Thanksgiving food coma: A national pastime

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“The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching.  Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up.” – Ted Allen

Dear Ted Allen,

Whilst I agree with the majority of your statement, I find myself lying on the floor after a large holiday meal, face up and spread-eagle, contemplating life, AKA napping. Please see the above photo for reference.


A gluttonous foodie

Please stand clear of the turkey, thank you.

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It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a… wait a minute. That’s complete bull! I’m stirring – and I’m not talking about the holiday gravy yet.

Even with all the early holiday warnings broadcast over radio and television waves, I’ve managed to avoid grabbing the traditional turkey. Which can only mean one unfortunate thing: I’ll have to stand in line at the super market fighting off all the other last minute domestic goddesses for the perfect bird to stuff.

So women (and men) of New York, if you see this little lady coming down the aisle in your local grocery store – stand clear. This foodie’s on a mission. Anthony Bourdain – I’m talking to you too pal, please stand clear of the poultry.

I’ve got a serious case of Holiday Anxiety and it isn’t pretty kids. It’s one part procrastination and two-parts neurosis. However, my second novel is coming along fabulously, which is an even greater mystery.

On a serious note, I’d like to send a very special shout-out to my Twitter friends. I’ve really had a lot of fun getting to know you over the last three or four months. There are so many talented people that I’m humbled to now know. So holiday stressing aside – thank you for being AWESOME, I’m most thankful for YOU this year.

What are you most thankful for? Let me know in the comment section or @reply me on Twitter.

Quote of the day: I was told there’d be cake

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“I do want to get married. It’s a nice idea. Though I think husbands are like tattoos–you should wait until you come across something you want on your body for the rest of your life instead of just wandering into a tattoo parlor on some idle Sunday and saying, ‘I feel like I should have one of these suckers by now. I’ll take a thorny rose and a “MOM” anchor, please. No, not that one–the big one.”

— Sloane Crosley  excerpt from I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Wait a bloody second. Are you telling me the thorny rose and MOM anchor tattoo I got this past Sunday was all for naught? Shit.

Quote of the day: Instruments of precision


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“I had thought that words were instruments of precision. Now I know that they devour the world, leaving nothing in its place.”

-Steven Millhauser

And on that bright note, HAPPY FRIDAY!

Words are things


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“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”-Lord Byron

If you’re not getting any bites on your 300,000+ ‘fiction novel’  perhaps your words are falling a bit more like… a torrential downpour. Just a thought.

You’re right, it’s only fair… but this post comes with a warning

Yesterday’s post on what’s playing on YOUR iPod got some great feedback on the blog and Twitter. A lot of you suggested some great bands I’ve never heard of and I must say, I’m impressed! There were quite a few of your favorites that have now been added to my playlist.

If you’ve got music that gets your creative juices flowing, don’t be shy… it’s time to share.

Speaking of sharing – I was sent a DM (or twelve) about what my iTunes consists of. I write about music and I talk about it all the time, and people have asked for a glimpse into my private music stash. So, at your request I’ll list out a few (bands/artists) alphabetically.

WARNING: I won’t be able to list them all, there really are too many. It’s not just a ‘stock’ answer I give – I swear!

Aaron Zimmer       Dashboard Confessional       Greg Holden

Alkaline Trio         David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards           Hall & Oates

Andy Mac               Descendents              Hot Hot Heat

The Ataris              The Doors             Ian Axel

The Band                Doves             Ishmon Bracy

The Beach Boys     Dusty Springfield     Jack Johnson

the Beatles              Ella Fitzgerald           Janis Joplin

Beck                         Elliott Smith                Jay-Z

Billie Holiday         Etta James               Jeff Buckley

The Bird and the Bee         Face to Face        John Lennon

Black Lips         Feist              Jump Little Children

Blind Joe Reynolds        The Felice Brothers         Junior Brooks

Bob Dylan              The Flaming Lips           Jupiter One

Bob Marley           Florence + The Machine           Leonard Cohen

Bon Iver             Fontella Bass              Less Than Jake

Bright Eyes             Franz Ferdinand              Lily Allen

Charley Patton           Fugees                  Louis Armstrong

Charlie Booker          Gary Jules             The Martinis

The Confiners          Get Up Kids      Me First and the Gimme Gimmies

Crosby, Stills & Nash          Gorillaz                Modest Mouse

Hey, you wanted this…just remember I warned you!

Mumm-Ra            Regina Spektor

MxPx                  Rufus Wainwright

Nirvana               Ryan Adams

No Use For A Name          Ryan Bingham

Notorious BIG              Saves The Day

OK Go!                She & Him

Ol’ Dirty               Simon & Garfunkel

Operation Ivy           The Smiths

Otis Redding           Sneaker Pimps

Passion Pit            Spacehog

The Pixies             The Strokes

Radiohead            Thom Yorke

The Ramones        Weezer

Ray LaMontagne         Wheatus

Okay so that’s it for now. (Sorry the columns are messy.) This is roughly a third of my playlist – now you understand why I say ‘a little of this and a little of that.’ It’s just safer than listing everything out. Hopefully I didn’t bore you to death, but now it’s your turn to answer a question:

** UPDATE** There are just a few others that should be included, because I write about them on and they are so very talented. (A few of them are actually dear friends) They should have been included from the beginning. So here they are!

Bobby Long

Chris Ayer

Christine Hoberg

Dave Pittenger

Jess Hodge

Kailin Garrity

Martin Rivas

Mercy Bell

Rachel Zamstein

Who is YOUR favorite artist on this list? As always let me know here or on Twitter! Happy Monday xo

iPod time: It’s all over now, baby blue

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Today I’ll be locked inside a room writing until my eyes cross/bleed/fall-out. Hey, it could happen. Maybe. Anyway, this can only mean one thing… it’s iPod time! Music and writing go hand in hand, and this is the first song that popped up on my shuffle, so I thought I’d share. It’s just a segment of the song to maybe inspire you too. Or not. But the picture for this post is pretty to look at. So enjoy 🙂

“All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
All your reindeer armies, are all going home
The lover who just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue” – Bob Dylan

Q: What’s playing on YOUR iPods today? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter!