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Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Tunasday

My apologies to Lifeonhold,
who cannot read her own interview,
(below), without scrolling right and left. 
And to the rest of you who
have pansy-ass monitors.

Hehehe

I'm sorry, folks.  I'm just bummed
that Green Tuna is on vacation. 
Sure, she's still managed a way to
post from the road, but it's never
the same without her. 

I made a Tuna Melt for lunch
today in her honor.

In much more joyous news,
today is Sneak A Kiss day.

Just don't get caught!

Posted at 02:23 pm by ChefGrace
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Monday, June 14, 2004
Spotlight On...

Lifeonhold, who lives with her cat, Honey, and spends entirely too much time Swiffering.   Life celebrates her birthday this week, so be sure to wish her well!

Name: Mary
Age: 52 (until the 17th)
Location: Bridgeport, CT

Are you ever going to take your Life off hold? As soon as I figure out how to do it without leaving my apartment. Is take-out available??

Where were you born? Carbondale, PA on a Father's Day

Your father!  He seems like a very dynamic person.Yes, he's always in motion, including head-first into walls. For five days he's in critical condition with a broken neck, get's a life-saving operation, and now he's back to complaining about the angle of the bedpan without missing a single beat. I can hardly wait for what's next. But seriously, we're relieved, and those of us who practice self-reflection are grateful.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Writer, (but no talent); archeologist (but the dirt, and spiders, and threatening natives!); and travel agent (but now I'd be out of a job). I settled on Chemical Technician as an inexplicable happy medium.

No talent?  I enjoy your writing!  Are you going to be a Big Brother recapper for Hamster Time this season?  I'm going to try to contribute. The lure of the Live Feed/ HT Chat simultaneous activity may be distracting, but I'll participate.

What were mealtimes like for you as a child? I was a child when there was only one TV and it was in the living room so we ate together as a family and actually had rudimentary conversation at the table. Mom was a good cook. As we became teens dinner was a mine field of generational hostilities, but we still ate together.

Do you cook much for yourself? I love cooking for friends, but not so much for myself except occasionally when food becomes a hobby (such as my sushi mini-interest). I need people to feed, otherwise other projects take over.

So, are the rumors true that you are a regular Martha Stewart when it comes to sewing? Bwah!. Do two incomplete quilts qualify? One friend of mine likes to remind me of them sitting in their rubbermaid containers every time I begin rattling off my current projects. Sewing, like cooking hobbies, goes in streaks.
The last few years my projects have been converting all my albums, tapes and CDs into mp3 format and scanning all my family photos... and then there's each summer's Big Brother Live Feed obsession.

Did you ever like any of your school photos? I was not photogenic: had a chipped front tooth, wore glasses, had unfortunate hair, and, um, pimples for a time. One photo out of 12 was ok.

What was your first date like? Unremarkable. I had more success sort of just getting together with guys in informal ways. Formal dates were always awkward, and few.

What is in your vegetable bin? Salad in a bag, celery, red onion, chopped tomatoes. My friends tease me about cleaning and chopping vegetables since I'm always doing it.

Is it a form of therapy for you?

It is relaxing. In years gone by, particularly in fall and winter, I'd listen to Prarie Home Companion while cleaning all my veggies. I like fresh foods.

What color is your car? I have a drab dark green sedan that I bought after my car was stolen in 1997; it is reliable and standard shft, but not really fun to drive. I need a zippy red car along with that life thing.

Are you having a good hair day? No, not since about 2000. My hair is super-fine and has always been a bane; furthermore it has thinned in these past few years.

What is your favorite cologne? None....I'm sensitive to fragrances

What is your middle name? Louise; my parents and sisters called me 'Mary Lou' or 'Lou Lou' until the day I announced at dinner that I was never to be addressed with the 'Lou'; even then I knew it was too Petticoat Junction.

I loved that show! What shows did you like as a girl? Star Trek, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Prisoner, Get Smart, I Spy, The Virginian, Rawhide, Bonanza...there were many, but that was a looong time ago!

What type of books do you like to read? I work my way through Time Magazine most weeks; otherwise I like the occasional novel or book on Catholic/Christian topics, particularly those of a spiritual, as opposed to theological nature such as the writings of the saints.

Um, you didn't mention your favorite blogs! Reading my favorite blogs is like breathing. My only sorrow is that Overg does not blog.

What is your favorite type of cookie? Chocolate chip

Okay, you've gone this whole interview and only mentioned Overg once.  Don't you think people want more?  It's always time for more Overg, but he needs to bring photos of Thumps and Beaker.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you better, Mary!  Give Honey a big hug for me!


Posted at 06:15 am by ChefGrace
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Saturday, June 12, 2004
A Look Back

Kindergarten, 1971.

I got a note from a set of twins in my class that read,

ADear Grace, we hate you, Love, Greg and Jeff."

I don=t actually remember my response to this hate/love note,
but year after year, my nanny fondly recalled the day that it happened.
She said that she was waiting in her car in front of the school for
class to let out, and moments after the final bell rang, she saw me,
tearing out of the building, down the sidewalk and fling myself into
the backseat of her car, sighing loudly. I then exclaimed,

"They love me!"

I'm pretty sure that it was a Friday, because
by the next day of school, I had completely forgotten about them
and had resumed my obsession with a boy named Paul.
I loved Paul until the 3rd grade. It was then that we moved away,
and during those few years never once did Paul even acknowledge
my existence. Sure, there were many other boys who pulled
my hair and chased me around the classroom, but looking back,
I=m sure that I wasn=t interested in them because they made their
intentions so obvious. Back then, I preferred the challenge, the chase,
the blatant disinterest from my pursuits.


My daughter starts kindergarten this year.  I think it's time for a little
heart to heart talk.  I think I'm going to tell her that boys have cooties.


Posted at 09:53 am by ChefGrace
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Friday, June 11, 2004
X Marks the Spot

For when you are in the mood~
X Rated Cocktails (This is safe to look at while you are at work,
just save the recipes, for the weekend,  mkay?)


From X-Entertainment, here are some great articles~
"Breakfast from Hell"
"The Past in Candy"
"McDonald's Contests and Promos"

(Note, X-Entertainment's blog Trapper Keeper is one of my favorite reads.
Just don't doodle on their site, please.)


And finally, I said I wasn't going to do it, but I lied.
Presenting: Brood X Recipes

Posted at 12:08 pm by ChefGrace
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The X Factor

I'm sure you've all been wondering...  perhaps even worrying,
about today's
Food Friday~ The X Factor. 

Well, truth be told,
The X factor has nothing to do with Big Brother 4,
(nor the so-called *&%$ "twist".) 
It also has nothing to do with the X Factor Diet. [rolls eyes]

What is it then you ask?

That's a very good question.  One that I will answer once I've figured
it out myself  and given my arm some time to heal from all the Extreme
IMing I've been doing this week.  But, you mustn't  concern yourself
with the trivialities of my life, because you have one of your own.
Don't you?

And, today is Food Friday, afterall; a day of nourishing goodness.

Until I feel like it, you may commence your regular Friday duties. 
Just don't forget to come back later for... something. 
I'm just not sure what.





Posted at 12:09 am by ChefGrace
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