Thursday, March 12, 2009
Or should it be the Salingeys? I can't decide which is a catchier band name. In any case, ryan's and my families really know how to jam.
We have an extra room in our basement that's sort of turned itself into a little recording studio. So when my parents came into town a couple weeks ago, Ryan laid down some guitar tracks and then everyone took a turn singing to the Beatles. You know, for fun. Even my 3 year old niece participated.
It was awesome.
Fast forward to a few weeks later (this past weekend) when Ryan, his sis Megan, and I went to Idaho to see his missionary brother return from Guam/Micronesia (more on that later). We decided to get some more tingeys in on this and got Ryan's brothers Drew (on drums) and Dustin (on bass) to add to the track.
And now it's nearly complete.
Show us, show us! you cry. All in due time. In the meantime, I'll leave you with some more pictures of the process.
Just you wait...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Today's song feels like a mystery thriller. Right before the climax. Like the moment where all the pieces are swirling around in the protagonist's head, slowly coming together. And the camera is panning quickly around the actor, swirling like his thoughts, faster and faster until... bam. He knew it all along. And maybe a robot is involved somehow. You know, for good measure.
Any agents out there looking for the music to a robot mystery thriller?
We're here for you.
Anyway, I'm happy for the organic soundtrack going on in my basement. The cool melodies are my promise that we'll be making beautiful music for many years to come.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So here's the pattern for a simple summer skirt:
And here's the fabric:
As a side note, I was browsing through the patterns and came across Project Runway-inspired patterns. They're actually pretty interesting.
So I was flipping through the patterns when I came across this one.
Anyone else remember April from ANTM? Cycle 2 or something? Looks like she didn't need to win after all! I mean, who needs a Cover Girl contract when you can be a sewing-pattern-cover cover girl? Right?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
And now, here's Chef T. to guide you through the process.
Mix these together:
- 1 Tablespoon of each: rosemary, thyme, and marjoram
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of each: kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Mix these together:
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of each: lemon juice and red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
Buy a top round roast that's about 1 1/2 inches thick the whole way through. Rub the Dry Rub into both sides of the roast. Layer it on thick, and use all the seasoning. Then drizzle half the Liquid Goodness on the top. Broil on high for 5-8 minutes (we did 6). Flip the meat, drizzle the rest of the liquid on this side, and broil for another 5-8 minutes (we did 6 again). It should be a nice pink color on the inside. Slice it thin against the grain and enjoy!
Monday, March 2, 2009
"I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it ... For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans."
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I bought a potted basil plant at Target last week for 2 bucks. It looked something like this:
And it smelled like heaven. A week passes. Now it looks something like this:
- Wake up early
- Read scriptures and pray
- Make a delicious breakfast
- Pack a delicious lunch
- Get to work early
- Come home early
- Make a delicious dinner
- Work on novel/short story
- Read a novel/short story
- Go to bed early