I have a slight obsession with the chevron pattern at the moment. I stumbled across a few images on Pinterest that with a bit of know how I'm confident I could DIY, albeit in a far less spectacular fashion.
In late October I departed for Savannah. I spent a far too brief 12 days in the city, visiting the friends, popping into old haunts, and attending the Savannah Film Festival. Here's snippets of what I experience while there, in 140 characters or less.
Leaving on a jet plane... 6:14 AM Oct 28th, 2010. 1st full day back in Savannah (Friday) was filled w/ reunions galore, a bittersweet drive by my old abode, and sublime summer like weather. 5:34 AM Oct 30th, 2010 To costume or not to costume for this evenings Film Festival festivities? 5:38 AM Oct 30th, 2010 Black Swan opened the Savannah Film Festival to shock and awe. Thought provoking and thrilling. Dark yet humorous. Here we go #SAVFF10:34 PM Oct 30th, 2010 Put in a cameo at the pre party, the thrill ride that was Black Swan, then lingered over a drink or two at the River Club after party. 10:44 PM Oct 30th, 2010 Up early after a late night in order to catch the 9:30am screening of Dressed. Worth missing a bit of sleep. Inspired, naturally. #SAVFF9:35 PM Oct 31st, 2010 Then on to Shalom Y'all. The Jewish Food Festival was a smash, as always. Even spent a bit of $ for some sage "advice from a Jewish Mother". 9:53 PM Oct 31st, 2010 The Kid was emotionally draining in the very best way. Raw and real. Suffering caused by the hands of parents seems to be a #SAVFF theme. 10:04 PM Oct 31st, 2010 Skipped the evening festivities for a sushi run toTa Ca. Spicy tuna and avocado app is perfection, especially coupled w/ great conversation. 10:07 PM Oct 31st, 2010 1st celeb spotting of the Film Festival, Carson Kressley. Had a brief exchange while both shopping. He's a doll. At his lecture tmw I'll be. Monday, November 01, 2010 2:52:19 PM Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halstonwas a raucous good time. Slight crush on director, Whitney Smith. Esp. when sporting his 70's garb. #SAVFF Monday, November 01, 2010 9:51:39 PM Not impressed w/ the calamari at Sapphire tonight. So lackluster. Apparently regular chefs night off. Though the mojitos were spot on. Monday, November 01, 2010 10:14:02 PM Spotted @StephanieKlein at "getting the gig" lecture for the Film Fest. She ducked out before I could tell her how much I adore Straight Up. Tuesday, November 02, 2010 9:59:27 AM The Illusionist (ho-hum) in the am. Then onto the Pink House for fried green tomatoes (perfection, as always) and cocktails. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:20:47 PM Back for more Film Festival in the form ofTruth In Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. Wowza. That one will get you dialoging. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:24:51 PM Picked up the perfect handbag from the vintage store on Wright Square, @ShopArc. I'd been coveting it for a day and talked myself into it. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:28:39 PM Grabbed a bite at Cystal Beer Parlor w/ the usual suspects. Had the usual: Greek salad and Tybee Seaspray. Surrounded by the senior set. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:39:23 PM This evenings film (director's choice) was without a doubt the only possible choice -The Conspirator. No other film was suitable. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:46:17 PM Exactly a year ago it was being filmed right around the corner from my apartment on Jones St. It was thrilling to see the end result. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:49:49 PM Especially surrounded by Savannahians gushing. Robin Wright Penn was present and lovely as herself. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:52:59 PM Justin Long is rumored to be in town with perhaps Drew. I heard from a source he had reservations at Sapphire, didn't see him at the film. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:55:46 PM Bobby Zarem was honored before the film. Who knew he coined the phrase "I heart NY"? Another Savannah success who never forgot his roots. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:59:34 PM The party tonight at Moon River was another dud. Got drinks in go cup. Spied Liam Nesson at the Marshall House, where we settled in. Wednesday, November 03, 2010 9:05:58 PM Saw a whopping 4 films today between 9:30am - 9:30pm. About to drop from exhaustion, but so worth it. #SAVFFThursday, November 04, 2010 9:40:48 PM Have seen 13 films in six days. Two days left, 5 more films to go. #SAVFF Thursday, November 04, 2010 9:44:15 PM Tonights afterparty at The Mansion on Forsyth was outstanding. The ambiance was on point. Drinks were flowing. Cute boys in all directions. Thursday, November 04, 2010 9:49:55 PM Starbucks Christmas cups always always thrill me the first time I see them each season. Saturday, November 06, 2010 7:23:10 AM Sir Ian McKellen's Q&A after the screening of the "vintage" Gods&Monsters was 1 of the highlights of the fest. Esp. when he quoted Gandalf. Saturday, November 06, 2010 7:51:30 AM Someone (a young lad) fainted tonight at the screening of 127 hours. They actually stopped the movie and wheeled him out. PR stunt? #SAVFFSaturday, November 06, 2010 10:30:38 PM Tonight I experienced my first Cupcake Happy Hour at Back in the Day Bakery. In the end was more delighted by the delicious pizza. Saturday, November 06, 2010 10:38:36 PM Had to skip out on bingo though in order to make it to the film on time. Saturday, November 06, 2010 10:39:58 PM The most sublime place to be in Savannah on this crisp, yet sunny, fall day - the sculpture terrace at The Jepson Museum. Sunday, November 07, 2010 11:42:22 AM Was chauffeured home last night after the Film Festival after party by one of the festival judges. Only in Savannah. Sunday, November 07, 2010 11:50:57 AM The infused water du jour today at Paris Market was melon. The perfect way to make water more palatable. The flavor was spot on. Monday, November 08, 2010 1:53:48 PM Drinks (Georgia peach), dinner (scallops), and dessert (nutella crepes) w/ the girls last night at Local 1110. Rooftop deck is perfection. Tuesday, November 09, 2010 8:55:21 AM Made time to savor a chai tea latte (with soy) this morning at Gallery Espresso before heading to the airport. Heartbroken to be leaving. Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:02:50 AM Hightailed it to Dick's for a burger and fries after my plane landed in Seattle. No other dinner would suffice. Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:21:44 AM
Todd English put in an appearance on the Today Show last week and concocted this unusual appetizer recipe, Shrimp Popcorn. I had the chance to replicate this recipe on the evening of the Golden Globes and it was a smashing success. It's delicious and unusual, a perfect combination. It's a great alternative to the humdrum buttered popcorn.
Shrimp Popcorn - Chef Todd English
1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1 tablespoon unsalted sweet butter
Smoked paprika to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups rock shrimp (or small baby shrimp)
1/4 pound whole unsalted sweet butter
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
20 sprigs Italian parsley, picked and roughly chopped
10 sprigs mint, picked and roughly chopped
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese
2 jalapenos, sliced thinly
In a 3-quart stock pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add popcorn kernels and heat until all popped. Transfer from pot into large mixing bowl and toss in smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
In a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and lightly toast, constantly stirring. Add shrimp and saute for 30 seconds, constantly stirring — be careful not to overcook shrimp. Finish with salt and pepper.
Pour the contents of the pan with the shrimp over the popcorn and add jalapenos, parsley, and mint. Toss until the popcorn is well coated. Place in a large serving bowl and garnish with shaved Cheddar cheese.
On the Get Crafty website they have a running thread on their message board called "Things I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago". As I read through the advice I thought most of it was so pertinent to where I am currently in life. So I decided to slim down the list a bit and now share with you my favorite 67 "Things I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago".
1. Always wash your face every night and apply moisturizer and eye cream. 2. Invest in your 401K at work. 3. If you have a dream job in mind, begin to work towards it now. 4. Keep a journal or blog. 5. It is important to schedule vacation time. 6. Keep learning. Read the newspaper, read non-fiction, take classes, attend lectures, ask questions, and travel. 7. Keep up with technology. Learn how to use the popular programs and some of the more obscure ones, depending on your interests. 8. Pay off your debt. 9. Try to always have a "get out of Dodge" fund. Save first months rent, last and deposit for an apartment and enough to live off of for as many months as you can squirrel away. 10. Take extremely good care of your back and teeth. 11. Wear sunscreen daily, even on your hands. 12. Live within your means. 13. Stay in touch with friends and family. 14. Take vitamins daily. 15. Pay off your credit card every month. 16. Take compliments gracefully. 17. Volunteer your time and talents. 18. Floss daily. 19. Wait until the other person is done talking to speak. 20. Give donations to your favorite charity. 21. Keep a spending diary. 22. Buy a house as soon as you can. 23. Send people surprise packages. 24. Drink 64 oz. of water a day. 25. Start therapy. 26. Laugh and be silly often. 27. Learn something new every year. 28. Get a passport as soon as you can. 29. Always have some savings set aside for emergencies. 30. Read anything and everything. 31. Have creative hobbies. 32. Get a pet. 33. Get overeducated. 34. Have nothing in your house that you don't know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. 35. Travel alone. 36. Buy your own tools and know how to use them. 37. Ask for help. 38. Invest early and often. 39. Learn other languages. 40. Spend time out of doors daily. 41. Don't preset requirements for the people you can be friends with. Befriend people of a variety of ages and with a variety of interests. 42. Improve your posture. 43. Learn how to cook one thing really well. 44. When depressed, go for a long run/jog/bike/walk/swim, and then come back inside and have a long hard sob in the shower and go to bed early. In the morning you'll feel better, even if the situation itself isn't exactly better. 45. Avoid people who are rude or condescending to service and wait people. It implies either a superiority complex or a lack of respect for hard work. 46. Tell everyone that you love that you love them on a regular basis. 47. Exercise everyday, even if it is walking from the back of the parking lot. 48. Wear a nude color bra under a white shirt. 49. Bare your soul to your dogs and cats. 50. Make and keep friends of all ages. You will learn so much from older and younger people. 51. Hold the door open for other people. 52. Order a glass of water with every alcoholic drink. 53. Learn to read maps and follow directions. 54. Treat yourself to expensive haircuts. 55. When you need help, ask for it. 56. Don't be afraid to turn 30. 57. Read everything. Reading fills in the gaps in your life experience, and gives you a wider view of the world. 58. Beauty doesn't last forever, so you need to cultivate your mind. 59. Always have some money that belongs to only you. 60. Don't be so serious. 61. Do what you love. 62. Take care of yourself first. 63. Stay in touch with friends from High School and College. 64. Don't date a man less intelligent than you, or one who does not have an intelligence you appreciate. 65. Trust your instincts. 66. Really listen to people when they are talking to you. 67. Relax and indulge when you can.
[This is a copy of post which originated on November 05, 2006, it's still just as pertinent today.]