Saturday, December 31, 2011

The End of Year Review II: Music 2011

Once again Amazon and their nonsense business of making me that much poorer, threw $5 sales at me every month on music.

I do not think I bought as many albums from them other than the ones I truly wanted and had to invest in this year but looking at my Amazon Cloud may disprove my terrible memory.

As in previous years, here is the usual disclaimer - I listened to albums past and those will be included on this list mixed in with 2011 efforts.

I also will not be including video game soundtracks on the list this year because a) I will be writing well into next year and b) I will give them their own props when I do the end of year review.

That said, here we go!!!!

Adventure Time's Soundtrack makes number one.  It seriously would if it had a proper soundtrack release! Casey James Basichis is brilliant and Pendleton Ward is a geinus.  Since there has been no official release, I will "begrudgingly" go with these instead.

The End of Year Review I: The Best of the Blog 2011

Welcome to the first round for the End of Year Reviews.

I will be late with the End of Year reviews for Video Games because I started my final game at the end of November and have not had a chance to finish it up for inclusion.

The End of Year music review and the live show review will be posted hopefully later today.

Right now, let's take a look back at the best stories and memories captured on the blog!

25 Years


This year marked the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.  25 years!

I chopped some bushes and messed around Hyrule in the original game a long time ago but did not play my first game until Ocarina of Time.  I know! It's a terrible confession, isn't it?

Since then, I've played most of the games that followed with my favourite game of all time being The Legend of Zelda: Mask of Majora

A Trini Christmas in Food

What Christmas would be complete without some pastelles.

Thanks to Frass this year for bring us pastelles from Brooklyn.  H1 has decided they were little too hot which made them not as enjoyable as they could have been.

Mom and I loved them.  Please bring more soon.  Bwahahaha.

We also thank Frass for being this year's designated caper and olive boy for the batch of pastelles that The HOchieS churned out.

We bought a tortilla press this year to assist in the making of the pastelles and it is now universally acknowledged that H1 is the Master of the Tortilla press.


The Tree and Jazzie

This year, H1 and I decided the tree was going to be pink!

It turned a sort of pink, purple, silver and gold sort of a mess but it was a lovely mess!




Don't judge my tree! Just my photo.

Who you should judge is Jazzie.

Ridiculous Sightings in Retail

One of the things H1 and I wanted to start doing was dedicating blog posts to all the ridiculous and clever products we often see on our trips to various stores.

What better time to find questionable items in stock than at Christmas time?  There's so much good stuff out there just waiting to be found.

Take these Christmas cards we saw at Target for instance:



Meanwhile in the Cookie aisle, Siamese twins are born!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Christmas (Present List) Fraught With Extermination and Danger

Some how, this Christmas saw a bunch of Daleks invade the HOchie household.

One Dalek can destroy an entire city so imagine what these three will do!!!!



Merry Christmas, Everyone!

The Christmas Monkey is off boozing it up with some ponche-de-creme made fresh by Papa HOchie and vows to return some time this week to dole out New Year's Resolutions to you guys.

In his absence, The HOchieS are taking the opportunity to wish all our frenemies and everyone a very Merry Christmas!

We hope St. Nick's Express delivered all the toys, joy, best wishes and the presents Kyle, the presents...to your homes.

We will post the Presento-Pyo List later today once we open ours.

Momma HOchie is working today and will wait for her to return before busting open the good times.

Lots of love and Merry Ithmus!

The HOchieS.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Airing of Grievances 2011

'Tis the moment you have all been waiting for!

The Christmas Monkey with the all seeing gangsta eyes has come to deliver the news...

The crystal ball does not lie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fortune Cookie Asshattery

It should come as no surprise now that I continue to be insulted by fortune cookies.

Here we have our order for lunch today:

Good times, right?
H1 and I had to share a fortune today and as if they are intentionally effing with  me, this is what we got:


What?

In this case, I will go with wontons...which is what I actually did.  H1 ordered the dumplings.

I suppose it was not as bad as the time before when it was not only implied that I was stupid but I was called out on my fat nature:


Monday, December 19, 2011

Adieu, Autumn! Bonjour, Christmas...Monkey...?

It's not officially Winter yet but it is officially 6 days until Christmas and so we are bidding adieu to the happy Scarecrow friend with mute crow.

Warm, sunny days were full of fun.  Rain showers were just a few but welcome all the same.  The sometimes chilly air made us remember the what time of the year it was and the leaves were late to fall off the trees.

Thank you for the wonderful Autumn days.  Thank you for the smiles and thank you, until we meet again!

Today, we say hello to a cheeky Christmas monkey.  He's got a crystal ball full of glitter and happiness but he's got his eye on everyone.

I think we better be really good less we end up with coal.  Or um, Monkey... poopies.

Who knows with these monkeys.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Great 2011 Frenemies' Visit, Part III: Asshattery and Blokus

If there was one thing we did a lot of during Thanksgiving week, was play Blokus.  Budgie and Angelo introduced us to Blokus Jr. when they bought Boohead a copy of the game for his birthday.

We all were hooked on Blokus Jr. and after playing two players for a few days during the Frenemies' visit, Luuuuiiiisssss and everyone decided that a 10 p.m. run to Walmart was in order to get the full, adult version of Blokus.

The keyword here is that it was the 'adult' version.

The Time Has Come

Some may say I am an ass.

A lot of people do that, actually.  And they're rude.

Some may say I can cook white rice like nobody's buisness.

Those people would be right.  In fact, everyone should know this about me.

Some may say I talk too damned much.

Yeah, well.  I believe that to be true because look! I've typed so many words here and have not yet said what I wanted to.

Some may say I am a dreamer.

Bwahahaha, okay.  I won't go there.  That was just a little kid.

Some may say I am a lot of things, but the one I no longer am...

...is displaced.

That's right because it was at this time 16 years ago, we moved to the U.S.A.

It was then at that young age that I was plucked from Trinidad and brought to NY to live my life.  I was confused and felt like I belonged no where for some time but now, I am no longer that displaced child.

I am a New Yorker.

Some may argue.

And to those I say, "Screw you guys."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Great 2011 Frenemies' Visit, Part II: Seminar

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving it rained and put a damper on our plans.  Ha! Sorry, I could not help myself.

The rain was pretty intense but off Clee and I went to meet up with Pandy, Jilly and Pandy Incarnate of Evilness (True story - PIE is wickedness and we love him plenty!), spend time at Nintendo World, eat at Shake Shack and then to drop some culture on Clee's ass at 7 p.m.

The Great 2011 Frenemies' Visit, Part I: It's Love

Thanksgiving week seems as if it was ages ago.  We were fortunate to have some of the frenemies visit NYC that week and as per usual, it flew by.

It's awesome enough when frenemies hang out but it's twice as awesome when they bring you goodies and oh the goodies they brought.

A handful of tunnocks? Yes, please.

Reminder: Must go over there and eat last one before Luuuiiiissss gets to it.

A box full of fudge? Indeed.  And thanks.

Reminder: Inquire as to whereabouts of the fudge.

A plethora of multi-coloured and flavoured rums? Uh... yeah... why...not..?  Rum is always welcome.  The radioactive green one though? Huh.  It certainly makes my life (and cabinet) brighter!



And maybe my insides brighter too? Huh.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Hare, Hare, Hare.

It's December and I don't feel Christmas-ey, do you?

Never mind that though! It's the beginning of the month and I wish every luck.  Have a good one, all!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to two,
Happy Birthday to two,
Happy Birthday, dear two of youuuuuu
Happy Birthday to two!

Bughie J. and TD5, did you like my song?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Pigeons are Dying - Your Happy (?) Thanksgiving

That time of year again when an important question must be asked.

What is Gobblor planning?

Investigative reporter, Bughie J. sent us this update:

It's 2011: the war against the Gobblors does not go well. The pigeons, sensing they may become humanity's next thanksgiving bird of choice should the turkeys win, form a tentative alliance with humanity to defeat the Gobblors! Gobblor: The Pigeon War! This Thanksgiving!


Terrifying, isn't it? 

So, uhhh, yeah....

Happy Thanksgiving, all...?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday, Momma HOchie!

Today is Momma HOchie's birthday and she turns 06 today.  The day after Momma HOchie's birthday, is not her birthday.

If I were to go off to work today as I intend, she might not be too pleased with me.  But if Dad has his way, buying that new 55 inch 1080p LED television may just soften the blow.

She also wants flowers and wine.  One of those things I did not get.

I fear for my life, but I'm hoping the alcohol might make her forget the misstep.

Happy Birthday, Momma from all your chirrens - your miserable first three, all the miserable sons and daughter we acquired for you along the way, and your miserable five plus one grandchildren.

Thank you for everything you have given us and continue to give.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday Disappointment, Part II: Foodie Misadventures and Not on Target

Our trip to the city was not all sheer disappointment after the Mario 3D Land event last Saturday.  NYC and its fantastic self managed to produce a random Holiday Fair somewhere on 9th Avenue or so near 48th St.



It was such a random thing but it was nice to see, as part of my checklist that day was to start getting into the Christmas spirit by going out there and getting some wrapping paper to begin the ever long task of present wrapping and obtaining ornaments for our very pink Christmas tree we want to style this year.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saturday Disappointment, Part I: Mario 3D Land in Times Square

What can you say about people?

They're the scum of the earth!

Alright, so not everyone can be classed as scum but this past Saturday morning proved to be quite trying when The HOchieS' ventured to Times Square to attend Nintendo's Super Mario 3D Land Event.

I shaved all but my Nintendo of America? How...crude.


Friday, November 11, 2011

For Veterans' and Armistice Day...


11/11/11

Happy Spinal Tap Day.

There's still time to turn it up to 11.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The End of Days, Part VI: The Takoyaki Stand, The Best Fries, and a Failed Toy Run. Again.

As one final adieu "until next time, of course!" with Beetchie in the Summer, we went to our old haunts in St. Marks.

H1 and Beetchie are obsessed with takoyaki, as I'm certain I've mentioned before.  What's not to obsess over though? Takoyaki's pretty fabulous what with its gooey, chewy, salty masterful texture and flavour.  We have yet to find another stand that makes it fresh outside of Tokyo but are thankful enough to Beetchie to have discovered this one.

Never you mind the hipsters on the street.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Dear Annnjjjj.

Eat lots of caaaakkkeee.

That was the best short version of the song ever!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Crafty

We had no idea that Beetchie was so crafty.  We did know she was shady and "crafty" in that sense but actual 'stitch and felt crafty'? ::GASP!::

Now all I can think about is all the stuff she can make me...bwahahahaha.

I got a wonderful red package from Beetchie today and I knew that it would be good because things that come in a red packet tend to be awesome, right B.?

It is truly bazoobs.

Saying Goo'day to the Pumpkins

Halloween's over! Yes, sad but scarily true.  Another year gone by and another Halloween enjoyed by the HOchieS.  It was almost ruined by a freak snow storm (and was ruined for some...) but we had some ghoulish fun with the kids.

I'll stop with the lame, cheap tricks in my writing.  I'll make a peace treaty with you all and stop.  Right now.

Okay.

In closing, thanks to Target for having fabulous shiny pumpkins on their shelves for me to snap photos of.



It's now back to our Autumn Scarecrow friend with black crow.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

For All Souls' Day

Before I forget, I took a little picture of a Halloween fright planted on H1's window as part of her Halloween decorations this year.

In case you missed it, the poor black cat was not hanging from a noose this Halloween (thank goodness!) but there was another cat sighting.

The scary scene?

A black cat was cleverly waiting by the bird feeder...

See? Smart.
...scaring the sheet out of some birds.

Poor thing.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It Finally Happened

I hope you all ran out there and got your share because if you didn't eat, you'd be lame.

11/01/2011

What day is today?

It feels like my birthday! What a day for a birthday...stop! Wrong day, wrong day.

It's not my birthday or Christmas but it may as well be.

The day is finally here after months of anticipation.


I got a rather huge box in the mail today all wrapped in fancy black Amazon tape.  It looks classy and for 99 cent release day delivery, it best look awesome!

If Amazon sold this as wrapping paper...I would love H1 if she wrapped all my presents in it.
It's so beautiful that even orange friends find it alluring.

I smell Nathan Drake
And I just want to give him hugs.
Oh Uncharted 3, I can't wait to play you very soon.

P.S. H1, just because I feel as though it is a present, does not mean it can be wrapped up and stuck under the tree for me to unwrap 2 months from now.  Don't be cruel!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Hare, Hare, Hare.

It's the start to a good month.  I deem it so and so it shall be!

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing some of our friends at the end of the month.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, Fiends!

Tonight, the HOchieS are celebrating Halloween.  H1 was sick at home today, and I went to work for half a day.  I had secret business which I will discuss at a later day.

But Halloween 2011 is almost at a close and we are presenting scary, pretty....pretty scary?...Halloween pumpkins to you.

Look at their glossy sheen!

Aren't they fabulous?

The HOchie children were awesomely dressed.  They get A+s.  We get an A for the house because we had ghosts worshiping around the Great Tree.  H1 said it was the creepiest thing I have ever done.

Due to the "Halloween Winter" Storm on Saturday, Trick or Treating was a little sad this year.  There were no splendid costumes to talk about but for coming out among downed lines and branches, the little children fiends get an A+

Luckily, The Dark Knight swooped in and helped with the aftermath..

Here he is, helping to clean up Gotham.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Halloween Carnage: Now with Fresh Snow

It may not be Halloween today but it also is not Winter either, yet here we are on October 29th with snow - really heavy, blizzard-like snow and 50mph winds expected later - just 2 days before Halloween.

2 days...  Before Halloween!

I expect this kind of nonsense in Binghamton.  When we used to go to University there, this was not an uncommon sort of thing.  In fact, snow was not a stranger in July in that place.

But here, and for this amount of snow, well it's a little bit shocking.

I know - oo, shocking! 
With the stores pushing Christmas decorations and shopping even earlier this year, I somehow feel that maybe I can all Conspiracy Shenanigans with this coming of snow!

Happy Birthday, Frass!

Dear Frass,

What are you doing today for your birthday? Whatever it is, make sure your mom pays for everything.  This was not a passive aggressive note.

Have a great day!

Your frenemies,
The HOchieS

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shubh Divali!

Shubh Divali to all this day.

Are you all lighting your deyas? Laughing with friends? Praying with family? Eating the good eats?

The HOchieS could not find our deya unfortunately.  It's either broken and long been thrown out or in a closet feeling sorry for itself.  I for one feel sorry for myself.

But do not despair!

Momma HOchie made us some Divali eats today.

There was curried mango, pumpkin, curried channa and aloo, and paratha.  And pictures to mark the occasion!

yummy curried mango.  Not the right type of mango to make curried mango but still ...

Building Puppets

Beetchie, this post is for you.

We hope you have fun building your little puppets.

Here's your picture guide as to how they should look because while we thought it would be hilarious to throw things at you to figure out on your own (because we're mostly evil bitches), we decided it would be horrible to have a three eyed turkey or a feathery scarecrow:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don't Care

While some may enjoy kittens, budgies, or bunnies...I enjoy komodo dragons, sharks, crocodiles and the all badass Honey Badger.


It might hurt my feelings but unfortunately, Honey Badger don't give a shit about me.  I can only take comfort in the fact that Honey Badger don't care 'bout no body.


Almost Time

Just a little bit longer now until November 1st and while I may feel slightly appalled by Sony's decision to 'whore' out the franchise to Subway (yeah, okay, I will admit that...I laughed at the $5 foot long taunt), Naughty Dog will put all my fears to rest as they *usually* *have yet to* to any major wrong in my eyes.



Watch this awesome movie* trailer, guys.  Watch it!

*Uncharted 3 - not actually a movie.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Christmas List

Maybe it's due to the fact that I am home sick today and at the mercy of Momma HOchie's tv viewing habits that include a lot of Fall cooking shows and Christmas adverts at every chance but I am getting a tad excited for the Christmas season.

Perhaps it's the knowing that in a month from today I will be one day closer to some days off and fun times with  frenemies for Thanksgiving.

Or maybe this is just how I am.  I'm always thinking of the presents, Kyle, the presents.

I've also been thinking about the menu for Thanksgiving and what sort of treats to make this year for friends at work.  Any suggestions? I have the cutest little tins in which to house them.

Anyway, this list is not for you to see! It's for me to remember where I am at with shopping for pyos.  Why am I making public then? I am a Contrary Mary.

1. Momma Hochie - a stocking stuffer has been purchased.
2. H1 - Done
3. Luuuiiisssss - Done
4. BooHead - Done
5. A'Face - Done
6. MC - Done
7. Beetchie - Done (and birthday too, bwahaha)

That's 7 people out of 14? 15? 16? Not bad, I guess....

I have to fix up my wish list though I think I might just need amazon gift certificates for Christmas.  All my games are coming out next year.  So sad.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bye Summer my Enemy

Summer's out of here, Autumn has begun but has it really? Today is the first day it's felt brisk and crisp.  Signs of leaves changing colour have been few but they're getting there and we are saying farewell to our little frog hanging out in the pond on those hot summer days.  I wonder what our fair froggy friend has been doing?

Say hello to our tiny scarecrow friend with her sunflowery hat and tiny crow friend.

Here's to Autumn!

The End of Days, Part V: The Hurricane and the Garden

It happened again.

The Parents HOchies went off someplace over the summer and left us in charge of the Garden.  And once again, we managed to kill it.

In our defense, the Garden did not stand much of a chance considering a Hurricane passed through and killed it.  Honestly, nature was working against us this time and it was not that we were working against it.

The Garden was doomed to begin with!

If you might recall, we had been tasked with taking care of the Garden twice in the past - the first was 5 years ago and the second was last year.  Both times I managed to kill the damned thing.  The first time to slugs and the second to The Yellowing.

This time, H1 and I were left alone one weekend.  It was supposed to be a fun time - full of games, movies, bought food and late nights up giggling and talking.  But as if we screwed someone in the past and karma caught up with us, a hurricane decided to pay NY a visit and had The Hochies hunkering down for the worst but hoping for the best.  We came out of it with a flooded basement which was to be expected, and of course, a dead garden.

We picked that tomato

Crazy Bones and the Cat

Toys R' Us' Jeffrey had a birthday party some weeks ago.  At his party which BH attended, a crazy bones sample toy was given out as a party favor.  What the hell is a Crazy Bone? It's a weird little collectible plastic figurine - actually, there are probably hundreds of them, each with crazy faces and crazy names and colours.  They seemed familiar so I just looked them up and they were a big fad in the 1990s per Wikipedia.  Anyway, it seems they are making a comeback and play something like marbles.

X was intrigued by the scary little clown one we got for the sample at the party and found a pack of three for $2.00 at Walmart and bought it for me.

We opened it up and got...crazy little crazy bones.  I promised to take pictures and that's what this post is for but of course, there was an incident while photographing the little monsters.


The Birthday Pyos List

As promised to Frass, here is the birthday presento-pyos and wishes list.

You guys were pretty good this year! I didn't have to add anyone to the grievance list for forgetting my birthday but I suspect that was thanks in part to H1's FB wishes.  The only person who neglected to wish me a Happy Birthday was TD5 but being that he is away in Europe, I suppose he can be forgiven.  What he cannot be forgiven for is the fact that I e-mailed him (albeit a bastardly request for Jammie D.'s) and he has not responded even though I know he was on FB.  Someone wants top spot on the grievance list it seems.

That aside, here is the present list for both H1 and myself for 2011.  Thanks again to everyone! You guys are the best.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Happy Birthday to Boohead

Happy Birthday, little Boohead!

You're not so little anymore, now that we think about it.  At 5 years old, you have had many an adventure and we hope you have many more.

In fact, you could be adventuring right now! I don't know what you're up to since you have not yet called for me to come over to your house.  I hope you're sleeping in like I told you too.

It's the best birthday present you could give your Momma and Daddy but it leaves me to ramble aimlessly on the blog.

Such is life!

Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

What Day is Today?

It gets me every time, Bughie J.! EVERY TIME!!!!!!

Oh, sorry.  I should probably remind you guys what only the greatest video and birthday song of all time is.


Anyways, Happy Birthday Month to myself because I am awesome and because H1 probably does not have the password to the Blog to write it for me.

Because she would!

She's not a brute.

I will list the Birthday Loot some time soon (and not next month as Frass has requested).

Love everyone!  Now let me go eat some food.  I am starving.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The End of Days, Part III: Back to the Bronx Zoo

We went back to the Bronx Zoo one weekend in September.

It's not that I found the animal asses to be fetching as per our last visit in May.  No, because if I did that would group me into that corner of the internet that no one should speak about or exist.

Lego Master Builders,the people who are just that more skilled than you and I (psst, that's why they call them M-a-s-t-e-r-s.  It's a true, sad story), designed and built set pieces for exhibition at the Zoo.

Scattered amongst some of the major displays, lego animals lurked.  With special passports, you could spot the wild lego beasts and stamp your way through the zoo grounds - proof that you survived a certain type of blockish massacre.

We found about 5 out of the 8.  Don't judge us! Having just visited the zoo some months ago, we did not need to wander the exhibit too much again but hit up some of the places we missed in May.  Yes, we probably should have at least tried to go find the Lego exhibits but there was callaloo, crab and a Frass waiting at home for us.

It was also decided that since Beetchie had not gone in some years save her last visit for an interview in which there was some snootiness involved on behalf of the staff, that perhaps since she was visiting for the weekend we could make a fun time of it.

The day started though, with a proper mini-Irish breakfast.  As it turns out, a mini-Irish breakfast is anything but mini.

At $5.00, it was a great deal.  And one can only imagine what a full Irish entails.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Hare, Hare, Hare.

Happy October everyone!

We're saying goodbye to H1's Birthday month.  It was hectic and insane but there was lots of fun had.

We're looking forward to October where there's Haalloween, Or 2's birthday and BH's birthday.

Good luck to all.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The End of Days, Part II: Chocolate and Tennis

I too can live a little high-brow...uh, on Aims' invitation.

This September 2nd, Aims' invited me to attend the evening session matches at Arthur Ashe stadium for the U.S. Open 2011.

It was the Friday before Labor Day and we both got out of work early for the long weekend.  With time to spare before our 6 p.m. admission tickets, we walked at leisure along 5th Avenue to catch the 7 to Queens from Grand Central Terminal.



I Forgot



I forgot how hot Don Music was.  Check out the colour combination with the shirt, tie, pants and belt.  I also would not call him a hipster but rather a "tortured artist".

MC, this one is not for you because I don't understand why you would reject my Chiquita bananas that I hand-picked with love for you.



You are so ungrateful!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The End of Days, Part I: Four Days of Whirlwind Fun in Midtown

Summer is almost at an end.

I know, I know.  ::boohiss::

Or in my case, "Woo! Hooray! Good show!"

Ahem.  I will collect myself now, I promise.

I am still writing to you via magical mysteries and all that as my computer is still down, but there was much that happened in the past few weeks to close out the Summer.  For the next few days, I will be writing about all our other adventures had but today it's all about our time spent with Rennie Friennie.

On Thursday, Andrea Bocelli performed at Central Park for a free concert.  It seems that everyone and their mother got tickets for that thing except for poor H1.

But all was not lost because at least Rennie, her husband J.J. and her Mom got tickets to go and out of that - a four day hectic trip to Manhattan.

It was four days of fun for us from a dinner to Connolly's with drinks and great company (we got to see A & J, and A's Momma too!) on Wednesday night, Ruth's Chris with yummy ribeye steaks and amaretto sours on Friday night, Billy Elliott The Musical with some good ol' 2006 HOchie's favourite Ponsgri, and a massive ass Street Fair with some Shake Shack on Sunday (the last bit was unfortunately not enjoyed by Rennie Friennie & Co. but there's always a next time!).

Phew!

I didn't even show you pictures yet!

For the first day of our adventures, we did not get to see the Kirby Ice-Cream truck.  Apparently, it was driving around the city giving free ice-cream bars and a chance to demo the new Kirby game for the DS, Kirby's Mass Attack.

I may not have gotten some ice-cream or see the glory of the bright pink truck with lots of Kirbys all over the sides but I did get a slap in the face.

As I was leaving the office on Wednesday, I did encounter someone's tossed away Kirby's Mass Attack bookmark.  What?! Stop throwing freebies away guys! Stop it! I would have appreciated it, you ungrateful bastards!

So it was a little bit junky but dispose of it properly, why don't you?
After catching up with friends with burgers and beer at Connolly's on 45th, H1, Luuiiiiissss and I walked to the parking garage.  It was a clear night in the city - perfect for a stroll through the bustling activity of NYC under all the bright lights.

A beautiful night ruined by some white pants.  Ugh.

Friday, September 16, 2011

100 Days

It's 100 days until Christmas and I have presents for 4 people.

Some may say I am an over-achiever but I think that's just slacking!

The time of lists fast approaches.

Everyone! Update your Amazon wish lists before Black Friday, mkay?

Thanks.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Misadventures: Because You Know You Missed Them

It's been two long weeks.  Earthquakes, hurricanes, record flooding... and it's the first week of September which always means that people decide they need to do all the work they neglected to do for the earlier Summer months.

Yet, when Beetchie and I go out together, I am still surprised by the mishaps that occur when we're out together.  But why should I be? The weeks have been crappy and meeting up with Beetchie at the end of it all should always signal some sort of disaster.

Don't believe me or need a reminder?

What about the raw squid or raw taro? That doesn't sound like horror to you? Well it should because it sure was horrible to us.

What about that almost awful head injury?

Exploding bakeries? Anyone?

And countless other events (including all of the Japan trip) that I am not recalling here; I am beginning to feel like a broken record.

So why so surprised every time something happens? Well, because it's almost unbelievable.

That's not to say that we did not have a good Summer last year when we got Doughnut Plant doughnuts for the first time...or Ippudo or went to see Scott Pilgrim.  I don't recall anything odd happening and maybe that's just what the problem was.  Again the built up pressure of non-happenings could no longer hold and resulted in Saturday Morning's events.

We went looking for Nom Wah Tea Parlor.  On Google Maps, it appears to be right next to Joe's Shanghai but what we found next to Joe's Shanghai was this:

Really?

Friday, September 09, 2011

Strolling Through the Midtown Central Farmer's Market

Twice a year, the Central Market at Midtown's 30 Rockefeller Plaza opens, bringing from Wednesday through Friday fresh fruit, vegetables, pies, quiches, cookies, muffins, butter, bread and unpasteurized juice with which to torture H1.

She is always talking about stomach aches and unpasteurized juice or some such thing.

Every year we take a gander through and over the years we discovered that quiches, apple cider doughnuts and cookies from Meredith's are awesome, mini pies are a wonderful little treat and fresh white bread from the Amish stall is the best.  The Red Apple Orchard gives us yummy juice blends and we have yet to buy a jar of honey from someplace.

This year we discovered a new favourite from the Breezy Hill Orchard.

I present to you a table full of cranberry walnut squares.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Building a Birthday Box


Last year, H1 and I began the Birthday Box tradition.  I bought a box and if presents can fit into the box, then she gets them.  If they do not, then too bad.  The box is a decent size but it does make things challenging to try to stuff into.


Somehow, I managed to fit a few things in like a bunch of cats and a shirt.

In addition to those things, there was a scary little thing that snuck into the box.  Said scary thing - a Dalek - terrorized my room and then headed for Universe domination over at H1's house and perpetrated a hoax by pretending to be a present.

This year, I have locked down the contents of the box and ensured that no such dangerous incidents will occur again.

So what's in the box?


A lot of crap, apparently.

Although, instead of the Doctor's Oldest and Greatest Enemy, there is a little happy friend who is the exact replica of H1.


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Happy Birthday Month, H1!

Currently listening to: Beetchie and BooHead playing

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Hare, Hare, Hare.

September is here.

August just had to hold on to ugliest month of the year title because you know, after the hellish hot July, I almost decided to award July the worst month of all months award.

But August just goes ahead and shows that it is an asshat of a month.  First there was an earthquake and then a freaking Hurricane affecting NY.

We are thankful that all we had to contend with was a flooded basement and a restless night anticipating tornadoes, but to all those still without power, or lost their houses - we truly feel for you.

Here's hoping for a better month.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Message to All

I'm not sure why Bloggie Boo has suddenly decided that all you biatches' comments should now be logged as spam but it has been doing that.

Just know that I am not screening your comments or deleting them.

If they take a little while to show up, it's due to the fact that I have not been blogging as of late because my computer is busted.

How am I transmitting this message to you then?

Magic.

Eid Mubarak

Happy Eid, friends.

H1 was supposed to be making some sawine but I guess that will just have to wait until the weekend when there's no work to attend and get in the way of our celebrations.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

How the Earthquake Effed Up my Day

The day before yesterday, there was an earthquake in Virginia.  It was registered at 5.9 and did some damage to buildings and such.

Thankfully there was nothing crazy and everyone was relatively unscathed.

I am a believer that things can always be worse, so I am thankful that all I felt on the day of the tremor was that I was perhaps, in need of a rushing to the hospital for a personal medical emergency because the ground shaking made me think I was woozy and about to faint.

That was before I realized it was an earthquake - stop laughing!

Anyway, about six minutes later I was supposed to be on a subway train on my way to Chinatown for some dim sum or soup dumplings. 

H1 and I were starving having not eaten a real lunch at our usual 12 p.m. time slot.

With an uncertainty about subways and whatever else, we thought it best to not get on a train.

Safety first, we always say but of course, that meant we were that much more starved come 4 p.m. when we finally decided to find some food.

Soup dumplings were some blocks from us so why not go there instead?

That would have been awesome except the restaurant was closed and we ended up having to scrounge around for some McDonald's.

That was Effed by the Earthquake Scenario 1.

Back to to 2 p.m., while I was somewhere panicking and doomsday naysaying something about 2012, the Amazon deal for half off on a Playstation Move Bundle happened as a Lightning Deal of the Day and I missed it because 40 minutes later when I remembered to check, it was over.  100% claimed.

That may not sound like much to any of you, but it was sure damned annoying to me.

And that was Effed by the Earthquake Scenario 2.

That's all the Effed up things I can talk about because you know, it really wasn't so bad once everything simmered down.

We do count ourselves lucky this time and hope that was the only time...

Currently: Wondering why Momma HOchie hates me by leaving me without food.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stay Pressed, Women

I was wondering what it meant when I saw this notification from Live Nation in my e-mail the other day.


To be precise, I was not wondering so much as to why I got the e-mail but I was wondering what the "F.A.M.E." in "The F.A.M.E." tour stood for.

The crisis has been averted though because it only took me 2 seconds to figure it out.

I hope the Females Are My Enemies tour prevails.

Currently listening to: "Cry Cry Cry" by Johnny Cash.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

An Open Post to Frass

Dear Frass,

When did Beyonce decide she should massacre a little thing called "a tune" and become the Queen Bitch of Cacophony?

Please advise.

Your Almost Friend,

One Bleeding Ear...Or 2

Friday, August 05, 2011

It Was Almost a Dirty Confession

This morning at NBC's Today Show, the unthinkable occurred - I happened upon the start of a song I did not recognize but figured it had to be Maroon 5 - and it sounded decent.

It sounded not bad.

If you could not tell, I am doing everything in my power to not say the "g" word because Maroon 5 never deserves to be called "gouhh...".

See? I can't even say it.

Perhaps the lapse in mental capabilities on my part was due to the fact that the sound itself was decent for twice (R.E.M. was the only band that actually had good equipment and well, it's R.E.F.R.I.C.K.I.N.G.M.) and also due in part to that one girl who was dancing her way out of the crowd with a ton of flava'.  She was having fun.  What can I say?

I had not forgotten that Adam Levine is a damned douche and that I dislike him immensely.  I am being redundant because I have to be to get this point in your head...that I almost went against every moral fiber in my brain to admit that a Maroon 5 song was guhh..guuh...  ...  more than decent.

However, I have good news to share because I just watched the performance online and Adam Levine still proves to be the jerk he is and I've decided potentially dirty confessions are out of my head.

I corrected myself for you lot.

In case you might still be reeling from something I may have implied, here, let me instead distract you by an awesome kid playing Taiko no Tatsujin.



That kid is a freaking Taiko DRUM MASTER.

Beetchie, you and I need to go back to the arcades of Japan.

Or alternately, we need lots of money for a purchase:

CLICK ME! You know you want to see the price...

Monday, August 01, 2011

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Hare, Hare, Hare.

It's no secret that I dislike August.  It's usually my least favourite month.  It's long, it's Summer trying to hold on, there are no vacations and life just moves slow.

I am realizing now though that I can start hating July on account of the hot weather.

So with a hopeful mind, I wish everyone good luck for August.  This July was not the best and while things can always be worse, I can still say it sucked, can't I? Considering I posted well wishes on the 2nd, you may think I am to blame...heh.  heh.  

Let us not make that same mistake again.

Good Luck, all.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Trippin' to PA: The Wrap Up

We've shared most of our adventures from PA with you but what about PA itself? Was there anything we needed to point out that I did not capture in the posts for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3?

Yes.  There's the actual land of PA to talk about.

We did not drive through PA without seeing some glorious sprawling farming land, dilapidated farm houses and some corn fields.

Many times I wanted to stop at the side of the road to take a picture of some broken down house or shed.  I also cursed the fact I did not have a wide angle lens.  That will be the next big purchase.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

After a long day

There is nothing better than laughing at with some Finn.

To all my buff babies out there.



Moodou, if you learn and sing this song, you may be spared some licks for your behaviour on the plane today.

That's right, Suga'Face knows all, so stop getting on so stink.

Currently: Wondering how anyone could not love Adventure Time.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wasted Talent

I think we all knew it was going to be a death that was sooner rather than later but it still is surreal and sad knowing that Amy Winehouse is dead.

While we've had our share of poking fun of Ms. Winehouse here at the HOchieS blog and while her musical style was not to my taste, I acknowledged her talent and H1 and I still hoped that she would get it together to let that talent continue to shine.

MC and Frass, don't cry.

Trippin' to PA: Trains and The Great Pretzel Debate on Day 3

Our final morning in PA was spent going to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania right near the Choo Choo Barn.  The museum housed old trains and pieces of American history.  The space was dark, the air was still, and all I could think about was asbestos.

I do that a lot.

It was kind of beautiful in there and there were lots to marvel at, if I cared enough.

Bwahaha, no, no.

I marveled, I marveled.

And now, you will too.

I considered standing in the middle of the railroad track to take a picture.  But then I considered I should not tempt fate.

Summer Fun in Midtown 2011: The Tons of Buns Edition

Last year, The HOchieS ventured away from the desks at work to go the annual event for cheap sample lunches from the restaurant vendors in and around Rockefeller Center.

As with last year's event, the plaza was filled with green umbrellas, Midtown suits looking for eats, and a Super Scooper Ben & Jerry's man who scooped the good stuff out for $1.00.

In what may become a yearly tradition, we again went out to this fair to get our brains addled by the sun for a decent meal to fill our bellies.

This was not actually during lunch, but earlier in the morning.
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