Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Silver Bells and Cockle Shells

To say I planted a garden would be a stretch of the imagination. Last year I made grandiose plans for a garden on my parents' farm and set out to conquer a patch of the side yard. I built up some beds, planted 7 kinds of seed, and paved my plants' way to Hell with my intentions. I started taking night classes, and they all withered and died when I didn't come back to see them.

So this year I kept my expectations low, nearly statistically insignificant. I bought four baby herb plants from Rural King and plopped them into containers with potting soil. Because they are in containers I get to skip the war of mythic proportions with the Bermuda grass, a plant as lovable as a cockroach. Watering hasn't been much of a problem because it won't stop raining here. I walk past almost daily, and sometimes I even stop to check the turgor pressure and pull tiny little weeds. Despite my avoidance towards doing actual work to make my herbs thrive, I might someday rally to cultivate upwards of TEN plants. That's right, ten. That's more than double my current garden! That's like someone who farms an acre declaring they'll eventually farm two and a half acres! But not really!

My marjoram is doing very well while the rosemary and oregano have yet to hit a growth spurt. What I really care about is the basil, which has finally started to put forth some effort in leafing out. Every time I look at it I have visions of fettuccine drenched in pesto about to enter my maw. It's enough to make me all aquiver.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Answer Key

Answers to the Cinememe:

1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. The Count of Monte Cristo
3. Super Troopers
4. Sense and Sensibility
5. Army of Darkness
6. The Princess Bride
7. Little Miss Sunshine
8. Psycho
9. The Incredibles
10. Waiting for Guffman

Monday, May 19, 2008

Free Rice!

I discovered this through Schnozz.

It's terribly addictive. Try it!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


This meme has been going around, so I stole it from the intrepid Velocibadgergirl at Pardon the Egg Salad.

The rules:

* Pick 10 (or so) of your favorite movies.
* Find, remember, or look up a quote from each movie.
* Post them here for everyone to guess.
* Indicate when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
* NO googling or cheating by doing an online search. Cheaters never prosper.
* Commenters should share the fun and only guess one movie.

1. "There's obviously something wrong with him. He's taken off his shoes and one of his socks and... actually, I think he's crying."

2. "I find that smuggling is the life for me, and would be delighted to kill your friend the maggot!"
Velocibadgergirl correctly tagged this as The Count of Monte Cristo. King's to you, Velocibadgergirl.

3. "Desperation is a stinky cologne."

4. "I wish to check the position of the Nile. My sister tells me it is in South America."

5. "Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand things with alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures."
Norahs1213 knew this was definitely an "A" word and declared it Army of Darkness. Groovy.

6. "Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed in Greenland!"
I was no match for Anami's brains, she called The Princess Bride. She also fights gangs for local charities and stuff.

7. "I'm madly in love with you and it's not because of your brains or your personality."
Macgyver judged this to be Little Miss Sunshine. He is my Superfreak.

8. "I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing."

9. "This is a hobo suit, darling. You can't be seen in this. I won't allow it. Fifteen years ago, maybe, but now? Feh!"
Evil Ducky revealed the secret identity of The Incredibles. In a world that celebrates mediocrity, she is genuinely exceptional.

10. "People say, You must have been the class clown. And I say, No, I wasn't. But I sat next to the class clown, and I studied him."