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June 25th, 2009
four years, one blog

Today marked four years since I started this blog, and my first day as a homeowner.

In those four years, I’ve:

moved four times.
graduated college.
quit one job and started another.
started my own business.
fallen in love.
gotten engaged.
become part-owner of a crazy dog.
been dangerously ill.
gone through 2 1/2 laptops.
bought a house.

It’s nice to look back and have a record of at least a portion of my life. I’m planning to blog more regularly now that the stress of this year is mellowing into only wedding stress, but we’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for being along for the ride. :)

October 26th, 2008
in case it wasn’t clear… we’re engaged!

So the Chop proposed Friday night (and yes, I said yes, lol), and while normally I’d be happy as a clam, my parents were not as enthused as I would’ve preferred

Instead, my parents gave me a bit of grief because the Chop didn’t ask permission for my hand—I should note that I find this practice archaic and told him he didn’t have too, and in fact, I’d prefer if he didn’t. Unfortunately do to that, my parents were, according to them, “very surprised.” Which I also find odd, as we’ve been dating for two years and have mentioned several times we planned to marry.

Whatever. Friends, my cousin and his relatives were very happy and congratulatory, so I am holding on to that, and ignoring the less-than-heartfelt congrats from the parents. Figures anyway, lol.

It’s verrrrrry shiny… :) That solves a lot of problems, lol.

October 24th, 2008
shiny, sparkly bauble


Guess what?
posted in: about — @ 10:56 pm

August 28th, 2008
vgt’s omnivore’s hundred — my version

Alright, I found this via the Very Good Taste blog and it’s really entertaining. He put together a list of 100 food items every omnivore should try, and it’s a little scary how many creepy things I’ve tried—61/100 on this list.

Instructions
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare — no way in hell
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses — extremely stinky cheese, gag
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper — i’d like to keep my mouth not on fire
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi — bleh
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects — only if I was stranded on a desert island.
43. Phaal — see #26
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini — gag
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads — so many no ways, no hows, nu uhs
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian — cannot get past the smell
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis — double gag
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill — so disgusting
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish — dirty water fish, bleh
95. Mole poblano — amazingly, you can do something bad with chocolate
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

posted in: about,hilarity,randomness — @ 1:51 pm

December 11th, 2007
christmas at the new house

The house is clean, the tree is up and we are totally settled in the new place.


Not the best picture, lol, but that’s the tree, in front of the fireplace.

New house
Here’s the new place.

New fireplace..
Before the tree…

View of kitchen from living room
View into the kitchen

View of living room from fireplace
And where I am sitting right now

I don’t have any good upstairs pictures yet, and the office was a mess when I was taking pictures, full of Christmas boxes and wrapping paper, lol. And the kitchen is messy too, LOL. OK, we’re still cleaning.

posted in: about,joy in the little things — @ 10:47 am

December 1st, 2007
move 2007.2.0

We’re on day two of the move and almost everything is done. My parents are awesome and the Porkchop’s friend who came up from CT is possibly the most necessary mover-helper ever. The guy can move, that is all I have to say.

The PC and my dad are sitting in the new living room, getting ready to watch a movie and my mom, who doesn’t know how to stop (lol), is “finishing what she started.”

The new house is really incredible and I’ll post pics soon.

Now I am going to sit down and drink more vodka.

posted in: about — @ 10:10 pm

November 1st, 2007
twenty-five

25.jpg

I’m 25 today… a quarter of a century… a third of the way to the grave… and totally able to rent a car without an age penalty.

I have finally achieved adulthood.

Good times. ;)

posted in: about — @ 1:11 pm

October 22nd, 2007
the waiting game

And it’s inevitable.. attaining perfection is a crowded road.

We heard back from the owners of the great house.

Apparently they’ve had “overwhelming” interest and they’ve “narrowed it down to just a few folks.” We’re “very high” on their list, so basically it’s just a waiting game.

I’m not at all surprised, although I was hoping everyone else would be awful and we would be the best and they’d call us today and say, “It’s yours.”

But I live in a fantasy world, with cotton candy meals and unicorns. It’s nice there. You don’t have to wait. Ever.

posted in: about,crapola — @ 11:07 pm

October 21st, 2007
the perfect house

For the past week we’ve been scouring Craigslist and talking to realtors in neighboring towns.

Yesterday we saw another place with one realtor, in the town we wanted, and when he said the two places we’ve seen were the best, we knew we had to make a decision today.

When we got home, we decided to email the Cape Cod place and see if it was still available. It is, and she invited us to come out this morning.

Late last night a new house, in our current town (5 miles away), came up on Craigslist. Gourmet kitchen (everything is brand new), twice the size of our place now, separate laundry room, recently laid hardwood floors, OK with our pets, two stories, a gorgeous yard, fully refinished basement.. did I mention the gourmet kitchen? LOL, that’s my favorite part.

So we went there this morning, before we headed to the cape.

And oh my god, we found our house. It’s perfect and we want to move in yesterday.

The landlords are fantastic, an older couple, very reminiscent of our previous landlords, and they love us. They’ve been rebuilding this place for about a year, trying to make it really, really nice.

This place is worth at least $500 more per month than what they want for it (less than where we are now!), but they told us they purposely set the price low so they could get a younger couple in it.

We all got along great, and we’ve already filled out the application, so we’re just waiting to find out. They already told us that they were really comfortable with us and his wife even pishposhed the application process, lol, so hopefully we will know in the next few days.

I cannot wait to show pictures.. it’s such an incredible place. And the move will be incredibly easy.

Cross your fingers!

posted in: about,joy in the little things — @ 12:29 pm

September 22nd, 2007
on moving, illness and the landlord

When I know a move is looming.. even though our lease won’t run out for seven months.. I start looking. The Porkchop is not a fan of this, particularly since I found something awesome already. Oops.

What can I say? Craigslist is awesome, lol. It’s on the water, 2Bed, 2Bath, with.. a fenced yard. Which we have decided is our main goal. Regina needs to be able to run far more than she can here and a huge fenced yard would be perfect. Also, it would help with my sanity on days I work from home and she decides to be hyper. Those days.. ugh.

The worst part about where we are is that everyone wants to rent our their places for the academic year, then kick people out for three months and jack $900 per month rents up to $1000 per week. And seriously, they get it. It’s insane.

I’m feeling far less itchy, which is great, but for some reason I’m waking up every day at 5AM.. not great. Today I managed to go back to sleep, but then woke up and here I am, up by 9 on a Saturday. Very not cool.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never be able to drink alcohol again. Argh. Last week I had a couple of small drinks three nights in a row (don’t tell my dad either of you.. :P) and then started sneezing, then got sick. I can’t be sure it’s related until the new bloodwork comes back, but my guess—totally related. I think I’m more sad that coffee makes me sick than liquor, to be honest, so that’s what the Doc wants to focus on. Why am I itchy, what in coffee makes me ill, is itching a symptom or etc… the fun thing is that I get to write down what makes me feel bad if I consume it. Last night: tomato sauce. Nice huh? We walked the dog, came home, I sat down, then had to lay on the ground to control the urge to puke.. the only thing I had for lunch was some pasta and sauce. Sad, very sad.

Ohhh, and the Chop got the scoop on our landlord from her handyman (there was an issue with a sink we broke, um, oops). Apparently she was married for 12 years (had to be a young marriage, she looks 34), got divorced and bought this place to, well, recharge her life, I suppose. This was in ’04. Then she met this guy, decided to move to where he was, rented to us and all was well (this was in May). Now they’ve broken up and she’s decided to move on.. for one, she found another place she wants to buy (hi, yes, because it’s a BUYER’s market right now, not a seller’s) and so wants to get rid of this place to buy that one.

We will be amazed if this sells for more than what she originally paid in ’04. The market is shit, the neighbors across the street who were trying to sell have taken the sign out and are waiting until spring, and it’s almost winter, the worst time to try to sell.

However, on the off chance that somebody decides to buy, I kinda hope they let us out of the lease early so we can go to this other place I found.. :D.

posted in: about,randomness — @ 10:39 am
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