Wednesday, November 24, 2004


This is a photo of me grinding some spooky looking side dish for my Long Island school Thanksgiving lunch. Even more scary is that I still have the exact same hairstyle today.

Wish me luck as I plunge forth into holiday hell. Each year my mother-suffering from empty nest syndrome-fills her home with as many humans and pets that one house can possibly hold. Last year we had so many people around the table I sat on a chair behind the second row of chairs with my plate on my lap. I had better seating at a recent Knicks game. My favorite story was the year we finished dinner and my father looked down at the shaggy, well-fed mutt at his feet and said after a moment's pause, 'Who's dog is this?'.

This year's table will include-my hairdresser sister and her two gay guy pals-one from England, a movie critic, an ESL book editor, a MTV host, a Vegan, a history buff, a ranked Scrabble player, a Long Island construction worker, a X-Ray tech, a Psychiatrist and a lot of booze. Tradition has it we all go around the room to say what we are thankful for. One year I said I was thankful for John Glenn. And I really meant it. This year I think I'm just thankful that there is a psychiatrist at the table.

What will you be doing?

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Today I managed to spill a very, very large, hot coffee on myself. It was the clown car of coffees in the way it just kept pouring and pouring and pouring out of it's fairly tiny cup until I managed to cover my neck(?), hair, shirt, bra underneath, sweater, pants, underwear underneath, socks, shoes and then there was still enough to pour all over my desk and splash on to my white bag on the floor. It was totally bizarre how completely and entirely SOAKED I looked as if someone had dunked me in a dunk tank. It was so bad that I actually had to walk to H&M down the block and buy new clothes before my meeting. Not just a shirt. Not just a sweater but irratatingly enough an entirely new outfit down to socks. For the record-the new wing off of the H&M in mid-town complete with track lighting and a kicking stereo system and cage dancers and live animals has been entirely funded by ME thanks to my serial number of desperate purchases of similar nature on a regular basis.

Monday, November 08, 2004


Deep Purple, Overcooked Shrimp with
Tasteless Shallots, Chewy, Bitter Fennel
Chunks and a Heavy Pungent
Gorgonzola Polenta Paste

Mmmmm. Dig in.

My future husband is a man that can cook. On a normal, tiring, long week night when I can barely peel back the foil lid of a yogurt, you can find E flipping calmly through a cookbook or pressing send on an email to me with the subject line-'Making monkfish. You in?'

It's amazing to be with a guy that cooks. It rocks in fact. I finally get to live out my 1950's husband dream-'Honey, I'm home!' put down my coat and hat, be given a drink and a kiss on the cheek and off I go to sit down and watch TV until the delicious smells from the kitchen take over and my stomach growls in anticipation of the great tastes to come.

The only problem with such a routine is the inevitable guilt that arises after some time when the ratio of dishes washed on my part to fantastic meals cooked on his seems out of whack, unfair and even cruel. When this happens, I am overcome by a sudden but familiar panic where I actually entertain the crazy thought, 'You know? I should really cook something nice tonight!'

I like to think of this insanity as a reoccuring amnesia of sorts impossible to cure. Despite the outcome of similar culinary outbursts in the past-soups tasting only of water and salt, roasted potatoes so hard they could make replacement pieces for Jenga, etc. I still manage to plunge forth with a determination so great fueled by the fact it will be me-yes me-that makes E the best meal he's eaten in a long, long while.

Tonight I had one of those horrible outbursts. It came in the form of deep purple shrimp (oh yeah-use white wine not red), tasteless shallots (oh yeah-cook until clear-not invisible), fennel (oh yeah-kind of a significant taste) and gorgonzola polenta (oh yeah-fish and cheese-the forbidden combo) Other than that it tastes great.

However, I don't feel too bad. Should he need one I left an extra yogurt in the fridge.

Saturday, November 06, 2004


Rachel Ray. White chocolate. Britney's greasy husband Kevin Federline. Fox news. The price of a decent bra. Red grapes. Tissue paper. Confetti. Bills. Ugg boots. Drew Barrymore. Packing peanuts. People yelling 'your phone is ringing!' when my phone is ringing. Vera Wang champagne flute glasses. Pennies. Web cams. Static cling. A run in my new stockings. Chapped lips. But mostly Wynonna Judd.

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