Marc: Mom, was the gift you got for my graduation something living? Me: Huh? (I am utterly confused by this question; hence, my eloquent response.) Marc: Well, I’m just hoping I won’t open the door and find a pony skeleton or something. (This is a Family Guy reference, for those of you who are utterly confused.) Me: A pony skeleton? No. More like a dinosaur one.I can’t even remember what year he started college. But I think it took him slightly less time than it took me to go through college. Slightly by maybe one semester. I suppose I could ask. I'd rather just enjoy the glowing pride I'm currently feeling.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Eggnog Pancakes One would think, what with how I adore eggnog, that I would adore these pancakes. The truth is, I found them bland, barely noggy, and overall disappointing. It wasn’t enough like typical pancakes to be a good breakfast choice nor decadent enough to fall into the dessert category.
Gingerbread Pancakes These came in a close second. I could (would) skip the colorful red and green sprinkles, personally. All they add is color and crunchiness to the pancakes which, let’s face it, should be neither colorful nor crunchy. But there’s a perfect bite of spice to these pancakes. Definitely yummy.
Pecan Pie Pancakes These are not pancakes but a dessert layered between pancakes. Just a couple bites of this offering and I was in hard core sugar shock. The pecans that are sprinkled around the plate are actually sugar coated. Why? The filling is thick and so sweet that I can’t imagine anyone eating these as part of a healthy breakfast. (Albeit, one could argue that pancakes are not typically healthy to begin with.)
Pumpkin Pancakes These are my favorites. When I saw that IHOP had come out with new holiday variations, I thought maybe I would exchange one favorite (pumpkin) for a new one (probably eggnog) but even after tasting all of the above, these are the superior pancake variety by far. I could see possibly having both the pumpkin and gingerbread ones but why? I looooove the pumpkin ones. (I usually have them without the whipped cream, however.) And yes, I realize that my opinion about these things probably holds little to no weight to you, my reader. However, this time next year when I am tempted to give the holiday pancakes a second chance, I’ll have a documented reason to avoid the others and focus on the best.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I found the note that my mother sent with the book after I had finished reading it and this is what she said: Satia-What’s your opinion? I hate metaphor—I just can’t wrap my mind around it. XXOO What do I think, Momma? I don’t hate metaphor but I confess that I can’t appreciate poetry that doesn’t offer me a reason for the metaphor.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
The Other Boleyn Girl is an insult to anyone’s intelligence.The novel at least tried to be historically accurate albeit the author leaned more on the gossip than the truth to make her novel more titillating. But the movie just tosses aside any attempt at historical precision, even going so far as to have Mary be the younger of the two sisters. The whole thing was ridiculous and not even particularly pretty. You want a quick and painless look at Henry VIII, watch this updated BBC version. For a more genuine look at his life and wives, watch The Six Wives of Henry VIII, an older version that actually gives Catherine of Aragorn her due and allows the viewer to see the depth of the love these two shared. If you want a pretty version that plays a little loose with history but is still more accurate than this crappy movie was, then watch Showtime’s The Tudors.