Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
1 lb stew beef, cubed
2 TBSP olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
healthy pinch of ground cloves
1 c. beef broth
1 1/2 c. water
To thicken (at end of cooking time)
2 TBSP corn starch dissolved in 1/3 c. cold water
Brown beef cubes in olive oil. Transfer to slow cooker and add remaining ingredients (except corn starch mixture) and stir to mix well. Cook for approximately 5 hours on high (add extra water if necessary - sauce should just cover meat and veggies) and then test carrots and potatoes for doneness. When carrots and potatoes are done, mix the corn starch and cold water until smooth. Add slowly to hot stew and stir well. Let the stew cook on high until it thickens -approx. 5 minutes.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I have been so caught up in my life that I haven't really been paying a lot of attention to what is going on outside my world. I don't think I've read the paper in weeks (and we have 2 delivered to the house every day - I am grateful for recycling...) I did read Newsweek this week because I was travelling and it is a good read on the plane. Even now, I feel like I should be coming up with a list of things I need to get done this weekend and get started on the list. But I'm enjoying the quiet. The Wife is still asleep, the dog is snoozing on the couch, the cats are snoozing in one of their many napping spots, the TV and Ipod are silent, and all I can hear is the dryer, a sound that is fairly innocuous to me. It is cloudy and in the low 40s today (snow is predicted for tonight) but we still have lots of fall color.
I don't know if anyone else has noticed but the moon has been fabulous this week. Earlier in the week it was a perfect crescent low in the sky, last night it was at maybe 1/3 of full but huge and beautiful and low. During the day, the sky has also been that deep blue that only seems possible in the autumn. Yesterday I started to think of winter because it was very windy and we had low dark clouds that were scooting across the sky and I knew that a cold front was coming in. Perfect hot tub weather...which reminds me I'd better get started on that "to do" list which includes "put sanitizing chemicals in hot tub" if I want to take advantage of the weather.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Mary is a lesbian, who just had a baby with her lesbian partner, Heather.
Former Senator and arch-conservative Jesse Helms, who blamed gays and lesbians for "the proliferation of AIDS" and denouncing the use of the word gay because "there's nothing gay about them," has a lesbian granddaughter.
Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the conservative Eagle Forum, was instrumental in drafting the Republican Party platform language opposing gay marriage and civil unions, has a gay son, John.
Barry "Mr. Conservative" Goldwater (who in later years came out in favor of gay rights) had a gay grandson and a lesbian grandniece.
Nixon's Chief of Staff and Watergate convict H.R. Haldeman had a gay child.
President of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality Charles Socarides, has a gay son Richard, who was liaison to the gay community under President Clinton.
Then of course there is Alan Keyes, GOP presidential candidate, family-values harper, and the guy that tried to keep Barack Obama from the Illinois Senate seat, tossed his college-student daughter, Maya, who came out during his campaign against Barack out of the family home and cut off her tuition money.
The late California state Sen. Pete Knight who spearheaded the ultimately successful Proposition 22 that bans gay marriage in California, has a gay son, David, who married his partner during San Francisco queer marriage rush in '04.
Sadie Fields, state chair of the Christian Coalition of Georgia, who helped push the constitutional ban on gay marriage, has a gay daughter, Tess.
Bill Byrne, who was head of the Cobb County Commission in 1993 when it passed a resolution proclaiming “the homosexual lifestyle” unwelcome in the suburban Atlanta community, has a lesbian daughter Shannon.
Regina Griggs, an executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX)—ie the group set up to mimic and oppose PFLAG—has a gay son.
Anti-gay rights and pro-life activist Randall Terry, has a gay son, Jamiel.
Robert Mosbacher, the man heading President Bush's national reelection campaign in 2004, and later chief fund-raiser, has a lesbian daughter, Dee.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s half-sister Candace is a lesbian.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The wedding was fine. The priest was obsessed with celibacy and wouldn't shut up during his homily. It was almost 90 out and the church was not air conditioned. There was also a heroin bust in the parking lot during the wedding. We walked out to discover several police officers searching the weeds along the parking lot for the heroin that had been dumped. We then saw a handcuffed guy whose car was getting searched and 4 police cars in the midst of an arrest at a gas station. All in the 2 miles from church to reception site. The Bride and Groom taped a cute (and very brief) video and then they had childhood and more recent photos on a loop. We sat with a group of the Groom's childhood friends and their spouses and another couple from our town. The food was good and the music was set at a level so you could talk during dinner. We left about 9 PM because The Wife needed to change her meds (and we wanted to watch the Phillies game.)
I have not spent any significant time in Pittsburgh as an adult. Yesterday I took a walk. The riverfront (Allegheny River) is awesome. I walked from our hotel across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to PNC park (and the statue of Roberto Clemente). PNC Park was open so I wandered in and had a look at the field. Note to self: Must attend baseball game there sometime. Then I went down the stairs to the river front and walked along the river to Heinz Field. Up the steps and back (in the shade) towards PNC park, the bridge, and the hotel. There was a regatta taking place so there were people and shells all over the place. I would have hung around if I had more time. The Wife and I also had a very good dinner on Friday night at a restaurant called "Christos." It was a hole in the wall tucked in between two other restaurants but it was such a find. Really great authentic Greek food at a low price. We both had greek salads, hummus and pita, and The Wife had Kreatospita (sp?) with veggies and I had a greek sampler platter with gyro, tzatziki, pita, grape leaves, and rice pilaf. The owner of Christos cooked for Jackie Onasis for 2 years when she lived in Greece and created a dessert for her so I had that. It was great. Hard to describe because the description doesn't do it justice. Just YUM.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Wife calls down "Did you reset the breaker?"
Me: "No, something else caught my eye."
Me: "A snake."
Because I must ponder what to do I go reset the breaker and then go back to deal with the snake, which is, of course, gone. Tiptoe over to sump pit, see snake slither into recesses of the pit, making large butch lesbian practically fall over backwards. This snake is about as big around as the power cord on my laptop. It could maybe give me a good pinch and yet I'm completely freaked it is in my house. Oy.
Tune in next week for further adventures with the snake (I hope not....)
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Of course if you are a giant dumbass like yours truly you do the following things wrong with each successive pizza - the first one you don't cook long enough on either side. The next one you oil the top after flipping it - which causes tomato juices and cheese whey to gather on the top of the pizza. The next one is a giant dome when you open the grill after cooking on the first side and you forget to oil the top and flip the pizza (I think I forgot to flip it over as I was rolling it out which was why we got the giant dome). So tonight I shall try to remember all of the steps in the right order. I remembered to drain the tomatoes ahead of time, I remembered to take the dough out to warm up before using it (it rolls out better that way) so at the moment I am on the right track.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
I called the groomer to change the time of the poochie's beauty appointment. I said "Hi. I'm calling about Sweet Pea, the manic poodle's appointment" and I heard the groomer snort on the other end of the phone. Made me feel good bringing laughter to the world with my snark.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
I really, really miss you. I've been a very busy girl. I love to run around the yard, and my stick collection is growing by the day. The only thing is that the really fat sticks that I found, I have stripped the bark off of, and now they keep breaking when I give them to Judy to tug. We have lots of little pieces all around the yard.
On Mondy night, I decided NOT to follow Judy & John upstairs to bed......Judy had to pull me by the collar, and John had to push my butt to go up the stairs to sleep. Then I went under the bed a little bit, and spent the night.
Yesterday, Judy & Nana went out to dinner & I went right into my crate like a good girl.. When they got home, I ate dinner and then Judy took out a tray to polish her nails in the den, but I got real scared of that tray and ran and hid in the screen room next to the refrigerator, and made myself into a tiny little ball (this is 9 month old Chocolate Lab...) so no one could see me. Then Judy came
to get me after 2 hours, and I ran into my crate and wouldn't even come out when Judy gave me a Frosty Paws, and a Meaty Bone. When she let me out to pee at 9 o'clock, I ran into the woods and hid real good so she wouldn't find me. I only came out when judy brought out my leash and offered to take me for a walk. (She looked real funny walking me in her slippers and nightgown). When we got back, I really didn't want to go back in the yard and house, so I tried to stand my ground, but Judy pulled me into the house. Then I hid behind the couch in the living room (she couldn't find me for a long time, ha, ha.) When it was time to go to bed, I flatly, absolutely refused to go upstairs! No one could move me, because I am so strong. So, I spent the night in my crate. I think I am still really scared of
that tray thing, even though she put it away.
Today, I am fine, well rested, and ready to greet the world. I even stole the stocking off the vent in the screen room, and distributed all the lint all over the den so Judy would have to vacuum before she went to work. It was real fun, because Judy didn't know what it was for about 5 minutes.
I hope you are missing me a little bit. Have a safe trip to Chicago, and bring me a present.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
-Why does lettuce smell so nasty when it goes bad?
-Why is there nothing on I want to watch when I sit down to watch TV but a hundred things I would like to watch when I'm turning off the TV to go to bed?
-Why do weeds grow so well in my garden?
-Why can't I win the lottery? I have lots of good ideas of what I could use the money for.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Yesterday, I sat for an hour awaiting the arrival of my doctor. I was not wearing pants. All of the necessary instruments etc for my endometrial biopsy were carefully laid out on the counter next to me. Needless to say it was an excruciating wait, almost worse than the biopsy itself. I hate those fuckers and I’ve had one about every 4 months for 5 years. With luck, this one was the last.
Monday, May 14, 2007
My office is finally getting decent coffee. We are getting
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Friday, May 11, 2007
The Wife just shared this little tidbit over IM:
OMG the funniest thing just happened. A school bus stopped at the light & some goofy kid started "barking" really loud (don't know if he saw the dog). But Poochie went running up & barked back. They held a little "barking" conversation until he was too far for her to hear him.
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Sunday, April 29, 2007
I almost forgot the best part. Because I am a "Clean House" addict, the wife bought me the Linda Koopersmith organizing book The Beverly Hills Organizer Home Organizing Bible and a Dymo Label maker. I am in geek heaven.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
For those of you who know the saga of our frequent basement flooding problems, I am happy to report that the pumps did their job and the basement remained completely dry. We still run down there every couple of hours and we’re sure to check first think in the morning and last thing at night but it feels really good to get through a storm like this and not be dragging ruined stuff out again (or having to fix the window that had to be smashed [or cut open in this case as it is still just a sheet of plastic from when The Wife had to smash it last summer.]) We can certainly empathize with the people in
I just saw this phrase “windy with occasional sprinkles” on the weather.com forecast for the town in which I live. It struck me as very funny, as though jimmies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmies) are going to rain from the sky. Wow. What have I been smoking? Sadly, nothing.
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Monday, April 09, 2007
For reasons of health and to try to help with weight loss I am trying to avoid two things that seem to be ubiquitous these days: high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweetners. I was in the grocery store over the weekend and I was trying to buy bread. Nearly every brand/variety of commercially made bread had HFCS in it, even a few labeled as "all natural." I eventually found one within the "organic" line of a manufacturer whose other products all had HFCS. Why can't they just use a little sugar? Or, if it needs to be a liquid, use honey. I bake bread at home and I use honey. The HFCS and artificial sweetner avoidance is making it very hard for me to find a soda I can drink. I was used to drinking 2 12 oz. diet sodas a day. I like carbonated drinks. I guess I am going to have to start buying seltzer water and juice. Hmmm, maybe I can find a cola syrup and make my own when I need a fix. If you know of sodas that don't contain HFCS let me know. In addition, if you have any suggestions for manufacturers/product lines (not just soda, any products) that don't contain either HFCS or artificial sweetner leave a note in the comments.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
|Purgatory (Repenting Believers)||Moderate|
|Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)||Moderate|
|Level 2 (Lustful)||Moderate|
|Level 3 (Gluttonous)||High|
|Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)||Low|
|Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)||Low|
|Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)||Very Low|
|Level 7 (Violent)||High|
|Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)||Moderate|
|Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)||Very Low|
Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
It is Passover. While I am not Jewish, I am considering conversion and so this year, I am trying to observe Passover by not eating wheat, oats, barley, rye, or spelt. There are also many other things that I may or may not be permitted to eat but not having grown up Jewish I don't have family or community tradition to fall back on or a family member to ask. I've been reading as many things as I can but if I convert I'll be a Reform Jew and not an Orthodox one and many of the online resources are for Jews who are Orthodox. I also am going to have to shop at a different supermarket for Passover supplies because the one where I usually shop has NO kosher for Passover matza.
I didn't have a seder to attend this year which was sort of weird. We could have gone to the community seder at the temple where we attend services and a weekly Judaism class but we have tickets to see Spam-a-lot tonight (purchased before we thought much about the Jewish calendar) so no luck there.
Hmmm, I think this might be harder than I thought it was going to be.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Received by The Wife on the home voice mail system today:
"A dangerous convict has escaped from (the local) court. Be on the lookout for a white man, 6 ft tall, wearing an orange jumpsuit. May have handcuffs on one wrist. If you see him call 911. Please remain indoors. Lock your doors & windows & secure your car."
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
We also ate lots of good food. We hit the old standbys - Cafe du Monde, The Gumbo Shop, Acme Oyster House, Central Grocery for muffalettas, Johnny's Po-boys for roast beef and oyster po-oys, and several other restaurants. We spent a Saturday evening in the piano bar at Pat O'Brien's and a very amusing Sunday night trolling the gay bars including Good Friends and Bourbon Pub. We also took a paddlewheel cruise on the Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez (don't bother with the buffet lunch - not worth it.)
It was in the 20s when we left Newark and it was in the 70s and sunny in New Orleans. It was so great to be somewhere warm. New Orleans, despite Katrina, hasn't lost its inate warmth either. It's a friendly place, and incredibly worth saving.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
and of course there is that little problem at Walter Reed.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
|You are Cleopatra|
Beautiful and Charming. You are able to persuade anyone to do anything you would like, because of your hotness and charisma. You are an expert in gaining power over anyone you choose.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
They are bringing back the "Bionic Woman." As a devotee of cheesy 70s TV, I hope the re-make is a good as the first movie remake of "Charlie's Angels." It needs to have the appropriate level of camp along with a decent story. And sound effects. Those are a definite necessity for a "Bionic Woman" remake.
More info (although not much) here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070213/tv_nm/bionic_dc_2
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
The "grand prize" winner and the runners up are hysterical. Totally worth a read.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
I know there has been a lot of discussion about the money that was spent to save him and whether or not it was well spent. I think that the Jacksons did the right thing by using their resources to save him. Animals, especially those that have a "job" or a purpose besides providing companionship, should not be seen as expendable and disposable. There are a lot worse things that they could have spent their money on (and been criticized less.)
At least one good thing came out of all the attention. More than $1 million dollars was raised for the vet hospital associated with UPenn where Barbaro was treated.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Can you read these right the first time?
> 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
> 2) The farm was used to produce produce.
> 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
> 4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
> 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
> 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the
> 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought
> it was time to present the present .
> 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
> 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
> 10) I did not object to the object.
> 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
> 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row
> 13) They were too close to the door to close it.
> 14) The buck does funny things when the does are
> 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer
> 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow
> to sow.
> 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
> 18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a
> 19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
> 20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate
> Let's face it - English is a strange language. There
> is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither
> apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't
> invented in England or French fries in France .
> Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't
> sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if
> we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can
> work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig
> is neither from G uinea nor is it a pig.
> And why is it that writers write but fingers don't
> fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If
> the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of
> booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2
> meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy
> that you can make amends but not one amend? If you
> have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but
> one of them, what do you call it?
> If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a
> vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian
> eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should
> be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In
> what language do people recite at a play and play at a
> recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have
> noses that run and feet that smell?
> How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
> while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You
> have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in
> which y our house can burn up as it burns down, in
> which you fill in a form by filling it out and in
> which, an alarm goes off by going on.
> English was invented by people, not computers, and it
> reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of
> course, is not a race at all That is why, when the
> stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights
> are out, they are invisible.
> PS. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"
> You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .
> There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more
> meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is
> It's easy to understand UP , meaning toward the sky or
> at the top of the list, but when we
> awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a
> meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP
> and why are the officers UP for election and why is it
> UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
> We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a
> room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers
> and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and
> some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the
> little word has real special meaning. People stir UP
> trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and
> think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to
> be d ressed UP is special.
> And this UP< / FONT> is confusing: A drain must be
> opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store
> in the morning but we close it UP at night.
> We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be
> knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look the
> word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary,
> it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to
> about thirty definitions. I f you are UP to it, you
> might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is
> used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you
> don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
> When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP .
> When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP .
> When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes
> things UP
> When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP
> One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now
> my time is UP, so........... it is time to shut
> Oh . one more thing:
> What is the first thing you do in the morning & the
> last thing you do at night? U-P
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Which famous feline are you?
You're Hobbes. First of all, the makers of this quiz would like to congratulate you. You have our seal of approval. You are kind, intelligent, loving, and good-humoredly practical. You're proud of who you are. At the same time, you're tolerant of those who lack your clearsightedness. You're always playful, but never annoying. For these traits, you are well-loved, and with good cause.
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Monday, January 22, 2007
|Your Inner European is French!|
Smart and sophisticated.
You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.
There is no way that I can be French. We make fun of the French in my house. We tried to teach our French poodle to do the same. Distraught I am.
Friday, January 12, 2007
A - Astronomical constellation you easily identify or like: Big dipper
B - Biggest flaw you'd like to correct: the fact that I'm a lazy slug
C - Complete works of what person would you like to own: John Irving
D - Dare you wouldn't take: Eating live bugs
E - Elephantitis of the what: boobs, I already have it so nothing new there
F - Fascination with a celebrity that you're embarrassed about: The British Royal Family
G - Grover or Elmo: Grover, I want to drop kick Elmo
H - Happiest you've ever seen another person (ok, it's not all about you): Sarah when she married Hubby
I - Ignorance of what subject: physics
J - Judgment you'd like to render: impeachment of George W. Bush
K - Khakis or chinos: khakis
L - Left home at what age: 16
M - Most proficient in what skill: cooking
N - Nonsense word you use when trying not to cuss: boogers (I guess it isn't a nonsense word but it isn't really a cuss word.)
O - Obligatory task you loathe: washing dishes
P - Proudest moment: graduating from College
Q - Quickest decision you've ever made: accepting current job
R - Return gifts or regift them next year: return. I'm not a big fan of re-gifting
S - Secret dream (come on, spill it): to win the lottery and move to Italy
T - Terrible nightmare you still remember: snakes in my bed
U - Unique person you admire: my sister
V - Vocabulary word you always mispronounce: don't know but I bet The Wife knows
W - Wish that came true: Living in Italy for 2 years
X - X marks the spot, so what's the treasure: Enough money to retire early so I can garden, travel, and spend 3 months a year in Italy
Y - Your free answer - say whatever you want: Can someone tell me the words to "Bohemian Rhapsody?"
Z - Zoological creature you'd like to be for an hour: my dog so I could understand the appeal of the cat's butt