Monday, November 3, 2008

Getting back to normal...or what passes for it

I'm up earlier than I usually am, because this morning my piano is being delivered! It's been at my niece's house, and we finally have a place to put it so we made arrangements to have it moved over. Mom and Dad gave it to me many years ago, but I ended up in an apartment that didn't really have a place for it, so it ended up with my sister, then her daughter and her husband bought their house from them, so poor Mr. Piano has been around the block, and lonely for a long time! I'll write more about it later. I think Mom and Dad wanted me to have it because I'm the one who played it the most. Diana was already out of the house, and Susie was in nursing school, so I probably spent the most time with it.

Hey, the black bean soup turned out great! Ken put more chili powder in his, but it was just right for me. The blend of flavors was really good. I'll have to find another soup to try!

We finished watching "Hostel II" last night. I can't remember when I last said this, or IF I've ever said it, but...don't see this movie. I found nothing whatsoever that would redeem it in any way, shape, or form. It is a vile piece of cinematography. It was almost unwatchable, and there were a couple of times where I almost said I couldn't watch any more of it. I soldiered through, but I absolutely cannot recommend this to anyone. In fact, just the opposite. I recommend that you NOT see it. Yes, it was that bad. Quentin Tarentino made one of my favorite movies, "Pulp Fiction." Now it seems he has made one that is probably my least favorite, "Hostel II." Jeez, find some middle ground, will you, Quentin?

Milwaukee Dan #3 left me a comment about my political letter to my undecided friends. He wrote that he'd be glad on Wednesday when he can stop by here without wincing and ducking. Ha ha! I wrote back and said that frankly, so will I, and I thanked him for being a good sport. My brain is just about fried from all this stuff. Yesterday, I took an "election quiz" that was on AOL. Here are my results. That's right, a perfect score. That tells me that I'm probably a little too caught up in it all, and I'll be happy to leave the anxiety behind. There's definitely excitement there, too, but it's time to be done.

In fact, that letter to my friends was probably the last thing I'll write about it, until results start coming in tomorrow. It was sort of my closing argument. Unless something really big happens today, like we find out one of the candidates is an alien or something. (And I'm not going to speculate on who I think might be an alien! But her name kind of rhymes with alien. Hahaha! Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

I'm really looking forward to getting back into reading for fun, and I've got plenty to occupy me. Books, magazines, and getting back into the book club (I took a hiatus during the election season). There are letters to be written, piano to be relearned, songs to be sung...! Scratch that last one. Anyhoo, I feel like I'm getting ready to rejoin the human race. How exciting!


  1. I bet you can't wait to have Mr Piano back in your care...I hope you do a recording or two or even better - webcam your playing!!!
    May you have many hours of pleasure with your piano, I've always wanted to play but never had the chance.

  2. I am glad the soup was good, I might have to try it, I know my husband would love it. Good Luck with getting the piano home! I am sure you are going to love having it there. Linda

  3. "In fact, that letter to my friends was probably the last thing I'll write about it, until results start coming in tomorrow"

    Gosh, thanks for the extra-long chance to catch our breath ;


  4. i cant wait to see pics of this piano...that is totally cool that you have one to play. What songs do you know?

  5. Congrats on getting your piano back. We had one when I was a child and I was just getting the hang of it when we had to give it away to relatives because we had no where to keep it. I hope you and your family have lots of fun with it.

    I have a quick and easy soup recipe for you. It is a Betty Crocker from a can thing but it still comes out good.

    1 can black beans
    1 can red kidney beans
    1 can field peas
    1 can purple hull peas
    1 can blackeyed peas
    1 can kernel corn
    1 can Rotel tomatoes and chilies of your heat preference.

    Meat of your choosing if you want meat.

    Do NOT drain the liquid from the canned ingredients. Just pour them all in a big pot and cook until you like the consistency.

    If you use meat brown it and then pour all the canned goods into the pot with the browned meat.

    It's good with no meat. I have also had it with chili beef and once with ground venison. Goes great with cornbread or rice.

    I would imagine it would work well with home canned goods or dry beans as well.

  6. bean soup, sounds like something I need to make for Mark. The weather is changing and it would be the perfect thing to take the chill off.
    However, I don't care for the taste (or lack there of of can foods, so I will soak my black beans and then do a nice, slow simmer...
    Getting hungry already.
    Hugs Laini

  7. How fun - a piano. Hoping your day is good to you. Your black bean soup sounds delicious. Take care,

  8. This is the only place I engage in political talk, so I am good. Been done shut down paying attention, because all that was occuring was making me more solid for one side ...

    ... are you really going to play the piano?

  9. Alien, smaelipalin :o)

    Should be interesting to watch the results tomorrow.

    Thanks for not singing LOL

  10. I hope that you can use the piano in celebration of our country taking a big first step back into the sunlight.

  11. Why ever would you rents a movie that promises nothing but gratiutous violence?


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