Yellow Index Cards: More Attention Seeking

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The teenage hypochondriac, and the candy canes she sent herself for Christmas.

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Peeve of the Day: Maury

Let’s face it — this has gone way beyond the “Random Pet Peeve.” My peeves are more than random. They are frequent. Whose aren’t? Good thing I have a blog to vent about stuff.

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I will readily admit that I have watched very little TV over the last five years or so. But when did this guy become the new Jerry Springer? Didn’t he used to be semi-respectable? Has his career shift affected his wife’s reputation as a “serious” journalist? Or did she lose respect years ago? I feel so out of touch. I just walked through my living room and read a caption that said “Jessica just found out her 16-year-old daughter has already prostituted herself.”

That sentence would be disturbing enough if not for the use of the word “already.” Why do we have TV shows that publicize the antics of the lowest rung of the intelligence scale? Why do people find this entertaining? It makes me so sad I can hardly stand it.

Yellow Index Cards: Look at Me

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So, I like Julia Stiles, but I long for the day that she is interviewed by Mr. James Lipton and he asks her to talk about this scene from 10 Things I Hate About You, the marvelous teen comedy adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

Bianca Stratford, to her older sister: “Where did you come from, Planet Loser?”
Katarina Stratford (Stiles): “What, as opposed to Planet ‘Look at me, look at me?'”

I think there is one of those girls (or maybe several) in every high school…the ones who think they’re way cooler than they actually are. Ah, teenagers.

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Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Vegetables

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Little known fact: I love roasted vegetables. Roasting brings out natural sweetness and enhances flavor. Why would you steam when you could roast? Steaming is so bland. Anyway, roasted veggies are my favorite diet food, because it doesn’t taste like diet food. Here’s how I do it. I like to keep it simple, but you can go crazy with the variety of vegetables you use. In addition to what’s listed below, I also like to use cherry tomatoes and red, yellow, and orange bell peppers for added flavor. Green bell peppers, I am not so big on. I think they smell good, but I have a hard time choking them down. Below is just what I happened to have on hand.

Roasted Vegetables

1 yellow squash
1 zucchini
1 yellow onion
8 oz. fresh mushrooms
Extra-Virgin olive oil
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Chop everything but the mushrooms into bite-size pieces and throw into a bowl. Add 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Try not to think about Rachel Ray while you’re using the EVOO. (I’m convinced she’s an alien. And I hate the term EVOO.) Toss to coat. Spread out mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Top that layer with the mushrooms, almost as if you were adding pepperonis to a pizza. I like to keep the mushrooms on top so they get cooked through really well…because as much as I love cooked mushrooms, I hate raw ones. Sprinkle everything with some garlic powder, and drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil over the top, with your thumb corking the bottle opening to allow only a small amount to escape. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir around to make sure nothing is sticking. Return to oven for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Crafty Update: Om Tank

This is a very simple tank top in tan silk that I have embellished. I finished embroidering this shirt last night, and even added the ribbon hem trim that you can see in the background of this picture in the pile of supplies. But I don’t have pictures of the finished product yet, so I’ll show you the in-progress photos. I need a model! Volunteers?

Update: I have finished product photos now, so that’s the first one shown. Just listed this in my new Etsy shop!

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