Thursday, November 30, 2006

Say it isn't so

Apparently the Dream Team Trio of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears has already been disolved.

I guess it's true, friendships just aren't what they used to be huh?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Happy Holidays

OMG - we had a Holiday Party the other evening...take a look at what I caught on tape, I still can't believe it!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Handy Kitchen Tips

Do you hate cutting up onions and garlic? Don't you hate the smell that lingers on your hands after you've done your thing?

Well next time, when you're washing your hands, take a stainless steel spoon and rub it all over will totally get rid of the onion and garlic smell.

Apparently there's some kind of reaction between the stainless steel and the acid in the onion....

It works!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

In The Express Lane

I live TOO close to the Grocery store....I'm there all the time. It's so close that I've often stopped in for just a single slice of roast beef. It's too close.

I got home from work early, yeah for having a cool boss, did a few things around the house and said "oh you know, when I was at the Dominick's yesterday, I forgot to get Drano for the kitchen sink....let's go for a walk.

So I have a smoke and out the door.

It's a five minute walk, it truly is dangerous, but the good thing is I only get what I can carry big shopping trips, which means that I always get to go through the Express Lane.

I find it very interesting the "combination" of things people buy when they're in the express lane.

For example, the lady in front of me had:
Frozen Turkey (the key word is FROZEN)
Kotex Tampons
Kotex Maxi Pads
Chewing Gum

She's gonna have a great Thanksgiving, ain't she?

The guy behind me had:
A case of Bottle Beer
A fifth of Skky Raspberry Vodka
Coffee Filters
Coffee Creamer
Dishwashing detergent

I think he was planning on going home, getting wasted on the booze, sobering up with the coffee and then eating the garlic and the onions so that his family wouldn't want to talk with him. I figured the dishwasing detergent was probably because he always ended up washing the dishes!

I had:
Water crackers
Irish Cheddar Cheese
Vermont & Butter Goat Cheese
Piquant Peppers from the Olive Bar

I'm sure the guy behind me was wondering what the Drano was for...especially with all of that cheese!

Here's hoping that you and yours have a wonderful, safe, happy and eventful Thanksgiving Day.

If you're not in the US, Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Michael Richards of Seinfeld fame goes Crazy at Laugh Factory

I just want to see how much traffic that brings last year when I spelled Jennifer Aniston's name wrong and got tons of hits.

I'm not going to comment on the whole Michael Richards thing because there's a whole lotta other people out there doing a much better job than I can....but did you see the video?

It's jaw-dropping.

Check it out HERE

Oh My God!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

My Favorite Blogger Word Verification

It's reasons like this that we have word verification turned on when making Blogger Comments.

I mean really, how did blogger know? Did one of you tell them?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Aren't you glad you don't live in America

If you did, you'd be able to witness things like THIS, THIS, THIS and THIS.

Could you just imagine what it would be like if these people had to wait in line for food instead of a Sony Playstation 3....oh the humanity.

A Pashmina for Everyone

Apparently Pasmina's are in high demand by the people of New York City. I swear that on every street corner, next to the guy selling charcol sketches of you, was a guy selling Pashmina's! Not just any pahmina's mind you...but pashmina's On Sale as all of the handwritten signs proclaimed.

The interesting thing is they were all $5, everyone was selling pashmina's for $5. It made me wonder if the prices had started out around $20 and eventually worked their way down to $5. I mean honestly, I don't know if I would really pull out a $20 bill on the street and hand it over to someone, I'd be concerned someone would grab the rest of my stash of singles and head off to the nearest strip club.

While we were in The Big City, I told The Boyfriend that I would let him pick out some "sexy" jeans for me and I wanted to buy a coat. Well let's just say that I bought a couple of pair of jeans, a pair of Mavi and a pair of Lucky, I also tried on a pair of Chip & Pepper's which were lovely but cost almost 1/3 of my rent so they decided to stay at Bloomingdales. We were also on a frantic coat search, looking at lovely ones from Armani - for a mere $3000 and Kenneth Coles for a paltry $600, but actually ended up finding one at Daffy's near Canal Street for only $30, and I look pretty snazzy too.

Since I bought a new coat, I got a couple of scarves too....but now I'm in a real quandry, I can't tie a scarf to save my life. While we were in NYC there were all of these people wearing just scarves and no jackets, but they had such great knots on them. The only one I know how to do is the twist, you know where you just wrap it around your neck and stuff it in your coat.

Anyone care to give me pointers on how to stylishly tie a knot in my scarf so I don't choke myself accidentally?

Oh yeah and since Pashmina's were so cheap I bought one for everyone, just stop on by and pick it up.

I started applause

Saturday we went to see the new production of Company as staged by John Doyle - it was so amazing that I can't remember the opening number.

The great thing about this production is that the cast IS the orchestra, no they're not in the pit in front of the stage, all of the actors are on stage for the entire production, playing instruments. Playing instruments while they're acting, playing instruments while they're in scenes, playing instruments while they're singing, playing instruments while they're "off stage" which is really onstage. It was a totally brilliant production, brilliant!

We knew the "gimmick" before we went because John Doyle last year staged a new version of Sweeney Todd with the same idea, the actors as the orchestra, it was pulled off flawlessly.

We were totally enjoying the show, the music, the actors, the lines it was funny it was sad. Before the end of Act One there's a song called "Getting Married Today" about Amy who is afraid of getting married of making that commitment, at one point she's arguing with her fiance giving all the reasons why she shouldn't get married when she says I'm too old, at which point her fiance says but you're only 27 (or something like that) and she returns with "Oh so I'm a golden oldie." There were a few snickers, but for some reason I just thought that was the most brilliant line ever (because it was) and I decided to clap for her because it was delivered perfectly, I was the only one clapping and then suddenly there was a quick round of applause from about half of the audience - I guess they liked it too.....

But the great thing was - I started applause - I'd never done that before!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

TGIFri Day In The City

We left Thursday night, we got the tickets so long ago that the original flight we were on was no longer flying so we got bumped to a later flight….which meant we didn’t get into the city until that much later.  Originally we were planning on having time to go out on Thursdsay but by the time we got to the city it was almost 1:30 am….

Next morning I woke up hungry because the only food we’d had was some munchy things, so I nudged The Boyfriend and said “I’m hungry.” To which he replied, “Well go out and find some.” At first I was a little taken back, but then I realized…It’s New York City on a BUSINESS DAY!!!!  So I threw on my jeans and a shirt and went out in search of food.

It wasn’t hard to find, right across the street were all of these street vendors, one guy had a fruit stand set up, 3 bananas for a dollar, 2 apples for a dollar, a bunch of grapes for a dollar, the kind of stuff you could grab and eat on the go.  Next to him was a guy selling bagels, croissants and coffee, right next door was a guy selling fruit salad and fruit smoothies and getting set up next to him was The Soup Guy…it was fabulous.

So I gathered up our breakfast and headed back to the hotel, only gone 15 minutes not too bad, and I had food in tow, including hot chocolate from Starbucks!

After we gathered our senses we headed out for the day, our goal:  Meeting up with my cousin at The Brooklyn Museum.  Walking out of the hotel we took a left and two blocks over was Times Square and 10:00 am on a Friday – WOW, so many people!  We took a left on The Avenues of America and started walking south and we ran into Prospect Park and then walked by the New York Public Library on our way to Grand Central station where we bought 7 day metro cards and grabbed the F train to Brooklyn.

About 40 minutes later we ended up in Brooklyn where The Boyfriend surprised me by giving me a walking tour of his old neighborhood when he used to live there.  It was very cool to see where he used to hang out.  We walked around Prospect Park, saw the Grand Army Plaza and walked to The Museum.

We met up with Cuz, we had a very warm welcome since the last time we met we were both very small children and now we’re <<cough>> years old.  We chose the Museum because of the Annie Leibovitz exhibit, we got a bonus because there was an installation by Ron Mueck.  We grabbed a bite to eat at the museum, good because we were starving, that breakfast I had foraged from the streets had worn off about 30 minutes before.  Lunch gave us a great chance to catch up on basically EVERYTHING in our lives!

We enjoyed the Annie Leibovitz exhibit, if you know here you know what she does so I don’t need to explain.  The really interesting part of the visit was the Ron Mueck exhibit.  I had read about this guy a while ago so I was really excited to see his work, it’s difficult to explain here’s a good example this woman is totally lifelike, hair, fingernails, the mucus in her eyes, everything is so real….but as you can see in the picture that’s a woman sitting in a chair next to her, she’s HUGE.  Here’s some examples, This guy was so creepy I couldn’t look him in the face, here’s really good scale for the Lady in Bed.

After the museum we parted ways but promised to chat later in the evening after the show.

We ran back to the city, did some quick shopping and went back to the hotel to have a quick Cha-Cha Nap!  Oops we overslept, so got around and ran out the door.  We stopped at the deli on the way out (who knew that this would soon become our favorite eatery in the city) to grab a quick bite to eat and then off to the Theater to see A Chorus Line, we had both seen this show before but we were excited about it!  

We got to the theater with the rest of the audience, I’d forgotten how “electric” Broadway was, it’s so different when you go here in Chicago, you feel so disconnected from the performance.  We had perfect seats for the show, a perfect view!  The show was amazing, I don’t feel a need to review it because there are enough other reviews out there about it.

After the show we met up again with Cuz and had glass of wine at her hotel room before heading out to the bars.  It took us a while to find the first bar and when we got there, there was a line – Fuck!  Oh well, it is New York, right….so we went in search of another bar and tripped upon a different one…finally a safe haven – a gay Bar!  We found our way to the front door through all of the Smokers and headed to the bar.  We stayed for way too long and decided it was time to go home!  We walked out of the bar and headed towards the light at the end of the tunnel.  Well it really wasn’t a tunnel it was Times Square.

It’s overwhelming, even at 1:30 in the morning, lights everywhere but no noise, or not a lot of noise, compared to the day.  Even though we were ones of thousands we felt as though we were alone, it was creepy and cool all at the same time.

You need to go to Times Square, mere words can’t describe it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

In a New York State of Mind

Well we've been home for two and a half days and I'm just getting recovering from our trip to the Big Apple.

The Boyfriend surprised me for our Anniversary by getting us plane tickets to New York City.

NYC has a big history with both of us, me-because I grew up in NE PA and that really was the "big city" so close but yet so far. When I was in High School we would grab a charter bus in Wilkes-Barre and go into "The City" for the day. For The Boyfriend, because he actually lived there! Yeah, he lived in Brooklyn, how cool is that? I bet you didn't know that did you?

We'd been planning this trip since May so that gave us plenty of time to get all excited about it. We knew the one thing we wanted to do was go to a show or two and enjoy the city.

Well the 6 months of planning worked out well for us....back in June we had heard that A Chorus Line was doing a revival...well The Boyfriend is a dance fanatic and we decided that would be our first I jumped on Telecharge and got tickets, Friday night performance, Balcony Seats, Fifth Row on the Aisle - primo seats.

Then my long lost cuz emailed me and we made plans to meet up, shortly after that we heard that there was a new revival of the Steven Sondheim play Company. The Boyfriend adores Sondheim and I knew several of his shows but neither of us had really "heard" that much about Company. The big thing about this show is it's directed by John Doyle who last year launced a new version of Sweeney Todd - that clinched it, our second show!

While we were flying this summer the Airline Magazine had an article about the Annie Leibovitz exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum - another check on the list.

Two short weeks before we left I read THIS post from JoeMyGod, could it be true, Eartha Kitt had made a return to the stage? I called The Boyfriend, only as a courtesy, to tell him that I had "found" another show to go see, as soon as I purred Eartha's name, he was hooked.

The only thing left to do was pack........and wait........

Isn't 2 years old a little old

To be breast fed? This woman was breastfeeding her 22 month old child on an airplane and was asked to cover up, she declined and was then asked to remove herself from the airplane.

Now I'm all for a mothers right to breastfeed where she wants and when....but isn't a two year old child a little old to be breastfeeding?

I don't have children, and I'll never had children, but by the time kids are two aren't they sorta eating solid food? Come on parents, help me this normal or creepy?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

We're Off To The City

Purse is ready
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
We're ready to go.

Click on the picture to see what it's all about!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

48 Hours

Only 48 hours until we're leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again....hmmm...hmmmm I can't remember the words....but anyway I'm so excited, because we're leaving for vacation on Thursday evening!

In April, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary, and as a surprise The Boyfriend arranged a travel weekend to NYC.

The last time I was in NYC was 2002 with my friend Sam, but we spent most of our time in Jersey City as we were there to help a friend of his celebrate his big 4-0 Birthday. The last time I was in NYC and actually spent some time there was way back in the 80's, I think 1989 was the last time I was there.

I grew up in NE PA, near where the Little League World Series is held every year, we were close enough to NY (2.5 hours) yet still light years away.

We've got a few things planned:

There's only a few "touristy" things we want to do. I've been to NY several times and The Boyfriend lived there for a year or so. So those things we want to do is go to the Brooklyn Museum and see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit and I think the Guggenheim.

We're also going to see a bunch of shows (we're queens of course we're going to see Broadway shows). We're going to see the new revival of A Chorus Line, we're then going to see the new revival of Company, what's with all this "revival stuff"? Don't worry we're going to see something new too, a new play - Mimi Le Duck, we know nothing about this show other than it's co-starring Eartha Kitt so that was bait enough for us to go.

We're also going to meet up with a long lost cousin of mine, we're putting the final touches on those plans now - it's gonna be a blast to see her again (actually for the first time because we were both young children the last time we saw each other) I hope she can pick me out of a crowd.

Keep your TV's tuned to NBC's Today Show on Friday morning.....we're staying only a few blocks away from Rockefeller Center and I have a blank piece of cardboard that I may take with me.

Anyone want anything from New York?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Me and The Big Finn

Me and The Big Finn
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
Having Margaritas and Mexican food with The Big Finn --- can it get any better than that?

Big Searches - Poo on Flushed Away

Do you have a site meter? If you don't you really should invest in a free one - I use it's great and it's free.

One of the fun things is that you get to see what keywords people used to find you.

The big winner over the last week has been an iteration of:

"is that poo in Flushed Away"

Apparently my asking that question HERE is the same question other people are asking!

Hey I'm number 5 at Yahoo when you search for Flushed Away Poo.

Oh yeah, even if you have a site meter you still need to register with the Search Engines so they crawl your site.

So what are you doing to draw traffic?

3 Down, Countless Millions to Go!

What do that Ropey Old Bird, Ms. Mac and The Big Finn have in common? I mean besides being great bloggers and all having lived in countries other than the US of A?

Their common link is that I've had the opportunity to meet each of them IRL!

Just this past weekend I got to share a table in a Mexican Restaurant and drink Margaritas with The Big Finn! Yep you read that right, I got to meet The Big Finn in person (and believe me you, he's much taller in person than he looks on the internet).

TBF was in town visiting family and friends and took time out of his busy schedule to meet up and chow down on some yummy Mexican food. We had a great time talking about things that weren't on our blogs and comparing how much life is different between America and Europe. All I can say is that the next time I complain about something - I'll think twice, we've got it pretty good over here!

So now I've had the chance to meet three great bloggers in person, which only means statistically the next person I meet is going to be a total asshole......

Hey, who wants to meet up for drinks?