Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Thank you, Fairway, for reuniting me with my old college pal Wacky Mac, the best mac and cheese EVER. Yes, folks, Wacky Mac has not just ONE but all FOUR noodle shapes: Spirals, Shells, Wheels and Tubes. Four times the fun!

Oh, yeah, and then there's that other college friend who is back in my life: Debbie. I blame her for the "illness" that has plagued me for the past two days...and it all started so innocently on Sunday...

Please note: Parties hosted by beer reps are trouble.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I had a lovely Saturday.

It started with brunch on Smith Street with Meredith, Julia, and Chip-- I must say, I'm so excited about the growing Brooklyn contingency. It is so nice to wake up on a weekend morning and have plenty of people to call to go grab some grub- AND, as Meredith mentioned to me, it is so nice to have friends who enjoy food as much as I do. Anyway, then Andy, Meredith and I walked down to Red Hook where we stumbled upon a street rummage sale outside of Bait and Tackle. I bought myself the most amazing bright pink boots, meredith got a Slush Puppy trucker hat, and both Meredith and Andy bought a bunch of records. Score! We definitely noticed a lot more traffic (both foot and car) in the area, because the new Fairway has finally opened. I took this picture outside- only to be yelled at by a security guard who made sure to "remind" me that there would be absolutely no cameras allowed in the store. Yeesh. They also had a big sign up saying that their parking lot (which was full) was for customers only and anyone parking to go to the art show (BWAC) across the street would be towed. We did take a trip inside, though, and the place is HUGE. The prices were also pretty great. They had strawberries on sale, two for three bucks- BUT half of the containers already had mold growing on them. Gross. The lines were not very long, though, and the cashiers were really friendly. Our cashier and bag girl really liked my awesome new pink boots and we had a nice long chat about where I had just purchased them. They also found it crazy that Andy and Meredith had purchased records. I must say, I DO usually go back to any place where people are friendly to me, so I would probably shop there again.

After Fairway, we went to the art show across the street (on which they were loading/unloading all the grocery store crap-- another thing I did NOT like about Fairway) on the pier. I must say, most of the art was stuff I might have done in high school...not the highest quality stuff, but there was some good art to be found and it was still a nice stroll-through. Julia just got a new blender, so we came home to freshly-made frozen margaritas- YUM! - and watched some Tiara Girls...

Coach: I've just read an article in your local newspaper about the School Board's decision on abstinence. What do you think about this issue?

Tiara Girl: Well, I think that students should be encouraged to talk to their schools, so they can understand why they're missing class so much!

(Stunned silence. One of the coaches bursts out into shrieking laughter)

God help the youth of America. She also didn't know who the Vice President was and could not name ONE current event. Holy Jee-bus.

I was supposed to go to a movie with Tiffany for work, but we ended up just grabbing some drinks in my hood with Andy and shooting the shit. Overall, a fantastic Saturday, if I do say so myself.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Contents of the box I just received from Amazon.com:

1 Copy of the newest Gossip Girl book
1 Copy of the Instant Star Season 2 Soundtrack

This might be one of the best packages I have ever received. I think this says a lot about me, especially since I am 24-years-old.
I have failed myself. I did not consume the entire thirty inch hot dog...I didn't even come close. Last year, I got all but 5 or 6 inches down before I almost had a "reversal." This year, I maybe got through 12...What was the problem? Not sure really. Maybe my heart just wasn't in it. I knew how miserable it was last year and yet I agreed to do it again. I also tried not eating today to leave room for the hot dog, but by the time I got to Schnack, that just meant my stomach was really really grumpy at me. It definitely did NOT make it more eager to consume 30 inches of encased meat. ALSO, Chef Harry Hawk decided for some reason that this year no "dipping" would be allowed. Now that just sucks. These things come on a full-scale freaking crusty baguette- how are we supposed to get that down without soaking it a little first? ALSO, Erica kept making me laugh.

Oh well, moral of the story is I will probably never enter an eating contest again. Or WILL I??? I just feel like I owe it to myself to do well in one of these things. We did have an awesome crowd- even those lawyer friends of my sister's who kept heckling me and yelled at me for not finishing. Chip and Tom actually finished theirs and earned themselves 10 bucks to spend at Schnack (which at Schnack equals lots of food) and CHIP came in 2nd in the heat, so he makes it to the finals on memorial Day. I'm so proud.

Anyway, the good pictures are coming, but here are some preliminary shots. I gave my camera to Debbie who was, unfortunately, all the way across the room. I'll put better ones up when I get them from the other photogs.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Debbie's back!!! Yay!!!

It's like the missing piece is back in our puzzle.

Yay for margaritas at The Heights and lots of debauchery to come...Just like old times...

Tonight was also good for stretching out the 'ole stomach for, yes, the Schnack hot dog eating contest tomorrow. Yeah. I'm going to try to eat a 30 inch hot dog for the second time. This time I am bringing four friends to do it with me. Should be interesting...CERTAINLY there will be more hilarious pictures.

If you want to see the spectacle in person, shit will go down at 9 PM tomorrow (Thursday) night at Schnack in Brooklyn.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Okay, since I prematurely put up a picture of David Hasselhoff this week, instead of Hasselhoff Friday, this week will be Pants-Off Dance-Off Friday (brought to you by Kiefer Sutherland and fuse-- shout out to Meredith!).


Pants-Off Dance-Off is a show on fuse where people strip to music videos...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I don't know 'bout anyone else, but I feel like this week is really dragging...SO I bring you some super-bonus Hasselhoff to get you through over that hump- courtesy of The Hasselhoff Foundation

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I saw the most disturbing thing on ESPN2 last night: Professional Paintball. Seriously? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the weird sports they play on ESPN2: Competitive Eating, Cheerleading, Trained Dog Competitions, Trick Billiards, and (I've only been able to find this one once) Competitive Breaking (martial artists break stuff in creative ways). BUT, I have to draw the line at professional paintball, it's just ridiculous. I could maybe find it acceptable if they got to battle each other in cool sets like giant castles or a huge labyrinth or something, but they didn't even have that. These dudes just got to hide behind inflatable triangles that looked like they belonged at Gymboree. LAME-O. ESPN2, I've lost some respect. I expect a day-long marathon of the Strong Man Competition this weekend as retribution. Thanks.

By the way, this is the site for the Prossional Paintball League. On it, they have a plea for people to write to ESPN2 and ask for more paintball...please don't.

Monday, May 08, 2006

I know I say this a lot, but: I love my apartment.

I wish pictures could truly capture these types of things...but try and imagine how pretty this sky was tonight...pretty please?

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Another smashing weekend.

Friday night, we lost our soccer game (sadness) but then we stumbled upon a street fair (happiness). I got cotton candy (yumminess) and the gang played some midway games (fun-ness). I officially love this sequence of pictures.

The weather was gorgeous this weekend-- perfect for breaking in Keil's new grill (and his and Heather's new home) on Saturday.

Just try and tell me my canine niece isn't the cutest dog this side of the Mississippi.

Check out Keil's meat!

We heart corn. Manners Shmanners.