Saturday, January 09, 2010

Allow me a little gastronomical slumming, won't you?

You may get grossed out, but my favorite FAVORITE meal is what I'll call Mac n' Cheese Goulash.

The basics: mac n' cheese, ground turkey, peas, and tomato sauce of some kind.  This could be leftover spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, a can of tomato paste, whatever.
The best goulashes also include worcestershire sauce, but it's not necessary, especially if going for spicy instead.

Tonight's is as follows: 1 box mac n cheese (Annie's Organic- love the bunny), 1 box sun dried tomato something or other pasta & parmesan cheese sauce from Kraft, 1 small can of tomato sauce, peas, turkey, and gorgonzola.  We're out of worcestershire.

I haven't had it yet.  It may be gross, but doubtful.  It will probably be delicious.  Like the other times I make it, we'll probably love it and I'll want to eat it for a midnight snack and for breakfast- no need to heat it up.

You may want me to hang my head in shame, but I shan't.

ETA: It was, in a word, magnificent.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Ways in which I miss being a kid

 I was in the pool at the gym today for a few minutes, and I had a wonderful time.  I love swimming.  I love being in the water.  It has always been one of my favorite things in the world, but most days, if you were to ask me about swimming, I would say that it sucks.  That's because as an athlete, I've redefined "swimming" to mean "doing laps," which sucks big toes.  I'm not good at it, it's hard, and I hate it.  I had to do it when I was training for a triathlon, and I've barely been in the pool since, and that's sad. 

I love playing in the water, flipping around, maybe doing a little freestyle, but without goggles and with my hair streaming behind me or getting in my face. I don't know if I'll ever get over the fun of making the George Washington hairstyle, where you put all your hair in front of your face, and then fold it back to make a roll in front. I don't know why it's called George Washington, but that's what we called it in junior high. 

As I was in the pool, I remembered that I used to say that my favorite things in the world were swimming, dancing, and playing volleyball.  The only time I've really danced in the past, hmmm....10 years? has been at weddings. I used to love to go out dancing, but as I've gotten older, I've gotten more tired.  It's hard to stay up that late and go out, and I don't know of good places around here anyway.  Right now, I'm saying to myself, "You need to call Jenny & go out dancing soon," but it makes me tired just to think about it.

And volleyball? Sheesh.  As a general rule, most adults don't play volleyball.  It's just not around.  And when there is an opportunity, it's usually people who are Good and I am not Good Enough, at least in my own head, to play.  I'm too much of a perfectionist to relax and have fun.  And I don't want to make the serious players mad. 

My friends and I used to play wallyball fairly regularly in college, and that was ridiculous amounts of fun.  Sometimes we knew it was just for fun, depending on who came, and other times we got to be a little more serious and get some good exercise.  That was awesome.  I still have my kneepads somewhere.  Sliding is wonderful. 

Is there anything you miss doing?  Can/should we get together and just do them? If anyone is up for a not completely pointless, but no pressure volleyball game, please let me know.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Quick complaints about Heroes (with one or two praises)

It bugs me so freaking much that the show has gone with the storyline that Peter really lost his powers and can only have one at a time.  It just burns me right up!   If his ability was that he could have all the abilities- it was something in him that he had to finally realize- then he should still have it.  His dad shouldn't have been able to take that away.  Maybe for awhile, but then he should have been able to tap into that place inside of himself and have them all again. AGH!!!  You can ask Seth about how much this bothers me, because I can't seem to shut up about it, like the fact that the contestants on the Amazing Race area always shown buying 2 plane tickets, when we know DAMN WELL that they need 4 to include their crew members!!
(Also in this annoying vein is Extreme Makeover when the designers pretend that they're just meeting the family and AHA!, I think I'll make you this kind of room! It doesn't take away from our enjoyment of the show to know that you planned it ahead of time.  It's already impressive. Just show us the stinking house more! I'd prefer they didn't even show the designers at all.  Other than Michael.)

Wow, that was a long parenthetical.

Heroes did one good thing tonight: they finally brought up again the fact that Sylar doesn't have to kill to take abilities.  Sylar has really been the center of my difficulties with this show, and I liked complex Sylar. I absolutely LOVED the vision of GoodFutureSylar with a baby in Claire's kitchen.  I'm glad that they're having him struggle again, though the "I'm so bad! No one will ever love me!" thing is a bit lame.  Very romance novel.  Which reminds me of what I said after seeing Star Trek: I really want Zachary Quinto to be in a romantic comedy.  To smile and laugh and be normal.  Please?

Oh, and confused Fan Boy Hiro is a crack-up.