SPKRAUSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPKRAUSE SPKRAUSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 2013.08.07: August Updates, Part 1 ...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447318 I've been reminded before by someone very dear to me that August is the worst month ... it's the month in which things go wrong ... <BR> <BR> ... and they have for us before, including the loss of a beloved pet a couple years ago. And if you recall, Hurricane Katrina was an August event. <BR> <BR> And so it is that we strive, if not struggle, to make August better. In July we ('officially') moved and now find ourselves in Rochester, NY. A week later the apartment was mostly unpacked (well, ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:08:44 EST Dinner: Quick, Dirty, and Delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329164 'Top Chef Canada' is back and we're watching it; it was also our dinner time, and I decided to try something new (to me): oysters. <BR> <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> It's possible that as a child I had oyster stew or chowder or similar, perhaps just oysters served at a function or gathering, and I found them disgusting. I have a vague memory of this but not a precise one. I know that I wanted to like oysters. We would go to the coast on vacation and I loved clams. I loved clam strips, I loved cla... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:47:53 EST 2013.04.15: Midmonth Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324645 1. This past week I've gotten up earlier in the morning (relatively speaking) and had productive writing hours. Yay, me! Is it as much forward diss-progress as I'd like? Not exactly, but it's something. <BR> <BR> 2. Ms. S. and I are working our way through the pantry/cupboards ... we've catalogued it before, laid items out before and done a week of "X", whatever "X" was. But we're more intently and intensely doing so now. Along the way I returned to Cream of Wheat and finished off the Bob's ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:13:33 EST 2013.04.01: I think I need a break. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307506 A bit of a SP break, that is. <BR> <BR> Every day I collect the points, but the point of doing so is lost. It's become a game without goals ... it's just something I do ... minimum of 100 points a day, that's the task. It's a lot of links to click on, a lot of polls and trivia questions and quizzes to answer. And so on. <BR> <BR> It was eating up a lot of my time. <BR> <BR> More than half a year ago, though, it got me back to blogging, something I've been doing in one form or another, at o... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:25:19 EST 2013.03.31: Thank you, Google http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306504 For celebrating Cesar Chavez' birthday via your Google doodle. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> See also: <link>www.salon.com/2013/03/31/google_cele<BR>brates_cesar_chavez_not_easter/ </link> <BR> <BR> In related news, Ms. S. brought me home a stuffed Yoda with bunny ears ... I approve. Greatly. <BR> <BR> And I snacked on actual Pop-Tarts® for breakfast. An interesting treat ... and toasted! See, that toaster is good for something. Such as maiking toast. <BR> <BR> <BR> II. <BR> <BR> It's Sunda... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:26:20 EST 2013.03.30: Run, you clever boy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305802 If only I were that clever boy ... with a time machine, sonic screwdriver, something bigger on the inside ... <BR> <BR> We got in some 'Doctor Who' and the usual rotation, and during dinner a so-so small-budget ($7 million) horror-ish movie. Earlier in the day I read a good deal of Schiller and found myself making productive commentary and analysis. <BR> <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> In 'Doctor Who' we get the rerturn of Clara Oswin Oswald in "The Bells of Saint John" ( <link>www.avclub.com/arti... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:41:39 EST 2013.03.29: "I'm not scared. No more Pull-Ups." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304927 "Nice." <BR> <BR> Really ... that's how "2012" ends. And so you must wonder, as Ms. S. wisely posed the question to me, how much money was paid for that product placement? <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> 'The X-Files' and 'Millennium'? <BR> <BR> In brief: in the latter ("The Mikado"), which we watched first, we had what appeared to be that show's take on the Zodiac killer (as an aside, I've always found it interesting that Fincher directed "Zodiac", but also "Se7en" (1995), which owes so much to t... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:51:13 EST 2013.03.28: "Emotion is also nature, and the rule of decency is something artificial" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303865 "Wrath of the Titans" is not actually any good. <BR> <BR> It has a large (enough) budget, it has a(n over-)qualified cast, and its plot is (moderately) coherent. It is not, however, any good. It's not even mediocre; it is inanely mundane and its greatest failing is a lack of imagination. In addition to an overarching lack of story despite the presence of plot, this sin can be more relevantly subdivided into three separate domains of lack of ambition: it is not cinematic, it is not sufficient... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:06:48 EST 2013.03.27: Sugar rush! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302516 Oh. My. <BR> <BR> It's like Feb. 14th all over again ... but better! <BR> <BR> Milk chocolate? Check. Dark chocolate? Check. <BR> <BR> But, wait ... we also had 'rotation' (about which I might write were one of my wrists not held down by a black and white cat) and then some Pixar: "WALL•E" and, for something much lighter in tone, "Ratatouille" (2007). <BR> <BR> The latter I watched in hi-def in late 2008, I guess, shortly before going to see Patton Oswalt live. The former I watched on my ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:32:11 EST 2013.03.26: Fun, not quite in the sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301440 Cooked and cleaned today in anticipation of a pre-Easter dinner with Ms. S.'s parents, and I found it glorious. <BR> <BR> 1. The social aspect, the stories, all that, are our own personal matter. <BR> <BR> 2. We got lots of chocolate as an Easter gift, though! And some cookies. And so on. <BR> <BR> 3. Soups of the day: Carrot & Cauliflower, and Blackeye-pea & Tomato. The former is incredibly creamy; the latter had a good kick to it. They both went over very well. <BR> <BR> 4. I made mini-... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:54:44 EST 2013.03.25: "Goopta... is god." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300074 ... quoth Ratfinkovich. <BR> <BR> "In 1979, Onan Goopta molted his earthly encumbrance to pursue his Selfisophical research in another dimension. That means, he died of prostate cancer." <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Before watching "Schizogeny", with its somewhat psychic and homicial orchard -- one of the worst hours of 'The X-Files' (see also: <link>www.avclub.com/articles/schizogenyjo<BR>se-chungs-doomsday-defense,56018/ </link> ) -- we took in "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense", the funniest ep... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:53:49 EST 2013.03.24: My day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298590 I'll consider this my day of rest. I have little to report, to communicate, or to reflect upon at the moment. <BR> <BR> 1. Chores were undertaken and doing them felt good. Not because they -- changing sheets and hand-towels, doing laundry, drying and putting away dishes -- were 'important' or in need of being done, though they were, but because although my mind is constantly active and I think of myself as a thinker, in a sense, I am almost always happiest when I'm busy 'doing' rather than b... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:44:43 EST 2013.03.23: March Madness ... indeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297725 And it rained today. And rained and rained. We got in some quality tv-together-time (T3). <BR> <BR> 1. 'MIllennium' ... Frank Black accompanies Peter Watts on a not-quite-sanctioned trip to Germany to find the long-lost hand of St. Sebastian. It's as if 'Millennium' took over 'Relic Hunter' for an episode. It's sort of a 'mythology' episode for the series, and C C H Pounder was back (cue ominous music). Season two is really playing up the religious angle to the group, and as the reviews at t... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:44:04 EST 2013.03.22: A Day Off, or finally immanentizing the Eschaton. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296730 Some reading, little work, some pain. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> I managed to 'acquire' some lower back pain, pain that had, mostly, left me around the beginning of February after I suffered under its yoke since Christmas and through January. It could have been the ab-exercises yesterday, it could have been the burpees, it could have been the weather. It could have been none of the above. <BR> <BR> I took this as a hint, a clue, a sign to take it 'easy' (or 'take it easy') today. <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:57:52 EST 2013.03.21: 3-2-1-Contact! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295704 ... is the secret ... the moment when everything happens ... is the answer ... the reason why everything happens. <BR> <BR> Let's make contact. <BR> <BR> <BR> I. Back to our regularly scheduled programming ... <BR> <BR> I hadn't made tofu for a while; I got to again tonight. And carrots and broccoli ... lentils! A great -- albeit 'incomplete' (but easily 'completed') -- protein source. Delicious simmer with paprika, cumin and salt, with a bay leaf, drained, and then tossed in a little oil... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:53:14 EST 2013.03.20: "The Pathetic is Only Aesthetic Insofar As It is Sublime" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294460 -- Fr. Schiller, "On the Pathetic" <BR> <BR> Rewatched all but the last twenty minutes of "Kontroll" last night after our rotation (we finished it today). <BR> <BR> Thereafter I put on "Clerks", silently, in the background while sitting in the office and while munching on some oats and blueberries (no, I'm not a horse). I paid it little attention. This noon we had a tasty lunch in town; this evening I enjoyed a can of kipper snacks by Polar. <BR> <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> "Clerks" is one of... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:34:21 EST 2013.03.19: "You got a call from her, she must have dialed 1-800-THE-GREAT-BEYOND." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292842 Completing and beginning, summing up, and miscellany. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year I did the 'January Jumpstart', and did a mix of cardio and various videos over the course of four weeks. It was at times difficult to stick with it, depending on my energy level, but I was pleased when and that I did. <BR> <BR> When February rolled around I knew I needed a different, short-term, measurable challenge, and so I turned to both 'one hundred push ups' and 'two hundred squat... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:14:47 EST 2013.03.18: It was a dark and stormy ... afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291477 Sunday celebration, Monday rotation, and various and sundry. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> What do you do on the 17th of March? If it's 2012 you get some good and frequently (but not exclusively) Irish beer from the best beer store in town (or, in this case, across the river), and you drink it while watching the 'Leprechaun' movies, or at least as many as you can handle. If it's 2013 you return to that watering hole, get different beers, and find different movies to watch. <BR> <BR> And you have ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:31:36 EST 2013.03.17: Whac-A-Mole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289974 If there's a group I've enjoyed ridiculing this year, it's all those related to the quacktastic ( <link>www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelated<BR>Topics/holisticdent.html </link> ) Weston A. Price Foundation, such as Sally Fallon and her book "Nourishing Traditions", as well as <link>www.skepdic.com/mercola.html </link> ) Dr. Mercola. <BR> <BR> These are easy targets. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing any original research here, I'm merely amusing myself by reading others critique or jus... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:08:48 EST 2013.03.16: Waffling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288922 Ms. S. worked an extra shift and sleeps mightily. For breakfast/brunch she gets a waffle; since Clinton at the least and a certain 'Doonsbury' strip we taken "to waffle" as synonymous with "to flip flop", "to vacillate"; and the waffle is a food that can be easily ... flipped. But language friends -- <link>www.nytimes.com/2004/10/24/arts/24ih<BR>t-saf25.html </link> -- also tell us that the term may also have an origin in the Scottish "waff", or gust of wind. <BR> <BR> As I've reported bef... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:20:27 EST 2013.03.15: "No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288084 An all 'X-Files' and 'Millennium' entry. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> "Unusual Suspects" (a Lone Gunmen-centric episode) and "Sense and Antisense" today in 'X-Files' and 'Millennium' watching. The former is quite entertaining, a good but not favorite episode, and the type of thing that provides an origin story for both The Lone Gunmen as well as for Mulder himself. <BR> <BR> I like to call this era -- perhaps directed by R. W. Fassbinder -- as "Fox and Friends". <BR> <BR> But as has been argued... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:29:09 EST 2013.03.14: "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287201 So I learned from Carl Sagan in 'Cosmos'. In any case, it's Pi(e) Day. <BR> <BR> For those who don't pay attention, the simple 'logic' is as follows: March 14 = 3/14 (in the U.S.) = 3.14 = pi ... pi Day! <BR> <BR> But if we 'mirror' 3.14 we 'get' PIE (don't think too hard about it, just hard enough), so it's also Pie Day, and in 2010, I think it was, I made four pies or so for our Pie Day activities, and additional pies were brought by colleagues for our pastry-heavy celebration. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:32:40 EST 2013.03.13: Midweek Musings, in brief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285995 1. Today in 'Millennium' Frank had to "Beware of the Dog". Or, rather, dogs. <BR> <BR> 2. Today in 'X-Files' Scully almost died again, but of course didn't; Skinner and others were mistrusted; and we ended up more or less where we began. <BR> <BR> 3. I made a 2lb. batch of blackeye peas this afternoon; they cooked a bit more quickly than expected, so are quite tender already. I portioned out 12 half-cup servings and put them in the fridge; the rest I put in a single bowl for later portionin... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:46:24 EST 2012.03.12: "Nothing is less real than realism [...]" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284423 "[...] Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things." (Georgia O'Keeffe) <BR> <BR> Confusion, creativity, and craft beer. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> From an email, I quote: "In another cloth grocery bag, gather your supplies: pencil, lipstick (a plummy-red-orange-pink shade), two dimes (pre-1924 only), a notebook, a ball of string, a drink umbrella (American made), pen, a single 18-side die (cast from the horn of Satan),... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:47:54 EST 2013.03.11: Shurfine. Whatever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283239 Why there was never that crossover marketing with 'The X-Files' I'll never understand ... <BR> <BR> 1. We began season two of 'Millennium' today and season five of 'The X-Files'. Usually I'd have more to say about each episode. I found both amazing in certain ways. <BR> <BR> 2. It was a good day to feed the sourdough starters, and instead of tossing the removed starter (removed to make room for new flour and water) I decided to make something of it, so took about a cup, added a cup of flour... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:04:25 EST 2013.03.10: "I am the ... Jude Law" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281650 ... if J.L. did a Judge Dredd remake? <BR> <BR> It's Sunday evening, we had delicious and filling food down the road -- hint: margaritas ... quesadillas ... fried ice cream ... well, I splurged on that, but someone else was much better behaved --, and now it's time to find something entertaining to watch. Somehow Jude Law came up in conversation over dinner; "Gattaca" was discussed, for example, and his 2009 "Hamlet" production ... so now we're in the mood. <BR> <BR> Time to break the Law. ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:37:31 EST 2013.03.09: "And now there is merely silence, silence, silence saying All we did not know." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280729 Friday we had our triple feature; Saturday featured pancakes and mounds; and the evening brought us a return to form. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> The Matthew McConaughey triple feature was: "Magic Mike", "Killer Joe", and "The Paperboy". <BR> <BR> In order of good-ness? KJ, MM, PB. <BR> <BR> I've been a Soderbergh fan for a number of years; I'm one of those people who really loves "Kafka". But I've come to conclude that at least in his recent endeavors he's shown a mastery more at the peripher... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:32:17 EST 2013.03.08: It's a BEAUTIFUL Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279195 Shopping, potatoes, animal concerns; or: economics, eating, and ethics. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Ms. S. and I decided -- post "Holy Motors" -- that we ought to watch the apparent trainwreck that is "The Paperboy". And I'm also in the mood for the higher-class but still trashy (in a good way) "Killer Joe". We needed or wanted a third movie, if we were to watch them together, as we like trilogies, official or otherwise. What do the first two have in common? Matthew McConaughey. This led us to o... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:34:38 EST 2013.03.07: "Grown-ups are quirky creatures, full of quirks and secrets." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277755 Following up on yesterday's thoughts about microwaving, I have a couple other links or sets thereof for my personal enjoyment and communal edification: <BR> <BR> [1] Tools for a Healthy Kitchen <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=863 </link> <BR> <BR> (A) I have a Crockpot (we have 3! ... 3, exclamation point, not 3-factorial, which is 1*2*3=6) ... only is a Crockpot-registered-trademark; the other two -- smaller -- are other brands of slow cookers. But still.... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:42:05 EST 2013.03.06: "Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276774 It's all about microwaves and miniatures today. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> We stopped at Innisfree downtown last night after the wonderful and watchable "Holy Motors". <BR> <BR> The beer selection at the bar was laughable, but we knew that going in, as they had their menu online. We'd each 'saved room' for a beer and a dessert we'd split, but the atmosphere was far too fratty (evidently compared to their old location; I'd never been there before), and the 'Bama vs. Ole' Miss game was a bit to... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 23:54:44 EST 2013.03.05: "... exasperating, frustrating, anarchic and in a constant state of renewal. It's not t http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274722 So writes Roger Ebert about "Holy Motors". <BR> <BR> 1. Which we will watch this evening. <BR> <BR> 2. It's been a day off on-again, off-again rain with a little hard storming thrown in for good measure. <BR> <BR> 3. From temptest to tempeh, to finish off our tempeh we had 'tempeh bacon' (this time cooked in the oven, no added oil) for an afternoon 'brunch' (or is it 'drunch' by that point? Or 'brinner'?); waffles with apple (and, for me, walnuts) were added. <BR> <BR> 4. This evening is ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:25:21 EST 2013.03.04: "...And if your sister is your aunt and your mother marries your uncle ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273581 "you'd be your own grandpa!" (exclaims Scully) <BR> <BR> And that was "Synchrony", which we watched last night; tonight it was "Small Potatoes". No potatoes to eat, though! <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Weeks ago Ms. S. picked up two packages of tempeh (Lightlife), and while stored in the fridge, nice and cool, it was still getting 'old' in a sense. We also have/had one carton of tofu (along with a box of silken tofu ... somewhere) and a container of "crumbles", and so it was thought -- wisely --... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:07:58 EST 2013.03.03: Sunday in a few words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272006 After French toast for breakfast/brunch, after the sourdough working out great -- yay! --, and after the 'Vintage Market' and our rotation and a dinner with delicious tempeh, I rewatched "Bolt" with Ms. S.; it was new to her. <BR> <BR> We both cried. <BR> <BR> And it was a good day. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:40:37 EST 2012.03.02: Suddenly Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269911 Friday redux, Saturday as it happens, and Sunday plans. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Post-shopping we had the joy of our usual rotation, an episode each of 'X-Files' and 'Millennium'. <BR> <BR> The latter, which was actually the first watched, was a bit weird and off-format. A dog leads us to a medical clinic, and we watch as we are led to a door from which screams come, from which a nurse escapes ... and against whose glass window we find Frank black pounding and pounding. <BR> <BR> Cut to cre... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:58:52 EST 2013.03.01: A new month ... reboot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268737 Goals (quality and quantity) and the day ahead. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Ms. S. and I will, briefly, be heading out to take care of our beginning of the month shopping chores. <BR> <BR> So many words, so little described. <BR> <BR> Grocery and around the house items. A stop at the bank. We'll make sure all bills are paid. Then lunch at Schlotzsky's ... <BR> <BR> ... I first saw a Schlotzsky's Deli in Madison, WI, many many years ago. I never went. Given the name and such I assumed it was M... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:14:07 EST 2013.02.28: Another Month Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267901 Back on the routine! <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> A. 'Millennium': "Covenant" ... set in Utah with a family that was likely Mormon but not listed as such. It was a very 'Law & Order' sort of episode, and slow and methodical. Ms. S., smart as she is, called it early on that it was the mother (oh, sorry ... spoiler alert!), and we reasoned it out pretty well. But this has always been the case with 'Millennium' ... it's not the mystery of who did it, but it's all about the psychology of why. It's ye... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:31:21 EST 2013.02.27: Returning to Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266217 A day on the road, back to the rotation, tasks ahead. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> The flights were uneventful, though from Portland to Atlanta I had the cutest children (4-ish-year-old George and infant William) beside me. Even with a very short layover in Atlanta, I had no trouble making my connection. <BR> <BR> In Portland I exited the airport, was picked up by my aunt, and had a relaxing and surprisingly tasty lunch at the nicest IHOP I've visited, a relatively new installation not far from ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:11:17 EST 2013.02.26: Early Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264251 Recap, packing, computing -- in that order. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> The bowling ... 142, 130, 103, 143. <BR> <BR> All far below my old average, but since I hadn't been to the lanes in nearly a year, I can't complain that much. The three of us split the first three games, and I finished strong in the fourth to take it. <BR> <BR> When we arrived it was mainly a bunch of elderly bowlers throughout Meridian Lanes, but after our first game the brother and sister to our right finished and left. ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:19:59 EST 2013.02.25: "Take the _________ bowling ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263598 Memorabilia and "exercise", a relaxing Monday ...? <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> I'm on to week 4 of 'One Hundred Pushups', and it's beginning to strain what I can do ... perhaps I just didn't eat enough in the morning before doing said pushups. <BR> <BR> But I have a chance to 'redeem' myself this afternoon when we go bowling. <BR> <BR> Back in middle school I was on a league for a bit after the family picked it up (again?) as a hobby; my parents had enjoyed bowling before then, but until about... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:38:22 EST 2013.02.24: Staying Ahead of the Curve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262287 Driving, writing, and partying. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Kamiah to Boise is a nice drive with several options available. Kamiah to Grangeville and Meadows to Boise/Meridian each have two main alternatives, providing four options; Grangeville to Meadows has only one real route, I-95. <BR> <BR> The standard Kamiah to Grangeville route is 12/13 through Kosskia, Stites, and Harpster, but an alternative is to find and take 162 until you reach a stop sign and turn left, following the sign to Grang... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:04:46 EST 2013.02.23: Pollo fundido ... for the win? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260641 Dinner at Palenque in Kamiah ... blackberry margerita to get things going. <BR> <BR> The daily special was pollo fundido and I didn't want something too large, too heavy. It was reasonably sized and delicious in a trashy sort of way ... the cheese slices on top, not quite melted. I'm not going to complain ... the cheese and sauce mingled and provided the right level of tang. <BR> <BR> [1] <link>theneaglesnest.blogspot.com/2010/07/<BR>pollo-fundido.html </link> <BR> [2] <link>www.cupcaked... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:23:15 EST 2013.02.22: Driving in a Winter Wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259864 Maybe we'll stop and make a snowman. <BR> <BR> It's weird being in a different time zone (again) or a little while. It's only an hour, so not a huge adjustment, but it's ... just enough. <BR> <BR> On the one hand 6am here is 7am 'for me', and so I already feel ... awake. More or less. But going to bed at midnight was also going to bed at 1am ... etc. <BR> <BR> We hit the road today for Nez Perce country. We should be able to avoid the snow storm on the way up, let it hit, and mostly avoid... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:49:25 EST 2013.02.21: Leaving on a Jet Plane ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259457 ... I didn't get to sleep much 'last night', meaning Wednesday evening after I packed and while Ms. S. was at work. <BR> <BR> Because I was bringing my parents a few bottles of beer, I had to check one bag of luggage. <BR> <BR> We left around 3:30, getting me to the airport just before 4:45, and then I had to say good-bye to Ms. S. I went inside, easily checked in, dropped off a bag, and got in the security line. I took Ms. S.'s advice ... I wore sandals. Slip 'em off, put them on the belt,... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:57:36 EST 2013.02.20: Wednesday in brief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257948 Tuesday and Wednesday, heading into Thursday ... <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Went out Tuesday evening to see "Rust and Bone" at the 'Bama ... and I found it entirely worthwhile. It's a well-acted movie with several emotionally intense sense. Ms. S. responded that if it had been an English-language or American film, it would have been of less interest ... its nominal foreign-ness (though it was based on a collection of short stories by a Canadian author) was part of its appeal. <BR> <BR> I may h... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:31:02 EST 2013.02.19: "You can't ask the truth of a man who trades in lies." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256321 Thus spake Skinner ("Memento Mori") in an episode we're scheduled to watch today but probably won't. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Bama Art House is showing "Rust and Bone" this evening (7:30; doors open at 6:45) and we're probably going. It's nice to get out and get around town a bit ... perhaps stop off at the Alcove ( <link>www.alcovetavern.com/ <link>) later for a beer. <BR> <BR> "Rust and Bone" is one I've been meaning to see, a movie about which and about whose performances I've heard some ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:41:50 EST 2013.02.18: "Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255231 From: "Never Again", which I hope Ms. S. and I will watch this evening. <BR> <BR> Below: dough, links, and Schiller. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> A couple days ago I made us individual pizzas, as I am wont to do. I made dough for four servings, but we each had only one, so the remainder got wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in the refrigerator. This afternoon I pulled it out; I'm trying to finish some leftovers before I leave town for a few days. <BR> <BR> Instead of baking it in the oven, I i... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:33:01 EST 2013.02.17: Great album. Deeply flawed movie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253884 Purple Rain. <BR> <BR> The remains of Ms. S.'s red grapes now rest under low heat in the oven as they turn to raisins. I should turn them. <BR> <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Saturday afternoon/evening it was, first, "Weeds", a first season episode of 'Millennium'. We got the return of C. C. H. Pounder, which was nice, and except for Lance Henriksen the rest of the Millennium Group was not to be found. We found ourselves, instead, in a gated community; the metaphors were heavy-handed, but it was,... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 18:09:52 EST 2013.02.16: An ecosystem of one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252737 I need to return to healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was Lincoln's birthday and Mardi Gras; as I'm neither a Republican nor a Catholic it's not really the case that either 'event' was of deep significance to me, though as a student of American history and lover of partying I can appreciate both. <BR> <BR> And appreciate we did, with a movie marathon -- aside: "Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies" also featured young versions of Teddy Roosevelt and Pat Garrett as characters; the latte... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:54:37 EST 2013.02.15: Last day of splurging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252159 Ms. S.'s family -- parents -- were due to arrive mid-afternoon for a brunch themed dinner party. <BR> <BR> Aka: brunch. <BR> <BR> In the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Waffles, steak & eggs, omelets and frittatas, mimosas ... did I mention waffles? Two kinds: my standard vegan waffles, which work well for me and Ms. S. these days, and a sourdough waffle made from some of my starter, which I fed around noon. I had a rock cornish game hen that I cooked for Ms. S.'s father and myself (put a little basi... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:51:55 EST 2013.02.14: "A dream is an answer to a question we haven't learned how to ask." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251065 Up at a decent time; the briefest of breakfasts, a lunch on the town, afternoon treats, dinner, and more. <BR> <BR> I. Movies <BR> <BR> Back briefly to Tuesday: <BR> <BR> A. "Lincoln" -- the best and in a way least manipulative Spielberg I've seen in years, and no small part of that is the beautiful script by Tony Kushner, which definitely deserves to win awards. The directing was in some regards out of the way and without a style even though it had Spielberg's fingerprints all over it; on... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:49:10 EST