Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hair Ethics

I got my hair cut for Carrice's upcoming wedding. My amazing stylist convinced me that he should do it straight.

Is it blasphemous to straighten curls???

Thursday, June 12, 2008

New Friends

Originally uploaded by briannecyr
Last week I found another kitten. This time the circumstances were much different. The kitten was very skinny and lying against the wall of the parking garage. The little muffin cried out, got up and staggered over to me, and then fell at my feet.

They call me the Cat Whisperer.

Anyway, the kitten was someone's abandoned pet. Abandoned cats do not fair well since they don't have the basic foraging skills that wild cats have. So they end up starving. Poor things.

I took this little one in, and began to nurse her back to health. I had some help from a very generous man in Evan's building who took her for the first 4 days while I was at a wedding out of town. And Tara who donated some high-cal Recovery cat food.

Skinny kitty - I call her Sweetness due to her extreme affection - is now gaining weight and is doing much better. My parents are adopting her, so she can spread the love freely throughout the Cyr family.

My skinny little mini has also made a new friend. It's like a mini Jupiter! Today I caught an almost-catball moment. I wasn't able to catch a picture of it, but I was able to get this picture of mini Ju trying to score some of that JLC.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Perfect Mojito

With the onset of summer, it has been hard to resist the temptations of the summer cocktails. When I first started dating my boyfriend, Evan, he wow'd me with his bartending skills. My pampered palette is now unable to enjoy the simple yet effective "juice + booze" cocktail recipe that got me through the previous decade.

There is a fine art to making the perfect cocktail - and it is worth every painstaking moment of preparation. From pureeing the fruit by hand, to squeezing fresh lemon or lime, there is something very satisfying about the end result.

My favorite summer cocktail is the mojito - but only when made properly.

I have made mojitos many ways, and with an array of different ingredients - from soda to sugar water to lime juice. However, I want to share with you Evan's recipe for the perfect mojito - because nothing tastes better than this.


In martini shaker combine several fresh mint leaves and 2 whole limes cut in quarters. Use a wooden mulcher or similar tool to pound the living piss out of the limes. Note: these limes will provide the "mix" for your mojito. Add brown sugar to taste - I like to put between 1 and 2 tablespoons. Mix with mulcher. Add 2oz of rum - I prefer to use Captain Morgan's dark rum, but that is my preference. Note: don't use flavored rum, it is sacreligious not to mention disgusting. Add about 1 cup of crushed ice - the ice MUST be crushed. Shake shake shake. Pour into the recepticle of your choice - I like to use the fancy glasses. Add more ice to fill the glass. Enjoy.

Since I am on a perpetual diet I can rank these babies in at approximately 200 calories - depending on how much sugar was added (15 cal per teaspoon). The fresh lime, mint and ice is less than 50 calories.

In my opinion this is the best way to enjoy 2 ounces of rum. And once those 2 ounces have been enjoyed, enjoy 2 more. However, beware of the possible drunken effects of too many mojitos.