broken computer

yes, again. just so all my avid readers know, semiregular posting will be continued once i get it fixed.
we're deep in the trenches of mercury retrograde, so that's not the only thing screwing up right now!


must... sleep...

i went to corey's final softball game on thursday night in the presidio.

they won, but it was cold, and they were short a player or two. corey plays first base, and he is good.

yesterday we went to jack london square to go to the barnes & noble.

then we went over to heinold's first and last chance saloon, a 150-year-old bar that is very historic because jack london was there a lot, i guess.

somebody transported a cabin that he used to live in overseas so it could stand next to the saloon.

it smells like fish down there, perhaps because there are tons of seafood restaurants. there's a lot going on in that area of town. there was also this conveniently sized wolf statue.

then we went to the most fabulous sushi restaurant i've ever been to. i have no need to eat at another sushi restaurant ever again. the food was creative (i ordered a vegetarian bento box with avocado sashimi), the service was good, and the sake was unlimited. i thought i had died and gone to heaven. it's near the lake, so we were even able to walk there.

we watched speed racer (auhhhh!) last night. it was a real trip.

i didn't sleep much last night, per usual. i decided to get up at about 5 and go for a walk. i started going to the lake but then realized that could be a bit dangerous, so i changed direction toward the walgreen's, where i assumed i could get clumping cat litter and some flashlights. no luck! apparently this one is not open 24 hours a day. so then i went to samuel merritt college's library, outside of which they have a green space with picnic tables and the like. i sat there for a while and came back a little after 6. i don't think i'll do that again, though. i guess it's time to start taking ambien.

on a brighter note, do you ever want to bake brownies but don't have the time to sit around and let them bake and then cool? then have i got a deal for you! take 1.5 cups of walnuts (or almonds or hazelnuts or some other non-creamy nut), 10 dates, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and 0.5 tsp vanilla. run the nuts through until they are powdery. add everything else, and process until it's all mixed up and sticking together. press into some kind of dish, slice, and eat! SO GOOD. you could probably warm this a little in the microwave or something.

here i've put some honey on it. yum.

also featured today was a nice veggie lo mein.

it was pretty good but wasted a lot of cabbage and made my biggest mess yet.

my new attempting-to-sleep-better plan is as follows:
- work out every single day, no exceptions, with either gym in the morning or pilates class in the afternoon - no evening workouts except aikido
- eat no snacks after dinner
- go to bed before 10 every night this week to reset my clock or whatever
- stop drinking alcohol (which can make you sleepy but disrupt it throughout the night) for a while
here's hoping it works! i'm exhausted. i went to the gym and failed miserably because i was too tired to do anything. i could barely do 75% of the weight i usually lift, and i did five minutes on the bicycle and was soaked in sweat! when songs are running through my head, i wonder if i'm depriving myself of music during the day and that's why my head likes to play it at night. i stopped listening to my ipod after a rash of robberies broke out with people just snatching your ipod out of your hand or seeing that you have one and holding you up for it, but i'd rather have to buy a new ipod than suffer insomnia forever. you can't buy a good night's rest, after all.


epilation and more

it's been a while since i posted. sorry. not too much has been going on, really.

working from home is like a dream come true. i can wake up at 9 and go to work in my pajamas! it's awesome not to have to fight for a seat on the train or walk 3 miles in high heels or lug around a 200-lb purse and lunchbox full of everything i need for the day! work is really pretty busy recently, too, what with all the 2009 content i have to edit and write marketing text for. but that should ease up once november hits.

corey got this thing called amazon prime, which gives you free 2-day shipping. so i used it (before he cancels it because you have to pay if you have it longer than 30 days) to do a little shopping. we were looking into a self-scooping cat litter box, but the really nice one we like has to be hooked up to a water source, which is likely not advisable under our current living conditions. this one also has washable, reusable cat litter pieces that it washes itself! but we opted for one that just scoops itself when you turn it over (hard to explain - see it here) and somehow deposits the waste in a closed container attached to it, which would cut down on the stench problem. i don't usually change the litter until sunday, so we'll see how it works then.

i also bought an epilator, which is basically a little hair-removing machine that has a million rotating tweezers inside. despite all the horror stories i read while researching it, i love it. LOVE it. sure, it takes more time than shaving, but get this: i never have to buy another razor blade or anything to get rid of my hair again (until this thing breaks, but it has something like a three-year warranty)! plus it's supposed to last as long as waxing since it yanks hair out at the root. everything i read said it hurt sooo bad, but really, i think these people are wimps. this barely hurt at all, more like a tickle. it hurt a bit more on my bikini line, but it was definitely doable. have yet to try the pits since i shaved them only yesterday, but i imagine i'll be able to stand that, too, judging by my experience so far. we'll see how the ingrown hairs do, too.

sorry if that's too much information.

i haven't cooked anything interesting recently, but a vegetable/tofu lo mein is on the menu for tomorrow, and varnishkas after that. corey's been buying so much candy, cookies, etc. that i haven't felt compelled to bake anything, which is kind of unfortunate. i did make a homemade version of larabars. they only have two or at the most five ingredients, so i figured it couldn't be too hard. i used equal parts pitted dates (which, by the way, are freaking DELICIOUS on their own) and nuts (cashews in this case) for this recipe. i also added the juice and zest of half a lemon to try to recreate my favorite larabar flavor, lemon bar. then i spun it around the food processor until it was starting to stick together. pressed it into the bottom of a tupperware, cut into bar shapes, refrigerated, and voila! and i gotta say, it's GOOD.

we went for a hike this weekend that produced no memorable pictures. the panic attacks have cessated, but now getting to sleep has become a problem. my mind is racing... with SONG LYRICS, which is the LEAST important thing in the world i could be thinking of.

the "u" key on my laptop keeps popping off. i can kind of snap it back in, and it stays for a while, but it'll only pop out again. this compounded with other problems starts to make me anxious for the day this whole thing goes kaput and i can buy a new computer.



so i worked from home, and it rocked. i could do anything i wanted and wear anything i wanted! i can't wait till next wednesday when i get to do it again.

work is actually picking up quite a bit. we have to launch the 2009 horoscopes in about a month, so there's plenty to be done about that, thank goodness.

i cannot wait until the season premiere of csi: miami. i looked up some spoilers because i HAD to know what happened to horatio. but it didn't ruin it for me, just made me more excited.

i've been getting migraines once a week like clockwork. sometimes i can avoid a full-blown one if i take like 5 ibuprofens right away. but usually i try not to. i've got this prescription medication now that's supposed to prevent it if taken at the onset, but i wasn't given anything to make it go away if it's already there. there's got to be some habitual thing that causes migraines that i'm doing every week, or some kind of stress that builds up during the week and brings one in the middle of the week. maybe i'm not getting enough sleep. maybe i'm eating too much chocolate (unlikely but terrible if reality). maybe i'm spending too much time in front of a computer.

with that thought, i guess this ends my post for the day! the weekend might be more interesting to read about. but then again, it might not.


blenders b.c.

there's a new blender in town, and it doesn't do a great job crushing ice, but it's still ok. it looks kind of like this, but we don't have the fancy fruit drink in the background. it was on sale at target for a reasonable price, and we finally made corey's favorite smoothie from main squeeze in columbia, "the barney." they apparently no longer make this; luckily, corey has the ingredients memorized.

we saw nine inch nails friday night. i think it was it was truly the coolest show i've ever seen.

we didn't get super-good pictures because it was so dark and we were having such a good time watching the party people onstage, like this hottie:

what is this? a dreadmullethawk? ick. i didn't take this picture, by the way.

yesterday we went to the beach after the blender purchase. and then last night we watched 10,000 b.c., which was ok i guess. i hoped there would be more fighting.

corey's doing a lot of homework all the time. i am not doing much, really. wednesday is my first work-from-home day, and i can't wait.

indian's on the menu tonight, and maybe i'll bake something or make some kind of dessert so corey stops buying oreos.


homemade bagels?

you'd better believe it.

i was CRAVING bagels for several days. it was really rough. rather than go to the store for the eightieth time this week and buy some, i thought i'd see if i had ingredients to make them. and i did!

and they are GOOD. you have to boil them and then bake them for the ideal texture. i made a huge mess, but it was totally worth it. i made plain and poppyseed. and the best part? they're whole-wheat!!! now you can feel good about eating them...

i'm making a cashew-based "cream cheese" tonight, so hopefully that will be tasty as well.

i also made some delicious crepes (yes, again), but this time they were even better. i stuffed them with a broccoli-potato-onion mix and doused them in a faux cheese sauce. SO GOOD.

this picture isn't too good. corey showed me how to do a close-up setting, so from now on, all my pictures will be as clear as the bagel picture.

yesterday was my last wednesday in the office. now i'm working from home on wednesday, baby!

my bullet blender finally busted last night. what am i going to do without my smoothies? noooo!!! i'm torn between splurging on a really nice blender and buying a cheaper one to last until i feel like my blender use justifies a $400 purchase. i use the blender at least once a day. what do you think?