Sunday, May 1, 2022

positivity journal 2022:4


i didnt even mention in here that i had tacos four days in a row at one point

apr 1: the only fools day tweet thing i fell for was a dukes mayo ice cream sandwich, which, frankly, i maintain does not seem implausible
apr 3: najah has started going to the couch and waiting for me if she decides i’m running late to lap time
apr 4: got good book news. shhhhhhhhhh. fall 24. i’ll tell you when to preorder
apr 5: texted happy birthday to lara cerri, setting off a 46-text conversation that i didnt know i needed, but was not surprised

apr 6: got randomly hooked on an absurdly deep reo cut again. you’ve never heard it, i almost guarantee. but i heard it in my brain then cued it up on spotify like every day for a week 
apr 7: refused to buy my coffee liqueur because price skyrocketed, then went to a different store and found a bigger bottle for same price i used to pay for smaller bottle
apr 8: pizza at tim carman’s desk
apr 9: finished “pam & tommy” and i’m just so happy there won’t be a second season 
apr 10: smoked meat

apr 11: when someone asks me for florida recommendations i now instinctively send them directly to s3e5 of Big Mouth
apr 12: its worth it to add the lobster course
apr 14: we have dc officers that are stationed in our lobby. i have a favorite, and i saw him at starbucks, randomly
apr 15: got tired on walk so sat at fountains at city center for a minute and that was enough. it’s no belaggio, but nice

apr 16: listened to some cued up twisted sister and sat smug in the knowledge i’ve seen them live thrice
apr 17: spring thanksgiving on the roof
apr 18: because mcdonalds is a half-block past the salad place, my laziness means that i almost always have a healthy lunch 
apr 19: i love how you feel the glass of ice cold water go all the way down when you’re hungry 
apr 20: someone named james webster in the next city over followed me on twitter
apr 21: asked bartender three times if he gave me right drink, because i expected it to have a pink tinge. then he realized he forgot the campari
apr 22: introduced my new neighbor daniela to el sol taqueria
apr 24: walked in to restaurant and heard queen’s “save me” playing in kitchen and knew all my choices that had led me to that point were validated
apr 25: when i wrote a story about going to concerts a couple years ago, ronald perkins said that i talk about lyrics the way some people talk about scripture, and it was one of the smartest observations i can remember and i think about it all the time

apr 26: catalina dressing is pretty great actually 
apr 27: was listening to onerepublic’s “connection” in earbuds while walking. at intersection, looked across street and woman waiting on the other side and wearing earbuds was dancing and for a second i thought she was listening too
apr 28: coffee with carol in takoma
apr 29: i like it when auto repair people don't actively try to confuse me and answer my questions patiently and thoughtfully and exude honesty, and therefore i recommend rs automotive in takoma park 
apr 30: had pineapple but did not get itchy

Sunday, April 3, 2022

positivity journal 2022:3

the hilarious thing is this file got deleted as i tried to cut and paste and there was a good 5 minutes where i thought this list was all over. then i frantically hit cmd-z about a hundred times and it popped back up.

anyway, lots about pierogi, a redux on lasagna and gratuitous: 

mar 1: shaved off pandemic beard 2. the good news is i look 10 years younger. the bad news is that
s still pretty old
mar 2: i scrolled through “raunchy comedies” list on netflix, but i’d seen them all already 
mar 3: woke up sick, but the good part is i spent all day on the couch with najah napping on me
mar 4: vince rinehart appreciation day
mar 5: why would they make defcon-1 worse than defcon-5?

mar 6: made lots of pierogi
mar 7: love watching food i made get the stylist treatment, then photographed for print (see above; 📸: scott suchman; styling: lisa cherkasky)
mar 9: big dog at intersection makes a VERY unconvincing lunge at approaching dog, does not even strain leash, backs up and sits at his person’s feet, looks up, and she gives him a treat. i assume dog’s name was oscar

mar 11: office salad
mar 12: played downeaster alexa on vinyl and i had hoped it would drive the alexa nuts, but it didnt seem to care
mar 13: found a trove of najah’s favorite food, which has been hard to get since the pandemic started and i suspect discontinued. bought about 100 cans
mar 14: the optimist newsletter is my favorite at work, so imagine my reaction when it linked my pierogi story

mar 16: i love catching mistakes, particularly my own
mar 17: accidentally watched the st patricks day episode of after party on st patricks day
mar 18: peanut butter pie from becky, then jeremy broke out a bottle of port that was 12 years old when we bought it on vacation 12 years ago
mar 19: made more lasagna
mar 20: delivered more lasagna

mar 21: “success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. it must ensue”
mar 22: detoured to the cherry blossoms on the way to work
mar 23: was really proud of the mushroom bechamel i made for aforementioned lasagne, then while eating leftovers i realized i basically made cream of mushroom soup. which also explains why i loved it
mar 24: found out filter for stove vent was $125 to replace. so obviously i tore apart the old one and rebuilt it with about $10 worth of stuff. possibly better
mar 25: “run and tell all of the angels, this could take all night.” i’m glad i got to see foo fighters with taylor hawkins

mar 26: mixing up beets and horseradish, temporarily went blind
mar 27: attached to couch pretty much all day
mar 28: bob woodward walking around the office is a good sign something is up
mar 29: saw the term inactive wear and can officially put a label to my personal fashion style
mar 30: ive started a database of restaurants i can recommend for various tastes and occasions so i can do it faster when asked

mar 31: listened to a reporter on the phone talking to someone about Space X. except i kept hearing her say space sex, specifically that she didnt know much about it. i am 12 and now i want to read an entirely different story

Monday, February 28, 2022

positivity journal 2022:2

lasagna plays a prominent role, so you know it was a decent month

feb 1: omg a football player famous for serially cheating retired after lying about not retiring and our long national nightmare is over
feb 2: i went to a website looking for a cookie recipe. it asked me if i wanted to accept all cookies. i did

feb 6: i’ve been rotating the same two pair of gym shorts for like 2 years, because i couldn’t find any others i liked … until today at target
feb 7: was quite surprised billie eilish had a song called “happier than ever,” then i listened to it and was like, “ohhhhhh”
feb 8: i got a text from fedex telling me i should “take control of my package” and it just surprised me is all
feb 9: best thing anyone has said to me in a long time, via tara: “i can’t believe you thought you were too old to come to this concert”
feb 10: pogiboy for lunch on the deck at the office w nora, courtney and wayne

feb 11: fried chicken friday for first time since well before omicron
feb 12: as if on cue, najah demonstrated each behavior i told wayne about as i prepped him to catsit
feb 13: rolled out about 250 linear feet of lasagna noodles 
feb 14: made residual lasagne to hand out
feb 15: on plane, sat next to young dad who clearly thought he was over his head trying to keep young daughter calm, but he did a great job 

feb 16: hugged laura reiley for the first time in 714 days not that i’m counting and talk about nightmares ending
feb 17: epcot fireworks from hotel balcony 
feb 18: 50 pounds of lasagna goes faster than you might think. also, took a break to let a big dog sit on my lap. he seemed to appreciate that there was a lap big enough for him to sit on
feb 19: at my niece’s wedding, told my nephew about an old episode of unsolved mysteries involving a case where he works now, so i’m hoping he’ll finally identify little miss panosoffkee
feb 20: val at wolfgang puck kitchen in wildwood was a delight. also: a blood orange negroni is pink

feb 21: pet najah for the first time in 5 days
feb 22: in span of less than 2 hours, heard from one friend who quit a job she’s been wanting to quit and another who got a job she’s been hoping to get and i was super happy for both 
feb 23: meditation app mentioned the word “stillness” which made me think of an reo speedwagon song i haven’t heard in decades, so i listened to it twice
feb 24: bought a stack of vinyl for the first time in probably 35 years? they come in all kinds of colors now
feb 25: made good on promise to have birria w matt adler and now i want to go to poland. these items aren’t always linear

feb 26: got check engine light read for free at autozone. but that’s not it: after reading the code, guy showed remarkable confidence in my ability to do my own tune up. i didn’t know how to tell him
feb 27: started watching tune up videos on youtube. huh. maybe? i dunno
feb 28: took a practice walk to work before official return

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

positivity journal 2022:1

month 1 of year 4 of this nonsense 

(the first week are official tom rhodes appreciation posts)

jan 1: mini high school reunion in which a lion slayed the hollywood improv 
jan 2: i walked 10 miles and had 3 tacos. so i get about 3.33 miles per taco
jan 3: cruising sunset strip all the way to the sunset
jan 4: wanderlust. both the concept and the ice cream shop in hollywood 
jan 5: went walking on melrose ave. woman at bus stop angrily yells “FOURSOME.”  i looked around. it’s just me and her. i keep walking, never so happy that i never took up golf

jan 6: an array of lunch dumplings
jan 7: stood in the desert looking at snow-capped mountains hundreds of miles away
jan 9: i like that most fast food places in california have picnic tables outside. it’s like they were intrinsically ready for all this
jan 10: decided it was more important to wear shorts on the cross-country flight than to be wearing long pants when i landed in 30 degree weather. was correct

jan 11: it was 25 degrees. i went to supermarket. there was a guy in gym shorts and a sleeveless ucf shirt. weirdly, it was not me
jan 12: my phone randomly asked if i wanted to see a slideshow of pictures of my cat. i definitely did
jan 14: my phone's screen protector did
jan 15: giant cookies

jan 16: strained nocino which has been steeping for 7 months and my garbage smells amazing
jan 17: 10 years in current job. seems like yesterday
jan 18: subversive backchannel zoom meeting commentary
jan 19: in a callback to the december list, i put a mint sprig in a glass of vernors
jan 20: completed a week of watching a matrix every night by watching the new one the day before hbo takes it off the service. they were all fun, tho i’m not sure any of them were really different

jan 21: socialized three times in, like, 24 hours, like it was 2019 or something
jan 22: while sitting on steps having spiked hot chocolate with wayne, a bird decided my shoe was a good perch. and i think i have a history of trust building with this particular bird (top)
jan 23: after 10 years of complaining about no good hot and sour soup in my neighborhood, i made my own, and it was pretty great 
jan 24: proofing a book for colleagues and my first catch was a nuance involving an reo speedwagon lyric and i knew i was destined for this task
jan 25: “do what’s good for you or you’re not good for anybody
jan 26: woke up wondering if duffy dyer is still alive. he is! so then i looked up ed ott, and he is too! for good measure, i looked up manny sanguillen and he’s ok too! all of the pirates' catchers from the ’70s!
jan 27: i try to low key my skills as a means of managing expectations — my own — but i made a catch today that left me unable to deny that i’m really good at this shit sometimes 
jan 28: sometimes all i do on facebook is troll trolls, which is pointless, but it amuses me
jan 29: was able to manage to avoid all the icy sidewalks during a long walk
jan 30: as soon as it hit 19 degrees, walked outside in shorts and a t-shirt just so i could say here that i did it

jan 31: paid for 5-day shipping and it got there in 2. very happy for not paying triple for the 2-day shipping

Friday, December 31, 2021

positivity journal 2021:12

apparently i watched a lot of tv this month. i guess that makes sense.

dec 1: mixed amarena syrup with vernor’s and i’m a genius
dec 3: mixed orange juice with vernor’s and am starting to think i have an idea for a new cookbook 
dec 4: i can apparently resist anything except a challenge to progressively eat fried rice around town
dec 5: saw a teenage girl wearing an iron maiden tour jersey and i love irony so much

dec 6: at dinner, couple made too big a deal about the size of the tip they were leaving waitress, but seemed genuine in appreciation of her, then asked what days she worked so they’d always come in on her days. … it didn’t seem creepy till i typed it
dec 8: drank some vernor’s without anything else mixed in. researching the base line 
dec 9: at eye doctor, woman fitting me for new glasses had opinions on what i should be wearing. it’s her fourth year working on my face. i trust her
dec 10: a very maggie christmas concert

dec 11: “are you the fried rice guy?”
dec 12: started watching an hbo documentary series where helen mirren plays catherine the great so i could compare it to the hulu dramatic series “the great” in which elle fanning plays catherine the great and wow are they different 
dec 13: i kept seeing a link to a story headlined why are we still obsessed with princess diana, and each time, i said, to no one but the computer screen, we are not
dec 14: my watch didn’t charge right over night so i spent the day not caring if i got my steps 
dec 15: walked past fire station that was fully engaged in their holiday party and really wanted to know what they were cooking 

dec 16: pogi loco moco for lunch
dec 17: explained to ken preuss that sometimes i send him tv recommendations while i’m drinking. it went well
dec 18: i used to do a lot on weekends but have gotten into habit of basically doing nothing on weekends and i kinda like it
dec 19: read a story about guy who did the podcast that became the shrink next door and liked the story way more than the tv show

dec 21: i saw my breath for the first time since probably february. it’s good to have a tangible reminder 
dec 22: it’s nice that the cream cheese disaster of 21 never really hit here
dec 23: bagels, obviously
dec 24: had to work on the official business holiday, but was done in about 2 hours
dec 25: omg stuffed fried mushrooms merry christmas

dec 26: walked to washington monument in daylight 
dec 27: chips and queso
dec 28: stopped watching an animated spoof movie of american history because it made lincoln and washington contemporaries. it was nice to learn i have standards
dec 29: crazy pie i made for christmas is still good and almost gone
dec 30: richard marx in concert on my tv

dec 31: i’ll keep believing this till it’s true: its been a long december and theres reason to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last/i cant remember all the times i tried to tell my myself to hold on to these moments as they pass

anyway, that
s it for year 3 of this list. not sure what to think of that, but there it is