domenica, febbraio 18, 2007

Stepping gingerly out of the frying pan

While it's not my usual form to post on weekends, I'll be busy in a bullshit, bullshit conference for the next couple of days that will only be redeemed by any L'Occitan samples I manage to gouge out of my room at the Four Seasons. And so I'm posting now, in part to publicize that the F-word and I got a provisional offer at the residential school in the south of Belgium I think I mentioned awhile ago. We're now pretty aware of leaving soonish. Varying between excitement, dread of the moving process, and in my case some frustration I'm going to a school instead of straight to a real (that is, high paying and something to do with my degrees and not with television or advertising) job.

Coming to terms with everything over the next five weeks or so will no doubt provide some fuel for a very, very boring blogging fire. But today I don't feel like getting into it all, so on to some things that are completely different.

1. For some reason, this story about Omar Sharif seems awfully funny to me. I don't know why . . . it's just so absurd. I guess there's something that is really stupid about someone who wouldn't take a $25 tip for being a shitty valet - so far so good - but then why punch him, or call him "Mexican" (which the way this story is reported is coming across as some awful ethnic slur)? Silly Omar! He just saved you 20 euros! I have to say I have a red hot pash for Omar Sharif - his eyes remind me of Figaro's and he looks good in a moustache, which is so rare. He was hideously miscast in Lawrence of Arabia because he was so much nicer to look at than Peter O'Toole.

2. We've been having a lovely weekend and one of the lovely things about it was a Caribbean hot sauce Luke Duke introduced me to a couple of weeks ago called Mado's - the House of Spice in Kensington sells it for six bucks. It's fucking delicious. I can't describe it otherwise - it's really really hot and it tastes really really good. And the main ingredient in it is paw paw, which I'd never heard of before but which, according to Wikipedia, is otherwise known as a Michigan Banana. Sometimes I'm disgusted by thinking about the sheer volume of edible things I haven't tried to eat or don't even know about. Like abalone. I've never even seen an abalone in the flesh, and I bet they're fucking delicious.

11 commenti:

Sugarplum ha detto...

Congrats on the job offer. Are you moving before the wedding now?

I've always wanted to try breadfruit. Sounds interesting and delicious.

EmFrog ha detto...

Congratulations on the job, enjoy the chocolates, beer and moules-frites

Jiri ha detto...

The Wikipedia article says that one of the pawpaw tress is the only host to the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly. If you click on the link for the entry on the butterfly, it says that it lives in South-East Canada too. So that means that pawpaws must grow somewhere in Canada too.

Congatulations on the job!

Jiri ha detto...

And the entry for the pawpaw says that they grow in Ontario too, unfortunately ontly the southernmost part... nevermind... I'll go and take my foot out of my mouth now.

Melbine ha detto...

Wow, big news! Can't wait to hear more details (I haven't forgotten about my vow to call).

I wonder why Omar still has such a fire in his belly at his age. I'm surprised he hasn't gotten soft. It makes me think he must be an ass in 'real' life, which makes it hard for me to have a thing for him. He does have gorgeous eyes though!

Dale ha detto...

I'm sure there are lots of parts on Omar that are soft by now. Congrats on the excitement and dread!

Did you make it to The Overcoat? Please don't tell me you hated it.

artemis ha detto...

Wow! Congrats on the job! Wahoo!

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Thank you, everybody!

Sugar, I'm moving before the wedding but I'll be back for it by hook or by crook. It's your wedding, after all, not to mention I already bought the dress!

Mel, the actual personalities of celebrities have never had much to do with how much I'd like to have their babies. We can discuss that further when you CALL!

Haven't been yet, Dale - they don't have Sunday shows, so I bought tickets for a couple of Fridays from now that I have to change because of parents visiting. But we're both really looking forward to it.

Melbine ha detto...

I know, I know - I hope you're home tomorrow! I'm giving up tv for Lent and have spent the last few nights watching it mindlessly so that I can get my fill and feel disgusted. Therefore I won't miss it for the next 6 weeks. :)

Sugarplum ha detto...

Isn't the point of lent giving something up that you will miss? Stop cheating, Melbine.

Melbine ha detto...

It's not cheating..I can get my fill all I want but I'm still missing it. :( I tried to eat lots of chocolate yesterday too but what do I want right now? Chocolate. There's no preparation for giving up things you crave!