Sunday, January 28, 2007

my best friend is a supahstar

last night, salimah held a private poetry reading at minas in hampden. just about 25 people showed up for the event, and it was such a warm group, lots of laughter and wine....you could just FEEL people being proud of her and really receiving the pieces. it was the perfect evening for her to showcase her truly fantastic, publishable work. i couldn't have been more proud....

and it was great, too, that we had space for 2 hours (the reading was just around 40 minutes long) so we had plenty of time to all mingle and laugh and catch up with one another. she really has such great friends, and i was psyched to see so many of her coworkers show up. that's support! then again, she always speaks so highly of all of them, so i was in no way surprised.

now then, let it be said on this sunday night in late january, 2007, salimah, your book will be published someday, and then the general public will know just how truly great of a writer you really are....you heard it here first!!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

step up to the mic and say what's on your mind....

i'm exhausted, and my sleep schedule is all kinds of wonky. thursday night, my heat broke and i was up until nearly 5 a.m. while it was getting fixed. this threw me off completely yesterday (i only went to work half a day), and then last night i wound up staying up later than i had expected to, so here i am at 11:40 on saturday morning and i've only been up for 20 minutes. i feel like the day is already half in the bag (which, in fact, it is). that drives me nuts.

well, i could sit here complaining about it or i could go and get on with it. i pick the latter....shower, dress, get some work done, and then later salimah's poetry reading, dinner out, maybe a movie at home, and hopefully a full day of working tomorrow.

not to complain or anything, but i need a vacation from my life right now.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

interesting....i can't say i'm wholly surprised.

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 70% Conservative, 30% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

my hands are cracked, the ice is melting, and where are you anyway?

i can't ever drink water fast enough...i feel like i'm in a constant state of replenishing ice. it's tuesday. i skipped the state of the union but said a hearty YES to american idol (how can i resist?). i've noticed that they've stopped showing any of the good people (with few exceptions). the audition portions of the show are ALL about the people who aren't anywhere near good enough. honestly, i find it boring, and yet i am COMPELLED to watch it.

today dragged on for an eternity, but my one bit of joy was another book on CD that i'm rolling right through. the last one had me all up in arms. there were times that i gasped and when my coworkers inquired what was up, i spoke with such urgency about what was going on that they thought these were real friends of mine. and just to show you that i have a problem, last week i went to dinner with my friend, and i had just heard this particularly difficult portion in the car. so when i got into the restaurant, she told me i looked like i didn't feel well or that there was something wrong. 'oh no,' i said, 'it's just that this guy's cheating on his wife in the book i'm listening to, and i guess that part of the book just got to me, you know?' i don't really need to tell you that she looked at me as if i were crazy....yeah.

anyhoo, i just ate a snickerdoodle cookie (too doughy), drank some skim milk, and am contemplating my ice water and the lotion i love with a serious passion. oh, yeah, and i'm waiting for a call before bed. a good one.

and everything but the girl is in my head....'now you've disappeared somewhere...like outer space...you've found some better place...and i miss you....like the deserts miss the rain....'

sing it, sister.

Monday, January 22, 2007

connection

i had such high hopes for the one-a-day food blog, but after my camera was out of commission for over a week, i've abandoned the notion that i'm taking a photo a day. plus - and this is really the biggest part - i'm freaking busy. SO, i'm planning on taking pics when i can and posting them. i know. it's really not the same, but then again, this is for me, right? i get to make the rules.

it's a good thing.

speaking of food, though, can i just say - i had the nicest little dinner: crunchy breadcrumb-coated tilapia, buttered rice, and roasted green beans. on the side was a couple tablespoons of a cinnamon-cranberry-walnut compote i made tonight just for kicks. people, let me tell you - deLISH.

i washed all the dishes, managed to roast myself some poultry breakfast sausage for the rest of the week, and now i'm just hanging out until 24 comes on in roughly 50 minutes. it made me so happy to use my rice cooker tonight. with pots bubbling, pans sizzling, that little guy steaming away, and the smells of winter and homey-ness swirling all around me, i felt SO in my element. how great it is to reconnect - even if for just a few moments - with what you love.

and speaking of things i love, hellOOOO jack bauer:).

Sunday, January 21, 2007

you know what time it is....

it's time for a recap list, of course....although this time, i'm working the whole week, since i've been completely MIA. again, sorry 'bout that:).

1. saturday brunch at miss shirley's. saw plenty of cute babies. food was terrific. can't wait to go back.
2. the temp has officially dropped and it is now COLD. and WINDY. me no like.
3. i worked ALL last weekend and several nights this week as well. today promises more of the same.
4. my camera was having problemos, and i was heartbroken enough about it, the food blog had to go on hiatus for over a week. (see #9)
5. both 24 AND american idol started this week. needless to say, i'm deliriously happy about this.
6. i need a road trip. bad.
7. i've acquired three new albums: snow patrol, augustana, and corinne bailey rae. so far, so good.
8. my apartment is a HOT MESS.
9. yesterday, a lovely russian man fixed my camera for 5 bucks. when he was done, he looked up at me and said, 'are you happy now?' i could tell in his eyes that he meant it.
10. mexican hot chocolate from the filling station is rocking my world these days.

and just because i'm in an odd mood, i'll end this list on a #11.

11. i know i've sung its praises before, but the satellite radio in my car seriously rocks. yesterday's favorite moment: singing 'mickey' at the top of my lungs while in line at the bank drive-thru window. and just when you think nothing can top that, along comes dionne warwick (for crying out loud) with 'heartbreaker.' classic.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

okay, so you know when someone calls you and instead of calling them back right away, you wait a few days, and then you suddenly cross that 'line' where to call them back now would almost seem ridiculous, because you waited just a hair too long, and now you just feel stupid and embarrassed and, rather than facing that feeling, it's easier to just not call them back at all and then the time keeps drifting on and on and on and it goes from marginally silly to TRULY and unfathomably ridiculous?

that's how i feel right now about my blog.

see you soon. promise.

Monday, January 15, 2007

quoth the raven, 'not this year, suckas!' (a.k.a. weekend recap)

how are you, blog world? i've been buried under various editing projects all weekend. sorry i've been out of touch:).

so, to briefly sum up: the ravens lost in the playoffs (this isn't news to anyone by now, but this is the part where i catalogue info for my own benefit.) and although i wasn't able to watch the game (i was at bonefish eating a delish dinner and caught only random snippets of yelling from the bar area.), i was able to determine from watching the post-game recaps that ray lewis pretty much screwed a bunch of things up....but that, in and of itself, isn't really the issue...it was that he was on the news being interviewed and he completely failed to acknowledge his own missteps within the context of the game....missteps that might have cost us the win (again, this is speculation on my part). one of the other players at least was keeping it real. he said, simply, 'i'm embarrassed.' there you have it.

in other news, i'm about to have a work date with my friend ness. we both are in need of some accountability to get some stuff accomplished. i get hella work done when she's around.

all right. that's it for me for now. i know that i alluded to a very cool happening on friday night. promise to fill you all in, but i've got to download the pics from my cam first....all i'm gonna say is that you should be prepared to be rocked by this news:).

as a final homage to the football sitch, at this point in the game, i'm all about the patriots....work it out, new england.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

now, let's see....

it's after midnight, and i'm in no way asleep. i know i should be, but there's a part of me that's a bit keyed up. i had too much sugar AND some caffeine today, and i can already tell it's going to mess up my sleep tonight. sure, i can hope, but i'm not super optimistic about it just now.

so i'm sitting at my desk, in a too-cold room (not my fault; it's drafty in here) listening to random music on my itunes and online and pondering all that i have to do this weekend. i'm thankful i have a 3-day deal, but it's always daunting when you've got mad tasks to accomplish....

i had something phenomenally cool occur tonight, but i'll have to wait until the light of day to write about such things. i fear my brain isn't coherent enough to do justice to said coolness.

wherever you are....and whoever you are....i hope you're having a delicious friday night....

Thursday, January 11, 2007

the doctor is in

you should all know that i'm slightly obsessed with diet dr. pepper right now. it's, like, my new favorite soda. something about the slightly cherry-ish quality of the bev helps mask the fact that it's diet. and what's even weirder is the fact that i can even handle diet sodas. for YEARS, i simply couldn't. oh well, i'm rolling with it....

now then, i found out about this other AMAZINGLY cool thing today (so cool, in fact, that i feel i'm going to feature it in some picture on my food blog this weekend). i was hella skeptical at first, but i'm completely lovin it...and, what's even better (for those of you who know what i'm talking about), it's only 1 point!! i'm so stoked about snack time tomorrow!

also, the smart ones and healthy choice meals were on sale at wegman's, so i stocked up big time when i went there on my lunch break today.

now, if only i had thought ahead to buy more of my lovely dr. pepper, things would be simply too lovely for words*....but then again, dear reader, i might have nothing to say to YOU:).

*don't worry, i don't drink that much of it - maybe a small glass a day or once every other day. i'm mostly a water drinker....

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

scandalous!

lately i've taken back up the habit of listening to some novels on CD while working. well, today, completely unbeknownst to me, my current choice got rather steamy. the horror! ;)

in other news, i got a project done tonight, and i've managed to sell off about 20-25 of my VHS tapes that i'm trying to get rid of. it'll be hard to let some of these movies go, but i'm also relieved to reduce my collection to just DVDs....btw, if anyone's interested in any movies, i'm selling them for a buck apiece. e-mail me if you want a list of what's available!!

i'm trying to get myself in order in the midst of the wackiness that is my life. things just keep getting more and more interesting....i'm hopeful, though, that i can pick a book for tomorrow that's a little more subdued....that's what you get for clearing the public library out of its chick lit CDs!

Monday, January 08, 2007

a banner year

in 2004, i made a promise to myself not to go out like a punk, and i gotta say - i feel like i've kept that promise to myself over the last 3 years. the only true resolution that i made for 2007 is this: to USE what i have and to really LIVE within myself, the moments of my life, etc. this involves being rather purposeful about taking full advantage of what is in front of me. it means separating the wheat from the chaff and then using that wheat for every possible thing imaginable. it means saying good-bye to some things and a big HELLOOOO to others.

if you ever read my sidebar, you might have noticed a slight change in my profile's 'about me' section. the last couple of sentences read as follows:

prepare to have your hair blown back, america. it's on.

when i say 'america,' i really mean myself and anyone else who's deeply involved (whether through this blog or a personal relationship with me) in my life. this is ME inviting YOU to come on this ride with me and see all that's going to unfold in my life over the course of 2007. it's gonna be a banner year, people. i feel it.

note to self: this is the day i prayed for that door to open. let it open, God. let it open.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

'look at me; i'm sandra dee, lousy with virginity.'

pop culture fascinates me. i love that you can flip between the 100 best pop songs of the 80s, the new 'grease' auditions show, and the true hollywood story of christie brinkley. seriously, how great is cable?

actually, most of it's ridiculous, and yet i watch it without hesitation. i'm sure that i 'should' be spending my time on more heady pursuits, but this afternoon i put in some seriously focused hours on a freelance project, and now my eye is twitching. heady isn't for me just now.

on a completely unrelated note, i'm turning over some new leaves in '07, readers. i've got my mind set on a few very specific goals, and i intend to pursue them with fervor. take a mental snapshot now, because this time next year, my life won't be the same. i feel certain of that. one item on the horizon: relational overhaul.

Friday, January 05, 2007

the ace of cakes

should i think it strange at all that last night in my dreams, duff goodman (of charm city cakes and the food network series 'ace of cakes') drew a caricature of himself on my arm? but then, it turned out that he accidentally used water-soluble marker such that later, when i went to take a shower, much of the "tattoo" came off. i was heartened, however, to note that the outline still remained, because the next day, i planned to tell my coworkers that duff had, indeed, drawn himself on my arm (since that would clearly mean something to most people).

um, what is that about??

i'm wondering if i fell asleep with the TV on last night and perhaps his show came on and it worked itself into my subconscious. at least, i'm hoping that's what it is.

i DO, however, think it's cool that someone from baltimore is doing something great that's gaining nationwide recognition. i hope he holds it down for the home team and doesn't uproot and go somewhere glitzy like new york or LA. baltimore needs some more street cred...more people should get famous and then STAY here.

okay, so maybe it's not that weird that i had the dream, but is it, in fact, weird that i sent him an e-mail to tell him about it?:)

time will tell, i guess....

Thursday, January 04, 2007

oh heavenly goodness

i had the most divine salmon for dinner! i mentioned a photo project before. frankly, it might be boring, and i cannot promise that i'm actually going to do it every day (but i'll try), but if you're interested, go here.

so anyway, dinner....normally, when i make tamarind salmon, there's mayonnaise involved, but i've been wondering how good it would be with just the seasonings, then seared in a pan and topped with sauteed green onions (which, incidentally, i tossed in lemon juice and herb salt from crate and barrel). the verdict? DELISH. i hooked myself up with a green salad with cranberries, walnuts, a little cheese, and some carrots (in a light parm peppercorn dressing), and i was more than good to go....i can say one thing: it's gonna be hard keeping my hands off that other piece of fish until tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

adventures in black bean dip

a little while ago, when preparing my melange dinner (a smart ones pasta meal, a little meatloaf, and some salad), i managed to drop some black bean dip on the floor, the lid flew open mid-air, and it got ALL over the leg of my khakis. oy.

so, it may not shock you to know that i'm now doing a load of laundry. seriously, i'm not having it good with the clothes the last couple of days. yesterday morning, on my way out the door, i managed to rip off the front of my denim shirt. i really didn't have time to deal with the situation, so i partied out the door. way to start the new year, you know?

anyhoo, i've got stuff to do before bed tonight, so i best motor. let's all pray that this mess comes out of my pants, shall we??

Monday, January 01, 2007

new year, all year

it's 2007 now, and to tell you that i've got some resolutions would be an understatement. i've got more of a to-do list, really. should i tell you what's on it? not sure. what if i don't finish the list? will you care/know? dunno.

okay, here goes anyway....

1. back to the gym!
2. re-adopt a points-counting eating plan.
3. finish a birthday project for march (not for me).
4. use the stickers on my extremely fun new calendar.
5. complete a photo project i have planned (a one-a-day).
6. save money for paris!
7. find peace about may 2006.
8. begin paring down my things (anyone want to buy a gazelle elliptical machine?).
9. reclaim my second bedroom.
10. get back in touch with a couple of friends.
11. keep my hair in check.
12. go to more live sporting and/or small-scale musical events.
13. consider options for project 'jefferson' (for the purposes of privacy, i can't really divulge what this is. if you are out there wondering what the heck i'm talking about, feel free to e-mail.)
14. stay healthy!!!!!

okay, that'll do me for now. i'm hoping that i can add to this as i begin to knock elements of it down.

so, i'm gearing up to go back to work tomorrow. it's been awhile since i've been there. i'm sure that my regular schedule will do me some good, but at this moment, all i can think about is that i wish i had one more day to sleep off this holiday.

oh, and as a sidebar comment: the jamaican paradise cocktail at chili's is deadly but delish!

more on my new year's eve later....:)