College Football 2017, Week Six!

October 8, 2017

Twelve teams in the top-25 remain unbeaten as we complete the sixth week of the season, and there continues to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#9], and Ohio State [#10]).  The Spartans WIN (in dramatic fashion and amid sloppy conditions) against the Wolverines of the University of Michigan!   Woohoo!   A huge win at this point in the season which gives the Spartans more wins already in 2017 (four) than they had all last year (three).  Next up for the Spartans: another road game, to visit the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#3) losing to unranked Iowa State by seven (7) points.
Michigan (#7) losing to unranked Michigan State by four (4) points.
Louisville (#16) losing to NC State (#24).
Utah (#20) losing to unranked Stanford by three (3) points.
Florida (#21) losing to unranked LSU by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#13) defeating unranked Florida State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
TCU (#8) defeating West Virginia (#23) by seven (7) points.

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Let’s Travel!

October 7, 2017

I ran across a couple of travel-related quotations the other day and decided that they were worth sharing.  I’ve always been a fan of travel (and try to do so at every available opportunity), so for me this is second nature, but for most of the U.S. population, vacation seems to be a dirty word as we slave away at our jobs without taking the necessary steps to take care of ourselves.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.’  (Unknown)

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Here are some interesting articles on the state of our vacations:

Yikes!  Don’t you think it is time for a vacation?  Plan one just for the health of it!  You won’t regret it.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Four!

October 6, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about frogs.  Did you know that . . .

  • frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open? (Real Fact #42)
  • the bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps? (Real Fact #44)
  • frogs never drink?  (Real Fact #110)
  • a group of frogs is called an army? (Real Fact #1352)

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts

Grilled Veal Rolls!

October 5, 2017

I don’t normally grill (and do not even own a grill), but this recipe sound positively wonderful and I may have to investigate finding a grill to try this one out on.

Grilled Veal Rolls

8 slices of veal top-round (about 4 ounces each)
1 cup of freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup of fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup of finely chopped Italian parsley
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1/2 cup of dried currants or small raisins (soak them in warm water for an hour and then drain before using)
Salt and pepper
8 sprigs of rosemary (about 5 inches long)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1.  Preheat your grill.

2.  Pound each of your veal slices (place each slice between oiled pieces of foil) to about 1/16-inch thickness (be careful not to tear the meat).  Lay each piece out on your work surface.

3.  In a medium bowl, still together the cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, pine nuts, and drained currants until well mixed.  Season the veal slices with salt and pepper.  Divide the cheese mixture among the veal, spreading it out thinly.  Roll each piece up tightly, starting from a short side; secure them with toothpicks.

4.  Lay 2 veal rolls side-by-side, about 1/2-inch apart, and skewer them with 2 rosemary sprigs.  Repeat with the remaining sets of veal.  Season the rolls with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil.

5.  Grill for 3-4 minutes per side, until nicely charred but still medium.

Serve with a garnish of salad greens (if desired).

Source: Molto Italiano, by Mario Batali, p. 353

Noticed!

October 4, 2017

NoticedLast summer I received an invitation to an unusual art show/exhibit — all of the artists were minors and all were “up-and-coming” artists in their own right.  Obviously some paintings were better than others, but what a great idea to get these young artists some exposure in the art community.  When I saw this drawing (pencil/graphite) I liked it immediately and knew that it would be going home with me eventually (the show would run for a couple of more weeks following the reception) and purchased it on the spot.  The title: “Noticed” (yes, it got noticed), the artist: Ava Aleszczyk (age fifteen), the medium: pencil/graphite.  A stunning piece to say the least.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Twenty-Three!

October 3, 2017

Here is a colloquial word for which the exact origin is unknown.  It could quite probably be a euphemism for buggered.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“After the disappointing news, the poor man spat out ‘I’ll be jiggered,’ and fell silent, apparently feeling better because he ha taken a load off his mind.”

jiggered

\ jig-erd \, adjective;

1.  confounded; damned

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Necktie of the Month – October 2017!

October 2, 2017

EscherTieHappy Monday!  This month’s tie was acquired during my recent trip to Phoenix (back in June) which was quite the productive venture for expanding my collection of neckties as I actually purchased two ties from the Phoenix Art Museum gift store (last month’s by Gustav Klimpt and this month’s by M.C. (Maurits Cornelis) Escher, the Dutch graphic artist whose designs are inspired by mathematics while exploring infinity, symmetry, and tessellation among other mathematical operations).  This particular pattern is not quite as intricate or complicated as some of Escher’s other patterns, but stylish nonetheless.  The colors of this necktie will pair very nicely with many of my earth-toned shirts (brown, beige, gold, and yellow) and may even go well with my bright red shirt (it may be a little over the top on brightness however, but I’ll have to give it a try one of these days).  One thing I will say for my necktie collection — there is rarely a “dull” moment.  I thrive on color and attempt to infuse it into my lifestyle (and wardrobe) at every available opportunity.

College Football 2017, Week Five!

October 1, 2017

We are about a third of the way through the season and there are only sixteen undefeated teams remaining within the top 25.  And, there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#10], and Ohio State [#11]).  In their Big Ten opener, the Spartan’s managed to pull a win at home against the Hawkeyes of Iowa, despite failing to score in the second half.  Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit their cross-state rival, the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
USC (#5) losing to Washington State (#16) by three (3) points.
LSU (#25) losing to unranked Troy by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating unranked Texas Tech by seven (7) points.
San Diego State (#19) defeating unranked Northern Illinois by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#2) defeating Virginia Tech (#12).
Auburn (#13) defeating Mississippi State (#24).

Ruthlessness!

September 30, 2017

Ruthlessness_largeHappy Saturday!  The weekend has arrived so how about a little humor to get things going? Here is the next installment of demotivators (courtesy of www-dot-despair-dot-com).  Wow, how true (or so it would seem from my experience)!  And this concept ties in perfectly with the adage, “it’s not personal, it’s business.”  Obviously if you are not on the “receiving end” of the ruthless behavior, then it probably isn’t personal, but to the one on the receiving end, it is very personal.  It truly makes you wonder if business ethics actually still exist in the world.  Alas, c’est la vie!

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Three!

September 29, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “hodgepodge.”  Do you know what the color is of the “black box” on a commercial airliner?

Well, the color is orange, not black; orange is much easier to see than black, especially among wreckage.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.