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Expectations!

July 31, 2018

Expectations_largeAs this demotivator (courtesy of www-dot-despair-dot-com) points out, it is probably best to temper one’s expectations at one’s workplace early in your career.  Okay,  I’ll admit that I am a bit jaded.  And while this is probably not completely universal (I’m hoping there are still some places/organizations that exist where accepting the very best is still a value), coming from the culture of accepting the lowest bid, to the reality of slashed budgets and “doing more with less” (and not always the best), we are fast becoming a culture of accepting what is “good enough” (or what is affordable) as opposed to what is “the best.”  Alas.  I will continue to remain hopeful by keeping my expectations high, but understanding that these expectations may not always be met.

Not Your Standard Meatball!

July 5, 2018

Are you tired of the same, old, boring meatball recipe (ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, bread crumbs, parsley . . . )?  Then have I got a treat for you!  I found this divine recipe that will really shake up (spice up?) how you look at meatballs.

Lamb Meatballs

Ingredients
1 large egg
1/2 cup of panko crumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of ground tumeric
1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley (plus 1 cup of parsley leaves with stems)
2 Tablespoons plus 1 cup of olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
2 cloves of garlic, divided
1 pound of ground lamb
2 cups of mint leaves
3 Tablespoons of golden raisins
Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt (for serving)

Directions
1. Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the egg, panko, cumin, red pepper flakes, tumeric, parsley (finely chopped), 2 Tablespoons of oil, and 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt.  Finely grate 1 garlic clove into the bowl and then add the lamb and mix thoroughly with your hands.

2.  Gently roll the lamb mixture into small balls (about the size of a golf ball — 1-1/2″ diameter).  Place the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet  (space them evenly apart) and bake them until they are browned and cooked through (about 8-10 minutes).

3.  While the meatballs are cooking, in your blender, purée the mint, raisins, parsley leaves and stems, remaining garlic clove, remaining 1/2 cup of the oil, and a big pinch of salt to create your pesto.  Taste the pesto and add more salt (if required).

4.  Spread the yogurt on the plates and divide the pesto and meatballs on top of the yogurt.

Enjoy!

Stubbornness!

June 30, 2018

Stubbornness_largeHappy Saturday!  I have known a lot of stubborn people over the years and this demotivator (courtesy of www-dot-despair-dot-com) certainly puts the concept of stubborn-ness, that “dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something” into a whole new perspective for me.  I certainly try to not engage in stubbornness to this level.  I’m more apt to NOT make an issue out of something even when I know it to be wrong, rather than create a scene that, more often than not, is very counterproductive.  I guess this officially makes me “stubborn on the inside.”

Source: demotivator: http://www.despair.com; definition: http://www.dictionary.com

Reasons to Visit Baltimore!

June 11, 2018

The main reason (in my biased opinion) is to attend the SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference which is going on this week.  But, for those of you that may require some additional reasons here are a few to consider (most of which involve food/beverage):

  • the best crab and crab cakes in the country
  • home to the chicken box (chicken wings and fries)
  • getting a genuine half-and-half (1/2 iced tea, 1/2 lemonade)
  • a booming city area with waterfront homes
  • the Baltimore Ravens (if you’re into pro football)
  • numerous local wineries to visit
  • great cupcakes
  • the historic Lexington Market
  • Captain Crunch French Toast
  • the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe
  • the Under Armor World Headquarters
  • Berger Cookies
  • fried lake trout
  • home of the hubcap margarita
  • home of National Bohemian beer (Natty Boh)

Check out the full article here.

Virtue!

May 31, 2018

Virtue_largeHere is the next demotivator for your viewing pleasure . . . and speaking of virtue, it reminds me of a quotation that my father was fond of repeating: “Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can, seldom found in woman, never found in man.”  Attributed to Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest (born in Ohio, as was my father, but now living in New York).

The 3rd of May . . .!

May 3, 2018
3rd_of_May_1808

The Third of May 1808

“The Third of May 1808,” was a painting commissioned by the provisional government of Spain to commemorate the Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies during the occupation of 1808 in the Peninsular War.  It was painted by Francisco Goya in 1814 along with a companion piece, “The Second of May 1808” (aka “The Charge of the Mamelukes“).  Both paintings are currently in the public domain and are displayed in Madrid’s Museo del Prado.

 

Love and Marriage!

April 29, 2018

I am always on the lookout for unique books (or other sources) of humorous sayings or quotations.  Last week I acquired a couple of new books that fit the bill perfectly and will provide me with new content for my blog for years to come . . . and both address the topics of love and marriage.  And, while I have never been married myself, they seem to provide time-tested, sage advice from those in the trenches.

  • You’re the Butter on My Biscuit: And Other Country Sayin’s ’bout Love, Marriage,and Heartache by Allan Zullo and Gene Cheek.
  • How to Be Happy Though Married: Matrimonial Strife Through the Ages compiled by Emily Brand.

So, here’s the first snippet: A Question of Lust

After an all- nighter of passion, the young man whispers to his bride-to-be, “Sugar Lips, am I the first man to make love to you?”  “Of course you are, pumpkin,” she says.  Then she rolls her eyes and adds, “I don’t know why you men always ask me the same question.”

Source:  You’re the Butter on My Biscuit: And Other Country Sayin’s ’bout Love, Marriage,and Heartache by Allan Zullo and Gene Cheek.

Final Four, 2018!

March 26, 2018

Is the cream starting to rise to the top?  There are still a a couple of “blue blood” teams left in the tournament, but the lower seeds continue to win.  Loyola University-Chicago (#11) continued its Cinderella story by advanced to the elite eight and then on to the Final Four!  On Thursday, only one of the higher seeds advanced (Michigan [#3]); whereas on Friday, only one of the higher seeds did NOT advance (Purdue [#2]).  On Saturday and Sunday all of the higher seeds advanced except for #9 Kansas State who could not get past this year’s Cinderella, Loyola-Chicago.  On to San Antonio next weekend for the Final Four!

Sweet Sixteen games
Villanova (#1) defeated West Virginia (#5)
Kansas (#1) defeated Clemson (#5) by four (4) points.
Duke (#2) defeated Syracuse (#11) by four (4) points.
Michigan (#3) defeated Texas A&M (#7)
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Purdue (#2)
Florida State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#4)
Kansas State (#9) defeated Kentucky (#5) by three (3) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeated Nevada (#7) by one (1) point.

In the regional finals, there was only one #1/#2 matchup (Kansas/Duke in the midwest); a #1/#3 matchup (Villanova/Texas Tech in the east), a #3/#9 matchup (Michigan/Florida State in the West), and a #9/#11 matchup (Kansas State/Loyola Chicago) in the south).

Elite Eight games
Villanova (#1) defeating Texas Tech (#3)
Kansas (#1) defeating Duke (#2) by four (4) points in overtime.
Michigan (#3) defeating Florida State (#9) by four (4) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeating Kansas State (#9).

The madness continues.  Congratulations to the four teams who survived the second weekend to arrive at the Final Four.

The
East Regional Champs
Villanova (#1)

will play . . . the

Midwest Regional Champs
Kansas (#1),

and, the

South Regional Champs
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

will play . .  the

West Regional Champs
Michigan (#3).

Sweet Sixteen, 2018!

March 19, 2018

History was made this weekend when a #1 seed (Virginia) was defeated by a #16 seed (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) for the first-time ever in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations to UMBC!  Virginia was not the only “favored” seed to not survive the first weekend . . . eight (8) other higher-seeded teams lost in the first round: Arizona (#4), Wichita State (#4), TCU (#6), Miami (#6), Arkansas (#7), Missouri (#8), Creighton (#8), and Virginia Tech (#8).  Then in round two, the upsets continued with six (6) additional “favored” teams losing: Xavier (#1), North Carolina (#2), Cincinnati (#2), Tennessee (#3), Michigan State (#3), Auburn (#4).  Madness indeed.  The Michigan State Spartans took care of business to win their opening-round game against a formidable Bucknell team on Friday, but were unable to handle Syracuse’s zone defense and lost by two (2) points yesterday thus ending their season.   Congratulations are in order for the “Sweet Sixteen” survivors of the first weekend.  Good luck one and all next week!  Let the Madness continue?

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Purdue (#2)
Texas Tech (#3)
West Virginia (#5)

South Regional
Kentucky (#5)
Nevada (#7)
Kansas State (#9)
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Duke (#2)
Clemson (#5)
Syracuse (#11)

West Regional
Michigan (#3)
Gonzaga (#4)
Texas A&M (#7)
Florida State (#9)

Soaring Above the Rest!

February 10, 2018

Happy Saturday!  Looking for a project for the weekend?  Why not try this origami version of the bald eagle?  The American Bald Eagle, our national bird, is actually the only eagle that is unique to North America.  Happy folding!