Day 22

Mar. 30th, 2010 01:23 am
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Day 22 — A website

Well, I'm sure you all know about I Can Has Cheezburger, right?
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

So we'll introduce you to the awesomeness that is The Bloggess instead.

Her name is Jenny & she is wicked funny.
This post about getting lost had me laughing so hard I thought I would burst something.
The story of James Garfield will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you go WTF?
And then you discover that there is more.
Eventually, you will come to the conclusion that The Bloggess is an alcoholic. Or maybe a cocker spaniel.
Then you will decide that really, she's just a normal girl with a cat on her head.


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Day 21 — A recipe

One of my favorites. It's been entirely too long since I've made it though!

Italian Peasant Soup

1 pound Italian sausage links, casings removed and cut into 1-inch slices
2 medium onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini or white kidney beans, drained
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
6 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add onions and garlic; saute until tender. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink. Stir in the beans, broth, tomatoes, basil and oregano. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add spinach and heat just until wilted. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.
Yield: 11 servings (2-3/4 quarts)
Nutritional Analysis: One 1-cup serving (prepared with turkey Italian sausage and reduced-sodium chicken broth; calculated without Parmesan cheese) equals 220 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 598 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 lean meat, 1 starch

I'm not a big fan of kidney beans, so I throw in a package of DiGiorno tortellini instead of the beans. And of course, in my world, the Parmesan cheese is never optional!!

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19 & 20

Mar. 16th, 2010 01:30 am
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Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours

Aren't these both pretty much the same thing, unless your hobby is something you suck at?
OK, so the obvious one for me is photography. I take pictures, y'all know that. My Flickr page is here.
Another talent is stalking internet celebrities. I'm pretty good at it.
At this point I'm not sure Moose is as much a hobby as he is a way of life.
Um... I knit and quilt too.
Really, I'm not all that interesting. I don't know why you all stick around. LOL But I'm glad you do. :)


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Not really daily anymore posting meme:

Day 17 was Feb 24, Day 18 is March 12. Yeah, I think that's how the calendar works. :)

Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy

I'm feeling kind of greedy about this link I'm going to give y'all.

It is completely full of awesome, but if it becomes too popular someone might figure out who The Boss is, and all the awesomeness would end. Somewhere in Ireland there is a koala. A very silent koala. Well, actually a dude who goes by the pseudonym of Silent Koala.

The Silent Koala is an office-bound marsupial who for sins of a former life is condemned to a lifetime of drudgery in the shipping industry. The following is unfortunately entirely true and accurate, only the names have been changed.

The Silent Koala's blog is called Good After-Morning!
Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of the insanity. SK's first introduction post can not even begin to convey the sheer mind-numbing WTFuckery you will experience.

The first post:
Introductions
Good day to you.

I, the Silent Koala, am an office-bound marsupial working a life of quiet drudgery for a shipping company in this unfair city. Due to a strange twist of fate as I approach my 31st year I find myself now working in a large office which contains only two bodies; one is my small, furry and rather cute marsupial torso, and the other is the rather larger and less cute figure of The Boss.

I have quickly discovered, trapped together with no other sane persons all day as I am, that The Boss is suffering (and therefore, I am also suffering) from a range of idiosyncracies and unusual manners of thought and behaviour, including but not limited to :

Malapropisms: frequent, unwitting and confusing
Paranoia: terrifying, intense and unhinged
Casual Racism: in that middle-aged country-folk way of thinking that they've nothing against "them", if you follow me
Technophobia / Computer Illiteracy: 'tippex on the screen' doesn't even begin to cover it
Terrible Geography: a negative attribute for those working in shipping
Zero Memory: for names, places, numbers, or anything said more than 3 seconds ago
Aggressive Denial: that any of the above are actually taking place

The Boss has by my estimation now been working in this industry for close to 30 years and is still incapable of picking up the phone and successfully executing the greeting "Good [state correct time of day here]". This to me speaks volumes about a persons mindset.

What shall unfold now is, sadly, a true and accurate account of such events, mostly created as I need some kind of outlet for this lunacy lest it consume my tiny fur-enshrouded brain also.

Enjoy, or whatever.


As of right now there are only 183 posts. And actually, only 182 that you need to read since you just read the first one. I really recommend just going back and reading all the posts in order. It's better this way because in some posts he will call back to the crazy from previous posts.

So go, read, enjoy, marvel that Koala hasn't killed either Boss or himself. And while reading about Koala's suffering, pray that the blog never gets so huge that Boss finds out about it, because even while feeling sorry for SK's pain, you'll never want it to end because it's so darn funny.


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Day 17ish

Feb. 24th, 2010 11:43 pm
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Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Woodrow, with bonus Moose & Monkeys.



Woodrow looks like he is made of wood...



...even up close...



...until you touch him. He is cast bronze.



He lives at the Walker Art Center's Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Here's what their site says about him:

WOODROW
DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD
1988
bronze


"In the 1970s I made horses out of real mud and sticks. They were, in part, meant to reflect how much a horse is part of his environment--I combined the figure and the ground."--Deborah Butterfield

Deborah Butterfield's remarkable interpretations of horses are constructed from such materials as crushed metal, wire, mud, straw, and fragments of wood. The sculptor has several horses of her own on a ranch in Montana, where she studies their movements and form carefully. Unlike Marino Marini's sculpture Cavaliere (Horseman) (circa 1949), in which the horse is portrayed as a stylized creature, Butterfield's sculptures are portraits of individual animals. For Woodrow, the artist took a selection of sticks, tree branches, and bark that she cast in bronze, then assembled and welded the pieces together into the form of a horse. Even though Butterfield's sculpture is made of many fragments, its spare and elegant structure is very lifelike. Woodrow blends easily with the natural setting of the Garden because the artist patinated (colored) the bronze branches and twigs, making them look like natural wood.


Text Citation
Text for Deborah Butterfield, Woodrow (1988), from the curriculum guide The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: A Garden for All Seasons, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.
Object Details
Dimensions: without base 99 x 105 x 74 inches
Inscriptions: N.A.; N.A.
Classification: Sculptures; Sculpture
Physical Description: Horse constructed of bronze sticks and branches
Owner: Walker Art Center
Accession Number: 1988.375
Credit Line: Gift of Harriet and Edson W. Spencer, 1988


(And bonus art. The user pic I used is a painting I did for art class.)

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Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)

I don't cry at songs. TV shows, touching stories, books. Yeah, those can make me cry. But I just can't think of a song ever making me cry.
My love of Uncle Kracker makes [livejournal.com profile] hellbob cry. Does that count?


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Well, I may not be keeping up on the daily posting, but I am at least posting a heck of a lot more than I had for the last who knows how many months. :)

Day 13 — A fictional book

Alright. Some of the fiction I've read lately.

Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
When John Perry turns 75, he does two things: He visits his wife's grave and he joins the Colonial Defense Force. The CDF's enlistment contract is incredibly tempting. When a person reaches retirement age, all they have to do is give up all their worldly possessions and promise never to return to Earth.

I really enjoyed this one, and I'll be picking up the next books in the series. John Scalzi is also going to be one of the guests at Phoenix ComiCon.


Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax Series #1)
Humans (Neanderthal Parallax Series #2)
Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax Series #3)
by Robert J. Sawyer

Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence. The Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but with radically different history, society and philosophy.
Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe.


I've never read a Robert Sawyer book I didn't like. This trilogy continues that trend. It did feel like book 3 had kind of a rushed "oh no, I have to resolve things" ending though.

Huh, looking at the books I listed you'd think I was a fan of Sci-Fi, but it's actually not the majority of what I read. It's just what I happened to have read lately.


Day 14 — A non-fictional book

I've got 2 non-fiction books I'm reading right now.

Return to Antarctica: The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott’s Journey to the South Pole, by Adrian Raeside
Return to Antarctica marks the 100th anniversary of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole.
By 1910, the South Pole had gripped the imagination as one of the final frontiers to be explored, and British naval officer Robert Scott was obsessed that an Englishman—specifically himself—should be its conqueror. Despite being under-funded and under-equipped, Scott gathered together an electric group of naval personnel and scientists and sailed south in the ex-sealing vessel Terra Nova. Halfway through the rough passage to the Antarctic, Scott got word that rival explorer, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, was also making a run for the Pole and was close on their heels. What started out as a stroll to the South Pole became a race between two very determined and different men.
Also aboard the Terra Nova was a Canadian, Charles Seymour "Silas" Wright. Return to Antarctica will transport the reader to the very time and place of Scott expedition through the eyes of Charles Wright, whose diaries and notes were handed down to his grandson, Adrian Raeside. In the Antarctic summer of 2008-2009, Raeside travelled to Antarctica to retrace his grandfather’s footsteps and to gain perspective on an adventure of a century ago that challenged men’s courage, strength and sanity. Raeside’s story telling, supported by revelations from previously unpublished accounts, drawing and photographs, does admirable justice to the legacy of the men who literally followed Robert Scott to the end of the Earth.


I know. Me, reading a book about Antarctica. Who'd have guessed? LOL. I got my copy of this free from Quark Expeditions when they had a Twitter contest. It's really interesting, and the author has a down to earth way of writing. It does, however, become obvious that he's not a professional author at times as he repeats information, or a paragraph will have info that seems out of context. I think the book really just needed a good editor.

My other current non-fiction is Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach
The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.

I'm only a chapter into this one, so I don't really have anything to say about it yet. But I LOVED her first book, Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers so I'm expecting good things.


Day 15 — A fanfic

And for this last one... Don't worry. I won't point you towards any slash or vampire porn. No sex at all in either of these. They are also both hilarious.

Wait Wait Don't Eat Me
Yes, it is Wait Wait Don't Tell Me fanfic. With zombies.

Drugstore Sushi
And this is Jonathan Coulton fanfic, letting us all in on the secret of how he creates his songs.

Like I said, no sex. They are both totally safe for work.


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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] verav

List all of the television shows you have on DVD, no matter how obscure or embarrassing. Even if you only own one season, list it! Let's see who has what!

Alphabetical order even (that's how they're organized on the shelf.)

Dang. Didn't realize we had so many. Over 50 different series. )
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Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently

Here's one from last Friday of [livejournal.com profile] genevra (L) & me (R)

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Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Well, since my next actual content post will probably be about our trip to Rochester Friday night to see Sunspot, here's a couple YouTube videos of their songs!

This first one is a fan vid of Torchwood that they put together for one of their songs, "Alive Day"



And this one is the pop-up video version they did of their video for the song "More Than My Degree:




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Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago

I've got a few of them:

Baby me!


[livejournal.com profile] genevra's on the left, I'm on the right.


Me in high school, doing ZooSchool the summer of '87


Basic training, 1990



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Damn. I knew some of these would be tougher than others:

Day 09 — A photo you took
OK, maybe not so tough. LOL.

Here's one from our trip to Seattle the summer of 2004. I just love the colors of it:

SSS074



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Yes, two days at once. I missed yesterday because when we got home from watching the SuperBowl last night the tubes to our house were plugged so we had no internets.

Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy

For this one, I know y'all totally expect me to use this photo:


but a photo that makes me even happier is this one:


After 17 years I still love that boy more than anything!


Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad

So many things out there that can make me angry or sad. This is just one of them:



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Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Huh. With the theme "whatever tickles your fancy" I could have just used my fail blog post.

Okie-dokie! First thing ticking my fancy today:
The Super Bowl is tomorrow. Are you planning to watch for the commercials? These guys are!


Thing 2: A visual representation of the Crayola crayon colors from 1903 to present:


And it is from this website

Thing 3: Ryan "The Temp" Howard's photo blog, Thousand and one words.


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Day 05 — Your favorite quote

I don't really have a favorite. I tend to not remember a lot of specific quotes.
So for this one I'm going to cheat a little and just copy and paste the quotes I have in my Facebook profile.

"These shows are designed to be in people’s lives, in their fiction, in their dreams, in their porn, in everything." ~ Joss Whedon

"I'll be in my bunk." ~ Jayne Cobb

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." ~ Albert Einstein

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Zombies are kind of like poodles." ~ Michael R. Mennenga

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Day 04 — Your favorite book

OK, this one is easy. Anne McCaffrey's DragonFlight. In 7th grade I found this book in the fiction room at Fred Moore Junior High School. (You can tell this was a while ago because I went to a "Junior High" and not a "Middle School".) I don't even know how many times I checked it out and reread it during my 3 years there. I don't know what specifically it was about this book. There were dragons, which were awesome. I also loved the fully developed world Anne created, all the wonderful details. In this book, Anne McCaffrey developed a world that I wanted to go visit.

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Again with the too hard to pic just one!

Day 03 - Your favorite television program


I shall just list Whedon as one item. I love them all. Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Dr. Horrible, and even Dollhouse. Buffy and Angel are my epic love. 12 seasons all together. My love of Spike, Angel, Willow and the others was what led me to fanfiction in the first place and while I don't read a lot of it anymore, I have many close friends here on LJ that I first met through those circles.
And Firefly. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I watched it from the first airing on TV. We were upset when it was cancelled. When the DVDs came out we rewatched in the real order, devouring the previously unseen episodes. When the movie Serenity came out we were there for both preview screenings here in Mpls and still saw it opening night.

Supernatural is the closest current thing to the feeling I got watching Buffy/Angel: Epic battles, good vs. evil, pretty boys. It is also the first show I fell in love with that had a devoted fan base that I connected with online right from the beginning. And really, who doesn't think that Chevy Impala they drive isn't just hot?

Some of the other shows that I absolutely adore are The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Farscape, the new Doctor Who & Torchwood, and Bones. [livejournal.com profile] verav, who I stole this meme from, said Black Books, and that is definitely on my list of favorites also. It's a short little 3 series British comedy about a drunk bookshop owner and his two friends. It is brilliant, as is another British comedy, Spaced.


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Day 02 — Your favorite movie

Again, I can't pick just one!

Favorite movie released on DVD today? Zombieland!
Other favorites that I can watch anytime: Highlander, anything Kevin Smith does, Serenity, and Heathers



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To help me get back in the habit of posting more, I'm stealing this meme from [livejournal.com profile] verav

Day 01 — Your favorite song(s):

I can't even imagine picking just one song. (All links go to a You Tube page for the song)
I love Uncle Kracker: Memphis Soul Song, Writing It Down, My Girlfriend
Sunspot: Heidegger Paradox, Alive Day, Tunguska
Jonathan Coulton: First of May, Mandlebrot Set, Ikea
So many other songs & artists I love: Young Dubliners, Uncle Seth, Me First & the Gimme Gimme's, Kane, Everlast, James Marsters, Kid Rock, Duran Duran, Eagles of Death Metal, the Gear Daddies...
Heck, even if it didn't change depending on mood, I don't think I could come up with even just a top 10 list!




Day 01 — Your favorite song(s)
Day 02 - Your favorite movie
Day 03 - Your favorite television program
Day 04 - Your favorite book
Day 05 - Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your Day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 Days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy
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Yup, gonna start posting to LJ all regular like again. Yup, yup, yup. Well, that's the intention anyway. We'll see how it goes .

So, life lately...
[livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I have seen a lot of movies:
Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, It's Complicated, Up In The Air, Daybreakers, and the Book of Eli are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head. We've been pretty happy with all of them.
We're loving the new Showplace Icon theater where you can select your own seat. I signed up for my free Icon Extras card so that when they start charging Fandago fees I won't have to pay them. Looking forward to a movie so awesome that we want to do VIP for it.

I've become completely addicted to watching football this year. I think part of it is that we actively plan to watch football now instead of just going "Oh, the game's on. Wonder what the score is." And yeah, I've become a total Favre fangirl. He's cute *and* a good player! Now I just need to figure out a way to get his picture with Moose... And [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I have to get our basement theater put together before Feb 7th so we'll be ready to watch the Vikes in the Super Bowl.

Life last week:
Chris Hardwick at Acme Comedy Co on Wednesday. Soooo awesome!


On Saturday we went to the party to be at: [livejournal.com profile] ethel & Seth's housewarming/birthday party. The house is beautiful and the company was great.

Sunday, FOOTBALL! We had a full couch watching the Vikes kick some Cowboy butt. Let's hope they keep the momentum up next week, because New Orleans is gonna be tough to beat.

That's all I can remember off the top of my head right now (I'm updating between rolls of film at work)

Although I plan to try to update ElJay on a regular basis again, if you want to keep up to date on my most current thoughts, I am still on Twitter. Strangely enough my user name there is also HellZiggy.
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