Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Ciao Bella Gelato... Am I the only one totally taken with the idea of the Red Velvet Gelato from The Apprentice? Mmmmm! You can order 4 pints of gelato here (for $37+ shipping... yikes!) or find it locally. But good luck finding it locally. Sigh.
The two flavors...
Vanilla Donut Dream Ice Cream: vanilla gelato swirled with Chocolate syrup and the gooey goodness of Dunkin' Donuts donut chunks.
Red Velvet Ice Cream: gelato containing an egg base, touch of Belgian Cocoa, raspberries and white chocolate to recreate and spin the southern classic batter into a rich frozen dessert.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Last weekend, in between hurricanes, I headed to the new Butterfly Rainforest at Florida's Natural History Museum. Being brand new, and the first weekend in a month not riddled with rain, it was crowded. In fact, one hour or so before it closed, the line to get in was still quite long. The rainforest is a screened-in enclosure on the back of the museum and begins high with a winding path through thick flowered vegetation and several waterfalls and streams.
Very beautiful and well done, and the day was perfect. The caretakers collect any eggs from the rainforest, raise the caterpillars in the lab, and collect the pupaes in a hatching rack with multi-level boards. They collect the new butterflies and release them each day, which we got to see.
Below are my best pictures...
Stalking from the leaves.
Laying eggs (not a great picture, but good illustration)
It strikes me that this one looks fast without even moving.
I love the bold colors here.
Releasing the butterflies - you can see one to the left of his head. Some of them would not come out--they can be very stubborn little things.
The soft colors here really got my attention. This kind was very friendly, stayed around the crowds, and could sometimes be picked up. Others we never saw for more than a second.
This, I think, is going to be an 8x10!
Calla lily from one of the waterfalls.
A mating pair.
This kind was hard to find settled, but I love the down-swing of the wings.
The Maguire Center (Butterfly Rainforest).
And finally, not from Gainesville but from my own backyard...
Grown from seed... a bright spot with all the rain.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Things are still hectic at the office, as my days are now punctuated by resume reviews and interviewing new assistants. This second time through seems more challenging than the first. First time, everyone was a graphic designer. This time, everyone is an English teacher. Interesting bunch.
So Adam emails this morning and says this site is number one on Google for the phrase "Frappuccino Friday" and sure enough, it is. Ha! Trivial, I know, given that not many people look for that online, but still, it's a funny thing and I get a kick out of manipulating search engines to my advantage *evil laugh*.
Anyway, a few other fun sites turned up on the same search...
Hungry Girl.com : run by a professed foodaholic, it's cute and clever with food facts, amusing articles, and health issues
Put Down the Donut.com : Funny name with a focus on dieting and healthy recipes
Sandy Savage's Dressage: how did a site on horses come up? Simple. A horse named Frappuccino! Sounds like a great idea to me.
"The Social Club of SoHo" : an article on a corner Starbucks in "SoHo", which I personally thought was in New York, but apparently St. Petersburg has commandeered the name as well. Weird people in the article, and they mostly all have dogs in the pictures. What is that about? One interesting thing is their discussion of how Starbucks wants to become your "third place" next to home and work. Might work for other cities, but that hasn't quite caught on here. At least for me. I'd love to hang out there, but other patrons look so annoyed that you might come into the same store as they're in. Apparently, in Jacksonville what we need is private Starbucks booths.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Today's blog is brought to you by the word "Tired." *insert cheering from home audience*:
Make your own great picture just like this from LetterJames, but be sure and turn the pop-up blocker on! Lets you write messages as graffiti, airline arrival boards, wine labels, alphabet soup, and more. I made this on Thursday when I was still awake.
Think Geek's fabulous Caffeine Accessories page. Choose from caffeinated hot sauce, shower gel, or t-shirts & mugs featuring the caffeine molecule.
Aqua Dessa's Chocolate Espresso Body Scrub
Sephora's Coffee & Cream Morning Body Scrub : literally contains coffee, cream, vanilla & cinnamon
Even more caffeinated spa products (caffeine stimulates cells, exciting them to fill in bumps that might reveal cellulite)
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Congratulations to William Shatner for his first Emmy Award! Given during the Tuesday night pre-Emmy ceremony, he hearned the award for his guest role on The Practice. The Story (all the way at the bottom). As a life-long Trekkie, I can't believe this is his first award, though I understand the nature of the Academy is not to award science fiction shows, which are a genre all their own outside of Drama and Comedy.
Now that the SciFi channel is having its heyday, perhaps they should consider adding a new category focusing on scifi TV. Plenty of shows deserve recognition, and there are probably more original science fiction shows on TV than an other genre right now. Stargate is in its 10th season, and others like Enterprise, Farscape, Stargate Atlantis, Smallville, and Andromeda Strain are worthy of review but are often ignored up against a heavy hitting drama like Law & Order.
Solid science fiction shows have come and gone (X-Files, Roswell, Outer Limits, ST: TNG, Quantum Leap) with barely a nod from the Academy, most likely to hand them a minor award in costume or set design. On the odd chance a show was nominated, the nature of the show ensured its loss. Only in scifi do writers regularly combine campy humor and universal ponderings. What might not be high-brow is no less profound.
Further, actors that sign on to a scifi are generally wagering their future careers. Few are able to break the scifi mold and venture back into drama or comedy though their contribution to the TV mythology is no less. Emmys are the way we thank them for that contribution, that it's a valid, well-executed effort which in some ways moved us.
The more serious the enjoyment, the more worthy the award. Who enjoys their TV shows more than a scifi fan? Think about it, Academy.
I'm also a fan, by the way, of creating a Comedy Oscar.
Finally, on the Emmy vein, congratulations, too, to John Turturro for his guest appearance award for his role as Adrian's brother Ambrose on Monk, the best darn show there is out there.
My assistant is leaving and we're in the midst of a busy time, so haven't had much time for blogging. However, here are some interesting links to waste time with, most courtesy of the INFJ listserv...
HGTV Room Planner : If you're not redoing your house, it's still fun. Use the drop down menus to set up an entire room, and then move and add furniture. You used to have to pay for programs like that.
Disturbing Auctions.com : The "Cymbal Devil Monkey" is worth the whole trip.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest : If the name sounds over-the-top, it is! This contest is for the worst possible fiction sentence, with winners like the following:
Thursday, September 09, 2004
This is the first article I've seen detailing Bush's Guard Service. Had begun to wonder what that was all about!
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Train of thought during an IM conversation about the RNC...
BostonAdam believes that Haagen Daas Strawberry Cheesecake is much better than Ben & Jerry's Primary Berry Graham. Probably due to that slightly sour grape flavor inherent in Vermont during a Republican Presidency. But that's just my opinion.
Speaking of sour, Lemon Sorbet is my personal favorite, prompting a web search for Lime Sorbet. The yield:
Lime Sorbet from Citrona: a weekly techno music mix
Coconut Lime Sorbet: I suggest this with a warm cinnamon danish
Limes filled with coconut: what you get if you play Harry Nilsson's Coconut song backwards
and finally, Garlic Lime Sorbet: can't the French leave anything alone?? Nasty.
Keanu Ted Theodore Logan Neo Reeves is 40 today. Hooray! And he was good in Something's Gotta Give, only it's yet another movie where apparently laughing and acting doofy means True Love.
Dinner Rush: Danny Aiello's 2000 movie about a restaurant and the mob. You think it's slow, but the punchline is worth the wait.
Fall TV is starting, so sign up for your favorite show and get sarcastic summaries from Television Without Pity!
...Which has a link to a blog with a link to this great Yoga site with postures step by step. Tree Pose! Hint from personal experience: do NOT try with socks on. It just doesn't work. You must have friction.
Other RNC thoughts...
Been buying things for the new place lately, with all the good clearance sales out there, and so I give you..... my House Blog! (just using a blogger template on this one)