Sunday, February 26, 2006

"I have made fire!"

I feel like Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" today. I have made good, healthy food for my family, from scratch, without a recipe!!! It is a triumphant day in the battle against cooking laziness and taking the easy way out. So often I serve frozen pizza, hamburger helper, or take-out. And truthfully, not getting home until 5pm and Little Blue having a 7pm bedtime, that's all there's time for on week nights most of the time. Rachel Ray might make 30 minute meals but she also makes another 30 minutes of kitchen clean-up time, and I'd rather spend that time with my son. So really adventurous, homestyle, and slow-cooked meals are reserved for weekends, and today I outdid myself, if I may say so. The in-laws were over for dinner and NASCAR and I put together a delicious and hearty meal of seafood chowder using only ingredients I already had on hand. Plus it was in the crock pot, so it required only occasional attention and prep work from me and mostly took care of itself. Best of all, my family loved it. It started with four or five frozen boneless cod filets, seasoned with a sprinkling of my all-time favorite all-purpose spice, Santa Maria seasoning, which I import via relatives from California because it's not sold out here, but basically it's a nice preblended mixture of garlic, pepper, parsley, and salt. After a couple of hours I added coarsely chopped artificial crab meat and canned whole potatoes chopped into bite sized pieces. With that went another sprinkling of Santa Maria plus some celery salt, since I had no celery on hand. Also a dash of dried minced onions and some onion powder for flavor and texture combined. Oh and about a cup and a half of water. I almost used chicken stock instead for additional flavor, but decided it would've been too salty and also too high in sodium. Another couple of hours later and I was ready to work on my soup broth. I made a rue of butter and flour cooked to a golden sort of dry pasta color, then very slowly added about a cup and a quarter of milk. (If you don't add the milk super slow, its coldness will shock the butter/flour paste and cause it to turn into tiny bits of never-dissolving dough instead of a smooth creamy sauce.) To this cream sauce I added more celery salt, a tiny shake of Santa Maria, a healthy dose of black pepper, and a shake of garlic powder. I cooked it on medium for about ten minutes, not letting it boil, which cooked out any remaining flour taste. Then into the crock pot it went and kept at just below a simmer for about ten minutes so all the flavors could meld together. Voila! I served it with half a loaf of yummy, crusty Country Bread from Panera that was left over from stew we had the night before. Rave reviews, loved by all but Little Blue and even he liked it enough to finish all but two bites of his dinner. I was quietly, humble and gracious but inwardly ecstatic, as I always am whenever I manage to feed people something I feel is good. There's something very satisfying about nourishing people, providing sustenance that I've put my time and love into, made with my own skills, however flawed, and seeing happy faces of enjoyment around my table. If I won the lottery I would probably take cooking classes and host dinners at my house every week just to keep up that great feeling. A truly happy day.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Because Cameragal found a survey that made me laugh

What time did you get up this morning? 5:45, 5:49, 5:53, 5:57, and 6:01. After that I got out of bed. ;)

Diamonds or pearls? I'm not a jewelry wearer most of the time, but to look at pretty pictures in catalogs, I prefer diamonds.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

What is your favourite TV show? Battlestar Galactica, House, NCIS, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis. Oh and Lost.

What do you usually have for breakfast? A single chicken-broccoli-cheddar hot pocket and a cup of coffee or tea. Washed down with my morning dose of insulin sensitizing pills.

Favourite cuisine? Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican.

What food do you dislike? cucumbers, melons, frozen peas, frozen greenbeans, mushrooms, raw onions, liver, sweet potatoes.

What is your favourite CD at the moment? The mixed ones I make to listen to in Blue's car.

Morning or night person? I'm good all day except the first 15 minutes of the day. After that I'm great. During those 15 minutes I am an uncoordinated space cadet who needs to be constantly supervised to keep from bumping into walls and stepping on kitty.

Favourite sandwich? I love tons of different sandwiches, I don't have a favorite, it just depends what I'm in the mood for that day. But if you go by statistics, what sandwich do I eat the most, which removes lots of yummy sandwiches from the list that are too complicated to make or require ingredients I don't typically keep on hand, then the tie for first place would be egg sandwiches and tuna sandwiches.

What characteristic do you despise? Bigotry, homophobia, prejudice, discrimination AND reverse discrimination.

Favourite item of clothing? Any really soft snuggly shirt that Blue wears.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be? Australia! And then Alaska.

What colour is your bathroom? We have a white and blue bathroom and a mostly colorless off-white bathroom.

Favourite brand of clothing? Liz and Me

Where would you retire to? Somewhere with a mild climate but a low cost of living.

What was your most memorable birthday? I remember my 5th, 13th, and 21st the most. After that I mostly started remembering other birthdays, like fun little toddler birthday parties we go to with Little Blue.

What's the best quality about your s/o or best friend: Something about him makes everyone love him, respect him, and turn to him for help. He's got that special, je ne se quois, or however you spell that.

Who do you least expect to complete this? Annielove, cause she hasn't posted on her blog since October.

Person you expect to complete it first? Kelly's probably right, Scott.

Person who is least busy? I don't really know any unbusy people....

When is your birthday? March 8th

What is your shoe size? 10.5 to 11 men's! I'm practically off the chart for women's shoes.

Pets? pretty kitty, Guenhwyvar

Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? I lost ten pounds. Or actually, I relost ten pounds I'd already lost and then gained back over the holidays. Too bad backpedaling doesn't actually burn calories!

What did you want to be when you were little? A high-powered, ass-kicking District Attorney.

What is the funniest comment/complement someone has given you in the past week? Sometimes my boss calls me the Pink Panther because of the amateur investigative research I do.

What date on the calendar are you looking forward to? Friday! Tomorrow!

One word to describe yourself? Paradoxical. (Blue says that's a good way of saying "double standard!" in one word.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Because everything else I can think of to write about at the moment sounds complainy...

What time are you starting this?: 9:18pm
Name?: Pink
Nicknames?: soooo many, soooo not telling all of them.
Where were you born?: El Cajon, CA (that’s pronounced [ell cah-HONE], not [ell cah-john], Kansans.)
Number of candles on your last birthday cake?: I think the wording of this question is ridiculous. How about, “How old are you?” and then I say, “26, for a few more weeks.”
Pets?: One kitty named Guenhwyvar
Hair color?: Dark blonde (or light brown?) with some auburn highlights and I pluck the grays.
Piercings?: The old-fashioned two in the ears kind. I used to have a second in each ear and a third ear piercing in my right ear, but I think they closed up. Being on the phone all the time whilst needing my hands free means earrings get really uncomfortable.
Town you live in?: Olathe, KS
Favorite foods?: Chinese and Italian, and Mexican. And pizza.
Ever been to Africa?: No…. nor Europe, nor Australia, nor any other of Earth’s continents except North America. Why single out just Africa?
Been toilet papering?: As I explained to Little Blue, T.P. is only for wiping our noses OR our potty parts, (not both at once!) and that’s all.
Love someone so much it made you cry?: Frequently. (Frequently loved that much, not necessarily frequently cried about it.)
Been in a car accident?: Just a fender bender or two. None that I honestly feel responsible for, though in the wonderful state of Kansas even an accident I couldn’t possibly avoid in front of me counts as my fault. *grumble*
Croutons or bacon bits?: Croutons, unless the bacon bits are genuine real bacon crumbles that are CRISPY, not chewy.
Favorite day of the week?: Friday.
Favorite resturant?: The Thai Place, Olive Garden.
Favorite flower?: To look at? Roses. But the scent is too strong for me, so for bouquets it’s usually carnations.
Favorite sport to watch?: Iron Chef! :p
Favorite drink?: Water, Diet Coke, Pepsi One, raspberry martinis, white Russians. Oh and chocolate martinis too.
Favorite ice cream flavor?: Chocolate or mocha almond fudge.
Warner Bros. or Disney?: I grew up on Disney, and I love the old Disney classics still.
Favorite fast food restuarant?: Goodcents, Arby’s, Taco Bell.
Carpet color in your bedroom?: Honey wheat. Ignore Blue’s answer. Boys don’t know colors.
How many times did you fail your driver's test?: None.
Whom did you get your last email from?: My co-worker, MB.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?: Bed Bath and Beyond.
What do you do most often when you are bored?: play on the computer or read books.
Most annoying thing to say to me?: “You are soooo lucky to have/take home/be married to [Blue]. Isn’t he just wonderful?” As a matter of fact he is, hence my being in love with him. But doesn’t anybody think he’s just the tiniest bit lucky to have me???
Bedtime?: 10-11 p.m.
Favorite TV show?: The entire line-up of Sci-Fi Fridays: Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.
Last person you went out to dinner with?: Blue and Little Blue
Been out of country?: Not once, but not for lack of wanting to.
Believe in magick?: Yes
Ford or Chevy?: I like the Ford I drive, but in general I’m a born-and-raised GMC fan.
What are you listening to right now?: Blue playing GTA San Andreas.
Have you ever failed a grade?: No.
If you have, what grade did you fail?:
Do you have a crush on someone?: Does it count if I think some celebrities are cute? Currently I like Jason Isaacs. But not as Lucius. Being mean and the whole white-blonde thing don’t do it for me.
Do you have a bf/gf?: Husband.
If so, what is their name?: Blue
How long have you been together?: Wow, I can’t believe this fall will make 9 years that we’ve known each other.
What are you wearing right now?: Black jeans and a fall-colored shirt.
Have you ever had a crush on any of your teachers?: Not that I remember.
Do you smoke?: Hell no. I’m so sensitive to smoke it’s actually inconvenient for ME sometimes, let alone for smokers. I can smell a smoker from about 10 feet, even when they aren’t currently lit up. Sometimes my coughing and needing to get away for fresh air when I’m around them is annoying. But I don’t have much sympathy for them, to be honest.
Do you drink?: Less than 2-3 drinks per week at the most, closer to an average of 4-5 drinks per month.
Are you ghetto?: I’m not sure exactly what that’s supposed to mean, but if I take my clues from the way I was treated at a recent job site meeting regarding diversity hiring practices, I would say probably not. Certain members of a mostly minority community were not thrilled that I have my job instead of one of them. I guess you can’t please everybody.
Are you a player?: I like games.
What are your favorite colors?: Blue.
What is your favorite animal?: Cats and dragons.
Do you have any birthmarks?: Yes.
Have you ever gotten your ass kicked?: Once in my Tae Kwon Do class, and once at a Karate tournament. But at all the other tournaments I went to, I medaled.
Who do you talk to most on the phone?: Subcontractors.
Do you get online a lot?: Couple hours a day usually.
Are you shy or outgoing?: Most often shy.
Do you shower?: Yes. But I dream of having a giant bathtub filled with scented soap bubbles and no toddler.
Do you hate school?: I loved school.
Do you have a social life?: Enough to keep me happy. It’s not a super busy social calendar, by most standards though.
How easily do you trust people?: Pink is spelled G-U-L-L-I-B-L-E with a capital G.
Would you ever sky dive?: Thrillseeking doesn’t seem like such a “cool” thing to do when you have a child’s future to consider. Is any 3 minutes of fun or excitement worth risking my life for? Not that I can think of.
Do you like to dance?: With Blue, yes.
Have you ever been out of state?: I’ve been to 28 of them, at last count.
Do you like to travel?: Yes.
Have you ever been expelled from school?: definitely not.
Have you ever been suspended from school?: Not once.
Do you want to get out of your hometown?: I did, 1800 miles out. Not because I didn’t like it, though. I loved it. Just not as much as Blue.
Are you spoiled?: In many, many ways.
Are you a brat?: *angelic*
Have you ever been dumped?: Three times.
Do you like snapple?: Not especially.
Do you drink a lot of water?: I try to.
What toothpaste do you use?: Sensodyne, my teeth are sugar sensitive.
Do you have a cell phone?: Sure do.
Do you have a curfew?: On the rare occasion I’m out in the evening, I really prefer to be home in time to say goodnight to Little Blue.
Who do you look up to?: Lately I really look up to my dad. He’s made a lot of changes in himself in the past few years to be an even better man/husband/father than I already thought he was. It makes me proud.
Are you a role model?: I try to be a good role model for my son, but when he’s not around, I cut loose a little and have fun.
Have you ever been to Six Flags or Cedar Point?: I’ve been to a theme park that used to be called Six Flags Great America in California, but I think it has different owners now. I don’t know what Cedar Point is.
What name brand do you wear the most?: Lady Speed Stick Wild Freesia. I never go a day without wearing it.
What kind of jewelry do you wear?: My wedding band. Rarely earrings, when I’m not going to be on the phone a lot.
What do you want pierced?: Um, no stabbings today, thanks.
Do you like takin pictures?: yep!
Do you like gettin your picture taken?: nooo, not really.
Do you have a tan?: I can not tan.
Do you get annoyed easily?: Certain things set me off a lot faster than others.
Have you ever started a rumor?: Not intentionally.
Do you have your own phone or phone line?: I’m a big girl now, I get to have my own phone line and pay for it too! Along with the electricity, the gas, the water, and the rest of the house.
Do you have your own pool?: Sometimes there’s a little puddle in the car port…
Do you have any siblings?: I had six sisters and two brothers. One of my sisters died. At the age of 48. Of throat cancer that she got from, wait a minute, oh yeah, from SMOKING! Yes I’m still mad about it even though it was two years ago. Yes I always will be. Yes I get even more angry when I see people who know better who are just too lazy or too nonchalant to quit. People who are older now than she was when she died and don’t even have the grace to be thankful that they aren’t seriously ill from smoking complications yet. Or people that are young, knowing all we know about it now, with enough time ahead of them to stop and even reverse it’s harmful effects on their bodies, and are still bullheaded and stubborn and yeah-I’ll-say-it STUPID enough to keep doing it anyway. Yeah, quitting is hard! It’s uncomfortable! It’s irritating and sometimes painful and a lot of work! It might take years to quit completely. And it’s goddamn worth it, that’s what it is.
Have you ever been played?: Blue plays me like a virtuoso whenever he wants to manipulate a surprise for me or a favorable answer out of me.
Have you ever played anyone?: Yes.
Do you get along with your parents?: Almost all the time.
How do you vent your anger?: Mostly with music and talking.
Have you ever ran away?: Have you ever RUN away. Not ran. Yes. Once. Sort of. I made a circle and went right back home of course.
Have you ever been fired from a job?: No.
Do you even have a job?: From age 14 to now the longest I have ever not had a job is 2 months. I’ve been at my current job for over 3 years.
Do you daydream a lot?: Not nearly as much as I used to.
Do you have a lot of ex's?: No.
Do you run your mouth?: Quite a bit, I suppose.
What do you want a tattoo of?: I don’t want a tattoo.
What does your ex bf/gf look like?: Technically, Blue is my most recent ex. Obviously, we got back together and got married. ;)
What does your most recent crush look like?: Other than the obvious answer, there are a few celebrities I think are hot. But there’s no one “type” of appearance that universally appeals to me.
Whats her/his name?: It’s a secret.
Are you rude?: Not usually.
What was the last compliment you recieved?: Yesterday Little Blue told me, “Good job, Mommie!” when I finished all my dinner. :)
Are you flexiable?: I’m fairly adaptable. Which is different, but in my opinion a little more important.
What is your heritage?: British and American. With some way, way distant far back German I think. Oh and some way far back French, too, since I’m related to Davy Crockett and his ancestors were French, the Crocketagne family.
What is your lucky number?: 26
What does your hair look like right now?: A bun with some wisps falling out.
Could you ever be a vegetarian?: I have been occasionally in the past.
Describe your looks?: I guarantee you I look exactly like my mother’s only birth daughter.
If you had to completely dye your hair it'd be what color?: Auburn.
Would you ever date someone younger than you?: I would never date while I’m married. :p Which is a bit of a cheater answer, I suppose. In the past I haven’t ever dated anyone younger than me, but not because I wouldn’t. It just didn’t happen to work out that way.
Would you ever date someone older than you?: Blue is older than me.
How many rings until you answer the phone?: As few as possible. It’s one of my compulsions.
When was the last time you went on a date?: While LB attended a BD party for a friend, pink and I took in a cheap pizza buffett, does that count? <-- What Blue said.
Do you look more like your mother or father?: Like my mother, although sometimes, by a weird twist of genetic fates, I look more like my mother’s younger sister, who didn’t survive to have children of her own.
Do you cry a lot?: I cry easily, but that doesn’t mean a lot.
Do you ever cry to get your way?: I hate crying. I would never do it on purpose.
What phrase do you use most when on the phone?: I have a bad habit of saying “No problem,” instead of “You’re welcome.”
Are you the romantic type?: Very.
Have you ever been chased by cops?: I’ve been pulled over, but there was no chase involved.
What do you like most about your body?: It made a healthy baby. Go me!
What do you like least about your body?: It’s shape/proportions.
When did you have your first crush?: I was madly in love with no less than six boys simultaneously in my 1st grade class.
In the opposite sex, do you prefer blondes or brunettes?: I don’t care about hair color. It helps if it’s clean, though.
What theme does your room have?: Um, our bedroom is mostly blue. LB’s room is Little Boy themed. That’s about it for themes at our house.
What do you drive?: Your typical family car, a Ford Windstar minivan.
When was the last time you cried in school?: Sophomore year of college when I realized I was going to drop out and move back home. Admitting I was overwhelmed and needed help was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.
What kind of music do you like?: Alternative, rock, classical, and an occasional song from other genres that I don’t necessarily like as a group.
Would you ever bungee jump?: Refer to the sky diving question.
What is your worst fear?: Something happening to Little Blue or hubby.
Would you ever join the army?: They wouldn’t take me if I tried, actually. But I wouldn’t like to anyway.
Do you like cows?: Beef good! Milk good! Cheese good! Leather good! Butter good!
Do you like to party?: A good party to me is one with board and/or card games, friends, not too many people, and optionally good movies/tv shows. I like them without or without responsible alcohol consumption. I don’t like them with irresponsible alcohol consumption.
Favorite scent?: Little Blue’s hair right after his bath.
Favorite band?: Too many to name, the tops right now are The Killers, Staind, Snow Patrol, Interpol, NIN
Would you ever dye your hair red?: I have before.
How many languages can you speak?: American English, a little bit of Spanish
What time are you finishing this?: 10:48 p.m.

Okay, so some of this wound up being complainy anyway. Too bad. :p

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Not to break my copycat streak...

From Veggienerd via Blue Pamphlet, here is the courtesy-of-AmericanExpress My Card survey:

My name...Pink Pamphlet
childhood ambition...District Attorney - put the bad guys in jail hot-shot lawyer style.
fondest memory...My childhood imagination. I entertained myself with the most wonderful, adventurous stories.
soundtrack...bold, dramatic, moving, tempered by quiet, reflective melodies a la Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Howard Shore, and Danny Elfman.
retreat...really good sleep
wildest dream...winning the lottery.
proudest two-year-old having completely accident-free potty training days, and my hubby being recognised as the equivalent of employee of the year.
biggest challenge...admitting inadequacy and asking for help.
alarm clock...a loud beeping.
perfect day...having a perfect hair day (bouncy, flirtatious curly hair that doesn't drive me crazy), doing something simple but brilliant at work, then coming home to hugs and kisses and shouts of "Mommie! You brought your coat!" and enjoying a homecooked meal that cleans up easily to allow time for couch snuggling before the little guy goes to bed.
first job...typing and answering phones for dad's construction business.
indulgence...cheddar cheese
last the drug store - birth control and chocolate.
favorite movie...changes all the time. right now - The Incredibles or Harry Potter.
My a love story, the best kind of love story, with more than one kind of love. A harmony of opposites: tears and laughter, innocence and sensuality, romantic attraction and motherly devotion. My world essentially revolves around only two people, but it is full.
My MasterCard - some things in life are priceless.