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It's my birthday. I am 30.

I am super excited to embark on this decade. yes, yes, yay!


Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:36 pm
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i can't figure out how to find my friends page with this weird new toolbar. am i just missing it, or is it actually confusing? help! leave me a comment.
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OMG i cannot get enough of these Sookie Stackhouse books. They are fictional crack! I think about taking them into the bathroom at work and hiding out reading them. I am staying up til all hours starting new ones.

The show was alright, but these books are like little chewy vampire candies. Addictive! Entertaining!

I need to go to bed.


Jul. 10th, 2009 03:06 am
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Read this article after seeing it linked on feministing.

It is annoying for all the obvious reasons. I mean, you don't title an article "why women aren't funny" if you don't mean to be annoying. and misogynist.

But then I was thinking about all the funny ladies I know (there are a lot) and how most of them are gay. And for about one second I was extra annoyed, thinking maybe the douchetastical article had a point in mentioning that most of the funny ladies out there are kinda gay. Luckily I remembered that in reality I mostly only know homos. So maybe I'm not the best sample.

Then I thought of all the hilarious not-gay women who've made it big (from the brilliant comedic timing of Gracie Allen to Carol Burnett's slapstick to the sometimes too self deprecating Tina Fey) and kinda figured there are a lot more really funny straight girls out there just trying for a break.

So I got annoyed all over again.

This article is a couple of years old, so maybe it already made the rounds a long while ago. But in case it didn't, wtf? Am I just being touchy or is this thing really extra annoying?
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the end.
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virgin american airlines has internets. crazy!

and the girl across the aisle plays banjo uke and lives down the street from redress. and she has totally been there and loves it. isn't that great?

i am watching the house bunny. oooh, it's terrible!
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With the help of Sweetie Burkle, I got all my shit out of the house and into the van and then over to greyhound today. I should have gotten up earlier than I did, and I should also be sleeping now. Alas, I did not spend my time all that well for the rest of the day, and so it's time to clean up my room and finish packing my bags for NYC.

It's not all that hard, the stuff I need to do, but I have really been avoiding it. First by sitting on the steps and reading for 20 minutes when I got home (in my defense, not eating since 11am and then running around all day will TOTALLY give you just cause to collapse on the stairs when you get home), then by watching gretchen phillips videos on youtube until it was time for battlestar. And finally by practicing the uke for my little spot at gayety.

Don't worry, I ate something in there too.

But really I just need to get cracking on the rest of my room. 30 minutes and it will be done. Bingo Bango.

And then tomorrow morning (oh, i mean in a few hours) I will go to the airport and I won't live here anymore.

Have I mentioned that I won't miss this city at all? I mean, I'll miss it more than NYC, mostly for the great weather. And I'll miss my good friends here, and my job. But not the actual place. I haven't pined for any place yet, wherever I've lived. Landing in a plane always has the sense of "ugh, home?" for me. Not that wistful joy some people talk about.

It's always people for me.

Anyway. Speaking of people. NYC people. Please call or email or something. I wanna see you! I really do :)
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how did i miss that 30 rock is hilarious? cannot. stop. watching!
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watching l word.

can't stop myself.

even when it is SO BAD!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!!

also ps i am glad when they cut away from mama t + mama b sex. eww, bette and tina. totes the grossest.

and ps x 2 max's beard makes my stomach hurt.
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was considering a couple costume with Champ: anders and starbuck from battlestar. matching tattoos and everything.

but there was only 1 brown tank top and 1 gray shirt, and so instead Champ is gonna be either anders or chief.

then i considered being a sexy 6 cylon, but i'm not blond enough.

so now it comes to this: children's entertainer, with sock puppet & ukulele props OR
sexy potato.

the problem with sexy potato is that i have to make it. the problem with children's entertainer is that it requires being "on" all night and i don't know if i feel like it.

it's 7pm and i don't know what i'm gonna be for halloween. oops.
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saw wall-e. umm, kinda sketchy/fucked up re: fatties. but robot love is kinda awesome.

am now broke, after buying a (plane) ticket to my 10 year high school reunion. crazy.
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I am starting a cheese diary! Dairy Diary.

The first day of cheese went well, though I didn't buy anything at the end of the day. I feel sort of overwhelmed by choices. It's so much easier to suggest cheeses (or anything) to someone else.

Anyway. I am totally reading a cheese book. That should be good.


Mar. 25th, 2008 06:48 am
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I couldn't get through this article on dying bats: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/science/25bats.html?_r=1&8dpc&oref=slogin

It made me too sad.

Somebody tell me if stories like this (about an entire species being killed by environmental toxicity) can ever have a happy ending, ok?
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But I, too, am supporting and passing along this strike thing. Livejournal is dead to me for 24 hours--no reading, no posting, nothing.

I honestly hadn't heard anything about these changes until someone on my friend list made a post about the strike yesterday. And then I went and read the news posts and left feeling less than informed. I have totally seen this type of bullshit before and it is ANNOYING and stupid and frustrating and ridiculous and, probably most of all, disempowering to the community of users.

So, STRIKE! Here's information:

The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

Why? Because the new owners of LJ said they were going to listen to a user driven advisory board before making any changes, and didn't. They instead tried to take away all GLBT related interest groups, and were about to take away all free, ad free accounts as well and make LJ paid. Basic/free users help drive this site! And paid or not, our interests should not be dictated to us.

Read more... )

I'd like to add to (as some of my friends have) that it makes sense not to read journals either. It makes a difference, financially, I think.
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From that ask me anything and I'll blog about it thing:
"What is the most transforming book you've read, when did you read it and why was it transforming?"

Ooh. That's a hard question, for several reasons. First of all, I have a hard time as seeing myself as ever having transformed. I have changed a lot since my youth (in oh so many ways) but I think of it as happening slowly, over long periods of time. In other words, it's my earth sign identity shining through. Secondly, I have a hard time immediately distinguishing between "meaningful" and "transformative" when it comes to books. My first though was Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, but after contemplating that answer I realized that the book didn't transform me so much as soothe and comfort and answer some part of me on a very deep level. It has meant a lot to me.

My second answer falls into a different category--it probably wasn't transformative, but was definitely INformative, as far as my interests and personality go. That book is "Panda Bear's Paintbox," which I read so much as a child that the front and back covers finally fell off and the last page of the book had to be held on with tape. My parents and I replaced it a few years ago--it is out of print, but we found it on ebay. In the book, a little panda bear decides to paint a picture and slowly but surely goes through each color in his little paintbox, learning that red + yellow = orange and so on, until his picture is done. In the end, he gets in the bath and watches all the color swirl down the drain. This book, when combined with my undying love for my artistically inclined Grandmother, was what made 5 year old me want to be an artist. Informative, yes. Transformative? Arguable. But I think not.

So. My answer. I am going to go with Mary Daly. Quintessence. Without that book, I'd never have stumbled into radical feminism or, oddly enough, into queerness. And clearly my ideas about queerness and sexuality and women are not necessarily what Mary Daly wanted when she wrote any of her books. But her fire completely galvanized me. Her language excited me. When I finished that book, my first thoughts were that a different world is possible, and that world can hold My People. Now, "My People" as a concept--potentially problematic, especially when you're coming at it from Daly's view. But in practice, each of us can have our people, our ideal world. I think Quintessence clicked on a part of me that has had me thinking about the possibilities for success and failure and, simply, difference in my academic life as well as my personal world.

I do feel like I just need to say (after stating that Mary Daly transformed me) that I am really clear on the shortcomings of her work. And also if anyone wants to borrow that book so that they can understand the ways that she doesn't fall short, I will loan you my (signed. i am ridiculous.) copy.

What a fun question.
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Everyone has things they blog about.
Everyone has things they don't blog about.

Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on lima beans, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc.

Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other! I promise I'll (try to) answer the questions.
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Somehow I missed the memo that tonight is spring forward/daylight savings.

HOLY SHIT! It's a good thing that I noticed, otherwise I'd have been a little confused tomorrow when I was an hour behind everyone else (my brunch date, my co-workers, and the world in general). Those people always crack me up--the folks you hear on their cellphones saying "no way, you are lying, hold on lemme ask this girl here..."

Also the people who would be an hour late/early to church on those time change Sundays.


cheap eats

Mar. 1st, 2008 10:50 pm
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It is entirely possible to eat well in NY for under $10. Even better: You can probably do it for $5. And snacks can happen for $2 or less and be pretty decent eats.

Case in point: Downtown Bakery on 1st Ave. OH. MY. GOD. Some killer Mexican food. Killer! Their burritos are not Mission style, but seeing as how we're not in SF, that really doesn't bother me. The ingredients are fresh and the peppers and onions have that slight grill char that means they were actually cooked before being heaped into your veggie burrito. They are also extremely vegetarian and vegan friendly--the guy taking my order even told me that the mole was made with chicken broth instead of just letting me order it without mention. That burrito, which I couldn't finish in a sitting, was motherfucking $8. With tax and tip.

See also: Pukk--vegetarian thai just a few doors down from Mexican Bakery. They have a $6 lunch special that will fill your belly, and their entrees range from $7-9 at dinner. So basically you can go in, get mock duck red curry with brown rice, and leave only $9 poorer (that's plus tax and tip, in my head). They also have some killer soups for $3, and a few pretty sizeable salads for $5.

And then there are the tiny Indian spots, with samosas and a few other things for just about $2. Punjabi on Houston and the Dosa Guy in Washington Square.

Falafel is a mainstay. Where can you NOT get decent falafel around here? (OK, lots of places. But whatever.)

I ate delivery from Mexican Bakery tonight, and it reminded me that I've been dying to write up the delicious and affordable spots that abound in this overpriced town. I have always thought that this sort of show would be much more helpful than Rachael Ray's "$40 A Day." I mean really? A DAY? Only if FoodTV is paying.
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red onion.

a blend of coconut and sesame oil.

roast at 375 for ?? minutes (i believe in the magic of julia child, who said that when you can smell it, it's probably done)

you'll wanna turn that before the minutes are up.

dress with wasabi and really good shoyu (soy sauce). serve over a bed of chopped napa cabbage.

this may turn out awesome, and it may turn out terrible. cooking is my favorite adventure.


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