Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
This is the second year they've staged it and I'm so happy we were able to go this year. It was very imaginative and captured the spirit of the book very well. The actors fit the roles perfectly and I still can't get over how they staged some of the scenes. Naturally, it made me cry and think too much, but I wouldn't want it any other way.
Dinner at Top of the Hill:
After the play, part one:
After the play, part two:
Hanging around the Old Well:
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Me and the nieces (In high-contrast black and white, because the camera was just not being kind to me.)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Today I had my luggage at work, ready to make a break for HOME in the afternoon. Before doing so, however, I decided to make putting my blanket on my lap at work for 15 minutes, my new thing. Needless to say, it was the best 15 minutes at work ever.
And soon I will be HOME, which I need, more than even my blanket.
*I'm a drama queen, but I'm not being one when I say I seriously can't watch the scene where they burn the blanket. It distresses me. And it's why I'm still wary of Michael Keaton.
**Ok, so not that first trip to Europe, but you know Europeans, they could've taken it and made it their next big thing. Ernie's not ready for that.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A few months ago one of the empty storefronts put up a sign announcing the arrival of a new store called Potomac Bead Company. I waited in anticipation for months, until it opened in mid-October. But for various reasons, including lack of funding, time, and energy, I did not venture into this bead haven, three blocks from my work, until today.
Two floors of beads, beads, and more beads. Some cheap, some not remotely cheap, all awesome. I have tons of packing and cleaning to do before HOME tomorrow, but maybe I can squeeze in making a bracelet, or three.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
But October was crazy and I never got around to it. Even though Halloween is over, it's still fall, so last week I bought a small, "cooking" pumpkin from Eastern Market, and today I cleaned out the yuck, saved the seeds to roast, and carved my own pumpkin.
I didn't end up going with the Tyler pattern as it wouldn't fit, but I still managed to bring a little Tar Heel pride to it.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
- A productive day at work yesterday. I get a lot done most days, but I really got in the zone yesterday and got ahead on some stuff.
- The fact that this time next week I will be home in Carolina, where I bet I will have no trouble finding the basketball and football games on tv.
- French toast sticks. I've been on a breakfast food as dinner kick this month, and these keep making a re-appearance.
- Sleeping in without feeling guilty because it's so cold outside I know I don't want to be out there anyway.
- Today's new thing, trying calligraphy with a little kit.
I spent more time practicing the strokes than writing actual words, though you can see I did get a nice jab in at the end. And what better way to class up a slightly derogatory remark, than with calligraphy?
Friday, November 21, 2008
But at least I am less congested than before, and can breathe and smell, which enabled me to do today's new thing, brought to you by People's Sexiest Man Alive issue, which I received in the mail today. (I have a free six week trial.) If you didn't get this issue, you're probably thinking, "what in the hell does smell have to do with a magazine?" And if you did get this issue, you may still be thinking "what the hell?" as you too have experienced the scratch and sniff portion, in which I got to "smell" Chace Crawford, Michael Phelps, Taye Diggs, and Christopher Meloni. So, that's the new things, smelling four people I've never smelled before, thanks to a magazine.
In my opinion Chace and Michael smelled the worst, Christopher was alright, and Taye Diggs smelled like heaven. (I will save his for you, Karey, you gotta smell him.) And yes, this is as creepy and disturbing as it sounds. And apprently the people at People have never smelled freshly cut grass, which is what Chace supposedly smells like, because his was not good. And not grass. And Michael's cologne was just a bit too strong for me, I'd almost prefer chlorine, which is probably what he smells like anyway.
It's been a long, lame, sick week, and I'm crashing, at this absurdly early hour on a Friday night.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Aside from the seriously awesome name, it's also a cool place because it is a co-op of more than 60,000 independent farmers that supply all the food. I got french fries, a grilled cheese sandwich, and tomato soup. I love love tomatoes, but have never tried tomato soup. I think I was always scared off by the color in the past, but it was so cold out it sounded good. And all I could picture was the Campbell's soup commercial where the kid is playing in the snow and comes in a snowman, but then eats some tomato soup and melts back into a child. (Writing that out makes it sound like a horror film, but it's cute.)
The soup was good, the restaurant had great food choices and a good ambience, and the hostesses were really nice. (Important when you don't have a reservation and are meeting people you haven't met yet.) And I quite liked the tomato soup as well. Different, but I'd try it again.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Oh Carolina, how I love thee.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It tasted about as appealing as it sounds. I used a Hungry Jack complete mix, which only requires water, so maybe that was the problem. Or my not being able to breathe and thus not able to taste anything, could have been the issue. Or maybe just the whole making a pancake like a cake in the microwave for 2 minutes was the problem.
Whatever, I'm going back to bed.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Our awesome seats:
I had lovely company, and I loved seeing my first UNC football game in three years. But the combination of being sick and the cold and rain and horrible Terp fans and a newly broken camera and, oh yeah, losing, made it less than ideal. But would I do it again? Absolutely.
And, I can say with absolute certainty, that Terps are some of the nastiest lifeforms on the planet. I know Heels fans aren't perfect, but I'm not sure I've ever been around such a lack of sportsmanship and grace. And of course the snobby Tar Heel that I am can only say, well, it's because they go to Maryland.
(Thanks to the roommate, Brandie, for the picture, as my camera is still refusing to turn on.)
Friday, November 14, 2008
The peanut M&Ms didn't help either, but they made me temporarily forget I can't breathe out of my nose.
How I feel, with the exception of the bubbles coming out of my head.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
While listening at work yesterday and having The Christmas Song - one of my least favorites - come up for the tenth time, I decided tonite to take a tally of all my songs. Yes, my name is Bonnie, and I am an obsessive compulsive, anal retentive. Like you didn't already know.
The Christmas Song – 8
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – 7
I’ll be Home for Christmas – 7
O Holy Night – 7
Winter Wonderland - 6
The First Noel – 4
Joy to the World – 4
White Christmas – 4
All I Want for Christmas is You – 3
Little Drummer Boy – 3
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – 3
Silent Night – 3
Right now my favorite, O Holy Night, is in second, even after purchasing three more on iTunes. I will right that wrong soon.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
*It occurs to me that if anyone wanted to take out my company, they could just poison our food and leave it in the kitchen. (Note to self: wait for others to try the shared food before eating.)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
She was very attentive and did a good job. She did insist on cutting some of the weight off my normally super-thick hair, which now makes me feel bald, but other than that, it's fine. And though the salon was advertised as being interested in urban hairstyles, always striving for trendy and hip, I did not leave with a mohawk or stripes. Thank you, for that.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I did get a 30% off Christmas CDs coupon from Borders in my email, which cheered me up, and led me to buy three CDs at Borders. I never buy CDs, and definitely never three at a time, and never at Borders, so the newness abounds.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Jump to today, when I pulled out my file to put away some bills and found some Harry Potter blood pops. Interested to see if they can surpass the nasty red effect of a cherry Icee, I tried a Harry Potter blood lollipop. The result? Ewww....!
Seriously, this is gross. From the first lick it turned everything it touched red. My tongue, my teeth, my lips, and even outside of my lips too. I'm already creeped out by sticky-handed children with their Kool-aid mustaches, if I saw one after it had one of these, I would run screaming in the opposite direction.
I did take pictures, but they are just too gross and unattractive for human consumption. Just picture how teeth look after a red lollipop or popsicle, and multiply by ten. Or, you can have one of the four lollipops I have left, and try it yourself.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I also visited perhaps the craziest used book store ever, with books literally stacked floor to ceiling. I would love to take all my books and decorate a room in my house like that one day.
Picture of the cubby hole in the tree where I ate my crepe. At first it reminded me of Boo Radley's hiding place for Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. But then I realized a woodland creature could emerge and attack at any second, and finished up crepe rather quickly.
Pictures from my phone of the trees as I walked. The leaves were far brighter and more vivid in person.
Friday, November 07, 2008
I have been wanting to eat here since I walked by it on one of my visits, before I even moved here. I've also tried to go here twice with my book club, but it never worked out. But after waiting an hour, in the cold, with an apparently broken pager, and then freezing inside too, I finally did. And it was definitely worth it.
I think the Spanish and the Greeks are really onto something with their Tapas and Mezze fare. You are encouraged to order, and eat, multiple dishes, and no one judges you for it. Thus we had chicken, falafel, grape leaves with cheese, poufy pita bread, and the best hummus ever. I also had Lebanese wine, which was not nearly as velvety as the waiter claimed it was, and far more expensive than he let on as well, but still not bad.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
But let's face it. First, lines are meant to be crossed. Second, I am a nerd. And third, there's nothing nerdy about a shirt proclaiming topical issues and stories! So on those notes, I bought a shirt to mark the historic week we just had, from CNN.
I think it will go lovely with my CNN hat and bumper sticker.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Unfortunately, I made them a bit too close, even for my freakishly small feet, and it was a bit tough. And in lieu of a rock, I had to use my gnome, Pedwick. Yeah, I just realized exactly how sad this post is, in the pathetic sense, so I'll just end it now.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Waiting in line, three blocks from the entrance. There was a playground to the left. Brandie refused to hold my place so I could take a turn on the slide.
Waiting in line, smiling at the kids selling the baked goods, and coffe, for the third grad. (They can't afford an "e.")
Brandie, debating who to vote for in our "shadow government" and being proud of our three electoral votes.
So I went, I froze, I voted. All was well. And then I worked and later went home and spent several hours shaking and stressing in front of my television, until I had a few Obama Pomas and calmed down a bit. (My choice of drink is not an endorsement of either candidate. But I do wholeheartedly endorse the pomegranate juice.)
And now I am happy, proud, excited, and hopeful, none of which has anything to do with my drink. Yes we did.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
To be fair, I do use the status feature for some unknown reason, to update on the most mundane facts of my life that I am sure no one gives a damn about. I have, however, been especially carefully this year to not put my political beliefs out there for general consumption. Or at least, I’m really really trying. But I needed a new thing, and no matter what, I think it is important for people to vote, so I donated my Facebook status message to remind people to vote. Because, you know, I’m sure with all the TV ads, campaign signs, and never-ending coverage, they are likely to forget.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
I do love a good craft, and what's better than a craft that combines creating something and liquor? The answer: nothing. After waiting what seemed like forever for the thing to freeze - clearly one of its negatives - I took a nice shot of green apple vodka*, while the roommate had some Malibu, naturally.
The only problem, of course, was that the finished product is insanely cold, meaning you have to drink fast. Also, when attempting to put water in mine to chase the shot, it created a hole, thus effectively creating the worst shot glass ever.
*If you are wondering if liquor can get any girlier, the answer is yes. I also have vanilla and pomegranite vodka. Not that it matters, it all tastes like how I'd imagine lighter fluid to taste.