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October round-up


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the f word

  1. I am no longer writing for Recapist.com. Feeling somewhat relieved, but still a little sad. Especially since the site’s founder, Michael, was so nice to work for.
  2. I am seriously contemplating traveling to the Philippines in March for my grandmother’s 85th birthday. It is my aunt’s idea that we all go together.
    1. My birthday is only five days after hers (and four days after my dad’s) so I’d most definitely be spending my birthday in the motherland.
    2. First visit back in 25 years. Twenty. Five. Motherfuckin’. Years. Continue reading

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chicken with goat cheese & basil

what is on my mind this morning

  1. the election (duh): No longer satisfied to just donate money, consume news and commentary via Twitter, or rant at my television, I am ready (finally) to volunteer. I could call for change tonight at Ann Sather on Belmont with my Lakeview neighbors, or just head down to Obama IL HQ anytime. So many choices, so many ways to “rock for Barack”, so to speak.
  2. the economy: Yeah, I can still pay my rent. I’m lucky enough to still have a job with health insurance and a 401(k). But other folks are struggling. My folks are struggling, and have been for a long time. Always voting for the GOP, they’re committed to voting for Senator Obama come November. I think Senator Obama’s economic policy could provide them and other working people with some relief.
  3. rumors: I’m no longer interested in hearing rumors and lies from pretty much anybody. Yes, I’m talking about the election. If we’re talking celebrities being discussed in US Weekly, however, that’s fine. Um, on second thought…
  4. sadness: My apartment is a sty. I’ve said it. I need help cleaning it. I know this sounds familiar to the people who know me, and the few people who’ve seen my old apartments, but seriously. Nothing says “fat loser spinster” like a freezer full of single portions of frozen vegetables and salmon. Okay, maybe not in general, but when you live in a studio, you can’t help but hear “Eleanor Rigby” every time you come home. Though in my mind it’s the defiant version by Aretha Franklin from “This Girl’s In Love With You”.
  5. That being said: http://you-are-beautiful.com/youarebeautiful/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/seancookcoribruderealansing.jpg (thank you, Xina)
  6. My admiration and adoration of Ina Garten, aka “The Barefoot Contessa”, continues. I made her chicken with goat cheese and basil Monday night for supper. OMFG. Picture is on Flickr. I got lazy, though, and bought boneless, skin-on chicken breast from Whole Foods instead of getting skin-on, bone-in from Dominick’s and de-boning myself. Because my knife skills are amateur at best, and anyway my beautiful Wusthoff needs to be sharpened anyway. I shoudl remember to take care of that, as the Whole Foods chicken, being organic and de-boned and from Whole Foods, was really expensive. Really expensive. But still very good.

what i’m up to (work-wise)

  1. working on another piece for Time Out Chicago (woot!)
  2. thinking up things to post on Gapers Block
  3. recapping like a fool for Recapist — MTV aired two episodes of “The Hills” this week, and they were really good.

what i’ve got going (fun-wise)

  1. birthday dinner for Khloé
  2. Byl’s “Grown and Sexy” birthday at Mary’s Attic
  3. “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”/Paul Weller @ HoB with Elisa next Tuesday

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labor day

What did I do this week?

  • Donated $10 to the Obama campaign (wish it was more, but I bought a birthday present with my dad and I haven’t been reimbursed yet)
  • Sat glued to TV set for DNC. Am prepared to do same for RNC in the name of fairness but I can’t say I expect to enjoy any of it.

What I am doing this weekend?

  • Gapers Block get-together tonight! Though I must confess I am feeling anti-social (and also broke!) and may bag to go home, watch whatever rerun of “Doctor Who” I have on my DVR and drink a bottle of lambic.
  • work: start work on freelance piece for TOC, write more for book proposal, recap episode 2 of “The Cho Show”
  • Ikea with Nite & Jeff! I was thinking of scamming the clearance section for cheap curtains, and at the very least get me some balls. Swedish meatballs, that is.
  • Thom’s birthday party
  • goodbye drinks for Stef?
  • grilling at Kathy’s?

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431: teaser

News from the Flip Front expects to make its triumphant return this week. But in case you’ve been wondering:

  1. I’m good.
  2. Work is pretty quiet.
  3. Yes, I saw ‘The Dark Knight’ and I loved it.
  4. The “Watchmen” trailer melted my brain into a puddle of fangirl mush. Meaning, it was incredible, and you should see it, too.
  5. Oh yeah, I love Mad Men, too.
  6. No, nothing in Time Out since spring.
  7. No, but I’m working on a book with Nick. And I’m almost done with the outline for “Bamboo”, my Asian remake of Diana Ross vehicle “Mahogany”.
  8. Yes, they loved their visit to Chicago. And no, they didn’t completely drive me crazy.
  9. Oh yeah, she had the baby. The baby looks like Joe, but has Jacinda’s eyes and chin. And her hair, too.
  10. Still can’t vote. Or drive. Or ride a bicycle. Yes, I’ll be applying for citizenship some time this year.
  11. Really? You should have come over and said hi.
  12. I always look grumpy. I do that to keep the douches away.
  13. Update! I got a producer credit in the latest video from Internets Celebrities. Check it out!

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427: behind the green door

I’ve been thinking about ending the flip front. I don’t know how many of you still read it, and I’ve been busy writing for money or trying to, taking pictures, visiting places, and eating a lot of interesting things. Still though, I miss writing the flip front because I like corresponding with people. Though my biggest complaint is that the flip front tends to be one way, with me doing all the yapping and you all doing the reading/scanning for your name.
I need news, people! Some of you have new babies or new pets, and I want to know how they’re doing. People got engaged, married, hired, maybe even fired, or at least fired up. Travelling, eating, dancing, writing, working, living.
Below are links to pictures, blog posts, and whatever other on-line activity may justify the flip front’s absence for the last nine months. You could probably bypass all that shit by just going to http://friendfeed.com/jasmine, but whatever you care to do is fine with me.
I. Pictures
Siblings and their significant others descend on Chicago, eat a lot of junk food (June/July 2007): We had a good time at the Taste of Chicago. I wish we’d been able to hang out with more of my friends, but pretty hectic. Can’t imagine what it would be like if all four of my siblings and their various girlfriends and boyfriends all came to visit at once. No, that is not a dare.
Jersey Shore (July 2007): Did I go all the way to Philadelphia just so I could get the last Harry Potter book ever with Nadine and then spend an entire day on the beach reading it? Yes. Everybody on the beach had that book. I saw huge families, each member with his or her own copy because sometimes you just can’t share.
Nathan turns 1 (August 2007): Nathan turns one. He still looks exactly like Andrew. It’s creepy. Later that same day, I went to Josh and Meghann’s wedding reception at the Newberry Library. Place cards were filed in a card catalogue. Tables were named after their favorite authors. It was a truly gorgeous day all around.
New York. Again (September 2007): Momofuku! Xanadu! Joe’s Shanghai! Le Enfants Terribles is a crazy place. Oh but I made this map of the day, too: http://tinyurl.com/ywu7ub.
Chicago Cares (October 2007): Spent an afternoon at Woodlawn Community school, painting yard games on the ground while others worked on a garden. The kids were adorable, it was a beautiful sunny day, argued about the rules to four square. Once we returned to the office we sat around and drank beer. Awesome. Chicago Cares is the name of the organization that arranged this outing for us.
The Protest (October 2007): Area Filipinos got together to protest the racist treatment a Filipina customer received at the Michigan Avenue store. It was a great way to spend a morning, though I complained to anyone that would listen that we should have had some food. What’s a protest without lumpia?
Back to Bengtson’s (October 2007): Jeff wasn’t all that impressed, but I think he managed to enjoy himself anyway. Also, I still don’t like kettle corn all that much.
Sunflower (October 2007): Baby shower for Will and Robin’s daughter, who decided to arrive a little early. Check out Robin’s fab dress.
2007 North Halsted Halloween Parade (October 2007): There were two Larry Craigs. Also lots of gays.
Saturday in Hyde Park (November 2007): The Med still makes a tasty milkshake. Also, that statue of Linné on the midway? Kinda pervy.
two guys, a girl, and a turkey (November 2007): After dinner, we saw “The Mist”. It was good and spooky.
New Year’s Eve 2008 (December 2007): Game night at Nite and Jeff’s. It snowed lot, so staying in was a good idea. New Year’s Day was spent at Kathy’s, playing Uno and eating wings. Quite possibly the evillest game of Uno ever. Kathy told us that, at the watch service the previous night at Trinity, rapper Common got up to freestyle during a particularly joyous part of the evening. So I think Kathy wins for best New Year’s Eve ever.
This Is Hyacinth (January 2008): Joe and Jacinda have a daughter. She doesn’t do much yet except eat, sleep, and poop. I’ll keep you posted as she develops more skills.
Blame Canada (February 2008): Clancy and Maria got married in Whistler. For this momentous occasion, I got off my ass and got a new passport. Whistler was warmer than Chicago, and populated with hot skier types. My cell phone died, which happened to me the last time I went out of town for a wedding (Nick & Nadine, July 2005). What is the universe trying to tell me?
II. Pieces for Time Out Chicago
Note: The editors with whom I’ve worked at TOC, Ruth and Laura, are awesome.
III. Miscellaneous
  • Facebook is still taking up more of the time I usually like to spend sleeping or writing. Damn social networking.
  • I visited Stef in Baltimore in September. Didn’t take any pictures — bad Jasmine! Of course, we went to the mall.
  • I saw “Behind The Green Door” again a few weeks ago at DOC Films. You know what’s weird about watching a XXX film in a theater full of film snobs, snickering college students, and possibly a few perverts? Surpisingly little. Marilyn Chambers was just gorgeous.
  • I’ve been doing stuff for Disgrasian.com — please check it out if you’re not doing so already.
  • I am taking suggestions for my next out of town trip. I’m thinking LA, though I know my mother would prefer New York.
Kylie Minogue – All I See Is You; Gnarls Barkley – Run; Stevie Wonder – All I Do; New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain

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go plug myself: 'Domestic blast' for TOC

Time Out Chicago no. 151 (on newsstands now and on the web, well, forever) ran this piece written by (you guessed it) me. It’s all about how to spend 48 hours in and have the time of your life with booze, board games, and blood.

Um, yes, blood — read the article for details.

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i win: mimobot core series 2 > fairybit mimobot®

Another win, this time care of a drawing sponsored by Giant Robot on the occasion of their fiftieth issue. I could have gotten a video game, but as I own no gaming systems, I asked to get the mimobot® instead, and I got it! I came home to find the fairybit mimobot® in my mailbox, and it is as cute as it is functional. Also, it comes with its own hoodie that you can clip onto a keychain or bag.

In other news, I bought some awesome books from Unabridged Books, Roast Chicken and Other Stories and The Geography of Bliss. And the latest issue of Time Out Chicago has my latest piece, “Domestic Blast”. Check it out.

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things to be thankful for

  1. Career advancement [TOC]
  2. That I can get into my apartment (the door knob lock on the door to my apartment broke, and I had to call the building engineer to break it so I could get in).
  3. That I am not a turkey.
  4. That I am not homeless.
  5. That I am going to spend the holiday with Nite and Jeff.

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The mostest for the hostess

The piece I wrote for Time Out Chicago is up.

The mostest for the hostess [TOC]

Update: The issue finally hit my local Walgreen’s and… holy shit. I knew my piece was on page 34. I didn’t know it was page 34. Cool.

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