Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So did the right chef win? Over the whole season?
I'm okay with the winner.
And I'm very happy with who won fan favorite!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Our hero is a newspaper reporter in New Jersey. My favorite kind of dogged protagonist written with humor and interest -meaning I learn new things from the books. Two in the series and I hope many more. Author is a former newspaper reporter. Really enjoyed these books.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
"On March 30, Bravo will host simultaneous upfront events for buyers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, all of which will be attended by the network's various celebrities. Bravo will in turn show scenes from the upfront events live during its broadcast of the finale of "Top Chef All-Stars," using the promo time that aims to keep consumers around during commercial breaks.
Bravo breathlessly says -- with a lot of hype, mind you -- that "this unprecedented initiative will -- for the very first time -- allow home viewers a glimpse into this 'invitation only' advertising soiree," which will appear on screen during the network's promo time."
Abby and The Squirrel have declared war. She no longer responds to the squeaky and the treat method of getting her to stop barking her idiot head off. She no longer responds to Mr. Squirt Bottle (Squirt Bazooka?). She no longer responds to the sonic sound birdhouse we bought for $55. Now you have to drag her back into the house and be accused of high treason as The Squirrel is Still In Our Tree!! The leaves don't come back on the trees here until the end of April. The Squirrel and I think it isn't soon enough.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Being a good Dust Bunny I checked at our store, with the help of The Engineer. We decided to look at the cheaper end of things - regular hamburger instead of organic, regular eggs instead of happy, free range eggs. Frozen prepared food, just looked for something comparable as they didn't list a particular brand/size. We didn't look at sale items. My perfect table did not post-fer so hopefully this will be easy to read.
ITEM/ MANHATTAN/ SE WA state
1 dozen eggs / $2.62/ 1.59
6oz chunk light tuna / 2.42/ 1.25
1lb pork sausage / 5.36/ 3.49
160z frozen corn/ 2.59/ 2.29
tbone per lb/ 15.99/ 11.63
1/2 gal milk/ 2.52/ 1.59
1/2 gal OJ/ 5.32/ 3.29
frozen prepared dish / 4.92/ 4.29
iceberg lettuce/ 3.32/ 1.99
1lb ground beef/ 4.82/ 3.19
TOTAL/ $59.85/ $34.60
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Note of concern - at 8 months of age, Tar now weighs 101 lbs.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Part Three of The Saga of Responsible Pet Ownership.
The removal of the NOT dissolving stitches has been accomplished and it is back to the Cone of Shame for both of them. This adventure in veterinary consumerism is now into four figures.
And Tar now has an open wound and we can see the stitch being expelled. He goes in at 9am. Tar is looking forward to legal stoner-ism.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I always wonder about the behind the scenes stuff. Did they have anyone out looking for sharks? Is the white garb traditional? Did they have a plan for rain? How many conch did they salt around the little bay? Is Mike's head going to explode? Is Richard going to get therapy?
Monday, March 14, 2011
Got her into our wonderful vet right away.
Turns out she would not let her internal stitches dissolve (well, what Demon would?) and she is attempting to expel them from her body.
She is having some surgery to pull them out, will be stitched up with something Demon Proof (does anything like that exist?).
Didn't someone here in blogger land have an animal that didn't do well with stitches?
like retrieve your ball from the pond.
Note: drop your ball on the grass before taking a drink from the pond.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Every year a kingfisher visits the pond, dives in and steals some of my fish. Such is nature.
All the other dogs ignored the bird.
Just inside (after reading the squirrel the riot act) and slightly soggy from the rain, the kingfisher arrives with his loud call, and Abby is out the door again.
The bird is not happy and chatters at her. Abby, with Minion Tar in tow, gives it right back.
Tar comes in to dry off. Abby is still on patrol.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Earlier in the evening we got all carried away and tried risotto. From a box. Yes, we are that sophisticated around here.... We liked it. Next we will try it from scratch. In the other pan is garlic, onions, broccoli and left over chicken from last night.
Next week - chefs go diving!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
My phone is not *smart* at this time. We've already got three smart phones in the family and that is co$tly enough. And there is no way to get pictures out of my phone to my computer unless....... I send them GB, he sends them to DropBox, I send them to Pixelmator (a MacBook app) and then import them for the web... Are you following all that? So here is Tarfus on the bed, his favorite spot, behind me, to monitor my deskwork and the remodeling project across the street and the kids going to, and from, school and the neighbor kids playing basketball.
Tonight I ran across re-runs on another channel and clicked onto an episode. CharlieS's character is CharlieS! - no wonder he does such a good job. The episode had the boy walking into a room where CharlieS is atop a woman wearing sexy, black underwear, CharlieS talks about drug use in Bangkok and having sex with two women, the group walks in on Grandma having sex with a man she met that day. Ewwww (which brings up another subject - automatic disgust at elder people and any sexuality - wth?). All that in one week of shooting just one show.
I looked up the actor. He looks much younger than his age at the moment, 17. He has spent eight years with this show and, so far, has not gone off the rails in a Brittney/Lindsay/Christina wagon. Best of luck to him. Hollywood is very hard on kids.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
But they still can't damage the tree's roots so we'll call it a draw.
Friday, March 4, 2011
A new phone. It is supposed to be *EASY*. It has not been set up to be a smart phone at this time and won't be unless I have to spend a significant time out of the house. Right now the project is how to get the picture I took of Tar, out of the phone and onto the computer. I have GB's next available appointment. I will withhold pizza until we figure this out.
And now they are making their move.
In the nation's capital!
There's a family of raccoons chasing passengers as they enter and exit one of the subway stations in northeast D.C.
full story here.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
My family is German/English and we ate North American 60s cuisine. I remember Kraft Mac and Cheese with peas and tuna fish. Scrambled eggs with crumbled bacon.
When I married The Engineer (Swedish) I inherited the ebelskiver pan and my MIL's hand written recipe and this has become a family tradition served the morning after Thanksgiving - made by The Engineer. Each nephew-in-law gets a pan and recipe upon marriage. So a tradition with a twist.
(Yes, those are some of the ancestors above.)