Showing posts from February, 2011

Oscar Winner!

Doing well in Jacinda's yearly Oscar pool is something I can take pride in (how do you not end that with a preposition?).

Victorious, once again this year!  I was successful with 19 of 24 categories chosen correctly.  I think last year I only missed two.  Either I'm incredibly over-invested in this, or I just think like a predictable Academy voter.

Categories I missed:
Art Direction
Best Director
Best Song
Short Film - Animated
Short Film - Live Action

Whoever gets those last two correctly?

I didn't make it to the movie marathon at theaters to watch all the best pictures nominees, but my old Georgetown classmate did and he lived to tell about it.  Go read Gilbert's tale of 24 hours of nothing but film.

This was a high point to end the weekend, though the rest of the amazing belated Valentine's weekend will be shared later.

Thrilling Thursday

I managed to score this dress from BR today on a lunch shopping errand - I've been eyeing it since January and it's finally on sale.  Wahoo!

And by the time you read this, I'll be sharing the below with MCB.  Neon food coloring is the way to go. 

My darling friend Erin has the absolute best sugar cookie recipe if you want to recreate.  I also used this cookie glaze receipe and store-bought cookie frosting to write on them. 

Rum Sugar Cookies
INGREDIENTS: (I like to switch the amounts of the almond and rum extracts)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and butter
until the mixture resembles cornmeal.

2. Combine eggs, sugar, rum extract, almond extract, and nutmeg until
well mixed. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until
well blended. Div…

Across the Sea...

I am currently planning a work trip here:

and a personal trip afterwards here:

Surprisingly, I'm not nearly as excited as I should be.  I think travel planning is finally starting to be more stressful than fun.

I'm getting old.

Arizona Fall, or It's Not 100 Degrees Anymore

Arizona finally cooled off last October and triple digit heatwaves ended. Summer seemed extra long last year. I'm hoping with the extended cold fronts this year that summer will start late!

In October, cousin Julie came to Tucson for her high school reunion, which she found out was cancelled while she was boarding her flight from Utah.  Funny - you never really think about who's responsible and can plan your class reunion when you're 17 and voting for Senior Class President.  Julie did manage to salvage fun times at her 10-year regardless.
We had a family reunion at our Grandma's and once again avoided doing a piano/violin duet like we always had to as kids.  Julie is a genius and knows lots about things that I never will know about. After getting a PhD in some sort of biology research for which she was published in some big study, she's back in school for Pharmacy.  Needless to say, she's been busy for the last decade, but at least she's busy while her mil…

Long Distance is Hard, Even When It's Not

When long distance starts to take its toll and it's Valentine's week and you decided in November to celebrate belatedly on purpose at the very end of February and bought plane tickets accordingly during Southwest's sale, then you get in the car and drive the six hours to Cali to surprise your boyfriend.

This is MCB, reenacting the moment that he came out of his house to find me at his door step.  I coordinated to have him call me after his Thursday night adventures at the exact time that I parked on his street.  It worked perfectly and he was extremely happy.
And lucky me, I'm going back this weekend, too!

Musical Monday - Or the Best Musical News Ever in Phoenix

I can't even believe it - it's going to be the best thing to ever come through Phoenix.

Yes, Arcade Fire is finally playing this town, and what makes it even better is that Local Natives are opening!!

The two bands that put out the two best albums from 2010!!!

Can you tell how excited I am?!!

AZ friends - I shall be buying tickets when they go on sale on Friday.  If you'd like me to get you one so we can all sit together, I am happy to do so.

East Coast, Right Coast, Part II

After a wonderful few days in NYC, it was back to DC to continue the hometown adventure.  First up, a Sutton Group ladies happy hour, which ended up being 2.5 SG members and a dude friend of mine who lives near Eventide.
Then I rushed off to my absolute favorite concert venue in all of America (maybe even the world) - the 930 club to see Menomena with these beautiful people.  Nate is 6'8" and you'd think he'd be easy to find in a crowd.  Well, when you stand up on a platform directly behind him without seeing him first and you're looking for the tallest guy in the room who is now shorter than you - yeah, it took a text to find him.  Doh!
Oh, 930, how I've missed you!  I used to see you three nights in a week on occasion, a short 2-subway stop away from my old home.  Phoenix just doesn't provide the same experience, not even close.  And with Ben's Chili Bowl nearby, it's perfect for an after show chowdown.
The picture below represents Alysia's ho…

East Coast, Right Coast, Part I

Sitting in my patio chair on the balcony; finally an evening where it's not too cold to be outside sans heat lamp.  I guess AZ isn't so bad this time of year.

Back to the updates....cause I care to document then.

I had(ve) a goal to visit each continent and had hoped to do so by the time I turned _0.  Except Antarctica, because it's cold there, though this story and photos make me want to change my mind.  South America is the only one that eludes me, which surprises everyone since I used to be fluent in Spanish, and it only seems natural that I would go there.  Alas, I haven't been and despite my brother serving a mission in Argentina, I couldn't convince the family to go pick him up, so I was more than tempted to just take off there alone in August or September, just to meet my goal.  After a lengthly internal debate, and deciding it'd be no fun to turn a decade older alone, far from home, I decided to do the next best thing - go back to the East Coast.  It…