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procrastination, in review

So like has been lamented time and time again, last week was bad and my focus was shot. Needless to say, my procrastination level went way, way up. And so, we will have procrastination in review…a time to tell of the amazing things on the internet that can only be founds through mindless surfing, facebook and gchat links.

1. “Are You A Christian Hipster:” I mean this one about made my day (although I will admit it’s been on the “to blog about list for almost 2 weeks).  It’s been all over the internet including a shout out on the “Daily Dish” from Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic. My favorite paragraph:

Christian hipsters love thinking and acting Catholic, even if they are thoroughly Protestant. They love the Pope, liturgy, incense, lectio divina, Lent, and timeless phrases like “Thanks be to God” or “Peace of Christ be with you.” They enjoy Eastern Orthodox churches and mysterious iconography, and they love the elaborate cathedrals of Europe (even if they are too museum-like for hipster tastes). Christian hipsters also love taking communion with real Port, and they don’t mind common cups. They love poetry readings, worshipping with candles, and smoking pipes while talking about God. Some of them like smoking a lot of different things.

Pretty much it’s hysterical and has been the office joke. Pretty much imagine a church staff ending every conversation with, “but is that a Christian hipster thing to do.” We also decided that a huge bulk of Christian hipsters work hard to cover up a homeschooling past, sad and yet so very very true.

2. The Wall Street Journal’s defense of Laura Bush: I mean I love the First Lady’s office and think a lot of good work can come from it. And yes, I understand that the current Adminstration is trying to set themselves apart from the past. However, get your facts straight before you knock Mrs. Bush; because yes Michelle Obama, you like military families but then so did your predecessor.

3. The Food Section of the NYTimes: Not the most conservative paper, however, there was a full article on Whoopie pies (or cakes) and it was really interesting. Made me want to both makes them and go on a road trip to sample them. Also, we should note that I love the New York Times.

4. More Food: So if anyone hasn’t seen the blog This is Why You’re Fat, well just imagine a lot of deep-fried fatty foods. And this should be a contestant there. So, the fouth position comes to us from Serious Eats (one of the only blogs that gets it’s own icon on my iPhone): “Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt.” Yes, it may in fact clog your arteries just looking at the pictures; but you seriously should look, it pretty much is amazingly disgusting.

5. Political pundits, youth, and body fat: Enter Slate Magazine’s article on the cat fight pinning Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham against Meghan McCain (which may have started after McCain wrote a “I don’t get Ann Coutler” blog post). In any political debate that features Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham…I will always be on the opposite side, especially when that debate includes a high school girl moment of calling the size 8/10, Meghan McCain plus size. So a note to the scary women: “I mean seriously…get with the picture female, Republican pundits, we don’t respect you cause you’re witchy and I’m pretty sure you never eat. Your life must be sad, you must be hungry…see the above featured item, a Bacon Hanburger Fatty Melt could be awesome for you; or the below item, a sandwich could change your life.”

6. New Obsession: Scanwich. Yes, if you pull that name apart you get scan and (sand)wich. And yes, people are scanning their sandwiches. That simple. That awesome. I’m easily amused when I don’t feel well. Actually I’m pretty sure I’m always easily amused.

And lastly, which doens’t even get a number, Time Magazine’s article on romance. Pretty much it’s over a year old, and was part of the Jan 2008 Science of Romance issue. It’s pretty fascinating and totally supports my moodiness with love and romance, cause there apparently is a science and it’s not something that can be controlled. My annoyance was totally validated. :)

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Fashion, Life

High heels and Acronyms

First off, with no relevance to the rest of this post: BTWITIAILWY is the best 11 letter acronym. A friend had it up in a facebook message and I sat on my couch yesterday trying to figure it out. Thanks to google and in case you were wondering it means “By The Way I Think I Am In Love With You.” I love text massage acronyms.

Yay 11 letter acronyms…especially ones that only three people figured out (and two out of the three also figured out why I love it, sometimes the obvious answer is in fact the right answer).

But on to the real subject at hand…fashion in the government.

I have worked in what is referred to by many as “Hollywood for Ugly People,” and while I often agree there has been an increased level of attractiveness into the Nation’s Capital as of late. So when Elle Magazine did a spread on female White House staffers dress, I was psyched. In the post, titled Capital Cool, seven member of the new administration are given a new workplace fashion.

First awesome thing…no nylons/pantyhose.

First annoying bit. I worked in an Executive government office as an intern. It was an all female staff. No one wore hose, I really do mean no one. It was awesome. So it’s not a new thing for women to rebel against hose, and are we shocked I mean they are only the most uncomfortable things ever. But needless to say, I will say that I am thrilled that people are doing their best to overcome the nylon industry.

And yes, I agree with a lot of the commenters, a lot of the suggest items just wouldn’t fly in the political scene. I mean an evening dress for day wear…not okay, and jeans in the White House, also really not cool. But the number of people complaining about heels, I mean seriously heels are an active choice. And while sometimes I wear three inch heels for attention, but normally it’s to elevate myself from 5’4′ to a height that maybe commands a little more attention and respect. (And for all those who complained about commuting in stillettos there is a simple solution, it’s called commuting shoes…buy a pair).

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Food

a photo montage of food

So it has been a long time without a food picture of reference on the blog, and in honor of the fact that I got my external hard drive to work today…behold, a food photo montage (and the chocolate financiers (the mini-cupcake-esque items) recipe).

Without further ado, my favorites of the last few months.

It is here that I should admit that the above picture was taken multiple times to snap this.

Tarts, Dulce de Leche, Breakfast Buddies, and stuffing…wow do I love my family.

The end of every great Christmas season in my household.

The baby cupcake-esque things are the Chocolate financiers, and if anyone has a gluten-free friend…they can be the key to their brownie-missing heart. They are made with almond flour and both dense and cakey all at the same time. Add a dollop of icing, and you could win the friend of the year award.

** Also, Please take note that the camera quality became worse when you got to the end, this is really because my mother got my dream camera and I am making do with my temperamental Canon point and shoot.

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Life

proof

…that I’m nuts (cause the last week and a half of blog posts didn’t prove that).

My little bubble of a world right now includes: T.I & Justin Timberlake’s “Dead and Gone” on repeat + church financials and deposits + restructing the Sunday bulletin (which includes retyping the prayers). Somehow I don’t ever think that T.I, Justin and Anglican Confessions of Sin were supposed to co-exist in the same space.

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