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Happy Hanukkah!

I’m kind of bad about posting lately because things have been so hectic here.  There’ve been a lot of exciting things happening so this is probably going to be a long post. First, Happy Hanukkah! This post is coming to you from my new iPad, which is really exciting.  Daniel’s parents bought it for us which was very nice of them.  I can already tell I’m going to be using it a lot.

Let’s recap what’s happened during Hanukkah so far.  On the first night, which was Saturday evening, we went to Daniel’s parents’ house to open gifts.  Nicole bought me two bottles of nail polish and some eye makeup.  She knows me so well.  I also received my annual gift card to Starbucks from Adrienne.   We spent the majority of that night eating latkes and chatting with Wendy and Andy, who are good friends with Ken and Adrienne.

On Sunday night, Adrienne handed me a gigantic gift bag full of Doritos.  She knows me pretty well, too.  As one of Daniel’s gifts to me, he made me a delicious dinner consisting of chicken bacon roulades, green beans, and homemade bread courtesy of Ken.  It was amazing.  We’ve only had that dish once or twice before, so it was a nice surprise.  I had expected risotto or something like that, so I’m glad he surprised me.  I only guessed what it was after we went grocery shopping together earlier that day.  From me, he opened The Orange Box for the XBox 360, which has Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2.  He was very excited about it.  And I’m looking forward to playing through Portal again on an actual console.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner!  Thanks Daniel.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner! Thanks Daniel.

The full table shot.

The full table shot.

On Monday I opened a chocolate orange and a gift card to Target, both from Daniel’s parents.  Daniel gave me The Avengers on DVD which I was thrilled to see because I love that movie. (You can read all about that here.)

But Tuesday was the most exciting day. Daniel called me around noon to tell me that he had received a job that he only just interviewed for on Monday.  As you may know, he is currently working a temp position at Duke, but his new job will be a full-time position at Duke that will start the same week that his temp position ends.  How perfect!  Last night we celebrated by going to Bull McCabe’s for some drinks and good Irish fare.  And then…we went to his parents’ house where they gave us an iPad. Ohmygod.  I love it.  AND we also went to Best Buy to pick up our new TV, which was also a gift from Ken and Adrienne.  So right now we have a lot of new toys to keep us busy for a very long time.  I can’t even express how excited I am right now, about all of it.  Daniel will finally be able to sleep now that he has full-time work, and I am so proud of him.  I have a fancy new gadget that I can’t get enough of, and we’re only half through with Hanukkah.

Our new TV.  Daniel is playing Skyrim.  He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

Our new TV. Daniel is playing Skyrim. He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

The iPad.

The iPad.

If anybody reading this has any suggestions for cool or interesting apps, let me know.

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November Date Night!

Daniel and I enjoyed a little date night yesterday evening.  It was one of our best date nights ever, if I do say so myself.  We decided we were just going to do the simple dinner and a movie.  However, date night requires that you put in a little more effort than usual.  For me, that apparently amounts to an extra two hours that I spend primping.  I showered, curled my hair, did my makeup, and I picked out a cuter outfit than what I usually wear.  This also encouraged Daniel to wear a button down shirt and a jacket.  He looked excellent.

We dined at Pizzeria Toro, which was our first time eating there.  It was delicious.  For an appetizer, we tried the Burrata with charred tomatoes and crispy basil.  It was really good, but a little overpriced for the portion we received, and for what it was.  Now, the pizza was amazing and priced very reasonably.  We tried the spicy lamb meatball pizza.  Our bill came in at under $30 for the appetizer and the pizza, and that also included the tip.  It reminded me a little bit of a restaurant in Rochester called Veneto.  They both offer wood-fired pizza, but Veneto also offers a wide selection of pasta dishes.  Between the two establishments, the prices of the pizzas were very similar, but the portions of the pizzas at Pizzeria Toro are slightly bigger.  Despite the weird, uncomfortable chairs that they put you in, and sitting us at a long table with four strangers, it was a positive experience overall.  I complain about the strange seating arrangement because all they have for seating are long tables that are meant for multiple groups of people, which is bad if you’re looking for a more quiet restaurant where you can chat with the person you are dining with more privately.  But other than that, it has a very, very Durham vibe to it.

I admit that before we went to the theater, we stopped at Target to buy candy and Coca-cola Icees.  (They don’t sell Coke Icees at Wynnsong or Northgate.  This is a problem for us, because we love Coke Icees.)  We ended up at Wynnsong to see Skyfall.  It was certainly the best James Bond film I’ve ever seen, which probably doesn’t say much because I’ve only seen maybe 4 or 5.  But the consensus seems to be that it is the best one yet.  I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil it, but Javier Bardem’s character did remind me a little bit of The Joker from The Dark Knight.  Nothing specific about him screamed “Joker Ripoff”, but in general the character seemed reminiscent of that kind of villain.  This didn’t cheapen the film even a little bit.  I think the entire movie was a perfect combination of action, humor, and sexiness.  It’s definitely a movie that I want to own when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

On a side note, we saw a trailer for another Die Hard movie.  I am SO excited about that, words cannot express it.  This of course means that we will need to have a Die Hard movie marathon before we see it in theaters.

I will leave you with Adele’s “Skyfall”, the new Bond film theme song.  I don’t really care for Adele, but I do think this was perfect for the film.

October Favorites

Well, I just realized I haven’t done one of these since June.  Oops.  So, if you didn’t read that one (which you can here), I will use this post as an opportunity to discuss all of my favorite things that I’ve seen/used/experienced this month.

TV Shows

While Daniel and I have been watching this show consistently since the fourth season began a few months ago, Adventure Time really stepped up their game in October.  The story-telling has been fantastic.  Yes, it is an animated TV series, and yes, it’s on Cartoon Network.  It’s definitely geared to a more adult audience though.  They deal with some pretty dark concepts.  The whole premise of the show is that modern civilization as we know it has ended (after the Mushroom War), and all of the magic has returned to the world.  As far as we know, the protagonist Finn is the only human left on earth (although, there must be others, because where else did he come from).  He is accompanied by his best friend Jake, who is a dog that can talk and stretch his limbs or morph his body into various shapes.

My favorite character is the Ice King.  When we were first introduced to the Ice King in the first season, he came off as just a silly villain.  He wasn’t really malicious, he just wanted to kidnap and marry a princess.  Since the first season, we’ve actually found out that the Ice King is a completely tragic character.  Before the destruction of the world, he used to be a regular guy, studying to be an antiquarian.  At some point in the past, he obtained his crown which gives him all of his powers.  Unfortunately, the crown actually caused him to go mad, and he has no memory of himself before he became this wizard, but we do know that whatever he did while wearing his crown actually scared away his fiancée, whom he would often call “princess”.  So now, he spends all of his time trying to figure out how to find a princess that will marry him, but I don’t think he even understands why he does it.

This season just wrapped up last week with a huge cliffhanger, so I’m really looking forward to season 5.

The other show that I’m obsessed with right now is, of course, Revenge.  I already know that it’s only going to get more and more convoluted, and they probably won’t resolve much, but I’m hooked.  The second season just started airing at the very end of September, and I very faithfully watched the first season last year and earlier this year.  Even if it’s just a poorly acted soap opera, I’m addicted.

Daniel and I have also been watching the X-Files.  Right now, we’re in the middle of the third season. All of the seasons are available free through Amazon Prime.  X-Files is a very cool show because I love crime shows like CSI, but I also like sci-fi series like The Twilight Zone, and this combines the best of both.  Also, Mulder and Scully remind me a lot of the two main characters from the show Bones.  I enjoy the show Bones, but I prefer X-Files if for no other reason than the acting is better.  On somewhat of a side note, X-Files is the scariest show I’ve ever seen on TV.  For me, personally, American Horror Story has got nothing on X-Files.  I’ve seen some of the freakiest, nastiest stuff in that show, things that I never thought they’d be allowed to show on prime time TV.  So, really, it’s kind of perfect for this time of year.

Music

October means Halloween and that means you have to listen to good Halloween music.  Now, I just made a post about my Top 10 Favorite Halloween Songs, but there have been a few artists that I’ve been listening to consistently this month.  The first is The Misfits, naturally.  They are great any time during the year, but especially around Halloween.  The second is AFI.  I’ve really been listening to some of their earlier albums, which sound a bit more classically punk than their more recent releases.  I was browsing on Wikipedia one day when I found out that Davey Havok was actually asked to be the lead singer of The Misfits back in 2006.  I like to imagine how this would have changed my life for the better, but I try not to think about it too much because it would have been so awesome that my brain might have exploded.  AFI does a number of Misfits covers and I personally am very impressed with them.  They include “Halloween” and “Last Caress”.

Books

This month I’ve been re-reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  I really wanted to read again it before I saw the movie.  The book is such a classic in many ways.  I think the way that it was written in the form of letters by an anonymous person to another anonymous person was such a brilliant way to portray this “Charlie” character that I know teenagers look at and say “This could be me writing these letters”.  You become so well-acquainted with the characters, but you never learn who they really are, or where they are from, so it could be anyone, and that’s one of the things that makes it so appealing.

Movies

On Monday night, Daniel and I watched X-Men: First Class for the first time.  You might be wondering how we’ve managed to go this long without seeing it.  Well, Daniel was very wary after the fiascoes that were the third X-Men movie and Wolverine: Origins.  This was much, much better than those.  In terms of the story, it was more on par with the first X-Men movie that revolved around Magneto’s master plan of turning the whole world into mutants.  Or something like that.  Honestly, it was a good movie, and we both loved the fact that it was a period film revolving around the Cuban Missile Crisis.  I also appreciated the way they explained Charles Xavier’s injury.  Overall, I was pleased with it, and now that we own it (it was $10 at Target), I will definitely watch it again.

Although I haven’t watched it yet this year, I am very much looking forward to my annual viewing of Hocus Pocus.  It’s a movie I’ve watched every year since I was a little kid, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Halloween movies, even if it isn’t scary.

Nail Polish

For most of this month, I’ve been wearing Butter London’s “The Full Monty”, which is a beautiful glittery gold nail polish.

The Full Monty

I thought it would be great for fall, since gold is such a perfect fall color, but it would also be absolutely stunning during the summer in the sun.

Currently I’m wearing a color by L’Oreal called “The Muse’s Attitude”.  I believe it is limited edition from their Project Runway 2012 collection.  It is a beautiful teal/green duochrome polish.  I think it will be great for Halloween.

The Muse’s Attitude

Makeup

In keeping with the gold and bronze colors of fall, I’ve been doing a lot of looks using the Naked Palette, and Mac Amber Lights and Bronze.  One of my favorite looks that I experimented with this month used UD’s Half Baked in the inner 3rd of the eyelid, Mac’s Amber Lights in the middle 3rd of the eyelid, and Mac’s Bronze or UD’s Smog (depending on how dark I wanted the look to be) on the outer 3rd of the eye and in the crease.  (Sorry I have no pictures of this look.  If you really want to see it, write a comment and I will find time to post a pic.)

Half Baked

Amber Lights (left) and Bronze (right)

When I felt like doing something simple and quick, I just took Urban Decay’s Toasted and threw it on all over the lid and it looked awesome.

I’ve been using a couple of different lipsticks this month as well.  I recently purchased Maybelline’s “Make Me Pink” and I’ve been wearing it pretty often lately.  Also, because I’ve been doing more bold eye looks this month, I’ve rediscovered an old favorite: L’Oreal’s “Fairest Nude”, which is the perfect nude lipstick for my skin tone.  Finally, because fall is a great time to break out deeper reds and berry colors, I’ve been wearing Maybelline’s “Let Me Pink”, which is a deep, rich berry color.  I actually purchased this color years ago, and I have been unable to find it again.  I would love to re-purchase it because mine has dried out a little bit, so it’s become more difficult to apply.  However, the color still looks amazing.

Lipsticks!

Let Me Pink (left), Fairest Nude (center), Make Me Pink (right). The lighting is poor and does not do them justice.

Random Things

Daniel and I carved pumpkins this weekend!  This is one of my favorite traditions of all time.  Daniel and I both carved characters from Adventure Time.

This is my pumpkin. It’s Lumpy Space Princess.

The one on the left is Daniel’s pumpkin. It’s Finn.

What were some of your “October Favorites”?

The Visitor

While Daniel had to work today, my mother and I grabbed some breakfast at Jay’s Diner and went on a brief shopping trip to Target.  My mother loves Target.  She’s crazy about it.  She needed to pick a few things up for Nate’s and Lori’s new baby Paige.  She also ended up buying me and Daniel little essentials.  Like toilet paper.  So much toilet paper.

She left shortly after 11am to go to Herkimer, and then home.  I think she had a good time.  She almost even won at Settlers of Catan last night.

It was nice to have her visit.  Next up:  Kelly and Dillon visit for Park Ave Fest!

I'm getting very excited to go to the beach. I can't stand it.

1/2 of Daniel’s Family Visits: Day 2

I woke up this morning feeling pretty rested and excited to go get a new muffler for my car.  Naturally, I made an appointment with a place that specializes in mufflers, but it was in Henrietta.  Daniel’s mother was kind enough to drive everyone to the aforementioned muffler place so I could drop off my car, and then she treated us to brunch at Jay’s Diner.  Daniel and I have never gone there for breakfast before, but it did not disappoint.  It was your average diner breakfast food, which is just what we wanted.

After a brief trip to Target to buy Daniel a set of clippers to keep his hair trimmed, I got the call that my car was ready.  After driving it home, I realized how much more quiet the ride had been; obviously the muffler was desperately needed at that point.

After a trip to campus to show his youngest sister our school, we drove to High Falls.  I never really get tired of making the trip to High Falls because it’s still such a bizarre sight to me.  Also, it’s only a few minutes drive from either our apartment or the campus, since it’s right in the middle of the city.  We saw some pretty neat wildlife, including a heron and some baby deer that appeared to be residing on the small bar of land directly under the Pont de Rennes walking bridge that faces the falls.  It was a good trip.

After I conquered all of them in 3 games of Pirate Fluxx, we went to dinner at Sinbad’s which is always a pleasure for me and Daniel.

I hope Daniel’s mother and sister can keep themselves entertained while we are at work tomorrow.  It’s been wonderful having them here, and I want them to enjoy themselves.

Once a millstone, now it's art. From the High Falls Historic District.