Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Foods I Have Tried

  1. Chinese food in Italy
  2. black pepper ice cream
  3. bison burger
  4. octopus balls
  5. chitlins
  6. braunschweiger
  7. foie gras
  8. injera (a.k.a. "spongefork")
  9. mariquitas
  10. pierogi
  11. potato knish
  12. goat sandwich
  13. 18th century Thanksgiving dinner
  14. Croque McDo
  15. boudin
  16. an 11-plus-course meal on my wedding night
  17. rabbit. mmmm...lots of rabbit.
  18. breakfast from a scary-looking Asian convenience store in Philadelphia (dang it was good, though!)
  19. paprika pringles
  20. grass jelly tea, from a can, through a straw

Things I've Seen Outside My Window in the Past 2 Hours

  1. The truck that hit our canopy and kept going.
  2. Girl in puffy, shiny silver jacket, looking very space-age or like a puffy robot.
  3. Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco bus with a guy with his face painted sticking his head out the window.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Overheard at the Bon-Ton Cafe

Please note that these were all said by the same loud guy at the next table during the course of one breakfast:
  1. "She cut me with a knife and I pushed her away."
  2. "...an artist with no arms..."
  3. "Wink Martindale was on Joker's Wild. I really need to look that up."
  4. "He and Tiny Tim were pretty close."
  5. "...with some air holes in it!"
  6. "Buy better innertubes!"

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

5 Reasons to Go to the Calvary Waffle Shop

1. fish pudding

2. waffles and sausage

3. spaghetti with rye bread

4. schaum torte

5. Boston cream pie

The Calvary Waffle Shop is open from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM weekdays through March 14.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bloggers Who Need to Step Off!

Everyone's all up in my list-making:
1. Mrs. ChockleyBlog
2. theology&geometry
3. Sassy Molassy
4. at home she feels like a tourist

Auxiliary List - for real, though:
1. I'm totally kidding - make all the lists you want - I love them!
2. I think we need to see some lists from Mrs. Katherine.
3. Extra points for whoever can find the similarity to me in one of the above lists.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Last Week

1. Saw a dog wearing sunglasses, standing by himself at the corner of Madison and 2nd.
2. Had 5 sightings of a woman walking west on Madison, each time carrying a different lightweight piece of furniture (rattan and plastic) and a rolling suitcase.
3. Trapped at work by a storm for about an hour.
4. Read by flashlight.
5. I fell - slipped on the rain-drenched deck while taking out the trash.
6. Saw someone wearing the same jacket as me.
7. Bookclub! Discussed Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
8. Saw a rocket car on Top Gear.

9. Visited these sites for work. Noted that there are some hallways in City Hall that make me feel very claustrophobic.
10. Watched the season premier of Lost and guess what? I'm more confused than ever.
11. Got a new calendar!
12. Painted, got frustrated and destroyed the painting, got some help via a book on Lucian Freud, then did better on the next try.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Where I Went for Work This Week

  1. Memphis City Schools/Board of Education
  2. City Hall
  3. Germantown Performing Arts Center (which had no power at the time)
  4. to an office overlooking the river
  5. to an office in the Ridgeway Loop
  6. Otherlands
  7. Orange Mound Community Center
  8. National Ornamental Metal Museum (that was really for a visit & not for work)
  9. The Caritas Village at 2509 Harvard Ave. (a neat little community coffee shop)
    (this was all in the span of 3 days)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Definitions of Bokononist Words

From Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
(in order of appearance, of course)

1. karass: "teams that do God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing"

2. kan-kan: the instrument that brings one into a karass

3. sinookas: the tendrils of one's life

4. wampeter: the pivot of a karass

5. busy, busy, busy: "what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is"

6. vin-dit: "sudden, very personal shove in the direction of Bokononism, in the direction of believing that God Almighty knew all about me, after all, that God Almighty had some pretty elaborate plans for me"

7. wrang-wrang: "a person who steers people away from a line of speculation by reducing that line, with the example of the wrang-wrang's own life, to an absurdity"

8. duprass: a karass composed of only 2 persons

9. granfallon: "a false karass, ...a seeming team that was meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done"

10. hy-u-o-ook-kuh: "the hook," punishment for following Bokonon

11. bok-o-maru: "the mingling of awarenesses"

12. zah-mah-ki-bo: "fate - inevitable destiny"

13. foma: lies

14. duffle: "the destiny of thousands upon thousands of persons when placed in the hands of a 'stuppa'"

15. stuppa: a fogbound child

16. sarooned: "...acquiesced to the seeming demands of my vin-dit"

17. sin-wat: "a man who wants all of somebody's love"

18. pool-pah: "wrath of God" or "shit storm"