2. When I was in Northern Ireland, missing the US and feeling a need for anything familiar, I watched a lot of Ellen and Boy Meets World on youtube. I hold that Boy Meets World, at least the early years, is a sitcom masterpiece.
3. Tomorrow I'm going to participate in a psychological study at Cornell University and get paid $50 for it! That's a quarter of my income as a YFIR. I'll let you know how it goes, and if it was worth it.
4. At the diner, and many other places in my life, people have the same reaction to finding out I majored in psychology in college. It's always something along the lines of "Good, maybe you can figure out what's wrong with me," or "Uh-oh, hope you don't psychoanalyze me." It gets old. Which is why I really appreciate this:
Dear Readers, I know that I've been slacking this month. I've often been too busy doing things I like to blog about them. I apologize.
1. Things I Like was awarded the Adorable Blog Award by Laura at Bird in the Rafters. In order to accept this award, I have to tell you all ten things about myself, and nominate someone else for this very prestigious award. You can tell it's prestigious because it comes with this:
I question the decision to make the Adorable Blog Award brown and pink, but it was not my call to make.
Here are 10 things about myself:
1) One of my favorite things to do recently is to come up with unusual pets that I might have in the future, and name them. So far I have a pot bellied pig named Fancy, a flying squirrel named Classy, a chinchilla named Tickle, a falcon named Zeitgeist, and an iguana named Meander.
2) I have reoccurring nightmares about my teeth rotting, chipping, and/or falling out. I blame six years of braces and some guilt-tripping orthodontists.
3) My number one pet peeve is wet socks.
4) My second pet peeve is when people don't replace the toilet paper roll after they finish it. It makes me so angry.
5) I bite my fingernails and have no plans to stop.
6) I once took the train from New York to Seattle. Without one of those fancy sleeper cars, too.
7) One of my goals in life is to attend more weddings than funerals. As of yesterday, I am 4:10.
8) My three favorite green things to eat are broccoli, spinach, and asparagus. In that order.
9) Despite my favoritism for broccoli and asparagus, I still rarely spell them right the first try.
10) This is one of my favorite pictures of me of all time, taken when I was 16. I was getting a drink when a friend decided to take a picture of me, at which point I spat water at him.
I do enjoy many blogs, but few of them qualify as "adorable." The one that comes immediately to mind is Jenny's Cupcake Chronicle.
3. My favorite street artist is Swoon. She doesn't have a website that I can find, but you can google her, or look at some of her work here.
4. I believe that any food-loving person, vegan or not, stoner or not, can appreciate the simple and delicious recipes at the Vegan Stoner.
5. Speaking of food, I cannot tell you how much I like couscous. So much. It takes only a few minutes to make, but is delicious, and for some reason makes you seem like a good cook if you bring it to a pot luck.
Here's how easy it is to make a delicious couscous side:
- Bring a certain amount of water to a boil (for one person, I do a third of a cup).
- Remove from heat, and add the same amount of dried couscous to the water.
- Stir it.
- Add some butter or olive oil, to your liking. I usually add around a tablespoon.
- Add in a clove of finely chopped garlic.
- Add some salt.
- Add a spice. I favor rosemary or oregano.
- You can get fancy if you want. If you have some pesto in your fridge, add a little of that. If you want to go mediterranean, add chopped olives, feta cheese, cucumber, sun dried tomato and oregano. It's really hard to screw up couscous.
For those of you who don't get why this is the best thing ever, let me explain:
On the last season of Project Runway, one of the two finalists was Mondo Guerra. He is a wonderful designer and he totally deserved to win. When it came time to make the decision, though, the judges were split. Heidi Klum and guest judge Jessica Simpson were for Mondo, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors were for Gretchen (whose clothing and personality disgusted me). One of the controversial items in Mondo's collection was this dress. Heidi said she loved it, and that she would wear it herself. Nina responded "I'd like to see you wear that dress, Klum!" Well shucks, Nina, guess you got your wish.
1. Two things happened today that illustrated the value of a small town diner:
- An elderly man came in to get breakfast by himself. A second elderly man comes in to get breakfast by himself, sees the first man (who of course he knows and is friends with because all elderly men are friends especially in Newfield), and sits and has breakfast with him. Later, a third elderly man comes in to have coffee by himself, and ends up sitting with the first two men.
- The phone rings and a woman asks for my boss. Turns out she has some question about a specific contractor in town, she needs work done on her house. She called my boss because he knows everybody. He doesn't know the number of the contractor she's looking for, but luck would have it, that very contractor is sitting in our diner having breakfast with his wife. Seriously.
6. I like to make art. I don't consider myself to be a particularly good artist as far as artists go, but I enjoy what I do. Every once and a while, I finish making something, and I get this feeling of "Woah, did I make that? I didn't know I could make that." I like that feeling, but more than I like that feeling, I like to think about real artists getting that feeling. Did Michelangelo get that feeling after painting the Sistine Chapel? Probably not, he probably knew what he was capable of. But maybe he didn't.
7. I think that the evolution of hipster culture and everyone's hatred/disgust/jealousy/ambiguity/mocking of hipster culture is fascinating, but mostly I like that guy in the back of the car knitting a scarf with roses on it at 0:17.
1. Overheard at the GLBTQ teen group in Ithaca: "I heard every time there's an awkward silence, a gay baby is born."
2. This video is great, although as a kid raised without cable tv, I find it lacking in the PBS references. Where's Square One? Ghost Writer? Wishbone?
3. This thing. Follow the directions, try not to blink. Have your mind blown.
4. Last week, I got a package in the mail. I opened it, and it was the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy! I was concerned for a second. The receipt from Amazon said "a gift from Helen Staab." Oh God, I thought, did I order it in my sleep? Checked my Amazon account. No. Posted on facebook asking the gift giver to confess, to find that it was Jenny! Thank you, Jenny! I had a retreat this weekend so I saved the book for today, which I plan to dedicate solely to the reading of this book. I might shower or eat at some point, we'll see.
1. My mom stocks up on Nutella, pickles and goat cheese when she knows that I'm coming to visit.
3. The New Yorker's recent cover. I think that it sums up a wide variety of emotions and reactions resulting from Bin Laden's death.
4. So many wonderful things going on in this video. Most of it having to do with Seth Green's hair.
Fifth-graders react as they watch real photos from inside the uterus of a developing fetus while senior health educator Andy Wentling (cq) presents “Life Begins,” at the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)
Dear readers, my apologies for making you wait for this one. It'll be extra long, to make up for it.
1. After purchasing the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, I spent four hours in the sun reading the whole thing. It was wonderful. I plan to spend most, if not all, of this summer in my back yard.
6. My camera wouldn't turn on because of a "lens error." I noted a dent in the metal surrounding the lens. For days, I mourned the loss of one of my most prized possessions. Today, I had the brilliant idea to make smaller dents in the area around the original dent. Camera fixed!