Saturday, April 22, 2017

Zoe and I had strawberry Nutella crepes in Central Park today...

Friday, April 21, 2017

I finished The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve...very good.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I went on a field trip with Zoe's class today. At the butterfly conservatory, one of the butterflies decided to adopt me.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council. This is definitely good news. Bannon was a bad influence on him.
One day, when I picked Zoe up from school, she told me, "Today was the best day ever. We went to Gristedes as a class. We got popsicles and ate them in the park. Then we played in the park."

I really like her class. The kids are sweet, though they keep getting lice. Zoe has escaped it so far. I've already found "Hair Fairies" online, where they take care of it for you. And I cut her hair shorter recently, which makes it easier to take care of, and also looks cute. I looked into other lice solutions. Apparently, using an ordinary hair dryer will kill 97% percent of them. Also, you can coat the child's hair with Cetaphil (a facial cleanser that I have), then blow dry the hair, then shampoo it 8 hours later. Apparently doing this once a week for 3 weeks will take care of it, and you don't even need to remove the nits. Although Hair Fairies is probably easier.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Another music discovery - case/lang/viers. iTunes recommended them to me because I was listening to Aimee Mann's new music. It's uncanny how "on" these recommendations are sometimes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I made broccoli cheddar soup today. I made one tweak to the recipe, which made all the difference. Because Eric is such a chef and loves shopping at Whole Foods, we had a full, fresh container of buttermilk in the fridge. I added a half a cup of buttermilk at the end, instead of the milk/cream/water that the recipe called for. So much better.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Now I've finished all of Sarah Jo's books. I hope she writes another one soon. She does seem prolific.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Just finished Goodnight June by Sarah Jio. I'm sad it's over. Such a good book. It made me see Goodnight Moon (and its author) in a whole new light.

Friday, March 10, 2017

I made one of my improvised slow cooker soups today and it came out very well. I started with one cup dried yellow split peas, salt, pepper and some water. After letting them cook alone for a while, I added some sliced carrots. Near the end, I added two cloves sliced garlic, 1/2 tsp tarragon, 1/2 tsp thyme, and a little more salt. I like it a lot.

I modeled it loosely on a recipe in Vegetarian Planet, but I didn't use any white wine because I didn't have any. I didn't miss it.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

I just finished Three Sisters, Three Queens - the first Philippa Gregory book I have read. I enjoyed it, though the ending was a little strange. Henry VIII was a lot like Trump - "vulgar and showy," rewriting reality.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I stopped eating desserts on November 4, 2015, after learning that I weighed 30 lbs more than I thought I did. I lost the weight, but I continued to avoid desserts. You really do feel better if you don't eat much sugar. (I have small amounts in yogurt, and a little brown sugar on my oatmeal, but that's it.)

Fast forward to today. We were all at lunch and Eric ordered red velvet yodels. I'm usually not even tempted by desserts anymore, but I tried some. Then my stomach got really upset. I was in a cab later (with a plastic bag in my purse, just in case), and then I threw up in the bag. You really do feel better afterward. But this cements my decision to avoid desserts. My stomach can't handle the richness anymore.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

I've been reading Joanne Fluke's cozy mysteries for years, and I've never made a recipe from them. A friend asked me if I had. And now, her newest book, Banana Cream Pie Murder, has a number of interesting recipes in it.

Corn chowder - this was a little heavier than I expected, including whipping cream and creamed corn, as well as regular corn.

Beer muffins - I really don't know if this would work or not, but it sounded interesting. You have to use a pale lager and cheese.

Peach muffins - these would be the most likely candidate, though I've basically cut out sweets in the past year and a half. You put together a regular muffin batter, and add drained sliced peaches from a can. For the streusel topping, you melt some butter in the microwave, and add flour and brown sugar.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

I had a writing teacher who said writing was most like acting. I know what he means, in terms of the characters, but I think it's more like painting. With words instead of colors.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

If I moved to Florida, my vote would really count. It's definitely the most palatable swing state.

Friday, February 24, 2017

I'm reading Eleanor & Hick, about Eleanor Roosevelt. Very interesting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Edward Hopper drew this on the back of his report card when he was 9. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I have a lot of admiration for Elizabeth Warren. We basically have an "emperor has no clothes" situation, in terms of Trump and his lies. A lot of people (mainly, the GOP) are nodding and pretending he has clothes. But not Elizabeth. She talked to the Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, about the lies Trump spread because he wants to dismantle Dodds-Frank. Basically, he was saying it's hard for his buddies to borrow money, and the regulations put American banks at a disadvantage vis-a-vis foreign banks. Both statements are completely wrong; in fact, banks of all sizes are more profitable after the regulations. I like how she speaks truth to power.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Zoe just told me she wants to be Batman for Halloween. She always decides in advance. Last year, she was broccoli.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Music has to be 20-40 years old for me to appreciate it.
I just learned a Danish word:

Hyggebukser [hoogabucksr]: That one pair of pants you would never wear in public but are so comfortable that they are likely to be, secretly, your favorites.

(from The Little Book of Hygge)
Eric tells me, "I'm reading a list of Disney characters who broke the fourth wall." I bet many adults don't know what the fourth wall is.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Just finished The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith. I really like him. If you haven't read him already, go out and do it!

Monday, February 06, 2017

I like Barbara Kingsolver, but she is not prolific enough. 
I saw a short clip of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing on Facebook. It's from the movie The Band Wagon (1953). Wow! Really talented.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Zoe and I were talking about kindergarten. "My teacher was named Mrs. Tipert," I told her. "She liked to wear red and yellow." I added, "She's probably retired or something."

"Or dead or something," said Zoe.

I said, "No! Retired."

Zoe said, "But that was, like, 50 years ago."

I explained it was, in fact, 36 years ago. Sheesh!

Friday, February 03, 2017

I made a slipper for Zoe without a pattern. She said, "You're a master of knitting." Now I'm working on the second slipper.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

This administration is pissing me off. I thought a small silver lining was that Trump did not do anything to weaken gun control. It turns out he just didn't get to it yet; he was busy banning refugees and handcuffing 5-year-olds at the airport. Then I saw this tweet:

"House votes to roll back Obama votes on background checks for gun ownership."

I hate this administration! Every good thing that Obama did, they are undoing it. I don't blame him for leaving the country (temporarily).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Like everyone, I'm a little freaked out about Bannon right now (he says, like Lenin, he would like to destroy the state and all of today's establishment), and Trump firing the acting AG who disagreed with him.

But anyway, I always have to get ready in the morning in a short period of time, and I notice that I always put on foundation and lipstick, but wear my baggy, gray, homeless-person sweatpants. Priorities. I do always run into a ton of people on the way to Zoe's school, but I guess I would rather be seen in sweatpants than without makeup. I wonder if other people are the reverse (would skip makeup but put on a fabulous outfit). I feel like people look at your face first, or almost exclusively.

I also saw a squirrel jump about a foot in the air, startled. Another mom saw it too, and giggled.

A preorder showed up on my Kindle: 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. The New Yorker had said it verged on tedious, so I considered canceling the preorder, but now I'm glad I didn't. He has such a natural ease for storytelling. A secretary at a law firm where I worked recommended him to me, years ago. She's long gone, in Oregon or something, but her recommendation lingers on. Funny how that works. There are a few authors I still read, years after falling out of touch with the recommender.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump wanted to get rid of the electoral college, but Mitch McConnell talked him out of it. That's the only thing I've ever agreed with Trump about.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I had many fears when Trump was elected. They have all come true, after he's been in office A FEW DAYS.

For example:
building the wall
camps to detain undocumented immigrants
full-scale war on the environment
curtailment of First Amendment rights

I just didn't think it would happen SO FAST.

AND he has an unsecured Android phone. James Comey is quiet.

I've never seen such a corrupt regime in my life. In this country, anyway. I was born after Nixon, who was probably the closest contender, but Watergate seems almost quaint now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I grew up with an older brother. He is a little more mature now, but back then he liked to say, "I fart in your general direction" (from Monty Python and the Holy Grail). I just taught this line to Zoe, and she likes it a little too much! I wonder how her kindergarten teacher will react if she says it at school. I have a feeling her kindergarten teacher has seen, and enjoyed, the movie.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Knitting makes me feel better about DT. I'm making a pair of slippers for Zoe.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I read an article in the Washington Post about Trump's comments as he signed his cabinet nomination papers. When he got to Betsy DeVos, he said, "Ah. Betsy. Education, right?" Did he forget what he nominated her for? He reminds me of that boss who delegates everything and has no idea what's going on (but pretends he does).
Aimee Mann's new song "Goose Snow Cone" is really good.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My new favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes: slice them about an inch thick, boil them for 20-25 minutes, let them drain. Then mix 4 cloves of garlic with 3 tbsp melted butter. Drizzle over the sweet potatoes, then sprinkle a little salt over. (I like coarse salt.) Then broil for a few minutes, add some parmesan, and broil a little more.

Friday, January 20, 2017

I found this brief speech very soothing.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I finished reading Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld. I would definitely recommend it to other New Yorkers (and other people as well, though its appeal may be specific). It was a satire about race, class and education in NYC, and many of the details were pitch-perfect. She went over the top occasionally (mostly in mother-to-mother confrontations that were slightly unbelievable; in my experience, women tend to be more passive-aggressive), but other parts were more realistic than most books. I really enjoyed it.

I still can't believe Trump will be inaugurated on Friday! I'm reminded of a thoroughly stupid comment that one of my cousins wrote on Facebook: "Even if the next four years are not great, it will be worth it for the message that was sent." What message?? That you hated job growth, Obamacare and the Paris Agreement? The only consolation is, he lives in Massachusetts, so his vote had zero influence (Hillary won  the state).

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Eric's crazy cooking continues. Tonight he made tofu/vegetable curry AND butternut squash ravioli (he made the filling and put it inside wonton wrappers), then he made a browned butter/sage/hazelnut sauce for the ravioli.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A friend is dating & one of her prospects recommended a musician...Agnes Obel. I almost never like music recommendations - but this was fantastic. Reminds me a bit of The Piano. Also a great Victorian album cover.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Zoe cracks me up sometimes. There was some chocolate under the microwave and she said, "That bug wants some chocolate!" Then she smeared a little more chocolate on the counter, apparently wanting to feed the bug. I quickly wiped the chocolate off the counter. I told Zoe, "No chocolate" (for the bugs). She smiled and said, "Only healthy."

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

I like it when you discover a good song that's probably been around your whole life. "Dark Star" by Crosby, Stills & Nash - it probably came out before 1975.