Wednesday, April 30, 2008

one down...

my favorite piece of analysis on the suns/spurs series, courtesy of buck harvey at the san antonio express news...
Shaq has always said he makes them when he has to. Memphis’ John Calipari coincidentally said the same this month in San Antonio, and that didn’t work out, either, in the Final Four.

Monday, April 28, 2008

darkness and light...

i just spent a lovely extended weekend in kansas city. dallas has been a bit of a cruel mistress this spring, and it was great to spend some time back in the old hood. i ran around from dawn til dusk for four days straight, hitting up some of my favorite places with some of my favorite people. i even ran in to my old landlord, dan, who misses me terribly. it was, on many levels, so good.

however, upon my return, i was greeted with this news. mom said the town is covered up in texas rangers and that the old widow ladies are absolutely terrified.

a sleepy little town in the texas panhandle. where getting stuck in traffic means you got trapped behind a tractor on 15th street. where people wave from their cars, and wear red for the skyrockets. isolated, but not immune.

lord, have mercy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

tasty business...

since i live by myself and don't mind leftovers, i usually only cook a couple times per week. each time i cook, however, i make enough of whatever i'm making to feed me for a couple of days. this alleviates the two-fold problem of 1) menu planning and 2) coming home hungry in the evening to an empty refrigerator.

i made a big batch of this asian-style spicy coleslaw (mine wasn't near that pretty) on sunday, and just polished it off for lunch today. it combines my recent obsession with coleslaw (weird, i know) with one of my favorite things in the whole world, peanut butter. plus it's a little spicy. win-win-win.

the salad is huge - i halved it. and if you're not planning on eating it all at one sitting, dress it as you go. otherwise, you'll get watery, soggy coleslaw. and who wants that?

again we say, taste-ola.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

crowd goes wild...

so, you don't have to know me very well to know that i LOVE basketball. with a big bright red heart, love it.

when i was growing up, my whole family would spend our evenings watching michael jordan and the bulls play basketball on WGN. now, i know a lot of people who could give a flip about basketball, and the family tv turned to WGN (does that station even exist anymore?) would have sent them to their bedroom with a magazine. but not us scott gals. even at an early age we were lovers of the game, and those seasons we watched the bulls just fanned the flame. this interest has not faded over time, although some of us (ahem...) are a bit nuttier about it than others.

no longer a bulls fan, i've been cheering for the san antonio spurs since college. and a moderate interest in the kansas jayhawks became a full out obsession after living in kansas city for four years.

san antonio has seen some great basketball in the past couple of weeks. to wit:

1. kansas won the championship!
they nearly killed us all in the process, but holy crap, they did it!

as a side note, that steal and shot that sherron made to set up mario chalmers' game winning three? i've heard more than one comparison to miracle at the hands of sean elliott, from the 1999 western conference championships. same court. same corner. same result. swish.

i love the alamodome.

2. tim duncan made a three pointer to send saturday's spurs/suns game into double overtime.
it's already been documented here once, but it deserves a second mention.

the basketball gods are good to me - now that my favorite sporting event of the year is over (with a perfect ending!), at least we have the NBA playoffs to tide us over for the next couple months (which is a bit long, even for me).

so, in summation:
1. rock chalk!
2. go spurs!

p.s. i'm watching game two of the spurs/suns series as we speak, and just want to mention how much i love manu ginobli.

Monday, April 21, 2008

that's what's for dinner?

seriously, this ad campaign grosses me out. people in haiti are rioting over a cup of rice, and we're selling meat in the form of mountains.

all the way around, it's disgusting.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

green thumb...

two articles from the new york times that have me scheming a way to have a garden this summer...

out of the yard and onto the fork
Kitchen gardens are as old as the first hunter-gatherers who decided to settle down and watch the seeds grow. Walled medieval gardens protected carefully tended herbs, greens and fruit trees from marauders, both human and animal. The American colonists planted gardens as soon as they could, sowing seeds brought from Europe.

Call them survivor gardens.

Now, they are being discovered by a new generation of people who worry about just what is in that bag of spinach and how much fuel was consumed to grow it and to fly it a thousand miles.

why bother?
But the act I want to talk about is growing some — even just a little — of your own food. Rip out your lawn, if you have one, and if you don’t — if you live in a high-rise, or have a yard shrouded in shade — look into getting a plot in a community garden. Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an individual can do — to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


timmy sends the game to double overtime. from the THREE.

go spurs!

Monday, April 07, 2008

laci is...

currently eating a piece of this bread, lightly toasted, with a bit of peanut butter. it is, in the words of my friend jill, taste-ola. (i have no idea how you would spell that!).

it's a quick bread - no yeast required - so whip up a batch for yourself this evening, and have a slice for dessert. or maybe for breakfast in the morning. i guarantee, it's a great way to start the day.

sometimes goodness comes in the smallest of packages.

Friday, April 04, 2008

fill in the blank...

when i was in college and found myself in a particularly boring lecture (i'm looking at you, vertebrate biology), i had this little game that i would play to pass the e-v-e-r-l-a-s-t-i-n-g time.

it went like this: i would attempt to list, from memory, all of the states of the united states. and if the lecture were especially long, i would also endeavor to include their capitals. and this would all be written with my left hand.

(you never know when you might need it).

so, you can see why i stayed up until 1:30 this morning playing the games on this website. it's listmaking heaven!!

it's amazing what your brain does to you when faced with a page full of blanks and a timer. for example, it forgets the number 'eleven' in spanish. or the book of lamentations. or mansfield park as a jane austen novel. or aluminum.

also, i'd like to know what it says about me that i came closer to naming all of the major league baseball teams (missed three, including the mets - see above statement about brain freeze) than i did the presidents of the US. i got all of the 20th century ones back as far as woodrow wilson, but still, the period from thomas jefferson to wilson was sparsely populated, with the notable exception of (whew!) abraham lincoln. james van buren, please accept my apologies.

so, if you have some time to kill, and like dorky listmaking games, you are set.

and these dorky listmaking games? they're why you want me on your team in trivial pursuit, or in the cash cab.