Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Late last week, this quote appeared on a small piece of paper taped to the back of bathroom stall doors. While the sentiments are lovely, I'm not sure that I want to be having these kinds of deep thoughts or thinking about Ghandi when I'm doing my business at work.
Just saying ...
This quote appeared on Monday:
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your amibitons. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain
I guess notes taped to the back of the door are better than quote-of-the-day t.p.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The event was at the Paramount Screening Room in mid-town, near the MTV studios and Shubert Alley/Theater District. I usually avoid mid-town at all costs because it is crazy with tourists to the point where you cannot walk down the street. This time I had no choice.
[A word of advice to out-of-towners! People, please do not do the following or one of these days I PROMISE I will knock you over and swear at you like the commuter I am! Do not text and walk -- you have no idea how slow you are walking. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot do two things at one time. The same holds true for cellphones. Do not talk on your cellphone and wander aimlessly down the street, or stop abruptly, OR stop in the middle of the subway stairs to finish up your call and/or text. If you are on the stairs or the escalator, STAY TO THE RIGHT! Also, if you MUST take a picture with a camera or a phone, GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK! COME ON ALREADY! Sorry. Mini-rant finished, for now.]
Before the guests arrived, I totally acted like the blogger that I am and took pictures to prove I was there.
The room was on the third floor of this building and the elevator banks opened into this little lobby. The walls were covered with floor to ceiling pictures from some Paramount films, along with this bench at the end of the hall. It took me all night to finally go over and realize that it wasn't a just a place to sit to wait for the elevator, but there for a reason.
That plaque .... read it closely.
It's the bench from Forrest freaking Gump!
Matt's a good sport. I got him to pose for me,
(Yes, I'm a geek!)
I have to get tickets to this play. I loved the film as a teenager, so I can't wait to see what this production is like. I can't understand why Broadway has to be so expensive though!
All in all, it's been a great month for the cultural outings. It does make for some late night though.
and the clock looks like this ...
meaning you've missed the "early" train and you have to wait for another 30-60 minutes ... it's no wonder that even The Shushing Librarian passes out on the train!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
You've got to love little kids. They are so honest in their reactions. The verbal and non-verbal interactions between the sisters really cracks me up, but please pay no attention to the wisenheimer Pace Picante reference from the cinematographer.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Yesterday I went to a special Merrie Miss Mom Nite. I had fun. And I was in a talet show. The people in charge told us about a Secert Sister program in which they give you a name of another girl in a different ward and you write to one another But you sign, Your Secert Sister. It is fun. From all of it I got, a pin, two programs, aflower to remind to write my Secert Sister, a card about my Secert Sister, an award, an invatian, an a picture of my mom and me (with frame), and lots of good feelings.
I seriously want to go back in time and tell my 11-yr-old self to write down what I did at the "talet show," the name of the "secert" sister, put the picture of my mom and me and the programs in this journal. Oh -- and also not to write in a journal in pencil because it's impossible to read or photograph or scan almost 20 years later. I had to Xerox this with super contrast, and then take a photo of the paper, and then use Photoshop on it to get it semi-legible.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
That's my Grandmother's bundt pan. This is the first time I've successfully used it; well, semi-successfully. I still have to get the pound cake OUT of the pan in one piece. I let it cool down in the pan and now it's still stuck in there. (The better not to tempt me to cut into it until it's time to take it to the office.) I've been advised to flip it over, and place hot towels on the pan to loosen up the cake. We'll have to see how that works out. I doubt my colleaques will care as long as they get some. UPDATE: Gave up on getting it out in one piece. I cut it out in slices -- sacrificing the first one, of course, to the baking gods. The office is now the beneficiary of the mess.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Until then, if you see anything you like just drop a line or a comment. Auntie's happy to give dimensions, prices, and care suggestions off-line.
#1: Harvest Ribbon Spiral Scarf (no longer available)
#2: Purple Passion Ribbon Spiral Scarf (not available)
#13: Light Blue Fuzzy Spiral Scarf (not available)
#23: Olive Swede Shawl (no longer available, no photo)
#24: Blue Hoodie Blankie (no longer available)
#25: Lilac Hoodie Blankie (as of 01/10, not available)
#26: Pink Hoodie Blankie (as of 06/09, not available)
#32: Yellow Hoodie Blankie (not available)
#27: Stuffed Black Beta Fish (no longer available, no photo)
#33: White Lacey Blankie (not available)
#34: Yellow Waves of a Crib Cover (as of 10/10, not available)
#35: Black Ladder Fashion Scarf/Belt (not available)
#36: Champagne Ladder Fashion Scarf/Belt (not available)
#39: Sea Foam Granny Square Baby Blankie
#40: Funky Patchwork Granny Square Scarf (not available, donation)
Stay tuned for updates on future projects.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I have more seeds to plant if I fry this batch of soil.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
You know how sometimes the censor button on your mouth doesn't work so well? I had one of those moments yesterday. I was in the midst of a conversation with some colleaques and we were discussing the use of low-fat products and artificial sweeteners in cooking vs. just enjoying life and savoring full-flavored foods. Suddenly I heard myself say:
Life is too damn short;
My a** is too damn big.
Therein lies the eternal struggle.
So, I'm NOT going to feel guilty about the Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake (courtesy of Paula Deen) that I'm going to make this weekend. I'm not going to eat the whole thing after all; I'm making it to share. Plus, if I've remembered anything from the various blog posts and my reading materials* this week, life is too short to skimp -- whether it be on having fun or on enjoying butter and chocolate.
Me thinks there's an embroidered pillow or some dishtowels in there somewhere ...
*The Laws of Harmony by Judith R. Hendricks and Where the River Ends by Charles Martin
Friday, April 17, 2009
Not a drinking establishment in Africa, but yummy edible goodness.
This is an Auntie Nettie family favorite that needs to be shared. It's posted here so I have it for my recipe box as well. Apparently Grandmary was out West visiting the grandkids and wanted to make some of these for little Drew. She called Grumpa back home on the East Coast and he dictated it to her over the phone.
2 & 3/4 cups of sifted flour
2 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cups shortening or oil
2 & 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup nuts
1 small package chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix and sift baking powder, flour, and salt.
Melt shortening and add brown sugar.
Stir well and add eggs, vanilla, and dry ingredients, then add nuts and chocolate chips.
Use a 9x13 pan
Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Page 317 The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks
(In light of a previous entry this week, this still seems very apropos.)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thanks to an e-mail this morning from Jane, The Shushing Librarian has been virtually reunited with her soul-food sister who is cameoing over on The Food Librarian. Check her and her culinary explorations out here!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA, with the same theme as National Library Week. National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 14, 2009), is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
Communities nationwide will celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers during National Library Week, April 12 –18, 2009. This year’s theme is “Worlds connect @ your library.” Whether you're looking to make a small change in your life or a big change in the world, you only have to go as far as your library to get started. From books and magazines to databases and free Internet access, you can find the resources you need at your library.
a message brought to you courtesy of the ALA and The Shushing Librarian!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
These are some ways our family makes Easter a special day.
~ has a special family night and talks about why we celebrate Easter
~ made cards and letters to our grandparents and other family members.
Other things our family did to make Easter special this year.
I won this at a Easter Party. Most spring looking Egg - 9-10 yr olds.