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01 January 2010 @ 05:44 pm
I am feeling more ambitious in my reading this year - I feel an old hunger for words I haven't felt the last couple measly years (of reading halves of things and getting lost in the ether). My goals are to read many new unfamiliar authors and delve more into the nonfiction world that i've only begun skimming the surface of.

1. The Fountainhead Ayn Rand currently set aside
2. Little Children Tom Perrotta
3. Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card
4. Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler
5. Sputnik Sweetheart Haruki Murakami
6. Xenocide Orson Scott Card
7. In the Woods Tana French
8. First Meetings Orson Scott Card
9. Kitchen Banana Yoshimoto
10. The Gunslinger; vol 1 Dark Tower s king
11. The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
Current Mood: hornybooks
26 August 2009 @ 01:25 pm
"it's not easy being a woman" ..."because I have a lot of faith in you, I suddenly think I ought to tell you something. I learned it raising Yuichi. There were many, many difficult times, god knows. If a person wants to stand on her own two feet, I recommend undertaking the care and feeding of something. It could be children, or it could be house plants, you know? By doing that you come to understand your own limitations. That's where it starts."

From the book Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. Her writing is wonderful to me, it's very understated and prods my mind to start thinking like a water droplet rolling down a stone into a river

I'm trying to lose a little weight, mostly by riding my bike and walking everyday but I think another way I can begin to control that is through cooking for myself. Which i've always loved, but I go through phases where I let myself become lazy and eat a lot of takeout. The act of cooking brings me to a more patient state of mind, and when one works for their food the satisfaction and pride is that much greater on a very simple level of , task: accomplishment.

Today for lunch i made 3 things:

-Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

buttered a piece of bread and placed on a hot sheet grill
then put on the bread: mozzarella, tomato slices, thinly sliced onion, pepper, (salt, thyme)
butter another piece of bread place on top and flip sandwich over
once plated, drizzle sriracha hot sauce on top

-Mixed green salad

fresh lettuce mix from farmers market (i particularly like mixes with arugula and frisee).
dressing: olive oil, rice wine vinegar, salt, pepper

-can of tomato soup
sliced spinach into it while cooking, a little sriracha, scallion, and pepper once in the bowl
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: the bird & the bee - please don't stop the music
31 January 2009 @ 06:24 pm
damn, i'm happy right now.

i stop typing just to hug myself and stare, smiling, out at a sky blue sky clear and piercing in infinite purity.

i'm a brokeass lazyass flabbyass brrrokkeassss MMUUHhh fughha
smoke too much just wanna eat and fuck all the time
be irresponsible.
running from my problems , doesn't make them go away.
they're there, waiting.
that's another day.

delicious food prepared with care, dancing until my heart is pounding through my bones and i'm drenched in sweat, limbs entwined under gigantic blankets and laughing all night until im aching and lost in scruff and blue eyes full as the ocean. watering the garden and watching the saturated orange sunset cast a silhouette of the tree branches on the neighboring apartment wall. the wet pavement smells like fresh rain.
Current Music: wilco
01 January 2009 @ 06:27 pm
This year I'm not doing the 50+ challenge, i want to focus on quality rather than quantity in 2008. And I might try to say a few words about a book when I finish this time around, more for memory than anything else... alas, it seems at times the old noggin is already stewing over with too many stored words.

1 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
2 The World According to Garp - John Irving
3 Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakami
4 Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac
5 The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
6 Candide - Voltaire*
7 Neuromancer - William Gibson
8 The Centaur - John Updike
9 Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
10 Narcissus and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
11 Slouching Towards Bethleham - Joan Didion
12 After Dark - Haruki Murakami
13 Gun with Occaisonal Music - Jonathan Letham
14 On Boxing - Joyce Carol Oates
15 Selected Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke - edited Harry T. Moore
16 Queen of Fashion; What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution - Caroline Weber
17 Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler
18 N.P. - Banana Yoshimoto
19 Hardboiled & Hardluck - Banana Yoshimoto
Current Mood: naughtyreading
Current Music: the music of author/reader telepathy- even from beyond the grave!