Low-Carb Candy! Chocolate & PB Cups

It’s hard to deal with a chocolate jones when you eat low-carb. But through one of the bulletin boards I read, I discovered something called “coconut bark”, which sounded just about right. You basically take coconut oil and flavor it, then put it in the freezer. Coconut oil is a quirky little oil — it’s liquid at 77° Farenheit, and solid at 76° or below. It’s also almost entirely saturated fat, so it’s quite possibly the healthiest fat to use. Sometimes I don’t get enough fat in my day, and. . . Read More!

Friday Round-Up

It’s Friday, which is technically my Monday. We had a busy weekend. We looked at apartments, since our current lease is up in a couple of months, and they want us to either give 60 days’ notice or sign up for another year. The only place we liked was a brand new complex called The District. Spacious 1-bedrooms, with the very-rare option of wood or stained-concrete floors (as a cat owner, I hate-hate-hate carpet). Sadly, the prices were only tolerable because of a special deal — 3 months free on. . . Read More!

Internet Radio Experiment, Part 5: finetune

It’s getting harder and harder to find new internet music services. Sure, there are some like Live365 and Shoutcast and Accuradio that are pre-programmed stations, but I’m after stations where I can hear exactly what I want to hear. The latest system I’ve tried is finetune (they seem to not want the name capitalized, so I’ll follow suit). They seem to be completely free, with no alternate paid option to get ad-free or feature-rich service. As with so many players, you start with a single artist and go from there.. . . Read More!


I just pulled a bunch of pictures off my cell phone. Here’s what I’ve taken snappies of this week: On this week’s Dancing with the Stars results show, Susan Boyle sang “I Dreamed a Dream”. What was especially strange was this shot, where her giant head loomed over the two dancers. It reminded me distinctly of one of Scott’s favorite YouTube videos, Telly Savalas doing a spoken-word rendition of Bread’s “If”. Scott loves that video so much, he did a comic strip mocking it. The whole thing has become terribly. . . Read More!

Impending Festive Atmosphere

For the first time in years, we’re preparing to have a holiday tree. Not a Christmas tree per se, since we’re freaky pagan beatnik people — although since the Christmas tree is totally pagan in origin, it’s all a big religious mishmash anyway. We haven’t had a tree for years — back in Seattle, an actual cut tree was the thing to do. While they always smelled fabulous, the mess of needles left behind was just too much. Fortunately, we now live in Florida, where apparently everyone who’s anyone has. . . Read More!

Tuesday Trivia

I get a lot of crap and spam in my email. But on Tuesday mornings, I also get a delightful bunch of trivia. Did you know that Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame, has a weekly trivia contest? If not, you may want to check it out. Just hop over to Ken-Jennings.com and sign up (look for the red box on the left-hand menu bar). Not only is it good trivia, but I find him witty and charming. I only discovered his blog (which is also witty and charming) after he. . . Read More!

Rainy Days and Mondays

Well, it’s not technically rainy here yet. We’ll see if we get any fallout from Tropical Storm Ida. (She just got downgraded from Hurricane, yay!) It’s certainly been a windy day, which is lovely. Scott and I are enjoying a rare Monday off, since we both had a day off we had to use before the end of the year. We headed out to IKEA, then to find some decorations for our first-ever Florida holiday tree. And just like Floridians, we got a fake tree that we can use for. . . Read More!

Ticket Purchase: HUGE SUCCESS

My excitement levels are rising every day, for something that’s not happening for over two months. Forget Thanksgiving, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day, or even New Year’s Eve. What I’m looking forward to is January 14th, when Jonathan Coulton plays his first concert in Orlando. You Seattleites have it so good. JoCo plays there practically every couple of months. It’s about time you shared the love! This concert will also most likely be our first big trip to downtown Orlando. We’ve driven past downtown a couple of times, and. . . Read More!

Internet Radio Experiment, Part 4: Grooveshark (& Rhapsody)

First off, I’m going to send Rhapsody to the garbage pile immediately. They only allow 25 song plays per month; if you want more, you have to pay $12.99 per month. This week, I’ve been testing the Grooveshark service. As with most internet music sites, there’s a paid version that goes for $3/month or $30/year. But I’m just using the free version, because I’m a cheapskate. As far as making playlists and listening to specific songs anytime I want to, Grooveshark is the new winner. It’s almost more like a. . . Read More!