Archive | January, 2010

january book review

29 Jan

one of my resolutions was to read a “non-murder mystery” each month. book #1 was julie and julia. and no, i didn’t cheat and watch the film. i still haven’t and i’m not sure i want to.

what i did love was the book. i love cooking and trying out new receipes. i’m slightly neurotic like julie and i would spend every cent i made on delicious food just like julie. watching the movie preivews i expected julia to be more centeral to the story. julia child is what the books all about but very, very few scenes were from her point of view.

so what’s it all about? basically, julie is at a turning point in her life. she has a dead end job she hates and feels a need to do something more. she stumbles upon the art of french cooking volume 1 and finds a purpose; she will cook all 500+ receipes in one year and blog about her process. she’s a quriky thing and you can’t help but fall in love with her. you’ll laugh at her struggles killing lobsters and want to cry with her when she’s stranded in new york and must wait hours for a taxi in clothes that have become too small due to said mission.

i’ve just found out that the real julie has taken to working in a butcher shop in upstate new york and published a followup in december. that must be on the book list later in the year. here’s a link to the original julie/julia blog.

kate’s opinion? thumbs up!

up next: the help by kathryn stockett

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dear tsa lady

28 Jan

i know checking id’s at the airport isn’t the most wildly exciting job. but it is super important because you’re on the frontline of national security. i get that. and i’m thankful for you.

what i’m not thankful for is the need to comment on my id. staring at it for several minutes to reply “you aren’t going to look anything like that in 1o years.” hmrpf. i coyly replied that “if i could leave that i was 105 pounds on my license for ten years, my photo could stay the same and people could figure it out.” goodness.

bamboo at a bargain

27 Jan

last weekend, i ventured out of my comfort zone and made a bid on craigslist. we need a dresser for our bedroom and we just were not ready to make a big investment in an antique mahogany or classic vintage piece. so i’ve been casually scoping out consignment furniture stores and of course, cragslist.

the process? scarily easy. i found a dresser i thought had potential and emailed the lister. we worked out a n agreement and alex and i made the drive to pick up the dresser last saturday. alex was 90% sure the dresser would fit in his blazer. y’all know what that means, right? it didn’t fit.

we called in a favor to a nearby friend and borrowed their suv (where both of their backs seats conveniently folded down). we got her back to the house and she is hanging out in our kitchen while we start the prime/paint process.

i was thinking white high gloss (what else) like the shot below

until i saw this

and now i’m torn. at least i’ve got a million coats of primer to mull it over. and for a whopping $40 we have a new dresser.

birthday treats

26 Jan

when my mom and niece arrived into town we got right to the important stuff — dinner. i made audrey a little treat to get her excited about the aquarium. if you come see me i promise to make octopus dogs for you, too. 🙂

and we celebrated with birthday cheesecake

brian g this one’s for you, almost as good as birthday pie!

the hubs was so sweet and thoughtful and brought me breakfast in bed for my birthday. how many girls wake up to foie gras and caviar? (i know a lot of you may not want to wake up this way but it’s a little decadence i love)

mom, audrey, alex and i lazily got ready for the day and made our way to the aquarium in the afternoon. here’s a great pic of audrey, mom, and alex getting ready to watch the 3-d show.

and i couldn’t resist capturing this photo of my FAVE food ever. i know aquariums are supposed to be about conservation but they were huge and i could just imagine how delicious they would be with a nice side of clarified butter.

but instead of crab leges we ordered pizza and went to bed early.

top five signs you’re getting “old” on your birthday:

  1. you wake up feeling exactly the same you did the day before
  2. you are looking forward to going to bed early
  3. party? eh, i’d just like a cupcake
  4. your 5 year old niece is more excited than you that it’s your birthday
  5. you decide you want crown molding (instead of new shoes)

ps – alex did get me a funny gift as well. i LOVE bon qui qui. anytime i don’t like something alex says i promise to “cut him.” only kidding. on the actually cutting him part. i’m the proud owner of this t:

and if you’ve never seen bon qui qui in action please check her out:

south carolina . . .

26 Jan

open mouth. insert foot.

i get your point andre bauer, but that was a horribly inappropriate way to say it.  

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/26/politics/main6142869.shtml

this is a public cry to our politicians, please get new speech writers. quickly.

sniffle, sniffle

24 Jan

i’ve got a cold. and i don’t do colds very well. i’ve been vegging on the couch for the past two days and i’m going to continue to do so for the next few days. my husband was kind enough to give this cold to me. and my niece was kind enough to give it to him, etc. etc.

add in a little flash flooding and cold weather and i have no desire to do anything but catch up on all ncis/iron chef/teen mom/made/random on demand selections.

wishing i was here . . . four more months, four more months.

a good laugh

22 Jan

for all you jersey shore lovers . . .

i may or may not have almost wet my pants.