they do this??)
-went to the new super target near me (super jazzed!!!!)
-hysterical game of cranium
-loads of treats (candy, cake; all wedding related I swear!!!)
-buy supplies to start a certain christmas gift
-get my wedding dress cleaned (still...I know)
-call/write my grandma (need to print out some photos and send them her way!)
-get my hair cut (everyone keeps saying how nice it looks long but it is driving me bonkers)
how was yours??
Friday, October 15, 2010
(eek! image from here)
alright, it's here my friends. our beloved weekend. we're so close! I am lucky because I have a 3 day weekend this weekend since I have a wedding to attend today. sorry I am out of good ideas today, so this list may be a little weak:
5 things that I find perplexing/confusing/creepy:
1- mayo (not that I don't eat it; I just don't like to think about it too much)
2- the Dyson guy (I cannot believe how upset he gets over other vaccuum cleaners and now, fans. take a nap, dude. it'll all be okay)
3- the Dark Crystal
4- canned meats
5- Tom Cruise (what is his deal? he makes me nervous)
what are your 5?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
(the epic bacon explosion, from here)
so I read an article the other day in glamour about someone subsiding on a diet of anything they heard advertised (sorry I can't find a link to it; it was worth reading though). Not surprisingly, it was almost all junk. So when I listened to the radio on my way to work, I made note of all the food related ads in a 40 minute car ride:
1- subway- new angus beef subs
2- panera bread- bacon breakfast sandwich
3- peanut butter cups at 7-11 (I know! what a random ad)
4- wendy's- bacon deluxe sandwich
5-wendy's apple pecan salad (the girl in the article ate this and said it has more sugar in it than a doughnut)
6- dunkin donuts
7- tim hortons
I also heard:
2 ads for different diet pills (ironic, huh?)
I also heard 1 ad that was actually good, it was a Harvard Pilgrim one about making positive and smart lifestyle changes. We need more ads like that! I want to hijack the airwaves and say things like ' aren't apples great! we should eat more huh?' or 'we are all awesome! let's make some healthy decisions today!' or 'you haven't seen so and so for a while! you should call her, go for a walk, and catch up on gossip!' . I think if I start saying things like that to myself, I can maybe start making some better changes in my eating habits too!
who's with me?
(image from here)
this post is thanks to Angie. I am hoping this can become part of a series (if you're interested). You already heard about my gator dream but here's what has happened since:
dream 1: I was going on a road trip/ escaping from something. again, I think dinosaurs were involved, atleast I know a sabre tooth tiger was. but this sabre tooth tiger was my friend and slept in my van with me. for some reason, the car was completely open, no doors, windows. also for some reason, I slept in my car.
dream 2: this involved two people I have not talked to in quite sometime (nothing bad; just fell out of touch with, facebook stalking does not count). in the first part, there was a giant flying polar bear (hey its a dream give me a break! is it embarassing to mention that when the bear flew there were tiny blue stars all around him?). I tricked him into leaving my home along with an ex boyfriend. then i felt bad and let the ex-boyfriend back in (it was snowing out). is it weird I want to email him to say hi after dreaming this? he was a really nice guy (he is actually how I first met Ryan). I would think its awesome if someone had a magical polar bear dream and I was in it! keep that in mind if you dream about me!
dream 3: lounging about on my bed with an old friend I used to work with. I had invited some friends over and they were all in the kitchen eating all my food but I didn't go see them.
dream 4: I have a baby but the baby is already 2 years old. he is totally adorable and has long blond bangs (like a bowl cut). I am so sad that he is 2 and not a baby.
dream 5: I have ALOT of dreams where I am late for work...and don't care. in these particular dreams, I got to work earlier than normal but everyone else had gotten to work even earlier. usually, everyone is mad at me and I'm nervous I'll be fired. also, I'm usually underdressed, horribly dressed or half dressed.
lord, I'm a mess.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
5 hilariously ridiculous animals*! (no particular order; also cats are a given since I have 3 so they are not on the list)
best week ever. for more capybara love, go here)
(image from here. I picked it because the horse's name is peggy sue and there are so many weird things happening in this picture, I mean is that an elf?? also, don't know if I ever told you but I used to ride horses (regular sized ones). it was the only sport I was ever good at, since the pony did all the work. also, one of the first times I ever played truth or dare was with other girls at the barn. long story short, I ended up having to lick a salt lick. also, one time I sprained my wrist falling off a horse. good times)
(image from here. Ryan's mom's neighbor has one and I get so excited when I see it and it runs over to see me. It is like a furry little sausage in the grass)
5- lisa frank's animals (realize this is cheating to put more than one animals here, but its my list and I do not care)
*can we discuss how I apparently love animals I resemble? all of them are short and squat too! I especially look like the capybara since we both wear glasses
some sort of yellow split pea mash with chicken sausage
a handful of baby carrots, chopped (I need to use those up! why did I buy such a big bag?!)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
(image from here)
like many people, I commute. I drive about 40 minutes in and back each day. that's 40 minutes of me day dreaming to avoid focusing on the increasingly annoying traffic situation (and/or people's awful driving skills. for example, why do people drive like dummies in the rain? what?! you've seen it before! its not scary at all!). here are some things I think about to pass the time:
thought trail 1:
should I get breakfast? you know I really should pack a breakfast or wake up earlier to cook one. I really want something fall-ish like a pumpkin scone. hmm, how many calories are in that? probably a million. what about a bagel? then I just won't eat carbs for the rest of the day, right? no, probably not a likely scenario. ooh didn't our awesome work study bring in apple crisp?! no, thats worst than the scone (I think). I really should have packed something.
thought trail 2:
look at that guy beside me. he looks mad. where is he going? I wonder where he works. oops he saw me looking at him. usually I'm too busy singing loudly to look at people. blah, I've overplayed this cd. wonder whats on the radio? wish they would play something fun. hmmm...ooh! this station said nelly! I could use some 'hot in here' to make this commute faster. damn, they meant nelly furtado. maybe I should put the cd back in. hey wheres that guy I was looking at? great, now nelly furtado is stuck in my head.
thought trail 3:
ugh. why did I even bother ironing this shirt? wait, did I? yes, I did. I wonder if anyone notices that I wear the same pants all the time. I don't remember what anyone else wears but they might remember my pants (for some reason). UGH! what is that weird stain on my shirt?! shit. I'm such a mess. wait, did I leave the iron plugged in? no. did I leave the stove on? no. as mentioned above, I did not cook anything, so most likely no.
thought trail 4:
if I could eat anything today and it would not be bad for me (note: this is magical thinking), I would have: bagel and cream cheese (either veggie and egg bagel or french toast bagel with honey walnut cream cheese); a really good cheeseburger and fries; pizza or fried calamari; random awesome deserts/treats (also note: in magical thinking, this would not make me ill)
thought trail 5:
not really a thought trail, just that song stuck in my head. just the chorus. on repeat
thought trail 6:
if I could go anywhere instead of work, I'd go pumpkin picking, then have a pumpkin carving party (with my cats) and roast the seeds for snacking. also, drink cocoa and stay in bed with my husband.
((note: I got a bagel.))
what do you day dream about?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
good dinner #2 (we'll call the soup #1, I'm not counting the spinach pesto and ricotta pizza I made the other night because the crust was bad... or the enchiladas that made Ryan sick)
spaghetti squash with meat sauce!
(makes enough for 1 dinner for a hungry person & leftovers for lunch the next day!)
for the squash:
(got this from Emeril)
preheat oven to 375. attempt to cut squash in half. succeed! scoop out seeds and goop in middle. place squash cut side down in pan and add water about half way up sides of squash. cover with foil. roast/bake/whatever for 45 minutes. once squash is cool enough to hold (or don some badass oven mitts), scrape out the 'spaghetti' strands. toss with a little butter and your favorite tomato sauce, or use my recipe below!
for the sauce:
1/2 lb ground turkey
2 cubanelle peppers
1/2 an onion if you have it (I didn't)
couple cloves garlic
2 cans tomatoes (I used no salt added store brand from whole foods, pretty good!)
salt & pepper
any spices you like ( I used oregano & basil)
saute the turkey in a little oil until cooked through. remove from pan. add in onions (if using), garlic and peppers. cook until peppers are soft. add the meat back in and add the tomatoes and spices too. cook until delicious.
(one day I will make something to eat that is also pretty to look at)
Monday, October 4, 2010
(you know an animal is badass when even a t.rex is like 'oh shit!' when it sees one. from here)
This dream can be (partially) explained because:
A- saw The Social Network on Friday*. That would explain JT.
B- watched a show last night called '5 Animal Attacks' (sorry! seriously nothing was on!), which you think would explain the alligators? even though the show only had orcas, sharks and deer?
so what do you dream about?
*it was good. I would recommend it to anyone who is as big of a fan of Aaron Sorkin as my husband is.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
(yes you read that right, its grape water)
(and just in case you needed a close up)
Friday, October 1, 2010