Burning The Souffle

"A Woman Happily In Love, She Burns The Souffle"

This Does Not Taste Sinful October 31, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 7:32 am

I just ate one of those Dark-Chocolate Cherry granola bars that are advertised all the time.

The verdict?

It’s good, but it doesn’t taste like something you shouldn’t be eating.

It’s not sinfully good. (It’s very good, just not sinfully good.)

The following foods are sinfully good:

1. Tiramisu

2. French Fries

3. Oreo Cookies and Milk

4. Veggie Quesadillas (hey wait, that one is actually good for you)

5. Chocolate Mousse Cake

6. Fondue

7. Turtle Cheescake

8. Bacon

9. Better Than Sex Cake (The Name Says It All)

10. Heath bars

11. Ice cream mixed in with chopped up heath bars

12. Anything from Marble Slab

13. S’Mores

14. Kit-Kats

16. Skittles

17. cherry yougurt (hey, that’s good for you too, quit sneaking into my list health foods)

18. Coke Icees

19. funnel cake

20. pepperoni pizza

21. caramel apples dipped in nuts

22. Tortilla Chips and Queso

23. Chimichangas

24. Nachos

25. Vanilla Coffee with 3 packets of splenda (Damn you low-calorie things interfering with my list!)

26. PINEAPPLE MILKSHAKES (Haven’t had one? Oh, it’s glorious. Heaven in a styrofoam cup.)

27. Banana Splits

28. Buttered Popcorn

29. Three Musketeers Bars (Actually, these aren’t horrible for you either)

30. Hershey’s bars with almonds

31. All the various forms of Halloween Candy I will consume today.

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!


No H2O. October 30, 2008

Filed under: well shit — Rachel @ 12:43 pm

So I’m getting ready to eat lunch.

What to drink?

Oh wait, the same thing I always drink. Water! So I bop on over and get my cup. I go to fill it up. Whaaaat?

Nothing comes out of the tap.

Wait! Maybe there is something wrong with this one!

I shall try the bathroom sink! Aha! A tiny trickle of water comes out.

Not enough to drink. I rummage in the fridge for my left over bottle of sweet leaf lemonade. I hear commotion outside my door. I look out and find my neighbors congregating in the hallway. “Is the water off?” everyone asks. “I guess.” mutters one girl, who took the time to step outside in a robe and towel around her head.

So apparently they turned our water off. I’d like to thank the fine, fine people of building management for letting us know.

Something better be busted somewhere or I’m gonna be pissed.


all the cool kids are doing it October 28, 2008

Filed under: nerdiness — Rachel @ 10:51 pm

Middle-Aged-Woman and gathering.dust did it, so obviously I must do it as well.

Here you go, seven random facts about myself. I’m sure I have done this before, but one good turn deserves another.

1.  I watched “Little Miss Sunshine” for approximately the 99999999999th time tonight. That is one movie that never gets old.

2. I have extremely short toes. gathering.dust pointed out her long toes, so I will point out my short toes. I guess I could post up a pic, but you all have already seen my feet when I ripped off half my toenail, so I really don’t feel a need to. Plus it’s cold here and socks feel good.

3.  I have to listen to music in the car because if I don’t the thoughts in my head weird me out too much. I guess that one is a little freaky.

4. I have a magnet on my refrigerator that spelled Tennessee wrong. It says Tennesseee. This makes it many, many times more interesting than it would have been normally.

5. If I wasn’t going to be a teacher, I’d like to be a pin-up girl. You know, a cute 1940s one, not a skanky one.  If anyone knows where to find the application for that, let me know.

6. I am a supreme procrastinator. I have been extremely productive lately. Yay for me.

7.  I am unreasonably grouchy when I have not had enough sleep.


Smells of My Childhood October 27, 2008

Filed under: the world around me — Rachel @ 8:31 pm

Today I smelled two smells I hadn’t thought about in a long time.  I was walking down the hall of my building when they hit me.

The first time, it smelled EXACTLY like an old family friend’s pantry. When I was little, I was a fairly nosy kid (not that I ever grew out of it) and I liked to look around in people’s closets, pantries, drawers, etc. You get the picture. She used to let me look all I wanted, rearranging things in her pantry, picking my own neon colored straw for the drinks she always provided. I thought it was great fun. And her pantry always had this distinct smell. I couldn’t explain what it smelled like, it just smelled like her pantry. She got older, things started to confuse her more and more each day, and now she happily lives in an assisted living home. Oh yes, and my grandmother now lives in her old house, so I still see the pantry, but it does not smell the same. I guess it was some spice or something she kept in there.

Anyway, I was walking down the hall when it hit me.  I closed my eyes and it was like I was four years old again, standing in front of her pantry.

The second time, I was walking down the hallway in a different direction, and I smelled another familiar smell. The smell of another old family friend’s home.  It smelled vaguely like soft perfume, cigarettes, and clean dog. (Clean dog is not a bad smell, not at all.) I hadn’t thought about this woman in a long time.  I remembered her and her little miniature poodle that I delighted in playing with when I was little.  She passed away several years ago, but I have always had fond memories of her.  She was an interesting lady. She had immigrated from Germany and had many interesting knick-knacks in her house.

So twice today, I smelled two familiar smells completely out of the context I remembered them in.   I guess I thought it was a little odd, but not at all frightening or really even very strange.

This has happened to me several times before, not enough to be seriously weird or anything, but sometimes I’ll just catch a whiff of something that is familiar and comforting. One day while standing by my vanity I smelled my great-grandmother’s familar smell. Another day I might smell my late grandmother or my late great-aunt. My sister is the same way. I don’t know, maybe we have really powerful senses of smell.

They say that smell is the most powerful memory booster there is. We can recall so much more from a smell than anything else. I wonder why this is?



Filed under: good news — Rachel @ 12:33 pm

Whew! Everything is (so far) running much more smoothly this week. D’s dad came home from the hospital last night and is doing MUCH better. I finished my 11 page paper and turned it in this morning. (I actually finished the paper yesterday morning but decided to leave the sources crap for today, I think it was a good decision.)  I am no longer sick.

Sleeeeepy, but not sick. Am in desparate need of a nap, but must take shower and print things before class this afternoon, so probably no  nap today, will be going to bed EARLY though.


Empty Promises October 24, 2008

Filed under: the internets is cheaper than therapy — Rachel @ 11:17 am

So I had all these great plans for a post for today, I was going to write about all the people i’d like to know, but it will have to wait because we have a lot going on right now.

D’s dad was taken to the hospital via ambulance this morning. We stil don’t really know what is going on. D is at the hospital, and I am here, getting ready to go to the hospital.  I’d really appreciate it if you all could keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  So funny how everything can be going fine and then all of a sudden everything is turned upside down.

On another note, I  am also on page 4 of a 10-12 page paper that is due Monday, so it may be awhile folks.

(On the upside, I am feeling better from whatever tummy lurgy I had this week.)


My Apologies October 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 5:40 pm

I apologize for not posting anything in the last several days. I have this huge paper looming over my head and, as a special added bonus, I came down with some sort of stomach bug yesterday. Yuck. Real post later when things calm down.