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make a note [Jul. 16th, 2008|06:45 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

last night the gods smiled upon nilee, and i was able to attend a showing of the dark knight at pudas' imax theater. just go see it. flawless.
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on the subject of bicycles [Jul. 13th, 2008|02:28 pm]
hey guys,

i don't know much about bicycles beyond the sick huffy i beat the crap out of until about the age of 18. but i'd like to know more. i used to really enjoy riding, and now a situation has arisen where this may become my main means of transport. can anybody give me a rundown of what i should know before i go raid salem cycle?

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new finds! [Jul. 11th, 2008|04:33 pm]
[Current Location |salem, ma]
[Current Mood |hungryhungry]

alright, a few yummy achievements today.

1. i took the day off from work. this never happens.
2. we went to village seafood in essex, which was awesome. oysters, lobster roll, fried clams, and an amazingly good clam chowder. not artificially thick, like most, but just very clammy with the right amount of potatoes. ftw.
3. went to new england meat market today. for those unfamiliar: http://www.nemeat.com/. high quality meats are surprisingly cheap. they also have a variety of the nasty bits that is hard to find elsewhere. i'll save the sweetbreads and oxtail attempts for another day, but today we bought two rib eyes for about 1/2 the price that they would be at whole foods. we also went for some prociutto, leeks, cod roe, portuguese fresh cheese, whoppie pies, and danish blue cheese. it was righteous... and fairly inexpensive.
4. i bought 2 ostrich eggs. strathy will appreciate this. goodness.

and right now i'm watching across the universe. this is the worst movie i've ever seen. movie cliche's one after another.
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chicago bound for the tufte class... [Jun. 26th, 2008|06:52 am]
[Current Location |salem, soon to be boston, soon to be chicago]

tonight i am going to chicago on a business trip to attend this guy's one day course:


i am very much looking forward to what he has to say, but probably not as much as i am looking forward to massive amounts of hot dogs. oh holy nasty bits.
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let me tell you how to get... how to get to... [Jun. 16th, 2008|09:16 pm]
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

sesame street...

i came across a lovely article today that took me right out of the workplace, and back into a smile.

i hope you enjoy this as much as i did.

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somebody to deservedly hate on. [Jun. 8th, 2008|10:35 pm]
[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]

i watched rachel ray for a tad this weekend and it has reawakened my opinion of her "mediocre-ness".

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lunch time goodness [Jun. 8th, 2008|10:26 pm]
[Current Location |salem, ma, formerly salem nh]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |boston "smokin"]

i finally caved and purchased a quality mini bento from zojirushi, inspired ultimately by laura. i find that making my lunch is one of those day to day accomplishments, particularly in that i don't end up busily wolfing down fritos from the vending machine, or buying an 8 dollah salad from cosi downstairs in my building. in fact, i take an awful lot of pride in having people lean over my cube and asking "what do you have there?"
this is not the exact model, as i purchased from an ebay vendor in kyoto and it's either too new, too old, or simply unavailable on the zojirushi website, but here's what it looks like:

very exciting. happy happy consumer nilee. ps. go celtics!
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ben and jerry's [Jun. 5th, 2008|07:39 pm]
[Current Location |salem]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |beck, guero]

we ordered two sundays. paid promptly. and then on the way out, the man at the counter said "see you soon." i may be eating too much ice cream:)
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last night's dinner [May. 12th, 2008|10:11 pm]
[Current Location |salem]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |justice]

last night i created a dish that was, at least by my husband's opinion (who has no qualms about telling me when my cooking isn't even a stitch as wonderful as his), "restaurant worthy". i only did this because i felt like i was sick at being a mediocre cook.

i did my own spin on portuguese seafood stew. think, chourico, bacon, little necks, freshwater shrimp, and bay scallops in a spicy clam/tomato/chicken broth. oh and cayenne peppered mango with whipped cream for desert. wachusette blueberry ale for beverage of choice. (note, i should have baked bread... to really push some buttons...but i figured i'd practice this in secret for the next few months.)

let me know if you want me to kick some ass and fill your tummy with goodness (cooking...who knew?) some people are good at sex...others at croquet. i happen to excel at spice and powerpoint. (pun?)
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2008|11:01 pm]
[Current Location |witch city usa]
[Current Mood |awakeawake]
[Current Music |the kinks]

this insomnia thing is really kicking my fucking ass. the only thing that makes it better is the reassurance that i'll dream about powerpoint. i have reached that nightmare of a life. damnit.

fine. i'll listen to the kinks until i'm psyched to go to bed. nothing does it like a little powerman.
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