Monday, September 26, 2005

Bueno? Bueno?

Who likes the new pretty in pink version of el blog?

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Secrets and Good Food

Posting has been rampant lately. I think I've posted nearly every day this past week. Lots to say, or more likely, lots of homework to avoid doing.

I want everyone to check out one of my favorite websites. www.postsecret.com It's an online community art project, but it's more than just visual. The premise is that you can share your deep dark secrets with the world if you send it to this guy in Maryland on a homemade postcard. I've been reading Foucault's, The History of Sexuality Vol. 1 in class, and this website has become even more intriguing to me. Foucault's argument is that we're not really sexually oppressed in the west, we talk about sex all the time, and the origins of our discourse on sex come from Catholic confession or the sharing of our deep dark secrets. So I see this modern day online art project/confessional as an example of the modern day drawing out of knowledge and secrets through sharing of secrets. A lot of the secrets are sexual, some are hilarious, others are really sad, but every Sunday he posts new secrets, and I feel like it's my duty now to share this site with everyone. A secrets power is limited when more and more people know it, so read on and take part in making these secrets public and less shameful for the confessors.

On a happier note, Stephanie and I planned to do brunch this morning. She picked me up around 9, went for a quick coffee at the Crooked Frame and then headed to the surprise brunch location. Surprise because I didn't know where we were going. But surprise again, Stephanie had bad directions, so we got lost and when she stopped and asked someone for directions I knew where were going, surprise ruined. Either way, she made my day because we went to the Valley Green Inn !



Years ago on Food Network, Donal and I watched an episode of "The Best Of" where they went to the Valley Green Inn and celebrated their terrific Sunday Brunch. This morning I was the proud owner of one of their specialties, Eggs Benedict on a coissant. So delicious. Stephanie got the Eggs-cellent Burrito. We were both over the top about our meals. The brunch is kinda pricey, $19 each, but you get either a salad, fruit salad or soup, along with a huge basket of pastries on top of the entree, so I'd say it was well worth the price. Oh, also juice, tea or coffee. The restaurant is also located in the middle of the Wissahickon valley, so if you eat outside like we did, you get a lovely view of the river, with ducks. Today was also part of the 3 day walk for breast cancer, so many enthusiastic and pink-clad ladies were walking by and generally making the scene interesting. I would love to go back and have the Brie stuffed French toast. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera this morning, and I ate my leftovers already, so no pictures of the fabulous eats, but next time, I promise.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hooray

This post is in dedication to Natalie Hansen, who just finished her dissertation for her M.A. in medieval History at the university of York in York, U.K. I'm very proud of her. She celebrated by getting drunk in an english church yard and taking her top off.

Her she is pictured with a group of her classmates (all medieval historians, sheesh).



I don't know everyone in this pictures, but I met a few of them when i visited last march for my spring break. From left to right we have Jordan, Gwen, Jon (Natalie's cute Canadian sort of punk boyfriend) Natalie, Lily, Richard and I don't know the last girl or the freak jumping the background.

Natalie comes back to the U.S. in just a few days, then she has to try and save some money and get a Canadian visa, because she wants to move to Vancouver, B.C. with Jon. Awww, love.

Meanwhile, I'm still coughing and coughing. I thought maybe I was better this morning after sleeping for 13 hours last night, but alas, the cough returned. I've been drinking gross tea that is supposed to help, but all it does is make me want to hurl.

Bah. I hate my lungs, anyone want to pick me up a new set?

Friday, September 23, 2005

Inspired by Beth

Here are some things about Elizabeth:

Elizabeth is thrust into the role of Queen, on the very day her sister dies.
Elizabeth is just south of the expanding Addo Elephant National Park.
Elizabeth is crowned.
Elizabeth is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and a member in good standing with the Arizona Society of Professional Hypnotists.
Elizabeth is considered Montreal's grandest and most gracious hotel.
Elizabeth is excellent - long, illustrated, hyperlinked and concerned with all the key issues.
Elizabeth is an iPod fan.
Elizabeth is very wealthy.
Elizabeth is a city located in Union County, New Jersey.
Elizabeth is educated by the best and brightest of the era.

Funny the entertainment Googling yourself can bring. My favorite is number 4, how about you?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Selfish Germ

I have been sick for days and days and days. And it won't go away. I've taken the drugs, I've stopped smoking cigarettes, what else do I need to do to get a decent night's sleep and a day without a hacking cough?

Saturday, September 17, 2005


Ah, the weekend. One of my favorite parts of Saturday and Sunday is the time I have to make and eat breakfast with my roomates. This morning, I made blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs, and Andy fried up some bacon. With some killer coffee from Trader Joe's (which, ironically, was also the purchase location for the blueberries and the pancake mix) it was a delicious start to today.

In other news, I've updated my links to include more of the blogs I read on a fairly regular basis.

I've been pleasantly suprised in the past few weeks to have e-mail communication with some people that I haven't talked with in years. Some of this has to do with Toni's wedding, which is rapidly approaching. Here you can see me and the beautiful Toni at one of our sorority formals in college. I have no idea whether it was spring or winter or what year this even was. I practically wore the same dress over and over to all of them becuase I loathe shopping.

So, since Toni is getting married in a few weeks and I'm traveling out to Minnesota to stay for a few days, I've also had the good fortune to talk to Cherith, who just made me laugh my ass off everytime we hung out at Ripon. She even has the distunguishing characteristic of being quoted in the The Book. Here is a picture of Cherith with me and Jesse Rye in the Johson Hall kitchen. I don't remember why we were making cookies or wearing gloves on our heads, but I think some good old naughty fun was taking place.

"What a funny person to bring woodchucks to the dance!" - Cherith 10-20-02

While searching for a good picture (like the one above) to post with Cherith in it, I found this next one from either Cherith or Gina's 21st birthday. I don't remember which (Anyone else picking up the pattern of my not remembering?). Donal is also pictured looking sexy as always.

And while I haven't talked to Gina in a while, I do read her blog. It's one of my favorites because she loves food and cooking and blogging about food and cooking as much as I do. I was so jealous of her raspberry macaroon. Of course, Gina has a few quotes in The Book because she lived across the hall from me senior year. Here's my favorite:

"I thought I was going to be a vertranarian! I'm so confused..." Gina 9-08-02, upon realizing she was graduating with degrees in Music and French

Early last week I also recieved an e-mail from Megan Ackerman, aka "Gun". We lived together in the nice wing of Scott Hall for a semester our junior year. About a month after graduation she went to Alaska with Kyle and no one had really heard from her since. But she sent a nice long letter about her work and life up in Anchorage.
This is our room in Fall 2001. Me, Angela, Megan and Donal, good times for sure were had that morning. And I'm hold The Book.

More later, I'm off to John and Phil's for dinner!

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