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Thursday, October 31, 2002
 
Last night, Warren Zevon was on David Letterman... probably the last national TV show he'll ever do. It was a very weird feeling... knowing that someone is dying, knowing that he knows he's dying, knowing that he knows that you know he's dying... OK, I admit I was bawling by the end of the first song. He seems to have a pretty good control of his dying (at least publicly)... I guess he's my generation's version of Tuesday's with Morrie.

COMMUNITY FOODBANK OF NEW JERSEY:
:: Don’t forget to "Check-Out Hunger" in your local grocery stores (those little coupons at the checkout that are added to the total of your purchase) – 100% of your donation comes to the FoodBank and helps us to distribute $10.00 worth of food and grocery products for every $1.00 donated.

:: Expanded Volunteer Hours – for the next several weeks, the FoodBank will be open until 8:00pm Monday through Thursday night in order to get our Thanksgiving mailing done. We really need your help! This is a nice way to volunteer some time – come in and sit with some friends, you can chat and do something worthwhile at the same time. Children 10 years and over only, please and accompanied by an adult. To sign up, email Volunteer@njfoodbank.org or call Rachel at 908-355-3663 ext 235






Tuesday, October 29, 2002
 
Thought of the day:
ARETHA'S STORAGE BIN BURNS
An $800,000 Michigan house owned by Aretha Franklin burned down Friday. The singer was not present at the time, as she mainly used the 5,000-square-foot residence to store boxes and furniture. In related news, on any given night, there are more than 40,000 homeless people in Michigan in need of shelter.






Thursday, October 24, 2002
 
Bad diner experience... Yesterday after my friend's mother's wake, we went to the Rainbow Diner in Brick. It was my request since it had been voted "NJ Monthly's Readers Choice for Best Diner (South)." And considering it was in the area of the funeral home, I thought this would be an ideal time to pursue the Turkey Burger Quest.

Well, I was wrong.

First off... they didn't have a turkey burger available on the menu. Considering that this was not a small diner like the Roadside, there was no excuse... If you can have scallops and spanakopita, you can have turkey burgers. So instead, I had the gyro. Now according to the menu, it comes with fries, cole slaw and a pickle. It CAME with a greek salad. I guess it was a nice idea that the feta cheese was cut into bricked slices rather than crumbled so that you could meter the amount of cheese that was on your salad. But I DIDN'T ORDER A GREEK SALAD. I asked for the fries and did get that, I was in such a crabby mood that I didn't ask for the slaw and pickle. Lucky had the fried chicken which looked adequate and his onion rings were "straight out of the freezer bag into the fryer" standard. He didn't get any slaw or pickle either. PS: The "vegetable barley soup" barely had barley. It was like a leftover melange (whatever veggies/noodles on hand thrown together).

On the good side, the cocoa had real whipped cream and the place was clean. The decor was similar to the All Seasons in that it had oak wood walls but instead of having those tacky Bob Ross-esque paintings, the walls were decorated with whatever poster/painting they could find. Instead of the mirrors which Lucky said they originally put in when they rebuilt after the fire (the traditional diner story), they now have glass with Mucha style girls.

To read more about my Turkey Burger Quest... go here.
PS: A belated thank you to my male companions at Sunday's tea party. The conversation was truly scintillating. Where else can you find the topics of generational change, the plausibility of a space elevator, the ethics of bio/genetic engineering, and the future taste of McDonald's fries?! For that, again, I thank you.






Monday, October 21, 2002
 
I was going to write about how much fun the batchelorette tricky tray and tea party were (and about finding out that a friend of mine was pregnant), but this morning when I opened my email, I found out that my friend Powder Puff's mom died (two years, two weeks after her husband died).

She had known that she had terminal cancer and decided to spend the rest of her life cherishing her family and not do the chemo that might have given her a few more months of life but not necessarily ones of quality.

It reminds me of those "what if" games from college: "what if you had a choice of dying without warning or knew the date of your death, what would you prefer?" I never could decide.

Website of the day: American Cancer Society






Friday, October 18, 2002
 
This is a very expensive day... two stormy nights ago, I ran over a branch which punctured my fuel pump. So after the firemen came to make sure my car wasn't a hazard, and the car was towed to Mike the Mechanic (actual name!), I found out that it will cost me $500 (that's including the piece of crap I am renting: a Ford Cavelier). Hopefully, I will be able to fork over the Benjamins tonight and get my baby back.

I will also be buying a REAL sofa today... this is a big deal. Because I've been living in my apartment for over 8 years and been spending my little free time sitting on a futon special from Bradlees (the previous one was from Caldors... I have yet to get over the pain of losing that supplier of Snowflake fashion and decor). Granted I will have to wait weeks for it to come but if not now when has become my mantra of late.

October is so packed with stuff to do that I, unfortunately, won't be able to go to the Samhain Witches' Ball in New Hope, PA this year. (I needed to breath since I have a batchelorette party on Sat and a tea party on Sunday; both of which will be really tame but I still need time to do the basics of living). The Ball is basically a halloween party with catered food (freerange chicken etc) that's a fundraiser for children with AIDS. However, the one differing thing is that there is a Wiccan ceremony at the beginning. Although the energy is really good there, it's interesting to view the ceremony because it often looks like a high school production of MacBeth. It's really good people-watching (hey it's New Hope!), especially since the floorshow of drag queens is usually the highlight (and dang are they flexible!)






Tuesday, October 15, 2002
 
Some sites that will be appearing in the "Waste of Time" section of my website:







Monday, October 14, 2002
 
Sometimes it nice to have a rainy weekend.

Last weekend, we were so busy that if felt like there was no weekend at all. Saturday, we were in the Poconos (taking a way-too-long way there because of our host's directions!) which was really nice... especially there is no light pollution in "the sticks" and you can see the starry sky so clearly. The next day, we rushed to the Princeton area for the N.A.A.R. walk (the National Alliance for Autism Research). The fact we accomplished it (ya I know , it was only 4 miles but considering the lack of exercise I've gotten of late, this was a big deal) was great but... ding ding ding yep that's right your weekend is now over and welcome to work!

This weekend, I actually got to clean a bit. Now granted, this did include watching MaryKate and Ashley's masterpeice "Billboard Dad" on cable but I felt like I was getting somewhat organized in my life. We had sushi which was pretty good in taste but the restaurant's noise level was really high. Yesterday, the underlayers of my hair were dyed manic Panic Red (actually looks more hotpink... think Christine Aguilera) and we went to Chester to visit our favorite alligator (real old, real good condition says the sign under this preserved animal at the antique store) . I often think that I would really enjoy having it in my living room but the $695 price tag jangles me into reality. We ran into the couple who got married a few weeks before my brother did (you know, the exboyfriend one where the band dedicated a song to me)... they swear they weren't stalking us. Time will tell.






Friday, October 11, 2002
 
Considering that the leaves are turning autumnal, it's time for me to accept that summer is really over. It went by so quickly, I didn't even have time to appreciate it. I missed having languid beach time.... here's why.

SUMMER ROUNDUP
:: Earned certification in First Aid and Adult/Child CPR
:: Spent a long weekend in the Finger Lakes Region. Did the Cayuga Wine Trail, came home with a case of wonderful sweet and fragrant wines.
:: Learned latin dancing at the local community college
:: WEDDINGS
:: Learned to bustle a wedding gown
:: 2 bridal showers (one of which I helped put on ... a lot of work but worth it!)
:: 1 batchelorette party weekend (the other was cancelled)
:: 2 weddings (one was my brother's which was attended also by my first boyfriend; the other was an ex-boyfriend's... proving that you can still remain friends when a bf becomes an ex bf)
:: Saw friends visiting from Los Angeles and Japan
:: Went to my first Tupperware party
:: Visited my massage therapist a few times (ahhhhh!)
:: Went to a funeral (my great-uncle who was in his 90s died)
:: Hosted Lucky's surprise birthday party (which actually was a surprise! whew!)
:: Went to several parties including a Sopranos-themed gettogether
:: I became an "aunt" when Lex was born on the 4th of July!
:: Saw a lot of concerts (including They Might Be Giants, Lyle Lovett/Bonnie Raitt, and those listed in a previous entry)
:: Celebrated the first 6th months with Lucky at the Stone Pony (Asbury Park beach and Steve Fobert/Clarence Clemons)






Thursday, October 10, 2002
 
SUMMER ROUND-UP ::
> Earned certification in First Aid and Adult/Child CPR at a friend's house
> The two of us went to the






Wednesday, October 02, 2002
 
You know some days I'm so thankful that Lucky is in my life. Yesterday was one of them...

Not only did he take me out for the Food Bank's Dine Out Hunger campaign but he had no idea that it was baseball's playoff season! We actually got to talking about current world affairs instead of watching the damn Yankees. You gotta love a man who hates baseball!






Tuesday, October 01, 2002
 
YAY! I'm very excited... my friend Jewel is engaged! ... and to someone I like! (she actually gets the love and respect she deserves from him plus he knows how to handle her quirks :^) ).

This weekend, I went to a friend's bridal shower. Her bridesmaids did a great job. One of them (another friend of mine) made little pumpkin bread loaves for the favors... they were delish and so I am sharing the recipe with all of you (my bosses devoured the thing in minutes!)

PUMPKIN CAKE
1 yellow cake mix
1 sm can pumpkin
1/4 cup salad oil
1 cup water
4 eggs
1 pkg. butterscotch or vanilla pudding
1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground cloves, cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, and beat until smooth. Pour into a bundt pan or 2 bread loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into cake's middle. Enjoy!






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