Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Boiled Peanut Adventure

I'm a southern girl with southern taste. There's no better snack than boiled peanuts and a big glass of sweet tea. Since sweet tea is currently BOGO at Publix, that part was covered. So for my Memorial Day, I spent the whole day making boiled peanuts. OK, not the whole day, but 6 hours of it at least. Just in case you're thinking of embarking on this adventure yourself, here are a couple of things you'll need.

A REALLY BIG POT (with lid)
It took my two largest pots just to make 2 lbs of peanuts. And since one of those pots was actually a pressure cooker, I had to get creative with a lid for it. (I don't know if you can pressure cook peanuts, hmmm....)

LOTS OF TIME 
Luckily for me there was a Criminal Minds marathon on yesterday so I wasn't going anywhere :) The recipe/directions said 4 hours, it turned into more like 6 and a half hours. (And they probably could have stayed in longer but I had to go to bed and still had to clean up my mess).

Overall, they turned out pretty good (a little salty for my taste). I'll do them again, just not anytime soon.

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Sexless" Baby Soapbox

So I'm sure most of us have been exposed to the story of the parents who refuse to tell anyone whether their 4-month old baby is a boy or girl.
(If not, you can get a version of the story here: Baby Storm Story)
I'm not a parent so I have no place giving parenting advice on whether or not this is a good idea. My problem with this is all the responses I saw when the story was posted on Facebook. 
I was surprised by the amount of people who believe that there are more than 2 genders. Did I miss something? One responder pointed out that he knew of at least 5 or 6 genders. 
When you fill out a form at the doctor's office, there are 2 boxes: Male or Female, there's no "Other" box! When you use a public restroom, you have 2 choices, Men's or Women's. And regardless of your views of gender and its role in society, there is a right and wrong answer to these choices! You can't just go into whichever restroom you feel like, you will get arrested. This baby will have to go to the bathroom one day and will do so either standing up or sitting down. 
Your gender is a choice from God, not your parents. And just because God gave you certain body parts doesn't mean you can't be anything you want to be. Take female firefighters for example, but thats a whole other soapbox for a whole other day :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Most of us recognize the word from the Disney Movie Mary Poppins. According to the film, it is defined as "something to say when you have nothing to say".
The roots of the word have been defined as follows: 
  • Super- "above"
  • Cali- "beauty"
  • Fragilistic- "delicate"
  • Expiali- "to atone"
  • Docious- "educable"
Altogether, it is roughly translated:
"Atoning for educability through delicate beauty." 
I like it and that is why I chose it for the name of my blog, plus its fun to say :)

Enjoy!