Saturday, September 22, 2007
This makes me sad. I'm still hopeful that someone will snatch up my little house simply because it's cute, and cheap. But something tells me that's not going to happen. So today I've been rearranging and cleaning and later I may paint trim and clean out closets.
I have garbage bags everywhere and boxes that need to be stored. Basically, the house is a mess! And what I really want right now is someone to make me a grilled cheese sandwich and let me curl up on the couch with a book and a blanket and just be a cuddly vegetable.
I hate being an adult.
Friday, September 21, 2007
On my couch. And floor. And I'm sure everything else.
Now, he is male but he is also fixed. And, he does go to the bathroom in his box. Which means he is marking his territory. I don't know how to stop it. Today I bought some natural spray that takes away cat pee smell from furniture. I sprayed it, and it helped a bit, but not 100%.
I also bought a spray that calms cats, and is said to stop 95% of spraying. So far, he doesn't seem to be responding. I kind of sprayed it too soon though, because I was anxious.
So, does anyone have any suggestions? Rocket, "Get rid of him" isn't an option at this point...sorry.
He is not sick with a urinary tract infection and there hasn't been any major changes since he's moved in...ideas? Cures? Suggestions? Please help!
Beth's stance was stronger, tougher and less feminine. She'd often stare at you with a defiance that was unmatched by any, making you feel like you were weak and unimportant. Kate, on the other hand, liked dresses and flowers, and seemed to be cut from the cloth of a hippie.
They lived in a mansion by the stream. It was rumored they had an in the ground pool and tennis courts.
Beth and Kate (never Kate and Beth) had, for the most part, the same circle of friends. Their group always had the nicest clothes, the best toys, and parents who seemed perfectly attentive. They had an older brother-just like I always wanted.
The twins were mean to mostly everyone that did not fit into their click. They are the sole reason I begged my parents to buy me a Coca Cola rugby shirt (which they never did) and Guess Jeans (again, I went without) so that I had a chance to hang with them on the playground. They were my idols in 6th grade.
One day my cousin (who was my most regular playmate and friend) was busy and could not come over after school. None of my other friends were home and I was extremely bored. Taking a chance-probably the biggest chance I had ever taken in my 6th grade life-I called the house of twins and asked for Kate.
This in itself was a bold move. No one asked for Kate first. Beth was the leader, everyone knew that. If you wanted Kate, you went through Beth-it was an unwritten rule. Nevertheless, when Kate came to the phone, I hurriedly asked her if she wanted to come over to play.
I couldn't breath, my mouth was dry and I am sure that my hands were shaking. But when Kate said "yes" I jumped up and down silently and told her to have her mom drop her off. And then I changed my clothes.
I don't remember what we played that day but I remember that we had fun. I remember thinking that if she wasn't part of a duo that we would probably be friends. And I understood that because she was Kate-and not Beth-that we never would be.
When she left she said thank you and told me she had fun. And then she explained that her sister was away visiting family with her father, and she didn't know that Kate came over-and could I please keep it a secret?
Of course I was crushed, not only because I couldn't tell everyone that THE Kate played at my house and actually had fun, but also because I was an embarrassment to her. I told her that I would indeed keep it a secret, and up until today, I have never told anyone that I asked for Kate and she answered.
I don't know what ever happened to the twins. I know that their parents divorced and the mansion was sold, but I don't know where they went. My only hope is that over the course of these years, that someone else had the nerve to ask first for Kate and that she was able to answer them too.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
She sat down in the VIP room of the airport to rest and read in peace. Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading...
When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated, but said nothing. She just thought:
"What nerve! If I was in the mood, I would punch him for daring!"
For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating, but she didn't want to cause a scene. When there was only one cookie left, she thought:
"Ah-what is this abusive man to do now?"
Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it in half, giving her one half. This was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her things, and stormed to the boarding place...
When she sat down in her seat inside the plane she looked into her purse to take out her glasses and to her surprise her packet of cookies was inside-untouched and unopened! She felt so ashamed. She realized that she was wrong...
She had forgotten that her cookies were in her purse.
The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter...while she had been very angry thinking she was dividing her cookies with him.
And now there was no chance to explain herself...nor to apologize.
There are 4 things that you cannot recover.
...after the throw
...after it's said
...after it's lost
...after it's gone
Don't you hate it when you are walking along, all normal and lovely and then all of a sudden, unprovoked and unannounced a little bit of air escapes from your buttocks?
Did I have gas? No.
Did I eat beans or broccoli? Negatory.
Then WHY oh WHY does this little peep come out as you are walking?
And why is it never when you you are alone in your house but when you are the hallway of your busy office...
That being said, I'm going to try it this way...you tell me what kind of food to cook and I'll share the recipe. This way, I will be able to use what I have in my house, and may only have to buy a few things. It will almost always be one dish of the "Dinner for 2" and I'll suggest what you can serve with it. What are your thoughts?
What about the "What's in Your Pantry?" thing I did once? Did you all like that? Would you like me to start that instead? Let me know-I'm willing to modify things so you enjoy coming back!
1. There is only 1 more day until Friday!
2. I don't have to make a cake that will taste bad
3. It is sunny and somewhat cool.
4. I did not get sick after drinking 4 martini's and 1 shot last night.
5. There is a craft fair & bake sale during lunch today
6. I am wearing sneakers instead of heels today because I felt like being comfy
7. It will be nice out when I get out of work and I can mow my lawn without sweating
8. Open windows in my house=nice cross breezes
9. I received another donation for my Breast Cancer Walk (But am still short of my goal-PLEASE donate!)
10. Even though I didn't do my hair today, it is soft and flowy and not at all frizzy (Even though they confiscated my hair cream at the airport!)
11. There are only 3 more days until I get to see Rye Bread, C-Unit and Flipper. And lots of animals.
12. Zoe only needs 5 more days of medicine to get rid of his little cold. (Yay!)
13. I am alive and smiling. What more can I ask for?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Another twist was that this is not a healthy meal. Being that I was craving something crispy and warm and also because I've always wanted to try, I decided to make fish and chips. The twist is in the chips-and also in the sauces that accompany them.
If you would like me to provide a recipe for a non-fried fish dish, email me and I'll find one for you. But I can tell you that the batter I used for the Fish was fantastic, and I really, really enojoyed eating it.
For the batter:
2 C. Flour
1 T. Baking powder
1 t. Kosher salt
1/4 t. Cayenne pepper
2 Generous Dashes Old Bay Seasoning
1 Bottle brown beer, cold
1 1/2 pounds firm-fleshed whitefish (tilapia, pollock, cod), cut into 1-ounce strips Cornstarch, for dredging
1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Whisk in the beer until the batter is completely smooth and free of any lumps. 2. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. You can make this up to 1 hour in advance, but no earlier than that.
1. Allow oil to reach 350 degrees. Lightly dredge fish strips in cornstarch.
2. Working in small batches, dip the fish into batter and immerse into hot oil. When the batter is set, turn the pieces of fish over and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
3. Drain the fish on the roasting rack. If you are not ready to serve it immediately, hold in a 200 degree oven-be careful not to do this for too long however-you don't want to overcook it! Serve with Lemon Oregano Vinegar. >
For the Green Bean Fries I simply washed and stemmed fresh green beans, rolled them in cornstarch and dipped them in the same batter as the fish (do the green beans first to avoid cross contamination). Slip them into the hot oil until golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and season. Serve with Artichoke Aioli.
Juice from 1 large lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4-5 Dashes of Malt Vinegar
Salt & Black Pepper TT
*Mix all ingredients together at least 1/2 hour prior to serving to allow flavors to love each other. Serve cold, or room temperature.
1 Clove of garlic, peeled
1 t. Kosher salt
1 Egg yolk
1 t. Dijon mustard
About 2 C. Olive Oil
Lemon juice TT
1 Can Artichoke Hearts, drained & Chopped
Salt and Pepper TT
1. Make a paste with the garlic and the salt.
2. Place the egg yolk and mustard in a bowl and whisk
3. Add your olive oil bit by bit. Once you've blended in a half cup of the olive oil you can start to add the rest in larger amounts.
4. Add the garlic and lemon juice and artichokes. Season to taste with s&p.
Note: I loved the Lemon Oregano Vinegar and think I will use it from now on when I make fish and chips instead of just plain malt vinegar. I think I could also use it as a vinaigrette too, which is nice, if I just add some olive oil and emulsify it. I have to be honest when I say that I don't care for Aioli's or most Mayo type dips/dressings, so I didn't like this Aioli, but the flavor was there and I know I would have liked it had it not been...well, aioli! If you try it, let me know your thoughts.
**To serve the aioli, as you can see, I used the left over lemon half that was hollowed out from my juicer. It adds color to the plate and is kind of fun!
*I know this is English because Claire always says it!
This is the view as we were about to climb this sucker-26 stories high!
Sunday I flew down to South Carolina-after a 45 minute delay of waiting on the plane we took off. The reason we were delayed? We were waiting for 2 golden retrievers to be loaded into the luggage area! After 45 minutes, we were told that they dogs would not make it, and they escorted the owners of the dogs off the plane. We were kind of upset because you know they wouldn't wait for a passenger for that long!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I am bringing my laptop, however I am not certain that I will have access to the internet-if they have a normal plug in, I will be OK but if it is a wireless connection, I won't be around until Wednesday.
So...it might be goodbye for now. If something happens to me or my plane, please know that I love you all. ;)