Thursday, January 03, 2019

Soap Opera Thought ...
You know it's not gonna to be good news when an amnesia patient curls their lip up during the reunion.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Hulu and Grumble ... I guess it's not Netflix and Chill

Well, that displeased me about Hulu. I went to watch the second episode of "The History of Comedy' and it was switched over to only being available on Hulu Live TV. I am paying 99-cents a month for the year. If I want to pay $39.99/month I can watch rest pf the series(I think not) With a little programming, I bet Hulu could tell people already watching a series they need to finish by a certain date because it is switching over ... I am sure that courtesy wouldn't take much. Grumble, grumble.

You can't even see a description of the program unless you have Hulu Live TV. That's not really an incentive for me to consider it ... since I clearly will have to do research to figure out anything I am missing.

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In less grumpy new, I have added a 1957 Western to my pool of movies I will eventually watch.
In the post-Civil War Colorado Territory, a rancher rescued from death by a wagon-train demonstrates his gratitude by guiding the train to the newly-opened land. He also finds the rustlers who shot him, as well as true love.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Continuing to Watch Quick Draw




Season 1, Episode 3 is titled "Mail Order Bride." Summing this up the episode was death, sexual and racial humor ... blue material on a lot of it. Funny at times and annoying at times. This series is stopping just short of me putting my foot down on its depictions of women.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Taking up the Reading Challenge addiction in 2019!

Reading Challenge Addicts 2019 ... a Challenge where you declare all your reading challenges for the year.
This post is a work-in-progress(including some of my progress). :-)

I am going for the "Out of the World" level. This means I will have 16+ challenges entered and completed.

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2019 All About the Trope Challenge. The blog sponsoring this challenge is mainly romance books but all genres are welcome.
I have picked two tropes:
1) Enemies to Lovers.
2) Fake Relationships
This will be a most helpful challenge. I inherited many old historical romances ... usually well-written with historical details that it would actually be nice to not have lost ... I just want to lose anything with the forced seduction/rape trope. Let the sorting begin.



The goal of the 2019 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is to read at least one book for each letter of the alphabet ... 26 "spoonfuls."
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Progress (Jan. 3rd):
---"E" has now been read "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
---"M" ... on page 115 of Mistress of the Morning Star by Elizabeth Lane. The book seems as if there will be over-sexualized content and a love triangle ... but I don't know. There are so many historical figures ... true, true but we don't know the names and fiction. It would/will take a long time to figure out, from the list at the beginning of the book, which characters are true and which are not. This is a story before and after the time where the Aztecs were a bloody people, a story of Mayans and the tale of "La Malinche" and her master the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes.
---"P" ... on page 43 of Point Blank by Catherine Coulter. This an FBI Thriller and part of a large series. Some of the characters have little backstory, ridiculous names, moments of great one-liners, good plot ... the mixed enjoyment being mixed with annoyance is making this a hard read at times.


Read a book per month that ties in with the motif or theme. Join HERE.
For January, the theme is reading an author you haven't read before. I chose one I didn't get to last year ... "The Golden Journey" by Agnes Sligh Turnbull. FINISHED.



9 books with certain colors either in the title or the dominant cover color. Join HERE.



This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.
-----You can read as many or as few books as you want. Books can be rereads. Join HERE.



One book per month and you can pick from a several keywords. Join HERE.



12 genres, 12 months. Join HERE. :-)
For January, I am reading from the History and Biography genre. I have finished the first book ... "After Diana: William, Harry, Charles, and the Royal House of Windsor" by Christopher Andersen. I am counting 301 pages of reading (and not the lengthy appendices-type pages).



The first book for me was a reread of "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink ... it is mainly set in postwar Germany. The book is translated from German and was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. The book deals with guilt, dignity and freedom.
You can sign up for the challenge HERE. :-)



-----52 Books in 52 Weeks. Simple enough ... and the host blog includes a lot of activities for inspiration. :-)
-----The Audio Book Challenge at "Book Dragon's Lair."
-----A Book a Week with the Pingel Sisters
-----Brit Tripping. "Follow the Roman Road through England with the intent of reading a book from each of the 45 counties with a few extra trips to London."
-----A challenge to see how many pages I can read in 2019 because I intend to read many. As of January 15th, I am at 970 pages.



You can sign up HERE. :-)
I pulled a book that starts with A out of my TBR by random accident. So, I am starting with "After Diana: William, Harry, Charles, and the Royal House of Windsor" by Christopher Andersen.



A challenge that can be as simple as reading one book. I am not sure how many Jane Austen books I have ... that will somewhat determine how many I read.
Join HERE. :-)



You can join HERE. I am hoping to do a lot with this one.



You can join HERE. :-) I have a dozen audio books on my desk waiting to be "read."


You can join the challenge HERE. 
-----3 Reasons Why You Should Read More Classic Literature in 2019



You can join HERE.


I have inherited books, receive books for homeschooling and am a member of Netgalley. I have PLENTY of TBR to participate in more than one backlist challenge! You can join this challenge HERE. 




My goals:
-----Get my NetGalley percentage up to 80. This will take a lot as I joined back when it was just read whatever you want ... now I am playing catch-up to have a majority read. Plus, I like to keep my word even, even if it is just a vague commitment, so I will be tracking down, reading and reviewing any NetGalley book I ever requested.
-----Read four "hot" at the bookstores books each month.
-----Get as close to done as I can with one Challenge each month ... beyond excellent or FINISHED progress.
You can join HERE. :-) :-) :-)



I love discovering new music. This is one of the challenges that I am looking forward to most!
You can sign up HERE. 



Join HERE. 


You
You can join HERE ... and thus ends my exhaustive list of reading challenges for 2019. Happy New Year!

Hulu Loop Watch 3 ... The History of Comedy


So, I went for Hulu's Black Friday Deal ... and now have Hulu for 99-cents a month for the next year. I decided to have some fun with what I watch. I picked the first program I have never seen and did "See More Like This" until there were 31 movies and shows (one for each day of the month, if I watch them that way) and I will keep replacing one program as one is watched ... a loop of things I haven't
seen. The new movie for the loop will simply be the first thing not seen from the last one watched (if that doesn't work something like the next one to be watched and so on). Out of the 31, a random number generator will make a viewing choice for me. If a show is a series, it must be finished by watching one episode of each series unfinished before picking a new project from the loop pool.



I have started watching another series ... the first episode is entitled "F***ing Funny." It is about humor that doesn't have much restriction on language or vulgarity. I learned several new names, as far as comedians ... I guess I don't watch comedians much anymore. I also had never heard of "blue material" or its history.
-----I think this series is really an overview ... so it is a good thing for someone who wants to be into comedy or delve beyond whatever the famed comics of their childhood were. It's like a survey or "101" course.

Ribaldry, or blue comedy, is humorous entertainment that ranges from bordering on indelicacy to gross indecency. It is also referred to as "bawdiness", "gaminess" or "bawdy".


-----Now I want to get a George Carlin or Redd Fox album.


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Conners


This was episode 6 of the 11 that will compromise the first season. It is still unclear if the show will be renewed, though I think it would be kind of a weak thing to just have it go one season when the show continuing on was supposed to be a speaking out against the behavior of Roseanne Barr.

Speaking of weak, I found a lot of that in this particular episode. I think part of the problem is there are pegs of backstory but not much has been put on some of those pegs. If you are building something, for instance, I want to see it ... not be told.

The settings were lackluster, it was really nothing but a series of musty spaces (home, bar, casino). The studio audience laughed at two punchlines that weren't punchlines ... at all ... that was weird. I did find Jackie to be an intense character in a non-annoying way (a change) ... emotion and humor were great there. Dan was angry enough, at times, that it was aptly reminiscent of an angry chicken. I couldn't tell if I was cheering for the possibly-blossoming romance (I did appreciate the couple bits of humor about it). Becky's decision-making skills obviously need to be visited often.

I will continue to be a viewer.






The Reddit Live Discussion Thread on this episode.

Hulu Loop ... continuing to watch Quick Draw.



Season 1, Episode 2 is "The Legend of Belle Star." The real life Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr had a complex life. I am also reading a bit of the history and stories surrounding Pearl Starr.



"Where's Frank James?" :-)
Well, the way this series is shaping up, so far, it seems like the viewers will never know. I am wondering if all of these (partially improvised)episodes are standalone.


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I have added Bullwhip to my pool of things to eventually watch on Hulu.
An innocent man can escape hanging only by marrying a hot-tempered half-breed who brandishes a whip

Hulu Loop Watch 2: The Reagan Show


So, I went for Hulu's Black Friday Deal ... and now have Hulu for 99-cents a month for the next year. I decided to have some fun with what I watch. I picked the first program I have never seen and did "See More Like This" until there were 31 movies and shows (one for each day of the month, if I watch them that way) and I will keep replacing one program as one is watched ... a loop of things I haven't
seen. The new movie for the loop will simply be the first thing not seen from the last one watched (if that doesn't work something like the next one to be watched and so on). Out of the 31, a random number generator will make a viewing choice for me. If a show is a series, it must be finished by watching one episode of each series unfinished before picking a new project from the loop pool. The latest movie I have added to eventually watch is Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.

Currently I am watching:

This movie is a splicing together of clips that portray the Reagan presidency. What I got out of this was that Ronald Reagan was a man who tried to negotiate peace while realizing weaponry might be needed, swore a lot, was super PR-conscious, poised, humorous and loved his wife a great deal.
"There have been times in this office when I've wondered how you could do this job if you hadn't been an actor."
-Ronald Reagan





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What's Streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in December

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hulu Loop: Watch 1 ...Quickdraw


So, I went for Hulu's Black Friday Deal ... and now have Hulu for 99-cents a month for the next year. I decided to have some fun with what I watch. I picked the first program I have never seen and did "See More Like This" until there were 31 movies and shows (one for each day of the month, if I watch them that way) and I will keep replacing one program as one is watched ... a loop of things I haven't
seen. The new movie for the loop will simply be the first thing not seen from the last one watched (if that doesn't work something like the next one to be watched and so on). Out of the 31, a random number generator will make a viewing choice for me. If a show is a series, it must be finished by watching one episode of each series unfinished before picking a new project from the loop pool.



The first thing I am watching is this series:
The show is partially improvised. The comedy is off-color, occasionally cringe-worthy. The episodes are only 20 minutes long.



Sunday, October 28, 2018


The kids and I need to get around to making Stone Soup. :-)




Probably making these sometime:
-----Cheddar Chive Beer Bread. Such an easy bread. Adapted from "Joy of Cooking."





Rage Against the Machine's "Renegades of Funk" is actually a cover! I have liked Afrika Bambaataa ever since hearing "Afrika Shox" in the movie "Vanilla Sky."
This is on my TBR list.

Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sketches.

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal Foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest’s sole surviving son, and an Introduction by grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, editor of this edition, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway’s own early experiments with his craft.

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.
Apple-Pumpkin/Pumpkin-Apple recipes

Listening To ...


Alabama 3 is an English band. Here in the States they are called "A3" to avoid legal issues with the band Alabama ... yeah, I don't think that's really necessary.
-----It's officially soup season. What kind have you been having? :-)
-----I haven't subscribed to Taste of Home in years. I used to have several subscriptions as I gave it for gifts. I see at the supermarkets that the magazine has changed a lot ... it seems to have gotten thicker or more content-laden. I am going to try a FREE ISSUE and go from there as to whether I want to subscribe again.
-----These pumpkin recipes are described as "jaw-dropping." Do you get on the yearly pumpkin-everything bandwagon? By the way, HERE is the origin of the phrase "jump on the bandwagon." :-)
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a civilization... that happens when people stop reading them."
-Ray Bradbury

Worth Quoting

"Lawns are an abomination that we inherited from the Tudors who played a lot of croquet."

"Saying you shouldn't be sad because someone else has it worse, is like saying you shouldn't be happy because someone else has it better."
-Source unknown

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein


My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.
Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass”
“We’re not raising grass” Dad would reply, “We’re raising boys”
- Harmon Killebrew


"Since rabbits can’t eat chocolate, the Easter Bunny is sort of like a lactose intolerant pizza delivery guy."
-@Joel Ingersoll

"He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you."
-Nietzsche

"What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind." ~Cleveland Amory

‎"Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind"
-Bruce Lee

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."
-Mother Teresa

"Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value."
-Albert Einstein

"To find yourself, think for yourself."
-Socrates

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
-James Dean

"I think every woman should have a blowtorch."
-Julia Child
I actually quoted this at Thanksgiving this year. We were talking bout what kind of torches were best for cooking. :-)

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
-Zig Ziglar

"you, you could be anywhere
somewhere, so far from here
wherever you are, like a fallin' star
come back to planet earth, burn out with me"
-Terra Firma Cowboy Blues by Alabama 3

"It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear."
-Douglas Adams

"You live and learn. At any rate, you live."
-Douglas Adams

‎"I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison."
- W C Fields

"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with."
- W C Fields

"There is possibility in every difficulty."
- Albert Einstein

"When we were children we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable."
-- Madeleine L'Engle

Worth Quoting

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”
-Audrey Hepburn


"I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day."
-Douglas Adams
(Yes, I know what interview this quote was from...it still gives me something to think about.)


"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
-Thomas Paine


"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge."
-Tyrion Lannister


""All things truly wicked start from an innocence."
-Ernest Hemingway, A Movable Feast


"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."
-Doug Larson

Friday, October 26, 2018

Listening To ...


This song is on the "Spirit" album ... the band's fourteenth album. I would kind of like just an instrumental to listen to sometimes.



-----Turkey Apple Meat Loaf with Balsamic Ketchup Glaze. I love the retro-ish-nish of ketchup glaze for meatloaf!
-----(Ground)Turkey Stuffed Peppers

-----Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake. An apple layer, a cake layer and an optional caramel sauce.
-----Pumpkin Pie with Marshmallow Topping
-----Honey Pumpkin Pie. 3/4 of a cup honey.
-----Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie
-----Caribbean Jerk Steak. Served with a side of roasted zucchini and atop coconut rice. Here is a jerk sauce recipe ... I don't know where I can find Scotch Bonnet peppers. As habaneros are fairly similar, I may use them (it will just be a little less sweet).
-----Baked Honey Lemon Glazed Wings
-----Zambian Spiced Tilapia Stew

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mother Tongue
by Dan Cray


I have just finished reading an ARC of the forthcoming SF thriller Mother Tongue. Overall, I am pleased with this superpower story. There are plenty of villains and plenty of heroes ... and most everybody is some of both. The main character, Jon, is a teacher who is already dealing with many life issues having to do with his native language when strange "ribbons" of text start overpowering his day-to-day activities. Will these ribbons lead Jon to the miraculous or the dangerous? In any case, Jon will certainly have to face many torments and people from his buried past.

-----The one con I would have for this story is that Jon's thoughts sometimes get to the silly and parts of the ending are a bit fairy tale-ish...but hey, maybe that's life.

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

#MotherTongue #NetGalley

Friday, August 17, 2018

---Pastrami and Carmelized Onion Grilled Cheese
-----JALAPEÑO POPPER WONTON CUPS

That's Mighty Quizno's-ish

Since we don't have a Quiznos within driving distance, I have decided to do a copycat Classic Italian at home next month. The Classic Italian was Quizno's first toasted sub (I am going to cut ours into smaller portions and put them in the toaster oven).

"Served on your choice of Artisan Breads: White, Wheat, Rosemary Parmesan or Jalapeno Cheddar"
I am going to use a French loaf for our Italian Sub. :-) I am not sure which one...whatever is a dollar or less.

-----I looked into making my own pepperoni but did not find anything that worked with the equipment or ingredients we have access to.
-----I will be substituting prosciutto for capicola (it was cool to learn about capicola).
-----We will get the deli to shave us some ham.
-----1 pound of sliced deli meat equals about 5 or 6 sandwiches.
-----I have mozzarella frozen in the freezer and will just go ahead and use the shredded we have (I am cheap wherever I can be).
-----Black olives...including extra for Husband to snack on and for the kids to do "Olive Fingers" with.
-----I might switch out the lettuce for something nicer than iceberg.
-----On the vine tomatoes are nicest...hmmm.
-----Onions
-----Drizzled with a simple Red Wine Vinaigrette from "Culinary Hill."


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Food Stuff

Considering, if I can find all the ingredients...
-----Baked King Oyster Mushroom Calamari
-----Vegan Calamari
-----Vegan Bacon from King Oyster Mushrooms. I have been wanting to try "bacon" from mushrooms for a while.
-----Mushroom "Potatoes." I have no idea where to source Ethiopian Spiced Butter.


Sriracha Fried Oyster Mushrooms
~~~They are supposed to be hearty and filling.
~~~Can be used in tacos. My husband, who LOVES Taco Tuesday, might appreciate this.


-----Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Randoms...
-----I would, perhaps, like to see a performance of the band Confederate Railroad.
-----I am looking for heart-healthy soup recipes.
-----Homeschooling friends are recommending watching the documentary "What the Health." I see that it is still on Netflix.
-----Assignment to self...find carrot recipes the kids will like. Carrot hot dogs, carrot soup, mashed carrots, grated apple and carrot, carrot chips(try with onion soup mix sprinkles on before the baking), carrot bread, as a star in pulled pork
-----I would love to see a moonbow!


-----Strawberry Cheesecake Salad. One ingredient I would have to find is cheesecake pudding powder...though I am pretty sure I saw it at our Walmart. Includes fresh strawberries and bananas. It says recipe dapted from "Time for Supper" but does not say who the cookbook is by.



Such a beautiful song that captures grief perfectly.



:-)



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