Wednesday, July 20, 2005

school's out for the summer

summer school is OVA.

i will now enjoy my two week vacation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

memed

mary tagged me for a meme (i don't know what it means either) and the hilarious part about this particular meme is the subject: cooking. (stop laughing, friends). this one goes out to everyone i've ever tried to cook for, who've cooked for me (you know who you are), and especially for those who hate to cook. like me.

what is your first memory of cooking/baking on your own?

my childhood friend and i used to mix everything we could find in the kitchen and bake it. then we'd try to convince her dad to taste it. also, we baked a cake for the first time and added a cup of baking soda and the cake exploded in the oven. there was cake everywhere and it took forever to clean up. i think this is a good analogy to my current baking and cooking skills.

who had the most influence on your cooking?

hmmm. are we talking edible food or non-edible? we'll go with edible. i'd say my last roommate. she cooked a lot and taught me lots about cooking. she made this incredible mexican rice, like, the real way. i could eat pounds of that. and i learned how to cook it. one time i cooked chicken and she was very supportive, despite how long it took to chew individual bites. other than that, my friend Wendy, who's now open late, has helped me out a lot.

do you have an old photo as evidence of an early exposure to the cooking world?

one time my childhood friend and i made a vegetable figure of her mom. her mom was a hippie and she didn't shave her armpits so we added parsley between the carrot arms and eggplant body. we took a picture too.

Mageiricophobia - Do you suffer from any cooking phobia, or a dish that makes your palms sweat?

am I scared to cook it or eat it? probably raw fish or meat. ugh.

What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?

my microwave. biggest letdown: the spinner in my microwave hasn't been spinning correctly. ever since i burned a kudos wrapper in the microwave i'm secretly afraid things will catch on fire. so the crazy noise from the spinner makes me jump. and then i feel stupid.

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else!
carrots and peanut butter?

What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don't want to live without?

1. cereal, although i can't express a namebrand because it changes. but nothing too sugary like fruity pebbles or too bland like those nasty oat and fiber cereals.
2. sandwich from local sandwich shop.
3. dessert.
or, if i could figure out how to cook it, mexican rice.

Who are some chefs you would be most interested in spending a day with?

um, oprah's chef rosie? that's the only one i know. my mom bought me In the Kitchen With Rosie but it was too advanced for me. i need some easy low fat recipes if anyone wants to contribute.

Your favorite ice cream:
anything chocolate.

You will probably never eat:

lots of stuff. anything too spicy or with too much flavor. raw fish. undercooked meat. brussel sprouts. artichoke barfs. cauliflower. ew-- anything with the spices curry and/or cumin. i don't eat red meat. peas. cashews. ew.

Your own signature dish...
was fruit salad...is now green bean caserole.

i now tag a vamos and when pigs sing, and megan. if you feel like a meme, that is.

uh uh.

When you work with kids and get along with them, you hear lots of shit. Some shit they tell you, some stuff they've mumbled unsuccessfully and others are side comments uttered when they think you aren't listening. With that said, teaching 11 sophomore boys for four hours a day has opened a window into the teenageboymind that I would have rather left closed. They aren't kidding when they say boys are sexually minded. More like obsessed. Not that we sit around and discuss the matter, but I'm constantly redirecting or halting the conversation and/or joke all together. The sad thing is, I see the humor in some of the jokes, specifically Your Mamma jokes, even though I have to stop them because they are inappropriate and can be outright misogynist. Speaking of, it's extremely eerie to see a tall, gangly, pimply boy with shuffled blonde hair and glasses ferociously singing, Lil Webbie's "Girl gimme that." Giving anyone a sense of power and entitlement over a girl's sexuality is fucking scary and absurd.

Today one of my kids said he's going to fail next year so he can have me again for summer school. I guess that's some sort of pathetic compliment, even though I think he wants to have me as a teacher because my class was crazy. Crazy as in "only during the summer fools" cuz Madhatter don't play during the year. Well, she tries not to. It's hard sometimes.

Monday, July 18, 2005

blah.

well, i had a lot to blog about. but then i became an insomniac and now i can't think at all. i suppose i'll continue soon. at least i can still string sentences together.