29 February 2008

For a Good Time...

...head to Cicero's tomorrow night and check out Nil8.

**Updated to include a better quality clip. I also recommend following the link above to hear a few recorded samples.

28 February 2008

Pancakes and Grilled Cheese

A couple of weekends ago, I made the most delicious and perfect pancakes for breakfast. Well, James will argue that I made the most delicious and perfect flapjacks, but what-ev-er.

Differences aside, we sat down to eat them and sadly discovered that we had no syrup. But what could we do? Trash the pancakes? I don't think so. After a few choice cuss words, we decided to suck it up and tolerate my syrup-less masterpiece.

Not. The. Same.

Within a day or two we picked up some syrup and from that moment forward all I could do was think about pancakes, pancakes, PaNcAkEs. Paaan-caaaakes! Finally I had to make them for lunch (first it was a meatball, then chili for breakfast, now pancakes for lunch... blame global warming).

For some strange reason, I have become obsessed with photographing my food. So, I present to you (drumroll, please)...

...a pancake photo...

Pancake Close Up


Oh. And here's a grilled cheese sandwich, too.

Tasty Grilled Cheese


I have no idea how I transformed into a foodie.

Weird.

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Listening to: The Presidents of the United States of America (POT USA) - Naked and Famous
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26 February 2008

Chili: Breakfast of Champions

Immediately after waking up (much different than Getting Up), I had a craving for chili. For more than an hour I mulled it over... Chili for breakfast? Should I? Or Shouldn't I?

Weirdo.

With one comment, I headed downstairs to make a late breakfast. Want to know how I did it? Here's how:

Before moving forward, you'll need to *score some chili.

Step 1: Put some chili in your bowl.
Optional: Take a picture for your blog.

Step 1


Step 2: Add more because that doesn't look like enough chili.

Step 3: Heat it up.

Step 4: Add your cheese and crackers.
Optional: Take another picture for your blog.

Step 4


Step 5: Stir. Enjoy!
Optional: Take one last picture for your blog.

Step 5


Step 6: Digest.
Optional: Heartburn.

Step 7: Poop it out.
Optional: Exit burns.


*When having chili for breakfast, it's imperative that the chili is already made; today's breakfast was leftover from Sunday's dinner. Here's how I made it:

You’ll need:

- One giant crock pot

- MEAT
1 lb Ground Turkey
1 lb Spicey Sausage
6 Strips of Bacon

- VEGETABLES
2 Medium Yellow Onions
1 Medium Red Onion (technically its purple)
1 Medium Green Pepper
1 Jalapeno
1-2 Tsp Minced Garlic

- CANNED GOODS
4 Cans (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
1 Can (14.5 oz) Chili Hot Beans
1 Can (14.5 oz) Red Beans
1 Can (14.5 oz) Dark Red Beans
1 Can (14.5 oz) Black Beans

- SEASONINGS
½ Tsp Celery Seed
1 ½ Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Red Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cumin

- NOT A MEAT, VEGGIE, OR SEASONING
1 Cup Beef Broth


Step 1 – Cook the bacon and then chop it up. Brown the turkey and sausage (cook them separately). Dump all meats into the crock pot.

Step 2 – Wash and chop your veggies. Dump them into the crock pot.

Step 3 – Open up the canned goods. Dump them into the crock pot. (Recycle your cans, yo!)

Step 4 – Add your seasonings to the crock pot. (I like to mix my dry seasonings together in a separate bowl, and then add them to the crock pot.)

Step 5 – If there’s still room, add one cup of beef broth.

Step 6 – Close the crock pot. On high, it will take about 5-6 hours to cook.

Serving size: feeds a butt-load of people.

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Listening to: Man Man - Zebra
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23 February 2008

Going 78 in a 30

During a year of high-school typing, I never reached 30 words per minute. My teacher nicely explained that I -didn't have it. Somehow, I was born sans typing skills and was destined to a lifetime of slow typing.

Sure, go ahead lady, blame my DNA.

How time's have changed!

According to a recent typing test, the results explained:


78 words

The test results also said:

You type 435 characters per minute
You have 78 correct words and
You have 1 wrong word


78 words per minute with one mistake?

And I don't have what it takes! HA!

Eat that Mrs. Jackson! (I am for real.)

22 February 2008

Time Mismanagement

Today’s email discussion between a friend and I…

Me: How do you manage your time during the day?

Stephanie: I don't organize my time well. I'm horrible. I wait til the last minute for everything. You?

Me: (Prepare for my Loquaciously Verbose response)


Your goals will be achieved if you write them on paper.

That's my motto.

But I'm doomed for failure if the goals turn into anything too structured (i.e daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly task lists). A bulleted list, maybe, with little stars or asterisks to note priority (high or low) is about all I can handle.

So my strategy is this:

Day 1:
- Take out a brightly colored post-it and fill it up with goals.
- Put the post-it somewhere prominent.
- Throughout the day, keep working to check things off the list.
- While working, think of other things to add to the list.
- At the end of the day, hang on to that post it note.

Day 2:
- Transfer whatever wasn't accomplished yesterday to today's post-it.
- Those are now today's goals.
- If you hadn't fucked around and wasted part of yesterday, you could have more new goals for today.
- Lazy ass.
- Throughout the day, keep working to check things off the list.
- While working, think of other things to add to the list.
- At the end of the day, hang on to that post it note.

My list grew and grew until it ended up on a piece of notebook paper that blends in with all the other notebook paper in and around my desk.

Right now my desk is a total disaster.

So my to-do list is buried amidst work notebooks, scraps of paper in a variety of colors (aka Notes-to-Self), sketches, colored pencils, mail, books, pottery, headphones, phones, ink pens, chap stick, my camera, a lamp, a couple of wigs, and more. (Dude, there's a lot of shit on my desk. Holy Fuck! I need to clean.)

I digress.

What were we talking about?

Oh yeah, how do you manage your time?

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Listening to: Man Man – Skin Tension
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21 February 2008

My little big brother

...turns 25 today!

Happy Birthday, C J!

CJ4 in WY 10.03

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Listening to: the sounds of an ice storm
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20 February 2008

It was his idea, honest

I think it was sometime around 7 pm and none of us had eaten since lunch. Rick, especially, was starving, because to him, two 14-inch pizzas weren’t going to supply enough food for three people. I could see his mind flutter with mathematical calculations:

14 + 14 = 28

“You know what guys, if we’re ordering two 14-inch pizzas, we may as well order that 28-inch monster I saw on the menu.”

James started to protest and Rick cut him off, “Hey man, I really want to see the World’s Largest Delivered Pizza. Don’t you? We can get half of it Hawaiian and the other half Deluxe – everyone will get what they want. Plus, I’m buying.”

James shrugged because, sure that’s too much pizza, but if Rick’s buying, who am I to object?



I knew we were in trouble when the pizza box was too wide to fit through the front door. After some careful tilting James was able to get it inside, set it on the dining room table and exclaim, “Honey, get your camera!”



Below is an aerial shot of the pizza. Notice my dog lying on the floor next to the table. She weighs 45 pounds and the pizza is about as wide as she is long.



Though we ordered way too much, the pizza was fantastic. Pointer’s has great food and they always deliver within a decent amount of time. Typically their price is reasonable but the Pointersaurus was a tad expensive. I can’t help but feel slighted and a little disappointed that they didn’t offer us some sort of discount on the cost of toppings since it was a half-and-half.

Let’s do the math for this pizza:

35.11 base price
4.73 Ham
4.73 Pineapple
4.73 Pepperoni
4.73 Onion
4.73 Green Pepper
4.73 Sausage
4.73 Mushrooms

That adds up to $68.22 before tax, the delivery charge and tip. And just in case your math is as bad as mine – the toppings cost $33.11.

I mean, I get it that Pointer’s wants to charge $4.73 for each topping, but they still managed to be especially skimpy with the mushrooms, onions and pepperoni. Those three toppings alone were $14.19 - I shouldn't have to scrounge around for (and never find) a piece of pizza with mushrooms AND onions AND pepperoni on it.

Seriously, if we’re paying almost five bucks for a topping and it’s only going on half the pizza, you should at least be generous with your portions.

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Listening to: Primus - Southbound Pachyderm
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19 February 2008

Any-Croc'll-Do

These shoes are ugly.

Crocs

I know, I know; they're comfortable.

(They're still ugly.)

Of course I have better things to blog about. It's just that my thoughts were interrupted when I spied this newly purchased pair of ugly-as-sin shoes lying around the house.

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Watching a clip from Mr. Show: Cock Ring Warehouse
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16 February 2008

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Today is my 99th Post!

I don't actually have 99 Bottles of Beer on the wall, but if you'd like to see something like that I suggest you head to your local liquor store.

Arena Liquor


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Listening to: The White Stripes - Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine
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12 February 2008

One Great Interview Experiment after another

Like many before me, I signed up for the Great Interview Experiment. It’s a simple concept; the person who signed up before me is interviewing me and I am interviewing the person who signed up after me. In other words: A interviews B; B interviews C; C interviews D; and so on.

The part that’s been confusing me is which one do I post? The one where I ask the questions? Or answer them? So I’m just going to post both because it’s my blog and I can do what I want.

You can read the other interviews here but for now, check out my interview with Becca who blogs at Gray and Becca: the (Future) Sanborns.

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Jeannette: How did you and your fiancée meet?
Becca: We originally met at a bible study on campus, but he doesn't remember that meeting. My friend Samantha had been hanging out with a bunch of his friends and invited me over one night so she could hang out with another guy she really liked. She abandoned me in his room and sparks flew. We talked for like 3 hours and then a friendship started and led to dating. :)

Jeannette: How did you get engaged?
Becca: He proposed to me at a dear friend's house on our one year anniversary. I knew an engagement was coming so he had to tell me a few lies so I wouldn't suspect that day. We had a meeting to go to and he proposed outside under the stars before the meeting started. It was amazing; I definitely did not expect it.

Jeannette: Why did you pick the specific date you've set for your wedding?
Becca: Well, we wanted the 14th (the day we started dating in January), but knew that it would be hard to get that day in a summer month. We decided on May because he'd be out of school and picked the weekend after graduation. It was just that simple. It actually happens to be the date his grandparents got married over 50 years ago!

Jeannette: Where are you going for your honeymoon and why?
Becca: Cruise to the Bahamas. I wanted to go several I had never been and a cruise was something we both wanted to do. It's like a sightseeing vacation, but with more relaxation.

Jeannette: You recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. What made you choose that degree?
Becca: I have always loved to write and decided that Journalism was what I want to pursue once I got to college. I job shadowed an editor in high school and loved it.

Jeannette: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Becca: haha a rockstar! I used to "practice" on my front porch with a radio singing to my neighbors

Jeannette: Pick a scar on your body. How did you get it?
Becca: I had a big scar on my left leg that I got about 9 months ago. I was exploring a building that was not quite finished and rammed my leg into a metal bar sticking up out of the ground. It definitely hurt and bled a lot!

Jeannette: What would you like to teach others about?
Becca: Hmm I'm not sure, I guess I'd like to teach others that we shouldn't focus so much on materialistic things and enjoy each other more, and nature.

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Looking back at my questions, I first thought:

Dear Jnet,
Your interview questions are lame.
Love, Jnet


My second thought:

Pick a scar on your body. How did you get it? Dude, you sound like a freak! What kind of question is that!? What the hell were you thinking!? Oh wait, just slip that in just after, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” and then redeem yourself with, “What would you like to teach others about?”

Smooth move, Ex-lax!

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Listening to: Silence
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Go ahead, make my day!

Lately I’ve been feeling jealous of Mental Poo because he has a long row of awards down the side of his blog. Every time I see them, I imagine his shelves at home lined with every award he’s won his entire life, including those Thanks-For-Trying-But-You-Can-Suck-a-Big-One-Because-You’re-Still-a-LOSER awards.

I think, “Gee, I’ve never even won one of those You’re-Still-a-Loser awards” and then I take a sip out of my World’s-Biggest-Asshole coffee mug as I ponder that thought.

Then it happened.

Raven’s Roads gave me the You-Make-My-Day award! She’s doing all kinds of cool stuff and somehow I managed to make her day and win an award for it!

Now THAT made my day! Thanks, Linda!




I’d like to pass the You-Make-My-Day award to:

- Hi I’m Kim for making me laugh (a lot) and sharing your story, as personal as it is.

- Jessica for that time you did this.

- Baol because you manage to keep me visiting your site again and again even though I don't speak, read or otherwise comprehend Italian.

- Mental Poo because you need more awards cluttering up your site deserve it.

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Listening to: Man Man – Zebra
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11 February 2008

Dude, what's up with your socks?

Feeling rather tired this morning, I failed to stick each toe into its individual toe-holder. Despite the fact that my feet appear hideously deformed, I've been wearing my socks wrong all day.

Dude, what's up with your socks

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Listening to: Man Man - Against the Peruvian Monster
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10 February 2008

I Suck at Bingo

Who knew that sucking at Bingo was possible?

I make the unpossible, possible; turning wacked out fantasies into reality.

Sometimes I stamp numbers that have been called.

Free Space

Oh wait, that's a free space.

Other times I stamp numbers just for the hell of it.

Not Fifty

I thought somebody said "fifty"?

If you haven't played Bingo before, you should know that a free space isn't always free. Sometimes you're not supposed to stamp those, and this photo was taken during one of those times. I can't remember if the game was B&O, Baseball, or maybe Bingo the hard way. - I just know that the free space didn't even count.

Dude, I stamped the free space when I wasn't supposed to.

How lame is that?

The game moves so fast, I can barely keep up with twelve cards.

If you haven't played Bingo before, it might be a good time to inform you that when you play on paper, with an ink dobber, each game has a different color sheet.

I left for a break, came back to my seat just in time for the next game and what do I notice? Six of my cards are green and six are black.

When tearing off my pink sheets, I inadvertently tore off an extra layer of paper and lost six black cards. Dumbass!

Now that I think of it, that's just as bad as my brother realizing he should play both sheets of his color raffle - ten minutes into game play.

Copper and Blue

A Bingo chip during Color Raffle play.

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Listening to: Man Man - White Rice, Brown Heart
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09 February 2008

Origami Schmorigami

Remember when I mentioned folding origami? And that I made a couple things for Susan's birthday? No?

No problem!

I took pictures while folding the Japanese Brocade to show that it's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5.

Step 1: Choose six pieces of paper.

Japanese Brocade - At Conception


Step 2: Start folding.

Japanese Brocade - In Progress


Step 3: You're not done yet! Keep folding!

Japanese Brocade - All Six Pieces


Step 4: Join the pieces together.

Japanese Brocade - Under Construction


Step 5: Admire your work.
Awwwww, pretty! Susan's going to love it!

Japanese Brocade - Complete

If you're interested in exactly how this was made, I recommend picking up a copy of the origami handbook by Rick Beech.

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Listening to: Man Man - Feathers
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08 February 2008

Lunch: in the form of a circle

I’ve still been taking pictures of circles and squaring them. I can’t help myself; I've morphed into some sort of crazed-circle-maniac.

The problem is I don’t always have time to crop, title and post them on flickr. Plus, I have other pictures I should be posting – like pictures from Hawaii. We were on the Big Island for five days and I haven’t posted one photo.

Today I spent about 30 minutes looking through my pictures and finding circles to square. It’s interesting to me that I’ve been taking so many pictures of the things I eat and drink. For years I said I couldn’t get excited about food. I didn’t realize my excitement would come in the form of photographing it.

Luckily our dishes are round, not square.

For lunch today, I ate a turkey sandwich with cheese and avocado. Oh, and I had avocado on the side.

Today's Lunch

I drank two glasses of milk, too. (With ice, of course.)

Today's Milk

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Listening to: Man Man – Skin Tension
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06 February 2008

One of those days

I can't explain it, but somehow I have road rage even though I haven't driven my car today.

05 February 2008

Super-Duper Tuesday

As a teenager I never understood why people would avoid religious and political discussions. I understand now. It just pisses people off. As a result, I mostly avoid such discussions because while I care, I don’t care enough to argue.

I’m amazed at the people who still, today, are unsure of who they’re voting for. I can’t place all the blame on the individual, because while you know where you stand, it’s not always easy to understand the candidate's position on every issue.

To help find your way, you can play the Candidate Match Game, test your Electoral Compass and Vote Smart (Thanks, Jaelithe).

You can visit Wikipedia to learn about the 2008 US Presidential Election and the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and Wikipedia also links to each candidate’s web page.

As can be expected, NPR is choked full of info, too.

So, I’m not trying to argue, just know that if you’re still unsure of who’re voting for (go Obama!) there are a few tools to help you figure it out.

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Listening to: Man Man – Engrish Bwudd
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Update: I voted for Obama despite the chain mail I received multiple times, which states he's a "radical Muslim" and he "will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches."

Seriously, people! Get. A. Grip.

If that were true, he wouldn't have come as far as he has.

(duh)

I voted

04 February 2008

When I'm Me

Our niece, Aiden, is becoming quite the artist.

She drew the picture below and said:
That's you, Jeannette-E. Especially if you're you!

You got that right, sister.



(Aiden is three.)

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Listening to: Man Man - I'd Rather Go Blind
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01 February 2008

Nothing to do with Anything

Not that this has to do with anything, but I saw the clip below on The Loquaciously Verbose Ramblings of 1 Slacker and thought it was damn funny.

At first I thought “loquaciously verbose” meant something like, “I use big words for my age, kind of like those kids on Dawson’s Creek.”

Thank you, dictionary.com. I know now that it means something more like, “I’m a long-winded talker and tend to use more words than necessary.”

Now that’s my kind of blog!

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Listening to: Modest Mouse - Lounge
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