Musing on food and cooking ...

Friday, November 28, 2008

We So Need One of These

Think I could get one of these at the after Thanksgiving Shopping Insanity?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

In Lieu of Turkey

You might want to consider the following option:

In their own words:

"Adopt-A-Turkey Project seeks to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, educated millions of people about their plight and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday. Anyone can sponsor turkeys residing at our sanctuaries in California and New York, and some even choose to adopt turkeys into their homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event."

Just don't butcher and cook them once you get them home.....

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ohhhh, Fun With Names!!

Stolen from Politits....

Other Names Meme:

1. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names): Ann Warren

2. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother’s dad, father’s dad): Russell Joe

3. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name): Brheat

4. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal): Purple Cat

5. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you live): Ann Waukegan

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite alcoholic drink, optionally add “THE” to the beginning): Green Virgin Mary

7. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name): Hewn

8. GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie): French Vanilla Kisses

9. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pet’s name, current street name): Kali Lincoln

10. PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on): Maxie Evergreen

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bitty:Feet Under Blanket as Fox:Mouse Under Snow

So Bitty is a crazy beastie. Her latest game, the game of greatest fun, is to hunt the wiley feet. Now, this is cute now, when we are buried under blankets, but it won't be so fun come summer, with only a sheet to protect us.

What's so amazing to us though is that she is so ferocious. We have no doubt that she would actually be able to hunt and kill a mouse in the wild. Unlike Pele, who has servants to do those sorts of things.

Friday, November 21, 2008

An Anti-Immigrant Wing-Nut's Worst Nightmare

I am fairly certain they believe this is what truly is happening.....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Whoa Nelly!

this is totally cool!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Poor Sweetie

In addition to forcing him to move from balmy locales in the Carolinas, I have also forced Boxer to become a handyperson. Well, at least a handy helper.

First, I had him mowing the lawn. And then he put on a new doorhandle to the basement door (well, tried to put on a new handle; it was uncooperative and tricky, to say the least - joys of old houses).

And then came the ultimate:

"Ugh, sweetie, I am going to try and take the bathroom sink pipes apart because there is some weird crud down in there and nothing is draining right," said I.

"Just use Draino," said he.

"Yeah, I think this is beyond Draino."

So, on Friday, while I was home hacking up a lung and working from my couch, I took a look at the pipes and realized that the crude was in the part of the pipes that I can't take apart, so that evening I sent Boxer out for some foaming pipe snake, and we foamed it and all the crud fell down into the gooseneck.

Not good.

So, on Saturday morning, I said, "Let's take the pipes apart. The crud is now in the section of the pipe that I can take apart."

I crawled under the bathroom sink and started taking the pipes apart. Boxer grabbed a towel so we didn't get water all over, and then I handed it to him - after nearly forgetting that the pipes were apart and attempting to pour it down the sink (le duh).

The gross pipe with the horrid crud.

"What the hell is that! What do you want me to do with it?"

"Put it in the trash and then wash the pipe out."

"This is so why I lived in apartments and would just call maintenance."

Well, he has a point there.

Anyway, we got the sink back together and now it flows like the clearest stream.

Just wait until we start tearing insulation out of the attic and carpet out of the basement!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Raccoon Jamboree

I teach late Wednesday nights, a course on female images of the divine in the west, aka the goddess class. I wasn't feeling the greatest last night (or today, either, for that matter), and so after a rather spirited discussion on the evils of 1 Timothy, Augustine, and our friend Tertullian and some confused looks during my lecture on the Eve versus Mary celebrity smackdown in the pre-350 AD Christian Church, I cut class 30 minutes short, and headed home.

Driving home, I came across a very cool sight. I wish I had a camera that actually could have taken good night images. Because there, around the base of a huge oak tree, were six or seven raccoons dancing in a circle. I swear to god/dess! They were on their hind legs, waving their little front paws in the air and doing the hora.

Of course, I had to stop and watch them for a few minutes, upon which they noticed me and gave me the dirtiest looks ever (I mean, I was totally dissed!) and disappeared into the brush.

It was truly a magical moment...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Let Sleeping Cats Lie

When Kali, MD (mini-destroyer), aka Bitty, sleeps, she really sleeps. Like dead to the universe sleeping.... Don't believe me? I have photographic evidence!

Here, she really stretches out. If you open the picture in a larger window, you can she she sleeps with her mouth open just a wee bit....

And here she is, doing the bunny feet o' tremendous cuteness.....

The Cuteness! It burns!!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thank You, Hilary Clinton

Without you and the hard race you fought, your graciousness in defeat, and every effort you made during this election season - Without you, I truly believe Barack Obama would not be President today. You made him a better candidate. And if he is truly wise, he will find a way to let your talents, energy, and passion shine in the new administration.

And here's to hoping that a woman will be President of the United States sooner rather than later. The reign of the old, white male is over.