Stuff and Nonsense


Wordless Wednesday: Snow Removal

Shifting mounds of snow ahead of the next storm. Still six more weeks of winter, you know.


Top 10 Tuesday: Books I'm Embarrassed I Haven't Read

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is "Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I Haven't/Want To Read From X Genre," and I've decided my genre limiter will be classic works of American Literature (I know that's not really a genre, but it's my blog). I've actually read a fair amount of 'em ... just not a lot of the popular or "significant" titles that tend to appear on "50 Greatest American Novels of All Time" type lists. Once I left school, I found my way back in Classic AmLit quite accidentally and continue to find my way more by luck than deliberation. But, still, there are titles I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't read.

Come, see my shame! Watch me lose all credibility as a reader!

  1. Another Country by James Baldwin
  2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  3. Light in August by William Faulkner
  4. Native Son by Richard Wright
  5. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  7. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  8. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  9. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (I live 30 minutes from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, for Pete's sake!)
  10. Washington Square by Henry James


Pantry/Whole Kitchen Challenge: The End

Jessica's Pantry Challenge over at at Good Cheap Eats is officially done now and, although I still have things in my pantry/freezer I'd like to be rid of, I'm quite pleased with how I've done.
The freezer and pantry are tidier than they've been in yonks and I've gotten back to thinking about what I already have on hand before I start menu planning. Sometime in the past year or so, I'd started skipping that step -- I'd just see a recipe I like, add it to the menu plan, and then shop for all the ingredients regardless of what was already on hand. That was bad, obviously. Unless, of course, the plan was to end up with a pantry of triplicates. And bags of freezer-burnt vegetables.
Senseless. Impractical. Wasteful. Ugh.
So, hurrah for Good Cheap Eats! Hurrah for the Pantry Challenge, which has restored a measure of rigor and commonsense to my menu planning and kitchen management. Will I do this challenge again next January? I think I'm going to have to!