Thursday, December 01, 2016

I saw the new Bridget Jones movie last night. I was worried it wouldn't be good because Hugh Grant left the project. But it was very funny and cute. There were a couple of dud jokes, but more "on" moments. And it was one of those movies where the previews don't do it justice.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Someone on Twitter put up a link to a Moby song, and it made me remember another Moby song I used to play during savasana when I taught yoga. Eventually I found it on Amazon Prime. 35 Minutes. Probably the most relaxing song ever.

Root vegetable soup

I'm making a root vegetable soup from the Times. 6 tbsp butter, onion, celery...saute...then add 3 branches of rosemary, 3 cloves garlic, 2 bay leaves, 3 1/2 cups root vegetables cut in 1-inch chunks, 2 tsp salt, pepper and 7-8 cups of water. For the root vegetables, you can use any combination of sweet potato, potato, parsnips, carrots, turnips and/or rutabaga. I ended up using sweet potato, parsnips and carrots. You bring to a boil, simmer for 30-40 minutes, take out the rosemary branches and puree with an immersion blender. Then you can add the juice from half a lemon and a little more salt if you want.

Now I'm wondering whether to puree it or not. I'll leave it for now.

Update: I pureed it but left chunks. One of the best soups I've made.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


You can download software on your laptop that will replace Donald's face on the news with images of salad. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Trump seems to be dragging his feet appointing a secretary of state. I think Romney would be great. But some Trumpers are mad at him for criticizing Trump. (But so did Nikki Haley, who still got a cabinet position.) And as my mom put it, "He's not crazy enough." Hopefully Trump will appoint him anyway.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


When presidents had a little dignity? Trump has assaulted women, failed to pay his contractors, embezzled from his foundation, has massive conflicts of interest, settled a fraud lawsuit for $25 million (obvious admission of guilt, even though he won't say it), destroyed emails in lawsuits, lied like crazy...yet he has a Teflon effect like I've never seen. Moreover, he won't move to the White House! It costs NYC $1 million a day to protect him. (Actually, that's the one thing I can relate to him about. I like to sleep in my own bed too.)


I spent 3 and a half hours with Zoe's kindergarten class. It was fun, and they were cute, but it was exhausting! I don't know how the teacher does it. Granted, a music teacher & a dance teacher came, so the teacher got to be "off" for 2 hours. But still. My mother in law was a first grade teacher for 5 years before becoming a guidance counselor, and she said it was very tiring. 
So Trump refused to meet with the New York Times initially, saying they were "nasty" and accusing NBC of giving him "too many chins." Today he gave in and met with them, and said some things that made him seem more sane/empathetic. He said he is not going to prosecute HRC, "she has suffered greatly." He said he doesn't really like the electoral college and would have preferred to win the popular vote. I agree with him on the electoral college - I saw some math on Facebook - a Wyoming citizen's vote is worth 362% of a Californian's vote. He went on to say that he has "an open mind" about the Paris climate change accord. He disavowed and condemned the alt-right movement, though he wouldn't admit that Steve Bannon was a part of it. So that was disappointing. But it would be amazing if he doesn't mess up the climate.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's funny, I saw Hamilton a year and 2 months ago. No one had heard of it, and D had to talk me into it. "A play about Alexander Hamilton? All rap?" I wasn't sure it would work. It was very good (and also a little sad; both Hamilton and his son died in duels, which were held in New Jersey, because "everything is legal in New Jersey). There was a haunting scene where Hamilton and Burr got into a boat and pretended to row across the river to duel.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Another good soup

I made another good slow cooker soup.

1 cup dried white beans (I used Great Northern)
1 can diced tomatoes
Chopped onion, carrot & celery
2 bay leaves
1 sprig rosemary
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Chopped zucchini (add near the end)
Parmesan rind
3-4 cloves chopped garlic 

Another good antidote to election stress - James Taylor.