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Monthly Archives: August 2008

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More Olympic Prep

I found this great entry on boston.com with some awesome photos of the preparations going on in Beijing right now. I mean some of these are phenomenal. I feel somewhat sad when I read/see some of these types of posts documenting the changes for the Olympics because you know that the majority of what they’ve accomplished is for show and what’s worse is that it’s at their citizen’s expense. I still feel that the images are incredible though … take a few minutes to check them out.

Like this one where the policemen are actually removing this sign that says Sex Shop on it because it’s unsightly – haha:

This one is cool too – it’s a shot from the behind the driver of the new bullet train that started running August 1st – it goes 394.3 kph – I don’t do conversions … but I’m guessing it’s super fast if it’s setting a speed record:

You can see more of these HERE

Don’t Bank on It!

I’m confused and annoyed with my bank right now.  I know the mortgage crisis is hitting banks hard but I’m puzzled by their rules and logic.

I just sent a electronic payment from WAMU to my WAMU credit card.  They say it will be withdraw from my account today but won’t be received at the credit card division until the 12th.  I could mail a check in that amount of time.  I know they are two divisions of the same company–but come on 4 business days for an electronic payment to be processed?  It isn’t a problem.  The payment can wait 4 days but that just seems like a long time for money to move electronically, doesn’t it?

I deposited several checks on last Thursday July 31, totaling over $5000.  Two of the check were drawn on the same bank I was depositing into.  The bank instituted a hold because I had deposited over $5000.  You mean if I had held half the checks and made another deposit on Friday I wouldn’t have to wait to have access to all my money till the 12th of August? 

I’m wondering–why the long lag times?  I can see putting a hold until the checks clear–but 12 days?  They were all checks drawn on banks in the Los Angeles area.   It doesn’t seem possible in this day of electronic banking that it would take 12 days for the check to clear and be in my account. 

This is just an item on my bitch list that makes me scratch my head and go– What is that about? 

who let the cat IN THE BAG?!?

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So I am sitting there watching this happen…it’s as if Mr. G didn’t even SEE her doing this while he sat there with his bowl of guac….
Um, sir, there’s a cat in your bag…

She actually did pull her head out of the bag with an entire chip, unbroken…and sat there BOLDLY and munched on it.  Are you kidding me right now?
Both of them (said Beast and man), sat content, doing their own thing, not minding the other…
I love my FAMILY!

Progress in My Search – I think so – Maybe – Not Sure

As you all know by know I am on searching for My Own Damn Answer – (link to previous post ) http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com/WP02/?p=553  I had a interesting realization over the weekend.   Is this Progress Maybe, did I gain some Insight Maybe or is it just my incredible Crazy Brain at work – (very probable ;) .  I was thinking about what some of my self imposed stumbling blocks might be to finding my answer and this “AH HA Thought “ came to me.  So once upon a time there “used” to be 2 very significant people in my life that felt they were entitled to take CREDIT for me and everything that I had professionally accomplished.  All the success was not due to me but to them.  I heard this phrase on more than one occasion (can anyone relate to this??)

“If it weren’t for them I (Cathy) would not be where or who I am today”

Hmmm here I sit a few years later struggling and thinking would they be willing to step up and take credit for where I am now??   (I am thinking Not So Much!!)  This went on for more years than I care to count and I think they  somehow programmed and conditioned me to think that I cannot do it on my own.  I am not capable of success all by myself and that conditioning has stifled and hindered me as is evident because of the place I am now – Professionally speaking.  I admit that professionally I am feeling pretty gun shy and for whatever reason I am not ready to pull the trigger. 

     On a good note, neither of them are still in my life but the residue from their toxic presence still lingers.   They were casualties of my personal “cleanse”.  Wow I cannot tell you how much lighter my life became once they were no longer part of it.   Maybe just maybe understanding and acknowledging this will help me move forward – Baby Steps Right… 

 

Just as a side note – the crappy brainwashing has only kicked my ass in professionally and for what ever reason has not affected my personal life – I have never been happier as a person or been in more healthy relationships than I am now.  It is this Freakin work thing that is got me sideways!!

Who really needs to breath anyhow?

Certainly not our athletes during the Olympics right?  WTF?

I hadn’t really heard much about how bad the air quality was in China.  Yes, I had heard that it wasn’t great, but this weekend Ron and I were talking about the Olympics and he said that there was quite a bit of concern for the athletes who are going there to compete and that some have even gotten special masks to wear so they won’t inhale as much of the crappy air.

Then I came across this article from the BBC that shows images – WOW!  According to their report, the air polution is higher than it’s ever been even though they’ve removed 3.3 million cars from their roads – can that be right even when they took that many cars off the roads?

Attack Tortoise Defending Its Turf

I don’t know why I’m stuck in animal posting. One day I may find a recipe to post (Don’t hold your breath!) or a funny story about me. But right now that so isn’t happening. So it is just me and my “collection of animal stories!” Literally I’m creating a zoo of posts! First the scary spider, then the birds and now this amazing video of this tortoise that just doesn’t want cats in its yard. (Or is it a persistant suitor and the cats aren’t having anything to do with it?) Pretty amazing! I didn’t know tortoises could move this fast!

Caramelized Banana Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

  

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I made these brownies a couple weeks ago and OMG these were amazing – My hats off to  http://thecrepesofwrath.wordpress.com/ and http://pickypalate.blogspot.com/  for inspiring this kickass and YUMMY creation.   My friend over at The Crepes of Wrath is an overachiever and shows step by step photo’s – Show off!!   :) 

 ** Really the photos are great please hop over there if you want an impressive the blow by blow!!

Main Event -  

3 large ripe bananas
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons brown sugar
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 box brownie mix

Frosting -

8 oz softened cream cheese
3 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (I used chunky because it added a nice crunch to the smooth brownies, but you can use creamy if you prefer)
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice bananas and place into a medium baking dish (I used a cake pan). Top evenly with butter pieces and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbling and they’re a nice golden color. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Mix with cream cheese and sugar until combined.
2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Line a 7×11 inch baking dish (makes for a thicker brownie with this size of dish but you can use a whatever size you like) with tin foil that’s been sprayed with cooking spray (so the brownies are easy to remove). Pour brownie batter into prepared dish.
3. Drop banana cream mixture by the spoonfuls evenly over brownie batter. Gently run a knife through the banana and brownie mix, in a swirling motion, without scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent tearing in the foil.
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from middle of brownies. Let cool completely, then pull the brownies out of pan with foil edges.
5. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar until well combined and desired consistency. You can add a bit more if desired. Spread over cooled brownies.

My Wish List for a Monday …

is very simple …

a day of rest – and one full night of sleep

… and you guys thought I was kidding when I said that I wouldn’t be around much in July and August.  I won’t be getting either of the items on my wish list this week.  Today and tomorrow are CRAMMED with trying to fill orders from LA and SF so that I can bill the credit cards and ship.  Then my nieces arrive for a couple days – then to Visalia for a charity golf tournament.

I’m not much fun right now – sorry folks .. the moose out front shoulda told you.

Sushi Sunday

Mr. G and I went for sushi last night to a hip new little place near downtown called Soma – we got to talking and I decided we should have Sushi Sunday, so here goes our first attempt at homemade sushi rolls:

First roll we did was Mr. G’s fave – Tiger Eye Roll – smoked salmon, cream cheese and fresh jalapeno, wrapped in Soy Paper

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Spread sticky sushi rice on soy paper – prepare to lay smoked salmon and sliced jalapeno:

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Completed roll…prepare to cut with VERY sharp knife:

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Second roll we decided to do was an Inside Out Tuna Roll with Avocado

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Mr. G sprinkling Black and White Sesame Seeds on the outside of our roll

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We put some beautiful sushi grade yellowtail tuna and fresh avocado in the center and prepare to ROLL!

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Third and final roll was a spicy tuna roll – Mmm…yummy

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Here is our plate of homemade sushi – on our makeshift table.  Gary states that he thinks I like being whitetrash and I told him that my blogging buddies and readers would totally understand that we are living amidst boxes, in light of our recent move! 

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This was TONS of fun today – we both enjoyed doing this together in the kitchen tonight – talking about what type of rolls we’ll do next…

To be continued…

One of the pitfalls of dating a Brit…

Yeah…yeah…yeah…I hear ya.  He’s handsome.  Ewww, his accent is dreamy…but here’s the thing. 
He speaks English (albeit the QUEEN’S ENGLISH) but let’s narrow it down a bit further…he talks IMPERIAL.

That’s right folks, talking in measurements such as “thou” –  as in thousandth. 

You’re prolly wondering why we would be discussing a thousandth of ANYTHING!  My brain doesn’t even comprehend a yard, let alone the miniscule measurement of a “thou” but alas, Mr. G. is an engineer.  He even owns tools that measure a “thou” in his big red toolbox.  How sexy is that???

Now, don’t get ”thou” confused with a “grand” – which is a term he uses for the RPMs on his motorcycles – yes, again, comprehension beyond me. 

Me:  God, I was FLYING down the road back there…how cool.

Him:  Yeah, it happens when you get it over 5 grand

Me: Oh…

You get the picture…

But through all the years, our kitchen speak has sometimes ended in us looking at one another as if we were speaking Farsi & Portuguese to one another about the same recipe.  I talk about ounces and cups and he speaks in kilograms and pints!!!

So again conversations sometimes go as such:

Me:  Oh, this recipe calls for a XXX cups of…

Him:  That’s XXX litres/pints of…

Me:  HUH? (perplexed)

He has tried to explain this to me - if not once, a thou(sand) times - how many pints are in a quart are in a gallon, etc. 

I smile & nod and think ‘I’m educated.  I get most things.  I’m a BAKER for God’s sakes…’ (I use a scale though) but I have NEVER comprehended the concept until I found this HANDY DANDY VISUAL AID – ENJOY!

Next time we will discuss How Many Stone You Weigh!

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