Sunday, July 27, 2008

Friends help you move.

Real friends help you move bodies. I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of bodies in the boxes we shleped out of Hackpoll's place on Saturday, but I do know that I am not cut out for manual labor. Seriously, it is all I can do to type this. And it's been 24 hours since I got home yesterday! I was supposed to go to a book signing last night, but I'm afraid I pooped out on the sofa before I could get ready to leave again. Fortunately, the most rigorous thing on today's agenda was a pedicure.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordle to your mother!

Surfing my new favorite blog today, I ran across a brilliant idea and couldn't wait to try it out myself. Wordle is a fun little piece of software that takes your text and makes a word cloud out of it. I made one from the lyrics to our first dance song--and in our wedding colors! I'm thinking of this as a picture collage frame to display a few of our wedding photos and I think my custom Wordle will go perfectly in one of the spaces!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Technically, I suppose, they were baked.

The photo to the left is the winning recipe of the 2008 Pillsbury Bake-Off. They're called Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies and I'm sure they're very good. But the main ingredient in the recipe is...peanut butter cookie dough. Pre-made, pre-packaged Pillsbury cookie dough. Now, listen. I understand that this whole Bake-Off is a giant publicity stunt and, thus, the need for product placement is key. But I made a very nice loaf of bread yesterday with Pillsbury flour, so merely doctoring an existing product shouldn't be necessary. I mean, for the love of G*d--the woman that came up with this "recipe" won a million dollars! For rolling pre-made cookie dough around more peanut butter! Ugh.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Also in the shipment from the Old World....

Boy, were they nasty. I mean really, really, really awful. And we're pretty sure G contracted Mad Cow from them.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Betcha can't eat just one.

Voila, the new obsession at Chez Partial Ocean View! We found these at the supermarche in Paris and ate the whole can in a day...and then went back for another. Of course, they're not available in the U.S., so my wonderful husband ordered a whole case from England. Yay!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When knitting becomes an obsession....

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I'm *trying* to be a good liberal.

Some time back, I was watching this show on HGTV where they took a couple of apartment-dwelling Manhattanites, calculated their carbon footprint, and then helped them reduce it. Most of the advice was obvious--start recycling, don't dry clean everything you own, don't leave the TV on for the dog all day when you're out of the apartment (true!), etc. But they also introduced the couple to composting. By composting their food scraps and recycling paper, cans, and glass, the couple was able to reduce their trash load by 95%. I was intrigued, because let me tell you, G & I produce approximately 11,278 cubic feet of trash per day. Ok, maybe not that much, but certainly more trash than two normal people should. And definitely more than two supposed liberal environmentalists should. And we already recycle pretty religiously!

I'd talked to a few people about it, but was really uncertain about how to get started. And the Manhattan couple had a plastic tub full of worms--I admit that might have been a bit of a mental barrier. I like the environment...outside where it belongs. But over the weekend, we were at the in-laws and I found out that they compost! Just throw the stuff in a bucket and it turns into soil! No worms needed! Well, apparently, the worms come on their own, but I've decided that G can handle that part. So on Saturday, I cleaned the refrigerator out of all the food scraps I knew we weren't going to eat and on Sunday I added to it the leftover celery, carrot, and butts from the mirepoix. Look at me, I'm composting!

Well, I was. The maids came yesterday and threw it all out. I'm not totally surprised, because if you were cleaning a stranger's kitchen and found a bucket full of trash under the kitchen sink, what would you do with it? I'm going to ignore the fact that this is an "environmentally friendly" cleaning service who doesn't recognize a compost bin. Sigh.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Happy Montheversary!

G & I have now been married for a whole month and it feels...well, it pretty much feels the same as it did for many months before the wedding. Only now there are large piles of boxes all over the living room filled with china. I have also officially completed the thank you notes for those boxes and I could not possibly be happier, despite having lost the use of my left hand.

You would think that a month after the wedding, it would be over, but there's still so much to do! I have to mail out the thank yous, assess the china duplicates, take the returns back to Macy's & Williams-Sonoma (more duplicates), send my dress off for preservation, and work on the wedding album (when pics are finally in from the photographer). I'm hoping to be done by Christmas, by which time I hope to have begun my new obsession--all things baby! And G thought the wedding tv was bad....

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

We're Married!

We've created a Flickr account for everyone's photos. Click here to see the photos that have already been uploaded. If you have some you'd like to share, feel free to log in and upload them! Just email me and I'll give you the password.