Month: September 2007

Generic proposal

Aw…how sweet.

Crossword puzzle solved with a hitch

Aric Egmont and Jennie Bass were working on a puzzle titled “Popping the question” in the latest issue of The Boston Globe Sunday magazine. Bass spotted her sister’s name and her best friend’s name, but initially thought it was just a coincidence.

Then they got to 111 across: “Generic proposal” (Jen + Aric generic). The answer: “Will you marry me?”

“We get to the `Will you marry me?’ clue, and I said, `Will you marry me, Jenny?’ I got up, got the ring, and got down on one knee and she screamed, and hugged me. It took her a minute to say yes,” Egmont told the Globe.

The contents of my colon.

My friend so nicely pointed out to me that by reading my blog he knows the contents of my colon at any given time. Nice, eh?

Just for that, I didn’t take a photo of the yummy baked ziti with homemade marinara sauce that I prepared for dinner tonight.

Marinara Sauce
Ok, I do have a photo of the marinara, I was making it all day Sunday, it’s the recipe from the newest issue of Cooking Light, from the many tomatoes gifted by Dougnuts and Jean. Thanks!

Best corn of the season!
Last night we had baked chicken and parmesan rice with the BEST corn on the cob of the season. Incredibly tender and flavorful…mmmm.

I also baked a little…

Applesauce Muffins
Applesauce muffins (the recipe made THREE DOZEN, so I have many to share.)

Tres Leche Cake
And currently in my refrigerator waiting for the meringue topping…Tres Leche Cake. Again from my new Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2007 cookbook.

I have a childhood cooking-meringue phobia dating back to middle school, so my attempt (which shall wait until tomorrow) may or may not be documented here on the blog. The cake however, seemed really yummy. After blending in this whipped meringue-ish layer into the batter to bake, I poured a Tres Leche syrup over the cake and let it soak overnight. Mmmm. It should be Tres Tasty! I’ll let you know.

Again, me and meringue…not so friendly. However, if I make it through the meringue alive I might attempt my other childhood cooking phobia from middle school-pancakes. Just don’t ask. I can’t make either for the life of me.

And that is the contents of my colon.

Sick and other random snippets.

AAAAUGH! I had a 3:00 meeting, after the meeting I was back at my desk and realizing, I’m feeling sick again. My chest hurts. My head hurts THIS FREAKING SUCKS!

I came home and took medicine and a short nap. And I’m a wee better, but coughy from the drippy crap going down the back of my throat into my chest.

Holy crap, when on earth am I going to feel better? Grrrr.

And in other news…

My grammy was permanently placed in the County Home today, after a few weeks of waiting for a placement.


In some ways, this is a good thing…she needs more nursing assistance than she is getting at home. And she will have LOTS of social interaction, which I think is really important.

But in other ways, geez…when did Gma get so old and so…so…sick? I’m not so sure I am ready to face these facts…this is where my Gma now lives. Lives. Never to come home…

Years ago, God, how many years? when Gpa was first placed in the home I was beside myself. I remember being in law school and working overnights and still taking the hour drive down the 90 once sometimes twice a week after class to spend time with him in the early evenings. Just to be at his side, while he sat there and watched baseball. I couldn’t STAND the thought of him being alone there.

Gpa made it home for a while and then went back when things were really bad a few years later. Ugh, going to see him at the home was always so heartbreaking. I pretty much had to leave the room everytime I visited, and found myself crying in the bathroom, getting myself back together and continuing the visit. Even during the happy times, like when we celebrated Gma and Gpa’s 50th Anniversary, just knowing he was there, made me sad. I know that at least right now, the situation is different with Gma. But…well, I don’t know where the time has gone. She’s aged a lifetime since Gpa passed away, it breaks my heart.

I have to start being a better Grandaughter and spending more time with her… and sending her more letters.

(And now I’m crying.)

G&G Baker Wedding Day

The heat is on…

From the Buffalo News.

UAW strikes Tonawanda engine plant, 81 other General Motors facilities

From Buffalo’s Business First.

Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp. failed to produce a settlement in time to prevent the start of a strike late Monday morning.

The union set a firm strike deadline for 11 a.m. Monday, saying if a deal was not reached, members would walk off the job. UAW members began picketing outside GM’s engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda, said Scott Adams, Region 9 area director. More than 1,500 union workers are employed at the Tonawanda facility. Just over 100 workers at the plant, who were laid off in August, were due to return to work Monday.

Let us all hope for a swift resolution. No one forsees a lengthy strike, however…

Walkout may impact GM suppliers

A lengthy strike against General Motors Corp. not only could cause layoffs at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant but also lead to layoffs at the automaker’s suppliers.

Included are Delphi Thermal Systems in Lockport and American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings‘ three operations in Buffalo, Town of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga.

It might also hinder (Delphi Corp.‘s) effort to get out of bankruptcy by the end of this year,” said Patrick Heraty, Hilbert College professor of business administration and an auto industry and labor relations expert.

From CNN Money: Is the UAW strike for real?

Yes and no. As long as negotiations continue, there is no need for alarm — both sides know just how much they need each other

More information? Check out the following links.

The last national auto strike was against Ford in 1976

GM strike costing 760 vehicles per hour


New York Times Says It Violated Policies Over MoveOn Ad

After two weeks of denials, the New York Times acknowledged that it should not have given a discount to for a full-page advertisement assailing Gen. David H. Petraeus.


The Times also violated its own advertising policy, which bars “attacks of a personal nature,” Hoyt reported. He wrote that the episode “gave fresh ammunition to a cottage industry that loves to bash The Times as a bastion of the ‘liberal media.’ “

I could use a laptop!

$100 laptop’ to sell to public

The organisation behind the project has launched the “give one, get one” scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).

One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine

The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops for just two weeks, starting on the 12 November.

The laptops will go on sale for two weeks through the website.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Ok, why has NO ONE told me how freaking wrong and hysterical this damn show is? Think Arrested Development on crack.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The first five minutes of this show I only heard from a far before I asked Mark what the hell was the stupid show he was watching…and then two minutes later, I was hooked.

Anyone else out there watch this show? I’m seriously wanting to buy Seasons 1 and 2. Because I am utterly lost on some of the ongoing references and feel the need to be in.the.know.


So the Bloggerfest wasn’t anything like last year.

I’m VERY glad to see that the E-Strip Bloggers attended, even for just a little bit. (Even at the last minute when I had no idea to spread the word to the Central Terminal contacts Derek and Mike) Apologies to anyone who came out and felt shunned by the blogging community, which was entirely not intended.

In the defense of many, many Buffalo Bloggers, I had this post up on my blog and as you can see from the comments VERY FEW PEOPLE RESPONDED which meant no one was able to attend. (Please look at this post or this post or this post or this post to see an example of people who have responded in the past to blogger events.)

In fact, earlier this week I blogged about this very fact and three people responded. I also mentioned that this event was first and foremost a Central Terminal fundraiser that bloggers would be attending.

Jen 14221 was nice enough to put a flyer together and initiate the whole idea and I publicized a get-together and volunteered to be the contact and no one was able to show up.

Several bloggers have been talking about trying to get people together for sometime and the comments are few and fewer in between, unlike last year, this event was a quick attempt to try to get a group of us together, since it had been a long time.

So, I’m sorry I wasn’t there, (actually I’m not sorry, I was sick all week) and I told this to anyone who emailed me. And actually, this time, I never even said I would be there when posting the event in the first place.

What else do people expect?

I’m one of the few out there who INITIALLY started to bring the Buffalo Bloggers together and still somehow end up trying years later. BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. Network, collaborate…one of the good guys.

I might be All Things in my own blog world, but I can only know the information I am given from other people in the community…especially new people and groups out there who might be interested in meeting too.

On a less defensive note…

A few of us have decided upon a December date for an actual Blogger get together. And no, I haven’t posted anything about it yet or sent out any emails, but it has been mentioned a few places, again to little fanfare and reposting.

So what’s going on Buffalo Bloggers? Cause I gotta tell ya, I LOVE planning parties and events. I really, really do. And I have always, always tried to be accommodating with dates and times to bring the most people together. (Geez, I even invited bloggers I didn’t even KNOW yet to a personal New Years Brunch at my house, how much more accommodating can I be?) But if people in the community aren’t responding? What can I do?

I guess I can keep on trying…thank you to all who try with me.


Thank GOD for Fantasy Football, I mean I can enjoy the game while knowing my team is um, yeah.

Today, I chose to take a walk to go grab the Sunday paper and brunch at 1:00 pm. While I was wearing a BILLS hat, in spirit…

BILLS hat!

I knew better than to watch the inevitable onslaught. I just don’t need that kind of mood killer today. (Mark has that MFker Brady on his Fantasy Team, grrrrrrr. He could have gone with Favre, who seems to be having a MOST excellent game today as well.)

Instead? I find myself watching the Pittsburgh game. (May all the Stephanies rejoice!) I have two Steelers playing on my fantasy team today. Great game!!!

And as always, I watch out for Peyton and the boys, despite not having any Colts on my team this year. :(

I also have stock in the Bengals and the Raiders with two players each.

Ok, now on to the important issues.

What the hell is going on with Larry Johnson?
Why do I even have him on my damn team?
He’s NOT performing and it is MAKING ME ANGRY.

My bromeliad education

Pretty Red Flower
My once beautiful stunning crimson red flowering plant has turned…sad. The flower, once such a pretty sight…has turned a coppery muck of a color. What do I do?

I go to Google. And my novice plant self, discovers that my plant is called a Bromeliad. And a bromeliad will only flower once, but will continue to grow and grow for a lifetime of green planty-goodness.
Plant without flower...
The bromeliad will also grow tiny little pods off the mother plant which will someday flower and are able to exist on their own. All I have to do is snip the central flower to encourage the baby pod’s growth.
Plant and POD!
And looky here! I have a baby pod growing! Now I just have to be careful not to overwater.

And thus, my plant education grows. And yours too.