Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
They're sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
Would wish me one more day to stay.
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should go and you should not;
I will gently rise and softly call --
Good night and peace be with you all. Trad. Irish.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Email from sweet, lovely boss: Can you speak at an NAACP event this weekend about Ebola?
Me: I can think of things I'd rather do.
Turns out that this "event" is the 2014 State Convention. There are a number of reasons why I don't want to do this, and the least of them is that it's only four days away.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
DROMEDARY COCOANUT MACAROONS
1 1/4 cups Dromedary Cocoanut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup condensed milk
"Mix cocoanut, condensed milk and vanilla thoroughly. Beat egg white until stiff, combine mixtures, shake into cakes. Bake in moderate oven 15 minutes." Good Housekeeping, October 1919.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
There is no money in my program's budget for overtime, but guess who spent six hours at work today.
As the Emergency Manager for the university said, unless we're over-reacting the public thinks we're not doing anything.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I am in a training session with, among other people, six members of a local fire department. Two of them are discussing a piece of equipment.
Fire Dude #1: Is (make of radio) firefighter-proof?
Fire Dude #2: If you can use it as a wheel chock, it's firefighter-proof.
The instructor is a quiet gentleman from Utah who really should have known better.
Instructor: So what is the single most dangerous item in your house?
Fire Dude #2: My wife.
The training ends with a tabletop exercise simulating a flood in a resort town.
Instructor: You still have over 50 people stranded at the (imaginary) hotel. What is your recommended course of action?
Fire Dude #3: They're tourists. Let 'em drown.
The best part of the training? After lunch, all of the fire dudes showed up wearing hot pink t-shirts with the breast cancer ribbon printed on them. Tight hot pink t-shirts.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
From the Woman's Home Companion, February, 1919. The war had been over for three months and presumably the pressure to self-ration was beginning to lift. A pdf with eight volumes' worth of this periodical can be found on Google Books.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Table, Edouard Vuillard ~ 1909
WHEN breakfast is served in the dining-room, a white cloth is generally laid, although some ladies prefer variously coloured linen, with napkins to match. A vase of flowers or a dish of fruit should be placed in the centre. The table is then set as for dinner, with smaller plates and all sorts of pretty china, like an egg dish with a hen sitting contentedly, a butter plate with a recumbent cow, a sardine dish with fishes in Majolica,—in fact, any suggestive fancy. Hot plates for a winter breakfast in a plate-warmer near the table add much to the comfort.
Finger bowls with napkins under them should be placed on the sideboard and handed to the guest with the fruit. It is a matter of taste as to whether fruit precedes or finishes the breakfast; and the servant must watch the decision of the guest.
A grand breakfast to a distinguished foreigner, or some great home celebrity at Delmonico's for instance, would be,
A table loaded with flowers.
Oysters on the half-shell. Chablis.
Eggs stuffed. Eggs in black butter, (au beurre noir).
Chops and green peas. Champagne.
Salad of lettuce. Claret.
Charlotte Russe. Fruit Jelly. Ices.
Grapes. Peaches. Pears.
From The Art of Entertaining, by M. E. W. Sherwood, 1893.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
TO PRESERVE PINE-APPLES
Make a thick, rich syrup; slice the pine-apple after paring it, and boil in the syrup until perfectly clear.
TO PRESERVE PINE-APPLE WITHOUT COOKING
Pare and slice your pine-apple. Make a thick, rich syrup, and boil it till quite clear. Clarify your syrup nicely.
Home Cookery; A Collection of Tried Receipts, both Foreign and Domestic, by Mrs. J. Chadwick, 1853.