LOEB: Patriotic pop culture

Let me start this post off with the admission that I’ve never really gone all out for the Fourth. It just wasn’t a very big holiday celebration in my family. We usually go all out for Thanksgiving instead, complete with having a house full (20+) of adults for an extended weekend. Intense. In fact I think I’ve only seen fireworks on the Fourth a handful of times. One of the more memorable times was when we took a class trip to Philly and we saw fireworks back-to-back nights. The first time was on the 4th and was about an hour after arriving to the city. We threw our bags into the hotel room and ran out into a street that had been blocked off for pedestrians. I was a freshmen in high school and it was the first time I saw someone smoking marijuana in public. An eye opener for all of us from small town Iowa, to quote Dorothy we weren’t in Kansas anymore. The following night we went to a baseball game and saw one of the best fireworks displays I’ve seen in my life. So back to back nights of memorable fireworks. All of this being said, I know I’m not the most patriotic person in the world so this topic is a bit tricky for me.

This week’s topic question: What movie, TV show, comic book, etc makes you want to stand up and salute Old Glory? My answer: Independence Day I suppose. I’m not sure what it is about this movie, and I’m sure if I thought about it there are other movies and things that are more patriotic but this was the first thing that came to mind.

There is just something about the speech by  Bill Pullman’s character that I love? “…the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. ‘Mankind.’ That word should have new meaning for us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty  differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom…Not from tyranny, oppression or persecution… but from annihilation? We are fighting for our right to live. To exist? And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly in the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!  Today we celebrate out Independence Day!”

How can you not get revved up after a monologue like that? Then the science geek and the BA soldier discovering a secret to destroy the invaders. And the crazy guy getting his redemption in the end. Love it.

So that’s it for this week’s topic. Until next time – Q

Also to explain LOEB. It’s the ‘League of Extraordinary Bloggers’ and every week they post a topic for discussion/consideration. They post the topic on Mondays, posts regarding that topic need to be up on Sunday if you want yours included in the weekly round up. A fast explanation, but there you have it. This is my first week so we’ll see how it goes and how long I can keep it up.


Update: It’s Monday and that means submission’s are in. Here is a sampling of what I’ve browsed so far


Quick Post: Cheese Quesadilla

There really isn’t much here. Just mozarella, italian and cheddar cheese all toasted to perfection while it cooked in a pan. Also I don’t know if you’ve seen them or not but Crystal Lite has these mocktinis and I really like the appletini one. Perhaps because it kind of tastes like a mild sour apple sucker I use to eat when I was a kid. Whatever the reason I have it stocked in my cupboard, along with kool aid and peach ice tea, which I have become a recent fan of. Until next time ~ Q

Quick Post: Beef Burrito

This is a week late but last Wednesday for “I can cook on the fly” was a beef burrito. What began as me deciding to cook some ground beef turned into  this concoction. All that was needed were some veggies, rice, and of course cheese. At the time I didn’t consider what I’d use with a pound of ground beef but it was quite versatile. I had it in burritos, pita pockets and even the egg bake I posted the other day. So yes, a very useful thing to have in the kitchen. Hence I already have another pound in the freezer for a rainy day. Until next time ~ Q

Personality Tests

Today at work we decided to take a personality test. Let me fill you in on how my office is run. There is me (technically the only full timer), the manager, a college student (who is working pretty much full time this summer), the owner (who has another job so isn’t really there); and another part-time worker (who kind of floats doing odds-n-ends).  Many days it me, the college student and the manager. We are like three peas in a pod, but just how similar are we? The college student was going on and on Monday about this personality test she took over the weekend. After the second day of her mentioning it we (the manager and I) decided that should just take it too.

According to the 4 question Myers Briggs test I am an Idealist, the college student is a Guardian (which is how I might just refer to her from know on) and our manager is a Caregiver (ditto on the references). Fun fact Guardian and Idealist are exact opposites answer-wise. Since each of the four questions only has 2 answers her initials were the other option, that amused me more than it ought. Also there is only one answer difference between Guardian and Caregiver. This means that those two are very much alike where I am an odd duck. I wonder what the other part-time lady would be…I’m guessing like the other two. The thing about personality tests are that once you start reading them you think every other sentence is perfectly aligned with how you are. I wonder if there is a placebo effect there. Like you get it in to your mind that this is what you are so subconciously you’re already saying ‘what I’m reading will line up with how I am’. Whether that is true or not, some key phrases do seem to describe me well:

  • may be reserved in expressing emotion
  • do not like conflict and goes to great lengths to avoid it
  • flexible and laid-back
  • typically completely unaware of the mundane details of life maintenance. For instance: can go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project
  • do not like to deal with hard facts and logic
  • may be awkward and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they’re feeling on paper [that is a partial purpose of this blog, to help grow that expression. I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing and thus still write like a high school student, perhaps not even that high]

Not sure if I”m project or not, but some of it fit. So yes, that’s what we did today. Not as a team-building exercise or anything. If anything it just gives each other more ammunition to razz one another with. (Guardian’s has a lot of stuff about being a perfectionist-spot on, however mine does too so whoops!) That’s how things go in our office though, lots of sass but oddly lots of productivity. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. So until next time ~ Q

Quick Post: Egg Bake

What to do when you have roughly half a cup of cooked ground beef, a couple eggs that ‘expire’ today and bread? Throw it together and bake it of course. That’s what happened for breakfast today. I mixed up the eggs, added some cheese and the beef, then set aside. I placed two slices of bread into an oven safe dish (having already preheated the oven to 350) and then covered with the egg mixture. I believe I cooked it for about 10-15 minutes, just play it by ear though, depending on how compressed everything is. My ingredients were fairly spread out in the dish so it didn’t take too long to cook. Topped with salsa and presto –  delicious breakfast. Served with ice tea adds the cherry on top.

Until next time ~ Q

DIY: String Nail Art

I don’t know what the correct term for this DIY home decor but today I made one. Done in a monochromatic scheme it is only gray scale. Odd choice, somewhat, since my apartment is more tans and warm colors. However if you look at my clothes it’s more gray scale and now this is getting boring. Any who I started with making a marbled (if that is the right concept) background…grungy might be a better adjective. Then I printed out the shape and shallowly nailed the nails, more to mark the shape. I had to do it this way because I then had to remove the nails so I could take the paper out and flip it upside down to get the mirror image on the other half so they would be symmetrical…in shape anyway even if not in any thing else. Then I actually had to nail them in for keeps. I was using a teeny tiny hammer that may not be the most efficient for nailing into oak but I have yet to retrieve my real hammer from my parent’s place from doing some residing over father’s day so I made do. My apologies to the people in my building who had to listen to my intermittent tinkling throughout the day, I won’t be overly surprised if I hear from the land lord people next week. Now to decide where to hang it, I may have to wait, I don’t have the heart to hammer any more today and I’d need to put a couple nails in the wall to get it placed where I want. So for now here is a picture of the finished product.  Until next time~Q

Quick Post: Nutella for Breakfast

 As an undergrad I studied abroad in Italy. Something that has stuck with me was a love of Nutella (even though I swear the American version is a bit different than the Italian but whatever). My sisters say it’s overrated, but I don’t know, it’s just nice to reminisce. Any who I infused my pancake batter with some Nutella and topped it off with some red raspberries and a dash of syrup so it wasn’t so dry. The only thing I didn’t quite remember is that I always have extra batter…so Nutella pancakes for the rest of the week-yum! Lucky me. Until next time~Q.