Posts Tagged ‘Friday Five’

RevGals Friday Five: Cabin Fever

January 23, 2009
Rick C

Photo by: Rick C

For this weeks Friday Five over at REVGALs, Singing Owl writes…

Sorry for the late posting! My daughter’s car won’t start, and I just returned from driving her to work. I think she made need a block heater. Speaking of that…

Here in snow country we are settled in to what is a very long stretch of potentially boring days. The holidays are over. It is a very long time till we will get outside on a regular basis. The snow that seemed so beautiful at first is now dirty and the snow banks are piling up. Our vehicles are all the same shade of brownish grey, but if we go to the car wash our doors will freeze shut. People get grumpy. Of course, not everyone lives in a cold climate, but even in warmer places the days till springtime can get long. Help! Please give us five suggestions for combating cabin fever and staying cheerful in our monochromatic world?

Well, while the weather guessers threatened it would snow as much as 6 inches earlier this week, we have none.  And since my job would require me to get rid of it from the sidewalks and parking lots of a 30 building facility, I am okay with that.  Very okay in fact.  But none the less, I will do what I can to offer help to those in the more “warmth challenged” areas of the country and world with my five suggestions for combating cabin fever.  I will warn you…some of them are ridiculous.

  1. Trucker night.  Dress up in flannel shirts and ball caps and eat dinner with your hands.  (No offense intended to truckers…it’s just something ridiculous to do)
  2. Breakfast for dinner.  This might help break up the monotony a bit.
  3. Eat dessert first.  ‘Nuff said.
  4. Look through old pictures or boxes of art the kids made when they were small(er).  That is if you have kids.  I don’t, but then again this isn’t for me.
  5. Make a time capsule.  True, you can’t bury it if the ground is frozen, but maybe it can go up in the attic.
  6. BONUS: Purge!  Not sure if this is true of everyone, but getting rid of stuff I don’t need is very energizing.  Granted you would have to take it to the car through the snow, but maybe that wouldn’t be so bad?  *shrug*

Friday Five: Take Me or Leave me baby

January 16, 2009

Over at REVGALS, Songbird wrote up the Friday Five for this week.  She posted the video below and then the Friday Five for the day.

Although written by a young man, this song from “Rent” became an anthem for women of a certain age ready to be taken on their own terms. Maureen and Joanne love each other, but they are *very* different.

Whether it’s new friends or new loves or new employers, what are five things people should know about you?

  1. There are certain noises that really bother me.  They get in my head.  Tapping is one of them.  Potato chip bgs are another.
  2. I love chocolate.  Hell, I love food!
  3. I don’t do chit chat very well.  Just cut to the chase.  Give me the bottom line.
  4. I’m not usually half hearted in anything.  If you aren’t committed to the friendship/relationship/etc., it’s probably not going to work out.
  5. I often don’t “get” jokes. Don’t take it personally.  My brain just doesn’t interpret tha kind of thing well.

(Video from the 10th Anniversary performance of “Rent” on Broadway, with original cast members Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker.)

REVGALS Friday Five: Pancakes

January 9, 2009
R Stanek

Photo by: R Stanek

For this weeks Friday Five at REVGALS, Sophia wrote

Last week Sally gave us a beautiful, spiritually reflective Friday Five, so it’s time for something light and fluffy (literally). It’s inspired by the fact that as I write this my dear spouse TechnoGuy, with the assistance of daughter Ladybug, is making a batch of chocolate chip pancakes with two Christmas presents. One is the Knott’s Berry Farm mix which came along with jam, boysenberry syrup, and biscuit mix from my aunt (we ended up with two sets, since my parents passed theirs on to avoid sweet and carb-y temptation). The other is the large size Black and Decker electric skillet he was thrilled that I got him online — our trusty wedding present normal size one still works at going on 20 years, but the Teflon is getting worn, and he wanted more cooking space. So pull up a chair to the kitchen table and tell us all about your pancake preferences.

1. Scratch or mix? Buttermilk or plain?  Well, being that I have not had the opportunty to have pancakes from scratch (that I know ofor can remember) I’d have to say that scratch is okay by me.  I wonder how wonderful “scratch” would be…  Oh yeah…it’s buttermilk all the way!

2. Pure and simple, or with additions cooked in?  As in most things, I am a purist.  I don’t like other stuff interupting my enjoyment of a thing.  (i.e., I don’t like it when the different foods on my plate touch).  Hah.

3. For breakfast or for dinner?  Well, mostly breakfast, but I am becoming more and more okay with meals escaping their “normal” time slots and moving to others just for fun.

4. Preferred syrup or other topping? How about the best side dish?  Good ol’ maple syrup.  And I LOVE when I can have sausage LINKS (not patties) to dip in the syrup too.

5. Favorite pancake restaurant? Well, I really like IHOP. 

Bonus: Any tasty recipes out there, for pancakes or other special breakfast dishes? Bring ’em on!   No recipes…sorry!

Added Bonus: When I was little, my mom used to make pancakes in the shape of mickey mouse, kitty cats, and snakes.  Much fun!