Thursday, May 19, 2016

Questionnaire Thingie

Saw this on Facebook and figured, what the heck. It's been ages since I've done one of these here and I needed something to post. In case anyone still reads this blog.

The idea was to indicate with an X the things on this list that I've done. As usual, I'll do more than that. I also took the liberty of fixing some grammar.

Fired a Gun: Nope. Held one once, though.
Been Married: Am married.
Fell in love: See above.
Swam in an ocean: Lots and lots and lots of times, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Gone on a blind date: Yup, a few times.
Skipped school: Never. I was such a goody-two-shoes.
Watched someone give birth: No
Been to Canada: A couple of times in my youth.
Been to Hawaii: Twice
Been to Europe: No
Been to Las Vegas: Once
Been to Washington D.C.: Many times.
Been to Nashville: No
Visited Florida: Yep, a few times.
Visited Mexico: No
Seen the Grand Canyon: Only flying over it in a jet.
Flown in a helicopter: No, but I have been on a 6-seater plane.
Been on a cruise: No, not interested, either.
Served on a jury: Have been called for jury duty, but haven't been on a jury so far.
Been in a movie: No, but that would be so cool.
Been to Los Angeles: Yup, a few times.
Been to New York City: Heh. Born here, live here.
Played in a band: No. So not musically inclined.
Sang karaoke: No.
Made prank phone calls: Sure, when I was a kid. It was one of the things to do in the pre-internet era.
Laughed so much you cried: Many times.
Caught a snowflake on your tongue: Of course.
Had children: No.
Had a pet: A parakeet when I was a kid.
Been sledding on big hill: No, just on a small hill when I was a kid; it looked big to me.
Been downhill skiing: No
Been snowboarding: No
Been water skiing: No
Rode on a motorcycle: No
Jumped out of a plane: No and have no desire to do that.
Been to a drive-in movie: Yeah, when I was a kid. There was a drive-in not too far from our house, so we went a few times.
Rode an elephant how about a camel: No.
Been on TV: A quick look on a local news channel reporting on commuter train issues one night.
Been in newspaper: No
Stayed in a hospital: I assume this doesn't include while being born and just after, but yes, a few times.
Donated blood: No
Gotten a piercing: No
Gotten a tattoo: No
Driven a stick shift vehicle: I don't drive.
Driven over 100 mph: See above.
Been scuba diving: No
Lived on your own and doing it now: Have lived on my own, not on my own now.
Gotten a speeding ticket: No, don't drive as mentioned above.


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Month in Links

Baseball season is well underway, "Game of Thrones" is back on TV, and my allergies are acting up. Yup, it's spring!

It's also time for some links!


Sunday, April 03, 2016

Reading with Chocolate

Ten Reasons to Eat Chocolate While Reading. I couldn't decide if this was a link for this blog or my Reading/Book blog, but the chocolate factor decided the matter. The 10th reason is the best reason:  "It’s CHOCOLATE! Do you really need a reason?"


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mug Cake

A while back, I bought 2 boxes of Dr. Oetker cake in a mug mix. One was vanilla with chocolate chips and the other was chocolate. Maybe I had them sitting in a cabinet too long, but while they tasted okay, they weren't great and not all that cake-like. They sure didn't look like the photos on the boxes, though admittedly, that might be partly my fault as I made a mess of the prep. Then again, the instructions were less than precise, especially the baking time in the microwave. The instructions gave the time for various wattages of microwaves, but not what level to use. So I tried "Bake" at first and that didn't work, so I tried the same mug-o'-mix again under "High." The result was uh, flaky. The second one, cooked/baked the instructed time on "High" came out pretty much the same. And despite my greasing the mug, the cake was caked on the sides. Not something I'll attempt again.

Mug Cake Chocolate Box

Mug of Chocolate Cake
As you can see, it didn't really rise, and I used a fairly standard size mug as instructed.

Close-Up of Chocolate Cake in a Mug


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Greetings

Now this is how you have an Easter feast! With lots of chocolate!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!


Friday, March 18, 2016

March of Links

Not much going on around here, which makes it tough to come up with posts. Fun links are always good, so here are ones I enjoyed over the previous few weeks.