How are you doing today?? I'm doing just great! Besides having a serious case of cabin fever due to the fact that I haven't really left my house in four days. Needless to say - I'm starting to look like a leprechaun/troll mixture.
It's been raining very hard, and pretty much non stop all week, and since I only work on the weekends I really haven't had reason to leave the house. Once a day I'll leave for about two hours to go to the gym and that's it. What have I been doing with my time at home?? Taking 3 or 4 two hour naps a day. Perhaps my being so tired is just a signal that there something medically wrong with me!!! Or - we could quit being melodramatic, tell the truth and say -I really need to get out more lol.
Even though I won't post a photo of my troll like afrotastic self today - here is one taken of me and my dog Ginger in 1999 followed by one taken last December - right before I moved to Florida:
Yesterday I gave you a little insight into my love for old Hollywood......
Fred and Ginger, men in suits, and everything black and white. After much speculation I decided I would let you know a little bit more about me. I’m pretty guarded on my blog, because I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to tell my every single thought , feeling and entire life story to every single person in the world who is reading my blog.
Don’t get me wrong - I’d be more than happy to read about someone else’s life and all of their victories and woes lol, but I’d rather not write about mine. To be honest, when I really think about it, talking about the intricacies of my life on CCH kind of creeps me out, because I have no idea who is reading my blog every day.
Long story short - I'm letting my guard down as much as I comfortably can these days - so here is another side/part/thing about me that you may or may not know already……
When I was ten years old I wanted to be on Saturday Night Live more than anything…….
If you know me then you know that I think I’m the funniest person to exist. I crack myself up. You can see me in the corner alone, in a room full of people, laughing hysterically because I thought or said something really funny and couldn’t contain it. I can’t get enough of my knee slapping one liners and quick-witted personality. I am in fact – my best friend. And when people reject my friendship, treat me badly, or drop me like a sack of potatoes, my response is always “But I’m so funny! Don’t they know how funny I am??? I’d want to be my friend! Hell, I’m my best friend! These people are crazy!” Does everyone agree that I am as funny as I say I am? Hell no they don’t lol. The main reason why people laugh at me is BECAUSE I think I’m so funny lol. I get a lot of odd looks, question mark faces, and “what the fuck is this girl thinking?” stares. But that’s neither here nor there.
When I was ten years old, I declared that I would one day be on Saturday Night Live. I had to share my humor with the world! Then I realized that I was about 15-20 years too young to be on SNL. So long story short - my dream kind of fell to the wayside due to age. But I would be lying if I said I don’t wonder “what if” every now and then.
After watching SNL for years– I’ve not only become a more amusing person – but I’ve developed a healthy obsession for funny women. Here is a very very condensed list of my favorite funny gals:
I like to think I give comedic relief to any situation - similar to the women pictured above. That’s who I am. I am “the funny girl” and I like it that way. Beauty and brains only get a person so far, and only last for so long. With age comes memory loss, and also withering looks. In my opinion - humor is like a preservative for your soul. It's everlasting.
I find comfort knowing that my humor will never fade....and that I'll always find myself hilarious :)
Let us begin...
It's a day for covers I suppose...
It's a day for covers I suppose...
(1) SARA BAREILLES – DOCK OF THE BAY COVER
I often sing along to Saras version of this song to and from work pretending that our voices are in sync...who am I kidding lol. My voice is a far cry from hers...a far far far cry..... I love this lady something fierce.
ALINEA – CHICAGO, IL
If anyone would like to argue that food isn't art....check out this restaurant and then rethink your stance. There is no argument to be had.....
(1) SARAH GIM’S SERVING OF VIRTUAL FOOD PROVE IRRESISTIBLE
As someone who has submitted hundreds of recipes to Tastespotting.com and has only had the privilege of being featured on the Homepage a mere 8 times - this article is very near and dear to my heart. I too have been one of those "why didn't you like my french toast picture/recipe????" bloggers. This article really opened my eyes to what exactly goes into the choosing of the recipes and how hard it is for Sarah to choose. Landing a spot on the homepage of this website is like hitting the food blog lottery. Each time my recipes were featured - I had at least 100 more visitors to my site within 24 hours. I'm glad I got to read this article, because at least now when I'm turned down - I won't feel so bad about it......
“Sarah Gim certainly didn't invent food porn. But she's perfected it.
Gim runs TasteSpotting, a virtual buffet showcasing some of the most arresting food images available online with a collection that tops 140,000 stunning photos. The majority of the 5 million clicks logged each month come from visitors who graze with their eyes and gobble up kitchen inspiration and recipes. They drool. They lose themselves in the aspiration of it all. A red beet salad adorned with chives that were sprinkled just so. A snowflake cookie with impossibly perfect pink icing. And a plump fig, torn open and lovingly captured in a photo that is so simple, so transporting that it borders on heartbreaking.
It all looks so artful, so effortless. But there's a grittier side to the site. If you could pull back the curtain, you'd see food bloggers worldwide relentlessly vying for an audience with all those readers. As the gatekeeper, Gim can get as many as 1,000 submissions in a single day. But, alas, only a fraction land that coveted spot on TasteSpotting's home page. And the angry emails — "Why didn't you post my apple tart?" — can quickly pile up.
"I do sometimes feel like I am one of the most hated people in the food world," says Gim, who works from her spacious, sun-drenched home in Los Angeles. "I read the Twitter feed. I definitely know…. I feel so bad when somebody is hurt by it.... It's a hard job to do."
Gim is referring to the disappointment food bloggers feel — and give voice to — when they are rejected by TasteSpotting. Although it is just one of many so-called food porn sites, alongside the likes of foodgawker, Serious Eats' Photograzing and Food Porn Daily, Gim's site is considered by many to be the gold standard.
"From a food blogger's perspective, TasteSpotting is No. 1," says Los Angeles food writer and blogger Greg Henry of the food blog Sippity Sup. He has had his share of photos featured and rejected by Gim over the years. Landing a spot on TasteSpotting is like hitting the lottery.”
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(2) RIKERS ISLAND INMATES BAKE 36,000 LOAVES OF BREAD A WEEK
“National Geographic Channel have created a real-life version of the animated film Up — launching a house thousands of metres into the air using balloons.
A team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 8' coloured weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.
Using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, the lightweight building reached an altitude of more than 3000m and remained in the air for about an hour.
The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.”