30 November 2010

Farewell [My] November [Guest]





My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walked the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.

R. Frost

Confessions


  • I am fan of the word, 'smorgasbord.'
  • I get a little bummed out at the end of the month.
  • I watched The Muppet Christmas Carol AND Home Alone 2: Lost in New York on t.v. over the weekend.
  • I could watch Elf back to back to back and be content.
  • I like workout clothes ... but I loathe exercise.
  • The same is true with regard to running shoes.
  • I wish I was a morning person.
  • Recent additions to my iTunes library include: L. Gaga, Van Morrison, and Fistful of Mercy.
  • I have been a reading machine lately
  • ... I have also been a hermit.
  • I spent yesterday raking.
  • I have never read a trashy romance novel
  • ... I want to.


29 November 2010

Tattletale


I noticed recently that Tim Allen is the new voice narrating GM commercials. GM fails once again. I am not a fan.

Tim Allen is not a legit narrator. Shouldn't GM have done some due diligence? Successful narrators include:


... try again, GM.


28 November 2010

Al Roker Annoys Me


Granted, I do not know the guy ... but something(s) about him just annoys me, such as:


  • Al Roker's a weatherman. 'nough said.
  • Al Roker's funny. Not really, but he thinks he is.
  • Al Roker's a large man. He had gastric bypass surgery ... why the heck is he still so big?
  • Al Roker's a runner? He did the New York marathon last month. It took him over 7 hours to finish ... after "months and months" of training. 7+ hours?! --- seriously
  • Al Roker's an author!? Who's a weatherman AND a mystery writer? Al Roker, that's who.

27 November 2010

Top Chef All-Stars!

I like to act like I am too cool for mindless television ... but let's face it, we all have vices. Hence, I am looking forward to the Top Chef All-Stars premiere this coming week!

Contestants include:
  • Elia Aboumrad; Season 2, Final four
  • Stephen Asprinio; Season 1
  • Richard Blais; Season 4 Finalist
  • Jennifer Carroll; Season 6, Final Four
  • Tiffany Derry; Season 7, Fan Favorite
  • Tiffani Faison; Season 1 Finalist
  • Carla Hall; Season 5 Finalist
  • Mike Isabella; Season 6
  • Jamie Lauren; Season 5
  • Dale Levitski; Season 3 Finalist
  • Antonia Lofaso; Season 4, Final Four
  • Spike Mendelsohn; Season 4
  • Angelo Sosa; Season 7 Finalist
  • Dale Talde; Season 4
  • Casey Thompson; Season 3 Finalist and Fan Favorite
  • Marcel Vigneron; Season 2 Finalist
  • Fabio Viviani; Season 5, Final Four and Fan Favorite
  • Tre Wilcox; Season 3

I split them up accordingly:





See you Wednesday night!


25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

"You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human
being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight."
-E. Gilbert

17 November 2010

Mr. Lincoln & I


GRANDPARENTS:

Some kids win the grandparents lottery, and are spoiled on birthdays, holidays, and randomly throughout the year. Generous grandparents may pay for college, help purchase a car, or toss an iPod at you from time to time.

I am not one of these kids. I enjoy and love my Grandmas, BUT I ended up with one who does not celebrate or acknowledge holidays, and another who is the most stingy person I have ever met.

Hence, for my 28th birthday, I received a card with a $5.00 bill in it from my Grandma. Yes, a single $5.00 bill (see picture below).




There are a lot of possibilities for this Mr. Lincoln, including but not limited to:

  • 1 - Starbucks beverage
  • 1.8 - gallons of gas
  • 1 - large bottle of water
  • 2 - 40 oz. bottles of malt liquor
  • 1 - pint at a bar
  • 1 - ticket to a movie during the week OR before noon during the weekend
  • 1 - small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 2 - tubes of ChapStick
  • 5 - $0.99 iTunes downloads
  • 3 - $1.29 iTunes downloads
  • 1 - tube of toothpaste
  • 4 - misc. items/ treasures from the Dollar Store
  • 1 - bottle of rubbing alcohol AND 1 - bottle of peroxide
  • 5 - Redbox rentals
  • several packs of M&M's, gum, or other candy
  • 1 - single subject 5 Star Notebook
  • 4 - donuts from Dunkin' Donuts


16 November 2010

Spark up the pencil sharpener

Not too long ago, I casually mentioned that I wanted to start using regular ol' no. 2 pencils again. To hell with ink and fancy pants mechanical pencils!

Low & behold on my birthday, a friend surprised me with a pack of The New Black Pencils by Fred. ... each pencil has a clever/ hilarious line on it, such as:

  • Having a roommate named mom is the new black.
  • Overqualified is the new black.
  • Misspelling is the new black.
  • 140 characters or less is the new black. [confession: I love Twitter humor!]
  • Boxed wine is the new black.
  • D.i.y. is the new black.
  • Upcycling is the new black
  • Analog is the new black.
  • Tap water is the new black.
  • Hand sanitizer is the new black.
  • In the red is the new black.
  • El nuevo negro is the new black.

Thanks LP!


10 November 2010

S%!T My Mom Says ver. 2.0

My birthday was Monday, and I happened to be at the dollar store when my mom called me ... this was a tidbit of the conversation:

  • Mom: Oh, you're at the dollar store? Well if you see anything you want for your birthday pick it up and I'll pay you back ... and remember to get a gift bag, too.

09 November 2010

"... boredom, routine, and petty frustration."

And I submit that this is what the real, no-shit value of your liberal arts education is supposed to be about: How to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out.

I recently read David Foster Wallace's This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life. This is my second time around with the context, being that I believe it was the highlight of The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2006).


I have a love/ hate relationship with DFW's writing. He is challenging for me to read because:
  1. I have a lackluster vocabulary.
  2. In general, I am a slow reader.
  3. I get frustrated with words I do not understand.

Nonetheless, I like a good ol' challenge. The following words appear in This Is Water, and they were a mystery to me before looking up their definitions. Let the mockery begin:

  • ubiquitous: adjective. present, appearing, or found everywhere.
  • The immediate point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.

  • banal: adjective. so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring
  • platitude: noun. a remark or statement, esp. one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.
  • ... in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence banal platitudes can have a life-or-death importance.

  • didactic: adjective. intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.
  • Here's another didactic little story.

  • simp: noun. a silly or foolish person.
  • The atheist rolls his eyes like the religious guy is a total simp.



08 November 2010

If iTunes were food, I'd be fat & happy


I have a weakness for impulsively buying songs off of iTunes ... recent adds to my library include:

  • Wake Up Everybody - John Legend & The Roots
  • 99 Problems - Hugo
  • Bread & Butter - Hugo
  • Here I Come - The Roots
  • Cortez the Killer - Matthew Sweet
  • Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield
  • Raise Your Glass - P!nk

I am really pleased with all before mentioned tunes ... yes, even the disposable pop ballads by Miss Bedingfield and P!nk.

Hugo's interpretation of Jay-Z's 99 Problems is awesome, as well as Matthew Sweet's cover of Cortez the Killer.

Listen & Love.


07 November 2010

S%!T My Mom Says

  • Me: Mom, I'm gonna make myself a cocktail, would you like one, too?
  • Mom: Sure, I'll have whatever you're having
  • Me: Crown & Ginger?
  • Mom: ... oh yeah, I forgot you drink like a girl