Fasten your seatbelts, readers…it’s going to be a bumpy ride…I’ll be going through topics faster than my kids can make ice cream disappear. You’ll laugh; you’ll groan; you’ll salivate; you’ll wish you were having dinner at my house!
1. Best. Candy. Ever. Utah didn’t just give us the Osmond family…they also have the Sweet Candy Company which makes the best candy ever: Raspberry Sticks, which are described on the package as “raspberry jelly centers dipped in luscious milk chocolate” (this is NOT a lie!). I discovered these bits of deliciousness at our local Co-Op when they were marked down after Christmas last week…I bought three boxes…unfortunately, they were gone when I went back for more last night!
2. Did You Miss a Post? It seems that my blog host may have been having issues last week…just wondering if everyone who subscribes got notice of my Friday post on the Bay of Fundy…it was a “rerun” from the early days. I wasn’t the only one having problems: my friend Renée at Life in the Boomer Lane moved her blog to a different host, and her subscribers aren’t getting their notifications (if you’re a fan of Renée’s, the link in my “She Said” blogroll still works!). Poor Todd at Todd Pack’s Messy Desk put up a post on Thursday that got far fewer comments than usual…he thought the post was bad, but I tried to access it twice, and got the message “Post Not Found” both times! He ended up taking it down.
3. Cooking Up a Storm. Jim cooked twice last week, making a turkey dinner with dressing, mashed pototoes, and vegetables last Sunday (and Grammie Clark’s cheesecake for dessert!), and a lovely seafood chowder on Wednesday (with homemade biscuits!). This past Sunday, I used frozen tomatoes from our garden to make some more pizza sauce (took several hours to cook them down), and made a deep dish pizza (which I forgot to photograph before people dove into it!). For dessert, we had sour cream chocolate cake.
4. Mr. James to the Rescue (Again). When I came downstairs Sunday morning, Dad informed me that Jake was “having trouble” again. He’d obviously gotten into something he shouldn’t have, and was pooping everywhere (Jake, not my dad!). Consequently, the fuzzy white hair on his rear end wasn’t so white any more (still Jake). After giving the dog a bath, I called our resident hairdresser and dog groomer, Jim (aka “Mr. James”) downstairs to do a quick trim on our schoodle’s bum. I love that man! We decided it would be best to sterilize the scissors with a little bleach before putting them in the dishwasher…
5. Valentine’s Day. I’m finally taking down the Christmas books display at the bookstore and replacing it with a Valentine’s Day-themed selection. Books with the word “love” in the title will be 10% off for the next little while…
6. Crossing Guards With Magical Powers. As Jim and I were watching our usual Wednesday night comedies on ABC, a commercial that featured a crossing guard caught my cynical eye: she stops the kids in the middle of traffic to take a decongestant (?!!). Jim helpfully pointed out that she had also stopped the traffic: “She’s an omnipotent crossing guard!” he declared. I thought The Omnipotent Crossing Guard would make a great blog title.
7. Off the Map. Speaking of ABC, I’m loving the new drama by the creators of Grey’s Anatomy, Off The Map. It’s got interesting plotlines and characterization, cool guest stars (Michael McKean and Cheech Marin, so far), and a leading man from New Zealand named Martin Henderson, whose pecs are as sexy as his accent (don’t worry, guys…there are beautiful women on it too)!
8. Just Call Me ‘Ms. Technical’. Yesterday, Dad’s monitor started flickering for no apparent reason. I got on the phone with Jim (the computer tech), who advised me to try my monitor to see if if would work. After unhooking Dad’s heavy old-style monitor and hauling it down off the desk out of the way, I carried my slim-line monitor over from my office across the hall, only to find that it didn’t have the right connector to plug into Dad’s computer. I carried my monitor back, and hooked it back up again. I only swore a little bit. Then I went into the back room and pulled out the old (massive) monitor to try it. I connected it to Dad’s computer (right connection, but no picture…hurrah!). Still flickering though, from what I could see. Unhooking it again, I was getting ready to put it away when Dad insisted on carrying it for me (have you ever been offered help when you didn’t really want it?…sigh). After reconnecting the regular monitor, the problem persisted, and I did a Google search, which suggested that if it wasn’t the monitor, it was likely the video card. I called Jim again, who said he would look at it in the morning. After we got home, I floated my “video card theory” for Jim, and was shot down. Fast forward to this morning: I turned on Dad’s computer and the monitor was fine. I forgot the standard advice offered every week by the technicians on The IT Crowd: “Have you tried turning it on and off?”
9. I’m the Last One Picked for Wii Games Too. The kids conned me into playing Wii with them the other night. I totally suck at baseball and tennis…at least I started to get the hang of bowling halfway through! Damn that hand-eye coordination…I wonder if they have word games for Wii?
10. Classic Albums Live: The Who.
Where? The Imperial Theatre.
When? Saturday night.
What? An amazing group of musicians recreating the “Who’s Next?” album.
Why? I bought Jim tickets for Christmas, and we desperately needed a Date Night!
How? Very skillfully! This was our second Classic Albums Live show (we saw the Supertramp: Crime of the Century show last year and it was equally great!). The band did an excellent job recreating the album note-for-note, and this folkie girl was instantly transported back 35 years to her “headbanger period” (age 15-16). All the musicians and singers were very talented, and the drummer was awesome!
If you have a chance to see a Classic Albums Live show, I’d heartily recommend it!
This concludes your tour through my rather addled Tuesday brain…I hope that the transitions didn’t cause any whiplash!