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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WWA: Spring Sprang Sprung

Temps in the 80s at the beginning of the month, temps in the low 30s recently.

And with that, today’s word is: inconsistent

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pics from the Past Plus Poems

Absolutely fabulous: Woolf & Wilde

There’s something about this picture I love.

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Categories: History,Photos  

Tasty Tuesday: Random Bits

1) I love spring when strawberries are in season. Yum, yum yum!

2) Janiece is made of six different kinds of awesome: Grandmom received two jars of apple butter today!

3) I’ve been reading through baking books, but haven’t yet gotten around to writing a single review. I’ll try to get to that in the near future.
For reference, the books are:
Bakewise, by Shirley O. Corriher
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, by Peter Reinhart
Baking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America
and currently on my bed stand is Baking with Julia

Of the four, I think I found the CIA book most useful; Bakewise would have been rated higher, but it really needed a better editor–the tidbits often wandered afield and never quite made it home.

Actually, there may be more, but I can’t think of ’em right now.

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Categories: Food  

Monday, April 19, 2010

Speaking of Random

“…if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.”
“…if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”

Bonus points to the first person who can name both parties WITHOUT searching.

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Categories: Non-Sequiturs  

Monday Flower Pr0n

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley
(more…)

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Categories: Flowers,House & Garden,Photos  

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cleaning…

Michelle: (holds up drawer) Is everything in here useful?
Michael: YES!
Michelle: Do we really need five power cables?
Michael: (silence)
Michelle: Why do we need five power cables?
Michael: I’m THINKING!

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Categories: Computers & Technology  

Friday, April 16, 2010

Prince Week: Day 5

So why all the love for Prince?

First, Purple Rain was the first album I ever purchased (second was Crowded House, third was Pet Shop Boys “Please”) I wore out that tape, listening to it again and again.

Second, although I am by no means a musician of any sort, I played guitar for about 10 years, from the age of 8 or 9 all the way through high school. I can also figure out the basis of most instruments with a little bit of noodling around. (The reason I am not a musician is because I am incapable of getting past the beginner stage on any instrument.) But my history of musical training and playing gives me a tremendous appreciate for musicianship. My friend Andy used to tease me because I’d like music and he couldn’t understand why, then I’d go, “wait, just LISTEN to this bass line!” From the very start, I was awed by Prince’s music abilities. The guitar on Purple Rain never fails to astound me.

Third, Prince has never rested on his laurels, but has always sought move forward, to change his sound with every album. Which is why I am always astounded by people who say they don’t like Prince. Period. Every album has a different sound and a different feel? With that much variety how you can dislike everything? I admit, there are some albums I like better than others, and some albums that don’t do much for me, but it’s always something different, every album.

Fourth, as much as I sometimes find rock stars mortifying in their actions and behaviors, and as much as Prince can be way way way over the top, he is always a consummate showman. And as over the top as he is on stage, one hears very little about his private life. Nothing about drugs, nothing about alcohol binging, nothing about getting picked up by the cops for who knows what. Which leads one to believe that his over-the-top showmanship is just that: showmanship. You have to be impressed by anyone who manages to be in the public eye for so many years, and not have had illegal or immoral actions repeatedly smeared across the headlines.

Which leads me to the fact that he doesn’t seem to care what you think: he does what he wants, and he seems to be very happy being himself, and living the dream of doing what he loves. Yes, that can not help but make one a little jealous, but it’s also something to be admired. Be yourself and say what you think. He does it, and I admire it.

But for me, it always comes back to the music.

Speaking of which…


(There’s no video here, just the song)

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