Oh boy has it been an interesting and chaotic couple of days, where do I begin… In typical disjointed fashion…
Josh’s birthday came and went. I took him out to Kevin Sbraga’s restaurant in Philly, appropriately named, Sbraga. He was one of the winners of Top Chef, one I actually was really happy to see win. The structure of the menu works, pre-fixe style and we got to pick each course option. I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this meal was, from start to finish, four courses of epic, well thought out food. Cinco estrellas without a doubt and hands down the best meal we have had in Philly to date. I played my card well. I did not take photos though cause it’s just not the kind of joint you bust out the SLR on… and the lighting was dim which really would do it no justice anyway. No one likes grey food, well, unless you’re…. yeah, I will leave that one alone.
The other night I woke up at 4:30 a.m. cause I had to pee and somehow I managed to tweak my back getting up from the toilet. I swear to christ that actually happened… getting up FROM THE TOILET. What up old lady!? Next thing you know I will be seen in the Depends aisle. I went to get adjusted and apparently this is a common occurrence.
The weirdest dream that involved Monster High, Anthony Bourdain, finding butterfly wings, toys and something about the Mummy and Dracula battling it UFC style.
Walking Reza to school in 25 degree weather. OOF. I probably look like Ralphie’s brother in A Christmas Story with all the shit I put on but I would rather look ridiculous than be freezing. Fuck fashion.
Got the crazy stick up my ass and went on an organizing spree. Little by little I am trimming out, shifting, discarding. I went through clothes and got rid of a pile of stuff that will soon be going to Goodwill. I don’t know why we do it… hanging on to all this old shit that never sees the light of day, especially clothes. We keep it under the guise of “Maybe I will wear it again/fit in it someday” and the thing is you either won’t and if you do, it will be so damn outdated anyway. Keep the hugest outfit you ever had as a reminder, the smallest for the same reason…. the rest? Out you go!
Worked on Josh’s blog template since it was in dire need of some love. He is writing more so go give him some love.
I managed to go hit the Antique Store after quite a bit and I am so glad I did. Not only did I score up on some vintage xmas ornaments, but they were on sale. I seriously love that place and that Pyrex nook is heaven. I always go in there in hopes I will find another Pyrex treasure but I only have so much kitchen space… it’s day like that I wish I had friends here that can go drool with me.
With sadness we took down our xmas tree. I liked the glow of the lights and we really liked Mr. Stumpy this year.
The last few days of December I did I lot of drawing in the book… I had a dream where I was told to “draw the mermaids” so I have been drawing mermaids. I am really forcing my art out of the comfort zone by drawing human features, bodies, expressions. It’s hard when you have no training in it… all trial and error. Sad thing is I would really like to take classes but most of the time slots are total conflicts with mine and Reza’s schedule. Bummer. But, I did pick up a bottle of Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolor and it is absolute love at first stroke. I foresee a lot of that medium this year.
Speaking of art, note to self: get to sketch quick requests.
Yesterday I got lost on some side street neighborhood, I was distracted and the cop in oncoming traffic wasn’t. I saw his ass flip a bitch and I knew I was screwed. They always pull you over and ask you the stupidest question ever, “Do you know why I am pulling you over?”. A) Anything I say would be an admission of guilt (I don’t think so) and B) Why do you ask questions you know the answer to? Instead of getting my ass thrown in a squad car for being a smart ass, I prepared for the inevitable ticket I was about to get. As he walked up to the car I worked on putting on the dumbest blonde look I could muster. “You were doing 40 in a 25 zone”. I explained I wasn’t from here, not familiar with streets and that I was lost. So he went back to his car, did the show and gave me a fine only ticket that won’t affect my record. Dude! The seal has been broken. This is my first speeding ticket EVER. I am such a criminal yo, doing 40 in a 25 and accumulating not one but TWO police cars behind me for one stupid incident.
I had a vial of blood taken out for a re-check on my iron levels. I am borderline anemic but they can’t peg why other than I am “a woman with a period”. Yeah, I will leave it at that.
By the way, you haven’t seen anything until you see a puddle of vomit outside of Whole Foods, frozen rock hard on the sidewalk. Oh boy.
Made what was supposed to be a delicious batch of cookies that turned into hard hockey pucks. What am I doing wrong?!!!!
Oh yeah! I almost got into a car accident yesterday cause some asshat next to me decided he wanted to make his lane a turn lane. I almost hit his ass and then he has the audacity to honk at me and get all crazy like I was the one with the problem. I promptly flipped him off with a smile which only made him go into full on road rage, honking and swerving at me mode. The best part he was absolutely blowing his top and both our windows are up so you can imagine how ridiculous he looked. It only made me laugh more. Luckily the Volvo has balls under the hood and I floored it away from dumbass and pulled into a parking lot.
Again, my apologies for this stream of disjointed consciousness but I am really working to refrain from posting on facebook 50 times a day and leaving it to the abyss of info.
I do have to say though, I am glad that 2013 is here with hope and promise. I just need to see it that way. Little by little I am working toward a better head space and not letting Mr. Winter totally piss all over me. They say the way you celebrate New Years Eve sets the precedence to what your year is going to be like… I was drawing at 11 p.m. and in bed before midnight, relaxing with Josh. I would say that’s a good sign, if you believe in that kind of thing.
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Over a year ago, my family and I did the unthinkable and uprooted from the West to the East Coast. You can imagine the culture shock when a Mexican, West Coast girl lands herself in South New Jersey. If anything it has made for some ridiculous stories.
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