Attention span

I used to be able to watch armloads of movies and read piles of books. It seems that lately I cannot focus on any one thing at a time. I watch a show while futzing around on my computer. I have to pause movies in the middle to take a break. I read a few pages of a book and then move on to something else.

This is a bit disturbing.

This long weekend has been a little different, though. It could be due to my many hours spent lounging around the house. Perhaps the long stretch of time off has relaxed me into my former state of mind. I do think the holiday has helped, but I also must credit Dexter.

It’s an amazing Showtime series about a serial killer who only kills bad guys. I found it an intriguing premise, but the show has proved to be of high quality all around. Even the opening sequence has me watching every time. I downloaded it from iTunes (Dexter, Season 1), but the first season is also on DVD. Michael C. Hall (formerly of Six Feet Under) does a real bang up job.

By on November 25, 2007 · Comments ( 0 )

Hello, my name is _________.

The poll results are clear.  The winner is:

Auntie Annie

I agree with this choice.  Now we’ll see what the nephew has to say about it.

Anybody get any good deals this weekend?

By on November 24, 2007 · Comments ( 0 )

Annie Jo’s Pizza Doughs

A long weekend.  Time on your hands?  Make up a batch of pizza dough.  One night it’s a pizza, one night it’s calzones.

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 package yeast
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.  Dissolve the honey in a small bowl with the 1/4 cup hot water.  Sprinkle yeast over the honey and water mixture.  Let it sit about 5 minutes.

Pour 3/4 cup room temperature water into the yeast mixture.  Add the olive oil, stir lightly and pour into the flour mixture.  Mix until combined and knead until smooth.  Cover and let rise in a greased bowl for about an hour, until doubled or so.

This makes two pizza’s worth of dough.  Spread onto pizza pan or cookie sheet, cover with toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Dough will keep a few days in the fridge or longer in the freezer.

By on November 23, 2007 · Comments ( 0 )

Gobble gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone stuffs themselves and enjoys a nice day off. I have many things to be thankful for and I won’t bore you with the details, but if you’re reading this you’re most likely one of those things.

By on November 22, 2007 · Comments ( 2 )


Hulu has allowed me in. So I thought I’d test it out and see what happens when I put something up here. If you haven’t seen ‘Lazy Sunday’ from SNL, check it out.

By on November 21, 2007 · Comments ( 1 )

Thoughts from my Brother

From the babydaddy:

Here are some quick thoughts on being a dad…..

There’s all the immediate stuff like I mainly just can’t wait to meet the little fella. It will be so fun for him to meet his mom and all his grandmas and grandpas and aunties. I can’t wait to hold him and carry him and feed him. I also keep thinking about all the fun stuff we will get to do over the years. You and I had so much fun with our dad and I can’t wait to have that experience with my little guy.

What a lucky little boy he’s going to be. I nominate this post the best yet.

By on November 20, 2007 · Comments ( 2 )

First flakes

As I was walking from the bus to work this morning I saw a few little flurries.

Now I’m no fan of New England weather in general.  The unbearable heat and humidity is probably tops on my list of things I dislike about this region.

Snow on the other hand, I like.  I don’t have a car so I don’t have to worry about driving in inclement weather.  I am also not required to shovel any snow.  So I’m left with only the positives.

Maybe little nephew and I can go skiing together.  In fact, my very own aunt taught me my skiing skills.

By on November 19, 2007 · Comments ( 1 )

Read these if you know what’s good for you

I’ve said this before but it warrants a repeat. Comics are awesome.

Sure, sure, make fun of me and my comics reading. But before you go too far in the heckling, check out a few of my favorite comics online.

American Elf – The Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka

Fart Party – more autiobiographical comics from Julia Wertz

High Maintenance Machine – okay these are also autobiographical and they’re from Matthew Reidsma

Three is a nice number so I’ll leave it at that. All of these artists/authors have published (and self-published) works in print, so once you’ve fallen in love, get yourself some mini comics and books.

By on November 18, 2007 · Comments ( 1 )

The year of living biblically

This book may have benefited from my long drought. It was good enough to keep me turning the pages and so ends up seeming comparatively awesome in my mind. But I think it is stand alone awesome as well.

A.J. Jacobs attempts to live a year following every rule he’s mined out of the Bible. No matter how nonsensical a rule seems, he abides by its literal meaning as best he can. There’s a lot of humor and great encounters with various characters along the way as well as a bit of thought provoking religious analysis.

It has become very difficult for me to find books I enjoy these days (that aren’t graphic novels) so I’ve been quite pleased to read this one.

By on November 17, 2007 · Comments ( 1 )

Soy jerky, friend or foe?

At first the soy jerky tasted bad.  Like a strange fake chocolate taste.

Then I started to like it.  Especially if I chewed it at the back of my mouth.

It’s spicy.  So sometimes it bites back.  But many minutes after I eat it.

I still like it, though.

By on November 16, 2007 · Comments ( 0 )