Monday, June 25, 2018

Chocolate Snack

I've never had any Quaker Oats snacks before, but the chocolate in the name of these Chocolate Rice Crisps caught my eye during a recent visit to the supermarket and, of course, I had to try them.

Bag of Chocolate Rice Crisps

Chocolate Rice Crisps
The rice and what I guess is caramel flavors were more prominent than any chocolate flavor. They were decent and very crispy, but they really got caught in my teeth and are not something I would buy again.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Lactose Free

Over a year ago, I eliminated a lot of lactose and fructose from my diet to keep my IBS under control. That meant no milk, no ice cream, no wheat products, that sort of thing. Oddly enough, some cheeses, like cheddar, are low lactose and fine for me to eat. Recently, I decided to try Lactaid products. The milk is fine, even the two percent fat. And the chocolate ice cream is decent and quite creamy, even if it doesn't have the rich chocolatey goodness of Haagen Dazs or Edy's. But it's fine, especially when I tossed a handful of Nestle's mini chocolate chips into the dish. But it does not make for a good malted, unfortunately. The taste, even with Carnation Chocolate Malt, was somewhat bland and there were hardly any bubbles. Ah well, at least I can enjoy ice cream.

Lactaid Chocolate Ice Cream

Lactaid Chocolate Ice Cream with Nestle Chocolate Chips

Lactose-Free Chocolate Malted


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Quick Links

Oh, this poor, neglected blog. I spend too much time on social media these days, and hardly any time at all here. So, because I don't want this humble, little blog to die, here are some quick links.

This short western video is a delight.
You can help support Puerto Rico's recovery by buying this comic book anthology.
A fun library-related Kickstarter I supported.

Okay, only three links, but they're good ones.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chocolate Chips

Yup, I'm still here. After all these years, it's hard to find things to post about that fit this blog's theme. Even sharing links is tough as most of what I read online these days is political.

But it's National Chocolate Chip Day, so that needed to be noted here.

Jeremiah Might've Broken Off More than He Could Chew
Jeremiah Might've Broken Off More than He Could Chew


Sunday, January 14, 2018

High School

I saw this questionnaire on Facebook.

What year? Class of...1970

1. Did you know your current partner? No

2. Make of your car? None. I didn't, and still don't, drive. My father drove a station wagon.

3. What kind of job did you have? None

4. Were you a party animal? No

5. Were you in Choir and/or school band? No. And you wouldn't want to hear me sing.

6. Ever get suspended from school? No

7. If you could go back, would you? Maybe a do-over would be nice. If I could be young again but retain the wisdom and knowledge I've gained in the years since. It's a matter of "if I knew then what I know now" sort of thing.

8. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? Didn't go to prom. I don't even remember if there was one. I suppose there must have been.

9. Did you skip school? No

10. Go to all the football games? No, didn't go to any.

11. What was your favorite class? It's hard to pick just one. We had to take a semester of Speech and the teacher made that a lot of fun. A few other English teachers made their classes fun, too. The time we wrote song parodies (filking, though I didn't know that word back then) for Return of the Native was one such time.

12. Do you still have your yearbooks? Yup. Also my junior high yearbook. I'm a saver of things.

13. Did you follow the career path you imagined? No, because I really didn't have one. I didn't figure out what I wanted until after I quit my first round of grad school. In high school, I figured I'd go on to college and figure it out then.
I loved what I ended up studying -- psych -- but realized I didn't want to work in that field.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bitter and Sweet

Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Yum. I love this Sandra Boynton cartoon. It's a Facebook post, so I hope the link works for everyone.


Friday, December 29, 2017

End of Year Movie Post

I've been posting about the movies I've seen in a calendar year at the end of December for a few years now. This year, I saw a lot of them On Demand at home and thought about making separate lists for On Demand and In Theater viewings, then figured it doesn't matter since these are all recent movies. So, here's the list, with brief commentary.

  • Spider-Man -- This was loads of fun, everything a Spider-Man movie should be. Plus, Tom Holland was a perfect Peter Parker.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 -- Not as awesome as the first, but just as satisfying, as Peter finds his father. It's hard to capture the freshness of the first one, but this works on a more emotional level.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins -- Saw this at home and am glad I got to see it. A charming, bittersweet story.
  • The Girl on the Train -- I figured out some of it, but was surprised by other bits, then kicked myself for missing the cues and clues. Well done suspense/thriller and though I haven't read the book, it felt like a good adaptation.
  • Loving -- Based on the true story of the Lovings, a mixed race couple who challenged their right to marry and took it to the Supreme Court. Quiet, understated, powerful, and beautifully acted.
  • Zootopia -- Had to wait for this to hit Amazon Prime. A pure delight. 
  • Moonlight -- An award-winning, gay coming-of-age story that deserved the awards.
  • Manchester by the Sea -- Well told story about loss.
  • Moana -- A lovely animated movie with girl power at its heart.
  • Fences -- a tour de force acting showcase for Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
  • Sing -- A fun animated movie. The show must go on!
  • Hidden Figures -- Another based-on-a-true story, as well as a book adaptation that tells the stories of the black women mathematicians in NASA, focusing on John Glenn's historic flight. A must-see movie.
  • The Queen of Katwe -- It was my year for "based-on-a-true-story" movies. This lovely movie is about a young girl in an impoverished African village who becomes a chess champion.
  • LaLaLand -- A delightful musical, but I wasn't as bowled over by it as some people were. I'm glad I saw it, though, and was happy to see it wasn't cheesy or sappy.
  • Beauty and the Beast --A nice job of turning an animated Disney movie into a live-action Disney movie.
  • Wonder Woman -- I could write an essay about this. Suffice it to say, it's about time. Directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, and acted to perfection by Gal Gadot, this was the Wonder Woman movie we needed, full of humor, love, determination, heroics, bravery, and inspiration. The plot is simple, but more isn't needed. Wonder Woman soars and I cried. A lot.
  • Lego Batman Movie -- Fun.
  • Lion -- Another based-on-a-true story, this time about a lost boy in India who is adopted by white Australians, then goes on a search to find his past. Beautifully told.
  • A United Kingdom -- Yup, another based-on-a-true-story film, focusing on the heir to an African throne who falls in love with a white woman in England mid-20th Century. Heart-warming and well acted.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- First in a series of Harry Potter prequels. Eddie Redmayne delights as Newt Scamander and the movie is fun.
  • The Big Sick -- Would you believe this is another based-on-a-true story? It is! Kumail Nanjiani and his wife wrote this movie about how they met and fell in love, and how it took her illness and induced coma to get him to realize that he couldn't live without her. Given the severity of her illness, this is a funny and charming movie, with comic Nanjiani starring as himself.
  • Wind River -- Murder on a Native American reservation. Stark scenery in winter enhance this mystery tale.
  • Atomic Blonde -- Based on a graphic novel with a kick-ass female spy working for the Brits at the end of the Cold War just before the Berlin Wall comes down. The requisite comic book action is raised to an artform and the plot twists elevate this from just an average story to one that keeps you guessing. I want a sequel.
  • Logan Lucky -- Fun heist caper with humor and heart.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- Everything I hoped for and more. Not quite the formulaic movie Star Wars movies often are, this had a nice mix of realistic emotions, doubts and fears as well as hope. I can't wait for the next one.