OK, I think shoes have turned into the complete bane of my entire existence (at least when it comes to clothing)!! I have an odd foot size, so it's officially impossible to find shoes. I wear an 11 Narrow. It's impossible to find in stores, so I was looking at Nordstrom's website, and I found 2 pairs that I want to get, but my mom convinced me to wait until I get out to LA where they have like 6 stores in the area. They're so cute though. One's a slide with leather strappy things in turquoise, and it's on sale, so it's just under $40. The other pair is a slingback in suede with almost a tennis shoe look and totally cute, but they're almost $83.

Don't get me wrong, I love shoes as much as any other girl, but I hate having to shop for them!!! I'm going out of my mind!! I have 2 pair of shoes that I could wear in an office environment and one of them is actually a little two small, and the other I wouldn't wear with a skirt (they're little ankle boots, but they're wide around the ankle, great with pants, not with skirts).

Question of the Day: What size shoe do you wear?


Poor doggies....

OK, so again I was reading Slate (it's getting to be a habit--they've got some good articles, and free!) and I came across an article on genetic engineering. OK, so Genetic engineering is really nothing new. It's been in the news and everyone's heard about DNA and mapping the human genome or DNA comparisons and all of that, even if they only watch CSi or something once in a while. Great. So I found this article the same place or area that I found the article on the SUV from last night's entry. At any rate it's all about how humans have been Genetically Engineering dogs practically since we could walk upright. Different breeds were 'Engineered' to do different things, hunt, herd, protect, obey. It's scary. And all the inbreeding has caused genetic defects and diseases that are specific to each breed. At any rate the article is called "FrankenFido: Our creepiest genetic invention, the dog." It's the most appropriate title for the article. I can officially never look at a dog the same way.

And if you think about it, cats are the same way, not as extreme, but much the same. Cats were domesticated, and then bred, but nowhere near to the extreme that dogs were, and still are! I never thought of it as twisted, but it totally is. It's really scary..... Ick!!

Question of the Day: What kind of pets do you have, or did you have growing up, or do you wish you have?


An SUV that I actually like...

So I was reading Slate and I came across an article that makes some predictions for the upcoming year. At any rate they said that Toyota won't be able to make enough of the 2007 FJ. It's funny because I actually like this thing. It's ugly, but it's funky. It's not as horrible as so many of the others that are available. The back seat looks a little skimpy, but I still like it. I want someone to buy me one! Please?

Question of the Day: Look it's a flaming llama!!

White Bean and Yellow Pepper Soup

This is an amazing soup that my mom has mad for years. It was our Christmas Eve dinner. It's incredibly yummy, and very easy to make. We've been having issues with the beans lately, but I think that's because we're the only ones who buy the dried white beans. It'd be very easy to use canned beans instead of dried, though you might have to use more than the required 2 cups....

To give credit where credit is due: this recipe is out of a really old cookbook called The Art of Low Calorie Cooking by Sally Schneider. It's got the calorie counts at the end of each recipe and all of that.

2 Cups of white beans (navy or great northern beans, cannelinni [white kidney beans] would also be good too)

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

3 yellow bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch dice (3 cups)

1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)

4 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 can Italian peeled tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped, and their liquid (we usually just used diced)

1 & 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned broth

8 sage leave, preferably fresh (orignial recipe, but we use basil)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 teaspoon balsamic or red wine vinegar

freshly ground black pepper

If you are using dried beans, soak overnight, or cover with water and bring to a boil, cover and let sit for one hour. Drain the beans, recover with water by two inches and cook until tender, but not mushy. (The recipe says at least one hour, but we've had it take much longer.) Drain the beans. We're going to be switching to canned beans I think, and you just skip the steps above.

In a large heave saucepan or flameproof cassarole, combine the oil, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are oft but not brown, about 15 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the chicken stock, sage (or basil), salt, sugar, and cooked beans (or canned). Simmer until the soup begins to thicken and the beans are soft, 30 to 40 minutes.

Stir in the cream and vinegar. Season with black pepper to taste. This soup can be made ahead. Let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days; or freeze up to 3 months.

Variation: This soup also makes a great sauce for pasta, 351 calories per serving. For each serving, figure 1/2 portion (about 1/2 cup) of the soup per 2 ounces of dry pasta.

8 Servings

282 Calories

13.4 gm Protein

8.0 gm Fat

41.0 gm Carbs per serving

Question of the Day: What's your favorite recipe?



Well, Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Everyone here is all off at church, I'm here on my own. I'm supposed to put the turkey in the oven at 11:30, and peel potatoes while they're gone. We did my fabulous French Toast for breakfast, and it was very yummy, but my mom didn't cook it while everyone else was getting dressed, so we couldn't open gifts before church. We'll have to do that later. Stephan got to open one of his presents just after we finished eating and he seemed to like it. It was one of those Lego Bionicle things. He's 10 and likes to build things so my mom and I were basically clueless as to what to get him. But he seemed to like it a lot. It's funny because I already know what a lot of my gifts are. I had to wrap a couple of them. I don't like that: knowing what I'm getting before I'm allowed to have it. It takes all the fun out of things. It's one thing to try and guess, but it's another thing to know and to see it and then to actually have to wrap it yourself and put it under the tree! I feel really bad for my mom because she grew up doing that. She was the oldest of 5 kids and had to wrap everyone's gifts including her own. I wouldn't want to put someone through that.

At any rate, I was playing Uroulette while I was waiting to be able to put things in the oven and whatnot, and I found probably the most beautiful dedication to the AIDS virus that I've ever seen. It's called Looking for the Light and it's all photography and stories of people over the course of 10 years. It's really beautiful and well done. I had tears in my eyes....

Question of the Day: What are you doing today for Christmas, Hannukah, or whatever other holiday you're celebrating? (Ramadam, Kwanza, Winter Solstice...)


sleep is becoming an issue....

OK, so I am so wound up with this move it's insane. It's all I can think about, all I can talk about, and I'm not sleeping well because of everything I'm thinking about with it. I want to talk about other things, but I can't seem to come up with other topics because even talking about movies (my favorite subject) brings me back to the reason I'm moving to LA in the first place! I'm sleeping really poorly because I'm so wound up and waking up every two hours.

I did something mildly related to moving today. I'm trying to get organized. I figured out a way to organize my jewelry that I'm making. I've got a large frame that I'm going to decorate and then fill in with a chicken-wire type stuff and then I'll hang S-hooks from it to hang necklaces from it. I'll add a wooden dowel with eye-screws for the hundreds of bracelets that's I'm accruing (these are just simple, single-strand, single color, stretchy ones). I'll put some thin jewelry chain on it for earrings and either paint the backer-board black, or leave it out entirely (I haven't decided). But it's a project to get my mind off of moving. So today, to work on it, I went through the vintage section of art.com looking at posters and little things that I can print out and glue onto the frame. I think because of the nature of the frame, I'm going to use Poloson pictures (not the chickens and fruit, just the shoes and corsets and such). But I'll glue those around the edges and then use a silver paint around the edges of the raised parts of the frame. It's simple, but it does have a little detail--just enough to annoy me.... Maybe I'll post a picture of it when (if) I finish it.

Question of the Day: What color eyes do you have? (Don't just say "brown." I'll bet your eyes are a lot cooler than that, dammit!)


Apartment Hunt

So, I've completely started freaking out about my upcoming move to California. I've actually started thinking about what I have to do, and the list is completely daunting. I have to find an apartment, which is going to be impossible. I have to pack to move. I have to go out there and come back and take all my stuff. I have to find a job. I need to find friends because I really don't know anyone. I'm leaving in 15 days or so, and all of this is just starting to come home to me!

I've started lurking around craig's list looking at apartments, and looking at roommates. I realized that I don't think I'll really be able to get a place by myself right away. I don't have a job, and because I haven't really been making any money recently, I'm not sure I'll be able to qualify for one. But if I get in with a roommate, first off the rent is cheaper, I'll have a friend (hopefully), and I'll be able to have a starting point. So, I actually e-mailed one girl today who has a place in Culver City. It's a great place, and I'd love to live there, but I'm really a little scared to commit to a place until I have a job, but I'm not really sure I'll be able to get a job until I have a place. And that kinda scares me...

Plus, I have to have some kind of vehicle. I'm not sure I care what kind anymore, but I still really like the idea of a Vespa. I'm going to look into a used one. It just makes a lot more sense than buying a new one. It's just a matter of finding one. I don't know the first place to look. Especially since JD Power doesn't even rate motorcycles at all. It's a little annoying. So, I just realized that Ebay has vehicles (though I don't understand why people would want to buy or sell a car like that: it just doesn't make sense to me). But I went over there and they have about 20 Vespas available, though most of them are the vintage kind, and while those are completely cool, I'm not sure I want to deal with another old car.... Don't get me wrong, I love my car (it's a '90 VW Cabriolet Convertible in red), but it's seriously coughing, and it's incontinent now (it leaks gas). *sigh* I just need someone to give me a vehicle that will survive for my first year out there without needing any work except oil changes.

Question of the Day: How hard was it for you to move out of your parents' place?



So I think I've decided to get a Vespa when I move out to Los Angeles. They've got a model called the GTS that even if I paid full price, it'd be under $6 grand. Depending on the kind of insurance rates I can get, I'll be able to afford an apartment closer to work if I get a scooter rather than a car. Plus in a place like Los Angeles with beautiful weather all year long (like here), a scooter or a convertible would be great. Plus the GTS can go up to 76 miles per hour, so it's still viable on the highway. The only major questions I have are about mpg (for it's 2.4 gallon tank), security, and how to get groceries to and from the store.

I was looking at the Ural website the other day because I'm liking the idea of a motorcycle more and more, but I don't really want a real motorcycle. Urals all (or mostly) have sidecars, which are supremely cool. I saw Garden State when it was in theaters and he had a sidecar, and it was just the coolest thing ever. I loved it. So that got me thinking that if I want a motorcycle, it has to have a sidecar. But then one of my friends told me that Ural is a Russian design based on, like, 1970s German design that they bastardized. Or something like that. I'm completely misquoting him, but he went on this long rant-like thing basically telling me why I should not get a Ural. He'll probably go off on me about Vespa, too, but those are Italian, and nobody can talk bad about Italians (except maybe Mussolini) to me: they perfected pasta (the Chinese invented the stuff).

At any rate, Motorcycles are expensive, and scooters just feel safer to me until I learn more about them. So that's how I remembered Vespa. I honestly can't think of other brands of scooters besides Vespa and the Hoveround or whatever it is, and that's a old people motorized chair that goes 2 miles per hour....

Question of the Day: Who is your favorite late-night talk show host? (ex: Letterman, Conan, Leno, etc.)


Shopping Trip

So my mom and I went shopping today. Sort of. We didn't do the all out girls shopping trip, but we went to lunch after our respective doctor's appointments (she had a dentist appointment and I had an appointment with a gastro-something-or-other). Then we went to Joanne's, Linen's 'n' Things, and then Target. I think I've said before that I've gotten really into beading and jewelry making, but I had to get more stuff for gifts for Christmas. Also, since mom was with me, we picked out some Christmas gifts for me, that I'll use to make gifts for others, then wrap and stick under the tree. It's all sorts of crazy. But this way, Mom knows she's getting something I want. It's not expensive, but hey....

I also want an ipod and a car, but what can you do?

We went to Linen's 'n' Things, and I was shocked because they sell wine now. They're only supposed to sell things like sheets and towels and drapes and soap dishes!! Why are they selling wine?? And it's not like it's only one or two varieties: they've got a whole wine section. It's as big or bigger than the towel section!!! And they sell food too!!! I was so confused!!! And they still don't sell the brand that I love. I've only found Cloudy Bay at the liquor store near my house. It's crazy. None of the specialty wine places sell it, but I walk into the liquor store by my house and they've got it on the shelf there.

After that we stopped at Target. We went in to look for shams to match the quilt/bedspread that my mom had bought at a different Target a few days earlier. And for Starbuck's. I find it so amusing that Starbuck's is in Target. There's one shopping center with a Barnes & Noble and a Target, so now there's 2 Starbucks. It's just like New York! (But with more strip malls!) *sigh*

Question of the Day: What's you're favorite Starbuck's treat?


King Kong

OK, so I know: it's 4 AM, but I just saw King Kong and I had to gush. Also, for some reason my stomach is really upset and that's only happened since I got home. But anyway, I LOVE King Kong. I totally cried. I don't know why, but I always seem to fall for the monsters in a story. Phantom of the Opera: I saw the show in San Francisco, and read the book and completely fell in love with the phantom and thought Raoul was a complete idiot.

But the main point is that King Kong is awesome. The effects (as per Peter Jackson and Weta) were stunning. The story completely swept me away even though I knew how it ended. I really didn't like the so-called "spiderpit scene" with all the creepy crawlies, and I will probably have nightmares about it. It was disgusting and I think I might just go throw up...

I did love the fact that the movie followed the same plot points as the original. I didn't see the original, but movies from that era tend to do the same thing: end somewhat abruptly. There was no happily ever after here. He didn't show a wedding or a funeral or a press conference of some variety. It wouldn't make sense, but some directors would probably try to tack something like that on. Old movies always ended where they needed to without all the excess jibber-jabber.

I honestly think that might be enough about Kong for now, but I did also see the preview for the DaVinci Code. Oh, my. That is going to be very, very good. That's all I'm going to say about that. Plus it's going to make a ton of money: from the people who read the book, and from the people who were too lazy to read it. The only people who won't go are people who've either never heard of the book or are boycotting it because of what the theory behind it is (read the book, I'm not telling you what it is). And even then, some of those will sneak into the theater when their fellow protesters aren't watching.....

So I think that's seriously all for now, because I really need sleep....

Question of the Day: What was the last movie you cried in?


Dear Santa...

Ok, so I got sent a site that does a letter to Santa for grown-ups. It's really funny, and you should go do it yourself before you read mine, below....

Santa Claus

North Pole, Earth

Dear Santa,

I have been a good girl.

It really wasn't my fault what happened at Laura's Office party. It was Steve who spiked the punch with too much rum. I can't help it if I drank 13 glasses. It was so good---smelled and tasted just like bread.

I thought it was funny when I put Laura's dress on my head and danced the tango on the sofa while singing 'So Cold'. I didn't mean to break Laura's Camera and don't know why Laura would accuse me of murder.

I don't remember calling Bill's wife a tall cow---even though she looked like one with purple eye shadow and blue lipstick!

And when I threw up on Michelle's husband's arm, it was only because I ate too much of that chocolate.

After all that fun, I admit I was a little tired. So I fell asleep on my way home and drove my Volkswagen through my neighbor's bedroom. I don't think that was any reason for my neighbor to call me a fat elephant and have me arrested for robbery!

So, Santa...here I sit in my jail cell on Christmas Eve, all beautiful and windy. And I'm really not to blame for any of this cold stuff. Please bring me what I want the most---bail money!

Sincerely and quickly yours,

Debbie (Really a nice girl!)

P.S. It's only 42 bucks!

Question of the Day: How much is your bail?



Ok, so I was originally going to write about New Zealand, and missing it and traveling, but I'll have to save that for later because I just saw the trailer for the newest of the X-Men movies, X3. That movie is going to be so cool!!! I am officially really excited because Jean Grey/Phoenix comes back. Kelsey Grammar is Beast. There's all sorts of cool stuff and the preview is only a minute and a half long!! Just go watch it....

Ok, Are you back? Wasn't that cool? I am so excited because, well I just am.... I know I need to get over it. It doesn't come out 'til May, but still!!


Question of the Day: Are you more excited about King Kong or Narnia?


Get Smart

Ok, before I go on my little rant, I have to say that I completely approve of the casting choice of Steve Carrell for Maxwell Smart. That said, I can't believe they're making a Get Smart movie. I was reading The Hollywood Reporter (best Entertainment news source ever) and I found an article about Helmer Segal signing on to direct. I was starting to freak out. I grew up watching Get Smart, and I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched. I watched Dragnet, too, when my mom would let me stay up that late.

Besides, they already made a Get Smart movie. (Or two--I couldn't tell.) It's just not ok!!!

Question of the Day: What TV shows did you watch growing up?


I don't even know what to talk about tonight. I'm bored, listening to music (not of the holiday variety--I'm starting to get really sick of it), and thinking about what I probably should be doing instead of sitting here trying to come up with a blog topic.... Sad I know....

But at any rate, I should work on homework. Or I should work on finding more places to apply to, because I still haven't heard back from William Morris yet. I did drop another resume in the mail today, though it won't go out until tomorrow. It's addressed to International Creative Management. They represent some HUGE names. And their program is very similar to WMA's, so I'm happy. I just need a job. That's not true, I could get a job doing almost anything, but I want a job doing this. I'm too picky, it's the same reason I haven't been able to make a relationship work....

All I know is that right now, I don't feel like doing anything that doesn't have to do with moving. I've got to study for an exam on Tuesday night, and then I've got a project due on Thursday, but we might need to present on Tuesday, so it needs to be all or at least mostly done by then, which is really annoying. Luckily, I'm completely done with one class, so I don't have to worry about that...

Question of the Day: What kind or shoes are you wearing (or not wearing)?


Holy Sh*t it's December!!!!

Ok, I'm freaking out slightly here. It's December 3rd already, and while I wrote half of this entry yesterday, I went to a concert and decided to discard the entry. I know where October went, but I still wasn't ready for it to be over. October got consumed by Hurricane Wilma. But I still don't know where November went. Thanksgiving came and went so quickly, that my head is still spinning.

So I went to a concert last night. It was the 99X-Mas ball. It was a ton of fun, but I didn't do the normal things I do at concerts. Usually I'm way up front by the stage, yelling and screaming, and singing along. Last night, I stayed toward the back and hung out with my friend Steph, and drank beer. Quite a bit more beer than I'm used to. So, I had a bit of a hangover today. Which wasn't pleasant at all. Plus Steph was sick earlier this week, and I think she may have potentially given me her cold because the hangover is gone, but I'm still achy all over. Cold/Flu symptoms, not results of too much to drink....

Question of the Day: What's your favorite song this week?