Archive for December, 2008

Last one out’s a rotten egg!

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Last one out’s a rotten egg!

Originally uploaded by Kate O’

See this stuff? This Kala Namak black mineral salt? I bought it
because the copy on the packaging says "The distinctive smell and
flavor of eggs makes this salt unforgettable."

Unforgettable is right: I added it to my vegan French toast batter
this morning, and all was well until I stirred in the soymilk.
Apparently, when you wet it, it somehow activates the smell. The
kitchen filled with the "unforgettable" aroma of nearly-rotten eggs.

Karsten, who wasn’t interested in the French toast anyway, had to
leave the room. That was 40 minutes ago. He still hasn’t come back.

Note the oil burner going strong in the background. Vanilla Spice.
Hopefully it’s potent enough to overtake rotten egg smell. Ugh.

Thing is, the smell largely cooked off, and the French toast was
really good. So now I have a real dilemma whenever I want to make
anything that could benefit from a fake-egg flavor. Is it worth the
short-term stink and driving Karsten out of the room for the rest of
the morning? I guess I’ll play it by ear, or maybe by nose.

Inbox at zero, baby!

Friday, December 26th, 2008

I finally got an inbox to zero! It won’t last very long, so I made sure to take a screenshot.

I’ve still got my work inbox to whittle down, but that’s for later. I have to go dance a little jig first.

The holidays smell so good!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Chanel - Chance

Image by Mail Order Bride via Flickr

My coworkers gave me a bottle of Marc Jacobs perfume from my Amazon wish list during our holiday party last week. Karsten gave me a bottle of Prada perfume (also from my Amazon wish list) for my birthday yesterday morning.

And then our neighbor who works for Chanel left me & Karsten each some cologne in a gift bag on our doorstep last night. Woo hoo! I’m not sure why so many gifts have been fragrant this year, but I’m sure not complaining.

Hope you have a very merry Christmas, or happy Hannukkah, or festive holiday of your choice, or just a relaxing time off from work. I’ll be celebrating the latter, for the most part, and gearing up for the new year. I’ll be deciding on my songwriting goals for 2009 very soon and announcing them here, so that’s on its way in the next few days.

Happy holidays!

Yes, I’ve now seen Hall and Oates on the Daily Show. Thanks!

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Everyone who knows I’m a Hall and Oates super-fan keeps asking if I saw them on the Daily Show the other night. Never fear, I just did.

I loved it! (OK, I loved it in spite of it seeming like they could have maybe used another rehearsal of the song.) They’ve made guest appearances on other shows in the past, but they usually don’t get to interact much before they launch into whatever song they’re there to perform. It was fun to see them have a little comic setup before they played.

And “the only non-douchebag on that show”? Gold.

Pimpin’ our talented friends

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Levi on the floor surrounded by his instruments

Levi Weaver (image from

Excerpt from a cool review of our friend Levi Weaver’s 10/21 show at Alphabet Lounge over at the CMJ Staff Blog:

Weaver is one of those artists you need to see live to appreciate

Very true. But you should still buy his recorded music.