Saturday, January 31, 2009

Made the front page twice this week! Hooray!

I'm watching "Anchorman" for the first time.... And loving it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Encourage the impracticle

Haven't been blogging cause Mikey D has had my camera for three weeks now, and I'm usually uninspired to post when I have no pics to share.

So the roomies and i are heading to Costa Rica in two weeks. I get really superstitious before any big trip, and usually try not to think about it or prepare for it until I'm on the plane. Planning for these kinda trips can be really overwhelming -- the hostels, the trains, figuring out how long you're gonna stay in a particular city.... It's easier for me to just get there and then deal with things day-by-day.

For this Costa Rica trip, we're gonna do a tour. It's a small tour company that I've used before. I think none of us really wanted to deal with the stresses of travel this time around and just wanted to have everything mapped out for us. Which can be both a good thing but also make for a more staid kinda adventure.

Anyways, the pic above is apparently one of the places we'll be traveling to while in Costa Rica. All I can say is.... looks good!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Never buy Wrigley's "Classic" bubble gum. It was on sale today, so I stocked up, but it tastes like chemicals. Ugh.

Man I wish it was summer. Then I could see things like this:

(In Long Island City)

And I wanna ride my bike out over the bridge that connects Brooklyn and Queens:

I'm crawling back under my blankets till at least April!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Final Thought

How is it that Dick Cheney looks more and more like Mr. Burns with every passing day?

Seeing Obama get sworn in today was a beautiful sight, but what really brought a tear to my eye was watching Bush get in that helicopter. And so ends a failed embarrassment of a presidency.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Karenin's Smile

There's a line from a Guided by Voices song a former boyfriend used to sing to me: "I'm looking inside your brain/And Christ, it's a cluttered mess."

I am still sorting through the backlog of NYTimes that were delivered to me in Queens over the holidays, while I was upstate. For some reason, I can't justify getting rid of these newspapers without reading them first. So, for the past week, I've been plowing through 2 and 3-week-old news.

I rarely read fiction these days, because I always feel so pressed so time that I've managed to convince myself that I should only be reading things of educational merit. Which is ridiculous of course. Especially when combined with the fact that i forget everything I read, so what difference does it ultimately make? For Christmas this year, I asked for a book that had been 0n my must-read list for a few months. Halfway through the book, it dawned on me that I'd already read this book a couple years ago. Am i losing my mind?

Anyways, I made a new necklace that I'm totally in love with:

It's snowing in NYC tonight. The streets are EMPTY.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Throws my hips off kilter

So the woman behind the counter at the post office refused to ship my package today because it was going overseas and I had listed the value at $90.

Finally, after going round and round a bit, she conceded that she could ship it, but "couldn't promise that customs would let it through. And if it doesn't get through, it's not gonna get returned to you."

Well that's helpful.

I go over to the UPS store. The guy inputs every bit of conceivable information into his computer - addresses, weight, phone number, dimensions, blah blah blah. Then he says "$65." To ship a package that weighs LESS THAN 2 OUNCES and is in a 5x7 envelope.

Back to the post office i go. Repackage the envelope -- one piece of jewelry in one package, another piece of jewelry in another --- despite the fact that they are going to the same place. Two new customs forms, another 20 minutes in line, and finally SUCCESS.

Hey, it's not thrilling but its all I got.....

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sometimes I Research

Never in my life had I ever heard of a Blythe doll, and now all of a sudden, they are everywhere I look.

It began when the vendor next to me at Craftacular was selling Blythe.... dolls? clothing? Hmmm, it's kinda hazy.

Then I saw some Blythe stuff on Etsy.

And tonight, more Blythe crap-ola.

Is it a sign that I'm getting older and thus am out of touch with these pop culture toys? I needed to get up to date with the Blythe mystery. So, I googled it and it seems that Blythe dolls were created by Kenner in the 70's and had a resurgence over the last five years or so. Basically, they are these dolls with huge eyes. I searched them on Etsy and sound more than 5,000 items for sale -- mostly handmade Blythe clothes, but also Blythe artwork and photos. Hmmmm.

Anyways, I doubt I'll have much use for this new bit of knowledge, but at least I can rest easy tonight knowing that I'm still down with the kids.