Thursday, December 30, 2004
america the tightwad
Two things jumped out at me when I read this:
1. The Republican party is planning on spending $30 MILLION for the inauguration festivities next month, but they can only be bothered to send $35 million for aid in Asia after the tsunami.
2. Most Americans believe that the US spends 24% of its budget on foreign aid to poor countries, when the number is is actually less than one quarter of one percent. I can't decide if I'm more appalled that so many Americans think the government is spending so much on foreign aid when it's obvious that so many countries are still in extremely dire straits... or if I'm more appalled that the US actually shares so very little of its vast wealth with people in need. I wonder how private aid from Americans to foreign countries stacks up against the government aid?
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Oaxacan Potato Soup was strange. I liked it, R* didn't so much. The concept for making a lowfat creamy soup is good, though, and I'd like to try it with different seasonings.
We had some really terrific soups at the Stephanie Inn, like a potato-leek soup that was to DIE for... but it turns out that the key to their fantastic soups is a large quantity of heavy cream. Wouldn't you know it?
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
When I do get back, I want to respond to Denise's comment from yesterday - sounds like she's having a lot of the same thoughts that I am.
In the meantime, have a great Christmas!
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
What else? I've just been constantly sleepy for the last couple weeks, presumably because I don't have to deal with school right now. Happily, I heard on the news this morning that this is the shortest day of the year. So it's all better from here on out.
I've been buying perfume samples on eBay, trying to find a perfume that I really love. So far the closest I've come is True Love by Elizabeth Arden. What I really want is something that smells like Lush Silky Underwear powder, but I haven't found it yet. Laura by Laura Biagiati is pretty good, too.
I didn't make soup and salad last night. R* suggested that we pick up chicken teriyaki from the neighborhood place instead, and (see above for sleepiness) that sounded like a good idea to me. I'll make it tomorrow night instead.
And Thursday, we leave for vacation! Not a moment too soon!
Monday, December 20, 2004
I also found an old journal that I wrote in when I was really, really depressed in the first couple of years after I moved to Seattle. I was surprised by two things: 1. I'm still upset about some of the same issues in my life, even though my circumstances have changed so much (namely, my weight and physical intimacy with R*) and 2. I am much more sane now. :) When I first started reading through it, I started to cry, thinking, "Oh my god, it's been all these years and I'm still fretting about the exact same things!" But then I read more and realized how much more confident and rational I feel now, and how much better the communication is between me and R*.
Saturday night we, um, had bread pudding for dinner. This is not a good contribution to our goal of eating better. But man, it was tasty. Last night I took another foray into the Moosewood forest: Algerian Tomato Soup with Vermicelli and Bulgar Grape Salad. I think I messed up the soup a little - I neglected to get celery, so I substituted a diced carrot plus celery salt. Also, I didn't have a chance to serve the soup when it was just finished cooking, and the noodles absorbed more liquid than they should have and the soup was too thick as a result. Still tasted good, though.
Tonight is going to be Oaxacan Potato Soup with Tostada Salad. This soup has diced green olives in - I can't decide if I think it's going to be fantastic or just bizarre. I'll report back tomorrow.
Friday, December 17, 2004
Last night was Mushroom Noodle Goulash served with Five-Herb Salad and sourdough bread from the Tall Grass Bakery. The salad was kind of weird, but the goulash stuff was delicious. And even though I halved the recipe, there was enough for three big servings, so I had the rest for lunch today.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Last night I made my first recipes from the book: Butternut Squash Soup with Sizzled Sage and Bulgur & Artichoke Salat. They were both excellent! I'm looking forward to trying more recipes.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
In any event, yay me! I got an A in Anatomy!
Friday, December 03, 2004
It's really obvious which people in the class work fulltime and go to school at night versus the people who don't work or work only parttime and can spend the majority of their energy on school stuff. One guy in my class has been struggling hard with the lab exams, but studied his ass off for this one. He took digital photos in the lab to bring home for study (which is brilliant, incidentally, why didn't I think of that?!!) and he was one of the 50/50 scores. On the one hand, I'm totally happy for him. On the other hand, how annoying... if I didn't have to work, I would be able to study for hours on end, too. Sigh.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
I came across this link and thought that this artist's jewelry is really lovely.