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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
6:47 pm - On Vox: a little bit of catch-up

The week that was.


* Sickness aside, was lovely fall weather :)

(at least from what I could see from the couch)


* B.I. (before illness) got a rush request from J who forgot his mom's birthday was in two days.  Fortunately, I was close to a Barnes & Noble.  I had to improvise on mailable wrapping, though.  Trader Joe's bags work just as well.



* B.I. enjoyed a pumpkin brew:













* Got waitlisted on Wharton's MBA info session. Yes, the info session.

"Thank you for adding your name to the waiting list. If there is a change in the number of available spaces, you will be automatically notified at the email address provided on the registration form. We wish you the best of luck."

I eventually got a spot (it was a special presentation on women and diversity) but couldn't go after something came up. 


* Have discovered Etsy.  I'm in <3.


* Caught up on tons of DVR'd tv shows, including Top Design, Project Runway (yay, Leann!), Fringe, The Soup, True Blood, and Gossip Girl.  Typing that only made me realize that judged solely on my viewing habits, could be taken for a teenage girl.


* Enjoyed my first meal after I could keep food down at a new restaurant, Redwood (in Bethesda)



Homemade biscuits and gravy with jalapeno jam









A flat-iron steak sandwich












And a side of home fries...











* Currently in the process of making over my office (after pics to come later). Everything was like a dollar at Target...




















Speaking of my office, I stayed way too late just so I could post... time to run home; it's homemade pizza night

Originally posted on namastea.vox.com

(give me fever)

6:09 pm - On Vox: run, orphans, run

There is something wonderful about the cut-out animation at the end of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  It's like a little slice of victorian-vintage-goth-storybook-couture - plus, cute orphans!  I loved the movie, not only for the narrative but also for the visual impact.  Not sure what got me thinking about it today, but it inspired me to post the animation:




And a few screenshots...





Originally posted on namastea.vox.com

(give me fever)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
6:37 pm - On Vox: Whew.

Ok ~ the past week has been a blur.  In fact, I can't even really believe that it's Tuesday and it feels like Friday all at the same time.

I got sick - like pukeyface sick - and the ickyness bled over into the weekend.  So I didn't really do anything since said sickness arrived last Wednesday evening.  Except! Yesterday I decided to finally decorate my office a bit.  A few pics to come.  But mostly, glad to be back!

Originally posted on namastea.vox.com

(give me fever)

Thursday, October 9th, 2008
11:48 am - On Vox: to forget...

“Forgive and forget.

That’s what they say.

It’s good advice, but it’s not very practical.

When someone hurts us, we want to hurt them back.

When someone wrongs us, we want to be right.

Without forgiveness, old scores are never settled.

Old wounds will never heal.

And the most we can hope for

is that one day

we’ll be lucky enough

to forget. “

[grey's anatomy]

Originally posted on namastea.vox.com

(give me fever)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
1:25 pm - On Vox: Fall for...


Via DCist

[[ Clockwise from top-left: corn and ribbons by apium; apples in a crate at Lee's Orchard by Kevin H.; orange physalis at Eastern Market by lorigoldberg; and a great color combo of orange pumpkins on a bright blue bench, also by lorigoldberg. ]]

Originally posted on namastea.vox.com

(give me fever)

10:30 am - On Vox: Fever dreams

I switched to my floofy down comforter (one of my favorite things in the world) due to the fact that a) I heart it, and b) there is a noticeable nip in the air.  At first this gave me hot/cold sweats (the temps here have not stabilized yet!) but now I just burrow, which only makes it harder to wake up in the a.m.

Morning nippyness calls for:











My favorite green scarf, made of the softest cotton :)


I also recently picked up a couple things for mi casa...

(ps forgive the pic quality, relying solely on the camera on my blackberry right now!)













Now that the fun stuff is out of the way, on to last night's debate.  In a word: yawn.  First of all, the town hall style didn't appeal to me (and I found the questions a tad repetitive and not challenging enough... even though I know the each camp pre-screens them; still: lame.) Plus - haven't they been doing town hall stuff?  Why waste one of three debates on it, too?  Secondly, wtf was McCain's problem?  He was just a grouchy old man last night and kept taking nasty little swipes at Obama.  Stick to the issues, please.  We get that you don't like him and you're annoyed to be there but some professionalism is called for, no?  That is one thing I do like about Obama - he doesn't do sad little ad hom attacks but sticks to the issues (despite Cindy McCain accusing him of running the dirtiest campaign ever - um?).  Another pet peeve of mine: the pronunciation of Ahmadenijad.  Notice how there is no k or c in there, yet everyone insists on saying "Ahk-da-men-i-jad."  UGH. I mean, I expect it from Palin, but c'mon.  If you can say "nuclear" correctly, then you can say Ahmadenijad.  Ahem.


Tonight is Kol Nidre, the start of Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur is typically the most somber of the jewish holy days since it's meant to end a ten day atonement period.  You are supposed to fast from sundown to sundown.  What I forgot is that synagogues almost always charge for tickets to holy days.  There is a very large jewish population in Maryland so I looked over the river first - tickets ranged from $60 to $195.  Wow, seriously?  Then I took a peek at a temple in Georgetown (of course) and tickets were as much as $350.  Part of this seems wrong to me since I grew up in a church that was a jewish-christian hybrid.  But since many jews don't ever go to temple unless its a holy day, I guess it makes sense psychologically as a modern sacrifice (the monetary version of a lamb at the altar, if you will.)  I've skipped the fasting part in the past due to blood sugar reasons but I think I can make it this year.  I have a few things to think about...  




Originally posted on namastea.vox.com

(7 degrees hotter | give me fever)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
9:40 am - Oktober

Another reason to love fall:

Planning to try this recipe over the weekend.  Yum!


Making bread at home can be daunting, even for the experienced home cook. Kneading and rising take time and muscle (or an expensive standing mixer), and the science of yeast can seem puzzling, to say the least. If this all seems like too much work, fear not. Delicious, homemade bread is within easy reach, thanks to one of the greatest baking discoveries of our time: beer bread.

The magical properties of beer (namely, yeast) make it a great stand-in for dry yeast and allow the baker to skip the entire kneading and rising process. Beer also adds flavor; and with so many different ales, stouts, lagers, and lambics on the market, the creative opportunities abound. As the weather turns cooler, now is a fabulous time to transform some seasonal brews into a warm, toasty loaf of bread. We chose Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, a dark, caramel-y beer with a spicy, pumpkin finish. Paired with nuts and dried fruit, it produces a sweet, chewy loaf that tastes delicious plain or toasted and slathered with butter.

Adapted from Twin Tables' Pumpkin Ale Bread Recipe.


Shopping List:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
1 12 oz bottle of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (available at Whole Foods and De vinos, or other pumpkin beer of your choice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9"x5" loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients, making sure to break up any brown sugar lumps. Stir in nuts and raisins.

3. Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour 1/3 to 1/2 of the beer into the center. The beer will foam vigorously. Carefully fold some of the dry ingredients into the center, until enough foam subsides that you can safely pour in the rest of the beer. Gently fold the remaining beer into the dough until it is just absorbed. Be careful not to over mix or stir vigorously, as this will destroy the bubbles and make the bread dense.

4. Pour dough into loaf pan and smooth the top with a spoon or rubber spatula. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

current mood: cheerful

(give me fever)

Monday, October 6th, 2008
3:23 pm - Main street, wall street, lipstick, MAVERICK!



She makes it almost too easy…

If you haven’t seen the lastest SNL skit, watch it!

On the economic crisis:

“Ya know, we’re gonna take every aspect of the crisis and look at it and we’re gonna ask ourselves, “What would a maverick do in this situation?”  And ya know, then we’ll do that.” ~Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

On global warming:

“Gwen, we dont know if this climate change whoosey-whats-it is man made or if its just a natural part of the end of days.  But i’m not gonna talk about that, I’m gonna talk about taxes.  Because with Barack Obama you’re gonna be payin’ higher taxes, but not with me and my fellow maverick.  We are not afraid to get maverick-y in there and ruffle feathers and not… got to allow that… and also to… the great Ronald Reagan.” ~Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

current mood: chipper

(give me fever)

3:02 pm - Autumntide

Happy Monday and Happy Autumn! 

Love, love, love this season.  Perhaps it goes back to my deep connection to You’ve Got Mail (bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils) or the fact that I’ve gone through some great moments and life changing events; either way, Autumn = heaven.  (Plus, the clothes!)

Fall also helps me feel motivated.  Because even though it’s a Monday and other problems in life remain - it’s just hard to complain.  A great help in this is The Change Blog.  The bff introduced me to this and in a way it’s almost too inspiring, if that’s possible.  An excerpt:

“I was at my local library recently, just browsing the shelves, when an interesting book title caught my eye: Being, Nothingness, and Fly Fishing”  The book is subtitled, “How One Man Gave Up Everything To Fish The Fabled Waters Of The West”   Intrigued, I picked up the book and read the inside flap of the dust jacket. It mentions that in book’s introduction, the author, while writing about a particular river, wrote: “The North Umpqua makes me want to be a better fly fisherman.”

I needed some context for such a bold statement, so I flipped to the introduction and found the actual quote.  The full paragraph reads:

“Never do I fish as attentively as when I’m on the North Umpqua. I feel I owe the river the very best I have to offer, after all, the river has given its very best to me.  The North Umpqua makes me want to be a better fly fisherman.”


Have you ever felt this way about anything? Do you have any things in your life that make you want to be a better person?

  • Does the special person in your life make you want to be a better partner?
  • Does your job make you want to be a better employee or your company make you want to be a better entrepreneur?
  • What about your car? Does it make you want to be a better driver?

Is there anything in your life that would make you say: ‘I owe this the very best that I have to offer!’ “

Um, yes… yes, and yes.  So why do I make it so hard on myself?  Attitude is everything.  I just have to remind myself of that about 20 times a day.

Another great reminder when you are trying to get back to your roots:  finding old friends.  I found a few on facebook from waaaaay back in the day (some from LJ days).  It’s so weird even thinking about my life that long ago.  But I was all fresh and undamaged and optimistic.  Sometimes I hate social networking sites (this term didn’t even exist in LJ days!) and other times, they do indeed serve their purpose.

Other good things about today: emails that make you feel loved and important.

Miss my partner in crime!

current mood: grateful

(give me fever)

Sunday, October 5th, 2008
12:54 am - You're hot then you're cold

Oh, exhaustion, how you have become my friend lately.

Today was an all-family day.  My Gdaddy had his 85th birthday party (finally, someone older than McCain! lol) and the whole Johnson / Huestis clan was there.  I saw two of my long-lost cousins because it was at my other Uncle’s house - I believe the last time I was there, Aladdin had just come out on video.

Afterward, I came home exhausted… but came home to THIS:

A belated birthday package

Hoops and Yoyo!!!!

BENEFIT! It’s been on the list for a long time.

<3 Thanks, Dos!!

I also finally got a good deal on a decent pair of sunglasses - yes, it is about time I had a pair that cost more than $4.

This makes me excited.  However since I’m a first time owner, I am terrified I will either scratch the crap out of them or lose them, lol.

On an unrelated note, I hosted a debate get-together on Thursday night.  That morning I rocked a high ponytail because I woke up late and didn’t want to blow it.  I opened the door to let SK in and I get greeted with, “You look like Sarah Palin!!”  Ha, as long as I don’t sound like her?  In all fairness, I was rocking this hair long  before she was relevant, but her comment did lead to her growing excitement about the idea of me dressing up as Sarah Palin for Halloween. Oh my ;)  On to actual politics - the debate was interesting and better than expected.  While Palin didn’t completely eff up she also didn’t answer most of the questions (which she even acknowledged).  It felt like a lot of recycled talking points and playing up her energy policy expertise (which in my opinion is weak, at best).  Biden definitely blew her out of the water in both his points and explaining the issues.  This makes me wonder how anyone can truly feel behind the McCain ticket….? How? HOW?  At my family get-together today McCain/Palin signs and stickers were everywhere.  I am so the black sheep.

current mood: exhausted

(4 degrees hotter | give me fever)

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