Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Friday, December 08, 2017
Friday, December 01, 2017
T: Harrison, spell your name for me.
Harrison: B............ I............. N.............G.......O.
Can't you just hear it? If I need to laugh that's a go-to story.
Item number the two- GreathusbandBob filled in his own name in an office with no one running. He received a letter last week that told him he had tied with another candidate and they would draw straws on Monday at noon. He may, in fact, become the local Minority Election Inspector in this community that is sorely lacking in minorities. (if you click it you should be able to read it if so inclined.) He said that next time he's going to make sure I write him in too so he'll win by 50%.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
This is absolutely going to work for my class-
I also found a cheat sheet and will be able to introduce some of the pieces used at the end as part of this semesters work with style periods.
Hey Lisa Simpson, you're the best and thanks for continuing to read the blog!
Monday, November 27, 2017
There was a woman in the back who was struggling and I had planned on saying hey to her afterwards. Then I heard "Hey Mrs. Terry!" and she was the mom of former students. It's funny how it works. I knew her last name- always called her "Mama Lastname." Then as I drove home all three of her kids appeared in my head as well as the time I shut the youngest ones hand in a door on his birthday and the first baseball game of the season. Her middle initial and signature also appeared in my head.
I get it-that's how people think and all- but I am the girl who remembers absolutely nothing prior to 1980.
And finally- music teacher friend story time.
Once upon a time I went to a summer workshop. There was a music teacher I recognized from the southern part of the state. She recognized me. We were not friends. In fact, I thought, by the looks of her she was probably a horrible judgy mcjudgejudge person. (note the irony) I later learned she thought the same of me. (We we’re both right, sort of.)We ended up sitting next to one another at a group lunch and after a glass of wine realized we were sisters from a different mother.
This made us happy and made for a laughing summer- I paid a visit to her house once- then I got married, we lost touch- then Facebook. We reconnect, exchange a few words etc etc. Several years later I see that she has become a knitter. And then a few years after that I discover that although she doesn't advertise it like I do, she is a fan of the ridiculous sci-fi movies that I love. How can that even be? Two friends, separate lives, no keeping in touch, same favorite things. Same very eclectic favorite things.
Nowadays there are random Facebook texts with knitting questions and newly discovered movies (although she is much more a connoisseur than I am). Also I've let her know that if, in our dotage, we both find ourselves occasion or need for companionship it would be a travesty not to grow old and die together.
Until then we always have these-
IMDb: The Twonky (10 June 1953 (USA))
Tweedy college professor discovers his new TV set is animate, apparently possessed by something from the future, and militantly intent on regulating his daily life.
IMDb: The Tingler (29 July 1959 (USA))
An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.
IMDb: The Monster That Challenged the World (June 1957 (USA))
Giant mollusk monsters attack California.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Let's talk about laundry. It's taken every bit of this entire week to this point to get all of the clothes clean and folded. And by all I mean all of them except that last load in the dryer. It's always been a chore but even more so when it involves sorting and trying to figure out which clothes still fit and which are too big. Because there are in fact now some clothes that are just too big to wear.
Food- I made some fried tofu. I did not hate it. Marinated in red wine vinegar, tamari (vegetarian soy sauce), roasted sesame seeds and garlic and then coated in corn starch and fried in olive oil. Eaten over brown rice. That was the weeks biggest adventure- The computer is now charged and I may go in quest of something to try this weekend. There is still chili in the freezer for lunches next week.
Zumba- and then some. The burg of Wayne has a new rec center built by the energy company EQT and the local hospital foundation. I am now a member. I went to my first zumba class there on Monday. It kicked my damn ass. She's not inclined to stop. Also there are more cute skinny perky there than fat old and trying to get it together people. I prefer the latter. But I will go back. It happens on Monday, Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. I'm in it to win it. There is also an indoor walking track.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Monday, November 06, 2017
Also in birthdayness-
Flowers from the big guy and a charm for my chamilia bracelet from the mama.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Both spiced with curry, and lots of other good stuff. Once it cooks it will go in the food processor and become a creamy soup. I halved the amount of curry and added a pile of cinnamon. I have a love/hate relationship with curry. A little goes a long way.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
No food experiments this weekend. The repertoire has expanded enough to allow for non-repetitive repeats.
I was knitting some lace in malabrigo lace weight and was wearing blue cotton pants. Come to find they were heavily dyed blue cotton pants. Dye on hands. Dye on rows of lace. Drawing board.
The high school kids. They are great with class projects. Not so much on taking, rereading, or using notes to learn stuff or take tests. We have just started a quarter of western European music and even with using notes, only three passed with an A.
This weeks quarterly project, rather than becoming a report that would mean so little, will be a notebook with their notes turned in for 20% of their grade. This is what I anticipated to some degree. But, like I said, they've got the in-class projects figured out.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Red potatoes, lemon, garlic (6 cloves!) red pepper flakes, tahini and fresh cilantro. No cilantro to be found. I bought some cilantro in a tube. And then forgot to add it. No wonder they tasted bland (I only just realized I forgot to add it as I posted this. I may be able to squeeze a little taste into it yet.) Those facts combined with the fact that I bought walmart red potatoes and its no surprise it wasn't may favorite experiment ever. The cilantro would have cut the overwhelming tahini feel. There are three potatoes left- I may try it again.
There are red lentils in the crockpot. The tata squeezing place is right next to the middle eastern grocery store and I sort of bought some stuff. Cracked wheat, red lentils, more green lentils, ghee, medjool dates (5 lbs!) another container of tahini. The dates are for the brownies. As they last forever it was easier to buy in bulk.
The ghee is to spice the red lentils- I'll eat them in tortilla shells for dinner.
There will be hummus and carrots for the game tonight, red lentils for dinner and I'll likely get to the brownies tomorrow. It's just so sticky and messy. They are a must have though. There were no healthy late night snacks to nibble on last week and I accidentally sleep walked and ate an ice cream bar.
There are also bananas and honey crisp apples to have as a back up. I finally made a master list of all ingredients that I always forget at the store so this weeks shopping trip was pretty thorough. I figure I'll experiment with bulgar later on.
Again, adventures aren't so bad when you don't lose so much money when you have to toss it.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Coat of arms activity- I failed to give an example of how exactly I wanted it done so several of them took it as a writing assignment and just wrote words.
Shishkabob Catapult- The premise was nice. The construction was not strong enough to actually apply any physics to hitting premade targets. So when in doubt- just throw the ammo (marshmallows) One kid invented the cross bow with his and it was plenty effective. Then he held it up and said "Look, it looks like a cross." And I said "hence the name...." A light bulb went on.
Using runes to code the notes for class and having them decode them. One student said "it made my brain tired but I liked it."
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Last night was mushroom stroganoff with brown rice. I tried baking pears and apples again. Did 25 minutes at 350 and realized it was supposed to be 450. Did fifteen more minutes there and had some burnt maple syrup but it was close enough to an apple dumpling that I felt rewarded.
I took a short vacation from cooking last weekend and struggled through the week with chili frozen from the week before and tortillas and refried beans.
This week I will be more prepared. Lunches will be individually frozen black beans and cauliflower rice. I will enjoy hummus and carrots through the weekend and have baked a spaghetti squash as the new thing to try. I'm thinking of adding a curry butter seasoning to it for dinner tonight.
I'm always surprised when food does what the recipe says it's going to do.
I also knit. I've finished one of ten pairs of mittens for the high school students. Brought them donuts last week. I think I'm just grateful to have almost adults to start my day. Next week begins the history of Western European music- starting with the Middle Ages. I believe it should be taught in the context of history rather than out of thin air so there will be several blog worthy projects in the next week. And while their doing them I will ply their brains with facts and sounds.
I am continuing the lace wrap in white malabrigo laceweight. I love the pattern and the accountant recipient so It's been an enjoyable non tedious project.
I missed both Zumbas this past week and rather than losing any lbs., simply maintained. There might have been some Mexican food in there as well. I bought my first pair of pants that really feel like tights and wore them with a long gray tunic top. I was just one of the kids.
Maybe I should change the name of this blog to on the menu and on the needles.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Today I found myself talking to the grandparent of Sally (at Zumba.) We were talking about how shy Sally is. Grandma was a rambler so hang on.
GM: We took Sally to bible school. We go to the Presbyterian one sometimes and the Baptist one other times. I like to expose her to all different religions. I mean, we're all going to the same heaven anyway. There aren't different compartments. Well, I don't know what you believe, but I believe we all go to the same heaven any way (and then she went into serious non-affective cult voice and said) Imeanaslongasweallbelieveinourlordandsaviorjesuschrist.
I got nothing. I don't share her belief. I don't care to share mine. The conversation was about how Sally had stage fright at both bible schools and as the music teacher I didn't want to say "yea, I don't know if she has a good voice- she's always too afraid to sing."
The longer I live the more adamant I feel about my Judgy McJudgerson opinion on religion. Because if I were being really honest (which I can do here because it is in fact my blog and so very few read it) I mostly just wanted to say "I think you're full of shit."
The openminded/Jesus only dichotomy was what sent me to write a post about it.
Item Number Two
Another Zumba friend (who's religious preferences I don't know and can therefore engage in regular conversation with her without judging in either direction) brought me pears from her pear tree tonight. I was going to just eat them plain but then I got this idea:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Told me about the two specialty shops in her plaza. One Asian and one Middle Eastern. She told me about lentils and their many varieties. She also spoke of spices.
I put green lentils in the crockpot this morning. I prepared some clarified butter in which to mix cumin seeds, fresh ginger, curry powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. In another twenty minutes (when the brown rice is ready) I will have lentils and rice with Indian spices.
Above- the bent spoon used to make clarified butter.
Who Am I?
I know I've asked that before after a cooking adventure or two but this new thing every week has now been going on for several weeks. Seriously, who am I?
I also found some medjool dates to make another batch of unbaked brownies. Furthermore I know the difference between medjool dates and the less expensive variety.
Greathusbandbob is out and about for the afternoon. This means that once I enjoy my lunch I will watch made for t.v. movies from the 70's and 80's and get the laundry done early.
Tomorrow I will make and freeze some bean chili in case I run out of lunches next week and will prepare the brownies. Knowing how good they are I must put off preparing them so I don't have an entire day to resist them.
Also I purchased the one liter size of olive oil because I keep running out. I almost bought the kind that is in a metal can like a gas can but thought that would feel pretentious and have a slight hint of cultural appropriation.
And while it doesn't necessarily photograph well, it tasted AMAZING!