Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I'm Just Grouchy from the Mono...

Have you ever had one of those illnesses that lasts long enough that you have to function with it? Obviously I know some of you have (or do) and worse than my little bitty mono fer sure.
Want to know what irritates me more than having to function at regular capacity? All the "good intentions" of those around you. You know the ones. They insist you get more rest but don't offer to come watch your kids. The ones who keep telling you that you're doing too much. All the good intentioned people who apparently believe you to be incapable of determining where to draw your line. It usually sounds something like, "I know you really care about____, BUT" or "I know you think it doesn't add much stress to your day BUT" Followed by what they think you shouldn't be doing because you're sick? Notice too that it's never something involving what you do for them. Certainly they shouldn't expect you to cut that out. After all, you're functioning normally, you're just tired and irritable.
And they just have your best interest in mind.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Current Favorites

We just finished season one of Heroes. I had seen part of one episode but I didn't want to get hooked on another show. I clearly didn't know what I was missing. And I'm in love with Peter Petrelli. Not Milo Ventimiglia, mind you. I mean he was cute as Jesse and all but Peter Petrelli...I have literally had dreams about this character. It has something to do with what another fan said once about how it's not like a "superhero" show but a show about normal people becoming heroes. Okay, I butchered that but you get the point.




Recipes
I can eat most of what Julia posts, I can I just don't. I've quit my job but still can't find time to cook...or I don't want to, who knows. I can try to eat some of the things Caress makes (or at least posts, I usually eat what she shares) Our tastes are very different...although I did thoroughly enjoy the meal you brought us recently; did you use tahini? Anyhow, here's one of mine. It's a family recipe that no one in my little branch will eat but me, I end up sending it home with my mom. We've always called it Spanish Chicken but I'm not sure how accurate that is, ethnically speaking. It's never been written down so this is how I make it.

4-5 pieces bone-in chicken-whatever kind you like
2-3 small cans of tomato paste-unless you’ve got the fancy kind, we only use Contadina
Large jar stuffed green olives
16oz bottle of beer-you know minus a swig or two
Garlic Powder
Hungarian Paprika

Generously sprinkle the chicken with garlic and paprika
In a slow-cooker, whisk together paste, beer and juice from olives
Mix in olives and add chicken
Cook on low about 6-7 hours or on high about 4-5 hours
Bone the chicken-my mom left the pieces whole but it’s way easier to eat if you tear it up and serve it as a pasta dish
Serve over penne (barilla’s mini penne is good too), I recommend Bella Terra organic whole wheat-the first whole wheat pasta my husband would eat.
You’ll find that you want to adjust things to your taste. More paste for thicker sauce, two jars of olives if you love olives…



Last but not least, the last movie some of you would expect me to recommend...

I've always been a huge fan of Christina Ricci. I don't even know when it started. Casper, Addams Family...Pecker sealed it, love the movie, love her in it. Admittedly, she reminds me of my big sister, I'm just not sure why. Anyway, I LOVED this movie. I loved it so much I watched the DVD extras, and I don't mean the gag reel. Watching the "making of" piece was so interesting, I watched it twice. Justin Timberlake is in it...and it's obvious he's trying to sound all deep and "non-sexy-back" but what he says really is good. Like, you can tell he gets it. What I didn't know before I watched it was that the same guy, Craig Brewer, wrote and directed Black Snake Moan and Hustle and Flow. He's cool.



My favorite scene/still for reasons I can't begin to explain tonight...













Good Things Come in 3's Too

Lost this and had to redo it...
A blog survey from E, who'd've thought it?
Thanks for this funtime/ignore the children/I love to talk about myself...activity!

3 things you WILL do in this lifetime
Spend at least a year getting my hands dirty for human rights
Learn how to (really) cut hair
Go organic (all the way)

3 songs with lyrics that have made you cry
Shadowboxer (Fiona Apple)
Footsteps (Pearl Jam)
Everything (Lifehouse)

3 tv shows you enjoy watching (old or new)
Heroes
LOST
West Wing

3 dreams you had that didn’t come true but you’re okay with that
To be an FBI agent (a la Clarice Starling)…okay, that’s still a dream, but just a dream!
To be a social worker…Phew, dodged THAT bullet! Thanks to poor (read: NO) family planning!
Having boy babies…I thought I wanted boys

3 places you go/have been where you found a sense of peace
Burning Man
Smith Mountain Lake
umm…to sleep, well sometimes

3 minor regrets in life
Not taking better care of my skin
Not keeping my weight down when it was easier
The time we were on a bus back from camp and a guy didn’t have enough money for breakfast and I knew I should get him something but I chickened out

3 cliches or common phrases you tend to believe are true
Don’t tempt fate -I was convinced my plane was going to crash on the way to Burning Man because my parents didn’t want me to go.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely -Hit home when I watched Dogville and The Magdalene Sisters within a two week period.
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Monday, October 08, 2007