I have gotten some of my personal routines into gear a little bit better than I might sometimes. I have been to the gym three times since the first. I have moved my Games folder on my phone to the second screen so that I don't immediately see it and play stupid Candy Crush as a default option (especially since I have no new boards to play on Candy Crush right now). I have a couple of books started, and a knitting project that will go on the needles today. I have reset our budget based on last year's spending so that it might be a bit more realistic, and loaded that into Mint. I'm studying a bit. It's hard to know how many things to try to 'fix' in a new year without burning out and giving up entirely on all of them. I think more than anything else, I want to be better at budgeting and being mindful of my rate of eating in light of my rate of moving my body. Maybe revisiting the livejournal and tracking a bit more will help.
2003 cooking of some kind
2004 vespa (federal hill)
2008 cambridge brewing
2010 steak, chard, brussels sprouts, chocolate souffle
2011 ny strip, swiss chard with raisins, and a baked potato
2014 dry aged ny strip, green beans with almonds, mashed potatoes, brownies
I had --
Sadie's Sour: Bourbon, Uncouth Raspberry Vermouth, fresh raspberry, citrus, basil
tim had --
mignardises: yuzu-peach gelee, macaroon with red wine something in the middle, milk chocolate with ginger, dark chocolate with caramel, linzer torte
plus a rose wine (cinsault/grenache blend) called La Mascaronne, from Provence (2012)
1991 September - Les Mis, Auditorium
1993 June - Miss Saigon, Auditorium
1994 March - Phantom of the Opera, Auditorium
1997 March - Grease, Shubert (i have the playbill, but i have no recollection of this)
1997 December - Rent, Shubert Theatre
1998 November - Chicago, Shubert Theatre
1999 March - Ragtime, Ford Center
1999 September - Rent, Shubert Theatre
2004 December - George Gershwin, Alone, Royal George
2004 December - Spamalot, Shubert Theatre
2013 April - Big Fish, Oriental
Young Frankenstein, tour
Addams Family (2009), preview
Other places, national tours:
1998 December - Evita, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati (Raul Esparza as Che)
1999 May - Rent, Taft Theatre, Cincinnati
1999 July - Rent, Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco
1999 December - Cabaret, Curren Theatre, San Francisco (Norbert Leo Butz as Emcee)
1987 August - Big River, Eugene O'Neill Theater
1990 August - Jerome Robbins Broadway, Imperial Theater
1992 July - The Secret Garden, St James Theatre
1992 July - Guys and Dolls, Martin Beck Theater
1997 August - Rent, Nederlander Theater
1997 August - Jekyll and Hyde, Plymouth Theatre
1997 August - Titanic, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
1998 April - Scarlet Pimpernel, Minskoff Theatre
1998 April - Les Miserables, Imperial Theatre
1999 May 29 - Les Miserables, Imperial Theatre
1999 May - Scarlet Pimpernel, Minskoff Theatre
1999 May - It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Lincoln Center Theater
1999 May - Miss Saigon, The Broadway Theatre (Lea Salonga, Will Chase, Billy Porter)
2000 May - The Wild Party, Virginia Theater
2000 May - Annie Get Your Gun, Marquis Theater
2003 February - Flower Drum Song, Virginia Theatre
2004 March - Wicked, Gershwin Theatre
2004 May 29 - Assassins, Studio 54
2004 June - Avenue Q, Golden Theater
2009 May - Lion King, Minskoff Theatre
2012 July 5 - Book of Mormon, Eugene O'Neill Theatre
2012 November - Bring It On, St James Theatre
2012 November - Evita, Marquis Theatre
2013 December - Annie, Palace Theatre
2013 March - Kinky Boots, Al Hirschfeld Theatre
2013 June 7 - Pippin, The Music Box
2013 June 8 - Cinderella, The Broadway Theatre
2013 August 4 - Pippin
2013 August 16 - Once
2013 August 17 - Kinky Boots
2014 April - Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Circle in the Square
2014 June - Cabaret - Studio 54
2014 July - Violet, American Airlines Theatre
2014 August - If/Then, Richard Rodgers Theatre
2014 August - Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Andrew Rannells), Belasco Theatre
2014 October - On The Town, Lyric Theatre
2014 November - Les Mis, Imperial Theatre
2015 Feb 9 - Matilda, Shubert Theatre
2015 Feb 9 - Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), Belasco Theatre
2015 March - Fun Home
2015 April - On the 20th Century, American Airlines Theatre
2015 April - Living on Love, Longacre Theatre
2015 May 1 - The Visit, Lyceum Theatre
2015 May 2 - Something Rotten, St. James Theatre
2015 May 10 - Hedwig (Darren Criss), Belasco Theatre
2015 Sept 4 - Fun Home, Circle in the Square
2015 Sept 12 - King and I, Lincoln Center Theatre
2015 Sept 12 - Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre
2015 Sept 20 - Spring Awakening, Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Allegiance, Longacre Theatre
2016 Jan 3 - Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre
2016 Mar 25 - Shuffle Along, Music Box Theatre
2016 Apr 2 - She Loves Me, Studio 54
2016 Apr 3 - Disaster!, Nederlander Theatre
2016 Apr 15 - American Psycho, Schoenfeld Theatre
2016 Apr 16 - Bright Star, Cort Theatre
2016 April - Hamilto>, Richard Rodgers Theatre
2016 May 8 - Tuck Everlasting, Broadhurt Theatre
2016 May 21 - Color Purple
2016 May 21 - Waitress, Brooks Atkinson Theatre
2016 July - Paramour
2016 July - An American in Paris
2016 July - Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway Theatre
2016 July - Waitress, Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Things I know are missing:
Starlight Express, Gershwin Theatre
Jekyll and Hyde (2002 ish)
Beauty and the Beast (2003), Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
I'm guessing those are in other boxes. I will have to go and locate them at some point.
2012 - Peter and the Starcatcher, Brooks Atkinson Theatre
2013 - Macbeth, Barrymore Theatre
2014 November - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Barrymore Theatre
2015 May 2 - Hand to God, Booth Theatre
2016 March 4 - Noises Off, American Airlines Theatre
2016 May - The Crucible
2012 Nov 24 - Bare, New World Stages
2016 Mar 27 - Dear Evan Hansen, Second Stage Theatre
2016 June - Hadestown
Operas at the Met
2005 Feb 12 - La Boheme
2012 Nov 23 - Aida
2013 Jan 9 - Il Trovatore
2013 Mar 30 - Otello
2013 Apr 6 - La Traviata
Misc Other Thing
2016 July - Chicago, Takaruzaka company from Japan, Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center
Missing: The Little Prince
2013 February - Ragtime in Concert
2016 Feb 21 - Secret Garden, Lincoln Center
Pre-Transfer in Chicago
2009 December - The Addams Family, Oriental Theatre
2013 April - Big Fish, Oriental Theatre
The highlights were Monta Ramen and Lotus of Siam.
Also tasty were Robuchon Atelier, Ichiza, Firefly, Public House, Bouchon and all of the coffee drinks from Sambalatte.
A step or two behind those were Queen Victoria Pub, Peppermill, Hash House, Thai Pepper, Makino.
The perfect black plum I had for breakfast one day was also pretty great. I should've probably put more distance between some of the best meals, since I would've appreciated them more, but life is short. Supposedly the world championships might be in Vegas for 2014, and if so, I'll probably go back.
Now, to start researching Buffalo Nationals next summer.
Thursday -- arrive super late. crash.
Friday -- Bouchon. lunch with grandpa (Makino sushi buffet). Dinner somewhere with Tim.
Sunday -- Firefly (res for 9 @ 745pm - me, jesse, cecilia, john, jeremy j, ed, brian, terry, stefan)
Monday -- Lotus of Siam (res for 8 @ 730pm - me, cecilia, john, brian, amit, terry, stefan, sandy (?) )
Tuesday -- Robuchon Atelier (res for 2 @ 615pm)
next one - conference in Atlantic City
4/19 - empty
4/26 - Chicago
5/3 - empty
5/10 - NY for Scrabble
5/17 - NH for graduation
5/24 - Montreal
5/31 - Reunions at Princeton
6/8 - empty
6/15 - hosting Scrabble tournament
6/22 - empty (maybe do something anniversaryish)
7/19 - Scrabble nationals in Vegas
okay. i guess it gets better once we're actually into the summer.
Also to do:
Smithsonian to see Julia Child's kitchen
flight credit to Toronto
Pippin on Bway
2012: I have reached a point where most of what I do is watch things I've already seen. I don't have the patience to pay attention to new things. There are a couple of notable exceptions. Here's what I spent most of my time watching this year:
1. The West Wing (watched a couple seasons during election time)
2. Firefly (watched it again this year)
3. Breaking Bad (started with season one, and was through season four by the end of a week)
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Top Chef
7. Burn Notice
8. So You Think You Can Dance
10a. Bones (though I haven't watched much of the current season)
Honorable Mentions: Mad Men and Dexter. Though I don't think I've watched any this year, I still look forward to catching up soon. Also Sherlock - love it, but there just isn't enough of it to make it into the top 10.
Plan to also check out: Community, Parks and Rec, Downton Abbey, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Treme
Tried to watch, but not sure I need to continue: Walking Dead
Now, I would say that I don't have 10 addictions. I do remember some of the ones I listed up there as being addictions when they were on. Maybe that's what I meant. Here are my ten recent shows that I tried/try not to miss, or watched via DVD marathon, or turn to on DVD/Tivo when I can't find anything else to watch:
1. The West Wing (minus season five, most of which irritates me)
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (minus most of season five; what is it with season 5 of 7?)
3. Project Runway
4. Grey's Anatomy
6. Sports Night
9. Saved (don't think it'd be here without Tivo)
10. So You Think You Can Dance (but I just watch the dancing and fast forward the rest, I swear)
~2002, I listed:
1. Sex and the City
2. Ally McBeal (first 2 seasons)
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5. Queer as Folk
6. Class of '99
8. Quantum Leap
10. The West Wing
In our fifth move since finishing graduate school in Ohio, the FC family is now happily settled into the Garden State. After four years living in our fabulous house in Maine, we’re managing a career path in which Tim lives in NH 3.5 days per week, and then joins Kate in Lawrenceville NJ, six miles down the road from her job -- Director of Health Professions Advising at Princeton University. For Kate, this is a return to work that she greatly enjoyed at U Maryland Baltimore County and Brandeis, now with more responsibility, and impressive resources with which she can provide guidance and support to her students. She works with incredibly smart and highly motivated students, although starting up was a bit stressful. During April, she worked three days in NH, then flew to NJ to work at Princeton. She just had one job in May, but it was in NJ while Tim was finishing the school year in New Hampshire and prepping the house for sale. We sold our house 7 days after it went on the market by some miracle (and a good pricing strategy that left us with little savings, but more than we would have if we were stuck with a mortgage and our rental property) -- all in all it worked out well. Tim looked for positions near Princeton, but nothing turned up that made sense. He’s renting a room from our friend Anne and has gotten really good at navigating the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. This past year, he had two papers published and got about $170,000 in grant money, so that’s pretty cool, and he lives closer to his collaborators at Rutgers, so they’ve had some productive working sessions (and less productive beer appreciation sessions).
It turns out that New Jersey does actually have a verdant and pastoral part that justifies the Garden State nickname, and we are lucky enough to live in that part. There are farms in every direction, buffering us from the multitude of strip malls. We are adjusting to traffic jams (we think there are more people within 20 miles of us than there are in the state of Maine), lack of an ocean (and the accompanying heat and humidity), and the lack of good beer (only one of us seems to think this is a travesty, the other 3 members of the household are far less concerned). The other big change; we actually have a key to the door and lock it when we leave the house. But, we’ll unlock it if you come to visit and the guest room will be made up, so stop by (calling first would be nice). We do use the new location as an excuse to visit Philadelphia and New York City with frequency, both excellent cities. We have already seen more broadway shows and Met operas in the short time we lived here than we have during the past four years.
We’ve also done a bit of longer distance traveling... Scrabble trips included New Orleans (for the second year in a row), Lake George NY, the Boston suburbs, Cooperstown and Utica, NY together, and NYC, Dallas, Greenwich CT, and Orlando for Kate alone (though she just hung out at the Harry Potter exhibit while her friends played the national championships in Florida -- work was too busy to allow her to stay the length of the tournament and play). Tim’s conference took us to Portland where we traveled with our friends Cecilia and John, and also met up with Franz and Sherry, who drove in from the coast. Tim saw his family over Spring break, the Sieczkowski clan at a reunion in MA, and our friend Nadine over Easter. Kate saw her friends Becca and Heather when she went to a conference in Baltimore, We used a fun wedding in Rochester (congrats Olivia and Sabrina) as an excuse to drive another hour west to Buffalo and see Margaret (who Kate first met in Davis). We had visits from friends and Tim’s parents, and have made friends with the neighbors in the other half of our rented duplex, enjoying a Thanksgiving celebration with them. We tried to go to Toronto, but a small weather system known as hurricane/super storm Sandy basically shut down the state of NJ and so we were stuck at home for about a week. It was kind of great really, like a ‘fall break’ where we could hang out on the couch. We do have plans to get to Toronto in 2013 though, as well as New Orleans (third time’s a charm), Las Vegas (to visit Kate’s grandfather and for Scrabble nationals), and maybe somewhere in Europe, since we haven’t left the continent in awhile.Despite all of this motion, a lot also remains the same. Cassie and Jasper are the same companions that they have been for twelve years. Kate follows photos and stories of our ten nieces and nephews on Facebook and reports back to Tim. Tim reads the NY Times and multiple newsy blogs and reports important (and less important) factoids to Kate. Kate gets obsessed with TV series (Breaking Bad the most notable this year) and books (she pulled an all nighter to read the Hunger Games trilogy). Tim brews beer (a smoky rauchbier, an IPA and our holiday ale), watches soccer and baseball, and runs (and runs). We continue to experiment with new recipes, using ingredients from local farmers’ markets and our CSA subscription, and generally enjoying each other’s company -- the half-weeks apart have made us appreciate our time together all the more. We hope that this year has also been full of adventure as well as comfortable routines for all of you, and that the holidays provide a time for celebration and reflection with friends and family.
tomorrow: make stuffing, eat a lot.
friday: nyc! lunch somewhere, dinner at The Smith, Aida at the Met
saturday: union square crafty market, bring it on the musical, dinner, bare the musical
sunday: brunch perhaps. or eataly. or ramen. stuff. scrabble club? go home.
there are about 40 people on my holiday card list. if you aren't on my usual list, and haven't told me you want one on fb, tell me here.
not much else to report. headed to see skyfall now, and then eat bobby flay burger bar burgers.
The meeting itself was meh. I got a nice free journal, and learned bits and pieces, but mostly learned how much is still up in the air/unknown when starting a brand new med school.
Red Rooster for dinner. Good, but not the most value for the quality that we've found in NY (I'd give that to the Modern, in terms of fancy restaurants we have visited recently). I had gravlax, roasted duck (one of the more perfect ducks I've had recently) served with curried lentils and mustard greens, and a pecany cupcake. Tim had a white bean and asian pear soup, and coconut rice with curried peas. My coworker Allison came with us, and had the jerk bacon and egg (I had a bunch of it - pork belly, brown beans, sunny side up egg - nom), meatballs, and a mud pie. We each had cocktails -- mine was called the 'yes chef,' and had mint-infused vodka, lemon and lime juices, ginger beer, and a bit of berbere spice, and it was delightful, though more summer than fall/winter.
After dinner, we headed toward Chelsea to see Eataly, but it was too crowded for me to deal with. Met up with Ben, who moved to NYC a week-ish ago. This was Allison's first real experience socializing with a Scrabble player, which is always fun for me to watch. We'll be back in the city right after Thanksgiving, and I made a Scrabble date for the first week of December as well - am hoping to catch the holiday market in Union Square during one of those visits, since I'm very behind in my holiday shopping.
missing a week of work is making me feel very disorganized. i was doing work email in bed at midnight last night. my desk is a disaster. i need to make some lists so that i know what's going on.
there's an open house for a new med school in nyc on saturday, which gives me an excuse to go to the city. we have reservations at Red Rooster for dinner!
so anyway, this weekend was the perfect complement to a harried week. i mostly just sat on the couch. tim baked cookies. i made pork carnitas (nominally following these guidelines) and then transformed the meat into tostadas, pizza topping, and nachos over the course of two days. i watched all of firefly, then serenity, then the commentary track on serenity, all while playing facebook angry birds. i also knitted up a cowl in Malabrigo Rios, one of my favorite yarns.
this week is supposed to be fairly quiet at work, and it's only a four day week because i'm off to lake george this weekend, where my friends will try to drink all of the remaining beers in the Tiki inventory. and it will be good.
but, it is all settling down. the year has begun. almost all of the letters are out. our office is fully staffed and has been for about a month. october should be fun: i get to go to u of michigan med for a few days. a few schools are visiting our grad school fair so i'll get to check in with a few more admissions reps. there are two weekends of scrabble, one in which i'm playing and one in which i'm not. and then toronto for the first weekend of november. now, i have to actually figure out how to spend the time. it has been pretty straightforward up until now: get the most pressing things done. letters out, person hired, year started up. there was enough work to fill 40 hours a day, and i just had to get to the thing that was at the highest priority. now that it's quieting a little, the priorities are a little less obvious, and some better long range planning should be put together. we shall see.
This time, we went because lunatopaz (who hasn't posted to lj in years) came to visit us and we decided we should go and see a show. We spent most of Saturday wandering around NJ -- farmers market, then Princeton. We headed into the city and did a drive by on Ippudo, but at 4:40, the line was already 30 or so people long, and I wasn't in the mood for standing outside for too long. So, we drove to Pommes Frites instead and grabbed delicious fries and dipping sauces. We then headed toward the Theater District and ended up eating at Smyrna, a Turkish place. It was fine, reasonably priced, but nothing overly memorable. We had hummus, falafel, baba ganouj, labneh, some eggplant salad thing, and a spinach/tomato sauce/rice dish, all with delicious Turkish bread.
The main event was going to see Peter and the Starcatcher, which meant adding a new theater (the Brooks Atkinson) to the list of venues I've visited. Thanks to playbill.com, the seats were reasonably priced, and the views were great - center of the second mezzanine, but that was really just the sixth row up in the mezz. In general, I liked the show. It was well paced, the humor was great, the staging was well done. There were places where I was a little sad that they were injecting so much of current popular culture into the script. it's harder to escape into a show when it keeps reminding you of things in the current day. The solitary female actor among quite a few males felt unbalanced, though it wasn't so far off from the portrayal in the book. Plus, I liked the way that the book treated the story quite a lot better, but there would've been no way to stage the book well as it was written. But, overall, I'm glad that I saw it, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book series.
Yesterday we were in near constant motion, so today I look forward to sitting on the couch. Tim is making tomato sauce, and he made baked apple pancake for breakfast. There is lots of leftover cornbread that I'll use as a base for my dinner, along with some italian sausage and the tomato sauce. I suppose I should do some planning for the rest of the week soon, too.