Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Back to the start

Since coming back from vacation, I haven't really been as into blogging. I've had lots of little anecdotes that I thought to relay, but the subject matter here feels maybe too aimless. I think I should focus on doing a food or crafts blog, or just combining them into "stuff I make." As it were that was the original intention with this one, and it's where I'm going now.

Things I have wanted to share:

1. I've had a fruitless quest for these green tea milk candies (that is, they taste like green tea ice cream) I bought in San Francisco. Apparently they are special edition and even Google is failing me. I found one online shop selling them, but it's British, and 2 pounds per bag means $4 each, plus 17.5 percent VAT, plus 6 pounds shipping and handling. Three bags of candy would cost me about $24!

2. When I finally went grocery shopping the other day, I happened to reach the bakery at just the right moment. I picked up a baguette while it was still warm, which has not happened to me since I was in Paris last year. Also, against all Harris Teeter overpriced cheese logic, I got a giant thing of brie for $4.27.

3. I have been making earrings nonstop since San Francisco in order to get ready for Crafty Bastards. I use regular glass and stone beads but make the rest from old magazines...which means cutting out strips, rolling while gluing them, varnishing, waiting, making. I have about 40 pairs right now--only problem is I have thus far neglected to buy the earring wires. Whoops. Crafty Bastards is this Sunday! I'm booth #68, back by Politics & Prose and an organic food stand.

4. I just had multiple glasses of wine at lunch. (Note: this is not the norm, just for people's pots de d├ępart.) We had to finish the open bottles, then, and so I was encouraged to drink. Zzz.

5. Not related to food, but whatever: I have been having a ton of dreams lately. One the other day involved me saving a bunch of people, including my yoga teacher, from a bobcat. Otherwise, they keep including Mad Men characters.There's the one about Don Draper that..I've..told..some..people..about.. And I had one last night about Peggy in which the internal conflict seen on the show was manifested by her having basically a scarlet letter. Except it was a stamp on her forehead.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Upside down

Last night, I did my first headstand. Granted I got help at first, but for at least a few seconds I was suspended upside down thanks to my own muscles et cetera. (I think the natural arch of my back makes it hard for me to balance in the pose.) Wooooo.

Also, I just learned that my yoga studio is wind powered.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Halloween Costume, September Update

So I made my declaration awhile ago to dress as a Tina Fey variant for Halloween. That apparently makes me like Sarah Palin--gah!

"If you’re wondering what Sarah Palin thought about Tina Fey’s spot-on impression of her on last night’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live, Palin’s only comment was that she had once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween."

Except now maybe instead of just being Liz Lemon, I could be Fey as Palin as Fey as Palin.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


On my flight from San Francisco to Denver, I was seated next to an airplane captain. This had never happened to me before, and I dunno how common of an occurrence it is. Anyway, he started talking to me, and I kept asking questions/quizzing him. He has over 35 years of experience (in addition to getting an MBA at some point). He also had just gotten back from a 12-hour flight from Hong Kong. Apparently they make it through these flights by using reserve pilots who come in after the four- and six-hour mark. He also extolled the virtues of water as a means of staying awake and feeling alright for so long.

The other story he offered, unsolicited, was about September 11. On that day he was flying from Paris to somewhere in the States, but they were forced to land in Halifax. Apparently they then sat on the runway for 12 hours, him all the while explaining what happened. Twwwelve houurrsss. Also, he said when he worked for United he used to fly the route of one of the planes and was sure he had piloted the same plane that crashed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Scandalous fruit

Oregonians don't know how funny their fruit is: