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Posted by parsingtime on August 27, 2009

Husband and I were watching the Beatles Anthology last night and I have decreed (in the Land of ‘Time at least) that In My Life is one of the most romantic songs ever. 

It is disturbing to go put the dishwashing liquid tablet things into the dishwasher and realize that the liquid tablet thing is still there from the last time you turned on the dishwasher.  All of the sudden the reason why you needed a tums this week and Husband had a tummy ache makes sense. You were eating off UNCLEAN dishes. Yuck.

I love that my mom has learned to use the Internet in the way that only a woman who really doesn’t want to use the internet can. She called yesterday because she broke the CD that installs her printer at work and tried to look up a way to get a new one online. She called me because I am her IT support system and I explained drivers to her.  She was amazed!  And then she asked if she should save the driver to a new CD so she would always have it. I told her there was no need. Google will always have her back.

Husband and I have been married for four years today. In four years we have managed to attain one degree, quit two jobs, start two companies, live in three different states, move into four different apartments and travel to eight countries together amongst many other things.  This year marks our 10th year of knowing each other. It has passed quickly.

I found a typo in this week’s Economist. Given how many typos I make here I know that is shocking. But in the many years I have been a subscriber to the Economist I’ve never found a typo before. Also weirdly, this week’s online Economist debate is about how the world would be better off with fewer people. Husband and the editors over there are on the same wavelength.


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Neverending Story

Posted by parsingtime on August 25, 2009

In case you were wondering, I still have hives. The hives will not go away.  I wake up in the middle of the night itching on the days I don’t take Zyrtec.


Given how good I am to my body this is totally not cool.

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Posted by parsingtime on August 24, 2009

Recent conversation Husband had with a fellow Indian.

So how many kids do you guys want?

Probably just two. How about you guys?

Well we have one son, he is nine months old. We will probably just have one more unless our next one is a boy.  And then we will probably try for a girl.

Oh, yeah, that makes sense.

Yeah, we need to have a daughter so that my wife has someone to help her in the kitchen.

Wow. Just wow. 

Husband and I plan on being equal opportunity parents. All our kids (sons and daughters) will hate us for making them help out in the kitchen.  At least they will all have a common theme to discuss while they are at therapy for having such awful parents.

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Posted by parsingtime on August 21, 2009

Husband is working from home today and he just drew pictures on the back of an envelope showing how population growth is going to kill us all.   Because I don’t already worry about enough things (See #69 and 70).

He is card carrying Malthusian.

I’m trying to convince him to do a guest post here on ‘Time explaining how we are all going to die. Because let me tell you, he (and the really smart professor whose stuff he has been reading) is very convincing.

I’ll leave you with this little tidbit. In 1930 the year my grandfather was born the world population was two billion people. Now almost 80 years later there are three times that many people. In one lifetime.

Do you all want the doom and gloom carrying capacity post? I’m trying to convince him regardless, because if I have to stay up at night worrying about sustainable growth, water consumption and famine then so should you.

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Posted by parsingtime on August 20, 2009

This from a friend with a newborn and a two year old:

I just had to let you know that I tried your quinoa recipe and it was a big hit with G and me. R wouldn’t try it. He will eat vegetables, but never if they are mixed in something like that. He won’t try couscous with vegetables either and I know he would like it. I made it with a simple dressing I made with balsamic, olive oil, dijon mustard, and lemon juice. It was really good. I think the lemon juice and the fresh mint really helped get rid of the slightly funky taste I remember the last quinoa I made having. Anyway, I had to thank you because this will become a new healthy easy staple.

Doesn’t her dressing sound excellent? 

Quinoa! It’s what’s for dinner.

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Like Water for Chocolate

Posted by parsingtime on August 19, 2009

Back in 11th grade I was taking a Spanish class with Senora Thallasinos. I don’t remember where she was from but she spoke with broken english and introduced me to two pieces of film awesomeness. The first one was Corazon Salvaje a Spanish telenovela where the lead character’s name was Juan Del Diablo. He had long hair. I totally have a thing for guys with long  hair.  I’m not saying I have good taste, just that I have a thing.

Husband tells me frequently when I complain about his crazy long eyebrows that his goal in life is to have all his body hair so long that it all connects.  So just to clarify I do not have a thing for some sort of crazed grizzly, hairy Indian yeti.

The other piece of film awesomeness was Like Water for Chocolate. We watched it in class. If you have ever seen this movie you understand that it is totally inappropriate for a classroom. There is a part where one of the characters Gertrudis runs out of the shower naked (which she is taking to get rid of the rose scent she is emitting because she ate an aphrodisiacal (I’m pretty sure that is not a word) meal) because the shower has evaporated and her sensuality has caused it to catch on fire. She is picked up by a revolutionary on a horse and she rides away with him, still naked. 

The chafing alone makes me shudder.

There is a decent amount of nudity and full of magical realism that you see in books by Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (whose 80th birthday was being held at the same hotel we stayed at in Cartagena) which made it totally inappropriate for a bunch of 16-17 year olds lacking in maturity.  I of course decided that Random, Emilia and Kelly had to see this movie. 

At the end the two star crossed lovers, Tita and Pedro come together finally and their passion is so heated that Pedro dies (in the midst of the passionate sex) and Tita starts to eat matches (because she is distraught and that’s what distraught people do, they eat matches) which catch fire because of the heat of Pedro’s memory and she dies and the lovers are together in death.

Anyway, the point of all this is to tell you that I recently caught this video while at the gym and while I like Paolo Nutini fine this video/song really reminds me of Like Water for Chocolate.  The old school Mexican wedding, the scene at the end where the bride and groom are consummating the marriage, the fire in the background and even the groom, who looks a bit like Pedro.

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Over Heard

Posted by parsingtime on August 18, 2009

Over heard while waiting to board our flight to Chicago. Two older ladies:

Oh I just love to use the Internet. I can go onto foodnetwork and print out a recipe any time I want.

Do you need a printer for that?


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Posted by parsingtime on August 17, 2009

We are back from Chicago…our last trip for a few weeks at least. Three weekends in a row of traveling has left us exhausted. Airports and airlines suck.

We had a wonderful time catching up with friends, wandering around Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, and Michigan Avenue. We caught a Second City show and ate hot dogs, deep dish pizza and the best Thai food I’ve had since Thailand. All in all a good trip. I would even consider living there if Chicago winters didn’t exist.

Deep Dish Pizza

The only thing I’m sad about is that I didn’t get bubble tea.

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Jabba the Hut

Posted by parsingtime on August 14, 2009

I’m going to admit to my own nerdiness but the SITHLORD license plate got me to thinking about my favorite scene from Return of the Jedi. 

It is when Luke Skywalker kills Jabba the Hut’s pet under the gate and the zoo keeper/troll type fellow for the thing comes and sees his pet dead under the gate and starts to cry. And then he is comforted by another Troll type/intergalactic being.

It just sort of humanizes the poor little mite.

It is depressing to know that Husband does not share my love of these kind of movies.  He has not seen Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings. Seems like sacrilege to me.

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Posted by parsingtime on August 13, 2009

Husband is more of an influence on me than I would like. When I was at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago I noticed their basil plants were on sale for $2.50 and buying basil in the plastic container was $3.99.  So I bought the plant knowing Husband would enjoy my story of thriftiness.

Little did I know that Husband has a secret penchant for plants. Over the last few weeks he has been taking care of the plant. He bought it a new pot, replanted it, added a mint plant and waters it etc. He is trying very hard to keep it alive. He has taken to calling it our child. Because he likes to annoy me.

We were out of town last weekend and the weekend before and you know what they say about out of sight out of mind?  He hasn’t watered it in two weeks.  The mint is dead and the basil is hanging on for dear life.

Husband saw me writing this post and just told me “we are bad parents” for letting the basil die.  There is no we in gardening only I.

If this is a sign of our ability to keep something alive I’m glad we started with a plant and not a dog.

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