Thursday, September 21, 2017

I just had a burst of nostalgia for the first thing I remember making (baking). The recipe was from a Better Homes and Gardens kids' cookbook, with a red and white checked cover. It consisted of Pillsbury dough, rolled out and twisted into figure eights, then dipped in melted butter, sugar and cinnamon. Very good. From the same era were chocolate chip squares, also excellent but I can't remember which cookbook they came from. They were light brown/beige with a slightly crunchy top and chocolate chips inside.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tori Amos has a new CD coming out on September 8 - Native Invader. She pre-released three songs from it. One of them in particular is very good (Up the Creek) and the other two are good too. This is a relief to me, because her last CD was kind of bland.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

I'm reading a great book called Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. Very funny, lots of New York moments. Quirky, recognizable characters. In fact, it reminds me of The Accidental Tourist (without the sad parts). The Accidental Tourist is one of my favorite books.
I feel a little sad. Our fish died. Zoe is relatively unbothered and just wants to get a new one tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

I like the absence of rules.
I was reading a friend's blog and she used "dog leg" as a verb. I looked it up and it means to bend sharply, like a dog's hind leg.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Today I went to a restaurant that I've been to a million times, and ordered something different. It's nice to step out of your comfort zone sometimes. I got a tofu eggplant stir fry, which barely had any eggplant, but lots of other vegetables. And it came with a nice sauce and white rice. On the drinks menu, there was Justin Cucumberlake (but it was way too early for gin). A blackboard on the wall said, Chering is Caring.

Our fish is thriving. His name is Chase now, so he won't have gender identity issues. I was worried about him initially; he was floating listlessly the day we got him. But after I cleaned his tank, he perked right up. It's a nice small fishbowl, so it's fairly easy to clean.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

We got a fish. It's a boy, but Zoe wanted to name it Lily anyway. Hopefully it won't have a gender identity crisis.
I got back from Ireland a few days ago, and I find myself missing the veggie burger at Salt N Pepper. Slathered with mayo, plus a side of "regular chips," it was pretty much perfect. The Bailey's hot chocolate wasn't bad, either. And a long ramble on the remote island of Inismor, full of cows and roses, sea and sky...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

About to finish The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin. Cute story, and I learned some new things about Paris. And it's part of a series.