Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"his plan was to take advantage of my kindness." - veronica mars

"must be the first time that's worked for anybody" keith mars, Season Three

I finished season 3 of Veronica Mars, and I am annoyed, because

1) it's over and I am mourning
2) i don't like the ambiguous ending - it's not done!! it's not done!! Bring it back!!!
3) see Reason One.

Seriously, what a great show. Fabulous characters, snarky one-liners, great relationships between those fabulous characters....it can't end! There's got to be more Veronica somewhere....

Monday, March 30, 2009

"Mom, I accidentally stepped in the lake" - girl at Green Lake with no shoes on

I walked around Green Lake with Ringo yesterday and had the BEST peanut butter milkshake ever at Red Mill burgers. I love Red Mill for several reasons:

1) the sauce
2) the no cell phone rule
3) the be patient rule
4) the letter from the kid at the phinney ridge red mill
5) efficient, friendly service

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

owl speak g-chats

evs:continues to get asked out by the homeless.... [sigh]

max: ♫ A wise old owl lived in an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can 't we all be like that bird?

k8: seasonal produce map: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/seasonalingredientmap

meg: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/business/22food.html?_r=2&em

gretzky: is in love with Logan. big time.

Monday, March 23, 2009

we love stumptown

for many reasons.

primarily: they just do damn good coffee. if you are a decaf drinker, stumptown roasts three superb decaf beans....I can't even pick a favorite. but none have the usual decaf bitterness or that weird aftertaste a lot of decaf coffees have.

and shh! don't tell! but you can get their best blends for free on mondays at 3.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

olive love g-chats

k8: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/w4m/1078551340.html

meg: new skis: http://www.lineskis.com/product/celebrity

evs: ♫ just ate an entire container of olives and will be retaining water for the next 2 weeks.

taft: is pouting now

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"help me Mars Kenobi, you're my only hope" - Logan

Gretzky: "should we list all the reasons we love Logan?"

Dri: "that would be embarassing. because I can come up with a lot."

That said, here are reasons we love Logan. A better question might of course be why we wouldn't love him.

6) His cell phone messages: The inspirational quote of the day is hilarious and thought-provoking, and even though he does them to be a smart-ass, you get the feeling he also believes in them, just a little bit.

5) He has a really soft heart, but he covers it all up to pretend to be bad. I know, I know, this is such a foolishly girly thing to say, but I do love the bad boy, I'll be honest. And also, he is the bad boy, but he tries so hard to be better.

4) The episode where he saves Veronica from the Fitzpatricks, pointing the gun at all of them, saying "I've had a really bad year."

Dri insert: I also like his bad boyness in general. I find it sweet and endearing. I'm gonna stop there because it's embarassing.

3) His lines:

"If you really want flowers, dying seems to be the way to go."

"I'm not going to see you for a week. That's, like, a month."

"I thought we were epic."

"They don't write songs about the ones that come easy."

And so on and so forth.

2) The sparks/chemistry/emotional connection between him and Veronica. Even while she's dating Duncan, the tension pops off the screen, and you want him and Veronica to succeed so badly.

1) Who else would be described as the "obligatory psychotic jackass" and still make the audience fall in love with him? There's these layers to Logan, he's not just the obligatory idiot.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

and also, where's your green?

Mine's at the Comet Tavern....

"Who's been putting away the silverware?" - Dave

Dave is probably going to get the best-husband-of-any-friend-I-have Award for 2009. I think he also won it for 2008, but that's another story.

He gets this award for:

1) Driving to Buffalo from Toronto to pick me up after my plane was delayed until midnight, and then driving home to Sij. In the snow. For two hours.

2) Teaching me how to ice skate backwards. I'm still fuzzy, but I've got the general idea, and I think I might be doing triple lutzes by May if I really work at it.

3) Not caring that Sij and I watched the first 18 episodes of Veronica Mars Season One over a period of approximately 96 hours. There is only 1 tv in the place. And it's a 1 bedroom, did I mention that?

4) It's a holdover from the time he bought me The Princess Bride for Christmas. He's still surfing the wave of points he got on that one, let me tell ya.

Anyway, when Dave asked the most ridiculous question about silverware while I was in Toronto a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but laugh - Obviously, it's me, since I'm the one who doesn't live there and am impaired when it comes to putting things away in other people's kitchens. I wasn't really paying attention, I guess.

But really, Dave, 2009 BHOAFIH Award, seriously!

Also, Happy St. Patrick's Day, peeps!

Monday, March 16, 2009

"You can have anything" - Waiter

Gretzky: "Anything?"

Waiter: "Anything on the menu, that is."

Set out on a walk with Ringo the other day. We found ourselves wandering around among all those beautiful old creaky colorful houses meandering along Volunteer Park.

And then we found ourselves at the Volunteer Park CafĂ©, which Ringo loves...I had never been, but I'll definitely be back. I only wish it was closer to my house and also on my way to work - I had the BEST decaf vanilla latte I’ve ever had in my life. I regret now I did not get the barista's name, because he makes damn good coffee. And he painted a lovely fern on top. Nice work, that's all I have to say.

They ran out of the strata after I ordered it and were so apologetic they told me I could have anything I wanted. And then gave me about half a quiche, which Ringo and I promptly devoured. It was also delicious.

Friday, March 13, 2009

"maybe the problem isn't too much reform" - T.M. Sell

I would love to get Arne Duncan's, Maria Goodloe-Johnson's, and a few other people's thought on T. Sell's ideas about high school reform.

I am not taking a position other than that I think he makes some pretty interesting arguments that are worth considering...

Conference in Seattle, anyone?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

We're all bastards these days - Danny Westneat

"I'm in love with two women and I can't decide" -Jason Mesnick

"Maybe you should move to Utah, you big jerk! Effing bachelor bastard, that's what he is." -K8.

I know, I know, I'm a little slow on the uptake, seeing as how the bachelor asked melissa to marry him and then dumped her for molly a couple weeks ago.

All I know is that at the beginning of the Bachelor season earlier this year, an alien inhabited the body of my best friend. I knew this because I called to talk to her and she said, "I have to go now. The Bachelor's starting." I was pretty much in disbelief, which continued when she gave me updates every week of what had happened. She tried to get me to watch it, and I'll be honest, I watched a bit on the ABC website. I did not get sucked into the Bachelor however, because I was getting sucked into Veronica Mars by Sij. More on this later.

But even k8 got pissed at the ending, and Danny Westneat even put it in his column. Not a very favorable impression of people these days....

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

el quetzal = goodness for the stomach

If you haven't gone yet, the new favorite Mexican restaurant, besides the Taco Truck on Rainier, is El Quetzal on Beacon Hill. Please go eat here. You will not be sorry. Awesome color scheme, warm & friendly staff, and yummy Mexican soul food! Feels like you’re eating at a friends’ house. Lovely, lovely, lovely. They don't have a liquor license, but you won't miss the margaritas, the food is that good, I promise.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

metro #11, the soul mate bus...

I’ve given up men for Lent, but I was on the #11 heading home the other day and soulmates came up. I was talking to my seatmate, studying to be a teacher after being laid off recently. She said that everyone on the #11 route is young and hip, and it should be a good spot to scope people out.

I said I’d keep it in mind and asked her how she met her husband. She said she was crossing the street at 1st and Bell, and he was crossing towards her. He stopped her mid-street, and they were married six months later.

Sounds pretty serendipitous to me….The thing about serendipity is that you have to be open to it, though, right? The dictionary says it’s the “accidental discovery of something fortunate.”

Here’s to serendipity, snowflakes, and orange murals in March.

Friday, March 6, 2009

"Young rats denied opportunities for rough-and-tumble play develop numerous social problems in adulthood.

They fail to recognize social cues and the nuances of rat hierarchy; they aren't able to mate."

- Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, 2/24/09, from

The 3 R's? A Fourth is Crucial, Too: Recess

Kids need recess. Please.

Monday, March 2, 2009

work it like a gymnast g-chats

meg: really still has no idea what to do for work when she grows up and is taking suggestions

johnny v: ♫ it turns out, the new whole foods has hybrid parking spots. thats rediculous and amazing.

cowboy: tunnel vision.

evs: "You're gonna work this thing like a Chinese gymnast: wear something tight, force a smile, and lie about your age."

lkt: ♫ Maybe love is waiting at the end of every road. I don't know.