Confession Time September 30, 2010Posted by Toy Lady in Family, mirth & woe, random stuff.
Tags: just general griping, mirth & woe, random stuff, randomness, ridiculous, Ugh
I’m gonna just admit it.
I’m really not a very social person. I mean, I’m not a hater or anything – I’m not a misanthrope.
It’s just that for the most part, if I’m interested enough to know what someone is up to, every minute of every day, it’s more than likely that I already do.
And if my fifth grade best friend and I cared that much, well, we’d have kept track of each other, you know?
I never have had a burning need to communicate regularly (or really, at all) with every single person I have ever met. Or people who have met people that I’ve met.
Heck, I barely keep up with my own family. My youngest nephew was 3 months old before I even knew he’d been born.
For a while there, it seemed like not a week went by without someone trying to convince me that it would be a good idea to join some site or other so I could “stay connected.”
Is that really necessary? I mean, we have The Internet, don’t we? If I really wanted to find someone, all I’d have to do is ask The Google.
The Google knows all.
And seriously. Is it truly that important for the kids to “network”? Can’t they ride their bikes or go to the library or something? What about watching some good old cartoons?
That’s what kids are supposed to be doing – watching cartoons, not “social networking.” How else are they going to learn what happens when the anvil falls on the coyote’s head? Besides, who’s in their network, anyway? Suzy from math class? The kid from the bus?
It started with AOL’s Instant Messaging, and it’s just gotten worse.
Remember those annoying IM pop-ups that would pester you every time you sat down to use the computer? You know, I pay good money for software to STOP pop-ups.
But you couldn’t get online without Everyone in the World knowing you were there. And wanting to “chat” with you.
Talk about stalkery.
Surly Boy didn’t respond to my e-mails. I asked him about it, and he said he didn’t check his email much, but I could send him a Facebook message.
I don’t DO Facebook, dear.
Facebook is for sad lonely people with no life. And no people skills.
Mom, even Grandma has a Facebook account.
You’re using my mother to try to exert peer pressure? On me? Seriously?
So I’ve gone and done it. I’ve opened my very own Facebook account. If it’s what it takes to know what the heck is going on with my KID in a FOREIGN STATE, then so be it.
(Peeps, however, has so far not succumbed.)
I’ve even got a couple of “friends” – friends that the Boy doesn’t even know! HA! I have not “friended” every person I ever went to school with because honestly? I didn’t much like most of them then, and I doubt I’d like them any better now. And truly? I’m kind of annoyed by the verb “to friend.” A friend is a noun, darn it.
I do NOT feel the need to play Facebook games, or take Facebook quizzes, or send Facebook hugs, or have a little Facebook Farm. Above all, spare me the Facebook Farm, please!
So, gentle readers, does anyone else do the social networking thing? Why or why not?
And more importantly, wanna be friends?
Monday Musings: 06.20.2010 Edition June 21, 2010Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
Tags: Food, Musings, randomness, shopping with Peeps
I trust we all enjoyed our Father’s Days as much as is appropriate – dads, wives of dads, kids of dads, moms of dads, you know. Whatever. I hope you at least got a card in the mail, if nothing else. Even I remembered that, and we know how busy I’ve been! I even remembered my sister’s birthday, too!
I love it when the Smiley Fries are on sale. I always pick up at least one package!
They amuse me. No other reason.
Why no, actually I am not 5 years old.
But everyone needs an extra smile now and then, don’t you think?
I picked a few strawberries this weekend.
I’m just gonna say – I suspect I may be getting too old for this – man, am I sore!
But mmm . . . strawberries! I guess I’m set for my morning smoothies for the rest of the year, at least in the strawberry department!
You know what’s nice after a rough morning of picking strawberries?
Well, the warm, humid evening after the rough morning, anyway.
A nice, frosty glass of sangria. Right before I got back from the berry farm, I whipped up a batch of sangria – I used a grapefruit, some pineapple chunks, and a handful of fresh strawberries to give it a nice, rosy hue. That, and STRAWBERRIES WERE COMING OUT OF MY EARS!
And another thrilling installment of “Shopping With Peeps!”
So . . . what exactly does it take to make a shovel happy and giddy?
And really, do you seriously want your six-year-old digging around in the yard with a happy, giddy shovel? I think not.
So we continue with our Sisyphean task – trying to empty the freezers so we can defrost and refill them with fresh stuff.
We defrosted and smoked a turkey last weekend – and I made a batch of Dinosaur BBQ Mutha Sauce to toss in. Now while I’m not generally fond of tomato-based BBQ sauces, I’ve just got to say – YUM!
The only thing? We shredded the turkey, mixed it with the sauce, ate some, gave some to our neighbors, and, um, packaged the rest and shoved it in the freezer for later.
Do you suppose this is why we’re having such a problem emptying the freezer?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. We realized that we’ve been kind of lax about cooking from our magazine subscriptions lately, and we plan to remedy that! I had issues of Cook’s Illustrated and Food & Wine from this month, as well as last month’s Food & Wine and Cooking Light waiting to be used – I guess it’s catchup time!
Monday – Salmon was on sale – which works out perfectly for us, since F&W featured an intriguing Grilled Glazed Salmon. That should be perfect with some rice and a tossed salad (from the garden, of course!)
Tuesday – It’s that time of the year – between my garden (mainly lettuce at this point, but just wait!) and the public market, we’re experiencing a vegetable surplus! We still have half a bunch of broccoli rabe in the fridge from my last trip, so we’ll use that in an old favorite pasta with ricotta & greens dish.
Wednesday – Another score at the market – garlic scapes! And snow peas! The scapes are not going to be around much longer, so I had to grab them now, and the snow peas, well, they were nice and fresh, and I like to buy from that particular farmer whenever I can. So this is starting to sound like stir-fry to me!
Thursday – More grilling – this time Cooking Light‘s Lemon and Sage Chicken. The only change will be that we’re going to use boneless chicken instead of bone-in and adjust the cooking time accordingly. We’ll do something potato-y – either grill some potato wedges, or pan-roast some baby reds – something. Also, our old friend, tossed salad.
Friday – Woo – pizza night! This week, I’m going to try really hard to remember the garlic scapes on my pizza!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.
Candles and the Burning Thereof June 15, 2010Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
Tags: mirth & woe, randomness
It’s that time of the year again – candle time! And boy, that’s a lot of candles, isn’t it? Wow – someone must be pretty old, huh?
But I’m not actually talking about birthdays – after all, everyone has one of those, and they have a disturbing way of coming back year after year. After year.
No, I’m talking about burning that proverbial candle in general, and at both ends, in particular.
Peeps mentioned the other day that things have been a little hectic lately. It gets like that around this time of the year – Mon Capitán‘s practice involves a lot of end-of-the-fiscal-year activity right about now, which means a lot of extra work for everyone in the office – especially me!
And poor Peeps – as the weather gets warmer, he has the singular fun of standing in front of a hot oven for the better part of a day. And not just any oven – oh no! A heavy-duty commercial bread oven.
Given the choice, I’ll take the attorney.
I’m sure by now you’re wondering what I’m blathering on about, aren’t you?
See, here’s the thing. We’re not as young as we used to be, and I don’t know about you, but that whole candle thing?
Well, I find that it burns out a lot earlier than it used to. So to speak.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not actually going anywhere – perish the thought!
I’m just warning you that, for the next couple of weeks or so, well, you may not enjoy the quality of posts that you’ve grown used to here. (Ha!) I’ll certainly do my very best, and it shouldn’t last too long, and, well, I’ve got plenty of great intentions, but, you know, those extra-long days, they start very early, and they do get to me after a while.
Before long, I fear I may be reduced to barely-intelligible rambling, and I just hope you’d notice.
(Heck, I hope I’d notice and post a YouTube video or something!)
So, I guess where I’m going with this is, well, um, pretty much nowhere.
I’m not actually going anywhere – no “break” or “blogging vacation” or anything like that. Just . . . a little less free time, so things – all of them – will likely be condensed a bit, that’s all.
Imagine that – me, brief and to the point. It’ll be kind of fun.