Monthly Archives: February 2011

I’m right here, & I always will be. (Until I’m not.)

Happy Valentine’s Day, CS78. I love you.

Love,
RD88

PS: You’re the fucking best.

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Sunday Reads

A few interesting articles I read this week:

The Rise & Rise of the Cognitive Elite: Brains bring ever larger rewards

The Economist, January 20, 2011

Imagine people’s height being proportional to their income, so that someone with an average income is of average height. Now imagine that the entire adult population of America is walking past you in a single hour, in ascending order of income.

The first passers-by, the owners of loss-making businesses, are invisible: their heads are below ground. Then come the jobless and the working poor, who are midgets. After half an hour the strollers are still only waist-high, since America’s median income is only half the mean. It takes nearly 45 minutes before normal-sized people appear. But then, in the final minutes, giants thunder by. With six minutes to go they are 12 feet tall. When the 400 highest earners walk by, right at the end, each is more than two miles tall.


The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

by Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, February 14, 2011

In his resignation letter, Haggis said, “We all know this policy exists. I didn’t have to search for verification—I didn’t have to look any further than my own home.” Haggis reminded Davis that, a few years earlier, his wife had been ordered to disconnect from her parents “because of something absolutely trivial they supposedly did twenty-five years ago when they resigned from the church. . . . Although it caused her terrible personal pain, my wife broke off all contact with them.” Haggis continued, “To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?”


Is breastfeeding advocacy anti-feminist?

by Katherine A. Dettwyler, Lactivist Leaninings, September 22, 2009

Many feminists have devoted much of their time arguing against the first proposition (and rightly so), claiming and going on to prove that (at least some) women are capable of, and interested in, traditionally male productive activities, and deserve to have the opportunities to pursue them if they want. At the same time, some feminists have accepted – lock, stock, and barrel – the second proposition, agreeing with the general male view that only the things men do are important, and that the things only women can do, because of female biology, are unimportant. Anything that detracts a woman from pursuing success as defined in a male way, is viewed as oppressive by these feminists, because women’s contributions as the reproducers of the population, both biologically (through birth) and culturally (through child-rearing) are devalued in traditional Western cultural belief systems.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I made these early Saturday morning while Andrés was sleeping in. They’re pretty easy, & quite scrumptious.

Fun fact: I do not own a rolling pin. Yet. I found a classic wood rolling pin at Walmart that I like, except then I found out it’s made by Paula Deen, & honestly she looks like she eats raw babies. She creeps me out, big time. So in lieu of having a real rolling pin, I wrapped the long broken off handle of Andrés’ naginata (a Japanese spear weapon) in plastic wrap. It got the job done, but maneuvering that long handle wasn’t very easy. These are basically Japanese Spear Cinnamon Roll Muffins, which makes them totally badass.


Makes 1 dozen muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar added to it (or 1 cup buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour

Filling

  • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Directions

Pour milk into a measuring cup & add the lemon juice or vinegar. (Skip this step if you are using buttermilk.)

Measure the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla & egg into a mixing bowl. Add the milk. Add the flour. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface & knead for a minute or two.

Roll the dough into a 12-inch by 24-inch rectangle. Spread with butter. Sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon.

Roll the dough into a log beginning at the wide side. Stretch the log slightly. Cut into two-inch pieces & put the pieces into greased muffin tins or muffin tins lined with cupcake papers.

Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes & then remove from the muffin tins.

Stir together the milk & powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Drizzle on the muffins when cool.

Recipe from: Amanda at Fake Ginger, guest posting for Cassie Craves.

Slate + Calcium Sulfate

I love how chalkboard walls look in homes, especially in kitchens or dining areas.

You can write notes, to-do lists, grocery lists, sketch out building plans. Or just draw inappropriate things (which is likely what we’ll do).

Andrés has a wall near his breakfast bar (similar to the picture directly above) that would be awesome to cover in chalkboard paint. Right now it has a NYC skyline Andrés hand painted a few years ago. He might paint the skyline on another wall, or maybe paint a chalkboard wall somewhere else, or maybe re-do the skyline out of chalkboard paint.

I’d love to do a whole wall, like this one in a dining room. Maybe we could do one of the bedroom walls, like the one opposite the window? I love how Kathleen of jeremeyandkathleen.blogspot.com painted a wall in her office with chalkboard paint. It’s regularly peeking out of her “Anatomy of an Outfit” series with a to do list.

Nappy Behrs

I scored the Behr Pro Series 5 Piece Paint Kit, which includes a 2-inch poly angle sash, a 9-inch metal tray, a 5-wire roller frame, & 2 3/8-inch nap roller covers (retails at $15.97) AND a 3-pack of Behr Professional Series Microfiber 5/8-inch nap length paint roller covers (retails at $9.97) for…

We chose to use Behr paint around the house, so these painting supplies from Behr are perfect. How’d I take almost $20 off the total? Using the discount code BEHR75 for 75% off. Home Depot’s free shipping helped out, too. Can’t wait to get started painting! It’ll probably be towards the beginning of March when we finish cleaning.