Monthly Archives: November 2007

The Week That Was

Thanksgiving is over and people are back at work; I am.  What happened in the last week you ask?  Here:

*Went to Thanksgiving service for the first time.  Church was full.  Met old friend GG at church.

* Hubby did the turkey, without brining it first unlike past years, but turned out so well, so juicy.  Each year he takes a different course in making it, and yearly it seems to turn out better than the last.

*We did not have the turkey until 9 pm that night, as we were all invited over at my brother’s house for lunch with some of the family members–no turkey there.

*After lunch, we all trooped over to watch on the big screen pictures from brother’s and SIL’s recent trip to London-Paris-Rome.  I was more envious of their photos than going there.

*Ex-navy nephew followed up the slide show with his own, pictures he took while in the navy.  He could take good pictures (again I was green with envy)!  He showed photos of climbing Mt. Fuji, and various ports they’ve visited, including one with ex-prez Clinton on one of his visits.

*Picked names for our family’s secret santa for this year.  Why did we not think about this in the past?  I love my family, and I know they love me too; but buying all those presents can pose quite a dent on the budget.  Now, we only buy one present, but all the kids still get presents from every one—they’re exempted from this rule.

*Left brother’s house to visit septuagenarian couple who have adopted and treated my husband as their “good son” (their exact words, which they use when introducing him to their friends) and me as their DIL.  We brought them Thanksgiving goodies/dinner in case they did not do any turkey.  Hubby and adopted MIL always try to outdo each other in cooking and especially in the desserts category.  We left before we could get their/her opinion on my (yes my, I made it) personal pumpkin cheesecake. 

*Came home in time to see Grey’s Anatomy and devour turkey.

*Check internet for Beowulf screening time before retiring for the day.

*Black Friday is red light day for shoppers, not me.  I have in the past either watched a movie or went on vacation on this day.  This year, we went to see Beowulf.  Not bad, not good–how’s that for a movie review?

*Went home to put up tree, trim it, and put up lights in the backyard.

*Continue the lazy weekend Saturday with us staying home and doing chores and putting up more lights.

*Went to eucharistic service for the feast of Christ the King.  Sunday was also our “monthly wedding anniversary” so we thought we’d go for brunch after church.  The restaurant we picked was still closed when we got out of church.  So, we decided to go with our favorite cheap eats place, an Indian restaurant housed in a warehouse, called Vik’s chaat house.  We were in Berkeley anyway so it was the best choice.  I was surprised to see the place full and buzzing.  We ordered vegetarian pakora and samosa cholle.  That was enough for us.  I was ogling other diner’s pani puri though.  I will get that next time.

*Now time to shop, my turn.

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Posted by on November 26, 2007 in Uncategorized


Happy Thanksgiving.



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Posted by on November 22, 2007 in Uncategorized


A Grandmother’s Prayer

    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, 

the good fortune to run into the ones I do, 

and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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Posted by on November 16, 2007 in Uncategorized


Whose Cuisine Reigned Supreme?


Michael Symon is the new IRON CHEF


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Posted by on November 12, 2007 in Uncategorized


Just Another Post

I would really like to see the Iron Chefs judge the final of Search for the Next Iron Chef. I am writing this about 2 hours before the show. Wouldn’t it be really cool to see that Morimoto giving a thumbs up on a Southern/Louisiana cuisine of John Besh? At the very beginning of the show, I was giving John Besh the odds to win, but lately, particularly in the past two shows, Michael Symon is showing the stuff he’s made off, and that impresses me a lot. Anyway, I can wait another 2 hours.



I know it’s just about 2 weeks to Thanksgiving, but despite being inundated with reminders from newspapers insets giving recipes for Thanksgiving, we have not really begun our preparations. Until I hear whether we’re having a family affair, I will not be able to start my own preparations. I do, however, started to mentally go through the recipes/menus in my mind. I have just a few moments ago found this good pumpkin cheesecake recipe that uses yogurt to supplement/replace half of the required crème cheese. Hope it turns out as well as it is on the picture.



 Twas a rainy Saturday around these parts. Forecast called for rain coming in late Saturday lasting overnight. Apparently, rain didn’t get the memo as it was wet and gray when we woke up. It is welcome around these parts any precipitation we could get. Last summer, most of our lakes and dams went really low and another dry winter would really get us in big trouble next summer. So far, the rain has been coming this early in the season. The rain did leave overnight, as it was sunny and pleasant and warm all day today. I could use some more of the lazy rainy weekend.



Thankfully, I have tomorrow off, Veteran’s Day. I am sure my father being an Army Vet qualifies me to take the day off. What to do? Well, I have to drive mom while she runs her errands.

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Posted by on November 12, 2007 in Uncategorized



I read this somewhere about 2 years ago, thought it was cute and funny. 


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.



The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

BBC and CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Condoleezza Rice files a protest in the UN.  Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper. The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper.   G 7 countries demand an immediate Enquiry.

Finally, the UN drafts the Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA]” , with effect from the beginning of the winter. The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and, having nothing
left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by BBC and CNN.

Condoleezza Rice calls it “a triumph of justice”. Koffi Annan invites the grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

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Posted by on November 9, 2007 in Uncategorized


What’s Up, November?

Tidbits from the first days of November.

  • picked persimmon from a friend’s tree
  • discovered that chinese food goes so well with couscous
  • laughed out loud at THE LAST MIMZY, really hilarious movie
  • found an interesting recipe for a no-bake pumpkin ice cream pie
  • had a solitary trick or treater ring my doorbell, how sad
  • found one of our favorite Mexican restaurants is under new mgt, love the new corn tortilla
  • made chicken wings, Hooters-style
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Posted by on November 5, 2007 in Uncategorized