01/22/07 12:06 - 23ºF - ID#37816
I have been sofa bound for a couple of days. Saturday night hit it me hard. I thought i escaped the cold bug (e:Uncutsaniflush) had... but it looks like i didn't. Damn it.
On another far more possitive note...
Happy Birthday, (e:Paul)!
01/20/07 02:54 - 18ºF - ID#37794
Birthday Party Pics
Here are my snaps... in no particular order, even if i was trying to keep them cronological.
(e:Terry) was delicate most of the night
(e:Zobar) started the evening off with a flash!
Did someone just bring this bubble maker, or was it a birthday gift for (e:Paul) ?
(e:Libertad) and (e:MK) being anti-bubble!
I swear, it all started because i mentioned that (e:Matthew) 's jammie bottoms looked like something Edward Gorey would draw, and the next thing you know, (e:Dragonlady7) is reading The Gashlycrumb Tinies to us. Story Time! Yay!!
We barely got through that when we were told to get our hinnies out and watch (e:Paul) smash is porniata (sp?)
(e:Oda) got her sugar on
and (e:Mike) should have said no
(e:lilho) wanting no one to say no
The gang (nice heart, (e:Carolinian) ! )
Someone looks tired!
The only picture, all night long, i got of (e:Matthew) ! He just doesn't misbehave enough!!
Last but not least, the Birthday Boy...
01/15/07 12:59 - 32ºF - ID#37699
Third Time's A Charm
My first try was ok. Raspberry sorbet for my beloved. I didn't have as many frozen raspberries as i should have, so it was a bit too sweet. (e:Uncutsaniflush) doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, but when he wants sweets he wants them very sweet... so this fits the bill. Next time, more raspberries, less sugar and a tiny bit more lemon juice.
My second try didn't go as well. Cinnamon ice cream. I used a bit too much sugar, again, and a tiny bit too much cinnamon. Plus, the big boo boo was not letting the mixture cool enough before putting into the ice cream maker. Next time, i might just try steeping cinnamon sticks instead of putting in the powder.
This try... banana ice cream!! Oh, i hope it tastes as good when it is completely hardened as it did when it was soft serve from the ice cream maker!! At the last minute, i added walnuts and chocolate chips too. I cooled the mix in the fridge overnight while the ice cream bowl froze, too. So it should be yum!!
Of course, i could just find recipes instead of inventing them like (e:jenks) suggested...
01/13/07 10:54 - 30ºF - ID#37668
Since i got my ice cream maker, i have been itching to use it, even if i don't always feel like eating ice cream in a big slightly drafty house in the winter.
More than anything, i want cinnamon ice cream. No one sells it, or at least it is rare to see in the grocery stores. And i so don't know why... i love love love cinnamon.
Had cinnamon toast for breakfast... a childhood favorite.
Found a couple of recipes online.. some at the cuisinart site. The dark chocolate sorbet looks good, and very simple. I may even have the ingredients -- water, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa. Opps... no, we don't. Oh well. I won't die if i don't do it today.
Yesterday, (e:Uncutsaniflush) and i ate at a new mexican restaurant. So new their sign isn't even up. It's in the old Denny's by the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sheridan. Driving by not too long ago, i saw a sign -- one of those portable ones -- that said "authentic mexican food". So, we decided to wander in to try it.
Yum. It's no El Charro, the place in KNoxville Tennessee (E:Uncutsaniflush) and i hold all other Mexican restaurants up to as a comparison, but it was damn good. And i would recommend them.
We picked up a take out menu, since neither of us got further than the lunch specials and the vegetarian section looks good. Spinach Burrito is on my list of must trys...
Hmm... i feel like cooking and eating... i wonder if i have PMS?
01/12/07 09:57 - 42ºF - ID#37659
My posts keep disappearing from the Read The Latest list... But if i go directly to my post, it's there.
This is the one that is gone this time:
01/11/07 15:46 - 43F - ID#256
01/11/07 03:46 - 43ºF - ID#37645
My Brain Hurts... In A Good Way
No, Brain, you cannot go watch t.v.; you need to study!
I graded the packet a few minutes ago. Out of the 152 questions on Editorial Cartoons, Drawings and Diagrams, U.S. History, World History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Government, i got 133 correct.... which, if i got the math bits right, is about 90.79%, or as i rounded to, 91%. Not bad. And what i assume to be a pass. I was concerned about the U.S. History the most, seeing as not much of it is taught in Canadian schools... and i would assume the Canadian perspective is different.
What i have been finding out about the social studies parts of the GED is that is is very much based on reading a passage and answering questions on it. However, it does assume the reader has some basic knowledge of some key U.S. Historical events. Those gaps are not as big as i thought they were, thank goodness. I am learning to find what the test is looking for, not what i think... oddly enough.
Teach says i might be ready to write the predictor soon, and the GED within weeks.
The process is..
First day of class, i wrote a very short 10 - 20 question test. Then, i wrote a TABE test based on the results of that first test. Then, i was given a score. The score meant nothing to me... what the hell does 12.9 mean, teacher man?! Turns out it means that 13 is the highest i can get. OK, so i did really well on the reading portion. Reading well means doing well on all the other sections, including the science and social studies. Yay. Math, i think i had a combination score of 9 something. They say an 11 is needed to write the infamous predictor.
- note to self -- try to use US spellings... color not colour **
The predictor is, apparently, a sample GED test. The whole deal. The 8 hours sitting in a room filling in dots that correspond to the correct answer to a question.
If that goes well, sign up for the next GED.
Studying daily. Brain complaining....
01/10/07 11:33 - 23ºF - ID#37625
Well, why not get a Bugg!
01/05/07 08:52 - 51ºF - ID#37548
First, i start with a chocolate cake mix.
After sifting the mix, adding a stick of softened butter, 2 eggs and used all my muscles, i get this thick batter.
Using an old tablespoon measuring spoon and a couple of spoons, i plop the cookies onto an ungreased sheet, then roll them into wee balls.
It hardly makes any mess at all.
They spread a little, so i am careful not to have more than 12 to a sheet.
After 10 - 12 minutes in the oven, an additional 5 minutes to cool on the sheet, i put them on a rack to cool.
They taste like brownies.... YUM!
01/01/07 12:50 - 45ºF - ID#37491
The obligitory "godmom" pictures of Kirsten's pets taken over the holidays.
Cute lil Ava in her holiday wear
Elliott borrowed Ava's hat
Ava and Nolan
I must be boring Nolan.
Then there was the holiday with the family. Since they never asked to be stars of my blog, all the pictures of my brother and his family are, well, of them hiding mostly. Which is what the kids did naturally, i suspect.
Foster nephew Jamie
My brother, John
My neice, Arianna taking a picture of her Gramps
Arianna taking a picture of their dog, Rosie
Sister-In-Law, Michelle, petting Rosie
Rosie the basset hound
My Parent's dog, Ralphie, scared of all the humans, hiding behind his mom
My parent's little predecorated tree
My mom with her hand up a turkey
The piggie footie massager the kids got me for xmas
Me and a giant 10lb loaf of german rye bread my brother brought for us from the bakery he works for
And now, ladies and germs, the show you have been waiting for -- the (e:PMT) New Year's Eve bash. Thank you, yet again, (e:Paul) (e:Matthew) and (e:Terry) for hosting!
Oh, and before i go any further, thank you thank you thank you, my Secret Santa. I ADORE my gift!
The hosts with the mosts, (e:PMT)
(e:imk2) happy with her secret santa gift
(e:Terry) showing everyone the slight flaw in the design of (e:imk2) 's gift... the hole in the fabric should be down here, i think...
Uhmm... nice bottle, (e:imk2) !
(e:Enknot) 's crime fighting duo
(e:Metalpeter) and (e:Vycious)
The women of AbFab loving on (e:Metalpeter)
(e:Mike) drinking with style
awe, isn't dating cute?
(e:jenks) (e:Ladycroft) and (e:imk2) showing some girl on girl on girl action
Is this my best side, Darling?
From AbFab to I Love Lucy, all in one night
An (e:Jenks) sandwich... with (e:Soma) kicking out the jams
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