Archive for July, 2005

Friday, July 29th, 2005


So I left my cell phone at home yet again… that is, I also forgot it yesterday. So now, I can’t leave messages to call me back cause I know I’ll be out of here some time this morning and it would be wrong of me to leave a message when I’m not sure I’ll be here to get the call right? Been there done that with the last doctor. So now I just wait, maybe someone will call me back at some point. Also, why is it that… damn… why is it that I forget things so quickly? Totally ridiculous. Ok- so I finished 3 aprons before I ran out of fabric, hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to get some pictures. Maybe I’ll remember what it is I wanted to rant about later. One last thing, I was reading the coki… man I looked away for a minute and now I can’t remember what the hell I was reading… ah fugedaboudit

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Picky Picky

We seek an open-minded housemate who will respect our boundaries, does not pass judgement, and has critically thought-out politics (especially in regards to race and gender). Bigots, Republicans, and straight and/or white males need not apply, though consideration will be taken if you are extremely queer-friendly.

can u post that?

no white males?

My question is, didn’t you account for that when you said no republicans or bigots? Wait, that’s not nice.

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2005


Look- I know everyone wants a new camera, but I NEED one. I have tons of things I want to post but no way to post them. I demand that you send me a new camera immediately! Ok good, now that that’s out of the way, I feel better today. Less fidgety and less uncomfortable in my own body. I saw we need a change in the medical establishment! I don’t want nobody poking around down thar.

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Friday ow ow ow!

So Ben was talking about Terrence Howard this morning. I thought we might see Hustle and Flow tonight but it looks like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory since I find that prospect less offensive than Fabulous 4 or Batman Returns. I can wait it out a week for TH. I make myself feel better by remembering that it’s Silver Spring so I’ll definitely either get a chai from Border’s or a fish taco from Baja… I can live with that and I liked the first Charlie. I also absolutely refuse to see March of the Penguins because the trailer made me cry… they were so cute, but you know my policy on animal movies.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Ask and Ye Shall Receive (totally doable too)

Recipe: Ginger Beer

Time: 10 minutes, plus at least 4 hours’ steeping

12 ounces ginger, washed and roughly chopped (about 2 cups); peel if you want a lighter-colored beverage
1 bay leaf
¾ cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon.

1. Place chopped ginger in a large bowl. Add bay leaf. Boil 10 cups water and pour it over ginger. Let mixture sit for at least 4 hours or overnight.

2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, place ¾ cup water and the sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer just until sugar has melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

3. Strain ginger mixture into a pitcher or a glass jar, mix in sugar water and lemon juice. Stir and serve over ice.

Yield: About 10 cups.

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Get Fuzzy Funny

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

MMmmmm Jamaican Empanadas or Italian… ah Whatever

Recipe: Jamaican Beef Patties

Time: About 1½ hours

For the crust:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon curry powder, preferably West Indian
1½ cups cold vegetable shortening or chopped beef suet (about 12 ounces)

For the filling:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 scallions, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Scotch bonnet chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
1 pound ground beef, about 80 percent lean
2 teaspoons thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
Coco bread, hamburger buns or soft potato buns, for serving (optional).

1. Mix flour, salt, turmeric and curry powder in a large bowl. Add shortening or suet and use your fingertips to rub it together with flour. When shortening is in small pieces and covered with flour, pour in ½ cup ice water and mix with your hands. Keep adding ice water, a few tablespoons at a time, until mixture forms a dough. It may be slightly sticky. Knead dough for two minutes, form into two disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate while you make filling.

2. Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat and add scallions, onion, garlic and half the chili pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened but not browned. Add paprika and allspice and stir to coat. Add beef and thyme and stir, breaking up any clumps. Add water just to cover meat. Mix in salt, pepper and sugar and bring to a simmer. Taste for seasonings, adding salt, pepper and chili pepper, if necessary; mixture should be quite spicy. Simmer about 30 minutes, until meat is soft and water is reduced to a sauce. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove one disk of dough from refrigerator and divide it in half. Roll out one half on a lightly floured surface until large enough to cut three circles, each about 6 inches across. (Use the rim of a bowl turned upside down as a guide.) Repeat with remaining dough, setting aside the circles. Use scraps to make additional small patties, if you like.

4. When ready to fill, have ready a fork for crimping and a bowl of water. Place two tablespoons of filling on lower half of one circle. Dip a finger into water and moisten the edge of the dough. Fold the top half over, pulling dough gently over filling and making a thick edge all around. Crimp edge with a fork and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet, preferably nonstick. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Bake about 25 minutes, until top crust is firm and golden. Serve hot as is or inside buns.

Yield: 12 patties.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

My Feet

So given that i can’t remember more than one thing at a time, I forgot my coffee at home and also wore heels when I should have known that I’d be on my feet for the better part of the morning. It’s sad really.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2005


meaning: oh my god, I sweated through my shirt!

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Monday, July 18th, 2005

The Best Laid Plans

So your riding on the train, you say to yourself, when I get off the train I’m going to get off at the 13th street exit and get a cup of coffee. You’re riding, thinking about coffee. You get off the train, thinking about coffee, you walk to the stairs thinking about coffee. You ascend the escalator thinking about coffee…. but it’s the tenth street exit. So I have to walk back to thirteenth and it’s ass-a-hot and I have no one to blame but myself.

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