Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
I learned how to crochet last May, which has been such an amazing thing for me. I hate making anything time consuming so I've been doing a lot of smaller projects like hats, some bags, and this amazing space themed mobile! I followed a pattern for it because whenever I try to wing these things they end up in the Goodwill bag... ("Let Arby's deal with it!")
Sunday, September 30, 2012
**This meeting took place in October 2003, and was written in January of 2004- several months after meeting that old bastard Mickey Rooney*
So back in October I met Mickey Rooney… well, sorta…
There is a place called Spooky World in Foxboro MA. It sits behind the Patriots stadium in the woods… well, sorta… Anyway it’s open for Halloween season and they have rides and crappy spook houses that aren’t scary just pathetic… They also have a cool Halloween museum with vintage costumes, props etc… it’s really cool. They also have weekly guests… ususally B-grade movie stars, singers, etc… for example a few years ago my husband saw Tiny Tim there riding around on a motorized cart…
So this year I was perusing the Spooky World ads and noticed that old Mickey Rooney was on the schedule. I was floored. MICKEY ROONEY for cryin out loud… Mick of Mick and Joots (the names he and Judy Garland called eachother), Andy Hardy for goodness sake!!! I was out of my mind. So Jay and I gathered the $$ and time to spend the night in Foxboro with our friends John & Candis at the Holiday Inn Express, and I got a new winter jacket to wear… and I wore a cute white sweater with black flowers on it similar to the shirt Judy wore in one of her last movies w/ Mickey Rooney… and so we bundle up, pay $30 EACH to get “VIP” Tickets and enter the lack luster park. My main interest was Mr. Rooney, I really was not up for the rides or spook houses. So we get to the Museum and look at the cool stuff and I see the room where Mickey is signing autographs….
Now at this point, my stomach is doing kartwheels and I am only focused on meeting one the few remaning original MGM stars… I couldn’t stand myself, I was that anxious… so Jay told John & Candis that we were going to head to the autograph area and we’d meet them in a few minutes… So I’m 1 in line and shaking like a crack-deprived hoochie…
I can see Mr. Rooney and his wife at the table and I smile… no response… Then the guy from Spooky World turns on this mix tape of songs that Rooney sang in movies… Rooney is like, “HEY TURN THAT DOWN…” and makes a terrible face… I should have known something was up but I was star struck… I felt like Betty Thompson (the former Rockette who was the secretary at my elementary school in Candia, New Hampshire) in 1939 when she saw Judy & Mickey in NYC… ANYWAY they opened the gate and ushered Jay and I to the merch table where you HAD TO PURCHASE SOMETHING FOR HIM TO SIGN… I picked out my FAVORITE black and white glossy of Mickey playing a little cello and Judy singing… it’s adorable… especially Judy… what an actress… ANYWAY… I get to the table, look into Rooney’s eyes and say…
“I can not believe I finally get to meet you… I am sooo nervous….”
NO RESPONSE FROM ROONEY… HE STUFFS A HANDFUL OF POPCORN TAKEN OUT OF A MCBOO BUCKET INTO HIS MOUTH, BARELY WIPES HIS HANDS ON HIS SHIRT, SCRIBBLES HIS NAME OVER HIS PICTURE AND
THE PICTURE ACROSS THE TABLE…
I was taken back about 1000000000 years… what just happened???
So I just look up in time to see Jay holding out his hand to Rooney and saying, “Nice to meet you…”
Rooney can barely hold his hand out to shake because he is a horrible man.
So we leave the area and I am CRUSHED. Where is the friendly and scheming Andy Hardy? The jovial light house keeper from Pete’s Dragon???
Pissed is not the word for how I felt… I still can’t get over how disappointed I was… and still am.
That’s my story of Mickey Rooney…
Godamn MICKEY ROONEY…. He is a miserable LITTLE old man who is just mad that after 1945 NOONE WANTED ANDY HARDY ANYMORE AND SO OL MICK WAS STUCK DOING HORRIBLE ROLES… WELL F- YOU MICKEY ROONEY THAT IS NO REASON TO BE NASTY TO PROBABLY THE ONLY PERSON IN MASSACHUSSETTS WHO ACTUALLY KNEW WHO YOU WERE!!!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Perhaps calling this soup Continental is a bit over zealous as I pretty much came up with it whilst trying to clear some quality produce (read: vegetables that are about to turn) from the fridgie the other day. I am certain however that if this recipe were in the Slenderella cookbook circa 1956, it would have a similar moniker as everything in that weight loss bible is luxuriously named.
Digressing, this is a fabulous non dairy soup that features coconut milk and a hint of ginger (the spice, not Ron Weasley). It can be a crockpot soup or you can make it on the stove top. I'm sharing the crock pot version because I have an inappropriate crush on my crocker (and Ron Weasley, but lets keep that on the dl)!
Frozen or fresh Chicken- I used six frozen chicken drumsticks, skin on, however feel free to use whatever chicken you have on hand. Adjust the amount to suit the number of people you' re feeding.
1 cup frozen corn
1 spanish onion diced into 1/4" cubes
2 carrots diced into 1/4" cubes
2 celery stalks (use the center ones with the leaves for amazing flavor) diced into 1/4" cubes
5 cloves of garlic minced finely or pushed through the garlic press
1/2 tsp ginger (I used dried from a jar, but feel free to use freshly grated)
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
*Pre heat crocker on low setting.
*Dice all vegetables into approximately 1/4 inch cubes and toss into the crocker.
*Add olive oil, salt and pepper to the veg and stir with a wooden spoon.
* Season and place chicken (it can be frozen) into the crocker.
*Shake and pour the can of coconut milk into the crockpot.
*Stir in the chicken stock
*Add the ginger and frozen corn and stir the entire thing a few times.
*Cover and slow cook on low for at least four hours.
**If you used chicken legs, remove the cooked chicken from the crocker and remove the meat from the bones. I broke the chicken up into about 1/2" pieces. Return the chicken meat to the crockpot.
The flavor from the coconut milk,ginger and garlic set this soup over the edge, its creamy and to this not so continental gal, very foreign tasting! This soup is also amazing with fresh shrimp.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Heres to the end of a trying, life changing and amazing 2011! The past year brought two Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses and one beautiful baby girl, Lena Emily. I wonder what the next year will bring us, and hope for only the best although I know that is nearly impossible. My goals this year are to try my hardest to create the most positive environment for my family, to work all unnecessary processed foods out of our diets, and to update this blog much, MUCH more often than last year.
Wishing everyone the best in the coming year!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I have just completed phase one of my plan to perennial-ize my yard. I am a very lazy gardener who loves a well manicured yet not boring garden, and so I figure if I can plant all at once and then just have to do basic weeding I should be okay. Digressing (not really, but stick with me I do have a point here) I have a small area of my side yard that houses a lovely tree that blooms pink in spring and drops nasty cherry like fruit all over the side lawn and driveway in the early fall. That side lawn borders our semi-retired neighbor who I not so lovingly call Terry Francona based on looks alone.