Tumblr.

June 6, 2008

I know I haven’t been around, but I’ve been embracing my lazy side recently.  Which means, rather than putting time into writing insightful blog posts, I’ve been tumbling.

http://stepliana.tumblr.com

I won’t give this up, because I do love to collect blogs, AND the new Tilly & The Wall album just leaked, so expect to hear my thoughts on that soon.  But hopefully, I’ll be posting about an even more awesome event come Monday, we’ll see.

P.S. I also have a Twitter.  Do with that what you will.

I am neurotic.

May 7, 2008

http://iamneurotic.com/

Since Lianna was so awesome in her declaration of how much I rule, I thought I’d post about one of my favorite things Lianna has created so far – I Am Neurotic.

We all have neuroses.  Quite a few of the submissions on the site are mine – I won’t tell you which ones, but if you know me, I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it out.  What better way to deal with them, though, than by posting them publicly for all to see?  Completely anonymous, and a refreshing reminder that you’re just as weird as everybody else.

Unless you’re me, I’m way weirder than most.

Crabcakes.

April 30, 2008

I realize this is slightly in the same vein as my Old Bay post, but I just bought my plane tickets home for Memorial Day weekend, and I’m already so excited, I can’t even handle it.  Why?  This is why:

Crabcake, friends.  Crabcake.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is a certain joy to be had in picking your own crab, it’s one of my favorite things to do on earth – but there is nothing like a crabcake.

I won’t say I’m a crabcake connoisseur, I won’t go that far.  But I do know a good crabcake when I see one.  So, if you trust my opinion, (which you should), if you want a good crabcake, and are ever in the Chesapeake Bay area, head on over to Edgewater Restaurant, on Mayo Road off Route 2.  You won’t be disappointed, I can promise you that right now.  (If this was a few years ago, I would have said go to Stoney’s, but they’ve gone downhill in the past few years – plus, they stole their recipe from Tony’s.  It’s just a fact.)

Anyway, less than a month till I’m home and I can enjoy this delicacy.  Plus, you know, all of the other things Calvert County has to offer.  I’m excited.

The songs I listened to on my morning commute: a mix between the new Submarines album, Honeysuckle Weeks, Challengers, by The New Pornographers, and Hold On Now, Youngster…, by Los Campesinos!.  (I needed a dance party in my ears, the weather is awful.)  Honeysuckle Weeks leaked about a week ago, right around the time I received the new Blondfire album from CDBaby.  Sad to say, I’ve been neglecting Blondfire ever since.   But Honeysuckle Weeks is just so good – and I’ve been waiting for new Submarines almost as long as I’ve been waiting for new Antlerand (and we all know that’s never going to happen.)

I’ve noticed that ever since I got my iPod touch, I’ve been listening to more complete albums, rather than creating playlists, which is something I used to put enormous amounts of time into.  It’s just easier to turn the iPod on its side, flick through the album art, and pick a CD.  Playlists?  Far too much work.  I’ll have to start doing it again, though.  There’s nothing like listening to a stream of songs, and never having to hit ‘next’.

There isn’t much of a point to this post, other than ‘This is the music I listened to today’, and ‘Oh, I don’t make playlists anymore’, so I’ll continue with not having a point, and end this post with ‘Things people have said about this blog’.

Leah: oh, i’m addicted to your bloghilarious 

Jeff: YOU? have a blog?  its not creepy and introspective is it?

Francesca: This is why I love your blog.  It’s the one shiny constant in a world full of chaos

It’s inspiring, isn’t it?  I thought so.  In addition, I’ve also inspired two people to try Old Bay.  I’m telling you, you should trust my taste in things.  You can’t lose.  And with that, I leave you all for a week.  See you next Sunday, post-Office return, but pre-Lost.  I just can’t win.

Old Bay

April 1, 2008

I was inspired to post about my neverending love for Old Bay for two reasons. One, I dreamt I was eating Crab Chips last night. (The Utz kind, not this Lay’s nonsense.) And two, Lianna posted about her favorite condiment, so I thought I’d post about mine.

Old Bay

Growing up in the Chesapeake Bay area (I lived a 2 minute walk from the Bay until I was 6, then we moved to right on the Patuxent), I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Old Bay. And for good reason – Old Bay is one of the greatest spices known to man. A combination of: celery salt, bay leaf, mustard seed, both black and red pepper, cinnamon, and ginger (thanks, Wikipedia!), the ingredients combine to create a perfect storm of flavor that tastes good on just about anything – crabs, chicken, popcorn, chips, eggs, fries, soup, the list is neverending. Can you imagine a pot of steamed crabs without Old Bay poured on top? I can’t. Even non-Maryland residents love it.  You can even do a line of it!  Just ask Ben.

Don’t believe me? Then read these testimonials:

Well, it’s obviously delicious. But aside from that, it is versatile. Yes, it’s great on popcorn. And let’s face it, crabs without Old Bay would be bland. You might as well eat lobster. – Elaina, 23, Washington, D.C.

Because Old Bay = Maryland.  It’s good on anything: crabs, chicken, shrimp, eggs, etc.  I feel sorry for people who don’t know what Old Bay is.  – Leah, 24, Huntingtown, MD

See what I mean?  If you don’t trust me, trust them.  Feel free to leave your own testimonials in the comments.  This post has made me miss Maryland.  At least I have Old Bay to comfort me.

Lego Star Wars

March 16, 2008

Lego Star Wars

Current Wii obsession: Lego Star Wars. I don’t know who came up with the brilliant idea to redo all six of the Star Wars movies with Lego men, but whoever they are, I’d like to shake their hand. Because, bravo.

The last time I played a game this often, it was Super Mario Galaxy, and now my services are available for hire in beating the Purple Comet for the Toy Time level. (My price: two beers.) Everyone who has played this game has loved it. It’s a good game for people of all skills, you get to control your Lego lightsaber with your wiimote, and um, it’s Star Wars. With LEGOS. When you die, you break into tiny Lego pieces. When you fly in ships, they are Lego ships. You build things out of Legos! How could you not love this game? It’s impossible. Even the first three episodes are so much fun to play, you forget that the storylines seem to be written by someone who’s never seen Episodes IV-VI. (Also, did you know that the original opening crawl to A New Hope didn’t have ‘Episode IV/A New Hope’ at the beginning? Because I did.)

I’m off to Shanghai Toyko, which deserves a post all its own. But that’s for later. For now, Chinese food!

It was inevitable.

March 13, 2008

Really, it was.