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November 19, 2008

Once again...

... it's getting to be properly cold out and I seem to have no warm scarf. What is wrong with me?

I think I'm headed to AC Moore at lunch for something bulky that will work up in a day or two...

Posted by Kat at 10:57 AM | Comments (1)

November 18, 2008

What's wrong with guacamole manufacturers?

I made quesadillas for some friends last weekend, and I didn't have time to make guacamole that day, so I figured I'd just buy some. Easy enough, right? Well. It was easy enough to buy, but all the brands of guacamole at my grocery store were in plastic pouches or other non-reclosable packaging. Why is this? It has been suggested that the manufacturers are simply trying to make sure that we have to keep buying more guacamole instead of saving one package until we finish it, which makes sense, as far as it goes. But why guacamole? If that's the reasoning, why don't manufacturers use the same reasoning and same packaging for other dips? Anyone have any ideas?

I know; the solution to this is just to make the guacamole oneself. Anyone have a favorite recipe?

Posted by Kat at 03:10 PM | Comments (6)

November 13, 2008

Book for October

Yes, I only managed to finish one. (Have I mentioned how many articles about politics I read?) We're going for at least two in November. Sigh.

City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Genre: Science fiction, young adult
Pages: 288
Rating: 4.5

I read this just because my book buddy at the school where I volunteer wanted to read it, so I went into it with no expectations of being particularly impressed. Boy, was I wrong. This was great. I'd recommend it to practically anyone - it's sci fi for people who don't like sci fi, and YA for people who have never really thought about reading a YA book. I don't want to say much about the plot because I don't want to ruin anything. But it was extremely good, especially from a world-building perspective. Duprau has his totally alien world clearly all mapped out, but she does a great job of dropping in hints of how the world works within the dialogue and plot rather than describing it all. There's a sequel and I can't wait to read it. There's also a movie - anyone seen it? Is it any good?

Posted by Kat at 09:41 AM | Comments (1)

November 11, 2008

Hello out there!

I know, I know, it's been forever. I was ridiculously busy with the election and the new blog, and then I was recovering, and getting into a post-election rhythm for the new blog, and... yeah. The longer it was the worse I felt about not posting here, but I was all "Oh, I have to do a big update post and it will take forever and..." so instead I'm going to just jump back in. So. Hi!

Posted by Kat at 08:43 AM | Comments (1)

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