Tuesday, March 20, 2012

well we tanned his hide when he died, clyde, and that's it hanging on the shed

Last week I was deferred from the blood drive because my iron was too low. I was so angry. I have always loved giving blood, because: Lorna Doones. All I can eat of them. I only take one package, but the knowledge that I could take more is gratifying. They're not even that good--Walkers Shortbread could hand them their rear end in a paper sack--but I love them all the same.

So the battle was lost, all for the lack of heme iron. I was sent away and denied my treat. I ate a steak for dinner and had the leftovers the next morning for breakfast, along with my eggs. I like to braise eggs--I crack them into a hot buttered pan, then add a little bit of water and cover them until they are creamy and soft, with a thick, gooey yolk.

Some housekeeping things I need to mention:
1. The library didn't have any of the books that you guys recommended, except Sense of an Ending, which was checked out. I'll try to track them down. Classics-wise, I haven't read much Austen, but it sort of makes me tired to think about all the machinations required of a woman of insecure means in those days. I don't think Austen will help my mood, is what I'm saying.

2. Tori recommended the Rolling Stones' "Angie" for the list of hated songs. She's right, it is a stupid one. I'm putting it on the list. In fact, anybody who wants to recommend a song for that list, please do so. I will give it a listen, and if I agree, on the list it goes. The music industry deserves our honest feedback! I also need to add Mr. Mister and Steve Winwood. Ugh, "Broken Wings."

3. I am considering starting a blog where we can go to discuss The Handmaid's Tale, and anything else we have an opinion about. Would you guys like to talk about it? Like is the handmaid's attire essentially a more restrictive burqa? What is the connotation of the red, vs. the black of the burqa? Does Offred's conscription alter her personality and intelligence?

By the way, I heard a tremendously apt term yesterday that I plan to use when appropriate. The term is "hatriots." Bah! I love it! It can be used, for example, when describing the sort of people who would enjoy looking at something like this (I apologize for what you see on that website. It is technically SFW, but it is definitely NS for those who value nuance and artistry). Now, there are some things that President Obama has done that I am unhappy with. Much like his predecessor! I am no fan of the gummint, as you know. But this painting is abominable, and I hate to imagine the sort of person who would put something as foul and dark and juvenile as this in their home.

But I do sort of love living in a country in which a crackpot can paint such turds as this, about a sitting president, no less, and not only not be jailed for it, but make a comfortable living selling his "art" to other crackpots. Oh, America. You are so quirky.


tipsybaker said...

Yes on the book blog.
I expected the painting to be much worse. What a weird piece of art.

beckster said...

Yes, on the book blog! Maybe you need to read some SF or fantasy. I know what you mean about not being in the mood to read certain types of books loaded with strife when the world is too much with you.
I have a long list of songs I could add to the list. Anything by KC and the Sunshine Band, for starters. GAWD, they were awful, but you may be too young to know them.
I expected the portrait to be much worse than it was. It's so juvenile, like HS "art". (By the way, I am still trying to figure out what SFW and NS mean.)
It is great to live in a country where people can be dickheads, and we can say so. Oops, can I say that here? I love the word hatriots, thanks for that! Great word for all those "love it or leave it" so-called patriots who think that liberty starts with them and ends with the force field that surrounds their beliefs.

Tori said...

Thank you for approving "Angie" for the list. In a weird twist of fate, guess what song is on the radio at this very moment? "Fireflies" by Owl City, which I believe was the very first thing that led me to comment here. I haven't heard this song in at least a couple of years. Spooky.

Layne said...

Beckster--NSFW means "not safe for work"--it's used to label links and such that might get you into trouble with HR if you click on them at work. So SFW means "safe for work" and NS means "not safe." KC and the Sunshine Band! I keep getting him mixed up with Meatloaf.

All8 said...

Hm, we may be related. I'd go for the Pecan Sandies. Lovely things. I can't donate either, same reason. Getting better though. High hopes that my brain will function at full capacity some time soon. Hm, or maybe that's just middle age?

I can send you The White Plague if you'd like. (Which sounds terrible but there it is.)