Archive for February, 2005

note to self:

remember to verify that you do not have your cell phone set to silent *before* you explain to the tech that the phone has somehow inexplicably ceased to function, and no, you did not drop it, thankyouverymuch. also? silent is apparently a universal attribute, not restricted to ring tone. 😉


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it was messy, and tasty, and fun. as part of the condiment array, i made guacamole. and, i might add, it was immensely kickass guacamole. herewith, the recipe:

KickAss Guacamole

2 avocados, gently ripened
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 red pepper, minced
1 tomato, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
smattering of chili powder
healthy amount of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Cut avocados in half and remove pit. Scoop pulp into a medium bowl, and mash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap (make sure you get the wrap right on the surface of the guacamole – no air between guac and wrap, or things will get brown and nasty), and let meld, either at room temp or in fridge, for a few hours. If you refrigerate the guacamole, take it out and let it come to room temp before serving.

it was great fun to have a table full of small bowls, and watch Little Small figure out what he wanted and how to assemble his dinner. hell, *i* had fun making my own dinner. 😉 food should be fun.

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1. How many clocks (not watches) are in your home? How many of them are digital? How many do you really look at during the day?

hmmm…3 in the kitchen, one grandmother clock in the dining room (needs winding), one on the VCR (which is never accurate), two alarm clocks in the bedroom (approximately accurate), one in the shower (a little green froggie who sits on the window sill), one in the computer, and time check is always available thru sattelite dish. also, the cell phones have clocks in them. with the exception of the grandmother clock, they’re all digital, which worries me a bit; i think we should get at least one analog clock for Little Small to use on a regular basis. i look at the computer one when i’m on the computer, and reference the ones in the kitchen pretty regularly.

2. How many lamps (non-overhead lights) do you have in your home? What’s your average wattage? Are any of them energy saver bulbs?

six, at the moment; there are a bunch more we just haven’t set up, as the place has a myriad of wonderful lights – recessed, sconces, chandelier, and nearly all of them with dimmers. average wattage on the lamps is 60 or 75, and i don’t think a one of them is energy saver at the moment.

3. How many house plants do you have in your home? How many need more attention than you give them?

two – one in the bathroom upstairs, where it gets regular attention, and one on top of the CD rack downstairs, where it survives a benign neglect. at the moment, there’s also one on the dining room table, altho i suspect it will only last a month or two; i try to keep fresh flowers, or a flowering plant, on the table, because it brightens up the space.

4. How many photos/pictures/drawings/child’s art are on your walls? How many from each of the four categories?

one painting on the side of the refrigerator (i’ll have to post a picture soon, as it brightens my day every morning), and a handful on a magnetized bulletin board strip thingie in LS’s room. we haven’t hung much of anything in the apartment, because as much as i like art, i also like the clean, bare walls.

5. About how many electric gadgets are in your kitchen? How many are used on a daily basis? How many are used occasionally? How many have been used once and stashed? How many have never been used?

hm… crock pot, disposal, coffee maker, coffee grinder, dish washer (with power soak! and speed dry! whoo hoo!), microwave, refrigerator (with water/ice dispenser), toaster/convection oven. all of these are used nearly daily, except the crock pot, which gets a run about once a week. ones that see less frequent use: hand mixer, blender, food processor, and rice cooker. handy, just not necessary so often.

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Shelter:: essential

Karate Kid:: Ralph Machio

Andrew:: Hurricane

Rib:: eye steak

Push it:: to the limit, one more time… *hums softly to self*

Creep:: slink

Chainlink:: fence

Squash:: butternut

No mercy:: unrealistic

Superhero:: powers

a note on the last one: we were driving to see some friends for dinner last night, and the traffic was atrocious. Little Small was getting restive, as was i (altho he had the luxury of goofing around in the back seat, rather than gripping the steering wheel). just to break the monotony, i figure i’d throw out some random questions to get him thinking and talking.

me: so, if you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

he: well, i’d pick two.

me: those weren’t the ground rules. which one would you want most?

he: speed, so i could win all the races!

me: heh. okay, what’s the other one?

he: laser beam eyes.

me: and what would you do with that one?

he: cook you breakfast! i could make the eggs and the toast hot, and then use my speed to run to the couch for cartoons!

how cute is my kid? 😉

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(who left brochures in screaming traffic ticket orange under the windshield wipers of snow-bound and barely legally parked cars)

you may want to revisit your marketing scheme. just a thought.


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