Blog Archive: February 2006

Sunday, February 26, 2006

a bummer of a movie 

Current mood:  disappointed

 

Well, I don’t atually know that. Because the movie that I very much wanted to see (Capturing the Friedmans) arrived with a big crack in the DVD, rendering it unplayable.Poo.

 

5:36 PM 

 

Friday, February 24, 2006

happy things

 

Happy things that happened to me in the last 7 days:

 

My Font Savant ability was called into service on two occasions. In the first instance, I correctly identified the Mystery Font with barely a glance at the sample in question. In the second instance, I had to do a bit of digging and someone else actually came up with the answer; but I knew which online forum on which to post the problem. (It was Solid Ooky, by the way. I couldn’t possibly be expected to be acquainted with that one. It does still bother me that I can’t identify the very familiar font that Solid Ooky is a bastardization of, but I haven’t actually given it a whole lot of thought.)

 

I also managed to track down a Rights-Managed image that my employer has purchased in the past, but is no longer carried by our usual vendor. We knew the publisher, but not the new file name for a number of remaining vendors, and a search for “lotus” tends to come up with a large number of hits. I put my Super-Honed Keyword Skills into play, and found it within minutes.

 

And, I have potatoes in the oven right now. One of my most favoritest of all food groups, up there with Cake, Cheese, Whipped Products, and Marshmallows (which might otherwise fall into the Whipped Products category if it were not for the definitely un-fluffy Rice Krispie Treats). Oh, and Butter.

 

Currently listening : 

Bollywood Hollywood 

By Sandeep Chowta 

8:19 PM

 

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sunday’s score

 

Preheat oven to 350

Cut top off of pumpkin (sized to fit in your oven) and remove seeds & guts

Fill pumpkin 3/4 full with layers of:

    toasted rounds of French bread

    shredded gruyere (okay, I used Jarlsburg)

    mixture of 1 qt of broth and 2 cups of heavy cream

    salt, pepper, thyme

Put lid back on pumpkin, place on cookie sheet, bake for 2 hours. Remove from oven, carefully remove lid. Use a metal spoon to scrape the pumpkin flesh and incorporate into the soup. Serve.

 

Final score:1 burn from toaster (ring finger)1 cut from salsa jar (index finger; snacks while waiting for soup to bake)1 burn from cookie sheet (forearm)1 gi-normous quantity of very rich, very tasty soup

 

On another food note: the pulp left in my juicer after running a pineapple through it this morning looks like it would make excellent topping for ice cream, if I can keep myself from eating it as is.

 

Currently listening : 

Amorino 

By Isobel Campbell 

9:33 PM

 

Friday, February 03, 2006

good friends

 

So let us all look past the point that the post office, generally lauded by me as the best government agency there is and a pretty durn efficient way of delivering a letter to somebody within 2-3 days and 39 cents is NOT too high a price to pay for it, just today delivered a Christmas card to me, postmarked December 20th.

 

And let’s review instead the fact that this lovely summary-of-the-year letter is so full of good thoughts and positive n
otes, but in a social and happy way, not some sappy or we’re-better-than-you way. AND that said friends can properly use “milieu” in a sentence. There are many reasons to be fond of this particular couple, but the use of milieu kind of sums it up.

 

And after the absolutely crazy week I’ve had, and the guarantee of enhanced craziness in the following weeks, it was perfect timing to hear from my pals.

 

Now I shall attempt to “wind down”, so I’ll be in the tub, wondering what the hell I’m supposed to DO in there, because it seems my “relax” feature is broken.

 

6:52 PM –

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