Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pet Peeve of the Day:

Fat people who take the elevator in 3-story buildings. NO WONDER YOU ARE FAT. This is cringe-inducingly common on the U of M campus. I want to slap them upside the head with some common sense.

On a positive note, my new favorite thing, which there are also a lot of on campus: CHIPMUNKS. BABY chipmunks.

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's already Monday again...how time flies when you're in school and you live for the weekend. Not to say that today's been so bad. Johnny is chasing a gnat and doing pirouettes with his cartoonishly (not a word) long body, I have some chocolate chip muffins (from a cupcake cookbook, but they are clearly muffins) cooling on the kitchen counter, I did not get rained on today (for the first time in a week), and in a few hours Andy and I are going to walk down to the Hi-Tone to see Kylesa. He describes them as "what Tool would sound like if Took didn't suck." A pretty accurate summary. I'm mainly going to eye the merch table and try to get some unsuspecting roadie to squeal about which records are super-limited, but I also have to admit really enjoying being the only female at metal shows. They can be laugh-out-loud funny and there is so much testosterone in the air that you can smell it (a bit like sweat, beer, and an occasional dumbass who applied Axe (there's a reason you're here alone, buddy)). Double parentheses...can I do that? I DID IT.
Fact of the day: listening to NPR on the way to that retail hellhole, Schnucks, I learned that there are more Subways in the world than there are McDonald's. Clearly iceberg lettuce is more popular than I thought.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In Brief

Thursday: baked vegetarian lasagna (my first attempt, not too shabby), new yellow flats from Target
Friday: Goat Days (not as many goats as expected), funnel cake, perfect lemonade, apple pie ice cream from Baskin Robbins (A+), Mon Oncle
Saturday: sleep, study, pizza with Dad at Ross's restuarant (High Point Pizza, in my childhood 'hood)
Sunday: donuts and New York Times in bed, speech writing (putting that off til the last semester was SO FOOLISH)
I will probably make something soon with the leftover ricotta from the lasagna...one white food I am not afraid of.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Number of the Beast?

Yesterday I took Charlotte to the vet for her yearly vaccinations and checkup and discovered that she now weighs 66.6 pounds. Devil dog!!!
Also, last night I made chocolate thumbprint cookies (an excuse to combine cookies and Nutella) from The Cookie Book to take with us to go see "Extract" (ironically, these cookies involved no extract), and then promptly forgot them. I had a jar of Nutella and a spoon in the movie theater and no cookies. However, Studio on the Square kindly offers free club crackers, so we grabbed nearly all of them and made do.
I enjoyed that movie...which I wasn't really expecting, because I've always that "Office Space" was waaaaay overrated. To reinforce my grandma-ish-ness, it's really surprising and nice to see a really funny R-rated comedy that doesn't have to rely totally on sex and scat jokes. And no nudity...sort of odd. Anyway...3 out of 5, I would say? Not that my opinion matters...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

fo' drizzle

Yesterday was the first day of classes (but my last semester of college!), and to mourn the former and celebrate the latter I made some lemon drizzle bars last night, from an aptly titled cookbook I have called "I Love Sugar". I didn't have the correct size pan, so I used a smaller one, which meant that the lemon-powdered sugar syrup I made to pour on them was a bit too much. So now they are lemon drenched bars. But still pretty tasty.
Although I know its prime season is winter, citrus fruits (especially lemons) seem very appropriate for summer. I found the world's largest lemon at Fresh Market (my new obsession) yesterday, and I decided it deserved to shine on its very own in some sort of baked good in which I could drown my beginning-of-the-school-year woes.
I WISH I COULD TAKE PICTURES. But alas, school books gotta be bought, and unfortunately they get more expensive every year. I sound like a grandpa...("why, I remember when textbooks only cost ya $20!")...but that's fine with me.