Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy (Oscars) to me!

Another year, another Oscar/Birthday party!

Le menu:
  • Bloody Marys (for There Will be Blood, and Sweeney Todd)
  • Spicy bread-dipping sauce (also TWBB, it was part of the theme menu I found online)
  • French bread (Michael Clayton)
  • Beef and bean chili (No Country)
  • Mac & cheese (Juno)
I didn't have anything for Atonement. I was going to make sticky toffee pudding, but I did that last year for The Queen. I also bought "meat pies" (well, empanadas) for Sweeney Todd, but forgot to serve them.

The party crowd was larger than last year (I know more people now!), including Rebeka, Marcia, Henry, Faith, Matthew, Paul, Atesha, Janie, Rachael and Andy. Good thing I went out and bought some extra folding chairs! (they were on sale)

Somehow, I managed to guess wisely on my Oscar ballot, and got the most correct answers! How did I beat Andy? I have no idea. He's seen everything. In fact, this is the first year in a while that I've seen more than one of the best picture nominees. I'm glad Sweeney Todd won for something (Art Direction) but that's Dante Ferretti for you - he's been nominated 9 times. We all picked Ratatouille for animated film. I have it at home from Netflix - guess I should watch it!

And yes, the day after the Oscars, I turned 35. I have to say, it doesn't feel as weird (or as old) as I thought it might. I like myself a lot more now than I did when I was 30... I like my life, my job, and my place in the world (and Austin!).

So thanks, y'all, for the birthday wishes, the awesome yellow cake with chocolate icing (sneaky!) and for celebrating another crazy year with me!

and Happy Birthday Andy (2/26)!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Delays, delays....

One of these days I'll have time to catch up on all the stuff I need to post. In the meantime, here's a picture of the beautiful flowers I received on (the day before) Valentine's day. They arrived a day early because the sender knew that I was leaving for Vegas on 2/14. (He's such a sweetie!)

I've never been the-girl-who-got-the-flowers before -- in any office I've worked in (although I did have a visit from a singing Elvis once...) so it was kind of fun. :)

And much to my surprise, when I came back to the office on Tuesday, the tulips were blooming beautifully and standing straight up out of the vase. Wow!

More on Matt and the family trip to Vegas shortly. After Friday, when I can breathe again!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Elections as horse races

The Democratic contest could be called a "horse race", and it has major similarities to the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, 70 years ago.

Will this race end the same way? Only time will tell.

*Print of Seabiscuit and War Admiral from Terry Lindsey studio

Sunday, February 10, 2008

One word only

Taken from Stick:
Not as easy as you might think.

1. Where is your cell phone? Sofa
2. Your significant other? none
3. Your hair? ponytail-ish
4. Your mother? Tempe
5. Your father? DC
6. Your favorite thing? knitting
7. Your dream last night? Clooney!
8. Your favorite drink? G&T
9. Your dream/goal? Kid(s)
10. The room you’re in? Living
11. Your ex? Needy
12. Your fear? Loneliness
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Married
14. Where were you last night? Movies
15. What you’re not? Bitchy
16. Muffins? corn
17. One of your wish list items? Italy
18. Where you grew up? DC
19. The last thing you did? dishes
20. What are you wearing? sweats
21. Your TV? Foodtv
22. Your pet? rock
23. Your computer? Old
24. Your life? Great!
25. Your mood? Great!
26. Missing someone? everyone
27 Your car? Clean
28. Something you’re not wearing? watch
29. Favorite Store? Target
30. Your summer? long
31. Like someone? Matt
32. Your favorite color? Red
33. When is the last time you laughed? Lunch
34. Last time you cried? yesterday
35. Who will/would re-post this? unknown

Friday, February 08, 2008

Weekly wrap-up

Since apparently I can't be bothered to blog more than once a week any more, I thought I'd run through the various highs and lows of the past week, real quick-like.

1. Obama-mania! OK, so he didn't win California. (Really interesting take on that here.) But Superduper Tuesday did show that a lot of the country is interested in what he has to say. It's going to go down to the wire on this one, and surprisingly enough, the Dem vote in Texas might actually matter! :)

2. The Patriots didn't win! ...err, I mean, The GIANTS WON THE SUPERBOWL! I've never been a huge Giants fan -- being a Skins and all -- but my "underdog-itis" (as Dani calls it) took over, and I had to root for little Eli and his guys. Hey, it's not my fault that Brady's pass rush couldn't protect him! Go Giants! My cousin even went to the victory parade in NYC. [Apparently the Vegas odds-makers were none too pleased with the result, though.]

3. Bill Clinton wised up and decided to "chill," remembering that he was, in fact, POTUS, and needs to act accordingly, rather than like an attack dog for wifey.

4. I was in DC for 48 hours last weekend, but saw little more than my parents' house, Sushi Taro, a Superbowl party, and the National Science Foundation's 2009 Budget Rollout. Maybe next time I'll be able to breathe, and see a friend or two. Sorry, y'all! [Just goes to show, you need to get your butts down to Austin soon!]

5. Another married friend, another baby on the way. Mazel tov to Dr. and Mrs. Miller in Baltimore on their impending bundle of joy. At least I have until August to produce another caterpillar!

6. The new organic menu is going well -- now that I've survived the stomach virus that attacked me two weeks ago, which had me on a strict diet of ginger ale and saltines for five days. That little experience helped me lose 5lbs! I'm now addicted to Sun Butter and whole wheat tortillas, flaxseed waffles and real maple syrup. The slightly higher grocery bill is par for the course, but it's worth it so far!

7. Movies and Oscars and whatnot: I have seen exactly one of the Best Picture nominees. No Country for Old Men was shocking and powerful. Javier Bardem is one scary guy! I'm putting together the menu for my upcoming Oscar-Birthday Party, but it's a challenge. More on that later.

I'm sure I'll have more time and think of more fun stuff to say later. (Vegas in six days! woo hoo!) But for now, it's Friday, and that's enough cause for celebration!