Mighty Life List
Jun 4 2008

Mighty Life Twofer

Bryan and I went to the San Francisco Black and White Ball last weekend, thereby fulfilling my long-held dream of limping between venues in a fabulous gown and necessarily uncomfortable shoes. It was totally worth the foot hangover, especially the swing dancing.

Plus! I got to check another dream off the Mighty Life list. In fact, I checked off two. We had dinner at Alfred’s and they had escargot on the menu, so…

The verdict is, garlic and butter are delicious, and snails taste a lot like clams. Ta-da!

This one night makes up for every nap I took this Spring.

Also? That big feathery thing on my dress strap is a hair clip, y’all. I felt like a sartorial genius when I clipped it on the strap, and I’ll be wearing it again at the first opportunity. Like, Tuesday is looking good.

45 Responses to “Mighty Life Twofer”

  • Min Says:

    Congratulations Maggie for crossing not one but TWO off the Mighty Life list.

    You look great!


  • Sunny Says:

    We have black and white night in Hilo,Hawaii:-)I am sure it is not the same, but we do have fun.
    I saw that owning land is one of the items on your Mighty life list.If you are ever in Hawaii, look me up. When it comes to land, I am your girl.

  • Lauren Says:

    I know from a recent post that you just lost all the baby weight and I HAD TO MENTION how amazing you look! And congratulations on that! And I also love your hair too – if that wasn’t enough ass kissing already. But there just aren’t enough compliments going around these days, so lets be honest. :)

  • sizzle Says:

    That’s supposed to go on a head? Wow, that’s…big! Way to get creative. :)

  • brian papa Says:

    Isn’t it crazy crossing things off your life list? I find it exciting, invigorating..and weird. Like going to Carnival. It was exciting; I was invigorated to cross it off my list and at the same time I didn’t know what to feel…disbelief, maybe?
    Anyway, I think your next goal is 2 pull-ups…I love that that’s on your list…I actually have a pull-up bar and my fiance can do 3!
    Go, Mighty Woman!

  • Steph Says:

    You are a much braver woman than I. Not only did you eat the snails without horking but you paid for them without horking. Bravo!

  • Mrs. Kennedy Says:

    You look fabulous, underline underline underline. I’m glad they served the snails in the traditional shells with lots of butter and garlic. That’s how Jackson likes them, too!

  • Alibi Says:

    What, no chicken feet on your list? (; And count me in if you are going to blow bubbles off the Golden Gate Bridge!


  • Jill - GlossyVeneer Says:

    Eating escargot is on my list of things to do before I turn 30. Which means I have just about 2 months to try it! That’s cool that you got to try the dish!

  • Nichole Says:

    Well done! I’d like to see a picture of the hair clip in your hair. I can’t even imagine what it would look like as a hair clip.

  • Lauren Says:

    Haha, I love the expression on your face! That’s exactly what I looked like when I tried crab brains in Japan.

  • michellew Says:

    Well, these pics confirm that my desire to avoid escargot for the rest of my life is spot on. I fear they would not fare well if ingested by me. But, you on the other hand, look lovely. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Michelle Says:

    re: The hairclip thingy on the dress – who do you think you are, Carrie Bradshaw? ;)

    Loves it!

  • lani Says:

    Woohoo! And I’m loving the raised eyebrow thing you got goin’ on here.

  • Laurie Says:

    You are just too cute!

  • Moxie Says:

    I would like to see a photo of someone with that thing in their hair. And way to go on the life list stuff!


  • Jan Says:

    If you were okay with the escargots the way they were served there, you would probably be even okayer with them if you ever get the chance to have them served baked in the requisite garlic butter but inside phyllo pastry. I haven’t had that in two or three forevers, but it’s delish.

    (My mom used to serve escragot at her dinner parties and she used to stuff the shells herself. My mom is a tough act to follow.)

    Kudos on the list cross-offs and on the sartorial ingenuity. And you didn’t even have to tell us about that!

  • Deidre Says:

    Just wanted to join the chorus of ‘you looked fabulous’s!

    Also I just noticed that The Durian is on your mighty list — you are a brave woman. I tried it once. Nightmares – still.

  • Stephanie Says:

    We ate escargot on a cruise awhile back. You’re right that the buttery garlic part is tasty, but I couldn’t get over the texture. It was a bit too “slimy” for my liking…

  • Stephanie Says:

    Oh, and you look great! You’re a genius with the hair clip thing!

  • Gabby Says:

    Tomorrow, you should sit Hank down with an ice cream cone in the kitchen while you make butterscotch from scratch.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Congrats on two more off the list. I’ve always wanted to go to the Black and White ball…maybe next time I’ll get to cross that one off my list. So, do you think you’ll go again?

  • Sam Says:

    Innovative use of a hair clip!!! Not so sure I could eat snails though as I am one of the fussiest eaters on the planet!! ;-)

  • ambika Says:

    This is fantastic–gives me hope of crossing off a few of mine before the summer’s end.

    And I never would have guessed that was a hair clip. Genius for sure!

  • daisy Says:

    The hair clip was a stroke of genius. What would be even better is if you were to wear it for two weeks straight but just altered its position each day. You could wear it on your wrist one day, like a feathery lapel pin another, hang it a la 80’s feather clip from your hair, and so on until people who know you start to feel awkward.

    Sorry – my sense of humor, deranged, I know.

  • Ryan Says:

    Alfred’s uses the same font as American Idol.

  • Stace Says:

    I’m shocked no one has mention this being your Pretty Woman moment!

  • Shiz Says:

    Good for you! Two more done!

  • samantha Says:

    I love escargot. I once had a dream of being a traveling food writer that wrote about all the ways people prepare escargot, but then I realized that eating it so often might ruin my enjoyment of it.

  • jen Says:

    Awww…Gorgeous, both of you.

    Though it was not on your list, you may also have seen Hookslide, my favorite a cappella group perform. Which makes me envy you even more.

  • Desiree Says:

    How cool is that?! You look great.

  • Megan Says:

    I don’t understand the feathers as a hair accessory. How…what the..?

    And I didn’t know there was such thing as a ball gown hack. Way to invent a new category.

  • Spatula Says:

    Congratulations! An accomplished and fascinating woman just got more accomplished and more fascinating, by two units.

  • sheila Says:

    You are so cute. With a touch of fabulous. Just the way I like it.

  • Lori Says:

    When I was a little girl, I believed that every woman was beautiful during the WWII era. The pictures that my grandma had of herself and her friends were so glamorous: the painted lips, the perfectly coifed wavy hair. Even the faces seemed structurally more beautiful. You evoke that retro beauty.

  • Vanessa Says:

    I LOVE your dress.

  • teensleuth Says:

    yes, yes yes i looooooove the feather pouf. oh my god you are so adorable!!!

  • Inez Says:

    Aww, escargot is *fabulous*!!

  • J. Bo Says:

    Oh, honey, you are SO CUTE I can’t not hardly stand it…

  • The Scarlet Pervygirl Says:

    I agree with Lori about the retro beauty. You two look like I imagine the Baudelaires’ parents looking.

    Um, not that you’re going to die in a fire? That’s not what I’m saying.

  • Tea Says:

    I’ve always thought that if it weren’t for the garlic butter, no one would really bother with eating snails…

    But you look stunning, my dear–like some movie star from long ago. And the two of you at the top, adorable. Sounds as if you did B&W proud.

  • The Lisa Show Says:

    You look glamorous, Maggie. I feel like a kid wanting to play dress up with the grown ups.

  • Dorothy Stahlnecker Says:

    Maggie, in the one photo, besides looking lovely. You look like the scene in the movie pretty woman…and that the snail is going airborne any moment….great photos…

  • Michelle Says:

    I came on over from Dooce’s blog where you had guest posted. I did not realize until now that YOU were the Maggie behind THE book. I have read the book and out many of the prompts into posts on an old blog I had. Now that I have a new blog it just might be time to re-do some of the prompts!

    P.S. I love your hair in these photos! Stunning!

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey Says:

    Two in one night?? That’s so good you almost need to add a third to be able to cross that off as well.

    P.S. You and Bryan look amazing in that first pic.