Tuesday, April 29, 2008

go ahead, maddie. make my day.

this is a voicemail my niece left me a few weeks ago. absolutely made my day.

wish i could bottle her sweet voice and sell it for billions.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

please recycle.

see? you can have much more fun with toilet paper than with diet books.

yesterday was one of the first absolutely stunningly beautiful spring days we've had this year. i mean STUNNING. i was positively bowled over by the sunlight, the daffodils cocking their little bell-shaped heads, the tulips with their mouths gaping wide as if they're actually eating sunlight. a delicious day. if i could eat it, i'd bet it would taste like fresh sweet peas... or a stalk of asparagus spritzed with lemon...

i'm guessing it was the contrast between the bright, sunny beauty of the outside and my dark, crowded apartment that inspired it, but i wasn't in my apartment for more than 10 minutes before i started maniacally purging my place of all the unused THINGS - pulling books off shelves, clothing out of closets and beauty products out of cupboards - tossing them all into garbage bags and boxes. the plan was to take them to the salvation army, but then i decided pish on that! it's time to have a stoop sale! make a little cashola, ya know.

as i was going through the books, i was sort of surprised by how many diet books i found. i thought i'd tossed all of those suckers from my shelves ages ago, but obviously not. i found quite a few. interesting... i thought i'd really truly let go of the diet mindset, but i obviously hadn't. they were, i guess, sort of like my safety blanket. if this whole intuitive eating gambit doesn't work, i must've thought, i always have Bob Greene and Those French Ladies Who Never Get Fat to snap be back to reality.

no mas!!!

they have been banished from The Shelves. only self-loving, mind-expanding books there, please.

so, anyway... i was planning to sell those books on my stoop, but then Emily over at It Has to Start Somewhere left a comment on my blogpost about the South Beach Diet's "Festive Yogurt" this morning. i went to check out Emily's blog. her most recent post serendipitously said this:
I purged last weekend, but not in a bad way. I was doing some spring cleaning, and reorganizing my bookshelves to accommodate a bunch of new reading material I've purchased over the past six months. And while not alarming in number, I did notice that I have quite a few books on diets. And by diets, I mean fairly restrictive eating and exercise plans that are nearly impossible to maintain over a lifetime. I was struck with the realization that this may be one of those 'garbage in, garbage out' kind of things. Those books peer out from their shelves at anyone who uses my living room. Perhaps it is not the healthiest thing to have all of my past fails at diet attempts staring me in the eye when I'm trying to relax.

I contemplated boxing up the books and donating them to the library. But then it struck me that perhaps this may just perpetuate the problem. Maybe I'm just adding proverbial fuel to the proverbial fire by passing along material that is essentially weight loss propaganda. So, instead I took my box of books to my local recycling center. I was thrilled to see that my books could be recycled into something that may actually benefit my fellow citizens.
brilliant, right?! off to the recycling bin these books go to be "recycled into something that may actually benefit my fellow citizens" right-o. like toilet paper.

i won't be posting for the next week. off to the beach! and yes, i'm feeling some body anxiety about the whole bikini thing. even though i've lost some weight in the past few months, my abdomen hasn't seen sunlight (or the gym) in about 9 months. but, i'm breathing, and bringing along a one-piece "safety suit" that might not be as sexy, but makes me feel just as pretty, and allows me to focus on feeling the sunlight and the wind on my face, and not on figuring out the most effective method for reducing jellyrolls.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

bragging on the cute.

The Cute did all the sound on this New York Times video piece - the music and the "paper unrolling" intro.

he's fancy and talented and he's my favorite. he also makes a mean caesar salad. you burp garlic for days, but it's worth it.

Friday, April 18, 2008

squishy insides are divine.

when was the last time you ate a bagel in its entirety withOUT ripping the squishy, yummy insides out to lessen the carb load? it's been YEARS for me, but i just finished one (slathered with full-fat scallion cream cheese, thank you very much). it was absolutely lovely, and the most remarkable thing is that i do not have an overwhelming desire to leave my desk NOW and run up and down the 20-plus flights of stairs in my building for 3 hours. this is an improvement! nope. i'm just content, satiated and very grateful that our ancestors figured out how to harvest wheat so i could have this moment.

(speaking of breakfast. check out this lovely little blog called simply breakfast. frankly, i regularly skip this meal in order to get more sleep, but this website has inspired me to rise and dine. of course this does mean, i think, that i need to clean off all the unfinished arts and crafts projects from my kitchen table.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

zee train! zee train!

if my nephew grant says it's a train. it's a train. got it?

grant and his brother tate.

my brother says about grant: "He's a little aggressive. He might give Tate a hug or a head butt." wait... there's a difference?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

now *here's* festive.

in stark contrast to yesterday's post, check out these extraordinary cupcakes i found on Flickr!

Monday, April 14, 2008

wretchipe of the week

i got an email from the South Beach Diet website with the subject line: Festive Yogurt.

festive yogurt, huh? curiosity peaked. i mean what exactly does Dr. Agatston find festive in his yogurt? a shot of vodka? a handful of very crunchy (whoa, bessie) granola? a symphony of fresh berries?

nope. what makes Dr. Agatston's yogurt festive? artificial flavoring.


why make diet junk food when i can buy it pre-packaged and help poison the environment while i poison my body? two birds, one stone.

Festive Yogurt

Serves 2

1 teaspoon cherry or strawberry extract (or your favorite flavored extract)
2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
Red food coloring
1 teaspoon sugar-free chocolate syrup


  1. In a bowl, stir together 1/4 teaspoon cherry or strawberry extract for every 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Add red food coloring until you reach your desired shade of red.
  2. Place in decorative bowls and drizzle with sugar-free chocolate syrup.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

be a walking billboard for size ate!

i updated the size ate shop at cafe press... just a few overpriced t-shirts right now, but more to come. any suggestions for products you'd like to see? let 'em rip!

and just so you know, i'm not making any money on this dealio... the prices you see are what cafe press charges, and i'm uber-pissed the plus-size shirt is $5 more than the others. i SHALL be sending a letter of complaint to the folks at cafe press. i mean seriously. that plus-size shirt requires $5 worth more material?

for now, tho, this'll have to do! i can't afford to have them printed myself. i figure the message is important enough, right?

Friday, April 04, 2008

back from illinois!

the show went beautifully! more pics and details tk, but here is one of my faves. inside the (almost) empty lincoln hall theater on the UIUC campus.