Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More Sloth on My Part

Another meme, this one from Jeff by way of Mike:

Below are “106 books of pretension,” compiled from the books most frequently marked unread by Library Thing users.

Books I’ve read are in bold; books I’ve started but haven’t finished are in italics; books I own but haven’t read are marked with an dagger (†).

Books I've read: +/- 11
Books I've started but not finished: 9

And the total number of all these books that I own? Drumroll please.... one. And it's loaned out.
  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. Catch-22
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  6. Wuthering Heights
  7. The Silmarillion
  8. Life of Pi
  9. The Name of the Rose
  10. Don Quixote
  11. Moby Dick
  12. Ulysses
  13. Madame Bovary
  14. The Odyssey (against my will)
  15. Pride and Prejudice
  16. Jane Eyre
  17. The Tale of Two Cities
  18. The Brothers Karamazov
  19. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  20. War and Peace
  21. Vanity Fair
  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  23. The Iliad
  24. Emma (I think)
  25. The Blind Assassin
  26. The Kite Runner
  27. Mrs. Dalloway
  28. Great Expectations
  29. American Gods
  30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  31. Atlas Shrugged
  32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha
  34. Middlesex
  35. Quicksilver
  36. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  37. The Canterbury Tales
  38. The Historian : a novel
  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  40. Love in the Time of Cholera
  41. Brave New World
  42. The Fountainhead
  43. Foucault’s Pendulum
  44. Middlemarch
  45. Frankenstein
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo
  47. Dracula
  48. A Clockwork Orange
  49. Anansi Boys
  50. The Once and Future King
  51. The Grapes of Wrath
  52. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
  53. 1984
  54. Angels & Demons
  55. The Inferno
  56. The Satanic Verses
  57. Sense and Sensibility (I think)
  58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  59. Mansfield Park (maybe)
  60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  61. To the Lighthouse
  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  63. Oliver Twist
  64. Gulliver’s Travels
  65. Les Misérables
  66. The Corrections
  67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (on my list)
  68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  69. Dune
  70. The Prince
  71. The Sound and the Fury
  72. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir (Good Lord, no)
  73. The God of Small Things
  74. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  75. Cryptonomicon
  76. Neverwhere
  77. A Confederacy of Dunces
  78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  79. Dubliners
  80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  81. Beloved
  82. Slaughterhouse-Five
  83. The Scarlet Letter
  84. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  85. The Mists of Avalon
  86. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  87. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  88. Cloud Atlas
  89. The Confusion
  90. Lolita
  91. Persuasion (can’t remember)
  92. Northanger Abbey
  93. The Catcher in the Rye (I’m the only person I know who still likes this book as an adult)
  94. On the Road
  95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  96. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  98. The Aeneid
  99. Watership Down
  100. Gravity’s Rainbow
  101. The Hobbit
  102. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  103. White Teeth (my favorite book of all time)
  104. Treasure Island
  105. David Copperfield
  106. The Three Musketeers

The Other Meme

It's been -- sheesh, nearly a month -- since SGM tagged me. Without further ado:

A - Attached or single?
Attached. Like a barnacle.

B - Best friend?
Chandler. Wayyyy better than Phoebe or Rachel, for example.

C - Cake or pie?
How about a cake with a pie on top? You should make one of those so we can see if it's any good.

D - Day of choice?

E - Essential item?

F - Favorite color?

G - Gummy bears or worms?
Gummy worms are too disgusting to ponder.

H - Hometown?
Bridge City, Texas

I - Favorite indulgence?
Letting Papi get the kids ready in the morning while I sleep late.

J - January or July?
July, because school is out.

K - Kids?
There are a couple of demanding short people living with me, but I have no idea how they got here.

L - Life isn't complete without?
Dumb questions.

M - Marriage date?

N - Number of brothers and sisters?
2 sisters

O - Oranges or apples?
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

P - Phobia and fears?
It's more that I'm "skeeved" by animals and mayonnaise.

Q - Quote?
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." (H.L. Mencken)

R - Reason to smile?
Because I know a secret.

S - Season of choice?
The current one, always.

T - Tag three people:
I'm sure by this time, everybody else on the Internet has already been tagged.

U - Unknown fact about me?
I am homesick all the time.

V - Vegetable?
No, mineral.

W - Worst habit?
Taking it personally.

X - X-ray or ultrasound?
As a superpower, I'd have to go with ultrasound.

Y - Your favorite food?

Z - Zodiac sign?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Another Great Food Blog

I posted this on sk*rt, where it didn't get picked up (as usual), so nobody got to find out about it. But this is such a great link that I'm passing it on to you.

Kris at Cheap Healthy Good posted a collection of links to 102 different light salad dressings, separated into categories like "Asian-inspired" and "fruit-based." Go check it out.

Does It Have Spice In It?

What's for dinner this week:

Monday -- tortilla soup
Tuesday -- spaghetti Bolognese (sorry, Papi), salad, garlic bread
Wednesday -- salmon Kelvin, Asian coleslaw
Thursday -- turkey taco salad
Friday -- Mexican pork roast, rice
Saturday -- Carnitas Jeff’s bday party: hamburgers at the park
Sunday -- shish kebabs

Friday, April 25, 2008

Who Says Chivalry Is Dead?

Watch the volume, some of the language is NSFW.*

*See, Susannah? You can crank it up as loud as you want. Who says there aren't some advantages to unemployment?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know

Damn, I'm behind on my memes. This one is from Biddy:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people. & post a comment here once you post it to your blog, so I can come see.

Okay, now I actually got rid of 75-80% of the books in our house last weekend in a fit of decluttering. And yet there are 18 books and at least a dozen magazines on my nightstand right now. Jesus, what a slob.

1. The book on top of the pile is Flower Confidential. [Reading book...] Holy shit, that's boring stuff. Glad it's a library book.

2. Next book in heap is Influential Country Styles, which, while interesting, is chiefly a picture book. It's an Interlibrary Loan (possibly the greatest invention ever). I like it, but let's find another.

3. Passing up Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook (the recipe on page 123 is for Stuffed Bell Peppers, which will always be better from the oven anyway). Another library book.

4. A Pixar coloring book. Next.

5. You Call the Shots. I love this book! I borrowed it from the library and then bought my own copy. But the quote isn't very good out of context.

6. New Yorker from two weeks ago. Only 70 pages, damn them.

7. Oak Forest Homeowners Association Cookbook. 92 pages.

8. Town & Country Travel, Spring 2008. 122 pages!

9. Now for some highbrow stuff: Celebrity Bedroom Retreats. We have to skip ahead to pages 124-5 to see a bedroom in the Miami Beach house that Dodi Al-Fayed bought for Princess Diana. Holy shit is this place ugly. The walls are upholstered in "beige raw silk taffeta."

10. Baseball Digest. 90 pages. Fuckin' A.

11. Cookie magazine. Page 123 has no sentences. Dammit.

12. Cottage Living from two months ago. Page 123 is an ad.

13. Elle, May 2008
. Ad.

14. World Food: Italy. Page 123: "Every second year Amalfi celebrates its famous lemons on the second Sunday in June. Any excessive frivolity can be blamed on the limoncello."

Hell yeah!
Now what are you reading, SGM, Petunia Face, Sara, Uncle John and Angela?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Team Bethenny Forever

Mmmm... I feel like I just had a heaping helping of CRAZY. God, I loved that show.

Today is a Good Day

I FOUND THE PEANUT BUTTER! And man, is it good. I had to haul over to the HEB on Fountainview, and then pay $3.14 for a pint, but it was worth it.

Papi's Out of Town -- Carb Party!

What's for dinner this week:

Monday-- fish fillets (don't call them fish sticks) and french fries
Tuesday-- pirate pasta and salad with the Van Campens
Wednesday-- risotto with peas
Thursday-- Taco Night!
Friday-- lemon crockpot chicken, french fries, salad
Saturday-- breakfast for dinner
Sunday-- leftover chicken

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Favorite New Links

Retro Renovation

Finally pink kitchens get the respect they deserve! These folks hate HGTV as much as I do.

How To Do It Online For Free

"Online tools, Freeware and other useful things on the net."

Wall Street Fighter

"Insider news for the Outsider," and source of this McLovin clip:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

But I HATE That

What's for dinner this week:

Monday: pizza frittata
Tuesday: pork chops, carrots, green beans
Wednesday: meatloaf, mac and cheese, green beans
Thursday: dinner at PTA meeting
Friday: lemon crockpot chicken, roasted potatoes, salad
Saturday: vegetable soup
Sunday: cousin Kip's birthday party at McDonald's (ugh)

Friday, April 11, 2008

For my friend Angela, the dancing queen

P.S. I hear that BLOW JOBS ROCK!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Postcards from Yo Momma

Blogger Jo from A Cup of Jo pointed me to this website today: Postcards from Yo Momma. I can't wait to get old and send Emmet and Becca demented messages. Here are some good ones:

Please cleanup your facebook. Sex, drugs, lesbian stuff, no religion. People look at that before they hire you - Pres. Bush gets reports about this stuff, too. Listen to your mother — have a little common sense for goodness sake. Have some Christian values!

Your mother
Oh no! You don't want to have your name written down in the National Directory of Lesbians!
The news is out! Dad bought me a Webkinz. It is reallly well designed and is the biggest craze I’ve seen in a long time.. It is comparable to the tamgachi and beani babies of your early youth. Every first grade through 5th grade student has one. They are awesome, yet a bit addicting.

I need your help. I can’t make enough money to feed my Webkinz. I have failed at three jobs so far. Please do not check my resume. My Webkinz has survived on pudding which is the sale item.

Please tap into my account and do something about it. Remember, I can get kicked off the site if not used appropriately. No mating of Webkinz. Any ways here is the information you will need.
I found Alladdin!!!
I am also looking for the mario game with the Princess and Mario’s brother he was green and had funny feet. I dont remember the name of the game.
please bring hose appropriate for church - I know Jesus went barefoot/sandals, but ladies wear hose in church if nowhere else

have a great day & smooth flights

Not That Again

What's for dinner this week:

Monday -- Pirate Pasta
Tuesday -- Tortilla Soup
Wednesday -- Ham and Asparagus Frittata
Thursday -- Make-Your-Own Pizza night
Friday -- Slow-Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
Saturday -- in B.C.
Sunday -- leftover chicken

I also made Chinese Chicken Salad on Sunday, because Becca has been requesting it. It will be for lunches this week.

pictured above: me

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mamacita's New Toy

Here is my sad tale: my kitchen has no vent above the stove. Thus anything we cook we also have to smell for days after. I have been interested in trying the Lampe Berger for years, but it's the sort of unnecessary purchase I generally try to talk myself out of. Until Monday, when I cooked pork chops and immediately decided I didn't want to smell them all week. Not a very compelling picture, I know, but it's cute enough in person.

In case you are curious:

The Lampe Berger ... was invented by [French pharmacist] Maurice Berger in the early days of the twentieth century.

Lampe Berger lamps were considered a disinfecting home appliance. Through a unique process of high temperature catalytic combustion, Lampe Berger eliminates and destroys the molecules behind unpleasant odors such as cigarette smoke and cooking while pleasantly perfuming the air and destroying bacteria.
Which sounds like a crock, but my grandmother used them to get rid of the cigar smoke in her house, and they actually worked. The lamps use oil for fuel -- generally the oil is scented. My lamp came with "Fresh Linen" scent, though I probably would have preferred the unscented version, or the (sadly, discontinued) verbena.

And I'm telling you all of this because I love it so far, and think everybody should have one. I bought it here, and they evidently shipped it as soon as I clicked the "purchase" button, because it arrived this morning, when my house still smelled like pork chops.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

For Foodmomiac

Damn, I meant to post this two days ago for Danielle:

Okay, here is my plan for the week, to be modified at whim:

Monday -- Pork chops Milanesa and green beans with almonds
Tuesday -- leftover night. Let's see if that Pirate Pasta is still good...
Wednesday -- beef vegetable soup and garlic bread
Thursday -- shrimp stir fry
Friday -- crockpot Greek chicken (an experiment -- I'll report back) and orzo
Saturday -- French bread pizzas
Sunday --dunno... hoping to find asparagus at the store