I’m catsitting again for a friend who’s gone to NY. She’s so much fun, a little fattie. She loves running up and down the stairs and hiding in boxes and small enclosed spaces.
August 29, 2007
A friend and I went to the California State Fair tonight. I hadn’t been since four years ago – it’s always hot, dusty, and it’s never quite as fun as you’d think it’d be. But this time, we sort of kept our expectations low by going just to see the baby animals. It was even more convenient b/c a friend of mine, a vet student, was working in the nursery as well. I was looking for her in the nursery, and then I realized that I was hearing her voice coming from the microphone. So, thanks to her, we got to hold a baby piglet. :) It was adorable beyond belief.
A brief moblog:
A stand called “Totally Fried”, selling the all-American classics: deep fried frog legs, deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, and deep fried coke.
August 26, 2007
This blog has been admittedly ignored – my theater blog has been keeping me busy. But this weekend, some really nice things happened, so I’m going to blog about it here.
Jen flew in for the weekend to Oakland, and I met her there on Friday night at my aunt’s place, in Orinda (near Oakland). My aunt is an ex-hippie vegetarian, with a full organic orchard in her backyard. One of the first things she did as soon as we got there was she cut roses to put into small vases, for our rooms and our bathroom. And she’s a great cook! She made pizzas from scratch, with homemade pizza bread infused with rosemary that rose over night. I got to decorate them with cherry tomatoes that were picked minutes before they went into the oven, as well as balsamic vinegar cured onions, gorgonzola cheese, goat cheese, and even goat cheese brie. yum.
After stuffing ourselves on food, she took us to a nearby park where she made us speed walk and jog for two miles. She got really into exercise after having kidney cancer a few years ago, and she is in much better shape than I am. It was good to get moving again, and being in the outdoors was beautiful. We even saw three or four deer.
blurry, or was I shaky from our run?
The night was complete when we watched Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre. My aunt used to be a dancer and took ballet classes at the SF Ballet, so it was nice to see her relive her ballet days. Also I don’t think I’d ever get tired of watching this DVD.
The next morning, she was baking croissants made from scratch, with dough that had been made the day before. It was crispy on the outside, and warm and buttery on the inside. Then we slowly got ready, watched Confessions of a Matchmaker for the first time (hilarious!), and had lunch in Berkeley. On the way back, we stopped by the Scarffen Berger chocolate factory and bought some chocolate. I loved the smell inside the store, and it reminded me of going to the Jacques Torres chocolate store in Brooklyn.
That night, I met some friends in San Francisco where we had tickets to Avenue Q. I had forgotten how good the show is! The theater was absolutely packed, and the show was absolutely hilarious (The Bad Idea bears invented Scientology??). I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it soon. The best part was meeting Christian Anderson after the show – he’s such a nice guy, and recognized me as Jen, who’d met him a few times. We chatted briefly about the Broadway poster for Avenue Q, where he said his expression was really feminine. And so in the spirit of the Broadway poster, we took a picture together where he re-enacted his Broadway poster for me. :)
Right: the Broadway poster with Jennifer Barnhart, Trekkie Monster, and Christian Anderson. Left: trying to recreate his expression in the poster
August 13, 2007
I’m sitting inside the Acura dealer customer lounge, being extremely grateful that there is a wireless signal in here. Whew. I brought an Oprah magazine though, just to be safe, I’m a bit behind in my Oprah reading.
I went to a wedding on Saturday, and watched a younger coworker of mine get married! It was a pretty wedding, but it’s so odd to think that she’s married now. On top of that, I found out that a close friend of mine just got pregnant – she bought a pregnancy test in front of me while we were at Safeway, and tested herself as soon as she got home. And I know it’s ridiculous, and totally illogical, but I had a slight feeling of panic yesterday. I love my life the way it is, and can’t imagine it any other way, especially now. Even the thought of dating right now is almost repulsive right now for some reason. It feels odd though that other people my age and younger are ready to move on, and I’m not. And of course the obvious (but admittedly incredibly stupid) thing to think is, what is wrong with me?
It reminds me of the Sex and the City episode where the girls talk about how married people feel uncomfortable around single people. I suppose this was the same message in Bridget Jones. Are they envious of our lives? Are they pitying the single people? Are they nostalgic? Why is that so? And will our lives only be complete if we meet our Mark Darcy or Mr. Big? I have to admit, I hated how SATC ended. I wished the writers had left the ending more open, that searching for answers on our own and being fabulous was enough. The journey is enough, without the neatly tied-in-a-bow finale that is only complete with a man, because how many lives truly end that way?
Here’s to living our own journeys free from being influenced by others’ expectations – *clink*
August 9, 2007
My life can continue, now that I’m finished reading Harry Potter! I stayed up til 3 am reading it last night, even though I had to run a really important experiment today. That explains why I put my Western blot in to transfer, I assembled my gel and chromatography paper, but forgot to put in my membrane. Whoops.
Harry Potter is such a good book. (Possible spoiler alert: does anyone remember how Harry got back the Gryffindor sword from that goblin who stole it at Gringotts?)
Had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Ah, lazy summer days… we stretched lunch out to two hours. Summer days are so slow!! My friend thinks it’s because summer is when we’re all supposed to be somewhere else.
It has been exhausting keeping up with two blogs. It shouldn’t be different than keeping one blog, with less frequent updates, but it’s so different. First of all, it’s more pressure because my other blog, my theater blog, has been attracting a lot of fun attention. I’ve been comped tickets, and we’ve had comments from a PR office, an administration of an orchestra Jen wrote about, and an actor in my favorite show. It’s been great, and I’m excited about what’s going to happen when the season starts. I just have to keep an eye on my bank account. :)
Summer has been really slow lately. Things at lab are sort of lagging, even though some things are FINALLY starting to work. Things just feel a bit slow. Even my favorite TV shows are in reruns, which leaves my evenings free, hehe. But something exciting to look forward to in one of my favorites, Ugly Betty:
“During the series’ first season, guest stars included Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Luckily, ABC loves theatre actors, too. ‘Ugly Betty’ is a Broadway-friendly show. It’s over the top, flashy, extravagant. It is a Broadway musical. We’re going to do a musical episode for February sweeps. We’re in talks with a big Broadway director-choreographer, and we’re talking to Broadway composers to write some original material.
Also upcoming “is an episode where Betty [America Ferrera] goes on a date to see Wicked, and literally stops the show. We’re going to film it out here at the Pantages, doubling for the Gershwin, and show scenes from the show.”
So Teddy told me that they were filming Ugly Betty in front of his office building in L.A. He said that there was a police officer on the scene with an “NYPD” armband. hehe. He should have asked if Dr. Farkas (aka Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is the father of Henry’s girlfriend’s baby.
This past weekend was fun – spent some time catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in four years, and then met up with Teddy and his family for a fun night at Ponzu. His family knows the executive chef’s family, and so it was fun having her come out of the kitchen and tell us to order whatever we want, just like they do on the Food Network. It was a swanky trendy restaurant, and one of the best cocktails I’ve had in a while (The Sultana). Yum! Teddy’s siblings were hilarious too, it was nice to be amongst a family again. We also got to watch a late night showing of Ratatouille at the Metreon, complete with digital projection or something or other so apparently we got the high quality viewing. The rat hairs looked real. ;) It was such an adorable movie, I found myself laughing at the smallest details, and again, I was probably laughing the entire film.
I found a cool article about this movie written by chefs (including my favorite, Anthony Bourdain), who loved Ratatouille. Review here.
Sending a prayer for the hostages and their families. I started flipping through the slideshow of pictures in this article and tears started to well up in my eyes. They look like my relatives, my family. I hope the hostage situation resolves soon.
July 23, 2007
while watching tv:
- I think I just saw Sascha Radetsky (aka the cute guy in Center Stage) in the Mercedes Benz commercial, for a split second. Is that him?
- Last night, I saw Eddie Driscoll on TV in Sex and the City – he played the seller who sells Samantha and Carrie fake Gucci purses from his trunk in the Valley near L.A. He looked awfully familiar – I know him better as Gyp DeCarlo in the Jersey Boys cast currently at the Curran Theater.
Blogger night at the SFS got mentioned in the SF Chronicle! woohoo, i think that’s awesome. Check out my review of that night, here. I have to say, since I blogged about the event, the hits on my blog has been increasing beyond my expectations. I got to meet real San Franciscans as well, and got a taste of what people in the city is really like. It’s definitely a pretty geeky city! That sort of surprised me, but was confirmed by other San Franciscans as well. I felt very L.A. in that crowd. Or maybe it was an unfair representation inside the press room, since we were all bloggers. Press photos, I am told, will be sent to me soon. yay.