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Why I blog less often than I should

My home computer is very slow. I sit at a computer all day at work, so the last thing I want to do is go home and sit in front of a slow one. This is supposed to be a food blog, but I honestly can’t remember the last thing I cooked, let alone wanted to share with you, dear reader. Tonight for dinner, I had cereal. 

It feels so good to get this off my chest. (more…)

Somewhat older, growing wiser.

Best twenty-fifth birthday ever! >20 min. wait for a new license at the DMV, delicious dinner, DQ cake, friends, family, Easter candy, matzah ball soup, Mates of State, and not one but two Andrew Bird shows.

I won tickets from the Current for an exclusive in-studio performance. Who said compulsive redialing while at work doesn’t pay off??

Rox and I were lucky (or ballsy?) enough to snag front row seats!! We’re not hard to spot. (also see Rox’s photos here)

Everything’s coming up Iowa!

Today marks a historic day for the U.S., especially the state of Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court rejected the state law banning same-sex marriage, opening the door to a constituional amendment that will be sent to voters. This state has a special place in my heart because I spent four years there, met some of the most important people in my life, and did most of the growing up that led me to become the person I am today. This makes me proud of the sometimes-underestimated state and its citizens. This is a small step (only 47 more states to go!) but I have faith that things will change for the better.

Since my life is slowly becoming more and more immersed in books (especially children’s), I think this quote from Dr. Suess is very fitting for a time like this.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind.

On a sort-of related note, I’ll be traveling to Iowa City next week to see the Hold Steady and visit some of our old haunts. What a great start to the birthday week!

Honest to blog?

Ok, ok, lame title. I watched some of Juno this weekend, and this post is about blogs, so I had to.

Lately, I’ve been astounded at how many blogs exist. Especially food blogs. I check them like most people check the stock market or sports stats. And so many of these blogs make me think, I should have thought of that! I mean, Ezra Pound Cake?? I stole my blog title from a freakin’ TV show! Other new blogs in my Google reader include The White House Blog (so informative!) and Design*Sponge (so pretty!).

As you know, it’s now officially awards season. The internet is a-buzz about the Oscars, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals (for children’s books), and several other awards that come around at the end of a calendar year. The Well-Fed Network (basically a network of food blogs) announced the winners of the 2008 Food Blog Awards. I’m really happy that Smitten Kitchen won in the writing category. I thoroughly enjoy Deb’s recipes and photos, and she has a natural way of writing like she’s actually talking to me. This is especially useful when it comes to cooking and you need some reassurance or some flat-out encouragement. Another one of my faves, the Kitchn, won for Best Group blog, which is no surprise since Apartment Therapy has a great network of blog contributors. Their postings are concise, cover a wide range of topics, and have introduced a lot of new concepts to me.

There’s still time to vote for the 2009 Bloggies, which honors blogs in a variety of categories. I voted for the blogs I honestly read, and also found a lot of blogs I want to check out. I encourage you to browse through the categories and see what’s out there.

And JAG, er, I mean, all you readers in Chicago should check out The Printed Blog, a controversial new endeavor bringing printed articles from blogs to commuters, kind of like a newspaper. I’m torn, it’s rather wasteful compared to actual blogs, but it gets information to those who might not otherwise come across a blog. It’s probably intended to comfort the few who are used to reading an actual paper. Let me know what you think.

Look at that, I’m informing the masses! Could there be a Bloggie in my future? Not with headings like that. Oh well.


What an exciting day!

We have a new President.

I was lucky enough to take a break from working and watch the Inauguration ceremony with my co-workers in a conference room.

And for those of you curious as to what everyone ate at the Inaugural Lunch, both the NYT and Epicurious were kind enough to post details on the menu (which included mac and cheese for the kids! That’s what I had!!)

The Menu

Seafood stew in puff pastry including scallops, shrimp and lobster
(Abe loved seafood)

Main course
“Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)” served with sour-cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes
(Abe ate root vegetables and wild game as a child in Indiana)

Apple cinnamon sponge cake and sweet cream glacé
(Abe liked apples)

Recipes are available.

Photo credit to this ragazzo via a Google search.