Wednesday, September 30, 2009

*cough* *hack* *sniffle*

Good afternoon, Kittens.

Yesterday was bad. Got an email that I was -yet again- Qualified But Not Selected for a government job *and* the law firm job went to someone else, too. Bah.

I is unhireablez.

And I woke up this morning feeling like total poo.

yay.

*smooches*

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Odds. Ends.

Good Morning, Kittens.

It's a sunshiny, sparklefied day here in Vutopia ... even though I didn't get up early to go running like I told myself I would. Maybe I'll go later this afternoon or evening or something.

Or maybe I'll go back to bed.

Actually, the other thing I promised myself was that today would be a "Writing Day." I need to whip out some of my short stories and try to polish those turds. Fun times.

In knitting news, I'm taking a break from sock knitting, and I've started on a scarf (pictured) for Mike (who Makes Cakes). Why, yes, it does use the same yarn that I used to make Josh is Trashy's hat (good eye! you are so observant!). Chelsea sent me the yarn years ago for my birthday and I'm finally putting it to good use. I kind of like this horizonal rib thing that I have going on. And, I totally love the color.

In my previous post, Terri had some questions about sock-knitting. M. Nicodemus was kind enough to provide an answer, but does anyone else have advice/suggestions? Here's Terri's comment (in full) so that you don't have to go looking for it:
Fantastic sock! Perhaps you should be a sock model. :-) I've just learned to knit and do so very slowly. I'd love to knit socks but am worried that it will prove to be too difficult. I know you're not looking forward to doing the 2nd one so.... any words for a newbie knitter? Should I; shouldn't I? (Do you know if all knitted socks use DPNs?)

I think Goblinbox has a pattern for knitting slippers (Fuzzy Feet?) that is good for beginning sock knitters. As for me, I made lots and lots of mittens/hats on dpns before moving to the teenytiny ones used for socks. Also, Terri, if you're not on Ravelry, join it (If you are, FRIEND ME!). The people on there are SuperFriendly and have always answered any knitting questions I've had.

Finally, pottery class was fun. I keep forgetting to take photos of my pots this time. Last night, I threw two nice sized bowls. Yay.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Monday, September 28, 2009

Weekend Update: Homebody Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

My weekend was a bit of a bust ... The weather was (usually) crapola. AND, I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold. So, I stayed inside the entire time ... watching DVDs and knitting.

On the plus side, I finished my first sock. Now, I have to decided if I want to (a) knit the other one or (b) amputate one foot.

I'm seriously leaning towards amputation ... You wanna see it on? OK:

Ta da! what do you mean i have to knit another one?Foot Model: vuboq


Other exciting events of the weekend included having drinks with Tomokito one night and having drinks with SCGB another night. And having drinks by myself.

And, then, having a few more drinks.

Today, I have to go to the likker store. Ha!

Seriously.

I have a hair appointment coming up and I want to infuse some vodka for the Colornatrix. I'm thinking Blueberry Lemon. Mmmm.

And, then, K-Factor and I are off to pottery class tonight. Yay.

Have a great, sunshiny day! *smooches*

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Oh. Yeah. Oops.

Good Morning, Kittens.
Pretend this is yesterday's afternoon/evening updated post.

Sooooo ... I was busy yesterday morning, because I had an interview scheduled in the afternoon. However, it turned out to be more of a "paperwork filling out" session, rather than an actual interview. It's through a recruiter for an environmental specialist position in a law firm. The recruiter said that my resume is the best qualified that he's seen, but it really depends on how particular the firm is going to be about the qualifications they requested (I don't have some of the skills required ... in fact, I would think that Very Few People have *all* of the skill sets/experience that this firm wants).

After the interview, I met Carolyn for coffee. She works about a block away from where the intervew was.

Then, I came home, made a martini, and knat. All evening. Later, Tomokito came down for cocktails (Gayprof's Tequila Gimlets!) and we watched some of Project Runway Season 2. Then, I had fun chat and txt conversations with faraway friends :-)

Admittedly, I've been a little down. The weather is not conducive to Happy Thoughts. AND, I have been trying to arrange a night out on the town, but none of my friends seem all that interested. *sigh* So, I'll probably end up at home again tonight.

*le sigh* [Sighs in French are always more pathetic, right?]

On a more positive note, Y gave me his "approximate" two weeks notice. He's still not sure of the exact date he'll be moving out, but there is a Light at the End of the Tunnel. Huzzah.

Have a great weekend.
*smooches*

Friday, September 25, 2009

Busy Busy

Good Morning, Kittens.

Lots of "things" going on today. Won't be posting anything substantive* until later this afternoon/evening.

Stay tuned.
*smooches*

*Ha. As if I ever post anything substantive**.
**Ha. As if I even know what "substantive" means***.
***"Substantive" is a word, right?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Life is So Boring Even My Arguments are Routine

Good Morning, Kittens.

Oh, yes, yesterday was chock full of fun and excitement. I did laundry. I knitted. I got overly frustrated with the (temporary, but not quite temporary enough) roommate.

I decided to make a couscous salad last night for dinner. Before I started cooking, Y sat down on the sofa with a plate full of toast and hummus. I made the salad - couscous, corn, black beans, red onion. The dressing was olive oil, chiles, basil, lemon juice, garlic and spinach (pureed). When it was finished, I fixed myself a bowl and sat down on the couch to eat.

Y: *loud sigh*
V: What?
Y: *sigh*
V: Would you like some salad? It's in the refrigerator.
Y: I just don't understand why you are like this.
V: Like what? You just ate a big plate of bread and hummus. I said you could help yourself to the salad in the fridge.
Y: Well, it seems like since I paid for the groceries ...
V: (interrupting) Did you want me to serve you the salad? Is that it? You need me to get up from enjoying my dinner to fix you a bowl? Is that what you want? FINE! (V stops eating and gets up)
Y: No, I can get it (Y follows V into the kitchen).
V: Don't bother. (V spoons salad into bowl) Enjoy.

He made yummy-smacky noises while eating. I suppose that was his way of complimenting the cook. I was too hot to even speak to him.

"It's only temporary and the money is helpful." Repeat ad nauseum. But, srsly, people, doubleyou tee eff?

Today, I am meeting Ray for lunch at Zaytinya. Then, I am going to the pottery studio for awhile. I have a lot of trimming to do. I also have some co-op board things to do. And work on a job application. Oh, the fun times I have.

Have a great day!
*smooches*

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Good Morning, Kittens.

You are looking at yesterday's Big Project: Turning a Heel. It was quite an Knitting Adventure, fer sure. I never want to have to go through that again! (except I will either have to or amputate one of my feet ... hmm).

The Y Frustration of the Day involved our differing concepts of Time. I have a realistic one. His is entirely forked up. Around 11, Y asked if I needed anything from Whole Foods. I took a quick inventory and gave him a list. As he was leaving, he asked, "Do you need this for lunch?" No. Of course, I assumed that meant he would be returning with the groceries in time for dinner. And, he did! If you eat dinner at 10:30PM. Fortunately, I had some stuff lying around that I could fix for dinner. I picked some basil and whipped up a quick pesto. I suppose it was all right, but it tasted like disappointment.

After my pesto + pasta dinner, I watched the first two episodes of Season 1 True Blood. It was OK. I don't quite get the whole fascination with vampires thing that is currently running amok in our society. On the plus side, there are several hotties on the show who walk around shirtless a lot. That alone may keep me interested enough to make it through the rest of the season.

In other news, I had a phone interview yesterday. It went well, I think. However, the recruiter said that even though I have the most qualified resume he's seen for the position, the company has "specific ideas" about who they want to hire. I don't have that experience, so it really depends on who they want to hire: Me, a fabulously qualified candidate with the ability to Sparklify everything or Ms. X, the mystery dream candidate, who -given what they are looking for- probably doesn't even exist.

We shall see ...

No real plans for today. Laundry. Post Office. Blah blah blah.
Have a great day! *smooches*

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sometimes Even the Smallest Purchase Can Change the Course of History

Good Morning, Kittens.

Over the weekend, I was chatting with Mike Who Makes Cakes about ... if you can believe it ... what our super powers would be if we had them. Mike's super power, I'm sure, would have something to do with Amazing Blowjobs. And, mine? I think I should have the power to *SPARKLEFY!* everything.

Like Stormtroopers. On t-shirts.

SPARKLEFICATION! It makes the happy!

Anyway, so Very Early this morning, Y, the (temporary) roommate, returned. I don't even know what time, because I was already in bed - maybe 2 or 3. And, of course, he wanted to have teh (oral) secks.

His very presence is annoying me now. I don't like it. I need to be more positive. But, how can one be positive, when he is so focused on His Needs Only. He didn't even bother to move his suitcase -which was blocking my front door- until 4PM.

After lunch, I decided to walk downtown. He said, "Oh, well, I'll be leaving soon, too." I got back an hour or so later, after buying the SuperCute Sparklefied StormTrooper T-Shirt ($20!) at Marshalls and running into a former co-worker. He was still here.

I said, "I thought you were leaving soon." He got all offended. Started talking about how he needed to finish some stuff first and then take a shower. He picked up his laptop and went back to his room.

I took a nap. Mmmm. Nap.

When I awoke? Still here. He finally left around 6:30.

So, apparently, in Y-Speak "soon" equals "about five hours." I should be used to this. BUT, I still find it irritating. Some of us move in Real Time. Some of us use Geologic Time.

On a more positive note, pottery class was a lot of fun. There is a Very Cute Guy in the class (unfortunately he is Young and Straight). AND, last night, I made a fairly large bowl and a vase/mug/thing. Good times.

No real plans for today. Some annoying Co-op Board Issues have recently manifested and I need to start dealing with those. *ugh* AND, job stuff, of course.

Have a great day! *hugs* and *smooches*

Monday, September 21, 2009

Weekend Update: Smokin' Edition

I started smoking my Junior year in college. When I was stressed out, usually during exams, I would take a smoke break. Once I graduated and started teaching, I continued to smoke, mostly because being a beginning teacher is stressful as fuck. I don't think I ever smoked more than a pack a week.

Once I quit teaching and moved to Japan, I stopped smoking almost entirely. I would light up once in a blue moon while drinking with friends. Since I've been in the DC area (just over 10 years), I can count on one hand the number of times I've smoked.

On Friday night, after a superfun day (and evening), I had an inexplicable craving for cigarettes. So, after disembarking the metro, I wandered around in search of a convenience store. On the walk home, I smoked two.

On Saturday morning, I was reminded of one of the reasons I quit smoking: hangover + cigarette skank = no fun at all. I doubt I'll smoke any more of that pack even though the initial nicotine buzz was fun and the smell of cured tobacco takes me back to my roots. It was worth the $7 (or how much ever it was) to be reminded of why I don't smoke (often).

As for the rest of my exciting weekend ...

Friday, I met the Silver Spring Penguin and a friend of hers for lunch at a new(ish) Ethiopian restaurant near the likker store. The food was good, but the company was better. Afterwards, I headed into the District for a relaxing Museum Day. I visited the Hirshhorn, as well as the folk art section of the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. Photos are here. Then, I wandered towards Dupont Circle to meet up with Mike. He phoned that we was running late, so I decided to have a cocktail (imagine!) at Bar Dupont. $5 Specialty Cocktails Happy Hour! *w00t!*

Once Mike joined me, we had one more drink before heading to meet our friend, Brian, at the Commissary. More food. More Drinks. And then we were off to JR. for drinks! and then to Cobalt! for more drinks! and then I was staggering home with a cigarette hanging from my lips.

Saturday morning? Total Ooginess, but I had a brunch planned with former co-workers at Alero in Dupont at noon. Somehow, I made it there on time. Two pitchers of margaritas later, the hangover was forgotten! Hurrah!

I parted ways with my friends and met up with Mike. I crashed at his pad until 4ish. Then, I walked down to Union Station to meet CeeJ (*waves at CeeJ*). We were going to Lucky Strike in Chainatown for bowling; however, after learning about their indecipherable and completely subjective dresscode, CeeJ opted to hop in a ZIP Car and drive us into the Wilds of Virginia.

Bowling! So much fun. I suck. I bowled a 91 and 67. CeeJ bowled a Million and a 47 Gabillion. Still, losing can be fun too. Srsly. After bowling, we headed to the restaurants on Barrack's Row for dinner. We ate at a middle eastern place, the name of which I can't remember. CeeJ was kind enough to drive me home.

Around 930, K-Factor came down. We ate babaganouj and started watching Miss Potter. However, K-Factor couldn't stay awake and went up to bed. I managed to watch the movie (Loved It!) without falling asleep on the sofa.

Sunday was quite lazy. K-Factor and I went to the pottery studio around 130. I trimmed a vase and a mug and made the handle for the mug. Once home, I felt like knitting, cocktails, and Pride & Prejudice was in order (the A&E miniseries, not the movie).

No exciting plans for today, I'm afraid. I think Y might be returning at some point. Oh, joy.

Have a fabulous day! *smooches*

Friday, September 18, 2009

Is This the Little Eggplant I Carried?

Good Morning, Kittens ...

Behold!
Baba ganouj (noush? noosh?)

I made it! I am so clever. Actually, my friend, Nida, is so clever. I followed a slightly modified version of a recipe she gave me. I have pictures, but dead camera batteries. Sorry.

Anyway, the (modified) recipe ...

In pan, add some olive oil and saute three cloves garlic and a chili pepper.
When soft, add peeled and diced eggplant.
Cover.
Cook until soft and mushy. (Stir occasionally)
While cooking, decided to add juice from one lemon.
Once soft, transfer to blender and puree the living shit out of it.
Pour into bowl and cool in fridge.
Then, add more lemon juice (if needed), salt, and a couple spoons of tahini and yogurt (to taste).

It was delicious. Is delicious, actually ... I have baba ganouj galore.

Yesterday, I also went to pottery. Here are pictures.

What I made in class on Monday night:

Fall 09 Vase 1 and Mug 1

What I made in open studio yesterday afternoon:

Fall 09 Pitcher 1

and

Fall 09 Bowl 1

There you have it. Plans for today include lunch followed by Museum Day followed by dinner.

Fun times. Have a great weekend!
*smooches*

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lemon Tree Very Pretty

And the lemon flower is sweet.
But the fruit of the poor lemon
Is impossible to eat.

I grew up with Peter, Paul and Mary, listening to their albums on the first piece of furniture my parents bought as a married couple - an RCA stereo cabinet.

That cabinet is in my living room now. When I lift the lid, I can smell the memories, and I'm back in our house in Murphy, flipping through albums ... Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, The Sound of Music, until I find Peter, Paul, and Mary. Green carpet. Plaster walls. Sooty fireplace. And the lemon tree.

Peter, Paul sans Mary and the world is a little more empty.

In other news, Boozy Lunch with Ms. Bluestocking was quite fun ... and boozy. I got to find out all about her hot new burning hunk of love. Plus, she read over my short story and gave some input on how to resolve the issue I have been having. I came home and took a nap. Wine at lunch time can do that to you.

Before lunch, I mailed the two cute little baby hats I knitted recently.

Last night, I watched The Country Teacher, a Czech film about a gay man who moves to the countryside to teach. A single mother falls for him. He falls for her 17-year-old son. Needless to say, that which one does not want to happen happens and disaster ensues. Although the movie was quite good, I felt the ending was disappointing in the way that lots of movies of the Gay Genre are disappointing. There was forgiveness from all parties involved; however, the Gay Teacher would be living a life without love/sex. *sigh* I suppose that was their idea of a "happy" ending.

Today, I am going to be SuperMotivated and apply to several jobs before lunch. Then, I'm going to head to the pottery studio for awhile. Fun times.

*smooches*

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Good Morning, Kittens.

How did it get to be Wednesday already? Where is this week going?

Yesterday was SuperFun. I went to the bank. And, then, I went to the hardware store and had 40 gabillion keys made.

I haven't been working on the short story. It is practically finished, except for one crucial scene. And, I don't know what happens in that one crucial scene. I tried to write through it but ended up writing around it, adding several paragraphs before and after whatever happens. *sigh*

Then, we had our monthly board meeting. That was *so* much fun, because we discussed our budget for next year. Woo to the hoo.

Lots of excitement today: Boozy Lunch at Adega with the Fab Clio Bluestocking. Laundry. Knitting. DVD watching. AND, maybe even Martini Time! Plus, hopefully finishing up my short story.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hello, Clay, My Old Friend

Good Morning, Kittens!

Yesterday was a Day of Running Crappy Errands. Nothing of interest, really. I went to the bank to make a deposit of quarters for the co-op. Then, Whole Foods. Then, home, where I made more 2 more flat freezer bags full of Thai Basil Pesto. I also sowed some more lettuce seeds. As has been the case all summer, the first batch of seedlings were Beat Down by torrential rain. *sigh*

Around 730PM, K-Factor and I headed over to pottery class. Yay! Pottery class. AND, I had a happy surprise. I found a cup that I had glazed at the end of the Spring session and forgotten about (pictured above). Here's the other side of it:
I like it. The glaze is black and then the rim was dipped in white. I may keep it.

During class, I threw a vase and a (rather large) mug. I forgot to take pictures though. Oops. I think I will be going to open studio on Thursday. So, I'll take a picture or two then.

Once home, K-Factor and I had chips and salsa and margaritas while we watched Ghost (RIP Patrick Swayze *sniff*). And, let me tell you, using good likker makes a GOOOOOOD margarita.

I used 1 oz of lime juice, 1 oz chili-infused El Jimador, 1 oz Cuervo 1800, and 1 oz Grand Marnier. Nom cubed. Srsly. If only I had the money to buy the good stuff. K-Factor gave me the Grand Marnier. Mmmmm. Tasty.

Tonight, I am hosting the monthly co-op board meeting. *w00t!* So, I will be cleaning and tidying all day. Plus, my regular obviously ineffective job-hunting.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Monday, September 14, 2009

Weekend Update: Ack! BOSSY's Linked to Me Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

I awoke this morning to discover that BOSSY (*waves to BOSSY*) has linked to me. Yay!

BUT, GAH! VUBOQ wasn't really planning to have new content today. BUT, I would hate to disappoint my regular reader (*waves to Anne-Marie in Philly*) and the one or two people who will click over ... so ... um ... lessee ...

The funnest thing that happened this weekend was on Saturday night. I went to the free simulcast of The Barber of Seville at the National Stadium (National's Stadium? Nationals' Stadium? AT&T UPS Pepsi Stadium?). It was totally awesome. And, not only because I got to hang-out with the Most Awesome ShallowGal and her Posse.


It's also because every time I hear "Barber of Seville" I think of this. It was good to hear the real thing. The opera was fun. The company was fabulous. Good times, kittens. Good times.

Sunday, I did a lot of blobbing and some knitting. After finishing two baby hats, I'm starting a hat for a Very Special Adult Person.

Y was out for most of the day with a friend. They came back around 4. I made chili-infused tequila margaritas, and, then, they drove off to New York City. Yep, you read that right. He's gone. But only for about a week. He passed his dissertation defense and is now searching for housing in NYC.

I have a week of the apartment to myself. YaYz!

In other good news, the Fall session of pottery class starts today. Photos of previously made pottery are on flickr.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Sunday, September 13, 2009

12 of 12: Opera Edition

Hello, Kittens. It took forever to upload my pix tonight. But, here are my 12 of 12 for September.

First. A cute little baby beret modeled by a watermelon.
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Second. The one eggplant produced by my eggplant plant.
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Third. A pretty cosmos flower in my garden.
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Fourth. What's a 12 of 12 without a photo of my pussy?
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Fifth. Will my (temporary) roommate ever clean out his coffee cup [N.B. he did by the time I got home tonight. *whew*]?
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Sixth. K-Factor and I metro into DC to watch The Barber of Seville, free simulcast at Nationals Stadium.
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Seventh. K-Factor had a hot date. I got to hang out with the ShallowPosse!
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Eighth. The youngest of the ShallowPosse totes luvs opera (and Miss DC, but that's ShallowGal's story to tell).
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Ninth. The main event was not this version of opera ... but some people liked it better.
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Tenth. DCites *heart* free opera.
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Eleventh. And they lived happily ever after.
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Twelfth. The metro ride home was crowded.
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More photos from my day are on flickr.

*smooches*

Friday, September 11, 2009

Good Morning, Kittens.

Y defends his dissertation this morning. Send good vibes. Why? Because the better he does, the faster he is outta here! And that's good news for both of us.

In other news, I worked a bit on my short story. I am liking the characters. I am liking the situation they are in. However, I have come to a point where I am unable to see how it is going to be resolved. Hm. Tricky. We'll see how it goes. It's rainy and gray today ... which is good writing weather, I think. Perhaps, I'll be able to write through it. Or knit and think for a bit.

No big weekend plans, except for the free outdoor simulcast of The Barber of Seville tomorrow evening. If all goes as planned, there will be a Very Shallow Guest Star (+ Posse). And, it's 12 of 12 tomorrow. Look forward to fun photos, I'm sure ... especially since I have never been able to take a very good photo of said Very Shallow Guest Star. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C. (Srsly, she is Much Cuter in person. My camera hates her though. Bad Camera!)

Y heads to NYC on Sunday at some point to start apartment-hunting. So, I should have a quiet roommateless week. Yayz.

Have a great weekend! *smooches*

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Clay

Good morning, kittens.

According to my friend, Nida, mercury is in retrograde and that's why I (we?) feel like crapola. Great. It's only going to last another week or so. That's a good thing.

I was planning to do lots of job-related searching type things yesterday; however, that didn't happen. Instead, I wrote the first 3 pages of a short story that's been clanging around in my head for about 6 months. How did that take all day?

Here're the opening paragraphs:

Clay

"Wedging is so sexual," Tina said, as her muscular, hairy arms kneaded the lump of clay. She was using the ram's head style to force out air bubbles.

"I don't know what you mean," I replied. I had chosen the more delicate spiral wedging, which created a chrysanthemum-like pattern in the wedged clay.

Tina stopped wedging for a moment. It's true. I couldn't relate wedging clay to sex, since, at the ripe old age of 32, I had never had it. Unless you count the drunken and sloppy oral only end-of-term encounter with Brian, the geometry teacher, a few weeks ago.

It gets better. Maybe. There are some issues that I'm working through ... like plot, characters, and resolution. Easy peasy. *cough*

Meanwhile, Y is peeved at me (again). Whatever.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Drowning

Rain.

Gray.

Cold.

Jobless.

Loveless.


Last night, I dreamed that this random guy in a cafe called me "faggot" as I walked by. I turned and confronted him, "What did you say?"

"Faggot."

"What?"

He leaned closer in to me. "Faggot."

"Really? Are you gay, too? Do you have gaydar?"

He looked confused and I woke myself up.


Drowning.

I'm almost out of gin ... and vermouth.

I have no bourbon.

On the bright side, chili-infused tequila makes a kick-ass mouth-tingling margarita.

*smooches*

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Itty Bitty Baby Hat

Good Morning, Kittens.

Everyone glad to be back at work? Good! I knew you would be.

I made a baby hat yesterday. It is itty bitty and will be winging its way to a friend in Atlanta as soon as I find her address. I have 3 other packages to mail today as well. I guess I'll get to the post office eventually.

Other than knitting all day long yesterday, I didn't do much. Tomokito and family and I went to lunch at El Golfo. Spinach enchiladas. YUM. And, last night, K-Factor and SCGB came down to watch Paris Je'taime ... which I had seen before, but SCGB hadn't.

Fun times, for sure.

And, that's all the exciting news from this end.
Have a great day.
*smooches*

Monday, September 07, 2009

Weekend Update: Labor Day Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

Guess who spent way too much money on Friday, so spent the rest of the weekend in Poverty Mode?

Yes. That would be me. Friday was loads of fun though. Lunch with CNTBD at Sette (mmm. pizza). Using my Borders Reward Certificates to get Whitney's new album. Sitting in Dupont Circle. Meeting Ray for drinks at Bar Dupont. Then, catching up with Mike and Tomokito at Level One. Boozy boozy fun, for sure.

Saturday, I did nothing but knit and watch DVDs (and make lots of pesto).
Sunday, I did the same thing (minus the pesto-making).

I also discovered that chili-infused tequila makes a mighty fine margarita. Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom.

No plans for today. Other than knitting and watching DVDs. Might go to El Golfo (spinach! enchiladas!) for lunch though.

Have a relaxing Labor Day! *smooches*

PS. Baby Hana says hello.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

VUBOQ, VUBOQ, How Does Your Garden Grow

Good Sunday Afternoon, Kittens!

Hope you are all having a fun holiday weekend. I thought I would take a few moments away from my knitting projects to do a quick little garden post.

I have been making pesto like there is no tomorrow ... The sweet basil is on its last legs. The purple and Thai basil are not far behind. I think I'll be making a few more batches of Thai basil pesto tomorrow.

The cinnamon basil is still looking great:

I wish I could figure out how to use it.

And the Thai Dragon Chilies look amazing:

Some of these babies are being shipped out on Tuesday.

And the Pride of the 2009 Gardening Adventure:

Look! I grew an eggplant! Yayz!

Finally, a very happy birthday and extra *smooches* to Anne-Marie in Philly!

*smooch*

Friday, September 04, 2009

Prelude to a Weekend

Good Morning, Kittens.

Yesterday was -once again- rather uneventful. The highlights were:

I went to Whole Foods and bought coffee (hurrah).
I made two batches of Thai Basil Pesto. One of which I put in the freezer.
I created a cocktail: The Light and Stormy, which is just like a Dark and Stormy, except it uses gold rum instead of dark rum. Tasty.
I knitted.
And, I went for an afternoon run. The goal of the afternoon run was to see if the After Work Eye Candy was better than the Before Work Eye Candy. It was slightly better than morning, although, all I saw was a barely, if, legal Twinkie and a nice chunk of Dark Chocolate. Nom nom nom. At least, I looked better/more awake.

And, the Labor Day weekend is upon us. I don't have any plans at all. I'm meeting CNTBD for lunch today. Then, I'll spend the day in the District shopping and knitting and maybe meeting Ray ... and then maybe going out for happy hour. Another friend is having a BBQ on Saturday. I may go to that too. We shall see.

Probably just lots of sitting at home doing nothing. Fun Times.

Have a great weekend. More than likely I'll be posting boredom-inspired updates throughout the weekend.

*smooches*

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Excitement of it All

Good Morning, Kittens.

I was supposed to go for a run this morning ... but, I thought I would wait until this evening to see if the Eye Candy was any better then. What can I say? I needz motivation.

Yesterday was chock full of fun and excitement. I applied for a job or two. I vacuumed. I planted some lettuce. I walked to the Borders to "buy" (using my Borders Reward Certificates) Whitney's new album, but they either didn't have it or were sold out. So, I walked over to Adega, ordered a glass of prosecco, and watched Episode 2 of Mad Men (season 3). It was fabulous. But, I can't talk about it, because BOSSY isn't caught up.

I came home. I had a martini (yay!). Then, I started thinking about dinner. I had pasta with tomato and spinach and my Gray Pesto. It was delicious. I think the secret to stellar pesto is to add a chili pepper. Nomz.

I spent the rest of the evening knitting (see picture) and watching movies. And drinking wine.

No real plans today, yet. The weather has been so beautiful I need to do something fun though. Maybe I'll cut my fingernails.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Purple Pesto

Good morning, Kittens!

This sudden cool spell we are having is not making my basil plants very happy. So last night, I made pesto. First, I made it with sweet basil. Yum. Although it was a bit too salty. Then, I decided to go all crazy and use purple basil.

Surprise. Purple Basil Pesto is kinda gray (see photo).

Here's what I did ...

1 cup purple basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 thai dragon chili pepper (green)
approx 1/4 cup of grated fulvi romano
approx 2 tbsp (maybe more) pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/3 cup olive oil
salt

and puree the livin' Hell out of it.

The end.

Although it looks a little unappetizing, it tastes pretty good.

Not much else happened. I did some co-op board stuff. I called about a job. I knitted. I watched movies. I had Martini Time.

Typical day in the life. I didn't watch the Mad Men episodes. Might do that today.

No other plans. Maybe laundry.
Oh, I haz teh exciting life.

Have a great day.
*smooches*

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Fall is in the Air

Good Morning, Kittens.

Another day, another dollar. Climb outta bed and get yer lazy arses to work!

Not a whole lot happened yesterday. I did manage to apply for a job. I finished my SuperSecret Knitting Project (well, almost ... i still have to weave in the ends and block). I started another knitting project using the leftover yarn. PLUS, the yarn for the baby blanket I'm going to knit the neighbors arrived.

Later in the evening, K-Factor brought by a Mugiversary present (pictured). Yay! Booze! And, then, we went to the park to throw Frisbee. Good times. We both suck and have no aim.

Once home, I popped in a movie (which irritated He Who Was Still in His Underwear and Hadn't Showered All Day). Around 10ish, I went upstairs and Tomokito and I finished off the last of the Chocolate and Cinnamon Basil Sorbet.

Today, there is more knitting on the agenda. Plus, doing some co-op business. Plus, making a few job-related calls. Plus, catching up on the latest two episodes of Mad Men, which I got from SCGB last night. Yayz.

It's a beautiful day. Get outside and enjoy it ... on your lunch breaks.

*smooches*