Cancer for the Cure

Eels at the Music Box

Tuesday night, my friend Lucinda Michele brought me along to the Music Box (the old Henry Fonda Theater) to see The Eels. I’ve enjoyed one of their albums a great deal for years now, but I wasn’t familiar with any of the great stuff they played Tuesday night. It was a really enjoyable show–they are great performers–so I didn’t even mind that I didn’t get out until midnight. I guess that’s definitely one of the benefits of living much closer to civilization nowadays; I didn’t have far to go before I made it home for the night. I went ahead and got my first-ever LA dirty dog to fuel my ride home.

Dirty Dog
Bacon-wrapped, with everything on it

The night before that, I went out for my first experience of a phenomenon called DineLA Restaurant Week. My understanding is that, basically, a bunch of fancy restaurants come up with special set menus to showcase their offerings. I was joined a couple acquaintances at Josie in Santa Monica, where I had some delicious cauliflower soup, a savory pork osso bucco, and a decadent pecan dessert topped with brown sugar ice cream. It wasn’t cheap—the double espresso I had with dessert set me back $8–but it was a nice experience. I’m going to start saving now so I can do it again in another couple of years.

Porl osso bucco
Savory goodness on a bed of white polenta

This is why I'm fat!

Anyway, aside from those gastronomic exploits, I haven’t been up to much lately. Patiently awaiting comments on my thesis, so I can go back into the fray once more. I’ll keep you posted.

The Tree and the Cat

So I’m still waiting for my advisor’s comments on my thesis, but this evening I’ll be meeting up with my writing group to get some input from them. I’m looking forward to that. We’ve met almost a handful of times already, so it seems like we may actually keep this group going for a while! It’s a good thing, too, as I’m starting to get excited about the prospect of being done with my degree and getting into a habit of writing regularly without the pressure and deadlines.

Fab's Texas Dog
why my cholesterol is high...

Of course, if I’m going to have much success building writing into my regular routine, I may need to cut out things like my trip last night to Fab’s Hot Dogs. I ate a bacon chili cheese dog with onions and cheese, all wrapped up in a burrito, along with some tater tots. It was all quite tasty, but then this morning I couldn’t manage to force myself to get out of bed until about 8:30, which cut into my morning workout routine. I’ve been toying with the idea of enforcing a “no eating after 8pm” rule for myself, but I’m holding off on that just a bit longer.

Sorry for the phozzy photo

Speaking of good food, apparently yesterday was National Noodle Day, so I had the pleasure of celebrating with some coworkers at the Pho King Delicious restaurant just down the street. Sure, our actual reason for going was the celebration of a couple anniversaries, but we just happened to luck out and plan our trip for noodle day.

I’ll leave you with this video Colin shared with me. Ob eto ya nichevo ne hochu skazat.