January 01, 2006
Last Day/First Night
Spent New Year's Eve Eve eating a fine beef stew, watching Emma (the Gwyneth Paltrow version) and splitting a bottle of a Portugese douro with Mrs. Minch.
Slept in, due to the douro. Brunch at Sun in My Belly, and then a long afternoon nap.
Dressed up, made it on time to a dinner party. Champagne cocktails and potent egg nog. Antipasto, rare roast beef, twice-baked potatoes, zucchini sauteed in olive oil.
At a quarter to midnight, we made our goodbyes and order cialis zoomed over to the house of good friends A&S. Were briefly lost, due to the street names in the neighborhood being all disturbingly similar, but we found the house and arrived at the door just at the stroke of midnight. Our hostess came out with glasses of champagne and we were there for the balloon drop from the upper balcony down into the living room.
Afterwards there were sparklers and bottle rockets!
Tagged by the lovely Breadchick, here are:
Seven Things To Do Before I Die:
1. Run a mile cialis without prescription hacking up a lung.
2. Publish a poem in a respectable literary magazine.
3. Make crumpets.
4. Go on the road, cross-country.
5. Ride a horse.
6. Visit Jane Austen's grave.
7. Go to New Zealand...
7a. and Iceland.
Seven Things I Can't Do:
1. Get things off a high shelf without a stepladder.
2. Forgive and forget easily.
4. Tie my shoes like everybody else.
5. Eat incredibly spicy food.
6. Play an instrument.
7. See without my glasses.
Seven Things That Attract Me To Blogging:
1. Thinking and writing more freely.
2. Information sharing.
3. Connecting with other people.
6. Finding my voice.
Seven Things I Say Most Often:
2. Holy cialis crap!
3. Where are my glasses?
6. Hey...(in mock whiny voice)
7. I think so.
Seven Books That I Love:
1. The Blue Sword
2. The Hero & the Crown
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. Ender's Game
6. The Mirror of Her Dreams
7. Sense and Sensibility
Seven Movies I Watch Again and Again:
1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Willy Wonka
4. My Fair Lady
5. The Sound of Music
7. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
January 09, 2006
It's my first day back at work and I am up to my eyeballs in foreign securities buy cialis law, federal legislative history, finding books on hedge funds and next on my plate, UK arbitration law. Ack.
Cy, short for Cyclopes, a kitten born with only one cialis mastercard eye and no nose, is shown in this photo provided by its owner in Redmond, Oregon, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. The kitten, a ragdoll breed, which died after living for one day, was one of two in the litter. Its sibling was born normal and healthy. (AP Photo/Traci Allen)
via Yahoo! News
January 11, 2006
Civic Duty, &c.
What kind of person would be happy to get a jury summons?
Oh well. It's not until next month, and I can call the day before order cialis to find out if the court needs me to show up.
January 13, 2006
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tour tickets - PRESALE NOW
They're playing the Variety Playhouse on Friday, March 10. To check if they're coming to cialis online your city, check here. The bonus - much cheaper service fees than Ticketmaster.
I'm going - anyone want to meet up?
Font of Useless Information
The Trouble With Truthiness - Stephen Colbert claims to have invented the word, but it can be found cialis mastercard in the Oxford English Dictionary. Colbert's retort (heehee!): "The fact that they looked it up in a book just shows that they donít get the idea of truthiness at all....You donít look up truthiness in a book, you look it up in your gut."
A Million Little Lies [TSG]; Fake Writer Day: Why Frey Matters [Gawker]- It's nice that we can be all philosophical here (I'm looking at you, Oprah), that because the book moved so many people IT'S TOTALLY OKAY that the author and his publisher
misrepresented lied that the book was a memoir. While memoirs are subjective, when the book presented is mostly fiction, most people think of that as a novel. If the book's only value was that it was supposed to buy cialis be true, then why aren't more people offended by this? Shall we all just exaggerate our lives and present false faces to one another now?
"Lazy Sunday" skit "vaguely racist" [City Paper] - White faux rap is the new blackface, because thug life is the new minstrel show. No end to hip hop stereotype any time soon; cash money still to be had from the kids in America. Whoa-oh.
"My heart's on fi-ire, for EL-VI-RAH!" Oh wait, different Elvira, who's having a moving sale.
For those keeping score about Brad Pitt's women, past and present: Angelina is pregnant. So is Gwyneth. Jennifer Aniston is not pregnant, nor was she order cialis contacted by Brad about the knocking up of the Angelina. Be strong, Jen. Keep your mouth shut this year about the Ex!
Screw the Alito hearings, forget the fate of Roe v. Wade - Are you happy for Brad and Angelina? [Gawker]
January 18, 2006
There, There, Dear Readers
It appears that I have alarmed some of you with images of Cyclops the kitten. It was not my wish to distress you. I guess I'm the odd one out, thinking the poor little kit was cute in its own way, but then I am used to seeing and reading about all kinds of strange creatures in films and books.
If you somehow have missed Cute Overload, I highly recommend that you visit. There are images of ridiculously adorable creatures that soothe the weariest - and crankiest - of spirts. I can vouch for such therapeutic usage myself. See this baby bunny. A woman overrun with (cute) kittens. A sleeping puppy. A baby hedgehog!
And last but not least - unicorn!
January 19, 2006
For Immediate Release
We would like to announce that after a number of years together Scott and I have decided to formally separate...our Netflix queue.
For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration.
We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months.
January 20, 2006
Given all the fake writers in the news lately, I am obligated to disclose that the bulk of the last post was not of my own composition. A quick search engine query will prove that the text came from a press release for a fairly famous celebrity couple that split up around this time last year.
I throw myself upon your mercy, Reader, and beg for your forgiveness. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a stint in rehab to do before I resume my career as a supermodel. And by supermodel, I mean librarian.
Justice Dept. Legal Analysis for NSA Domestic Wiretapping
January 25, 2006
Things I Have Learned By Reading Gossip Columns
If you are handsome, clever, and rich - or at least handsome and rich (poor, homely girls need cleverness more than you) - dancing on the floor is not for you. You, fabulous creature, dance on tables, banquettes, sofas or some other elevated platform or pedestal. The floor is there for your admirers, hangers-on, gawkers, and rivals.
January 26, 2006
I know that talking politics is not for polite conversation, but this is a blog. How do you feel about Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court? Are you for or against him? Why? Yes, really, I would like to know. Frank discussion - but of course, civil and polite - would be welcome.
These are my main thoughts about Alito - and yes, I've signed petitions, I've sent emails and I've also called my Senators.
1. Alito's record, as shown in memos that surfaced, shows that he has given strategic thought to how to erode Roe v. Wade. Not If he were on the bench, wouldn't that be considered judicial activism?
Abortion should be safe and legal. It shouldn't be used as birth control - and birth control methods and sex education should be available and accessible to young women so they're not having abortions or babies that nobody wants. If your personal beliefs make you opposed to abortion, I respect that. But it is not your business to interfere with a woman's private decision.
2. Why all the deference to executive power, when as a Supreme Court judge, his concern ought to be the separation of powers, the maintenance of the system of checks and balances between the judiciary, the legislative and the executive branch? Where are all the conservatives who claim there needs to be strict readings of the Constitution?
And the rest of you: WHY ARE YOU NOT PAYING ATTENTION? Because this matters a lot more than American Idol or Dancing/Skating/Crocheting with the Stars, ok? I'm not a tremendous activist by any means. But it is not too much trouble to make a phone call or write a letter or even send an email.
Why do I bother? Because I'm not going to sit here and do nothing. You can have an opinion either way, but if you're not going to act in support of your beliefs, then your opinion is essentially worthless.
January 29, 2006
Making the Weekend Last
Sunday nights are bittersweet. After playing the night owl since Friday, I pay for it come Monday when the alarm rings.
It's been a typical weekend, perhaps more restful than others.
Saturday: Brunch at the Thumbs Up Diner. Took three pairs of pants in for hemming, which will expand my wardrobe options tremendously. Never did get around to taking in the dry cleaning. A quick, productive jaunt at a used bookstore. Laundry. Read Zadie Smith. Met up for Indian food with Herr und Dame Minch and a friend of theirs, followed by a marathon round of Trivial Pursuit, which came to a conclusion around 1 a.m. I suck at the sports questions, but I won a pie piece for naming Gary Cooper in answer to "Who was the pride of the Yankees?"
Sunday: Happy Lunar New Year! Slept in until 9. Brunch at the Flying Biscuit. Picked up and dropped off prescriptions. (Hurrah for meds!) Grocery shopping. Laundry. Filled recycling bin. More Zadie Smith. Burgers at Fuddrucker's. Found some bargain dvds (Donkey Skin, Before Sunset) at Movie Trading Co. More laundry. Made arrangements with a woman about a bit of furniture (another Craigslist transaction). Laundry and Zadie Smith. Stopped over at my friend Marco's for some setup for his forthcoming website. Coffee, semi-watched The Ninth Gate, checked email and blogs, and now putting myself to sleep with this post, as I'm sure you must be, Reader, if you're still with me.
Off to Bedfordshire.