Friday, September 30, 2011

When Cookies Taste Like Medicine

I am one of those people who would be much more into healthy foods if they tasted better. So when I saw these, I was intrigued and decided to check them out.

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Nutrition rich cookies? I am on board, theoretically! The box makes all sorts of exciting promises. Allegedly, each serving of three cookies contains:

- As much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal

- As much calcium and Vitamin D as an 8 oz. glass of milk

- As much Vitamin C as a cup of blueberries

- As much Vitamin A as an 8 oz. glass of tomato juice

- As much Iron as a cup of spinach

- As much Vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice

- As much Vitamin B12 as a cup of cottage cheese and fruit

Sounds great, right? And the whole premise of this cookie is that you get all of that, AND it tastes good! Just like a real cookie! WHO KNEW? (Hence their name, which I’m not mentioning in writing because I don’t want them to find me.)

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Well, sorry to burst the bubble I just built for you, but these cookies are repulsive. And they taste like medicine. But because they have all this healthy stuff in them, I feel GUILTY throwing them away. So I just keep eating them. “Have you eaten your health cookies yet today, Sarah?” “No, but now I feel bad that I haven’t! Thanks for reminding me, inner self who won’t let me throw these disgusting things in the trash.”

Also, the packaging is terrible. Look at this nonsense:

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WHY?????????????????????? First of all, I already hate it when the tray inside cookie boxes is wrapped up in plastic, but I realize it’s there to keep them fresh. I can appreciate that. It’s fine. But USUALLY the wrapping is not this inconvenient.

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Yup, there they are! Way back there, where I can’t reach them without taking them out of the wrapper. But if I take them out of the wrapper I won’t be able to get it back in, because when you put the opening on the long side of the rectangle it is impossible to deal with. Maybe that sounds like a petty gripe, but it’s beyond annoying, okay? And when a cookie that already tastes like they come with a prescription has messy and irritating packaging, it’s just not worth it.

Look at how many I’ve eaten though. Pretty proud of myself for that!

Don’t buy these.

I’m going to Vegas tomorrow. We’ll talk about it later.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Presented Without Commentary

Because pictures like this speak louder than words.

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Delicious mint chocolate chip cupcake courtesy of Crumbs Bake Shop.

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Wish I could have been there to see this happen live, but:


Everything about this video is awesome. I've watched it countless times since it got posted. Their reactions after the save are probably my favorite part – Varlamov is so pumped and Duchene just can't believe it.

Can the season just start now? 

Also, this happened:

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But we’ll try not to hold it against anyone.

Monday, September 19, 2011

And Then We All Felt Sorry For Sarah

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So that happened last week. $68 plus a $2 processing fee to pay online. I already said this on Twitter, but the person who came up with the concept of “processing fees” to pay for things online was clearly not a person at all but in fact one of Satan’s minions, and I’m sure he (or she) got the biggest promotion of all time after that presentation.

This ticket happened because I was parked on the street during the two hour span of time they were supposed to be street sweeping on Thursday morning. Guess what? I thought our street’s day was Tuesday. The other T day. I was mistaken. At least I wasn't alone. My car had a buddy right next to it with an identical piece of paper on the windshield.

Most interestingly, these parking tickets are much nicer than the parking tickets in Denver. They're printed on nicer paper and even have some color! That said, I infinitely prefer getting parking tickets in Denver, because those are only TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS. And I can’t be sure since it’s been a while, but I don’t recall a processing fee. Could be wrong there, though. Either way, I'd still rather pay $25 plus a $2 processing fee. I'm no math whiz here but that's still less than SEVENTY.

Denver doesn’t have street sweeping days either. You know why? Because Denver is CLEAN.

CORRECTION 9/25: Denver DOES have street sweeping days. I forgot about that and my friend Jenai reminded me of this. But they're once a month. NOT EVERY WEEK. Therefore I reiterate... LA is nasty and Denver isn't.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

This Blog Contains Nothing Too Dangerous, As Far As the State of California Knows

This week, I went to Ikea for the first time. There is an Ikea in Denver, but it decided to open a month after I moved away, so I have yet to experience that place. I anticipate that one being far superior to the one in Burbank.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the one here. Look at this picture of some sofa beds attached to the walls:

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Sofa beds! Attached to the walls! Some of them have WHEELS!

And there was a jungle!

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Oh man! Ikea! So great! I just love it!

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“WARNING: This area contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm.”

……………Wait, what? WHAT?

I didn’t end up buying anything, but I might go back next week for a desk chair. Because after I saw the cancer sign, I just left and went to Target and got a desk there. And then I put it together myself, and I felt very capable.

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See that desk? I built it WITH MY OWN HANDS out of the pieces that came in the box. And that’s my computer with Twitter pulled up, because I am what you might call a “Twitter-holic.” That means I drink a lot while I tweet… or something, I’m actually not totally sure if that’s the exact meaning.

Also… and way more importantly… this came in the mail this week.

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The Avs and Kings play this game in Las Vegas every year (except for two times when the Kings played somebody else) and finally, finally, finally I live close enough that it’s reasonable for me to be able to go. Four hour drive? That’s nothing. I’ve driven sixteen hours in a day before, this will be cake. I am thrilled, because if my hockey friend out here hadn’t brought up driving together and splitting the cost of a hotel room, the next time I’d be seeing my Avs would be in December, when I go home for Christmas. And that is just intolerable.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll have a post about that when I get back. I bet even I can find something interesting to talk about after a trip to Las Vegas.

FINALLY: Here’s my favorite song right now. Recommended via Twitter by this dude Tyler Bozak. He plays for the Maple Leafs but is a former University of Denver Pioneer, so he’s good people.

Swedish House Mafia – Save the World

This video is an exercise in total ridiculousness, but it has lots of cute dogs, so it doesn’t matter.

P.S., I don't know if anybody who reads this would be remotely interested, but hockey season is getting closer every day and I have started a separate blog to vent my feelings about the Avs. It's right here, and I also have a link to it in my sidebar. There are only three posts as of right now, but not for long, believe me. When it comes to hockey, I have all of the feelings. All of them.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

24, Like the Show

So do you guys like how I was all “hey everyone, I don’t have internet right now, be prepared for my blog to continue to be irrelevant” and then proceeded to update three days in a row? Yeah, well. Enjoy it while it lasts, because soon I will go back to taking my internet connection for granted.

Today is my birthday. I am 24. To celebrate, I’m going to write a self-indulgent blog post talking about things I like. So just like every other blog post, but more shameless.

1. Matt Duchene

MANNHEIM, GERMANY - MAY 8: Canada's Matt Duchene #92 answers questions from TSN reporter John Liu following his team's win over Italy at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. (Photo by Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Look at that face. Impossible to dislike. Here’s another picture of him wearing his more correct jersey:

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Not like it needs to be said, but I didn’t take these. I found them on the internet.

Here’s a picture of him I did take:

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With bonus awkward Mark Olver in the background. There's more where that came from.

Matt Duchene is currently my favorite dude on the Avs, now that John-Michael Liles is a Leaf (UGH). Liles was my favorite from his rookie season and I’m still going to continue loving him playing for the Leafs but it will never be the same. So now, Dutchy here gets the majority of my love. He is the only one who continued to play like he genuinely cared at the end of the horrorshow that was last season, and that is why he is the best.

2. Baylor Football

I never really got into the football while I was there – the games are outside, and one of my least favorite things about going to college in Texas were the parts when I had to go outside. I was much more into the basketball while I was there, and I still love it best. However, this summer I watched Friday Night Lights all the way through for the first time and let’s just say it’s the kind of show that makes you love football in ways you never knew you could.

And then last night Baylor played TCU and got me a really awesome birthday present that they almost totally screwed up at the last second but then they didn’t. If you like underdogs… you probably like Baylor a lot right now.



It only has the cool things Baylor did, so it’s easier to pretend TCU didn’t have a ridiculous comeback to almost win in the end.

3. “Weird Electronica Indie Music”

According to Elizabeth, that’s what I like to listen to. I asked her what else I should put on this list, and she said that. I didn’t know what she meant so I showed her this video and she was like “um yes… exactly this.”

I just found out about Foster the People the other day and I’ve been listening to them a lot. I guess they are my "Weird Electronica Indie Band of the Moment.”

4. Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Duh

5. Leo and Pippin

I like cats. Here are two of the best cats ever:

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Okay, that’s all. Happy birthday to me.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hold on to That Feeling

I like sports. Hockey is my favorite, but I really enjoy sports and watching sports in person. Baseball is probably as close to the opposite of hockey as you can get in terms of the speed of the game, and yes, sometimes I find it boring, but in what has been a very long hockey offseason for me as an Avalanche fan (it started back in January), baseball has been a nice little distraction.

Granted, liking the Rockies hasn’t really given me much of a respite from watching a team that loses. But when I moved to LA, I tried to decide I was going to like a baseball team out here, and I couldn’t. If I’m going to become a fan of a sport, I’m going to become a fan of the Colorado team playing that sport, if there is one. That’s just how my brain is wired at this point.

Last Sunday I went to see the Rockies play at Dodger Stadium. Dodger Stadium is possibly the suckiest stadium of all time… not that I’ve been to many. I’ve been to three. Coors Field is, of course, beautiful, because a) you can (clearly) see mountains from it, b) it’s in a really great location in the middle of downtown Denver, and c) it’s in Colorado and is automatically going to be my favorite. I have also been to Petco Park in San Diego, and that ballpark is really nice, too. Good location, pretty views.

Dodger Stadium is on the top of a big hill in the middle of a park. Also, it’s old. Not to be stadium ageist, here, but I thought it showed. Petco Park opened in 2004, Coors Field in 1995. Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. And I mean, yeah, it’s cool that The Beatles played a concert there one time, as they continually reminded us during that game (it was that concert’s 45th anniversary), but The Beatles played a concert at the place where I graduated from high school, so I wasn’t really impressed by that.

The view here would be so awesome if it weren’t for the smog. There are mountains out there, hiding in the brown cloud:

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We got there early, so it did fill up a little more than this. (Emphasis on “a little.”)

Okay, enough about how much I didn’t like the stadium, it’s kind of irrelevant anyway and I would really rather not have angry Dodgers fans coming after me if one should stumble upon this post.

The Rockies won 7-6 but the most important thing about this game was that Judge Judy threw out the first pitch.

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Here is a picture of one of my two favorite Rockies players, catcher Chris Iannetta, hanging out in the dugout and not playing in this game.

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My other favorite Rockie is rookie outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who is currently injured and has been riding around on a scooter because he can’t put weight on his foot. He has a hilarious twitter. Here it is.

Here’s a picture of Mr. Blackmon that I took at the Padres game, where he got his first ever MLB hit.

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And now here’s a picture of him being relevant.

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Anyway, he wasn’t playing Sunday. He was likely at home, tweeting about his beard and/or sideburns.

The actual best part about this game was the first half of the first inning, where the Rockies scored five runs thanks to the Dodgers’ incompetence. It was hilarious and I learned I enjoy it when the other team’s fans boo my team. (I don’t approve of booing your own team, no matter how sucky they’re playing – many other Avalanche fans disappointed me in this regard last season.)

The Rockies won despite the Dodgers’ comeback attempt, which was nice of them to do. Them winning made the sunburn worthwhile.

Catcher high fives after the win:

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Catchers are my favorite. Probably because they remind me of hockey goalies.

And here is Rex Brothers with his Cinderella backpack.

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I will leave you with this video. This guy does this at lots of Dodger games, and he was at this one. He was my other other favorite thing about that game.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Move #3

I live somewhere else now. Somewhere nice, and quiet, and roomy, and I don’t have to leave after a month or two. I get to live here for the next year, and I am happy.

What I’m not particularly happy about is the fact that I’m not going to have internet in this new apartment until the 8th. Right now I’m in downtown Burbank outside a Starbucks, drinking a white chocolate ice blended drink I got at The Coffee Bean down the street. I feel kind of bad about this, but it’s not my fault Starbucks doesn’t have this drink or that The Coffee Bean didn’t have anywhere to sit. Everybody can just deal with it.

What I’m triyng to say is that I’m not going to have internet for a week, and you’re not even going to notice my absence because I never update anyway. It doesn’t affect you whatsoever. I’m just letting you know.

While I’m here, let me review the latest grilled cheese sandwich I had. Here’s a picture of it:

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I got it at Jack in the Box. Size-wise, it’s not great, but that’s not really a surprise considering it’s on the kid’s menu. (Grilled cheese sandwiches, forever banished to the kid’s menu. What is up with that? You’d think if things like the Grilled Cheese Truck can be a lucrative business, restaurants would get the idea that people never outgrow grilled cheese.) That’s my only real complaint, though. For a fast food place, this is practically gourmet. The only other fast food place I’d ever had a grilled cheese was Sonic, and this puts those soggy undercooked excuses for food to shame. Jack in the Box uses just the right amount of cheese for the size, and they actually make sure it gets grilled instead of just singed. The crust was a little stale, but other than that? Pretty tasty. 7.5 out of 10.