Archive for October, 2007

Trembling

Wow, yesterday we had a big rolling earthquake of 5.6. It’s just another reminder for us to be prepared. I realized that since moving down to South Bay, I no longer have my “earthquake kit.” I suppose I should start one of those up again.

Just an old backpack will do the trick. Fill it with some essentials and keep it in a place that will be easy to access.

Another thing I realized is that my place has carpet so I don’t wear slippers. What if there was glass everywhere? I mean, we do have those closet doors with the mirrors (2 sets of them!). We also don’t have a phone in our bedroom and only sometimes bring our cellphones into the room at night.

If there were ever an intruder that broke into our house during the middle of the night, we wouldn’t be able to call the cops. No baseball bat or golf club in the room either, although we do have several aluminum bats lying around in the guest room. Hmm.. time to rethink a few strategies.

They say it’s hard to intentionally inflict harm on someone (fire a gun in self-defense or otherwise), but I think I would have no problem beating down somebody with a bat if they were trying to hurt me. I think all those years of softball have taught me how to swing one. I think the desire for self-preservation is strong in everybody.
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Potluck Food

When you get invited to a potluck you are expected to bring a dish. Now, my question is, do you bring one per person or is one per couple okay?

I went to a potluck over the weekend where it was one per person and we ended up with way too much food. Then again, if it was just one per couple, I’m not sure if it would’ve been enough food.

Heh, just a random thought I had. Guess it depends on the total number of guests.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Lost Car Rental Keys

Ever wonder what would happen if you lost the car keys to your rental car? Well, my friend unfortunately found out this weekend. So he went to LA and the night before leaving, he noticed the keys were missing. He searched everywhere but still couldn’t find it. The worst part about it was that his laptop was in the trunk.

Luckily, or oddly, one of the car doors wasn’t locked. Could it have been a broken door lock? Fortunately, he was able to retrieve his laptop although he had to call up the rental agency about the missing key. They ended up charging him $350 to send someone to go pick up the car. Add that to the $50 taxi ride that he had to pay for in order to not miss his flight.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Thrifting Cleaners

So someone sent me this link: http://projectlupe.blogspot.com/ and it’s about some folks working in an office building who set up a ghetto-ly hidden webcam in a work cube. I’d say… a very caveman version of the nannycams that are stuck inside stuffed animals.

Anyway, so the workers were trying to figure out why their cookies always disappear so quickly and suspected that it might be the doing of the cleaning people. Well, after the first night of setting up the webcam, what do you know, they caught the “cookie monster” red handed.

The results are hilarious yet disturbing. What else do the cleaning people steal when we’re gone?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Baby Carpooling

I often see many “Baby on Board” signs stuck up in people’s cars. First, I wonder whether or not people will drive more carefully around such cards. I doubt the average person does. Maybe parents of small children would, but an a-hole tailgater won’t care one bit.

Anyway, I was driving home from the train station one day and wondered whether or not a cop would pull over a car with a BoB sign. Afterall, a baby counts as a person and it’s not like like you could see the baby’s head since they’d be strapped into the car seat.

Sooooo… even if you DIDN’T have a baby, but stuck a BoB sign on your car, can you get away with driving in the carpool lane?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

While on our honeymoon, we stayed at this small inn/b&b in Wanaka, NZ. The hosts gave us some cookies during the afternoon and we loved the cookies so much that we asked for the recipe. Apparently, the cookie recipe comes from something like the Australia Women’s Weekly magazine.

Choclate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup superfine sugar
1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
½ cup plain flour
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
185g melted butter, cooled (1 stick + 5 tbsp)
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 egg yolk, beaten lightly
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g chocolate, chopped (white or milk)

1) Mix together brown sugar, superfine sugar, flours, chocolate and macadamia nuts in a bowl.

2) Add butter, eggs, vanilla and mix into a dough.

3) Place blobs of dough on tray with baking paper.

4) Bake in preheated 350-F oven for 16-18 minutes or until browning.

Enjoy!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Left or Right-Brained

This is very strange, but very interesting: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22556281-661,00.html

Are you predominantly left or right-brained?
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Botched Batch

So I recently bought a baking book which has recipes for cakes, cookies and cupcakes. I had always wanted to try making those sugar cookies w/ the icing on it, so I tried it out yesterday. I’ve made sugar cookies before, so I wasn’t very concerned.

Well, I completely had some huge brain fart because I put in 3/4 stick of butter instead of 1.5 sticks. Oops. I had intended to make only half a batch since this was a new recipe and I didn’t want to waste ingredients in case the recipe wasn’t good. I decided to make the entire batch, but forgot to put in the the entire amount of butter.

The result? In the mixer, the dough remained crumbly. It never became cookie dough, so I had to toss it out. Doh! I ended up wasting the ingredients!

On the bright side, I managed to make royal icing for the first time and it’s ready to ice some cookies. Now I just gotta make some cookies…

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Suburbia Chronicles: Wide Lanes Narrow Lanes

While driving home the other day, after exiting the highway and driving on some local roads, it occurred to me that the lanes are very very wide. Then I wondered how long it would take for me to feel uncomfortable driving in the City’s narrow lane roads.

I must say it’s much easier to drive around in the Southbay than it is up in the City. After familiarizing myself a bit more with the roads, I have a better understanding of why many of my friends dislike driving up there.

They complain about the narrow lanes, one-way streets, and general apparent mayhem of driving around. Of course, whenever they go up there, it’s usually to the super crowded areas like downtown.

Oh well, hopefully I won’t lose my ability to drive up there anytime soon.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Making Invites Followup

Okay, so we ditched the eyelets because the ones we had already were too small to work w/ two layers of the cardstock. So, we just have the ribbon. Here’s a look at the final product:

Front & Back
Detail Shot

Final Cost: $0.60 (or thereabouts)

Enjoy.

Scarf Girl, Signing off.

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