Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Riddle me this...

How is Myron Rolle, who is an A student in a master's program and a newly minted Rhodes Scholar, a second-team Academic All-American, while Tim Tebow, who has a less impressive GPA in his Family/Life Studies (what IS that, anyway?) degree program, a first-teamer?

As D. put it, "It's troubling."

I suppose that while Myron Rolle is off discovering a cure for Alzheimer's at Oxford, we'll learn that Tebow can, in fact, walk on water and feed the masses.

ESPN, you suck.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

RickRoll: A Tutorial

For Mizz Gandy, that saucy minx.

So there's a rumor circulating that... family will descend upon me for Christmas.

Yeah, it's time for emergency measures. ::grin::

Overheard...well, read on GChat.

On the sheer notion of a Bobby Bowden nacho cheese fountain (please see Saturday night's YouTube post about it), my friend Natalie sent me an IM reading, "I want to dip a ritz cracker in it and then my head."

Saints Jesus and other sundry Tuesday issues.

I am so tired.

Literally, my contacts are all that are keeping my eyes open at this point.

I can't believe it's only 10:00 a.m.

I also can't believe I'm awake.

Yesterday afternoon my neighbor M. asked me if I wanted to go to the Saints-Packers game - his ticket block had a spare ticket available - and of COURSE I jumped on that offer.

So I spent my Monday Night Football as part of the experience, rather than merely observing it in high-definition from the relatively comfortable confines of our couch.

There were cheeseheads and Favre jerseys everywhere in sight, and a particularly heretical Saints fan showed up dressed as Jesus.

(Funnier still was the preppy dude dressed as Adrian McPherson, down to the gold tooth.)

All humorous costuming aside, the game was a blowout. And I was thrilled.

But then I had to go home and make dressing for my work potluck today. So at 1:00 this morning I was shredding a loaf of french bread into some sauteed veggies and toasted pecans.

Bleargh. Towards that end, since I am still evidently not all that coherent, here's my recipe for another great dinner for a chilly autumn evening.

Pumpkin Risotto

1 can pumpkin
Olive oil, for cooking and to drizzle
1-2 cups chicken stock (depending on the cooking time of the rice)
1 cup arborio rice
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon sage

Bring the stock to a simmer in a pan and keep it at a gentle simmer over a low heat. Heat a little olive oil in a larger saucepan and add the rice. Cook, stirring frequently, for a minute, then add a ladleful of hot stock and stir until it is almost all absorbed before adding another ladleful.

Repeat until you’ve reached your last few ladlefuls of stock. Taste the rice to see if it is al dente. If not, add more stock. Add the pumpkin, a little at a time, until you reach the desired taste and consistency. Add the sage, and then the grated parmesan. Keep warm.

Ladle the risotto on to warm plates and tap the bottom of each plate gently to spread it out. Drizzle with a little olive oil and scatter over the parmesan, then serve immediately.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I can haz tag?

I have been tagged by fellow Florida State alumna, NolaCleophatra.

So I guess this is how this works:

1. Link to the person who tagged you. (Check.)

2. Post the rules on your blog. (Check.)

3. Write six random things about yourself. (Aw, hell.)

4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. (Done.)

5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. (Sigh. Bleargh. Sigh.)

6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up. (Working on it.)

Here goes:

1. I think NOLACleophatra is insane to not appreciate the manna-like joys of Dr. Pepper. My crack of choice is Diet Dr. Pepper.

2. I am amused that after countless hours of having to endure a litany of UF fans telling me how much academically better their fine Hogtown institution is, that FSU has produced its third Rhodes Scholar in the last four years. ::snicker of amusement::

3. I hate crowds. True story. I get incredibly claustrophobic and cranky when surrounded by a sea of people.

4. I DVR old episodes of "Doctor Who" so that when D. works late, I can indulge my geeky side.

5. I think "Beerfest" may be one of the funniest movies made over the past ten years.

6. I'm actually kind of excited about turning 30.

So, who to tag? What about Mizz Gandy, Krista, April, Kevin, Bedbugs & Ballyhoo and Toker.

On a totally random side note, the Po'Boy Preservation Festival was crowded and hectic and full of Teh Yum.

Please note my astonishment in meeting a barbequed oyster po'boy:

Steven Seagal is a JPSO deputy?!?

I'd like to think Harry Lee is rolling over in his grave about this, but...

Move over Dog the Bounty Hunter!

There's going to be a new regulator on cable channel A&E.

Martial arts film star Steven Seagal will be starring in a reality show (called Steven Seagal: Lawman) on the net that will chronicle his little-known life in law enforcement.

According to reports, Segal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana for the past 20 years.

In addition to going out on patrol, the karate man is said to be an expert marksman who has worked with the Jefferson Parish SWAT team and has instructed officers in firearms and hand-to-hand combat.

Christ on a crouton, what's next? Nutrias on Ice?

Saturday, November 22, 2008


It's been a joyous day.

Myron Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar.

FSU kept its ACC hopes alive in a BIG, BIG way, defeating Maryland in a chilly road game.

And then someone told me this would be our wedding gift, and I was most pleased.

Anyone in for a game watch next week against the much-vaunted, Citadel-destroying TeHarvins of UF?

P.S. Prospect 1 has been a BLAST.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kicking off Friday on a happy note!

I've been woefully absent from the blogosphere.

This has been a pretty crazy month so far - I've been in design mode for work, and D.'s been in Saints/Hornets craziness mode.

But we've been lucky to get some quality time together lately - and this is for my future husband and best friend in the entire world:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

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Yep. That's right. I'll be able to to come up to D.'s shoulders when we say our vows.

On another topic - the election...McCain was humble and gracious in defeat, and Obama's somber speech indicated to me, at least, that he understands that the road ahead will be painful for Americans.

Either man would have been crippled by a fractured populace, a tumultuous economy and a deficit created by two wars - but even if the next four years are a political failure, it can't be denied that last night's election was a social victory for our nation.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008