Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Despite popular opinion about toast, it is easily one of my favorite breakfast foods. Done just right with a pat of butter and a spoonful of honey -- all sweet and sticky? Mm, delicious. Problem is the "done just right" part of that. It's no easy task. Toasters seem to have two settings: brittle charcoal and warm dough. There is no happy medium unless you babysit the toaster. And who has time for that in the morning?
What? Why?
I either have to toast it several times on the low setting to get an agreeably golden-brown piece of toast, or I get too impatient and wind up with charcoal for daring to use the higher setting. Setting the dial anywhere in between the two results in an indeterminate result. Either charcoal or warm dough, you won't know until you come back into the kitchen. Like toast roulette!

Which presents two questions. The first? Who wants a charcoal option on their toaster to begin with? The only thing that fits inside is toast (and Poptarts if you're fat), so it's not as if you need a higher setting to bake things. Such as with a toaster oven. The second? Who insisted on the warm dough option? Ew.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Sweet Treat

We're having another Geek Weekend this weekend and Aaron had to step out to pick up a few essentials to make gourmet mac n' cheese for supper. Several varieties of cheese and heavy cream, mostly. While out however, he saw this and knew I had to have it.

All at once? Yes please.
It's a grinder; pepper/salt style only rather than being filled with unground salt or peppercorns, it's got rock sugar, chocolate, and coffee beans inside. Grinding all three simultaneously into whatever it is you're sweetening. Seems like a pretty delicious idea to me! Aaron knows me so well.

I should really get back to my company now, but look forward to more blogs in the near future. I'll try not to allow SWTOR, college, and pain make me neglectful.

Things That Are Good At Trader Joe's

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pain, Why?

I was going to finally cover the SWTOR launch review I've been meaning to do since, well, SWTOR launch but I'm in way too much pain to accomplish that. So instead, I'll vent about being in pain for no reason.

Every now and then I wake up, out of the blue, and my shoulder/neck area have me in such pain that I an unable to rise out of bed on my own. I would describe the feeling as an intense 'grinding' pain. Similar to that when you've dislocated a bone but continue trying to use the affected appendage. We've all done that at least once, right?

Only thing is, I've done absolutely nothing to injure myself. No competitive tennis playing. No sword fight for my life. Just a normal day, followed by a normal night, followed by unbearable pain. Usually I just eat pain killers left over from past injuries until it goes away on its own. Which is weird in its own right. Pain that bad shouldn't go away on its own, you'd think. Yet eventually it always does, after a few days or more. Though it also always returns.

Question is, why does it happen in the first place? What the heck could I have possibly done that my bones hurt in this way randomly? Have any of you guys ever heard of something like this? Because honestly I'm baffled. I feel like a dufus walking into my doctor's office and trying to explain to her, once again, that I'm injured but I have no idea as to why. Eventually she's just going to start thinking that I'm an abused woman or something and she isn't going to let me go home.