Monthly Archives: February 2009

Sea Kitten Recipe Deadline Extended

I’ve decided to extend the deadline through Friday!

Please send either a link to a recipe or the recipe itself to

At the moment we have recipes for whitefish sea kitten, salmon, and crawfish sea kitten pie. Please give us more!

The carnival will be posted Sunday morning.

Related: Sea Kittens for IEATAPETA Day, Reminder

Packzi Day!


It’s Packzi Day. And the things I’ll do for Packzis. I woke up early after going to sleep very late. My dreams were all Twitter. Everything had to be 140 characters or less. And it was mixed up with Jewel Quest. So the Tweets were merging and disappearing and falling…

Then, when I got to the bakery at 6:30 am, as I was walking behind the car to get to the bakery entrance, I slipped on some ice and fell right on my knees and the heels of my hands. The left side got it worse than the right. And my left is the side that’s already injured.

I sat on the ground for about 5 minutes with my hands on my knees, trying to keep breathing through the pain. Two very nice ladies helped me get up.

Even though I had to hobble in, to the bakery I was going, pain or no. I was already there, and it’s Packzi Day! Luckily the line wasn’t too long that early. I pulled the tab for number 77 when they were calling 74. Yay!100_3028

I was extremely careful going back to the car with 3 boxes (1 King Cake, a dozen assorted Packzis, and one box of 2 prune Packzis for my mom) and I still slipped a little in a different spot, but I got my self home and in the house with my treasures.

Monday Morning Musings

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (R-IL) floated a trial balloon of changing the gas tax to  be predicated on mileage driven via the use of a GPS in every vehicle. This trial balloon has been floated before in Oregon and California, and is being floated again in Oregon now.

Apparently the Obama administration has popped that particular trial balloon before It had a chance to get too high

President Barack Obama on Friday rejected his transportation secretary’s suggestion that the administration consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy.

“It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, when asked for the president’s thoughts about Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s suggestion, raised in an interview with The Associated Press a daily earlier.

via Michelle Malkin

Mileage can be ascertained by looking at a clever little device that is standard in every vehicle. It’s called an odometer. This device actually tracks the number of miles driven by the vehicle.

Of course, the current motor fuel tax is also related to miles driven. The more miles one drives, the more fuel one needs for said vehicle to continue running.  All other things being equal, the owner of a vehicle that drives 20 miles a day pays a bit more in motor fuel tax than the owner of a vehicle that drives 20 miles a week.

And therein, it seems, lies the rub, but with a slight twist: All other things being equal, the owner of the Prius Hybrid pays less in motor fuel tax than the owner of the Hummer. The very efficiency sought by the government necessarily results in lower revenues from motor fuel taxes.

So, by taxing on miles driven rather than by gallons consumed, the government could force the owner of the Prius Hybrid to pay the same in motor fuel taxes as the owner of the Hummer.


The deadline for submitting a link or a recipe for the Sea Kittens for IEATAPeTA Day Recipe Carnival  is on Ash Wednesday, February 25th, 2009.

The Carnival will be posted on March 1st.

IEATAPeTA Day is March 15th.

Ash Wednesday starts Lent so fish Sea Kitten recipes should come in quite handy! Perhaps it won’t be the same old same old on Fridays.

Send recipes to seakitten *at* this domain *dot* com. You can also send to seakittens *at* this domain *dot* com.

Monday Morning Musings

So they’ve passed this massive spending bill without having read it. Who could have read it in the time they gave it? President Obama is set to sign it, unread of course. He’ll depend on his aides to tell him what’s in it. That’s the excuse he’ll give for not having read it either.

The Dems have had their wish list for 40 years and they’ve accomplished a lot of it with this bill. Most of what is in this bill should have been taken care of in the regular appropriations cycle, but maybe they were afraid that even with Dem control of both the legislative and executive branches that they wouldn’t get this stuff though in the regular process.

Then, too, this is supposed to be such a big deal. The President was able to get this huge spending bill passed so quickly, so soon into his administration. Yipee!

But he got no Republican support in the house, in fact he got bipartisan opposition to the bill. In the Senate, he got Specter and the Maine twins to help get it passed. But still, there were more than twice as many Democrats in opposition than there were Republicans in favor…

It’s not such a great accomplishment. The House has enough Democrats to pass anything they want without any Republican support at all. A fact they proved with this spending bill. Nancy Pelosi passed the bill with no Republican support and even with Democrat defection. An accomplishment would have been to garner Republican support. But that’s hard to do when you won’t let them have any input. When you just expect them to roll over and vote your way.

They want to help out people who are upside down in their mortgages, people who are in danger of foreclosure, or who are already in foreclosure.

What about me though? I pay my mortgage on time every month. I didn’t purchase a house that was out of my range. But, being a responsible person, I’m stuck. I have a 1200 square foot ranch house on a 1/10th acre lot. I have a crawlspace (with a full cement floor, not just a splash coat) that has flooded a few times rendering everything I had stored down there unusable. With no garage and no basement for storage, we spend extra each month for a storage locker to hold larger items and now smaller items that we used to store down below. The new Christmas tree since the old one was ruined, othere seasonal decorations, the children’s school work (lost quite a bit of the older childrens’ stuff), etc.

I wake up every morning with a badly aching back. If I had one of those Sleep Number beds with the hospital bed effect (raising the back, raising the knees, etc. I could sleep better and not have as much pain on waking as I do now. But I can’t fit a king size bed (which is what I would need, as Hubby likes to sleep flat…) in my house.

My house also only has one bathroom. Oh, for a second bathroom, even just a half bath, for when the main bath is occupied. Even just an extra toilet somewhere with a curtain around it. The kitchen sink is fine for handwashing after use.

This bill would give first time homebuyers a deal. Or people buying a new car or truck a deal. I am not a first time homebuyer. I may want a second vehicle, but we just don’t have the money for a new car or truck.

I would certainly love to get a bigger house with a basement and a garage. I would certainly love to have another vehicle. When the weather is inclement, Hubby leaves work early so I can take the truck to go get The Little Guy from school. If the weather is clement, I will walk a mile to the school and then a mile back with The Little Guy. I won’t let The Little Guy do this by himself yet. Too many scary people in the world. And eight year old boys are known for wandering and meandering and getting distracted during the walk home.

I’d love to have a bigger house that would allow me to have a dedicated office. One that would allow Hubby to have his own office too. A place where the kids can play, where The Little Guy could set up a train, or a Lego town and be able to leave it up instead of having to put it away all the time. A place where I could store my stuff without having to spend on an external storage area. A place for the Bowflex…

Oh, I hear that Hubby’s paycheck may have an extra $13 a week until next January when it goes down to $8 extra a week… W00t!

No Longer Legal Under CPSIA

These books are no longer legal under CPSIA. Children’s books printed before 1985 may be toxic!

Aunt Louisa’s was given to an Estella on Christmas Day 1879 by her “Pa Pa”.

The Never Ending Story is printed in both green and red ink. Red for the story and green for the story in the story.

I’ve had The Five Children and It, by E. Nesbitt forever it seems…

Monday Morning Musings

at night because I forgot to set something up…



Chicken breasts, asparagus, and peaches all in the grill pan from Ikea. I used a moroccan spice blend from Target. Really good.