Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Shameless Plug (and other stuff)

It discourages me so much when I see how the proverbial 'little guy' is struggling to keep his head above water these days in the business world -particularly when it is no fault of their own. This is where the plug comes in: The Four Katz Cafe.

This is an adorable little restaurant where I live. The atmosphere is great, the food is excellent, and the staff delightful. They are 'housed' in an old Victorian farmhouse, the lower half converted into the dining area. I really don't know what to say other than the fact that I wish the economy was better for their sake. They've really done great things with the house and I would hate to see them go under because of lack of business. The decor is eclectic: a mix of older and more modern furniture. There's a touch of whimsy with the lights, the antiques spread throughout, and the border around the ceiling assembled of vintage record covers (I have to grin when I look up from my dinner and see Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top and the Beatles all staring down at me in pristine condition) is probably my favorite part (no big surprise there). Granted, the food's not haute cuisine, it's not even out of this world. But it's great food, original recipes (not your standard Mom & Pop cafe fare, let me tell you), and always a smile when you walk through the door. But really, I cannot promote this place enough. I've never had a bad (or even mediocre) meal there. I know that people who read this blog don't live anywhere nearby, but I feel like I need to do my part. So, if you're ever in the area stop by the Four Katz Cafe.

So back to other news, well... not really news as my life is so incredibly boring that 'news' might equate to what I had for breakfast....

Spring Break is here and I've relished being home, being able to sleep, and not being on such a tight schedule. Granted, I'll be back to that tight schedule on Monday, and the expected lack of sleep will catch up to me probably a week from now. Attempting to get a headstart on research projects, reading, papers, etc. It's not really working though as I'm too caught up in relishing my limited freedom.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Watching the Oscars

Sitting here watching the Oscars and realizing that there are some movies from this past year that I want to see.

1.) Doubt
2.) Revolutionary Road
3.) Slumdog Millionaire
4.) Frost/Nixon
5.) The Dark Knight (You'll be annoyed to know that this is merely because of the clip where Batman shoots out of the Batmobile on a motorcycle... What can I say? I've got a softspot for the Batmobile...)
6.) Spielzeugland

Kate Winslet's speech was wonderful. "Well, it's not a shampoo bottle now!"

Have to say, I have never been a Heath Ledger fan, but it was touching to see his family accept his award for Best Supporting Actor.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Ready for a break

Here I sit. It's 9:40pm and my eyelids are drooping. I calculated today and realized that since Sunday morning I have had only 17 hours of sleep. I'm really not amused at this point. So, it is a good thing that Spring Break starts officially on Monday. I have one last paper to turn in tomorrow and then I'm done! YAY! Well... done for the next week anyway. And not even truly done for that bit as I vowed to get ahead on my work on this break. I've got three books I need to read, a paper to write, an annotated bibliography to finalize and some well-deserved sleep to catch up on. And if I have time, I was hoping to actually do something fun like visit with friends or watch a good movie or two. We'll see what ends up happening.

That said, I think I'm going to clean up my mess in the kitchen (made brownies for the bosses at B&BW) and then head for some R&R. Well, for the next two hours anyway...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hello again

Well, here I am. I'm sitting here at work (Yes, I'm allowed to use the computer. Wipe that self-righteous arched eyebrow off your face!) and slightly bored. Life at the lab is slow. Yes, the lab is full to capacity, and yes, there are the occasional computer-illiterate who need help with their work or printing their documents. But overall, it is slow. I make the requisite lap around the computer lab to straighten chairs and keyboards. I love to walk through the lab and see people tense up as I walk behind them. I am the computer-police. No Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, or other frivolous activities allowed during busy hours of the computer lab. As people catch sight of lab staff in their peripheral vision, you can hear a wave of clicking --clicking mouses to bring up un-'frivolous' homework assignments to cover up so-and-so's newest profile update, or the latest YouTube craze.

There are days I wish I was still an art major. As shallow as it sounds, I loved my portfolio case... And then I remember how ridiculously heavy it was to carry around and I'm glad I stuck with Anthroplogy. Granted, my books are none too light, but they are less awkward to carry than a 3'x2' briefcase full of paper and drawing implements.

I just received my personal statement and reflexive essay back from my Capstone (undergrad thesis basically) advisor yesterday. I was actually surprised that I seemed to do all right. I was incredibly nervous just because I really didn't know what to expect or what to write. Outside of a few corrections, she said it was 'very nice'. I don't know if I've ever been so relieved. And over a silly little two-page paper, too. Perhaps I should be more worried about the essay exam I just turned in for Sex, Work, and International Capital?

On the same note (the Capstone, that is) I have finally chosen my topic. I am going to be looking into the affects of capitalism on the perception of 'traditional' art, particularly in folk art. Or, more precisely I want to look at how capitalism and the resulting influx of tourism has changed the perception of the traditional in terms of folk art, particularly 'souvenirs'. For example, the mexican blankets which are not a traditional mexican folk art. Neither are they made in Mexico... Or the boomerangs that can be bought in touristy shops which are crafted in Taiwan. It may seem like an odd subject, but I am actually finding a lot of interesting information out there and really enjoying my search. Other classmates have some great ideas as well (tacit taboos passed down through folk- and fairy-tales, language revitalization, etc.) so this should be pretty interesting!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I don't know what I was thinking when I signed up for Forensic Anthropology this semester. I'll admit I find it interesting, but I find it interesting in a very vague way. Or a very skeletonized way... I didn't seem to make the connection that in order to get to the final product, you have to know about the different stages of decomposition. Yes. So I very nearly lost my breakfast in class last week. So, tomorrow I'm going on an empty stomach. And with ear plugs.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Yes. I am procrastinating. I have a couple papers I should start working on. But this is my first day off of both work and school in what feels like forever and I am relishing the time I was able to take in moving through this wonderful (albeit rainy) day. I got to check my email, have a cup of tea, even make breakfast this morning, err, afternoon... for lunch. So, I'm taking this day to nominally 'catch up on homework', but really I am reassembling my sanity.

I have to note that my new favorite music is definitely Pride & Prejudice (2005) by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Absolutely phenomenal. You can listen to it for free on imeem and it has been my day's soundtrack. That being said, as I recommend this great piece of music, I can't help but suggest another incredible piano-centered soundtrack. Michael Nyman's The Piano is breathtaking. I first heard the music when a friend's student was working on "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" and immediately fell in love. Please do check out both of these incredible works.

Also, I made the most delicious brownies last night. Seriously, they are incredible. Good music + chocolate = cure all.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Unmitigated and Comprehensive Disaster of a Week

I feel like all my posts have been following the same vein for nigh on forever now. When was the last time I had a really good week? With tax season upon us (at least for the non-procrastinators), I have been thinking in terms of finance. And this is what I have come up with: I am in the red. Emotionally, spiritually, physically I am drained dry. For once in my life I have bitten off more than I can chew and have no plan of attack other than muddle through and hope I don't choke. These past three weeks have been incredibly trying and have presented blow after blow and I'm just to the point where I really don't want to try any more.

I really don't know how it is even possible to label things coincidental when life just hits you like that. Three major car repairs in three weeks, school trouble, working too much, getting sick and having an emotional break down all at once? The timing is just too perfect (in a sort of horrifying irony) to be considered coincidental.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Only me!

So several years ago, I started a blog on here ( And then I conveniently forgot my username and password... Yes. Only me, folks. So, there is cause for celebration as (after three years of absence) I have finally figured out what my info was and reclaimed my poor abandoned blog! So funny. So now I have three... Yes. I'm pretty sure I don't need three blogs, so I'll eventually delete the old one after I clean it up. I just found that really funny. So, now I've got this one (where you are now!), this one, and this one. :)

Well, it's back to reading and research for me! Hope you all are having a good day this fine, frigid Wednesday! (Too bad it's not Friday. That would've been a nice alliteration...)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Curious (Humor me here!)

I am interested to know (for those of you in the "twentysomething" category --not necessarily college, but specifically 'age range) if you all can give me your thoughts and opinions.

As a 'twentysomething' (and I'm writing it that way because whenever I hear 'twentysomething' I think of Jamie Cullum, who has an album with the name spelled like that), what draws you to a church? I had an older acquaintance of mine ask this of me today in the hopes of 'delving into the mind of twentysomething' (me) and getting some ideas as his church was hoping to expand its demographic. What was I supposed to tell him? Is there an answer? I realized that my reasons for attending a church may be completely different than others my age and was hoping to get an idea of what others thought. Here are some ideas that might draw me and others that I thought would be particularly appealing to our demographic.

1.) 'More contemporary music' (As much as this irks me to right, it does seem to be a big draw. I would argue however that, perhaps what we need is not more 'contemporary music', but better-quality... lyrically, musically, etc.)

2.) Being greeted (It is amazing how alienated one can feel when you walk alone into a church and are never greeted and this happens more often if you are not in a group, family, etc.)

3.) Not being marginalized

4.) Feeling connected with the adults in the church (and not alienated because of marriage status or age?) -- invited to events for the 'adults', but also have a sub-fellowship as well?

5.) Good doctrine (Surprisingly enough, this was apparently the most surprising answer I uttered.)

6.) Activities planned out and little planning needed from participants

Please let me know what you think!