According to my doctor there is no reason for my illnesses. None. Nothing I can do about being susceptible to everything that comes 'round the bend. No herb I can sip, no pill I can take, no vitamin supplement. There is nothing wrong with my red blood cells, my thyroid levels are fine and I'm not anemic. I've been given a clean bill of health. Bossman says it's mental illness but I don't think mental illness runs out of your nose or drips down the back of your throat. I'm just saying. And it isn't hypochondria because I have symptoms you can actually see. So there. I'm so mother-fucking, cock-sucking, son-of-a-bitching frustrated right now I could spit. I just want to be well!!!
- Use white or yellow mix as it works better than chocolate. Apparently the chocolate becomes rock hard and dry.
- You can add chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, etc. if it tickles your fancy.
- If you want to adjust the recipe for cutout cookies, add 2 heaping tablespoons of flour to the recipe to stiffen the batter in order to roll it on a cutting board.
- Decorate with sprinkles so they're gorgeous.
- Here's that recipe again:
Cake Batter Cookies
Three-hundred fifty degrees
One box of cake mix
Add 2 eggs to it
Half a cup of veggie oil
Bake for eight to ten
I am a single woman on the verge of 30 and at times I feel like I'm on the brink of Old Maid status. However, had I married the man I thought I would have at the tender age of 24 I have a feeling my life would not be as happy and fulfilling as it is now. When I look at who I was then compared to who I am now, I'm a completely different person. Why the rush to marry in your twenties when people are living to their nineties? Why stay in a mediocre relationship just because you are afraid of being single in your thirties? At times I wonder if I'll ever have kids of my own but people are having children later and later in life so that comforts me. Hell, I don't even know if I want kids...
I guess what this all boils down to is that everyone should be able to march to the beat of their own drummer and follow their own dreams at their own pace without someone else giving them shit about it. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for me and that's that. So I'll leave you with the same question Kevin left his readers:
1) Did you follow “the plan” and are you happy, or did you follow it and regret it?
2) If you didn’t follow “the plan”are you happy that you didn’t or regret that you didn’t?
And on a completely unrelated note, it was Chinese New Year recently and this is the Year of the Boar (pig, whatever). So here's little piece of trivia for you: In Mandarin the word for meat automatically defaults to mean pork because apparently that is the most eaten meat in China. How about that??? The picture below is a boar made of plants and flowers I saw in a shop in the Castro over the weekend. Very clever.
If you look closely at this photograph of a random woman on the ferry to Sausalito, you can see what I consider as a sign of the apocalypse. If you are a woman or girl that lived through the late 80s/early 90s, you will recognize that to be a banana clip. I had no idea these were still in production but I used to rock this look almost on the daily when I was in the 7th and/or 8th grade. First leggings, now this? What is the world of fashion coming to?
Oh. And if you want to see more pics, click here. You don't need to sign in, just click the picture I think...
Also? Peter Sarsgaard sounds exactly like John Malkovich. Please tell me you agree. In this movie - full frontal Sarsgaard nudity. Nice.
So I'm not sure if this counted as Love Thursday so much as a mid-week movie review but there you have it.
VD and Valentine's Day - both have a tendency to reoccur.
1. Beer: Mother's Milk
2. Anorexic: Sickeningly fashionable
3. Relationships: Unsuccessful
4. Your Last Ex: Lingers
5. Power Rangers: Pogs
6. Weed: Giggling munchies
7. Air Freshener: Artificial flavoring for the bathroom
8. Smoking: Stinky fingers after a night of drunken debauchery
9. The president: Not qualified for the job
10. Fish: Sushi - I like it raw.
11. Cars: Vehicular Manslaughter
12. Gas Price: Mo'Money
13. Halloween: Bite sized candies
14. Bon Jovi: Bad hair on men
15. Religion: Evil brainwashing
16. Myspace: Breeding ground for whores and deviants
17. Worst fear: Never again feeling the butterflies of love in my stomach
18. Marriage: Not in the near future
19. Paris Hilton: Utterly useless
20. Brunettes: Intelligence
21. Redheads: BFF's hubby
22: Politics: Wish I knew more about 'em
23: Pass the time: Naps!
24. One night stands: Unfulfilling
25: Cell Phone: Broken and expensive to replace
26: Pixie Stix: Crack for kids
27: Vanilla ice cream: An empty canvas for flavor
28: Port a Potties: Tailgating
29: High: Been there
30. Pajamas: Are for lounging in, not sleeping in.
31. Woods: Heh heh. You said "wood."
32. Wet Socks: Blisters in NY
33. Alcohol: Alcoholics
34. The word 'love': Say it like you mean it
35. My best friend(s): are a very patient group that I couldn't live without
36. Money: Wish I had more
37. Headache: Worst thing ever
38. Love: Ethan
39. Time: stands still for no man.
40. Divorce: stay away from my family.
Of the two sayings, “hell bent,” meaning “recklessly determined,” is the more common today, and has been popular since the early 19th century, describing someone who is prepared to go “to the gates of hell” in pursuit of a goal. “Hell for leather,” on the other hand, means specifically “riding (a horse) very fast and recklessly,” and is rarely heard today. The first recorded use of “hell for leather,” by the way, was in a story written in 1889 by Rudyard Kipling, who probably either invented the phrase or picked it up from British Army troops in India. Just what the “leather” in the phrase means is uncertain -- it may refer to a leather crop used to spur the horse, or it may refer to the wear and tear inflicted on the saddle by strenuous riding.
She drops these pearls of wisdom every now and then but really that saying came about in the late 1800s. Who talks like that??? I'll try to post these as they come up so that you too can use random sayings that no one will understand. Sure beats a word of the day!
1. First Best Friend: Crusty - We met at the ripe age of 2. She was my neighbor. I had a big girl bed that she coveted. She's family now.
2. First Car: An '89 silver Ford Taurus that I literally drove until it fell apart. Thanks, Dad.
3. First Love: It has to be my nephew, Ethan. When he was born my heart exploded and I cried everywhere. To love someone that is minutes old is incomparable.
4. First Vacation: Cross country road trip with the folks where I apparently sang the ABC song into the ground and loveloveloved Elvira by the Oakridge Boys. Giddyup a boom, poppaboom, poppamowmow.
5. First Job: Babysitter at the tender, impressionable age of 12.
6. First Piercing: My ears obviously but the only other would be a belly button ring I've had since the day after high school graduation... going on 12 years now. Damn, I'm old.
7. First Concert: I believe it was Michael Jackson at Dodger Stadium with my Dad
8. First Record/CD bought: I don't remember my first purchase but the first record I fell in love with was Sesame Street on my Fisher Price record player.
9. First Real Love: I believe this was covered in number 3.
10. First Screen Name: My first email was randipoo because my dad used to call my mom (Andrea) Andypoo when they were dating. How creative. Now I just go by Randi as that is my Christian name.
1. Latest Alcoholic Beverage: Fat Tire for life!
2. Latest Car Ride: Coming to work this morning
3. Latest Movie Watched: Smokin' Aces.
4. Latest Phone Call Made: To South Carolina for a work PO
5. Latest Jacuzzi Bath: Probably about a month ago I went to the hot tub, does that count?
6. Latest CD Played: A Corazon Abierto by Alejandro Fernandez. Sexiest. Voice (and face!). Ever.
7. Latest Time You Cried: Wednesday night.
8. Latest Meal: Special K with strawberries
9. Latest Curse: I don't even notice when I curse because it happens so often. Shit?
8 Have You Ever
1. Dated on of your best friends: He became a close friend later but "best" is pushing it.
2. Been Arrested: Not yet...
3. Fallen in love at first sight: Yes. But it could have been lust now that I think of it.
4. Been in a T.V. program: The Big Tomato, a local show when I was a Brownie (Girl Scout)
5. Had your heart broken: Much
6. Said you love someone without meaning it: Yes to avoid an awkward situation. I was 17.
7. Made a prank phone call: Yes of course! Anyone who hasn't yet totally should.
8. Shoplifted anything: I stole 2 Disneyland figurines and some lipstick in 8th grade.
7 Things You Wear
2. Diamond Earrings
4. Thumb ring
7. My heart on my sleeve
6 Things You've Done Today
1. Got out of bed
2. Dressed myself
3. Fed myself
4. Drove to work
6. Dabbled in work
5 Favorite Things
1. Being an Aunt
4 People I Can Tell Anything To
3. Anyone who will listen
4. The blog world (I'm not much of a keeper of my own secrets, can you tell?)
1. Black or White? This is the problem - we shouldn't forget the shades of gray
2. Summer or Winter? Winter in NY because it doesn't exist in CA
3. Chocolate or Chips? Chocolate in any shape or form
2 Things To Do Before You Die
1. See the world
2. Get my mother-effing Bachelor's Degree
1 Thing You Regret
1. Having so little self esteem that I lost sight of myself and my needs for so long.
She said: Being gay is like deciding to be a drug user, once you make the choice and get into it, it's hard to get out.
Oh. My. Fucking. God. All I could do was nod and tell her I respected her opinion or I would have shot her in the face. Is this really what people think? I know for a fact that she works for a church... is that what they're teaching? If so I'm glad I don't go because the Jesus I kick it with is loving and understanding and accepting. Not someone that died on a cross to breed hatred and ignorance.
That's all I can say about that. This is going to be a much harder battle to wage than I ever thought.
Anyway, in my LGBT class, the same ignorant student that suggested that pharmaceutical companies are hiding the cure for AIDS in order to rid the world of the poor, black and gay also made a brilliant suggestion. Her proposal was this: what if instead of focusing on ourselves for our new year resolutions we set our sights on helping others. This would include being more active in our communities, donating more to charities and being all-around better human beings toward others. To pay it forward, I guess you could say. It definitely got me thinking about how selfish my actions tend to be and how "blind" I can be when it comes to the rest of the world's problems. For instance, I want to donate fight for my uncle's right to marry but my motives are selfish - I don't want him to move to Germany and be far from me. Interesting, eh?
So I guess I'm wondering what resolutions did you start out with and, upon reflection, how would you revise them now? Or would you?
When I saw the trailer for this movie I knew in an instant I had to go. Not only did it boast a starring cast of nearly every actor in the free world but it also resembled the Quentin Tarantino/Guy Ritchie/Robert Rodriguez genre I have grown to love and cherish. Aces is like an over the top, overly long music video with lots of color and sound and action pretty much at all times. The characters are also very diverse and comic book-like. Jeremy Piven's character's name is Aces and he is a trashed mess in this movie. Not anything like the Ari I know and love. Ryan "Van Wilder" Reynolds has graduated from comic actor to a serious actor, (I felt) holding his own against the always fun to watch Ray Liotta. Aces also showcases the movie debuts of both Alicia Keys and Common, probably two of my favorite characters. Ben Affleck, who has surprisingly grown on me much like Marky Mark (without a role in this movie), has the nicest teeth in show business. While I'm not sure he's sporting his own choppers in this movie, wow. Apparently he had to smoke so much for this role he's decided to kick the habit for good. That's beside the point however. Should you see this movie? I think yes though I don't know that it was worth the whole $9.25 I dropped so consider a matinee. DVD purchase was definitely a consideration until the disappointing ending but up until then, enjoy the ride.
Season 1 of The Office on DVD
I only just fell into watching this program on television this current season so I thought that I should buy the first 2 on DVD to catch up on what I've been missing. There is potential I'll get stoned to death (I wish!) for this next statement, but I don't know that I love the 6 episodes that comprise Season 1. The Pam and Jim love story is so sweetly done that it's irresistible, don't get me wrong. But Michael (my comic hero, Steve Carell)? Honestly, I'm glad he's toned it down a notch in the later episodes I've seen. This first season makes him look like such a bumbling idiot that I'm not sure he'd have made it to regional manager. Scratch that... with his racist and ignorant comments I'd be surprised if he'd have survived long enough to make it to regional manager. He's funny, don't get me wrong, just terribly stupid. Dwight, the tragically coiffed Rainn Wilson, is hilarious and he plays so well off of all the other office mates that he steals nearly every scene he's in. First seasons are always a bit awkward but this is definitely a great show. I'm looking forward to seeing its growth in Season 2.
So tonight a guest speaker, performance artist Tim Miller, is coming into our classroom. My drama prof required the class to go see his one-man show last night and so I did. I have to say, I was somewhat impressed. That's not necessarily my bag but it's always nice to be exposed to new things. The focus of the performance, however, was his relationship with his Australian partner, Alistair and the problems they have had because the United States will hardly allow him a Visa, forget about citizenship. This touched a vein for me because my uncle is in the exact same situation with his boyfriend who is from Germany. I'm not going to get all political here but I think it is absolute bullshit that this is even an issue. WTF does the government have to do with our sexuality and who we fall in love with? Why can I marry my uncle's boyfriend and it would be legit but my uncle can't? Will my uncle be forced to move to Germany where same-sex marriages are not only permitted but accepted? It would be devastating to be separated from him because of something as simple as him wanting to be with the one he loves and America not allowing that.
It is up to us, the "next generation" so to speak to make a difference. I don't want my nephew growing up in a country that is prejudice against love. Here are some links in case you, like me, are interested in becoming active in immigration equality and the legalization of gay marriage:
350 W. 31st St. Suite 505
New York, NY 10001
Freedom to Marry
116 W. 23rd St. Suite 500
New York, NY 10011
fax (646) 375-2069