Archive for July, 2006

Hot Times: Summer in the City

July 31, 2006

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It was a great weekend. How could it not be when the projected rain, which we needed so much since that’s all it did for six weekends straight before July, didn’t happen. We got even luckier – it was over 90 degrees in the shade on Saturday! A special thanks to the current administration and the gas guzzling SUVs for that! Bravo.

UC and AG did their best to cope – we went to the movies and sectioned animals at lab. OK, AG didn’t section but she did review which embryos looked like UC found something. In fact, UC missed one that AG suggested was worth a look.

We saw The Devil Wears Prada on Saturday night. We just didn’t have the energy to go downtown in the heat so we settled for the best movie we could find locally. (AG wanted something else, but UC said it was a 1 star movie.) Frankly, AG was embarrassed at first to even consider the Devil. However, it was actually pretty good. While some of the lines disturbed UC, the token flamboyant designer kept referring to Anne Hathaway as “six”. He was giving her the business because 4 is the old size 2 and size 2 is the old size 0. So, he felt she was like a size 14. It wasn’t the fact that this insult is funny; it was more how Stanford from Sex and the City he was about it that was amusing. Glenn Close (see comments) Meryl Streep really made the movie with her Gargamel and Grinch wrapped into one character. UC gave it a generous 3.5 stars.

On Sunday night we saw another movie. And AG lived the dream! We went downtown to see Woody Allen’s new movie, Scoop. It was delightful as well. Not as good as Matchpoint, but still very good in a Manhattan Stories way. Woody lived up to the neurotic New York Jew we all know and love. The best part of the movie was the new theater that has seats that allow the arm rest to go up. AG quite literally laid on the seats like a couch and watched the movie. It was like George Costanza when he lived his dream – sex and food at the same time! UC gave the move 3 stars.

We enjoyed the trailers for fall movies: The Science of Sleep, Little Miss Sunshine and Running with Scissors. Good stuff. Stayed tuned!

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Pot Isn’t That Expensive

July 30, 2006

C’mon now….even the cheapest bag of schwag has gotta be better than huffing mothballs. 

A New Meaning for ‘Fanilow’

July 28, 2006

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I really don’t miss living down the street from Tony Micelli and Sacred Heart!

Thursday’s Recipe

July 27, 2006

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Molten Chocolate Cakes with Sugar Coated Raspberries

Molten Chocolate Cakes:

1 cup unsalted butter

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, or bars, cut into bite-size chunks

5 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

4 teaspoons flour

8 extra-large paper muffin cups (or use 12 regular paper muffin cups)

Garnish:

1 (6-ounce) container fresh raspberries, barely moistened and rolled in about 1/2 cup sugar right before serving

Melt butter and chocolate in medium heat-proof bowl over saucepan of simmering water; remove from heat. Beat eggs, sugar and salt with hand mixer in medium bowl until sugar dissolves. Beat egg mixture into chocolate until smooth. Beat in flour until just combined. (Batter can be made a day ahead and refrigerated; return to room temperature an hour or so before baking.) Before serving dinner, adjust oven rack to middle position; preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line standard-size muffin tin (1/2 cup capacity) with 8 extra-large muffin papers (papers should extend above cups to facilitate removal). Spray muffin papers with vegetable cooking spray. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until batter puffs but center is not set, 8 to 10 minutes. (If using smaller cups baking time will be shortened.) Carefully lift cakes from tin and set on work surface. Pull papers away from cakes and transfer cakes to dessert plates. Top each with sugared raspberries and serve immediately.

Source: Allrecipes.com

Public Service Announcement: Darfur

July 26, 2006

Just a reminder to everyone about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.  Please visit savedarfur.org for more information.

Random

July 26, 2006

Chain smokers who lunch.

Just a concept to kick around…

This song would probably be playing in the background:

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Global Warming — Atleast Some Get It!

July 26, 2006

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In June, the government of Quebec announced a carbon tax on oil and gas companies as an initiative to fight climate changes. Reactions were positive and Canadians recognize the tax as paramount to attempts to reduce man-made greenhouse gases. President Premier Jean Charest went further by insisting that oil producers not be allowed to pass the tax onto consumers.

Imagine a politician who isn’t on the side of big business? Why is it that Canadian politicians get it and American politicians do not appear to have the slightest clue? Perhaps elected folks from Oklahoma should take a lesson from its neighbor to the north who not only defeated America in a war many years ago, but has lived peacefully and civilly for far more years than America can ever imagine.

Take 5 Contest

July 24, 2006

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All you creative Take 5 kids out there, must check this out!

You could win $10,000. Instead of entering our sad little thong contest, maybe this is what all that talent should be going to. AG remembers the talent we saw when we crashed Chevy Tahoe’s Make Your Own Ad site. That’s got to be worth something.

Catching Up

July 24, 2006

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A lot happened over the weekend:

Chuckles had a birthday! We extend a Happy, Happy Birthday to Chuckles. For him, we give this linky love here. After he recovers from his hangover, maybe we’ll get some dirt.

dontEATnachos came over to our blog finally. It’s unlikely he’ll come back anytime soon, but we don’t care. We are just happy dEn came by! It’s the little things — yeah, I’m looking at you Gregor Samsa and Yo Yo!

Fish said Science Fridays is not bathroom reading. Our beloved Presidente creates the categories. Perhaps we can get some suggestions and cajole him into creating some new categories.

Our dear Midniter has returned to work! We are excited and elated to hear this and we hope he’ll post a little about his new job in the near future.

The Holiday Bake-Off was discussed. As a reminder, anyone who judged in 2005, that means you too Jedmunds, has to bake. We should try this year to get cookies out to folks a little sooner than 24 December. We’ll ask Blue Girl, our winner from last year to Chair the judges group and let us know when the date will be when the time comes – November/Decemberish. Should any former contestants wish to bake this year, they are welcome to do so and perhaps we can get our new friends, who don’t wish to bake, to judge. It’s free cookies, folks! This is however much too early to discuss (and AG is trying to improve her chances for winning by keeping others from perfecting their baking skills).

Beloved UC had quite the food weekend and with a little coaxing, maybe he’ll talk about his experience with Roadfood and 2 and 1/2lb fresh Massachusetts lobstahs.

Contest

July 21, 2006

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UPDATE: Keep the entries coming!

Who wants to win something from the RoD Blog Cafe? After AG asked if we had thongs in the blog store, Res suggested AG select something to be printed on them. At that moment, the “Name AG’s Wedgie Thong Contest” began.

Now get your creative juices flowing. You have until 31 July 2006 to submit those ideas to adorablegirlfriend at gmail dot com.

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And don’t send AG pictures of you in your underwear, Butchie.