I made some really great toasted-sugar-glazed-spiced pumpkin seeds last night. You know those sugared nuts? Like that, only pumpkin seeds. They're very yummy and I'm going to see if any stores still have really cheap after-halloween pumpkins so I can make some more.
I also did something really delicious with grapes poached in sangria.
I laugh at the neighbor who has loaded her house and yard with so many Christmas lights that every night I hear pops as breakers flip and lights die. Bwahaha. Serves her right for putting them up before Thanksgiving! It annoys me how that holiday gets passed over as we all jump straight from Halloween to Christmas. I guess nobody gives you presents or candy for Thanksgiving. =P
I've had a busy time of it lately. The busier I get the more I see how important it is, at least for me, to take care of myself. I've somehow managed to get more sleep than usual the last few weeks and I can tell a difference -- even if it only serves to make me feel I can stay up later because I'm no longer falling asleep at the drop of a hat by 10:30pm. I'm also seeing how vital to my general wellbeing it is that I find a little time to relax and rest. I haven't done so well at that lately, but that should improve next week, because ...
Friday I'm moving over to savetheolives's grandmother's house to take care of her place while she's on vacation. I always enjoy the extra time alone and the proximity to work, shopping, and the gym. And the fun of planning and cooking all my meals. (The first things I put in my trunk to take along are my two cast iron skillets.) I was going to have a Godfather marathon, however ...
Last night mom wanted to see Godfather II! I'm tickled to share it with her, because it's not the type she normally likes. 3 1/2 hours of that sort of took care of my Godfather craving for awhile, so I think I'll watch Gone with the Wind instead. I packed a box this morning of all the materials I need to make my Christmas cards for this year, so I need a nice long movie to watch while doing it. After all ...Christmas isn't too much longer! I'll enjoy it tremendously this year, because I've already got all my gift-buying done. Yes, I rock.
(As an aside, this article from the Uncyclopedia made me laugh out out.)
Compared with last night, today's news is positively boring: an x-ray revealed that grandpa has two broken ribs, grandma cut up petunias for her salad and refused to believe they weren't spinach, and a baby mouse bit my finger.
Discuss one of the following:
a) how grandpa might have broken two ribs without anyone knowing it
b) the taste of petunias and whether they are better dressed with ranch or Italian
c) your best methods for taming baby mice
The third one was:
Your mind wanders or you have disconnected thoughts.
Dang. Now I'll never know. Disconnected + wandering = normal state of Mari's brain.
And from the list of Tips On How To Stay Awake While Driving:
Don't skimp on sleep.
-I was arrested as a result of mistaken identity.
-I forgot to come back to work after lunch.
-I couldn't find my shoes.
-I hurt myself bowling.
-I was spit on by a venomous snake.
-I totaled my wife's jeep in a collision with a cow.
-A hitman was looking for me.
-My curlers burned my hair and I had to go to the hairdresser.
-My brain went to sleep and I couldn't wake it up.
-My cat unplugged my alarm clock.
-I had to be there for my husband's grand jury trial.
-I had to ship my grandmother's bones to India.
-I forgot what day of the week it was.
-My monkey died.
Which is your favorite? Which one would you actually come close to using? (because I am a Curious Person).
Pitiful, isn't it? What, I think that since I haven't posted since--gasp--Saturday, everyone will think I've died?
-I haven't died.
-I loved Ocean's 12, but don't ask me about it until you don't mind minor spoilers. I seem to be incapable of talking about it without revealing something.
-The Boare's Head Feaste was quite wonderful, and I am now obsessed with the Coventry Carol. Obsessed enough that I'm going to buy a CD merely because it's one of the songs.
-I need to get Christmas packages out. Ack.
-ladyvoranderun, your note cracked me up (so something I would do!), but everything turned out fine. Although all the bank tellers laughed at me. Ah well, I love to amuse people. (".....eattheolives? Does this really SAY 'eattheolives'?? As in...like...eating olives?")
Take the quiz: "Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You? "
Ta mo bhriste tri thine
Ta mo bhriste tri thine - 'My trousers are on fire.'You're a few bricks short of a load, aren't you? You're probably not allowed to use sharp objects and you should be locked in a rubber room. With Rubber rats. Rubber rats? I hate rubber rats. They drive me crazy. Crazy? I was crazy once. They put me in a rubber room. With rubber rats. Rubber rats? I hate rubber rats...
....Yes, that's satire. Or something. I'm actually very, very thrilled and it had better work out because I may well be crushed otherwise. But it looks like it will work! *is Really Excited*
Now, the things I learned.
*Videos of tv news in Danish have the potential of being really, really funny.
*Danish sounds incredibly like Chinese to my untrained ear. Why?
*I learned that I can (occasionally) fit into a Junior's small size shirt. I am slightly amazed. Also happy.
*It must be a prerequisite that to be a male working at a trendy clothing shop, you must be short. Like, really short. As in, my height. This is strange.
*Did I mention I learned I might be staying here longer?
*Some people are weird enough to walk up to a complete stranger, hold up a shirt to themselves, and ask, "Do you think this would fit me?" Wish I'd been around when she chose the clothes she was wearing, which were far too small for her less-then-tiny body.
*Godiva chocolates are Quite Good. But the man at the counter was almost certainly part of a conspiracy theory.
*When the power goes out in a Large Mall, it's nice to be near an exit. And Rain Falls Hard. And there is the propensity for meeting People You Know at Wal-Mart.
o/'For we are young and foolishhhhhhhh/And full of energy!o/'
All sing together now!
In other news, I finally have an Eowyn icon. I've been thinking of one for a long time now, and finally (thanks in large part to Hannah, naturally) here it is.