still holding the phone up to your ear LONG after the person on the other end has hung up??
Um..yeah me neither.
I haven’t blogged in nearly a month??? Well, you guys are in desperate need of a catch up then! A lot has happened!
First and foremost, I have fled NYC and have moved across the river to New Jersey! I am loving my new digs and have been having fun turning the “his bachelor pad” into “our home”. I have also recently purchased a new car, so I can most often be seen riding around town in my cute VW Tiguan cranking some tunes! Ok fine…in all honesty it’s more like I can most often be found in the Trader Joes parking lot trying to prevent the shopping cart from hitting my beloved new car, but I’m not ready to fully embrace my pseudo-New Jersey housewife status quite yet.
I love having a proper kitchen again and do NOT miss my “no counters, minimal cabinet space, tiny apt oven” NYC kitchen at all. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately trying out new recipes. I’ve had numerous successes, and just one minor fail involving a very salty pork tenderloin. Most of my successes involve ingredients from the garden, where R’s mom grows herbs, tomatoes, peppers, snap peas and all kinds of tasty things! We are definitely spoiled by her green thumb!
Also, I have gotten myself addicted to Lost. I never saw the show or got into it while it was on, but in a recent bout with boredom and some Hulu browsing led to the realization that the entire series is on Hulu right now, so I have started from the beginning and am almost done with season 1. I have to limit myself to only watching 2 episodes a day though or else my dreams get kind of intense. I’m glad I didn’t get into this show when I was traveling a lot though…I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to get back on a plane again after so much crash footage!
I also celebrated a 2 year milestone with my photography company. I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me throughout the years! It’s just proof that dreams really can be made into reality.
Tonight R and I are hosting a small gathering of people in our “new” house. The plan is to attempt grilling pizza and I am hoping my visions of smoky, slightly charred bits of cheesy goodness aren’t dashed my a ruined grill with dough bits sinking through the slats, but I digress.
Last night I needed to make a couple of batches of dough for our party and I asked R if I could borrow his mom’s KitchenAid Mixer for the job. He went and got it for me and left me to my dough making.
I dumped the ingredients in the bowl and set it to mix and in 5 minutes had an amazingly perfect dough ball that I may have shed a tear over. I went down the hall to find him and looked into his eyes and said “I’m in love”. He gazed adoringly into my eyes and said “I love you too, baby.”
I looked down at my feet and turned bright red. He looks at me and says “Oh. You meant the mixer didn’t you?”
Today is my 31st birthday and I am overwhelmed with well wishes, presents and messages. I feel very spoiled and loved today!!
Like most people, I am visually drawn to action. I see the repeated images on CNN of post-earthquake/hurricane/tsunami hell that for my comfy urban existence seems unimaginable and my feelings of helplessness and privilege are stirred. Suddenly it seems the entire world starts moving and giving and you wonder if that money went to buying milk for the little boy you saw crying on CNN or if it paid for lunch at Masa for the CEO of whatever relief organization’s marketing tugged your heartstrings enough to cause you to break out your wallet.
I have long used Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/) as a starting tool for researching reputable places to donate money. This site tells you what percentage of donations go towards relief, administrative costs, fundraising, as well as the salaries of the organization’s executives.
There are many things to note when donating in the wake of a major disaster. This post at Good Intentions are Not Enough lists them much better than I ever could.
I will single out one very important of the article. When donating in the wake of a particular disaster, it is ideal if you do NOT specifically earmark the funds for that region. Often those funds get tied up in red tape, or the mass of donations received outweighs the immediate need and your money that could be used for assistance in another area is stuck. The Red Cross, 5 years later, has half a BILLION dollars in their Tsunami fund that has yet to be spent.
I am in the midst of organizing a donation program at work, with half the funds going to unearmarked organizations that are providing relief in Haiti and half going towards relief in other areas of the world that unrelated to any specific natural disaster need other types of assistance. For some places and people in the world, daily life is a disaster in and of itself.
My legs ache, I have a twinge in each of my arms and I’ll spare you the details of where and how much discomfort my gluteus maximus is causing me.
No, I haven’t run a marathon, been to the gym or started lifting weights. I have simply been playing the Wii.
I bought myself a Wii and Wii Active as a New Year’s gift. I had enjoyed playing the sports games at my parents house and had heard good things about the Wii Active, so I decided to try it out. Let me tell you, this Wii business is no joke! It is a humbling experience to sweat while playing a video game, but I’ve kept up with it for 10 days now and am having fun with it. The sports games and Wii Active workouts are great, but I have to admit I have the most fun popping in the Just Dance game and working up a sweat grooving to the tunes! J-Lo I’m not, and you certainly won’t catch me in a semi-nude catsuit in Times Square any time soon, but in the privacy of my own home, with the shades drawn, you will find me channeling my inner Tina Turner and bustin’ a move.
Let’s just hope I don’t break a hip in the process.
I have thankfully recovered fully from my high fever/pounding headache/chills/no appetite virus and am ready to take on the holidays! I’m not sure what it is about this year, but I find myself looking forward to the holidays more than in previous years. This week I will be heading to Illinois this week to sit around the table with family, overeating, listening to the same stories that are told year after year and doing my holiday shopping. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Lately I have been dreaming about emails. It has gotten so bad I now can’t tell the difference between real emails and dream emails. I spent 40 minutes yesterday searching for an email I KNOW I had read, but couldn’t find in my inbox. Finally I called the person and asked them to resend it. They hadn’t ever sent me an email. It was a DREAM email I was searching for.
My apologies if I don’t respond to your email. I promise you, I replied in my dreams.
I FINALLY finished reading Anna Karenina! I can officially cross that off my “Bucket List”!
I attempted to use my left hand as a hammer.
Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.