Austin is delicious

Tex-Mex and Mexican food was everything I dreamed it would be in Texas.  Tour guide Katie led me to great eateries, cute little shops and good-lookin’ sites like the hill country and Travis Lake.

The heat was hot, but maybe less humid than Boston.

It was a great visit with tasty food and fun times in the sunshine. Check out the rest of the pictures.

By on June 10, 2008 · Comments ( 3 )

More good television

Remember Super Size Me? Well if anybody doesn’t know that creator Morgan Spurlock has a show on FX, I encourage you to check it out. 30 days is sort of a fish out of water story with a little social commentary thrown in. The very first episode has Morgan and his then girlfriend trying to live on minimum wage for a month.

Check out the first season on

Season 3 premiered on Tuesday night with Morgan working in a coal mine for 30 days. It looks like Hulu is also going to get the latest season’s episodes a week after they air for anybody without the FX channel.

By on June 6, 2008 · Comments ( 0 )

My travel buddy

It dawned on me that I have not introduced my newest little companion.

No, I think you already know Lincoln the cat. My new pal is an Asus Eee PC. A little computer made for the open road. Or the airport, which I more frequently use to travel. This laptop is tiny, but gets the job done. I took it to visit Oliver last month and used it to hop on the internet and upload his jumping bean video.

After the incident, I no longer check luggage. I have also taken to wearing slip-on shoes. So this is just one more thing to ease my traveling. It weighs a lot less than my regular computer and can slip into a much smaller spot in my bag.

In fact, I’ll be slipping it into my bag when I head out for Austin, TX this weekend. Tex-Mex food, here I come!

By on June 5, 2008 · Comments ( 3 )

Signed, sealed, delivered

The people have spoken.

7 people encouraged a big screen and wanted to play some Mario Kart, 3 people said to go for it if I wanted and one person objected on the grounds of earth-harming consumerism.

Now, I don’t live my life according to how people vote on my website. But I did buy a new television.

After reading reviews and doing other research, I ordered up the model I wanted from Amazon as it was available there for the cheapest price. The local delivery company dropped it off over the weekend and I am in business. I don’t have anything HD, but the new TV is already a blast. Mario Kart is amazing, the Netflix looked great and regular television is even a little sharper than before.

I thought about taking a picture to post here, but I think I’ll just link to the product page (I’ll link to, since I like them better than Amazon).

Full cable? HD? Who has it? Do I need it?

By on June 2, 2008 · Comments ( 3 )

More on LibraryThing

I don’t like to keep a lot of books around, so I use LibraryThing to record which books I have read, not which books I actually own copies of.

I’ve mentioned my LibraryThing usage in a previous post and since I’m planning a little change, I thought I’d mention it again. I finally surpassed the 200 books that LibraryThing allows in a free account and so have purchased a lifetime membership. This new status allows me unlimited book entries and I have decided to add the back catalog of books that I have read in order to make a more complete online collection. (There will be titles in the sidebar that aren’t ‘recently read’ during this process.)

I have kept a record of my reading habits for many years now, so when I have finished adding everything from my old book database, my LibraryThing account will contain every book that I have read back to the fall of 2002, along with some titles that I had remembered reading before that time.

Annie Jo on LibraryThing (soon to be a more complete record of my book consumption)

By on May 28, 2008 · Comments ( 0 )

Black bean burgers

After the sweet potato pie disaster (or success if you like ham-tasting pie), I needed some cooking success to boost morale. It has been pointed out to me that veggie burgers are easy to make. Many times this has been pointed out to me. So I finally decided to dive in with a recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, my Mark Bittman book.

The burgers turned out to be wonderful and I can see how easy it will be to create delicious variations.

Happy burger and dog eating to everyone today.

By on May 26, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

Sweet potato pie?

I had never made a sweet potato pie before, but decided to give it a whirl.

Delicious flaky crust, check.

Smooth custardy filling, check.

Robust ham flavor, ch-

Wait . . . what?!?

That’s right, my sweet potato pie tastes exactly like ham. While I might be able to make a fortune with a new offering in the fake meats market, this wasn’t the taste sensation I was going for. I tried Googling this phenomenon but was unable to find anyone who’d ended up in the same boat as me. I’ll have to review my recipe, but I don’t remember cured meat being listed among the ingredients. Do you see any bits of ham in there?

So now I’ve got half a ham pie leftover. No amount of whipped cream can cover up that piggy essence.

By on May 25, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

To buy, or not

After a few rounds of four player Mario Kart, the need for a TV feeling has reemerged. Though it’s easy to spend other people’s money, I ask, should I buy a bigger, flatter set? Do they even call them ‘sets’ anymore?

By on May 22, 2008 · Comments ( 3 )

Gosh darn good television

The second season of the television version of This American Life has started up and I managed to get my grubby paws on episode one.

It was amazing.

If you haven’t seen the show, check it out.  Season one is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

I do not subscribe to Showtime.  You  may remember I am also in love with the Dexter program that the network airs. If I even subscribed to any cable at all I might consider expanding to the premium Showtime, though probably not.  For now I will keep my eyes peeled for season two on iTunes.  I would happily part with my cash for those episodes.  The whole television thing seems a bit busted these days.

This coming Thursday also brings the return of So You Think You Can Dance.  I eagerly anticipate the first day of tryouts.

By on May 18, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

Oliver visit field report

Baby nephew was a lot of fun. He smiles, he stands (with a little help) and he jumps. Also, he loves to read! What else is there to say? I miss him already.

Hello Oliver!

Here is a little action video.

By on May 13, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )