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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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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.
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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.
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I was happy to see the Former Fuzzy Houseguests again, Riceball still poses pretty.

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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.
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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:
Runaway
Anyone's ghost
Bloodbuzz ohio
Slow show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of everyone
Conversation 16
Available/Cardinal song
Sorrow
Abel
England
Thirsty
Fake empire
Think you can wait
Mr November
Terrible love
About today
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.
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So I'm back from my NYC trip. I had a fantastic time! It was a fantastic experience. Even though we tried to see as much as we could in a few days, it doesn't feel like nearly enough. I think I would need a hundred years to see and explore everything I would like of NYC.

The Met (and the reason for our trip)! It was well worth traveling halfway across the country to see this exhibit.

cut for a boatload of holiday snaps )
My wrist is starting to give out on me, so another post with more pictures later!

Eek.

Jun. 4th, 2011 02:52 am
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Two more days till my NYC trip!

Am heading into Massive Freakout mode, during which I compulsively check flight loads every few hours. It is all a part of the adventure that is flying free. I can get my friends and I there, if I can find empty seats. I think this can be accomplished (the numbers aren't looking good), but will likely involve spending the entire day at the airport. What the hell, at least it will be time that I'm not taking calls.

Just realized that I somehow have never uploaded any "my life is neurotic/nervous making all the time" themed icons, so have a picture of kitties playing ping pong.

Anyhow, I will get us there somehow. *waves fist in vaguely Scarlett O'Hara like fashion*

What I meant to post though, was that since I'm planning on spending the day at the Metropolitan Museum, I will no doubt stop at the gift shop and pick up a ton of postcards, museums and postcards being two of my favorite things about travel. (Restaurants and grocery stores are the others, but that's neither here nor there.) If you would like me to mail you a postcard, drop me a comment with your name and address and I'll send you one. Comments will be screened for privacy's sake. The only thing I ask for in return is that you cross your fingers for me and send lucky thoughts for me to get my butt on the plane in the first place.
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I keep meaning to post, but I am so brain dead from work when I get home. The 12 hour shifts are continuing on indefinitely. *infinite sadface D:* It is pretty much all anyone at work talks about, what a pain it is, how long it is going on, etc. I don't have time to do anything else. I've pretty much realized that at this rate, there's no way I'll be able to finish Japanese Garden in time for the fair. And no time to get, much less take care of, a Baby Ferret.

I do have a vacation in two weeks, if I can only manage not going insane by then. I'm planning on going to New York City with my friends Sarah and Nicole. Only for a few days, but I am determined to go there to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met. I want to see it so badly.(We will probably spend at least one whole day at the museum.) Going standby is tricky, but I am crossing my fingers like crazy. My backup plans have backup plans.


Relevant macro is relevant to my interests.

And the brightest part of my week so far: [livejournal.com profile] aoi_no_neko, in a kind and unbelievably generous offer, sent me a ton of classic records. Lots of Beatle records, lots of Queen, a few David Bowie, among others. SQUEEE. Listened to a bit of the White Album so far and it sounds amazing. Thank you SO much, Julie! :D
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Awesome pile of records on historically accurate shag carpeting.

I just want to stay home and listen to records and dance around my living room. Alas, must get some sleep before another 12 hour Shi(f)t tomorrow. *falls down*
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Star Wars record

I spotted this at the 23rd St. Antique Mall this afternoon. I had this exact same record when I was little! Or still have somewhere, although it's probably nowhere near as in as good a shape. I was hell on all my records and scratched the shit out of them; I'd be surprised if any of them could play without skipping. Anyway, that's not the point. The point is that there should not be any artifacts stuff from my childhood in antique stores, next to depressionware glass and daguerrotypes. That shit is wrong.
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Hey, here is the one moderately focused, somewhat discernible concert photo I have ever taken.


This is from this past Tuesday when I went to see my favorite band*, The National, play Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa (right at the end of Fake Empire.) It was a great concert. Even though it was only October that I saw them in Dallas, I was still very excited to see them again, especially as a)I didn't think they would still be touring a year after High Violet came out and b) it looked before like they were skipping Oklahoma.

Here is the setlist (posted mostly for the benefit of my poor memory)
Runaway
Anyone’s Ghost
Mistaken for Strangers
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Slow Show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Lemonworld
All the Wine
Abel
Sorrow
Apartment Story
Green Gloves
England
Fake Empire

encore:
Driver, Surprise Me
Mr. November
Terrible Love
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

The setlist is nearly identical to the Dallas concert, except for about three songs. But I was especially glad to hear "Driver, Surprise Me" because I really love the National's b-sides and they hardly ever seem to play them.

The House of Blues in Dallas had, I think, clearer sound, but Cain's has history behind it, which adds points in its favor (it was built back in the 20's) and also, it has a spring dance floor. This meant that every time the band played a loud song, the crowd would start jumping up and down and the whole room would literally rock. During "Abel", I nearly got bounced right off my feet. Fun! In fact, I enjoyed everything about this show. The National are great live, I would go see them again anytime they play nearby. I heart them so much.

Also, the next morning I had breakfast at some place called The Wild Fork and had maybe the best bacon I've ever had. (And cheesy grits, yum!) And then I went and looked at needlework at The Silver Needle. Music and embroidery, that's how I roll.

Work is kind of punishing my ass right now in return for having had a couple of good days, but that's another post, another time.




*...that's playing right now. My favorite band of all time is still the Beatles. Though it's very close. But it's not possible that anyone can top the Beatles.
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I did manage to get up early Saturday after all. I got to Guestroom Records in Norman about 40 minutes before the store opened, but at that point, there was already a good long line nearly down to the corner. I brought my Kindle to past the time while I waited. (Reading ebooks while waiting to buy vinyl seems odd to me somehow, but I figure they balance each other out.) Once the store opened, they let people in by fives, so I still had awhile to wait. Peeping through the window, I could see people carrying around stacks, so I resigned myself to getting whatever limiteds might be left.

However, there was still a lot of stuff by the time I got in, so I still managed to get quite a few nice things.

Grinderman - Evil single featuring Matt Berninger of The National - in RED GLITTERY VINYL. This was the release I most coveted because although I'm not a huge Nick Cave fan, I adore Matt Berninger's voice. Also, the vinyl is RED with GLITTER in it. You can listen to the track here. I don't know who decided that if you're going to be listening to something as grim as a Nick Cave song, you need some extra sparkle, but whoever it was, kudos to you. (Also, how excited was I to have spotted the last copy. Yoink.)

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Kings of Leon - Holy Roller Novocaine, in red vinyl

Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling - Dharohar Project

Franz Ferdinand Covers EP, in orange vinyl

Regina Spektor - Four from Far, in blue vinyl

The Civil Wars - Dance Me to the End of Love

Esben and the Witch - Chorea ep

And aside from the RSD releases, I also picked up copies of Joy Division's Closer, Siouxie and the Banshee's A Kiss in the Dreamhouse, and Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company. Plus some stuff from the free tables like 45's by the Black Crowes (clear vinyl!) and Belle and Sebastian and some 3D glasses (random!).

So all in all, an excellent haul. The only disappointments were that I didn't get the Ryan Adams ep or the pink vinyl of Hounds of Love. (And they are now going for crazy amounts on Ebay. Thanks, scalpers.)

And then I had to go and ruin a perfectly good shopping high by going into work that afternoon rather than lying around listening to records, but such is life.
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Saturday is Record Store Day. I am excite. This will be my first one since I've started collecting. (Last year's I missed by a couple of weeks.) I am looking forward to a few titles, and hopefully scoring some colored vinyl. My favorite!

The only difficult part (for me) will be getting up at an (unaccustomed early) time of morning. Fortunately, I have an internal alarm clock. I only need to tell myself to wake up at a certain time and I will automatically wake up pretty close to that time. Unfortunately, the internal alarm clock comes with a snooze button and I almost always fall back asleep in a matter of minutes. Maybe for five minutes or four hours. I hope I can remember why I need to get up, instead of convincing myself that whatever it was, it can't be important as getting more sleep.

I think I'm going to rewatch last night's Parks and Recreation and then try to get some sleep
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My missing camera cord has been lost so long that I think it's pretty much gone for good. I either need to buy a new cord or maybe a whole new camera. It might be time to upgrade to a new model anyhow. Maybe something either smaller/lighter or something that's more shaky hands proof.

In the meantime, since it's been a long time since I took any cross stitch photos, so here's a iPhone pic of my progress on Japanese Garden. I am not feeling too inspired on the needlework front (and lacking the camera cord), hence the lack of finishes and photos lately.

It took me about three months to do that 1/4th of the outer garden. Not very impressive. The crane in the center medallion is stitched one over one thread and that probably took the longest amount of time. I'll need to work a lot more on it if I want to get it done in time for the fair this year.

Japanese Garden WIP, 4/5/11
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Just a couple quick pics.

Dinner today was at Tokyo Restaurant. I ordered the sashimi plate, plus some unagi and the spider roll. I am dense, I was thinking, "ooh, it has soft shell crab, I like crab!" without realizing that there really is a reason why it's called spider roll. It looks like a giant deep fried spider is climbing out of your food. I ate the sliced pieces and it tasted good, but the one at the end with the crab bits sticking out I couldn't bring myself to eat yet, though I brought them home.

sushi and sashimi

And another picture of the tulips. I forget what the darker ones are called, Queen of Night, I think. They're more of a dark purple than a true black. I wish they came out a bit darker,

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Talking about food has made me hungry again, I'm off to go find some leftovers.

ETA: Also, I've come to realize that while I like dried squid and calamari, but I cannot abide it uncooked. It tastes gluey, aaagh.
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first tulip of spring

First tulip of spring. It's still really cold out though.

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