Archive for August, 2008

August 27, 2008 28 comments

Apparently, I have great, easily accessible veins for giving blood. And since when have they injected vaccines into your shoulders?

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Only One Man Can Save Us…

August 24, 2008 56 comments

Upon my third viewing of Batman (I went for the company), I suddenly realized that the Adam West version would totally have had a roast beef sandwich in his utility belt for when wild dogs attacked.

Take that, Christian Bale.

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Basta, Magnolia

August 24, 2008 84 comments

I never understood the (mostly 90s) hype surrounding Magnolia Bakery and the Buttercup Bake Shop. Any cupcakes you bake at home, even from a mix, will be more freshly baked and fragrant. And surely they won’t take longer to bake than the normal wait time at the official cupcake lines. I’ve had both cupcakes and cakes from Magnolia, and they were kind of dry and not delicious. I mean, they’re no worse than anything you can get at any other bakery, and cupcakes are certainly cute and portable, but aren’t brownies tastier?

I’ve been baking my own gluten/sugar free cupcakes cobbled together from recipes I found on the internet. I have to admit, I enjoy them. My main concern is not overcooking them, so I take them out of the oven while they’re still sizzling. Today I baked chocolate cupcakes (almond flour based) and vanilla cupcakes (coconut flour based), both with a cream cheese tangerine frosting. Good times.

UPDATE: Apparently, both my parents have jumped the gun and eaten dessert before dinner. Bunch of savages in this town.

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But now: cupcakes

August 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Fasted for 24 hours for no apparent reason (or, you know, reasons, but vague and harebrained ones). The interesting thing is that I didn’t get hungrier or more tired than I normally do. I was more of a blabbermouth than usual, possibly just to fill up the time I would normally use for meals. I will need to think over the past day to see if what I actually said was completely airheaded. Still, I’m a natural introvert, so it may be that incorporating regular fasting into my lifestyle would do wonders for my social life.

Also, and perhaps coincidentally, I remembered more dreams (my usual number of recalled dreams: 0). I think they were stress dreams about being late for something. This would make sense because earlier that day the downtown F train was not functional, and it took me 2 hours to get to my scheduled 4th St. rendezvous with coworkers for hot wings (not eaten by me) and the trek back uptown for Batman in IMAX. Which, yes, was immense for landscapes and action sequences, but made close-ups of faces more difficult to see.

As I laid me down to sleep, I noticed…The electric whine of the cicadas has given way to the chirping of crickets. And, for another season, the fireflies have vanished.

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Also, I had never heard of curling

August 21, 2008 56 comments

I haven’t really been watching the Olympics, but every day a headline stops me in my tracks, as I think to myself “Wait, that’s an Olympic sport?”

Ping pong. Beach volleyball. Softball. Water polo?

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Shut up, Vogue

August 19, 2008 168 comments

If “half of overweight people and one-third of obese people are ‘metabolically healthy’” and “one out of four slim people — those who fall into the “healthy” weight range — actually have at least two cardiovascular risk factors typically associated with obesity” (sez the New York Times), then can’t we all agree that we’ve been barking up the wrong tree all these years?

Personally, I am on the heavier side of a healthy BMI (a measure which keeps getting more and more meaningless as time goes by). The official charts say the low end of healthy for me would be 91 lbs. 91 lbs, man! This scarcely seems attainable or worth it. BUT. My Yahoo page really would like me to set a goal weight. And Weight Watchers keeps e-mailing me to tell me it’s Not! Too! Late!

So I guess if I lose 18 more lbs, my life will be perfect. Aside from needing breast implants, and the fact that lower weight people tend to die earlier than the overweight. Aces!

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The sweet taste of success…I mean, vanilla

August 18, 2008 Leave a comment

The sugar-free, gluten-free coconut flour cupcakes (cream cheese and orange frosting) were a success – small, dense, flavorful, and moist. To make them, I modified about 3 recipes I found on the internet. I wonder if they’d fluff up more if I used baking powder instead of baking soda (I don’t think there was anything acidic in the batter, so maybe the baking soda didn’t live up to its leavening potential?), but I’m afraid that would cause them to be dry. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a dry cupcake.

And, you know, man’s inhumanity to man and stuff.

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