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Posted on: May 31, 2008

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Apologies to anyone in a reader – I’m uploading a bunch of old posts. You can probably just hit “mark all as read”.

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I have a confession to make. I haven’t been watching the news lately. But today I turned on CTV at 6pm because the season finale of LOST is on, and its two hours so who knows when it starts (7? 8? Who knows?! It’s a mystery! Just like the rest of LOST!), and I saw this story on bisphenol-A on the news.

Now everyone knows that bisphenol-A is in plastic water bottles, baby bottles, etc. The folks over at the BlogHers ACT Canada have quite a bit on this. Oh hell, just google it. It’ll pop up.

But cans?

According to the Environmental Working Group:

Independent laboratory tests found a toxic food-can lining ingredient associated with birth defects of the male and female reproductive systems in over half of 97 cans of name-brand fruit, vegetables, soda, and other commonly eaten canned goods. The study was spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and targeted the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic and resin ingredient used to line metal food and drink cans. There are no government safety standards limiting the amount of BPA in canned food.

Well. How do you like them tomatoes?

So because this wee blog is just getting back on its feet after being hacked, I have a question: anyone got a recipe for spaghetti/tomato sauce? And another question: is it possible to blanche and freeze tomatoes?

I have a reason. I get numerous tomatoes from Darren’s mom every summer – most of them I end up giving away because its just too many for me to eat (he will not touch a tomato unless its in sauce form. And sundried, sometimes).

I foresee much tomato sauce in my future.

And LOST. Mmm. Sawyer.

Today is May 21. I have no idea when this post will actually be published. Over the weekend sometime, my blog was hacked and the database is gone. Last night, I was hanging out at the Momocrats’ live chat about the Kentucky (boo!) and Oregon (yay!) primaries, and mentioned my blog was hacked. John J. was in there and said this has been a recent problem with wordpress.

Note to other wordpress users out there: IF you are using WordPress 2.5, upgrade to 2.5.1 IMMEDIATELY. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. It’s a free upgrade – just do it.

(Do you think Nike will come after me for that now?)

Oh and one of my gmail accounts also got hacked. If you got an email from me about cheap electronics, please disregard and delete it. My apologies.

Yes, the passwords on both accounts were the same. Coincidence? Maybe, but maybe not.

Did I mention ALL of my posts are gone? I’ve been trying to retrieve them from Google’s cache, but its tedious and time-consuming. If anyone knows a quick and dirty way of doing this, please let me know.

But, enough about idiot hackers.

I’m using a new feature in Word 2007 to compose this – they actually have blog templates which you can upload later. So once the blog is back up, I’ll see if it actually works.

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May 27

Today, I got an email from Katie  asking me where the blog is. So I thought I should get off my duff and get this thing set up. Its now set up on WordPress’ free hosting whatsit. I wrote the above in Word on the 21st, published it directly from there and OMFG it worked! Hopefully at some point, I’ll get the archives back up. So for those of you in using readers, you may see a whole bunch of posts all at once.

And it seems to work – well, mostly. I like it anyways. It makes life much easier.

(Yay! Apparently 2006 and 2007 are in the wayback machine!)

Whee!

Posted on: May 16, 2008

 

Or more accurately: Wii!

Zellers got a shipment of Wiis and they were on sale today. For Christmas my parents gave us some “mad money” to get whatever we wanted, so long as it was frivolous. I think a Wii falls into that category. So I trucked up to Zellers when they opened and the guy in front of me (with his two kids) told me that he’d been to another large mall yesterday, with 7 stores that advertised it and they were SOLD OUT WITHIN A COUPLE OF HOURS.

So if you want a Wii, get thee to a Zellers.

I bought the Wii, with Big Brain Academy, and an extra controller that came with 5 games.

So tonight Darren will be unpacking and installing the Wii on our main TV (yes, we have more than one).  It should be interesting, particularly as we plan to get the WiiFit when it becomes available here on the 21st.

I am hoping my parents will try it out when they get here tonight.

Agenda for today:

  1. Buy Wii
  2. Ogle Wii box
  3. Tidy
  4. Ogle Wii box some more
  5. Take bottles back
  6. Laundry
  7. Ogle Wii box. Wonder if I should try to hook it up myself.
  8. Look at back of TV that has 50 million inputs.
  9. Tidy up bathroom.
  10. Decide not to install Wii.
  11. Gaze forlornly at Wii box.
  12. Go for haircut at 1:30.
  13. Wonder when parents will arrive.
  14. Gaze eagerly at wii box.
  15. Contemplate buying a bbq too.

Agenda for tomorrow:

  1. Dad’s birthday
  2. Finish laundry
  3. Be lazy
  4. Play with Wii

Agenda for Sunday

  1. Go for Sunshine’s wedding at 11:30 to set up reception area
  2. Watch ceremony
  3. Go to bar supplied at reception
  4. Play with Wii

 

I have to give props to pole-dancers. Really. That shit is HARD. My calves and abs are killing me today. And its fun. A lot of fun. To the point that I’m thinking of finding a class to attend regularly.

In other news, I never made it to Rona yesterday to get the starting stuff for my herb garden. I’d had a glass or five too many of wine the night before and was feeling rather poorly. So when it was time to get ready for pole dancing, I decided to alleviate my suffering with a glass of hair of the dog instead. And then the focus needed for the pole dancing and the spontaneous sweating really made my aching head go away.

So this morning, I am running to Rona to get that stuff. I thought I might try a few vegetables too – some radishes and carrots. Which means I need pots, soil (which I also need for my silly jade plant which no matter how much neglect I lavish on it, it does not die), gravel for drainage, and some sort of nutrient solution.

Oh and seeds and seedlings and shit.

After I suck back a third cup of coffee. Because what is the weekend for if its not to drink too much coffee?

*No, I am not growing potatoes. I just needed a vegetable that begins with a “p” – I don’t even really like potatoes unless they’re deep fried.

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First, and most importantly, Sunday is Mother’s day! Call your mother!

Speaking of mothers, did you read this article about the Tim Horton’s that fired a woman for giving away a TimBit to a fussing child because her mother was having a bad day? Enough other people have written about the injustice of it and generally how Tim’s treats its employees. I’m actually more interested in the ROB article, and one line in specific, down at the bottom.

Now, Tim’s often gives away free TimBits (and really, what part of the Tim is the bit?) to people and animals. I know, because I was zipping through a drive-through in Buttfucknowhere, BC, and the cashier tried to give me a timbit for the cat who was along for the ride. Seriously. Even after I told her the cat prefers mushrooms to pastry (really). This line in the ROB article caught my eye:

The Timbits given to pets, Ms. Mitchell added, are usually “day-old and recycled.”

Now, dear reader, tell me: WTF is a recycled TimBit?

That sounds just as yummy as the Tater Tot Casserole recipe from the Duggar family. Speaking of the Duggars, the wife is currently cooking number 18. 6 weeks along, apparently. :mumbles something about clown cars:

And for your hours of entertainment, you can play this game on the discovery channel site. Guess the Duggar kids’ names.

Well, enough with the current events.

This weekend I have little planned, aside from Sunshine’s Stag (where we get a pole dancing lesson and I am not allowed to take pictures), and calling my mother tomorrow.

I do, however, have plans to start an herb garden once I get off my butt and run to Rona. Pictures forthcoming.

 After my somewhat snivelly post yesterday, and a shower where I wept copious amounts of crocodile tears in a fit of feeling sorry for myself, I got off my ass and did things. I can’t change current circumstances, but things are looking up.Yesterday, we went to the chicken farm. The chickens weren’t out and about, and it seems they had a run on chicken breasts, so I couldn’t get any of those.

So I got a box of whole chickens. Fresh whole chickens. I like these chickens because they’re quite lean from running around all the time. I find if I get chickens at the supermarket, they’re quite fatty; when I dress them, I end up with chicken fat under my nails and all over the place. These ones, not so much – or at least substantially less. I ended up getting 8 chickens for $90. That’ll last us awhile. And they are sizeable – their “small” chickens are in the 5-6 lb range.

While we were out, Darren had his iPod playing in the car with one of his personal development things on it. Written and read by this guy. And I liked it so much, and it made me feel so much better and have some hope that I have some control over what’s going on, that we went to London Drugs and I bought one of these so I can listen to these things rather effortlessly while I’m on my two hours of commuting every day.

On this program, the author was talking about not listening or watching the news because its depressing, angrifying (that is so a word), and etc. I’m usually dreading going to the office anyways, so the last thing I need is to listen to anything that might make me more upset. I also have a habit of turning on the tv in the bedroom to the local news station while I’m getting ready – probably a bad idea. So we got a rain check for a speaker dock for my iPod.

I usually listen to one of the local radio stations on my way in and out. While I enjoy the morning show (the deejay is quite amusing), the news itself is rather depressing. The general idea is that I’ll be listening to more uplifting stuff than I have been.

In the evening, we cleaned out the cupboard under the stairs. No, there are no small magical boys there (although, that might be kind of cool :)) and I’ll have a full post about it later once I fix wordpress so I can actually upload photos.

So yesterday, I relaxed. I was feeling pretty mellow and finally slept well last night for the first time in a couple of weeks. Add to that the contract I was supposed to be teaching has been postponed due to administrative issues and it makes for a relaxing weekend.

Today, I got up early – the clock hadn’t even hit 7am (although when a person gets up at 5:30 every weekday, 7am is sleeping in). Made coffee, futzed around on the internet and wrapped Sunshine’s wedding gifts. Darren got up a bit later, finished off the coffee. I ran the dishwasher and then set about cleaning the upstairs patio.

The upstairs patio was in a sorry state. I didn’t clean it last year (although I had 12 weeks in which to do it but I have an aversion to wasps and we had quite the infestation last year). Quite honestly, I don’t think it had ever been cleaned. Even if I had a picture of it, I wouldn’t post it because I’m that ashamed of it. The floor of it was black.

While I was cleaning it, I found out that if I hit the grime with a bit of water pressure, it would come clean. Unfortunately, my neighbour’s power washer is broken, so I ended up scrubbing. It looks a helluva lot better now and is actually usable. I also drowned about 8 wasps out there. They’re just out of hibernation so they’re kind of stupid at the moment and its easy enough to drown them when I have the hose going.

And now, the laundry is going, I have a glass of wine and and have the new Def Leppard album* playing. Life is good.

Later: making hamburger soup to freeze and a chicken for dinner tonight.

And incidentally, I don’t just chuck the chicken bones. I cook them up into stock. The marrow in the bones provides the tastiest stock around. I don’t follow a recipe – I just throw some stuff in a pot with a lot of water and then leave it to cook for 3 hours. If you have a chicken carcass, just put it in a bag/container and shove it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.

Recipe follows, although chicken stock is so easy it barely requires a recipe.

What you’ll need:

1 chicken carcass
1 large stock pot
various herbs (whatever you like, really – I use Italian Seasoning since that covers a whole bunch of herbs all at once)
Garlic (unless you don’t like it – I buy the bigass container of diced garlic at costco and then put in however much I like)
Other veggies (onions – dehydrated works – , carrots, celery, leeks if you have them and aren’t using them)
Water

How to do it:

If using garlic/onions: spray your stock pot with cooking spray (or heat a tablespoon of olive oil in it) and cook the onions/garlic over medium heat until the onions are transluscent or the garlic releases its flavour (you’ll smell it). Throw the chicken carcass with the veggies in the pot and cover with as much water as you can. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Skim the foam off the top. Add your herbs and if you’re like me add the dehydrated onions. Lower the heat and simmer for 3 or 4 hours. Or however long. It doesn’t matter, but if the chicken carcass isn’t covered by water any more, add more.

When done, remove from heat, remove bones and veggies and let cool. Strain through a cheesecloth (make sure you put a bowl below it. Not that I would know anything through personal experience about this. Really). Put a couple of cups in ziplocs (they are reusable if you wash them) and freeze, upright or flat until solid. If you have limited freezer space, freeze them flat (this will maximize your freezer space). Oh and squeeze as much air out before you freeze it (again, I wouldn’t know about this from personal experience. Really).

To thaw: submerge bags of chicken stock in warm water for awhile for a quick defrost. If you’re in a rush, put some warm water in the sink (you can use it for dishes or your plants later) and put the bags in for a few minutes just to soften them so you can dump them into a pot on the stove and and reheat. Cook your brown or wild rice in it. Add some beans to the rice for fibre, or chickpeas for…whatever chickpeas give you (protein? fibre?). Toss a bit of low-fat romano and parmigiano on there. Yum.

*I am sorely disappointed with the new Def Leppard album. Way too poppish. They tried to go back to their ballads on a couple of tracks, but its just not the same as Bringin’ on the Heartbreak or Hysteria. I understand having to change your marketing approach, but really. I should have known that it would be disappointing when I found out its primarily for for Guitar Hero.

 


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