Saturday, August 22, 2009

Something for a Saturday at work.

Today I share with you one of the best music videos I've ever seen. The song is okay, but the video is just stunning and clever and incredible. If you can't see the embedded video, click here to view.


The video is directed by a group who call themselves Shynola. According to Wikipedia, Shynola is also responsible for the title sequences of the brilliant British comedy, The IT Crowd. If you haven't seen The IT Crowd, and have ever used a computer, you should check it out. It's available online all over the place, if you look hard enough.

Once you've finished with The IT Crowd, check out my new British love of a show, featuring some of the same players as those in The IT Crowd - The Mighty Boosh.

The show's three seasons were just released on DVD, and you can catch single episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on Sunday nights.

As for why I'm at work on a Saturday... it's the start of a new semester and thankfully, many of the youth of America still don't know how to use thier computers. Bless 'em for keeping me employed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

For all of those who are moving into dorms this week.

Home Again by Billy Collins

The black porcelain lamp
painted with boughs of cherry blossoms
still stands on its end table,
unlit, the little chain untouched,
just the way I left it,

just the way it remained while I was off
leaning into the prow of a boat,
doused with spray, heading for a limestone island,
or sitting at the base of a high Celtic cross
eating a green apple.

While I balanced a pan of hot water on a stone wall
and shaved outside a cottage
overlooking the Irish Sea,
this stack of books, this chair, and paperweight
were utterly still, as they are now.

And you, red box of matches on the floor,
you waited here too, faithful as Penelope,
while I saw the tiny fields
disappear under the wings of my plane,
or swarm up and down the flowing Corrib River.

As I lay in a meadow near Ballyvaughan,
ankles crossed, arms behind my head,
watching clouds as they rolled in—
billowing, massive, Atlantic-fresh—
you all held your places in these rooms,
stuck to your knitting,
waited for me to stand here again,
bags at my feet, house key still in hand,
admiring your constancy,
your silent fealty, your steadfast repose.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gobble gobble.

Last month, after surveying the status of the economy, but more importantly, my waistline, I decided I needed to focus a bit more on menu planning and healthy meals. As a result, we've been cooking some really great meals at home. While I've taken some photos, I've been lazy when it comes to actually getting the photos off the camera. But just because I don't have a picture doesn't mean I can't share a recipe or two with you.

On Tuesday, we made what has become a favorite in recent weeks: grilled turkey burgers. These burgers are moist and flavorful, and low in fat so they're better for you than beef. We grill a couple of red onion slices along with the burgers, and serve the burgers on lightly-grilled whole-wheat buns with the onions on the side. One recipe makes four burgers, and if you serve a good side dish, one burger is plenty for a meal, leaving another one for lunch the next day.

Oh, and since I'm following Weight Watchers, I'll include the points value for those of you who might be interested.

Grilled Turkey Burgers
4 Servings
Weight Watchers Points: 7 per serving, including the bun

1.3 lbs ground turkey
1/4 c. dried bread crumbs
1/4  c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce
4 whole-grain buns

Combine turkey, bread crumbs, chopped onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and Sriracha in a large bowl. Mix well. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions and form into patties. Grill on a hot, pre-heated grill for about 7 minutes per side. Serve on whole-wheat buns.

TIP: When forming the patties, indent the center slightly so that the edges stick up more than the middle and they almost look like donuts, but the hole isn't quite there. This will prevent the burgers from turning into puffy meatballs and they will stay nice and burger-shaped.

Tonight we're making another favorite, turkey taco lettuce wraps with a side of basil-lime corn. I'll let you know later how that turns out. In the mean time, I highly recommend you make these turkey burgers tonight!