Tuesday, August 26, 2003

weather and soup

i can't guarantee that this will be the last posting referencing the julie/julie project, but i'll do my best.

i've been going through her archives to read about some of the other stuff she made and now i'm all fired up for the weather to turn all cool and fall-ish so i can make french onion soup. come on, come on, come on, weather...

arnold showing maturity in the CA governor's recall election campaign:

"Cruz Bustamante is (Gov.) Gray Davis with a receding hairline and a mustache."

now that's really getting into the heart of the matter, arnold. nothing like using hard facts to show people why you think they should vote for you.

technically, this is probably begging

so if anyone is looking for a gift for me for any reason (future birthday, christmas, late anniversary, some hallmark holiday...), i would really like one of these.

the project is finished and julie did it. she is my hero. i feel like trying some similar endeavor, but just can't fathom what it would be. plus the life of a working mother doesn't leave much time for anything, let alone cooking veal kidneys to eat at 10:00 pm for dinner. whatever my 'project' turns out to be, it may have to wait for 4 or more years just so i have the time to pursue it.

al franken, back to living in obscurity

i honestly can't believe this went on as long as it did. and i honestly can't believe that fox thought the actually had a case. the NYT article about the hearing to block the release of the book was about as funny as some of al franken's writings. i can't WAIT for the book to be released.

Friday, August 22, 2003

since i found out about the sesame street cd yesterday, i haven't been able to get this song out of my head

oh i love trash!
anything dirty or dingy or dusty
anything ragged or rotten or rusty
yes, i love, i love trash!

Thursday, August 21, 2003

shiny happy monsters

i sooooo want to get this for me and for rory. even though she doesn't watch any tv, i think she'd like it.

they've been playing songs from it this morning on kfog. the cd set has a bunch of songs that were performed on sesame street by folks like johnny cash, REM, spin doctors, billy joel, etc; and it also has one of my top ten favorite songs, bein' green.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

why do i do this?

for no good reason, i just ate a couple of small chocolate thingies and drank a coke.


Tuesday, August 19, 2003

take me out to the ballgame, ozzy style

Let's go out to the ballgame.

Let's go out to the bluhhhhhn.

Take me a ee-yan eeya (humming) the field.

I don't care if I ahh-uhn ack.

Da da da da duh da da da eam.

Duh ee, da da da da dahhh.

For a fee, two, three strikes you're out at the old ballgame. Yeahhhhhh.

dustin hopper? dennis hoffman?

from ny daily new gossip: Dennis Hopper sometimes signs autographs as Dustin Hoffman. He says fans don't catch on...

Monday, August 18, 2003

the great northeast blackout of 2003

first off, contrary to the story that the media may have related, the entire northeast was not plunged into darkness on thursday afternoon. for example, most of vermont had power (including us).

but check out these photos for a feeling of what it was like.

plus recipes for emptying your refrigerator.

and overheard by brian somewhere (maybe the radio) when everyone was trying to lay blame for the outage 'when has the united states ever taken the responsibility for anything?'

merci beaucoups mon ami*

in response to the earlier posting about wanting to add mastering the art of french cooking to my cookbook collection, sarah offered to send her girlfriend jane's copy to me, which they were about to sell in their garage sale. hurray!

i've got some liver in the freezer from last year's spring lamb that i didn't quite know what to do with-i'm sure julia will have a solution. i'm not saying i'm going to eat it, but i can at least make them yummy for brian.

*i didn't take french in high school so if it's spelled incorrectly, tough.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

by the way...

remember me gushing about trying new recipes? well, last night, we had steamed mussels for dinner.

they were so goddamned easy, i couldn't believe it.

and inexpensive too! who knew?

why haven't i tried this before?

whenever you're on my mind

i heard some great music from my past on my way into work/daycare today. i'm trying to educate rory about good 'old' music, like the replacements, marshall crenshaw, elvis costello and the police, in addition to good old funk and disco.

blessed are the knitmakers, for they shall be warm

i just started learning how to knit last winter, but i think this is just a too little advanced for me right now. thanks anyway sarah!

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

i'm sorry, did you say gravedigger?

i just heard dave matthews' new solo song on kfog. i'm a big fan of the band, but this song is not very appealing. a little too dark for me. of course it could just be that i listened to it on a single hard drive speaker on my computer.

nobody here but us servantless american cooks...

one of my very favorite blogs has a very nice article written about it in today's NYT. i LOVE reading about what Julie's cooking and how she did it, and her writing style is great.

i've wanted to add mastering the art of french cooking to my cookbook library for years and i might just have to do it now. i already have 3 julie child cookbooks that i love and use frequently. during the summer, i'm not terribly adventuresome in trying out new foods or recipes, especially when it's 85 degrees and above 90% humidity and all i want is a salad. it seems easier to do in the winter when there's not as much to do outside. i hope to be able to try a couple new recipes per week starting this weekend. i'm planning on steamed mussels, salad and some sort of wonderful dessert. wanna come for dinner?

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

now this is good

the game show network will broadcast a 'who wants to be governor of california' gameshow style debate on october 1st. the candidates will compete for a valuble prize of $21,000+ for their campaign

i have to say, i've been reading the news stories about the recall with some amusement. it's definitely one time i'm gald to not be in california. the whole thing is such a circus. puleez! but i do have a fear that ahnuld will end up being governor of my former home state. as a friend of knowitallgirl says, not everyone in minnesota was happy with their celebrity governor, jesse ventura, who was going to shake things up there.


now this is a step in the right direction.

a small step, but a step forward, none the less. (thank sarah!)

Monday, August 11, 2003


now that harrison ford has become all icky and smarmy and mid-life-crisis-y, steve martin is my #1 celebrity exception. i used to think he was too goofy, not good looking, and just plain weird. but you know, in the past 5 years or so, he's totally grown on me. now i think he's really handsome, he's creatively well rounded (writer, painter, banjo player, actor) and he's got a dry and clever sense of humor, which i can totally understand.

so why am i telling you this? because i just discovered (via hipclicks) that there is a steve martin.com. hurray! (although it looks like it needs updating...) also, he wrote en editorial for the NYTimes last week that is very clever. (registration required to view...sorry)

Thursday, August 07, 2003

what is in a name?

from bill maher's weblog:

You know what? Some things AREN’T about politics or race. Like hurricanes, which have been named after women since 1953 and also after men since feminists made a big fuss about that in 1979. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is upset that this year’s crop of hurricane names include Larry, Wanda, and Juan but doesn’t include names such as Antwone, Keisha, or Jamal. It’s good to know that things are going so ship-shape in this country right now that a member of the United States House of Representatives has nothing better to do with their time than BITCH ABOUT WHY THE NAMES OF HURRICANES AREN’T MORE DIVERSE!

lost and found

lost something? craigslist can help you find it.

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

and another thing...

in this article from sfgate, phil brochard, a friend of mine who is now a priest is quoted... i think he sums it up fairly well.


it happened! although i've been to church only a handful of time in the past few years, i'm proud to be an episcopalian today. the ripple effect of gene robinson was elected bishop of new hampshire will be felt for a long time, and i, for one, am very interested to see where this takes the american anglican community. hopefully, it will not be too, too divisive. i choose to look at the event as enlightening and forward thinking.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003


this is just so upsetting on so many levels. i was so, so hopeful that the episcopal church could take this progressive step forward and set an example in acceptance. it would do so much for moving the christian community towards embracing the faithful, no matter what their sexual orientation.

if it is not true, it's unfortunate that the opponents of gene robinson were so fearful of his homosexuality to stoop to comething like this. if it is true, then i'm just not sure what to say. i always try to give people the benefit of the doubt (sometimes to my own detriment), but who do you trust anymore?

Monday, August 04, 2003

one of the least nutritious lunches ever eaten:

handful of triscuits, nile spice instant chicken veggie soup, 2 dove dark chocolate eggs (left over from easter, if you can believe it).