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Here’s Some Stuff I Like

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I spend a lot of time on the internet. I know everyone spends a lot of time on the internet. But see, I don’t have a boss to tell me I should stop goofing off. So being of weak moral fiber, I spend vast amounts of time reading the news, checking blogs and watching silly cat videos. Somehow, I still manage to get as much work done as when I had a boss. Weird.

Here’s some stuff I looked at this week.

Local fashionable frugalista Sara Tetreault at Going Gingham has a handy post on stocking and organizing camping supplies. See, we sort of do this too, but without all the stocking and organizing. For our first camp trip this year, we forgot our camp stove, charcoal, and dutch oven. Why? Because it’s always with the rest of our camp stuff. Even if we don’t remember putting those items in the car, they had to be in there somewhere, right? Right? Also, last year, we remembered our tent, but forgot our tent poles. We suck at camping.

A few weeks ago, I got myself an old rocking chair to sit and read and rock in. As soon as we had it in the house, I realized it was soaked with cigarette smoke. This chair is a little flimsy and busted up anyway. The varnish is worn away in some places and crackling and sticky in other places. I need to reinforce it and I was thinking I would refinish it. I was hoping to avoid lots of sanding and priming and painting multiple layers of paint.

I don’t have natural creativity when it comes to decorating or home design. I figured I’d fix up this chair and just paint it an austere black and give it a bright cushion. But then I saw someone on Apartment Therapy refinish a granny chair and now I’m inspired to do something a little more ambitious. If I’m going to take the time to fix it up, I may as well go epic. I’m sure I will write about it in 2012 or 2013 when I finally get to it.

@betsywhim tweeted a link I couldn’t resist following: If Your Site Is Full Of Assholes, It’s Your Fault. I’ve had many, many conversations about how awful people can be in comments and forums when the internet gives them a veneer of anonymity. It makes me fear for our species. In the absence of rules, (or an enforced moderation policy), we are primates that will descend into chaos and eagerly take the first opportunity fling digital poo at each other. I’d like to think it’s just a personality type that is over represented in these types of outlets. But if those voices are allowed to crowd out civilized discussion, then I ask you, what’s the fucking point?

I have to remember that the internet is just pretend, like cartoons. Jerry can’t really hit Tom in the face with a frying pan. He can only pick up the pan because he’s a cartoon mouse. The internet is full of cartoon mice with frying pans. You just think about that for a while.

While I wrote this post, I made the following recipe and I ate it for breakfast. I like it.

Low Fat Blueberry Coffee Cake

Except I used marionberries.

1 cup yogurt, non fat plain (or sour cream, or buttermilk)
2 eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cups flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 c. blueberries, or any other berry you want. This is America. Are you going to let a goddamned recipe tell you what berry to use?

1/3 c. walnuts
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 rolled oats
2 tablespoon butter


Mix all ingredients for batter folding in berries in last, be gentle.
Combine topping ingredients.
Preheat oven to 375.
Butter or spray with cooking spray, 9 x 9 inch pan.
Pour batter in, sprinkle topping and spread evenly over cake. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.

This recipe says it’s “lowfat.” But we’re still gaining weight because we bake stuff like this. But it was delicious. And what did I say earlier? I have weak moral fiber.


  1. We like to call this type of food “breakfast dessert” to be served with coffee. As in, “What will you be having as your breakfast dessert?” I can’t eat ice cream with it unfortunately. I leave that to my teenagers.

  2. I have everything for that coffee cake except the walnuts. However, if I make that instead of a chocolate cake I believe that there will be a rebellion. At least a whiny husband. So, chocolate cake this weekend, coffee cake Monday. Thanks for posting it.

  3. Boys who like chocolate are the cutest, aren’t they?

  4. 2 things… START and FINISH that chair!!! It will suck to do, make you sweat, make your home dirty. BUT! To start it will make you want to finish it. And once it’s finished, you’ll appreciate it every day! Quality of life… BOOM! Improved!!

    Trolls online update… all the other non-trolls have ganged up on the trolls, and have created a drinking game (immature, make-believe but entertaining to read). Every time a troll writes something bitter toward another person, everyone drinks. There is now a lot of “drinking” going on = less trolls. :) Happy world!

  5. Aw crud! I made it in a 9×13 because I never read through the directions first! Hope it still turns out… It’ll just be flatter. Thanks for the recipe! I didn’t have walnuts so I used almonds.

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