Archive for the ‘Non-food related’ Category

Ray LaMontagne

July 17, 2009

Hi there.  Again, no food for you, but I couldn’t help but ask if you’ve heard this album yet.  It’s called Gossip in the Grain and I love it.  I have to admit, I didn’t love it at first.  My parents got the album for free at a benefit and gave it to me.  I listened to it a couple of times, mostly perusing, and found a couple of songs I liked.  That was about it.  I put it aside for a few months, and then found it a little while ago and gave it another few listens.  I don’t know if my tastes have changed, or if I just needed a little time to digest these songs, but I just started to love almost every song on the album which, these days, is rare.

So let me know what you think!  Have you heard this album?  Do you like Ray LaMontagne?  Went to high school with him? Never heard of him?  Do tell…  If you do get your hands on the album, some of my favorite songs are: You Are The Best Thing, Let It Be Me, Meg White, and (the oh so sad and oh so beautiful) A Falling Through.  You can, of course, check out most of these songs on Youtube.


i’m sorry i lied

July 17, 2009

I’m sorry I lied and said I’d have a non-recipe for you.   Because as we all know, I never posted that non-recipe.  I’m hoping I’ll get to it later today, really.  I also don’t have any new food for you today.  The final stage of the move is happening tomorrow, after which maybe I can begin to resume a somewhat normal life that doesn’t involve digging through plastic bags to figure out what I’m going to wear for the day (yes, I pack my clothes in trash bags.  It makes more sense, OK?).  Anyway, here is a picture of my dog to tide you over.  Let me tell you: Brillo, weird thing that she is, makes everything better.  There.  See her sweet little ears and bushy eyebrows?


Wait for it….

awwww.  What a weird little wonderful creature!


Some more

July 9, 2009

So I am in the final stages of packing up my apartment, which means that I’m not doing much cooking at all. My “cooking” has consisted of such gourmet dinners as: “Figs with peanut butter” and “Leftover Ethiopian Takeout”, which, to tell you the truth, I’ve kind of been enjoying. Sometimes it’s nice to eat in a really simple, ramshackle way. Anyway, since I don’t think you want my recipe for figs with peanut butter (or in case you do, here it is: cut dried figs in half and spread them with peanut butter. eat.), I’ve decided to give you some more photos. This batch is also from the 4th of July.

Above: That’s the art museum in the background, and the street lights leading up to it on the diagonals. I just love the soft light in this one.

This little girl was so sweet. She seemed really overwhelmed by all the people, but excited for the fireworks!

This girl was cute too… Totally enthralled with the glow sticks.

More to come tomorrow… have a great night!


July 8, 2009

It’s been a tough week for me, but there have also been a lot of beautiful moments and a lot of things to smile about.  The fourth of July was definitely one of those things.  I went to see the fireworks at the parkway (the road that leads up to the Phila Art Museum) and I brought my camera.  I’m generally pretty shy about taking pictures, but I challenged myself to just go for it.  Glad I did.

A little note to all of you:

July 2, 2009

Dear lovely readers,

I just wanted to say a quick hello.  I know I haven’t been around here much lately, but I promise you all, the haitus will be short.  The thing is, out of nowhere, life came and smacked me in the face.  Now, I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way.  I actually kind of like periods of intense change, they make life more interesting, and they give you a chance to see things in a new light when everything settles down.  Without going into too much detail, here’s what has been going on for me.  A very long, intense, and wonderful relationship came to an end about a month ago.  This person was a huge part of my life, and was (and still is) someone that I have an incredible amount of love and respect for.  It was time for things to change, and I do think it’s all for the best, but that doesn’t make it easy.  M, if for some reason you’re reading this, I love you no matter what.

The other major change is that I’m moving from Philadelphia to New York.  I’m starting a masters in Occupational Therapy, and I’m really looking forward to this new and exciting chapter in my life.  It took me a loooong time to figure out what I wanted to do with myself career-wise, and although this might not be the final stop, it is certainly a next step.  I’m thrilled to be moving forward and am practically giddy about staring school again, but I have mixed feelings about the move.  Counting school, I’ve been in Philadelphia for eight years, and it has truly become my home.  I’ve done a lot of growing up here, and have made friends that I know I’ll keep for life.  It’s really starting to hit me that in two weeks, this will no longer be my home base, and as excited as I am for what’s next, I’m feeling very strange about leaving.

So… as you can imagine, I feel a little bit like the rug’s been pulled out from under me.  I will try to post when I can, and will definitely get the roundup together for June’s Top Tens within the next couple of days.  I just wanted to say, you guys have really been wonderful.  Ever since I started the top tens event, I’ve gotten to know a few of you a little better through comments and emails, and I’m loving it!  I’ve never really had blogger-buddies before, and go figure, it’s fun!  I’m really looking forward to getting to know you guys better, but for now, I just wanted to say thanks.

I’ll be back here soon, even if it’s just a quick note, and keep an eye out for the June Top Tens roundup.  Also, I have now become part of the twitter world, and if you’d like, you can follow me.  If any of you have twitters, let me know, I’m looking for people to follow!

Well… thank you again for being so great.


little bit of beauty for sunday

May 24, 2009

Happy Sunday everyone, enjoy it.

*Oh, and Wednesday is the last day of my event! So get those entries in!!

10 things that make me terribly happy…

May 11, 2009

Taza at Rockstar Diaries is featuring lists of 10 things that make people terribly happy.  No, it’s not food related, but I just couldn’t resist.  So here’s my list.  You’ll notice I cheated and listed 11 things, but hey, I couldn’t help myself.

What are your 10 things?  Here are mine:

1. The way babies’ hair smells, especially when they’re sleeping

2. Late mornings in bed with a new love

3. Butterfly kisses

4. Potbelly stoves in Vermont

5. Cabins, especially cabins by lakes

6. Learning new languages

7. Bare feet and soft sheets

8. Cooking by instinct, and oven roasted vegetables

9. Making campfires, finding adventures

10. My scrappy little pup, Brillo


*11.  My baby sister.  Xiao Ge, wherever you are, I love you so much.