Monday, January 31, 2011

Have you heard? It's supposed to snow. A lot.

That would be The Sailor shoveling.
It does that sometimes you know. Snow. It's winter. And we're in Chicago. Sometimes it snows here between the months of October and ... May.

I could look out my window and watch the snowfall right now ... but why do that when we have a web cam aimed at the driveway??? I never need to look out the windows again. It's almost like when you're on a cruise and you have an interior room, so you tune to the channel that's tuned in to the camera on the Lido Deck and watch the sun set on your in-cabin TV. Before you drift off for your pre-dinner nap. (Hey. I can nap on a cruise if I want to. It was my vacation.)

But let's not pass up the opportunity to 1. talk about the snow non-stop on Facebook and Twitter (... and in our blogs ... ) and 2. stock up on essentials like beer and adult diapers (according to what I'm reading on Facebook and 3. recall the great Chicago blizzard of January 1967. Also known as the time my mom had to push the bus to school. Uphill both ways of course.



What is the likelihood that we'll get a dusting of snow this week, but then a blizzard at the end of March? After our first 60-degree "heat" wave? That would really keep us on our toes.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why I'm Excited for the Oscars this Year

Not the Academy's Oscar
I love the Oscars. I blame my sister-in-law. She throws a party every year ... and makes it competitive. And I've inherited my competitiveness from my mother, so I actually try to win the Oscar ballot game. And for the past two years, I have.

Usually it's because I do research in advice (see who the critics pick to win) but I also make a semi-effort to actually see the movies nominated. And this year, I'm actually excited to see them!

Movies that are nominated for Oscars are generally "good" but that doesn't always mean they are actually enjoyable to watch or entertaining.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Adventures in my kitchen: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe

I think I've mentioned on here that I used to work at the Olive Garden. During my time there, I learned to loooove their Zuppa Toscana. Well, thanks to Google and the kindness of strangers, now I can enjoy it at home! (You can too by the way.)

Zuppa Toscana

How did it go? Here's the recipe with my notes/pictures...