Friday, November 21, 2014

Coffee Date

Grab yourself a mug of something and let's chat!

A "Nutty Irishman" from Lucie Monroe Coffee Company, and Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

I'm still looking for a job in Virginia, and the other day, I saw a job listing that required a two-minutes-or-less video resume. Now, when I think video resume, I tend to think over-the-top and ridiculous, a la How I Met Your Mother. But the job sounded like it would be a really good fit for me, so I went about filming and editing and uploading my own resume. It was kind of fun, and I remembered how much I enjoy video editing, which then spiraled into me thinking I should do more vlogs. So maybe, if I remember, there will be more vlogs in EA's future.

Last week, I invited Matt to come with me to a percussion concert at one of the local universities. Apparently a famous-ish percussion guy was guest-performing, but I didn't know that until we got there and Matt was all, "You didn't tell me Michael Burritt was going to be here!" and I was like "Who?" But that's not what I was going to talk about, because the concert was good but did not inspire any crazy stories. Instead, while we were looking for a place to park, we drove past a pizza place that sold "pizza cones." And so for the rest of the night, we kept giggling about pizza cones. What IS a pizza cone? A slice of pizza rolled into a cone? A cone of dough with pizza toppings poured into it? An ice cream cone with pizza inside? We may never know.

You know how different identities tend to suit us better in different times and places? In Texas, despite the state having a reputation for big hair, I flat-ironed the crap out of mine every day. But since I got here? I haven't busted out the Chi even once. Instead, I feel like curly hair suits me better right now. And it must be true, because I just got my Virginia driver's license, and damn I look fierce in the photo.
I've been having a lot of good adventures with book friends lately. Unexpected book friends. That book up at the top of this post? Totally not the kind of book I would have expected to like, but after a little bit of a slow start, it got REALLY GOOD. And I'm listening to the audiobook of Nick Hornby's Juliet, Naked, which is also really good (and well-narrated), and also something I might not have expected to like, since I'm not particularly musically inclined, and don't really follow any one artist or band obsessively.

Except Taylor Swift. I'm a little bit obsessed with "1989" right now. Have you seen the video for "Blank Space"? I kind of love crazy-eyes Taylor. Actually, I love all versions of Taylor, but it's especially fun to see her poke fun at her own reputation. (Also, if you haven't seen it, you should watch Saturday Night Live's "Swiftamine" commercial.)

Matt and I have made some friends! We met a couple that's our age when we went to a mini-golf meetup when I first got to town, and now I go and work out with the girl every once in a while, and they had us over for dinner a couple weeks ago. We reciprocated, and I prepared a proper Tex-Mex feast for them last weekend. They're semi-vegetarian too, so I did homemade salsa, mushroom-spinach enchiladas, and vegetarian tortilla soup, and it was amazing. (We've yet to try any Mexican restaurants in Virginia; this far from the border, is it even possible to do great Mexican food?)

HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART ONE is out today! Are you going to go see it? We used to do midnight premieres with friends, but since Matt has a job to go to — and we're old fogies — we probably will wait until a normal time of day. But I. can't. wait.

What's going on in your world? What's going on with your hair? (It looks fabulous by the way.) How's work going? What are you reading? What are you super excited about this month?


  1. OMG, so many things to talk about! 1) I love your curly hair! You look great in your ID photo! 2) Exploring new genres of books is fun. Can't wait to hear what you think and recommend. 3) Taylor is all I can listen to right now. I have been known to jump into my colleague's offices dancing to Blank Space. And the Swiftamine commercial came up after a rousing lunch time debate. 4) HUNGER GAMES. Going on Sunday morning like an old person. Can't wait. So glad you have made friends, and I miss you. :)

  2. You look gorgeous in your license photo and I love your curly hair! So glad you are adjusting well and still having crazy adventures. You'll have to try a pizza cone and report back!

  3. first: congrats on making friends! that's about as exciting as it gets, right? i mean, moving and making friends is a huge task, so congrats!! and i learned about pizza cones from pinterest : - haven't attempted yet, but probably going to happen soon :)

  4. That's crazy! So much more complicated-looking than regular pizza … you'll have to let me know when you try it if they end up being better than regular pizza!

  5. Thank you! I would recommend Wolf in White Van - it was fairly short, but pretty intense, and different than anything I've ever read before.

  6. Thank you! Of course I wouldn't give up adventuring. :)

  7. Your hair does look so good in that picture! Totally agree. You already know what I'm reading, I think. Eh? My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff. I love it so far. Haven't seen the Blank Space video yet, but I'm heading over to watch it now. Peace.