Friday, June 24, 2011
Most of the time he does this just fine, he will jump up right away and sit patiently while the harness goes on. However, every now and then, for several days in a row, he will not comply to this. He will fuss and meow at the door and window and pretty clearly wants to go out, but he will not obey the "up" to his perch. Sometimes he'll do the up but then jump right back down and continue fussing. On these days, we either don't go out, or I wait for him to settle down and we go out later in the evening, when he obeys his "up." Either way it means I have to sit and listen to him fuss until it nearly drives me crazy.
Then, after a few days of this, he will mysteriously slip back into his normal pre-walk behavior and not give me any trouble.
Any ideas on what is going on? I thought at first that maybe when he does this, he just doesn't want to go outside, and instead wants to play or more snuggles. But all the evidence, mainly the meowing and pawing at the door, and ignoring attempts to play, tell me otherwise. Could it be that he's just trying to test his boundaries and see if he can get me to let him out without the harness?
Now, sometimes in the morning before work I will hold him outside on the patio for a bit, and I thought maybe THIS was what he wanted. However, he will not come to be picked up, so maybe not.
What could Mr. Davis be trying to tell me?
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Too Rich for a Bride is a romance about a young woman striking it out in the business world in late 19th century Colorado, finding herself and love and all that. I found the story to be a little dull and predictable, but I don’t normally read romances, so it could be that the pacing is just a little slower than I’m used to. The characters were pretty believable, with a few bordering on one-sided, but I thought Tucker Raines and Ida were both well-rounded.
My biggest issue with the book was that I never felt completely sold on the setting and period. When I was reading the first chapter, I at first thought it was taking place in the late 20th century, until I flipped back to check the date at the header, and was surprised to learn that it was supposed to be in 1896, not 1968. It comes out the most in the language of the characters, for example, in their openness in speech about one character’s pregnancy, which didn’t feel very believable for the time period that it’s supposed to take place in.
Other than that, it was an okay story that never got too intense. It seemed to focus a lot on sisterhood, so if you’re into that sort of thing, it might be for you. 2 1/2 stars.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This place is really one of my favorite spots in LA, I love it! So, free thing for June checked off, though I MAY consider going down to my CSA farm next weekend to pick blackberries. Only if I can get some folks to go with me, though.
Thinking ahead to July...
- FIFA Women's World Cup. The Goethe-Institut is broadcasting select matches for this, and I'm considering wrangling up the Insomniac soccer crowd to go watch together. Matches run from 6/26 to 7/17, so it's a little flexible. http://bit.ly/jZKpwW
- Obon Festival at the Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo. I am a big fan of these cultural festivals, may as well add another to the list! http://bit.ly/iBcoMO
2) Video Games: More LA Noire. Now that PSN is back up, I can get Outland, but I have to get around to it.
3) Financial: I've been having little mini stuff-sales that bring in bits of cash and help me de-clutter. It helps that I'm in another "stuff purge" mode. Otherwise, just plugging along!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Sunday, June 12, 2011
I think I made my most successful stew yet yesterday! This was adapted from a Joy of Cooking recipe, so I'll merge the ingredients and the directions like they do.
Trim and pat dry and cut into cube:
- 2 pounds boneless beef stew meat, I used chuck roast
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Dredge the pieces in:
- 1/2 cup flour
Shake off excess flour. Heat up olive oil in a stew pot. Add the meat in batches and brown on all sides, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add more oil if needed during this process. Add to the pot:
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 4-6 garlic gloves, chopped
Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until onions are tender (about 5 minutes). Add the meat back to the pot and stir. Add:
- 2 bay leaves
- fresh thyme sprig
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Add enough to cover the meat:
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 cup red cooking wine
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until meat is tender (1-2 hours). Add:
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 sweet peppers, seeded and cored and cut into chunks
Cover and cook until vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs (the leaves will probably have fallen off by this point, just remove the stems). In a bowl, knead together until homogenous:
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Roll the dough into little balls. Drop them one at a time into the stew and whisk until melted. This helps thicken the stew.
Serve hot with crusty bread. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Understanding Your Role
Choosing a Meeting Space
Who to Invite
Choose a Meeting Structure
And Then What Happened
During The Meeting
On Your Participation
Respond to People
Tying things up
Capture the results
Send them Out
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Plain Wisdom is a simple collection of brief life-lesson stories from respective modern and Old Order Amish lives of the authors. I was expecting more crossover of the two and connections between the different societies, but most of the short stories are standalone and just share similar themes.
A surprising number of the tales revolved around motherhood, so I found them less easy to relate to. However, I think it’d be a good mother’s day gift for this reason, or a good read for anyone who feels a close connection to motherhood.
I was hoping to find more insight into the Amish way of living as I’d experienced reading another of Cindy Woodsmall’s books, but I think her narratives painted a more graspable picture of the lifestyle than these short stories, which were more focused on experience. Other than that, it’s a very simple collection of life-lesson style stories that’s good for one straight read or for picking up now and again over time.
Friday, June 3, 2011
2) Financial: Today was a glorious day! I sent in the final payment for my small private student loan. GOAL ACHIEVED! Now all that money will in turn go towards the last big beast of a federal loan. I'm working on ways to break it down into short-term goals for myself, so that I can stay focused and pay it off as efficiently as possible. With my current budget, I can be debt-free by October of 2014, but I feel like I can keep pushing that further and further.
3) Free Thing in LA Every Month: When at the soap box race, we swung down to El Pueblo for a bite to eat, and I noticed banners for La Fiesta de Las Flores, which takes place June 18. I'm definitely going to hit this up, but am still perusing EyeSpyLA for other free events of interest in June.