Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Happy 25th to Andrea, old friend and faithful reader! I freaked out about turning 25 too, but after a little bit of that I decided to age gracefully, as I know you will. Also, unrelated to your birthday, but still important, someday, we're going to co-host a very classy party. I've been thinking about Masquarade themes, but we shall require a ballroom...


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fall Cocktail Party

the food:

pear compote with toasted baguette and cheese (aged pecorino, gouda, extra sharp chedder).

lamb meatballs with cilantro raita.

coffee walnut creams and almond crescents.

roasted spiced pecans. this picture also shows the decorations. the small bowl is filled with fall leaves that kept blowing in the window as i was getting things ready.

the drinks:

ginger beer, rum, and lime juice punch, served in sugared glasses.

the blackhawk: vodka, creme de mure, and lime juice, shaken over ice.

and served in sugared glasses.
the dress:

some guests:



talia and madlen.


the carnage:


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Feats of Engineering

This morning I went downtown to go to the Apple store to get an iphone (!), but when I got to the Michigan Avenue bridge it was closed so a boat could go through. I have never seen them lift it before (although I saw it partially lifted for Transformers) so I stuck around to watch and it was totally cool! They lift it to a very steep angle, and it's very fast and very quiet because it's so perfectly balanced.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Favorite Hockey Comic

Instead of organizing my office I'm going to share this with you: my favorite comic about hockey. I mean, the whole comic isn't about hockey. Just this particular strip. Although come to think of it I can't believe Kate Beaton has never done a hockey comic. Anyway, from pictures for sad children:

If you click on it it will become big so you can read it. 

It's November so you know what that means in the NHL: really terrible mustaches. Or really great mustaches, I guess, depending on your opinions about mustaches. Here is a poll featuring the "greatest active mustaches in the NHL" including the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks (active in the sense of belonging to a player or coach currently in the NHL because, among other reasons, "The research required to analyze the staggering amount of ‘staches from the ’80s would have dragged this thing beyond November."). And here is an article about the mustache rivalry in the Hawks' locker room.

Also, there's this: a new McSweeney's column that might be my favorite irresponsible use of statistics ever. However I described it, I would not do it justice, so just read it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011