Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Please keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times

I love the word ‘screed.’

Here are the definitions, because I'm sure you're just on the edge of your seat with antici-pation wanting to know:

1 a : a lengthy discourse b : an informal piece of writing (as a personal letter) c : a ranting piece of writing
2 : a strip (as of a plaster of the thickness planned for the coat) laid on as a guide
3 : a leveling device drawn over freshly poured concrete

The potty post of yesterday is a fine example of a screed; fitting all 3 subparts of definition 1. Totally UNPLANNED! Kismet! Actually executing one of my favorite words gets me all tingly.

Other words I enjoy using are as follows: paucity, dearth, atavistic, malapropism, and gunk. You know, in case you’re curious.


There’s this character in Acts named Ananias (<---that's him over there, in the middle!) who lies to Peter and the guys about the selling price of a piece of property, and out of shame (or the mighty fist of God, though it’s not spelled out that clearly) he falls down dead on the spot when verbally castigated by Peter. He gets hauled off and buried almost instantly. A few hours later his wife, who does not know her man has found his final resting place, walks in all “la dee dah, where’s my hubby Ananias then? I must show him the fabulous new scarves I got at the market to-day with the dough we held back from the church. Oh Hi Peter!” and is asked about the selling price of the land, and she says “yep, (the FAKE price) is what we got for it," which didn’t please Peter at all and lo he did give her give her a verbal spanking and she TOO falls down dead on the spot. Suh-MOTE! Presumably also from shame (though again, the fist of an angry God can’t be ruled out completely) at perpetrating the very SECOND lie in the history of the early church (her husband’s being the first).

I KNOW. Such DRAMA! Shock and awe! Fear was struck into the hearts of the church, and rightly so, because dude? If you lie to the ol' Holy Spirit, you’d better believe there will be consequences! Eep!

The name of this very naughty lady? Sapphira.

Which also happens to be the name of Eragon’s dragon (minus one ‘p’).

Try as I might, I cannot make a connection between the two. Can you?

Kitchen tip time! It’s worth it to use rice vinegar if a recipe calls for it. Regular vinegar simply won’t do. An example, for your dining pleasure:

Rice and pea salad, a la Tiff

Serves 4 (or possibly 2 hungry people)

2 cups cooked rice
1 cup frozen peas
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup rice vinegar (NOT spiced)
½ cup fat-free sour cream

Mix the tahini, vinegar, and sour cream together to form a sauce. Add a little water if it’s too thick to pour (acids tend to make tahini thicken dramatically). Mix rice and peas in a serving dish, toss with sauce, let set for up to half an hour to thaw the peas and mingle the flavahs, then serve.

HINT: If you use leftover rice, leave the salad out at RT for an hour or overnight in the fridge to thaw the veg. It’s not BAD if the peas are a little crunchy, but don’t serve them as wee blocks of ice, mmkay?

This has a slightly Asian flavor, and goes great with hot stir-fry dishes like spicy pork. In fact, it goes SO well that we had it twice in a row this week at the Tiny House, which is a shocking development!


With that, I’ll close out this episode of ‘how to blog ADHD style’ by asking you a question - what would you do it you were given $5,000, no strings attached? Do tell in the comments, won't you?

And have a lovely shiny day.

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