Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dear Toshiba: About the Penis Detector…

Dear Toshiba,
Last week I wrote you a surly letter.  And my friend Dwija tweeted it to your PR department, and ToshibaEric more or less instantaneously posted a comment to the blog, offering to make sure my computer got fixed.
(Note to self: Must add “Small Miracles” tag to blog.  And to Dwija.)
To recap the problem, in case you have forgotten, my computer thinks it’s overheating.  It lets me know via urgent and frequent error messages, which begin approximately the moment I boot up, and continue with increasing frequency until I either turn the computer off in disgust or the fan kicks on, which seems to be a.) erratic, b.) later than the computer thinks is technically necessary, and c.) outside of my control.
Now.  True to ToshibaEric’s word, the following morning, a representative from Toshiba’s repair department right here in Irvine-by-God-California called me and offered to fix the computer.  (I would tell you his name, but he has sworn me to secrecy, lest he be inundated with requests from other bloggers to fix their computers, too.  Let’s just say that it was something simple, like Bob, and—unlike when I call your helpline—I actually believe that is his real name.)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Who's Afraid of the F-Word?

I recently overheard a snippet of conversation that went something like this: a young woman protested defensively, “Well, I’m not a feminist!” and the man she was talking to quickly said, “Oh, no, of course, not, I didn’t mean to imply you were a feminist.”
They might as well have said leper, or moron, or cripple, except all of those words would have had people leaping to their defense: How dare you use the word “leper” like that?  Have you no respect for the millions of people suffering from leprosy?
So let me go on record in defense of the word feminist.  I am a feminist.  I am married, have been an at-home mother for over a decade, and make the best chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat.  I coo over babies, wear short skirts, and fret over my wrinkles and weight slightly more than I think is becoming for a person who likes to think of herself as “deep.”  I shave my legs and wear a bra on most days.  When I dance, I let the man lead.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

Thankful Thursdays
1.)    I’m thankful for southern California weather.  Totally low-hanging fruit in the gratitude department, I know, but the fact that yesterday I went lap swimming in the out-of-doors in January without risking hypothermia just makes me feel all…

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dear Toshiba: I hope you get worms.

Dear Toshiba:
Slightly over a year ago, after exhaustive research and financial hand-wringing, I bought a new laptop from you.  The date is important, so let’s note it was November 24, 2010.
Slightly less than six months later, my new laptop started sending me unexpected messages. 

Several things about these messages got my attention, not the least of which was the use of the word “Immediately” and the imperative that I “return it for service”!  I am a long-time Microsoft user, more out of habit than choice, so you understand that I am used to being able to resolve most of my computer problems by a.) rebooting or b.) downgrading to an earlier and less buggy version of the software.

Monday, January 23, 2012

When Fortune Turns Its Frown Upside Down

There is a famous Buddhist parable that goes like this*:
One morning, an old man finds a horse wandering around his yard.  He takes the horse into his pasture, and his neighbors say, “What great fortune!” but the old man just replies, “We’ll see.”
His only son goes out to train the horse, but the horse throws his son and breaks the young man’s leg.
The neighbors say, “What great misfortune!” and again the old man says, “We’ll see…”

Friday, January 20, 2012

No One Expects the Adolescent Inquisition!

My older daughter, now an adolescent, likes to run credibility sorties on me.
“Mom!” she shouts as I enter the kitchen one morning.  “Do you know why evolution cannot be a FACT?”
Still bleary-eyed, I was hoping for something more on the order of “Do you know where the whole-wheat bread is?”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad
Full of lean protein, fresh veggies, Omega-3’s, and Indian spices.  What’s not to love?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Shelf: The Year of Living Biblically

I recently read a blog post entitled "What do Catholics have against birth control, anyway?" (How I got to this blog is a bit of a wander, as are most accidental destinations on the internet.  It started with a link in the comments section of my friend Dwija's blog, House Unseen.)

Spoiler alert: the quick answer is "a lot," and the author of the blog is Catholic.  I attended Catholic schools (and mass) from 4th grade through college, so I wasn't anticipating much in the "surprise" category.

But then she did something I didn't expect, which was invoke not only the famous (or infamous, depending on your POV) imperative to "be fruitful and multiply," (as an aside: the second part of that imperative is “fill the earth and subdue it,” a commandment it’s pretty safe to say we’ve kept in spades.  Earth subdued? Check. Perhaps it’s time to stop before we’ve destroyed it.) but also the story of Onan.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Jade Hummus

Jade Hummus
This is hummus with an Asian flair.  It is delicious and a gorgeous light green—perfect with chips for a party, or on bits of pita or interesting crackers as an hors d’oeuvre.  Makes an amazing base for a vegetarian sandwich.  The amount of each ingredient is not critical—rather, go by your taste and adjust the flavorings as you see fit.  

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Addictive Edamame

Whole edamame, cooked in the pod, and soaked in a salty-spicy-sweet Asian-inspired marinade.  This makes an excellent, can’t-stop-eating-these snack or appetizer.  Have napkins on hand; the marinade gets all over your fingers.