Archive for August, 2010

My new ricer

Last night I took an over-ripe banana and popped it into my ricer. 

Then I squeezed it into a small pyrex custard dish. 

Then, I took a Hershey’s snack size chocolate bar and melted it in the microwave. (you can see where this is going right?) then I spread the chocolate on top of the fluffy banana. 

Then I covered it with plastic wrap and popped it in the freezer for a few hours.  


Next time I will gently swirl the chocolate a little into the top layer of Banana so it’s not so solid. 

In case you didn’t know, very ripe bananas turn a beautiful consistency when frozen. 🙂

Just amused me


geographical name ˈtrā-sē

Definition of TRACY

city central California SSW of Stockton population 56,929

Rhymes with TRACY

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In case anyone cares;

I updated my Toledo restaurant list.


My quest for a bag of crap

I have been on a mission for a number of years to get a Random Bag of Crap, (referenced as RBOC for the remainder of this document).  The RBOC is a funny little grab bag available occasionally from

Most of the time W00t offers one item a day.  Usually with a really funny description.  It’s just nice.  Occasionally they have a W00t Off.  A W00t Off is sort of like a clearance sale, or for those of you of a certain age, on online Blue Light special! 
They offer an item and you can buy and there is a pretty flashing light, and then  BAM,  it’s gone and there is a new item.

Then they’ll offer up a bag.  A random bag…A random bag of Crap!  The is their fun way of getting rid of their bits and bobs.  It’s three or so items that there are not enough of to sell.  I’ve never seen of these bags in person, but I’ve heard stories.  Stories of fun treasures that are delivered to the lucky winner. 

I’ve been trying to get on of these RBOC’s for years.  Never been successful.  I’ve gotten close.  I’ve gotten so close that I’m on the confirmation screen and their servers lock up.  But nothing.  Truth be told I’ve almost given up.  I’ve tried almost everything.  Last year I discovered  Great site that updates the screen automatically during a W00t off, and plays funny sounds during item changes, and best yet, when the RBOC comes up, it lets off a siren like you’re never heard before.  Still, couldn’t get that brass ring.  Then I started using with it.  This also monitors the items, and when the RBOC comes up it opens the purchase page!  You just have to run like the wind to confirm, submit and enter your credit card security code.  Still, nothing!  It’s just got me to the failure screen faster.

Last week there was a W00t Off.  I have a laptop at work that’s a little hinky. It’s mainly used for testing, and W00t watching.  So during a W00t off I pop it on with running, and every once in a while if you’re on the phone with one of us in the office you’ll hear a rooster crow, that’s how you know a new item has gone up.  For days I listened to that damn rooster, no RBOC.  When I left on Friday I forgot to turn it off.  I had a pictures of the poor cleaners hunting the building for a rooster. 

I was working out when my phones starting ringing.  I didn’t answer.  I was working out.  Then I read the text that came in from Mike, “Hey, your alarm went off, so I pulled up the page, and got a Random Bag of Crap, thanks!  I’m glad you forgot to turn it off”  I hope he ends up with the Screaming Monkey with a pink cape and Bacon Salt!




Cut a fresh tomato in it and YUM!

things I’m thinking about

why is it so easy to hurt your wrist?  It’s such an integral part of your life you would think it would be more difficult.

Either my husband or myself is slowly going insane.  I’m not sure which yet.

I loved Scott Pilgrim VS the World!

We ran into these girls at Trader Joes this weekend.  At first I thought perhaps they were in a play or a musical and stopped in on the way to dress rehearsal.  Maybe Annie, or Les Miserables.

(I saw this with an abscessed tooth..Uhg..there is a memory for you.)

After surreptitiously staring at the for awhile, and then smelling them I realized that no, this ways something else.  I do not know what.  Really, you must enlarge and look at the details of their ensembles to appreciate the oddness.  The one girls spent a large amount of time scratching her head.



Oh look!  It’s my sisters boob!



I hope someone somewhere has taken a picture of me and posted it on their blog.  Perhaps the peopleofwalmart.


Sometimes I start creating intricate scenarios in my head.  Sometimes they go for a few minutes and then slip away.  Sometimes they go for months.  Right now I’m working on what the world will be like after Facebook takes over the world.  No more email, no more texting (there’s an app for that) no more newspaper, no more craigslist.  I’ve been working on this one for a couple of days, but I think it’s fizzling out without becoming concrete enough to type out.  Did you ever see Demolition Man?  The whole restaurant wars?  Yeah…like that.


I have run out of steam.





Oh the things you missed today!

I got my shirt in the mail today.


I LOVE it!  It’s beautiful! And no one else will have a shirt like it.  I will buy more. Maybe she will do a lotus flower pattern someday and I’ll be the envy of everyone at yoga class. 🙂  I hope she finds other people to buy her things.  I don’t have a lot of faith in Etsy.  So many people selling things, so few buying.  I believe in MARKETING!

We went to lunch at a vegetarian restaurant in Ann Arbor that we have been wanting to try;

I wish I had taken a picture of my food.  It was so good.  Wonderful French fries then a piece of crusty rye bread covered in some kind of ranch dressing with sprouts, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomato’s and cheddar then broiled.  So very good!


Then I tried hummingbird cake at;


Also wonderfully sinfully good!  Luckily we ended up walking for about three hours, and I had a 90 minute yoga class this morning so I’m probably not doing to much harm to quest to be another 15 pounds lighter.

Oh!  Speaking of Food, a couple of days ago posted a recipe for me in my comments for Vegetarian French Onion soup.  I made it last night and it came out really really well!  Takes like regular made with beef.  Well, maybe a little better!  No grease.

My neighbors are apparently having a party with a live band.  A live band that is approximately 50 feet from my house.  Luckily for us, and them they are pretty good so far.  I hope they enjoy the dogs barking in time.

No matter, lots of Sangria for me tonight!


Odd Coincidence

I was talking via IM with my daughter about where to get prints made and just as I typed Walmart my phone rang and my caller ID popped up with Wal-Mart.  Freaked me out for a moment as I thought “how did they know I was talking about them?”  then “Did I somehow call them by typing it?” then “ooo, grab a screenshot so I can blog!”



One of my dogs has an oddly disgusting thing inside of her ear!  Katy says Tumor (which this dog is prone to) I say boil.  It’s about the size of a golf ball and since it’s on a part of her without fur it is truly gross looking.

This is the dog that after the last surgery they told me she was in fact the most hyper dog they had ever seen.  They called me at home and said we don’t know what to do!  We tranquillized her but we still can’t get her to hold still!


While digging through my Xanga photo uploads for the picture above I noticed something fun about Xanga, so of course I took another screenshot!



Do you see it?

Did you know if you use Xangas spell check, the word Xanga is not in it?


Have a good Friday!




new clothes and impure mornings

Do you remember the etsy shop where there are painted purses?  I’ve been patiently waiting for the same woman to add in her hand painted shirts.  And she finally did!

I want this one:


As soon as she tells me what size it is, I’ll be getting it.  I love the idea of having something so unique, and I love the way it looks!  I’m looking foward to additional things being added.  Maybe I’ll get a volume discount!

Thanks for all of the migraine sympathy.  It was miserable. If you take medication for migraines, will you tell me what you take and what side effects you get?

When I got up this morning the first thing I noticed was a dogs water bowl filled with ice cubes.  As this is unusual I stopped and stared at my  husband.  He’s learned that this is morning speak for, “oh dear honey, what is amiss?” and he said to me “it’s not pure”.  I thought perhaps my hearing had been affected by the migraine, so I said “Wha?” and he repeated, “it’s not pure”.  I just stood there staring at him trying to figure out what the heck he was talking about.  He took pity on me finally and said, “the water, it’s not pure.  I turned it on and it’s orange.”  Okay, I got it now.  Must be a water main break.  Grabbed the bottled water, made coffee, back to bed to watch the news.  I flipped on local instead of CNN so I could find out about the water.  One of the first things I see is my house via google maps on TV.  Rather startling.  Then they panned out and it went a block away and said ‘here is the house on fire”.  So, no water main break.  I guess their garage caught fire, and no one was hurt but there was heavy smoke damage in the house.  Poor people.  All in all a very odd start to the day.


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