Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cupcakes (sorta) -- Brooklyn style

I've been working in Brooklyn for about two months now (only 1-2 days a week) but today was the first time I took an exploratory walk around the neighborhood. I saw this bakery, and against my better judgement, decided I would peek my head in. Turns out, that was not such a good idea, because I walked out with this homemade Ring Ding. Chocolate cake with buttercream filling. When I ordered it, the woman made an audible gasp and said, "Those are so good. You won't be sorry." When someone who works in a bakery has that strong of a reaction, completely unsolicited, you know it has to be good. And it was.

Friday, September 25, 2009

What I'm doing this weekend...

Here's what I'm up to on Sunday and my agency is one of the benefactors for this race.

The Office quote of the week -- 9/24

Okay, so, there was a good one last night...

Jim: "I tried to keep Michael in the dark. I should have known he can do just as much damage in the dark."

Plus.... Michael saying he's the co-manager of your butt!

(that's for you, Greg)

Glee quote of the week -- 9/23

Still loving it, but have you noticed that every week, someone quits Glee? The first week it was Mr. Schuster, the third week it was Mr. Schuster again, the fourth week it was Rachel. I'm sure there was someone the second week, too. Maybe Finn? Anyway...

Quote of the week comes from Sue Sylvester to Sandy (who will be referred to as "Sandy time" on this blog after he said, "It's so good to have some Sandy time..." now that he is unemployed).

"Boy, the only thing missing from this place is a couple dozen bodies limed and rotting in shallow graves under the floorboards."

Although I've had "Single Ladies" in my head ever since, I loved it all! The opening sequence, Kurt's kicking routine, and all the football players. Hilarious!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Office

I just learned that my brother in law is not happy about my decision to end The Office quotes of the week. Since he gave me such a cute niece and nephew, I feel sorry that my baby (this blog) has become a disappointment. So, I hope I'll be able to resurrect it sometime during the season.
Meanwhile, look at this cute cover!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Glee quote of the week -- 9/16

Out with the old (The Office), in with the new (Glee). Although I enjoyed the season premiere of The Office, I didn't think there was a good quote, so I'm glad I decided to phase that out. We'll see if Glee can hold up all season. Although a group called Acafellas is great all on it's own.

The Sue Sylvester quote of the week: "This is a total disaster, ladies. I'm going to ask you to smell your armpits. That is the smell of failure and it's stinking up my office."

Also, from Curt: "My dad took back my car when he found my tiara collection in my hope chest."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

a cause that we can all get behind

Cupcakes for a Cause. Let's all do our part! Butter Lane, here I come!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fall TV

I think I'm finally ready to write my most favorite blog post of the year. It's time for fall TV to start, People! Some shows have already started, actually, which is annoying because I have a system. Which is to wait until EW has their fall TV preview and make notes and a spreadsheet of my shows. And that mag just came in the mail on Friday.

But anyway... It's time to jump on the bandwagon...

GLEE! I know people have been talking about this show since it premiered in May. Although I recorded it back then, I didn't watch it until August. Don't ask me why because it's not like there was anything to watch over the summer. I have since watched "Don't Stop Believin'" about 100 times. Remember when Journey was awesome, and then they were kind of a joke, and now they are awesome again? My only question about this show is how are they going to keep up the awesomeness when they seem convinced that they need to do new music (as was the main discussion in episode two). I mean, how can a Kanye West song come close to a Journey song?? And I was thinking this way before the whole VMA thing. I think Kanye West is a total idiot and not at all talented. Not even my boyfriend could save one of his songs, as featured here. To me, the only person that is worse is Snoop Dogg.

"Glee" also has the potential to make it into the "quote of the week" section of my blog. Of course, all quotes will be coming from Jane Lynch. Already, there's this quote, which she says to Mr. Schuester in episode two:

"Iron tablet? Keeps your strength up while you're menstruating."

Other new shows:

There are a few new medical dramas. Can I be persuaded to pick any of these up?

Trauma-- Possibly. I like Derek Luke and I don't have another Monday show.

Mercy -- Possibly. I love that Men in Trees guy and EW describes one of the characters as "a short tempered Iraq-war vet", which is pretty much one of the most interesting things I can imagine for this therapist. Plus, it takes place in Jersey City, NJ, which is fascinating to me. That's got to be a first, no?

Others I will be trying out...

Flash Forward -- Already being called the replacement for "Lost" when it finishes at the end of this season. I'll be the judge of that!

Community -- Fits right into my Thursday night of comedy and, of course, Joel McHale is hilarious.

The Good Wife -- as Jon Stewart said during the Eliot Spitzer press conference, why are these politicians required to bring a date to these things?

Shows that are not going to make it into the rotation:

The Beautiful Life -- I was briefly considering this one, partly because there is a character named Sonja. Then I realized that the person playing that character is Mischa Barton. Plus it's on at the same time as both "Glee" and "Friday Night Lights." No, thank you (as Kenneth the Page would say).

Cougar Town -- The term "cougar" hit the zenith of comedy when Jenna gave Liz the "we're cougars" speech on "30 Rock", but now it's over. I might have given this new show a try, but once again, it's competing with "Glee" and "FNL."

Melrose Place -- I considered watching "90210" for five minutes last year, but "Melrose" only got three minutes of consideration. The final nail went into that coffin after I saw an interview with Ashlee. Uff da!

Returning shows I love:

The Office (of course)
30 Rock (of course) which doesn't return until Octobe 15!?
Mad Men -- started in August and going strong!
FNL -- so scared for my favorite characters to leave and new ones to enter, but I am going to have faith that they are going to pull it off, because they do everything else right on that show. Luckily, Matt Saracen sticks around for a few episodes.


this year I'm giving up ANTM and picked up Project Runway (so what if I'm a little late to that party?).
can you believe that One Tree Hill is still on?

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Monday, September 14, 2009

cupcake bubble part 2

Last night, I was walking on the Highline and saw that the vendor was Butter Lane. I hightailed it up there, met the owner, learned that they have different vendors for one month at a time (which explains why I haven't seen Bird Bath there again), complained that they did not have my two favorite flavors (key lime and maple), and then bought one with salted caramel frosting.

I think that the cupcake industry is going to be fine, but then again, I can't keep them all in business by myself (although I will try)!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My week of Quilts

This week I had two quilting related meetings. On Thursday, I went to my ward quilt group, which I started two years ago. Or something like that. It never really happened the way I envisioned it and it kind of limped along the whole time, sometimes only having one or two people besides myself there. But, whatever, I tried, even when I felt really discouraged. So, somehow, at the end of this Thursday meeting, and without much discussion, it had become something completely different with a different leader and a different focus and not even about quilts anymore. I went home in kind of a daze, thinking, "What just happened?" and later, "This must be how Governor Patterson felt after the Republicans staged a coup in Albany over the summer."

What? Too dramatic?

Then Saturday, I went to my guild meeting, which is not connected to church people, but if it's possible, people that are even more annoying than church people go there and in much bigger numbers (but the fact that they are annoying has nothing to do with this story). They do this thing called "Block of the Month" where anyone that wants to can make a quilt block (in a pattern that they assign) and then, if you make one, you have the chance to win everyone's blocks. This was apparently a record setting month because there were over 100 blocks. When my friend won a few months ago, I think she got 7.

Anyway, I won the freakin' thing and now I have enough blocks to make a whole quilt. Just proving once again... you win some, you lose some.

here are the ones that I made:

and here are the ones that I won!

I think it's pretty awesome and I don't think my mom can say this is going to be a boring quilt!

Friday, September 4, 2009

is the cupcake bubble about to burst?

I was wondering about this a few months ago.

Even I am a little sick of cupcakes.

Well.... Not really, but I do think they're a little played out when Crumbs has almost two dozen shops, according to this article.

After all that...

There was no definitive winner in my poll. Now I think I might go with this one or this one. Good ole' Crate and Barrel.

Feedback welcome.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Decisions, Decisions

A few weeks ago, the lamp on my nightstand broke. I decided that this will be my last cheap, Ikea lamp. However, I've found that it's much harder to find a nice lamp than I thought it was going to be. I have tried chain stores, independent stores and thrift stores and haven't found anything yet. Although I want to support local businesses, I'm pretty fed up so I'm going to the internet for help. Here are a few that I like and I want you all to vote for your favorite.

My bedroom is blue and my furniture is antique with a dark finish. My linens are white (my mom says "boring") and I have some quilts that are all different colors. I am not setting out to get a Tiffany style lamp, there just happens to be a lot of them.

option 1

option 2

option 3

option 4

option 5

Or write in your own in the comments section!