Category: Still in Chapel Hill

My failures as a blogger

Hi friends.

So remember last summer, when I was in NYC, and I posted on a regular basis and my life was way more fascinating?  Well, that all sort of stopped so, sorry about that.

But I guess life should be fascinating all the time, not just when you are living in New York City and interning at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  So I am going to attempt to find the interesting in the everyday.  Please forgive the cheesy Hallmark Card sentiment.

Okay, so, what have I been doing?  Well, I still work here, but I’m also working on changing that.

I’m watching a lot of this:

That’s Deep Space 9, just in case you are wondering.  The station, built by Cardassians and formerly called Terak Nor, hangs out in space near the planet of Bajor, in a guardsman position to the Wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant.

In layman’s terms, this is a Star Trek series, and probably my favorite.  Deep Space 9, being a stationary series as opposed to an explore-the-galaxy series, enables sweeping and epic storylines about religion and faith and prophecy and war and genocide and other mega-themes.  It also stars this sexy man:

That’s Benjamin Sisko, played by Avery Brooks.  He’s the commanding officer type on the series.  He’s also the Emissary to the Prophets.  If you want to know what that means, you should watch the show.

I’m eating some too.  I’m making a lot of this chopped caprese salad from Smitten Kitchen, because it is fresh and easy.  Tonight some chicken meatballs might happen.  Lately there have been a lot of salads, also.  I’ll post as things become exciting.

Oh, also, I went to Mama Dip’s on Saturday night, but since it was a last-minute trip I had no camera.  I got fried green tomatoes, which were excellent and had a corn mealy crust.  I had fried chicken, also reliably good, some better-than-average macaroni and cheese and some decent cole slaw.  I’m sure that at one point this restaurant was awesome and soul foody, but I guess it has gone downhill since Rachel Ray or whomever discovered it.  Also, I rarely eat fried food, so it always leaves me feeling heavy and gross.  Probably won’t go again, but I can finally say that I went, and it was fun to break cornbread with friends who I hadn’t seen in awhile.

I have done some other things as well, such as visit New York City and check out the new North Carolina Museum of Art.  I’ll post on those later, just to keep y’all reading.

Okay, this is my endeavor to get back to it.  Let us hope it keeps working.

A brief detour to the South…

While I am trying to keep this blog fairly NYCentric for now, I must post the 36 Hours in Research Triangle article from this weekend’s edition of the NYTimes.  The article highlights a lot of reasons why I really enjoy the area: great restaurants, plenty of things to do, but it never gets overwhelming.  Also, it mentions a few places that I’ve been meaning to try but haven’t yet, mostly because I fear for my waistline and my heart health.  Things to do when I return…

The article also mentions Ed Mitchell, from The Pit  in Raleigh (never been, alas) who does whole pork barbecue and who will be present at tomorrow’s Big Apple BBQ fest at Madison Square Park.  Yes I will be attending, but you will probably only find me at the beef brisket stands.

Leaving tonight.

Flight’s at 6:50.  Currently tying up lose ends in the apartment, cleaning the fridge, dusting, making sure everything is ready to go.

I’ll post again once I am in the city.  For now, fare thee well Chapel Hill.

Cooking and Shoes

Recently I’ve started cooking more.  This is a result of not having any work to do and of having someone for whom to cook.  I figure, I enjoy food, I enjoy reading about food, and eating out is expensive: might as well hone my kitchen skills.

Last night I made some recipes I found on SmittenKitchen, one of my new favorite food blogs (tons of fun recipes, with photographs to aid potential success):

Spanish tortilla with artichokes, potatoes, and red peppers.

Julienned (is that a word?) zucchini with toasted almonds.

Both dishes were supremely delicious, very easy to make, and helped use up the food I am trying to dispose of before I leave for two months.  We topped the zucchini with some crumbled parmeggiano regiano, which gave it a nice saltiness.  Even flipping the tortilla wasn’t disastrous, though I had some help.  I’d like to try to keep cooking in New York so that I can bring more than peanut butter sandwiches with me to work for lunch (Orangette, another one of my fun new food blog obsessions, has some nice brown bag options).  This will be a test of will, clearly.

Mm, leftover tortilla.  Looked really nice last night, but still tastes fine today!
Mm, leftover tortilla. Looked really nice last night, but still tastes fine today!

So the other activity I have been participating in frequently, save for tearing through A Clash of Kings, the second 1,000 page book in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (soon to be on HBO with Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister!), is packing.  And rearranging.  And then re-packing.  Right now I am at one large suitcase and two smaller suitcases.  I will be living out of one of the smaller suitcases during an interim period before I can move into my sublet.  The other smaller suitcase, which will also be a carry one, is primarily filled with shoes.  And belts.  And jewelry.  But mostly shoes.

I’m mildly embarassed to be devoting a whole suitcase to shoes.  However, I will be in the city for the entire summer and will need shoes for work and play.  Also, shoes are heavy, and giving them their own home helps avoid the risk of having an overweight suitcase (I hate it when that happens).   Still, having three rolly suitcases makes me feel a little princessy, which is a title I try to avoid.

A suitcase to live out of, although the Ice Bats seem to have conquered.
A suitcase to live out of, although the Ice Bats seem to have conquered.
Guess which suitcase has the shoes?
Guess which suitcase has the shoes?

Anyhow, that’s what I have been doing.  I leave tomorrow evening!  Very excited!

P.S.: What show should I see first?  I plan on hitting TKTS as soon as possible.

P.P.S.: Thanks in advance to Pine View friend Santosh and his roommate for housing my princessy self and the princess’ three suitcases for the interim period before my sublease starts!