I just loved this one
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I was just looking at LL's pics
on Flickr while trying to upload mine. One of them is a cake
she made for the holiday cookout, and it looks yummy.
I started thinking (always a moderately dangerous thing). She loves to bake, and is obviously talented. I love to bake, and I'm not half bad myself. I especially love to make sweets, even though I don't eat much of them.
I wonder if we could make any money doing wedding cakes and birthday cakes and such? Boy, that would be fun. Of course, I have no idea how to decorate cakes, but I could probably take a class or something. I could learn.
Just so you know
My back is killing me. I think it's a delayed reaction to sitting in the car for 2 days on the way home, or maybe I slept on it funny. Or maybe it's the start of sciatica, which is always a fun side effect of pregnancy. Can you believe I'm almost halfway through?!?!?!?
Me neither. In any case, tylenol isn't helping, so that sucks.
I'm going to try to get pictures up on Flickr today. Again, I can't tell you how much fun we had. We spent the first several days at a beachfront condo in Daytona Beach Shores. My folks were in another condo in the same building, so the kid had lots of fun with Grammy and Pops. Mostly, we ate. We also took her for a pony ride, to a marine science center, and spent lots of time on the beach and in the pool. She wanted desperately to go fishing off the pier one evening, so we did that too. I'd dish details, but laughing that hard would really be bad for my back.
The latter part of the week was spent at Disney. We stayed at a resort on the property, and spent 2 days at Magic Kingdom. She was beyond thrilled. I picked up an autograph book for her, and she got many pictures with her favorite characters. The princesses were most impressive to her, natch. She also really liked Piglet, and Wendy from Peter Pan. Peter scared her, though. Don't know why. Wait, yes I do - she's 4, that's why. That's a good enough reason for most of her oddities.
Oh, excuse me, she's four and a half
. Can't forget that.
Also, I wanted to make sure I didn't lose this, from Tequila Mockingbird
. It sounds SOOOOOOO good.
then we ate grilled avacados, which, if you've never had grilled avocados, you totally should because they'll rock your face right off. which is a good way to welcome summer...with your face rocked off and a grilled avocado in front of you. anyway, enjoy.
-4 ripe avocados
-extra virgin olive oil
-really good balsamic vinegar [a general note: if you invest in really good balsamic vinegar, your life will be a much better and happier place. really. really high quality balsamic vinegar is a transformative elixir that makes everything from strawberries to lettuce to chicken to, well, avocados, taste like ambrosia from on high.]
-parmesan cheese [another general note: stop using that crap in the plastic jar. it's not parmesan cheese. it's crap. buy a hunk of quality cheese and a grater. it's not quite the elixir that quality balsamic is, but it's damn near close.]
- peel, pit and halve the avocados
- brush them with a little extra-virgin olive oil and some of the balsamic vinegar
- preheat the grill to medium heat
- put the avacodos face down on a hot open grill for about a minute; turn and cook for another minute or so [although i like to cook them a little longer; until they get the dark grill marks on them and the balsamic starts to carmelize just a touch...mmmmm]
- remove from the grill and shave parmesan over them while they're still warm
i also like to saute or grill some red onion and some grape tomatoes to have with these. pour yourself a nice glass of pinot grigio or riesling (Jill says: I wish!!!), and it's instant summer.
And . . . . we're back
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Daytona and Disney were wonderful, best vacation ever, got home late this afternoon, I'm unpacked and exhausted, more later.
And pictures! Of the kid, not me so much. Ain't no way my fat butt is being shown in a bathing suit to people I know. That is, unless they are related to me and have no choice but to be subjected to such a display.
Boy, are you going to miss me!!!!
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Going on vacation, we're going on vacation! "See" you Memorial Day. Enjoy your week, folks.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
I saw this hilarious Tom Tomorrow cartoon on Kos
, and thought I'd share:
Monday, May 16, 2005
YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL IN THE 70'S IF...
- You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.
- You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.
- You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.
- You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.
- You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.
- You had either a "bowl cut" or "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamill" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. People sometimes thought you were a boy.
- Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.
- You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.
- You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.
- You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits.
- You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze.
The swing set tipped over at least once.
- You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color.
- You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle).
- You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.
- Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket.
- You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.
- You carried a metal lunch box to school, not plastic, and it was probably a Charlie's Angels one.
- It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!
- You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry: Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Andy Gibb, Rex Smith, or Rick Springfield?"
- Remember the Shawn Cassidy poster of him in the plastic bubble?
- You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album, not to mention the Bay City Rollers.
- You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like those potholders made on a plastic loom.
- You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!
- You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.
- You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club.
- You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books (Are you there God, It's me, Margaret and Forever)
- You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics.
- You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs.
- You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.
- You had subscriptions to Dynamite and/or Tiger Beat.
- You spent all your allowance on smurfs and stickers for your sticker album!
Sunday, May 15, 2005
I can't think of a thing to say about this
I can't even believe this is real, except it's from ABC News, so it's real.
From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing.
For your shopping pleasure
Friday, May 13, 2005
A friend of mine at work IM'd me with this link
- it's an online store operated by his mom. Probably not for clicking at work, FYI and word to the wise and all that. With that said:
Coolest. Mom. Ever.
People for the American Way is setting up a "Nuclear Option" Mass Immediate Response which may even prove more effective than those drills we had in grade school where you kneel under the desk . . .
You can sign up here and you'll get the word by text message the moment that Sen. Bill "That Building Has My Name on It" Frist pulls the nuclear trigger and info on who you can call to make your opposition heard.
to find the links and info. What a great use of technology!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
So funny, I . . .
can't breathe . . . . .
laughing . .
too hard . . .
How in the world?
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
How in the world did I miss this
? It is so up-my-alley it's scary.
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free. . . . Have fun!
A general update
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Pregnancy sucks sometimes. It'll be worth it, though.
Shannon asked in comments below how I was feeling, so I thought I'd overshare, as usual. Morning sickness finally went away, and I expected to have more energy in the 2nd trimester. Not so far! Still waiting on that.
I had some dizziness all day today, so I'm curious what that's about. It's quite annoying. I didn't eat much yesterday - still not terribly hungry - so maybe it was my blood sugar again. I tried to eat every couple of hours today, but it's hard to find something that sounds good. On the plus side, it gave me a perfectly good reason not to drive to Richmond today. Don't think I'll be driving 2 hours in the car when I'm dizzy. Nope, nope, nope!
Round ligament pain also sucks. See, my insides are all stretching out to make room for the baby. He's about 4.5 - 5 inches long now, and will end up somewhere around 20 or so. The ligaments that support my guts are stretching, and it hurts like a bitch sometimes. It's all normal, though.
And sadly, nay, tragically
, I am coming to the end of the time I can wear regular clothes, but maternity clothes still look ridiculously huge on me. Thank god I work from home most of the time! Plus I actually need to find the stuff I used when I was pregnant with L - it's all bagged up in the basement. Somewhere. The love of my life will have to help me with emptying out the storage room, bag by bag, along with a lot of other junk. (And no, Dear, now is NOT a good time to get rid of a bunch of it. Don't mess with pregnant women!) All of L's baby clothes are in there too. But it's necessary now - my regular clothes definitely won't fit in a day or two. I hate this part. Boring, ugly, and very limited clothes for the next 5 months. See above, pregnancy sucks sometimes.
Nice resource on Delay
Public Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group, has set up a new website that tracks how close your Member of Congress is to ethically-challenged/scandal-plagued House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).
I want, I want, I want!!!!!!
One of the joys of pregnancy this time seems to be a disruption of my sleep patterns. I'm tired very early in the evening, and then I'm up at crazy hours. I got up this morning at around 5:00.
In any case, it gives me a chance to catch up on stuff while the rest of the house is still asleep. Like my bloglines. On BoingBoing
(where else?????) I ran across this
Cool. I want.
I'll keep you posted on whatever else I find this morning while you're still sleeping.
- More BoingBoing
. The irony is thick here, you could cut it with a knife.
- oh, and this
is nice. I had missed this one. That's just flipping great.
On a somewhat lighter note
Friday, May 06, 2005
The love of my life just e-mailed me a link to this search engine
. Weird and scary!
At first, I didn't think I was listed, but I am. Mark found me, listed under my former married name. I'm not listed under my current name, nor under my maiden name. But oddly, with my ex-husband's last name, the wrong middle initial, and listed at our current address. Mark suggested trying to get the info updated, but I think this helps me stay a bit more anonymous out there on the internets.
Gee, I'm pretty sure I got divorced back in 95 . . . Jeez, has it been 10 years? I think that's right. Maybe it was 96?
And if I did go to church, it sure wouldn't be this one
For those that thought that there has not been a full scale war lanched against liberals; for those who didn't take the radical right's promise to "eradicate liberals" seriously, I present to you, Exhibit A: East Waynesville Baptist Church has just kicked out all its Democratic members.
Yes. You read that right. If you didn't vote for Bush, you had to "repent your sin". And finally, they figured why deal with the liberal sinners at all..
From libnnc over at DU:
"One of the local women who got excommunicated said on TV that it was like a cult. Another man who got excommunicated said that the rest of the congregation stood up and applauded as the Democrats were told to leave."
Good one . . .
is always interesting:
This is what I will try to do from now on. When someone confronts me with the proposition that their faith in Jesus demands intolerance, ignorance or fear, I will simply say "My Jesus forgives your Jesus these things." And when they become indignant and retort that there is only one Jesus, I'll probably say "you don't say," and let it hang there in the air a good long time. And when they come back at me with more intolerance, ignorance and fear, I'll just remind them again that my Jesus forgives their Jesus these things.
At no point will I cede ownership of Jesus to these people, or the idea that the Jesus I know supports the intolerance, ignorance or fear they claim He does. They don't own Jesus, and I strongly believe He doesn't support their intolerance, ignorance or fear. And I think it's perfectly reasonable to let these folks know this, in a way that explicitly undercuts the proposition that they hold the monopoly on understanding Jesus.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Too damned funny
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Check out this new blog
by the Kentucky State Treasurer. Sure, he's looking out for his political future, but who cares? He's getting net-savvy, and he's trying to protect our investment in KAPT. Plus he's one of the few Democrats around, so he's all right by me. Republican legislators and the Secretary of the Finance Cabinet are doing their damnedest to destroy this successful program.
, that is. The wench tagged me, and now I have to come up with "five things that the folks with whom I generally associate think are cool, but that leave me cold."
She worried about offending people, and I am so
not about that. I try to offend someone every day. Just kidding.
OK, here we go:
1) Meat. Red meat. Yes, I know that most people love nothing more than a great dinner of steak and a baked potato. Yuck, gross, nasty! The thought of a hamburger makes me ill, and it's not because I'm pregnant. I may have been the only child in history who would gladly eat all her vegetables. That was mostly because then I could say I was full and wouldn't have to eat the meat. It was unsurprising when I told my parents I wouldn't be eating meat anymore. I was 12. My mom freaked. I never have changed my mind. 24 years now - can that be right? Damn, I hate it when I do math like that.
2) Church. Organized religion. I don't know that most of the people I hang out with, online or off, are big fans either. Well, except for Matt, but he's a minister of a cool church. Remember that whole-I-don't-care-about-offending-people bit? Well, there you go. Proof positive. Matt, let me know if I'm going to hell for that one. Anyway, around this area, it's usually the second question. First is, who's your family? Second is, what church do you attend, or even more annoyingly atrocious, do you have a church home? And I was raised in church, my parents attend regularly. My brother was an elder in his church, back before the drama at his former employer. I was probably the only one who wasn't surprised when those "friends" disappeared immediately. I've known way too many people who did whatever the hell they wanted all week, but because they went to services every Sunday, they were "good people". WTF? And don't even get me started on conservative churches involving themselves in partisan politics, a la Justice Sunday. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
3) Movies. I can probably count on one hand the number of movies I've seen in a theatre in the last 10 or 15 years, and I wouldn't even need to use all my fingers. Seems like a waste of a couple of hours, most of the time. Now all I see are kid movies, but whatever.
4) Dark beer. I've tried it, don't like it. Some people seem to think Guinness is an orgasmic experience, but it leaves me cold. I like lagers and pale ales and fruity beers and wheat beers and even domestic beers, but not dark beers. That is, I liked them when I could have a freaking drink every once in a while! Not til October now. Boo hiss on that.
And last but certainly not least,
5) Republicans. All of them. For reasons that are obvious if you've ever met me, or if you've ever been to Jill's Place before.
So now, who should I tag? Unlike LL, I don't have that many friends online who have blogs. The love of my life has one, but he never ever posts on it. I've not even bothered to add him to the blogroll. Mr. R
has one, but he is on a break, I think. I'm tagging them anyway. If the ball and chain actually responds on his blog, I'll update this post with a link. Or he can answer in comments. And just because I want to, I'm tagging Carol Ann and Shannon and Matt and John and Jane and anyone else who doesn't have a blog (freaking luddites, all of you). Respond in comments with your five things, if you please! Or start a goddamn blog already. There's a link up at the top right, it says GET YOUR OWN BLOG. Hop to it, skippy!