06 March 2011

This Life is a Test.

"This life has been a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have received instructions on where to go and what to do."

Yesterday was a nostalgia filled day if ever there was one. Looking to re-watch Weeds season five, I connected to Netflix. Low and behold, on my page of suggestions, first and foremost, was My So-Called Life, the complete series (all of the one season). Of course, I had to spend the entire day (well, my daughter's nap time and my few free hours in the evening) watching it.
Okay, so the main character is a tad more morose and, well, boring than I remember. I swear, high school wasn't nearly so life or death for me. (Note the sarcasm.)

What really struck me about this show is the amazing quotes sprinkled throughout. I don't remember having such epic moments of insight when I was 15. I was probably too busy trying to slouch unnoticed through the halls to think of any. And, because I feel the need to do something, I am going to share some of these quote with the handful of people that may read this blog. Here goes nothing:

- "What's amazing is when you can feel your life going somewhere. Like, your life just figured out how to get good. Like, that second."
- "If only there were a button somewhere that I could push. To force me to stop talking."
- "My parents keep asking how school was. It's like saying, 'How was that drive-by shooting?' You don't care how it *was*, you're lucky to get out alive."
- "Sometimes I think if my mother wasn't so good at pretending to be happy she might be better at actually being happy."
- "Sometimes someone says something really small and it just fits into this empty place in your heart."
- "It's like you think you are safe or something cause you can just walk away anytime, cause you don't need her - you don't need anyone. But the thing you didn't realize is, you're wrong."
- "It's like you have created your own prison and now you have to exist in it."

I severely dislike how suddenly the series ends. It's like everyone just got tired of making it. And the fact that the last episode shows the heroine getting into the car with the guy who is so bad for her, (though one whose picture I could drool over for the next decade) while the guy who is perfect for her, and loves her so unconditionally, watches. And she just stares at him while she's driven away into the sunset.

03 March 2011


This is my very first Favorite Things Friday. (Even though it is still Thursday here. I just couldn't wait.) My favorite thing for the week (and absolutely one of my favorite things EVAR) is (are?) Waffles!
I made some today for my daughter and I for breakfast. Nothing beats a nice warm, freshly made waffle in the morning.
I think one of the reasons I love this comfort food so much is that it takes me back to the Sunday mornings when I would wake up to the delicious smell of pancakes, and upon walking barefoot into the kitchen, would hear the wonderful sound of bacon frying. Bacon's good for you, right?
Nothing like stuffing your face on the weekend. It took the thought of all my unfinished homework and the tests the next day out of my mind for a while.
Here is one of the best recipes I have ever tried:
Cinnamon-Raisin Waffles
* 1 Cup flour
* 2 TBS brown sugar, packed
* 2 TSP baking powder
* 1 1/2 TSP cinnamon
* 1 egg
* 1 cup milk
* 2 TBS oil
* 1/3 cup raisins (I prefer golden raisins)

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and oil. Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture. Stir until batter is just combined. Stir in raisins.
Pour about 3/4 cup of batter onto waffle baker. Cook about five minutes or until golden brown.
(This recipe is for a Belgian waffle grid. If you have another type, you may need to use less batter per waffle.)
Anyone notice that (literally) 2/3 of my posts are about food.

02 March 2011

Diet (un)friendly

WHY do I keep reading Bakerella?! Every time I do I come across something I want to make and then consume. Just look at those Hi Hat Cupcakes! Chocolate cake topped with chocolate-encrusted marshmallow. *Drool*.
I don't think I can stop myself from making these and then inhaling them all. I just keep thinking of all the variations I could do with these. The marshmallow could be left undipped. Candy Melts would be excellent for these tasties - imagine them topped in blue or pink or red! Or dark chocolate with red sprinkles? Or what about just making the marshmallow and dipping in chocolate, maybe with a lollipop stick?
Wow I am giving myself a hernia.
Has anyone attempted these?

01 March 2011

I Am Addicted

World of Warcraft. If you've never played it, don't start. At least, not if you have something even close to an addictive personality. You will become obsessed. I have been playing this game off-and-on for a year or so, and at this point, if I'm not with my daughter, cleaning or with friends, I am playing this accursed game.
Sleep? When I'm (in the game) dead!
In fact, anyone wondering where the name Sqquee came from? My Enhancement Shaman's name is Sqquee. (The name is based on one of my favorite comic book characters EVAR, Squee. However, that was not available, so I improvised!) And boy, does she rock.
If I was given the option, (and Azeroth were not quite so filled with scary things) I would pack myself and my daughter up and move into Stormwind City. Where I would make my living skinning animals and enchanting armor to add extra mana and stamina. Needless to say, I live vicariously through my characters.
I mean, seriously. You're running across continents on your trained elephant or tiger, in life-or-death battles with anything wandering across your path. The never-ending battle of Alliance vs. Horde. Defending your cities when the other faction decides to strike. Levitating. Baking giant raptor egg omelets. Joining random dungeon groups with five people who could be from anywhere in the world.
What, absolutely what, is not to love about this game?

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