Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I had a fairly productive day yesterday. I went to the bank, likker store, and Whole Foods. I applied for a job. I started a vodka infusion (cranberry-orange!) for a neighbor's birthday party next weekend. And I finished framing two paintings.
Then, SCGB came over to help me hang them, only I couldn't find my tape measure. So, we decided on wall placement and, then, had punch and pie. Except we didn't have punch and pie, we had wine and cake.
After that, I watched a DVD and knitted. Recently (but not last night), I watched Water ... which was OMG! Amazing and Beautiful and, like, Super Sad! You should watch it.
Today, I'm meeting SCGB's sister (the friend formerly known as DUN, but now that she's moved to New Jersey to be with her BF she's no longer diagonally upstairs and is need of a new moniker) for lunch in DC.
I also need to finish another application, for a job I'm kinda excited about, mainly because -if I got it- it would involve a move to a place I've always (well, since high school) wanted to live.
And find my tape measure so I can hang the paintings. And take a photo so you can see the paintings. I'm so excited that I finally framed them. I bought them when I lived in Beijing (which was the Spring of 1999). They've lived rolled up in a tube for nearly 10 years. Soon, they will be adorning the walls of BOSSY's Guest Room. YayZ!
I guess that's it for now. More later. *smooches*
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A tay ...
A tay ina winnnn ...
And there you have about 45 seconds of your life which you will never get back.
*Name that movie and win One Meeeeeeeelllion VUBOQ Points**
**Not redeemable for cash and/or prizes.
I have nothing to blog about and will, thus, force you to look at my new* workspace.
From Bottom (*heh*) to Top (*heh*):
The Desk: Eugene the Laptop, coffee, coffee warmer UPS port (from Mush, it doesn't really work very well), box of never opened tea from India (gift from the Cheating Cheater), random clippy things (birthday present from former co-worker).
Shelf 1 (from left to right): pen in a box, Canadian goodies (from wonderful Canadian Blogger, Dykewife), original art by Mongolian artist, Tsoloman Damba, childhood collection of NC hand-carved (not by me) wooden animals, brass Indian statue (from the Cheating Cheater), books, more books.
Shelf 2 (from left to right): vase (made by ME), original art by the same Mongolian artist, pitcher (made by ME) full of pens (stolen from work).
Today, I am going to leave the house and go ... somewhere. Possibly the bank and the grocery store. Maybe even the Likker Store, because I am out. of. gin. Life is so cruel.
And, then, I'm going to do laundry! Ooooh! Who has all teh funz?
More Later. *smooches*
*If you define "new" as "owned for over a year, but never used regularly until recently."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Happy Tuesday. Is it raining with you? Talk to me.
Pottery class was fun last night. I practiced "throwing off the hump," which really isn't as dirty as it sounds (although it is a lot of sloppy fun). Basically, throwing off the hump is a technique potters use to throw lots of small objects quickly. Of course, since I had never done it before, it was a technique I used to throw a few small objects slowly ...
When you throw a single pot, you center the clay and make the pot. When throwing off the hump, you use a large piece of clay (I used about 5.5 lbs) and you really only have to center the top of the clay (the hump). Then, you make a little cup or bowl or whatever at the top of the hump, cut it off, recenter the new top of the hump, and throw another little cup or bowl or whatever.
Except for the centering just the top, throwing the little cup, cutting the little cup off, and re-centering the new top of the hump. That was difficult.
I ended up making 5 little shot glass like things. The original goal was to make them similar sizes (a-hahahahahaha). Let's just say that didn't happen.
After class ended, SCGB gave me a ride home. Then, we had wine and cake and gossiped. Oh yeah. We talked about you (but we only said good things. Honest).
Oooooh. And guess what? I got tickets to see a talk at the university by Tim Gunn! Teh Funz!
And, that's about it. I need to accomplish more today than I did yesterday (which shouldn't be hard since yesterday I accomplished nothing).
More later. *smooches*
Monday, October 27, 2008
The weekend update will be a bit short this afternoon, because (a) I already blogged about the 7th Annual BYOP Pumpkin Carving Party here and (2) David blogged about it here. And that's pretty much all I did this weekend ...
Except for a quick trip to the pottery studio where I picked up some finished pieces:
Additional photos here. My flickr pro account expires today. *sigh*
Updated to Note: Many extra special hugs and smooches to the Wonderful Blog Reader who gave me the gift of another year of flickr pro. *HUGS* *SMOOCHES*
And probably happened about 3 weeks ago.
And I blame stupid new blogger templates and the whole "gadget" thing. I mean, really. What up with that?
See... let me break it down for you.
My statcounter/sitemeter hit counter thing used to be over there --->
I could check it easily whenever I visited my blog (which is quite frequent, sadly enough).
However, when I "converted" this blog to the new (IMPROVED! *sparkles*) template, I couldn't figure out how to get my statcounter/sitemeter hit counter thing back over there --->
So, now it's way down there (hmm ... does anyone know how to make a downward pointing arrow thing?) ... at the very bottom of the page.
Go on. Scroll down. I'll wait.
Did you see it? Did you see the Number?
Yep. At some point, a few weeks ago, I crossed the Big 100K Barrier! I'm, like, at the Next Level or Something.
And I missed it.
Because my statcounter/sitemeter hit counter thing is down there instead of over there --->
I could've had a Contest!
or a Special Event!
or maybe Convinced Saturn to give me a Convertible to Cruise around the Country!
I guess we will have to wait 'til 150K or something.
Oh, and Good Morning, Kittens!
Pottery Pix coming later today. *smooches*
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I am tired, kittens. Here are a few pix:
The Ice Ring:
Famous Bloggers in an INTENSE Carving Debate:
SCGB and the German Roommate:
Mike made CAKE:
I cut the CAKE:
Yet another Famous Blogger:
And, the rest of the photos are here! Enjoy!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
It's a pretty sad reflection on my life when I have to force myself to get out of the house just so I'll have something of interest to blog about. OK. There was another reason ... or two. Which I will get to at some point in this narrative (but don't hold your breath).
I decided to go to the Freer and Sackler Galleries ... mainly to see this new exhibit: Garden and Cosmos, which was stunning ... if a bit repetitive.
No photos in the temporary exhibits, but here are a few that I took elsewhere ...
You can see the rest of the photos here: Museum Day.
Oh, and the other reason for going on this adventure?
It was sort of a date-like-thing with this guy:
More later. *smooches*
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Good Morning, Kittens!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Who's ready for Martini Time?
Yesterday, I met a former co-worker for lunch. Of course, I had completely forgotten about this plan until around 11:30, when I got a text message reading "Should I pick you up at your place around noon?" Great idea! Panic!
We went to Adega. I had the grilled tofu wrap and we shared the eggplant fries. Mmm. Mmm. I also had a glass of wine. There is something so decadent about having a drink in the middle of the day when one should be working. Then, we looked at shoes and books and I picked up some needed groceries.
I came home and took a nap. Naps are decadent, too. Really.
Around 6ish, I caught the bus to the subway to the subway to the bus to pottery class. It was a rather good session, I think. I glazed a vase, two small casseroles, one large casserole, and a bowl. I also trimmed and attached handles to two mugs. The instructor demonstrated "throwing off the hump" (which isn't nearly as dirty as it sounds). If I go to the studio this week (possibly on Friday), I am going to try that. I want to make some cute little glasses to accompany the jugs I've made.
And, that was my day. Fun times.
Today, I've already received a bit of good news (not on the job front). PAX World has fixed the mistake concerning my IRA. They opened it as a traditional IRA, when I had requested a ROTH. Now that's all been fixed. YayZ.
I have to do laundry and cleaning for the party on Saturday at some point today ... especially if I want to go to the studio on Friday.
More later! *smooches*
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are a Doris!
You are a Doris -- "I must help others."
Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
- * Share fun times with me.
- * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
- * Let me know that I am important and special to you.
- * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.
In Intimate Relationships
- * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
- * Reassure me often that you love me.
- * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.
What I Like About Being a Doris
- * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends
- * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
- * being generous, caring, and warm
- * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings
- * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor
What's Hard About Being a Doris
- * not being able to say no
- * having low self-esteem
- * feeling drained from overdoing for others
- * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish
- * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
- * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
- * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings
Dorises as Children Often
- * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
- * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
- * are outwardly compliant
- * are popular or try to be popular with other children
- * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention
- * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)
Dorises as Parents
- * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)
- * are often playful with their children
- * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"
- * can become fiercely protective
Friday, October 17, 2008
Ingredients for Mango Mushroom Pasta Sauce ...
Finished product ...
Mmm. Mmm. Good.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Yet, it makes me a little sad too.
Receiving a book from a SuperFantastic Friend returns me to my happy state! :-) *smooches*
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This is Lienenkugel's Summer Shandy (which is a weiss beer with lemonade). So refreshing ... and so totally girlie (according to my British friend, A-M, who turned me on to the Lemon Shandy).
Everyone back to work today? Workin' hard for the money? So hard for the money? Workin' hard for the money but they still don't treat you right?
I know, right. It's a difficult life, but we're relying on *you* to keep our economy strong (and if I don't get a job soon to send me cash)!
Pottery class last night was interesting. I required lots of instructor assistance. Fortunately, there were several people absent so I didn't feel like I was monopolizing the instructor's attention.
I had to trim three oddly-shaped urn-like things (which will be made into sort of spouted water jugs). The instructor had to throw a chuck, which could hold them in place while I trimmed the bottoms. I liked how the first two turned out, but the third one is still too heavy. Oh, well. Then, the instructor trimmed the lids for me, because I "take too long to trim things." Sorry. I'm careful. If I am motivated today, I may go back to the studio to attach spouts and handles to the urn-like things. We shall see. I also have to go to the post office to send a package.
Since Marathon Mom requested the Miso Soup Instructions, this is how I learned to make miso soup when I lived in Japan (slightly modified to make it vegetarian, but I'll include info for non-vegetarians too).
Miso Soup (4 servings)
In medium saucepan, add
4 cups water
1 piece of konbu (dried kelp, I think)
[Non-vegetarians can also add 1 tsp of dashi (dried fish powder) per cup of water].
Bring to a boil and boil for at least 10 minutes.
Remove and discard the konbu.
Next, add the vegetables (or whatever you want to have in the soup).
This time I used:
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 small kabocha (japanese pumpkin), seeded, peeled, and cut into chunks
1/2 package of assorted fresh mushrooms [if you want to use dried shiitake mushrooms, reconstitute them for 30 minutes or so in warm water first. Then, use some of that water in the broth above]
1/2 package of firm tofu.
After the vegetables are nearly cooked, reduce the heat to low and begin adding the miso paste. The proper way to add the miso is to smash it slowly through a sieve partially submerged in the soup. Do this until the soup has the flavor you like. Some people like their miso soup thinner than others. I like it fairly strong. I think I used about 4 heaping tbsps of miso.
Things you should note:
-Never boil the soup after the miso has been added. I don't know why this is. It's just what I was told.
-Don't make more than you can eat. Miso soup does *not* keep well. It is usually OK for breakfast the next morning, but after that it tastes weird.
Oh, and I finished reading The Inheritance of Loss last night. It was wonderful ... here's an excerpt which resonated with me:
Biju stood there in that dusty tepid soft sari night. Sweet drabness of home -- he felt everything shifting and clicking into place around him, felt himself slowly shrinking back to size, the enormous anxiety of being a foreigner ebbing ... He looked about and for the first time in God knows how long, his vision unblurred and he found that he could see clearly.More later. *smooches*