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September 29, 2006

I finished watching Project Runway, Season One. Whoever said it was more about fashion than drama was WRONG. It was all drama! The characters were so strong, and so easy to love or hate. Did anyone like Wendy Pepper? Jeez, that woman was malicious. I fell in love with Jay and Austin, and though I thought Kara’s work was often fabulous, the whole shoe thing at the end completely changed my mind about her. So sad.

Anyway, it was a fun season, if just to hear Michael Kors say that a dress was “farty.” I didn’t like the constant dubbing of Heidi’s voice…apparently she wasn’t very good at her lines just yet, and they had to be “fixed” in every episode. Oh, but the designs! So many of them were so amazing. I loved Austin’s Banana Republic dress, even though the judges hated it; I hated Wendy’s even though she won. I love that my sense of fashion is so off from the mainstream. I see that as a good thing. 🙂

I finished skimming through the meditation book. I didn’t even have to read the whole thing to feel completely inspired. It turns out I’ve been meditating forever, I just didn’t know it. Meditation is always seen as such a rigid activity, sitting cross-legged on a pillow in complete silence, holding the hands in a specific mudra, repeating a specific mantra, clearing the mind of all thought. This book taught the exact opposite…meditation could be spending a few moments before bed reviewing the day or stopping to take a few deep breaths. It doesn’t have to be absence of thought, and it’s okay if you fall asleep. Sometimes I can sit and look out the window for half an hour at a time, just thinking. That’s meditation as well. It’s very freeing not to have all those rules and preconceptions of what meditation is.

I’ve started reading Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater by Alan Richman, and I’m loving it. It includes essays he’s written for GQ and Food and Wine, and they’re funny and interesting. Oh, how I love food writing.

I also wanted to mention, for those of you who are interested in participating in swaps, that the What’s Cooking Apron Swap is gearing up for it’s second event, a holiday hostess apron and recipe swap. Head on over on Monday if you’re interested, but sign up quickly, because space is limited.

Finally, I’d like to note a few things that I haven’t experienced in a long time (or at all), but would like to soon (and this list is mostly a reminder to myself):

* popcorn balls
* chocolate dipped ice cream cones
* candied or caramel apples
* cotton candy
* homemade waffles
* a pedicure
* a tea party, with tiny sandwiches and scones and such
* a vacation (!)
* fine dining
* reading aloud to my love
* wearing scarves
* a massage
* long hair (please remind me of this the next time I mention I need a haircut)
* chocolate covered cherries

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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4 Discussion to this post
  1. Elsa says:

    I had cotton candy at the State Fair-themed party last night! You could say it’s in season, sort of 🙂

  2. Barb says:

    Laura Kluvo from RickRackRuby is the one that brought me to blogging. She started another blog that has been insanely successful, Blogging Project Runway (blogspot). She adores Wendy Pepper. I know, I didn’t get it either. I don’t have Bravo at home, so I have to catch up after the fact when I dog-sit. I think I’m caught up for this season now. Luckily for me, those episodes repeat all the time.

  3. connie says:

    sounds like a lot of those things can be cured by a trip to northern climes with cooler weather and/or a beach with a boardwalk.

    mmm…popcorn ball sounds really good right now

  4. crystal says:

    Barb, I’ve actually seen that blog! I’m always afraid of spoilers, though, so I don’t check it often. 🙂 Connie, I think a trip of north sounds wonderful…soon, very soon…

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