Onto the rest of the stuff....
This is still a work in progress, especially since one of the dogs licked this while I had it leaned up against a bookcase so I could work on something else. (I think someday, if I wish really hard, I'll get a room to work in that's bigger than a closet.) The last time I painted with a group of people someone encouraged me to paint snow. I responded with, I'm so over snow right now. So I've been painting bright, summer scenes. Now that summer is just around the corner I wish it were snowing. Crazy I know, but once the grass turns green and the leaves come back so does all of the noise that comes with it. Constant sounds from lawn mowers, cars, weed eaters and people. Why is it that some people think they're the only one's around? The noisy table in the restaurant, the people who insist on talking in a movie theater, or those people who stand in the middle of a parking lot to chit chat. How is it that they turn off the rest of the world? I'm sort of jealous because I think they may know some inside secret to how the universe works. Until I know for sure I'll just have to continue to believe they're jack asses.
I went ahead and tried to make my salad anyways thinking (hoping) that the flavours of the other ingredients would help. I used one whole cucumber.
and a whole package of fake leg style crab. Seriously, it's just fish, it tastes good and it's easier than real crab.
I cut the cucumber in small parts to make it easier to work with.
I used a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin. Which by the way, did you know that kids today are taught in school that cucumbers are fruit? Apparently kids are now taught that vegetables grow underground like potatoes, onions and turnips. Everything else is fruit. The fuck you say. Yea, I cursed because that's just stupid.
I sliced up the cucumbers several times to make thin pieces.
Then I cut up the crabfish.
This is the part where, if you have a smart mouthed kid who tells you that cucumbers are fruit, you can make them help you pull the crabfish apart. It's fun and they'd probably enjoy it. Make sure they wash the boogers off of their hands first please.
Throw the cucumbers and crabfish in a bowl.
I used 1/3 cup of the chipotle mayo. I just guessed at the amount, but it turned out to be just the right amount.
Then I mixed it up and put it in the fridge. When you go to eat/serve it you can add panko breading to it and roe if you want. It only took about 15 minutes to clean, cut and mix so it's a pretty easy and quick salad to make.
Speaking of food, here's something that I learned recently, the PLU codes found on vegetables and fruits, if you can figure out which is what, are actually a code that can possibly tell you if your food is organic or genetically modified. My first job ever was in a grocery store and I thought the numbers were just so we could ring them up in the cash register and help with inventory. It really does tell you more than that. Snopes has some information that sort of makes sense. This website has pretty much the same information but explains the coding a little bit better. According to that site my lemon that used to be attached to this sticker was most likely covered in poison and grown in depleted soil. Wow. The stickers to keep an eye out for have five digits and if it starts with a 9 it's organic, if it starts with an 8 it's the closest thing to a member of the X-Men in real life.
Something else that probably has horrible things on the label, but it's oh so good. Bubbaloo is one of my favourite treats. It's chewing gum with the liquid in the center. The flavour only lasts about 5 minutes, but it's good while it lasts. This one you see pictured here is spicy. SPICY GUM! It's amazing.
I made a trip to Aldi and found their brand of coffee for the Keurig. I'm a Tassimo fan myself, but my machine is on the fritz so my mom let me borrow one of her Keurig machines. The only thing the Keurig has over the Tassimo is that you can use your own coffee if you get one of those filters, otherwise Tassimo makes a way better cup of coffee. Back to Aldi coffee. It's just ok. It's half the price of the other brands and tastes good, but it's not the best. There is another brand that makes inexpensive single serve cups that taste better called Cameron's. They don't sell it in any of the grocery stores where I live so Aldi coffee will have to do. The new parts for my Tassimo are on their way though. (hooray)
The book for this week, Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood. Right away I could relate to this book. Not because I had a drunken girlhood, but reading it put me right back to my experiences. I was the observer of other girls drunken girlhoods. I'm not going to claim that I never drank, I did but not that often. I knew girls who drank all the time and they drank for the same reasons why this girl did. It was peer pressure, but of course she said it wasn't peer pressure. She was a follower, but said she wasn't. She's a lot like the girls I went to school with. They wanted to fit in and bond with their friends and if that meant drinking that's what they did. I hung around girls who thought it was stylish to dress like white trash. They'd wear wife beaters and cut off jeans. I didn't and I never understood why some of those girls did, especially when they looked so uncomfortable. If they looked uncomfortable on the outside they had to be miserable on the inside. This book isn't ground breaking or earth shattering but it's worth reading. It will either remind you of your own stupidity or help prevent you from being an asshole. Guys may not relate so well with this book but it could help them understand why women do some of the things they do. I got this book at the half price book store, it was only $2 and well worth it.
Comic book for this week, Kill Shakespeare. I've been meaning to read this but kept putting it off. I was worried about what would happen if it was really good. I waited way too long to find out that it's not really good so I won't have to worry about freaking out about how good it is. Thing is, it would be good if it wasn't trying to be "Shakespeare". The art, I really like it. The story is great too, but the writer got lazy and threw in a bunch of, thee, thyself, thou, thy and 'twas. If it would have just stayed modern throughout it would have been less annoying. It reminded me of those jack ass people who add an "o" on the end of a word and they think it's Spanish.
Finally, here's the daily doodle. My sketchbook is almost full and I'm curious, what do people do with sketchbooks once they're full? I usually throw mine away, mostly because I don't want to end up looking like a crazy fool like Kevin Spacey's character in the movie Seven. So many notebooks, so much crap! So what is the normal thing to do? Do I find a shelf to keep them on and if it gets overcrowded start throwing them away? Let me know what you do, unless you're some weird psycho killer because I don't want anything to do with what you're doing.