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Friday, December 16, 2011

7:34AM - Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


(I assume others are also getting the chance to solve one problem, so someone else is on the whole world peace thing, right?)

Monday, December 12, 2011

6:01PM - Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

I celebrate all the December holidays. All of them. I don't care what faith tradition or culture it comes from.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

11:12AM - Puck, Post-Surgery: MRI scans, before and after.

This is Puck, after his surgery.

Below the LJ-cut, you'll find Before and After MRI scans.

For the curiousCollapse )

Monday, September 19, 2011

12:02PM - Writer's Block: Talk like a pirate day!

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day by scribblin’ ye finest buccaneer-them’d joke in today’s Writer’s Block, arrr, Scrawl. Top jokes win me booty. [Contest Details]

A pirate walks, uncomfortably, into a bar. The bartender looks the pirate up and down and says, "I'm sorry, fella, I just gotta ask: do you know you have a ship's wheel in your pants?" The pirate nods. "Aye, it's drivin' me nuts."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

7:54PM - White Bean, Sage, and Sausage Casserole

1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 packages chicken sausage (8 sausages or 8 servings of sausage total) (we used 1 package chicken & truffle, 1 of chicken & apple)
1 lb carrots, chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped (or onion powder in a pinch, which is what we did)
3 14-oz cans of white beans, drained (we used Great Northerns) or equal amount home-cooked (soak and cook a pound, you'll be fine)
1/2 cup chicken stock (or white wine, frankly; we were drinking red, so we went with stock)
sage, and quite a bit of it
salt, to taste
herbs de Provence, if you feel like it
2 big bags pre-washed spinach
4 oz fresh bread, pulverized or grated into crumbs
1 - 2 additional tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In your absolutely largest stove-top-safe skillet or wide Dutch oven, heat up 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown sausages on all sides; remove and hold. Add carrots and onion (with salt) to skillet, and cook until they start to soften (carrots should still have a little bite to 'em). Add chicken stock -- watch out for the steam! Add beans, stir to combine. Add 2 tablespoons or more of sage, and a couple good pinches of other herbs. Stir. Slice sausages and add to beans. Stir. Taste, and correct seasonings. Stir some more. Stir occasionally. You're going to want to let some of the stock cook off, until it all starts to feel a little thick, a little more stew-like than soup-like. The beans should be threatening to pop.

While you're doing this, nuke the spinach per bag directions. Throw cooked spinach into your 9 x 13 dish. (Optional: if you hate greens, don't do this. Otherwise, do)

Spoon out into your favorite 9 x 13 dish, stir to incorporate the spinach (if you're using it), smooth out on top, and pop into the oven. Set your timer for 60 minutes.

Go have a glass of wine, eat a slice of crusty bread with a little cheese.

Go back to the kitchen! Take 4 oz of that crusty bread, and either pulverize it in a food processor, or grate it on a box grater. I have a food processor, I used a grater. Add another tablespoon or more of sage, and a good hearty pinch of other herbs; toss to combine. Drizzle with 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil, until everything has been touched by oil, but nothing is drenched.

When the timer goes off, slide the casserole out of the oven. Sprinkle the crumbs over the top, and smooth it out. Pop it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes until fragrant and golden.

Let stand for 5 minutes.

Scoop up.

Serve on its own, or with some crusty bread.

Go back for seconds.

Have more wine, or some beer.

Monday, September 14, 2009

11:35PM - Fucking Bastards! Kelly's House Was Broken Into

redwink's house was broken into.

A neighbor saw the guy who did it, and got a good description. The cops have taken fingerprints. Kelly and the kids weren't home (thank God) -- it happened about an hour before they got home. He smashed the big window in the kitchen, grabbed Bob's old desktop computer and the digital camera, and left through the back/kitchen door. So far, the only stuff that seems to be missing is the one computer and the camera.

Ripping out the computer also ripped out Kelly's wifi, so she's internet-less tonight and until it gets sorted out. It also ripped out her land line; she has a cell, though, and it's currently recharging.

Damn it all, when does Kelly get to catch a break???

Friday, April 3, 2009

9:04AM - Advertise

It's nearly time for the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of RUDDIGORE!

If you have a business and want to put an ad in our program, go here to place a business ad or email me. Least expensive ad is $10, which is affordable for just about everyone ... got a fundraiser you want to highlight? An Etsy store? $10 can get you eyeballs.

If you want to place a friends/family/alumni ad, you can do that, too! Want to give a shout out to a graduating 3L or two? Want to cheer on a certain person's mad hornpipe skilz (this year: he doesn't kill anyone in the play!)? Give people a sign of your support and good will. Again, least expensive is $10.

The forms don't show the smallest/cheapest ad... if you want what we're calling the "business card" ad, best to email me w/ your order.

Ads are due this coming Monday.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

9:22PM - VOTE FOR JJ *NOW*!!!

Have you voted for justjayj in round 4 of American Title? DO SO NOW! It's your last chance -- round 4 closes tonight!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

11:18AM - Destroying a Quilt

When I was home in January, my mom gave me the quilt her grandma made her when mom was a young girl. It's pieced of rectangles, each probably about 10 inches by 4 inches. Fabric: old and shiny...nothing organic going on...I'm going to say "acetate, mostly". It was tied together over a wool blanket, with a shiny acetate (again, guessing) backing.

It's falling apart. Mom gave it to me to see if I wanted to try and fix it, or find some use for it. I don't think it's fixable in its current state, and, much as I love the story behind it (this is what kept my mother warm through her late childhood and her teenaged years until she moved out and married Dad), it's not going to have much Oomph for a restorer ... or much life on the bed of a family member, truth be told.

It pains me to say this, as I'm really against cutting up old textiles...

...but I think I'm going to cut it up.

I think I'm going to cut apart the rectangles that aren't frayed and torn, and use them to make yo yos. I would then use the yo yos to create/cover a pillow, and give the pillow to my mother (possibly for her mid-March birthday, but more likely for Mother's Day in May).


Any quilters or textile lovers out there want to gasp in horror and talk me out of this?

Monday, November 10, 2008

12:07PM - "Reba MacKenzie stood stiffly in the center of Mrs. Walker's parlor, waiting for eternity to end."

Reba MacKenzie stood stiffly in the center of Mrs. Walker's parlor, waiting for eternity to end.

Isn't that a helluva first line for a book?

Jessica Darago, also known justjayj, is a finalist in the American Title V competition -- think "American Idol" but for romance novels. The winner gets published.

Help her survive the first round, send an email to:
with the subject line:
The Serpent's Tooth

Full details here:

Her novel is great, but you don't have to read it to vote for her. Just vote for her!

And, please, spread the news. Help the authors out, vote early, vote in every round, and rally behind your favorite. I'm betting your favorite will be the same as mine: Jessica Darago's "The Serpent's Tooth."

Jessica's also running a contest for those who help get the word out!

The American Title contest is a joint project between Romantic Times Magazine and Dorchester Publishing. Each year, Dorchester selects a handful of submissions to compete for a publishing contract, and YOU, the readers, get to choose the winner.

To spread the word about the contest, finalist Jessica Darago (author of The Serpent's Tooth, a gothic historical), is raffling a $10 bookstore gift certificate to anyone who copies this message into his/her own blog. You don't have to vote for Jessica, or vote at all, to win. (But Jessica sure hopes you will!)

The winner may choose a gift certificate from Amazon, Powells, Fictionwise, or even iTunes (because audiobooks deserve love too).

To enter, copy this message to your own blog and leave a link to your post at

To vote for Jessica, send a blank email to with "The Serpent's Tooth" in the subject line.

Visit Jessica at for more information and a link to read all of the American Title entries.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

1:13PM - Opening Night! Come see URINETOWN!

If you're in the DC area, come see Urinetown!

Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents its Fall Show:
The Musical

November 5-8, 2008
8:00 p.m., Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law School (near Union Station)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

7:22PM - Golly Moses, Do I Love Odie

Golly Moses, do I love Odie!

The highlights look completely 100% natural. If you didn't know I'd had 'em done, you would just think I'd been able to go to the water park every Friday, instead of just that once.

He trimmed my bangs and took out some of the weight all around, and, well... It looks like we're back to the hair cut in this animated, silly icon of me. Just a couple more months of growth!


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Washington DC area: Go to Odie. He's at Saint-Germain, 202.824.0444. Tell him Wendy sent you. And she loves her hair.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

5:09PM - Be a solid

Six degrees and whatnot...

heidi8's pink Kodak camera and blue Sidekick LX were taken at Disney's Splash Mountain at around 4:30 PM on Sautrday, June 7, and she's trying to get the SD cards that were in the camera and Sidekick back; they're the only copies she has of those photos. She's asking people to pass on this message via their LJ, blog, facebook, etc., in hopes of catching the eye of the person who took it - or someone who knows who did. If that person sees this post, they can go to her livejournal post at and post anonymously (it'll be screened) so she can coordinate with them about getting the cards - and, ideally, the rest of the contents of the bag - returned.

Friday, April 11, 2008

10:33AM - Arr! Beware The Encores!

Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society
"America's only theater group with its own law school"
invites you to its
2007-2008 (35th Anniversary!) Season
Spring Show:

Gilbert & Sullivan's
The Pirates of Penzance

April 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2008

Reserve tickets now, pay later
Buy tickets now online

questions? e-mail

Sunday, March 16, 2008

3:12PM - Legacy 32 Mark III : My Dad Blogs

My dad's blogging! Everyone, feel free to check him out on your LJ syndication at legacy32, or on his Blogspot page. Popeye is a Legacy 32' Mark III, and is a comical, lovely boat.

If you know anyone who has a double-ended trawler, or wants to talk about them, send 'em Dad's way.

Friday, October 26, 2007

1:25PM - Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots with Bacon

Brussels sprouts, shallots, and bacon roasting in the oven.
Brussels sprouts, shallots, and bacon roasting in the oven.
I've posted about my love for the sprouts from Brussels before, but here I go again, with the recipe I made last night at Supper Club.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots with Bacon

2 lbs Brussels sprouts
1 shallot
6 strips high-quality thick-cut bacon

Preheat oven to 400°F. Take a 9x13 pan and lay out the bacon; nothing should overlap (trim if you need to to make sure of this), and put it in the oven (center-ish rack) for 10-15 minutes. While the bacon renders its fat and starts to crisp up, prepare your sprouts. To do this, peel off the loose and dark outer leaves, cut off the stem, and cut each sprout into quarters. Then, chop up your shallot.

When the bacon has gotten crispy (or, as crispy as you want to let it...I went for "cooked but still pliable"), remove it to a paper towel-lined plate. Toss the sprouts and shallots in the rendered fat in the 9x13 pan, and choose which way you're going with your bacon. You have two options:
  1. Reserve the bacon until right before serving, crumbling it on top of the dish at the last minute.
  2. Cut the bacon into lardons, and toss it back into the dish with the sprouts and shallots before roasting.
I went with option #2.

Put the pan back in the oven, and let roast for 40-60 minutes, stirring once or twice during the process. They should be getting caramelized and yummy-smelling near the end, and a fork should go through them with little resistance.

Easy-peasy, and dirties very few dishes. A great go-to side dish for holiday meals.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

2:37PM - Anything Goes!

The Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society is proud to present

Anything Goes

November 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2007
8:00 PM
Hart Auditorium, Georgetown Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

To reserve tickets, call 202-662-9270 or email
Please leave your name, phone number, date of performance(s), and number of tickets requested.

Plenty of LJers in the crew, pit, and behind the scenes! Fabulous music! Great show!

Monday, July 30, 2007

11:12AM - Butterbeer for Grownups

  • Frost 1 beer mug per person.
  • Add 1 jigger Butterscotch Schnapps to the bottom of your frosted mug.
  • Top with high-quality cream soda.
  • Drink.
  • Enjoy.
For an added bit of fun, before you put the schnapps in the mug, put a scoop of vanilla, caramel, or butterscotch ice cream in the mug, and have a butterbeer float.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

7:54AM - Dear President Bush (A Rare Public Post)

Dear President Bush,

In commuting Mr. Libby's sentence, you said you found the 30 month sentence he received for his crime "excessive." As you well know, the sentence was derived using calculations in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Your administration, especially Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, has robustly defended these guidelines. Indeed, your administration has put incredible pressure on judges to stick slavishly to the guidelines -- any departures based on judicial discretion are to be reported to the Department of Justice.

President Bush, I share your concern that sentences under the guidelines can be excessive when viewed in light of the facts of the cases before judges. Personally, I know a man serving fifteen years for crossing a state line while in possession of pot. Fifteen years, President Bush, not months.

If you want to have a lasting positive effect come out of this trying time for your administration, I'd strongly suggest you work with Congress and change the sentencing guidelines to encourage -- yes, encourage -- justices to fully consider the individual mitigating factors of each crime when considering punishment. Even without the aid of Congress, you can encourage this through a shift in DoJ policy.

A new Attorney General would be nice, too.

Our federal prison system is a nightmare, President Bush. I wouldn't wish an extra day in it on anyone. Don't let your concern with excessive sentencing stop with the people you know. The time for sentencing reform is now.


Wendy Stengel

Current mood: angry

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