Archive for August, 2007

good timing

August 22, 2007 Comments off

Since Mr. Angst is working and I am not (and since my school schedule will be . . . not morning intensive) we have swapped doggie duties—Mr. Angst now gets up and takes Himself out early, and I take him out in the evening.

This evening, I was going to wait till 11 to take him out, since he didn’t need to go out earlier, and that pushes the morning walk back a bit. But by 10:30 I was ready to get into my jammies, pick up a book, and settle in, so I took him down then.

As Himself did his business, I felt a sprinkling of rain—just a bit, just a sprinkling—but by the time we got back to the door, the wind was picking up and the raindrops were just a bit heavier. Whew! I thought. Good thing I decided to bring Himself down a bit early.

Good thing, indeed. Because a few minutes ago, I saw a flash of something out of the corner of my eye, and then another, and another. And then the thunder began. Himself went from sitting on the office couch, which is right under a window, to sitting under my desk, right by my feet, even though the actual difference between the two spots is all of two feet. He’s a little quivery and he’s cowering with every flash and roll. I can only imagine the disaster he’d be if I’d tried to take him out to pee in this.

Categories: woof


August 22, 2007 1 comment

OK, so sometimes the internet is a really messed up place.

Categories: off the beaten path

it's back

August 21, 2007 1 comment

Apparently, I once again no longer sleep.

Categories: just me

it's been a while since I've done any baking

August 18, 2007 Comments off

I made my first pastry crust in our new apartment today and it went MARVELOUSLY. For some reason, the actual pastry turned out better than it ever seems to have in the past. No cracking, no pulling, a nice smooth texture—it even came together in a nice ball in the food processor without any addition of ice water (my pastry dough is supposed to be made with flour, butter, and an egg, plus an egg yolk instead of any liquid). And the benefit of our new kitchen is that we have this great big island with lovely, smooth Corian countertops, so I had a big space to roll out the dough as well as a big space to assemble my tartlets.

I’ll be taking my tartlets to a friend’s this evening for movie night. I hope everyone enjoys them!

Categories: food

boo shopping

August 16, 2007 Comments off

I tried to go shopping today, looking for some casual-yet-not-too-casual dresses, because I like wearing dresses. It took me a while to find the right section in Macy’s, the section with all the less-expensive, somewhat trendy dresses, and when I did, I was stunned.

When did it become 1976?

Seriously—Pucci prints, diagonal stripes, PIPING for goodness’s sake! Brown and blue together, red and black and cream with bell-shaped sleeves…holy moly, why didn’t I hold on to those dresses of my mom’s? I could be in style without spending a cent!

OK, OK, it’s not all that bad. Maybe I’m just bitter because it seems that someone else exactly my size has already bought up all the cute dresses in our size. Because there were certainly no dresses in my size in the store today.

Categories: just me

better to know at 13 than at 23

August 15, 2007 Comments off

Apropos quote of the day:

“Now I wish I had probably gone to another academy because I like computers,” said Akelia, who is 16 and starting her junior year. “When you’re 13, you don’t realize how much work you have to put in to be a lawyer. It’s not like you just go to court, and win or lose, you make a lot of money.”

Categories: off the beaten path

entering nerd land

August 15, 2007 Comments off

Just as I finish up (mostly) one task, I take on another. The new task is perhaps nerdier than the one I just completed, and calling it a task is really misleading, since it’s not the sort of thing that just gets done. I’ll be working on it for the next year or so. For now, though, the task (or, The Task, as I think I’ll start referring to it) basically consists of reading a bunch of stuff I don’t know much about in preparation for writing something that will hopefully end up being really cool. I have some leisure time now, so I think tomorrow I’ll be a REAL nerd and take some of this reading material with me when I go get a pedicure. See, you can be a nerd and girly at the same time!

Categories: 3L, The Task

at least I know how I work

August 15, 2007 Comments off

I am just way too easily distracted. Especially when confronted with an overwhelming amount of minutiae. If I just buckled down and powered through it, I’d be done in a couple of hours. As is it, I’ll probably be working on it for several hours because I have to keep checking my email.

Categories: 2L: summer

nerd lols, seriously

August 13, 2007 2 comments

Best lolgrims evar.

Categories: in the \'sphere

Sunday foodblogging of the best kind

August 12, 2007 6 comments

Our neighborhood has a new Whole Foods, so Mr. Angst and I decided to stroll down there this afternoon and see what special “neighborhood” stuff they have.

Never mind that the store is very spacious, that they have an in-house smoker for all kinds of yummy and different sausages, that they sell wines by the glass, or that they have a really normal floor plan/layout (more like a regular grocery store than a Whole Foods, actually). Forget all of that.

They have the best store-bought flour tortillas I’ve found in this city.

Where I’m from, flour tortillas are easy to come by, usually cheap, and almost always good, even when made in and bought from a grocery store (though the best are always purchased at a taqueria or from someone’s abuela). Here, though, I’ve had trouble finding good tortillas, outside of the Dallas-based chain Mexican restaurant we occasionally eat at. Certainly I’ve never found good tortillas at the grocery store. The best I’ve found were more like the burrito tortillas at Chipotle—serviceable, but nothing spectacular, more a medium for conveying food than a food to be enjoyed for its own flavor.

And that’s the thing. Tortillas should be enjoyed for their flavor. No, they don’t have to be made with lard (as the very best ones are), but they should at least have some texture, some savoriness, some intrinsic yum of their own, separate from whatever deliciousness goes inside them.

Mr. Angst and I have already each enjoyed a warm tortilla with butter. Tomorrow morning (his first day at his new job), I’m planning to get up, make some bacon and scrambled eggs, tossed with some cheese, and assemble the first proper breakfast tacos (or, as they are known in my hometown, taquitos ((I have never understood why anyone calls those rolled-up fried things tacquitos….I always called those flautas…))) we’ve had in this city. And I am really looking forward to it.

Categories: food