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Morning conversations at my house. [Aug. 20th, 2008|09:27 am]
ShinyLizard
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

B-(after giving obscure military info that I could care less about) Russian aircraft carriers are patrolling the North Atlantic right now!

R-Good, they can protect us against the Loch Ness Monster.

B-That's in Loch Ness. This would be the North Atlantic Sea Monster. Much larger. Like a giant squid or something.

R-Like Cthulu?

B-Besides, an aircraft carrier wouldn't be the best thing to use on a giant sea monster. Probably a destoryer. They have depth charges.


(Later on...)
My egg whites are about to go bad, so whipping up mini fritattas. Brian is standing in the kitchen talking to me as I'm putting the immersion blender in the container of egg/whites to mix. Not realizing it's on 'smoothie' setting, eggs go all over the counter, the floor and me. Brian surveys this, nods, "Hold on, let me get the cat." Then stands at the edge of the kitchen while I'm standing in the mess, cooing to the cat about what a dumbass I am. Gee THANKS.
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a year today it's been, come away now [Aug. 16th, 2008|08:50 pm]
ShinyLizard
It couldn’t have happened to a better man
It couldn’t be different than it was.

And you’re wrapped in my memory like chains.
Oh I say that the flowers will
always be there in my heart.
Like an old-fashioned movie with
all of you playing the part.
(I’ll never forget your part.)

Wonder if I’ll ever
be so unafraid
to walk to the river
and turn around again.

And you’re wrapped in my memory like chains.
Oh I say that the flowers will
always be there in my heart.
Like an old-fashioned movie with
all of you playing the part.
(I’ll never forget your part.)

Standing on that stage
Tell us what you’ve been feeling.
before we started to fade
You gave me something to believe in
and that’s the best thing anyone can give.

And you’re wrapped in my memory like chains
Yeah, you’re only a memory now

And you’re wrapped in my memory like chains
Yeah, you’re only a memory now

I can’t wait until we see each other again.
I can’t wait until we see each other again.
I can’t wait until we see each other again.

And you’re wrapped in my memory like gold...
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Slowly building up again [Aug. 13th, 2008|11:24 am]
ShinyLizard
As a lot of you know, I got my custom leg brace last week and have been increasing my activity since then. Went to the gym day before yesterday. I used to be able to do level 7 or 9 on the elliptical for 45 min, now I do 15 min at 2 & the knee is screaming. So going to try it again today.
dragonmusic gwenhoney
ckn & gymgeek always inspire me. Rode the 511 into downtown Seattle with coworker B who always works out, he says just try not to skip a day. Consistency is the key.

But I've worn my Chacos twice since getting the brace (I can wear almost any shoe again!) and am walking more. I've always got a low-level ache going on, but well...it's worth it!
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Bacon Infused Bourbon II [Jul. 27th, 2008|09:37 am]
ShinyLizard
[Current Mood |creativecreative]

(Imagine that as 'Bacon infused bourbon' followed by two crisp strips. It'll make your morning happier)

FOR THE BOURBON- BACON INFUSION:
3 or 4 slices bacon, or enough to render 1 ounce of fat (PDT uses Benton’s, but any extra-smoky variety will do)
1 750-ml. bottle of bourbon such as Four Roses Yellow Label.

Here in Seattle, I used a half pound of Boar's Head bacon, and a 750 of Evan Williams. I used about three oz of fat, and let it infuse at room temp 3.5 hrs, pan under plastic wrap, then chilled in freezer half hour. Lifted off big chunks with a fork, then tea-strainered into the bottle. Keeping the goodness in the fridge, just in cases.



FOR THE OLD FASHIONED:
2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon
1/4 ounce Grade B maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
(I use that spendy but wonderful Fee Bros Whiskey Barrell aged)
Twist of orange



FOR THE BACON-INFUSED BOURBON: Cook bacon in pan and reserve rendered fat. (1) When bacon fat has cooled a bit, pour off one ounce from pan. (2) Pour bourbon into a non-porous container. (3) Strain the bacon fat into the container and infuse for 4 to 6 hours at room temperature. Place mixture in freezer until all the fat is solidified. With a slotted spoon, remove fat and strain mixture back into bottle.


FOR THE COCKTAIL: In mixing glass, stir 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters with ice. Strain into chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange twist.

Video of the inventor of this drink here:

http://video.nymag.com/index.jsp?fr_story=d4699ba26c46eabc8f8a01ab1554799bc57d9e8f

(Notice the size of Don's ice cube)
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Bacon Infused Bourbon! [Jul. 26th, 2008|10:09 pm]
ShinyLizard
Two great tastes that taste great together!

The PDT Benton's Old Fashioned (done the Rhonda way)

2 oz bacon infused bourbon
4 generous dashes Fee Bros whiskey aged bitters
1/4 oz grade B maple syrup (proving John was good for something)
Large orange twist.

Stir first three in glass. Strain into rocks glass and run orange peel over rim and drop in glass.

The PERFECT combo of bourbon, bacon, maple and orange. I will be serving tomorrow evening. YUMMMM!!!!!!
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Its a good day to be alive [Jul. 22nd, 2008|06:46 am]
ShinyLizard
[Current Mood |awakeawake]

Every morning while lying in bed, I try to think of a good reason to get out of bed, something to look forward to in the day. I've done this every morning for years, it's just my thing.

Today, try as I may, I couldn't think of anything. So I'm wearing purple mascara. Just because I have it, and it makes the day different. I'll find something good today.

My dad came out okay with his surgery, for knee replacement in Iowa they keep you in the hospital 4 days. He was absolutely drugged up, which is wonderful to hear. He considers every day he wakes up to be a good one.
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Sympathy pain [Jul. 21st, 2008|12:13 pm]
ShinyLizard
My dad is having one of his knees replaced (other one is next month), and I think I'm having sympathy pains, because I can hardly walk today.

Went to the Vashon Lavendar Festival with Meg on Saturday, it was great fun! Then club for my Event Coordinator shift, stayed overnight due to lack of ride. Sunday was spent watching 5 hours of Deadwood. Many, many wonderful drinks with Bill last night.

The word for the day is obviously, 'cocksucker'
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Fishy pedicure! [Jul. 21st, 2008|12:12 pm]
ShinyLizard
Muk, go do this and report back please!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25783483/

It's kinda creepy, kinda cool.
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Cocktail lust [Jul. 17th, 2008|09:00 am]
ShinyLizard
[Current Location |Seattle, not NOLA]
[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

Tales of the Cocktail is going on in New Orleans right now. If you're into cocktails, as I'm getting into, this produces a great amount of lust on your part. Next year.

Meanwhile, everything is being blogged. http://talesblog.com/
Absinthe is popular this year, as it's legal again. *whimper* I have only Lucid.
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FOODGASM!!!! [Jun. 21st, 2008|09:14 am]
ShinyLizard
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

If you haven't tried Trader Joes frozen Chocolate Croissants and you love croissants, run out and buy these. They come frozen, must proof overnight. (greased baking sheet, in cold oven) then bake for 20 minutes. Four bucks for four of them, so that's 'cheap', and easier carrying home frozen than baked.

Do not kid yourself and say, "I'll bake two, and save one for tomorrow morning." If you don't have someone to share them with, just bake one.

Oh, and it makes your kitchen smell amazing.

*urp*
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