Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two unrelated thoughts

1. Being in NJ for so long is really messing with my head. More on this later. I still need to collect and organize my thoughts so that they are coherent. Since I've been here, I have been visiting people, places, and things from the past decade. As a result, I'm spending a larger percentage of my time remembering than I would during a regular week. It's like I've spent the past week not only in 2009, but also in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, and a little 1999.

2. I have two bunches of beet greens. I don't want to throw them out. Do any of my three readers have any suggestions for how I can use them? Just basic prep--my Google searches yielded really complicated recipes.

New Life Plan

Save money for the next two years and then drive to Alaska.

Monday, December 28, 2009

On pop music 2

From 1998 through sometime in the early part of this decade, The Smashing Pumpkins were my all-time favorite band (occasionally bumped to #2 by Tori Amos or Jimi Hendrix.) My love for them actually began when I was eight (or so) and heard "Today" on the radio. So you could say that my fandom began nearly two decades ago. My feelings toward Machina and everything after were either lukewarm or nonexistent, but news of Billy and his former bandmates still gets my attention.
    Including these articles that he's dating Jessica Simpson. !?!?!?!?!?!
&nsbp   Of course, this all seems to be based on a photo of them together, by which we all mean a photo of Jessica Simpson, standing with a guy who doesn't have too much hair, with a guy who looks like Billy Corgan way in the background. Look, they even had to put an arrow in the picture. And the arrow is ambiguous (because BC is so far in the background.) When I saw this picture, I thought, "He looks OLD. He's growing his hair back!?"
I am interested to hear what could result if they decide to write songs together.
Sometimes what you want is the farthest thing from what seems practical. It's hard to even admit that you want what you want, with all those other voices drowning out your own inner voice of reason. You're going to convince yourself you want what's practical and what you think will make other people happy. But if you go with that, you're just going to be miserable and ultimately make other people unhappy, too, with your resentment or your inability to be as happy as they thought you should be. So you have to do what you want, even if it seems really stupid.
More on this later!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

On dating

Since Tuesday, a friend and I have been at work crafting an expression that we think is quite clever.
    In the realm that lies between a "dealbreaker" and a "keeper," there is another type of man which I call the OifHBHOC. We think we should treat it as a noun, pronouncing it like a whole word--oifhbhoc. People will think it's some pretentious German phrase, pronounced something like "eufbach." (I hope that's not a real word.) It means, "Only if He Brings His Own Condom."
    Both OifHBHOC and oifhbhoc are correct. Its proper usage in a sentence might be something like, "He's nice and fun, but he flakes on plans all the time, and that makes him an oifhbhoc."
    The post would have ended there, but on Christmas Eve, I remembered two other dating-related terms I've used which were actually invented by others of my acquaintance. The first is in case of emergency, break glass (also a noun). I think this is one is pretty obvious. It can be capitalized (In Case of Emergency, Break Glass) or not. The comma after "emergency," though grammatically correct, is optional. Omitting the comma increases the sense of urgency.
    Usage in a sentence might be, "I need a date to that party, so I am going to call my in case of emergency, break glass."
    The second was invented by one (or two) of my college roommates. It is The Guy Who Can Do No Wrong. (I think this one should be always capitalized. Of course it can be The Girl Who Can Do No Wrong, too.) It is the individual by whom one can be mistreated and who can commit any error of taste, fashion, or propriety, and the offense will unequivocally be forgiven and forgotten. It takes a major transgression for a man to lose Guy Who Can Do No Wrong status. Usage in a sentence could be, "My Guy Who Can Do No Wrong did wrong; he stood me up on my birthday." It could also be, "She found the Spice Girls on his iPod and she doesn't even care! He's her Guy Who Can Do No Wrong!"
    You can see how these two terms might work together. To your in case of emergency, break glass, you may be the Guy/Girl Who Can Do No Wrong. (Clearly this is in many cases a relationship with a dangerous balance of power.) Frequently, two people are one another's in case of emergency, break glass. I think it goes without saying that one's in case of emergency, break glass is frequently an OifHBHOC.
    What I never took into account before is how fine the line is between In Case of Emergency, Break Glass and The Guy Who Can Do No Wrong. One can cross from the former to the latter with an imperceptible, inexplicable movement.

Credit to CC for helping me perfect the pronunciation, spelling, and usage of "OifBHOC."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holidays 2009: The Christmas Season of No Guilt

That it is what I am hereby officially declaring the period between November 21st and December 31st, 2009.

More on this later. As a preview (and a way of organizing thoughts I don't have time to write at the moment--publishing it instead of saving as a draft as a way to hold me to my promise) it will include a link to an article about being single during Holidays 2009, a summary of events of the past four weeks or so, and reference to my creation of Holidays 2008--the idea of a Man to Carry the Cake in the Car.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

On pop music

Dear Karen O.,
If you ever make a music video with a bullfighter in it, it's OVER between us.
Love,
Sarah

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The holidays-ugh!

This time of year there is so much stress, pressure to get everything done and see everyone and then IT SNOWS and parties get canceled. (Of course, being snowed in = built-in free time. Like being on an airplane. Except you can use your cell phone.)
Anyway, next year, I think I will spend the holidays in Portland. (Or wherever I am living at this time next year.) And I will come visit in October or some other time when the weather is nice and the roads aren't dangerous.

Friday, December 18, 2009

JOB INTERVIEW

I have already made it my Facebook status--I want to make it my Facebook status ten more times and tell everyone I know:
I HAVE A JOB INTERVIEW NEXT WEEK.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking for a suggestion...

I need an idea for something easy to bring to a potluck. I am too busy/tired/lazy/cheap (hey, it's hard to cook in someone else's kitchen!) to make my usual complicated, interesting stuff. I'm thinking of trying a recipe I saw recently for an olive oil and lemon cake, or I might try this recipe called "Sparkling Cranberries" and possible bring some cheese and crackers along with it.
I want to do minimal shopping. I have lentils, kidney beans, black beans, onions, shallots, dried figs, fig-balsamic vinegar, pomegranate molasses, and a lot of spices.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Speaking of offensive holiday commercials...

    I just read this post about a new Folgers commercial. My new schedule has enabled me to watch a lot of daytime TV, so I saw (and was equally offended by) this horrible commercial, too.
    Which reminded me, whenever I watch TV, there are commercials that offend ME and I think, "I should write about that."
    I am too tired to write a lot about it now, but the commercials that make me so mad I want to yell at the TV (until the next commercial or show comes on and distracts me) are the "Christmas costs less at Wal-mart" commercials. It's not that part that annoys me--it's the "Save money. Live better." slogan combined with these "family moments" that are based around something like a Wii, and this implication that family can afford the Wii (which brings their family together) only because they save money by shopping at Wal-mart.
    I can't even get into it right now; it just annoys me. That's all I'll say.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

From the closing of a recent e-mail

(The book referenced is The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.)

"how far along are you? (with your book, not your growing fetus. speaking of which, i parked next to a silver sunfire today at work. it had a CAR SEAT in the back. DUN DUN DUN.)"

As pictured in my masthead (flying into Mount Hood and over the environmentally sensitive Brooks Meadow), I drive a silver Pontiac Sunfire.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Jersey Girl's Chili Verde Recipe - 2007 Version

This recipe is what prompted me to do a Google-powered search of my own blog for the word "gum." Remind me--soon--to write the post about gum. And explain what the hell that has to do with chili verde. In the meantime, here's the recipe pulled from an e-mail to a friend. I'll post my updated version (the battery acid version, apparently) at some point.

Chili Verde Recipe, As Promised
4/21/07
If I don't write it down this time, I will forget. So this is for me, too.

2 lbs of tomatillos (approx)
2 lbs ground pork
3-4 potatoes
2 cans black beans
1/2 lime
1-2 onions (white or yellow or some sweet kind. Red might be too strong, but I'm sure it would taste good), chopped coarsely *
1 jalapeno
1 poblano
1 or 2 green frying peppers (not hot)
can add more or less peppers,it's up to you
About 4 ? garlic cloves, chopped
spices: oregano, sumac powder (you can get this at Middle Eastern markets), chili powder, cumin
Cayenne pepper, harissa, or your fav hot sauce would also be good additions. I would have put in marjoram if I didn't leave it at home.
Optional: chopped scallions

Boil the tomatillos in a pot for about 15 minutes--until soft enough to mash. Cube the potatoes and throw the cubes in to boil, too, for about 5 minutes.
In a frying pan or something, brown the pork.** As it gives off liquid, cook the onions and garlic in the liquid. They don't need to be totally cooked; they'll cook with the chili later.
While all this is going on, dice the peppers.
When your solanaceous vegetables are cooked and soft, drain the water (it's ok to leave a little bit in the pot) and mash the tomatillos, or puree with food processor. Leave the potatoes in cubes. When the meat is browned, add meat, garlic,and onions to the pot of Solanaceae. ***
Add the peppers and black beans, with some of the liquid from the canned black beans.
Add the spices: lots of oregano, moderate amount of sumac, moderate amount of chili powder (or more, for heat), not too much cumin or your chili will have an overpowering, armpit-like aroma.
Squeeze the lime over the chili pot, getting out as much juice and pulp as possible.
Throw in the scallions.
Let your chili simmer until, at least, the pepper pieces are soft. Keep simmering to let the flavors blend as long as you want. These ingredients are totally flexible and I'm sure you can make this with only one pound of tomatillos and pork and it would be good, too.
I don't recommend adding cilantro. I added it to one bowl and it didn't improve the chili.

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The response was as follows:

awesome! thanks. also don't think i missed the fact that you cooked the fruits/veggies according to family. I see what you did there. and i approve.

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* - Red onions are in fact quite good in this chili.
** - "or something." Gee, thanks! That's great advice. Also, what on earth did I think the "or something" could be? Other than a pan, what else would you brown pork in?
*** - For non-botanists, the "solanaceous" vegetables are the tomatillos, potatoes, and peppers in this recipe.

Kitchen Kemistry - Fixing acidic soup?

Apparently, adding baking soda really does work!
Tonight was the second time I made a dish that normally has meat, without meat, and ended up with super acidic soup. The first time, it was a tomato-lime tortilla soup which was fixed by adding chicken stock. Some cursory Googling and cooking-message-board-reading prompted me to try the baking soda thing with tonight's chili verde, which tasted like instant heartburn of the tongue (as though the tongue had its own digestive tract) from the combination of SUPER ACID tomatillos and an excessive amount of chili peppers. (Two crushed dried arbol chiles, one large crushed dried ancho, one large crushed mystery chile purchased somewhere in the Southwest...probably a Safeway in Santa Fe...plus half a jalapeno and a whole New Mexico chile.) The other thing recommended by the message-board-posters was to add meat to the chili. There were various reasons listed for this, mostly that the "protein" would do something about the acid. Which made me wonder................was my chili super acidic because I made it without meat? In addition to making sure one gets the right proteins and iron and other nutrients, is unappetizingly acidic food ANOTHER thing vegetarians have to worry about?????
I do not know. I kind of suck at chemistry. I dropped Organic Chemistry twice.*
The major difference between this and other chili verde batches I've made is that I saved the water used to cook the dried beans, and used it as a kind of stock to cook the tomatillos and everything else. But beans aren't acidic, right? So why would that create a problem? If this "protein" thing is accurate, wouldn't they help?
Maybe I just had really strong tomatillos.
Anyway, in case this post is discovered by other Googlers, adding baking soda (a 1/4 tsp at a time!) does fix your soup/stew/chili.
I also added more liquid smoke and some maple syrup, but that was just for flavor.
And so, my Blog Posting Month (which began on November 8th) ends with Kitchen Kemistry! (Chemistry in the Chitchen?)

I started a draft of a year's-end-type post yesterday; that will be up eventually. I would have finished it tonight, but it needs lengthy editing and I want that valuable time to keep reading The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. I may be inaccessible until I finish reading the book.

*The first time, it was Honors and I was taking a very heavy courseload, so that's understandable. The second time, I could have gotten my respectable C, but at the expense of getting A's in my other courses, and I discovered I didn't actually need Organic Chem to graduate.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Whaaaat????

Update: I just realized that "going on hiatus" doesn't appear to mean that the website archives will be inaccessible. At first, I was annoyed because I was afraid this change wouldn't only affect future content, but would also the archives. I'm glad Disney isn't censoring things like this.

From my e-mail this morning.
Focused on women and moms?! I am a little insulted. Where's the advice for women, moms, and EVERYONE ELSE? Also, part of the charm of IdealBite was its slightly off-color humor on occasion (things like, to save water, shower with a friend; cut down carbon emissions by dating your neighbor) and tips for things like eco-friendly underwear! Somehow I don't see that fitting in with the Disney family image.

Dear Biters:

For the past 5 years, Ideal Bite has helped make "light green" a way of life, leading to many meaningful changes. Together we've made the switch to organic food, CFL light bulbs, reusable water bottles, and paraben-free shampoos, and have inspired others to follow our lead.

Those small changes really have added up and have helped push green to the mainstream. As you've probably noticed, lately, our Ideal Bite guides, tips, and other content have become more family and home focused. And now, as part of the Walt Disney family of companies, it makes sense for us to join the Disney website Family.com, which focuses on women and moms, and is expanding the Go Green section of its site.

What does that mean for you? Starting this week, all Ideal Bite email editions and the website will go on indefinite hiatus as Family.com readies new ways to serve you Biters - through email, website, mobile, and video content. In the meantime, keep checking Family.com's Go Green section for content and updates.

Thanks for Biting with us over these past years. We've had a blast sharing our tips with you all, and we look forward to downing a virtual glass of biodynamic wine with you in the future.

Until then...Happy Biting,


The Ideal Bite Team

I understand that everyone's got to eat; I'm just disappointed. I feel like this is a little bit of a "fuck you" to women who aren't moms, women/moms who don't fit in with whatever the hell they define what women/moms are interested in, and all men. Or maybe this is just evidence of something I noticed yesterday (at Craftacular, as an example, where a lot of booths were dedicated to artsy children's clothing.) It seems that every year, the stuff that our generation thinks is cool is including more and more stuff for kids.
I don't think anyone should be excluded. I don't care if the stuff for families is added to the things I like. I don't like that it's replacing the stuff that's useful to me.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Obligatory December 6th Post

I am sleepy or I would write for real. I have a lot of writeable thoughts, from something I started last night and from my day today. I visited the town I once called home, New Brunswick, and from there took a train to New York. I got to see three of my friends today, which was really nice! With one friend I went to Craftacular. The second friend I saw while at Craftacular; she was leaving shortly after I arrived. The third friend I had dinner with at the Omega Diner, after getting back from New York. It was nice to go to New York and it was nice to visit New Brunswick, the setting of many of my happy memories, again. I'll write more about this later--how things are changing, how Route 18 is driveable now, how I've still never ordered the Maryland Omelet from the Omega Diner...
In other news, I ate New York pizza today and bought a wallet. I haven't had a wallet in years. Recently, I'd been using a makeup bag to hold my money and cards, and a Ziploc bag to hold my makeup. I'm a class act!
The wallet is from Shara Porter and I already think it's great!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Christmas Snow

The first snowstorm of the season (or at least since I've been here) canceled most of my plans, so I get to stay in. I had a hectic Saturday planned; I was going to try to go to the Christmas festival in my own town with my mother; then a Christmas event at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, where my friend and her husband were going to be dressed up as Young Scrooge and his girlfriend Alice; then a housewarming party; then a night out in New York. And still have the energy to go to BUST Craftacular tomorrow morning.
Thanks to the snow, I only made it to the town's Christmas festival, the Weihnachtsmarkt or German Christmas Market. This also included a Christmas tree show. Just like last year, my mother and I bought nothing, didn't see anything overly exciting, and spent a significant amount of time improving our system for covertly notifying the other of and hiding from people we knew. That's the problem with being in your hometown; you keep running into people. This may not sound like the most exciting festival, but we don't have to travel far or pay admission to get there, and it's just nice to see the crowds and the town lit up and decorated for Christmas. The snow--which was falling lightly when we first arrived, but quickly picked up speed--added to the effect.

In other news, though I am between books, I just discovered and read through the entire archives of Girls with Slingshots. Here are some that I thought were particularly cute or funny: here, here, here, and here!

Friday, December 04, 2009

You lost WHAT!?

That's what these are for!
(Now, of all the jokes you can make about those panties, mine was rather tame.)

Another link of the day is today's post on Overhead in PDX. It's very true. I especially like "force you to compost!?" I could just imagine some angry Oregonians holding someone in a headlock and saying, "You put that banana peel in a separate trash can!!!!!" Then they'd probably apologize and say, "Oh my goodness. I don't know what came over me! Would you like some fair trade organic shade grown tea? How about some Stumptown coffee?"

One of my habits is noticing unfamiliar ingredients in food stores and not just wanting to try them, but impulse-buying them whether I have an idea how to use them or not. Now I try to make a note and at least Google them first. Twice I've gone to a local produce market and stopped to ponder a pile of cardoons. Have any of my three readers tried these? What's a good (easy or at least non-messy) way to prepare them? Are they worth the effort? Another is a spice I've seen in a crazy produce/spice market in SE Portland, cubeb. It looks like peppercorns, because it is in the Piper genus. Having gone on an obsessive quest, two years ago, for long pepper, aka Piper longum aka pipalli aka magha (the name I finally found it under), I felt that I should try this "cubeb" stuff. I haven't bought any yet. From Google, I can't tell if it's used more as a medicinal than as a spice, or if it's a spice that happens to be medicinal. Does anyone know?
It seems to be edible, so if I don't find anything out, I might just try it by making a compound butter. Which is what I did with the long pepper. I found my stash of long pepper in a repurposed jam jar, in a box of "kitchen stuff" moved from my last apartment. It's on my mental list of "things to bring to Oregon."

For the third year in a row, I am going to make Christmas cookies from a list of unusual healthy cookie recipes that my at-the-time roommate Patrick and I compiled. I probably won't make as many cookies this year. I am sure that I will end up trying new recipes, but I don't plan on re-making all the same recipes as last year. Even though it might be like giving away my secrets, I'll post the cookie recipes--from Christmas past and Christmas present (or planning to be present)--in a post.
What I end up making this year will depend on what I already have, to minimize shopping and the piling up of more ingredients.
I found two large containers of hazelnuts and almonds in the freezer and several types of cornmeal in the pantry, so that means there will be hazelnut-and-black-pepper cookies and cornmeal macaroons. As long as I find my violet syrup, there will be violet cornmeal macaroons. This year, I bought violet food coloring from Bridge Kitchenware.

Finally, in knitting news, I am going to once again attempt the Odessa hat, which was once upon a time the bane of my knitting existence. Now that I don't twist my stitches, maybe the hat will look right! I would link to Odessa, but since Magknits is no more and I just got the PDF from Ravelry, I do not know where to direct the link.

This post with no point is not easy to wrap up. Bye!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Post Costco Adventure

I feel that my short post from this morning doesn't really count as my post for the day.
The Costco Adventure was fine, although I was not exaggerating about the hitting people with shopping carts. It's a little embarrassing so I can't even write about it. I spent a lot of time removing shopping carts from their position pinning helpless old people to produce aisle (where they previously had been innocently selecting limes or collard greens) and smiling apologetically at strangers.
Here is an example of my grandmere's navigation skills:
Me (driving): Ok, we're on Route 3. Where do I need to go next?
G-mere: We go to Trader Joe.
Me: How do we get there?
G-mere: Get on the left lane.
Me: Ok, what exit?
G-mere: I don't know. I don't know exits.

Let me stop for a minute. I can't type the accent for the whole dialogue, but know that my grandmere has a distinct accent. Even when the words themselves aren't pronounced that strangely, the stress is always on a different syllable than the syllable on which most English speakers would place it. For example, "I don't KNOW. Idon'tknow ex-IT."

Me: Ok, what's the next road I want to get on?
G-mere: Eighty. No, the forty-six. The forty-six then the eighty.
Me: How do I get there?
G-mere: ........... *
Me: Do I take the Parkway to get there?
G-mere: There's the Parkway.
Me: Yes, there's the Parkway. Do I take that exit for the Parkway?
G-mere: Yeah, that's the Parkway.

(The exit for the Garden State Parkway disappears behind us, soon becoming no more than a memory.)

Me: Was I supposed to get on the Parkway?
G-mere: That was the Parkway. Oh, no, no! You'll take the forty-six.

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In other news, for dinner tonight I made a savory zucchini tart with a hazelnut-thyme crust from ChocolateandZucchini.com. This was on my list for awhile; when I found a bunch of soon-to-be-thrown-away zucchini packaged up and on sale for $1 at the produce market the other day, I felt like I had to rescue it and take it home. The tart was fine but it was kind of bland. I think the crust had too much flour. I feel like there should have been olive oil somewhere. And some kind of allium, like garlic or a layer of caramelized onions. Maybe a dash of balsamic vinegar...

In other food news, I bought Winesap apples today in Paterson. I love those markets, where you can get Middle Eastern groceries for a good price and all kinds of olives in bulk...for super cheap. I'm sure stores like that exist in the Portland area; I just haven't found them yet. (I have found that most stores sell things like flour and dried beans in bulk bins...I can't tell you how much I miss that in sleepy Sussex County, NJ.)

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In craft news, I'm working on Christmas gifts. I was overambitious with my pattern selections last month, and picked all kinds of complicated patterns for which I bought moderately expensive (Malabrigo) yarn. Fortunately, I've found less complicated patterns that will use the same yarn. I'm knitting this multidirectional diagonal scarf, but got stuck for awhile on the direction "turn." What saved me was not a video from KnittingHelp.com or even Ravelry message boards; it was a blog post I found from frantic Googling. It is here. I do not know this blogger, but I am grateful to her. If you find yourself knitting something with these tricky "short rows" and it is NOT a sock (for which there are an abundance of instructions), check out that blog.

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That's pretty much it. No more news. Tomorrow I'm going to bring two bags of my stuff to a thrift store and go to the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market. My mother wants me to go to a local Christmas tree festival this weekend. I'll be on the lookout for good stories.

Row 3: Inc,


* The same sentence uttered by my mother's Roomba when she found it under the living room couch last night.

Costco Adventure

I've agreed to take my grandmere shopping today.
I wanted to go to the fabric stores with her, so she told me that she goes to that part of the world (Paterson) on Thursdays. This is true. Every Thursday she goes shopping in Paterson. She has a group of stores that she goes to, on no other day but Thursday. Sometimes this includes a spice market (fun!), sometimes this includes Corrado's (also fun!), and once in awhile it includes fabric stores (very fun!)
However, I forgot what it also includes.
Costco.
We're bringing her friend, too.
I hate Costco. I hate going to Costco with a cranky lady who likes to bang her cart into things/people.
I'm going to make the best of it. I'll try to just collect funny stories.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Konstanz Chronicles

Awhile ago, I started a series of posts about the time I visited my best friend in Germany, and the two of us got stuck for about a week with a crazy guy, who later wrote me a very angry e-mail regarding a debt of 12 Euros. I didn't get very far--I believe I wrote one post which does not count as a series.
Anyway, I stopped writing about this because I realized I couldn't remember some of the days and details. I kept a journal during that week, so my plan was to locate that when I was back in NJ for the holidays and start writing.
I was convinced that I knew where that journal was. I can picture the shelf--picture the journal on the shelf....
It's not there.
I'm looking, but in the meantime, the Konstanz story will remain on hold.

Why only children shouldn't make cross-continental moves

Right now, the short, half-French, black-haired version of this woman is singing in an operatic voice to the cat.
Before that, I overheard the following:

"It's just sitting there! Roomba, you're just sitting there!"
(silence.)
"Whatsa matter with you!?"
*Beep*
"What does that mean?"
"Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...."*
"What are you doing? There's a big leaf! Go back over there!"
"Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr."
"Good job! Good job!"

The next time I come to visit from Portland, if I find Roomba wearing my clothes and sitting at the dinner table, I will be very upset.

(But not surprised.)

*That is how I type "vacuuming noises."

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Veggie Tuesday

What a goofy title.

By the way, my NaBloPoMo lasts until December 8th, since I started on November 8th. This is a "post every day" kind of post. That was your warning.

I was like a housewife today. I did laundry, cooked, knitted, and watched The View and Oprah. Maybe I should erase that sentence.
Anyway, I made three things for dinner--beet soup with ginger, a fall potato-parsnip-carrot salad, and an acorn squash thing. The squash thing was bland. If I made it again I'd add garlic, caramelized onion, and maybe more spices. More corn and less egg/milk mixture. The recipe is here, and here is the potato salad. The salad was so good and so simple--a great way to use fall and winter vegetables. I think I am going to make throughout the cold months, trying different variations.
Tomorrow is going to be a similar day. I want to make Persimmon Soup for my grandmere and I to try when I visit her on Thursday. I have no idea if that will be good or disgusting.

More fun-filled Wednesday plans--call the unemployment office to ask what happened to my first three checks, sort through my stuff that's in storage (and maybe bring some of it to a thrift store to donate!), and start reading the Oregon Drivers Manual. How will I survive all that excitement!?

Here are some less boring vintage posts.
Not quite a year ago, but the only post from December 2008. (I was too busy being miserable to post much during my Morristown Life.) I remember where I was when I wrote this--in the Douglass Campus Center, waiting for some friends with whom I was going to eat lunch before going to the herbarium.
Three years ago. Every year, on December 1st, I think of this day and how weird that weather was.