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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Let the Music Play? I Will Do Just That!

Shannon will serve as my white sage, my spiritual cleanser of any and all chaotic energies remaining from another long, hard day.

There were three particularly uplifting aspects to my day: 1) A new friend stopped by for a quick visit before leaving to Peru. I was too busy to do some genuine hanging out, but her presence was appreciated... especially because she introduced me to causa! 2) I was treated to a delectable cup of espresso gelato from Grom (and gifted shortbread cookies by their lovely staff!) And... 3) For those of you that know me in person, the kid-mania-shmaltz will kill you, but... There was the sweetest little girl, about 4 or 5, at the cafe downstairs and we had a chit-chat while waiting in line to pay! She was shy at first, but soon enough came out of her shell. On my way out and back to the office, she shouted "Bye, pretty lady!" I smiled soooooo widely and shouted waved back, "Bye, pretty girl!" .... Then I proceeded to eat an overpriced (and overly salted) chicken salad.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How To Make Working On a Sunday More Palatable

... in every sense of the word!

Why didn't I think of this? I will be making this "slushee" very, very soon. Pictured below is lemon & mint arak from Hummus Kitchen.

Friday, August 27, 2010

You Can Quote Me On This

There's a very fine line between well-rested and lazy.... Well, sometimes 8 hours of sleep isn't enough! I am craving a bagel with lox, lemon and dill or homemade rice pudding from Russ & Daughters... I've been really into rice pudding lately, and can't stop ordering it from Istanbul Cafe which offers my very favorite kind (this place also has great labne). A peaceful brunch with Dimpoe and Shrimpoe sounds lovely, too.

I think I regret not having bought this book on shamanic psychotherapy last week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Out of Commish

I look at this text from the August Rush post, "I will do all I can to maintain my little blogspace," and think, Famous last words...

The truth is this. I've been living off coffee, croissants, hummus, couscous and ricotta pizza for the last week; my only leisurely reading has been The Economist because I am only capable of doing short spurts of reading on the subway, and I haven't touched my Notebook of Patterns since I made the colorful banner up above. I can't say I haven't been stimulated, though.

Additionally, I have acquired the unforeseen task of scouring the Internet for the hardest-to-find toilet lid in all of toilet history, am planning a pilgrimage for the springtime, am making sure those projects close to my heart remain lukewarm on the back burner, am keeping a decent living space (I have not shopped for groceries in over a month and boy is it excruciating) while preparing for yet another residential move to I-don't-know-where-yet and am trying to take the time to check in on and update my loved ones before I go to bed. Oh, all 8 of you that read this, did I mention I am about to book a penthouse suite at Heartbreak Hotel? I guess I've got my hands full for now.

More to come...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On Second Thought

Rome is sounding pretty, pretty nice right about now...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bone to Pick with Eat Pray Love

I guess I just haven't yet been in a situation that is so threatening to my sanity that I feel I have to be absolutely hurtful to a loved one in order to secure myself. And I pray to god it never happens! Then again, I am very willing and able to do serious work in order to restore balance, which I believe is fundamentally what our life consists of, series of these balance-attaining episodes. I do see the other perspective, I really do... That is one of my many flaws, I can see both sides of most problems crystal clearly, and oftentimes waver back and forth with indecision when taking a stance... But, I can almost certainly guarantee I wouldn't have behaved the way this woman did, chiefly because I wouldn't have married a man I wasn't myself around or didn't have the same goals as, or didn't have our growth trajectories aligned on the same general route!

Without trying to sound too self-righteous, I grew up with sacrifice and gratitude at the absolute core of my value system. While they're great qualities, perhaps they were instilled to a fault because now I feel guilt at times about deserving certain things, which in recent years I've made an effort to work on. I do happen to think people make a very big deal out of happiness, and like Bluebs and I have discussed so many times, Who says you are owed this extreme happiness to begin with? If you are grateful, and constantly understand that everything is amazing, and you set out to do these things while taking into consideration the effects on the people around you- isn't that enough to constitute a sense of happiness in your life? You really need more? You really have to travel to Indonesia to discover this?

Life is constant suffering. Everywhere! And I do feel that, to a certain extent, Eat Pray Love-girl behavior breeds a faux selfishness masked as self-preservation that I just can't comprehend... I think part of this also has to do with laziness. People don't like to do the nitty gritty work, the soul-searching, early on and constantly- the necessary work to really fix and stay fixed. You exchange one set of problems for another when you run away from a relationship, why not take it as an opportunity to create a tighter bond? I don't know... I feel that this quest for happiness results in a culture of entitled brats. Be grateful, honor yourself, spend your life with someone that does the same, respects you and sees in the distance what you see and you will be A.O.K. It won't always be bliss, but such is life.

Minky's Blueberry Basil Pie

Remember the awesome chef of these mouthwatering creations? She's at it again with a blueberry basil pie. Whatever her mother has been doing, she's been doing it so right!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Scoop, scoop-eh-roop, scoop-eh-roop-eh-roop-eh-roop

When I am out of groceries, red pepper scoops become the default lunchtime because I always have red peppers in stock. These are roasted and topped with warm feta, olive oil, balsamic reduction, sea salt, pepper, dill and parsley:

I am off to work until midnight now, no-life-Annabelle officially begins now. See you later, alligator!

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Rush

I turned into this guy overnight. I am tempted to post a "Be Back Soon" sign on here, but NO! I will do all I can to maintain my little blogspace.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New banner

Less Eat Pray Love / More Notebook of Patterns... Yay or Nay?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Eat, Work, Read

Have I really gone there, reader? I dare say that I have. The Primo Levi bio is too heavy to lug around in my purse, and In Search of Lost Time has acquired a permanent home on my bedside table, my pre-bedtime mainstay. After finishing Indivisible By Four, which I devoured in a frenzy on subways and park benches all across the city, I looked at the copy of Eat Pray Love, that untouched edition that stares at me from my roommate's bookshelf across the room every night, glowing with temptation... I looked at it straight in the cover, and decided "Why not!" Under 300 pages and easy to digest have become the new criteria for my subway reads... Like Weezy once, twice, lots of times said, I'm going in.

Unrelatedly, my new favorite word, which in many ways sums up the first half of my summer, is reprieve . Elaborating on that doesn't have a place on this blog, but applicable to this postponement-o-sorrow and this sorting out of my reading system is that great question I'm trying hard not to forget, Why make things harder for yourself?

Post Triathlon Brunch

Always back to the food, you know how I do... After racing around from one of Zimba's challenges to the other, shouting cheerfully whilst schlepping bags of stuff, we felt like we had just completed a triathlon of our own! Zimba and Asi's mama went big and made us a phenomenal omelette (with great olives & cheese) and nutella crepe brunch. A much needed and much craved cup of comforting mint tea sealed the deal. I absolutely live for being in a wide kitchen with two or three other women, chopping, cooking and gossiping. I picture an Absolut vodka-esque ad with the familiar bottle outline made out of that image and the words Absolut Therapy underneath.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Let's Go Zimba, Let's go (Clap clap clap)


After a week of putting in 12 + hour days the last thing I want to do on my off day is wake up at 5 am, right? Wrong! It was such a pleasure cheering Zimba on at the New York Roadrunner Triathlon in Corona Park today! I am proud of this gal, who, although I haven't even known for very long, has only shown me smiles and support... And so I could only do the same back! Our group was tearing at the sight of some of the inspirational contestants who albeit physically handicapped were competing with such admirable endurance. We vowed to start training so we could join Zimba in next year's competition, and only hope we too get our very own cheerleaders upon entry!

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