Thursday, March 26, 2009

An apple pie filling worth savoring

It was a bit of a late evening tonight with the boys, but after a quick dinner of leftovers and a couple of appointments I wanted to do something special for them. So we worked together and chopped up some apples. First I was going to make a pie out of them, then I thought about apple crisp, then I decided to dispense with the bread part altogether and we ate it like fresh applesauce. It was yummy!

Here's how it goes down:

3 cups apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
3 tbsp lemon juice (balsamic vinegar is also amazing)
1/4 c sugar
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinammon
2 tbsp butter
1/2 c raisins (1 c blueberries if you've got 'em)
1 tsp flour

Heat up a big saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Pour in the apples and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and cook another 30 sec. Add sugar and cook until apples are clear and soft. Sprinkle nutmeg and cinammon. Fold on the raisins, then place the butter on top and let it melt slowly. Remove from heat, sprinkle flour on top and continue folding until the apples start to stick together.

Equally good in a pie shell, under a crumb topping, or on a plate by itself.

Now I need more apples.

Monday, January 26, 2009

One WEIRD Monday

I'm not sure if I want to relive this Monday again or not. It actually was a good day, though it sure did its darnedest to make a mess out of itself.

As is my normal routine, I woke up at 6AM to get the two younger boys up, dressed, fed, and ready for school. With Jordan awake, bed made and in the shower, I normally go downstairs and take a gander at the e-mail. So I come downstairs and shake the mouse to wake up the PC. Except it doesn't wake up. I hit a few keys on the keyboard, still no response. Power off and on the monitor, still nothing.

After sending Jordan out the door and getting Josh in the shower, I go downstairs and resume testing. The monitor's fine, as I plug it into my laptop and it responds. So I figure that it must be a fried video card. I try a couple of older AGP cards I have laying around, but no go. Now frustration is starting to set in. Then it hits me that it doesn't even sound like the PC is going through POST, which makes me immediately think of power supply issues. The family went through a rash of power supply issues recently, so the symptoms looked familiar.

So, I busted into our old PC that died on us last year, and pulled out the power supply. While in there, I also grabbed the 2 256MB memory sticks. I swapped out the power supply, and sure enough the computer booted happily. I then added the memory and it ran a bit happier. Anyway, I managed to get it up and running before 9AM today, which made me feel a lot better.

After all that, I needed to burn out some frustration, so I put on my workout clothes and headed over to the Y. That went well as I lifted weights and such. Then I was sitting on a mat stretching and doing ab exercises with the MP3 player blaring. Now, as some of you may already know, I am pretty well oblivious of the rest of the world when a good song's playing, so I'll happily mouth along or play some air drums or whatever. So I'm having a great time, then "Death" by White Lies comes on. Um, if you haven't heard, I'm totally smitten with this album. Anyway, I'm listening to it from the MP3 player for the first time while stretching, and I'm paying close attention to the lyrics ... and they hit me hard. I don't know why, maybe it's all the uncertainty about my job search or something else, but I actually had to choke back tears so I could continue with the workout. I know, I'm a big softie.

After a good workout, I arrived home, and one of the first things Melissa said to me was, "You can go to Coachella, silly." I had completely forgotten that she is on Facebook and can read my notes. Well, that's out of the way. Now I just have to figure out where the boys will stay, since we'll both be out of town that weekend.

Then tonight, I got to play with my two nephews. Conor, who's only three months, got to hang out on Uncle Dale's lap until he spit up some formula, and I jerked him away a bit too hard, making him cry. Bad Uncle Dale. Then his big brother Brodie climbs up on my lap, which is crazy given that he usually wealks away from me, and gives me high fives and all sorts of loves.

Now, I'm thinking that if I hadn't eaten that last brownie, I would have had a pretty darn good day. :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Help me ...

I'm spending the last few minutes of 2008 messing around with virtualizing my laptop, because I have this insane idea for running two copies of my laptop on one, and somehow getting more work done. This will also go on the resume, as I see lots of jobs looking for experience with VMWare. Umm, just nod along, non-techies. ;)

Meanwhile, Melissa is playing Neverwinter Nights on the home PC, and Jordan and Josh each have one friend over, and the four of them are all playing Wii and yelling at each other at ear-splitting volume.

Yes, this is how I'm spending NYE 2008. I think I need more of a life.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The MOG rejected post that must go somewhere


Subtitle: The post where I try for the record for the most YouTube embeds ever, and try to bring both MOG and YouTube to their knees. Muwahahahaha and apologies for some of the lousy sound or dorky fansub vids.

Now, to refresh your memory, here is the list that I made for the first half of 2008:

  1. Portishead - Third
  2. Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now Youngster
  3. The Kills - Midnight Boom
  4. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
  5. Foals - Antidotes
  6. Ladytron - Velocifero
  7. These New Puritans - Beat Pyramid
  8. Sons & Daughters - This Gift
  9. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
  10. The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead

Now, on to the list for the full year.

40. Crystal Castles

39. Like Honey - Leaves

38. Soundpool - Dichotomies & Dreamland

37. Friendly Fires

36. Darker My Love - 2

35. Correcto

34. Bauhaus - Go Away White

33. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig! Lazarus! Dig!

32. The Faint - Fasciination

31. The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead

30. Neon Neon - Stainless Style

29. Tearwave - Different Shade of Beauty

28. The Courteeners - St. Jude

27. Bloc Party - Intimacy

26. Wire - Object 47

25. The Notwist - The Devil You & Me

24. Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling

23. The Dandy Warhols - Earth To The Dandy Warhols

22. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?

21. Sons & Daughters - This Gift

20. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

19. For Against - Shade Side Sunny Side

18. The Daysleepers - Drowning In An Ocean of Sound

17. M83 - Saturdays = Youth

16. Ladytron - Velocifero

15. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip

14. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust

13. Longwave - Secrets Are Sinister

12. The Charlatans - You Cross My Path

11. Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now Youngster

10. Uh Huh Her - Common Reactor

9. Secret Shine - All of the Stars

8. Glasvegas

7. Foals - Antidotes

6. These New Puritans - Beat Pyramid


5. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

4. Portishead - Third

3. The Kills - Midnight Boom

2. The Presets - Apocalypso

1. Blackstrap - Steal My Horses And Run

(Figures, my #1 band of the year is camera-shy. Ugh.)

Questions? Glaring omissions? "You listen to THAT?!?" moments? Comment away.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

So what IS your superpower?

Inspired by Annie's comment on Henry's fatherhood post.

I think my superpower is my memory for obscure trivia; musical, scientific or otherwise. I'd be a great "Phone A Friend".

So what's yours? And no ladies, you cannot ALL claim "growing a person", even if it's true. Your superpower is as unique as you. Let's hear it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My wee Wordle

This is what a month's worth of listening to music has wrought. Good times! Thanks Anne.

Unfortunately, I cannot copy from my Most Played app in Winamp, so I had to save it into a playlist, do lots of manipulation in Excel, then paste into Wordle to get it to work. I'm pretty happy with it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yeah, so, Facebook

I know, another social network; I need one of those like I need a hole in my head.

MySpace ... lies dormant, except for the semi-monthly check for messages and band updates.

MOG ... I still use pretty frequently, still do most of my writing there.

Multiply ... My most frequent place to be on the Interwebs, because the conversations here are so engrossing. I don't know how they figured out updating comments, but it's genius. ... I still scrobble, and that's it.

And now, Facebook. The main reason I joined was to allow me to keep in touch with my friends from church, and to keep tabs on Morgan, who has an account there. Plus, I see using my status messages as a new level of EMCD'ing. Check the current status, muwahahaha.

In fact, the reason I have an account at all is because the doofus decided he wanted an account last May, so he set one up, using MY e-mail address. It was a bit of a shock to find out I was a member of Facebook, then to realize what happened. I couldn't even get mad at him, because it was so stupid.

Anyway, I found Blair and Amber, and Jameson already found me. So hit me up if you're there. I'm not competing with Morgan for the largest group of friends, so whatever.