I do not know your identity. You may be a candystriping Girl Scout, or a grandmother who volunteers 20 hours a week at the Red Cross. You may work to save endangered species, and your dedication to social equity and human rights might make Mother Theresa look like Jeffrey Dahmer on a bad hair day. You may be kind to children, fair to animals, and a patron saint to environmental causes the world over.
I do know that you have a car alarm, and that it's gone off twice in the last week, at 3am, for 30 minutes each time. And that makes me hate you.
What is it with car alarms? They seem like leftovers from the '80s, the pride of hyper-vigilant teens and twentysomethings with shiny new Iroc-Zs to protect, presumably from menacing threats like wind and rain. (I do not know what else sets off car alarms.) Yet, especially in the Tri-State area, they are as prominent as Applebees and lower back tattoos. Why they haven't been relegated to the dustbin of history, along with stonewashed jackets and Ratt posters, is beyond me.
In fact, I have it good on authority (meaning: my own delusion) that, throughout the course of automotive history, car alarms have deterred exactly two burglars. The first was Borden P. Titmouse, a hapless petty thief doomed by his particularly sensitive hearing and lack of arms below the elbow. The second was a cat who mistook a Chrysler for a hunk of steak. Cats are dumb, see.
The number of people awoken, annoyed, and otherwise driven apoplectic by car alarms, however, numbers in the millions. The billions, even. McDonald's would kill for that kind of demo.
Someday, I may be a mother. And if your car alarm wakes my child - who I presume will have spent the whole day alternately being adorable and vomiting into my open mouth, if Facebook is any indication – I will key it into oblivion, then pound the remaining atoms into a pretty purple paperweight. I don't care if you are the Chairperson of Greenpeace, the head of Habitat for Humanity, and the potential broker of peace in the Middle East combined. You will be upset. Neighboring cars will weep. Charlie Sheen will question my destructive tendencies.
In closing, no one wants to steal your Honda. For the love of god, turn off the alarm.
The rest of Brooklyn
The in laws have arrived. We enjoyed a yummy meal from our local Chinese restaurant for lunch and are just relaxing this afternoon. We are waiting for a call from our friend in Ossining to determine what we are going to do tomorrow.
This year I decided to make my own Valentine's Day Cards for friends and family! I had so much fun making them. I got the idea when I was home during one of the snow storms. It was nice to see and hear people's reactions when they opened the cards!
Last night, I needed a quick dinner for the hubby and I. It had to be healthy but, I also knew it had to be filling. This recipe calls for some things like: BUTTER! that didn't really fulfill my definition of healthy.
I ended up using fresh mushrooms, olive oil, frozen chopped spinach, and a small yellow onion. I also used Thyme! (I've never cooked with it before but, it seemed to come out well!) Instead of Farfalle, I used the thin spaghetti we had in the cupboard. We topped it with light shredded mozarella and grated parmesan! It was quick, tasty, cheap, and healthy!
We are looking for 2-3 bedrooms in Astoria, if possible. If not, we will look to surrounding boroughs and neighborhoods.
The hubby has been contacting various real estate brokers and some by owner listings on Craigs List. At this point we aren't going to make any moves, unless a perfect place comes up since we have several months left on our lease.
We are ridiculously happy in our neighborhood and with our space so, it will take a pretty fabulous place to fill the shoes of our little "Urban Beach House".
"Our house is a very, very fine house
With [five] cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you"
I love watching animals because they have such funny personalities. There is one big gray cat who is clearly the bully in the group. There are three black and white cats. One is super tiny and is just sooo cute! Then there is the little black one with white feet. (This kitty enjoys hiding in the pachysandra.) I would go out and take pictures but, they run away when you go out there. These little guys are such fun to watch!
We are having a very low key Valentine's Day. We both just want to spend some time together at home. We have been so busy lately that we haven't been home as much as we would like.
The wine glasses are Lenox Butterfly Meadow Balloon Glasses. The water glasses were monogrammed by a friend of ours as a Christmas gift. We have a matching carafe!
1 rotisserie chicken (take off the legs and wings) - the flavoring doesn't really matter
Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Frank's Wing Sauce - Buffalo
Monterey Jack Cheese
Preheat the oven to 350. Take the skin, the legs, and the wings off of the rotisserie chicken. Take the meat off of the carcas and shred it into a casserole dish. Add blue cheese dressing, wing sauce, and monterey jack cheese to the chicken until you reach a "goopy" but not watery consistency. Bake until bubbly.
Serve with chips/crackers. This can also work as a filling for a buffalo chicken taco. YUM!
I am linking to http://allthesmallstuff-cole.blogspot.com/2011/02/tuesdays-at-table-salsa-verde-pork-stew.html.
"Pittsburgh and Baltimore are made for each other. It's like looking at your own face in the mirror."
It really seems true. Both cities have similar working-class, industrial histories. Both cities are usually overlooked when people think of taking vacations or spending a weekend. And both cities have insanely loyal football fans. If you don't believe me, see for yourself here: http://www.afc-north.com/rivalry/pitbal.html
Apparently, in the fifteen years since the Ravens replaced the Colts as the hometown NFL team for Baltimore, the Steelers-Ravens rivalry has become one of the most followed in football. Maybe not on the level of Cowboys-Redskins or Bears-Packers, but not too far behind. Part of it is historic from the Colts, but not too much. Part of it stems from the Browns moving to Baltimore, but not all of it. Most of the rivalry has been created since the 1996 season and strengthened almost even year during the playoffs.
Growing up, I missed out on the Colts when they left for Indiana in the middle of the night in March 1984. For years I watched the Redskins with a fervor, even going with my dad to a conference before the 1992 Super Bowl so I could buy an official Super Bowl program. I even had an autographed Mark Rypien card and the full helmet-jersey-football uniform (anyone else remember Hutch?)
But ever since the Ravens rolled into town (and ever since Dan Snyder bought the Redskins), I've always cheered for the Ravens. I had a Ravens bed set, t-shirt, turtleneck, trash can, jackets, sweatshirt (you get the picture). I even got the Girl into the Ravens, and we both have Ravens sweatshirts thanks to Mom and Dad. For the last year or so, we have called our home online "Tales From Astoria," but in this one particular way, I am still very much a Maryland guy.
Of course, we have the Steelers to thank for keeping the Ravens out of the Super Bowl yet again...we'll see how the game goes tonight though....GO PACKERS!!!!!
The youngest brother headed back to school on Saturday night. The other two will head back to DC together on Monday morning. The hubby and I will head back to Astoria on Monday morning in time for work. I will continue to come out after work until he comes home.
We are gathering snacks and other goodies to watch the Super Bowl together. We were supposed to have a little party with some friends and extended family but, under the circumstances it is better to just have the family around. I'm sure mom will head back to the hospital at some point tonight. The boys will probably go back with her.
I'm glad things are looking up! I think the sunshine and "warm" weather is helping!
As President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama prepare to host Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and others to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the White House released the menu for the party Sunday afternoon. Here is what the guests will be munching on:
Deep Dish Pizza
German Potato Salad
Twice Baked Potatoes
Snyders Potato Chips and Pretzels
Chips and Dips
Beverages including the following beers: Hinterland Pale Ale & Amber Ale (Wisconsin), Yuengling Lager and Light (Pennsylvania), White House Honey Ale.
The wife has been visiting her father in the hospital as he improves. Between her trips there and my trips to court, we have both been very exhausted lately. Today we got to see her brothers, as they came up to visit their Dad for the weekend.
Tomorrow is the Super Bowl! I guess I've lost track of time, but it's already been 10 years since Baltimore last appeared (and won) the big game. I remember having a homework assignment that I needed to finish for that Monday (naturally!), so I spent most of the evening running up and down the stairs in my parents' house, trying to catch bits and pieces of the game. I even had a radio tuned to the game so I could follow along.
The Ravens usually get to the playoffs, and usually lose to the Steelers...so I will probably be cheering for the Packers tomorrow!
At the moment I'm trying to decide whether I am going to try to go to work tomorrow. Unfortunately, the commute is long (from LI) and I am quite tired. We outlasted one shift of nurses and doctors. I know that if I go to work my students will help distract me from everything that is going on but, I also know that I would like to be with my dad tomorrow.
I guess I'll see how the ice is tomorrow morning. Sleep well alll!
We have pretty much been at the hospital all day. The photo above was taken when mom and Andrew were searching the internet in the waiting room after dinner