Friday, January 22, 2010

Bonjour Mes Amis

Once upon a time many years ago, I spoke French. Well I spoke some French, I read a lot of French, and I had some French language skills. I kept my French reading up pretty well through college reading French magazines and newspapers. I love French films and have retained a decent amount of listening comprehension. Speaking the language in the past fifteen years?

I have lost any confidence I once had, so I have a new soundtrack to my daily commutes. Today on CD 1, I was happy to know I had not forgotten everything.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pirate Arr!

On Radio Margaritaville, they play a radio promo where JB says something like "this is your captain speaking, Arr!" It cracks me up. Arr!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Spring?

This weekend I did a major Spring (like) cleaning. I emptied the entire linen closet, made a pile to donate and sorted and refolded everything else. I did the same with the chest of drawers in my bedroom and the night stand. I even sorted the bathroom cabinet drawers and my closet.

I went to church last night with a pile of things I thought others might want. I gave away books, magazines, coupons.

Today I finished the sixth load of laundry for the weekend. Now to rest, oh wait--I go back to work tomorrow.

Let us not forget

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What do you do?

I am a teacher.

I have always wanted to be a teacher.

My dad is a teacher.

Many of my relatives are teachers.

I love teaching.

I wonder if I would love something else too.

Did I choose my path because it was a familiar or comfortable one?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Empty Bottle

I have a bottle of lotion that I thought would be empty before we left the beach. A week later, I am still scraping out the last bits of it. The pump has long ago been useless, but I take the lid off and bang it managing to get enough out. I don't know why I go to the trouble. It isn't expensive or all that spectacular.

Am I the only one who does this? Some how it give me joy to get another days worth out of the nearly empty bottle.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

Todays treat--it was a snow day for me.

It takes a while, but not difficult. YUM. I did have to bake for an extra ten minutes though.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Simple, but Delicious!

This one is perfect for Toast and Sandwiches--I guess they got the name right. If you have any interest in baking you should check out kingarthurflour.com. They have so many great recipes. I have made quite a few with no flops.



Toast and Sandwich Bread from King Arthur Flour.

2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup lukewarm milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Bread Machine Method (1 1/2-lb. or larger machine): Place all of the ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, program the machine for Basic White Bread (or equivalent), and press Start.

Manual/Mixer/Food Processor Method: In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix for 2 minutes. Switch to the dough hook, and knead for 10 minutes. By hand, knead till you have a smooth, soft dough. Using a processor, process for 90 seconds.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and allow it to rise about 1 hour, or till it’s doubled in bulk. Shape the dough into a loaf, and place it in a greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Tent the dough with a proof cover or lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow it to rise for about 1 hour, or until it’s crowned 1 to 2 inches over the rim of the pan.

Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until it tests done (its internal temperature will read 190°F on an instant-read thermometer). Remove the bread from the pan to cool. Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Goal nor not

So, I didn't run a 5 K last year. I did work on my running and continue to, maybe that is good enough.

This year I want to continue to work on my running, maybe by the end of the year I will even consider myself a runner.

I want to spend more time with friends and make time for those who are hard to keep in touch with.

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Aughts

Ten years ago, Josh was hoping "the aughts" would catch on. I don't think it really did, although I did see the past decade referred as such in a magazine a few days ago. What a difference ten years can make.

It's been a great aughts, here's to 2010!

Happy New Year!