Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Week 16

Word of the week:
disseise: To put out of possession or occupancy (dih-SEEZ)

The weather in my neck of the woods:
The air here is still and heavy, pendulous. We aren’t scheduled to experience any of the storms or tornadoes, but we can definitely feel them looming nearby. The night was hot enough yesterday that I turned on the air conditioning.

Things that make me happy:
Nighttime routines
Get togethers
Completed taxes for another full year

On my kindle:
I haven’t touched it this week, partly because of time, but probably more likely because I’m so disinterested in Ascend. It’s time to move on.

On my TV:
Jack & Bobby

On the menu:
Chile con carne (and The Big Bang Theory)

On my To Do List:
Buy a sewing machine
Find simple patterns for dresses and skirts
Find a new place to live (one that welcomes pets for real this time)

New recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Calo Verde

In the craft basket:
(Still) Vivian’s scarf.

On my mind:
Gas prices. I’m hoping folks in California have decent public transit available, since gas there is over $4.20 a gallon. [Hawaii is over $4.50, but everything there is outrageously expensive. That’s what happens when you live on an island. Or is it a volcano? Anyway, when you live in the middle of the ocean.]

Tips and Tricks:
Bedtime rituals work, not only for Vivian, but for those of us participating as well. We got 6 hours of sleep last night, all in a row.

My favorite blog post this week:
15 minutes or less in the kitchen

Blog Hopping:
Cooking During Stolen Moments

No words needed:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Neighbors’ opinions matter more than the truth. This has been true since the 1600’s, but is an unfortunately present day concern.

Thought of the week:
It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. -- Barack Obama