March Top Ten
1. Use it up month
2. Plant the garden – Seeds in the ground
3. Hang up the art – um, nope
4. Walk 50 miles – 51.5 miles!
5. Take pile to charity shop – um, nope
6. Crochet the Winter Paws blankets for Best Friends – 1/3 done
7. Take a day trip Went to Tahoe City
8. Spring cleaning – 3 rooms, one left
9. Organize the stash – um, nope
10. Cook something adventurous Green pea curry
April Top Ten
1. No processed food
2. Paint the hallway
3. Hang up the art
4. Walk 60 miles
5. Take pile to charity shop
6. Crochet the rest of the Winter Paws blankets
7. Take a day trip
8. Clean the garage
9. Organize the stash
10. Finish Dad’s scrapbook
Come to Mama!
Thirteen Birdies I watched from my window this week
- Golden Eagle
- California Gull
- Ring-billed Gull
- Red-tailed Hawk
- House Finch
- American Robin
- Barn Owl – We have a ton of these! Babies coming soon
- Rock Pigeon
- Anna’s Hummingbird
- White-crowned Sparrow
And this! It came by last night and stole bird seed from my feeder!
Essential vocabulary additions for the workplace (and elsewhere)!!! William’s Mum will love this one
1. BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
2. SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
3. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
4. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get shafted and die in the end.
5. CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.
6. PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on.
7. STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
8. SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
9. XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.
10. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
11. ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
12. 404: Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error Message “404 Not Found,” meaning that the requested site could not be located.
13. GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.
Bonus 14. CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.
My little man is three! His baby picture
Doing binkies on the Daybed
Warm butt – Green leaf – Life is good!
My favorite picture of him
1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
There are too many to list, but some of ones on heavy DVD rotation are: The Princess Bride, Love Actually, Harry Potter 3 & 4, Pride and Prejudice (Sigh, Mr. Darcy), Persuasion, Big Trouble in Little China…
2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.
Let’s do the Time Warp Again!
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Larry the Cable Guy
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Princess Bride. “Good heavens. Are you still trying to win?,” “No one of consequence,” “Let me ‘splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” and “The Pit of Despair!”
6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
West Side Story, Chicago, Sound of Music, Cabaret, Singing in the Rain… Too many to list
7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
All of the above and, yes, I did sing along with Chicago in the theater.
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Before Night Falls, Casablanca, Raise the Red Lantern, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Shawshank Redemption, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Léon, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rebecca, Blade Runner, Young Frankenstein – All Brilliant!
9. Name a movie that you own.
Hmm… On the DVD right now is Fight Club
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Liam Cunningham was an electrician but now he makes me cry like a little girl every time I watch The Little Princess.
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Tons of them – Almost every Disney movie made in the 70’s!
12. Ever made out in a movie?
Let’s do the Time Warp Again!
13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
14. Ever walked out of a movie?
15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Too many to list – one of the most memorable was when I went to see Testament on Christmas day. When Jane Alexander bathes her son – I sobbed. I sobbed for hours after the movie was over. I’ve sobbed at the thought of that scene 24 years later. A deeply moving film.
Large with loads of artery clogging butter please!
17. How often do you go to the movies?
Every other month or so
18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Beyond the Gates. Wow, all I can say is wow
19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Don’t have one.
20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
The Aristocats. I named my first cat Marie!
21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Rollerball, the remake. Jean… what were you thinking?
22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
City Of Lost Children.
23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?
The Birds – scared the crap out of me as a child and Rosemary’s Baby creeped me out as well..
24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?
Funniest ever? Impossible – some faves are The Producers (not the remake), Waiting for Guffman (I got off that boat with nothing but my dancers belt and a tube of CHAPSTICK!), The Gods must be crazy, M*A*S*H, A Fish Called Wanda (avoid the green ones, they’re not ripe yet), The Life of Brian (The Shoe… The Shoe of Brian)
Taggin’ whomever wants to play
Behold – The Worm Hole
Fiona enters The Worm Hole
Now it’s Orlando’s turn down The Worm Hole
The Worm Hole is the quickest way to get down the hallway!
Silly cat, Worm Holes are for buns!
More Monday Bunday at The Blog of Pratt
P.S. Fiona picked out the Fairy watching music special for The Girls
Sun, basket & Jim Hall = perfection
DK – The bunnies ate them all… I swear!
DKM – SOPHIA!
DK – No, those are not my teeth marks on the lid…
DKM – SOPHIA!
DK – Well, maybe I ate a few of them…
New toy from the Mother Ship
Herb potato salad; Romaine; Asparagus; Cottage cheese with chive for Breakie; Aioli mustard sauce for the asparagus; Ginger lime vinaigrette; Tangelo
Herb potato salad
Handful of fingerling potatoes, steamed and chunked
Scallions (green onions), chopped
Handful of Italian parsley, coarse chop
Handful of dill, coarse chop
Juice of one lemon (I used a Meyer)
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Dump in a bowl while the potatoes are still warm – mix – snarf
Ask Fiona – 13 facts about Buns
- Mother bunny grows her fur thicker when she is growing babies and pulls the fur to make a cozy safe place to birth and nurse them.
- Newborn bunnies are called kits & can fit into a human hand.
- Babies have no smell or odor — This helps hide and protect them.
- Bunny’s nose knows every scent, every breeze. A bunny can only breathe through it’s nose.
- Bunny’s hind legs thump to warn of danger.
- Bunny’s tail is called a scut – It flashes messages of danger, excitement and even directions to other bunnies.
- Bunny’s ears—no matter what shape— hear all, sense all and cool bunny when it’s hot!
- Rabbits shed their fur frequently, and regrow it soft and clean.
- Bunnies can even change color with the seasons to make them harder to see.
- Bunnies can live to be 10-13 years old.
- Bunnies can be litter box trained.
- Bunnies love to play with toys, especially toys they can toss or play catch.
- Bunnies are masters at Disapproval.
Green pea curry; Rice; Escarole; Cucks, snow peas, mandarins and dried blueberries for the salad, lime ginger vinaigrette
Green pea curry from Crisp by Michele Cranston (slightly altered to accommodate what I had in the fridge)
2 t. brown mustard seeds
1 t. grated fresh ginger
1 leek, sliced
1 t. ground turmeric
1 t. ground cumin
½ red chili, seeded and finely chopped (add more or less to your taste)
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
½ c. water
1 2/3 cups peas (it called for fresh, but I had some frozen I needed to use up)
2 T. finely chopped mint
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a deep frying pan and add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, add the ginger, onion and a little sea salt. Cook until the onion is soft. Stir in the turmeric and cumin, cook for 1 min. Add the tomatoes and water simmer for 2 min, and then add the peas and mint. Cover and cook for 10-12 min, season when peas are soft and serve over rice. Enjoy!