March 27, 2008
Last weekend, my friend Matt brought his kids Katie and George up for Easter. Their mom Jen, my college roommate, was in California visiting friends, so I filled the supervisory role for egg dying, cookie decorating and other such fun. (I’m not sure if I was supervising Matt or the kids more!)
Matt loves deviled eggs, so I found a great recipe online. And Jen gave me great cookie and icing recipes that I thought I’d share. (Mom and Julie, I think we should consider these for Christmas this year!)
Deviled Egg filling (for six eggs)
Mash the yolks of six eggs and add 3 T mayo, 1.5 T finely chopped onion, 2 T sweet relish, 1 to 2 t horseradish (I think this is the secret!), 1 t mustard, 1/8 t pepper, 1/4 t salt. The recipe calls for paprika to garnish, but honestly, Matt and I started snarfing as soon as I got the filling back in the egg whites — we sure didn’t miss it!
Jen’s Butter Cookies
Cream 1 c butter and 1 c sugar; add 2 egg yolks and 1 t vanilla and mix. Gradually add 3 c flour, 1 t baking powder and 1/4 t salt. Add 3 T milk and mix until it all comes together in a pliable dough. Roll out to about a quarter-inch thick, dusting the counter with flour as you go (I was suprised at how easy this was to roll.) You can put the cookies pretty close to each other on the cookie sheet — they puff a tiny bit but don’t spread. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes, until they are barely brown.
Cream cheese icing
Cream 3 T softened butter and 3 T cream cheese, then gradually add 1.25 cups of sifted powdered sugar. Add 1 T milk and 1 t vanilla and mix until smooth. Yum!
First, we dyed eggs:
The fruits of our cookie decorating efforts (note, the ones covered in chocolate chips are all Matt’s — it was his idea to do the double-deckers too. We didn’t let the kids eat too many of those…)
Lastly, going through the Easter basket loot!
March 25, 2008
My dad has taught me many things and been an admirable role model all my life, but perhaps one of the most important lessons I have learned from him is the love of Peeps. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that they have started producing them for other holidays, but they still always taste best in the spring. Yellow chicks are the best — the purple and blue colors scare me!
Here’s a pretty funny picture from one of my favorite “let’s waste our lives on the Internet” sites.
And here’s a link to some great Peeps research, courtesy of my friend and fellow Peep-lover Colin: http://www.peepresearch.org/
And as all the Peeps connoisseurs know, they taste best when frozen or stale. I have two boxes at home just waiting for exposure to air to do its thang. They should be perfect by the weekend!
March 18, 2008
Number One Idiot of 2007
I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the poison control center. Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants. I told her that she better bring her daughter into the emergency room right away.
Here’s your sign, lady. Wear it with pride.
Number Two Idiot of 2007
Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to steal a life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it out of the plane and home. Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a Coast Guard helicopter coming towards them. It turned out that the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that activated when the raft was inflated.
They are no longer employed at Boeing.
Here’s your sign, guys. Don’t get it wet; the paint might run.
Number Three Idiot of 2007
A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the Branch and wrote this, ‘Put all your muny in this bag.’ While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call the police before he reached the teller’s window. So he left the Bank of America and crossed the street to the Wells Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and, surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn’t the brightest light in the harbor, told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America. Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, ‘OK’ and left. He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at Bank of America .
Don’t bother with this guy’s sign. He probably couldn’t read it anyway.
Number Four Idiot of 2007
A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that; measured his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car. Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another picture, this time of handcuffs. He immediately mailed in his $40.
Wise guy…. but you still get a sign
Number Five Idiot of 2007
A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, ‘Because I don’t believe you are over 21.’ The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because she didn’t believe him. At this point, the robber took his driver’s license out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and she put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got off the license. They arrested the robber two hours later.
This guy definitely needs a sign.
Idiot Number Six of 2007
A pair of Michigan robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers. The first one shouted, ‘Nobody move!’ when his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.
This guy doesn’t even deserve a sign
Idiot Number Seven of 2007
Arkansas: Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he’d just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store window was made of Plexi-Glass. The whole event was caught on videotape. Yep, here’s your sign
(Please note that all of the above people are allowed to vote)
STAY ALERT! They walk among us .. and they REPRODUCE ..!!!
March 17, 2008
The cats love the fact that the house is always under construction — tools, materials and ever-changing surfaces to explore. Last night while watching TV before bedtime, I heard a lot of rustling from under the new tub and discovered that Duchess had wriggled her way into the hole in the floor and was nestled into the insulation. (Actually, this wasn’t a new trick — she had done this before , but I forgot to cover up the hole after I finished the waste line plumbing yesterday afternoon.) This time I was smart enough to get my camera…. I’m sitting in the closet (the carpeted area), looking through the hole in the wall.
She struggled a lot to get out, now that the waste line is fixed, so I’m hoping she’s learned her lesson. Neverthess, as soon as she emerged (and after I cleaned all the construction dust and insulation (that can’t be good!) off her), I covered that hole up with a 2×4 and a collection of hand weights.
Edgar Allen Poe, anyone? You can bet I’ll be counting creatures before I close up any of these spaces!
March 14, 2008
Funny story on the AP wire today…my favorite line is the last one….
Suspicious package turns out to be turnip
A raw turnip was at the root of a bomb scare that lasted for hours at a Fort Wayne law office.
An employee at Haller & Colvin Attorneys at Law called 911 yesterday after opening a U.S. Postal Service box and finding a suspicious gift bag inside, police said.
Officers then called the city’s bomb unit, which brought in a robot to carry the package outside to a parking lot. X-rays showed no signs of an explosive, but bomb technicians decided to detonate the package with a water cannon just to be safe, police spokesman Michael Joyner said.
After that, they opened the box and found the turnip, wrapped in lettuce-green tissue paper inside a sandwich bag.
It was unclear who was supposed to receive the vegetable.
March 12, 2008
I’m constantly ripping up some part of my house and putting it back together again. Three years ago, Dad and I ripped out the kitchen and started all over. Two years ago, we built a deck during the rainiest, muddiest, coldest, June on record.
I’m currently working on my master bath, putting in a new Jacuzzi tub and plumbing that for a shower. Once that is done, the plan is to rip out my current shower stall and turn that into a linen closet, and then to replace the single-basin sink (in a six-foot vanity) with a double-basin sink. With a lot of help from my friend Bill, I’m finally making progress. Tonight I completed the supply plumbing and actually filled the tub and got the jets working! Now I just need to do the waste lines (easy PVC gluing) and then hang drywall and tile the surround. Yeah, “just”….
The tub area before
Filling the tub for the first time
Check out those jets!
March 3, 2008
My best friend Marie’s dad passed away on Friday, February 22, and I just got home from a week in Corpus Christi with Marie and her mom. He was truly amazing and will be greatly missed:
Norman Clinton Truesdell passed away Friday, February 22, 2008, at the age of 67 from kidney cancer. Born in Ft. Wayne, IN, on May 15, 1940, Norm grew up in Upper Sandusky, OH, where he graduated from high school in 1958. In 1963, he received his BS in Soil Chemistry from Ohio State University, where he was on the football team under Woody Hayes. Choosing to enter the ministry, Norm graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Master’s in Theology in 1967.
Norm was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ella Truesdell. He is survived by his wife Marleen of Portland, Texas; his daughter Dr. Marie Truesdell of Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother Jim (Lisa) Truesdell of Sacramento, California; Aunt Crystal (Woody) Shadid of Springfield, Illinois; Aunt Jeri Truesdell of Live Oak, Texas; Anne (Joe) Zook of Thousand Oaks, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norm and Marleen moved to Texas in 1967 where Norm served as a Lutheran minister at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall, Texas until 1969. During that period he started one of the first Headstart programs in Texas and worked as an aide to President Lyndon Johnson within the Office of Equal Opportunity. Norm and Marleen adopted their daughter, Marie, in August, 1969, after which Norm left the ministry and became an entrepreneur, known for his success and knowledge in real estate. He was active in local politics serving on the Portland City Council and the Gregory Portland School Board. After converting to Catholicism over 25 years ago, Norm was an active member of the Corpus Christi Cathedral. He was an avid fisherman, spending the best summers of his life fishing on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, with his friends and family. He enjoyed traveling, experiencing new places, people, and ideas. Norm loved people and had an extraordinarily generous heart, always willing to help anyone in need. Always standing up for what he believed in, during seminary he was arrested and held in a packed paddy wagon for marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. He was always known for helping out those less fortunate from working at the food bank, to providing opportunities for those on the streets. He held his family and friends in the highest regard and would have laid down his life for any of them. The example he set for others, especially his daughter, is never to be forgotten. We wish to thank everyone for their continual thoughts and prayers. We appreciate all the love that you have shown him and our family throughout his life and during these difficult times.
A Rosary will be held at the Corpus Christi Cathedral at 7:00 PM, Sunday, February 24th, followed by a Funeral Mass the following day at 10:00 AM. Pallbearers will be Larry Baker, Jr., Ralph Horton, JD Hofer, Calvin Patrick, Ned Perez, and Gordon Stanley. Honorary pallbearers will be Manuel DeLeon, Paul Dibble, Carl Fields, Hank Murphy, Calvin Lawson, and Ralph West. We graciously request that, instead of flowers, memorial donations be made to St. Anne’s Altar and Rosary Society (Corpus Christi Cathedral) and/or to the Norman C. Truesdell Endowed Scholarship for Service Learning in Business (Marian College, 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222).