Summer is now officially over, but unfortunately, the weather here in Southern California doesn't seem to be watching the calendar. It's stinking hot. Hot, hot, icky hot. Which led me to do something that I absolutely can't believe I never did before. It stuns me that I could be so stupid as to have never done this before. Never even occurred to me! I can't...okay, I'm rambling. I should explain...
Way back before we bought our house, we lived in a tiny apartment in which we had a tiny window unit air conditioner. It was a tiny air conditioner because the windows in the old apartment were very narrow, and it's all that could fit. When we moved into our house, I deemed it too small to do any good in the larger space, so we stuck the old AC in the garage and basically...forgot about it.
Our house has no air conditioning, but the weather is almost always so mild and pleasant that we truly don't need any. But last week, it was so insufferable that I kind of went crazy and ran out to the horrible garage. There in the back, covered with spider webs and dust, was the old window unit. "Hmmm..." I thought. "Could it be?..." I hauled it out, cleaned it up...and installed it in the window of the dining room. It took all of 30 minutes.
Our house is now cool. Ish. It's coolish. But that's much better than the inferno it has been. It's stunning. Jimmy and I keep standing in front of Mr. Air Conditioner, blissfully enjoying the coolness. Aaaaaahhhhh.
Gotta love this...
As a fundraiser for the excellent It Gets Better Project, which helps LGBT kids, they've come up with a calender featuring hotcha pictures of lots of sexy man librarians! There's someone for everybody. Here's Zack, Mr. January...
He can shush me anytime!
I just posted this on Facebook. We'll see if it does any good...
It is only barely September, but I am already completely, totally and absolutely sick of the endless political yada yada yada on Facebook. So I am hereby pulling myself out of any and all political posting. While I will certainly be getting a new Obama Mama bumper sticker, and may put out a yard sign, I will hereby refrain from Facebook politicizing. For the rest of you, I beg you to take heed of the following thoughts...
1. I feel fairly certain that nobody who has consumed the Kool-Aid from either end of the political spectrum is going to be swayed from their allegiance by your funny/biting/sarcastic/whiny/wacky/witty/whatever Facebook post. You are either preaching to the choir or pissing somebody off, but not winning votes.
2. PLEASE, check your facts. Do a Snopes.com check. I know that picture of the little Romney kids spelling out "MONEY" was really funny, but it was a fake. There are so many legitimate ways in which to poke fun of a candidate, please check things out before you end up being the one who looks like a boob.
3. DON'T take the bait! We all have friends from many varying political leanings and we love them even though we may think they're foolish and delusional. So if somebody posts something you think is ignorant and stupid or even a blatant lie...IGNORE IT. I know how difficult this may be, but you will only start a long, mean-spirited, finger-pointing session, from which everybody ends up feeling hurt. It's not worth it. Unless, of course, you enjoy that kind of thing.
Thank you. I love you all. Have fun. And may the best man win.
WARNING: The following picture is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen. Seriously. Gave me the absolute heeby-jeebies. If you are prone to heeby-jeebiness, I suggest you scroll down quickly.
A woman in China went to the hospital because it was itchy on the left side of her head. When the doctors investigated, they discovered that a spider had been living in her ear for five days.
I warned you!
Because that was so totally cruel of me to show you, I will now give you something GOOD. We had the BEST time on Sunday at our friends Lynn and Darren's house (yes, Darren has recovered enough from his heart episode to entertain), and Lynn, the Baltimore girl, made some excellent crab cakes, which Jimmy and I both adored. Here is Lynn's recipe...
Lynn's Crab Cakes
1 lb. jumbo lump crab meat
1 egg, whisked
1 1/2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp. spicy mustard
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning (but Lynn uses much more - a Baltimore thing!)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. baking powder
8 Saltines, very finely crushed
3 oz. whole milk
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the crab meat last. Form crab cake patties and refrigerate for at least an hour. Overnight is better. Heat a couple of teaspoons of oil in a pan and carefully place 4 crab cakes in the pan. Cook until golden brown. Cool and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Tartar sauce and bun, optional.
And oh BOY is it good. I hope it makes up for the spider thing.
Go see Stacy and the others!