Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I liked my outfit yesterday

I had a cool outfit yesterday. Maybe I'm channeling the new job early?

Dress - The Gap
Camisole - The Limited
Scarf - I made that bad boy! Noro and Cascade yarn
Jean Jacket - Salvation Army
Tights - Target
Boots - a Christmas gift from my college ex-boyfriend.

Yeah, I'm digging it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Who loves ya, baby?

My friend Erin's niece and nephew are preparing for their first Halloween (they're 6 months). They have cute costumes picked out, I am sure. This makes me laugh, since what did I first dress up as for Halloween?

Well that would be television detective Kojak.

It would probably make sense for me to say that I didn't grow hair until I was about 3. And I had a lollipop all night, too. Good times.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Why hello, Banner. Will I see you at the company picnic?

Today I accepted a dream job at an exciting place. The Berklee College of Music. I just gave my notice. It went well. It's going to be a very crazy two weeks to wrap up my old job.

I will miss my old coworkers, but I am really, really excited.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Great texts in Foster history

I didn't know we were posing.

I was cleaning out my cell phone and came across the following Foster gems:

8/29, 6:32pm
There are two teenagers in Richdale mumbling to each other. One is wearing a tie dye shirt. They're buying gatorade and chocolate bars. It's on the up and up.

7/23, 9:38pm
I got Michelle to take me to Not Your Average Joe's, and when the waitress said they have no nachos, I told her that's not very flexible.

7/22, 6:37pm
A fat kid on a bicycle just fell off the sidewalk into the street. After swerving to avoid him, I laughed at the look of embarrassment on his fat face.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Mother, dear, I'll fulfill your fondest wishes." "Elias, how?"

Hope some of you catch the reference.

Feeling a little blue, so sharing a picture I took a few weekends ago of my friend's old Singer sewing machine. It was very cool.

And here's another one of some of the machinery:

Your Jason Segel Moment of Zen for the day...

Let me just tell you, Terri, picking out an outfit for the second half of a breakup is like the hardest outfit you'll ever pick out in your life. I came out in a blue button-up shirt and khaki pants like I was going to private school.
~From Fresh Air, 10/16/09

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sweets for the Sweet

Kristen's tea and cupcakes, aka lunch.

Old pal/former roommate/fellow lover of Google ads Kristen and I trekked to Harvard Square to try Sweet, the new-ish cupcake shop. It's conveniently next to Tealuxe, so we managed to turn it into a tea and cupcake day.

Sweet just recently opened a new location in Harvard Sq, and there's one in Back Bay. I was a fan of the Harvard Square space, with its retro wallpaper and cleanliness. I was also a fan of the variety of cupcake flavors, and that they were all well-stocked on a busy Saturday afternoon. I was worried that some popular flavors would be out due to the Head of the Charles, but they kept all flavors in the display case.

Sweet has a menu of regulars -- from the classic chocolate and red velvet to the unique cappuccino -- and a seasonal menu feature apple and pumpkin-inspired choices. Kristen and I decided to each get two. Kristen, the chocolate cranberry and pumpkin pie, and I went with s'mores and apple pie. I have a feeling I will be making a trip back for the molasses ginger, caramel apple, and chocolate orange in the near future.

Sweet does not disappoint. I find sometimes cupcake stores tend to produce dry cupcakes (cupcake store in Rockport) or have too much frosting (Kick Ass Cupcakes can sometimes be victim to both of these sins) but Sweet managed to temper both nicely. The dome of frosting on both of my cupcakes was not too sweet, and was sufficient so that each bite of cake had some frosting. The cakes were both flavorful and moist.

Each of my cupcakes had a pleasant surprise of a filling inside. The s'more opens to reveal a base of crushed graham cracker, and the apple pie has a center of apple jam filling. Both were treats. Kristen was also very pleased with her selections, reporting a cranberry filling inside the chocolate cranberry, and a base of crushed graham cracker at the bottom of the pumpkin pie. She even joked that her former cupcake was like Thanksgiving.

Sweet seems to have full-sized cakes, but the decorations appeared clumsy and sophomoric at best, so I would recommend sticking with the cupcakes. There were deals for buying multiples, and options to order ahead for catering.

All in all, Sweet was a pleasant treat on a brisk day, and one that Kristen and I will probably make in the future at either location.

Aaaand Jeff and Nikki got married, too

The fourth and final wedding this fall for me was the wedding of Jeff and Nikki. I've known Jeff since I was a freshman in high school, and Nikki a sophomore. I was also in the play where they met and started dating, so it's been great growing up and watching them grow and develop as a couple. Fun fact: Jeff played Nikki's dad in this play. Scandal!

The wedding was quite nice, at The College Club in Boston. Everyone looked great. And I ate a lot of fantastic apps.

Jeff and Nikki getting their weddin' on!

Eating some delicious cake and kissing.

Aaaaand some dancing.

I'm all wedded out until July '10, when my good pal and former roommate Kristen ties the knot!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Joe and Katie got married last weekend

So that happened last Friday afternoon. I went as friend-date with my friend Damon. Erin and I also got to have some bonding time. This mainly entailed getting ready in the morning together, singing Desperado together in the car, drinking at 3pm at the Woburn Applebees, buying $1 gloves at AC Moore, and possible getting lost in Billerica.

Pretty good wedding, and pretty tasty Applebees drinks:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Conversation with Brian:

Brian: did you see the cake Erin made for Matt, the warcraft one?
me: I did online, yes
but not in person, since that was when I had the dying coworker party
Brian: so I was bored this morning, and decided to doodle the horde symbol from her cake on the side of my coffee cup (it's on the side of the cake, it looks cool)
... but I'm not quite awake, and didn't really envision it well
soooo I drew a penis on my coffee cup
Brian: yeah
me: wow
Brian: ...yeah
exactly! damn youse, wow
me: zing!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A weekend of weddings

Oh Demi Moore, how I love your bad early 90s hair...

This weekend I was a ghost to most people. No, not like the movie Ghost. Sadly, 0% sexy pottery and sassy con women.

(I'll also take a moment to say props to you, Patrick Swayze. Seemed like a good guy who made some good or moderately okay movies. You'll be missed.)

Friday and Sunday I attended weddings, and Saturday I worked in the morning and house/dog sat at night for my parents. I'll be discussing the weddings soon. Probably not house sitting, since that was pretty uneventful. I watched my dog and cooked on a giant Viking Range. Then I watched movies and tv with Ricky.

But in case you were wondering, I'M DONE WITH GOING TO WEDDINGS THIS FALL. YAAAAAY!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I don't usually talk about girly things like shoes, but...

Last night, when I was feeling a little sad and frustrated with the week, a work project, and a large population of my friends, I decided to browse Anthropologie online for some "museum experience retail therapy". Basically, I look at pretty things I could buy, but since I can't, I just look and don't touch. Anyways, I stumbled upon these bad larrys:

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THOSE? I love the subtle pattern, the buckle on the toe, and how it looks with opaque tights. I could see myself rocking those with a gray dress and purple tights, or my cream skirt. Basically, just like the model:

Sadly, I can't afford them right now, and I'm not sure I could even walk on that high of a heel, but I spent some time picturing which skirts and dresses I could wear them with. I also love green and own too much of it, and purple has a soft spot in my heart.

Maybe in November, when things calm down and I don't spend all my free time going to weddings, I might splurge for them, as they are so pretty... but we'll see.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Biscuit FAIL

This morning, I decided to be a nice girlfriend and make Ricky fresh biscuits. I have some biscuit mix and jams, and I've been storing them so they keep. We had a really busy weekend, so why not relax with biscuits?

The biscuits I'm talking about are the biscuits from the Loveless Cafe. I went there last winter to visit Michnya and Michelle, loved it, and then for Christmas they sent me this kit. I gave the biscuit kit to other people -- my mom loved it, and I don't think Erin ever even used the mix -- so I know it's pretty easy to whip up a batch.

Maybe I was smoking crack when I thought this, because dear Lord... it was a nightmare.

They recommended you put it out on flour, then put more flour the top, then flour your rolling pin. Afterwards, you cut them into 2-inch circles and bake them. Brush melted butter on top, add jam, and you have yourself a meal.

This is what it's supposed to look like:

This what I produced:

Yep, not quite smooth, golden, or circular. The dough was quite gooey. I put it out on a pile of flour, and it managed to find the small crevices of non-flour on my table and stick to it. I poured more flour on top of the mass and then lots on my rolling pin, and when I rolled it out, the gooey insides peaked out and stuck to the rolling pin. I poured more flour on top.

When I managed to have it be a flattened length, I cut it into 2-inch circles. Then I couldn't get them off the table. I tried a spatula. Nothing. So instead, I kind of took each circle and balled them up. Which made my fingers a gooey mess. Ricky offered to help, but I was so fed up I banished him from the kitchen.

They were still tasty, but not quite as aesthetically pleasing as I had hoped. Next time, I'm sticking to my homemade oatmeal.