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Random Dinner #2

The first roll gave us the vegenaise/mayonaise page.
The second roll was just beyond the range of pages.
The third roll gave us how to store oils.
The fourth roll was Creamy Baked Pasta with Mushrooms and Cheese.  It's in the oven right now and smells awesome.


Random Dinner

Chris and I were getting bored with the things we always make for meals, so we got out the polyhedral dice and rolled for random pages from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.  We got Braised Tomato Salad and Braised Tofu in Caramel Sauce.  Yum and Yum!   All in all a very sucessful experiment. 


ValhallaCon is Over

and I'm still chuckling over some of the things Jonathan and San said in the social comics panel.  I had a great time.  I got to see a whole lot more of the convention than I thought I would be able.  Overall a positive experience.  LET'S DO IT AGAIN!

Why I'll never be an expert chef

Today, while making split pea soup, I chopped up a potato to add.  I added half the potato and saw that it was enough.  What could I do with the other half?  Nothing, so I added it too even though I knew it would be too much.



Today my NYT crossword calendar puzzle was by Merle Reagle.  That's right, a Tuesday puzzle by Merle Reagle. 

Why is this interesting? 

It's the puzzle that was featured in the movie Word Play.  I actually figured out that it was the same puzzle before reading a single clue.


I lost my little buddy!

I had him last night, but today I walked to work without him and when I came home he just wasn't where I looked.  If you've seen him (he's kind of rectangular and thin and sports a red blinking light and a safety pin on a string) please let me know.  I miss him.


This morning Chris took me to the EMP/SFM to see the new Jim Henson exhibit.  It was not a large exhibit, but it was really neat and was included with the EMP/SFM entry fee.  I got to see Bert and Ernie and Rowlf among others.  The exhibit is leaving mid-August, so if you want to see it, see it soon.


And my predictions are . . .

Unlike mykque01  I'm willing to take what the academy  gives me.

Motion Picture -- Milk
Actor -- Mickey Rourke
Actress -- Kate Winslet
Supporting Actor -- Michael Shannon
Supporting Actress -- Amy Adams
Directing -- Gus Van Sant
Screenplay for Screen -- WALL-E
Screenplay based -- Frost/Nixon
Cinematography -- Slumdog Millionaire
Editing -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction -- The Dark Knight
Costume Design -- The Duchess
Makeup -- The Dark Knight
Original Score -- Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song -- Jai Ho
Sound -- WALL-E
Sound Editing -- Iron Man (My biggest complaint about Slumdog was its sound!  Who nominated that?)
Visual Effects -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Animated Feature -- WALL-E
Foreign Language -- Okuribito
Documentary -- Trouble the Water
Short Documentary -- The Conscience of Nehm En
Animated Short -- Presto
Live Short -- Auf der Strecke

I learned stuff last weekend!

grouchychris  and I went to Pacific Science Center to see Lucy this last weekend.  A lot of the exhibit is about the history of Ethiopia.  Some of the exhibit is about paleontology.  You get a really good look at the real Lucy.

Things I learned:  Ethiopia is a Christian country.  Ras Tafari was a real guy (and became the Emperor of Ethiopia).  Lucy's skeleton is about 40% complete which is amazing considering her age.  Ethiopian food smells really good.

Through much of the exhibit I felt crowded, but I was able to get a close look at everything I cared to get a close look at and play with everything I wanted to play with.  The one place that didn't feel crowded was the room with Lucy.  They did a really good job of crowd control in that area.

I highly recommend going to see her.  She's only in Seattle until March 8. 

Meme land

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