Movin’ On Up

17 05 2010

Well, we’ve been hinting here and there that there were some changes in the works, and it looks like the time has finally come – we’re moving! We decided to get all fancy and official and we went and got an honest to goodness site. Please come and visit our new digs at www.elandlo.com – we’re pretty happy with the way everything turned out, thanks in no small part to Kona. So, go ahead and update your readers and bookmarks, or else you’re going to miss out on all the insanity.





So Many Things

27 04 2010

You guys, so much stuff is going on right now.  Hockey, birthdays, Lady Gaga, weddings, classes, insomnia – all of these are sucking our time and energy.  But even with all of this going on, we’re also working on some big stuff here at the ol’ Triple-B Ranch (I’m not sure if I approve of what I just said) that we’ll be rolling out over the next couple of weeks.  We’re super excited.  And the first thing we’re debuting is the one we least understand!!  We’re on TWITTER.  We’re going to start a-twattering all about interesting and funny things that are also useful and important.  I’m pretty sure that if you start “following” us, your life will improve exponentially.  And chances are, we’ll follow you too!  And possibly mock you mercilessly – which is why you love us.  As an added bonus – something very funny happened to Lo today at work…and you’ll only be able to find out what it was @elandlo.  You may want to finish whatever you’re drinking first – you’ve been warned!





Sorry For the Delay…

22 04 2010

…But the NHL quarterfinals are happening and I’m a bit of a hockey nerd. I’ll have 2 awesome posts this weekend, one involving AMAZING Dorie brownies and another involving a book! A real, live book! Meanwhile, here’s Alice Cooper. And the fucking Muppets.





A Picture Update!

4 04 2010

Remember when I made cinnamon rolls awhile ago? And my computer died and I couldn’t figure out how to upload photos on to ye olde laptop? Well, those days are loooooooooong gone! So here are a couple of photos of the cinnamon rolls I made. I need to make them again soon…[drools]

Nomnomnom...

Ooey, gooey goodness!!





I Still Can’t Figure Out How Things Work.

21 03 2010

So…yeah. I bought this pretty new laptop with my tax return, had it for 1 week and my son destroyed the keyboard. I’ve ordered 2 different ones and  neither of them fit. The old keyboard is still functional, but it’s as fucked up as Lindsey Lohan’s career. So until I  get a new keyboard my posting will be relegated to short ones like this. And I still can’t get my camera to upload. I feel like Charlie Brown. ::sigh:: Anyway. It was nice this weekend, so here are some things that I did and saw.

Grillin’

*Not my burgers. Mine look way more crunk.

Chillin’

HAHAHAHA! They're ICE CUBES!!!

Babies

*Not the actual baby I saw. Though he was this pissed most of the time...

Cupcakes with this new frosting recipe

This image is courtesy of the fantastic http://zencupcake.com/.

This, of course.

I don't know if I love the Dutch more for their prostitutes or their Amstel!!

And this awesomeness that El turned me on to and now I am obsessed. OB.SESSED.

So that’s it for now. Expect a book review from me in the near future. It’ll relate to Charles Manson! A book for everyone! Huzzah!





I Told El I’d Post Something Tonight, But I am Full of Fail.

8 03 2010

So instead, here is a hilarious video. It is why the internet exists.

We [heart] LOST. And funny things. DEAL WITH IT.





The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

4 03 2010

I’m not an athletic person, I never have been.  I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel, or a pull up, or stretch further than my toes.  Even was I was very young, I’d rather read than run around.  I remember in elementary school, for some reason I wanted to go across the monkey bars.  I was never able to make it the full way, I just couldn’t seem to figure out the motion needed to propel myself past the mid-way point.  So, I was trying yet again to succeed, and instead I fell hard and got the wind knocked out of me.  I just remember laying on the ground, gasping, tears springing to my eyes even though I wasn’t really crying, too shocked to feel any pain yet, and staring up at the sky – it was a gorgeous day, the sky was Crayola Sky Blue and there were a couple of puffy white clouds – and it was this perfect frozen moment of panic and peace.

I’d forgotten about that until I read The Unnamed.  I had this familiar anxiety throughout the book and it took me a while to put my finger on it, but when I’d finally finished and I was laying in my bed, staring at the ceiling, it came flooding back to me.  I know this doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, but OMG, it so is.  This book was beautiful and heart wrenching and funny and it left me breathless and shaking and exhilarated.

The Unnamed is about a very sick man, but his disease is unique to him.  He is compelled to walk – think restless leg syndrome on hyperdrive.  He has no control over where he goes or when he starts or when it stops; he walks until he collapses, passing out on park benches or in an alley.  He’s been to specialists of every sort, he and his wife have tried everything they can think of to control it.  And twice before, after several months of walking, it has stopped – the illness going dormant and forgotten for years.  Now it is back and this is where we join him, and his wife and teen daughter, as they struggle to deal with a serious illness that is unlike any other.  At least with cancer or Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or whatever, people know what you’re talking about – this has no name, no treatment, it doesn’t even sound serious.  But this disease is as absolutely devastating as anything else and their journey is powerful and gut-wrenching.

Of course, it is so good because it is written so beautifully. Every word was necessary and exactly where it needed to be.  The characters were flawed and real.  Everything felt true.  Joshua Ferris is spectacular, and you absolutely must read his debut Then We Came To The End.  I’m always a little awestruck by writers that I love, especially when they are able to produce two completely different yet equally outstanding books.  I recommend that everyone read both of them and I cannot wait to see what he does next.