Monday, September 26, 2005

It IS Possible to Gain Weight on Diet Cat Food

That is, if your mom "hides" a half-full bag behind a cabinet and thinks you won't find it, but you do, and you rip a cat-sized hole in the side and climb inside and eat and eat until you can't eat any more.

Remember to continue to beg your mom to fill your cat food bowl so she won't suspect.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Decrepitness (is that a word?)

I had my annual-only-if-they-insist eye exam yesterday. He prescribed me bifocals. I am mortified.

That's the last time I go to THAT eye doctor!

(Just kidding, Dr. Rixen.)

Monday, September 19, 2005


September 19th. Talk Like a Pirate Day. I've waited months for this.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Today's Woot: A very cool coffee-related toy

I confess, I am a sucker for a fun coffee-related gadget. We have tried out more types of coffee brewing machines than most families, including several styles of French presses, and we have, I must also confess, a corner of the basement reserved for a coffee maker morgue. At present we are using a Cuisinart Grind-n-Brew (also a Woot! purchase) on days when someone will be around to drink that much coffee, or a glass French press from IKEA on days when we are all grabbing a quick cup before heading off in various directions.

Today, Woot! is selling a really neato coffee maker. It's a Keurig single-cup coffee maker. And no, it's not a sized-down normal drip coffee maker. Wayne and Roseann have a Keurig, so I've gotten to try it, and it has a nice big reservoir, then you pop a little Green Mountain (or knockoff) coffee packet into a slot, put your mug under the spout, and push a button. The Keurig quick-heats water, forces it at high pressure through the coffee packet and into your mug, in about 2 minutes max. This is really good, really HOT coffee! It was great fun.

For budgetary reasons, and because of the morgue, I am not allowed to buy today's Woot!, but if you do, then I can enjoy it vicariously through you.

Now if Woot! ever sells a coffee roaster, we'll be first in line. We still don't have one of those. We might not use it as often as we think we would, but we love the idea of roasting our own beans.

Hey, that's what Cuisinart needs to work on now! A Cuisinart Roast-n-Grind-n-Brew. Raw beans to cuppa in about 10 minutes. Yeah, I'd buy that.

Monday, September 12, 2005


The most frequently asked question lately seems to be, "Why aren't you updating your blog?"

And here I thought nobody was reading it but me. :)

The Whited Sepulchre

The second-most frequently asked question is, "How is the house coming along?"

Sure, it looks great from the outside, but inside...

Right now we're struggling to get all that black icky stuff you see in the photo scraped off the dining room floor. It's a nice old maple floor, but to find it, first we pulled off the ugly grey indoor-outdoor carpet, then a layer of linoleum squares, then a layer of sheet linoleum, and finally here is this black stuff. Barry thinks it may be tar paper. Anyway, it glued itself pretty thoroughly to the floor, and the only real way to get it off is by scraping, scraping and scraping.

It's the new punishment/threat in the house. Kids having a fight? "If you kids don't settle this you're ALL GOING TO SCRAPE THE FLOOR!" Kids want to stay up past bedtime? "Sure, if you're staying up to SCRAPE THE FLOOR!"

Actually it's resulted in some rather nice "family moments," when we all sprawl on the floor with our scrapers, hacking away at gunk, and share our innermost thoughts (the most often voiced one being, "I sure wish this floor was done"). And we really are making progress. We only have a few square feet to go.

Then we get to rent the floor sander, sand the floor, and somehow get a finish on it without a) walking on it ourselves or b) having the cat walk through and get stuck in it.