Thursday, May 31, 2007
The first recipe I put up is spiced pork tenderloin, which I made for Ray, who is a big pork fan. I tried it quite awhile ago, but the rub really was very good.
The second recipe is turkey risotto, which we just had tonight. This is my first try at risotto and I think we'll like it, but I'm not sure I got this recipe quite right yet. I liked it, but the rice seemed a little underdone - didn't have enough liquid, although I added all of the most amount of liquid listed in the recipe. I think I just need to finesse it a bit. I'm going to try another risotto recipe in a week or so. I bought the rice, so why not? I really like the idea - a creamy rice dish with no cream. Even good for me!
I also updated one other recipe - grilled chicken pitas. The marinade had mayo in it and both Ray and I though it tasted funny, so we left it out and just did more of the other two ingredients and it was much better. Ray really liked the extra marinade for on the sandwich with just the honey and mustard.
I finished spring cleaning in the basement - now I move upstairs. I started before we left for ND, but I just didn't have the energy or want because of the nasty semester. But now I'm much more into it. I want a nice CLEAN house!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This is funny! The instructor was definitely in the right (and he won), but what the nerve of the students - shows what they are like!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Tom Wayne has amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store, Prospero's Books.
His collection ranges from best sellers, such as Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October" and Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities," to obscure titles, like a bound report from the Fourth Pan-American Conference held in Buenos Aires in 1910. But when he wanted to thin out the collection, he found he couldn't even give away books to libraries or thrift shops; they said they were full.
The owner cites national studies as well as his own experience that Americans are reading less:
Wayne said he has seen fewer customers in recent years as people more often get their information from television or the Internet. He pointed to a 2002 study by the National Endowment for the Arts, that found that less than half of adult respondents reported reading for pleasure, down from almost 57 percent in 1982.
So what do you think of burning books as a protest? One man in the article agreed with Wayne:
"I think, given the fact it is a protest of people not reading books, it's the best way to do it," Bechtel said. "(Wayne has) made the point that not reading a book is as good as burning it."
While I'm horrified at the thought of burning books, I also agree that people don't read enough. Reading is my absolute favorite way to spend a day!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Part of the port slid into the sea during a natural disaster soon thereafter, the researchers said, burying the anchor in 5 feet of sediment.
Just some of the original anchor remains, but this is still a great find. It goes with many great finds from this area:
Underwater ruins found at Urla in the past few years-including "a large sunken area that shows human habitation," said Artzy-revealed that the undocumented disaster sunk part of Klazomenai sometime in the 6th century B.C.
"On the sea floor, we found a layer of what we call Poseidon grass [like seaweed], and beneath that it was covered with ceramics with goat motifs from that time," she told LiveScience. "It is all preserved in a layer, and you can see that the anchor is part of that period too."
At this same, site you can check out the top 10 Ancient capitals. Rome won, but I think Constantinople should have it (it was 3rd - behind Athens). I mean look at the Hagia Sophia - it is just magnificent! One of my life goals is to actually see this building.
The world's oldest ship was found off Egypt:
Excavations at an ancient Egyptian shipyard have unearthed remains of the world's oldest seafaring ships.
The 4,000-year-old timbers were found alongside equally ancient cargo boxes, anchors, coils of rope and other naval materials just as old, at what archaeologists are calling a kind of ancient military administration site.
While older boats have been found, this is oldest sea-faring vessel. It also gives us important information on Egypt:
According to Ward, it was widely thought that while ancient Egyptians often traveled along the Nile in smaller river boats, they did not have the technological ability to voyage long distances. Evidence at Wadi Gawasis seems to suggest that they were, in fact, prolific sea-goers like later civilizations in Greece and Rome.
The mere presence of shipworm damage, accrued usually during voyages of at least several months, suggests that ancient Egyptians actually spent a lot of time at sea.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope spotted a ring of dark matter in a galaxy cluster some five billion light-years away from Earth, which measured some 2.6 million light-years across.
"This is the first time we have detected dark matter as having a unique structure that is different from the gas and galaxies in the cluster," said James Jee, a member of NASA's team of astronomers.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
One of the boxes - I had to sort all the papers into order, itemize them...believe me a lot of work!
The entire collection (22 boxes, 10 linear feet) on the shelf.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
These are my Jewels statue - the woman is Cornelia and the men are various Civil War heros from Ohio.
Peace statue - very pretty!
This the exterior of the Statehouse - there are actually a lot of statues, I've picked a few of my favorites!
Isn't this great - this is ALL done with stitching and different colored cloth! It is just AMAZING.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I got this in my inbox this week and couldn't resist!
When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, and golf -- always something more important to me.Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.
I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a few minutes. When I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."
The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.
Moral to the story: Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is the husband.