Quick Daily Updates, May 2012

May 25
“For Douglas’s sake, don’t forget your towel today! 5/25/12 is not just the annual Towel Day to honor the genius of Douglas Adams, but Super Towel Day (5 + 25 + 12 = 42!!!!) A day that won’t recur for another … century, when the cosmic solution to life, the universe, and everything just may be revealed. Why a towel? It is, after all …. “the massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. Most importantly, a towel has immense psychological value…” So long Douglas, and thanks for all the fish…” — David Brin

May 23
After dinner, took a walk with Doc and Jamie in the warm evening air, and got mini slurpees (free!) at the 7-11. Fun family outing!

I’m reading Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods,” and now I have a strong desire to take 8 months off work and hike the Appalachian Trail.

May 22
Four — count ’em, four — freelance jobs came in for Doc and I today. When it rains, it pours! (And two more for him and one more for me have come in since then!)

May 21
Ohhhhh noooooooo… UT’s commencement program for its public affairs graduates had an error on the cover, calling the school the “Lyndon B. Johnson School of Pubic Affairs.” Talk about the mother of all typos.

It reminded me of this old Saturday Night Live ad parody, “The Power to Crush the Other Kids.”

May 18
So, apparently our 3-1/2 year old knows the difference between a cyclops (guy with one eye), centaur (part horsie, part man), Minotaur (guy with bull head), medusa (lady with snakes instead of hair), and mermaid (lady on top with fish bottom). Mythology FTW!

While at the park yesterday, Jamie spotted a plant he wasn’t familiar with and said “I should not touch this. Leaves of three, let them be bees in there.”

May 16
Bonnie Valant-Spaight – shall we go into business together?

May 13
Had a lovely Mother’s Day with my two favorite boys in the whole wide world. Slept in (!!!), coffee and cinnamon rolls on the patio, made chocolate cake, read stories, went out to lunch, played at the park by Christie Elementary (ah, the memories), watched tv during quiet time, I went for a run, made dinner, and a certain someone cooperated with brushing teeth tonight. Oh, and about 1,000 “I love you, Mommy!”s.

I love that Jamie is raptly watching Fantasia. He really likes the dancing flowers part (sugarplum waltz).

Jamie’s Chocolate Cake

This recipe contains no gluten or dairy. It tastes delicious!! So moist and chocolatey. Most people would never know it was missing anything. I adapted it from a brownie recipe at http://www.delightedmomma.com/2012/05/flourless-zucchini-brownies.html

1 cup almond butter (I used half sunflower butter, half almond butter. You can probably use peanut butter too)
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 medium/large zucchini
1/4 cup gluten-free Bisquick baking mix (optional)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli semi-sweet, which happen to be dairy free)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease a 9″x9″ baking pan.

Combine almond butter, honey, and brown sugar in a large bowl.

Grate zucchini on a box grater or in a food processor. Then chop the strands finely, into tiny pieces. Pile the pieces into a thick layer of paper towels (or a clean kitchen towel) and wring to get as much liquid out as possible.

Add zucchini to bowl, along with the remaining ingredients. Stir until combined.

Pour into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

May 11
Jamie gets to go have some pictures taken of his bones! Yay! (He’s been complaining of hip pain for a few weeks)

Today’s morning drive music: “Bad” (U2), “Hungry For You (j’aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)” (The Police), “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (Radiohead), “Mining for Gold” (Cowboy Junkies), and “Memories” (Mars Volta).

May 10
Nothing like a little Unforgettable Fire to get me through the afternoon.

May 10
I’m eating lunch out at a restaurant and “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” just came on the music system. What the what?!

Thank you, Mr. President!

May 9
Omg! Dallas people! Have you been outside?! Go! Now!

May 8
I am convinced one of the cubicles in my office is built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Ohhh…. so sad. 🙁 We will miss you, Maurice Sendak, “author of splendid nightmares.”

And THIS is why I only check my work email twice a day now. “Frequent email checkers are stressed out, and removing the constant email-checking from a worker’s habits meant more focus and productivity, less stress.”

May 7
Is it bad that I felt good about letting someone make a difficult turn in front of me, but then regretted my generosity when I realized she was blabbing away on her cell phone?

May 5
Enjoying the Chipotle exhibit at the Arburrito

May 4
Got told, “I don’t want you here! I only want Daddy and Bob!” when I met Doc, Jamie and my brother out for lunch today. Ouch.

May the 4th be with you!

Perhaps I have had too much coffee this morning. #bouncingoffthewalls

May 3
Loved coming home this evening to a Devo dance party. Doc taught Jamieson to pogo.

Burt’s Bee’s is owned by Clorox. Betcha didn’t know that. I didn’t until I used the “forgot password” link on their site login screen, and got a reset email from the Clorox company. That doesn’t necessarily mean their products aren’t good or that they don’t actually use natural and organic ingredients. I’m just disappointed at discovering, yet again, that giant corporations own the world. At any rate, they are offering a spring sampler kit free with any $30 purchase.

May 2

Nothing beats a chocolate almondmilk mustache

SO CUTE! I love this illustrator (Alain Grée)

May 1
The other hallway in our building smells like Mr. Sketch markers.

HOW have I never had cheesy grits before tonight???! OMG.

Lovely. Kashi purposely misleads it’s consumers and then blames them for “not understanding.”


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