Friday, January 25, 2008

Remember them? BBMak

Remember them? Wow, music from the TRL era, and definitely brought quality to the list. I have to say that BBMak is my favorite boy band. EVER. Not Backstreet Boys. Not *NSYNC. Nah. Neither of those two fulfills the qualities that I admire about BBMak.
[1] They play their own instruments.
[2] All of the members have amazing vocals.
[3] They write their own material.
[4] None of their albums have filler.
[5] They're from England!
[6] All of the members are H-O-T.swoon.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I <3 Bagels!


Last Friday afternoon after massive overhaul at Banana Republic, which I might add had the best deals I have ever seen (I saved 80%), Mari, Christine, Amy and I had a discussion about our PBL groups over a mid-afternoon meal. Mari noted that when she had PBL, her preceptor forced everyone to introduce themselves along with their respective passion. PASSION. That's such a difficult situation where you are put on the spot to name your, all caps, PASSION. Thinking long and hard... I was sad that nothing really came to mind, except for FOOD. I know I love food. So I guess that has to be it.

So this explains the highlight of my day today which was when Matt tells me that a new Einstein Bros. bagels is arriving at 300 E. Ohio. aka the old Holiday Inn location to replace that Corner-copia Cafe. This is great! GREAT!! Another lunch option besides Panera, Chipotle, Potbelly's, etc. Here is a press release estimating a February 2008 opening. 
Aside:
This reminds me that I should go visit Pompeii "bakery" that I raved about opening over the summer, but have yet to still gone to eat there... AND only a block away from me. (Friends take note! Let's also go to Zest and Eno the wine and chocolate bar, both at the Intercontinental Hotel next door to me...)
Not that I go buy lunch often... (if you ever eat lunch with me, you know everyday I always bring my turkey or ham sandwich on either a French baguette or 7 grain bread, Yoplait guava yogurt, an apple or a pear, and a diet Coke for kicks. Dennis = anal-retentive, utterly boring and predictable.) But BAGELS! During undergrad, I would eat bagels like no other. Bagels were to my diet like how tea gschwendner is now part of my morning ritual.

Coming to med school, where are the bagels in my life? I guess it was integrated intermittently into my lunch last year, but it was so easy to return to my apartment at noon and eat something more substantial. So, slowly the bagels have phased out... But now, I feel like this is the time for a bagel comeback.

Who could resist a freshly crisp on the outside yet moist on the inside bagel? And then slathered with an inch high of cream cheese. But don't stop there. The toppings add onto the greatness. My favorite? Poppy seed. Something about those nutty little black specks that make the gaps between your teeth look unfortunate but enhance those circular mounds of carb.

So I can't wait until a month from now to repeat what has happened with my relationship with the other newly opened restaurants in my neighborhood. Eagerly waiting for their arrival, visit and consume the foods occasionally for the first couple weeks, then fondly walk pass by them, thinking about purchasing some baked goods, but by the time I make the decision, I'm block away from the entrance running home to escape the blistery Chicago winds.

Sad. But bagels WILL make a comeback.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

from m. cipherbook.

but i heart rabbits

me: Ooh that's a nice cardigan, can I touch?
Dennis: Of course -- it's rabbit hair.
Christine: You know, Martin's favorite animals are rabbits and bunnies...
[silence]
Dennis: [touches Martin's arm with the sleeve] It's like the rabbits are petting you.
me: Dead rabbits!

Monday, January 21, 2008

27 Dresses

27 dresses WAS SO AMAZING. that is all.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Undecided No More...

Wow. The Electoral Compass was the best way to see which candidate agreed most with your beliefs and values among the various issues shown on the above right. What was even more excellent is that they have direct quotes from debates and interviews to see exactly where they stand. Also, they have the option of saving your results and allow you to change your opinion as the election goes on until November... Apparently, my values are aligned with Obama. Surprise surprise. (I was/am/am not(??) leaning towards Hillary for now...)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

My Most Played Songs of 2007

Looking at Judy's Xanga, I really wanted to do this again. This was last year's list. Here is my list for 2007:

10. Elliott Yamin - Wait For You

9. Roísíin Murphy - Let Me Know

8. Mika - Grace Kelly

7. Björk - Earth Intruders

6. Mika - Relax (Take it Easy)

5. The Pipettes - Pull Shapes

4. Katharine McPhee - Over It

3. Sugababes - About You Now

2. Rihanna - Umbrella

1. Hilary Duff - With Love
Kinda shocked that this is my #1 single of 2007. oh wells. NO SHAME.

Almost made the cut:

Lemme know yours. Make a "smart playlist" in iTunes, and limit your playlist to 10 most played songs that you added after 01/01/2007.