Monday, March 31, 2008
The three bloggers talked about their favorite cupcakes. One said she likes the chocolate peanut butter cupcake at Kumquat Cupcakery in Brooklyn and another said she likes the basic yellow cake/chocolate frosting version at Sugar Sweet Sunshine. (The third picked her own. whatever!) But MS said that they didn't even try cupcakes from either of these places in their diligent search for the best cupcakes. Sugar Sweet is pretty much up there with Billy's, and Kumquat I've never even heard of, so it's really shocking how many of these places there are these days. Two years ago, Esther and I had a dream that we would visit each one in the city. Of course, we didn't really get close to that dream, but now it seems even more daunting.
She will be featuring the best cupcakes from bakeries all over the country, and today, featured a bunch that she doesn't have time to feature, so she just gave them a shout-out. (one of these is in Denver and one is in Seattle, so I expect a full report, my sistahs!)
Saturday, March 29, 2008
"Listen lady, it was your turn to throw a party and I've been eating celery sticks and laxatives for two days so I can hoover that cake."
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March is National Social Work month. How will you celebrate this very important occasion??
At work, they never really did anything to celebrate until recently. One year, we got a breakfast. The next year, they put up posters and gave us magnets (still on my office door). This year, we got a lunch AND a $100 Visa gift card! I know lots of people get lots of cool stuff through their work. We get pretty much nothing. Ever. For example, I celebrated my 10 year anniversary at this agency last summer and I got a vase engraved with the agency logo. So to get this gift card almost brought tears to my eyes. The truth is, I really love my job, love this agency despite many problems and don't necessarily expect much from them. But when I hear friends talk about things they get, (bonuses, trips, dinners out, free soda all day, etc.) I am always a tad jealous.
So, any suggestions on how to spend the money? So far, the director of my dept. suggested going to see something on Broadway.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The second mac and cheese restaurant opened some time later, and it is called Supermac. I had the address written on a post-it, stuck to the wall in my office for several months, until I figured I didn't really need the address because I have passed it a few times and could probably find it again. What I hadn't found was an occasion to go. Until yesterday. I work for a Catholic agency, and therefore get Good Friday off. I met a friend to go shopping and talked her into going to Supermac with me (it wasn't hard to do). We got two varieties to share. We decided, again, to be "good" and got the whole wheat pasta and low-fat cheese for the traditional mac and cheese. Then we got whole wheat pasta and full-fat cheese for a variation of Carbonara sauce, complete with Prociutto. I have to say, I wasn't impressed. I told my friend that maybe we should go back another time and get the "real" traditional with regular pasta and real cheese, but she reminded me that we had the full-fat version of the Carbonara and it wasn't that good. So that's that.
So, the thing is, I can't understand why all they do is mac and cheese, and it's just marginal, when other restaurants get it right as one of many things on the menu. Next time I want mac and cheese I will be going to one of my tried and true restaurants. (Someone tell me if I've forgotten one. And this is clearly not comprehensive, but reflects the areas of town that I spend most of my time.)
1. eatery (Hell's Kitchen)
2. Hudon cafeteria (Hell's Kitchen)
3. City Bakery (Chelsea) (also home of the best chocolate chip cookies ever. seriously)
4. Chat n Chew (Chelsea)
5. Vynl (Hell's Kitchen)
6. Cowgirl (West Village)
7. Good Enough to Eat (UWS)
When we were at the restaurant last night, we had a stop-and-chat with the people next to us and they told us their favorite mac and cheese place is Hill Country on 26th (dangerously close to the East side). Actually, they were saying they have great BBQ, but also have mac and cheese, and for me, it's all about the cheese!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I refer to The Daily Show as the fake news, but the scary thing is that some people think that Fox is the real news.
btw, yes, I'm an Obama supporter.
Friday, March 14, 2008
After we came home from the mud sale, we walked in with our bags of quilts. As I said earlier, I bought 4. Dawn bought 4 and Catherine bought 2. So there were a lot of bags. As we walked into the house, the adult son of the family we were staying with said something to the effect of, "Are you married? What would your husbands say about this quilt business?" To which I responded, "Nope, we're all single, so our money is our own."
The following day in their church (as reported by Catherine who went, while Dawn and I slept in), the son made a comment in Sunday school about how it is good for people to be married so that spouses can temper each other's spending habits. So, apparently, in our church we are pitied because we have failed to achieve the measure of our creation and in their church we are judged harshly for wanting to buy nice things. Which one would be the judgement of members of the true church? hmmmmm....
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I went in with my yellow ticket, ready to do some bidding at my first-ever auction. I was immediately overwhelmed by the large crowd of people and the auctioneer talking so friggin' fast I had no idea what he was saying. I stood to the side for a while, thinking, "How do they know they want that particular quilt? How can he see the whole room at once? How do people know how much they are actually bidding?"
Finally, we found a seat and it was much more civil then. One quilt went up, and I thought, "That would go really well in my room." All of a sudden, my left hand with yellow ticket spontaneously went up. The auctioneer saw me! He confirmed my bid! Someone immediately out bid and he looked my way again. My hand went up again! He nodded subtly at me, then went higher. Someone else outbid me, so I did it again! What was I doing?? All of a sudden, he's looking at me and says, "Sold! for $100!" (In case you are wondering, this is a steal.) I just bought a hand-made quilt. What possessed me to do this? Whatever it was, it possessed me three more times because I bought three more quilts. One was only a baby quilt and I was able to justify this because, although I make quilts myself, this one went for such a low sum that I couldn't even buy the fabric for that much, let alone spend all the time to make it. The next one was just a quilt top that I will have to finish, but after that one, I decided to put my ticket away! I was finished! So I sat with my friends as they continued to bid and purchase beautiful, amazing quilts.
I was getting ready to leave after hours of this (literally) and went to the bathroom ( of course) and as I was waiting, I saw THE one! The quilt that I must have was waiting to be auctioned. I looked at the book of quilts, all listed in order, to see if I had time to go to the bathroom before it came up. I took a chance and waited in the bathroom line... and then returned to my seat and waited, and waited, waited... and just as I was ready to leave, Catherine said, "Wait! They just took it off the rack! It's moving to the table." It moved along the table in order, closer to the auctioneer. I took my yellow card out again and sat patiently. Up went the quilt... up went my hand. I fought it out a little with some other quilt lover, but in the end, I got this lovely, hand embroidered, hand quilted quilt for $95!!
Now you might be wondering, why do I need all these quilts? You may be saying to yourself, "That seems silly." You may even be thinking, "Wait, didn't she say in a previous post that she has too much stuff and is having trouble organizing it all?" The truth is, I don't, it is and I do. But I just got so caught up in the excitement of it all and the sheer joy of a bargain. It's a weakness, what can I say? (please don't tell my mom!)
These are some photos of their farm and the surrounding area. I saw my first real live Amish people, and even ate dinner at an Amish family's home. While I was taking these photos, there was a goose under the bridge. I immediately thought it was a statue. Eventually, it moved, and I realized I've been living in the city for a really long time.
Have you ever eaten potatoes for every meal of the day? We had sliced home-style potatoes for breakfast, french fried style for lunch and mashed in brown butter for dinner. Turns out,
potatoes three times in one day works just fine for me!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
- Work. I have treatment summaries from December that I am still working on.
- My student's work. She has treatment summaries from December that she is still working on and I have to help her because she doesn't know what she's doing.
- Figuring out how I'm going to fit all my crap in my room. It started to really hit me that I moved into my bedroom 7 months ago now and I am still not really moved in.
- TV. My DVR has stuff from the beginning of February that I still want to watch and haven't gotten around to. (interesting that I'm more behind at work than on TV.)
- Books. I am in two bookclubs. I am halfway through one book and haven't started another. Plus, I took out a book from the library that I put on my list a year ago and my name finally came up last week, so I have to read that now or put it back on my list and wait another year.
- Rolling Stone. I have a subscription and they come every week. I finally just finished the great article on Britney Spears from three weeks ago. I'm sure tons more has happened in her life since that article was written.
So why am I blogging right now? Good question.