swingy mood


is woof spelled backwards.

26 days till Christmas. but - who's counting. not me! I just did it right now to make it seem like I was.
so did you cash in on Black Friday? avoid getting trampled? travel to WalMart with mace in your pocket and Mase in your stereo? finally get Sleeping Beauty on DVD - restored, recolored, remastered, recast for just $1.99? sure - it's in Japanese but YOU are a multitasker: entertaining and educating at the SAME TIME.

you hero you.

me? I am not your heroic sidekick - I withdraw from society on Black Friday. the Black in my Black Friday stands for how dark I can make my blanket tent. it is my way of saving you all from being trampled by these powerful cankles of mine.

in other news...
...127 Hours conquered. and no - I didn't pass out.
...the best thing to do when it is 34 degrees at 7:30am? run a 10k in a ridiculous costume of course. where 'the claw' makes it's awful appearance yet again.
...think I couldn't possibly fit another linkage in this blog? think again.


the life of the party

oh man. is Thanksgiving really in 3 days?
well - have you figured out what you're putting in that turkey cavity yet? I have. and it's not a duck. or a chicken.

my menu? why - I thought you would never ask!

Lucky Marta
was the one that got away... from Foster Farms and hitchhiked her way to the Organics farm - while eating nothing but hormone and antibiotic-free vegetarian food of course. At Organics, Lucky Marta was the life of the party; the pick of the litter; the sharpest tool in the shed - which is why she was picked for you to eat tonight. Gracias Marta.

Fruit of the Bean
is to casserole what Fruit of the Loom is to underwear - comfortably awesome. But this isn’t casserole - at least our guest chef doesn’t think it is. Good thing most of us have all our toes - because we’ll have to stay on them.

Sweet & Candied Papas
straight from Papa himself. For all you animal tendon lovers out there - you won’t find any in this recipe!

Cinnamon Sticks & Cranberry Stones
won’t hurt you - but all that butter will. So use this fresh cranberry and orange marmalade magical mixture instead.

The Mash
is not just a monster dance that was a graveyard smash. It’s also a bowl of potatoes flavored with some of the finest ingredients in the world that your chef traveled far and wide to collect (1.1 miles to Safeway).

Oven In
...a stuffing that wasn’t brought to you by Stove Top. Your chef spent nights in the dark basement pairing ingredients that wouldn’t blow your taste buds right off your face. Brace yourself.

Let’s Feta
...a creation brought to you buy a guest chef. Some lettuce, feta cheese, dressing, and then she danced it to the table for a stylistic toss. It’s Fet-ABulous!

Pump It Up-Kin Pie
Imagine a flying unicorn. So majestic... isn’t it? Ok now, forget that. Imagine a Pumpkin Pie. Now - pump it up. That’s what this is.

still don't know what I am making? ya me neither. but at least now I have a menu to throw on the table and distract everyone while I conjure up a mess of a buffet.

in other news...
...it's really cold outside. so cold, I have resorted to wearing my $2 slippers I got from Rite-Aid in Napa. ah... the warmest bargain ever.
...oooh running in the brisk rain.. how you bring back fresh cut green grass memories of soccer and mud and frozen fingers and dirt and gasping for air and breathing out fog. I love you.
...what's in YOUR zombie survival kit? yes - I said zombie survival kit. get with the times SON. the new apocalypse features the living dead. o_O


Rochelle & Kevin

today I ran ~ almost ~ as fast as I could down a hill. almost because, it was a busy street. and really - who wants to fall in front of that many people? not me.
but that half-risk I took made me forget about everything else. it may just have been for a couple minutes but - no matter. a couple minutes of free. blank. nothing is wrong. hard. difficult. complicated. there are no lists of obligations. things to complete. to-do's. priorities. deadlines.
and then I hit my uphill. my indoors. my desk. time to chug along with a clean palette.

I am behind on a lot these days. so in an attempt to make more things like a fast downhill, let me tell you a story.

I met Rochelle and Kevin at a coffee shop in Aptos - I guess I really met Rochelle at her sister's wedding in the summer of '10 but didn't get to talking very much.
they were so amazingly adorable over coffee. when one would leave the table to order food or fetch some more napkins, the other would secretly fill me in on something he / she didn't want the other to hear. I learned that Kevin was a perfectionist and that he really really loved converse. I also learned that Rochelle was all about family - she loves her daughters, her sisters, her mom and everyone that Kevin was bringing in to the mix. they were both so giggley-excited about their upcoming wedding... it was a little contagious.

when their day finally arrived, I couldn't be more happy to meet the entire family... and of course, Rochelle's two girls - who walked her arm-in-arm down the aisle and gave her away to Kevin. so.. SO cute.

so congratulations Rochelle and Kevin - your wedding day was a beautiful one! and may you have happy days for the rest of your years!!