Friday, July 25, 2008

Shakesphere: As You Like It...Yo

A while ago I wrote a post called Shakespeare's Wack. It took classic Shakespeare quotes and translated them into ghetto talk...Being that I now live in Boston and it's that time of year when we have Shakespeare in the park, I thought I'd re-visit the idea...only this time, I'll use quotes from As You Like It-the play that is currently running...

"All the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
~would be~
"All da world 'suh stage, an' all da men an' biAtchez merely players with muh beeotch."

"True is it that we have seen better days."
~would be~
"True iz it dat we's gots seen bettah days peep this shit."

"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it."
~would be~
"I like dis here place an' could waste muh ma f*&$#@ time in it and shit."

"Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude."
~would be~
"Blow dis shit! Y'all is mad stupid."

There's Always 1...

I hate to say this-but there's someone at work that I just can't stand. I've tried to like her, but really, she's just not a nice person and she has major control issues. This is the lady who was very rude to me during my last phone interview.

During that interview she told me that she's been "doing this type of work" her entire life and basically said how good she is. Well, I have to disagree. I work closely with this woman and have noticed that she's good when things are slow-but when they get busy, she easily gets confused and sends out emails that do not make sense-further confusing things. THEN she gets snooty when you have to correct her.

Another thing I hate is that she looks at the calendars that I manage and then proposes times for her guy to meet with mine. When I tell her she can't have some of that time, she says, "Well, I checked and it's open." (But it's not really-I'm holding it.) BUT-when I do the same thing to her-she doesn't like it very fact, she hates it. So much so that she always tells me that I can't have the time-and then comes back about 1/2 hr later and says that I can.

Um...ok. I get that you're a control freak-but...the 2 people I support are busy as is the guy you support-playing little games does NOT make things easy. It's so very frustrating.

The last thing that bothers me is that she cc's the big bosses on every little thing. My big bosses don't like this-they don't need the back and forth details on how we get to a meeting-they just need the end results. But she emails everyone. How do you tell an older woman who thinks she's the greatest in the world that she shouldn't do something?

When you're the new girl...

You can't. So...I'm just going to suck it up. I know I'm doing a good job-everyone I work directly with-clients included-have said that they really enjoy working with me and that they appreciate how efficient I am. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing, and hope that maybe she'll get a grip.

Why is there always one?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I've Got A Golden Ticket!

It's terribly hard to make a really good yellow cake from scratch without it being dry or tasting like corn muffins. I have found a couple of good recipes, but until today, I was always left feeling like I should just go with the box. (Gasp!) Today I tried a recipe that had one ingredient in it that no other recipe I've seen before had-and it totally makes sense...

Behold, my golden ticket...

Oh so yummy! Not too dense, just moist enough and the true test-it tastes good without frosting!Nearly gone...I'm not going to share the recipe here, but if you would like it, please feel free to email me and I'll be happy to give it to you. Some recipes I just hold closer than others...

THESE suckers will NOT taste like fish.

Hair Today...

While I was at the beach on vacation a few weeks ago, I didn't blow dry my hair as often as I do in my everyday life. In fact, I typically just let it go wavy like it naturally does now days or put it up in a ponytail and called it done. One night, however, it was more humid than normal and knowing that my hair would never dry before bed, I decided to blow it dry.

But I did not want to fuss with the big round brush or the sectioning off of my hair. Instead, I flipped my head upside down and swished the dryer back and forth until my hair was dry. The result was a big wavy mess.

This led me to think about my past hair styles. In the 7th grade this is exactly how I did my hair-except that I followed the upside down trick by spraying enough hairspray on my head so it kept the strands sort of sticking up. And out. And...everywhere. It wasn't really crazy, actually-it went right along with the do's of the early 90's. But still, cracks me up to think about it. I remember the first day I wore my hair like that to school. My science teacher (who I loved but who was very sarcastic and surly) made fun of me the entire day. Even when he'd see me in the halls. My boyfriend liked the way I looked, so I didn't care...

I also remember a time before that-the summer going into 7th grade-when my family went to Washington DC on vacation. (I remember this because I forced my parents to play the "Dirty Dancing" tape over and over for the entire ride there! DD came out in 6th grade.) I had always secretly wanted big hair, but never had the guts to actually do it. Imagine my parents' surprise when one day I came out of the bathroom of our hotel with my bangs sticking straight up! I don't remember their exact reaction, but I'm sure they probably went around the corner and laughed about how stupid I looked...but, I continued to wear my hair like that for the entire time we were in DC. In fact, I went through a whole bottle of hair spray that week! When I went back home, my hair returned to its normal state.

I'm trying to grow my hair about another 4 inches or so. I have long hair, but not really. It's weird-but I see girls with longer hair and I really want to try to have the same style. Trouble is, my hair is thick and naturally wavy, and that means I always have to blow it dry, and usually have to curl it too give it some body...

One of my little sisters has gorgeous curly spirals. She she was little, I used to comb that mess out and braid it or style it so her springy curls would fall perfectly on her head. There was always crying. She reminded me recently how I would tell her, "It hurts to be beautiful!" when she was crying. Sometimes, the young me cracks me up.

What crazy hair styles did you have?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

As Seen on Boston's Craigslist

For free: 25 pound lead brick...
Uh...ok. There's really only one thing I can think of that would use 1 lead brick...and it involves a bad guy and a river...

Good to know it's free though!


Not only has it been said that I have the nicest apartment in Boston (thanks Ian!) but it's now also been said that I have the most comfortable couch in Boston. (thanks Linda!)

When people are mean even before you meet them, it usually translates into the fact that they are still going to be mean after you meet them.

It's funny how many people use words incorrectly at work. To, too and two seem to get them a lot.

I got pictures of Rye Bread's fishing trip from vacation-this one cracks me up...even though she's squinting-thumbs up! (And look at her little legs and shoes-man she's cute!)

While Linda was here I dragged her and her daughter to Haymarket where I acquired lots of good stuff including strawberries and mangoes. While taking a nap on Saturday afternoon I had a dream about a mango-strawberry tart. I made the mango curd last night and put the tart together tonight. But, I ran out of strawberries and had to put blackberries in the middle. I hate it (You shouldn't be able to see the filling underneath but since I didn't have enough fruit, I had to deal)-but it tastes good. I just need to tweek the mango part a bit and make sure I have enough strawberries next time!

A woman at work today (I don't know which one) was having serious bowel problems. The hallway stunk like poop the entire day and every time I entered the bathroom it was worse! I always hate that b/c I don't want people walking it to think it was me! (Especially with THAT rank smell today!)

I hate a pain in the ass.

It's funny when someone tells you one thing but the universe proves that one thing wrong. It's also sad when you realize you've been lied to.

Someone I know is a player. He says he doesn't like it, but I think he secretly does! (Now, comment damn it!)

No one is signing up for my birthday event dinner. I didn't tell them it's my birthday so it's not like they're staying away because of that...but, it still sucks. I really wanted to eat there.

My parents are coming to visit on Sunday. I hope they don't fight a lot.

The UPS station here in my area is the craziest ever. You walk in, stand in a line up against the wall and then go through a metal detector. Then you go around the corner into an office that's in a garage-after you get your package you have to walk back into the make shift office, through another metal detector and out the door. Weird.

Wordless Wednesday: Fish On!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Toosdae ?'s

Hi everyone! It's Toosdae again! I'm having sort of a down couple of days (no reason, really) so wouldya be a dear and cheer me up? Answer the questions and get lots of other people to as well. ;)

1. What is one thing you are craving today?

2. What is the best way to end a day?

3. What kind of shampoo and conditioner do you use?

1. A hug and kisses. I know that's more than one thing, but the two go hand in hand, and I'm missing both today.

2. With a kiss on the forehead, laying next to someone who cares about you.

3. Usually I use Garnier but right now for some reason I am using Strawberry V05 (Oh yeah, it was cheap!) and Pantene conditioner. Oh to be able to afford my old salon products!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Whirlwind Boston Tour

As you may recall, Linda and her youngest daughter Jamie came to visit me this weekend. I'm not entirely sure, but I think we crammed more stuff into this trip than anyone ever in the history of Boston...what fun we had!

Friday's dinner was tapas at the same little place we ate the last time Linda visited. What can we say? We like little plates and sangria! So we took the T up the hill and walked back down. Because it was getting late, we opted to watch a movie back at my apartment.

The next day we woke up early so that we could have breakfast at the Omni Parker House downtown. Linda and Jamie wanted Parker House Rolls and Boston Cream Pie, so who was I to say no? ;) Not only was the dining room beautiful and elegant, but the food was amazing! I had the Boston Benedict: Eggs Benedict on Brown Bread and Corned Beef Hash. HOLY COW! Can you say "YUM!"? I also had the Boston Cream Pie because, could I not? It was ok-they put nuts around the outside and I had to pick them off b/c I like my desserts to be female, thankyouverymuch! I saved the best for last-the Parker House rolls-SO GOOD! Because it was our first time there, our waiter brought us out a huge plate of hot fresh rolls-and we each got our own little ramekin of butter! Mmmmm.....

After breakfast Linda let me got to Haymarket where I got lots of goodies for $7...more on this later. Our plan was to head to Revere Beach to see the sand sculpting festival and then head to Kelly's Roast Beef for lunch...

Well...let me tell you. I know why they call it "F&^%$#@ Revere" now. The directions on the website (and also on Mapquest and Yahoo Maps) have HORRIBLE directions to the place. We drove around for about 1.5 hours just trying to find the damn beach. When we finally got there, it was so hot that we took just enough time to photograph the sculptures and high tailed it back to the car. It was so crowded that we didn't get to Kelly's...oh well. Next time.

A note on Revere Beach: There are a lot of ugly people there. I am sorry if you are reading this and you are from Revere-but the people on that beach were fugly-and inappropriately dressed too! And also-I couldn't understand why people were sitting on the sidewalk (with chairs and blankets) instead of on the sand right behind them. Nuts!

Ironically, Revere Beach is easy to get out of, once you've gotten lost there. We were off in no time, ready for our Sunset Harbor Cruise. It still hadn't cooled down though. so while we waited in line to board, we were all sweaty messes. The cruise was interesting (though we couldn't hear the guide) and pretty and overall, fun. The point of the cruise was to see the Constitution fire it's cannons as part of their end of the day rituals. Well...they only fire one, and it was early. This caused the entire boat to jump with surprise-quite funny! It was pretty to see the city all lit up from the harbor and I'm glad we decided to go.

Jamie had mentioned that she was hungry, so I whispered to Linda about dinner (it was late at that point-maybe 9:00?) and she thought that the Hardrock Cafe would be a great choice for Jamie-and indeed it was! She was thrilled to be there, and seemed to really enjoy the food and the music-especially the AC/DC video! She also enjoyed the fact that yet another server asked her if she'd like alcohol...Boston-the place to be if you want to drink illegally! We headed home and I collapsed into bed while my 2 guests watched a horror film. Why, I don't know. :)

I had a great time with Linda (as usual) and Jamie. I am so excited that I got to meet her and I can report that she is silly and cute and quite a lovely girl. She's very talkative which was fun too-it would have been weird if she was shy. The two ladies headed home on Sunday afternoon...take a look at some of the pictures I took on our whirlwind tour of Boston...

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

What's Cookin? Honey Tomato Bruschetta

You may or may not know that honeybees are in danger-strange things are happening to them and they are abandoning their hives. Last year, about 20 BILLION bee vanished.* "Who cares?" you might say. But think about what bees do-the pollinate the crops that you and I eat. Without bees we can kiss those crops goodbye...

This month's Food & Wine Magazine features several recipes with honey as the star ingredient. One recipe, Honey-Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta sounded phenomenal and I knew right away that I had to try it...

2 Pints of Cherry Tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 1/2 T. Olive Oil
2 T. Clover Honey
2 t. Fresh Thyme Leaves
1 t. Kosher Salt
1/8 t. Pepper
12 Baguette slices, cut at 1/2 thick on a bias
1 C. Ricotta
1 T. Buckwheat or Chestnut Honey
6 Basil Leaves, thinly sliced or torn

1. Preheat oven to 300. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil, honey, thyme, salt & pepper. Pour mixture onto lined baking sheet and bake about 1 hr 25 minutes until the begin to shrivel and brown. Allow to cool.

2. In the broiler, toast the baguette slices until golden brown.

3. Spread ricotta on the bread and top with tomatoes. Lightly drizzle with buckwheat honey and sprinkle with honey.

Notes: I did not have 2 types of honey. I used regular honey from the grocery store-but I know for sure that if I had different types of honey, this recipe would have been better.

The ricotta was a little bit too bland for me-I would suggest seasoning it with a little salt and pepper, or perhaps mixing a tiny bit of honey in the cheese.

*August Issue, Food & Wine Magazine, pg. 86