Monday, October 24, 2011


Yesterday we had a great day down in Pilsen - we went with some friends to the National Museum of Mexican Art for the annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which I try to go to every year.  Before, we met for tres leches cake and coffee at Kristoffer's Cafe, which was ridic delicious, then afterward we went to this awesome bar, Simone's, which is designed with old pinball machines?  Gorgeous.  THEN, we went to Mundial for dinner, which, I swear to you, is now my favorite restaurant in The City.  Phenomenal service, an amazing menu - excellent selection of vegetarian foods for a certain vegetarian husband - we had an excellent time. 

Standouts at the show were a beautiful large-scale photograph from Mexico in the '50s of a cemetary under candlelight - kind of like this vibe...
There was also an absolutely stunning painting by local artist cHema Skandal which we ALL loved.  I wish I could find a copy of that painting online.  Not to mention, buy a little somethin' for my living room!  Also turns out our friend MZ knew one of the artists in the show.  Pretty cool, no? 

I was inspired to make an ofrenda myself, for my grandpa - here's a little pic...
It's got some of his favorite things: books, music, champagne, a little baseball picture, as well as some traditional elements like butterflies, a sugar skull, and pan de muerto. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Little racer

Will you look at this little puppy?  Found this terrific little costume and new nephew #2 would love it.  He's such a sweet boy - he started to put it on right away and wore it all day.  Right up until he uh, peed in it.  Well, what else do you expect puppy dog tails and garden snails to do, amirite?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My DVR Queue

As the fall season progresses, our DVR queue changes rapidly.  I just deleted Revenge, which is kind of a fun idea but in actuality is kind of boring.  I also have to wonder what Madeleine Stowe has to say to herself to get through the day.

Pan Am is getting a last chance review right now, but, as you can see, I'm bored enough to blog through it.  Obviously it's trying to jump on the Mad Men bandwagon, but why didn't they borrow a few tips from Mad Men?  Political, sexy, feminist, funny, insightful - how about trying any of those?  Instead you can practically hear the director saying, OK, girls, in this scene, I want you all to run in skipping and giggling - remember, you're America's New Woman!  Also, I prefer Christina Ricci with about 20 more pounds - she's too skinny.

We apparently removed Walking Dead from our queue last season due to unremembered satisfaction.  I added it back after a fair amount of buzz over season two, but last night it all came flooding back.  If I were in a zombie apocalypse, the first thing I'd do would be to get away from all those assholes.

Whitney I rather like, and I think the New Girl is around to stay as well. 

I'm really enjoying this season's Project Runway, which probably deserves a post all of its own.  Anyway, I hope that Anya wins, and Josh gives me the creeps, big time.  As usual, I wish for nothing more than Tim Gunn to visit me and tell me everything I'm doing is perfect.

I think I'm going to give Pan Am the boot. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


You know how like, sometimes? You find yourself crying a little at a trailer?  And then you get mad because it's cheesy and manipulative?  Anyway, watch this, and see if two delicate tears don't roll down your cheeks...

Aside from being about homeless whales (for chrissake), it features America's third most loveable woman, Drew Barrmore (following Amy Adams & Zooey Deschanel)  and thrid most likeable guy, John Krasinski (after Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Conan O'Brien). 

Anybody notice that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is being made into a movie? I should have known they would cast T. Hanks as the dad (insert Tom Hanks tirade).  My friends and I were just complaining the other day about how the Safran Foer wrote two incredible books and then goes on to write nothing but annoying shit ever since then.  Although, I admit I'm rather interested in Tree of Codes.  It's Eugenides's Marriage Plot that I'm quite anxious to ready right now and am in an epic battle with myself about whether or not to buy the hardback. 

Monday, October 03, 2011

The cutest thing

Today I saw the most adorable thing in the entire planet:  a tiny pug puppy that was so tiny it could fit in your hand!  I saw it outside the post office and naturally, I threw myself to the ground and cooed while it nibbled my fingers and shoes and sweater and purse with its adorable little tiny baby teeth.  I had to physically restrain myself from stuffing it in my pocket and running away. 

I long to have a dog. 

Miss Kaya is a one-cat per household kind of cat, so, our little family stays this way. 
Such a friend!
I mean, look at her!  Could you ask for anything more?

Wanna see something funny?  We have a sort of reverse Romeo & Juliet thing going on with the neighbor's cat.  It wants to be friends with Ms. Kaya, but she just gets real mad and growls and bites us when he says hello.
What light through yonder window breaks?

It's sad, really.  But so funny.