Showing posts from July, 2008


I'm currently trying to kick myself out of a vicious cycle of whininess and apathy. Neither are good for me, or particularly interesting in conversations with others. Once again, I'm stuck with the fact that I need to get over myself and either fish or cut bait.
If you keep on doing what you've been doing, you'll keep on getting what you've been getting. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Insert other "get off your ass and do something about it" quotes here.
So, basically long story short is I'm trying not to burden the rest of you nice people with my melodramatics.

Kale? I don't get it.

This is not a PSA about kale. Although, given our rocky history it wouldn't be beyond me.
I have yet to figure out kale. I'm not a big fan, I've got to say. Oh, sure - I know it's full of good stuff like calcium and vitamins and such.  I tried it a couple times when I first started cooking as a vegetarian, and I wasn't impressed. I've yet to figure out if it was the recipe or the kale itself that just didn't work. Usually when I come across a recipe with kale, I substitute spinach. Still a calcium-rich green but at least I understand and enjoy it.
Well, now I've got no choice. Kale and I must become friends. I've just been presented with enough kale to feed a small army. One of my coworkers jokingly mentioned this morning that one way to solve the world's hunger problems would be to give everyone one zucchini seed. Just the one seed, and a family would have enough to eat for a year... and would still be trying to give it away to unsuspecting passe…

PSA: Poison Parsnip

Some of y'all out in the midwest and south may know what it is, but I'm betting my pals up here in the Northeast don't have a clue. It looks like this:

It rather looks like yellow Queen Anne's Lace. Touching it won't do anything to you, but its juice is baaaaad news.  It starts off by giving you a poison ivy-type rash. However, exposure to sunlight causes severe burns and discoloration. In extreme cases, permanent scarring can happen. This recently happened to a friend of mine. She assumed she had poison ivy, but a plant-savvy coworker informed her otherwise. Unfortunately, the damage was done. It had already been exposed to sunlight and she now has a rather severe burn and skin discoloration. She's hoping she caught it before any of it is permanent. 
So, if your kids present you with a lovely bouquet of this stuff, be on the lookout for a poison-ivy type rash. Make sure that you do NOT expose the rash to sunlight.
For more information on this, take a gander here,…

At the End of it All

Here's the tally when it comes to my vacation pledges:
To sleep until my eyes pop open from too much sleep: Ironically, only happened twice, just once satisfactorily. Damn those thunder claps waking me up!
To do something simply for the pleasure of doing it.: Walked to a small local farmer's market, just because I could. Skipped yoga because I could (and because I overslept), met someone for breakfast because I could, met someone for lunch because I could. Tried on ugly shoes I'll never buy because I could.To not do something simply for the pleasure of not doing it.: We'll call this laundry.To read a book (or at least part of one) that has no redeeming value whatsoever: Okay, I read a book of some redeeming value, but I did read some Star Wars fanfic. Little in the way of redeeming value there.To eat something that is completely unhealthy for me physically, but is perfectly acceptable for my soul. There will most likely be chocolate involved.: Chocolate peanut butter ice…

Movie Review: Batman - The Dark Knight

You don't need me to tell you how good this movie is, you've all already seen it. What do you mean you haven't seen it yet? Ditch the kids, find a matinee, sneak your way in... whatever you gotta do.
Go. See. This. Movie.
Now that you've seen the movie, we can discuss it a little. Personally, I think I prefer this movie over the last one. I'm not sure why that is, unless it had something to do with the fact I watched the last one at 3am whilst catching a red-eye to Heathrow.  
Heath Ledger really did deliver one of the best Jokers ever, although I'm not entirely convinced it was Oscar-worthy. I do believe the articles that say he threw himself into that role. He played him with a level of intelligence that anyone rarely allows that character. Too often the role is a goofball villain, but this time around they afforded him genius - genius to understand how those who follows the rules can't cope with anarchy.  
The rest of the characters pretty much fol…

Well... ah... er...

... it's finished. Just now. I'm not particularly happy with it. For one, the back is too big for me so it's really gape-y. Two, I'm not fond of the collar. Although, that may be because I didn't quite "get" the sewing instructions. The seams are a mess, but that's my fault. The sleeves came out pretty well - 3/4, which I normally don't like but are cute here. Or at least, they are on the pattern.

Still, the concept is there, and I loved the yarn. I've got like two skeins of it left over. I may make some fingerless gloves with it. 
And man, I didn't realize my hair was getting so long!

Oh, I get it...

Image are for finishing projects you started four months ago! Back in late March/early April, I started a shrug that I was planning on wearing to my friend Robin's wedding. Said wedding happened the first week of May. I just tied off the last end this morning. Now, all the panels are blocked:

I can't get the color to photograph well, but it's a lovely shade of dark lilac. Hopefully I will sew them together tomorrow. My friend Alex, who is moving to Florida in a week and a half, wanted to see the shrug before she left. Looks like she'll get her wish!
All in all, if I do the pattern again, I will make a change or two - primarily putting an edging along the bottoms of the sweater. Some of the edging is also a little rough, but that's from my own inexperience. Considering this is the second major thing I've ever knit (I'm not counting scarves), I'm happy with the way it's turning out.
Now, let's just hope I don't totally screw it up when I s…


What is this thing I speak of? For the next three days, I will be blissfully away from the office. Three days to do with as I please. The weather is looking fine, so I might just spend some quality time down by the waterfront, just chillin'. I briefly considered doing one yoga class a day, but I'm not going to commit to it. I don't have to. I'm on freaking vacation, people!
I vow: To sleep until my eyes pop open from too much sleep.
To do something simply for the pleasure of doing it.
To not do something simply for the pleasure of not doing it.
To read a book (or at least part of one) that has no redeeming value whatsoever.
To eat something that is completely unhealthy for me physically, but is perfectly acceptable for my soul. There will most likely be chocolate involved.
To not do anything on this list if I don't feel like it. Except for the first one. That one is mandatory.


Meet My New Neighbor

This is my new neighbor. His name is Mithra. He's the good kind of neighbor - nice and quiet, never makes a fuss. I think it's because he sleeps all day. I'll admit he kind of freaks me out a little, but I'm sure he means me no harm. I'm not a big fan of his friends though... that big lizard guy is such a sore loser when Mithra has his poker nights.

Sing Along: I'm tired...

Do you know what movie that's from? Let's just say if you've never watched Blazing Saddles, there there is something wrong with you.


I'm tired. Not in the "stayed up too late watching bad television" tired, or "had waaaay too much fun this weekend and am now paying the price" tired. My brain is tired. It's had enough, it's checking out. It's moving to Tahiti with or without me. Frankly, I can't say as I blame it.

The last significant vacation I took was in February of 2007. I believe I was off for a week and a half. Since then, I haven't taken more than three days off in a row, and that was only once. I had originally planned on taking a week in October and visiting my friends in the UK, but I don't think I can hold out until October. Heck, I'm planning on taking a long weekend in September to visit friends in NYC and I don't think I can make it to that either. The thought of holding out until August to take some…

Flowery Mood

It's been a great, relaxing weekend for me, full of sunny skies and wonderful people. So, for all you loyal readers out there (both of you), here are some flowers in celebration of this wonderful weekend: