Friday, November 16, 2007

Palm Springs...

Tonight my sister (C-Unit) and I went out for a going away hoo-haa. I'm not sure where that word came from-it might be all of the wine. Or the martini. But, we had fun.

Not only did I get to spend of time with my sis, I got to lounge out in my most favorite place in CT-Bin 228. I found the place a few years ago when I was looking for a place to go on a blind date with a cute boy. After finding out that he didn't like wine, I opted for another location, but vowed to visit this place on my own.

And I fell in love. With it's cozy atmosphere (meaning, it's small) on a side street in the city, it already screams "Maggie, Love Me!" But upon entering, it's warm, soft lighting paired with brick walls and luxurious draperies makes it just a fantastic find.

And, it's a wine bar. Could this place be any more perfect for me?

If you click on the link above, you'll see that their menu is small, but action packed. Smaller portions allow you and your friends to order lots of different things, guaranteeing that you will always walk away full. And happy. Their food rocks.

Because I'm the one who lives close to this restaurant, I know that my chances of dining here again are limited. Granted, everyone I've taken there loves it, and I'm sure I could convince them to go again-they all live far away from it. So, I planned a night out to say goodbye. Initially there were to be 4 of us, but 2 was just fine.

Afterwards, we took a walk up the street for dessert and after dinner drinks. I've been slowly trying to get into martini's (LOVE apple and watermelon) and so I tried the chocolate martini. I didn't love it. In fact, I only took a few sips. I didn't send it back though, because my sister's creme brulee sucked, and we sent that back....but, immediately upon taking my first sip, I thought about this guy. And his famous pose, which looks a little like this:


If only I were wearing my glasses...

Day one of heavy moving tomorrow folks...pray for me-my mother will be helping!!!

The Key

I am officially a renter in Boston. Last night I picked up my 3 keys for my 1 apartment. 1 key to get into the building, 1 key for mail, and 1 for my apartment. All of them worked, except for the one to get into my apartment. So, for over an hour, I measured walls, looked out the windows and pretty much just walked around, being that there is nothing inside.

Just so you know, sitting on the toilet bowl in an empty apartment because you have no chairs makes you feel a little weird. In case you were wondering....

The locksmith finally came and quickly replaced the locks and gave me 2 keys. I'm not sure the landlord even has a copy now. Because I had to wait for him to get me keys, however, I was not able to bring the things in my car into my apartment, so the visit was pretty much a bust. But it's ok, because I got to take pictures...

The top left is my view from my living room. It's VERY hard to make out, but that's Boston's skyline. Last night the rain was very heavy, and so it was difficult to get a clear photo. Next is my closet in my bedroom=THE weirdest closet EVER.

Then my kitchen (not as small as I remember, but still small), the cubbies in my living room-which will forever haunt me because they are uneven, under that picture is my bedroom, my living room, my bathroom and my entryway. I needed more pictures, so I added 2 of Fenway, 1 of my new laptop, a window to a new world and the bridge I crossed a while back. Of course, in the middle is the front of the building...and no-I have no idea why it's so small. I'm trying to fix that....in the meantime, click on it. (I really wanted to say "Click on it bitch")




Original "Click it Bitch" picture...

Image hosted @ bighugelabs.com

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Mo Show Recap & Recipes



Thank you to everyone who listened to me on The Mo Show last night. I had a great time co-hosting with my very good friend Mo and hope you had a good time too. Here are the reciped and tips we talked about on the show, as well as a few that we did not get to.
In order to condense this post, I have archived the recipes and tips. To read them, simply click on the links below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly or by leaving comments in this post.


Remember that you can listen to the archived version of Mo's show by going to BlogTalkRadio.

Tips for Making the Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Something New: Sweet Corn Pudding

An Alternate to Traditional Stuffing: Mushroom Bread Pudding

Squash Grandma's Green Bean Casserole: Squash Casserole

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Turkey? :Orange Rosemary Turkey

Pumpkin Delights: Cheesecake & Creme Brulee Recipes

Ocean Spray: Crantini's

Stamina: How Long Do I Have To Cook This Bird?!

**Thank you to everyone who complimented me on my voice and my laugh. :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Mo Show

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to listen to me tonight on Mo's show. I am working on a post that will link to all of the recipes and tips we talked about-it should be up tomorrow, so make sure you come back!

Randomivity



*For some reason when I start the packing process, I always think, "I don't have that much to pack." And then I realize I was very, very wrong.

*Even though you know something was bound to happen, it still throws you for a loop. And it kind of sucks that you can't just shrug it off.

*It kind of hurts that some people make you feel like you are over reacting.

*The men who work in the call centers for my new utilities in MA love me. They're probably 1000 pounds with pizza faces, but it's still nice to feel cute.

*I pick up my keys tomorrow! I will take pictures, providing the electricity is on...my boyfriend at the power company should have taken care of it though. ;)

*It's funny to be told to write your own recommendation letter and send it to the person so they can sign it. It almost makes me want to write up a fake over the top one first.

*Being told that I will be missed makes me feel really good. It's affirmation that those people care and wish that I was still going to be around.

*Justice and revenge are two different things.

*I can't parallel park. It's giving me great anxiety knowing that I'll have to do it every single day when I come home from work. AAAHHHH!!!!

*Having the ability to make someone believe that I am moving to Boston to be a Bat Girl for the Sox is VERY fun. And, funny.

*Tune into The Mo Show tonight to listen to me guest host a show about food! Despite the scary picture below (lol) I'm really nice. ;) To listen, just click on the link to Blog Talk Radio.

Wordless Wednesday: The Mo Show



Tune in this Wednesday the 14th @ 7pm Eastern
The Mo Show
on Blog Talk Radio
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Toosdae ?'s

Here they are! I know some of you missed them last week, so please have fun with them...and know that your answers always make me smile.

1. To relieve your frustration, you are allowed to do one of the following without getting in trouble for it. Which would you choose and why:

A) Throw a rotten tomato at the person or thing that is frustrating you.
B) Smash a champagne glass on a marble counter.
C) Throw a cream pie in someones face.
D) Get physically close to someone and scream one word at them until they run away.

2. You have your choice of one of the following. Which do you choose, and why:
A) Free groceries for 2 adults for 1 year
B) A brand new wardrobe
C) 1 hour in the morning that allows you to go into work later, but you get paid for it.
D) A brand new bottom of the line car. (Like a Kia, with no power options.)

3. How do you (primarily) get your news?

A) From the television
B) From the Internet
C) From friends/family
D) News? What's news?

1. I would, for sure, choose breaking the glass. Really delicate champagne flutes or wine glasses always make me wonder how good it would feel to smash it without consequence. Especially on a marble table. Throwing a pie in someones face is a very close 2nd.

2. I would choose a brand new wardrobe. Though I have lots of clothes, I feel like I always wear most of the same things because I don't like the other ones, or they just aren't cool. I'd really like to be made over and come out with some fabulous clothes, and of course, more shoes. :)

3. I stopped watching the news when I lived in Florida and I either heard about murders (the first day I lived there, a woman was found dead in the woods 1 mile from my apartment!) or about how the entire state was in flames. It stressed me out and I decided to live in my own little world. That being said, now I find my news online mostly-and from a certain person who seems to know everything about every news story ever. ;)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Four!

Kat tagged me for this meme, and since I dropped the ball on her once before, I decided to post this one up right away! :)

4 Dishes I Like to Cook:
1. Soup-Any kind really, from scratch (It's magical)
2. Mini Beef Wellingtons
3. Beef Stew w/ Herb Dumplings
4. Anything that is baked.

4 Qualities I Love in People:
1. Sense of Humor
2. Honesty
3. Loyalty
4. Caring/Sensitive

4 Places I Have Been:
1. Mexico
2. England
3. France
4. The Hospital

4 Things In My Room:
1. Lots of shoes
2. A red lamp
3. Black, my Mag light
4. 2 twisted lucky bamboo

4 Dirty Words I Like:
1. Dumbass
2. Bitch
3. Mufucusa
4. Fuck

I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you play, let me know so I can come check it out!

Manic Monday: Gravy

Monday's are MoMoLicious!

The first time I was away from home for the holidays was the year I went to Disney on the college program. When I auditioned and ultimately accepted the internship, I didn't even consider the fact that I'd be away from my family during the holidays.

There were about 8 of us on the college program, and we were all very far away from home. As with any group of people, we formed our own cliques and groups based mostly on who we worked with the most. My group consisted of about 5 or 6 of the cp's in addition to regular full time employees that worked on main street. The 2 cp's not in our circle of friends were Sarah and Shelby. Both of these girls were crazy. Sarah was crazy in a goofy, weird kind of way, and Shelby was just...creepy. Needless to say, we didn't hang around with them very often.

During the week of Thanksgiving, many of the older employees arranged for us to spend the holiday with their families, in their homes. It was nice to have so many people care about us, and it definitely made the season a bit easier to swallow.

In addition to Sarah and Shelby, there was a full time lady named Gail. Gail fit right in with these two weirdos, and was pretty much hated by everyone-including people who didn't work on Main Street! She was loud and mean, and broke almost every Disney Look Book rule. She invited Sarah and Shelby to her home on Thanksgiving. Sarah though, was scheduled to work that day, and was not able to make it. She was the only CP who did not get to enjoy a hot, fresh Thanksgiving day meal.

Because Gail really liked Sarah, she packed up the leftovers and brought them in the next day. Of course Sarah was thrilled, as any of us would have been in her situation. During her break, Sarah heated up the turkey, stuffing and veggies, and drenched the whole thing in the gravy that Gail brought with her.

The gravy was so gloopy and lumpy that it actually dripped in slow motion. At one point, Sarah has some hanging off of her chin (I kid you not when I say that I am gagging a bit just remembering it!). It was one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed, and as you can see, I still remember it vividly.

My friend Jenn and I sat in the corner eating our leftovers, and when we saw this spectacle of grossness, we both dumped our food in the bin and voluntarily gave up our breaks to go back on the line.

And that, my friends, is my gravy story. :)