Going off the recipe page

I’m in the midst of making my first batch of chili in quite a while.  I had an inkling that there might have been a problem earlier when I was at work, but I figured that I had enough ingredients on hand, but I really should have consulted with my wife before coming home.  Sure enough, when going to make it, I discovered I didn’t have any crushed tomatoes (I normally use a 29 oz can per pound of ground beef to 3 cans of red kidney beans).  I did happen to have 2 small cans of tomato paste, so I quickly Googled the problem, and made tomato sauce from the paste, added a little extra water to thin things out, and added in the beans to cook with the rest of the ingredients.

Anyway, it seems to be coming out all right.  I’ll know for certain after serving up the feast and getting my wife’s opinion about what I did and how I managed not to make another trip to the grocery store.

At any rate, I have the beginnings of a fledgling shopping list for tomorrow.  Need to restock the pantry, dilly dilly!

Here we go again

By my count this is the fourth blog I’ve started online.  I never had a journal when I was growing up, I never figured my life was all that much interesting to be chronicling it.  When I was blogging on LiveJournal.com, I caved in and followed the sheep, asked someone to give their opinion of what they thought my journaling was like and they said “It would cure insomnia.”  Nice.  Thanks asshole.

I have another blog on WordPress, on another website, about another part of me, but I’m trying to use this one to be more vanilla, more sedate, more well, normal for lack of a better term.

So, here’s to a new start!  Hopefully it will go well!  More work, more play, more enjoyment!

Flag waving Fools

This weekend I had at least one day off, something which is pretty unusual for someone that has a job in retail.  Last night (Saturday) I was watching the biopic ‘Lincoln’, you know, the one with Daniel Day Lewis portraying the 16th POTUS.  Sally Fields played Mrs. Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones played Congressman Thaddeus Stevens from Pennsylvania.

The majority of the movie dealt with the impending passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the one that would abolish slavery in the United States and eventually any territories the country might possess in the future.  It went into a good amount of detail of the fight that occurred in the House of Representatives during the month of January of 1865, culminating in the vote of the 31st.  As with any sort of history movie, many things that might be considered important were still glossed over and history was changed a bit to make the movie run better.  That’s to be expected.  Yes, Robert Lincoln was at Appamatox when Lee surrendered.  However, he was a junior officer on US Grant’s staff, and wouldn’t have been on the porch overlooking Grant bidding good-bye to Lee after the surrender was signed.  It makes a good scene in a movie, but it didn’t happen.

Finally, toward the end of the movie, when the 13th Amendment was finally passed, a great shout went up in the House chamber, Representatives were throwing papers and singing ‘Battle Cry of Freedom‘ from within and without celebrating their hard fought victory.  However, they really hadn’t sealed the fate of slavery just yet, because the states of the Union still had to do their part, either ratifying the amendment, or not.  That didn’t happen until the end of 1865, but again, you have to have a happy ending.

What’s the point of all this you might ask.  I’m just observing that the heavy duty flag waving of today that one sees in the U S of A, was just as fervent 153 years ago.  And they had something to celebrate.  Do we?  Time will tell I suppose.