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And now I'm hungry - Sandwiches from around the world Dec. 13th, 2010 @ 03:22 pm
Which one would you most like to try or have again now?  Via National Geographic Intelligent Travel

I'm really curious about the Portuguese francesinha, and the Japanese yakisoba sandwich is just wrong enough to be irresistible.  The Spanish bocadillo de tortilla de patata is already one of my favorite foods in the world.  I feel like I need to try an Aussie vegemite sandwich someday, but today is still not the day.

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Things I wish I'd thought of: The Dalek Christmas Tree Dec. 13th, 2010 @ 03:11 pm
Via Neatorama

See also the article on the history of nutcrackers.  Very interesting.

Wishlist meme Dec. 10th, 2010 @ 09:44 am
So there's a wish list meme going around, which is sort of fun, so I guess I'll participate.  I definitely want to see yours too.  It's always fun to see what other people are lusting after this year!

I've managed to find most of the stuff on my list on Amazon, which is handy, because then it's mostly in one place.  Here's that: Amazon Lustlist!  For media, I always prefer used, unless some trick of shipping costs makes new cheaper, which is does occasionally do.

There are also the recycled motherboard ornaments I posted the other day, and the Communist Party hoodie.  And I'm hoping to get partial sponsorships to get Duncan and the cats microchipped.

Baking update Dec. 10th, 2010 @ 07:35 am
Well, by the time we got home last night, baking time was limited.  We made the Mexican wedding cookies, several of which fell apart in the transfer from cookie sheet to cooling rack.  I started making the Amish ginger cookies, and then I realized it was already 8.  I like some of my co-workers a lot, but I wasn't going to stay up late just to provide them with variety.  So I went to bed.

Still, there will be cookies, which there wouldn't have been before, because I'm the only girl who works here, and no one else is planning to bring anything.  *sigh*  Men!  Pizza has been ordered, and I've got a supply of diet coke.  Let all rejoice.

Holiday Baking - Help me narrow down the possibilities list? Dec. 9th, 2010 @ 09:53 am
Okay, so I'm probably going to make 1-2 batches each week this week, next week, and the one after. Tomorrow is the office Christmas party, and then I'll want to give some to neighbors, and then the last ones I'll take home to NC. There are currently 7 candidates, though I may yet find others. There's one hazelnut sugar cut-outable Czech cookie with a thumbprint of jam in the center that's a definite. Here are the six I came up with today, looking for possibilities:

Pecan bars - pretty standard, oh so tasty
Fig swirls - fun and different
Amish ginger - classic, simple, pretty rolled in the decorative sugars (which I already have!)
Mexican Wedding "cakes" - somehow I've never made these before
Classic Christmas cut-out sugar cookies - Alton Brown's recipe
Cranberry Hootycreeks - not sure about the name, might omit the white chocolate chips

Anything you want to add? Other thoughts?
Other entries
» Upcoming: BBC4 tv series adaptation of Dirk Gently
Apparently it airs December 16. How exciting!

» Cat lost in Katrina finally home safe! Resolve to micro-chip in 2010!
This is amazing.  I have to admit, our cats aren't chipped, and I am now resolving to somehow find the money to get it done in 2010.

BILOXI, Miss. — Five years after wandering away in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a gray and white cat named Scrub has been reunited with his Mississippi family.  The 7-year-old cat was brought to the shelter by a woman living 15 miles away who'd fed him as a stray the past couple of months but worried about his safety during a cold snap. The Humane Society of South Mississippi said Scrub was identified by an implanted microchip.  Scrub's owner, Jennifer Noble, told The Sun Herald newspaper she was skeptical at first when she received a call from the shelter. But by the end of the first night back, Scrub had snuggled in bed with one of her boys.

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» UPDATE: Caidz, Ohio pound dogs all safe!
Apparently, that woman's Facebook posting about the horrifying conditions at this pound went viral, and Alyssa Milano saw it.  She contacted Ellen DeGeneres, who contacted some people she knows in rescue, and all of the dogs have been removed into veterinary care and then will go into rescue custody and adoptive homes.  Simply wonderful news!

The story is here.
» Particularly interesting since every piece was probably Made in China
Via NOTCOT. A reproduction of the city of Shanghai, constructed entirely from cheap plastic boxes.  Commissioned as part of Converse's ongoing artist series.

» Is "stocking stuffer" a double entendre here?
Via Super PunchKung Fu Sutra condoms - for the guy who's a love and a fighter.

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