Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Reader!"
The inside joke here is that a drunken person once felt they were insulting me by calling me this.

-----I did not know that Toys for Tots has a literacy program.

-----Speaking of books, I have downloaded three that are free for Kindle (at least free for today).
~ ~ ~ "Perfect Me" by Jason Z. Christie. This book describes itself as reading like Douglas Adams...we will see.
~ ~ ~ "Reaching Your Reluctant Reader." I do not, and hopefully will not, have a child who is a reluctant reader. I am excited to see what creative approaches to literacy this book suggests.
~ ~ ~ "Honey Badger at Home." A children's book about compassion. We are going to try reading this tonight. The book is described as being beautifully illustrated. :-) A friend of mine has also downloaded this to read to her niece and nephew. :-)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

-----Bono states that extreme poverty will be at an end by 2028!
~ ~ ~ On a (very minor) side note, where does Bono get glasses like that?


There are new shoes being marketed to tweens called "Daddy's Money." The idea is to be spoiled with Daddy's money. (KATU News out of Portland, OR covered it this morning.)
Recipes:
-----Mole Burger. A recipe I found for part of my armchair traveling. I would like to go to Pacoima (in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles) where Ritchie Valens lived but do not have the finances and think it might be kind of a dangerous area. Anyway, I am starting a Pinterest board of recipe finds inspired by Pacoima restaurants called "Pacoima Comes to Me."
-----Lemon-Brown Sugar-Blueberry Pancakes
-----This Pesto Pasta Primavera is on next month's menu. Pretty easy. :-)
-----Seriously? Now thieves are (sometimes violently) stealing dreadlocks off of people?
-----Police use Pinterest to combat street drugs.

Are there really people who eat panda paws or was someone just joking?
U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,047. Plus there have been 18,285 wounded. :-(

Sadly, the initial reports were wrong and Taliban attacks are not down in Afghanistan. At least the prospects for withdrawal are still optimistic.
-----I wish that I had the money/know-how to develop apps. I have a couple of ideas for my Android.
-----Among the other fun "holidays," a Johnny Cash Day would be great. :-)
-----We love Steak N' Shake but I don't think I will EVER have a craving for a burger that has 7 patties and 7 slices of cheese! I might crave to ask if they will let me buy some more patties or bring along some extra bread (to divide among friends as a part of their meal). I did notice that there was a headline in the sidebar about "7 Worst Foods for Your Body."
-----I saw a pin on Pinterest of cinder block raised beds. This would be great...until I was gardening and fell on one. Not for those with running children or the ultra-klutzy.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

In My Life.....

-----Yesterday was International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. This is a holiday that the dogs here feel should be observed every day.
-----It must be a Douglas Adams sort of day. "And Another Thing" is on the nightstand shelf as I have been reading it when I can't sleep. I purposefully left the last bit of punctuation off a tweet to make it so there were 42 characters left. The lecture I am reading through is "Philosophy and the Meaning of Life."
-----Today I want to start planning what sort of workouts I will be doing once I am done with this pregnancy and the doctor clears me for full-fledged exercise. Of course, toddler-chasing gives a lot of exercise.
-----A while back I took a course on Listening to World Music which spent a considerable amount of time on Aboriginal music and culture. Today, another course that I am taking on Aboriginal worldview and education started early. The only thing that is a bit of an obstacle so far is that the course I am currently taking is presented from the Canadian viewpoint.
-----"How to Choose a Kid-Friendly Family Dog." One of our previous family doctors was of the (strong) opinion that a child should not have a dog before age 8! Our dog is of a breed that is a bit anxious (not to be read as violent like some breeds can be around children). We did send her to relatives when Little One was first born and slowly got her used to being around children. I think it all depends on the dog and the family lifestyle as to what is a kid-friendly dog.
-----It is interesting for myself, being American, to try to completely understand a lecture by a Scottish professor who liberally sprinkles there lectures with "like" and "you know." Reading through a transcript of a lecture like this (w/o the accent, of course) definitely takes more time.
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"Do the Top Chef chefs have to stay and clean the kitchen? Because that would dictate my cooking style if I were on the show."
-The blogstress at "Outside My Head." This blogger keeps a running list of things one of the family dogs eats that she is not supposed to...I would do that but the list would get pretty repetitive. Our Doggie eats stuffed animals, anything that looks like a stuffed animal (gloves for one thing), tennis balls (would make a good quality assurance tester on these), and food that our toddler drops/throws/tells her to "beg" for. Doggie is also obsessive about trying to pull keilbasa wrappers out of the garbage to lick.

On a side note, Little One not only has a loud/hilarious time getting the dog to "beg" but also tells her "bang." Since she views him as the source of interesting (and sometimes pre-chewed) food, she will play dead after being told "bang" longer for Little One than any other family member.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Today is National Banana Bread Day.

-----Caramelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze. Makes good use of butter in both cooking and the glaze. Little One saw the recipe photo and said, "Burnt toast. That's burnt toast. Don't like burnt toast." :-)
-----Brown Butter Bourbon Banana Bread
-----Brown Sugar Banana Bread. I also found a Brown Sugar Banana Bread recipe that is suitable for those with IBS.
-----Strawberry-Brown Butter Banana Bread

Friday, February 22, 2013

I guess today is National Margarita Day.
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~St. Francis of Assisi

-----Pakistan wants permanent peace in Afghanistan.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

-----My friend wants us to make a cake that has a little bit of salsa in it.
-----Oh, that's funny. I just saw where someone posted that they had "moobs like Jabba."

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
—Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Glad that the watering down of Maker's Mark is supposed to be temporary...hoping that it really is.

(Update Feb. 21: The company changed their minds. I will find a link to post on this later.) :-)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Listening to commentary before State of the Union.
"Second terms typically don't go well for presidents."

Supposedly, the President will be announcing all sorts of new Executive Orders soon.



There is actually a breed of chicken called "Black Sex Links??"


Monday, February 11, 2013

"Early to rise and early to bed
makes a male healthy and wealthy
and dead."
-James Thurber



"Lawns are an abomination that we inherited from the Tudors who played a lot of croquet."

Saturday, February 09, 2013

U.S. to be energy dependent in 5-7 years??
It is obvious that this will be a crucial, timely and relatively-soon-to-be-addressed topic here in the United States. I worry that this will cause many issues (political and otherwise...both here and abroad). This does not mean that I am against energy independence...I am just not that sure, knowing the typical maneuverings of many of the "entrepreneurs" in this country, that the transition will be as smooth or helpful to the economy as it sounds.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


Somehow I missed this cover of "We Will Rock You." Special guest Brian May! I can't decide if I really like it. I am sure it would have been fun to be there and the live sound might have given me a better impression. Hmmm.
-In HQ, I like it a little better and will have to post it at some point.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade

In My Life.....

----- At bedtime, Little One told Daddy to take his glasses off and then said "snore."
----- "The Carrie Diaries" looks more morally objectionable than "Sex and the City." I guess I shouldn't be surprised...but I am.
----- Not pleased that Google has eliminated the descriptions with Image Search. This will make my way of learning culinary things more difficult. I guess I will be (reluctantly) using Yahoo for image searches. I am not the only person I know who is annoyed with this change.
----- Husband suggested we re-watch "Batman Begins" last night. I was amused when had to order extra costume parts to avoid suspicion. Wondering if he eventually used all 10,000 spares. :-)
----- Microeconomics for Managers prof keeps bringing up the reading of future chapters...during the current chapter. #notenoughtimeintheworld
----- Husband said that he feels better than he did before. He seems to have a chest cold and we are trying not to catch it.
----- So TED will have a presence at Burning Man this year? That's my understanding. Wow.
----- Craving steak. I have not had a steak in so long.
----- Husband is amused by the name of this man's shop on "Pawn Stars"...Rusty Nuts Rod & Customs.
-----We are getting the new book "Darth Vader and Son" for Little One. According to the reviews, it is very cute and humorous. It is at several stores (including Walmart where it is 8-something and Target where it is almost 15 dollars).
-----In my philosophy class, we are going to do a case study on "the meaning of life." #amusedinadouglasadamsway
-----I found a long list of American philosophers to work through learning about. I am also interested in Christian philosophy.
-----Did My Chemical Romance do a cover of "We Will Rock You?"

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This evening we were watching the History Channel...
there was a commercial with Moses.
Little One said "That guy angry."

Then there was a commercial on Vikings that used Awolnation's "Sail..."
Little One responded with, "Like that song, Sail."
Later, when asked to sing it, he sang the word "Sail" over and over.
He usually includes "on sail" at least once in his singing of this song.

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Cool quote:
“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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