Friday, September 25, 2009



* flaky people
* people who pronounce "garage", "garadge"
* furniture that doesn't fit the layout of my house
* weeds in the garden
* traffic shenanigans on my corner (u-turns, stopping where there's no stop, NOT stopping where there IS a stop, bicyclists shouting their conversations as if no one else can hear . . .)
* not enough hours in a day
* my own reliance on schedule, routine, and lists, and how inept I feel without them or when plans change


* a calming certainty that my life is fantastic, despite minor annoyances
* this random relaxing music playing on some Chinese garden website in a background tab, looping over and over and soothing me
* and gardening in it
* this cup of coffee
* and the salsa I will be making this evening
* and whatever movie we may go see tonight
* and working on a million arty things next week

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trip to Chicago: the food portion

Chocolate milkshake, Superdawg, crab soup, lemongrass beef on apple salad, salt and pepper squid, rare tuna, mango ice cream with a fresh lychee nut!

cereal, milk, grapes grapes grapes, coffee, White Castles, onion rings, Dr. Pepper, bread and butter, carrots, salad with blue cheese dressing, cheese raviolis in meat sauce, tiramisu, bites of cookie sundae and bread pudding!

cereal, milk, grapes grape grapes, coffee, steak, bratwurst, Bean Stuff, potato salad, diet Mountain Dew, enormous homemade cream cheese pierogies, enormous homemade ham and cheese pierogie, thin crust cheese pizza, beer, deep dish pizza, spinach pizza!

triple latte, blueberry muffin, DIM SUM involving shumai, Chinese broccoli, shrimp dumplings, shrimp and chive dumplings, shrimp and tofu, beef spareribs, BBQ pork ribs, pork ribs, duck with supercrispy skin, slippery shrimp noodle envelopes, meat and rice packet, pork bao, crispy pork pastry, and an egg custard! Coffee, bread and olive oil, raspberry mojitos, beans with bacon, asparagus in Speck, curried halibut, tempura okra, chocolate lava cake with raspberry.

coffee, crispy hash browns, scrambled eggs, fruit plate, oatmeal with brown sugar, nuts, and dried fruit, orange juice, bite of sausage, turkey bagel sandwich, coffee, piece of cookie,
[on airplanes or in Dallas:] Sprite, coffee, fried chicken, cajun fries, biscuit, coffee, Sprite, Sprite,
[and at home:] homemade bread, toasted with butter.

Gained only 2 pounds, not too bad!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Can't wait for Fall!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's still hot out today, but the leaves are a-turnin' (slowly) and I am excited to be cold and wear all my cute long-sleeved shirts and just get in gear. There is just something about Fall that makes me ACTIVATE and feel awesome. I think the refreshing renewal of each new school year never left me, even after I got out of school. I just feel like my life can pick back up again with lazy old sweaty old summer over. And the momentum of Fall transitions nicely into the "focus and stay alive" coldness of winter . . . although not so much where I live now. But "they" say this winter is supposed to be cold (for here), and I say bring it on!!

pros and cons

I had some crappy stuff listed here, but I'd rather focus on the good stuff!!

yummy roasted veggies
Marel visiting
Mario Kart (and Rosalina appearing -- with a Luma!)
Wii Fit
Dairy Queen
my rearranged bedroom
upcoming trip to Chicago
homemade jam
"the Big Bang Theory" (thanks, Joleen!) Sheldon is my hero . . .