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Buns in the Oven

1:54 am · category: Category Free

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.


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.


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!


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.)



Product Testing

A couple of weeks ago Allison at allison wonderland asked for volunteers to test her homemade bath salts and scented candles. I had to pass on the candles due to Rocco’s allergies, but today I received a jar of lavender-scented bath salts. All the way from Canada!

I’m “testing” the bath salts tomorrow (Saturday) because I bathe (rather than shower) on Wednesdays and Saturdays. That might sound weird, but if I don’t have a set schedule for sitting in the tub, I won’t do it. And I must sit in the tub and bathe. You see, I am completely incapable of shaving my legs in the shower for a couple of reasons: (a) I’m afraid of falling; and (b) I hate wasting water that way. So I have to actually plan to sit in the bath to shave, or I’ll never do it. And then there’ll be reports of a tiny female Sasquatch on the loose in rural Arkansas. Have I mentioned lately that I’m incredibly hirsute? Because I am. Truth be told, we’re not talking about just leg hair. We’re talking about all hair that’s not on my head, most of which must be trimmed, plucked, or completely removed regularly. So this is much-needed, twice-weekly, specifically planned body maintenance. I also deep condition my hair, completely exfoliate my face, and boil out my ears on Wednesdays and Saturdays while I’m in the bath.

I should have called this post “TMI 2.”



Where To Go And What To Get

9:43 pm · category: Category Free, How Can I Help?

Meghan of Pyreflies over Zanarkand posted this, which gave me an idea for a not-boring and helpful post. Don’t spend a gozillion dollars with unhappy shoppers on mass-produced gifts. Buy from my internet friends! They’re poor and talented.

mouse sells beautiful custom-made jewelry and accessories over at LollyBeads. Check out her newest additions, the hairsticks.

makes beautiful handmade cards over at Rather Crafty, which is aptly named.

also has her own online store, and she makes all kinds of shit. But right now she has only two items up, so you better hurry! Just think, you could have a scarf made in Hollywood. You could pretend like you’re Isadora Duncan. (Watch the wheel!)

My friend Robin has prints of her spectacular photos available at Enchanted Visions.

Finish up the rest of your holiday shopping with these links so I can continue to indulge in my love of all things Buffy.



Happy Thanksgiving!

11:34 pm · category: Category Free

I’m working tomorrow (Day 11 out of 14 consecutive days!), so you’re getting your Thanksgiving greeting a day early. Happy Thanksgiving!




11:55 pm · category: Category Free

We interrupt This Month in Rocco (I was hoping that would sound like something exotic [i.e., "This Month in Morocco"], but it just came out… dirty.) to bring you a recipe that is sure to make you the most popular girl on the block.

First let me explain that Rocco has a bread machine that he had never used before moving here. I’ve become obsessed with it, making at least three loaves a week for the past couple of months. This particular recipe (for a 1.5 pound loaf machine) is amazing.

1 C water
2 T butter (I use butter-flavored Crisco)
3 C bread flour
1 T sugar
2 t dried chopped onion
3/4 t sea salt
1-1/4 t bread machine yeast

Put the above ingredients in the machine. Use the basic cycle with light crust. Add 3/4 cup of crumbled feta and 3/4 cup chopped fresh spinach leaves a few minutes before the last kneading cycle ends.

I heartily recommend hollowing out the loaf and filling it with a hot spinach-artichoke dip. You will win many friends this way.