Oct 29, 2008

Missing: My Halloween Costume Spirit

Gasp.... I can't muster the energy/interest to buy a costume. Last year began my short-lived attempt at caring when I was Pocahontas. Sorry, but this year its back to standard.

Of course I'll have the candy on-hand for the ghosties and ghoulies that stop by the apartment. But, this year I will be blissfully relaxed on the sofa, watching scary movies with Jeremy. Snacks and drinks included too. Maybe I can make dressing up an every-other-year event....

Oct 13, 2008

Recession, Elections, Stock Market...

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

-Frank Herbert

Oct 8, 2008

Be Your Own Four-Leaf Clover

...In life.
...In love.

"Luck is believeing you're lucky, that's all." - Marlon Brando

Oct 2, 2008

Am I a "geek" or a "nerd?"

In light of the "I'm a PC" campaign, my friend Aaron and me were IM'ing about the finite intricacies of what differentiates a "nerd" from a "geek." You hear 'nerd alert' and 'geeking out' in daily conversations right? But traditional negative stigmas aside, I realize that I like the idea of geeking out over something. That means a person is passionate enough about something to delve deep and truly care about knowing, doing or experiencing that thing.

So I researched around. One site says geeks are about knowledge acquisition. Learning all and everything they can to become as proficient as possible in their interest area. Their goal of knowing so much is to improve their productivity in the aforementioned topic of choice.

A nerd on the other hand, is more obsessed about the minutiae of their object or area of focus. They must know every piece of information there is to know, often times failing to consider whether any value lies in knowing it. Their depth of knowledge is closely associated with their own intelligence... so they take it quite seriously, both when regurgitating what they know to people around them, and also defending the everyday utility of the nerd subject.

In light of that information...which category do I fall into on the topic of food?
  • I spend my Wednesday lunch break at my desk because that's the day the New York Times' Dining sections posts their new articles
  • As a kid, my fav part of grocery shopping was the potential of free samples at the end of the Costco aisles
  • I'm usually so excited about a new product I buy from the store that I'll try a little bit of it before putting it in the cupboard when I get home
  • I can tell you the intricacies of the organic industry, what % of the food has to be certified organic to have the USDA label, and the controversial history of third-party certification
  • During the holidays I still volunteer to do all the shopping and fight the crowds for my parents because I think its fun
  • I collected menus in high school
  • I research menus online before I go to new restaurants
  • A 1:30 a.m. street cart hot dog w/ sauteed onions, sauerkraut, ketchup and cream cheese holds a place in my heart right along side a five-course tasting menu with accompanying paired wines
  • Though I'm petite at 5' and almost triple digits on the scale... I can put it away: five bowls at Olive Garden's Never Ending pasta event, seven plates of shrimp at Red Lobster's all-you-can-eat shrimp event, four baskets of riblets and fries at Applebees, and at least five plates at Todai.
  • To me, food is love.... preparing and sharing food are ways to show people you care about them.

Not sure what that makes me... either way, I own it :). Feel free to comment and let me know what classification you think all this info places me in!

SATC...and then there was one

Now that I have watched Sex & the City: The Movie three times, I can safely say I adore the movie. The almost-cried-count stands at three. I literally couldn't hold back a gasp when Big opened the double doors of the remodeled closet, or when Steve told Miranda what he did. Burst out laughing after Charlotte felt the effects of drinking the water. Wondered why there were so few NY restaurant/bar scenes but so many Skyy vodka product placements. In total, the story was as much as the writers could fit in. It delivered closure and I was happy at the ending credits. Alas, the movie can only ever be a temporary fix to my Sex & the City addiction. One is never enough :).

  • Mr. Big's suit in the penthouse tour scene... Dark grey suit, forest green shirt, moss satin tie. Tres chic.
  • Carrie's laid back look in the Starbucks interview scene
  • Samantha's ring
  • The Judith Leiber cupcake purse Lily takes to the doomed wedding. Sure, its $4,395, but come on, look at it.
  • Didn't like: the frumpy dresses all four wear at their first dinner out in Mexico
Entertaining Quotes:

"She's a smart girl... but she fell in love"

Women come to New York for "the two L's: Labels & Love"

Miranda: "Alright, I'm Jealous. You live in real estate heaven.. and I live in Brooklyn"

Carrie: "I heard that!"
Anthony: "I meant you to!"

Carrie: We get it Samantha....you love to "color."
Miranda: Me and Steve are "just going through a no-coloring phase"