Tall, dark, and handsome
March 24, 2011

I have decided it is time for me to come clean about a little secret I’ve been keeping.  Every time I think about outing my news, I can’t help but think of this particular episode of Sex & the City (season 6).  “Ladies.  I’m taking a lover.  Yes.  A Lovah.”

I am having a torrid love affair.  But not just any old affair.  I am madly in love with a drink.  The Ginger Latte (with soy of course) from one of my favorite local coffee shops.

What you must understand is that for thirtysomething years I just have not been a coffee girl.  I just didn’t like it.  Too bitter, and something about the caffeine in it gives my body some serious side effects that other caffeine sources just didn’t cause.  So, I avoided it for the most part and stuck to basic tea (oh how I love tea!) and chai and hot chocolate.  But recently, I have been able to tolerate some coffee.  Mind you it’s more of the Brazilian coffee I brew in my French Press, and I still can’t stand the mass-market office coffee or anything from the particular starry-eyed, mega-bucks chain coffee shop that’s on every corner.  But now I’m having less of the bizarre effects from the coffee, though if I have too much I talk about 100 mph (compared to my usual 80 mph), but I don’t have the painful coming down from the coffee high that I used to.

So, when I saw the Ginger Latte on the special board at dose, and given my love of all things ginger, I decided to try it one day, instead of my usual apple cider (by the way they have the best hot cider).  It is amazing.  It tastes just like a ginger snap.   And I’m not talking the soft, chewy, sickeningly sweet kind either.  I’m talking about the kind that put the “snap” in ginger snap.  It’s got a little bit of bite and as you sip it, you can almost feel your front teeth threatening to chip just as they do when you bite into those old fashioned cookies.  Every single sip is exactly as delicious as the first.  I believe they make their own ginger syrup that gives it the wonderful flavor (on top of the delicious gourmet and local coffee that they brew).  If I could get my hands on some of that syrup…  But for now, I will continue unabashedly with my torrid love affair.  Walking the half mile from my office in 70 degree weather for a hot cup of my tall, dark, and handsome lovah.

eyes & ears
February 4, 2011

What I’m currently watching…

I have this incredible knack for discovering fantastic shows after they have been canceled by their networks, usually after only 2 seasons.  I have just wrapped up watching a couple of those all around the same time.  You can see two other similarly short-lived shows I’ve reviewed here and here.

Pushing Daisies
What a brilliant show.  I love the look of the show, everything is in such bright colors, and has the look of a fairytale land, or at the very least taking place within a diorama.  And there is a narrator, so it almost feels like you’re watching a Grimm’s fairytale, you know the kind that was originally written for adults.  Meet Ned, a guy who has this bizarre gift for bringing things back to life by a single touch, but a second touch returns to them to their deceased state.  There are other repercussions, but he brings back to the life the long lost love of his life, but now he can never touch her.  Enter a hilarious cast of characters, including Kristen Chenowith and Swoozie Kurtz, and you have bizarre hijinks.  My only lingering questions are how old is Digby (doesn’t old age eventually catch up with the alive-again), and how Chuck’s “aunts” have the same last name has her (you’ll understand what I mean when you see this).

Dollhouse
I’ve never really been into sci-fi type tv shows, but this one is great!  I think I like the more spy-like attitude to it, as well as the conspiracy angle.  Imagine hot guys and hot chicks who can be programmed to do whatever you want them to do, good or bad, without consequence.  But of course, as with any time you try to use science to alter nature, things can go very very wrong.  If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon shows (and this is the only one I’ve ever seen), I’m told you’ll love this one too.

Carnivale
I first started watching this show several years ago when it first was on TV.  But something came up and I don’t think I ever finished the first season.  I recently picked it up again, starting from the beginning because it’s a very complicated show.  It is fantastic.  Very dark and mysterious.  It will keep you questioning the role of good and evil until the very end.   If you thought life as a carnie or life during the dustbowl was something strange, you have no idea until you see them combined!  I have such a deep fascination with the bizarre and unusual, which is what made this show such a weird and wonderful experience.

What I’m currently reading…

A lot actually!
I know I’m not much of a reader.  And that, my friends, is exactly why 3 years of law school was a phenomenally bad idea.  Seriously, if a magazine or newspaper article goes beyond a page or two, I lose interest.  But last May, I went to the beach, and I had stopped by my favorite local used bookstore and picked up a couple books to read at the beach.  I figured if they only cost a dollar and I got sand on them and lost interest after the first wave crashed on the shore, it was no big deal.  But I finished the first book in about 4 days!  Since then I have read about 1 book per month, quite a feat for me, even if they’re just short paperbacks.  I have bought most of the books in the series from the used bookstore and find the rest on Amazon or various larger chain stores.* So without further ado, here are the books I have read since May (note, I do not have one of those weird obsessions with vampires, etc, this particular writer is hilarious, and I’m sure any of her series of books are just as funny, but I just happened to pick up the first one thinking it was chick-lit and have stuck with it, also I’ve never considered myself the series-reading type of girl, but hey why not if it’s easy mindless reading):

Undead and Unwed (by MaryJanice Davidson) (May 2010)
Undead and Unemployed (by MaryJanice Davidson) (June 2010)
Undead and Unappreciated (by MaryJanice Davidson) (July 2010)
Undead and Unreturnable (by MaryJanice Davidson) (August 2010)
Undead and Unpopular (by MaryJanice Davidson) (September 2010)
Undead and Uneasy (by MaryJanice Davidson) (October 2010)
Run to Overcome (by Meb Keflezighi) (November 2010) (See this post for my rundown on this amazing book!)
Undead and Unworthy (by MaryJanice Davidson) (December 2010)
Undead and Unwelcome (by MaryJanice Davidson) (January 2010)
Dead and Loving It (by MaryJanice Davidson) (January 2010)

There is one book in there that is completely different and I highly recommend it for any runners!  And the last book is a collection of novellas by the series author. I’m already stocked up with 3 more books so I don’t fall behind!

* FYI, today’s Groupon is for a bookstore, and get your read on too! Or get a DVD and a calendar, that’s actually what I plan to use mine for.  Check it out!

eyes & ears
June 28, 2010

What I’m currently watching…

“Top Chef” (Season 7)
I’m not a big reality show watcher, or even a big TV watcher.  But when I found out one of the cheftestants on this season’s Top Chef was local, I knew I had to check it out.  Arnold Myint, is definitely my favorite for the show.  I knew Arnold years ago when he went by Aye and was figure skater too!  Now he owns 3 of my favorite restaurants in town! (PM, ChaChah, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum)  So, yes, every Wednesday night I settle down with some yummy food and watch more yummy food (and usually ridiculous elimination rounds) on TV.  I’m also hosting other Top Chef/food/Arnold fans at my house, potluck style.  It’s definitely more fun with friends!

West Wing
I always avoided this show, because I figured the politics would bore the life out of me.  After attending a West Wing party at a friend’s house, I realized just how smart and witty this show is!  So, now thanks to Netflix we’re watching it from the beginning.  The characters are so engaging and the lines are so quick and funny!  Also, now I can finally get all the jokes and one-liners my friends drop all the time.

What I’m currently reading…

Undead and Unemployed (by Mary Janice Davidson)
So, this is actually the second book I’m reading this summer.  I know!!  Me? Reading? 2 books? Yep!  The first book in this series, Undead and Unwed, went to the beach with me last month and it was completely consumed in about 4 days.  But now, I’m back from the beach, with less free time.  But the second book sits in my pool bag and I get in a chapter or two every now and then.  This book can be not-so-easily characterized as chick-lit/vampire/paranormal romance/satire.  Usually categories, except for satire, that I have no interest in at all.  But the main character, an unwilling vampire of sorts, has a major affinity for shoes and just wants to ignore the whole vampire thing.  I love shoes, so I gave the first book a try, with a Grisham novel as a back up in case it sucked.  It was the perfect beach/pool reading material!  She is so snarky and obsessed with shoes, I love it!

What I’m currently listening to…

I have a confession to make.  When I’m in my car, I listen to pop music.  And I mean really bad pop music.  I don’t know why.  I’m generally a rock chick at heart, but I’m a classically trained musician so I have an appreciation of most music.  I chalk it up to all the hula hooping.  Honestly, upbeat, rhythmic music, and sometimes risque lyrics just lend themselves to hooping.  But I’m driving in my car, not hooping.  I have another confession to make.  I actually like it.  Enter Ke$ha, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ludacris, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and the list goes on.  My excuse, it’s the summer, get over it!

eyes & ears
April 15, 2010

What I’m currently watching…

“My So Called Life”
Instantly transport me back to my Generation X teenage angst.  And I honestly don’t mean that in a bad way.  This is good nostalgia.  I was head-over-heels “in love” with this show and identified heavily with the characters and issues.  I was approximately the same age as the main character, Angela, and had nothing else to cling on to at that time.  Watching it now 16 years later, I could not fully grasp just how incredible the show was.  The writing, the acting, the cinematography….all excellent and beyond what you find in today’s shows, and it produced some great new actors that I still see in current films.  This show struck a nerve with teens and adults alike and remains just as relevant today.

“Weeds” (season 5)
I adore this show.  I joke that I want to become Nancy Botwin when I grow up.  Ok, maybe not just like her, but the show (and Nancy herself) has become more and more of a gruesome trainwreck that I cannot tear myself away.  I fuel my sick fascination with her disastrous life and escape reality an episode at a time.

“Dollhouse”
I just started this show as well.  (Can you tell I don’t watch actual current television?)  I’m still trying to figure out what is going on, but it has definitely grabbed my attention and I want to know more.  Sexy spies, human robots, danger, seedy underworld, thwarted government officials, high tech interference with human minds…tell me more.

eyes & ears
January 18, 2010

What I’m currently watching…

“Dexter”
I got interested in this show a couple years ago when one of the non-cable networks threatened to start showing it (fully edited) for about a minute, and I noticed that Michael C. Hall (as seen on my beloved “Six Feet Under”) was the lead character.  So, a couple years later, I started receiving the show on DVD from my mail-order-entertainment-service, and I discovered they also have it on a instant streaming capability too.  So, I’ve been getting my fix of blood, serial killers, and more blood lately.  Already started the second season and it’s hard to not watch several episodes at once when I should be doing other things.  Even harder is I’m watching it with someone, so I have to resist the urge to watch more episodes when I’m home alone!

Baring it all
December 7, 2009

This post is going to officially qualify for the TMI award of my blog, but I felt it important to bare my soul (or at least part of me) to my readers.  Note: This posting is not for readers under the age of 18, and preferably over the age of 30.

I recently garnered enough courage to experiment with something that had always piqued my curiosity, but also slightly terrified me.  With a potential body-exposing event planned in my near future, I figured this was the perfect time to make a visit to my new local aesthetician.  I intended to start simple, just taking a little off the edges and see how I feel about it.  Well, dear readers, I must confess that Sally took a trip to a certain South American country instead and returned with much less baggage than she started.  Yes, that is correct, Sally is really quite bare.  Fortunately I still remember some of my Portuguese.

I can’t stop thinking about a certain Sex & the City episode.  So Sally has ventured to another land so you don’t have to.  And to answer your questions…yes, it does hurt.  But surprisingly it hurt more after the fact than during, though that is only for a couple days.  It’s actually not that weird or awkward as I thought, certainly no worse than my doctor visit. Yes, I’ll probably do it again, it takes a few visits before your body becomes accustomed to it.  Next time I will take the strong Canadian ibuprofen again like this time, but I will also use some of this product that I ordered for my next visit.

eyes & ears
August 8, 2009

What I’m currently watching…

What About Brian
Not only is this show entertaining, but Sally made a self-discovery.  It’s kind of a thirtysomething for Generation X.  The title character is a single, early thirtysomething guy who’s the seventh wheel among his coupled friends, who’s accused of being a serial monogamist and hopeless romantic.  While some of his characteristics and actions do not match me, I have realized that I’m the Brian in my friends.  I even offered the first DVD to Barbie for confirmation, and she didn’t disagree.  What I love most about the show is that you don’t always love all the characters, they are all flawed just like real people.  Unfortunately, I seem to always manage to find a great tv show after it has been cancelled.

eyes & ears
July 15, 2008

What I’m currently listening to…

Katy Perry: One of the Boys
(Love this CD! Love, love, love it! She’s got so much spunk! My faves so far: “One of the boys,” “I kissed a girl” (No, it’s not the Jill Sobule song, it’s funny!), “Ur so gay” (for hipsters who wear skinny jean manpris), and “If you can afford me.”)

Ludo: You’re Awful, I Love You
(Found the first track to this, “Love me dead,” on the satellite radio. This reminds me a lot of The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. Pop punk with a sense of humor! Playing it loud!)

What I’m currently watching…

Sex & the City: Box Set
(I got this a couple years ago as a present. Watched it then and I’m rewatching it now, especially after the movie came out several weeks ago. Currently in Season 3. Oddly enough, now that I’m closer to most of the characters’ ages, I’ve found maybe I can relate better. At least, last weekend I was reminded of this episode and this episode.)