Saturday, January 5, 2008

spicy chorizo meat package -

so evelyn and i are walking through bristol farms
(kind of a high-end grocery store downtown)
and passed a case where they have all their custom meats.

now, normally, i'm all for anything called "custom meat".
seriously, it just speaks to me.
but there was something slightly off-putting about the chorizo display:

i dunno.
maybe i just like my meat shrink wrapped and without EYEBALLS.

you know, or in denim, with a good set of big hands.

the "pit ball"

who knew there was a name for this?

both the girls curl into "croissants" when they sleep,
and apparently it's something the breed just does,
and it's called (now we know, and so do you) a "pit ball".

get it? pit bull / pit ball? get it?

just sharin the wealth of knowledge.

thank me later.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

ADVICE - january edition

in the midst of all the resolving and resolutin' going on in the blogworld,
i got to thinking about the two single most powerful pieces of advice i have ever heard.

i find these two quotes may help you this year,
they save me quite often:

after 911, joyce carol oates gave a speech.
in it she started by saying that years hence,
when children or grandchildren asked her what it was like to watch the towers falling,
she would only tell them that "it was like watching the moon fall from the sky".

and that after,
the only thing she would tell people,
the thing that would get them through no matter what,
was "action is the antidote to despair".

i LOVE that. i USE that. i say it OUT LOUD TO MYSELF when times are hard,
and it chills me and makes me push on through and get to it.

when i had just broken up with a model i had been dating (gorgeous, made sheep look smart), and was despairing of ever finding love,
my younger sister (who was SIXTEEN at the time)
had just broken up with her boyfriend of two years.

i asked her why, and she said

"well, i decided it really only came down to two things:
does he make me happy? and does he treat me well? and if i could say yes to those two things, nothing else really mattered."

made the whole list of things i wanted in a guy kind of . . . stupid.
so i thought i'd try it. you know, put it out there.

and damn her, if two days later i didn't meet tim.

just some grist to keep in the mill as you ponder this year.


but i may be biased.



now that i've thought about it, not biased. that IS the cutest pit bull ever.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

some holiday highlights -

in no particular order:

- we decided to forgo the tempurpedic mattress (four thousand dollars, who knew?)
in favor of the large flatscreen
(less, because they are on sale. and not made of "memory foam".
four thousand dollar memory foam.)
coming in january: flatscreen prettiness.

-found a bag. don't need it, but . . .
you know. maybe just to carry some stuff around in.
groceries, whatever.
what do you think? green good, right?
it's all about "green" these days. . .

- i unpacked and propped the new home.
now it is pretty. i feel MUCH better.
boxes make me jumpy,
i keep thinking :
"wait, what the hell is in THAT ONE? what have i forgotten about?"

- saw the golden compass.
be forewarned, i AM going as mrs. coulter next halloween.
why? hello, gold hand-beaded gowns / elizabeth-montgomery blonde bob /
large golden monkey?
it's practically already done, people.
i just have to add lip gloss. and a monkey.

- ate potato chips. and ice cream sandwiches. and sushi. all on the same day.
hello fabulous self-indulgent nausea!

- tanned. there, i said it. fake baked. whatever.
sometimes that just feels so freakin good, and i know, i know,
but i don't smoke, barely drink, and haven't had an illicit drug since . . .
since. . .
funny, why can't i remember. . .
well, anyway. . .
it felt good.

- saw atonement.
key takeaway:
keira knightley and james macavoy must breed.
mainly for my amusement, but also for the continuation of obscenely gorgeously jawboned human beings with posh accents and glittery eyes.
there's an acronym in there somewhere.

- downloaded spanish lessons.
cause i'm going back to argentina.
and should probably learn to order my own food instead of leaning over to julia
and saying things like "mmm. and one of those."
and hoping she translates
rather than rolling her eyes and telling the waiter to spit on my steak.

- saw enchanted.
delightful! amy adams, amazing . . . shockingly for a disney film.

- oh, bliss. snuggled with the puppies, snuggled with the puppies.
taught avec "settle" so she doesn't jump so much.
started to teach them "sleep" so they sleep on their own beds.
so they stop sleeping ON me every night.
sweet as their snuffling is.

- saw Juno.
course, could have skipped all the others in favor of this.

it's brill.

or, as they say, "wizard".

- ran into this at saks.
i think it's the perfect way to sum up the year:

adieu, 07.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

somebody's caught up in their reading!

somehow, little one got stuck when she went exploring.

luckily she had plenty of reading material.

(it took me half an hour of panic to find her. she was REALLY back up in there!)