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Comments on an article about "bone broth" becoming a hipster trend:

"Congratulations, hip white trendoids with a penchant for fad diets and nutritional woo: you have discovered soup. Well done."
"Isn't that what "stock" is? Like beef stock, chicken stock... You know boiled animal parts you season and make soup with?"
"Yes, but we can't call it that, or the white hipsters can't Columbus it."
"But the real question is "what did they think soup was made of before this?"
"Everything delicious will be discovered and given magical toxin-curing properties, and then will be priced out of range of the people who actually normally eat it."
"I really can't with this nonsense. One would think with the whole "slow food" aspect of hipster eating trends that they MIGHT ACTUALLY BOTHER TO LEARN WHAT FLAVORS THEIR FOOD"
"Bwahahahahaha. Bone broth."
"Yes, because "soup bones" didn't exist as a term or a thing before now."
"The best thing I ever saw from a bone broth aficionado/hipster-in-all-manners-of-food-fads was a post on Facebook with a picture of her bone broth saying, "I know this is going to cure the flu I came down with this week! If you get the flu, try bone broth!" I was like, "Oh, how novel! Except this sounds like the advice my grandmother gave me 30 years ago to try some homemade chicken soup (with broth made from, you know, chicken carcass) when I was sick. NOVEL AS HELL."
"Columbusing has gone so far, white people are starting to Columbus WHITE THINGS."

So, anyway. Thanksgiving vacation went very well. It was sweet and quiet and seeing my parents is always always always wonderful. I was worried Mom and I might have Discussions about my health, but all was well. Adam got a rental car from his boss in exchange for working an AV job in Manhattan while our car was at a mechanic's. So, on Saturday, Adam and I drove to New York City. He worked in Times Square to set up AV/IT stuff for a medical conference in a hotel while I lounged in our separate hotel a few blocks away, working up the courage to walk all the way to 5th Ave and back. I passed Rockerfeller Center, I found stimming toys in "I Love NYC" shops, Adam bought me a bottle of my favorite perfume, Euphoria by Calvin Klein. We ate pizza, fried ramen, caprese sandwiches. I had coffee at one of the best coffeehouses I'd ever been to. On Tuesday, Adam's job ended and we drove back to Maryland. Adam's car was still in the shop in Virginia near his workplace, and it was two more days before he got it back. It had stopped running originally. It's fine now, but we were told to start looking at new used cars over the next few months to a year. The station wagon is a 1999, after all, and Ford may not have parts anymore.

I haven't been feeling well in general. But I have stuff that makes me happy.
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So, my husband, my mother, and my cousin Luciano all the way from Brooklyn were talking to me about Saturday, and I kept thinking, what the fuck is so great about this Saturday? and then Adam said he had asked for Saturday off so he could spend time with me for my birthday with the cheesecake, and then I facepalmed. Oh, right, I'm turning thirty-four on Saturday. Shit, I forgot. At which Mom laughed and said, "Don't worry. After thirty, you almost stop caring."
Also, thanks for the phone call, Luciano. I miss you guys.

Mom and I were discussing the "New York Voice" affect - about how when both she and I hear a New York accent, we automatically (literally) slip into a Brooklyn accent no matter how long we have been away from Manhattan or Brooklyn. The New York accent is so pervasive, specific, and intense, that a person could live across the country for thirty years and still fall into Brooklynese for an hour straight (a friend of the family moved from Brooklyn to Phoenix Arizona forty years ago and still slips into that New York accent). My old boss Ray had lived in Washington DC for twenty years and still has a powerful New York accent.
New York alters the shape of the mouth, the way the tongue presses against the teeth, the movement of the lips, the way the muscles of the jaw work. Every single person in my family does this and understands this. Unfortunately it isn't good if we're not actually in New York. It gets embarrassing if it goes on for more than half an hour. It actually starts to sound fake. Mom made the suggestion that we give ourselves a half hour time limit and then force ourselves to stop. Because we literally cannot help it. We are that sensitive to New York Voice. Our brains pick it up so easily that it kind of gets neurologically embedded.
I ran into trouble with it yesterday, when a contractor with a Brooklyn accent came over to take measurements and assess the cost. I slowly, quietly began slipping into Brooklynese. And by the time he left, Adam was snapping at me to "quit it" and I was snapping at him to "shaddup." It went on for forty-five minutes. I couldn't stop. What Adam didn't understand was that Brooklyn is not just an accent. Brooklyn is a voice. It shapes the mouth. It shapes the person. He kept saying "You're 33, you're not from Brooklyn anymore, stop talking like you're from Brooklyn." And I rose up like a snake, with deadly pride and said, "I am from Brooklyn. Brooklyn is in me. I will always be from Brooklyn." New York City is my badge of honor.

Anyway. You guys know what I mean, right? Not just New York City, but other places, right?
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Arguments over whose family member makes the best cheesecake aside, New York City and Brooklyn make the best cheesecakes in various bakeries.
I have eaten cheesecakes made by friends' mothers, grandmothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles... and I have been told over and over, "My [relative] makes the best cheescake in the world and you will never convince me otherwise." And I don't want to convince anyone of anything. For them their relatives do make the best cheesecake, for their tastes.
But New York still makes all the best cheesecakes, for me. Adam brought home a medium plain cheesecake from Carnegie Deli, and it has that exact rich creamy fluffy thickness that I prefer in a cheesecake. No thick crust, no liquid texture in the filling. Just soft sweet fluffy thick heavy intense cream with that soft thick creamy audible sensation as the fork sinks in. I will eat a small slice every day until my Saturday birthday, and I shall be thoroughly satisfied.
I miss you, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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Guess who has two thumbs and a raging fibromyalgia flare on top of a barely fading migraine?
This girl.

Also, my ankles and knees are making funny noises when I walk downstairs.

Thankfully, the codeine part of Tylenol With Codeine has helped immensely. Mostly, it has been dulling the pain and making it possible for me to, you know, do things. The acetaminophen doesn't actually help by itself, but thankfully the codeine does. I don't think I will need the codeine anymore. Those six pills can stay in the bottle in the drawer until my next screaming crazy bout of agony.

Kava will soon soothe me to sleep.

Adam went to New York City overnight for a job. He'll be home tomorrow, hopefully with food. I miss New York food so much. Also my New York accent. Watching "Bitchin' Kitchen" makes me smile, because listening to Nadia G. talk reminds me of family reunions.
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Guess who has two thumbs and a raging fibromyalgia flare on top of a barely fading migraine?
This girl.

Also, my ankles and knees are making funny noises when I walk downstairs.

Thankfully, the codeine part of Tylenol With Codeine has helped immensely. Mostly, it has been dulling the pain and making it possible for me to, you know, do things. The acetaminophen doesn't actually help by itself, but thankfully the codeine does. I don't think I will need the codeine anymore. Those six pills can stay in the bottle in the drawer until my next screaming crazy bout of agony.

Kava will soon soothe me to sleep.

Adam went to New York City overnight for a job. He'll be home tomorrow, hopefully with food. I miss New York food so much. Also my New York accent. Watching "Bitchin' Kitchen" makes me smile, because listening to Nadia G. talk reminds me of family reunions.
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Guess who has two thumbs and a raging fibromyalgia flare on top of a barely fading migraine?
This girl.

Also, my ankles and knees are making funny noises when I walk downstairs.

Thankfully, the codeine part of Tylenol With Codeine has helped immensely. Mostly, it has been dulling the pain and making it possible for me to, you know, do things. The acetaminophen doesn't actually help by itself, but thankfully the codeine does. I don't think I will need the codeine anymore. Those six pills can stay in the bottle in the drawer until my next screaming crazy bout of agony.

Kava will soon soothe me to sleep.

Adam went to New York City overnight for a job. He'll be home tomorrow, hopefully with food. I miss New York food so much. Also my New York accent. Watching "Bitchin' Kitchen" makes me smile, because listening to Nadia G. talk reminds me of family reunions.
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Guess who has two thumbs and a raging fibromyalgia flare on top of a barely fading migraine?
This girl.

Also, my ankles and knees are making funny noises when I walk downstairs.

Thankfully, the codeine part of Tylenol With Codeine has helped immensely. Mostly, it has been dulling the pain and making it possible for me to, you know, do things. The acetaminophen doesn't actually help by itself, but thankfully the codeine does. I don't think I will need the codeine anymore. Those six pills can stay in the bottle in the drawer until my next screaming crazy bout of agony.

Kava will soon soothe me to sleep.

Adam went to New York City overnight for a job. He'll be home tomorrow, hopefully with food. I miss New York food so much. Also my New York accent. Watching "Bitchin' Kitchen" makes me smile, because listening to Nadia G. talk reminds me of family reunions.
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Adam came home just before midnight.
Hours before that, I had welcomed Beca and James and Bane and Red, and there was much happiness as we anticipated Adam and New York food. We then ate almost all the pizza, and I ate one of the doughnuts, and there was more talking and happiness. Around two in the morning, our friends went home and we went to bed.
We woke up just before noon, but stayed in bed with all three cats for an additional hour before getting up and making breakfast. Bane and Red came over for a bit, and now they've left and Adam is playing video games and I am doing book writing.

It will rain soon, and loudly.

I am full of New York City bagels with cream cheese and lox, and also New York City water.

Also, Prop 8 overturned, woo! Very long battle ahead, idiots and bigots everywhere in the way, but still. Woo. And nobody likes intolerance or being punched in the face by Bender (so support Proposition Infinity).
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Adam came home just before midnight.
Hours before that, I had welcomed Beca and James and Bane and Red, and there was much happiness as we anticipated Adam and New York food. We then ate almost all the pizza, and I ate one of the doughnuts, and there was more talking and happiness. Around two in the morning, our friends went home and we went to bed.
We woke up just before noon, but stayed in bed with all three cats for an additional hour before getting up and making breakfast. Bane and Red came over for a bit, and now they've left and Adam is playing video games and I am doing book writing.

It will rain soon, and loudly.

I am full of New York City bagels with cream cheese and lox, and also New York City water.

Also, Prop 8 overturned, woo! Very long battle ahead, idiots and bigots everywhere in the way, but still. Woo. And nobody likes intolerance or being punched in the face by Bender (so support Proposition Infinity).
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Adam came home just before midnight.
Hours before that, I had welcomed Beca and James and Bane and Red, and there was much happiness as we anticipated Adam and New York food. We then ate almost all the pizza, and I ate one of the doughnuts, and there was more talking and happiness. Around two in the morning, our friends went home and we went to bed.
We woke up just before noon, but stayed in bed with all three cats for an additional hour before getting up and making breakfast. Bane and Red came over for a bit, and now they've left and Adam is playing video games and I am doing book writing.

It will rain soon, and loudly.

I am full of New York City bagels with cream cheese and lox, and also New York City water.

Also, Prop 8 overturned, woo! Very long battle ahead, idiots and bigots everywhere in the way, but still. Woo. And nobody likes intolerance or being punched in the face by Bender (so support Proposition Infinity).
brightrosefox: (Default)
Adam came home just before midnight.
Hours before that, I had welcomed Beca and James and Bane and Red, and there was much happiness as we anticipated Adam and New York food. We then ate almost all the pizza, and I ate one of the doughnuts, and there was more talking and happiness. Around two in the morning, our friends went home and we went to bed.
We woke up just before noon, but stayed in bed with all three cats for an additional hour before getting up and making breakfast. Bane and Red came over for a bit, and now they've left and Adam is playing video games and I am doing book writing.

It will rain soon, and loudly.

I am full of New York City bagels with cream cheese and lox, and also New York City water.

Also, Prop 8 overturned, woo! Very long battle ahead, idiots and bigots everywhere in the way, but still. Woo. And nobody likes intolerance or being punched in the face by Bender (so support Proposition Infinity).
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I decided to do one of those Gratitude memes that a lot of people do.

1. Adam coming home tonight from New York City.
2. Adam coming home with three pizzas, bagels, and doughnuts. From New York City.
3. Coffee. With acai juice, chocolate ice cream, and vanilla yogurt mixed in.
4. This chapter being less difficult to write.
5. My cats sleeping pressed up against me all night.
6. The rain finally easing my migraine

Also, oh gods I miss New York City. She cradled me at birth and kept me safe as I grew up, and I never really left her.
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I decided to do one of those Gratitude memes that a lot of people do.

1. Adam coming home tonight from New York City.
2. Adam coming home with three pizzas, bagels, and doughnuts. From New York City.
3. Coffee. With acai juice, chocolate ice cream, and vanilla yogurt mixed in.
4. This chapter being less difficult to write.
5. My cats sleeping pressed up against me all night.
6. The rain finally easing my migraine

Also, oh gods I miss New York City. She cradled me at birth and kept me safe as I grew up, and I never really left her.
brightrosefox: (Default)
I decided to do one of those Gratitude memes that a lot of people do.

1. Adam coming home tonight from New York City.
2. Adam coming home with three pizzas, bagels, and doughnuts. From New York City.
3. Coffee. With acai juice, chocolate ice cream, and vanilla yogurt mixed in.
4. This chapter being less difficult to write.
5. My cats sleeping pressed up against me all night.
6. The rain finally easing my migraine

Also, oh gods I miss New York City. She cradled me at birth and kept me safe as I grew up, and I never really left her.
brightrosefox: (Default)
I decided to do one of those Gratitude memes that a lot of people do.

1. Adam coming home tonight from New York City.
2. Adam coming home with three pizzas, bagels, and doughnuts. From New York City.
3. Coffee. With acai juice, chocolate ice cream, and vanilla yogurt mixed in.
4. This chapter being less difficult to write.
5. My cats sleeping pressed up against me all night.
6. The rain finally easing my migraine

Also, oh gods I miss New York City. She cradled me at birth and kept me safe as I grew up, and I never really left her.

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