“Remains of Summer Memories”

August 18, 2009

-Listening to “Float On” on the lake at the beginning of summer
Teaching 7 classes a week @ the AFC…and loving it
-Reading Nanotales by Ziv Navoth…again
-My near death tubing experience. Thankyou, Franzia
Season 5 Lost finale
-Learning and teaching the Thriller dance the day after Michael Jackson died
-Burning through my Netflix list
-Beach/Bike Week 2009myrtle
-Chinese takeout and quality programming
Parachute show @ the Music Resource Center
-Hiking Humpback with my parents
-Spending the weekend @ Busch Gardens with Justin
-NYC with Olivia and the Ajukwu crew
The Hangover. Funniest. Movie. Ever.
-Watching the 4th of July fireworks from the KMart/Gold’s Gym parking lot with my parents and Justin
-97° weather
-Kotching on CVS’s stoop eating Goldfish with Olivia at 5 am
Sacha Baron Cohen‘s penis on widescreen
-MJ’s awsmazing DC chillin birthday partyuntitled
-Interning at Red Light Management
-Lying in bed at 1:30 listening to Wonderwall playing late night at Coupes
Bikram Yoga
-$3.33 bottles of Fox Hill Cabernet
-Falling in love with DC (I think it’s serious)

Here’s to the nights where the sand is your seat, the waves kiss your feet, your friends outnumber the stars, and even the chilliest of nights are still warmer than the cold one in your hand.


“Sangria is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

July 8, 2009

Here’s a wonderful and delicious Sangria recipe from Whole Foods. It’s quick and easy to make, and is a perfect substitute for red wine during the summer.

Serves 4

Save your best bottle for another day. For sangria, use a reasonably priced, reasonably good unoaked red wine with fruity, spicy notes. When peaches aren’t in season, a ripe pear or an apple is a good substitute. We’ve added orange liqueur, which imparts a sweet citrus punch. You may leave it out if you wish.

1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as triple sec (optional)
1/4 cup sugar
1 small orange, thinly sliced
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
1 peach, pitted, peeled, and diced
1 cup 365 Everyday Value™ Italian lemon soda, chilled

In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, orange liqueur and sugar; stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in fruits and refrigerate until chilled and the flavors have blended, 2 to 8 hours. Just before serving, gently stir in soda; serve sangria over ice.

Per serving (about 13oz/362g-wt.): 280 calories (0 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 35g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 28g sugar), 1g protein

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“Life is simple now. You just have to do what I say.”

June 13, 2009

The Taking of Pelham 123: Denzel and Travolta knocked it out of the park. I was apprehensive at first about this double team; it seemed to good to be true. Travolta’s acting chops have been questionable in some recent movies, but his character Ryder was reminiscent of his performance in “Swordfish;” smart, funny, cool and calculated. I have never heard someone say “motherfucker” so many times in a movie, but somehow it didn’t seem gratuitous. Denzel didn’t fall short either; he played a heartwrenchingly convincing troubled MTA employee. This movie is action packed, but offers more character development/close-ups of the two leads than you may expect. As a whole, it defied expectation in the best way possible. One of the best heist movies I’ve seen.