October 31, 2003
A poorly made coffee beverage that cost upwards of four dollars.
A state of involuntary celibacy brought on by bad hygiene. (Jake has only himself to blame. His three-year dry spell is a clear case of smellibacy.)
Euphemism for the goo that collects in the corner of one's eye, esp. after sleeping.
To be busted by your significant other for staring at another woman's breasts.
Girlie drinks. e.g., cosmos, kirs, or anything that tastes like Kool-Aid.
The recurring chin zit that results from spending too much time on the phone.
Acronym for "booger in nose." Used to covertly ask a friend "Do I have a bin?"
The loudness one adopts in response to a bad cell-phone connection, in the misguided hope that talking louder will improve the connection. (I'm so embarrassed. I went totally yellular at a restaurant last night.)
I plan on consuming MASSIVE amounts of tart fuel tonight!
October 30, 2003
Festive, but ridiculous, nonetheless.
... "AIRPORT SECURITY"!)
The article states that "[c]onsumers in the third quarter spent lavishly on big-ticket items, such as cars, boosting such spending by a whopping 26.9 percent rate. And, they also spent briskly on "nondurables" such as food and clothes, which grew at a 7.9 percent pace, the strongest showing since the first quarter of 1976."
Can't say I really bought any "big-ticket" items, but I'm glad someone was!
October 29, 2003
Streisand 'Actors Studio' Interview in Limbo?
Maybe you've wondered: Whatever happened to that Barbra Streisand interview with James Lipton for "Inside the Actors Studio?"
Lipton taped Streisand in front of a live audience on October 5, and initially Bravo advertised an October 26 broadcast. But the show didn't air on Sunday night. There were rumblings that Streisand didn't like the way she looked on camera and was holding up airing of the show.
The singer-actress-director is notorious for her perfectionism, especially when it comes to the way she looks on screen. For her American Film Institute tribute, for example, Streisand set the lighting and designed the stage and all the accoutrements. She even put real Tiffany lamps at every table. When she appeared on the Ã¢â¬ÅRosie O'Donnell Show,Ã¢â¬Â the set had to be flipped so it favored Streisand's preferred profile.
But Lipton, who I spoke to on the phone yesterday while he was busy in his editing bay, says Barbra's been no problem.
Ã¢â¬ÅShe spent five hours with us,Ã¢â¬Â he said. Ã¢â¬ÅFive hours! We wanted to use this as a two-hour special for our 10th anniversary. So I'm going slowly, taking my time, looking at everything. She was incredibly candid. At times I felt like her psychiatrist.Ã¢â¬Â
Lipton says he doesn't know when the show will air, but that so far Streisand has been nothing but helpful. Ã¢â¬ÅShe's giving us extraordinary access to old clips from musicals, all kinds of things.Ã¢â¬Â
When I mentioned that Barbra was notoriously particular about the way she's lit, he said: Ã¢â¬ÅI don't know an actress her age who isn't. And they should be.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅInside the Actors StudioÃ¢â¬Â has a policy I was unaware of, and which is quite different from Ã¢â¬Å60 MinutesÃ¢â¬Â or other interview shows done for news organizations, newspapers, or magazines. They show the subject the final interview before it airs and let them make changes and suggestions. So Lipton will show Streisand the finished product before it airs.
Ã¢â¬ÅWe do that with everyone. And knowing that before hand makes them much more comfortable when we do the interview.Ã¢â¬Â
I'm a big candle buff (inherited from my grandmother), so here are my thoughts:
White Barn Candle Company
Upside: This is a great place to buy candles and you can find the store in most malls. They have tons of fragrances, sizes, and most of all, COLORS. I buy candles with not only the scent I can handle, but that match my apartment. They also have great plug-ins for rooms that last MUCH longer than a drug-store plug-in. Prices are pretty low, and you can often find good deals (buy 3 get 1 free). Favorites: Plumeria and Vanilla Orchid.
Downside: The jars are boring. You really won't find anything interesting or abstract with the designs of most of the candles. I also think some of the fragrances are boring. And some of the candle fragrances are SO damn sweet they give me a headache. Take your time and smell them well before buying.
Tocca Candles and Diptyque Candles
Upside: These candles are amazing. VERY fragrant, but not overpowering. They last a VERY long time. I also think the list of fragrances are so different than most more common candle stores provide. You can buy Tocca online, here. You can also buy Diptyque online, here.
Downside: A bit pricey, but I suggest having a couple, and supplement with more inexpensive ones. They are WELL worth it. Because both often use essential oils, the fragrance lasts in your room long after you've blown them out--thus, you don't have to burn them as often.
A great place I've found to buy unique candles are spas. For some reason, spas I've been to have excellent selections of candles.
Enjoy! (And get pumped for those holiday candle fragrances!)
October 28, 2003
I loved this guy! He sure as hell was the classiest person that was EVER on that show (certainly not Bobby B. or his hoes, er, hostesses).
He is irreplaceable on that show. It's sad that it takes a death to make people note that men can get breast cancer too.
October 27, 2003
COME ON PEOPLE!! We live in this world together and it's our job to protect each other.
I was IM-ing with a friend a couple of weeks ago when I heard a disturbance outside my door. It was my neighbors fighting (not a rare occurrence), but this time the male sounded intoxicated and was yelling some threats. If I would have heard him hit her, I would have immediately called the police. But sometimes it's our jobs as good neighbors to step in BEFORE horrible things happen. I opened my door walked past them and looked at them, then acted like I was getting some mail. Walked back, glared at the guy, and went back in. The fighting stopped and the man left.
While I know this was a bit dangerous, and my friend expressed concern for me, you just can't let things like that go. I work for a Pro Bono project that helps battered women obtain protective orders against their batterers and many of them state their complete astonishment how their neighbors would turn the other cheek when they were getting theirs bashed in.
The poor boy in the article above is now in critical condition. He might be studying calculus right now if a neighbor had been bold enough to stop the neglect.
Bonus points if you get the artist too!
October 26, 2003
(Insert "Unsolved Mysteries" music)
October 24, 2003
Girlfriend, if you're gonna spend $320,000 on your honey, don't buy him a cud-chewing farm animal.
October 23, 2003
I read a lot of Estrich's work in my Sexual Harassment Law class last semester. I agreed wholeheartedly with her discussions of rape and the idea that "no means no." Alternatively, while I often did not agree with her political thoughts (especially that Clinton was "wrongfully accused"), I respected the manner in which she always "stuck to her guns."
It seems as though she "sees both sides" more clearer than we all originally thought. Is this bad for the feminist movement?
This story was first posted on this morning by Andrew Sullivan.
This COMPLETELY does not surprise me. I LOVED this movie when my old babysitter, Patti, brought it over. I wanted Ludo to be my friend. What scares me is that I actually thought David Bowie looked hot in this movie. Must've been his rendition of "You Remind Me of the Babe..." And people thought "A Beautiful Mind" was Jennifer Connally's best movie?!?! We children of the 80's know better!
Thanks for the tip, Gennie.
October 22, 2003
Things that make you go HMMM.
This week's topic: cooking!
Now, I'm speaking to those of you who cook. (Notice I didn't say those of "us" that cook). I try, but I don't do the recipe thing too often. However, this product has come HIGHLY recommended from my friends who are fabulous cooks, some of which have chefs in the family. This stainless steel soap is supposedly AMAZING at getting gross smells (onion, garlic, etc.) off of your hands.
Costsaver tip: This product NEVER runs out. Buy one--you've got it for life.
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