Thursday, September 29, 2011

Three more weeks

...and it's PUPPY TIME!!!!

I'm so excited for our little Sandy to come home, I can barely stand it.  Look how big she's getting!

Photos courtesy of Amanda Jaeger, photographer and temporary puppy-caregiver.  Some photos were cropped to respect the privacy of the photographer's family.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Holy Cow!

Moments ago, I was just sitting on the couch, watching the tweets fly by on Twitter.  I began thinking about how I'd like to take a break from the internet for a while, when this popped up on my timeline:

Hooray!  I almost want to cry, I'm so happy! 

Welcome to all of the new readers who are checking me out for the first time.  I will try to entertain you as best I can.  Today, however, is not the best day for me to be witty (or coherent) since I had surgery yesterday and I'm a little bit out of it. 

To make up for the fact that I have nothing terribly interesting to say to you all today, here is a picture of  me and my little family being silly.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A guest post, for your inspiration

The Kid in the Front Row is one of my favorite bloggers.  I began following him last November after he'd been chosen by Blogger as a Blog of Note.  Since then, we've struck up a bit of an internet friendship and, though his identity still remains a mystery, I like to think that he's Helen Mirren.  Or possibly Aaron Sorkin.

Whoever this guy is, he's more than just your average film blogger; he serves up loads of inspiration on a near daily basis.  Below is a sample of what you'll find if you choose to follow his blog, which I encourage you to do as soon as you finish reading mine.  Enjoy!


 By The Kid in the Front Row

Where did you go, and when did we lose you? One minute you were one of us and the next you were gone and we didn't even recognize a piece of you.

One minute we're 22 and fired up all crazy on life and it's like a moment later and you're closed and gone. And we kept on knocking but you were gone to us.

Where did you go and are you any happier? Your eyes went dull and your dreams stopped speaking.

We just want to see you. There's a light somewhere but no-one can find the switch. We understand and we understand but we just don't quite understand. You're gone and you're all alone and we just want you back and bright.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's a VLOG! Let's make soup.

It's almost autumn, and that means it's soup time in my house!  I love making soup.  I may have mentioned that before.  My specialty, which I've featured before on this blog, is my spicy chorizo soup.  It's a very hearty, spicy soup--great for a chilly fall evening.

I thought it would be fun if this time, instead of just sharing the recipe with you kind folks, I did a cooking demonstration for you.  So, if you want to watch me make soup, you've come to the right place!  If you'd like to cook along with me, check out the recipe beneath the video and get your ingredients ready.

Let's begin, shall we?

TB's Spicy Chorizo Soup

1 lb. spicy Chorizo - crumbled (I generally just use one package, so it's not always exactly a pound)
1/2 lb. smoked bacon - chopped (I use turkey bacon to make it healthier)
1 qt. water
(2) 14.5 oz. cans (about 3 2/3 cups) chicken broth
3 lg. russet potatoes - scrubbed clean, cubed
3 garlic cloves - peeled, crushed
1 med. onion - peeled, chopped
3-4 cups chopped kale (One large bundle will do, you can sub Swiss chard if needed, but I love kale)
1 cup half and half
salt and pepper - to taste

-In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown chorizo, breaking into small pieces as you fry it; drain, set aside.
-In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown bacon; drain, set aside.
-Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic, and onion in a pot; simmer over medium heat until potatoes are almost tender.
-Add chorizo and bacon to pot; simmer for 10 minutes.
-Add kale and half and half to pot; season with salt and pepper; heat through.

You can add more hot sauce, like Cholula, if it's not spicy enough for you.  Serve with a really spongy bread for dipping!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I'm probably about to lose my mind.

It's about to get crazy up in here. 

Yesterday, I received notification that I got a job I applied for over a month ago, transcribing market research audio from home.  While I'm excited to make a little extra moo-lah (and God knows we could use it around here), I'm a little nervous about combining a new job with a new puppy, added to the fact that my child doesn't go to preschool.

I'll be expected to work at least 16 uninterrupted hours a week, with deadlines usually set at about 24 hours after I get each assignment, so it looks like I'll have some very busy evenings ahead of me!  I'm going to do my best to keep up this blog, but if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know the reason.  If I can keep up with this job until next year when The Kid goes to kindergarten, then I'll not have to find a regular day job and I'll be able to keep up on my writing, which is, of course, the dream.

On a (possibly related) note, I started finding random gray hairs in my eyebrows, which sucks.

 I've been spending a lot of time on Google+, and a friend who started out as one of my (few) music fans posted this photo for me:

He framed my single back when I sent him an autographed copy!  How cool is that?  And how crazy is it that I don't have one of these hanging on my wall?  I've always been kind of scared that I'd come off as self-absorbed if I put stuff like this on my wall, but now I want one.  I need to get this together, stat.

I'll leave you guys with the song from that CD.  I co-wrote this dance track several years back with the wonderfully talented Chris Brophy, and it's one of my all-time favorite projects.  Enjoy!

Infect'ive ft TeriBrown-High(Infect'iveRadioEdit) by teribrown

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Film Survey

Since I was recently told that I was intriguing (although I would call myself an open book), I've decided to do more questionnaires.  Lucky for me, The Kid in the Front Row just posted one, about film (naturally).  Here goes nothing:


The Kid In The Front Row Film Questionnaire

1. What film has been sitting on your shelf for six months waiting to be watched?  The Greatest has been on top of my microwave for about a month.  Before that, it was Conviction.  That was pretty good.  I'll get around to it...someday.

2. What is the one film you know word for word?  The Wizard of Oz, but there are many others I could probably come close to reciting.

3. What screen character breaks your heart?  Dustin Hoffman as Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer.  Oh, God.  Just thinking about him fighting for custody of his son gives me a lump in my throat.

4. If you could bring an actor back from the dead, and had to pair them on screen with a current actor (who is no older than 40), what would your combo be?  Natalie Wood and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  She was the epitome of glamorous, and he's very dashing.  They would have been great in a romantic comedy together.

5. How often do you check your phone in the cinema?  A few times, to make sure the babysitter hasn't called.  I don't text or answer calls or send messages to Facebook or Twitter, though.  That drives me INSANE.

6. What film do you love which no-one else quite seems to 'get'?  Closer.  I don't hear many people talk about it.  I think most people think it's too depressing, but I like depressing movies, and I love this one.

7. What is your favourite Al Pacino film?  What is it with men and Al Pacino?  He must be a man's man.  I honestly do not care one way or another about the man.  Looking at his IMDB profile, I'd have to go with Oceans 13.  Scent of a Woman and Sea of Love were both good, but I haven't seen either one in years, so all I can remember is that I enjoyed them.

8. Why do they always manage to make us go one size bigger with the popcorn?  Because it's got free refills, and without free refills, we wouldn't be consuming our required 3000 movie theater calories.

9. Share one memory from a cinema visit long ago.  My first real make-out session was when a date took me to see the James Bond movie Golden Eye.  I think I saw about five minutes of it.

10. Have you ever used a line from a movie, in your life, without anyone knowing you stole it?  I am CONSTANTLY quoting movies, so I'm sure that happens often.  Let me see here..."It's so FLUFFY!!!" -- Despicable Me; "Thanks for calling me on the telephone!" -- Blast from the Past; "For-e-ver...for-e-ver" -- The Sandlot; "I am NOT drinking any f---ing merlot!!" -- Sideways; I just said to my niece the other day, "When your allergies act up, take out your nose ring." --Clueless.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More Things I Think are Super-Wonderful

Since last year's list was so well-received and I'm feeling very list-y, I bring you a new and updated list of...


1.  Cardigans.  I've been on the hunt for a long, men's-style cardigan for myself, and I found one last night at The Gap.  I may go back and buy it in every color, because it's so very convenient, fashionable, and cozy.  I love it.

2.  Clinique Moisture Surge.  Whenever the humidity is chased off by the crisp autumn weather, my skin starts to dry out.  This is the best moisturizer I've ever used.  Moisture Surge absorbs quickly and lasts for many hours without leaving your skin the least bit greasy.  Love love love love. 

3.  Puppies.  Why, hello there, puppy!  Will you come home with me in a month when you are ready?  Yes?  Woohoo!  Yes, this is our new puppy.  It's time that The Kid had a dog who loved rather than tolerated him.  Her name is Sandy and she's a lab mix and when she comes to our house, we will be the luckiest family in the whole wide world. 

4.  Seasonal Beer.  Autumn is pretty much the only time of year I drink beer.  You know why?  Because that's when the pumpkin ales arrive!  Last night, I enjoyed this very delicious glass of Schlafly pumpkin ale, and it tasted like a pie.  I'll be buying a 6-pack very soon.

5.  The Nook.  I got this for my birthday, and I absolutely adore it.  It's nice to finish one book and go straight on to the next one without even having to leave your seat on the couch.  I just finished Jane Eyre today, which makes three books in three weeks, which is some kind of record for me.  It makes me want to read. 

6.  Chocolate chip cookie dough.  What a versatile food!  You can eat it raw OR make cookies out of it!  I'm not a big fan of pre-packaged dough, though.  I only like the real stuff I mix up in my Kitchenaid.  Usually, I'll make a full batch, bake one sheet full, and then freeze the rest, which I'll gradually eat raw or bake up a cookie at a time until it's all gone from the freezer and appeared on my thighs.  Good stuff, that cookie dough.

7.  My new red hair.  My hair is auburn now!  I know it's hard to tell from that first picture, but a week or so ago, after seeing one too many Emma Stone films, I colored my hair.  It's been about six years since I've had red hair, and I forgot how much I love it.  I think it'll be sticking around for a while. 

8.  Tumblr.  Even though I only have two followers, I'm really enjoying Tumblr.  I never thought I'd see the day.  In fact, I've been considering just scrapping this blog altogether and moving to Tumblr exclusively, but then again I don't want to lose all my archives, so I doubt I'll do it.  It's nice being able to email posts through my phone, though, and I like that it posts automatically to Twitter, which saves me a step of shameless self-promotion.  If you're a member of the Tumblr community, follow me here!

9.  Bargains.  There are some seriously good sales going on right now, guys.  I went shopping with my mom last weekend, and she bought me these Franco Sarto shoes for 80% off the clearance price.  FRANCO SARTO shoes for under $15, y'all!  I also got another pair of heels for $12 that will go with just about everything.  Hooray for bargains!

10.  Being chilly.    The weather last night was so lovely that my family and I decided to go out to eat somewhere with a patio.  I was cold, and I loved it!  Autumn is coming!  Autumn is coming!  Soon after this picture was taken, I bought the cardigan pictured in #1.  It was super-cozy.

So, that's the stuff I love right now, guys.  I'm sure I could add more, but ten is a very nice, round number, so I'll stop here.  Oh, but if you have a chance, go and see Crazy Stupid Love before it's out of theaters.  That would have made the list for sure.  Best movie I've seen since Bridesmaids...which also would have made the list, come to think of it.  OK, I'm done now.

*Nobody paid me to talk about these things, though I wouldn't be above making a few bucks.  Just putting it out there.
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