Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
But I ran across this cartoon this morning, and it made me laugh until I wheezed.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) displayed a chart on the Senate Floor that shows each president, starting with John F. Kennedy, and their respective raises of the debt ceiling. The information is quite telling.
Kennedy raised the debt ceiling 4 times
for a total increase of 5%.
Johnson raised the debt ceiling 7 times
for a total increase of 18%.
Nixon raised the debt ceiling 9 times
for a total increase of 36%.
Ford raised the debt ceiling 5 times
for a total increase of 41%.
Carter raised the debt ceiling 9 times
for total increase of 59%.
Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times
for a total increase of 199%.
George H. W.Bush raised the debt ceiling 9 times
for a total increase of 48%.
Clinton raised the debt ceiling 4 times
for a total increase of 44%.
Georg W. Bush raised the debt ceiling 7 times
for a total increase of 90%.
Obama has raised the debt ceiling 3 times
for a total increase of 26%.
Friday, July 01, 2011
(I should point out, of course, that he's not the only one who has thought of this, and in fact there is a toaster-bag sort of thing to make grilled cheese in the toaster -- you can get them from Amazon). However, I do try to draw the line at cooking meat in a toaster slot. It's a fire hazard, at the very least.
Which is why I laughed my butt off when I came across this old ad on the web.
I mean, sure, it's bacon, which make sit good almost no matter what. And I've been known to buy pre-cooked bacon on occassion from the grocery, or cook a pound at a time in the microwave, so I know that bacon is a pretty versatile kind of food. But in the toaster? I can only imagine that the Adorable Husband will think it's a grand idea! I wonder if they are still making it somewhere...
Monday, June 27, 2011
I think it will go perfectly in the Scottish castle I intend to buy when we finally win the lottery. What else are those round towers for?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Amid diminishing media interest, Sarah Palin has quit her high-profile bus tour halfway through and returned to Alaska with her family, according to RealClearPolitics.
The move puts a damper on widespread speculations that Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour, which launched on Memorial Day, was a potential precursor to a potential White House bid for 2012. Palin never made it to her scheduled stops in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Without an audience and media attention, she simply can't be bothered. And people actually considered her a viable candidate for president?
Don't worry, I'm sure we haven't heard the last of her. This next election season is going to be a treasure trove for the comedians, I bet.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Norwegian "mørlefse" (soft and sweet)(Just a note, in the whole recipe, the word "lefse" was always in quotes. Not sure why. Also, the recipe is not clear, the barley flour is used to flour the worksurface and the rolling pin.)
250 g sugar
125 g melted butter/margarine
1/2 liter buttermilk
1 ts baking powder
approx. 1 kg wheat flour
butter, sugar, cinnamon
Mix eggs with sugar and butter, and stir into the milk. Mix the baking powder with some flour and stir into the blend. Mix with so much flour that the dough is easy to roll. Barley flour makes it easier to roll out the lefse. Bake the the lefse on a griddle or in a dry frying pan.
Lefse are fine to put in the freezer. Serve with butter, sugar, and cinnamon on top.
This was very tasty, indeed, but very unlike the potato lefse that we are used to making. It it much thicker, for one thing, just shy of 1/4" thick, and was much more like a pancake in texture. Very, very tasty with butter, though!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
We kept taking little side-roads and detours to drive around this or that fjord or lake or see a waterfal...until we noticed that the countdown on the GPS had us arriving at our hotel at about 8pm, and we still had three ferries left to catch. We stuck to the standard tourist route from Forde on north to Alesund, we caught the ferry across the last sound just as it was leaving at 8:50 -- we drove on, the gate came up -- which saved us an hour wait for the next one. Actually, all day, we arrived just in time for ferries, we never waited more than about 10 minutes from the time we drove up to the time the ferry left. I think that this might be Mark's superpower.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Rain I can handle, but when it's coming down hard enough that the fronts of your pants get soaked, it's time to call it a day and dry out. We're watching Will & Grace re-runs with Norwegian subtitles at the moment, and considering where to have dinner.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
We're staying at Den Hanseatiske Hotell,which is in an old wooden shipping building near the end of the wharf. The floors tilt rather crazily, and there aren't any right angles in our room. We're tucked up in the top floor (which is lucky, actually -- tehre was a mix up with the reservations and we arrived to find they had no idea who we were. We got a room, though, so all is god) under the steep eaves, and while the room is tiny (and leans precariously to one side) it's actually quite comfortable. We've been boggling at the number of fire-sprinkler heads in the room (5), but in light of the history of Bergen in general -- they lose about half the city center every hundred years or so to fire--it makes sense. They are very serious about protecting the remaining stretch of buildings from 1702 (after a massive fire and "modernization" destroyed over half of them) and fire is a big worry.
We walked along the main harbour and through the fish market, and found the one remaining city gate (which is not so much for protection as it was for the collection of tolls) and Mark got to gawk at the big ships moored at the piers for awhile. We even found the laundry (which isn't open until tomorrow) and walked around the tiny domkirke (cathedral). Most museums are closed, so we just walked around the kings park and the lake, and meandered around with the rest of the people enjoying the rare sunshine.