Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ladies, this is just for tomorrow's scrimmage. This isn't the last chopper out of Saigon. Can we please just crank down the drama a notch?

The above quote is a gem from "Freaks and Geeks." Not even one of the best, if you must know. I gotta save SOMETHING for later. Go - rent the first season - then I DARE you to come back here and tell me you didn't like it. That it didn't make you laugh, and think, and wince in recognition. Go. Now. Blockbuster awaits.

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OK, all y'all (that's how you can tell I am not from the South, the plural y'alls) - in my Flickr sidebar I have all these random photos? Six of them happen to be Christopher Radko Christmas ornaments. My mother, for God knows what reason, started - collecting isn't a strong enough word - obsessively acquiring would be more like it, anyway, obsessively acquiring these dang things what turned out to be the last few years of her life. I have more than I know what to do with, and honestly, just between you and me, my sweet little Internet ones, it makes me sad to look at them. Soooo...take a look. If you want one, or can use it as a gift, or whatever, email me, and it is yours. Please. (You should be aware, in the interest of full disclosure and whatnot, that they have been on eBay and priced VERY reasonably, and I had no buyers. Not even a nibble. So you won't be able to sell them. Although you are welcome to try, if it makes you happy.) But if you think one is pretty, or someone you know might think it is pretty, or appreciate it for whatever reason, let me know, it is yours. Shipping is on me. Help me out here, people. Or I will resort to giving them to Goodwill.

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H's big gig is tonight. Guitar strings have been changed, houseguests pumped and primed, cool rockstar outfits picked out. Now if only I had a babysitter. Although - again, just between you and me - and my cats who are sitting here staring at me like they can read what I am typing, freakish animals - I wouldn't be heartbroken if I had to stay home and read a book and eat leftover pineapple walnut birthday cake. I have seen H gig in just about every imaginable circumstance, and although I think I like this permutation of musical expression much better than any of the previous ones, I have seen them perform several times. I could go on to live a full and meaningful existence even if I missed them tonight. Just between you, me - and the freak cats.

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Pineapple walnut cake
(baked for one of our guest's birthday - she just turned 38, for the 5th time...)
Happy birthday, G!

1 20-oz can crushed pineapple with juice
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts (I like them not chopped TOO fine)
2 eggs

Cream cheese frosting

1 8-oz package cream cheese
1 stick butter, melted and cooled, but still warm
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

Combine all the cakeingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

While cake is baking, beat cream cheese till soft. Slowly add sugar, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and butter and beat slowly till combined, then up the speed and beat until well-combined and smooth. Pour over warm cake. Spread to cover. Cool, or refrigerate till set.


Just a word to the wise - hide a piece the night before...this makes a lovely breakfast, cold, the next day.

Peace out, dudes.

11 comments:

Joke said...

Oh, dear Gawd. If I had to gig again tomorrow, I'd feel like one of the Grateful Dead, with my grey hair and all.

I can't imagine what'd take to lure me back. Besides, I know my wife hates rockabilly and blues, so she might have difficulties arranging for a sitter.

-J.

Carolyn said...

I loved Freaks and Geeks. I'm not sure why it was taken off the air.

I'd rather stay home with the cats and pineapple cake myself.

Paula said...

I'm with Carolyn. Smoky room, loud people, loud music VS. cake and a book? Is there really any question?

Badger said...

"All y'all" is perfectly acceptable. I mean, "y'all" is plural already, but "all y'all" is, like, MORE plural. Think of "y'all" like yins and all y'all like "all of you".

For example, say you have a friend named Betty and she's married to Bill and they have eight kids ranging in age from 24 to 2. You run into Betty while you're out and about, and you ask, "Where'd y'all go on summer vacation?" And because you said "y'all", she knows you mean the whole family. And she replies, "We climbed Mount Everest!" You would then gasp and squeak out, "Did all y'all go?!" Because really, who takes a 2 year old to Mount Everest?

I hope that clears things up.

Gina said...

Eight kids? I hope Betty pushed Bill OFF of Everest!

Gina said...

BB, do you kow that CLP doesn't have the F&G DVDs? You can get the soundtrack or the scripts, but not the DVDs. That's sad--especially when you consider the loss of my local Blockbusters.

kilowatthour said...

i agree with badger: "all y'all" is totally acceptable. but if you want to be real southern, say "you all" as if it's one word. with emphasis on the you part. as in "when are youall fixin' to eat?"

Suse said...

What with Badger and Kilowatthour and the y'alls and fixins I find I am totally lost.

And Joke was a rock star?

Rogue Librarian said...

Okay seriously this cake recipe is posted just in time. I have a friend’s birthday party in three days and I just made a cheesecake two weeks ago for the last birthday party. So I’d like to bring something new. Thanks Babe.

Rogue Librarian said...

Oh also, Freaks and Geeks... LOVE it.

Sarah Louise said...

Gina,

CLP DOES have F&G on video. Oh, maybe that's the dif. Anyways, when I read that, I had to go online to my account to make sure I hadn't ordered scripts. I'm currently like #16 on the list. Go! Be #17!!

SL, librarian not at CLP but within the county consortia.

Also, LOVED Badger's desc of all y'all and y'all.