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Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!


June 13th, 2009

I saw a man with a cat on his head today

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Subject = totally true. Was walking down Fifth Avenue with Diana, and we walked past a guy with a real live cat on his head. In the rain. It was the world's most chill cat.

Day started at the Big Apple Con which was...kind of underwhelming. A packed room full of comic book sellers, and then another room that was the artists' alley/autograph area...with 99% of the autographers being scantily clad Playboy models. Yeah. So Diana and I and another friend of hers hung around for a little while, said hi to the people she knew, and then Diana and I took off to...wander.

We ended up at the Fashion Institute and since it was starting to rain we went inside their free museum to see the exhibit on "Seduction" which was really interesting. The idea of a museum exhibit about fashion and its role in seduction/sexuality is awesome. It was a rather limited exhibit in some ways (only covered from the 1750s-present) but man oh man were some of the shoes sexy. And FIERCE.

Then lunch at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, wandered through Madison Square Park and the BBQ Block Party, before heading down to the Union Square area where we stumbled upon an awesome bar. Lillie's is an Irish-Victorian bar that we stumbled upon because they had a cool little band playing early in the evening - fiddle and banjo and flute and probably another instrument or two. We shopped around Union Square a little bit before heading back to Lillie's for a drink. Excellent bar menu with really reasonable prices for imported beers and ciders. I had an amazing Swedish pear cider. So fun.

Probably could have been improved by seeing that cat on the guy's head again. 'Cause that was really freaking cool.

Now going to watch Season 3 of Voyager with Billy. Very nice end to the day :-)

March 16th, 2009

Annual Irish Baking

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I have my soda bread in the oven. Very very nervous about it - I couldn't get the dough to dry out. I probably added another quarter cup of flour in small increments trying to get it to stop being so moist.

If it doesn't turn out, my face will permanently be like D-: tomorrow.

Rumor has it that there are various bakeries around the city that may or may not have soda bread. I might drop by one tomorrow just for comparison - the only soda bread I've ever had is my mom's recipe. When I was in Northern Ireland a few summers back I made a point of finding a bakery and buying soda bread...but what they call soda bread is apparently what we call flatbread, wtf? (I've seen pictures of the soda bread available around here and it looks much more like the loaf I'm used to - raisins and all - than the tasteless flat atrocity I was subjected to overseas)

Oh, and in non-Irish cooking news, I made AMAZING potatoes tonight. Which are kind of Irish, I suppose, except the recipe is by a Dutch woman. Potato and Corn Mash. It's totally the grown up version of how my parents got me to eat corn-off-the-cob as a kid. I made that, my amazing awesome broccoli (thank you Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cookbook) and some porkchops for dinner. I was so enthralled by the potatoes and the broccoli that I didn't touch the meat. Incidentally, that's the second meal I've had in three days that has consisted of potatoes and broccoli.

February 15th, 2009

So...WALL-E got it right?

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Artist's rendition shows 12,000 pieces of space junk around Earth

I saw the image on the MSN main page and immediately thought of the opening of WALL-E. Which actually looks much more photo-realistic than this artist's rendering, lol. Of course, it probably showed a lot more than 12,000 pieces of junk.

And also had a musical soundtrack (seriously, WALL-E won me over in the first frame by using "Hello, Dolly!" songs. My mom and I looked at each other and just started laughing, which irritated my brother because he didn't get it).

I called into work today with "wedding." Seriously, there's so much crap around here that needs to be done before I leave on Wednesday it's ridiculous. Number one is getting this place cleaned up so it's presentable when one of Billy's classmates comes to look in on our cats. I've been cleaning on and off all day today - need to put in another burst of work soon. For some reason I've been watching episodes of Deep Space Nine (Surf the Channel is almost as much of a timesuck as TV Tropes...which for your own sanity I won't link).

Making a turkey dinner to celebrate our last Sunday as single people, lol. Billy is off shooting another movie today - and this one has a sex scene! Poor Billy was so nervous last night that they were going to expect him to get naked for it - I tried to tell him that if they had wanted that they would have said it at the first production meeting. (At least I hope they would have - I suppose they could be giant douches) So he'll have a nice warm dinner to come home to - provided that this shoot doesn't last until midnight like his last one.

November 27th, 2008

I'm impressed with myself

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Everything from my to-do list earlier? It's done! Well, today's list. I wasn't able to get a real head start on my cooking, since upon re-reading my recipes there's really nothing I can make ahead. So I did my prep work (there are lots of little containers of chopped veggies in my fridge) and will have a mad cooking rush tomorrow afternoon. Something is going to turn out less-than-stellar - I poorly planned the side-dish choices, so everything is going to have to attempt to cook at once. And I only have one pan that actually fits in my oven (I knew I should have picked up those aluminum pans at the grocery store tonight...damn me and my cheapskate ways!)

The one thing I did get to make tonight was the rolls. I used good old Pillsbury. Except I've never actually baked Pillsbury rolls before, so I had unwrapped the cannister, and then I was just staring at it, trying to figure out how the hell I was supposed to get at the rolls inside when it suddenly POPPED and exploded open in my hands.

It entertained me so much that I decided to make a double batch of rolls, so that I could make the cannister pop again, but it pre-emptively exploded so I still didn't get to fully enjoy the popping experience :-(

I also burned the bottoms of the rolls a little. I R cooking failure :-(

Hopefully this isn't a bad omen about how my first Thanksgiving feast experience is going to turn out.

November 25th, 2008


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A random collection of thoughts on a dreary Tuesday morning afternoon:

-I think I figured out how I'm cooking the cornish game hens for Thanksgiving. I have a recipe in my Dr. Suess cookbook for Who-Roast-Beast which calls for stuffing mushrooms under the skin of a fryer chicken. Assuming that the hens have skin, I think I'm going this route so I can say I've eaten Who-Roast-Beast

-My mom is officially coming to visit December 7-9. Yay! Hopefully work is giving me that time off (requested it yesterday). Now I need to figure out some stuff for us to do.

-WEIRD dream last night/this morning. Dunkin' Donuts was doing some sort of donut sampler promotion, where you'd get to try one of each of their donuts. Billy and I would go there with Chris and Misty (even though they're in Ohio and we're in New York...) and we would each order a sampler. This meant we ended up with 24 donuts between 4 people. I never ate more than one at any given sitting (we went there at least three times in the dream).

Some morning I need to wake up early enough to go to Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast (the last two times I've been awake early enough to justify going out to buy breakfast, Billy has been awake, too, and we've gone to our new favorite diner. Mmm, diner)

-I am so far behind on the invitations it's not even funny. I might have to re-order some paper 'cause some of these things may be irreparably screwed up. Oy.

November 19th, 2008

Thanksgiving Plans!

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So Billy and I are spending our first Thanksgiving together, which means I have to prepare a feast! Here's the current plan:

Cornish Game Hens (getting a turkey for two people was ridiculous, and this seemed more "festive" in Billy's words than getting just a turkey breast)
These amazing Crash hot potatoes
Assorted roasted vegetables (right now I'm thinking eggplant, radish and broccoli)
Cranberry Sauce (courtesy of Ocean Spray, the only way to eat it)
Pumpkin Pie (courtesy of Cucina & Co, 'cause there's only so much I can make in my tiny kitchen)
Some sort of roll (perhaps homemade?)
Possibly mashed sweet potatoes (had these for the first time at my grandmother's last year and they were delicious. I need to figure out if I can replicate them)

Also, we're going to buy some special gushy foodz for the cats so they can celebrate Thanksgiving with us, too.

In non-food related news, today I give thanks to Billy's parents, for buying us a real live bed as an early Christmas present. It arrived today and it is wonderful :-) All the cats have been camped out on it all day, so they approve as well.

I finally sat down last night and finished cutting out the first part of our wedding invitations. That took way too long - I want to send them out by the end of this month and I am far, far from finishing them. So I'm going to grab myself a snack and then sit back down in front of the TV (or pop in the second Pirates movie. I finished the first batch of cutting while watching the first one. I seriously don't think I would ever accomplish anything without the help of these movies) to finish the next part. Provided my hand holds out.

October 8th, 2008


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Was informed this morning that invitations for my bridal shower are going out today!

Also on the agenda today: dragging Billy with me to Michael's so I can buy the paper to start making the invitations. Why not go by myself? 1) Money for this project has to come from his side of the contributions 2) I am semi-incapable of wandering around Queens alone. I don't get it at all. I can now wander around my neighborhood by myself in the middle of the afternoon, but the thought of going into an unfamiliar neighborhood freaks me out a little.

Yet if the store were in Manhattan, I wouldn't have a problem. I am weird.

Also weird: discovered over the past week or so that I really like tomatoes. I've avoided eating tomatoes my entire life (except in ketchup, pasta sauce or salsa). And then recently I've been throwing fresh tomatoes into my pastas, eating tomatoes raw with some basalmic vinegar and salt, and today I had my first honest-to-goodness BLT (growing up, whenever Mom made BLTs I just had Bs...toasted bacon sandwiches).

Of course I discover this at the end of tomato season, so goodness knows when I'll be able to eat real, good, fresh tomatoes (without spending a million dollars) again....

September 1st, 2007


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Woke up early today to go to the farmer's market with Mom. We both bought tons of stuff. I bought...blackberries, garlic, broccoli, potatoes, nectarines, beef jerky and FUDGE. I bought a brick of maple for myself and milk chocolate for Billy. I didn't try the chocolate (chocolate is chocolate, right?) but the maple was sooooooooo delicious.

Came home and started making salsa. The first batch is SUPER spicy. A second batch is boiling right now and should be a little milder; that's going to be canned and put away for the winter so that by the time it's opened it will be spicy as well.

[info]bbtp_challenge doesn't have nearly enough femmeslash. The fic I was going to post for it isn't cooperating with me, and isn't femmeslash either, so I think I'm going to have to crank out something else and get a few more women into the picture.

Not sure yet whether or not I'm going home tonight. Depends on if I get the light on my car fixed.

I think I'm going to go have a bit of fudge right now...
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