I made a video to enter into a video contest (the “Avocado Video Bowl”) sponsored by Avocados from Mexico. My video stars two of my utensils, Ms. Spoon and Mr. Spatula. They are doing a cooking show about how to make ceviche. Please watch it, it’s super cheesy and super exciting!
Five videos get selected for round two, to be in the running for $5000. I’ll know if mine makes the cut soon I hope!
I finally got the video camera working. I think the battery is near dead, I’ll probably need to pick up a new one. So I used the one I can have plugged into the wall instead to test stuff out. Got some wee little tapes for it, as well as a memory card. Circuit City is dead dead dead. As in zero employees to help me, no good at all! Ended up at Best Buy, where I actually got to make use of the employee asking me if I needed help.
Anyhow, I made a video starring one of our cats. She ‘dances’. It’s, uh, pretty bad. But then again, I just turned the camera on today! I need something better then Microsoft Movie Maker, though, it’s rather limited. Anyhow, if you feel like rotting your mind for 1.5 minutes, enjoy!
We’re still swimming in chocolate here. Aside from one bad day where I couldn’t stop sucking down the sugar, it’s been alright. I need to get my bike fixed so I can actually ride it on warmer days. I need to do something to fix the fact that several of my bras no longer fit. D’oh!
Been reading a bit lately. Drew has a few of the ‘Great Brain’ book which are totally for 5th graders, but I’m rereading them to flash back to reading them the first time in 5th grade. Strangely, 5th grader books are much better when you’re actually the target age when you read them. I’m also reading a Lois Bujold book. They’re sci-fi, and a whole series (of the sort that’s it’s own segment, so you could read them out of order if you want) about this guy named Miles. Anyhow, I like them as they have interesting characterization and deal with day to day situations along with wacky interplanetary hijinks.
Took the Christmas decorations down. The lights are getting chucked. They all worked when I put them up, but as of yesterday, only 1/4 of them worked. D’oh!
We need to brave a shopping experience soon. We have so much meat and chocolate and not enough of anything else. I need vegetables before my arteries start flipping out!
Buy new sporks. Eat more lobsters. Start a synthpop fund. Take ib_jennay03 painting. Pay for my abandoned buildings on time. Spend more time with my bladders.
I’ve decided to have two New Year’s resolutions. The first is to make dolmades. I’ve had this blasted jar of grape leaves sitting around for entirely too long, and I need to suck it up and make them. All I need to do first is figure out where the heck one gets mint leaves. My second resolution is to learn the Fur Elise in it’s entirety for piano. I played keyboard on a sporadicly regular basis from elementary to high school, and recently acquired the keyboard from my parents. I’ve got the sheet music and can play 1/3 of it (mostly) without problems. Anyhow, I always wanted to be able to play all of it smoothly.
I decided to ring in the new year by buying a camcorder. I have nefarious plans for it. After spending entirely too much time looking around on the internets at entirely too many cameras, I ended up buying this one used off of Craigslist from some kid who’d gotten a better model. I need to go get a miniDV tape for it, as well as a memory card. And maybe a longer USB cord. Cost me $60. It’s in decent working order, and now I shall be able to make glorious videos!
A sudden fit of inspiration has me deeply considering getting a video camera. I currently own an Olympus Stylus 500, which is a regular camera that also happens to record video. It’s rather poor quality video (and only 320×240 resolution), and I want something better. Though, as a beginner at such things, I really don’t need anything too fancy (read:too expensive), just something decent enough to record something that will look good on the web. Any suggestions for a good camera? Or for that matter, is anyone looking to sell off an old camera?
Waah! They’re decaffeinating Sparks! Stupid states. Sparks is my preferred alcoholic beverage of choice when out on the town. It is frothy and delicious and not too sweet, and even keeps me awake! Apparently it’s current form goes off the shelves Jan 10, so I’ve got time to stock up. At least it hasn’t been pulled completely, as a non-caffeinated form shall return.
I’ll rewind back to several days ago and start from there. Last Tuesday, Drew and I had a DC adventure. We went to the American History Museum, and spend most of the time in the war and politics section, as it is massive and full of all sorts of stuff to read and look at. We got dinner in Chinatown, which was a bit disappointing. $6 for fried wontons stuffed with only a few pieces of beef is no good at all! We hit Pentagon City Mall so I could go to the ever important Lindt store. In the future, I’ll just have to go to Charlottesville for my chocolate needs. I am a big fan of Mozart chocolates, and the Pentagon mall lindt store only sells them individually, at a price that is comparable to For The Love of Chocolate in Carytown (i.e. too much). The Charlottesville Lindt store, on the other hand, sells them in bags, at a slightly more reasonable cost. Mmm marzipan-tastic. Anyhow, that was an exciting day.
Christmas was Christmasey. I got a bunch of stuff, including many books to keep my eyes occupied, and many chocolates to keep my stomach occupied. Also, my computer is now maxed out on RAM, which is always a good thing. Based on some of my presents, I think people want me to make them baked goods.
Now here’s a rather weird occurrence: apparently someone at inrich.com decided that they like my food blog, as my most recent posts are listed in the link feed on their lifestyles page. An exciting development, indeed.
So we went a wassailing last night. There were seven of us total (eight if you include Lily the dog dog), which is actually the best turnout yet. Too bad the turnout for the houses wasn’t too good. I suspect our strategy of caroling on the Saturday before Christmas may have been a poor one, as not too many people were actually home. Albeit, we did go to one house where there was a rather large amount of humans there for a party, that might be where all the neighbors were. We ended up visiting a Ronald McDonald house and sang to a couple kids, so that was exciting. In any case, next year for caroling purposes, I might be more inclined to tack myself onto a preexisting group rather then another attempt at organizing a caroling group.
After that was the Starbucks visit. I keep having fewer and fewer reasons to go to a Starbucks. See, I’m not a coffee drinker, as coffee is disgusting, but I do like hot and frothy beverages, so their pumpkin spice latte (minus anything resembling coffee in it) has generally proven quite tasty. Then, a few months ago, I got it in my head to try making my own, via heating up some milk and whisking it around, then adding pumpkin spice coffee creamer. It’s really quite good. So I got the pumpkin spice latte last night, and it just wasn’t as good as what I made at home. It was a bit watery, and I wanted to dump more creamer in it. I opened up the container, and it looked kinda weird as well, an yellow-orange color. I suspect that it was dyed that color, in the same vein as some pies that you buy at stores, because of that ‘people think pumpkin products are supposed to be orange because pumpkins are orange’ marketing technique. Mind you, it still tasted good, and it’s not like I get it more then once a year anyhow.
Saw ‘Burn After Reading’ the other day. I totally wanna be Chad (Brad Pitt’s character) when I grow up. Also, started watching Kimagure Orange Road, which is very cute so far. I’ve gotten into the exciting world of online Civ IV, which, while frustratingly full of 15 year old, will teach me to be much better then I am at maintaining my military. Drew and other people he plays games with have a serious advantage over me in some areas, in that my background in military-type gaming is playing Risk once every 3-4 years when I was a kid. So in Civ I’m all like ‘la la la, I’m building cities and being religious and exploring the world and OH CRAP 10 SWORDSMEN’ and then I lose my city that’s got one spearman defending it. I’m working on that, though.
Here’s something really fun to do if you have a few spare minutes to kill. Go to images.google.com, and do a search for anything. On the page that comes up that’s got all of the image thumbnails, replace what’s in the address bar with this: