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24 November 2011 @ 06:44 pm

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!
05 October 2011 @ 02:22 am
Normally I don't watch kdramas, but I got an email update about this one and it seemed too funny not to share.

Min Tae Young (played by Yeon Jung Hoon of Jejoongwon) isn't your typical vampire prosecutor in Vampire Prosecutor. Rather than drinking blood from innocent strangers, he opts for blood sold on the black market in the posh bars of Seoul. He also has the uncanny ability to tell where the victim of his cases died, and how they died based on their blood's smell and taste. The only person who knows his secret ability is Detective Hwang Soon Bum (Lee Young Ah of Baker King Kim Tak Goo), and both end up working together in a new joint department between police and prosecutors solving murder cases. Currently airing in Korea, watch a new simulcast episode every week on DramaFever!

"Not your typical vampire prosecutor" o_O Seoul is apparently filled with all kinds of law practicing lawyers. This sounds so bad that I might actually have to watch it myself. Here's a streaming link.
22 September 2011 @ 02:48 am
In my continued efforts to eat my way across the state, I recently went to Kaiser's Bistro in midtown OKC. Kaiser's was originally an ice cream parlour dating back to 1910. I believe it's been operating in one form or another since then. I had never been there before, but I heard that they had recently reopened again and their menu sounded awesome, so I decided I had to try it.

pictures of old buildings automatically call for Hipstamatic

Midtown has been renovated a lot, it looks much improved from how I remembered it. I'm glad that they're putting the old, historic buildings to good use.

The soda fountain inside looked pretty cool. Mom noticed that the decor matched the historic photos hanging above the bar.

Food is serious business, so no more funny app business.

I wanted the Midtown Mashup so I could have both a soup and sandwich. I chose the Grateful Bean soup (white beans, ham hock, pork belly and cornbread croutons. Girl, you know I can't turn down pork belly. Or really, any pork product in general.) It was delish, possibly the best ham and bean soup I've ever had. (I tactfully refrained from saying so however, since Mom's ham and bean soup would be my other point of reference.) I also had the pastrami sandwich on rye, which was also tasty and made for a pretty looking sandwich. (Seriously, isn't it all pretty and swirly?)

I got a marshmallow cream shake to take out for dessert, which was quite decadently rich. And I guzzled it down before I remembered to stop and take a picture of it. I will say sprinkles were involved. There are so many great desserts there at Kaiser's though, that I'm itching to go back. They even have several spiked milkshakes on the menu. The Bit O'Honey made of Wild Turkey American Honey, Crown Royal and honey sounds especially good. And they have homemade ice cream, homemade Red Velvet ice cream. That certainly bears further investigation. I shall report back with my findings.
20 September 2011 @ 02:28 am
I was happy to see the Former Fuzzy Houseguests again, Riceball still poses pretty.

17 September 2011 @ 03:16 am
Because I have an apparent death wish.

It's beer batter fried bacon from the Oklahoma State Fair

My review:

The batter was tasty, but the bacon could have been a lot crispier. Also, it was $8, which is on the pricey side, even for fair food.

Don't be shy in drowning that shit in ranch dressing. Seriously, my only regret is that I didn't get more ranch dressing.

My whole face felt really greasy after just a few bites. Like that feeling you get from eating Long John Silver's fish x 1000.

If the weather that day hadn't been chilly and rainy, I probably would have experienced actual meat sweats.

Recommendation: YES. DOOO EEEET.

ETA: I also got the bacon cinnamon roll (which I didn't get a picture of)and it was alright, but NOT NEARLY ENOUGH BACON in it. There was just a little bit of candied bacon and maple frosting and it was a weird red color inside, like the color of Bacos. Skip that and go for the traditional Silver Dollar cinnamon rolls instead.
Current Mood: cheerfulNO REGRETS
17 September 2011 @ 02:59 am
Been back in OKC for a few days now. I had a great time in California, though I wish I had planned my trips better so I would have more time.

It was a bit stressful getting out to San Diego. I had to work last Thursday, but figured I might get lucky (as Thursdays tend to be a rather slow day) and get to leave work early, but no. A massive power outage hit and wiped out the city's electricity. I seriously debated on whether or not to go, since I was going to be staying at my sister's house, but it seemed pretty lousy and impolite to be a houseguest when there is no electricity. Also, the outage affected the flights of course since the airport had to shut down. We suddenly had 300+ calls of everyone trying to reschedule. The flights that once had a really good number of open seats quickly began selling out.

My sister advised me to sleep on it and see how things looked in the morning. I was starting to get sad that I had all these days off lined up with nothing now to do. However, it turned out that the electricity was fixed by morning and I decided that if I didn't go, I would feel like a total quitter, so I started running around the house, throwing stuff into my luggage.

I'm glad that I did. I had a great time there. And even though the closest airport I could fly into was LAX and I was pretty nervous about driving in LA, it really wasn't that bad. I got to hang out with my sister and her ferrets, Riceball and Manju, the formerly Fuzzy Houseguests. I went to the beach and stuck my toes in the ocean. We went to a really nice used bookstore, Fahrenheit 451 Books, and had some great Indian food at Cafe India. (mmm, samosas and shrimp korma!)

And of course, I had an awesome time at the Hollywood Bowl concert. I love all three acts, so seeing them together in one venue, was a big part of the reason I wanted to go. The concert turned out to be well worth all the trouble of getting there. Sharon Van Etten opened and she seemed a little nervous, but she is really great live. I would really recommend her latest ep, Epic. (How could one not love a record dedicated to Fleetwood Mac?) Even started to get a little teary-eyed during "Don't Do It".

Neko Case played second. Finally, after two missed chances, I finally got to see my favorite female singer! She did not disappoint. Hearing her beautiful voice ring out into the night sky and the Hollywood hills, with the full moon beaming down was an amazing, unforgettable experience. I wish her set had been longer though.

Seeing these two awesome ladies rock out really makes me wish that I had some musical ability. I am thinking even more about maybe getting guitar lessons.

And the National! I heart this band so very much. I had procrastinated on buying tickets (which was sort of a good thing, since my travel plans were so haphazard), so I had assumed that the concert wasn't very close to selling out. But I didn't know how huge the Bowl is. There were several thousand people there, it was packed.

Neko did not come out to sing with the National, so I did not vomit rainbows after all. But Sharon Van Etten came out to sing on "Think You Can Wait" and St. Vincent was there as well. She sang backup on a few songs and did a duet with Matt on "Sorrow." It was so beautiful.

Not my video, but thank goodness for bootleggers. (The video is taken from a ways away, but the audio is really good.)

Some random thoughts:

As beautiful a setting that the Hollywood Bowl is, I still prefer seeing the National in a smaller venue. I was too far away in the cheap seats to get a good view (though the large monitors were a help). Being self-conscious, I didn't want to stand up to dance while everyone else behind me was sitting down. And it doesn't feel right to be sitting down during "Abel" or "Squalor Victoria". Chair dancing is not quite the same.

There was a really pervasive smell of garlic and pot. I think I may have gotten a contact high from the latter and wished I had packed a picnic from the former.

Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten both played new songs, so I hope that means new albums from both soon.

If you ever go to a concert at the Bowl, taking the park and ride is a great and cheap way to get there.

The day after I came home, the National announced even more tour dates. So although they have been touring well over a year and a half, these are apparently the really last ones for awhile. I am trying hard not to think too much about the Austin date. Austin is not that far away! But I am even lower on vacation time and money now. Trying not to contemplate it too much. Really.

And the set lists, because I like to keep track of these things.

Sharon Van Etten's set:
Peace Sign
Save Yourself
One Day
Don't Do It
All I Can
Love Me

Neko Case's set:
That Teenage Feeling
Maybe Sparrow
Margaret Vs. Pauline
Hold On Hold On
City Swan
Magpie to the Morning
Calling Cards
Bracing For Sunday
Don't Forget Me
Vengeance is Sleeping
Star Witness

The National's set:
Anyone's ghost
Bloodbuzz ohio
Slow show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of everyone
Conversation 16
Available/Cardinal song
Fake empire
Think you can wait
Mr November
Terrible love
About today
06 September 2011 @ 03:19 am

Snowball likes to pick out her kibble, move it to her blanket, and eat it from there. All while hanging halfway out of her hammock. Mochi appears just as confused by this as I. (What's she doing? I don't know either. Chicks, man.) He is not a fussy eater at all. He just wants food, immediately and lots of it. When I took them to the vet to get their rabies shots, poor Snowball squawked and flailed in a very You'll never take me alive! kind of way. (She also peed on Mochi, who was unfortunately underfoot at the time.) When it was Mochi's turn, the vet simply put some nutrical on the table and Mochi was so intent on his tasty new treat, that he never even realized that he got poked.

So these little guys are what I have been up to lately for the most part. They are so adorable and by adorable I mean, mischievous trouble makers. If I had a nickel for everytime I said "poop" in the past two months, I'd have a million dollars buried under a huge mountain of poop. Mochi is slightly cuddlier than Snowball, who is more on the aggressive side. She used to taunt and wrestle poor Mochi to the point of indignant squeaking, until a recent growth spurt (due to the constant kibble eating), and he is bigger than her now and more willing to play back.

Work has started to slow down, so I'm not having massive amounts of overtime. Just a little bit here and there. I feel like it's left me in a weird headspace though. I feel disinterested and disconnected from everything. I lost my stitching mojo for awhile. I've always said that cross stitch is a bit of a mindless hobby, which is a good thing. You can do it to relax and not really think about anything, but work made me too tired to even count. I'm slowly trying to work my way back, small projects that are finishable. I have a little Victoria Sampler project, Birds of a Feather, that I'm working on right now.

Looking forward to this weekend too as I have an impromptu trip to California. Just a little one, to spend a couple days with my sister in San Diego and then to head up to LA to see The National/Neko Case/Sharon Van Etten in concert on Sunday. Did not manage planning on this very well, as I waffled constantly over not going, and didn't manage to get the days off squared away until today actually. (And that was on a whim more or less. "I will just put the offer of a trade out there and see if I get any bites." Was fairly surprised that I did so close to the days in question.) It's a lot of effort to get out of bed, much less to the West Coast, I just had a major repair to my car, etc. But, well, it's been a depressing year, and since the National is my favorite band and Neko Case is my favorite female singer and there is a good chance that they will sing something together, and if they do, my brain will explode and I just may vomit rainbows. So I guess that will be worth it. Thank goodness for credit cards is all.

Will try to post more regularly. I feel sad for neglecting LJ. Maybe fall will reinvigorate my brain or something. If anything, there will be hopefully more stitchy posts and more pictures of the fuzzies being silly.
09 August 2011 @ 02:39 am
I've been reading about the London riots since I got home from work this evening. Gobsmacked that something like that could happen, in a world capital, particularly London, of all places. I hope everyone there is staying safe. These are scary times.

One link that I see floating around quite a bit is this Guardian article from September of last year, where the Home Secretary defends cuts to the police budget. Yeah, that apparently worked out real well.
14 July 2011 @ 01:35 am

sleeping, as ferrets do

I adopted two ferrets. The white one with gray patches is a girl we've named Snowball and the brown one is a boy named Mochi. They're almost four months old. They are super hyper and also incredibly lazy. So worn out by new experiences! They've decided they really like ferretone (also known as ferret vitamins or ferret crack), chicken treats, their new kibble, and tubes. Bath time was sucky. The jury is undecided so far on hammocks. We will wait and see.
14 July 2011 @ 01:23 am
(Weird. I thought I posted this last week, but apparently not? Because it popped up as a saved draft? So here you go anyway? I hate to waste a post.)

Wow, I'm turning into a really lazy blogger. I can't seem to find much energy or interest into posting, even though I am still reading my flist regularly. Part of it may be due to the overtime, work is still crazy with the the overtime, although this weekend we had a nice break from it (it's always slower during the holidays anyway.) On the other hand, I should actually be using this time to clean the house, so suddenly blogging seems a lot more attractive.

I had lunch at Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs today. It is a (apparently pretty new) gourmet hot dog place on 23rd st in OKC. It kind of reminds me of Hot Doug's in Chicago, with all different kinds of hot dogs and crazy combinations.

Mom had a tofu corndog, we split duck fat fries with truffle oil, and I had the Pond Dog, which is duck sausage with brie and caramelized apples and onions.

It was all pretty tasty, especially the fries. The Pond Dog was pretty huge and I didn't quite manage to eat all of it. The warm, melty brie was my favorite part. The tofu corndog, which I tried a bite of, wasn't bad. It was basically tofu on a stick with the deep fried cornbread around it. It would have been better with some hot sauce. Everything is better with some gochujang. But then again, I also really like tofu.

Some random thoughts:

*I just finished reading A Feast for Crows by G.R.R. Martin. I've pretty much enjoyed reading the series so far, although the amount of violence and misogyny does tend to squick me out. Every time I finished reading a book, I felt like I had to stop and read something different, with less raping going on.

*I kind of want to read something more cheerful right now. I'm in a toss up between Eva Ibbotson, Georgette Heyer or Dennis Lehane. (Okay, so one one of these is not like the other. I am kind of in the mood for a mystery too.)

*Apparently, we are back to 12 hour days now that the holiday weekend is over. I am SO DISAPPOINT.

*I am ready for
a)all this overtime
b)this hot weather
c)tv's summer hiatus to be over.

*I watched the two new episodes of True Blood. I did a lot second hand embarrassment cringing.

Okay, time to rearrange some clutter, I suppose.