Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Well, word is out - his new album's going to be released April 17, and I'll seriously have to consider buying it! Now the samples I've heard at the first of the following two sites aren't the best, but it could certainly grow on me...
I happen to have his Idol covers of Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' and Pat Green's 'Wave on Wave' on my iPod, and I really do like listening to them! Heck, I'd never even HEARD 'Wave on Wave' before Bucky covered it.
If you are an American Idol fan, or if you just watched parts of last season, or if you're a country fan - what are your thoughts on Bucky? I have to admit the first time I saw him I thought he looked like an escaped convict and I wanted him off immediately. But he grew on me, even though it bothered me he didn't enunciate well. Did we really need someone on there who often sounded like he had a mouth full of marbles? But I enjoyed watching him grow as the season progressed, and found I really liked him and most of his songs. So, yeah, I might just have to get his new album! :)
Ban traditional light bulbs? California eyes idea
Brett went through and changed a bunch of our bulbs to the flourescent variety a year or two ago. While they're definitely a "feel good" type thing (knowing we're saving electricity, putting out less heat, etc), one of the problems with them that just drove me nuts is that they sort of have to warm up...
It's dark, you flip on the light switch, and you just sort of feel like there's a haze in the air. Sure, it's subtle, and they DO warm up and get to their full brightness, but I found it to be a little annoying... (Besides, I get up while it's still dark out!)
That minor gripe aside, I'm all for this! Maybe California's going to keep leading some of these trends (did they ban smoking first? It's NICE going out and not having to deal with smokers anymore!)
Monday, January 29, 2007
*** Warning: some spoilers below if you haven't watched 'The Fix' yet ***
We watched last nite's Battlestar Galactica (good one with a real shocker ending!) and then started Heroes late (which helps for busting out the commercials). I have to confess that just before they started hitting us with the shockers at the end, I actually said to Brett "this one's starting to run a little long - hope it picks up!" (And remember, I usually LIKE the long slow build up on these shows!)
And then, POW!, the revelation about Claire's mom!?!? LOVED IT! The awakening of Sylar?! TOTALLY SURPRISD! (ok, not really - but they did it up nice, and now I wanna find out if he was there voluntarily or not) Sulu as Hiro's dad!? Ok, that was no surprise, darn it...otherwise the long drive to meet him might've had a better pay off.
I'm thinking I might want to retract my guess about Sylar staying there voluntarily in case they brought someone with powers. And not just because I'd never LET someone stick that thing in the back of my head (jeez that's gross)... He really wants Claire's power (OR he's her brother!? GASP! LOL). It's got serious value to him. If he'd had her power, then I would think he could've easily burned off the drugs they were using to sedate him, but instead it seemed like he went through hell. So having her powers is something he really wants, and therefore he doesn't have that level of healing/recovery yet... Hm. Did that make sense? Just randomly theorizing...
As always, Ando entertains me.
The back and forth between Nikki, DL and Micah's actually getting a little tiresome. I'm not sure why - I really loved the dynamic early on. Still, I'm real eager to see what happens with Nikki and the therapist. (Perhaps the therapist ALSO has powers! LOL)
I think it's odd Claire forgot to take down the wind chimes - that just seems like something she would've thought to do. She's a smart kid, thinking ahead of HRG since she had the book on manatees, did a little research, still ripping on Zack, etc. I wouldn't think she'd slip up and leave up the wind chimes. I do have to wonder if she's playing with Zack's life by bringing him back into the fold.
And so I'm guessing Claire's bio mom blew up (or maybe her bio dad cranks out oxygen? LOL), and so she thought she killed Claire? OR maybe she really gave up Claire, since she doesn't appear to be all that innocent after the preview for next week?
Yup, I'm gonna be antsy for next week's episode. How can they do this to us?!?!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Well, except maybe I put the loaves a LITTLE too close together in the oven??
Looks like maybe they swelled up/rose really fast in the oven, touched and became one, and then contracted as they continued to cook? Weird!
Oh well - didn't really matter. They pulled apart easily enough. Odd that this bread has a more uniform and darker color to it, but that could be because it didn't call for an egg glaze like the previous recipe did? That also resulted in a softer exterior (had a lot of give to it when I was trying to cut it - should've used the electric knife). The dough wasn't tangy like I expected, but it was more flavorful than the previous recipe (this could also be because it had a MUCH longer rising time - even longer than called for). It was very soft and moist on the inside - we really liked how it turned out.
Here's Simon konked out on the chair here in the office. I think he's got some big feet (Brett thinks I'm crazy)...wonder if he'll continue to grow into a plus-size kitty?
Pick up a jar of alfredo sauce, a bag of baby spinach and a blob of fresh mozz at the grocery store.
Whip up a batch of "ready in an hour" pizza dough in the Cuisinart (I actually let it go a little longer than that).
Pat out the pizza crust (just a couple minutes), spoon on some alfredo sauce (less than a minute), tuck in some steamed and strained spinach (less than five minutes, start to finish), distribute torn up pieces of chicken (mostly white meat; maybe five minutes total to pick it all off the chicken and chop it up), dot on pieces of cut up fresh mozzarella (less than a couple minutes), slide it off the cornmeal-dusted pizza peel and onto the preheated pizza stone in the oven. Ten minutes later (INCLUDING a minute of broiler time to add a few extra brown flecks on top), and YUUUUUUUMMO!!! We polished this thing off in no time!
Voila - my very own "semi-homemade" chicken alfredo florentine pizza!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Brett and I played the boxing game for about 15 minutes this past weekend, and we were both winded afterwards! LOL
Here you can see Mickey getting interviewed by his local NBC station. I TOTALLY want my own Mickey - he looks like a little pocket cutie (and, to be honest, I don't think he really needed to lose the weight...but hey, exercise is good for us!)
Don't look any further down in this particular post if you don't want to find out who's playing Hiro's father in next week's episode of Heroes!!!
And FIRST (more spoiler stuff), here's the description for the upcoming episode:
"Chased by unknown assailants, Hiro's (Masi Oka) search for the sword takes a turn when his father (guest star XXXXXX XXXXX (see the picture below if you really want to know!)) appears. A cleaned up Issac (Santiago Cabrera) dedicates himself to stopping New York's destruction -- and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia).
"Claude (guest star Christopher Eccleston), an invisible man with a mysterious past, might have something to teach a would-be hero. D.L. (Leonard Roberts) struggles with new family responsibilities as Matt opens up to (Greg Grunberg) his wife Janice (guest star Lisa Lackey). H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) focuses on his murderous captive, Sylar (guest star Zachary Quinto). "Meanwhile, after seeking out the Haitian (guest star Jimmy Jean-Louis), Claire (Hayden Panettiere) secretly embarks on a search for her true birth parents. While working to find those on 'the list,' Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) receives a surprising visitor."
"Meanwhile, after seeking out the Haitian (guest star Jimmy Jean-Louis), Claire (Hayden Panettiere) secretly embarks on a search for her true birth parents. While working to find those on 'the list,' Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) receives a surprising visitor."
Whoa! You don't say! Sulu!? Wonder how gay he's going to be!? LOL Maybe he'll hook up with Claire's buddy, Zack (although Roger says the network claims Zack is straight)!?
In Live Bacteria, Food Makers See a Bonanza
...and I've hated most yogurt I've ever had before! I have to wonder if Activia isn't just packed with sugar or something to make it more palatable to me!? But I try to have a small container of the stuff each day - works out that I have it most week days, and rarely on weekends - but it's more than I was eating before!
And with Simon's bowl issues and some reading on line, I've tried slipping the cats some yogurt on occasion. Well, actually, it's more like if I open up a carton of Activia at home, I can't get the cats OFF of me - even if they're upstairs asleep I think they hear the carton being opened. I tried giving them some plain yogurt recently. Tucker and Simon love the stuff, while Moxie tried to bury the bowl. Weird.
All in all, taking in probiotic cultures makes total sense to me...and I'd rather do it in a way other than just taking pills.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I had no idea the homeless guy was also Dr Who from the first season of the new Sci Fi Network series. We watched a few episodes when it first started up, but didn't care for it. I'd read that actor was going to be introduced on Heroes with the power of invisibility, but didn't recognize him when they first showed him. Looks like he's put on weight, aged, etc...
Sylar's still in the possession of HRG, hunh? Why wasn't Sylar able to escape? He had no problems yanking Eden through the window during the mid-season finale... Why didn't he escape? Was he too weak? Did they take him out? This wasn't covered...hopefully they'll fill in the gaps. OR... If you were Sylar, and you swiped the powers of others, where would the best place be to get more powers? Right where those with powers are brought and studied! I'm just speculating - could it be Sylar's faking them out and opting to stay there, looking like they have him under their control? Just an idea...
I'm SO glad Zack didn't freak out on Claire when she revealed her ability to him this time. I thought for certain they were going to screw her over this time around, but instead things look good. Whew!
I love that the Heroes are starting to gather....is the art studio going to be their secret headquarters? LOL
The interactions between Nathan Petrelli and Hiro were CLASSIC!
Poor Niki - she's kinda getting screwed over here. We noticed she was surprised that she had Jessica's strength and agility....does it seem like the fine line between the two is starting to break down more and more (hence her insanity-like situation)? Hopefully things pick up for her after awhile - but I don't know how that's going to happen.
Can't believe DL reached through the glass right there in the prison. Hello - don't they have cameras!?
And speaking of security cameras - won't they be able to play back the footage of Hiro stealing the "sword"?? Sure, he'll look more like a blur, but he kinda hung out there....not wise.
Glad to see the nuclear guy is getting control of his power. That totally got my inner comic reading geek! ;-)
Can't wait for next week - so glad we've got the excitement back!
Are you on the list?
I'll let you in on a secret - I'm having a baby...
Boy, black fleece REALLY pics up cat fur! (And look at the bottom - you'll see I'm starting to give birth)
What can I say? It was chilly, she was being all cuddly, and she decided it was ok to curl up and take a nap INSIDE my fleece pullover! Cute, but boy did it get warm!
the abbreviated version...
1 1/2 pkg (1 1/2 T) active dry yeast
1 T sugar
2 C warm water (105-115F)
3 C unbleached bread flour
1 T salt
3 C unbleached all-purpose flour
Cornmeal for dusting
Egg glaze (see below)
1. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over water in large bowl. Stir til combined. Let stand til dissolved and foamy, about 10 min.
2. Add 2 cups bread flour and salt. Beat hard with whisk for 3 minutes (until smooth). Add remaining flours (both types) 1/2 cup at a time with wooden spoon. The dough will form shaggy mass and clear sides of bowl.
3. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead, adding flour 1T at a time if necessary, until dough becomes soft, silky and resilient - about 5 min. It will not be sticky.
4. Place dough in greased bowl and turn to grease all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in cool area until 3x bulk - about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs. May also be risen in fridge overnight.
5. Gently deflate, turn out on floured surface, and divide into portions (see below). Knead in more flour if necessary. Place 4 inches apart on greased, or parchment-covered baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
6. Quick method: Right after forming loaves, slash tops diagonally and brush with glaze.
Place in cold oven on middle or lower rack. Turn oven to 400F for 35-40 min, or until crusty.
7. Standard method: Loosely cover loaves with plastic wrap and raise until puffy and doubled (about 30-40 min). Preheat baking stone at 450F for at least 20 min if desired. Reduce heat to 400F to bake, or preheat to 400F if not using a stone. Slash tops of loaves diagonally and brush with glaze. Place on baking stone, or put baking sheet with dough in oven. Spray a mist of water into oven or throw a few ice cubes onto oven floor to crisp crust if desired. Bake until crusty (see below).
6 ficelles - 20 minutes
4 baguettes - 25-30 min
1 pain de campagne - 45-50 min
6 champignons - 20-25 min
4 batards - 35-40 min
4 l'epis - 30-35 min
4 petits pains - 15-20 min
4 boules - 25-30 min
If you want to make this with the food processor (SUPER EASY!):
1. With either metal slicing or plastic blade in food processor, add: 1 C warm water (105-115F), 1 1/2 pkgs (1 1/2 T) active dry yeast, 1 T sugar
2. Let stand 10 min
3. Add 1 C cold water (processor will heat up dough)
4. Add 1 T salt and 2 C flour. Process 15 seconds
4. Add the remaining 4 cups flour and process just to form a ball of dough. Test dough and add more flour or water if necessary (the dough should mostly pull itself clean from the insides of the bowl). Process 60 seconds. Remove dough from work bowl and knead by hand just to form a smooth ball - about 10 times. Proceed as basic recipe.
Egg glaze: Whisk together the following...
1 egg white
1 T water
There's a basic French bread recipe in the book, a food processor version (which I used), and a yogurt based version, which I hope to try soon. The food processor version was sooooo easy! Less work than the oatmeal toasting bread (that's partly due to fewer ingredients), and tasted "just like store bought" (and that almost sounds like an insult, but it's intended as a complement to the bread, and I heard it from the others who ate it as well)
Here's the dough after being whizzed together in the food processor, bundled up into a ball, and put in a well-greased large bowl, ready for it's first rise.
Two hours later, the dough was HUUUUGE and full of amazing bubbles. You can see where one popped along the right backside of the bowl - this bubble actually covered a good portion of the top of the dough ball, so things kind of caved in over there a little. Sure smelled good.
After being lightly punched down and a second (and optional) rise of one hour, the dough's back up to the size from the first rising. Maybe not quite as many big bubbles after this rise, but it's still real bubbly.
I then split the dough and formed it into two loaf shapes. I still need to work on this. They may look ok raw, but once baked...well, you'll see. Here they are sitting on a piece of parchment paper (dusted with cornmeal) on top of the pizza peel. I've been thinking I should've done without the parchment paper (which was recommended by the book) but have since read I could have just slid the entire piece of parchment paper, with the dough on it, right onto the baking stone - it would've been fine! Instead, I sort of distorted the loaves in trying to get them off the parchment paper. After taking this picture I gave each an egg white wash followed by three horizontal slits. You're only supposed to go about 1/4 inch - I might've shorted that a little?
Voila - two loaves of French bread! These smelled great, and were crackling up a storm after they came out of the oven. As you can see, neither was "perfect" French loaf shape - a little bend here, a little rupture of the crust there - but that just adds rustic appeal.
Mmmm mmmm good! We enjoyed some the first night, almost all of the second loaf was gone when feeding just six people the next night, and it reheated beautifully in the oven. It also makes great French toast once it staled a bit... I'll post the recipe separately, for those who want to print it.
The kittens hadn't experienced snow yet. I've gotten hollered at by Brett for wanting to take them outside, but figured eh, it's worth it so they can experience the fun white stuff. It's like a whole new world for them! (Well, so is the outdoors since neither has been OUTSIDE since they were first caught!) Here's Simon wondering what all the falling white stuff is... So pretty! Look at those whiskers!
Mmmm...brain freeze! Just don't eat any yellow ones!
"Maybe it's warmer down there - I'm getting off the patio table!"
Moxie's checking out the bird feeders. She knows she gets entertainment from them - but where are the birds now?!
She looks like she's hunting!
"Ok, who the hell hit me with a snow ball!??!?!"
And so we're looking at a third Mummy movie now? Really? Hm.
Al Gough, who is co-writing the third installment in the Mummy film franchise with partner Miles Millar, told SCI FI Wire that the sequel will unwrap a new mummy and feature a character who is the grown son of Rick and Evie (played in the previous films by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz). It's aiming to shoot this summer under director Rob Cohen (Stealth) for a 2008 release.
Gough and Millar, who also created The CW's Smallville, said the sequel will also have a new concept. "Stephen Sommers [who wrote and directed the previous two films] and his partner, Bob Ducsay, ... approached us and said, 'Steve doesn't want to write the third movie. Would you guys be interested?'" Gough said in an interview. "And we were like, 'Well, it's a third.' But then they had a concept for it that we really liked. They had an idea for the movie, which is something we always wanted to do. So we're like, 'Well, if we don't do it, they're going to do it in this movie.'"
Gough said that he and Millar added their own ideas to the script, including a storyline centering on the main characters of Rick and Evie. "We figured out a really good family story with Rick and Evie, and [their son] Alex is now grown up. So it's really interesting." Alex was played as a young boy in 2001's The Mummy Returns by Freddie Boath.
As for whether Fraser and Weisz will reprise their roles in the film, Gough said that he was confident the script is good enough to persuade them to return. "They're in negotiations," he said. "So the plan is to bring them back. I think it'll end up being Brendan and Rachel, ultimately. They're the core of the movie. That's why people love the Mummy movies. And then it's taking that and then expanding it and introducing [a] new character and a new mummy. So we're really excited to get going. We met with Rob Cohen today, and he's really jazzed to do it. So fingers crossed, God willing, we'll be shooting this summer and it'll be out in the summer of '08."
Hm, now that I think about it, the first Mummy movie DID give us Oded Fehr, who I've always thought was really hot, down to his voice. I preferred younger Oded with the long hair and goatee, but I've seen him in a number of things since and still enjoy seeing him... I even picked out his voice as Dr Fate on the Justice League cartoons a couple years ago - very distinctive, very sexy!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
And since MY boyfriend didn't get much spotlight in that last post, here he is in all his smiley glory! Isn't he cute!
I'll post more later (REALLY need to get to bed!), but I wanted to throw some pics up and point out how much fun we had, and how nice Andy is. Brett said I actually sounded like a dad riddling Andy with questions to make sure he was right for our Sharona. Oops - hope I wasn't THAT bad! (Hey, I like to get to know about new people - especially the ones I figure we'll be seeing plenty more of!)
So yeah, Andy's really nice. Quiet (but he doesn't know us yet), adpated well to getting the full blast of all of us acting our worst, still friendly after all of that, smart (I'm just glad he and Sharon weren't a team against the rest of us at Taboo), good looking - and yes, good enough for Sharon! :)
As I said, I'll post more pics later - just getting up the max amount Picasa will quickly do before I head off to bed.
Even though Sharon's got her OWN boyfriend you can see here how she was putting the moves on MINE! (He didn't even realize it at the time!)
I was goofing around while Sharon was trying to take a picture. She said I should straighten up (or do something straight?), so I got behind Michele for a little action. Straight enough? LOL
Here's Sharon and Andy...he always seems tall, but I don't think he's really that much taller than some of the rest of us!? Hm...will have to inquire.
The entertainment was fun, the food was all good, and the company was great...will have to do it again sometime soon!
I think she's particularly interested in the new Burning Crusade expansion pack that came out last Tuesday....although the way she's looking at me, you'd think she doesn't approve of my gaming methods?
Actually, she probably wants me to scootch back a little further from the desk - her OTHER new thing is to sleep in my lap while I'm at the computer.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
With information like this:
"Lohan told People magazine then that she had been going to the meetings for a year."
And quote's like this:
"I haven't had a drink in seven days. Or anything," she said to People. "I'm not even legal to, so why would I? I don't drink when I go to clubs. I drink with my friends at home, but there's no need to. I feel better not drinking. It's more fun. I have Red Bull."...it just really makes you wonder - how much of a wreck is she?! Or just a flake!? Basically - "I haven't had a drink in seven days. Or anything. (Like coke? Or cocaine?) I'm not even legal to so why would I? (oh GOOOOOD point! So you haven't been drinking AT ALL since you're underage, hence the AA meetings!) ... I drink with my friends at home, but there's no need to. (Hence the alcoholism!? You're drinking and saying you don't need it, but doing it anyhow?) I feel better not drinking. (And yet you do it with friends at home. Granted, you're underage, and not drinking, but you feel better not doing it. Oh, and you're doing it with friends. At home.) It's more fun (not drinking? no no Lindsay, the next morning's more fun when you haven't been drinking, but I'm sure YOU'RE more fun when you have been drinking!) I have Red Bull. (Annnnnnd cue the product endorsement. I think she forgot to mention how much she probably loves Red Bull mixed with jaeger! Mmmm - just like a purple sweet tart!)
Yup, she's all over the place with that brief quote! (Aren't you glad I was here to point out how!?)
Now the article also says she was clunching a Jamba Juice. I don't know what that is, but it sure sounds good! Hm, also sounds a little like it's got alcohol in it!?
Ok, she's off the hook....I guess it's good for you, and non-alcoholic. Mmmmm....gimme one with mango! Hm, now that I think about it - I'm thinking maybe Sharon talked about getting stuff here while she was out living in La Jolla for awhile last year!!? Sharon - did you ever see Lindsay while you were drinking your smoothies?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Granted, all we've got here is crappy rainy weather, plus some snow in the forecast for the next day or two, so I don't know that we'll be doing much daytime comet watching, but it's certainly worth a try. How about in your neck of the woods?? Get out there and take a look! Instructions on how to find the comet are available at the link above.
Monday, January 15, 2007
And here's the news article that inspired that intro...
"Sci Fi Channel has greenlit production on , based on the longtime comic strip franchise, it was announced Friday at the Television Critics Association tour.
Production of the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada in early this year, with a July 2007 launch targeted. A broadcast syndication windown will follow.
Under an agreement with property owner King Features Syndicate, the new series is being produced by RHI's Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr., who previously produced Sci Fi's mini-series event Legend of Earthsea. Ming, Dale Arden, and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be among the many characters in the new show, based on the comic strip created by Alex Raymond in 1934. " Verrrrry interesting! Considering the revamp of Battlestar Galactica, could this be a good thing? Could we end out seeing a revamp of, oh, I don't know - The Powers of Matthew Star!? ;-) Or, if I had all my dreams come true, The Misfits of Science! (If only I could get all those episodes...)
Ming, Dale Arden, and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be among the many characters in the new show, based on the comic strip created by Alex Raymond in 1934. "
Verrrrry interesting! Considering the revamp of Battlestar Galactica, could this be a good thing? Could we end out seeing a revamp of, oh, I don't know - The Powers of Matthew Star!? ;-) Or, if I had all my dreams come true, The Misfits of Science! (If only I could get all those episodes...)
Here's my niece Sarah - what a cutie! I don't remember why she had a ribbon tied around her head - I guess she's supposed to be stylin'!? Was trying to do that thing where I lift her up with my feet - CLEARLY I need to get back to the gym 'cause I think I just succeeded in squishing her.
And here's where we let Sarah play with some blue paint.
No - actually I was testing out the filters on my *new camera* (more on that later!) - so it was set to replace a certain shade of pink with blue. Makes for a messy looking baby, hunh?
Who knew dad and Sean (my brother) would get such a kick out of playing with Brett's Wii!? And NOT a game we would've expected...we took Monkey Ball along, and I got Marvel Ultimate Alliance - and they got a bigger kick out of running around as super heroes kicking bad guy butt and smashing equipment and computers to collect gold coins! LOL We actually had a lot of fun taking turns (if only we had a third set of controllers at the time!) and teaming up on the bad guys.
Jesse - my sister-in-law - preparing for her hand modelling career...
...since her days as an abusive mother are nearly over! LOL Kidding! I took a ton of pics of her and Sarah together - this one was just the most fun!
Brett and Emma, my other niece - I have nooooo idea what's going on here.
Emma and mom lounging around. And you can see the Angel (Buffy spin off) doll I got Jesse for Christmas.
Brett lounging and reading.
Close up on the Angel plush doll, propped up under a lamp.
Me kicking Emma's butt at Wii boxxing. (OK, I let her beat me!)
Sean kicking my butt at Wii boxing. Hey, it's a tough game!
More Wii boxing. Careful - these games are hazardous to your health!
Mom clearly being worked too hard in the kitchen!
Jesse and the girls - probably supervising the Wii boxing.