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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
One of my very favorite writers. Some quotes:
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
There used to be two kinds of kisses. First when girls were kissed and deserted; second, when they were engaged. Now there's a third kind, where the man is kissed and deserted. If Mr. Jones of the nineties bragged he'd kissed a girl, everyone knew he was through with her. If Mr. Jones of 1919 brags the same everyone knows it's because he can't kiss her any more. Given a decent start any girl can beat a man nowadays.
In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
The victor belongs to the spoils.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
I hear you were seen running through Portugal in used B.V.D.'s, chewing ground glass and collecting material for a story about boule players; that you were publicity man for Lindbergh; that you have finished a novel a hundred thousand words long consisting entirely of the word "balls" used in new groupings; that you have been naturalized a Spaniard, dress always in a wine-skin with "zipper" vent and are engaged in bootlegging Spanish Fly between St. Sebastian and Biarritz where your agents sprinkle it on the floor of the Casino. I hope I have been misinformed but, alas!, it all has too true a ring. [from a letter to Hemingway]
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Read ye the full text of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, available online.
Read ye more on Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge.
Cook ye some pirate victuals.
Aye, there's even a song (MP3) and videos. Watch as Monty Python unfurls its Expedition to Lake Pahoe:
But best of all is me hearties Eric Idle and George Harrison:
Alow and aloft
Blades (bad men)
By the powers of …
Devil to pay and no pitch hot
I’ve a mind to…
took to it like Pitch
Rolling in a coach
Shipshape and seaworthy
Sponging for rum
Shiver me timbers
Walk the plank
X marks the spot
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Well, we can't go a whole day without a food post, can we?
I decided that I wanted to feed the kids eggs for breakfast instead of cereal. That's when Letitia told me about egg muffins, which I found a recipe for at Kalyn's Kitchen. I liked the idea of egg muffins, but not the rigamarole of baking and then freezing them. As I may have mentioned (endlessly), I don't use my oven on days when we're running the air conditioner. [Yes, this amounts to 6 months of the year.] Also, Kalyn's recipe just seemed like it involved extra steps -- after all, eggs cook well in the microwave. So today we gave it a shot.
First I sprayed a silicone muffin pan* with Pam. Then I scrambled some eggs and poured them into the pan and added cheese, turkey lunchmeat and chopped green onions. I nuked the muffins for 3 minutes. The result was pretty good. I still need to tinker with cooking times, because some of the muffins cooked much faster than the others.
If you try it, be sure to let me know how it goes.
*We started the day with a 12-muffin pan, which would not fit in the microwave. All we had to do was cut it with scissors and, ta-da, two 6-muffin tins. You could also use one of these silicone muffin cups, shown above.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I'm afraid my dear friend Letitia is suffering from a disease called bentomania. In the last two days she has purchased bento boxes for herself, her two children and my two children. Check these out -- and be sure to tell me if bentomania is contagious.
Hello Kitty bento box, which Letitia bought for Becca at Dollar Tree.
Lunch in a Box
Flickr Group: Bento Boxes
In related news: I seriously need a rice cooker.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Today is the 100th anniversary of Neiman Marcus! To celebrate, I think you need to check out some Helen Corbitt recipes. How about monkey bread with strawberry butter, orange soufflé, or poppy seed dressing? Nom nom nom.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
At the other end of the political spectrum, Grover G. Norquist, whose Americans for Tax Reform lobbies for lower taxes, suggests taxing nonprofit hospitals that cannot demonstrate that they provide significant care for the poor.
“I’m not aware of anything they do that a for-profit hospital doesn’t do in terms of providing free care,” Mr. Norquist said.
[Once again, politics makes for strange bedfellows.]
Via Kottke (welcome back, Kottke!) comes this chart at BenFry.com comparing major league baseball teams' total payroll versus team performance this year. Big winners include Cleveland and Arizona; the biggest loser so far is the White Sox. The Astros are definitely on the losing side.
I'm not clear on whether the payroll figure is just team salaries or if it includes front office folks. I can see where it would cost more just to staff the New York and Boston teams, though perhaps not enough to make a statistical difference?
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
- going to a high school football game
- Rosh Hashanah -- Sept. 12 or so (I can't figure out which day is for the eating)
- all the apples at Central Market
- temperatures that only reach the high eighties
- new episodes of 30 Rock (season premiere October 4)
- Oak Forest Fall Festival -- Oct. 27
- Halloween and our Halloween party
- Nonnie turning 30 on November 3
- Thanksgiving, but especially the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Anything you would add?
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
1. Presidential pocket knives (Still available: Zachary Taylor)
2. single tennis shoes
3. leather necklaces with enamel Confederate flag charms
4. the largest toenail nippers available outside a hardware store
5. decoupaged, wood-mounted portraits of Elvis and John Wayne