Monthly Archives: January 2007

Nasty Food MeMe

I stole found this over at Spo-Reflections. I highly recommend you stop over and have a look around…he’s a great guy!

1.Your oddest craving?
French fries dipped in vanilla ice cream.

2. The forbidden food?
I’m with Spo on this one – Veal.

3. A dish that makes you queasy?
Liver.  Just typing it gave me chicken skin.

4. Your least favorite food vegetable?
Mushrooms.

5. Your worst cooking disaster?
Well, I remember a few bread recipes that ended up as doorstops.

6. A Cooking exercise you don’t do well?
Omelettes. They always turn into scrambles because I tend to fill them too full and can’t flip them.

7. Food that arouses the most suspicion?
Velveeta. When they have to tell you it’s a cheese food, you have to wonder.  Oh…and Maraschino Cherries.

8. A drink you used to drink but no more?
Amaretto. It’s a long story.

9. Least favorite fast food chain?
Olive Garden. Italian Denny’s.

10. When in doubt, eat….
Again in agreement with Spo – Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Only I prefer mine with Ball Park Franks. It’s a killer!

11. A restaurant faux pas that would get you to speak up?
Gluey pasta!

12. Is there something spoiled in the fridge right now?
There’s usually half an onion or some slimy celery to be found decaying in the bottom of the produce drawer.

13. Food you can’t buy as your spouse/partner won’t allow it in the house.
None.

14. Food your spouse/partner likes that you don’t like.
Chicken Livers. Ewww, go brush your teeth!

15. Your least favorite type of cuisine?
Russian. Root veggie overload.

16. A food you hated as a child but now love?
Asparagus. Of course the story in my family is that I wouldn’t eat anything other than Macaroni & Cheese and Hot Dogs as a kid so I guess the real answer to this is everything.

Only in the Pacific Northwest

On my way into work I heard that traffic was moving along at less than the speed limit due to…

…bright sunshine!

Ya’ gotta love Portland.

Phun Photo Phriday

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Hmmm…

My Fine Is…

$705.60.

Thanks to Tonka!

You can find the rules by visiting Tuna Girl.

State of the Union or Project Runway?

I’m watching MSNBC dissect the State of the Union Address and reading the scroll I see…

“Nancy Pelosi’s dress looks like it cost more than most Americans pay for their first home” followed by “Vice President Cheney was looking very dapper in his Navy Blue suit and purplish tie”.

No fucking wonder “W” was re-elected…after all…it’s just another reality show to these clueless fucks.

In keeping with this theme, instead of commenting on the actual speech itself, I have to give props to Ms. Pelosi for allowing us the joy of watching her bite her tongue to avoid getting up and slapping the bastard upside the head!

Tedium

Yeah…I’m still here, I’ve just been busy, and it’s going to continue like this until mid-March.  I was lucky this weekend….I got to work on Saturday!  Today was even better because I got to spend 7 hours formatting citations from numerous sources.  No two people use the same format so it’s a tedious job making sure all the commas, periods, page numbers, dates and journal titles are identical and correct.  I wish the big guy would use ‘EndNote’ or something but no…he wants to cut and paste or type the citations into the grant himself before turning it over to me to edit, proofread and verify.  Fortunately he pays me very well.

Tomorrow the fun continues with a faculty meeting which is the single most annoying part of my job.  I’m fortunate to be allowed this annoyance every month and to relive it while typing the minutes.  Whining bastards…I’d rather format citations!

Another Frosty Day

Today the ice on the road kept me from attempting to go to work. I don’t mind driving in the snow but ice is a different story and when you live on a hill it doesn’t take much to get into a lot of trouble. I don’t mind driving into a ditch…okay…I do mind driving into a ditch but I’d prefer it to sliding off the road and down the tree covered hillside. Tomorrow should be pretty icy too but it is warming a bit this afternoon so I shouldn’t have any trouble getting to work albeit a bit late.

The bad part about today was my internet connection stopped working mid-morning and just returned this evening. So after watching the second disc of Weeds I had to resort to the work I brought home in anticipation of this cold snap. I felt so isolated without my internet…strange. I thnk it’s because I don’t take the paper so I get all my news online. The local news stations were constantly repeating themselves with weather coverage so all national news is out the window as far as their concerned. Funny thing that we get snow every year and yet the local news acts as though it’s a never happened before and they have reporters on every corner in town. Go figure.

I’m sure work tomorrow will be extremely busy considering so few people made it to the Center these past couple days. With the grant writing/coordination picking up I’ll be lucky to find any free time for the rest of the week and will probably end up working some this weekend. I guess I can’t complain too much, I did have an extended holiday weekend and some beautiful snow. I have a few more pics I took during our hike in the park yesterday but I haven’t taken them off the camera yet so I’ll try to get them posted soon.

Snow Day

I woke up to this…

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…so I’m taking a snow day.

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Looks like I’ll be taking the dog for a hike in the park then back home for hot chocolate, a fire and a good book. I love snow days!

Phun Photo Phriday

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Hunting License = Minimized Disturbance to Wintering Waterfowl?

Who writes this shit?

Decoy Watching

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The sun came out today and the sky was a stunningly beautiful blue. I love these really cold, clear days in the middle of winter because everything seems so crisp and sharp. Maybe it’s just because I live in Oregon and we rarely see the sun in the winter and all the fog and rain makes everything seem blurry.

I was on my way to work and enjoying the beautiful snow dusted trees and the vivid colors all around and thought…I’m taking the day off. So, I called in a vacation day, turned the car around and went home to get Mark and the dog for a drive to Sauvie Island for some birdwatching. I’ve been in the mood to watch the eagles and checkup on the snow geese and this was the perfect opportunity.

Our first stop was the viewing platform where the tundra swans are joined by snow geese and various ducks. There were very few ducks in the water and no swans or geese at all…what a bust. Mark was looking through the binoculars as I commented on this and he replied “there are hundreds of ducks out there, here use these” and hands me the glasses. I noticed something odd flashing on the far side of the lake and just as I mentioned it…BAM! A gunshot rang out and we realized we’d been looking at decoys. Birdbrains! Actually, there were some other water fowl in the lake but evidently nothing worth shooting because they kept diving for food and the hunters didn’t seem too interested.

We continued out to the Columbia River and all the way out only saw one Red Tail Hawk and an American Kestrel. Of course once we realized the hunters were out in large numbers we didn’t expect to see much of anything. We took a little side road to a boat ramp and just across the lake we found a flock of snow geese. We didn’t hear a shot but there must have been one as these geese started and took to the sky and as they did another flock behind the levy began flying off. There must have been at least 500 geese in the sky which is always impressive to watch.

On our way back from the dock I caught this shot that gives a good idea of how beautiful the island is in winter.

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We stopped at the river to let the dog swim a bit but after about 30 minutes standing in the sub-freezing temps we decided it was time to go. It still amazes me that this dog is not fazed by the cold water. He’d chase sticks until our frozen limbs fell off if he had his way. In fact he’d probably be happy for the variety of sticks.

On the way out we took the levy road out toward Scappoose for while hoping to get to the other side of the lake where the snow geese had been. On the way we spotted a few more Red Tails and some Canadian Geese but not much more. Sadly we found one Red Tail hanging from a power line in a failed attempt to land on a power pole. I wish they’d put platforms above all these poles as opposed to just a few. We drove out a bit further and were rewarded with a flock of about 15 Tundra Swans sleeping in a flooded field. By now we were thinking about food so we decided to head back and just after turning around we spotted a Bald Eagle sitting on a piling in the middle of the slough watchng a small flock of geese. It was almost cartoon like the way he was sitting with his head lowered, staring at the geese that were just treading the current. Fortunately there weren’t many folks on this side of the island so we were able to stop in the road and get the glasses out for a close up view. Too bad the sun was behind him preventing me from getting a decent photo.

Although we didn’t get to see the large flocks of geese and we only spotted one eagle, it was still a nice day on the island and not a total bust as I had originally expected when we were watching the decoys.