Saturday, November 27, 2010

We've been having the most amazing weekend! When I get back to Brooklyn I will upload some pictures from this heavenly time spent with the people I love and appreciate but for now I'm keeping cozy by my wood stove in the kitchen of my little Berkshire home.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Something Dear

I LOVE musical theater. I also LOVE the ballet AND the opera. I was pretty much raised in the theater. My mom was a costume designer and I spent every summer at a performing arts camp. Although I never participated in acting classes, I spent the time in dance classes and working in the kitchen. There would be a show every few weeks. A musical, something Shakespearean, and a dance concert. It was AMAZING!

So now I seek solace in the theater. No mater what show I see, I cry. Doesn't matter what it's about. The second the orchestra starts, goosebumps. It's one of my favorite feelings in the world. Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, Noel Gay, Claude-Michel Schonberg, John Kander, Fred Ebb, JEEZ I could go on and on. The pure genius is just fucking astounding.

I have a strange urge to see The Nutcracker this season. The Nutcracker is more popular and has more seasonal productions in America than any other country. EVEN RUSSIA! I haven't seen it since I was like 6. After the show my mom bought toe shoes signed by whoever the ballerina was in the show. They were meant to be kept as a souvenir however that sort of thing would never fly with me. I insisted on wearing them CONSTANTLY.

I digress... I've never seen Madame Butterfly or Swan Lake. These are things I want to do in 2011 or 2010 if I'm lucky. I also want to see Carmen again. I remember studying Georges Bizet in a music theory course. He started studying at a music conservatory before he was 10! I'm so behind.

If you can stomach it, here is a beautiful song from Rodgers and Hammerstein's, "Carousel". The clip is from the movie which wasn't half bad. If you hate musical theater, don't bother.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New York, I love you. Everywhere else is brigning me down.

There is a new social networking page called "Path". Supposedly it's meant to be like a more personal (less impersonal?) version of facebook. Personal meaning you share your deepest thoughts and feelings with 100 of your closest friends as opposed to 800 plus their cousins and co-workers.

If we've already developed the emotional capacity and shallowness needed to update our facebook/twitter status multiple times daily (and keep blogs), is it really necessary to take a step back?

I joined. I have one friend. One person to update with every move I make. One person who is conveniently asleep in the other room that I could easily wake to tell any urgent message I may have.

Moving on, I'm leaving for New York on Sunday at the crack of dawn. I've never been so eager to get home. It could be because of a certain someone waiting for me there or because I haven't been home in 7 months which I think is the longest amount of time I've ever spent away in my entire life.

This whole runaround is getting exhausting. I left New York, a perfect apartment and a great job in September of 2009 thinking that if I didn't leave then, I never would. Now I'm tired and just waiting to put in the rest of my time "trying something new" and go home.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dear Santa

Is it totally awful of me to be thinking about a Christmas list? I know I won't actually get any of these things and honestly I'd rather save and buy them myself (martyr lie). I have nowhere to put them and even if I did my car isn't big enough to move them in 6 months but lets just pretend.

I think that I NEED a fig tree, right? I love how many things you can do with them! Raw, baked or preserved. They harvest twice annually, they're pretty and they're so good for you. Have you every just stuffed one of these babies with cambozola and rosemary then drizzled olive oil? Heaven!

I LOVE SANDWICHES! If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life and it couldn't be pizza, it would be sandwiches. I used to have a sandwich maker and I literally had dreams about using it and all of the different combination's I could try! I think that particular sandwich press is now in my mothers garage somewhere and although she would tell me to dust it off and take it with me, I won't because it's probably gross. What I would REALLY like is to upgrade to a beautiful old cast iron one but after extensive google searches I've realized that's not likely. I think it's one of those things that you spot at tag sales but can't google (if that's possible in twenty-ten). Until then some sort of situation like this could do ...

Let's talk about how freaking amazing this tea kettle is! First of all, it's Le Creuset which is basically the best (and prettiest) kitchen wear money can buy. Second, do you see this color?! Wow. This is one of those items that can be passed down from generation to generation. Don't get me wrong, I love my grandmothers Revere Wear that has been passed on to me but this just brings things to a new level. And, if Santa should take the time to travel all the way to the Le Creuset outlet in South Carolina, it probably wouldn't kill him to pick up one of these. I have casseroles to make this holiday season!Clearly I'm totally obsessed with kitchen items but I need to get real here for a minute. For the past 4 years I have had the luxery/curse of owning a digital SLR. While luxurious because it takes beautiful picture, it's kept me from being able to justify buying a point and shoot and because of it's size I never actually end up bringing it anywhere. So the time has come for me to purchase something that I can put in my bag and actually use. I've been scoping out the Canon G10, G11, etc. for a few years now and up until recently it just kept getting better and better. Suddenly they decided to make it so you can flip the screen out which I'm really not that interested in. More things for me to break. So now is my chance to jump on it and buy last years model.

I'm almost ready to wrap this thing up and ship it off but this list wouldn't be completely without my very favorite thing that I've seen in months. First I have to tell you, I love being in bed. I love eating in bed, watching tv in bed, lounging and buying things on the home shopping network from bed. I'm actually in bed writing this blog right now. I have no need for desks or couches, I just need a cozy bed. That being said, I think it's completely appropriate for me to want to drop $260 on these sheets and an additional $280 on this duvet from Dwell Studios. I'm generally an all white and soft sheet set kind of girl but I saw these sheets on one of my favorite blogs, For Me, For You and I think it they changed me! Maybe just for winter...

Again, the problem with all of these things is that I have absolutely nowhere to put them but I can dream! Someday I'll settle down and go on a mega shopping spree.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Austin to San Francisco

Well! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of laughter, road trips, beer and buddies!

It started in Austin with my dear friend Amanda who flew in from Portland, ME to drive with me out to San Francisco. We stopped in Albuquerque where I saw one of my oldest dearest, Andy Lyman. After New Mexico we hit Vegas, LA and then arrived in SF.

Once we arrived in San Francisco we had the pleasure of watching one of the world series games at a local bar which was so exciting!
Otherwise, I've been cleaning, organizing and carting my little brother to and from hockey practice/games. I'd be lying if I said I didn't absolutely love it.

For more stories about Amanda and me on the road take a look at her blog, Misadventures in Portland. She's an amazing write. Far better than I could ever hope to be.