Why does she need two lights?

The contents of my bag. Blog post with explanation to follow.

I was trying to find something this morning and ended up dumping out my bag to look for it.  Well, I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I decided to do one of those “This is what is in my bag” picture posts, because I know I am always deeply curious about the contents of everyone’s pockets.

So… here it is.

Going roughly clockwise from the upper left-hand corner:

-The bag in question, covered by:
– a wool knit cap
– a hairbrush
– my iphone case standing in for the iphone that was taking the photo [I have another one in LCARS. Gotta represent, y’all.]
– my kindle [in the green leather case, by Oberon Design.]
– some sweet shades
– two wallets [one for holding checks and other stuff I rarely use, and the other is a mens bi-fold for holding the good stuff that I can throw in my pocket (or let’s be real: my bra.) when I don’t want the whole bag.]
– a graphic novel
– 4 mascaras [it’s possible I have a problem.] [the clinique water-proof is my current day-to-day favorite, but I prefer the wand for the too faced lash injection and the organic wear is great for really dramatic eyes. The define-a-lash is my old day-to-day brown, that has been replaced by the clinique and I haven’t taken it out yet.] [what.]
– book light [the purple thing]
– pepper spray
– inhaler [better not get those two mixed up!]
– purell
– zantac
– re-wetting drops
– chapstick
– pocket knife
– flashlight
– keys
– reusable bag
– another graphic novel

And that’s all for the moment.  Normally there’s a notebook and a plethora of writing instruments, but I was using them at home the other day and I forgot to put them back.  Cool story, bro.



So, I finally grew up and got my dream desk this weekend. It’s DELIGHTFUL. Also, enormous.

Achievement unlocked: dream desk.

It’s from Ikea! It tilts! And it’s got a broad, clean surface so I can sew and tinker and build things and destroy things and it is easy to clean [SUPER important] and I am just so happy I could burst.

Who else here has their grown-up dream desks set up? Whats your favorite part? Show me pictures!

Word Press Migration!

How busy it looks like I’ve been!  In fact, I just imported all my posts from blogger to this here wordpress platform with the eventual plan to incorporate wordpress into my website… whenever I get that rolling.

So, welcome, have a seat.  Take a look around.  Don’t touch the wet paint, it will never come out of your clothes.

Thank you, Eco Experts!

Nerdiest spam subject ever: “Receive a government backed RPI linked 25 year incentive!”


FYI – they were trying to sell me solar panels.  In England.


Borrowed time runs out.

When you adopt an adult pet, the moment they’re yours, you’re immediately buying time.  An eleven year old Maltese might have another 5 years in him.  Six, if you’re lucky and can afford trips to the Pet ER.

This is the table you’re invited to sit down at when you adopt any animal.  Your new host will let other guests come and take a little bit with them if they leave.  Such is the greed of Illness and Accidents.  Sometimes Lost comes to take your host from the table for a while, but hopefully not for long and not meeting with Accidents on the way home.

Yet, at some point you will have to leave the table yourself, and it’s a hard, sad goodbye.

Yesterday I said my goodbyes to Lester.  He was my sweet, sweet boy, and I won’t ever forget him as long as I live.

Lester on film

Recipe: Chicken and Onion Pie

This is another recipe in the vein of “what do I have sitting around the house and what can I make out of it?” Last night’s dinner was conceived during my drive home from work keeping a few things in mind.  It is getting colder, so I wanted to cook something warming.  We haven’t gone grocery shopping in a while and I was feeling lazy so it needed to be stuff we had in the house.  I did a mental inventory: I roasted a chicken a few days ago that needed to either become soup or be frozen in the next few days.  We had a sack of onions that was starting to look a little peaky when I roasted the chicken.  We had flour, and butter, and some milk and eggs.

SAVORY PIE.  I noodled around on the internet and got the basic idea from a few different websites.  I decided to do an entirely different crust and voila: Chicken and Onion Pie!

Recipe after the jump!

This is pretty easy, and the most time intensive part is making the pie crust.  Don’t mind the horrible quality of the photos.  The lighting in the kitchen is really bad, and I’d much rather just get on with cooking than take pictures anyway.  Maybe in the new place I’ll bother to break out the digicam for these.

Two Crust Pie Crust [adapted from the traditional Betty Crocker recipe]
2 C flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp butter
4 to 6 Tbsp ice-cold water
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and butter and start mixing with a pastry cutter or two knives.  Do this until the pieces are about the size of small peas.  If I can’t find my pastry cutter and I get sick of the knives [it’s hard work!], I often times get in there with my hands and break up the larger chunks.  Try not to work it around too much, or else the gluten in the flour will make the crust less flaky and delicious.  Start adding the cold water a table spoon at a time and mix in with a fork.  Once the dough is starting to get wet and coming away from the sides of the bowl, gather it into a ball and divide in half.  Wrap the halves in cling film and refrigerate for at least half an hour.  This will keep for a few days in the fridge, and also freezes really well if you want to make ahead.  Move on to the filling.

Chicken and Onion Pie Filling
4 medium onions, sliced into thin rounds.
3ish C cooked chicken diced.
whatever butter is left over from making the pie crust [like a 3rd of a stick, or 3 Tbsp], plus a tablespoon of olive oil.
1/2 C flour
1 C milk
1 large egg yolk
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp curry powder.

Preheat the oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. [around 180 degrees Celsius.]
Saute the onions in a medium pot on medium heat with the butter and olive oil.  Throw in a dash of salt and pepper, and the curry powder.  When they onions have gotten translucent and a little golden, add in the flour to coat the onions and then the milk slowly to make a thick [delicious] goo.  Add in the egg yolk [save the whites for an optional eggwash for the pie top] and mix it up.

When the filling is ready, roll out the pie crusts one at a time to a little less than a quarter of an inch, or until it’s wide enough to fit over the pie plate.  

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Don’t trim the sides yet [do as I say, not as I do], but make sure they definitely hang over the pie dish all the way around.  Add the filling and set the whole thing aside while you roll out the second crust.   

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Wet the edges of the first crust and set the second on top, pressing down gently to make sure there’s contact all the way around.  Now you can trim the edges with a sharp knife [just use the pie plate as a guide] and seal as you wish.  I prefer the three-knuckle technique, but there’s no reason you can’t press with a fork all the way round, or use one of those fancy contraptions.  Cut a few steam vents in the top.  An optional step would be to do a quick eggwash, which is a fancy way of making the top glossy.  Do this if you know how, but otherwise, don’t bother, and just check it to make sure it’s not burning on top and cover with foil if it gets too dark.  It’ll be delicious no matter what 

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Bake for 30 minutes in the previously heated 360F oven.  Remove and let sit for a few minutes [if you can stand it].  EAT.

pie 4

Oh, hello there.

What I have been up to in the last little while:

SPX was AWESOME.  I got busy shortly after and never got a chance to post about it, but I managed to wrangle hand-shakes out of several of my favorite internet celebrities. I still haven’t washed my hands. [this is possibly a lie.]
– Readying our house for a swinging Halloween party. Happy Hallo-Whedon, everyone! I’m dressing up as Saffron. [wiki]
– Readying our stuff to move into a new house. [Coming in December! WE ARE SUPER EXCITED. Same neighborhood-ish – on the other side of JHU.]
– Devoting all the squees over my niece Eleanor. SHE IS SO GREAT. I went out there in early August and got to snorfle her for DAYS.
– Resisting the nigh-irresistible urge to both gnaw my hands off and claw my eyes out whilst waiting for the Machine of Death Vol. 2 stories to be announced. I submitted mine back in July and I have been on tenterhooks ever since.
– Private personal health issues [Sorry, curious kitties, the only health stuff I’ll ever blog about is colds and if I ever get pregnant.] [I’m totes not pregnant.].
– Other personal stuff.

Various and sundry media and literary news:

– Got my roommate hooked on The Guild.
– We love Once Upon a Time so far.  We’re going to start watching Grimm this week.
– I am deeply in love with the new seasons of Leverage, Castle, Psych, and Community.  I am going to have all of their television babies.
– I quite liked Game of Thrones.  I cannot wait until season 2 arrives.  Then I’ll have to actually finish book 3 and start 4.  Maybe I should do that anyway.  THEY’RE SO LONG.
– I’ve just re-read the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.  Y’all, read these books.  They’re available on all e-readers, and they are the very best kind of fantasy.  Strong, autonomous female characters, an interesting and new magical premise, mystery, love, sadness, sacrifice, friendship.  THEY’RE REALLY GOOD.

So there you have it. And by “it” I mean random factoids about three months of my life.  ARE YOU HAPPY NOW.

I am.