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Last night my fiance was explaining the late night thinking he’s been giving to the development of an iPhone app. Every time he has an idea, he finds that it’s already been done. It’s true; there are so many damn apps but these two, in particular, caught my eye.
The first one is the most recent cover of The New Yorker created by just an artists’s finger and his iPhone. Using an iPhone app called Brushes, the artist was able to draw and paint as if his phone was a canvas. Isn’t that unbelieveable? Who is an ‘artist’ anymore these days? I mean, look at the cover! It looks like he actually used a brush! Are we going to see the demise of painting now?? Maybe that’s a bit rash.
The other cool app I stumbled upon mimics a record player. Check out the video to see how.
One of my strange “rules” in life is to only buy one book at a time. I’ve found that any time I buy more than one, I never end up focusing and finishing any of those I’ve purchased. The most efficient way for me to reach the end of a novel or non-fiction piece is to start with one and only one.
Well, I threw out that rule yesterday. I’ve got a nearly three week honeymoon coming up. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book cover to cover and I feel in great need of something enlightening, something smart to push my brain waves to a higher octave. (weird analogy, I know)
So I left Barnes & Noble with:
I’ve started with Shutting Out The Sun and have already found myself highly disturbed by several of the disturbing social trends in Japan that Zielenziger describes, particularly hikikimori - young men who shut themselves in their rooms and withdraw from society. More on that later.
On a positive note, I’m excited to read all three – something I haven’t felt towards books in quite some time.
I should start off by saying that I made the goat cheese, asparagus and lemon pasta tonight and it was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S. Thanks to my friend, Stephanie, I used loads of lemon juice and zest so it turned out zappy, just the way I wanted it. I also replaced tarragon with fresh mint and basil because (a) I forgot to buy tarragon at the store and (b) my Mom (yes, I called my mother for emergency herbal advice!) suggested that I incorporate those two lovely greens. Voila! It was superb.
I spent most of the remaining evening finishing up plans for our honeymoon. The good news is that I’ve got all of the accomodations booked except for our last two nights, which will end in Tokyo. It feels like such a relief to have knocked this off my ‘to-do’ list. My procrastination was unreasonable this time around and I’ve been trying to figure out why. I suppose part of it is my unfamiliarity with Japan altogether and the sheer length of our stay. The only other vacation I’ve had that’s lasted nearly three weeks was my 2007 road trip along the South African coast with Stephanie….and she planned the whole thing Spoiled, I know. But seriously, planning 21 days of sightseeing, relaxation and coordinating the travel logistics is daunting. That being said, next time around I think I’ll be less timid and far more ‘take charge.’
I thought I’d end the evening on a fun note with little lovelies from around the web…little things I’d love to have or share with others. Enjoy.
(Via auto., Anthropologie & Pip-Squeak Chapeau, Etc.)
With all of this yucky weather staring us in the face this week, I’m determined to take advantage of the housebound time by charting new culinary waters. Shrimp and grits is on the menu for one night this week but so is this super easy asparagus, goat cheese and lemon pasta recipe from Smitten Kitchen. What would I do without her blog?!?!
1 pound spiral-shaped pasta
1 pound slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon plus more for garnish
1 5- to 5 1/2-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese (the pre-crumbled stuff will not melt as well)
Fresh lemon juice to taste (optional)
Cook your pasta in a large pot of well-salted water until it is almost tender, or about three minutes shy of what the package suggests. Add asparagus and cook until firm-tender, another two to three minutes. Drain both pasta and asparagus together, reserving one cup of pasta water.
Meanwhile, combine olive oil, lemon peel, tarragon and cheese in a large bowl, breaking up the goat cheese as you put it in. Add hot pasta and asparagus to bowl, along with a couple slashes of the pasta water. Toss until smoothly combined, adding more pasta water if needed. Season genersously with salt and pepper, and lemon juice if you feel it needs a little extra kick
It’s not often that you hear a commencement speech that stops you in your tracks AND makes you laugh AND causes you to reflect on your own life choices.
Now, I’m way beyond the days of commencement speeches…school is definitely done and over with and I doubt I’ll ever go back.
But that doesn’t mean that I’m still not looking for some sense of clarity about what I want to do with my life and what I’ve already done with my five years out.
has done it better than most and of course, she gets away with some commentary that most commencement speakers wouldn’t.
I never thought of myself as a procrastinator but lately I’m beginning to wonder. We’re less than four weeks out from our honeymoon and we’ve only planned the first four days of our trip, which will be in Tokyo.
Imagining Japan and what we should do there feels totally overwhelming, as Namibia did. I don’t know where to start, I don’t know which reviews to trust and it’s hard to imagine how much we’ll want to visit or how much we’ll want to stay still, rest and observe a place.
The next stop after Tokyo is definitely going to be Shimoda
, which is on the beach, hugging the Pacific Ocean.
A quick search on Flickr
pulled up some awesome photos. Maybe that’s the push I needed to get this done…
Absolutely adorable. I can see why my sister is completely obsessed with the dog.
God, I love these! What’s with couples’ love for balloons in pictures? Totally adds a ‘pop’ to everything and leaves you feeling like they’re having the time of their lives.
It was one of those nights we still talk about.
Sophomore year of college, I was living in a house with twelve other women. (Not a soroity, mind you) We wanted to throw a unique theme party, something no one had done before and something that strayed away from the norm.
“What about a “Marvin Gaye Party?”" one of my friends asked.
Soul, 1970s R&B and funk music….classy, but creative attire was encouraged.
Now the mix – that was the real trick.
Download it. You’ll see what I mean.
I can still see everyone erupting as soon as the beat picked up. I can see the faces of my friends depicting the joy of a private (yet very public) dancing moment. You know what I mean. You’ve been there.
So there I was late last night, jamming out to “Pretty Colors” and reminiscing about the old times…hooked on memories this week, aren’t I?