Friday, October 30, 2009
Ok, so I don't particularly like the show Community (sorry, Zach) but it is enjoyable when I have to take my lunch break sitting at my desk (and therefore, not actually taking a break). And I must say, I was happy to see that in this recent episode, the continuity people didn't fix this lady's necklace. Because, people? This happens. I call it boob necklace. Or maybe sidenecklaceboob. Or "jeez, my necklace is stuck on my boob again." So thank you, Community, for not fixing her necklace.
This happens to me ALL THE TIME. I know it's normal, but it is very annoying to me! It's like that scene in Thoroughly Modern Millie (at least in the movie with Julie Andrews) where Millie is frustrated that her necklace doesn't hang straight. (see video, 2:30-3:20). And I quote: "Gee, I wish my fronts weren't so full...they sure ruin the line of your beads."
Now I do agree that "it's criminal what women'll do," blah blah blah the issue is that we think our beads should hang straight down and we should accept our bodies and all that...but whatever. Sometimes, your necklace gets caught on your boob, and it's not as amusing as one might think it is. And whenever I see this "problem" reflected in movies/tv, it makes me happy. So there!
Was this blog post inappropriate? Nah.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
"First Lady Mrs. O dazzled on The Jay Leno Show this evening, wearing Thakoon's inside-out lattice rose print dress, seen more than a year ago for the first presidential debate. Notice that Mrs. O again accessorized with a bow at the collar, though the 2009 version features added sparkle.
What fun facts did we learn about our first lady this evening? She can name all six Brady Bunch children in under 10 seconds, plus Oliver (we don't know who Oliver is!). She felt nervous to meet the Pope, the Queen and 'her musical hero' Stevie Wonder. And on the first lady's iPod? Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and ... hmm, we know we're missing one ...
P.S. Thanks everyone. Oliver is the dog cousin, and Sara Bareilles and Sting are the other artists on Mrs. O's iPod.
Photo via Flickr users Barack Obama / David Katz for Obama for America / Creative Commons"
On her iPod: Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke (ok so I don't know who that is) Sting, and Sara Bareilles. No big deal.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
$1400 / 2br - 2nd Floor Apt. on College Ave. Walk Everywhere, Park Nowhere. (oakland rockridge / claremont) (map)
Date: 2009-10-20, 8:46PM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]This unit has undergone recent renovations including painting, floor refinishing, drapes and some new windows. The location is right on College Avenue, so there is noise associated with traffic and neighborhood businesses, including a tavern. Additionally, parking is often difficult to find. The apartment features Oak floors and wood moldings. This building was constructed in 1908, so it has some anomalies found in older construction . There is a water heater in the kitchen and electrical outlets are few and often not grounded. There is a single natural gas wall furnace in the living room. Too many electric heaters and a fuse will blow. The apartment occupants downstairs moved in an exuberant dog which now owns the back yard. There is a small deck which has a view of a concrete block wall. Also, despite the difficult economic environment, you will need to pay rent, deposit of one months rent, $700 damage deposit (refundable). Two person may live here, but no pets of any kind including fish.
College Ave at Bryant (google map) (yahoo map)
- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Monday, October 19, 2009
October feels like fall to me, even if the weather is (on most days) sunny and warmish. Fall in Berkeley may not mean scarves and hats, but it does mean long-sleeved sweaters every so often, and maybe only wearing flip-flops once a week! Shockingly fall-ish, I know. Some of you out there are probably gasping in horror that I even wore flip-flops in October at all, but hey - I have worn sweaters for the last two days! It rained yesterday! It's fall!
Maybe the fall season hits me hard in October because that's when stores start carrying pumpkins and gourds and all the lovely fall decor items that make things cozy. I am lighting candles almost every night, and last night, the sheets actually felt cold when I got into bed. Wow.
I love this season, I do. And all of a sudden, October is half-over, and Thanksgiving doesn't seem too far away, and we all know that as soon as Thanksgiving ends it's almost Chanukkah and Christmastime. Which is just crazy. We are talking about booking flights and planning travel for December already...is it really that time of year? It is, apparently, and I couldn't be more pleased about it. There's just something lovely about the weather getting colder and cozier and I have this overwhelming urge just to bake things all the time. And I want a big stock pot and a "hand-stick" blender so I can make soups. This season is all about being a homebody, which is something I am very, very good at! :)
Spring Hill. I've been buying their cheese from the farmer's market for a few years, and every October, they turn part of the dairy farm into what they call the Peter Pumpkin Patch. We finally went on Sunday, and man oh man was it fun! We ate fresh ice cream (and cheese and pumpkin pie), dug for potatoes (which we ate that night and the night after - PS digging for potatoes is the most fun ever!), milked a cow, wandered a hay maze, and of course, picked our own pumpkins! Some pictures from our little adventure in Petaluma...
Unrelated to the pumpkin patch, but we went camping a few weeks ago at Half Moon Bay, and I liked this picture. Cozy camping at the beach!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Warning: Gratuitous Pictures!!!
you won't even mind the knotty wood paneling once you see this skylight! just pretend you're in a cabin in the forest (see backyard photo)!
ok, i know my kitchen is kind of nonexistent (do i even have a fridge?), but look at how much room you have to develop it on your own! and that kitchen island you bought will look just lovely in here...
*note: this may be a picture of the kitchenette in the detached cottage. but there is no way to be certain, as this is the only kitchen picture on the website*
I might go to some open houses...or perhaps I shouldn't feed the addiction. It's just so fun!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
But I did add a little applesauce. I had read that sometimes applesauce could work as a butter substitute - I've used it to replace oil in cake mixes, but never in cookies. I added about 1/2 cup of applesauce, maybe less, and stirred until the batter looked like it was ready. Then I added some oatmeal. I have no idea how much; I just poured some in. Why? I don't know. I'm not always one for precision, and I felt the winds of experimentation brewing. I added the chocolate chips until I was sure I had put too many in the bowl - they didn't all get stuck in the batter. Some were just rolling around in the bowl. I thought, "Wow. These are going to be full of chocolate chips."
And then, I plopped the sticky batter on the baking sheet (on my trusty Silpat), and baked. They turned out...fine. They taste good, but the texture is a little rough. Maybe these are just a different kind of cookie, and I'm not used to butterless cookies. I mean, they don't taste bad. They pretty much taste like your standard chocolate chip cookie. But I do miss the butter.