Just one thing: Curtains Up!

As you will no doubtably have read over in this post, I have completed my mission of getting the curtains up. Yay me! I was (again) a day over as I apparently needed the entire week off of work before I could bother to sit down and actually get the curtains prettied up and put on the wall. Yep, I did an hour’s worth of work on Tuesday, then nothing until a few hours on Saturday and more hours on Sunday.

Mission for the week of 11/27 to 12/3: get the bathroom shelves in order. What’s up with them, anyway? On the plus side, last week I cleaned out under the bathroom sink without it even being a “just one thing.” Well done!

Three sentence movie reviews: Hugo 3-D

This was well acted, very pretty to look at, had an interesting plot and was, alas, very slow. This was also the first modern 3-D movie I’ve seen and I found the 3-D to be a very distracting experience. “More like a Viewmaster, than actual 3-D” the person behind me commented and I couldn’t agree more.

Bigger bread

I found a pretty good “no knead” bread recipe, but it gave me two “bricks” or small flat loaves. Not exactly what I’m looking for for sandwiches and the like. Then I remembered my mother mentioning that she never could figure out how my grandmother’s biscuits always came out so large until she realized her mother doubled the recipe and cut out the number for one recipe. I combined my two loaves into one and got a big loaf. See it there, on the left, as compared to its earlier friends on the right.

It was a little too big, as evidenced by this ooze. I’ll make 2/3 of the recipe next time and see if that makes a difference.

Three sentence movie reviews: Heroes Season 1

I had to start knitting again because I needed to somehow feel productive while watching,say, four straight episodes of this series. It also caused me to break my “watch one disk and then back to the library” rule because it was just so damn good. Though I was quite disappointed in the final episode, what came before was amazing in a way I haven’t seen on a network series in forever–if ever.*

*I mean, when was the last time you saw subtitles on a network show?

Just one thing: Supply Shop done

Now that we are not a car-free household, the supply shop is much easier to carry off. Back in the day it would take two or three trips because while saran wrap isn’t particularly heavy and kitchen sponges are not awkward to carry, laundry detergent IS quite heavy and toilet paper is quite awkward.
Now I just fill out my pre-printed list and let the car do the heavy lifting.
Mission for the week of 11/20 to 11/26: Curtains finished.
I finished the Roman Shades in September and bought curtains for the remaining two windows. I could just hang the curtains, but that would be too easy. I want to sew a border onto the curtains with the material for the shades. That will tie everything together, nicely. I don’t have school all this week and so this project is perfect.

Three sentence movie reviews: Singles

Hit with a massive wall of nostalgia from watching Pearl Jam 20, I had an intense craving to watch this movie, which I own. Alas, I own it only on videocassette and our DVD/VCR combo player bit the dust, only to be replaced by a DVD-only player necessitating me ordering this movie on DVD from the library. It’s been several years since I have seen it, but I still enjoyed it as this is a movie I can’t be objective about–it has changed in my mind from a movie to a “conduit to visit emotional states from many different points over a good decade or so of your life.”

Note that this was a pretty basic DVD of the movie including only the trailer and two deleted scenes. Perhaps for the 20 (!) year anniversary next year we could have something that at least gives us a director’s commentary?


There are a lot of good things about my job: I get full medical and dental benefits paid for, I get copious amounts of vacation, I get a reduced schedule during the summer and I enjoy the people I work with. But some of the best perks are the random gifts from children. In this case, Leo and Cian decided they wanted to make hot chocolate mix for all the teachers, etc. So they came around with order forms after school one day and we all placed our order. The next day I was greeted with a delightful package of homemade hot chocolate mix.

Complete with instructions and picture.

Here was my order form. “You can get more than one kind,” said Cian. So I checked two kinds. I got both kinds in one package. Altogether, salted caramel and peppermint work fairly well when combined.

Thanks Leo and Cian, for making my day.

Just one thing: Corn stored.

Oh, alas. As I say in my post about the winnowing of the corn, it’s very difficult to get started on something I’ve never done before. Plus, I had a party to prepare for, and that was taking a lot of my energy. So I didn’t do this by Saturday, which was my goal, but I did finish it on Sunday which was only one day late. (This may become a theme for “Just one thing”)
Mission for the week of 11/13 to 11/19: Supply Shop. Theoretically, every three months, I buy all the basic items for the house: toilet paper, waxed paper, cling wrap, etc. In actuality, I mostly put off doing the supply shop until we are down to one roll of toilet paper. The toilet paper is getting low, so it must be time for a shop.

Pub Quiz Questions 11-15

More questions from the 10 Years in Portland pub quiz. How are you doing?

11. An Homage to Trivial Pursuit* question: Circa 1984, what was the only NFL team to not have a logo on their helmet?

*My family plays the Trivial Pursuit often. The original box is full of out-of-date questions, referencing the USSR, people who have died, records that have been broken etc. So sometimes we have to preface our questions with “Circa 1984…”
12. In the movie Field of Dreams Kevin Costner met up with James Earl Jones, who played fictional reclusive author Terry Mann. In Shoeless Joe, the novel by W.P. Kinsella, the movie the novel is based on, what real life reclusive author did Ray Kinsella meet up with?
13. This actor was born June 28, 1966 and appeared in the movies Class, Sixteen Candles, The Journey of Natty Gann, Stand By Me, Eight Men Out and Say Anything. What is his name?
Bonus: In the movie Say Anything his character mentions three things he doesn’t want to do as a career. What are those three things?
14. Patricia and Matt recently saw the movie “Attack the Block” in which a gang of South London teenagers mugging a woman are interrupted by an alien crashing into a car near them. Soon, many other aliens are crashing to the earth near their housing project. These explosions go unnoticed by everyone else because they blend in with the fireworks that are going off around the city as part of an annual celebration that happens every year in November. What annual November celebration in Great Britain includes a lot of fireworks?
15. Patricia used to live at the corner of SW Jefferson & SW Broadway before her beautiful building was torn down by the First Christian Church to make parking spaces and “luxury apartments.” What Portland institution is still across the street from her former residence?
Answers! Coming right up!:
11. Cleveland Browns
Later, after everyone had left, Kevin told us that “Cleveland Brown” was also slang for a woman who was incredibly good looking until you got to her face. Good to know.

12. J. D. Salinger
Most everyone got this. Because how many “reclusive authors” are (or now: were) there, anyway?

13. John Cusak
13 Bonus: Sell anything, buy anything or process anything.
I think this question would have been a bit harder if the bonus question hadn’t been there. Everyone got the question, no one got the bonus question.
14. Guy Fawkes Night
Julie, hailing from England, though living here for many years now, was one of the first to reply to my invitation. “Will I know any answers?” was her question. I said that I thought she would, and to sweeten the deal I would write a question that I knew she would know. Surprisingly, nearly every team knew this too. I guess more people are up on British holidays than I originally thought.
15. The Oregonian or Higgins.
I thought this might be a difficult one, but most teams consisted of people who knew me when I lived there. Joshin asked if I would have accepted “Gifford’s Flowers” as an answer. It’s the flower shop in the basement of the building. I said I would have. So if you answered Gifford’s Flowers, give yourself points.

Scoring: Two points for each question, one point for bonus. Total points possible this round: 11.

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Pub Quiz Questions 16-20, plus the dreaded fill in.

The last of the pub quiz questions. How are you doing? If only you had a team to depend on.

16. The city of Boise, Idaho supposedly came by its name when a French speaking guide, overwhelmed by weeks in the desert-style terrain of what is now called southern Idaho, saw signs of what is now called the Boise river and was overcome, yelling “The Blank! The Blank!” What word, or it’s English translation was he shouting?
17. The original trivial pursuit game had the following colors of pie: blue, pink, yellow, brown, green & orange. The original categories were: Art & Literature, Entertainment, Geography, History, Science & Nature, Sports and Leisure. Match at least two colors to their correct categories.
18. The planet Uranus, aside from giving people the opportunity to say “heh” on a regular basis, has 27 moons all named after characters of William Shakespeare and also Alexander Pope. Which of the following list of characters from Shakespeare is not also a moon of Uranus? Anne, Bianca, Cordelia, Desdemona, Margaret, Oberon
Bonus: Match any of the characters listed to their play. Maximum 2 points.

19. Rob Thomas, creator of the television series Veronica Mars, originally wrote a teen detective novel with a male protagonist whose father was a Vice Principal at the high school he attended in Austin, Texas. For the television series he changed the unnamed teenage detective from a male to a named female, Veronica Mars, and the setting to Neptune California. He also changed the father’s occupation. In the television series, what was Keith Mars’ occupation?

20. This Author was born April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, MD, though she grew up in rural Kentucky. She has published novels such as The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, essays such as High Tide in Tucson, as well as non-fiction books. One of her books was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club book, another became a best-seller about eating locally. What is this author’s name?

The dreaded fill in. Or: It could be anything!

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Robert Frost
Nature’s first _________ is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a ________;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to ______.
So ________ sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to ________.
Nothing gold can stay.

Answers below:
16. Bois! Trees!
All the Boise people know this story like the back of their hand. Although I think in French I learned the word is “boit” meaning “forest.” I think.

17. Blue: Geography, Pink: Entertainment, Yellow: History, Brown: Arts & Literature, Green: Science & Nature, Orange: Sports and Leisure
There were apparently a goodly number of Trivial Pursuit players as all teams were able to match two.

18. Anne (Richard III) does not have a moon named after her.
The rest do and they are from:
Bianca, (Taming of the Shrew)
Cordelia (King Lear)
Desdemona (Othello),
Margaret (Much Ado About Nothing)
Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
The bonus question that was easier than the original question. Nearly every team correctly identified two characters in their plays. Nearly all picked Cordelia and Desdemona.
19. Private Investigator, Sheriff.
A question to reward those who love this show.

20. Barbara Kingsolver
This was one of those questions that I think would have had less correct answers with at a real pub quiz. My “pub” was packed with well-read women and I bet nearly every one of them had read at least one book by Kingsolver. My guess is the usual pub quiz crowd would not have that same demographic.

Fill in:
The dreaded fill in.
“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Robert Frost
Nature’s first GREEN is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a FLOWER;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to LEAF.
So EDEN sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to DAY.
Nothing gold can stay.
As with everything, this is so much easier when you know the poem. Most teams got two or three points from this. The best rhyme was from the Wasabi Honey Bears who felt the line was “Then leaf subsides to Omar Sharif

Scoring: Two points for each right answer on the questions, one or two points for the bonus question, five points for the fill in. Total points possible this page: 17.

Post your scores. And thank you for playing.

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