spaghettios. i can get wattie's spaghetti in a can, which tastes pretty darn close to spaghettios, but it's not the same as the O's! there's something about the O's that just makes them taste better. kind of like how diagonally cut sandwiches taste better than rectangular ones. especially grilled cheese. which is also not the same without velveeta.
if you're in need of a christmas idea for an animal lover, the smithsonian national zoo has 18 different species to adopt - including a kiwi! the panda is the featured package, but i personally would go with the giant anteater :)
i took the day off to get some serious writing done, but it was so sunny outside that i decided to take an hour to do some 'gardening' and get the rest of the pots planted with the herbs we bought last week. i started by harvesting some vermicast from my worm bin to mix in with the soil of unknown origin that was left in the pots from the last resident. i couldn't bring myself to dig up aston's favourite patch of grass, so i just did two pots of basil and one of parsley. fingers crossed that my first attempt at herb gardening turns out with at least one or two plants!
/ aston on his turf /
/ noli on her lookout /
the wormies got a big feed of potato and pumpkin skins from last night's thanksgiving feast! while making pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin resulted in pumpkin puree EVERYWHERE, the pie turned out very yum! the kitties even licked my puree covered fingers clean.
/ my pilgrim pumpkin pie for our kiwi thanksgiving /
i got to pull out the legwarmers to go to the ballet last night - peter pan, to be exact. the costumes were pretty great and the cast was very entertaining, especially tinkerbell. even reuben said to me this morning 'i really enjoyed the ballet last night' so it must have been good!
can't wait for the royal new zealand ballet's shows next year: carmen and the nutcracker!
/ royal new zealand ballet's carmen coming in 2010 /
it's the 150th anniversary of darwin's on the origin of species. one day i would actually like to sit down and read it. i think more people, scientific or not, should make an effort to read one of the most influential books ever written. maybe people would better understand what it actually says rather than being so quick to write it off (or violently protest it) because they think it talks about humans evolving from monkeys. those people truly make my blood boil.
these two songs always make me think of when i worked at rice to riches because they played continuous carols the entire time i worked there. would you like some mischief topping to go with your eggnog rice pudding?
and honorable mentions go to bruce springstein's santa claus is coming to town, which reminds me of the christmas songs we listened to when decorating the tree when i was little, and baby it's cold outside, which reminds me of working at bloch.
/ holiday owls felt soap by persnicketypelican is out of stock, but there's lots of other cute stuff in the shop /
yesterday reuben and i did all of our christmas shopping, all in one afternoon! ok, maybe only 95% because i haven't gotten his present yet, but all of my overseas friends and family are taken care of. it all started when i realised there were only 8 days left (as suggested by the post office) to send out my gifts, so i headed down to the farmer's market to see if they had any appropriate goodies and i came back with one person sorted. but then reuben suggested we just go to a few shops and see if we couldn't finish off our list. while heading to whitcouls (one of my fave places for cards and stationery) in the plaza, i discovered that there is a new lush store that just opened about a month ago! YUM!! after going back and forth between a few shops, we ended up getting nearly everything from one shop and heading home after a quick stop at the warehouse for wrapping paper.
i convinced reuben to let me play some christmas carols and i set off wrapping. we spread everything out around the lounge and the kitties went absolutely crazy with all of the bags and paper and boxes and bits or wrapping paper everywhere. by the end of the night, it looked like some elves got in a fight. and i'm pretty sure the cats were playing in the mess all night long because they didn't come visit us until their 6:30 am wake-up call. the tissue paper balls they were batting around are now shredded into a million pieces, sort of resembling snow. and THAT is why there is no way we can have a christmas tree this year because it wouldn't survive for 10 minutes in the paws of our kittens!
i finally made it back to yoga class again today. i was needing a good stretch and a dose of zen. however, my favourite teacher, toni, wasn't there today. and i don't know what it is about toni, but whenever i take a bodybalance class from anyone but her, i am so disappointed. these les mills classes are all pre-choreographed, so it's not as though she comes up with better classes... maybe she just picks the better classes out of the dozens of possible releases.
anyway, i contemplated walking out today because i truly was not enjoying it, but decided to stick it out since i was already there. instead i ended up really looking at the people in class (mostly because i kept having to look at what everyone else was doing because i just couldn't follow this teacher). there were the regulars: sideburns (man with serious sideburns), sideburns' wife and her friend (who were in our japanese cooking class), the flexible gumchewer (pudgy lady who is extremely flexible and i almost want to admire, but she's always chomping away on gum the entire class), the heavy breather (old lady who is also very flexible, but takes the deep breathing exercises one step too far), the happy old man (just that, i give him credit for sticking out these classes every week), and assorted other middle aged ladies who give it a go even though they struggle to touch their toes. and then there were two people who were new to me - a girl with a donnie darko bunny tattoo on her back and the round old guy with blue toenails.
i guess you find characters everywhere - even palmy.
/ dance sc #3 from howard schatz's passion & line - LOVE the dance photos /
this sounds awesome!! i can see this being a great tool for communicating with people overseas! like when collaborating on research - it would be sooo useful. it could be quite cool to use at work, too, but might take a while for people to catch on to it as sometimes even google docs are a bit beyond the staff members...
i saw the sun today! and while it wasn't all that warm, it wasn't freezing cold and the wind wasn't blowing me over. not too long before i can start wearing some of my skirts and dresses!
i had another great meeting today and then lunch with reuben, so despite aston's attempt to jump out the bedroom window, it's been a good day. right now i'm editing my first growth draft that my supervisor returned this week - he even said it was very good! that doesn't mean there isn't a lot left to fix...
marie and i stopped in berlin on our way back from italy not only to check out the city, but to visit my friend david. it had been a few years since i saw david last in nyc and he was as goofy and funny as ever! he had a great apartment and adorable girlfriend, ola, and they immediately welcomed us to stay and even showed us around the city the next day.
the dominoes set up around the city for the 20 year anniversary since the fall of the wall look pretty cool - can't wait to see some videos of the massive chain reaction fall.
check out the awesome plankton blooms nasa caught swirling around new zealand! believe it or not, the great blue hues made me think about some awesome turquoise items i wouldn't mind adding to my wardrobe. when wayne brought me back a turquoise alpaca fur shawl from chile (the softest thing ever!), i realised i don't really wear much blue anymore. pretty much just grey, black and white... i blame it (and many other things) on the weather.