i don't like fun


quote of the day: the night
19 October, 2008, 10:31 pm
Filed under: art, quote of the day, van gogh

“i often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”
– vincent van gogh



IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!
19 October, 2008, 1:36 pm
Filed under: argentina, crazy, friends, liquor, things i like

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am going to eat a lot of dulce de leche, i think.
my party last night was amazing, but now there’s a gross apartment that needs to be cleaned. asap. i also have a lot of stuff to do today.
i also managed to lock myself out of the apartment while trying to take out some of the trash and felt really bad because to get back in i had to wake up javier. who is awesome. and wasn’t mad.


THIS is FERNET.

it’s a very argentinean thing to drink. and strong. you can have shots or mix it with coke. i had never heard of it before i got here… but it’s good. we had a lot. i also got champagne. mmm. everyone else was relegated to rum & cokes and beer. and as we were wrapping up the party, the morning light started to come through the kitchen windows… it was perfect.

thanks to e.b. and ami li for the blog shoutouts! i have to call about a million people today, but it will be fun. usually i’m not a big fan of the phone. right now, though, i have a lapse in calling appointments, so i think i am going to go out and get some breakfast/brunch/lunch/whatever for me and javi. because cleaning is never fun on an empty stomach…

hasta pronto.



foodstuffs
16 October, 2008, 6:33 pm
Filed under: argentina, food, things i like

since i am too lazy right now to start summarizing things i’ve been doing but said i would update today, and since i just ate a great slice of pizza, i am going to talk about the food here. and drinks. et cetera.

number one – DULCE DE LECHE. it is the most delicious caramelly dessert and seems like it must be from heaven. but it’s all made in argentina. the best are these chocolate cone-shaped candies filled with dulce de leche – ‘havannets’ are the brand name of one of them – but i don’t know what they’re called. they look like this.

number two – alfajores. an alfajor is this dessert-cakey-thing that is essentially layered cookies with dulce de leche or chocolate in between the layers. sometimes the whole thing is coated in chocolate. they’re very argentinean and they’re everywhere.

number three – italian food is everywhere. argentineans are pretty much the most italian of latin americans. hence the pizza. mmm.

number four – what you’ve all been waiting for – cows. also pork. meat in general. they have ‘parillas’ which are more family-style grills that serve asados de cerdo o de bife (you can get pretty much every single part of a cow. or pig. grilled and served on a big wooden ‘tabla’). i tried some… but i don’t think i’ll be eating it too much…

number five – mate. yerba mate. it’s so good. hot and cold. people take around thermoses of hot water and mate gourds with bombillas (the straw part), and then there are vendors on the street that refill the water or the yerba for you.

number six – beer. lots of beer, and it’s not too expensive b/c there are a lot of argentinean brands that have local breweries as well as a stella artois brewery, i think. there’s also a lot of wine, if you go for that, from vineyards in mendoza and other parts of the country.

number seven – fruit. it’s cheaper and better here than the vegetables. it’s the cheapest if you go to the farm-stand places instead of the supermarket. so cheap, in fact, that i accidentally bought about a million oranges on my 2nd day here. i asked for 5 pesos’ worth (about $1.75) because i misread the price. i got 2 kilos of oranges. and had to carry them home. luckily, the wall in my room where i was staying was orange… so i could excuse it all as an artistic venture, resulting in this:



WORST
15 October, 2008, 11:37 pm
Filed under: business, to do

oh my god. i am so bad with this whole keeping-a-blog-up-to-date thing.
i knew this would happen.
updates… tomorrow, maybe?
SORRY
(because i know you are hanging by the skin of your teeth awaiting more musings.)
…i never understood that expression. skin of your teeth. hrmmm.



quote of the day: fun and such
3 October, 2008, 9:23 pm
Filed under: dorothy parker, quote of the day, things i like

 

“if i did not care for fun and such,

i’d probably amount to much,

but i shall stay the way i am

because i do not give a damn.”

 

– dorothy parker (a personal favorite)

first printed in new york world,

   aug. 16, 1925



SO AMAZING
3 October, 2008, 9:18 pm
Filed under: tv

CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL is on tv right now.
dubbed in spanish.
! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
OH MY GOD and they just said kenan and kel is next.
i guess i’m staying in…



quick update!
2 October, 2008, 11:06 pm
Filed under: day in pictures, friends

i’m on a pirated wi-fi signal!
my new place is cool, but still kind of in the works. nobody knows where i can find the equivalent of plaster-tac to stick things on the walls, even though they know what i’m talking about… it must exist somewhere, right?
i just made stir-fry! mmm.
and, happy birthday, andrew!

p.s. this is a copa sudamericana game that apparently just happened in buenos aires, from day in pictures.