December 11th, 2013
“Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.” – The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
Not actually an entrant into the Bulwer-Lytton competition, but a pretty good bad opening line nonetheless. It was a pretty funny story all in all. I do love Moore’s characters. His dialog is sometimes laugh out loud funny. If you’ve read the other Pine Cove books, several of the characters will be familiar and Roberto T. Fruitbat from Island of the Sequined Love Nun appears as well.
December 6th, 2013
So, we only really get together with my mom’s side of the family for Christmas. We do the OAM family Christmas at Thanksgiving since the parents are in Florida in December (there are only the two of them and the two of us anyway). My dad’s side has gone 19 different ways since his dad passed and we don’t really have much family connection there anymore due to the cultivizing of the aunts, uncles and cousins. That and two of dad’s siblings cut off ties with the other two due to hard feelings over the paternal estate. If we did get together with them, there would be metric buttloads of kids, tons of food and all the religion you could stand to have shoved down your throat. :) There would be… injuries.
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November 30th, 2013
The Pearl Waterfall Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
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November 28th, 2013
Le Sigh. Why do we let this month of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas be such a stressful time? Mandatory travel in bad weather, the perceived obligation to spend money we may not have, eating food we may not like just because our mother-in-law made it…
Here giveth I the obligatory thanks for all I with which I am blessed – health, family, friends and a job I don’t hate most days.
Maybe we should take booze with us to the in-laws today… No, that would mean we’d have to stay overnight. The idea of drugging them does appeal but we need the prozac for ourselves…
Hope everyone has a safe and if not pleasant, at least bearable day today with loved ones. Don’t argue too much. Biting your tongue may hurt in the short term but it probably pays off in the long term in familial peace.
November 24th, 2013
Shirred Eggs with Ham
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
6 English muffin halves, buttered and toasted
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine ham and cheese. Break eggs into 6 ounce custard cups. Top each egg with 1/4 cup ham-cheese mixture. Place cups in shallow pan; pour hot water in pan to depth of 1 inch. Bake for 20-25 minutes till eggs are firm. Melt butter in a saucepan; stir in flour and salt. Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, till thickened. Cook 2 additional minutes and stir in cheese. To serve, invert an egg on each muffin half; top with cheese sauce.
It’s taken me longer than I wanted to get food cooked that met with dino approval. Everyone we meet, whether imaginary internet friends or in meatspace, has the potential to leave a lasting impact on our lives. Sometimes the impact is positive, sometimes not. I refuse to believe that photographing food with dinosaurs, often simply for the purpose of annoying someone, is anything but a positive. So rather than pouring out a drink for Yabu, here’s a Food Pic Haters Annoying Pic. He was a hell of a storyteller, a man of conviction and of excellent taste in food. I wish we could have taken that trip to Africa with you and the Juju Woman.
November 21st, 2013
We’ve been trying Psyche again. Couldn’t get into it back when it came out. It hasn’t been awful. It’s been okay enough to keep on in the background at least. :) The episode with Tim Curry was hilarious, though. And Gina Gershon was pretty funny as well.
November 19th, 2013
I have *got* to retire somewhere I can foster bat orphans.
November 13th, 2013
Nothing this evil looking should be allowed to get that much air. I’m okay with the killer whale dolphin hunt. Killer whales are supposed to leap into the air and stuff. I’ve seen Free Willy posters. Great whites, as the aquatic personification of evil, should never, ever be completely out of the ocean. I mean, c’mon. Even Jaws had to break through the boat to get to Shaw.
November 11th, 2013
It has been just a gorgeous autumn around here. The trees took a long time to turn and as a result, we got to see lots of trees in stages of changing. There were reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns all on the same tree sometimes. It lasted for at least two weeks as well, before the winds came in and blew the trees bare. Now it looks cold out, even though it was 60 degrees today. It had to happen sometime but I am not looking forward to the cold.
November 8th, 2013
This challenges my faith in a rational world and T-Rex knows, that’s been on shaky ground lately as it is.
Mexican Coke ditching cane sugar and going to HFCS – just like American Coke.
They are supposedly going to continue making the cane sugar version for export to the US. For now, at least. I would pay more for Coke with cane sugar and I’d love to be able to get a US version of it. Guess there must not be enough demand for it. If there were profit in it, Coke would surely be doing it already. Sigh.
Off to stock up…
November 6th, 2013
Haul #1 from the October trip. It’s not all mine. This pile is actually from 3 people…Like that makes it better, I know. This stuff is from Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico, TX and Chocolat in Fredericksburg, TX.
Haul #2. This is all from Dude, Sweet in Dallas, TX. Hey, they had a sale – order online and it was 20% off. Had to be done.
All of my chocolate is gone now except for a truffle or two from Dude, Sweet. But in fairness, I did share a lot of it.
And cats. Chocolate and cats and tea. Ah… happy place.
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November 6th, 2013
Mizled??? Seriously, mizled???
Off with her head.
Warning: video is of an MSNBC “news” program and contains Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Viewing may cause intermittent hurling and squalls of stupidity are guaranteed.
If you don’t want to watch the vid yet still want to know what warrants Queen of Hearts treatment with extreme prejudice here it is:
DWS, on speaking (or reading from the ‘prompter) on whether or not Obama misled people about the whole “you can keep your plan” issue, said that people were not “mizled.” And no, that is not a-la Pink – miz-unda-stood – but pronounced like “mizzled.” DWS has said more than enough to cement her stupidity in the public eye, but this is truly going above and beyond the call of duty. She’s built up enough strikes that she just needs to be taken out to the croquet court and dealt with.
That pretty much exhausts my tolerance for talking about the “health care” situation and politics in general these days. This was just too much to be borne in silence.
November 4th, 2013
I like being home with the OAM, don’t get me wrong. But every time he goes out of town on business I get to eat places he doesn’t like or won’t try. :) But with only two evenings in this latest trip, I found it really hard to choose. Brazilian grill? Give the close by Tex-Mex place another try? Ooo, or the Tex-Mex place that is actually pretty good but we never get to since it’s kind of out of our normal roaming paths? Or the pizza place that he will go to but doesn’t care for the pizza but which I love? I could just run through a drive thru and get lots of fries and buffalo sauce. Or I could have olive tapenade on good bread with cheese again. Or ice cream for dinner.
So many choices and to top it all off, I wasn’t even really all that hungry.
Ended up going back to the English pub down the street. Food is truly so-so. I went there last night, too and the service was simply horrible. The bartender who “waited on me” last night recognized me tonight and said “so, I didn’t scare you off?” Wonder what he would have thought if I’d told him that yes, I was back in spite of his horrendous service. :) Being far too polite I simply said “Ah, this place is close to home.” Another missed opportunity for honesty. Damn my mild-mannered and meek upbringing. In my head I’m far more caustic.
Oh, well. Food opportunities squandered due to laziness but I did watch Winnie The Pooh to get the Blustery Day song out of my head. OAM would have watched it but it wouldn’t have been his choice. And Hudson Hawk – which I’m not sure I could make him sit through again, now that The Phil is gone and we can’t dual-whine him. Spirited Away he’d have been fine with I think, but we shall see if he gets on board with more Studio Ghibli after he gets home since now I want to re-watch them all.