Tuesday, March 19

Post #246

Pleasant Cat
Doesn't someone need a nice little cat? I thought we had a home for Avocado...but that fell through. And my "kids" are just not going to get along. I guess I had this vision of the two of them holding paws and singing KumBaYah after a getting to know each other. Just ain't gonna happen. My forever cat - Rude Cat/Toey/Chloe just loves me so much that she wants me all to herself. Completely understandable - I am pretty wonderful. But all this adoration (in the form of hissing, growling and stalking) is getting old. So I continue to seek a forever home for 'Cado. She is a nice little cat - loving, energetic, curious, and very patient. She continues to ignore the inhospitable conditions of her foster home - but I think she'd like a family to call her very own. If you're interested just go to the Angels of Assisi website for the cat adoption application. I'll even split the adoption fee with you!

Rude Cat
Enough of cats... In fact, here is a list of things I don't want to discuss today: sequestration, limbs falling on neighbor's carports, taxes, software installation, meat (gave it up for Lent....), weather, regulations or project development. Soooooooooo......something positive......or interesting......or random.......

Ah! Random!! To the Random Questionizer!!

Forsythia - please don't shape into balls...that makes me sad
What is your favorite season?
Oh, what a good question RQ! Usually it is the season that I'm anticipating. Right now my favorite season is Spring (the groundhog got it all messed up this year) because it is just around the corner. I love the fact that we've had jonquils (daffodils) blooming - even though they spent some time covered with snow. I look forward to the forsythia and the dogwood and the redbud bursting into bloom. Virginia has some of the best flowering trees. But in a few weeks I will probably hate Spring because my sinuses will be all irritated from the dang flowering trees. Then I will be looking forward to my favorite season, Summer! Getting to go swimming in the river with my family, eating picnics at the Riva Howse, the feeling of grass between my toes. But after a few weeks I will hate Summer...too hot, too many kids, too many bugs and too much grass to cut. Then I will be looking forward to my favorite season, Fall! Cool crisp days, evenings by the river curled up by a fire.... Well, you get the idea. My favorite season is the next one!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I'm not grown up now!! As a child I can remember wanting to be a teacher, botanist, mechanic, gymnast, baker...I even opened up my very own Flip Flop Repair Shop (to fix broken flip flops) but it failed for lack of customers. I was more successful running a backyard carnival to raise money for MDA. The carnival was about as well thought out as the FFRS - but I had a few more customers. My best friend Amber and I ran the whole thing - when she and I were counting the money her Dad kept putting in random bits of change that would make the total uneven. So her mother (who apparently liked even numbers) would add enough to round the total back up to an even dollar amount. Then her Dad would add in another little bit...I think we got an extra 15 or 20 bucks from their rivalry! Did I ever think that I would do the jobs that I have done so far? Nope.

Last question: Do you prefer to shop online or in a store? This one would make my sisters laugh! I prefer not to shop at all. In fact, I generally send one of them to buy clothes for me. I hate to shop. There are only two kinds of stores that I actually like to shop in: grocery stores (especially the specialty food areas) and hardware stores. I get practically giddy when I go into a hardware store. I love to look at all the different plumbing supplies and tools and stuff. I even love that smell - a combination of wood, paints, spirits, fertilizer and that something intangible that ties it all together. So - my favorite place within driving distance? Carson's Hardware in Concord, VA. It is a hardware store and a grocery store together! With a deli that has Boar's Head meats.

Wait...I said I wasn't talking about meat! Dang...now I want a sandwich...Easter can't get here soon enough!

Monday, March 11

Substance Optional

Sitting here wondering about what I should blog about...one suggestion was that I blog about not blogging. I really have been bad lately. I'm not sure why - the likely culprit is laziness. I just haven't felt passionate about anything in particular. Or had any really wacky dreams (actually, Friday night I dreamed that the grant Jeff was writing to VHDA needed to have an original recipe as a component...in the dream I couldn't convince him that they only wanted the recipe - we didn't have to include the actual food. He was using a food vacuum sealer to package up the pasta to include in the 3 ring binder. I guess that was a wacky dream.).

But it isn't a very good excuse - since my regular readers know that a lot of my posts are about nothing in particular. Sometimes they wind their way around to being about something. Sometimes not. It is very unpredictable. So here are a couple of random thoughts/observations/synaptic misfires...

- we continue to host a foster cat (Avocado). But our "permanent" (she hopes) cat continues to be inhospitable. Though our pleasant little guest cat ignores her, Rude Cat makes the most ungodly noises whenever 'cado comes around. I believe we have found a potential "forever home" for Avocado. As much as I have enjoyed the visiting cat - I think I will enjoy going back to being a single cat home. Two cats are twice as much work! Maybe a little more than twice as much.

- tax season is underway but most of my people have been slow pulling their information together. They should remember that "failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."

- tonight we had shrimp roasted in their shells. It is funny, last fall when we were at the beach Mom and I scoured the internet (on our smart phones) looking for a recipe for shrimp that left the shells on (besides steaming and boiling...we are accomplished at both of those) and could find nothing. A couple weeks ago I opened an email from Cooks Illustrated and there was the recipe! Cooks Illustrated is far more than recipes - it is truly cooking for food nerds. Not only does it tell you the best way to make a dish, it tells you the whole trial and error that the test kitchen went through to make it the best way. I was incredibly fortunate that Mom did the hard work (de-veining without removing the shells) and was just starting to brine the shrimp when I got home. I got to take a relaxing shower and then have the fun of watching them broil in the oven! The only "downside" to the meal? Mom made the best cocktail sauce ever (read: enough horseradish to curl your nose hairs) but the shrimp were so fantastic without it - I was torn between eating the shrimp with and without it! Thankfully I struck a balance. (whew...I know you were worried!)

- I have three "time-waster" games on my phone. I should probably pare that down to just one - because that would give me more time to blog! I can't decide which one I would keep though. I have something called "Dragon Gem" which is a Bejeweled-type game. Get three like gems in a row and get points, clear the whole board and move on to the next level. Each level has a possible 3 stars - you have to be quick and clever to get all three stars. I force myself to earn all 3 before I let myself go on to the next level. It is a demented sort of masochism.

My newest time-waster is "What's the Word?" You get a screen with 4 pictures and a series of letters...you have to figure out what the word is that all four pictures relate to. Sometimes they are very easy...but if I hit a brick wall, I get so frustrated I consider uninstalling the darn thing. Or, like last night, I spend an enormous amount of time wandering through pages and pages of "cheats" to find the answer. Well, I guess "cheats" shouldn't be in quotations. Cheats. But once I find the missing answer, I no longer feel like jumping off the roof. The last time-waster (and probably the one I would keep) is Coin Dozer. Yep...just like the game at the fair/arcade! You know, the one that always looked like 100 quarters would fall if you could talk your Dad out of one more quarter! At least this isn't real money. I play it in elevators, checkout lines, or when I'm stopped on Rivermont Avenue (waiting for construction traffic...not with blue lights behind me. Unlike my Mom...).

- I feel sure that one of my blog followers is considering sending me a comment about the fact that I used the numeral "3" AND the word "three" in the random thought above. Yes, Ida, I can feel it! For the record I do know that numbers under ten (or is it twenty?) are supposed to be written out. Well, maybe I need to brush up on that rule. Thanks for being my favorite proofreader.

Well - there's a post. I'll try to be better about not creating beaten hamster deserts. I just have to remember that substance is optional.