Smím prosit?

I have been aggravating delighting my Facebook friends with my random status updates posting messages in Czech.  I know it’s silly and maybe just a teensy bit obnoxious, but I can’t help it! Lara, Kate, and I have officially (well, sans buying the plane ticket, which will happen post-payday) confirmed our trip plans: we’ll be going to Berlin, Prague, and Budapest!! Continue reading

Debbie Downers

As noted a billion times on here ,the past few weeks have been insanely busy for both D and me–between work, stuff for the rescue, trying to get more of my own writing “out there”, socializing, and trying to enjoy the summer, our time has been totally tapped. Sadly, this has affected how much we’ve been able to see my family, especially because it can be tricky to carve out time to travel down there that coincides with my dad’s work schedule and with my mom’s trips to the nursing home with my grandmother to see my grandpop.

So it seemed like today would work out perfectly since my dad got done work early and D got out early enough where we could meet for dinner to catch up. Continue reading

I’m like the heal of the hurt

It’s Friday. It’s been a long few weeks. I’m tired, my belly is full (went to Silk City with Bikki tonight…I know the summer is nearing an end and the strawberry basil margaritas will soon be retired. SAD FACE).

Anyway, I’ve probably partially written about 29820983 blogs this past week, but I’ve been too tired/busy/distracted to finish any of them. I can’t believe how much random shit I’ve had to do and how much more of it still needs to be done. But I wanted to get some electronic ink on the screen so those still reading don’t assume me dead or negligent.

So, here’s a quick list of the things that I am obsessing over are currently piquing my interest:

Moozik

I’ve found quite a few punch-in-the-gut songs recently that have been stuck on repeat endlessly. I imagine they’ll be making their way to my fall mix, for those of you who subscribed to my burned CD mailing list…

Broken Social Scene. “Call of Forgiveness”

BBS scene is one of those bands that I know I like and I know puts out good music, but I always unexpectedly find one song by them that catches my ear without me realizing it’s them (e.g., “Anthems of a 17-year old girl”). Heard this on the Paste mix CD (I got D a surprise subscription) and kept throwing this song on repeat. It’s haunting and beautifully executed. Maybe I’m a sucker for a well used synth, but combined with Lisa Lobsinger’s airy vocals, and you’ve got a song perfect for a roadtrip on a crisp fall day or a mellow night at home.

One eskimO. “kandi”

Just heard this song on Wednesday and have easily listened to it 200 times. I’m only slightly exaggerating. I’ve listened to it so much I actually wondered if it might be possible to wear out a YouTube video. As if the song isn’t addictive on its own, its coupled with a cool little animated narrative (which accompanies several of the songs/videos). I found a live version of the song and it’s just a solid. Also a true testament to the legitimacy of an artist. This isn’t just studio smoke and mirrors: they are talented musicians with strong voices.

Mooveez.

Get Low

As my husband will attest, it takes a lot for me to like a movie beyond 3 stars or an “eh” rating. Although I love a mindless popcorn flick or romantic comedy as much as the next guy, to really love a movie I need to be blown away. Get Low managed to restore my dwindled faith in the movie industry.

I can’t completely put my finger on why I loved this movie so much, but overall I think it was because so much was done right. The story and writing were solid, the acting and casting phenomenal. There were a few moments were I was certain the movie might “jump the shark” and fall to conventional (cliche) movie plot-pushing tactics, but each time I was pleasantly surprised that it allowed the story to continue unscathed. Robert Duvall and Bill Murray stood out for their performances, but that is not to say the rest of the cast didn’t hold their own. And truly, the costume and set designers should also be commended–everything felt so perfectly antiquated that you couldn’t help but feel transported. I’m debating seeing it again, actually, but I don’t want to ruin the way I feel about the film… we shall see…

making up for lost time.

Whew! After an insanely busy week, we had a fun, but full weekend! I’m extremely behind on my “what I’m thankful fors,” so I’m going to try to cram them all into 2 longer, more fantastic blog posts. Today’s installment will be Wednesday-Friday, although I might not be able to come up for 5 for each day, considering I can’t remember that far back 🙂 Tomorrow hopefully I can catch up with Saturday through Monday.

Wednesday.

  1. That I made it through the day. This might seem like a silly thing to be thankful for, but after stumbling through my sleep-deprived, zombie-like state, I was just so grateful to get done what I needed to do and not pass out from total exhaustion.
  2. Ikea’s sweet tooth indulgences. I was exhausted, but also craving Ikea’s chocolate indulgence cake and Donnie was willing to indulge my craving. We made our way over the bridge for a healthy meal of mac n’ cheese and chocolate cake and then after walking around a bit, polishing off the trip with a cinnabun from the snack bar before heading out.
  3. Getting a full night’s sleep. Funny how we take the little things for granted until we are without them… although I always love me some sleepy time, it’s so much sweeter when I’ve been without it for an extended period of time….

Thursday.

  1. Phree Philly Phun. D often laments on missing out on the amazing line ups that The Alamo Drafthouse usually boasts, so imagine our excitement when the traveling roadshow announced a stop in Philly! We were sure if schedules would permit us to go, but we both ended up obligation free that night. We packed ourselves a picnic lunch and made our way to the art museum steps, where we not only watched Rocky I, II & III, with Chris and his cousin. It was a nice night, aside from almost getting jumped by 2 dirt bags who had been drinking  the duration of the 3 films…
  2. Every month with Rachel Ray. It’s funny how a magazine subscription could brighten one’s day, especially when that magazine is Everyday with Rachel Ray. I’m sure I’m revoking tons of street cred by admitting to this, but I love her magazine. I always find good recipes in there and enjoy the articles. D picked up on my not-so-subtle you-should-get-me-a-subscription-for-my-birthday hints and kindly obliged. The first issue came in the mail Thursday and although I haven’t had the chance to look through it yet, I am looking forward to having some downtime this weekend to do so.
  3. Bark if you love coupons. Petco’s been doing this online promotion/scavenger hunt thing which has including “daily deals” you can collect by checking out their FB and Twitter pages. I happened to be checking my FB right after they posted their latest deal: $25 off a $50 purchase. I immediately went to their site and bought $50 worth of Carefresh litter for the buns. Being excited over litter sounds pretty ridic, but considering how expensive it is and how good of a deal we got, I was kind of on cloud 9 about this one for awhile…
  4. Accomplishment rears its handsome head. Although this was only the first step, I got our initial grant application materials submitted to get the ball rolling for having our buns in the local Petco store! The wait time is a bit of a bitch–about 4-6 weeks before they’ll green light us through to the next step–but once we get through this part, we’ll be golden.

Friday.

  1. Flex time. Whenever I might feel down about my job, I am reminded nearly every Friday why it’s an OK place to work: On this glorious day, employees have the option of leaving at noon (as long as you make up the time during the week). How many other people’s jobs encourage you to extend your weekend?
  2. Bonding with strangers. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who had a long week. After a little TGIF banter with the guy who works the front desk, I got on the elevator with two other women who looked as tired/defeated as me. The one overheard my conversation with the guy downstairs and shared her own excitement for the week’s end. The other women then chimed in and explained how she had left work early because she just couldn’t get through the rest of the day. By the time I hit the 5th floor, I felt comforted knowing that I had the support and sympathy of my fellow woman.
  3. Nap time. After walking around exhausted for about 2 weeks straight, it felt so good to come home, plop down, and pass out the minute my head hit the arm of the couch. I literally had fantasized about that moment all week, and when it came, it proved to be as sweet as I had anticipated.
  4. Surprise concert time. Although I was tired, I had wanted to check out the David Gray/Ray LaMontagne concert happening down the street. These two are some of my favorite artists, and although we had attempted previously, we never got to see David Gray in concert (I’m pretty sure I have seen Ray LaMontagne, but my memory is so shitty with those kinds of things and I haven’t really taken the time to investigate whether that’s accurate). I hadn’t bought tickets, a) because I’m cheap and b) because I thought I might be able to get them cheap off a scalper the day-of, especially because I didn’t expect the show to sell out.
  5. 24-hour diner time. You would think that living in Jersey, finding a good 24-hour to call your own would be a cinch, but sadly most of these establishment now observe more conservative hours (mainly due in part to the clientele/crime generally synonymous with the late night hours).

gratitude, bitches.

Alright, so I took the weekend off, but I’m back and more thankful than ever! It’s already shaping up to be one hell of a busy week for your old narrator, but I’m trying my damnedest to keep the entries flowing, even if it’s just letting you know the things that are making my day bright.

So, without further ado:

  1. The generosity of family. Considering I currently have a bathtub full of produce (I’m not even kidding… my dad gave us three huge baskets of eggplants, tomatoes, watermelons, and cantaloupe, which we had to stash out of the reach of the buns, who were trying to claim the goods as their own by nibble the tomatoes…), D and I will not be running out of food options any time soon. And we’ve already made good use of the grub: tonight was mini pizzas with eggplant, homemade tomato reduction, and mushrooms (those were store bought), plus I made an eggplant casserole with spinach, mushrooms, the eggplant, parm cheese, and more tomato reduction. D sliced up some of the extra eggplant so hopefully I’ll have a chance to make some parm some time this week.
    We’ve also been paying it forward by sharing the wealth with friends… and if I can figure out how to cut up the melon, I’ll bring some in to my coworkers.
  2. D’s knee is not broken. OK, we didn’t think it was actually broken, but I was pretty nervous at how swollen it was. He’s had on-again off-again problems with it for awhile, but this was the first time there was ever any visible signs of something being wrong. On Friday, he asked if his knee looked funny to me. Considering it was 2 times the size of his other knee, I said yes. I started him on extra strength Tylenol and glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate (here’s to putting work-acquired knowledge to good use!) and he was able to get a doc’s appointment for today. Fortunately, the doctor said it was most likely a muscle pull, so as long as the swelling goes down, he won’t need X-rays. Fingers crossed!
  3. The help of friends. I’ve been working on all sorts of letters/stories/things that are in need of a 2nd pair of eyes and so many of my friends have happily stepped up to the plate for me. For this, I am forever grateful.
  4. Continued progress with Mogwai. As previously mentioned, our foster came to us in rough shape and I really did not think we’d ever get him to a point where he’d be completely rehabilitated, but never underestimate the healing powers of TLC. That same bunny who would not let us touch him, is now letting us pet him and pick him up! Continued proof that a little love goes a long way…
  5. The unexpected banuffin. D made a kick-ass batch of banuffins last week that were quickly annihilated. But while D was putting leftovers, he discovered the holy grail: one forgotten, uneaten, perfect banuffin!! (Yes folks, sometimes it is indeed the little things…)

and if I ever lose my eyes, if my colors all run dry…

The things I am thankful for today:

  1. My ability to see. All it takes is my annual trip to the optometrist and those god-awful dilating drops for me to realized just how truly lucky I am to have my vision and how much I take that fact for granted.
  2. My David Bowie shirt. D got it for me a few years ago at Target because he knows how much I love Bowie (and it’s the “Live from Philadelphia” Cover), but could only find a size XXL. It’s one of those super slim girl-fit shirts, so an XXL isn’t a total dress, but it’s a bit too big to wear out of the house. Still, this shirt has become my go-to comfort shirt, especially this week.
  3. The lunch special at Kabuki. 2 sushi rolls, a bowl of miso soup, and a salad for $8.50? Yes please! Not only is this a great deal, but the special runs ’til 3 so I can generally get here on Fridays. And even better? The sushi is super fresh and delicious (and their ginger salad dressing is AMAZING)! The only downside is that it’s kind of ruined me on my work time sushi  lunch spot because the food there is nowhere near as good.
  4. The fact it’s Friday. I am so mentally and physically ready for it to be the weekend… I only wish that I had more down time.
  5. A glass of water, with a ridiculous amount of ice. Sometimes, my friends, it’s the little things…

There isn’t much I feel I need, A solid soul and the blood I bleed…

Coming in under the wire, but here are the 5 things I’m thankful for from today:

  1. Although I miss Donnie tonight, it’s nice to have a quiet night at the apartment. I don’t feel guilty for sitting on the computer all night, toiling away at all of the random projects I’m trying to finish and I can also enjoy listening to the sound of everything around me hum along in imperfect unison.
  2. Progress continues to be made on said projects. I still have my work cut out for me, though, but it feels good to be getting things done.
  3. It’s finally cooled down outside and I got to feel the lovely evening breeze tonight. Although I’ll miss summer, that makes me look forward to fall.
  4. Got the chance to briefly catch up with a friend today I haven’t talked to in awhile. It was nice to have a minute to recharge and relate to someone, especially because we haven’t had the chance to do that in awhile.
  5. It’s almost Friday. w00t w00t.

amazing breakthrough

We’ve had our latest foster, Mogwai, for about 2 months now.

Mogwai came from a huge angora breeder bust up in Canada where something to the tune of 100-200 rabbits were seized and were all in pretty bad shape. They spent almost a month in a shelter while rescues throughout Canada and the states scrambled to find room for them. Sadly, their time at this shelter was no better than their previous conditions: they apparently had not been sexed or properly separated, so many of the females ended up pregnant, and already poor health conditions (mites, eye infections) worsened without vet care. Continue reading

focusing on the positive

Back in the day, maybe it was an Oprah thing, but I read/saw a program about creating a “gratitude journal.” The idea is simple: instead of focusing on the things we are not happy with, take that time and energy to note the things you are grateful for, those things that get you through the day. It can be as simple as being thankful the alarm went off in the morning so you were able to get up in time or having the Dunkin’ Donuts close enough to the office so you could get your morning iced coffee. Continue reading