Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sunday Dinner

Finishing off leftovers from Christmas--the last of a standing rib roast that came out perfectly, along with dressing, mashed sweet potatoes and this delightful Shiraz, enjoyed in one of my new stemless glasses:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Is There

anything better than after-Christmas sale shopping for stuff? That you didn't necessarily set out to buy, but have a good use for and found great deals? By which I mean, a new bamboo pillow*, a new book**, and stemless red and white wine glasses that were 60% off.

*I discovered bamboo pillows and sheets at Target in 2006--they have completely eliminated my waking up 'stuffy' every morning.

**How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gill, son of legendary The New Yorker writer Brendan Gill. That's gonna be Sunday's treat.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

May peace and love be with you today.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Surprisingly

smooth and delightful Shyraz is going down easy as we speak. Lunch was homemade chili with a coconut custard pie for a bite of sweet as a chaser. I've been watching 'Ebbie' with Susan Lucci. I'm a sucker for any kind of remake of 'A Christmas Carol'. I have 'Diva's Christmas Carol' saved on the TiFaux and I'm thinking I'll put that on as soon as the local murder count/weather hallucination finishes up.

I'll be taking my life in my hands tomorrow by heading over to the nearest metropolis with a decent grocery store and a Target--I'm thinking a nice standing rib roast for Christmas dinner (with a notion to cook it on the grill); cat supplies need replenishing as well. Plus I've got a hankering for some chips and salsa at Chilis.

This Christmas is shaping up to be less crappy than last, but it still bites the big one. I miss my friend. I'd give all I have and all I could steal to have him right back there on the computer or piled up on our bed writing a letter.

Here's wishing all the blessings of the season to my friends. Your continued support, encouragement and love mean the world to me.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bah Humbug

Winter hibernation

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Colleague

who is just about one of the finest ladies I've ever had the great fortune to know has just discovered she has cancerous lumps in both breasts. A double-mastectomy is scheduled for next Friday. Please send up your good vibes.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Chocolate

Sour Cream Pound Cake* is resting and cooling as we speak, prepared for our office Christmas dinner tomorrow.

The kittie stayed completely underfoot the entire time I was putting the thing together, so much so in fact that I had to put her in the bedroom and shut the door, because the only thing she hadn't done during the process was shove her face in the batter, and I swear she had the look in her eye.

But I reckon her whacked-out behavior was likely confusion due to my using the kitchen and my nice equipment, such as my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, in a manner in which she hasn't seen in almost twenty-four months. The most she ever sees me do in there these days is open her Fancy Feast or make myself some toast with Nutella or fry an egg.

*This is the perfect cake--comes out really moist due to using a box of chocolate pudding in the batter and it doesn't require icing. The recipe does suggest sprinkling powder sugar on top, but it's really gilding the lily, if you ask me.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Mr. 37 Year-Old

has been blocked. Just a combination of weird things, inconsistencies and other random stuff that made my radar ping. And the hackles on my neck go up.

In other news, nothing so much happening here. Except for the five day, 80 degree heat wave we've been...enjoying. More 'seasonable weather' (as the forecasters say) is expected tomorrow.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

So There's This

rather cute 37-year old guy that's emailing me on Myspace. I think he's real and not a Nigerian dating spambot.

Oh my.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Then There's This:

What Does It Mean About Me That I Was Disappointed The Score Wasn't Higher?

You Are 34% Evil
A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Explain This Phenomenon

wherein I can keep my cordless phone next to me here on the end table all day long & it doesn't ring, yet it almost immediately rings when I decide to put it back on its charger? And it's always one of those 'unknown' numbers.