I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I crave coffee at nine o’clock at night. And most times I simply don’t have the willpower to resist the call. You know when you are craving something, and you start to smell it, and taste it? And then you just want it more? Yeah that happens. I fucking love coffee. I love everything about a good cup with my favorite creamer.
Anyway, while I sit here with my “serious business” coffee mug full of coffee, having woken up at 3:30 and not gone back to sleep, I think about how I hardly get a good night’s sleep. Innnsoommnniiaaa!
Tuesday night, Mike and I were hanging out here, he playing video games and me reading, which is the perfect balance for us both. It was late, around nine as mentioned before, and we were drinking coffee, so we were already wired. Then, somehow, we got on the topic of chocolate.
“You don’t understand the power of chocolate and ice cream for women when they’re on their period.”
“Ha! and I never will!”
“Makes sense though, right? Chocolate releases endorphins, which make you happy, and girls on their period are depressed and shit, so they eat chocolate to be happy!”
“Well then you can eat all the chocolate you want, but only real, dark chocolate.”
So I posted it on facebook that he had said this, as proof. And then we talked about the deliciousness of ice cream. And Mike, usually the one to keep my stupid, fattening cravings in check, admitted that he, too, would eat ice cream. Unfortunately, the fro-yo place in town was already closed, but blessedly, the Dairy Queen down the road was still open! We went, got our blizzards and returned home. And watched Ted. Which when you’ve had too much caffeine and too much sugar way too late at night, is fucking hilarious. So is family guy. We were, I assume, acting like we were high.
Naturally, we went to bed REALLY late and I woke up with just enough time to shower and leave for work. Wednesday night, I put my foot down and said I’d go to bed early and get a “good night’s sleep.”
HA. This is how it works. If i go to bed early, I wake up during the 3 AM hour. If I go to bed late, I wake up during the 5 AM hour. So I’ve basically been awake since 3:30, but I spent a lot of time browsing facebook and twitter. And here I am, with the serious business coffee cup, writing random blog entries and examiner articles, and now I’m gonna go read about INTERNET MARKETING! YAY! (This is self imposed homework, by the way. Nerd?)
By: Nikki Madigan
He seemed lost- from all-
of all- he hides away
hallucinating in all my shame,
A myth to believe.
At last someone teaches me;
the torrential storm I feel inside,
So let me learn to bleed,
like the demon in his soul.
He comes and goes silently
weaving through my reality,
it just goes on and on;
and other we live dreams
blindly blankly passively
propose what I truly feel.
I know in my heart and soul
that I can never truly feel;
for you- a fantasy in my
universe that none can imagine-
believing leads to a tragic end.
“Yes. Now write another 50-70k words before you polish that turd. If you try to polish the turd while you’re shitting it out, you’re gonna shit all over yourself.” -GuyRobertsBalley
The best response to whether or not it is okay for a first draft to totally suck.
OMG you guys. I’m so excited to share this with everyone!
We have a mediterranean place in Milford now, and Mike and I have been going there a lot lately. Last time we were there, the girl offered to put falafel on my pita since I wasn’t getting meat. I said sure. So glad I did, because it was the most delicious thing I ever ate! Maybe not ever, but pretty close.
That got me thinking that I didn’t need to spend a bunch of money to make this deliciousness at home. I went a’searchin’ and found this recipe. I wrote down what I needed and went shopping.
Of course, I didn’t realize that many of those spices on the recipe, like cardamom, cumin and coriander was crazy expensive. $12 for one bottle of one of them? No thanks. Mike the smarty found a cheaper alternative for me. While I’m personally against Rachel Ray, she does have a very convenient “24/7 Seasoning Grinder.” This one doesn’t appear to have a specific name, but it has orange plastic on the bottle, and the ingredients include: sea salt, coriander seeds, garlic, black peppercorns, red bell peppers, chili and cumin. So I skip cardamom, which is okay.
I worked up the “batter” while making dinner, since this recipe requires a refrigerator stint of about 1-2 hours. I did end up napping and left it in there for about 3.
Some other alterations I made were:
-canned chickpeas cause I’m lazy
-didn’t measure the parsley. I just grabbed a handful and chopped it up.
-the recipe calls for flour, and I did use it, but I’m sure that gluten free flour would work just as well. I wonder what almond flour would taste like? hmmm
-fried the things in coconut oil
-the recipe doesn’t call for burning one’s self, but I did anyway… a few times.
All-Mighty Ninja Users: I used the smaller container with the blades at first, but I was having trouble getting everything to shop up nicely. Perhaps if there were more of it in there it would have mixed better. Anyway, I took out the blades and ran the paddle attachment through it a couple of times, having to scrape down the sides each time, but that seemed to work just fine.
SOO GOOD YOU GUYS! I don’t think I fried them quite right, but oh well. I considered not even frying them since I’m not a huge fan of super fried foods (except oreos), but maybe I’ll try that next time. The outsides are crispy and the insides are delicious and melty. I really would like to take some for lunch but it is difficult to restrain from eating them all.
I have a few pictures on my camera but I’m too lazy to turn on my other computer and import them. :-D Ok I stopped being lazy and put up the pictures
If you need it again, now that you should be sufficiently convinced, here is the link again:
The Shiksa: Traditional Chickpea Falafel
Not sure why you’re still here. Go make some and enjoy in the deliciousness!!
Up until this point in my life, I have been pretty make-up dumb. Usually I’ll throw on some eye liner and mascara, but that’s about it. As much as I longed for beautiful eye shadows, it would smear and disappear after about an hour or two. Let’s not even talk about if I happened to sweat a bit. I was in a make-up rut.
It all started when my friend Lisa introduced me to this website: Detrivore Cosmetics
It’s a website of hand-made cosmetics, and man, there are a ton of awesome eye shadow colors. So I started to research… and I found this website: Makeup Geek
That website is amazing. The girl who runs the site is awesome, and she posts a ton of useful information. So I dove right in.
And I learned. I learned about make up primers. I feel silly having never heard of them before, but it’s pretty much a life changing discovery. I have naturally oily skin and to my displeasure, I tend to sweat easily. But finding out about primers meant I could wear make up without it smudging and disappearing! Yay!
I went online shopping and found this brand e.l.f. Their cosmetics are sold at Target and also online on their site and on Target’s site. They have an eye shadow primer that I bought and tried.
It’s amazing. It comes in a tube that looks like lip gloss, and you just smear it on over your lid and under the eye, and then apply your shadows and liner. It goes on nude with a bit of sparkle as well, so it doesn’t look funky if you don’t cover it all up.
And you wanna know the best part? It’s a freeking dollar. That’s right, it’s costs $1.
I’ve used it several times now, and my shadows have lasted all day long, and even after rollerblading five miles and sweating like crazy, my shadows were still in place.
I recommend anyone with similar troubles with eye shadow to try this product out. It’s a dollar, so even if it doesn’t work or you hate it, you didn’t spend a lot on it. I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.
Mike and I went to Mikey’s Burgers & Fries in Brighton on Tuesday for dinner. This establishment is relatively new to Brighton, and is located in the same complex as the Grand Traverse Pie Company and Wong Express. Mike had been there before since he works nearby, but this was my first time.
The inside is cute, decorate in a black and white tile with red decorations as accents, mostly in the Coca Cola fashion. There is a simple menu, but apparently there are secret menu items. Mike ordered a Butter Burger, so of course, I looked at the menu to find it, but it wasn’t there. Mike kindly informed me that it’s not on the menu, and the employee also recommended it, so I tried it. I also had fries and a shake.
The burger wasn’t on a bun, to my surprise, but on sliced white bread that looks more like it’s from a bakery than the store. And it was delicious. I have no idea what they did to that beef, but it was juicy and super delicious. My burger had lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion and cheese on it as well, which were all fresh and delicious as well. The cheese was melted and not plasticy, which is always a plus as well.
The fries were not super impressive to me, but the burger was so good, I didn’t care. Could just be me. Mike likes to put malt vinegar on his fries. I tried that, but wasn’t overly fond of that either.
My vanilla milkshake was delicious.
I guess they’re pretty busy during lunch time, but if you go after the dinner rush, it’s not too bad. I will go there again for sure, and recommend that you go there, too!
I had the privilege to be invited to Mike’s company’s 10th anniversary dinner last night. Those chosen restaurant was The Melting Pot, which I had never actually been to. Needless to say, the two of us were extremely excited to try this place out along with his co-workers.
First, we had a private room set aside for just our group. It also didn’t seem to be a very busy night- I mean, it was a Tuesday night. So we had great service by a waiter who was funny and knowledgeable about his job. They also planned for us to have a four course meal there.
Appetizer: Because we had so many people, we had 6 pots for dipping. The first course was cheese, so we had six different cheeses across the table. They also brought bread chunks, tortilla chips and I believe there were some vegetables there as well. I’m not going to be able to remember all the cheese, but the one in front of Mike and I was a bacon brie- it was delicious. There was also a spinach artichoke cheese that was better than any spinach artichoke cheese I’d ever eaten. So good.
Salad Course: This was not a dipping course, but the salad was delicious anyway. I had the house salad, but I heard rave reviews around the table for the California Salad and the mushroom one (sorry, can’t remember the name).
Entree: This one was cool. Each table had three different cooking sauces. I don’t remember what they were, but they are all good. We were also given a plate of raw meat, which you were supposed to skewer and stick in the pots of sauce for a couple of minutes. We had pork, rib, chicken, and some others- can’t remember. You can also get shrimp, but because of Mike’s allergy, we passed on the shrimp. They also brought some extra sauces and vegetables. Our waiter showed us how you could put something called “The Green Goddess” (a sauce with herbs, cheese and cream cheese) inside of a mushroom and just let it soak in one of the cooking sauces. I tried it, and ate about 5 more- they were that delicious.
And the best part was that even by the time we had finished the entree, I wasn’t feeling overly full and bloated… yet
Dessert: OMGZ THIS WAS THE BEST! Okay sorry. Let me see if I can remember all the chocolates we had at the table: dark chocolate with Bailey’s, Turtle, Bananas Foster, Cookies and Cream with Marshmallow Dark chocolate with what I think was a red wine, and white chocolate with some other liquer. They also brought out plates with strawberries, rise krispie treats, cheesecake, graham cracker covered marshmallows brownie bites, banana slices and red velvet cake. Faces were stuffed. Everyone enjoyed all the chocolates. I loved all the chocolates. I would go back for the chocolates.
The entire experience was awesome. The food was amazing and the company was hilarious and fun. The waiter was great. If you have the means, go to one of these places. Even if you splurge once and never go back again, you will probably remember it forever.
Now… to figure out where my parents keep their fondue pot…