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Saturday, February 5, 2005

If you have two refrigerators in your house, you should probably try to remember to check both of them before you make your grocery list. Otherwise you might end up with more lemons than you need and more celery than you could possibly ever use. I know whereof I speak.

Also, while weíre on the subject of refrigeration, I have a cautionary tale for you. I was planning on making soup in the crock pot today. The fact that I didnít get around to making it isnít the point. Not really. Itís just another unfortunate side effect of sleeping late on Saturday morning.

Or maybe itís a side effect of not remembering what Iím doing from one minute to the next, because I did sleep late, but not all that late. And when I got up I thought about chopping up celery and onions and getting the soup started, but by the time Iíd made a pot of coffee Iíd forgotten about everything else.

It doesnít really matter, because I can make the soup tomorrow. Or the next day, or whatever day I actually remember for more than ten minutes after I crawl out of bed. As I said, this isnít the point.

Since I didnít make soup this morning, I didnít know until tonight that the plastic container had a tiny leak. However, lucky for me, the beer didnít leak all over the refrigerator. It leaked into a bowl of hard boiled eggs on the shelf just below. So I ended up with dry beans and beer-soaked eggs. Neither of which is recommended as a Super Bowl snack, I suppose, but Iíll survive the tragedy.

Tomorrow I plan to make soup. I put beans in beer tonight (Iím running out of beer, since I donít keep it in the house normally) in a glass container. No leaks.

28 January 2005

Threat or promise?

The eggs? I wish I could tell you that Iíd invented a new delicacy and was ready to become Martha Stewartís apprentice, but once you get the shell off you canít taste the beer. Alas.

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If it werenít for the great subject matter and the great acting and the great music, Ray would be just another showbiz biopic. Lucky for me, it turned out not to be a waste of two and a half hours watching the movie tonight. However, I strongly recommend selecting the theatrical version, because the way the extended version is set up is kind of a herky-jerky mess. When an extra scene is inserted, you get a freeze frame and an annoying logo on the screen. And it doesnít really add much to the movie. Maybe watch the extended version with the commentary track, but on first viewing, itís extremely distracting.

Recent recommendations can always be found on the links page.

One year ago: Jammed
"They created my emergency trips hither (and also thither) by dithering away their own time. Because obviously, everyone else's time is more important than mine."

Two years ago: Numbers Game
"It never ends, does it? As soon as you've made it all the way across the desert, you have to climb the mountain. If you make it to the top, you just have to find your way down again. It's always something."

Three years ago: Quiet, Too Quiet
"Alas, life has a whimsical way of throwing a wall in front of me whenever I get up to cruising speed."

Four years ago: A Little Down Time
"Meanwhile, anything with the good grace to flower the first week in February has my wholehearted gratitude."

Five years ago: Trail Marker
"The fact that the rug was pulled out from under me was partially my fault, maybe mostly my fault."

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