Complaint by Numbers

How did Houdini die again?

July 17, 2008
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Criss Angel (I’m bored, it’s late, nothing is on) just started talking about how Houdini used to have people come up and punch him in the stomach, to show that they couldn’t hurt him. Criss Angel just had a few people do the same thing. Now, is it just me, or does that seem a bit arrogant? Plus, I can’t quite help but feel like  something bad could happen.

Also, has anyone noticed how delightful his hair looks? It’s quite nicely feathered. Someone should really find out who his stylist is…

Hah, he just finished a trick and ripped his shirt off. Classy.


I ain’t sayin’ he’s a gold-digger…

July 17, 2008
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…but if I get another email from Barack Obama asking for money…

Yes, that was a lot of ellipses, but I still made my point. I’ve received countless emails from Obama and his staff, all asking for a donation of at least $25. Now, being a student who currently freelances to pay the rent, this doesn’t really appeal to me. While I would love to help drum up support by flyering my (predominantly French Canadian) neighborhood, or making phonecalls, or getting one of those ridiculous button-making machines and going to town, being asked for money just seems like too much.

It’s not that I’m not an Obama supporter, I mean, there is, in fact, a reason why I’m on his mailing list, but it seems a bit absurd for his team to bombard their supporters every week (it’s probably actually more frequent, but I’ve trained myself to delete the requests without really even paying attention). I voted for him in the primaries, and I’ll vote for him again in the general election, but it sort of galls me that I’m being repeatedly begged for monetary donations. I realize this is just politics, but I’m starting to feel guilty about not donating…

I guess it’s grad. school for me…

July 8, 2008
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Not that I’m upset that I’ll probably end up going back to school, it just seems a little overwhelming. I originally got my B.A. for Art History, and love the field, but there seem to be far fewer graduate programs out there that specialize in just art history. Most of the M.F.A. programs I’ve seen want me to take a ton of studio hours and essentially get a degree in the actual production of art. This is fine for most people, but I really do enjoy studying the theoretical/social/historical side to art. I would also be content with an M.A. in history or anthropology (history is similar enough to art history, and I minored in anthro.). Of course, with any of these degrees, the question arises: What kind of job will I get?

Therein lies my problem. I have no idea what I want to do. I’ve got a pretty clear picture of jobs that I would not find remotely fulfilling (while I enjoyed being an “administrative assistant,” I mostly just liked the company I worked for–or even more accurately, the people I worked with), but in terms of a job wishlist, I’ve got yet to come up with that.

The only problem with grad. school is that I certainly won’t be able to take any more time off of work. I’ve taken enough time off to finish up that pesky B.A. that was interrupted so that I could work a few years ago, and now (or really, when I move back to the Boston area) I’ve really got to get back into the workplace and make some money. So, I’d have to take night/weekend classes. This really limits the type of degree I can get. Going to night school for a graduate degree in the Massachusetts area pretty much limits me to an M.B.A., M.P.A., M.Ed., or an M.S. in Communications. None of these are degrees that I would remotely enjoy writing a thesis for, or taking classes for. Furthermore, I’m not so keen on the types of jobs that those degrees would afford me. I really do love the humanities too much.

DIY Wedding Advice

July 7, 2008

Wedding? Why yes, I am engaged! This is a fairly new (within the last few weeks) occurrence, and I can’t pretend I’ve been one of those brides who’s obsessed about plans. All I’ve thought about so far is how much I can do myself in order to save money. I’ve never really had the “dream wedding” planned out, so it’s pretty much coming down to budget.

Now, my mother is insisting on giving a chunk of cash (this thing is going to cost under $10,000, but still she insists on helping), but with the caveat that she gets to veto every decision I try to make. Apparently, one of those decisions is whether or not I’m taking her money, so she basically has taken control of my wedding. I’m used to this behavior. 

My point here is that I’d love to be able to do as much of the food myself. My fiancé and I don’t want an actual, formal sit-down meal, but instead would prefer an hors d’oeuvre buffet. We’re not really fans of large groups of people, and feel that a sit-down meal is awkward and forced. My mother says that we, “have to feed people if they come to a wedding,” and has decided that this is an unacceptable way of feeding people. Basically, my task is to prove to her that this is a viable, and socially acceptable method of putting food into people’s bodies, so as to convince her that no one will judge the event for being tacky or cheap. I’m sure that’s all she’s worried about. I should tell her I imported white truffles and will be sprinkling that over the fois gras, as well as gold leafing the cake. 

So, my question is more or less, would this sort of hors d’oeuvre buffet be plausible? Has anyone been to a similar wedding? How did it turn out?


June 13, 2008
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I found placek recipe online, and adapted it to better suit my memory of what was made back home. I won’t lie, it tastes fantastic. While this recipe isn’t completely traditional (usually, you’d make a dough “sponge” first), it gets the job done fast (besides, I didn’t have enough yeast for the other recipe). I’m hoping my cook book arrives soon. I’d love to find some variations on placek, and perhaps try out some babka (which is a bit dense– more cakey than bready, to use the technical terms).

The hubby isn’t Polish (his family is Scottish), and so placek was a new concept for him, but was he ever thrilled to try some. It’s been declared a new staple in our house (or rather, tiny apartment). Pictures and the recipe after the jump. (more…)

Weekend Project

June 12, 2008
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Since my weekend technically starts late Thursday afternoon and I generally don’t have enough work to fill the whole 3.5 days. As soon as I’m done with this degree, though, it’s back to working full time or getting myself knocked up and on maternity leave. Not surprisingly, the hubby is leaning towards the former. And now I’ve become sidetracked, one sentence in to the post.

Granted, I could delete that and start again, but that would make this too polished, and I’m looking for a more organic feel (read: I don’t want to bother), so I’ll continue on down here, with the hope of somehow re-railing this train o’ thoughts. So we covered Thursday weekends, university, my inability to stay on track and now we’re here, or rather, we’re back at weekends. 

My weekends usually start with the thought, “Wow, I’ve got days to do this work,” and end with me frantically writing a composition in somewhat broken German while reading the last 3/4 of a 20th century British novel. In between, I stress about the work I haven’t done, and consume a bottle of wine. This weekend, things will be different. Instead of thinking about the work I’ll inevitably put off until Sunday night until I actually get to Sunday night, I will occupy myself with a project (or two!). This weekend, despite the heat, I’m thinking cooking.

More to the point, I’m going to attempt to recreate the Polish recipes I enjoyed as a kid, so this weekend will be filled with cabbage, onions and breads (and probably pierogi). I’ll keep everyone updated with recipes, frustration and the like!

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Two words: Awk-ward

June 2, 2008
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I just had one of those incredibly awkward moments where you run into someone you know but don’t ever want to see and feel like crawling into a hole. I feel as though our falling out left me the victim (at least financially), but for some reason, seeing her makes me feel as though I’ve done something wrong. It really would have been nice if she had fallen on her face. 

My only consolation was that she still looked like crap.

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No more sugary cereal…

May 28, 2008
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For some reason lately, I’ve been craving sugary foods. I’ve also been exhausted a lot this week. I’m pretty sure the two are closely related. Usually when I eat crap foods, I feel crappy. I don’t think I’m overtired so much as under-rested. I’m going t make a concerted effort to get to sleep early tonight and eat well throughout tomorrow. We’ll see how that works.

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Misery loves company,

May 19, 2008
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…but unfortunately, I am alone. I’ve somehow caught a virus that has brought with it a delicious assortment of symptoms, including a delightful raised, red, spotty, and itchy-as-all-hell rash. On my face. The rash spreads from there down my neck, chest, back and arms but my main concern is the face because I’m a scratcher. As soon as I’m itchy, my id takes over and begins fulfilling my needs, mainly the need to not be itchy. As this rash seems to be particularly irritating (and resistant to the effects of cortisone), I have been scratching a lot and soon expect a whole host of adorable little scars. 

I’m also the only one of my friends or family to have acquired this little gem, and so the pity has been scarce. My boyfriend (with whom I live) has been fairly patient listening to me whine, but I’m fairly certain my friends are a bit sick of me.

I’ve been keeping myself busy with a German composition and The Sims. No, really. I have a little Sim family going and everything.  

Cavs, Brewers: It’s on!

May 16, 2008
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Tonight, I am especially thankful for my subscription, as my TV has no PIP feature and I will be simultaneously biting my nails during and yelling at both the Celts and the Sox games. Obviously it’s a big night for Boston in terms of basketball, as it’s a nice opportunity to bump Cleveland from the playoffs, but it’s also a big night for baseball too, in a sense.

The team has been floundering a bit lately, and it would be nice to get back on our feet. It seems like as soon as something starts to go right (Ortiz hitting), something else goes wrong (Lowell injury). Of course, with players like Curt Schilling, Francona’s no stranger to working around an impaired team, and the Sox certainly know the value of waiting for good things to come, but it would be nice for things to turn around. I can’t handle the stress and disappointment of losing too much, not with the amazing team we’ve got, at least.

Some random tidbits:

  • Buchholz is on the DL with “a torn fingernail.” I kid you not.
  • Cora’s batting average is .474 now, with 19 at bats. Holy shit. 
  • That surprised me because sometimes I forget that Cora’s on the team (to be fair, he hasn’t been in as much lately…). 
  • Youks and Manny are tied for runs with 8 apiece. 
  • Youks leads the team in RBIs with 30
  • Ortiz has 7 runs, and his avg. is back up to around .234, which is great because a few months ago it was down to around .083. 
  • I still think Ellsbury is amazing.

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