What in the world… 

So apparently released yesterday in Hardcover and today on Kindle was the first book in the Nikki Heat series by Richard Castle. 

For those of you that don’t tune in every Monday night, the premise of Castle is that Nathan Fillion plays Richard Castle, a murder mystery writer that is writing his newest series about a Homicide detective Nikki Heat.  In order to get ideas he teams up with NYPD (and Kate Beckett in particular) to help solve murders.  It’s actually way more interesting / funny then it sounds.  But even the book description on Amazon.com is straight out of the fictional world of Castle.  I’m loving this, and will definitely have to pick up a copy.

Murdered the English language…

Possibly the best Castle episode aired tonight.  And I totally sided with Castle…  (Warning: Spoiler Alert).

Scene: Woman found dead at her workplace with the words, “Your Out of Time” written on her face.

Castle: ‘You’re should be you-apostrophe-r-e, as in you are.  It’s not even a tough one.  Not like when to use “who” or “whom.”’

Beckett: ‘Do you really think that’s the take-away here, Castle?’

Castle: ‘I’m just saying, whoever killed her also murdered the English language.’

My spelling and grammar skills are atrocious (as you might have picked up from reading this blog) but it kills me when I read ”your” when it should be ”you’re” and “its” when it should be ”it’s.”  Maybe I figure if I can get those down, everyone should be able to.  So GO Castle!

Note: thank goodness for spell check because I apparently spelled grammar incorrectly.

I am obsessed with Momofuku Noodle Bar after eating there this past weekend.  Another one of David Chang’s restaurants (whom I’m now obsessed with after eating at Momofuku Ko).  These pork belly buns were seriously heaven on earth.  We sat at the counter and watched one of the cooks make hundreds of these little guys.  As opposed to his other restaurants which are hard (or impossible) to get into without reservations, this no reservations place had a quick turnaround and we were seated within 15 minutes of putting down our name even though the place was packed and there were some pretty large groups ahead of us that were seated first.

Also yummy in my tummy was the HUGE and wonderful Momofuku Ramen, which was the reason we came here in the first place, for the noodles.  The Momofuku Ramen included a perfected cooked poached egg, bamboo shoots, scallions, pork belly, shredded braised pork shoulder (tasted exactly like Hawaii-style kalua pig), ramen noodles, and bacon broth.  I want to go back right now.

It’s places like this that make me think about moving out of Connecticut for NYC, giving up my bought condo for a very expensive and much smaller rental and giving up my awesome commute to work for public transportation.  Needless to say, if I won the lottery I would buy an apartment in the city to get the best of both worlds.

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I think they could take sesame seeds off the market, and I wouldn’t even care. I can’t imagine five years from now saying, “Damn, remember sesame seeds? What happened? All the buns are blank!” They’re gonna have to change that McDonald’s song, “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a … bun.” How does a sesame seed stick to a bun? That’s magical! There’s got to be some sesame seed glue out there! Either that or they’re adhesive on one side. Take the sesame seed out, remove the backing, place it on the bun. Now your bun will look spectacular! What does a sesame seed grow into? I dunno, we never give them a chance.

Mitch Hedberg. Because it’s a great way to entertain yourselves on a 2 hour long drive down to NJ.

We’ve certainly come a long way in the last 6 years, from staying 5 people to a bedroom at the red roof inn because we weren’t willing to spend over $10 each for a hotel room.

My favorite quote from this past wedding weekend, as commented on when we were discussing how nice the Hilton was that we were staying at. I wasn’t at that particular red roof inn party but definitely had very similar experiences during and right after college. This time everyone stayed at max 2 to a bedroom. Clearly we are all moving up in the world. (Baby steps people, baby steps.)