Monday, June 30, 2008

I'ze been tagged

Audrey M, the creator of the Baby Adipose crochet pattern, tagged me with this meme and as you all know, the memage must be obeyed!

(Audrey, if I've credited you incorrectly, please let me know...)

1. What I was doing 10 years ago:
July 1998? I moved to Oregon in January, and by June had started to work for the most gods-awful CPA of all time. Well, he was a good CPA. He was an unpleasant person. Even his wife said so.

2. What 5 things are on on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
1. work, primarily finish up fiscal year write-up
2. go to grocery store
3. buy July transit pass
4. crochet baby adipose for an LJ friend (this can be done on the train, of course)
5. walk Faraday if it isn’t too hot for the two of us

3. Snacks I enjoy:
1. cheese and crackers
2. celery (no, I’m NOT kidding)
3. ice cream
4. popcorn
5. these things that have no name but are a Mexican bread stuffed with Mexican (hot & spicy) chorizo and Queso Oaxaca (similar to mozarella) and with a pickled jalapeno that I always pull out because, really, enough is enough.
6. salad (again, not kidding)

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire:
1. Pay off as much of my debt as that’ll cover. (Only mildly sarcastic)
2. Travel and then travel some more.
3. Endow someone to invent a truly cheap electric car
4. Fund an entire Head Start classroom for a couple of years
5. Buy a car, hopefully the aforementioned truly cheap electric car
6. Send all my friends who want it to the university of their choice. Including me.

6. Places I have lived:
Oh, you’re serious? Okay, here’s the list. I’m not combining duplications.

1. Boston, MA
2. Trevlose, PA
3. Perth Amboy, NJ
4. Oneonta, NY
5. Regina, Saksatchewan (Canada)
6. Albany, NY
7. Delmar, NY (kinda cheating here as it’s a suburb of Albany but has grown into its own metro area in recent years…)
8. Boston, MA
9. Djursholm, Sweden (just outside Stockholm)
10. Brockport, NY
11. Los Angeles, CA
12. Denver, CO (technically, Aurora, CO)
13. Portland, OR
14. Vancouver, WA
15. Portland, OR
I left out anyplace I lived for less than a year. Whew!

I can't tag anyone from this blog but if you'll follow me over to my Livejournal account, where unsuspecting victims try to hide, I will do so there.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I am not going to try this. I'm not I'm not I'm not

Although in principle it sounds decadent and interesting...

Brown-Sugar Salami Chips
Arrange one layer of thin salami slices on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325ºF until edges are crisp, about 30 minutes. Remove from parchment and blot dry on paper towels. Combine 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave about 30 seconds until bubbly. Add chips, stir gently, and return them to the oven on a fresh sheet of parchment to bake 3 to 4 minutes at 300ºF.

In less horrifying food news, I've discovered that storing my pancake batter in the refrigerator until I want it is a great idea, just not for hot summer days.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


We get it. Tim Russert was a great man, a giant among journalists, a wonderful father, a loving son, a writer par excellence. We get it. His death was unexpected and tragic. We get it. We've gotten it since Friday. Enough already!

When I turn to my TV for 24 hour news, I generally go for MSNBC if they aren't running "To Catch a Predator" or "Lockup" episodes (which they play more often than they do actual news) because any network willing to give both Tucker Carlson and Dan Abrams their own shows (although Tucker's finally died for apparent lack of viewer interest) deserves my attention at least once in a while. And I did rather like Tim Russert, even if I did recognize his weaknesses. I mean, he's no Chris Matthews. Matthews remains a complete moron. Russert had his moments, true, but as a rule he didn't shoot his mouth off without running it through his internal word-check first.

But it's been over 2 days since Russert's untimely passing. And I'm still stuck on CNN Headline News. Because MSNBC is so devoted to mourning Tim Russert I'm amazed they've been showing the half hourly headlines. And Faux News still makes me want to chuck up everything I've eaten in the past 48 hours. CNN Headline News isn't exactly in depth or even relevant but at least I can find out more or less what's going on other than Tim Russert dying two and some days ago.

And I just looked at the Windows Live Messenger window and discovered that every headline appearing at the bottom is about Russert. I want to grab my one WLM friend and ask her a question but I'm working up the guts to see yet ANOTHER Russert headline...

I am supposed to be at Amy's this afternoon for crafting and fun but as my current project other than some knitting involves wood stain that stinks up the entire neighborhood, I don't know what I'll bring along to do. This wood stain is soooo stinky is it? Well, I'll tell you. I did the staining outside. I left it outside to dry. I left it outside a few hours past that. I brought it in at midnight. This morning, I woke up smelling the wood stain. The project was left in my kitchen. I had my bedroom door shut. I'm impressed. Not pleased, but impressed. Hopefully it won't rain for a few more days because it needs several more coats of stain. (I'd leave it out overnight except dew would be a problem.)