can you blame eve?

i mean really. an apple. i don't know that i could resist. this morning when i was at whole foods the produce department looked as though apples were all they had. glorious fujis and galas and honeycrisps and cortlands and sigh... since then all i've thought about is the bag of apples that shawn brought me from the farmer's market and how they'd be oh-so-delicious with some crusty bread, some gouda and a nice reisling. oh, and a fire.

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shawn's the bal shem tov

he buys me apples and zombie t-shirts. he's the besht.
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friday's random ten (things i'm coveting)

#1 - these boots
#2 - artful paper dolls by terry taylor
#3 - this zombie tote bag
#4 - rockin' bones
#5 - fantine by french girl knits
#6 - some colinette tao yarn, please
#7 - oh, and some freshcut fabrics
#8 - this sweater
#9 - windflower by nick bantock & eduardo ponti
#10 - a panasonic lumix

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a very good night

jason, marlon & tea came over last night. i made a salad with pears, noble blue, baby greens, cranberries, cinnamon toasted pecans and a pear balsamic dressing. shawn made a sunchoke/potato gratin and peppered pork chops with carmelized onions & pears and stilton. it was AMAZING. and then we finished it all with pear currant fold over pie that i made, accompanied by vanilla gelato.  we're really embracing the  fall fruits in this house.

AND THEN we watched the evil dead. a most excellent evening.

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witches of eastwick

cheryl & i have this uncanny ability to summon people. we'll be talking about someone who we haven't heard from in awhile and they call or just plain appear. its a wee bit creepy.

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lottery winner

no one is luckier than me on the friend front. i have been blessed repeatedly. cheryl. teena. lynn. caroline. davey. syndy & colleen... i could go on.

and now i've found out that syndy & colleen are moving few mere miles from us. how great is that?

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flare up

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happy art night

i need to get some work done for sacred art and i between headaches and a total lack of inspiration, i haven't gotten much done.  last night however was very productive. and i think this is my favorite piece.

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have you seen this yet?

so, i posted my pic for the self portrait challenge yesterday with no commentary. my rosacea was flaring up a bit and i am notorious for avoiding cameras when i'm in the midst of a flare-up. there are entire sets of vacation pics with NO pictures of me. there are family events in which i do not exist. but i knew i had to take the pic - i just wasn't happy about it and didn't know what to say about it.

at the same time, this video is making the rounds. two friends emailed it to me. and then it showed up on pop candy. it is brilliant. and simple. and incredibly eye-opening. and well, even though my momma didn't raise me to be so concerned with my looks it hard not to be when this is what we're up against.

i loved the dove "tested on real curves ads" (that cause drichard roeper to make women everywhere loathe him by commenting that if he wanted to see chunky legs, he'd pick up a bucket of fried chicken.) i am devoted to dove shampoo. and after a visit to their website i do believe they kick ass. in a world where tara reid feels like she needs plastic surgery, nicole richie seems to have stopped eating altogether and there are pro-anorexic websites out there i think its increbly important for someone to stand up and say this isn't ok - its completely fucking up young women's sense of self.

i'm lucky - at least women my age or thereabouts had sassy magazine to balance out all the crap. what do teenage girls have now? cosmogirl. and this is not to say i have entirely healthy self esteem. let's say 9 days out of ten i'm comfortable in my skin, with my body. its a struggle sometimes. but at least i know that noone but paris hilton looks like paris hilton and that's not something realistic to aspire to.

sara ramirez on grey's anatomy however... big props to abc for having a strong hispanic woman who's body is blissfully normal and she's so comfortable with herself that she's willing to a) dance around like a fool in her undies and b) take mcsteamy to bed. now if only ellen pompeo would go out for a nice steak.

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with celery & onions?

so, teena asked me if i'd heard about the guy who killed and cooked his girlfriend and then killed himself? i hadn't checked the times-picayune yet so, no. i immediatly went to their site and sure enough, there was a headline about a man who'd killed himself after cooking his girlfriend. no joke. cooked his girlfriend. as if it wasn't terrible enough that he'd actually killed her, he then proceeded to have sex with her and then cooked her. cooked her. how do you get that crazy? seriously.

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an odd version of friday's random...

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool ...

Opening Credits
"jerusalem" - matisyahu

Waking Up
"lily dreams on" - cotton mather

First Day at School
"all star" - smash mouth

Falling in Love
"sitting on the dock of the bay" - otis redding

Fight Song
"go monkey go" - devo

Breaking Up
"kissed by lightning" - deadboy & the elephantmen

Prom
"here i sit" - the ronnettes

Life is Good
"m'bife" - amadou & mariam

Mental Breakdown
"maybe sparrow" - neko case

Driving
"suaron" - the slackers

Flashback
"friend of mine" - lily allen

Getting Back Together
"gone so long" - professor longhair

Wedding
"reckless" - tilly & the wall

Paying the Dues
"i believe" - elmore jones

The Night Before the War
"his truth is marching on" -  mike doughty

Final Battle
"tell me" -  catfish haven

Moment of Triumph
"click song number 1" - miriam makeba

Death Scene
"fox confessor brings the flood" - neko case

Funeral Song
"3000 flowers" - destroyer

End Credits
"the 88" - french kicks

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we all love lucy

yesterday was gram's 84th birthday. and in light of the fact that a few months ago we didn't think she'd make it to 84, it seems downright miraculous. it actually makes me so happy i think my heart could burst. plus, how cute is she?

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