Archive for October, 2008

Oct

31

Dumbass

The idiot in me has decided to participate in NaBloPoMo again this year.  I don’t even know where to sign up, but I’m in.  This, of course, is an incredibly brave venture on my part; at least last year I had Rocco.  AND A JOB. (Fodder, people.  I need fodder.)

Oct

19

Buns in the Oven

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Sarah Palin was on SNL tonight, and she was — well, mildly humorous.

She [the real Palin] was there [SNL], and she briefly encountered Tina Fey performing (another) magnificent impersonation of herself.

And it was awesome.

I think Palin is a terrifying vice presidential candidate.  (Actually, I think she’s a terrifying political candidate for any office.  And I thought we had problems here in Arkansas…)  If McCain wins and then passes on during his elected term, THAT CRAZY-ASS WOMAN WILL BE THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLDGyughhh.  And, as Buffy once said, “I’ll see your ‘Gyughhh’ and raise you a ‘Nyaghhhh.’”

But I have to admire a person who can take that kind of shit and not look chagrined or embarrassed.  (Of course, she did look that way — but in an appropriately comical sense.  I mean, either she totally got the caricature thing, or she’s an idiot.  And while I think Palin’s an idiot, I don’t think she’s that kind of idiot.  So this was probably a good place to show she’s a good sport.  Of course, I’m also fairly certain that 75%+ of the SNL audience is already committed to voting for the Obama/Biden ticket, so this was mostly like Christophe Beck showing up for the Emmys in 1999 and making fun of himself, knowing he wouldn’t win.)  And props to Tina Fey for having the balls to play the part, as well.

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On a completely unrelated note, can anyone tell me how to bake bread in the oven after it’s been mixed in the bread machine?  That seems like a valid use of my oven in the fall/winter months. I’m looking for a temperature setting and whether or not I need an appropriately sized pan — and if said pan needs to be greased.

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Oh, man.  Palin came back for Weekend Update.  Double awesome!  And she was just as cool and collected as you’d never expect her to be.  Good on her!  She’s totally endeared herself to me — but not enough to vote Republican.  Just so we’re clear, you know.  You got it?  YOU BETCHYA!

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In related SNL news, I’m glad to see they’re using Amy Poehler’s pregnancy as a sklot point (i.e., “skit plot point”) (New word for my lexicon, betts!).  Honest to goodness, I know that SNL hasn’t been cool for a gozillion years.  But if I didn’t watch regularly, I’d have missed things like Ashton Kutcher’s ingenious Death By Chocolate ads or the entire freakin’ episode with Justin Timberlake.  (Comedy fucking gold.)

Oct

14

Disreppear

In her youth, my cousin Navy used to refer to things as “dis-reppearing” rather than “dis-appearing.”  (In my head, I equate this with Xander’s understanding of “blinvisible.”)  This was almost certainly an issue of mispronunciation, although I like to think of it as a toddler coining an all-important sentiment.

I have, ever sense, thought of tangible objects as having the ability to “disreppear.”  To me, when something “disreppears” it disappears and then reappears — kind of like when you lose your keys and then find them exactly where you left them, even if you looked in that spot 500 fucking times.

Oct

9

Oh, Baby

My cousin Bailey is expecting her second child — another boy — in January.  These are photos from the shower I threw for her this weekend.

This is the diaper cake I made.  The instructions said 60 diapers and 60 minutes; it took me 73 diapers and three hours.  You can barely see the little "roses" made out of baby socks, which I thought were the coolest thing ever.

This is the diaper cake I made. The instructions said 60 diapers and 60 minutes; it took me 73 diapers and three hours. You can barely see the little "roses" made out of baby socks, which I thought were the coolest thing ever.

This is the whole reason I hosted the shower.  Someone linked to a similar cake a long time ago, and I immediately thought to myself, "I have GOT to have one of those."

This is the whole reason I hosted the shower. Someone linked to a similar cake a long time ago, and I immediately thought to myself, "I have GOT to have one of those."

This is Bailey, the guest of honor, and her derby teammate Amber, aka "Tara Niploff."

This is Bailey, the guest of honor, and her derby teammate Amber, aka "Tara Niploff."

This is me and my youngest sister, Kyli.  She came a couple of hours early to help me, and thank goodness she did!  She is the shower-throwing QUEEN.

This is me and my youngest sister, Kyli. She came a couple of hours early to help me, and thank goodness she did! She is the shower-throwing QUEEN.

The Menu:

  • Cholives
  • Sausage Balls
  • Cheese Cubes
  • Vegetable Platter
  • Fruit Platter
  • Cockdoggies
  • Ham and Cream Cheese Pickle Rolls
  • Pinwheels
  • Mixed Nuts (except I picked all the cashews out and devoured them the night before)
  • Blue Punch

We played a couple of games that no one seemed to have played at a baby shower before, so that was nice.  She also got lots of nice gifts.  For party favors, I made cinnamon buns with notes on them that said, “Thanks for helping Bailey celebrate her bun in the oven!”

My favorite thing about the shower, though, was that it was very ecologically friendly.  We used my “picnicware,” so none of the plates or utensils were tossed in the trash.  We did use plastic disposable cups, but I handwashed all of them for reuse except the four that cracked, which went in the recycling bin.  Instead of napkins, we used tiny terrycloth baby washrags in white and pastel blues that Bailey got to take home at the end.  By the time it was all over, I had one dishwashwer load and one sink load of dishes and two Wal-Mart bags of trash.  I thought that was pretty good for 20 people!

Oct

8

Promises, Promises

I’m working on stuff.  I swear it!  In the meantime, here’s some stuff to tide you over.

I threw the most kick-ass, environmentally friendly baby shower in the history of Central Arkansas last Saturday.  I should get a medal or something.  Miniature photologue tomorrow, I promise.

Heroes improved dramatically in the third episode/second week.  This week’s offering, however, was not so solid.  I’ll be sticking with it for the time being, but I’m not making any promises.

I bought a new sofa.  Quentin hasn’t peed on it yet!

I’m 90% sure Chuck is the most awesome show I’ve seen in a long time.  I realize it’s not for everyone, but I do love the whole dramedy/action/espionage thing all rolled into one.  Is it weird that Chuck is the TV character with whom I most identify?

My weight loss regimen is in the proverbial shitter.  Although I’ve stuck with the aerobic activity/weight lifting/yoga, my food choices are seriously messed up.  Today I bought a loaf of cheap-ass, store brand white bread for 89 cents and had four toasted slices with butter over the course of the day (Smart Balance “butter,” at least).  I can’t really explain any of that, except that toasted white bread with butter suddenly sounded beyond decadent.  Add to that the “bad” foods I ate during/while preparing for the shower, and I totally blew it.  Time to regroup!

I’m somewhat distraught that The Sarah Connor Chronicles is on the chopping block.  Last season was interesting but not spectacular; mostly, my complaint was that it was slow to start (Is there anyone watching this show who doesn’t already know the basics of the Sarah Connor story?) and dropped a rather important story line (What the hell was up with the silhouettes at the high school?  I need closure!) — although I realize that was due in part to the strike.  But the last few episodes of season one were noticeably better — especially that incredible swimming pool scene in the finale, which was pure, undiluted awesome.  This season, however, is much more interesting and consistent (so far) as a whole, what with the additional (non-movie-based) back stories and all.  And, while I kind of hate to admit it, I think Brian Austin Green is sort of awesome — and by that I mean the actor himself and not just his character.   BAG is… pretty convincingly bad ass.  This makes TWO original 90210 actors for whom I now have a certain affinity.  Thank goodness I’ve never watched an episode of Dancing With the Stars.  (But mostly — and I know I’m not alone in this — I’m most interested in seeing Summer Glau dance again.  Her movement is completely mesmerizing.)