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Friday Fill-Ins

And…here we go!

1. This week I thought our house was going to be blown away to OZ (the one with the yellow brick road, not the one in the southern hemisphere).

2. Many happy returns.

3. It’s all about to change.

4. This weekend it would be fun to lay out in the sun.

5. I demand to be heard and taken seriously.

6. I changed to a new path, it’s filled with mysteries galore.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping and snuggling with my dogs, tomorrow my plans include getting my hair done and having some quality time with Izzy and the Doctor and Sunday, I want to have a quiet day at home!

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Thursday Thunks is taking us back to high school this week.  Let’s just say that I *never* had/have/will have any desire to return to high school. 🙂

  1. Who was your best friend?  Ann N. at Plano–I didn’t really have a best friend at Richland High School.
  2. Did you play any sports? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Excuse me while I pick myself off the floor?  Did I play any sports?  I played water polo in PE, but not intramurally. Only in class. And I pretty much sucked at it. Other than that, the only sport I excelled in was cutting class every chance I got.
  3. What kind of car did you drive? A red Toyota Corolla that I christened Charlie.
  4. It’s Friday night. Where were you? Probably home. But possibly at Liquid Assets with the 2nd most detestable boyfriend I ever had.
  5. Were you a party animal? I was in my own mind, but probably not really.  Looking back, I realize that I was extremely naive.
  6. Were you considered hot? By some people, but probably not really.
  7. Were you in the band, orchestra, or choir? Not in high school. I was temporarily in band in junior high school, but not for long.
  8. Were you a nerd? Yes. But not a math nerd. An English nerd.
  9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? No, but I came damned close. In my senior year, I skipped every chance I got, and forged excuse notes from my mother. Of course I got caught. I’m not that good of a liar.
  10. Can you sing the fight song? Nope. I never went to a football game, never went to a pep rally. I pretty much hated school spirit.

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Another Meme

Sorry for the memes, folks.  I’ve got a lot on my mind, and it’s things that I prefer not to blog about here, right now. I’ll be back eventually. 🙂

1. Were you named after anyone?
I chose my first name myself; my original first name was because both grandmothers had wanted a daughter with that name; and my original middle name was a family name on my mother’s side.

2. When was the last time you cried?
I don’t recall. That’s one of the things that my medications sort of prevent from happening most of the time.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
I do, but I don’t anyone else would.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
It’s ham, mainly because that’s the only meat that I have had absolutely no trouble in eating since my lap band surgery. It used to be chicken, but, as I’ve discussed here previously, I can no longer eat chicken.

5. Do you have kids?

6. If you were another person would you be friends with you?
I think so, but we would both like our solitude enough that we probably wouldn’t get together too often.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Sarcasm? What’s that?

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
No, they were removed when I was in 7th grade.

9. Would you bungee jump?
It’s on my bucket list.

10. What is your favorite cereal?
I don’t really eat cereal anymore.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
No. I untie them before I put them on.

12. Do you think you are strong?
Stronger than you know.

13. What is your favorite ice cream?
Ben & Jerry’s.

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their smiles.

15. Red or pink?
Well, today I’m wearing a red and white striped top, so I’ll go with red.

16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself?
Anxiety and mild agoraphobia.

17. Who do you miss the most?
Alicia, always.

18. Do you want everyone to send (link) this back to you?
I’m not tagging anyone, so I don’t care.

19. What color pants and shoes are you wearing?
Blue jeans, and bronze sandals.

20. What was the last thing you ate?
5 wheat crackers.

21. What are you listening to right now?
People talking around me.

22. If you where a crayon, what color would you be?
Purple. Duh.

23. Favorite smells?
The smell of the dirt and the air just before it rains. Any bath stuff by Lush.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

25. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
I found it on the blog of someone I don’t know, but I find him fascinating, so we’ll go with a yes.

26. Favorite sports to watch?
Football (aka soccer).

27. Hair color?
Dark red with greying/dark brown roots because I really need to get it coloured again.

28. Eye color?

29. Do you wear contacts?
Only if I want to see.

30. Favorite food?
Potato soup.

31. Scary movies or happy endings?
They’re not mutually exclusive.

32. Last movie you watched?
Not a movie, but episode 3 of Season 1 of Wallander. Brilliant series.

33. What color shirt are you wearing?
Red and white striped. Very nautical, with gold buttons.

34. Summer or winter?

35. Hugs or kisses?
Hugs. I can feel the stress drain out of me when I’m being hugged.

36. Favorite dessert?
Ice cream.

37. What book are you reading now?
The Throne of Fire.

38. What is on your mouse pad?
My mouse.

39. What did you watch on TV last night?
I wasn’t watching TV last night.

40. Favorite sound?

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Beatles, definitely. Although I like the Stones.

41. What is the farthest you have been from home?
I’ve been from Buffalo NY to San Francisco California, and from Miami Beach to Toronto.

42. Do you have a special talent?
I’m a loyal friend.

43. Where were you born?
Lone Star, Texas.

44. What time is it now?
11:22 a.m.

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Another Book Meme

From Kuri, the 106 (why 106? nobody knows) books most often tagged “unread” at LibraryThing. The idea is to mark the ones you’ve read in bold, the ones you’ve started but not finished in italics, and the ones you read for school in bold and underlined. À la Kuri, I put asterisks next to the ones I plan to read.

I’m not tagging anyone, but I’m interested in seeing your responses if you do try it. 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina 
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights (HATE, HATE, HATE THIS BOOK!! Cathy and Heathcliffe deserved each other.)
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose (I doubt I’ll be going back to it.)
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey*
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities  (This was assigned in 8th grade, and my teacher said, and I quote, “You’re going to hate this book but you have to read it anyway, so I don’t want anyone complaining.”  I read it that night and told her the next day that she was crazy. True story.)
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace*
Vanity Fair (I’ve mentioned this book before, I’m sure. I will never attempt to read it again. Last time I tried, I hurled it across the room. Now it’s on my nook, and I don’t think my nook would survive being hurled across the room.)
The Time Traveler’s Wife* (I’m only going to read it because of Jehara’s recommendation.)
The Iliad*
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner  (Brilliant book, as is A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author. In fact, I think I like that one even better.)
Mrs. Dalloway*
Great Expectations (Wouldn’t it be cool to own a bridal supply store called Mrs. Havisham’s Bridal Shoppe?  Would anyone get it?)
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged  (Not a fan of Ayn Rand. She seems too imbued with a sense of self-importance.)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books*  (Jehara recently reviewed this at Quirky Girls Read, and I do want to read it.)
Memoirs of a Geisha*
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West* (I accidentally put this in storage so I never got around to finishing it. Love the musical, though.)
The Canterbury Tales (Have you read the title of this blog? Chauceriangirl? Yeah. I worship The Canterbury Tales.)
The Historian: a novel (One of the bigger wastes of my time.)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel*
Angels & Demons (Shudder. I don’t plan to read anything else by Dan Brown.)
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise) (Inferno is far superior to Purgatorio and Paradiso).
The Satanic Verses*
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles  (Another one I really hated)
Oliver Twist (Consider yourself at home! Consider yourself part of the family. We’ve taken to you, so strong, It’s clear, we’re going to get along! Okay, that’s not really in there, but I love the musical.)
Gulliver’s Travels (I love when I have to read something for school and end up really loving it. That’s what happened with His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. That’s also what happened with Gulliver’s Travels. Because Gulliver’s Travels isn’t really about a giant man who puts out a fire in the Lilliputian castle by pissing on it.)
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (This was one of the books that I felt I should like, but just, didn’t.)
Dune (Loved the book. Hated the movie.)
The Prince*
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces (I know this is supposed to be brilliant, but I just couldn’t get into it.)
A Short History of Nearly Everything*
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: a novel
Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road*
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I “read” this by listening to it on CD.  I highly recommend audio books for those that you’re having trouble getting into–you’re sort of a captive audience, and before you know it you’re past the parts that you were never past before. Hmmm. Wonder if I should find Vanity Fair on CD.  Nah.)
Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values (I thought this was so profound when I was 18.)
The Aeneid*
Watership Down (Another one I just couldn’t really get into. I don’t feel guilty about it, though.)
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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Who Am I? Who? Who?

I saw this at Janet’s and had to play along.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz…

You Are an Ingrid!


You are an Ingrid — “I am unique”

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me. (If they’re sincere. I hate fake compliments)
  • * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
  • * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
  • * Though I don’t always want to be cheered up when I’m feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
  • * Don’t tell me I’m too sensitive or that I’m overreacting!

What I Like About Being an Ingrid

  • * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
  • * my ability to establish warm connections with people
  • * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
  • * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
  • * being unique and being seen as unique by others
  • * having aesthetic sensibilities
  • * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What’s Hard About Being an Ingrid

  • * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
  • * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don’t deserve to be loved
  • * feeling guilty when I disappoint people
  • * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
  • * expecting too much from myself and life
  • * fearing being abandoned
  • * obsessing over resentments
  • * longing for what I don’t have

Ingrids as Children Often

  • * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
  • * are very sensitive
  • * feel that they don’t fit in
  • * believe they are missing something that other people have
  • * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
  • * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
  • * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents’ divorce)

Ingrids as Parents

  • * help their children become who they really are
  • * support their children’s creativity and originality
  • * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
  • * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
  • * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed


Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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I saw this at Pop Sensation, and decided to play along, since it’s a slow day today.

If your life were a movie, what would the soundtrack be?

1. Open your music library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc).
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every category (see below), type the song that’s playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.

Here are the categories, and my results / responses:

Opening credits: Our Last Summer – Mamma Mia! soundtrack.  Starting off with nostalgia? Doesn’t that seem a little, well, odd? Of course, it could be argued that I’m a little (or a lot) odd, so perhaps it all fits.

Waking up: Indian Reservation – Paul Revere & The Raiders. Well, I am part Cherokee. And I can be pretty foul-tempered sometimes in the mornings, although I’ll never match up to the Incomparable Izzybella, who once slugged our brother’s friend when he dared to say “good morning, sunshine” on the first day of school.

[apparently we flash back to my childhood now…]

First day of school: Seasons of Love – Original Broadway Cast Recording, Rent. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year? In being a suck-up to the teachers, in getting bullied by the people who hated suck-ups, in either being crazy about doing homework or totally avoiding it, in coming up with incredibly creative ways to deal with punishments meted out by teachers. Ah, school.

Falling in love: San Francisco – The Weepies. “I’m gonna stay high, lie low.” It’s a love song of sorts, so I guess it works here. Not what I would have chosen, of course.

First love song: The Luckiest – Ben Folds.  Awww! I love this song! “I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you.” I love Ben Folds’s cussing songs, and I love the sweet, tender way he does this one.

Breaking up – I’m the Only One – Melissa Etheridge.  You stupid git! You’re breaking up with me, when I’m the only one who’d walk across a fire for you! Or is that why you’re breaking up, ’cause I’m crazy enough to walk across a fire? Okay, seriously, I never walked across a fire, but I did once break a board with my hand. No kidding! It was fun! And if you ever break up with me again, I’ll do it again! (breathes heavily) Okay. I’m calm now.

Prom – I Want to Be Alone – Green Day. I didn’t really have a boyfriend then. I had a huge crush on the guy I invited to prom, and we had a so-so time. (He went to another school, which is why I invited him, instead of waiting to be invited.) He was a sweetie, of course, but he in turn had a huge crush on one of our mutual friends. It was a little bizarre. But then, much of my life is. Bizarre, I mean, and not in a small way. But I didn’t want to be alone. I wanted to have the prom experience that everyone assured me was an essential part of growing up.

Mental breakdown – Star Dust – Louis Armstrong Orchestra. This jazzy instrumental doesn’t remind me at all of a mental breakdown. It’s so nice and upbeat. How about we reverse this one with the prom song, and then you’d totally have it right.

Driving – Stop Thinking About It – Joe Ramone.  “Nothing lasts forever and nothing stays the same.” So you may as well drive since everything’s going to change.

Flashback – Hotel Song – Regina Spektor. “Come in, come in, come into my world I’ve to to show, show show you.” With dreams of orca whales and owls, this could lead to a fantastic flashback. I used to have an enormous poster of a humpback whale in my office at the University of Utah. It freaked me, to be honest. It was so enormous, and it made me feel small and insignificant.

Getting back together – Mama Tried – Randy Travis (or, as my husband calls him, Randy Travers).  “I turned 21 in prison, doing life without parole.” Um, no. Not really. Well, the life without parole part, sure, if you look at life as a prison sentence. But not literally. Not stone walls and iron bars prison.

Wedding – Eskimo – Damien Rice. “I look to my Eskimo friend when I’m down, down, down.”  Not very weddingish, is it, unless your spouse is an Eskimo. Mine’s not. Mine’s a Polish Yankee. Of course, “our song” is Proud Mary (the CCR version, not the Tina Turner version), so who am I to complain about this song?

Birth of child – Paper Moon – Erin McKeown.  This is my favourite version of another song I’ve loved for years. “It’s only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard sea. But it wouldn’t be make-believe if you were here with me.” Yeah, that’s a good way to describe my feelings about my children, since they’re not here.

Final battle – The Mummers’ Dance – Loreena McKennitt. “And so they linked their hands and danced Round in circles and in rows And so the journey of the night descends When all the shades are gone.” I guess that means I won my final battle, which is nice.

Death scene – Bad Dreams – Joni Mitchell. I like the song, but I don’t think it particularly fits my death scene. Doesn’t work for me, really. “Bad dreams are good In the great plan.”

Funeral song – Do You Realize?? – The Flaming Lips. Okay, now this one is a cool funeral song. “And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know You realize that life goes fast It’s hard to make the good things last You realize the sun doesn’t go down It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round.”

End credits – Lie Lie Lie Lie – Chumbawamba. “Your life is a dream, and then you wake up.” Cool! That’s sort of how I think of life, sometimes, as a dream and one of these days I’ll wake up and life will be something altogether different.

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Two Memes Today

I found the first one at Janet’s:

Seen at Heather’s and edited it to become: Thirteen things my iPod (using shuffle mode) says about me (#129)

1. What would best describe your personality? A New England – Billy Bragg
2. What do you like in a guy/girl? Dancing Queen – Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters
3. What is your life’s purpose? Somebody Told Me – The Killers
4. What do your friends think of you? Rhythm of the Night – Valeria
5. What is your life story? Hymn for the Sunrise – Ali Jihad Racy
6. What do you think when you see the person you like? Radio Ga Ga – Queen
7. What do your parents think of you? Amanda – Aisha Duo
8. What will you dance to at your wedding? Something’s Gotta Give – Erin McKeown
9. What will they play at your funeral? I’m Not Sorry, I Was Having Fun – Chumbawumba
10. What is your hobby/interest? Volcano – Damien Rice
11. What is your biggest secret? The Lady of Shalott – Loreena McKennitt
12. What should you post this as? Far Away – Nickelback
13. What do you think of yourself? Old Coyote – The Weepies

And, stolen from Izzy, is this meme:

I ripped this off from Melissa Anelli’s blog.  I don’t really know Melissa very well, or at all, but her blog is interesting.  She’s the webmistress of TLC and will soon publish Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon.  You should buy it. 

Where were you when?

1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)

I was alive and kicking. My mother, that is. I was born 16 days later.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
I was a junior in high school, and thought it was wild. Somehow the thought of active volcanos in the U.S. startled me.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
I was working at UT. I saw it happen on TV, and it just boggled my mind.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
I was living in Salt Lake City, IIRC.

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989) 

Still living in Salt Lake City. It was before I started dating Joe, and had no idea that the wall coming down would ever have any direct impact on my life. But when the wall did come down, one of his relatives was able to get a letter out from East Berlin to one of Joe’s aunts in Buffalo. We have a copy of that letter in the original Russianized Polish and Auntie Virginia’s translation.

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
In Utah wishing Joe would get his tuchus back out there. I hated being apart from him (he was living in Buena Park, California).

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)

Joe and I were living in our first apartment in North Richland Hills. He was out playing miniature golf with a friend, and I was at home. Both of us watched it on TV. Joe was devastated to think that Simpson could have done such a thing, as Joe was then a diehard Buffalo Bills fan. He and I both firmly believe, however, that Simpson is 100% guilty of those murders.

8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (19/4/1995)
I was working at GTE, and went down to get something from the cafeteria. When I walked in, I saw little knots of people crowded in front of the televisions, and went to see what was up. It was so horrifying to imagine someone capable of doing such a heinous action. 

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)

Joe and I were living in our second apartment in North Richland Hills. A co-worker of mine who lived up near Denton was going to church for the first time, and had asked us to go with her. So we heard in on the news while we were getting ready to go. I thought it was a terrible pity that she had such an unhappy life, and died so violently. I also thought that it was sad that Mother Teresa died the same day (or was it the day after), and the news of her death was completely eclipsed by Princess Diana’s.

10. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
I don’t recall. I do remember waiting up on election evening, because usually one had a result before going to bed. The days and days afterward were completely frustrating.

11. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
I don’t remember this one, but I was working a still-new job and actively involved in learning what I had to do.

12. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (11/9/2001) 
I was at work. I remember the students coming into the office and asking if we’d heard what had happened. I hadn’t, and immediately turned on the radio and started trying to catch the news. Everything was pandemonium. Joe sent me home from work in an overreaction of concern, and I sat at home and watched the news for hours until I couldn’t cope anymore, at which point I turned it off and read The Railway Children and went to sleep.

13. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (1/2/2003)
I was in bed, sound asleep. Joe and I both woke up to hear a loud booming noise. Obviously at the time we didn’t know what it was, but we turned on the news and quickly found out.

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The Omnivore’s 100

Andrew, over at Very Good Taste, create a list of “100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life.” Things I’ve eaten are in bold. Things I’ll never eat are crossed out:

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile (I’ve had alligator several times. Does that count?)

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloogobi –hmm, have to google this. I’ve never heard of it!

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes I’ve got the whole Mormon, don’t drink alcohol thing happening here

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream (I don’t like ice cream very much.)

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries(blackberries–mmmmm!)

23. Foiegras (I strongly suspect this is what the unknown substance was that I tasted at the Hilton last month and promptly spat out into a napkin. It’s really disgusting, IMO.)

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (ouch!)

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagnacauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar  See, here’s a double Mormon whammy–alcohol and tobacco.

37. Clotted cream tea   I seriously love clotted cream! Would this count if I did it in a tisane instead of tea?

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat (I’ve attempted to order cabrito at Mexican restaurants, but they’ve never actually had any when I’ve ordered it.)

42. Whole insects  A world of no way.

43. Phaal. Another one for me to Google

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikkamasala


49. KrispyKreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear


53. Abalone

54. Paneer.  I heart paneer.

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal. I detest Big Macs.

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin. Another one for Google.

64. Currywurst

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain. I LOVE tostones!

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini. Do I show myself to be a heathen if I tell you I detest caviar?

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost. I don’t know what this one is, either.

75. Roadkill (Thank you, but no.)

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsangsouchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum. The list of things I’m not familiar with is growing appallingly long!

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox. I’ve had multiple bagels. Not so much with the lox.

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake. I tasted rattlesnake once.

S0, a sad little 42 out of 100… fun stuff! What’s your number?

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Friday’s Feast


When you drink soda/pop/coke, do you prefer to drink it from the bottle, a can, or after pouring it into a cup?  It just depends. I’d rather have it in a glass, with ice, unless it’s in an icy-cold can. I honestly don’t drink it much now, though, since I quit caffeine. (over a week–lol–woohoo!)


What television show are you willing to stay up late to watch?  Judging by the fact that we canceled our cable TV service and don’t have any antennae for our television sets, you could probably guess that I don’t watch much TV. Give me a good documentary DVD, though, and I’ll stay up for it.


Name one person, place, or thing you think of as brilliant.  Geoffrey Chaucer’s body of work

Main Course

Would you be willing to work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days in order to save gas?  Not only would I be willing to do so, I’d very  much prefer to do so. Not only for the gas savings, but I’d love to have 3 days off in a row.


If you were a superhero, what would you call yourself? Chauceriangirl! Oh, wait, I already call myself Chauceriangirl. Does that mean I’m a superhero? Cool!

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Thirteen Things I Like to Cook/Bake

  1. Bread. I absolutely love baking bread. I made my first loaf when I was around 12, and I didn’t realize that you had to let it rise a second time. It was as hard a brick of bread as you can imagine. Tasty, but hard. My favourite recipe is from an Amish cookbook I bought some years ago. The book has seen hard times, and is in two separate pieces without covers, but the recipes still work.
  2. Soup. I almost never use a recipe, unless I’m trying something completely new. The point of soup is to experiment and see what wondrous things you can create with a hodge-podge of ingredients. That also means, of course, that I never make it the same way twice. I remember once 10 years ago making my husband take some soup to the bishop late one Sunday when the bishop was still at church. His wife called me the next day and wanted to know how I made it. I told her the steps and ingredients I used, and she dolefully told me the following Sunday that her husband said hers was good, but mine was better. 😀
  3. Christmas cookies. That’s what I call them, anyway. They’re oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts, and they’re absolutely delicious. I’ve made variations, that I call kitchen sink cookies, that have oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, nuts, and whatever else I feel like experimenting with. Either way, they’re good.
  4. Brownies. I have a tried-and-true brownie recipe that makes an incredibly rich, fudgy 8″-square pan of brownies.
  5. Lemon bread. I first encountered it when I was living in Austin, and my roommate gave me the recipe. After you pull it out of the oven, you pierce the loaf with a large fork, and pour a lemon-glaze over it. We devoured at least half the pan that evening.
  6. Meatloaf. Like soup, I never use a recipe except as a starting place, and it never tastes the same twice. And when you pair it with mashed potatoes and lightly wilted cabbage, it’s a truly droolworthy meal.  I particularly crave it in the winter after I’ve watched A Christmas Story.
  7. Corn chowder. I know I already  listed soup, but my corn chowder is a thing apart. I actually do have a recipe for my corn chowder, and autumn hasn’t officially arrived until I’ve made a pot.
  8. King Ranch Chicken. It’s the ubiquitous Texas casserole with layers of shredded chicken, onions, and bell peppers in a creamy sauce, tortillas, and cheese.
  9. Seven-Layer Dip. The homemade version is way better than the stuff you buy in the produce section at the grocery store.
  10. Butterscotch brownies. My husband is very sensitive to chocolate, so I rarely have it around the house. The butterscotch brownies, made with brown sugar, are sweet and chewy, and he really likes them (not as much as the chocolate stuff, but there’s not much I can do about that).
  11. Cornbread stuffing, the kind where you start with a pan of cornbread that you made a day or two ago. By the time you’ve tossed the crumbled cornbread with celery, onion, melted butter, turkey stock, sage, salt, and pepper, it tastes so good you could eat it before it ever makes it into the oven.
  12. Coffee cake. This is another recipe from my Amish cookbook, and it’s really a simple recipe. After you’ve put the dough into two cake pans, you poke little bits of butter into the dough and sprinkle on a mixture of brown sugar and lots of cinnamon that into gooey goodness.
  13. Fudge, the easy kind that you make with marshmallow creme. Even in the years that I didn’t do any other cooking or baking to speak of, I made at least one pan of fudge every year. The best part? Scraping the bits out of the pan that hardened too quickly to get them into the dish to cool. Fudge is something I make with the incomparable Izzybella, and we’re pretty good about sharing the scrapy bits.

If you want any of my recipes, leave me a comment with your email address, and I’ll send them your way. Well, there are no recipes for the soup or meatloaf, but I can tell you approximately how I put them together. And if you want to share any recipes, please do!

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