Friday, July 31, 2009

Beer Summit

In honor of the beer summit, here's what's on tap for us this weekend:



  • Frittata with fresh-from-our-farm-co-op eggs and veggies


  • Lots of knitting and purling


  • Read some more of this month's bookclub selection: The Moonflower Vine and some more of The Glass Palace


  • The Right Stuff & Shopaholic moviethon with Mr. C {I know which one he'll like best}


  • Tomato sandwich on white bread with mayo, basil and fresh mozzarella


  • At least(!) one afternoon nap

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Even more food rules


I can't use condiment packages unless I'm the one who's picked them up at the fast food place. There's a whole pile of individual unopened packets of ketchups, mustards, soy sauces, bbq sauces, taco sauces at our office available for `communal' use, but I'd rather do without.

I'll skip dessert rather than reuse my dinner fork. If I have a spoon I'll use that, otherwise no dessert.

I HATE toast crumbs left on butter in a butter dish. I've actually thrown partially used sticks of butter away that are crumbed, washed the butter dish, and started over.

Soupy, saucy, runny foods have no place on a dinner plate with other items.

I can easily go through 3 or 4 napkins at any meal.

I always drink out of a straw at restaurants.

I HATE having my silverware sit on a bare table in a restaurant. Immediately upon sitting down I need two napkins--one for my lap, one for my silverware to rest on.

I never finish the coffee in a cup.

I have to put pepper on white foods: Potatoes, cole slaw, rice, etc.

And, finally {for now}, pass things to me left to right. Thank you.

Related Post: Food Issues Nearing Obsessions & Compulsions

P.S. To Sean & Wendy...does this mean you're not inviting me over?

Stuffed to the gills

I'm intrigued by those people who can't throw stuff away. You know, the really hardcore hoarders whose houses are filled with trash, and junk, piles of clothes, old food wrappers, dirty dishes piled everywhere. The bigger the mess, the more I like it. I think I've seen every Oprah show on hoarders.


I'm not a big fan of the animal hoarders. Stuff hoarders are more my cup of tea.






Maybe it's because my mother wasn't very sentimental and tossed stuff out or gave it away willingly to Goodwill. I'm kind of the same way. Mr. C on the other hand will keep anything. In our garage rafters we have some sort of contraption that cleans swimming pools. We don't have a pool, but he got it after his mom died 20 years ago and he thinks it might come in handy.

When I got ready to move into his house, I cleaned out a closet that had no fewer than 500 little troll dolls. Seriously.



Regardless, Monday night at 9pm A&E is running a tv show about hoarders. It is scheduled on my TIVO.

Monday, July 27, 2009

To sleep, perchance to scream

Do you have nightmares? I do. I have a sort of recurring thing happen. It's not the same nightmare, but the same response. Basically, someone is strangling me or pinning me down or pointing a gun at me and no matter what I do I can't scream. Weird, huh? The other night it happened and I finally eeked out a peep loud enough to wake Mr. C up. I told him to hold onto me because "they" were after me. He did. All's well that ends well. I guess.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Danger on the high seas

Less than 2 months until our cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii. Time to resurrect the cruise horror stories.

We begin with a variation on an ever-popular theme. Yes, that oldie but goody, husband kills wife in stateroom.

This time a middle-aged California couple {"former high school sweethearts who found each other decades later and renewed their love"} were cruising home from idyllic Cabo San Lucas. Something went awry and the husband confessed to the authorities he had killed his wife "in the bathroom of their cabin with his bare hands."

Alrighty, then.

Friends shocked as LA man charged in wife's murder

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Food issues nearing obsessions and compulsions

I'm worried. I'm starting to develop weird food habits. I don't think I've reached the OCD level yet or require medication, but I may need to keep an eye on this.

Tell me if these are normal behaviors or if I've gone off the food cliff:

* I can't eat food unless I know who has made it. No untraceable potluck foods for me.

* I can't eat cereal once it gets too mushy from milk or yogurt.

* I don't like to eat leftovers that have been stored in plastic baggies. They have to have been stored in plastic containers.

* No food groups should touch another on a dinner plate. Keep my vegetables away from my fruits.

* No leftovers after 48 hours.

* I can't drink out of anything but clear glass.

* No fruits cooked with meats, eg. raisins, pineapple, etc. don't belong in pork chops, chicken, beef or seafood dishes

* No vegetables masquerading as dessert, prime offender this time of year is zucchini bread or cake or whatever it is.

* Ketchup is a condiment only to be used on french fries. Also, it should only be placed on the side of the fries in a little blob...not spread all over the top of them.

* No eating off of or drinking out of chipped dishes, EVER.

* Salad forks should only be used to eat salad or dessert, never a main dish.

* Margarine is a bad invention.

* Dessert is to be served on a fresh plate. Never, ever, plop a dessert on a used dinner plate.

* I have to leave something on my dinner plate at the end of the meal. A completely cleaned off plate makes me nauseous.

* I want my finished plate removed immediately upon being finished. No lingering on the dinner table staring back at me.

* DO NOT eat off my plate. Don't worry I won't eat off of your plate.

There's more, but I've embarrassed myself enough.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The final solution?

According to Kim Priestap's Political Insights blog, HR 3200--the epic length health reform bill--has a provision in it that requires the elderly to visit their doctors and nurse practitioners (note: not their lawyers) every 5 years to discuss information regarding living wills, hospice, durable powers of attorney, and other end of life decisions.

This is where we're headed folks. The government now interfering in those pesky "end of life decisions"...all in the name of saving money. It's sad when the greatest country on earth no longer values its elders.

Lest you think we're just devaluing the elderly, think again. The bill also has provisions for the government to pay for abortions. HR 3200 defines abortion as an "essential benefit."

I'm wondering what other nuggets are hidden throughout HR 3200.

By the way, Barack-star went on record today in a conference call with liberal bloggers like Daily Kos and the Huffington Post that he'll do anything to get this thing passed--regardless of public opinion.

Where did our democracy go?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ch-ch-change. Change of Fools.

This morning on one of the news channels I heard some common tater explain to me that Barack-star is determined to be a Transformational President. The context was the healthcare debate. It came up in the discussion that right now a majority of Americans say government-run healthcare doesn't seem like such a hot idea to them.

Too bad what we think. This common tater insisted that since Barack-star is hell-bent on being a Transformational President we ought to just let him have his way. After all, this is Barack-star we're talking about and he's on a mission for change.

Some people love change. Some people hate change. I'm not risk averse, but I do think it's silly and immature to think that change for change sake is necessarily a good thing. It makes me crazy when I hear common taters or other folks say, "well, people voted for change when they voted for Barack-star."

What a lot of hooey.

Change in and of itself is neither good nor bad. By way of example, following are 20 examples of changes that someone originally thought were good...but obviously didn't work out too well.

Consider this a cautionary tale.

1) Break up of AT&T
2) Susan B. Anthony dollar
3) Bringing kudzu to the U.S.
4) New Coke
5) Moon boots
6) Imitation crab meat
7) The Roper's (Three's Company) and Joanie Loves Chachi (Happy Days) sequels
8) Vietnam War
9) Spray on hair
10) New math
11) Leisure suits
12) The Spruce Goose
13) Breast implants
14) U.S. vs. Microsoft Anti-trust case
15) Speed 2: Cruise Control {Sandra Bullock attempts to corral a runaway cruise ship}
16) Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees
17) Smell-o-Vision
18) Dan Quayle
19) The Edsel
20) Sony sticking with Betamax instead of switching to VHS format

Gallery of bad ideas:

Yankee(?)Babe Ruth


Spray On Hair


Break Up of AT&T


Joanie Loves Chachi


Moon Boots


Kudzu


Leisure suit



Support for Barack-star's healthcare plan*:
April 57%
July 49%

Support for Barack-star's economic plan*:
March 60%
July 52%

*{Washington Post/ABC News Poll}

Write your own caption

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ribfest IV

15 slabs of ribs and 25 people have put Ribfest IV into the history books. Here are some pics:

THE SET UP:










TRANSFORMED:



THE PARTY




Two favorite news directors:


Beautiful people








By special request, drink of the night was the John Daly...sort of like an Arnold Palmer--only with more oomph.












Even grown ups love s'mores...









And, until next year...that's a wrap!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's in a name?



I just found out that Buzz Aldrin's mother's name was Marion Moon. In case you don't remember, Buzz was the second man to walk on the moon.

Czar no more

Well, we're down to just 31 czars. Yep, Car Czar Steven Rattner had to abdicate his post when a pesky little accusation of influence peddling bubbled to the forefront. Hmmmmm. I guess this is one of the risks we face when folks are named to powerful positions with no public oversight or accountability.

Apparently New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the Securities and Exchange Commission allege that Rattner's private equity firm paid more than $1 million in kickbacks to a political consultant when they were trying to raise money from the state's public pension fund.

Naughty, naughty.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Book Report: The Gates of The Alamo

I've never been a huge fan of historical fiction. Well, I must have been reading the wrong historical fiction because this year I've read some great books in the genre {eg., The Other Boleyn Girl, Pompeii}. Add to that list The Gates of the Alamo, by Stephen Harrigan.

I've been to the Alamo, and just about everything I knew about the battle I learned on that visit back when I was about 15.

The Gates of The Alamo tells the story from all viewpoints: not just the Alamo defenders like Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, but also The Mexican General Santa Anna, a Mayan "witch", and elite soldiers in the Mexican army.

I'm still not sure how he did it, but Harrigan wrote a novel that kept me in suspense--even though I knew how it was going to end.

Beware though...the last hundred or so pages are really violent. I imagine they tell the story realistically.

Dry Rub or Marinade?

It was a rainy 4th of July in the STL, but that didn't stop us from having a Rib Throwdown. Here are some photos:




The Challenge







Secret Marinade





Dry Rub





Game On








The Judge and The Contestants



Who won? The judge said it was a tie. Of course.