Archive for January, 2008


TMI Tuesdays: MySpace Quiz Style

January 31, 2008


1.who are you currently texting?
i guess i’ll send mr. d a little “i love you”

2. are you comfortable with answering personal questions?
erm, have you read the blog?

3. have you ever cried and didn’t know why?
i always know why

4. when is the last time you were truly happy with your life?
i am very happy and content right this very second

5. where was your default MySpace picture taken?
sitting at the bar in my kitchen, christmas eve 2006, getting drunk on mojitos with mr. d. there are some other very interesting pictures from that night as well

6. do you think long distance relationships are ever really worth it?
worth it? sure

7. whats your favorite color?

8. what do you do when you had a bad day?
act like a pissy bitch

9. have you ever visioned your own wedding?
sure, but that vision has changed a lot over the years. today i see a big, casual party with lots of friends and family

10. when is the last time you personally made someone else cry?
a while ago, but no so long that i’ve forgotten

[ i feel like i’ve answered some of these questions before…] 

11. what is your current ringtone?
vbrate and a low beep for calls, vibrate and an “asian” theme for texts

12. do you believe exes can really ever be “just friends”?
i think it takes time and that no matter what you or the other person says, there are always leftover feelings

13. what are you wearing on your feet?
black boots, aquarius socks

14. what do you wear to bed?

15. last thing you said?
“it’s better than having people bitch at me when they run out of ink!”

16. would you be able to date someone who had a kid with someone else?
i never have and unless mr. d knows something i don’t, i never will

17. when is the last time you were on a vacation?
i took the week between christmas and new year off this year but didn’t go anywhere. i guess before that would be orlando with mr. d and about a year ago hawaii

18. do you make your bed every day?
no. when did this go out of fashion, mr. d?

19. are you too shy to tell people when you’re developing feelings for them?

20. do you use the internet or television more?
i don’t “use” the tv. i watch it, sure, but use it?

21. who messaged you last?
mr. d messaged me back

22. how do you like your eggs?
scrambled, soft or boiled or over medium or poached.  as long as they aren’t burnt or rubbery or totally raw, i’m happy

23. when was the last time you told someone you loved them?
see # 1

24. Hello Kitty or Strawberry Shortcake?
strawberry shortcake

25. what are your plans tonight?
hopefully sex! it’s been a day or two since i’ve had a good rimming

26. if you could pack up and leave your life now to move away, would you?
as long as my boy could come with me.  oh, and EMMA!

27. have you ever done any acting on stage?
i was really into performing arts during my first two years of high school. then i found drugs and sex to be more entertaining

28. do you like being in pictures?
not really unless they come out superfantastic.  i’m very critical of myself in photographs

29. do you cry easily?
yes. at least once a day

30. have you ever been more attracted to a significant other’s sibling?

31. where is your phone?
in my purse on the floor under my desk

32. do you enjoy romance?
as long as it’s tasteful and not cheesy

33. do you tend to fall for people easily?
not typically

34. have you spent more time in your life single, or in a relationship?
i’ve had a string of long term relationships with bouts of singledom in between. i prefer to share my life with a partner

35. have you ever felt invincible?
no. if anything i feel meek

36. Lyrics stuck in your head?
“i’m not gonna write you a love song ’cause you ask for it, ’cause you need one”

37. do you always get along with your siblings?
my brother and i were best freekin’ friends in high school. i’d say we’re fairly close now

38. would you rather be cheated with, or on?

39. do you feel like you’ve got some growing up to do?
no way. i’m grown up enough

40. what did you do last night?
got home late from collecting signatures at the polls, ate some dinner, watched some tv, drafted a young democrats email, went to sleep

41. do you want to be king?
actually, my real name means “little prince”

42. are you tired?
no! the 6 a.m. work out actually gave me energy today

43. how many more people do you think you’ll kiss before you die?
you mean kiss kiss? i’d be happy to keep kissing the same guy i’ve been kissing for a while, thank you

44. any friends you’d like to tell how much you appreciate them?
sure!  all of two them that read this blog

45. last time you walked farther than one block?
all the time.  today, in fact, when i walk home from work


slash war

January 28, 2008



i am

January 28, 2008


i am.



January 25, 2008

[image from here]

red spinach?  it’s in my produce co-op basket this week and i can’t freekin’ wait!  sauteed with a little olive oil, garlic, red pepper flake, lemon juice…



TMI Tuesdays #8

January 23, 2008

Q 1. what was your favorite book as a kid?
A 1. i had two: the giving tree and charlotte’s web. the giving tree was a book i could read myself at a fairly early age and charlotte’s web was a book i would ask adults to read to me at a very early age. i still have copies of both (my original giving tree!). i go back to them often.

Q 2. if you were stranded on that proverbial desert island (again!), what book or books (up to 5) would you want to have with you?
A 2. the prophet by kahlil gibran, the poisonwood bible by barbara kingsolver, the bell jar by sylvia plath, dictionary, and thesaurus.

Q 3. what was the first “naughty” book you read and in what way was it naughty?
A 3. my mom used to leave “naughty” books with titles like “what’s going on down there?” and “where did i come from” around the house. then i found her adult stash which included the original joy of sex, masters and johnson’s the pleasure bond, and a bunch of home crafted zines on sexual health from the 70s with great drawings of uncut peni, bushy beesh and talking diaphragms. THE MOTHERLOAD! then, at about age 8, i saw a penthouse at a girlfriend’s grandparents’ house and i nearly passed out. i’ve loved porn ever since! more porn.  better porn.  naughtier porn!!  my passion for all things porn has gotten me in lots of trouble over the years and makes me question early exposure to explicit sexuality. (note to self: blog more on this)

Q 4. if you were to publish your autobiography today, what would be the title?
A 4. thirty years on

Q 5. would you rather look at nude pictures/pornography or read erotic fiction and why?
A 5. i want it ALL!  see number 3.

Bonus Q. do you know the whereabouts today of the first person with whom you had sex?
Bonus A. i do (myspace is a funny thing). he still lives in the same room we screwed in fifteen years ago. scary.


post dinner party

January 21, 2008

so. (i seem to start an awful lot of posts/paragraphs/sentences with “so”.  i want it to stop.)

the previously mentioned dinner party was awesome.  i totally forgot to bring a camera which is a shame because all of the food was spectacularly beautiful.  the guests, too.

some highlights in no particular order:

orange fennel snapper
wine for days
amaretto fruit dip
oatmeal cake
politics talk, work talk, food talk, period talk
april hugs (girl crush!!)

it was super sweet to connect with women my age (close enough) over food and wine and conversation.  it’s not something i do enough of. 

that is all.


dinner party prep

January 17, 2008

i’ve been invited to an all-women dinner party on friday night.  the host is preparing the main course (vegetarian) and guests have been asked to bring a dish.  i picked “starch” and immediately found a recipe for “savory mashed root vegetables” on the food network site.  i also found what looks like a killer take on mac and cheese.  i really can’t stress how great that site is, btw.

i’ll blog more about the dinner party over the weekend (hopefully with pictures!) because it should be hella interesting but first i thought i’d post the planned recipes for posterity.

Savory Mashed Root Vegetables (Tyler Florence)
3 pounds assorted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, and rutabaga, coarsely
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 handful fresh thyme sprigs
1 handful fresh rosemary sprigs
2 bay leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh chives, chopped
Extra-virgin olive oil

Place all the vegetables and garlic in a large pot and fill with cool water to cover; season with a teaspoon of salt. Bring to boil over medium heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender.
While the vegetables are cooking, combine the heavy cream, butter, and herbs in a pot and heat over low flame to melt the butter and infuse the herb flavor into the cream – do not allow to boil. Shut off the heat, cover, and let steep until needed. When ready to use, remove the herb stems and the bay leaves.

Drain vegetables and put them into a large mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Stir in the warm cream mixture and mix until the liquid is absorbed and the vegetables are smooth; season with salt and pepper. Put the mashed root vegetables in a serving bowl, garnish with chopped chives and drizzle with a healthy dose of olive oil.

Baked Penne w/ Roasted Vegetables (Giada DeLaurentiis)
2 red peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch wide strips
2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 cremini mushrooms, halved
1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch strips
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence
1 pound penne pasta
3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
1 cup grated fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/3 cup for topping
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander.

In a large bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.

Pour the pasta into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and butter pieces. Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.