Archive | January, 2009

The Bonus Factor in AC Newman.

8 Jan

AC Newman will be at The Troubadour on 26 Feb, a show I have tickets to. I meant to see only Dent May, originally, but after listening to this track, wow, I’m really looking forward to the whole night.


Do Before I Die, No.2 – Live In Paris

7 Jan

I lived in Germany for several years in the best possible place–Heidelberg, mild winters, warm springs, right near Switzerland, France, Italy and just about anywhere else I wanted to visit as an American expat.

But Paris and just about anywhere in France is truly the final frontier. I want to be able to speak French like I learned to speak German–effortlessly, by almost total osmosis afforded in living overseas.

I don’t know how, but I have got to make this happen. I will do it!

I can die happily in my apartment in Le Marais. But not before.

Resolution No. 2 – To Bake Is Human, To Frost Divine.

4 Jan

Behold, The Magnolia Bakery cupcake!

Now, watch this:

Yeah, pretty impressive, no? I have watched that video a million times to see how he does it–his hand blocks the way for a crucial part during the frosting. :-/

But seriously, folks, I could swear that the unique concave/convex swirl frosting that Magnolia Bakery cupcake boasts is a mini-tribute to sculptor Richard Serra‘s contemporary art piece “Band“. In addition, the little concaves serve as teeny troughs for sprinkles.

#2. Despite the fact that my second New Year’s Resolution clashes badly with the my first, I would like to learn how to frost a cupcake like the Magnola bakers do–because to bake is human (& easy), to frost (like that) looks divine (and hard as heck!)

Do Before I Die, No.1 – Cap D’Antibes & The French Riviera At Large

2 Jan

In conjunction with resolutions I think I’ll write down my own personal “Things To Do Before I’m Dead”, in no particular order of importance.

#1. Spend some time getting to know the French Riviera like F. Scott and Zelda knew it. I’m thinking that my life will not be complete without sunbathing at least once at Plage de La Garoupe, made famous by not only Fitzgerald, but other American expatriates like Gerald and Sara MurphyCole Porter and Ernest Hemingway.

Resolution No. 1 – Drop It Like It’s Hot.

1 Jan

I pledge to share my resolutions with you here during the upcoming days.

My orthopedic surgeon always used to say that I’m at risk for scoliosis if I do not work out and thus gain more weight. That is a scary prospect, no?

As of the moment I hover between 115-117 on a daily basis. By no means am I overweight. In fact, even at the heaviest, with a Body Mass Index of 22.8, I’m within the normal bounds of 18.5 – 24.9 BMI. My BMI puts me in the 32% percentile, which means that 68% of American women at my age of 28 weigh more than me. But it’s not the BMI that I’m concerned about.

My back and left shoulder blade area is actually pained on a daily basis if I do not go work it out. Scoliosis is exacerbated by extra weight pulling my spine in different directions. It is a chance that I cannot take.

More surgeries? No thanks! I’ve already gotten about 30 under my belt, major and minor.

must lose some weight. So gym everyday, even if it is a little bit of weights and stretching. Healthier food, counting calories obsessively.