Archive for December, 2007

Malnutrition Monday

I have g-mail. Do you? Have you ever noticed that when you’re in your spam folder, clicking to get rid of all the spam, that there are always Spam recipes?  I loathe Spam. I think it’s absolutely disgusting, and if I never have to eat it, I’d be just fine with that.  So, with that brief intro, let me introduce you to the recipe du jour: Spam Swiss Pie.

Before you even look at the ingredients, just think of the title. Spam Swiss Pie. You think it’s got Spam, der, and probably swiss cheese, maybe eggs, and then pie crust. My stomach’s already churning, don’t know about yours. 

So now take a look at the ingredients. Deep dish pie shell, check. 6 eggs, check. 1 can Spam, check. 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, check. Ooh–look at this–1 cup of whipping cream. So basically it’s a Spam quiche.  Why would anyone would ruin a perfectly good (albeit fattening) quiche by adding Spam? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Adieu, 2007.  Parting, not such sweet sorrow. No sorrow at all, in fact.  Go. Get thee hence. Just get out of my face.

This has been an intensely trying year. And I’m not downplaying the good things that have happened–a mini-vacation with Joe to California, getting involved with MoMentuM, new friends like Jehara and L-Squared, not having breast cancer–but it’s been overall a hellish year. My depression has spiraled out of control, and I cannot wait to get to a doctor after the first and get some meds that may actually give me some relief. Joe’s travelling all the time is kind of good and kind of bad at the same time; it seems like we fight more when we’re together, but maybe it’s not more, maybe it’s the same amount condensed into less time. I don’t know, but it sucks.  I gained back all the weight I worked so hard to lose, and I’m having an impossible time getting myself into the right mindframe to get going again. I feel like a complete utter failure. I didn’t finish a book. I didn’t accomplish any of the things that I’d set out to do this year.

So good riddance, 2007. I hope 2008 is better.

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Yesterday after work L-squared and I went to see the new National Treasure movie. It has plot holes big enough to drive a Hummer through them, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable movie. I still have a mile-long list of movies I want to see, and, of course, limited time and funds.  However, I’ve been cleaning and doing laundry for a few hours. Surely that merits a movie break?

 Yep, I agree.  🙂

UPDATE (12/31/07):

Movie #1: The Kite Runner. Incredibly beautiful, heartbreaking, tears-running-down-the-face film. I do recommend it. I now have the book on hold at the library.

Movie #2: Atonement. Incredibly beautiful, heartbreaking, and the only reason tears weren’t running down the face was probably because I had cried them all out during The Kite Runner. I recommend it. I forgot to put the book on hold at the library, but will do so momentarily.

Movie #3: The Chronicles of Narnia SE (at home, natch). I had to watch something a little more upbeat after those two intense movies!

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Friday Fill-Ins

1. “I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses.” (Alan Rickman as Snape, as if anyone could forget what that sexy voice says.)
2. “Why is the toilet paper always gone?
3. “Harold, *everyone* has the right to make an entrance.
4. “Nine companions, so be it. You shall be the fellowship of the ring.” (?)
5. “Nonsense, I have not yet begun to try to eat right, because January 1st isn’t until Tuesday.
6. “Mama says they was magic shoes. They could clean the kitchen and scrub the floor when I was asleep.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to seeing a movie, tomorrow my plans include picking Joe up from the airport and Sunday, I want to hang out with my honey!

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Thursday Thirteen #5

Thirteen Things Faith Likes That Start With D

  1. Dogs. I love dogs. And it’s funny, because I used to be a total cat person. I still like cats, don’t get me wrong, and if Molly would tolerate a cat we’d have one. That being said, if I had to choose between a dog and a cat, it’d be the dog.
  2. Dishwashers. One of the greatest inventions ever, in my opinion. Had we had a dishwasher when I was a kid, I wouldn’t have gotten the worst spanking I ever got in my life.
  3. Dark Horse Comics, home to Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and other great stuff.
  4. Depp. Johnny Depp.  I mean, what’s not to love? He’s an incredible actor, and very, very easy on the eyes. I like his voice, too. Well, not his Willy Wonka voice, but that probably goes without being said.
  5. Dictionaries. I like to read the dictionary for fun. I find the loveliest words that way.
  6. Drugs, the legal kind. OTC ones, like Benadryl, are great for when one doesn’t really have the time or money or need to go to the doctor. I took some yesterday afternoon and it helped me get decongested and I got a lovely lot of sleep and hence feel somewhat better this morning. And the prescription ones, like my hormones, are also wonderful. No hot flashes. That counts for something, believe me.
  7. Dairy Queen. They used to be everywhere around the D/FW Metroplex, not so much anymore. But when you’re driving through Texas, you’ll find them on the freeways and backroads. If you get a chance, stop and get a Peanut Buster Parfait.  Yummmmmmm.
  8. Dill pickles. I like a big fat kosher dill.
  9. Drawing. I suck at it but I still enjoy it.
  10. Doodling. “I doodle. I do doodle. You do doodle too, don’t you?”
  11. Dante. I took a conference course on Dante in college from a professor who specialized in medieval literature (he also taught my Chaucer course). The Divine Comedy is, well, divine. I like Inferno and Purgatorio better than Paradiso, but they’re all good.
  12. Dressing up. It’s fun to get all decked out to the nines, at least once in a while. We spend so much time being casual that it’s easy to forget who fun it is to dress up and look great.
  13. Dressing up in the other sense of the phrase, like for Halloween or fan events, if you’re a big geek like I. Like when there’s a Browncoat event and we’re going to go see Serenity for the bajillionth time, it’s fun to dress up like Inara, or Zoe.

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Yep, I survived the holidays. Barely. I’ve been severely congested in both nostrils, which, oddly enough, makes breathing incredibly difficult.  I’ve been taking several different OTC remedies in an attempt to (a) thin the mucus and/or (b) knock me out so I could get some rest, to no avail. The OTC nasal spray helped for a while, but the instructions state clearly that it should not be used for more than 3 days, and yesterday was day 4. So I caved and made a doctor’s appointment for later on today.

Joe got called out of state, and had to catch an early morning flight today. It kind of jacked up his holidays, since he spent half the day on Christmas Eve and much of Christmas Day preparing for the trip (making travel arrangements, packing, studying up on the system he’ll be working on). So he’s been really stressed. The combination of his stress, and all the chocolate he ate, and my being sick made for a rocky Christmas.

Saturday with the incomparable Izzybella, L-squared, and Jehara was just lovely, though. They came over around 3ish, and we had a LOT of fun. A couple of pictures will be posted as soon as I get them uploaded. We feasted on turkey and all the trimmings, courtesy of my office, and played a game, and blabbed and opened gifts and just generally had a great time.

I went to do a bit more shopping on Monday, and also ventured out at last to see Sweeney Todd. Spin Doc wanted a review of the movie, so here’s my stab at said review: You’ll probably want to wait quite a while before eating a pasty or a meat pie again, for starters. The scene where Mrs. Lovett sings about the worst meat pies in town was just disgusting, and it got worse from there. The sets, costumes, and makeup were utterly delightful. Everything, with the exception of Mrs. Lovett’s fantasy about life by the sea and the lovely Johanna, is grim, dirty, and very unpleasant. The acting was fantastic, as was the singing. Johnny Depp–wow!  And Helena Bonham Carter was made to play this role, so I’m glad she got the chance to do so. Alan Rickman was as yummy as ever, despite his sleazy domineering character, and Timothy Spall was as ratlike as ever. (On a sidenote, I wonder if I’ll ever be able to see him without thinking of Wormtail/Scabbers.) The young woman who played Johanna was so poignant in her role, particularly when she was expressing her sure knowledge to the naive innocent Anthony that life doesn’t go on happily ever after. So if you’ve got a strong stomach, go see the film. You’ll enjoy it, in a twisted sort of way. It was just amazingly well done, so Tim Burtonesque, and I really am glad I saw it.

And Izzybella came over early on Christmas morning for stockings and gifts, and, again, it was truly lovely. We had a great time. All the gifts were a great hit. Dinner with Dad and the Monster yesterday was nice, but we had to leave sooner than usual so Joe could continue preparing to leave this morning.

So all is well in my corner of the world–or will be, once I can breathe clearly again–and I hope it is well with you.

By the way, kudos and many thanks to Izzybella for seasons 5, 6, and 7 of Buffy! Woot! I watched Once More With Feeling and Tabula Rasa last night, and once I get home from the doctor’s office, I plan to fully immerse myself in every episode of Buffy that I’ve been hungering to watch. Expect lots of Spike-y goodness. Rrrorwl!

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and I am sick again. I got sick at Thanksgiving, and I’m sick now at Christmas. I think I must be allergic to holidays. If I get a cold for Valentine’s Day, that will confirm my theory.  I’m horribly congested, and can’t sleep if I lay down. So when I get home tonight I’m going to crawl into bed and try to sleep sitting up with the wonderful cushion I got at Thanksgiving. And I’ll whimper and whinge and complain. Because I’ve got a lovely 4-day weekend ahead of me and I’ve got a $&%*$#@!! cold again. Snarl.

But on the positive side, I’ve got a lovely 4-day weekend ahead of me, and Sweeney Todd is out. I may brave the wrath of my fellow movie-goers and go see it tonight or tomorrow (yes, I’ll take my tissues and hand sanitizer with me).  Joe’s in town, and barring any unforeseen emergencies that call him away, he’ll be here until after the New Year. I get to hang out with my peeps on Sunday and possibly see Sweeney Todd. And on Christmas Day I’ll see the parental units and eat Joe’s superlative mashed potatoes.

Man, I feel sorry for you guys who don’t live around here and can’t come eat Joe’s superlative mashed potatoes. I mean, yeah, Honeybaked ham and turkey are great, but without Joe’s mashed potatoes they’re just ordinary.

I’ll probably not get online much over the weekend, so if I’m not back before Christmas, know that I’m wishing you the happiest.

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Spicy Bitch!


Remember when I told you that you desperately want to go to Spicy Bitch and buy yourself a set of magnetic spice tins? Mine came almost 2 weeks ago, and last weekend I finally made it to the post office to pick them up.

They are GORGEOUS! Chicory did a beautiful job with them, and I know you’ll love them as much as I love mine.

So shoo! Get thee to Spicy Bitch and get yourself a set. Get two. Get some for your culinary compadres.   And no, Chicory didn’t pay me to say this. I’m doing it of my own free will and choice. They really are very high quality, lovely, and practical.  (I’m thinking about buying another set just so I’ll have enough for all my spices. Yes. They’re that great.)

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Friday Fill-In

1. Snow is beautifully icy cold and lovely, as long as I don’t have to shovel it, and I wish we had at least a teensy bit.
2. I’m looking forward to getting over this $#%$!!! cold.
3. The incomparable Izzybella is the best sister ever!
4. One of my favorite old tv shows is I Love Lucy.
5. I’m done with shopping.
6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is being with my friends and family.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to probably not much, but possibly going to a movie, tomorrow my plans include probably not much and Sunday, I want to celebrate with my friends and honey and !

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Thursday Thirteen, Part 4

Thirteen Things Faith likes that start with C

  1. Chaucer. Geoffrey. I may have mentioned my fondness for Chaucer a time or two.
  2. Comic books. Courtesy of the incomparable Izzybella, I have a subscription to the Buffy Season 8, and the new Angel comics. I lurve them. I’d marry them. (Okay, I’ve just illustrated my extreme lame dorkiness, and yet. . . .)
  3. Chocolate.
  4. Cheese.
  5. Cupcakes.
  6. Colouring in colouring books. It’s a good way to relax. Although I wasn’t very relaxed the day that Izzy and I were taking a break and coloring in our Barbie colouring books, and the Dean walked in. I was kind of stressed. But we kept colouring until he left the room, and then we hastily put our things away and got back to work.
  7. Crossword puzzles. The harder the better, and they have to be themed. I like the NY Times Sunday puzzles the best.
  8. Comforters, the big cushy comfy ones.
  9. C., one of Clover’s sons. I’m also quite fond of Clover, too, for that matter.
  10. Cell phones. Actually, that’s a lie. I sort of hate them. And yet I have one. But one can’t deny that, at times, they are most convenient.
  11. Cherries. (Have you noticed how often food items seem to be popping up on this list? That’s because many of my faves start with the letter C: celery, chocolate, cherries, cupcakes, cheese, cake, cookies, chocolate chip cookies, corn, cheesecake, Coca Cola, caramel….)
  12. Cameras. I’m not a good photographer, but I truly enjoy my digital camera.
  13. Carmel, California. It’s a lovely place.

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