Sep 142015

I just don’t have the right kind of energy to do this right now. I don’t know why, but I’m tired of stressing about it, and the stress is probably making it worse.

So, I’m going to take another hiatus and try to think “what can I do here long-term?” instead of “hey, Bo, you don’t have anything up today either.”

Thank you for reading I’ll check back in with you in a week or so.

 Posted by at 8:34 pm
Sep 102015
  • The weather is about to break! It’ll feel like football this Saturday.
  • Apple is saying its new pink iPhone is “rose gold.” No, it isn’t. It’s pink. Rose gold means a gold finish with a reddish tint, like this.
  • We had a look at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, just west of Old Time Pottery in Madison, on Monday. It was interesting, and maybe worth a periodic stop. Seemed like more kinds of stuff than Big Lots.
  • Speaking of holidays, Aaron’s gotten pretty used to grabbing Vietnamese lunch as part of them. That’s a pretty cool tradition.
  • The first long distance dedication on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 was Neil Diamond’s “Desiree.”
  • Ever have a heating element in your oven fail? First time ever for us this week. It glows white-hot in one spot and looks like a sparkler periodically. If you watch it a bit, the white-hot spot moves along the element as it turns it brittle and ashen behind it. I killed the breaker and it quit. I’ll have a go at changing it tonight.
  • Tommy introduced me to Tellicherry pepper yesterday, and it’s pretty amazing. It’s black pepper, but more so; just a really rich and full taste and aroma. I already have my own chili powder, cumin, oregano, and paprika in the spice cabinet. I’m probably going to have to add this. I can’t wait to make a pot of chili this weekend.
 Posted by at 11:12 am
Sep 092015

I’m 44 years old and have lived in Alabama my entire life, and I never heard of hummingbird cake before this week. I suggested that Lea make bread from some bananas we weren’t going to get to in a timely manner, and this is the card she played.


It’s rutha tasty. I like banana bread, and it’s one of the few baked goods I enjoy with nuts. Hummingbird cake is like banana bread on steroids. I can’t eat a lot of it because it’s pretty sweet, but I thoroughly enjoyed the piece above.

It also gave me a lot of fun with my younger son. Lea mentioned her plan at Sunday morning breakfast, and Aaron said “hummingbird cake?” And I said “yeah, Mom waits for the late afternoon when the hummingbirds gather at that bush in the back, and she sprays and prays with an M60.”

Aaron laughed.

“Yeah, it’s not much fun crawling around in the grass afterward, examining little bits and asking ‘is that a piece of hummingbird I can use for my cake?'” I continued.

Aaron howled.

I did too.

 Posted by at 11:09 pm
Sep 082015

Do you know the rock star/comic/artist/raconteur Ali Spagnola? You should. She’s really talented and tons of fun. She has a drinking game album (and concert)!

She has an awesome Twitter feed, which is where I was introduced to her. She posts a lot of Vine videos (and you really should just go watch everything she’s ever put up there right now. Just be late to whatever you have to do next.)

She also paints a painting a day and gives it away! And I got mine today! I asked her to paint one of my favorite things in the world.


Isn’t it awesome? Lea’s working on having it framed, and then we’re hanging it in the kitchen.

You can ask Ali to paint something for you too, but the waiting list is long. (Pssst…if you do send her a bit of money you’ll magically jump in front of people who didn’t.)

Ali, I love my chili pepper, and I love the laughs. Thank you for both!

 Posted by at 6:27 pm