The I didn’t forget you & I promise to post again soon! open thread.

Actually working as a writer is cutting into my blogging. The world is a cruel, cruel place and let no one tell you different.

Standard FYI clause: I generally wait about 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would typically open a thread (roughly noon, EST, back when such a thing was typical…!), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

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  1. Hi! Gucci, Lhuiller today. Plus Tunes for Tuesday and a Voice Recap:

    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

    • koolaide

       /  December 18, 2012

      (the far too obvious fixed result of the last NIC left an even more bitter taste in my mouth than a dish where the chef was a bit heavy handed w/ saffron)

      • Look, Marcel wasn’t there to win–it would have been weird and uncomfortable if one of the extras who had never been on NIC before that they pulled from Top Chef to pad out the cast made it to the end. They had to axe him. The fact that he made it as far as he did shows the show under-estimated him.
        And Marcel got what he came for–lasting long enough to be a recognizable face and to redeem his reputation from that disastrous season on Top Chef. He already tried to have a reality cooking show on Bravo–it tanked, because they aren’t a food network, and they tried to ride on that rep which I think really isn’t who he is. I would expect him to parlay this into perhaps into doing some time as a judge next to other NIC alums like Aaron Sanchez first to gauge interest and then maybe his own show on Cooking Channel, whose B-list line up needs help like whoa.
        As for who is left, i am rooting to see Chef Nate bounced. HARD.

        • koolaide

           /  December 18, 2012

          I don’t necessarily disagree w/ what you say re: Marcel. And I do think he was under estimated and/or they missed the ‘better’ chance to eliminate him based on his work. I think as a tv personality, Marcel is more like a character actor or excellent supporting actor that can’t quite (at this point in his development/career) be the staring, central focus.

          But I’m not talking about the specific challenge but more the obviousness of the ‘fix’ in the last show is (imo) a Problem. And not winning viewer-likeability points for Chef Alex. The sous chef for GZ potential conflict of interest in judging you mentioned at the beginning is rearing its head more than I thought it would. You were totally right there.

          • koolaide

             /  December 18, 2012

            (wanted an edit but…)

            What I mean to say is that I agree w/ you that he wasn’t to win for many reasons but they screwed up and the “solution” (imo) was a clumsy & obvious “the fix is in” that (again, imo) could bite the brand in the butt in the end.

  2. Today I have been, roughly, the least productive lump of flesh and biggest waste of oxygen that ever lived. Though at least at 1:15 I finally got into the shower.

    I am not good at today. I really am not.

    • caoil

       /  December 18, 2012

      Tiny goals! Tiny goals!
      -play with cat
      -do two lunges (one on each side)
      -make an excellent sandwich
      -…

    • I will be at starbucks at approximately 5-10 after 3pm to coffee up. If you, you know, happen to be there, and want a hug.

      • Alas! I have to go run errands down by Bailey’s Crossroads. That’s what finally got me in the shower, haha.

        I suppose I should turn off this SVU marathon and go run those errands now.

        • Ewww, bailey’s crossroads. (Sorry, I think Route 7 along there is possibly one of the worst arteries ever in the history of things.)
          Are you going to the Mall That Target Swallowed?

          • To the shopping centers. I need to hit the Marshall’s and possibly a few of the other shops across the way.

          • aaron singer

             /  December 18, 2012

            In those respects, I do not miss NoVa. Bailey’s Crossroads was a precursor to the bigger nightmares of Seven’s Corners, and further out, Tyson’s.

            That said, I used to live in Del Ray and my best friend lived in Shirlington. I miss hanging out around there. When I had to shop for things Potomac Yard wasn’t too bad.

    • If it is any consolation (and having been there, I rather doubt that it is), I know this place where you sit, unwashed and ineffectual, and I terrorist fist-jab you in solidarity over not being good at the day. It is a place well known to me, and in my experience, it ends, but one has to pass through it first. It’s all very Zen in that sense, in a rather stabby way.

      And I applaud you for now being washed. That is an item that can be checked off your to-do list and any such items are to be lauded!

      • *fist bump*

        I did take a shower, and run my errands (except for the errand I frogot; I am a writer of very little brain, today), and signed and scanned and sent back the contract that I needed to send for Nifty Freelance Gig, so at least today isn’t a total loss. Tomorrow, I’ll start my draft of the thing I am now contractually obligated to do.

  3. Yesterday was Mixology Monday! This month’s theme was ‘Humbug’, so everyone put on their crotchety hats to make anti-seasonal drinks.

    My own creation was an attempt to put as many bitter ingredients together as possible (Campari actually made it too sweet). Despite my best efforts, it was actually pretty tasty.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/12/mixology-monday-lxviii-humbug.html

  4. caoil

     /  December 18, 2012

    Today is a Terrible Day*, so any cat, dog, ferret, gurgly baby pictures you have will be appreciated.

    *It snowed here (for Vancouver values of “snow”) and coworker still isn’t here, so I’ve been attempting to answer calls (relating to our jump to Office 2010) I don’t know the right responses to for the past 3+ hours and do all the incoming work simultaneously. Feel a bit like setting everything on fire at this point.

    • I’d like to take more pictures of my dog, but he keeps sticking his nose in the camera. This is from a couple of months ago: http://flic.kr/p/d8SR7G

      • caoil

         /  December 18, 2012

        Heee, cute doggie! Also I really like nose pictures. We end up with a lot of them when taking pics of new cats at the shelter.

        • We’re trying to get some reindog pictures. “Stay” is still an iffy proposition for him, though, so it’s mostly been a case of getting everything just about right and …. squirrel!

          And then the antlers come off and we have to start over.

          • caoil

             /  December 18, 2012

            Kasi was never even that patient. You’d put them on and back away about a foot, and the paws would be up already trying to drag whatever-it-was off her head. I think one of the pics we ended up using actually had the antlers on the floor, and she’s sniffing them – versus Mishka who was still sitting, smiling, with antlers in place.

            • Orion, our old dog, would wear the antlers, and even sat still, on a snowy day, in front of the holly tree in our yard, so I could take pictures. I’m hoping Duke will get there but more practice is needed, I think,

    • koolaide

       /  December 18, 2012

      The ever useful calmingmanatee.com

    • taylor16

       /  December 18, 2012

      My puppy Taylor (who is now almost ten years old – sob!) has a stick for you…

      • caoil

         /  December 18, 2012

        Probably the sticks have gotten bigger over the years too. Though it’s always amusing when puppies try to grab something that is wayyyy too big for them to carry.

        • taylor16

           /  December 18, 2012

          She’s now too cool for sticks. She kind of acts like a moody teenager now – she wants to play with you, but only on her terms. And she will stay out in the yard sniffing as long as SHE wants to, Mom’s instructions be damned! :)

          She’s still so cute, though. That photo is from the first day we ever brought her home…

  5. David L

     /  December 18, 2012

    A meteorological heads-up for the middle of the country: The various computer weather models are coming into agreement on a huge winter storm next week. Heavy snow in a band from Albuquerque (Monday) to Amarillo (Tuesday) to Kansas City (Wed/Thu) to Detroit (Fri); as much as two feet in spots.

    • dave in texas

       /  December 18, 2012

      Great, I’m driving to Amarillo in a couple of days. Of course, one of the beauties of Texas Panhandle weather is that rarely stays the same for very long. You can get a foot of snow, and then a week later it’s gone and you can play golf again.

      It’s kind of weird that it’s coming on Christmas, though. I don’t ever remember a white Christmas when I was growing up, but over the last 10 years or so, there have been several, including one about 5-6 years ago with nearly two feet of snow.

      • David L

         /  December 18, 2012

        I’m headed to Kansas City with the family. My mother is insistent that if it looks like the roads are going to be bad for our planned Friday morning departure, we’ll leave earlier. Except that the current forecasts seem to show that the worst begins Tuesday night and keeps right on through Thursday night, when the real cold air moves in. Storm total of 18-24″ and a subzero start to Friday, if one model is to be believed.

    • aaron singer

       /  December 18, 2012

      We might get anywhere from a dusting to 9 inches here in Chicago, depending on how far south the front dips, the winds blowing down Lake Michigan causing lake effect snow, and where one is in the Chicagoland area.

  6. I have 1 hat and 1 mitten to finish knitting before next Tuesday. This should not be difficult except I seem to be terrible at everything this week. I spent two hours knitting last night and feel like I made absolutely no progress on the hat.

    Plus there’s that artificial irrational deadline at work and it’s all just making me tired. Could someone else please make Christmas happen for me?

    • caoil

       /  December 18, 2012

      I’m sorry to have jinxed you re: having difficulty finishing things and/or messing them up.
      :-/

      • I don’t think it was you that jinxed me. I was not supposed to have to make the hat, but Nephew the Elder outgrew the hat I made him last year. It was going really well until I got to the end of the cabled portion (it has owl cables because N the E is crazy about birds) and now I need to make it about 2 inches longer before I start the decreases for the top and it just isn’t getting longer.

        It might be the blue yarn. Last time I had a hat do this, it was two years ago, and I made a blue hat for Nephew the Younger. Stupid thing took for.ev.er. to finish.

    • I STILL HAVEN’T STARTED.
      I am procrastination failure embodied

      • It sounds like you’ve been successful at procrastinating, though?

        … no, I guess that probably isn’t a consolation.

  7. dave in texas

     /  December 18, 2012

    Just so y’all know, Sunday was my 20th annual 39th birthday. The decrepitude is accelerating…

  8. Gods my mother is a miser.
    if i told her the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, i’ll be asking to get slapped.

  9. Just once … just fecking once … I would like to come home from work on a Tuesday and find my husband has fried a couple of chops and mashed a few potatoes and not decided to get “creative” with dinner.

    *stares at the half-cooked apple-and-parsnip thing*

    • caoil

       /  December 18, 2012

      …Order in? I suspect that’ll have to be *my* plan for today…g/f will not have picked up anything to make, and kitchen shelves are pretty sparsely populated right now.

      • See, the deal here at Casa Munro-Viking is that Tuesday is “his” day to cook. And he likes to cook and sometimes he even has good ideas (apples and parsnips COULD work) but he’s lacking when it comes to execution. Telling him that requires greater delicacy than I can manage on a Tuesday evening.

        Next week is Christmas, so I’m saved there, and then NYD I have off and will make the Hoppin’ John. But I might start sneaking a sandwich from Subway or something home in my briefcase if this keeps up.

        • caoil

           /  December 18, 2012

          …extra ‘easy recipes’ cookbook in the kitchen? ;-)

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