Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Me, and my pilot, Gary, strapping me in so I'm SAFE for the flight!
Our tiny little glider! Now, that is a landing you can feel! My butt is practically on the ground!
Us, being pulled by the tow-plane heading for those mountains over...... THERE!
A postcard I bought. Just kidding! I took that picture!
lunch. very important.
In other news: North Korea has reportedly tested a missile, as US officials say it now has access to funds frozen for years; Claude Monet's painting Waterloo Bridge, Temps Couvert doubles its estimated selling price at auction (18 million pounds); Lindsay Lohan has cancelled her 21st birthday party; and the US military says 10,000 US and Iraqi troops are moving against al-Qaeda networks north of Baghdad.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Zucchini Pesto Pasta:
2 cups basil leaves (stems removed), tightly packed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ tsp sea salt 6 zucchini, peeled
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tomato, seeded and diced
¼ cup raw pine nuts ½ cup Pine Nut Parmesan (optional)
To make the pesto, place the basil, olive oil, garlic, and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until the basil is chopped. Add the pine nuts and process until smooth. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Pesto will keep for five days.
To make the pasta, use a vegetable peeler to peel the zucchini down to the core of seeds on all sides, forming long strips. Do not continue peeling once you reach the core of seeds. Cut the zucchini strips into 1-inch pieces. Toss the zucchini with enough pesto to coat. Place a small pile of zucchini on serving plate. Top with the diced tomato and Pine Nut Parmesan, if desired.
Well. I don’t have a food processor, so here is what my pasta looked like:
Plus, I don’t have a dehydrator, nor did I have the energy or time to make pine nut parmesan, so I used REAL parmesan. Sue me.
And the pesto goes quite nicely with a martini:
And a side of grilled meatloaf:
Hehehe. GO RAW FOODS!
In other news: The prestigious UN Heritage List is voting this month on 5 globally important natural and cultural wonders of the world; Aids say that Bill and Hillary Clinton have sold their blind trust stocks to avoid any problems for Mrs Clinton's presidency bid; Nicole Richie is pregnant; and Switzerland opens the world's longest rail tunnel on land - the 34km Loetschberg tunnel under the Alps.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
A very cute read, Epstein talks about the curiosity he finds in that though democracy, by its very nature touts itself as anti-snobbery, seems at the same time, by its very nature to breed it. By taking away the social solidarity of class, getting rid of any true aristocracy, and even by eliminating the society columns, Americans are left with the need to find some way of distinguishing themselves from their fellow countrymen.
We do this by becoming snobs. Job-snobbery, school snobbery, intellectual snobbery, political snobbery, celebrity snobbery, food & wine snobbery, overall "good-taste" snobbery…… and the list goes on. We all fit into some of these and know people who fit into some of these. I myself have a wee bit of job-snobbery (but of the more modern I-don’t-make-any-money-but-I’m-doing-something-important kind), intellectual snobbery (I thought myself over that, but I was merely taking a break and am a snob again in full force), and food and wine snobbery (though, in reading this book and making the distinctions, I find that I am less of a snob and more of an elitist).
The book was very entertaining. I especially enjoyed the chapter on good taste:
"…good taste really is good sense, which means that in friendship, it is
represented by tact, generosity, and above all kindness; in possessions, by
comfort, elegance, utility, and solidity; in art, by beauty, harmony, and
In other news: gas prices are up; though the station's three crew and seven visiting shuttle astronauts are not at any immediate risk, Russian computers controlling the International Space Station's orientation, as well as its supply of oxygen and water have failed; Jessica Alba is an "American hero;" and during daylight hours, a million dollar painting by the 17th Century Dutch artist Frans van Mieris has been stolen from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
In other news: I attended a raw-foods cooking class this past weekend in Vail, Colorado. I was so excited to finally eat that I forgot to take pictures. You'll get them when I actually make the food myself! Hehehehe. If that happens.
Mangy looking dog, wouldn't you say?
And...... there is no other news. Enough of a break, I'm back to work.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
American Alligators. They are a new exhibit. The zoo has had them for approximately three weeks and they are not eating. Later on we got to see handlers trying to get them to eat.
Budgies, Cockatiels and Parrots. I want one!
I have a picture with this guy from before! He's great.
Hippos are so cool. These alternate between being SO COOL and DISGUSTING.
In other news: American alligators can live up to two years without eating (so don't worry too much about the ones pictured above); I got pooped on by a budgie (on my chin - imagine if I had had my mouth open!); my internet is up for the moment; Paris Hilton has been released from prison to house arrest; and Germany's chancellor says the leaders of the G8 nations have agreed a compromise deal on climate change.
The sky today.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Monte's mom came to visit us for almost an entire week. It was GREAT.
Me from an unflattering perspective with a beautiful sky above.
Curry. Is it me? Or has she gotten even CUTER?
In other news: The "surge" isn't working in Iraq, "Waitress" is a good movie, Dutch researchers are trying to grow pork in petri dishes, and Japan has three times as much solar power being used as the U.S. even though it has far less land and gets half as much sun as California.