Oh Blog, why hast I forsaken thee?

Because I'm relaxing in Carrboro, and I don't wanna max out the bandwidth of our gracious hosts by uploading a ton of pictures. Soon enough.

In the meantime, I did get to CD Alley in Chapel Hill yesterday and found a few used gems.

Bad Brains - Quickness
Gang of Four - A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Kings of Leon - Because Of The Times
Golden Smog - Blood On The Slacks
Lambchop - Nixon

As there is sadly no longer a used music opportunity in Middletown, I take these vacation opportunities to splurge on new used music.

We have been hanging out, eating and drinking a bit too much, and just enjoying Carrboro/Chapel Thrill. Today is a bit brisk, but we made Swedish Pancakes for a crew over at Angela's house this morning, and it was great.

Photos soon, after our 14 hour return drive tomorrow.


Episode 555, or Niantic NOMNOMNOM!

We were supposed to go see Jamie Oliver on Sunday, but his flight from London was delayed or some such nonsense, so we spent the afternoon with Bethany, walking along the beach in Niantic and trying to decide on a recipe from one of Mr. Oliver's cookbooks to use for dinner.

The weather was sunny and beautiful, and although the bulk of fall foliage has peaked around here, the balmy fall is still producing some colorful natural displays.






tiny pinecones



vine knot

Niantic sand


We did decide to start locally, which we figured would be Jamie approved, so we headed to Scott's Yankee Farmer to see what was in stock.

There were still plenty of sugar pumpkins,

sugar pumpkins

squash of all shapes and sizes,




and a sweet ol' tractor,

Scott's Tractor

but I digress, back to the squash we went and then off to the supermarket for the fill-in ingredients. Not including these,

buddha hand

the "lemon-esque" fruit we saw at the Stop and Shop, aka Buddha's Hand.

No, we had decided to attempt a squash risotto, with a few shrimp thrown in to make it a "meal" and also because we likes our seafoods.

where we were going

We prepared a basic risotto portion, and roasted our squash, and then started combining and adjusting according to the recipe.

RISOTTO is go!


dairy additions


None of the right things are in focus in that last picture, but I love it anyway.

One of the parts we were most skeptical of was the fried sage leaves that were meant to go on top.

frying sage leaves

I have to tell you, we were so wrong. I would consider buying fresh sage, frying it, and eating it as a snack all by itself. It was that tasty. The other topping we were supposed to have was crumbled amaretti biscuits, but we had to improvise. Thanks Anna!

risotto toppings

All in all we did spend a LONG time getting the risotto to the right consistency, but we had a great time getting there, and it was all delicious when we did sit down to eat.

the spread

AND there were even some pumpkin bars for dessert! BARS!




I believed in Fauxbama...

Alex, Barak, Val, Bethany

...and I believe in Obama!


the moment before the moment of truth

the moment before the moment of truth


Brooklyn Baby

Brooklyn, NY

cool building

the day after Halloween


at a place called the Quarter Bar

Quarter Bar

there was a baby shower

Val takes a pic

for Emily and Rachel

Emily & Rachel

with lots of friends and family

Quarter Bar Baby Shower

and great food

the hot food

and great dessert

Booze and brownies

and a bubble toast

Emily & Rachel bubble toast

and leftovers for the afterparty stragglers (we ate almost all the tiny sammiches)

Susan explaining something

a fine time was had by all!

Emily & Noah