Monday, February 28, 2011

Broaden Your Horizon, Open Different Doors

Sometimes the talents of my relatives (and those who are willing to marry my relatives) just amaze me.

For example, remember my cousin, George?


He's the guy who can take wood shavings and turn them into gasoline. 
He's also the guy who has his own wikipedia page

But, this post is not about George.  Rather, it is about the best choice George ever made (in my opinion).  Yes friends, I'm talking about George's wife Leslie.

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Leslie, in addition to being a delightful mother of four, is also a professional genealogist, freelance writer, and speaker.  Additionally, as of last August, Leslie is a published author of a delightful book that is a true story of Leslie's ancestors and their immigration experiences.  The cool thing about her book though is that although it's a true story, it reads like a novel.  Nice.

Anyway, Leslie has left her home in Massachusetts for a few days and is touring around Utah, giving lectures, signing books, and sharing tips and stories. Just for fun, I thought I'd post her schedule here so that if you're free and want to meet her, you can.  Feel free to share this info with any others who have interest in this sort of thing, it's sure to be worthwhile.

So, with no further explanation, I give you:

(Title of tour by yours truly, so don't blame Leslie, okay?)

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Seagull Bookstore, Tues 4-6 p.m., Provo, UT, 2250 North University Pkwy #C56, book signing. 
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Book Presentation, Provo City Library at Academy Square, in the Bullock Room on the 3rd floor of the Academy Building, Tues, 7 p.m., 550 North University Parkway, Provo, UT, The lecture is free and open to the public: The Journey Takers: An Inside Look at the LDS Immigration Experience
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Monthly Meeting, Cache County Historical Society, Wed, 7 p.m., Historic County Courthouse, 199 North Main Street, Logan, UT, The lecture is free and open to the public. The Journey Takers: An Inside Look at the LDS Immigration Experience
  • Thursday, March 3, 2011 Seagull Bookstore, Thurs, 11 a.m.-1  p.m., 1114 North Main Street, Logan, UT, book signing: The Journey Takers
  • Thursday, March 3, 2011 Seagull Bookstore, Thurs, 4-6 p.m., 514 N 325 East, Harrisville, UT, book signing: The Journey Takers
  • Thursday, March 3 2011 Ogden Family History Center, Thurs 7 p.m., 539 24th Street, Ogden, UT The lecture is free and open to the public. The Journey Takers: An Inside Look at the LDS Immigration Experience
  • Friday, March 4, 2011 Seagull Bookstore, Fri, 2-4 p.m., 1625 West 9000 South, West Jordan, UT, book signing.   
  • Friday, March 4, 2011 Utah Genealogical Association, Fri, 7 p.m., location to be determined, Salt Lake City, Utah. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Journey Takers: An Inside Look at the Immigration Experience
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011 South Davis Regional Family History Fair, Sat, Bountiful High School, Bountiful, UT, The conference and lectures are free and open to public (onsite registration required). Lectures and book signing:9:20: The Journey Takers 
    10:40: Eight Ways to Cross the Ocean 
    12:00: Writing a Page-Turning (But True) Family History 
    Book signing: 1:10 p.m. at the Family Roots Publishing booth
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011 Seagull Bookstore, Sat, 5-7 p.m., 316 North Marketplace Dr. Suite C-100, Centerville, UT, book signing.

See y'all there!
(unless we miss each other, I guess.)

5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the musical
other points awarded by whim

Saturday, February 26, 2011

only goes to shoah, anyone from anywhere can make it if they get a lucky break

What follows is some random helpful information I've gleaned from the comments around here lately. 
(along with some pictoral evidence of said information)

#1  It is quite possible, and not even that difficult to link Musical Theatre (my love) with Baseball and thus Sports (the love of every Corry man I know.)

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#2.  As soon as I set a goal to do something heroic, someone will immediately come up with a device that makes it ultra-heroic, and thus, discouraging. 
Witness, the perfect pushup.
(Don't worry--I'm still undaunted in my quest.)
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#3.  Belle's Beast and Bella's Jacob Black are really the same person.  (Person?)

#4.  And finally, get this:  

I've been nominated for Best LDS Female Solo Blogger of 2010.  

Amazing.  Absolutely amazing.

Apparently right now the competition is in the nomination phase, but once the voting starts, you'd better believe I'm going to have you all head over there and vote for me.  I'm up against some big hitters in the blogernacle, so I have absolutely no illusions about winning.  All the same, I'd really like to get enough votes so that I'm not completely embarrassed, you know?

So, stay tuned for that, will ya?  

5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the Musical
other points awarded by whim

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

a little bit of this, a little bit of that

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This whole post is mainly just an excuse to put another musical lyric up there and see what happens in the comment section.  I've got to say, I think I'm having more fun with MMM this year than ever before.

So, here are some random tidbits:

I've got Eric working on a USoSL button.  Doesn't that sound fun?  There will be a USoSL button for all you members to post on your blogs, if you so desire.  No pressure though.  (Really--no pressure.)  There will also be a button for me to post on the sidebar.  It will say, "Home of USoSL".  I'm kind of excited.  Eric showed me the first incarnation Monday, and I liked it, but like any client, I wanted him to make a few modifications.  They weren't big modifications, but since I also want him to fix the door to our shed (It fell apart yesterday as I was hunting through the mounds to find the one styrofoam head that we own.  I use it sometimes to take pictures of hats when I'm feeling shy and don't have any other models handy.), and the shed is the priority right now, it might be awhile.

Remember when I was all pensive about what I was going to do to celebrate my 40th birthday?  Turns out, my sister (Becca) is going to be in Cedar at the old homestead that whole week.  Since I haven't seen her since July, I've decided that Heather and I are going to head down for a few days.  Eric is saving his vacation days for our big San Fran trip the next month, and Becca's husband isn't able to get away either, so it's going to be an all girl event.  Well, all girls except for one nephew, one grandpa/dad, and the other male Cedar City Corrys. 

Interestingly enough, I'd heard just a few months ago that Costco has really good cakes, and I decided that at some point in the following year, I wanted to try one and see for myself.  Only problem is, there is no Costco in Logan, and I don't have a membership anyway.  Well, the birthday fairy was looking out for me, because there just happens to be a Costco a mere (and very warm) 45 minutes away from my folks house, and they have a membership.  So, it's Costco Birthday Cake for me!

I hope it lives up to the hype.

And finally, I've set a goal that by the end of the summer, I want to be able to do five push-ups without cheating.  I don't care if I'm on my knees or not, but I want to touch my nose to the floor and then come back up five times.  To the rest of you that probably doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is a big deal to me.  I've never been able to do push-ups.  Seriously.  For a while in High School I held the school records for the mile, 2-mile and the home cross-country course.  Yet, I couldn't do more than one push-up in the textbook fashion.  It's the tragedy of my life.

Well, tragedy might be a little strong. 

5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the musical
other points awarded by whim

image courtesy of Thomas van Ardenne

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

but I could show my prowess, be a lion not a mou-ess

Another Hawaiian Lion:

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an adorably cute couple,

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And, just for good measure, a sweet elephant.  You might not know this, but I just adore a good elephant statue. 

(Pictures courtesy of Barbara, Robert, and ShaLiece Corry)
(Barbara knows of my fondness for pachyderms.)
(Thanks, mom.)

5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the Musical
2 points for the name of the actor who played the part of the character that sings this song in the movie
other points awarded by whim

Sunday, February 20, 2011

just a little change, small to say the least, both a little scared

So, pretty soon, I'm going to be adding another book to my "read before bed" routine.  It's called "the heart of the buddha's teaching", and it's part recommendation/part negotiation with my friend, Heather.

Heather and I (and about ten other people that I don't know) had a little discussion over on Facebook not long ago, where the topic was the movie, The King's Speech, it's rated R rating, and whether or not Mormons would attend, given the fact that the movie has an excellent message and was rated R for some language which (from the accounts of those who have seen it) isn't offensive in the way that it's used. 

Incidentally, one thing I have to say about Heather's discussions.  She'll often bring up religious issues and points that can be quite charged, and sometimes I have to have a thicker-than-I'm-used-to-since-I-live-in-Utah-where-nearly-everyone-I-associate-with-is-LDS-skin.  However, the discussions are definitely civil, and never degenerate into name calling and judgement slinging.  I so appreciate that.

Anyway, oddly enough, by the end of the Facebook discussion, Heather (perhaps to her dismay) had agreed to read The Book of Mormon, and I had agreed to read The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching.  I've ordered it, and should probably be starting it sometime next week.  If any of you are hankering to get better acquainted with either book/school of thought/religion, please feel free to join us in our quest.  I'm planning to write some of what I learn/experience as I read on the blog, and knowing Heather, I think she'll probably do the same.  (You can read what she's already written about our little agreement here.)(To have the title of this post make sense, you'd have to know that Heather has stated elsewhere that she's very nervous and a little skeptical about reading the Book of Mormon, but is willing to try.)

I'm also a little daunted, to be honest.  The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching is over 300 pages long, and if the excerpts I've skimmed are any indication, it's not exactly light reading.  Still, it will be good for me, right?  I mean, as interesting as the little tidbits in Armchair Reader:  The Mammoth Armchair Reader are, something tells me that there is more to be learned out there.  I might as well get on it, and if I'm doing it with Heather, it's sure to stretch me and be extra interesting. 

5 points for the name of the song
no points for the name of the musical
2 points for the name of the composer
other points awarded by whim

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've Got a Little List, I've Got a Little List

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In another case of splendiferous serendipity, Eric and I are once again going to be able to spend a few days in San Francisco soon(ish), mooching off my mom's hotel while she attends meetings befitting an officer of the Utah State School Boards Association.  For the past few days, different thoughts have kept running through my head along the lines of "Oh! I've got to remember to do that while we're in SF!"

It was starting to get confusing, so I'm going to make a little list here where I know where I can find it.

So, without further ado:

Things I absolutely want to do while in San Fransisco this time around:

Eat Dim Sum in Chinatown--I've never had dim sum before.  It looks like fun, and Eric says it's great.  We were going to do it last time, but didn't get around to it.  This time, I think it's my #1 priority.

Go back  to the best sandwich shop the world has ever known--My mouth waters just thinking about it.

See the Sea Lions at Pier 39--(I had to have one "must do" that wasn't food related)  The Sea Lions were there in droves the last time we visited, and then in December of 2009 they just took off for no apparent reason.  Now some of them are returning, so just in case they leave again, I want to have another visit.  Before we go though, I might just use this handy dandy webcam to see if they're out and about. 

Things I think would be great to do, if we have time:

Visit the Oakland Temple--This one is a little dicey, because of time, and the issues of public transportation vs. the cost of cabs.  I don't know that I want or need to actually go inside the temple, but I'd like to spend some time on the grounds again.  When I was a missionary in the Santa Rosa mission, we would come to the temple every three months, and I have some good memories of time spent there.

Take the Ferry like Kate Beckinsdale does in Serendipity--See here.  You know I'll be bringing a jaunty cap this time around.

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It's a sculpture that symbolizes Cupid's arrow, and is supposed to be where Tony Bennet left his heart.  It was installed in 2003, so I don't know how I missed it on my other two trips.  Probably because we didn't do a lot of exploring over by the Embarcadero last time. 

That's all I can think of for now.  Maybe I'll continue to add to this list as I ponder, percolate, and dream my way back to Splendid San Francisco.

You may think you know the name of this song (like I did), but you probably don't.  

5 points for the name of the show from which it comes
2 points for the name of the character who sings it
10 points if you can correctly identify the title
other points awarded by whim

images courtesy of Bradley Hague and  Keoki Seu

Thursday, February 17, 2011

our hearts are warm, our bellies are full, and we are feeling prime

Just for fun, I thought I'd post some recipes that we've had lately that have been good enough to make the cut into the 3-ring binder of recipe joy(As it turns out, there are now two 3-ring binders.  There was just too much joy there to fit into one.)

They don't have a whole lot in common, other than the fact that they're all easy, delicious, beloved by Eric, use chicken, (except one of them) and use black beans (except for one of them).

(Actually, Eric's words upon eating the Thai Chicken were, "This isn't too bad.  I'm not all that hungry but I want some more of that."  This resulted in a little 'you missed your lines again' discussion, where I pointed out that saying "this isn't too bad" is akin to saying, "Everything else you make is crap, but this dish I could actually swallow down.", and that a better phrase might be something along the lines of, "This is quite good.", or "I like this."  We had a good laugh at that.  One thing I will say for Eric, he is teachable.  Absent minded at times, but definitely teachable.  Also, he doesn't get upset when I rat him out on the blog.  That's got to be worth something.)

Anyway, back to these recipes that "aren't too bad":

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken
¼ cup rice wine
1 ½ Tbs lite soy sauce
3 ½ Tbs water
1 Tbs fish sauce
1 ½ tsp cornstarch
½ tsp crushed red pepper
1 Tbs cooking oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger (could use ¼ tsp dried in a pinch, but fresh tastes SOOOO much better)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cups bias-sliced carrot (3 medium)(I use our food processor)
½ to 1 stalk broccoli, broken in to little flowerets (or you can substitute 2 cups fresh peapods, tips and strings removed)
4 green onions, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces (I use a food processor)
3-4 fresh mushrooms, sliced in food processor (optional)
1 orange bell pepper, sliced in food processor (optional)
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
Rice Noodles (example pictured over there---->)
(or you can substitute 2 cups hot cooked rice)

Prepare rice noodles according to directions on package (i.e., soak them in warm water for 30-40 minutes)

Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces; set aside. For sauce, stir together rice win, soy sauce, water, fish sauce, cornstarch, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.

Pour oil into a wok or large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook and stir for 15 seconds. Add other veggies, cook and stir for 2-4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove veggies from skillet.

Add half the chicken to hot skillet. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Return all chicken to skillet. Push chicken from center of skillet. Stir sauce; add to center of skillet. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Push chicken into center of skillet, return veggies to skillet. Add rice noodles and stir. Stir in the peanuts. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes more or until heated through. If using rice instead of noodles, serve over rice.

Serves 4

Chicken Enchilada Soup

1 can of green chili enchilada sauce
1 (15 oz. can, drained) yellow corn
1 large (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 package of taco seasoning
1 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 can of chunk chicken

Open the cans, pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through.

Serve w/ shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado,fresh tomatoes, & tortilla chips, etc

Non-refried (i.e. Healthy) Black Beans Side Dish
(Don't think I'm too tacky, but I often serve this with Rice-a-Roni to finish out a Mexican meal)

2 cans canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 to 1 onion, chopped (I usually use dehydrated onions)
2-3 cloves garlic (at least)
1 can diced tomatoes, preferably with some spices mixed in (if there are no spices in the tomatoes, add ¼ tsp cayenne pepper when you cook them)
1 tsp cumin (or more)

If you’re not using dehydrated onions, fry them in a little bit of olive oil until translucent. Add garlic, and fry for a bit more. Otherwise, just dump everything into a saucepan and heat. If you let it simmer for 30 minutes or more, you get better flavor. It makes a lot, but if you half the recipe, you’re stuck with ½ can of tomatoes, so I always make the whole thing. It freezes well though.

Happy Cooking!

5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the musical

2 points for the composer(s) of the musical
other points awarded by whim

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Something Familiar, Something Peculiar, Something for Everyone!

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Okay, so here's how Midwinter Musical Madness is going to go this year:

Pretty much the same as last year, and the year before that.

I'll write a post, scan my brain (and my Broadway lyrics books, and the world wide web) to come up with a lyric from a musical that goes along with it, title the post with said lyric, and hit the orange "publish post" button.

You will then read the post, and compete with one another to see who can name the musical, the song, whatever else you want, using only what you store in your brain.  i.e., you cannot google the lyrics and then post your answer, nor can you call someone and get the answer from them.  You are welcome to use Google or pick anyone else's brain for general study at any point in the competition however.

(I know--it's not fair.  I get to use the internet and you don't.  You can deal with that though.  You're all remarkably resilient and remarkably talented.)

At some point, we'll decide when we're going to end the game and tally up the points.  Probably March-ish.  We'll have a lightning round on the last day of competition, where there will be a post every hour or so. 

The winner will get a fabulous showcase showdown including:

  • Bragging rights
  • Your picture on the sidebar of this blog until I decide it's time to move you off.  (at said point, your picture will be moved to the bottom of the blog, along with the winners of the 1st and 2nd annual Midwinter Musical Madness Competition)
  • A poem written all about you by yours truly
  • A $50 gift certificate to or
  • An autographed copy of Be Still My Soul by Charlotte Corry
  • An evening of games and dinner hosted by Eric and Charlotte Cantwell (or, if you live along the I-15 corridor, and don't mind having a precocious sometimes moody two-year old along, we will come to you.)(If said prize does not appeal to you, you don't have to redeem it.)

A few additional details . . .

In the (highly unlikely) event that a former winner wins again, she will receive bragging rights and the picture on the sidebar, as well as the dinner and game night (if desired).  All other prizes however, will be distributed to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers.

Also, just FYI-I'll be writing posts and scheduling them so they come up at all times of the day, so as not to favor any particular time zone.  (So, if you work for the Utah Festival Opera, and you happen to notice that a post comes up when you know that I should be working, rest assured that I wrote it on my own time, okay?)

NEW ADDITION SINCE ORIGINAL POST: The whims have dictated that married couples aged 60 and over may compete as teams if they like.  (The rest of you are on your own.)

Sound good?  Okay!  Ready, Set, GO!

5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the musical
2 points for the name of the character who sings the song
other points awarded by whim

image courtesy of photine 

Monday, February 14, 2011

I do love those goblets though

quirky 2-11Valentines.

As I think back over the Valentines Days of years gone by, here's some of what sticks out:

When I was little, my mom (and my dad by association) used to give us cool Valentine treats.  We usually got either a fancy hand-made card with doilies and everything, or one of the big cards that you can buy, (the ones that you buy in the card isle, individually, not the kind that come in a box with 24 others).  Inside they would have a really nice note, saying how much we were loved, and how proud mom and dad were of us.  And of course, we always got some cool candy in the mix.  Not just the lame conversation hearts.  No, there was chocolate involved.  Sometimes even in a heart-shaped box

One year when I was going to college at SUU, February 14 came and I was secretly bummed out because as usual, I didn't have a man in my life, and so I wasn't expecting any little nice surprises to come my way.  The night before the big day, some of my friends (girls) called me on the phone, and spent about 15 minutes reciting cheesy limericks that cracked me up.  Now, 20+ years later, I can still hear Janet's voice saying something about San Juan.  (Random!)

Six or so years ago, I did have a man in my life (it wasn't Eric), and the holiday fell on a Saturday that year.  We had planned to take a little day trip to celebrate together, and as I was having a particularly difficult winter, I found myself looking forward to that trip the way a marathon-runner looks forward to the aid station at the top of the hill at mile 17 (not that I'd know).  And then, I woke up on February 14 to an all-day snowstorm, and weather advisories that pretty much determined that we wouldn't be going anywhere outside of our little community for several days.  A crushing disappointment that I (obviously) eventually got over. 

And then of course, there's always the burning-the-breadsticks Valentines Dinner.

Now my Valentines Celebrations are low-key, both in expectation and activity.  I imagine as Heather gets older, they will involve more tape and construction paper, and probably heartfelt notes to her about how much we love her and how proud we are of the girl that she is.  For now though, Heather is oblivious, and Eric and I exchange small gifts (He got me a big book of randomness, and (at his request) I'm giving him $20 to put toward some new robot coming out later on this year), and have our annual meal of take-out food with sparkling grape or apple juice in the goblets that Claudine Spevak gave us for our wedding.  I'm going to make up some chocolate-dipped strawberries for the festivities as well, and we'll top it off with the sugar cookies that Donna pressed into our hands as we were leaving her home last night.

It feels right to me.  Nothing all that fancy, nothing that makes my heart go pitter-patter (any more than any other day anyway), nothing to write about, really.  But in all those nothings, there's definitely a whole lot of something. 

Something Good.

image courtesy of erin m

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A gift from Philly

I love this. 

It's absolutely worth the six minutes of time I invested to watch it.

And really, we all know that "Hallelujah" isn't just for Christmas, right?

(I know some of you aren't so much into classical music, but give it a shot, won't you?  I think you'll like it.  It's beautiful, and empowering, and has restored some of my hope in Americans and chased out some of my cynicism.)

Watch for the cute high school boys around 2:11.  I haven't decided for certain, but I think they're my favorite part.  The little girl at 4:06 gives those boys a run for their money though.  

Friday, February 11, 2011

Christmas is Coming Again!

As long as I'm being shallow . . .

I don't know how I'm ever going to survive until June 3.

(Lest you think this is a "Charlotte's married to Eric" thing, you might be interested to know that at the time that Eric and I went on our first date, I owned all three X-Men movies.)

(That may have been the primary reason why he married me.)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

some of the highlights of my life right now (a shallow post)

I'm one disk away from having listened to The Help on CD.  I've really enjoyed it.  The past two days, I've spent pretty much every free moment listening, because on Monday I realized that it was due back to the library on Wednesday (yes, today), but that I was on disk 7 (of 15).  I wouldn't recommend listening to it that quickly, but I have really enjoyed the book.

(Before you ask, I tried to renew the book, but it's on hold for another patron.  Considering the fact that I didn't get it for two whole months once I put it on hold, I'm guessing it's on hold for about thirty other patrons.)

Shortly before Christmas, my trusty Magic Chef food dehydrator that Robert and ShaLiece gave me for Christmas back in the 1990s finally gave up the ghost.  Due to our dedication to the Bountiful Basket experience, we've found that we get apples and bananas nearly every two weeks.  That combined with Eric and Heather's distaste for said fruits when fresh, but absolute adoration for their dried counterparts had pressed it into super-human (super-machine?) service, and I guess it just couldn't take it anymore.  (Follow all that?)

This is where it got to be bonus time for me.  I mentioned to Eric (who still hadn't decided exactly what he was going to get me for Christmas), that this would be a great gift, but he said that a food dehydrator wasn't anything he could get excited about buying as a present.  As I remember, I think his exact words were, "But that's no fun." 

So, because it would be no fun for Eric to buy me a new dehydrator for Christmas, we agreed that I could trade in $45 of our Discover Cash Back Bonus Money for a $50 gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond, where I could purchase a $60 Nesco Food Dehydrator.

Then Eric went out and bought me a big ole beautiful European riverfront view painting (which is now hanging in our living room lending peace and class to our home and reminding me of all the fun travel adventures in my past), and a back massager for my actual Christmas gifts. 

(Lest you think us overly extravagant, Eric got both gifts at Ross Dress For Less, and for around $40-$50 each.)

I've been loving all three of those little niceties.

('Member when I said Eric had qualities that compensated for his inability to remember his script?   Oh yeah baby, here's one right here.)

And finally, I found a naan recipe that I love even more than the one I wrote about previously.  This one uses less oil, AND the naan comes out softer and a little more substantial.  It requires more raising time, but I think it's SO worth it.  You can find the recipe here.

(I don't brush the butter on beforehand, I just cook them on my teflon pan with no added oil at all.  Also, I only use 3 1/2 cups of flour.  Using 4 1/2 cups is waaaaay too much.)

Oh--and I'm thinking that Midwinter Musical Madness will probably start sometime next week.  So, be watching for that.

(What do you want for prizes?  Obviously bragging rights, silly poetry, and crochet gift certificates, but is there anything else you'd like?  I could probably spring for a $5 Subway or McDonalds gift card.  The sky's the limit!  Well no, I guess $5 is the limit!) 

Sunday, February 06, 2011


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"It is the destiny of the spirits of men to come to this earth and travel a journey of indeterminate length. They travel sometimes dangerously, sometimes safely, something sadly, sometimes happily.

Always the road is marked by divine purpose."

-Spencer W. Kimball
The Miracle of Forgiveness

 One of my favorites.

picture courtesy of Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden

Saturday, February 05, 2011

delusional, or just confident?

I made a sparkly new header . . .

Using Picasa, and the tutorial listed here:

Next time I get tired of the old header, I hope to learn to add fancy digital scrapbooking papers for the background and maybe even for the title.

 . . . but let's not get ahead of ourselves, agreed? 

Friday, February 04, 2011

But can Katie make tamales? Hmmmmm?

I heard a particular song earlier today, and it jogged a little memory that I thought I'd share.  

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So, one day, back in another lifetime when I was sharing an apartment with Heidi, she and her best friend Phil discovered John Bucchino, (who is a pretty talented songwriter in case you haven't discovered him yet).  Specifically, they discovered his album Grateful.  That was a lucky day for me, because as they were exploring the album, they came across what ended up being one of my top 100 all-time songs.

(Now, you know I don't really have a list of my top 100 songs, right?  But this is making me think maybe I should put one together.)

The song in question is called The Song with the Violins, and I've pasted a video below that is my favorite of the 5 to 7 versions currently uploaded to youtube. 

Now, if you're short on time, or don't have access to youtube right now, I'll give you the condensed version of the song.  It's a semi-neurotic woman, singing a song to the man that she loves/likes/is starting to date/is stalking/whatever-you-want-to-think.  In the song, she talks about all the things she has done to prepare herself for him, and then mentions in passing, a few of the things that he hasn't done to return that love.  The song cracks me up, and reminds me of myself more than I'd like to admit, but not so much that I'm morbidly embarrassed to admit it. 

Now, the point of sharing this song and that story with you is to tell this one.  To follow it, you'll need to keep this part of the song in mind:

I hope you've memorized your script,
I've got my part down perfectly!

The fact is, there are times when it becomes painfully clear to me that in the life-play (which, let's be honest, is actually a musical not just a straight play) of Charlotte & Eric:  The Early Years, Eric has not memorized his script.

For example:

Last December, I was perusing this blog, and I found this recipe for easy shortbread cookies.  Having never made shortbread cookies before, and thinking (incorrectly, as it turned out) that since they had no chocolate in them, they wouldn't be a temptation for me, and therefore would be an ideal neighbor gift for Christmas, I decided to give it a go.  They turned out really well, in my opinion.  Well enough that they were a temptation for me, which basically defeated the whole purpose of making them, but oh well, sometimes that's the way the cookie crumbles.

(I'm killin' me here!)

I shared the cookies with Eric, and he liked them fine.  He didn't rave about them or anything like that, but he enjoyed them well enough, or so I thought.

Later on that week however, some neighbors dropped off a plate of absolutely delicious Christmas cookies.  So delicious that the whole lot of them were gone within a few days.  That brings us to the point where Eric went "off-book", and missed his lines completely.

One evening, as he was polishing off the last of the cookies on the plate (which just happened to be shortbread cookies in the shape of Christmas Trees with little red and green sprinkles on them), Eric turned to me and said,

not his lines, which were:

"Honey, these cookies are so good, but I'm glad that yours are even better."


"Honey, these cookies are delicious, as are yours.  "

or even:

"Mmmm mmmm!"

No, he didn't say any of that.  Instead, he went completely off on his own, and said,

"You know, you should call Katie and get her recipe for shortbread.  These are really good cookies."

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Image courtesy of Julep67

Obviously, this is a man who has not memorized his lines. 

(Don't worry too much about me though.  To quote Fanny Dashwood, "There are qualities that will always make up for that, and [Eric] has those in abundance.")

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Family dynamics through Heather's eyes

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Today at lunch:

Heather: Mom, I'm your daughter!
Me: Yup!
Heather: You're my mom!
Me: Yup!
Heather: You're Charlotte!
Me (surprised because I didn't know she had made that connection): Yeah, that's right!
Heather: Daddy is Uncle Eric!


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