Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
TELL YOUR NEIGHBOR: Kinky @ the Conga Room - this Wednesday
Monday, December 28, 2009
As you can imagine, I am not one to weigh myself. Ever.
Monday, December 21, 2009
While driving through Evanston, IL my mother did her annual driving tour of her childhood... pointing out her local five and dime, her elementary school, and her home. I loved every moment of it.
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb - born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's ok I know nothing's wrong . . nothing
Hi yo I got plenty of time
Hi yo you got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight . . . say goodnight
Home - is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home - she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time Before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be . . . where I'll be
Hi yo We drift in and out
Hi yo sing into my mouth
Out of all those kinds of people
You got a face with a view
I'm just an animal looking for a home
Share the same space for a minute or two
And you love me till my heart stops
Love me till I'm dead
Eyes that light up, eyes look through you
Cover up the blank spots
Hit me on the head Ah ooh
Monday, December 14, 2009
M O N O L O G U E S .
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A PERSONAL AD.
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I'll start with a little bit about myself. First off, I'm handsome. Very handsome. So handsome, in fact, that people have called me "beautiful" and "gorgeous," terms typically reserved for beautiful women. That's how good-looking I am. Whatever. I don't want to get into which term of beauty best describes my attractiveness, but, rest assured, you will not be disappointed. (I know I never am.) When you first see me without a shirt, you will probably lose your breath a little bit, as if you had just fallen into cold water. Don't worry, this is normal. Get used to it, because I don't wear my shirt much. (If you've got it, flaunt it.) If I had to name my best asset, I'd probably say everything. My calves are like perfectly cooked turkey legs, you could use my chin as a straight edge while working on a blueprint, and my skin is the color of a perfectly roasted marshmallow. Dozens of people have gotten "lost" in my eyes (I include myself in that count), so consider yourself forewarned! I'm 6 foot, 180 pounds, and the perfection doesn't stop below the belt, if you know what I mean. I've been asked by more than one child to be their new daddy. (Don't interpret this to mean I like kids—I'm just saying I'm way more handsome than a lot of fathers.) My interests include gazing into lakes, pools, mirrors, freshly waxed cars, shop windows, metal elevator doors, the back of a spoon, and most anything else that's reflective. Once you see me you'll understand. I like to think of myself as pretty laid-back and down to earth. I love to travel. Masturbating is also a favorite pastime. My favorite food is pizza.
What I'm looking for: No fatties. Four-twenty-friendly preferred.
Discovered this tree while walking down Main Street in Santa Monica/Venice I stumbled upon this magnificent Christmas Tree... made of Shopping Carts... Ho Ho HOLY SHIT.. I said under my breath as I tilted my head back to take it all in.
My dear friend Abigail... nailed my Xmas gift this year! Apparently my friends do listen when I wax lyrical about my obsessions for reusable/ sustainable items with smart designs.
I now own a "I am Not a Paper Cup..", that holds hot beverages...
Which proudly sits next to my reusable insulated Cold Cup from Starbucks.
They are best friends!
Best Challah (Egg Bread)
Adapted from Joan Nathan
The secrets to good challah are simple: Use two coats of egg wash to get that laquer-like crust and don’t overbake it. Joan Nathan, who this recipe is adapted from, adds that three risings always makes for the tastiest loaves, even better if one of them is slowed down in the fridge.
Time: about 1 hour, plus 2 1/2 hours’ rising
Yield: 2 loaves
1 1/2 packages active dry yeast (1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil, plus more for greasing the bowl
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon salt
8 to 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup raisins per challah, if using, plumped in hot water and drained
Poppy or sesame seeds for sprinkling.
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water.
2. Whisk oil into yeast, then beat in 4 eggs, one at a time, with remaining sugar and salt. Gradually add flour. When dough holds together, it is ready for kneading. (You can also use a mixer with a dough hook for both mixing and kneading, but be careful if using a standard size KitchenAid–it’s a bit much for it, though it can be done.)
3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Clean out bowl and grease it, then return dough to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until almost doubled in size. Dough may also rise in an oven that has been warmed to 150 degrees then turned off. Punch down dough, cover and let rise again in a warm place for another half-hour.
4. At this point, you can knead the raisins into the challah, if you’re using them, before forming the loaves. To make a 6-braid challah, either straight or circular, take half the dough and form it into 6 balls. With your hands, roll each ball into a strand about 12 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Place the 6 in a row, parallel to one another. Pinch the tops of the strands together. Move the outside right strand over 2 strands. Then take the second strand from the left and move it to the far right. Take the outside left strand and move it over 2. Move second strand from the right over to the far left. Start over with the outside right strand. Continue this until all strands are braided. For a straight loaf, tuck ends underneath. For a circular loaf, twist into a circle, pinching ends together. Make a second loaf the same way. Place braided loaves on a greased cookie sheet with at least 2 inches in between.
5. Beat remaining egg and brush it on loaves. Either freeze breads or let rise another hour.
6. If baking immediately, preheat oven to 375 degrees and brush loaves again. Sprinkle bread with seeds, if using. If freezing, remove from freezer 5 hours before baking.
7. Bake in middle of oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden. (If you have an instant read thermometer, you can take it out when it hits an internal temperature of 190 degrees.) Cool loaves on a rack.
Note: Any of the three risings can be done in the fridge for a few hours, for more deeply-developed flavor. When you’re ready to work with it again, bring it back to room temperature before moving onto the next step.
Round or straight braid? Raisins or skip them? Straight loaves of braided challah are eaten throughout the year–typically on the Sabbath–round challahs, often studded with raisins, are served for the New Year and the other High Holidays that follow. I made one of each, so you could see examples.
Abby Sunderland makes her own sails pitch
Five months after her older brother Zac made a celebrated solo voyage around the globe, Abby Sunderland, 16, prepares to do the same
2- data rock- amarillion (takes me back to coachella part 2)
3-camera obscura- lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken (takes me back to the movie theatre, not sure which one though)
4-ben folds- effington (takes me back to college)
5-clap your hands and say yeah, over and over again (takes me back to my drive to work this morning)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
While shopping for others... I found yet another gift I wouldn't mind receiving myself. UGH. Christmas... I really do enjoy giving gifts... but why oh why can I not shake the urge to shop for myself this holiday season.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1 white decorating icing, with small tip
1In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter together. Add molasses and water.
2In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, ginger, and allspice. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet and blend until the dough holds together.
3Cover and chill for 2-3 hours.
4Preheat the oven to 375°F.
5Roll out dough 1/4" thick on a lightly floured surface.
6Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to cookie sheet.
7Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheets or cooling racks.
8Using the white decorating icing, decorate the cookies with "bones" so that they resemble skeletons.
Monday, December 7, 2009
One wasn't enough for me. I need a holiday version!
Friday, December 4, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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- FOUND: MY FINAL POST OF 2009
- FOUND: CHEERS TO THE END OF 2009
- FOUND: PANINI-ize EVERYTHING, trust me
- FOUND: FUNNY
- FOUND: LA PAINTING
- FOUND: KINKY, THE BAND (YOU DIRTY PEOPLE)
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- LOST: Hopefully some weight in the new year
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- FOUND: NUTCRACKER (waltz of the snowflakes)
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