Monday, January 21, 2013

Random Monday.

I am never, ever, ever getting over Ben Johnson.

Translation: I am not really surprised by Lance Armstrong's confession of being a lying, doping, greedy asshole. I assume that is the case with all professional athletes.


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Sex and the City was a tv show for 6 seasons. It was the premise of two movies AND now there's a reboot of the series in production. Yet there has never been a big-budget movie produced about the Night Witches, Russia's World War II all-female bomber squads. That's so depressing.


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I made doughnuts this weekend. Or did I make donuts. Is it donuts or doughnuts? I'm not sure which is correct. And by correct I mean "which is Canadian," obviously.

I did tweak the recipe a little. I used butter instead of shortening and I changed the order that I combined the ingredients.


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I hate my KitchenAid stand mixer. It looks pretty, but it doesn't have the muscle I need. It's the Zac Efron of home appliances.

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For the past month I've been watching the early seasons of How I Met Your Mother on netflix while I workout. On Sunday I watched a few of the more recent episodes. They're awful. Knowing this makes me sad and also disinclined to continue watching earlier seasons because I know the horror that is to come. 

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My husband has this week off work and I feel like this:


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14 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure the Canadian spelling is "doughnuts". I am strictly basing this on the presence of the always-delightful extra "U".

    What wattage is your KitchenAid mixer? Because I have one at 475W and it can cream sugar with ice-cold butter in under a minute. I hear the ones with the lower wattage aren't as robust. Tell your husband you require a new one in order to make more delicious doughnuts. ;)

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    1. Mine's a 350W and that's plenty of power. I believe that KitchenAids are just poorly designed.

      KitchenAid mixers have all their weight in the motorhead, not in the base so they're unstable at high speeds or when mixing something dense like bread dough. Instead of redesigning the line to fix common complaints (ie, having to stop the mixer to manually scrape the sides of the bowl or add flour in small increments while the machine is off) KitchenAid now sells add-ons (ie, an additional paddle with a silicon edge or a plastic pouring tray) while still selling their line at inflated prices. I suspect that fixing these problems would compromise their iconic silhouette -- THE HORROR! The stuff of marketing nightmares!

      My husband doesn't have a problem with the mixer. He makes cakes, frosting, pancakes, waffles and these tasks are adequately done by the stand mixer. I prefer making bread or muffins and both of these I can make quicker and better by hand.

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    2. Interesting. I've made bread in mine and not found any instability problems - but it's got a wider base than the lower-wattage models. The biggest problem with it is just the space it takes up - it's too tall to fit on the counter under my cupboards, and too heavy to be stashed away somewhere, so it's kind of inadvertently become a focal point on my butcher block. :p

      However, I went from a hand-held Sunbeam mixer than I bought, um, 15 years ago, and it's so much better than that... I'm still in the honeymoon phase, I guess.

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  2. I think it's "doughnuts". Oooh! I just checked Tim Hortons' website and they spell it doughnuts. This has to be correct.

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    1. ALL HAIL, LORD TIM, THE EARL OF FRIED DOUGH!

      "Doughnuts" it shall be.

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  3. The knowledge that the later seasons of HIMYM are crap has actively kept me from even starting the series on Netflix. I wish I could have known in advance how badly Lost would end so I could have skipped watching the first 5 (?) seasons on DVD. I might have skipped the entire last season of BSG as well because all it did was irritate me and kind of ruin my love for the earlier seasons.

    Obviously I've given the watching of HIMYM on Netflix too much thought, but having been burned before, I'm doing my best to avoid it again.

    Have always struggled with the correct way to spell the name of the round, sugary pastries with the hole in the middle. Am no help.

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    1. I can't bring myself to watch Lost because I know how shitty it all ends. THEY'RE ALL DEAD!

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  4. I was disappointed with the Lance Armstrong thing. He wasn't even a little sorry neither. Loser.

    I assume I don't have to recommend watching all of Firefly on Netflix? Because OBVIOUSLY.

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    1. I don't really care for Firefly. I know. It's shameful really. It's just too gritty for my delicate sensibilities.

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  5. I'm still hanging in there with HIMYM after faithfully watching it from the start. I agree, though, the past two seasons have not been up to snuff - mostly because I feel like they are stretching out this mother-mystery thing. It's becoming ridiculous, their efforts to evade the mother, and with the other characters having to fill in the time with side plots, the show is losing its tightness and focus. GAH.

    Apparently, the mother reveal is coming soon, but it may be too late. I've been built up for so much payoff, I can tell you now, it's not going to work for me if some supermodel type shows up in the last five minutes of the last show, they smile at each other, and we are meant to understand that they just live happily ever after. I wish now that they had just gone and introduced the mother back in season 4, and spent a couple of seasons having Ted figure out whether or not this is what he wanted, then trying for the fairytale ending.

    Aaaaaand, I clearly have a lot to say on this topic, so I suppose I should post about it!

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    1. I love this comment! You're right on the mark. And a monogamous Barney is a crime against humanity. And promiscuity.

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  6. I never know if it's donuts or doughnuts. Spell check gives me incredibly mixed signals... and of course right now neither is highlighted. Spell check is such a jerk.

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    1. I'm nothing without spell check! Other words that often confound me: accommodate and occasionally. If not for spell check I would be spelling them accommoddatte an ocasionaly.

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  7. My mother made homemade doughnuts once in my childhood. I haven't had them since. You should feel great pity for me. And then maybe send me doughnuts.

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