Thursday, April 27, 2006

HNT: getting our grill on

The new home is coming along, one piece at a time. We got a fun new grill this week...It's a Char-Broil 1650 W Electric Caddie Grill (we are only allowed to have electric grills in our community). It is pretty and blue, and it grills. That's about as much as I know about it.Here is the man popping the grill's cherry, with chicken and eggplant. It was delish... Much better than the usual frozen dinners or take-out!
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posted by Danielle @ 12:09 AM | 18 comments

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

goody, goody, gumdrops

After all of the drama with my last hairbrush cleaning episode, I was ready for a new brush. So when I heard that one of the magazines in the building where I work was going to have a beauty sale, I knew that it would be the perfect opportunity. There would be piles of merchandise for 1-5 dollars, that would go to charity, just waiting for me, if I could maneuver through the crowd.

I knew it would not be easy. 50 women with bags would be waiting at the doors, ready to storm the conference room, and grab without thinking. It was set to start at 12:30. I arrived at 12:15. I was not the first. 12:20, the crowd was getting bigger. Anticipation was building. 12:28, 29, 30, and we're off... I entered the room, being pushed toward the right, where there were toys and nailpolish bottles heaped in boxes. I next encountered chairs stacked with tupperware, then was face to face with the face creams and hair gel. I knew I was on the right track, yet I was not navigating fast enough. Hands were grabbing and plucking things as if they were going out of style. That's when I finally saw it. A single blue box with a brush inside, round, bristled, that was enough for me... Sold.

Once home, sitting at my vanity, I pulled the purchase from my bag. The first thing I saw was the name Goody on it, which I have to admit, I was less than thrilled about. I have always associated Goody with those rubberbands that little girls wear, with bright plastic balls on them. But for a dollar, it was worth a try. So I started scanning the packaging. There was something about less snagging, evenly distributing heat, and ergonomic design, but what really caught my attention was the quick release button on the top. A button? I took the brush out of the box to give it a try. Suddenly, the bristles went in, like a turtle into it's shell... I was taken aback. Had I unintentionally stumbled upon the answer to my hairbrush woes?

Yesterday would be the big test. My first actual brush cleaning experience with the Goody. I pushed the button and began to guide the hair. I needed no scissors, no comb, and it took me less than 30 seconds to extricate the brush from the hair. A feature that was supposed to help prevent tangles, ended up making cleaning a breeze. So, if you too have brush cleaning issues... You gotta getta Goody (opt for Ouchless round).
posted by Danielle @ 1:00 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What was Manischewitz thinking?

I was doing a great job "keeping Passover" this year. I was on a strict diet, since Pesach started last Wednesday, of Matzah and salad (and mom's seder leftovers). I hadn't had any bread to eat, or leavened cakes, biscuits or crackers, cereals, wheat, barley, oats, rice, dry beans, or dry peas. I was living happily in the belief that I was being a good Jewish girl, until...
this was brought to my attention tonight (after 2 boxes were consumed)...

Do you see that? Matzah not for Passover? Can somebody please explain this to me? Isn't Matzah specially made for Passover? What's next Manischevitz, Passover wine that's "not for Passover"? Is nothing sacred any more?
posted by Danielle @ 12:07 PM | 12 comments

Sunday, April 16, 2006

the dreaded stank

The one thing that is more horrifying than walking into a smelly public bathroom, is walking into a smelly public bathroom and then having someone walk in after you.

I mean, you know they are thinking that you were the one who caused that foul stench. Deductive reasoning... A person made the bathroom stink. You are the only person in the bathroom. Therefore, you made the bathroom stink.

I, for one, can't bare the thought of anyone thinking that I could be the source. I'm someone who would not dream of doing that in a public restroom. But the worst, is encountering such a situation in the work environment, when, say, the Editor-in-chief is the one who walks in. Uggh.

So I have decided, from here on out, that if I ever open a ladies room door and encounter a wall of stank, I will switch into fast forward mode, engage in speed peeing, so I can book it out of there, making a quick escape before anyone has the chance to enter.

And if you do see me leaving a stinky bathroom, please know I didn't do it.
posted by Danielle @ 12:01 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Walk to D'Feat ALS

I have been quite the busy Jersey girl these days. Between a redesign at the magazine, photo stuff, and wedding plans, I have had my hands quite full. But, there is always time for more, right? Especially when it has to do with a cause that is close to your heart.

On June 3rd, I have decided to do the Walk to D'Feat ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), in memory of my father, who passed away from the disease in 2001.

If you don't know, ALS is a fatal, neuromuscular disease, which attacks the motor neurons making even the simplest movements of walking, speaking and gesturing impossible. Ultimately the body becomes paralyzed, yet through it all, the mind remains unaffected.

So, that's what I've been up to recently. Just thought I would share. If you would like to visit my personal Walk site, which includes a photo of me from my blond days, you can click here.
posted by Danielle @ 12:47 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, April 06, 2006

HNT sleepless

Too tired to write... But never too tired to photograph.*For more HNT, click on the Halk Nekkid sidebar link.
posted by Danielle @ 12:12 AM | 23 comments

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Revenge of the mullet

Evidently, mullets are all the rage in Manhattan again. In the past few weeks, I've spotted multitudes with mulletude, all over town. And not just traditional mullets. I have been lucky enough to catch glimpses of some of the more rare versions, including: the blossoming femullet(for the ladies), the silver mullet, and even the rat tail mullet (one man had a dreaded tail that was nearly a foot long). But today's addition, captured below with my phone cam on the 4 train, is in a category all its own.

"Not sure whether you want to be a blonde or a brunette... Now you can have the best of both worlds with: The Duotone Mullet.

Chocolate on the top, vanilla on the bottom. Coming soon to a salon near you."

For more info on the achy-breaky-bad-mistakey/beaver paddle/camaro cut/mudflap/neckwarmer/schlong(short and long) look, you can refer to the Premiere Spot for Mullet Hairstyle Related Poetry,, or one of the many other mullet appreciation sites on the web.
posted by Danielle @ 12:02 AM | 19 comments

Monday, April 03, 2006

Archiving photos

During the course of scanning 75 photos this weekend, I discovered that my grandmother was a real babe in the '40s (and still is).And that I was quite the cheeky child...
posted by Danielle @ 12:47 AM | 17 comments