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Give Me So Cool, Cool

Yes, please, just like Sistar.

I was experiencing some temperature control malfunctions over the weekend.  A sticker on the fuse box coupled with this yelp review compelled me to contact McBroom Heating and Air Conditioning Services.  Many people get cranky when their blood-sugar drops; I get cranky when I’m hot.  I’ve lived in the south my entire existence and a part of me believes that summers aren’t hot like they were in the mid-to-late-90s, but my long hair adds five degrees to perceived heat.  Since the proper circulation of cold air is very precious to me, I didn’t want to apply a wait-and-see approach like I did with my belly.  Full disclosure: prior to this temperature breakdown, I had never heard of nor seen this company.  That yelp review was written by a friend whose qualitative evaluation of products and services I trust, so I knew things would be sorted quickly and efficiently.

Houston McBroom, the owner of McBroom Heating and Air, came out to impart his expertise.  He was very professional, friendly, patient, and wore shoe covers!  I had a plethora of questions about my internet research and what is the best way to treat an AC unit and thermostat panel.  He checked everything I had read an HVAC technician would check when diagnosing problems. He also reminded me of Jason Sudeikis, who is currently a cast member on Saturday Night Live.  After a few minutes of talking about cooling, heating, and explaining that the capacitor on the roof needed to be replaced, I kept thinking he would say, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”  In the future, if I need professional assistance with temperature issues, I will contact him again.

Good times.

If you are alive in the world right now and have access to the internet or a TV, you probably cannot avoid the news that British royalty will have many birthday celebrations to enjoy on this date in the years to come.

Who else has also (or would have also) enjoyed fun times today?  Selena Gomez, Prince Felix of Denmark, Tablo, A.J. Cook, Franka Potente, Rufus Wainwright, Colin Ferguson, Rhys Ifans, Irene Bedard, David Spade, John Leguizamo, Rob Estes, Keith Sweat, Willem Dafoe, Sylvia Chang, Alan Menken, S.E. Hinton, Don Henley, Albert Brooks, Paul Schrader, Danny Glover, Mireille Mathieu, Terence Stamp, Oscar de la Renta, Bryan Forbes, Rose Kennedy, and Edward Hopper among many more athletes, artists, and persons in leadership positions.

And now on to the so uncool part.  Dennis Farina, one of my favorite character actors died todayThe Huffington Post reports that he had a blood clot in his lung.  I loved him in Law & Order, Empire Falls, Sidewalks of New York, Snatch, and Manhunter.

The Best Birthday Ever

Last year I turned twenty-nine on the twenty-ninth, and like every birthday, I just wanted to have one day where nothing went wrong; nothing inconvenienced me, whatever I wanted (in terms of retail) would be in stock and at a reasonable price.  Thinking back, I remember purchasing a handful of DVDs (possibly a book too) but experiencing no…transcendent sensation of satisfaction or joy.  Up until today, and turning thirty, the only boon of my birthday was in the unintentional triumph of being two days older than Justin Timberlake.  Speaking of whom, the business of tearin up his and his former mates’ hearts is a very catchy ditty.  I like my version more:

It messes up my car when you need to pee,
but when you hold it in it’s unhealthy
and no matter what I do you still refuse to let it flow;

Baby, I don’t understand
why you don’t just go,
Things are getting kind of gross,
Look at yourself
you’re shaking like a broken limb

Let it flow,
if you’ve got to go, then go
I’ll be down by that tree
I can’t take it anymore


Today constitutes the best birthday ever in my conscious memory…not because there was pomp and circumstance or an outpouring of adoration (although, there was yesterday)…


Click here to see my outfit.





No, today has been the best cause I’ve never felt so awful (physically) and marvelous (mentally) at the same time.  I woke up with a terrible headache that was briefly diminished with some lunch and an espresso product at my favorite Starbux in the city.  In the three to four hours that I was there, I was infused with a moment of profundity when I understood that the lesson in patience that I’ve been learning recently requires that I not be passive.  I must contribute to its internalization and its germination.  I hadn’t seen it from that angle prior to today…during the pain of blood vessels constricting in my noggin.  I also decided against watching The Mechanic because I knew it would worsen my headache.  So, instead, I went to the Barnes & Noble across the street, purchased a DVD…and then went next door and purchased six more DVDs.

My headache came back with full force by the time I was getting ready to go back home.  Every step that I took to the car made my head throb, every set of too-bright-headlights in my rearview mirror shouted “bloody murder!” at my temples.  And yet, I felt amazing.  I know firsthand that there are specific kinds of physical pain that also manifest themselves and become processed as pleasure, but this headache was not that sort of pain.  The wonderful feeling that I experienced at the same time that I felt terrible was due to what I’d learned about my role in self-actualization.  Moreover, I no longer viewed my headache as an inconvenience to my day.  It throbbed, it made its presence known, but it would still be welcomed at the table.

Next year, I’ll hope to have a birthday like this year’s…headache or no.

Bon Anniversaire a moi

No, not “Bond Any Version Armoire.”   Happy Birthday to ming.  Would you like me to typeface-error you?  There I was just reading along in this book and I stumble upon typographical errors on page 302 that may or may not have been intentional:


And as confirmed on page 303, those errors were deliberate within the story world.


Things on walls:




Sweets courtesy of The Cookie Studio:



The red velvet cupcake was in fact tasty.