Friday, September 30, 2011

Quote of the Day

Time is: Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love Time is Eternity. ~ Henry van Dyke

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Made For Each Other

It occurred to me this evening (while enjoying a pizza with the spousal unit at a local eatery) that normal couples probably don't sit around discussing sniper rifles over dinner.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Come To The Dark Side (We Have Cookies)

The annual all-county drill is ten days away, and as a special treat I have taken Xena with me to the final planning meeting where we were briefed on changes to the scenario (last year we crashed an airplane, this year we're planting an IED on the university campus). We are driving back to the office.

She: I thought the bomb was going to be set off outside.

Me: Nope, in the performing arts center during a concert. Do you know why?

She: Um....more injuries because it's an enclosed space?

Me: More severe injuries. And why is this?

She: Debris?

Me: And don't forget contained blast waves. You are learning, grasshopper.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vintage Crochet - More Potholders!

Purple Kitty has another Lily crochet book up with a collection of potholders that is easily as kitschy as their last one! Individual patters to download for free, or if you prefer, an ebook for $2.49 (NAYY).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pay Entry Base Date

He: Do you realize that thirty-four years ago today I joined the Marine Corps? 1977.

Me: And thirty-two years ago next month I joined the Marine Corps. 1979.

He: Boot.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'll Pass On The Whale, Thank You

"MUSHI KUJIRA (Boiled Whale or Bass). Two pounds of fish; one half teacupful of syou (sp); orange and lemon skin; two long, large radishes; two tablespoonfuls of vinegar; salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Take off all bones and slice the fish daintily in long slices, and then in half-inch dice. Sprinkle with salt, and leave for about fifteen minutes. Cut radishes in long, even, delicate strips. Boil for a few minutes, strain, then add half a cupful of syou sauce and two tablespoonfuls of a fine vinegar. When it boils, drop in the fish slices. Boil up, then push to back of range, and, covered tight, let it simmer for half an hour. Grate the peels of half a lemon and half and orange, and sprinkle over the fish, after having removed it to a hot platter. Serve with boiled rice."

Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna, Chinese Japanese Cook Book, from MSU’s website, Feeding America.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Friday, September 23, 2011

Poor Planning

Note to regional coordinator: if you must send me to a computer class at the state police training facility, try not to schedule it next to the room where they are running an active shooter scenario.

Quote of the Day

When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least,
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate.

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Green

This summer I found out that a woman who works in the same building lives on a farm about five miles from Myvillage. Last month we started car-pooling.

The first part of my morning commute now looks like this.

I have a feeling I won't be enjoying it much, come January.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Road To Hell

I sent the spousal unit an email this afternoon, wishing him a Happy Anniversary. I was so proud of myself for remembering.

And of course he had to email me back pointing out that our anniversary is tomorrow.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

More Entertaining Ideas

Of all the mid-century cookbooks in my small collection, this is one of the worst. Written as it is to promote a food company’s products, almost every recipe calls for a canned, jarred or frozen short-cut – not that there’s anything wrong with that as long as it’s an honest short-cut – and some of the dishes should be against the Geneva convention. The following, for example. Oven-baked chicken is a comfort-food classic, but when it’s flavored by adding a quarter cup of curry powder to Bisquick?

From the chapter Easy Buffets:


12 large chicken breast halves
½ cup shortening (part butter)
2 cups buttermilk baking mix
¼ cup curry powder
1 Tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Wash the chicken breasts and pat dry. In each of two baking pans, 13x9x2, melt ¼ cup shortening over low heat. Mix baking mix, curry powder, salt and pepper in paper or plastic bag. Shake 2 or 3 pieces of chicken at a time in bag until all are thoroughly coated. Place chicken breasts in pan, turning to coat each with shortening. Arrange skin side up in pan; cover and refrigerate.

About one hour before serving, heat oven to 425⁰. Bake chicken breasts uncovered 50 to 55 minutes or until tender.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Most definitely NSFW. Possibly NSF anywhere.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Quote of the Day

Cats have an infallible understanding of total concentration - and get between you and it. ~ Arthur Bridges

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Online Bookshelf - My Treasure

My Treasure, an anthology for children. Edited by Thomas Handford and published in 1888. From Project Gutenberg.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Knitting - Classic Fashions in Wool from 1947

From Purple Kitty, who seem to be outdoing themselves this month.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vintage Images - Butterflies

As cool as it has gotten, these will all be gone soon. Copyright-free, from Dover.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Friday, September 9, 2011

Quote of the Day

(seen at the state EMA conference this week).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In Conference

Figuring out what's going on with this PC is going to have to wait until Friday -- I'm at the state EMA conference for the next three days. CYA!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

PC Issues

Having some severe computer issues this weekend that might be weather related and posting may be a little late.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Quote of the Day

Pirates get a bad rap. Their trade was often the only course open to a poor person in the 17th century, and as an institution it treated its people uncommonly well, if you overlook the pillaging and murder. ~ Greg Ross

Thursday, September 1, 2011