Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baltic Avenue

Lately I have taken to using movie scenes or plots and today, classic board games, to describe how my day is going. Being an artist, I can't help but want to share my FEEEEELings. Yay. Anyway, my canvases for such expressiveness are the ever-popular Facebook and Twitter. To avoid the annoying "Vaguebooking" ("I am annoyed."), I like to make a point by painting a picture from which people can take what they want. I could be complaining, I might just be describing a movie scene, your choice. I would just rather give a puzzle than say "I'm bored" or "I hate traffic." It began with the widespread "I'm punching today in the face" to "I punched today in the face and then drop-kicked it" to one of my favorite examples: "Today just chomped my boat and ate my ship captain, so I put a helium tank in its mouth and shot at it. It blew up in a spray of sea and blood." (My apologies to those who have seen these already, as I hate to repeat myself. I guess a little history is needed here, though)

So today, well yesterday, was Baltic Avenue. Poor Baltic Avenue. The classically lame property in the game of Monopoly that illicits groans from those unfortunate enough to land on it. Cheap property, but the rent is what, $14? Lame. No one wants Baltic Avenue. It's just trouble. And yesterday was some serious Baltic Avenue. I have just come off a wonderful weekend at the beach with my husband of an official year on Sunday, for our anniversary weekend. It was so great to be away, to be together in a kind of bubble where we could do whatever we wanted. We made dinner together, walked on the beach, read, watched football, and we even constructed a device, a "bug zapper" of sorts, that would supposedly eliminate the few fruit flies we had to swipe at a bit over the weekend. You cut open a soda bottle, turn the top upside down and back into the bottle, and fill it with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and sugar and water.

I must stop and explain that I do have respect for God's creatures. A balanced eco-system is something I truly appreciate, and the hard work and wisdom of many bugs is something we humans should emulate. However, there is also population control, which I believe in as well. They come in your house? They're fair game. That's that. :) Mind you, this piece of heavy technological bug murdering machinery didn't really work. We found one fly. Well but the pesky gnats were gone afterwards, though not into the sugar water. Hm, go figure.

Including the bug-capades, it was a great vacation. To quote Facebook, "Today is like having Boardwalk, Park Place, Electric Company and Water Works. AND all the railroads."

Enter Monday, aka Baltic Avenue. Just after the best properties. Immediately past GO, where you earn a hefty $200. Sandwiched between Community Chest and Chance. Just a lame property and a lame day. I was a grouch! But that day is over. Today... I will call "St. Charles Place." I've changed my mindset, therefore there is promise. :)

I've told myself this is not going to be a food blog. I just can't do that. I think if I devoted myself to that, I'd be cooking and baking each day for something new to show you. Not that there's anything wrong with that, food is just my 'side art'. I need to start painting again. Hopefully this can happen this weekend. After YEARS of a sort of "hiatus." I have a broken easel and lack of paint standing in my way. And time that I just havent wanted to devote to painting just yet. In recent, freshly-married months, I have been distracted by all the great recipes there are out there. I have a box of Grandma's old recipe books, the internet, a healthy interest in vegetables and all the ways there are to cook them, and blogs! As you can gather, my potential food blog recipes would be mere regurgitations of all the more tread upon, more wonderfully designed and photographed and creative blogs out there. We'll see. I think food is just "easy art" that you can eat. Really... its a way to come home, having picked up a few ingredients like a lovely acorn squash or zucchini, make something tasty and spend time enjoying it with your husband. I am in awe of vegetables as there are SO many ways to cook, roast, saute, and EAT them. My friends, these are God's creations. His daily gifts to us! Just like the ever-changing canvas of the sky is a backdrop for our daily lives, so food is, in my mind, a reminder of everything we're given. I love all the crazy fun fruits and vegetables and great things to bake that you can find. No more boxes of frozen meals or man-constructed, processed stuff. I like to have a grocery bag full of as few right angles as possible. But that's just me.
Remember the show "My So-Called Life"? One of my favorites. If you know the show, you know Jordan Catalano, hottie of the Frozen Embryos. At this point you may recognize the reference of my blog name. Before Frozen Embryos, Jordan's band was ... "Between Names" So that's what that's from. :) I haven't picked a name yet, but when I do, it will be a great one. Just hasn't come to me yet. I apologize for the rudimentary state of my blog. At some point I will move over to a blog over which I have more control and it's not just pictures pasted here and there. And yes, there are no photos of me. That's quite another thing. I haven't yet grown accustomed to just splashing my face out there for all to see. Others do it, that's great! I just have to get used to the idea. :)

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