Thursday, November 30, 2006

Be Here Now

I'm thinking ahead to when I am no longer in school. I'm thinking ahead to all the extra time I'll have when I'm not agonizing about finding a job.

I'm thinking about roasting coffee, like my friend Ms. Taming over at Taming Coffee. She has a small home roaster, but for larger amounts of beans, she uses a breadmaking machine, a heat gun, a fan and sieve (those latter items for cooling the beans).

That could be one hobby.

Another hobby that might be worth pursuing is pencil collecting. I do have a small collection, including some unwrapped, mint-in-the wrapper Simpsons pencils. I joke that it's my son's inheritance, but I think they're not that rare.

Of course, it might be possible to write a complete novel during the month of November next year if I no longer have any papers, journaling, projects due for school.

Well, just being able to get to sleep without anxiety over what is due this week and next will be the best thing in the world. which makes me ponder about whether or not I should just let go and live my life now as if I am no longer in school.

The Tibetan Buddhist mandala, above I found at a website for Cosmic Geometry. My apologies that I cannot give further attribution for the image.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

'Tini Rant

What is with these martini drinks?

A martini as I remember it is gin or vodka, chilled in some way with vermouth. Totally clear. Consumed for no other reason than to get you drunk. Or to eat the olive or onion soaking in the glass.

Now I know the "martini" craze has been on for several years but I'm so happy about the election I need something to be curmudgeonly about. So, today I read in Jenée Osterheldt's column in the Kansas City Star about some "martinis" at a place called the Drum Room.
She's describing the First Lady here:
a mix of Pear Persephone vodka, pomegranate, sweet and sour, Triple Sec and lime

And the FBI:
a tempting combo of Frangelico and Bailey's Irish Creme

To me these are not martinis! They're friggin' cocktails!

The political titles for the drinks come from the name of the Hilton President hotel in which the Drum Room is situated.

I'm not much of a drinker these days. And I'm still on a natural high from the elections! So actually, none of these so-called martinis are the slightest bit appetizing to me.

Gimme a Democratic win, straight up, please!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Morning (for real) in America

For real.
Here in Kansas, we gained a Democratic Attorney General, Paul Morrison--a decent lawman if ever there was one.

Nancy Boyda also won in the 2nd Congressional district (corrected from my earlier post--I thought it was the 4th district) over Jim Ryun.

Just across the state line, stem-cell research can proceed unimpeded. And Claire McCaskill beat Jim Talent narrowly to become a US Senator.

oh life is sweet right now. And I'm not giving anyone the finger.