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December 31, 2003
Cowgirl Chocolates

Chris McLaren found them, Fraction bought them, I ate them.

Oh my God.

YUM.

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  Ruben Toledo

Ruben Toledo did a calendar for Lancome and Nordstrom.

I could be really excited about this if it were just a Ruben Toledo calendar and not a chintzy gift-with-purchase logo-fest. Still, pretty:

Toledo with his wife, Isabel:

Such style.

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December 30, 2003
Best. Husband. Ever.

Picked it up from the gallery on his way home from work one day; stashed it at Timmy's. Hung it while I was out, took a photo, stashed the painting back at Timmy's, wrapped the photo and hid it in the toe of my stocking.

Totally surprised, I cried the good tears.

Thank you, baby.

(Also, thank you, Rachel -- and thank you, Timmy.)

Me = Art Collector. How 'bout them apples? Already, I want to start saving for another. What do you think of Ghosts? I'm smitten.

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December 21, 2003
Birdies Panties

[Ooops. I posted the wrong link for birdies. Fixed now.]

The fartblog has become the pantyblog of late, I'm noting ... I'm not sure if I should count my blessings or apologize. I blame the hundreds of underwear catalogs that I seem to receive on a weekly basis.

What I meant to say, though, before I got derailed, was that birdies of Kansas City now has a web presence here.

I got my insanely cute red polka-dotted cut out Loungewear Betty panties from the lovely ladies at birdies as well as a lacy ruffled ensemble from my husband that makes me feel exactly like a can-can girl. In fact, every time I put it on Fraction hums the can-can song and I make like a Rockette. Good times.

(I want to learn how to do the can-can for real, I've suddenly decided. Anyone? I think I need a giant skirt and a feather for my hair.)

birdies is the lovechild of Peregrine Honig and Corrie VanAusdal.

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  Uberlists

First off: I did not come up with the Uberlist. That was the mad genius of Nikol Lohr. (I like to remind people that Nikol was my college roommate. I'm not sure why. I think it makes me feel like a mad genius by association. Right now, I'd like you to imagine me smiling to myself and gazing off into the distance with a certain twinkle in my eye as if to say, "Ah, the stories I could tell..." Would you mind? Thanks.

Anyway.)

A few years ago Nikol got me started making New Year's To Do Lists as opposed to New Year's Resolutions. I think we started in 99? Maybe 98. Anyway, the list was "98 things to do in 1998," and she dubbed it the Uber To Do List, or the Uberlist.

I shared my list with friends; they started lists of their own. Then in 2002 we started posting our Uberlists and tracking our progress on the Delphi forum MLF (register or enter as a guest - it's a moderated forum, so if you decide to post, be aware that your first post will not show immediately). We have a little informal contest. It's on the honor system, obviously, and players are free to post lists that are edited for privacy. People get ideas from each other. It's good stuff.

I think I only accomplish about 30% of the list in any given year (one year, I didn't finish MAKING THE LIST) and generally by June there are a good 10 items that are no longer applicable or even desireable, but it's a fun thing to have nonetheless, and it keeps me focused for the first few months of the year. Then I forget all about it until about, oh, say, NOVEMBER, at which point I scramble about trying to remember where I put last year's list. Or, I used to.

Last year, Nikol "Mad Genius" Lohr, started manufacturing and selling spiral-bound datebooks complete with space for tracking your list in the front and scoring your progress in the back. I nearly wept.

I have a dirty, dirty love for anything that might be considered in the same breath with School Supplies, so Nikol's datebook is the thing for me, but you don't need a special book or a forum to make an Uberlist. You need a piece of paper, a pencil and about half an hour.

Think about the coming year and what you'd like to accomplish. List the reasonable and the ridiculous, the practical and the absurd. When you run out of steam start thinking in terms of categories - what would you like to accomplish in your CAREER this year? Your HOME? Your LOVE LIFE (you dirty little minx...)?

When you're done, the best thing to do is post your list somewhere where you'll see it regularly. E. Bess put hers up in her kitchen one year. I usually tack mine up over my desk. Or, print it really small and carry it around in your wallet.

You should make an Uberlist. Really you should. It's fun and you like fun. Do it. And then write me next December and let me know how you did.

I'll post my list her and do the same.

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December 15, 2003
Agent Provocateur

If you havne't been to the Agent Provocateur site since the revamp, YOU MUST GO.

And be sure to watch the movies. They're fantastic mock-amateur, early sixties tease films. BETTINA is particularly lovely, and GEENA -- amusing.

Bagpipes...?

Not work-safe. Unless you work at mk12.

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December 13, 2003
Mussels in White Wine

The Nero Wolfe Cookbook p. 138, reference taken from A Right to Die by Rex Stout.

4 dozen mussels
2 cups dry white wine
1 bay leaf
1 carrot
1 onion
4 T butter
1/2 cup chopped celery
5 T all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup heavy cream
3 T Marsala

Clean the mussels as thoroughly as possible: wash them in several changes of cold water, and scrape the shells with a knife to remove the beards. Place the mussels in a large kettle with the wine, bay leaf, sliced carrot, and 1 sliced onion. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer 5 or 6 minutes until all teh shells are open. Remove from the heat, allow the mussels to cool, and remove the meat from the shells. Save all the liquid, including the liquid from the shells. Strain it through a double layer of cheesecloth and reserve.

Melt the butter in a skillet. Mince the remaining onion, and saute it in the butter with the chopped celery until soft. Do not brown. Put the onions and celery through the fine blade of a meat grinder, or puree in a blender. Sprinkle the mixture with the flour and salt; mix well, and return to the kettle. Stir in 1 cup of the reserved liquid, and cook slowly over a low flame until the sauce is very thick, stirring constantly. Add the cream and heat, but do not allow the sauce to boil. Add the Marsala, and correct the seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the mussels and heat through. Serves 4 - 6.

Served with crusty bread and mixed organic greens. Oh -- holy crap -- it was good.

Confidential to Courtney and Seth: have you watched the series yet?

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December 11, 2003
New Hair

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December 10, 2003
Mary Sue: Explained!

Researching Sensual Phrase a while back, I came across this reference to the book's protagonist, Aine, as a "Mary Sue." Since I'm not a fanfic reader, I had absolutely no idea what he or she meant.

Karon Flage dug up this explanation.

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December 07, 2003
Savior Hyde

Dimension Films has acquired film rights to Steve Niles' "Hyde," a comic book proposal that re-imagines the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde horror story, in a deal worth mid-six figures. Mike Fleiss is producing.

The sale continues Niles' hot streak: His "30 Days of Night" is set up at Columbia Pictures, with Sam Raimi attached to produce, and his "Criminal Macabre" is set up at MGM. Last month, Dimension optioned his "Wake the Dead," which "X2: X-Men United" co-writer Michael Dougherty is adapting.

My interview with Steve here.

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December 05, 2003
Naked Woman Playing Chopin

That episode made the gossip-table rounds. People put it off to Berndt 's death and a relapse of nerves. She lost only a Lutheran student or two. She continued playing the organ for the Mass, and at home, in the black, black nights, Chopin. And if she was asked, by an innocent pupil too young to understand the meaning of discretion, why she sometimes didn't wear clothes, Miss DeWitt would answer that she removed her clothing when she played the music of a particular bare-souled composer. She would nod meditatively and say in her firmest manner that when one enters into such music, one should be naked. And then she would touch the keys.

Please go read the whole story.

I must seek out more Louise Erdrich. "Louise" is such a fabulous name.

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  Thanks, Jeff

This is what it would look like if I ate my own eye:

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December 04, 2003
Speaking of ...

On the same tip:

The interview's on Suicide Girls, so be aware it's not a work-safe link.

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  NYC: Mike Doughty tonight

Mike Doughty/Rachael Yamagata
Thursday, December 4, 2003
9:00 PM

Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York City, New York 10002

18+, $15

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  "She was delightfully naked but for her murder shoes."

Stretch your muscles. Choose one of the following and provide the context:

"She was delightfully naked but for her murder shoes."
"Consequently, his kiss tasted of blood and gravel."
"In a move that shocked no one, their insurance denied the claim."
"She and her puppy shared the same dreams."
"For three days, the children stared."
"She had wrongly imagined it would be hard to love a man with no arms."
"Her perfume instantly transported him back 25 years to that gas station outside Lubbock, and the day his hair turned gray."
"As a child, she had a preference for the candy most likely to cut her mouth. As an adult, she employed the same logic in choosing her dates."
"Waiter, there's a tear in my soup."
"They called her 'Candy' after her preferred cigarette."

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December 03, 2003
Oh, Boy! That's My Baby

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  Asking For It

Warren says bring it.

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December 02, 2003
Durian Tasting

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December 01, 2003
Happy Birthday, Baby

Fraction's 28 today, ya'll.


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