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All I do these days is tour colleges. I've now seen roughly 1,473 colleges in the past year. This is because high school kids routinely apply to 15, or 35, or 75 colleges, all of which must be visited. A good student might get accepted to 40 or 50 of them, all of which must then be re-visited. The universities should start a frequent-tourer program, where you get miles and points and whatnot.


It's important that the college have at least a few old buildings.


And some frisbee hurlers on some kind of greensward [that's a word, isn't it?].


And loads of tulips.


And at least one sheep.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 11, 2009; 12:33 PM ET
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Free mutton for every freshman that accepts early?

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 11, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Colleges should also have ducks. In case a student needs to attend a symposium.

Posted by: Yoki | April 11, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I vote for the college with sheep! Wait a minute...that's not where they get the sheepskins, is it?

Posted by: seasea1 | April 11, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

A big thumbs up to William and Mary. Love, love, love the Wren building.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 11, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Info on the building in JA's first picture-
(self-confessed Wren groupie here)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 11, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Howdy all
Wouldn't that sheep be on the endangered species list for this time of year?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 11, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

and don't get me started on the Leicester Longwool sheep!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

A little late for that, wouldn't you think, GWE? Slaughter would have to have been done several days ago for the meat to be ready for Easter or Passover.

Gotta love a place with beautiful red brick buildings and brick sidewalks.

Posted by: slyness | April 11, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And isn't William & Mary the choice of a couple of the Boodlers' kids?

Posted by: Yoki | April 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Is your daughter going to William & Mary Ewe? The Ewe of Virginia? Michigan State Ewe? Eweniversity of Texas at El Paso (EweTEP)? EweConn? Mary Hadda Littlelamb Tech? Eweniversity of California at Ovine? Harvey Mutton College?

Ok, I'm done now.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 11, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

For her dad's sake, I hope young Miss Achenbach chooses an in-state school, or gets hefty scholarship money.

Posted by: slyness | April 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't know slyness.

Don't we equate certain foods for certain holidays.

Sheep and lamb for easter(baa baa)and maybe ham too (oink oink)

Burgers,chicken and hot dogs(moo moo,bock bock and woof woof) for Memorial day,4th of July and Labor Day.

Turkey for Thanksgiving (gobble gobble)

Turkey and ham for Christmas(gobble gobble and oink oink)

Chocolate for Valentines day (mmmmmmmm chocolate mmmmmmmm)

Just being goofy!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 11, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that as a resident of the District of Columbia Joel can get in-state tuition everywhere.

Still, financial inducements aside, W&M is a very good school.

Go Tribe.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 11, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Eweniversity of California at Ovine; Harvey Mutton - hee hee.

Of course, she could go to Baaston Ewe.
Johns Sheepskins in Baaltimore.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 11, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah, my eldest and I leave for a college tour on Wednesday evening to go into the weekend.

Soon she will come to understand the true yet subtle, textured and multifaceted meanings of the words, "Road Trip."

Unfortunately, this may also give her a somewhat skewed view of the uses of credit cards.

Still, it will be a pleasure to spend time with her touring these institutions of higher learning.

And talk about higher finance, too.
Sheesh. I probably shouldn't be thinking about this on the same day I finished my taxes.

At least without an adult beverage in hand.


Posted by: -bc- | April 11, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It is a lovely weekend here in MN, above 50 degrees for Eastertide.

I got a hyacinth as a roommate today. At least it's helping my window keep up appearances-- quietly.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 11, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I did my morning errands in the rain, which was oddly soothing (at least while I was driving). Other stuff and client license agreement revisions later, the rain has gone elsewhere and I'm still a bit soothed by it.

Tomorrow, more "book work" and laying out of the tax stuff sent by my accountant to organize, plan the check-writing (*sigh*) both for what I owe (not much to the Fed and I get a refund from the State) -- which includes the first quarter (*gag*) for this year. Such a deal. Will be nice when it's over.

Otherwise, feeling optimistic (as I am wont to do)about the future. Just 'cause, yanno?

Toodley, doodley, boodley.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | April 11, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Had goat for Easter a few years ago. Indian restaurant. Here's looking at you, kid.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 11, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

By coincidence, I am cooking up a storm in Yoki's kitchen right now, making Indian food. Lamb in Madras sauce, dahl, rice, pappadums, long beans poryal, pappadums, tomato raita. It's all good.

Considering adding some saag paneer, but that seems a bit excessive :)

Fresh raspberries for dessert.

If I just had a few bottles of Thums Up! I'd have a fully authentic feast.

Posted by: Yoki | April 11, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

If I weren't so full, Yoki, I'd invite myself to dinner.

We're back from first birthday party. It was more of an adult party, although the boys had a good time. They seemed puzzled by all the attention at first, but they got into the spirit of things and entertained us with their antics. I fed W his very first M&M's, the tiny ones. And they both had a great time digging into their cakes. Mom opened presents, but they were entranced by all the new toys.

Mr. T and I bought a couple of board books, and made a contribution to their college funds. I think that will be my default gift, at least till it matters to them.

Boy, am I full, from cake and trail mix...

Posted by: slyness | April 11, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Man, my college didn't have sheep. There were an unusually large number of polydactl "Hemingway" cats with an average of six toes per foot. But they didn't give much wool.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 11, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I know it is appalling, especially in someone who is really very fond of cats, but polydactyl cats appeal to me. Their big mitts are so cute. And you immediately sense that something is off-kilter about them, even if you can't put your finger on what it is right away.

I like the odd, the eccentric. I really do. It has a deep aesthetic appeal for me.

Posted by: Yoki | April 11, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Odd. Eccentric. Off kilter. Off the chain. Cloned back from fragments of his tongue, after a horrendous wreck.

Posted by: -jack- | April 11, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, go with the sheep college, young Ms A. I can't think of anything nicer.

frostbitten, anything you would care to say about Leicester Longwool sheep would be listened to with great interest, though disinterested parties may wish to cover their ears or talk planes or ships or some such.

GWE, only their fleece, only their fleeces.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 11, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, A year? Say it ain't so. It seems like only moments ago they were newborn.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 11, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

dr-here's a link to the Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
I have not spun the fleece, but did have a chance to card some and it is wondrous stuff.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 11, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Glad you had fun with the boys today Slyness. Beautiful campus. I like the sheep and the flowers, especially the flowers. Rotten cold and rainy here today, of course I never went out, still having back issues. Discovered if I walk bent over like I'm looking for something on the floor, it doesn't hurt much. This is aggravating. Happy Easter everybody!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 11, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

jack, that was splendid.

Oh dear.

Posted by: Yoki | April 11, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Badsneakers! If you are walking like Quasimodo, please go to the doctor on Monday. You need an anti-inflamatory drug. (You probably have a pinched nerve --in your spine, I would guess.) All a guess, but I've been there, walked like that, and nothing at all helped until I saw the doctor.

Posted by: nellie4 | April 11, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm baaaack.

Time to clean the e-mail inbox and backboodle.

I was always told that EweGA coeds were prohibited from the football field to prevent them from over-grazing.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 11, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, yello.

My niece is a goat under the Chinese zodiac signs. Because of that she refuses to eat goat meat or mutton. She said it’s like eating herself. I told her that’s silly, but she refused to change her mind. I, on the hand, prefer lamb to any other meat, and I’m a goat as well. I’m a crab, too.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 11, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Bad Sneaks, Nellie is pushing for the doc. I second that e(motion).

Lovely food, Yoki.

Sunday will be gorgeous foodwise, in the face of some tribulations: my 40 plus year old stove and refrigerator died together in a sort of old married couple way. They were on life support and I knew this was coming. Well, today Death Came for the ArchRefigerator and equally the Stove1962.

I will report that in a miracle of credit card swiping and the panic of retailers I snagged a pair at 1 PM and they were delivered at 5. Removing two doors did the trick. In a fit of silliness, I cleaned them within an inch of their past lives. To go to the rusted graveyard...some here will understand this.

I have never had new appliances before. Ever. So, I like their Easter-white purity.
A kind neighbor will feed my family with custom rubbed, smoked pork shoulder. It was not clear I would have a range to cook EasterRepast with. I will bring asparagus and green beans, plus strawberries and pineapple. Th antidote to chocolate-overdose is fruit. Fruit. Fruit.

I have spun yarn from fleeces; also from black poodle hair. The Howard County Sheep and Wool Fest is wonderful.

About to put into the ground in the AM, three varieties of Nicotiana: Woodland (sylvestris), and alata (Green Envy) and Alata (Starry Night). About to bloom are Dame's Rocket and Lady Jane (Clusiana) tulip. Dame's Rocket is

Hesperus matronalis

A very boodle genus, as in Evening Star; I am thinking that the spring green Lambs' Quarters fits the kit somewhat.

With that, I succumb to sleep. I missed the Easter Vigil due to the appliance ablutions. So, will be at the 10 Mass. Will pray for all boodle-bodies and the intentions there of.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 11, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

CqP, enjoy the new appliances! I never knew how bad they were, till I replaced the pink cooktop and pink built-in oven. They were 37 years old, original to the house, and deserved a good rest.

Yello, welcome home! Some of us worried about you, hope you have only pleasant adventures to share.

dr, it's amazing how quickly the year has gone. They are so precious and precocious, both happily toddling till they want to go fast and fall on their knees to crawl. What they have should be the birthright of every baby in the whole wide world.

Posted by: slyness | April 11, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

CollegequaParkian, when Himself and I first bought a house (you know, a single-family dwelling) we were surprised that we needed to buy our own major appliances.

Two that we bought were lightly-used Harvest Gold washer and drier, c. 1972 (this was 1983). For $100 each. The washing machine gave up the ghost in 1995. The repairman who recommended purchasing new rather than repairing the solenoid (what the heck is a solenoid, anyway?) said to me, "It doesn't owe you anything, does it?"

It did not.

Posted by: Yoki | April 11, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

yello, welcome home.

cp, sorry to hear about your tribulations, but congrats on the new appliances.

rainforest, you sound like you're feeling better. hope that's the case.

badsneaks, please go to the doctor. my sister neglected her back and wound up needing surgery.

yoki, indian is my favorite, so if you have any leftovers, please fax me some.

slyness, happy b-day to the g-kids.

joel, good luck with your daughter's college decisions. sounds like she's got some good choices.

happy easter, boodle.

Posted by: LALurker | April 11, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear that yellojkt is back safe and sound. Can't wait to see the pictures and hear the tales.

Those sheep are lovely. Thanks for the link.

Sneaks, hope you feel better. Back problems are terrible...hope yours is easily remedied.

Happy Easter, everyone. We're going to have a cold, wet day, it seems. The tulips are still not showing color here. Very funny cartoon, LALurker, thanks.

Oh, and the first puppy looks very cute:

Posted by: seasea1 | April 11, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

If I'm not better by Monday I will go to the doctor. I really don't want to take another sick day (I like having them saved up just in case I get sick-yeah, I know). I had a disk removed years ago so I am familiar with back pain. I think it's just a muscle as I can move my legs without pain, nothing radiating from the source and it doesn't hurt to walk. I think some valium and/or anti-inflamatories might help. Thanks for the concern.

Glad you're back yello, we were concerned about you with the earthquake over there.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 11, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Glad to have you back on this side of the pond in one piece, yello. Happy Easter to all. I'm taking my daughters off to Greensboro to see the spectacle that is The Dead. Opening night. I'm hoping that the bus ploy will keep me in coffee for the evening. Maybe some live blogging, if the iphone is charged.

Posted by: -jack- | April 11, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

As you might imagine, the earthquake in Italy was big news for the entire week. In our little bubble wrapped tour group (which consisted mostly of middle-schoolers from the LA area), I probably know less about it that anyone that has read a newspaper or a seen CNN in the last week.

Basically, an entire town dating back to the 13th century with many historical and religious treasures was nearly totally destroyed, not to mention the tragic loss of life.

We were in Florence when it happened and traveled to nearby Assisi which had suffered its own earthquake in 1997. Another aftershock was felt as far away as Rome, but we had no direct evidence of the earthquake (or 'terremoto' as I quickly learned the Italian word for it from newspapers and television).

One of the Italian newsmagazines did a full issue special edition on the disaster and while I could not read the articles, the pictures were heart-renching.

Nonetheless, life goes on and one of our tour stops was Pompeii which just brought to mind further evidence of the extreme destructive forces we flirt with as humans daily.

All the flags in Rome were at half mast on Friday in memory of the victims.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 11, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow, in an ecumenical extravaganza, we are having my Mom over for a Kosher-for-Passover Vegetarian Easter Seder. Our First Night of Passover Seder on Wednesday consisted of vegetarian chili with rice and cheese (we go by the Sephardic concept of kosher-for-Passover: beans and rice are OK), followed by the viewing of Prince of Egypt.

Thursday (second night of Passover) we had the Moosewood Celebreates Cookbook Passover Seder meal -- vegetarian Matzoh ball soup (with, weirdly, turmeric in it), Matzoh casserole (more like a Matzoh-crusted spinach quiche) accompanied by the recounting of the horrifying true tale of My Encounter with Canned Spinach, lots of wine or grape juice (depending on age), followed by the all-night viewing of Fullmetal Alchemist by the ScienceKids and friend.

My Matzoh ball soup has been labeled WASP. This is not a term of approval. The Matzoh quiche has been declared fantastic. The Pear Brown "Bubbe" has not been noted -- gosh-darning it with faint praise.

So, I have a recipe request: any recommendations for the meal? We have hard-boiled brown eggs (can't get cage-free eggs in any other color), I have made an improved vegetable stock for the soup, involving caramelized onions, Porcini mushrooms, and a dash of soy sauce. The Matzoh ball dough is refrigerating overnight, with less dill in the recipe. The Matzoh casserole will return, but with a more strongly-flavored cheese component, less dill (again), and a few other improvements to give it a little zing. Any other ideas?

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 12, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Some interesting news: The March 2009 issue of Adventure Cyclist (publication of Adventure Cycling) has an article on "Off-Road from DC to Pittsburgh: Riding George Washington's route west... and then some." I have only skimmed the article so far, but no sign of any respect directed toward Joel.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 12, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Asking us for suggestions on your passover seder is a real honor, SciTim.

No ideas here. It sounds like you have been doing very thoughtful meal preparations.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 12, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

ScienceTim: seriously. Rappini risotto, with real Arborio, broth from water and vegetable-stock, some tofu stirred in at the penultimate stir, a lot of flat-leaf parsley, and *tons* of fresh-ground pepper.

Serve this with ripe tomato slices, a cucumber salad dressed in sherry vinegar and olive oil, and some fresh berries for dessert, and you have a winner.

This is a fine vegan Pesach meal.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

And I do believe that broccolirabe qualifies as bitter herbs.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

If egg curry and rice would be allowable for passover-- but this really needs cream, it tastes OK without, but it's amazing with cream.

Carmelize onions in oil (some garlic and ginger is OK but not required)
Add tomatoes (canned, diced), brown
Once browned, add turmeric, capsicum pepper powder, salt.
Stir in to make it pasty and mix it all in.
Add water, not too much, maybe 1/3 the volume of the paste, stir in.

Shell and chop up hardboiled eggs in quarters, put in curry, cook and stir a bit, slowly adding in cream-- stirring until the stray yolks partly dissolve in the sauce-- and voila, delicious vegeterian heart attack over rice.

I haven't made this in years, so pardon my imprecision; maybe Yoki will be able to describe this better, but it is really delicious, doesn't taste like hardboiled eggs at all.

I stopped making it because it was too dangerous for my cholesterol levels-- it's very easy to eat a lot of eggs and egg yolk this way.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 12, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

But I don't think Indian curry is quite the thing for Passover-- alas that's 90% of the vegetarian cooking that I know how to do.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 12, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, this mixes meat and dairy. May be OK most of the year, but not at Passover.

But, curried eggs are delicious. Add cream and I am *so* there. I am all about the high-fat stuff.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Eggs are parve-- not meat or milk.

I don't actually know if dairy is allowed at Passover, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 12, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, thanks! I may well make that -- if not tomorrow, sometime before Pesach is over. But I think the odds are good that we'll have risotto for Easter Seder.

Wilbrod, I think you've nailed it on the disconnect between curry and the seder, but that doesn't mean I can't make it some other time...

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 12, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Eggs are pareve, so no problem mixing eggs with milk. Milk is fine for Passover -- the thing that is particularly not kosher for passover is anything with leavening in it. No yeast, no baking powder, no baking soda. Typically, Passover copes with this deficit by concentrating on meat dishes. However, since the ScienceKids are vegetarian, we have an arrangement that no meat gets cooked in our house. That makes all our meals kosher (actually kosher, not just kosher style, because we have cooked no meat in this house since we bought it). The elimination of leaven also eliminates wheat unless we make our own matzoh from it, which I won't do. Technically, for Ashkenazim, *all* grains are eliminated, as well as legumes (because they begin to ferment if put in water, therefore they are "leavened"). However, if we ban all those things from our vegetarian household, that doesn't leave much actual food. So, despite the ScienceSpouse's Eastern European heritage, we follow a more Sephardic tradition, so we have beans and rice. If we are wrong about that, please don't tell me any differently before the end of Pesach.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 12, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

EYE will not tell you anything different *Tim.* Note that I avoid anything to do with matzoh. Whwe! Except for soup, which I just love with the wee dumplings

Happy and joyful Pesach to you and yours.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those celebrating.

Funny cartoon, LALurker. Yes, I’m feeling much better, thank you. I still cough a little but only in the mornings.

Hope you feel better soon, badsneakers.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 12, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Easter Seder. hehe Excellent, *Tim.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Yello! Glad you didn't suffer much in the quake. We wanna see pictures!

Joel - love the college photos. Wish we had more choices here in the middle of the Pacific. Most promising kids go away for school but a good number still apply to eweH. Guess it's a decent back up if your parents can't afford to send you away (mine couldn't).

Happy Easter everyone!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | April 12, 2009 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Mom's egg curry recipe (doesn't need cream):

Couple onions-ground or finely sliced, the better to make paste.
Couple tomatoes-finely diced; I boil them for a few minutes and remove the peels.
Inch of ginger
Couple cloves of garlic
Green chillies
1/2 tsp cumin and or coriander seeds
~4 hard boiled eggs, halved
Dry spices

In a shallow saucepan, lightly brown onions in olive oil with the cumin seeds (~15 min). Add ginger and garlic paste/finely chopped (~2 min). Add tomatoes cover and cook for (~5 min). Add salt, turmeric, red chili powder, other spices to taste (cumin, coriander, curry powder). Add water to make gravy (thick soup consistency). Add frozen veggies if desired (nothing works for me in this dish except frozen peas, but green peppers work for some). Cover and cook (~10 mins for the veggies). Layer the egg halves into the paste. Slosh the gravy around to cover the eggs, scooping some of the yellow to mash into the gravy. Cover and cook for another 10 min; add water if the gravy is too thick. Let sit for at least 1/2 hour for the taste to seep into the eggs. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or rotis.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

mmm real food, mmm, all spicy

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 2:38 AM | Report abuse

And for everyone celebrating rebirth season:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Yoki! I'll post mom's reshmi chicken recipe for you when I'm less sleepy. And not typing in the dark.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 2:57 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Morning, friends. Happy Easter. I'm up because I'm planning on attending sunrise service this morning. I couldn't chance staying in the bed any longer. Knowing me, I would have overslept.

Yello, so glad you're back, safe and sound. Bad sneakers, it certainly sounds as if you need to see the doctor. I hope you get to feeling better real soon. Back pain can be a nightmare.

Slyness, the babies are growing, and getting away. Glad they enjoyed their party, and from the sound of it, you did too.

My grandsons have been in Las Vegas all week. I'm going to call and see if they're back yet. I talked to one of them while there. They were out of school last week for spring break.

The g-girl will say her Easter speech today. She knows it, but does it really fast. I'm going to see if I can slow her down some so we can hear and understand the words.

I hope all of you enjoy the day, and that you and family get a chance to attend church, for sunrise service or just regular service, all followed by good food.

Yoki, Mudge, Scotty, Martooni, and everyone here, enjoy the day with family and friends, with lots of good food. You too, JA.

Posted by: cmyth4u | April 12, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Thanks ladybaby. Can't wait, but will.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, that sinfest link was specially for you.
I hope your day is filled with peace and joy.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

DNA Girl - loved the link. So very cool.

Cassandra - it tickles me that you and I are awake at the same time but in two different days!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | April 12, 2009 3:31 AM | Report abuse

That sounds like a john prine song.

Need to contact friend in Finland, so we can go around the world.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 12, 2009 6:08 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: yellojkt | April 12, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm picturing the SciHousehold Easter morning being kinda like this:

Posted by: yellojkt | April 12, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

A sign of the times? I haven't seen an article on 'steady state economy' in NYT for a while:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning; may the blessings of the day and the joys and peace of the traditions and holidays you celebrate, observe, or create be upon you, your families, friends, and whoever you share them with.


Posted by: -bc- | April 12, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

And as promised, reshmi chicken:

~1/2 kg chicken breasts (cut into pieces for effective marination).
a couple of garlic cloves
a couple of green chillies
Grind up and mix with
2-3 tbsp yoghurt
2-3 tbsp cream
Salt, coriander powder, black pepper, 1-2 tbsp crushed dried methi leaves (packets available in Indian stores-bitter!)
Sometimes she'd add a few almonds too (soaked overnight, peeled and ground up).

Marinate chicken o/n.
Bake or barbecue (smaller pieces for skewers)

If you want to use the stovetop, pick the chicken pieces out of the marinade, half cook in some olive oil, and add the rest of the marinade. Cook under cover for a bit of gravy/open for kebab like dish. Garnish with cilantro.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter everyone.

It is a warm and lovely morning around here. Blue sky and green lawn separated by budding trees. Marred only by the unpleasant fact that said lawn clearly needs to be mowed.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 12, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Howdy and a Happy Easter to you all. It is damp and rainy here after a night of thunderstorms. After the Terrible Night of Fire I think we are all glad to see the rain, Easter morn or no.

I woke up with what I prefer to believe are allergy problems, and took appropriate medication. I have to leave extra early to pick up a spiffy Boy before going to Easter service. I will sing and he will carry the incense.

We are attending an Easter dinner this afternoon; I am bringing sliced fresh bell peppers in various colors (Asian market, twice as cheap as Target) along with an "ugly dip" (black olives, green chilies, green onions, tomatoes, oil & vinegar) and an orange-and-black olive salad (olives pureed with oil and thyme, fennel seeds). I got off light this year.

Then, alas, I still have to finish class preparation. Poor Boy yesterday - for his male friend's 13th birthday they went to see a movie, but I believe the well-meaning mom forced them to see Hannah Montana (she knew it was safe). I'm still giggling. Since we were down at the theater, Ivansdad & I saw "Duplicity" which we liked very much.

Glad you're back safe, yello.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 12, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

ScienceTim, I want to hear The Horrifying Tale of My Encounter With Canned Spinach. I promise I'll be good.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 12, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Making leisurely preparations for brunch with frostdott and fiance. Easy menu of baked french toast, yogurt fruit parfaits and bacon.

I only make the baked french toast once a year, usually when sap starts running and my cousin makes her first batch of maple syrup. It's worth doing even if you have to use store bought (but make sure it's 100% maple syrup).

Baked French Toast

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 loaf French Bread
5 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter, stir in brown sugar and syrup until smooth. Pour into 9x13 greased pan. Slice French Bread into 3/4 inch slices and layer tightly into pan. Mix eggs, milk and vanilla, beating well. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover, bake at 350° F for 40-50 minutes, until lightly browned. Invert onto large platter.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 12, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Final count on the vacation pictures is 3,209. This includes many out-of-focus shots of statues that I don't remember who they were of or where they were taken. I'm going to start separating the wheat from the chaff as soon as I finish succumbing to jet lag.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 12, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

'Morning and Happy Easter as well as Happy Third-and-a-Half day of Passover, Boodle. This morning the Easter Bunny brought me a bag of sugar-free bite-size York peppermint patties, a lemon/lime squeezer, a citrus fruit peeler-starter, and a small container of sea salt with Tuscan herbs (mainly catmint). I have a most excellent Easter Bunny hereabouts.

Today's dinner will be very traditional, a huge spiral-cut ham, and what in our family we call "partially potatoes." I believe some wine may be consumed, as well.

On the op-ed page, here is a link to one of the all-time dummest pieces: . It isn't dumb because it suggests that using smaller craft might be better than using bigger ones; it is dumb because it thinks a Navy destroyer is a "massive warship," a "big ship," and a "big warship." No, Emily, it isn't. Yes, it is bigger than a lifeboat. But Emily, so is my 33-foot cruiser, by 5 feet. Equally dumb is to ask the question about how does one sustain a destroyer at sea, but then to suggest the logistics of supplying a small fleet of smaller patrol boats off a hostile shore would be much easier. Jeezy-pezzy. It is also dumb because it thinks the entire coast of Africa as well as the Gulf od Aden, and about half the entire Indian Ocean can be patrolled by PT boats. C'mon, fellahs.

Log the Obama pooch.

And CP, "Death Comes for the ArchRefrigerator" was terrific.

And now:


Today in Nautical and Aviation History

April 12, 1782: Battle of the Saints (an island chain in the Caribbean): Adm. Rodney’s British fleet defeats French Adm. De Grasse’s fleet, which ultimately has the effect of preventing American colonists from annexing Canada.
1937: Frank Whittle, England’s brilliant inventor and founder of British Power Jets, Ltd., fires up the “WU,” the world’s first jet aircraft engine.
1961: At 9:07 a.m. Moscow time, the Soviet Union launches Vostok I in space from Baikonur, and 108 minutes later astronaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, completes the world’s first orbit of earth.
1981. Maiden orbital flight of the space shuttle Columbia, with astronauts John Young (U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Class 23, 1959) and Robert Crippen aboard. Launched from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle lands two days later at Edwards Air Force Base, having completed 36 orbits in 54 hours.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 12, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Happy Holidays, Al!

Right now, I'm working on taxes and baking. Going to a friend's house for Easter, I already sent over wine and salad, the chocolate chippers will go back to college with her youngest daughter.

It'll be interesting today, the first time I've seen middle daughter since Friday night.

On Friday I spent hours making pierogi, many extra so everyone would have some to take home and the hosting family would have a few meals worth left (hosts: friend's oldest daughter, who has been ill). Since her marriage (and moving out of the house), middle daughter has been grabbing most of the leftovers at any group meal (I'm not a fan of leftovers but I have seen her sister's face and mother blink when they saw how little was left after all their work). Remember Bridezilla with the $400 bed pillows? Mid-daughter.

I was a little iffy about this, but wanted to make sure the hosts got the lion's share and the other kids who couldn't make it also got some of their favorite kind. So when mid announced her intention to pack up leftovers for her husband, I offered to help and pointed out conversationally that there were a lot of people to divide them between. So far so good. After the mid, son, mom, missing kid and aunt had theirs packed, I packed the rest for the hosts and when mid asked indignantly why they were getting so much, answered matter-of-factly that, oh, it was their house and they hosted. (Big responding smile from hosting daughter).

And while mid wandered the kitchen and said twice that it was going to make her so sad that her husband would have pierogi to eat but there weren't enough for her to join him, I later realized that while I then twice offered her the 3 I was taking (she refused), that nobody else offered her theirs. She'd brought a Sam's Club apple pie, which she left, usually she'd have taken it back with her.

So tell me. Was this rude? Should I just have let them work it out themselves? Her mom, aunt and I have been friends since we were 13. Maybe next year I'll just pre-pack for the hosting family and leave it in the fridge. Today? If mid says something I'll deal with it, otherwise, I won't bring it up. Wonder if she'll try to take most of the ham from her mom's?

Posted by: -dbG- | April 12, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the recipes, keep the outpouring coming. In the meantime, I'm off to the grocery store for risotto and salad ingredients.

The ScienceGrandpa's beloved gas-slurping Ford Explorer has Fording Expired. He has replaced it with the new Honda Insight sedan. They now have nothing but Hondas parked in front of their house, and when I come over, it will make another one. Thank goodness the ScienceSis drives a Toyota to alleviate the Honda Horde.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 12, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, DNA_Girl -- is an "inch of ginger" to be read as "a pinch of ginger"? If not, then I am most impressed!

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 12, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Happy Easter all, and appropriate greetings to those celebrating Passover.

Saw this and thought what a lovely addition to the bunker for Easter decorations - believe they will blend in well with the Kincaides. Giant Croation easter eggs.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 12, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

dbG, I think you did just fine. I'm curious, however, whether mid daughter was always like this. It must be difficult not being the oldest or the youngest and just sorta "there" in the middle. She appears to be a squeaky wheel sort of person and needs to have attention.

Your history (looooooong history) with mom and aunt certainly counts for much, although it's interesting to find out what the dynamics are in that family generally. Do they tune out mid, or do they accommodate her demands only because doing so will shut her up?

*suddenly feeling like I'm channeling Carolyn Hax*

Just my inflation-adjusted two cents worth.

An inch of ginger works for me, man!

And now, let's make some lunch. Then back to getting everything ready for the respective tax people, we love them so much, don't we? Well, DON'T WE????


Posted by: firsttimeblogger | April 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Tim, I'm sure what is meant is a one-inch long piece of fresh ginger root.

Posted by: Yoki | April 12, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

More Peeps! Winners from the Seattle Times contest:
bc will particularly enjoy "Pollock's Peep Madness" - pic #8.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 12, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd leave the family dynamics alone. Being kind and offering is good, but it sounds like what was going on wasn't really your problem anyway.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 12, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

AP and CNN say ship captain is free, pirates dead or captured.

Posted by: nellie4 | April 12, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Yoki is correct.
The recipe calls for a fresh piece of ginger root, oh about 8.2315796449e-19 parsec in length.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 12, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

And I thought this was WKRP all over again...

Posted by: nellie4 | April 12, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

1981. Maiden orbital flight of the space shuttle Columbia, with astronauts John Young (U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Class 23, 1959) and Robert Crippen aboard. Launched from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle lands two days later at Edwards Air Force Base, having completed 36 orbits in 54 hours.

Space shuttle named after the sloop Columbia, with captain Robert Gray at the helm. Sailed up the river subsequently named after the ship, that river today the boundary between Oregon and Washington. The ship built by the men of Kent, the settlers of Marshfield, Massachusetts--and I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that family members helped build that ship. Rogers family among the shipbuilders of Marshfield.

Did anyone hear the great news that Capt. Phillips of the Maersk Alabama has been freed, CNN reports. The family knew the news several hours before the CNN reporter approached the family home in upstate Vermont. Capt. James Staples, a friend of Phillips, on the phone with CNN, from Staples' home in Marshfield, Mass., as the news was breaking.

I've been fortunate to have had a ride on the sloop Columbia several times when I was a child. It's replica, that is--so I learned in the last month or so. The replica of the Columbia used to "sail" around Huck Finn's island at the Anaheim Disneyland, alternating with the majestic paddlewheeler at the Anaheim park. Too bad I didn't know the family history when I was a kid.

Beautiful day here, after a dawn storm dropped 1/4" of rain. Cleared out the hazy smoke coming up from agricultural burns in Mexico.

Posted by: laloomis | April 12, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

3 pirates dead, Phillips and 4th pirate aboard the destroyer Bainbridge. Phillips fine; don't know about the pirate.

Good. Great, even. Most excellent.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 12, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Navy Seals did the deed. Well done, colleagues of CP bro.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 12, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

New Kit!

Posted by: seasea1 | April 12, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Live press conf. (sort of) with four crew of the Alabama on MSNBC, they are very angry at media for publishing details jeopardizing the capt. 1st engineering officer appears to be the hero.

One guys says it wasn't SEALS, just ordinary Navy sailors. Praising Navy sailors.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 12, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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