#21: De Niro’s Game


That is to be read as a waning, slightly tremulous hello. Okay, it’s been a while since I last posted because of my pesky tendency to forget things. The good news is I have been steadily working on knocking items off my list. I’m not exactly a kickass chef yet but my kitchen, as of now, remains still standing. I like to celebrate the small victories.

Now I’ve read some terrible things in my life, things which I felt were the literary equivalent to me smashing my hands aimlessly on a keyboard. Can you say esoterrible? For all the moments of sheer literary torture I have been subjected to over the course of my academic career there are moments when I read a book that makes me remember why I love literature. One such book is Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game.

I have recommended this book to just about everyone I’ve come in contact with since I turned the last page. And I think that pretty much qualifies it for the 10 really good books category.

Books I’ve read recently:

Slaughterhouse Five-Kurt Vonnegut

Franny and Zooey-J.D. Salinger

Currently Reading:

Cockroach- Rawi Hage

A Sentimental Journey-Laurence Sterne

I’ve also just bought Anna Karenina

#6: Banana Bread

Okay so when I say I am a terrible cook I am only slightly exaggerating. If by slightly I mean not at all. I have burnt tea in the past- don’t ask.  Lately I’ve been baking like freaking Betty Crocker in an effort to remedy my bad reputation. Today with it being a lazy Sunday I decided to bake something easy and delicious and banana bread seemed as good as anything else. Because my bananas weren’t quite ripe I cheated a little and put them even the oven until the skin of each was blackened because I wanted my banana bread damn it and I refused to wait! I also used half brown sugar and half white sugar for a little more moisture and I added some very welcome chocolate chips.

The verdict?

Well, I was unable to get a picture of it before it was half devoured.

Recipe found here…

Awkward Introductions are Awkward

I’ve had a thing for lists practically since infancy. I list pretty much everything: what I’m going to do, what I’m going to buy, where I’m going to go- I’m sure you get the idea (hopefully you do because I’m out of examples). By nature I’m quite forgetful and a tad scatterbrained so listing everything is more than likely necessary to my survival. Where was I going with this? …Oh yeah. After my 21st birthday last year in November I decided to list 22 things I wanted to do before my next birthday. This blog will document me doing those things. That last sentence reads a bit like a Law and Order intro.

Anyway, here’s the list:

  1. learn to dj
  2. get a meaningful tattoo
  3. write stories (and some other stuff too)
  4. learn Francais
  5. fill an entire sketchbook
  6. become a kickass chef
  7. host a fancy dinner party
  8. dye my hair (this will be the first time yikes!)
  9. beat a video game
  10. explore my city
  11. acquire a killer wardrobe (excuse for shopping more maybe?)
  12. give back
  13. travel somewhere I haven’t been
  14. meet someone life changing
  15. pierce something
  16. eat something bizarre
  17. start my own business
  18. learn to play chess
  19. enjoy a sunrise
  20. wear something I’ve made
  21. read 10 really good books (I wanna knock a couple more off this list)
  22. open road Kerouac style (rooad tripp!)