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Just Some Friday Randomness

Random Drops of WaterBecause I got nothin’ else.

I woke up this morning with my right hand swollen as all get out, unable to move my thumb at all.  My arthritis strikes again!  And leaves me wondering what the hell I did in the middle of the night to bring this on.  I’ve spent all morning wrapping, unwrapping and re-wrapping my hand in an Ace bandage – the bandage helps with the pain (somewhat), but I can’t type with the damn thing on and it makes my fingers fall asleep after awhile.  This is NO fun and I wonder how my girl Twenty Four at Heart manages with her entire right arm being out of commission.

Of course, there’s an upside to everything:  it’s keeping me from compulsively playing with this promotional Rubik’s Cube keychain one of our business partners gave everyone in the company.  (It has a small “made in China” sticker on it in the corner…I guess I won’t be chewing on it, either.)

Speaking of the middle of the night, I had this bizarre dream where someone was trying to give me a large, marquis-shaped, violet-tinged diamond to replace the one in my wedding set.  It was gorgeous.

Beloved, dear, I think my subconcious is talking to you.

Alert the media – I have no idea what I’m making for dinner tonight.  Just that it will include squash.  And maybe carrots and celery.  And rice.  Chicken?  Water chestnuts? Ginger?  Oh, and onions (sorry about that, Tricia!).

Okay, I’m dragging out the wok and making a stir fry.  I’m glad that’s settled.

My search terms have been mildly interesting this month – as usual, I get a lot of visits from people looking for recipes, but over 120 hits for “scalloped potatoes” alone?  Damn, I never knew the dish was that popular.  And “banana bread” wasn’t far behind it.  (I also got a lovely lecture from someone about my White Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe, informing me that white chocolate is not real chocolate.  Hey, I didn’t name the stuff – I just use it to make cake frosting.)

Hmmm – I have a surplus of baby carrots (they were on sale last weekend), and some raisins.  And if I’m not mistaken, some Nestle’s White Morsels.  All I need is some pineapple…oh, I bet we’ll be eatin’ carrot cake before the weekend is up.  (Note:  if you ever decide to make the carrot cake, use the white chocolate cream cheese buttercream to frost it; it’s much better than the icing included with the actual carrot cake recipe.)

Where was I?  Oh, yes – search terms.  My favorite one this month has got to be this:

“Is there a disorder that makes you creampie a lot?”

I have no idea what that means, but it cracks me up every time I see it.

One last thing, you bunch of crazies dear readers – yesterday’s post on barbecue got Beloved searching the interwebz frantically for a new smoker/grill.  He’s decided on The Big Green Egg.

The thing ain’t cheap.

Which is not to say we can’t afford one, because we can, but I’ll have to pay for it with the money I’ve been saving for the solid oak, Amish-made bookshelves he’s been lusting after for the living room.   I’ve told him this, and he’s now waffling back and forth.  (He stares at our cheap and not necessarily matching present bookshelves and goes, “Hmmmmm” and then turns around and tells me that since The Egg is green, it will match the outside of the house.)

I believe he needs some help deciding, so I’m taking a poll:

Solid oak, Amish-made bookshelves that will look absolutely fab with our vaulted, cedar ceiling, or a 200 lb. ceramic smoker/grill that will hold a 20 lb. turkey?  Oh, and that matches the outside of the house?


Jan, this is the 8th time you’ve made me hungry this week. (This counts the original posts and the thoughts about them afterward.)
Carrot cake, yum!

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PR came down w/a stomach bug at 11:30 last night. I was up all night taking care of him. If I catch it, I might lose some weight before BlogHer. However, I’d rather NOT catch it. As for me — I don’t manage so well one armed. I do manage, however, a lot better than I used to. I’ve come a long way baby.

I say bookcases, but I’m a woman. If I come stay with you I’ll want beloved to cook something on the green egg just so I can see it though. Such a tough decision!

Twenty Four At Hearts last blog post..I’m Such a Bitch, I Can’t Stand Myself

stoneskin says:

Being kept away from Rubiks is a good thing.

Recently over here there was a guy in the papers who had just solved the cube after fifteen years of trying.

Fifteen years!

No brainer…bookshelves it is. And you might have to get a little something extra too – you know…to make up for the trauma you’ve gone through thinking that you might not be able to get the bookshelves…

Nothing Fancys last blog post..C’Mon Get Happy. . . I Think I Love You

I love your decision process about making dinner. It sounds a lot like mine. I’m terrible at choices. I would say both but then that’s why my budget never seems to balance. I would feel badly about that but if all those experts in Washington can’t balance a budget, how am I to be expected to do it?

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Jolly Holly says:

smoker! You both with use it while the bookshelves will just sit their and collect dust.

Duchess says:

Go on, do your bit for the economy and buy both.

If you really have to choose, I’d go for the bookshelves.

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Tricia says:

Well, gosh, if you start the post talking about all that pain, how can I even dare complain about an onion or two without feeling like a brat?

If BE gets the grill, can we all come over for a barbecue party? If so, I’m definitely voting for the grill!

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Be says:

My subconscious just went “what? did you hear something”? Just a gnat!

Neither the FDA nor the Production Code Administration are allowed in our house so you can call whatever you want chocolate – even your divine mole! Whatever you do put it on the Carrot Cake – yummm (hint hint).

Oh, we ARE getting the book shelves, but the real dilemma is do we get another $200 grill that will rust in 3 years or spend a STUPID amount of money – like $800 for one that will outlive the cockroaches that will survive a nuclear winter? hmmmm

Anne Gibert says:

I was going to vote for the bookcase, but it appears that you are going for both. Remember to balance the beneficial stimulus to the economy against possible carbon foot-print guilt when choosing a grill. I’m glad I read this after dinner, there’s no telling what excesses I might have gone to if I had read it before I started cooking.

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Mary D says:

Ok, I’ve given creampie a meaning. And I just found out today that sow can also mean arouse so I totally misunderstood some guy’s email.
I thought he thought I looked like a pig ;-0.

100% sure the answer is BOOKSHELVES.

Lori says:

Now you’ve made me hungry and want to grill something. So your getting both?

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I say bookcases and that green grill will be out of style soon like the green appliances of the 70’s and you’ll paint your house and then it won’t match and Jupiter will align with Mars and then global warming with make barbecuing with a piece of tin aimed at the sun, fashionable….and you’ll think…”damn, why’d I bother spending an obscene amount of money on this green egg?” Just my humble opinion. : )

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I say get the grill. When hubby’s happy, hubby does whatever you want him to. That can result in you being blissfully happy, even without the shelves, if you know what I mean. But then you’ll get those shelves soon enough because he’ll feel guilty that he got his big egg first, when he knew how much you wanted those shelves. And so maybe you’ll get a pleasant surprise.

Guilt can be a “wanting” woman’s best friend. HA!!

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Be says:

OK, the votes have been tallied and the verdict has been reached!

Before I answer, I want to point out that it is “I” who has been begging and drooling over bookcases for 10 years. So Fragrant, it’s really a matter of Regret being a man’s worst enemy!

The envelope please. *drum roll*

Midlife Slices is completely responsible for my decision. Her persuasive argument (funny too), and more importantly her farsightedness appeals to the “rationalism” (or is it the rationalization) of the male ego. But long before I am able to grill my meat by opening the blinds there will certainly be a law banning outdoor barbecuing because of “harmful carbon emissions. Hell I’ll bet you Michael Moore is already in production of a new documentary aimed at ridding the world from all these arrogant selfish back yard gourmets!

So we will go with a cheap grill/smoker and get the bookcases. Of course the cheap grill will rust in a few years and be dumped in a landfill where it will provide sustenance for the post nuclear roaches. Shhh – don’t tell Michael Moore!

SSG says:

bookcases all the way, as next year there might be a better BBQ to buy… EggV2.4

And I see you’ve already made the decision… dammit I have to do less work and read more blogs!

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