Tuesday, February 14

Reasons I Still Love My Husband

  1. His humanity
  2. He always makes me laugh
  3. He is rarely grumpy or moody ... and when he is it's either for no reason whatsoever or he's hungry
  4. He sleeps soundly
  5. No one knows me as well as he does
  6. He likes to make up the lyrics to songs to poke fun at me
  7. He spoils the puppy
  8. He cleans the toilet and does the dishes
  9. He remembers all the stories I tell him, even the boring work ones
  10. He understands my faults
  11. His defender-of-the-world attitude
  12. He tickles me to cure a headache
  13. His Facebook fights
  14. He loves his dad
  15. He kissed me on top of the Eiffel Tower
  16. I call him "woogie" ("woog" for short) and he lets me, might even like it
  17. He plays with my hair while we're waiting in line
  18. He supports me
  19. He likes my girlfriends
  20. He listens
  21. He enjoys travelling
  22. He says I'm sexy even when I feel fat or ugly
  23. He makes me want to be a better me
  24. But I know he loves me just as I am
Happy Valentine's Day.
Here's to all those past and a gazillion more to come.

Friday, February 10

Veggie Laksa

So, because of THIS (<--- stupid thing I wish I'd never heard about), I've been trying to go more vegan -- making the effort to cut out dairy and eggs except for every once in a while as an added indulgence. Of course, this means I have to search for recipes that are non-vomitous AND non-dairy/non-meat/non-egg.

I found this:
Veggie Laksa
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"Laksa" is a yummy coconut milk based noodle soup that is a fusion of Malay/Chinese elements, most often found in Malaysia and Singapore. You can make it with any thickness of rice noodles, I'm using regular width but I'm sure vermicelli is yummy, and probably extra wide too. I'm definitely NOT going to make my own curry paste -- so I'll invest in a ready-made Laksa or Thai curry paste; check your local grocer. For your two cups of mixed chopped vegetables, I suggest (and so does the author of this recipe) red pepper, carrot, and zucchini julienned ... or cut into baton-like strips. Recipe serves three.

I think Laksa Soup has the potential to become a much loved weekly menu item.


3/4lb [350g] rice noodles
2oz [60g] Laksa paste or other Thai curry paste
1 Lg can [1 1/2 cups] coconut cream
2 cups mixed chopped vegetables (see note above)
Handful of fresh basil leaves

What to do with your ingredients:

Place noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 1 minute then massage to loosen into individual strands. Drain.

Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons of peanut or other vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add curry paste and stir fry for 30 seconds. Quickly add coconut cream and 2 cups boiling water. Bring to the boil and add vegetables. Simmer for 2 minutes or until vegetables are cooked to your liking.

To serve, divide noodles between 3 bowls. Pour over soup and vegetables and top with basil leaves.

Wednesday, February 8

Today's Grievances

  1. I made spoon pens (pens with spoons super-glued to them as an anti-theft device) for the office, upon which I drew little friendly faces; the one with the kitty has already been stolen. People are such assholes.
  2. I look super fat in these pants.
  3. I can't stop thinking about The China Study and how I must stop myself, family, and friends from eating animal protein so that we may all live long, healthy lives.
  4. My hair has a weird bump in it.
  5. The library charged my late book as "lost" so now I have to fight with the librarians.
  6. The coworker I hate has been put in charge of a project, making him very snarky.
  7. That terrible JLo song "On the Floor" is stuck in my head.
But on a lighter note ...
Adorable Baby Sloth

Thursday, February 2

Groundhog Day

Damn you, Punxsutawney Phil.
Six more weeks of winter can kiss my ass.
I hate winter and even more, I hate this sort of non-winter we've been having.
There's no snow which is definitely a plus.
But the mild days make me long for springy days and hot summer nights.

And now the stupid groundhog says that won't happen for 6 more weeks.
How accurate is Phil? His own website, obviously biased, says 100%.
Others say as high as 80% accurate.
It's important to point out that he's only NOT seen his shadow 16 times.
Conventiently enough, meteorlogical winter runs from December 5th to March 5th.

I won't pretend I'm not crushed ... and a little disappointed in Phil.
But hopefully his seeing his shadow will hold marginal sway over that great and powerful being: weather.
After all, winter doesn't seem to be putting up much of a fight this year.

Wednesday, February 1

Haiku Rant

of long length on men,
I hate.

And women,
keep them short to set
a good example.