Jul 31, 2011

Random mundanity, randomly

1. I baked a pineapple upside down cake for the first time. Actually, I've baked 4 pineapple upside down cakes in the past 48 hours or so, because I just can't seem to get it right. Ahem

I tried one recipe from an Amish cookbook my father had bought back. Once upon a time, he went up to Pennsylvania Dutch country for work. I remember the postcard
of an Amish couple in a wagon, saying "Greetings from Intercourse!" he'd sent back.
I didn't get it.

Oh, and are the Amish really known for their pineapple recipes anyway? I'm confused. Anyway, I'm not giving up just yet, dammit.

2. I think I have a full fledged crush on Emma Stone, to go with my long standing crush on Julianne Moore. I'm in love with them both. She's adorable. I just hope she doesn't turn into Lindsey Lohan. That would break my heart. They're both why I want to see Crazy, Stupid Love, even though its trailer (which I'm tired of seeing) makes me actually groan. It's got to be better than this trailer, I know it, right? For some reason I know it has to be.

The end, where Ryan Gosling takes off his shirt just makes me roll my eyes so hard I think I might sprain them. But that by no means means I won't see it or anything.

4. Speaking of movies, last night we saw Captain America, which was both good and disappointing.
Why are movies sooooo long nowadays? I mean this one had what seemed like the plot line for three or four movies crammed into one. (Kind of like this lame post of mine, right?)
Anyway, every time I thought it was ending, a new story line seemed to pick up.
I liked half the movie, but then it kept going and going and going. Of course, I find myself with the same tired criticism of most movies (that they're all too long), so what do I know?

The end was blatantly a set up for the sequel, which I kind of resent. I mean even before it's out, they've already decided they're making another one...whether we like it or not. Oh, and whoever made Chris Evans (who was pretty good in it by the way) shave his whole body should be shot.

(insert gratuitous picture of Chris Evans shirtless here to keep readers awake)

4. Today at a birthday party for a 90 year old I'd never met I met a 96 year old great aunt I didn't know I had.

I also learned (by way of an 80 year old I had already met) that old people don't much like birthday parties.

"They better damned well not do this to me when I make ninety!" she tells us. Can't blame her.

5. I've been to three Targets in 24 hours. I clearly have a problem. I didn't know this new one existed until I saw an acquaintance on Facebook log in there, crowing about "there's a Starbucks here!", so, of course, I had to see it for myself. I don't even like Starbucks, but I had to see this brand spanking new Target with the Starbucks and the Pizza Hut pizza for myself. On the way home, I stopped at our two old ghetto Targets, just 'cause I could. I spent a grand total of just 10 dollars between the three, on diet coke and pineapple...which somehow makes this story both better...and sadder.

Jul 28, 2011

TJ Claxx

Just a few of the classy things I saw today at Maxx...
that I know you're wanting now too.

Thomas Kinkaid™ illuminated curio shadow box, in 3 d.

Valerie Bertinelli sheet set

Egyptian sarcophagus with Egyptian mummy pen, made of genuine Egyptian plastic.

The Disney Princess bat, to knock that Prince Charming asshole upside the head.

Cinderella's carriage in the parking lot

Jul 27, 2011

Jul 25, 2011

Signs around NO

Philosophical question (or is that a statement? hmmm?) in Faubourg St. John

Love threats in Bywater

Economic philosophy on Tchoupitoulas

Divine guardianship of the magical realm of the Westbank

Flagrant, shameless solicitation of prostitution in Terrytown

Tagging from Outer Space

Anti patriarchialism, but cute, in Faubourg St. John

Homoerotic anarchist propaganda in Bywater

Female and Ethnic empowerment this is totally like a nail salon, right? in Midcity.

Jul 22, 2011

thought for the day

conversation, 3 pm

My mother: "Guess who called?"

Me: "Really?" (knowing by the tone of her voice that
it was her older sister, my aunt)

My mother: "Yeah. To tell me about that family reunion down the bayou.
Anyway, so when I was just about to hang up, I told her, 'I loooove you.'

You know, just to piss her off."

Then she was all 'oooh...chère, I do too, chère'!
What's with this 'chère' shit all of a sudden? What, she thinks she's mama now? pft"

Me: "I think she just meant 'bitch'."

her: "Yeah, probably."

Jul 19, 2011

in other scintillating news...

I'm off to the grocery. Here's my list:

Whipping cream

Toilet paper


Ice cream



Diet Coke

Jul 18, 2011

this morning's chores

1. Laundry
2. Dishes
3. Fishing a giant dead possum out of the two feet of water in the yard.
Turns out they don't float when they're flattened, who knew?

4. More laundry

Jul 17, 2011

thought for the day


The Plastic Menagerie

Because nothing says class like a pair of rubber peacocks

Meet the two newest members of my rubber zoo, fresh from their flight from the wonderland that is Archie McPhee.

Whatever shall I name them? hmm

Jul 15, 2011

Sleepless (not ) in Seattle

So we're back.

In short, Seattle was wonderful....just amazing.
People in sweaters....in July. I don't think you heard me.
It's a wonderland up there.

Anyway, I've been on a plane for what seems like a few weeks, but here are some preliminary pictures.

But none of that Space Needle crap, though. Here are some better ones for you:

Poppies (?) blooming in the cracks on Capitol Hill.

Cha cha steps in bronze in the sidewalk, near our hotel.

Big aluminum pig selling pork sandwiches. Paradise!
Japanese hotdogs.

Chewing gum on wall

Some of the sticker art I stole from everywhere.

Caveman dancing with dumbells.

The presidential toilet on Air Force One (at the Museum of Flight).
La Toilette au Concorde (at the Museum of Flight). The French must have been tiny in the 1970s

Crepes on the street
Naked people on bikes on the street

Wigs on the street
Sticker art (making me a bit homesick)

Discovery Park: where the air smells like a lobster dinner

House we stumbled upon open for a yard sale, so of course we snooped around. Views of Mt. Rainier from the toilet, practically. Ridiculously beautiful.

Art: Leroy

Art: the Vargas (from a 1972 Playboy) I bought at the Pike Pl Market.

Art: wig in case

Jul 7, 2011

On our way....

to Seattle, that is, (sadly?) not 1962.
If you're reading this, I should be there by now...god willing.
Wish me luck!