9/13/2007

Checking in

This is why I love bloggers. A few posts back, I asked my readers whether they knew of a quick, easy way to link new blogs to one's blog roll. Lately I've been discovering fascinating blogs. But I'm too lazy, and sometimes too intoxicated, to enter their blogs into my template. What a pain in the (_!_) that is, anyway.

A couple readers gave me some suggestions. The great blogger Tornwordo of Sticky Crows suggested Bloglines.com. I won't hold that against him. I kid. Thanks a million, TW. But I couldn't get Bloglines to work for me. I entered the code in my template. Then, when I updated, I'd get a message that read, "Username Incorrect." Trust me, people, my username was correct. I verified it several times. It was Bloglines' fault! I spent about an hour fantasizing about how I'd torture the coder at Bloglines before I snapped out of it and pursued a second option. Loving Annie recommended Blogrolling.com.

Annie, you changed my life. What an amazing service! Once you paste the code in your template and drag a link into your bookmark dock, you'll be linking up like Senator Craig in a bathhouse. I'm not kidding folks. This is the best blogging tool I've found. As you can see to your right, I'm rebuilding my blogroll. In time it'll feature all my new, dynamic blogger friends, and of course, the old fossils, too.

No chautauqua today. I'm still kicking around topics. I might do one on the hedonistic treadmill. That sounds fun. In the meantime, how about a check-in?

Yesterday I opened my drapes and what I saw shocked me: a large insect crawling on the glass door. Yikes! Once my brain caught up to my pounding heart, I recognized the insect as a harmless praying mantis. A few seconds later, I noticed a second praying mantis on the glass, too. They crawled toward each other and begin to "hook-up," if I may borrow a phrase from Generation-Y. I thought it was sweet until I remembered that the male praying mantis will soon lose his head, literally. I hope she was worth it.

Later in the day I lounged on my patio reading "Blink," by Malcolm Gladwell. Great book. Suddenly a kamikaze insect dive-bombed me. It was a huge, nasty conglomerate of insect matter buzzing its way toward my head. He veered course. He plopped down on a neighboring chair. Lo and behold, it was two insects locked in coitus. Evidently they thought the praying mantises had a good idea. As they mated, they occasionally leapt into the air and flew to and fro. Perhaps this was an attempt at the One-Meter-High Club. All I know is, September is the month to be an insect. Maybe it's all that Axe Body Spray in the air.

I made southwestern beef stew in my crockpot yesterday. I've perfected the recipe. It's almost as good as my crockpot chicken mole. Both dishes reheat well, so I make them in quantity and enjoy them throughout the week. Crockpots are the bomb. Crockpots are to cooking as blogrolling.com is to blogging. Stay tuned for updates on my crockpotting adventures.

I'm still visiting my gym daily. I've crunched some numbers. I've realized I'm exercising simply to negate the calories from desserts and adult beverages. I have dessert after every meal. Today's lunch dessert was powdered donut holes. Tonight's dinner dessert will likely be cinnamon twists. Anyway, it's totally worth it!

That's about it. Later, heroes.

65 comments:

Susan as herself said...

Sometimes I eat dessert before the mean, so I am not too full to have to skip it. (My mother taught me that trick.)

And all those bug encounters? BLECK. You are a braver man than I---I'd be avoiding the patio and the door like a syphylitic gigolo if I saw that. Praying mantises---YISH.

Susan as herself said...

Er---I mean---MEAL. Before the MEAL.

Sigh.

snowelf said...

oh my goodness!!

If this is the month for insects, I'd watch your "lighting bug butt" if I were you! ;)

--snow

SignGurl said...

Crock pots ARE the bomb! I made a pot roast one night and used the leftovers to make a pot pie the next.

Little Wing said...

Without my crock pot I could not be the domestic goddess that I am!

just me said...

give me that recipe to southwestern beef stew!!


...or else.

Sports Mama Tracy said...

Mmmmm..... dessert.....

I'm sorry.... were you talking about anything else? :)

Superstar said...

New or KNEW??? Did you KNOW you used a homonym?

Not that I am an English teacher or anything...LOL ;o)

~looks around~
So, where is the chocolate???

Maniac said...

I love the "pain in the (_!_)" phrase... I will need to adopt it, for so many things in life are.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

I use bloglines, and I find it's easy. Just coppy and paste the url into the slot, click on the version you want to subscribe to, and then it arranges them on the left in alphabetical order. I look on there and it tells me who has posted and who hasn't. Saves a lot of time surfin' through the blogs linked on my page, which is what I used to do. Mushy got me using it. I think he tries to keep up with like 90 blogs, which is just rediculous. I think I have 50ish, but most of them don't post too often. makes it somewhat managable.

My thing is these folks who seem to post about 10 times a day. I mean, get a fuckin' life. Jesus!

Loving Annie said...

Yeah, isn't it great when we all share information !

Glad that it worked easily for you, and thank you for the link !

Interesting about the praying mantic sightings.
Of course, what exactly would 'The Secret - Law of Attraction' authors have to say about that ?

Crockpots... I love recipes. It's trying to make them that usually stymies me somewhat. I can prevaricate longer than it takes the ingredients to get stale...

Donut holes and cinnamon twists. Lucky you. Sigh. I've still got ten pounds to lose until I'm back in my size 6 things...

Okay, gotta go return phone calls now.

Crazy Me said...

I'm so glad I don't crave sweets. I'd weigh 600 lbs!

Just a Girl said...

I love to sweeten my coffee with powered donut holes and then lick the powdered sugar from my fingers.

SHADOW said...

That's way too many insects for one day. And the ones that nearly knocked you over?! I would have lost my shit had that been me. You should move to NYC.

And dessert after every meal? You'll fit right in!!

Elaine said...

there must be something about you that makes insects horny. because I've never seen insects do it...let alone twice.

Poor male praying mantis...no ill nana is worth getting your head bit off.

Midas said...

I saw a praying manthis yesterday in my backyard, then I smell some dog shit, literally, and had to coral a 3 yo and a 1 yo inside to get away from the smell. I will have to remind myself the reasons why I have a dog. I used to love them when I have someone else bathing them and picking up their poop for me.

With all the weight from baby carrying I still have, I can only be glad I haven't discovered the joys of Donuts holes. I can still eat an apple and think it's dessert...oh wait, that was before I inhaled a bunch of chewy caramels. I love caramels now.

ren.kat said...

I miss crock pots. I'd forgotten the joys of insect voyeurism. And I am so happy to finally know exactly who "Everyman" is.

NWJR said...

Great news about the blogroll.

Now, about this ugly template you've been using...

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Whoa....is my mind in the gutter. Insects in coitus? Beef stew in my crockpot? Powdered donut holes???

Apparently, I need to get me some. Donunt holes, that is...:)

~gkw said...

Yeah, blogrolling.com is the bomb! Is that phrase still in use? I'm old so I use phrases that are out of date quite often. I depend on my kids to let me know!

Jack K. said...

The reference to "adult beverages" reminded me of a recent luncheon out. The server asked if I wanted a refill on my adult beverage. I respectfully declined. Since I was driving, one Guiness seemed sufficient.

We all chuckled at the use of the term, "adult beverage."

Damsel Underdressed said...

Hey, thanks for the link!

Southwestern Beef Stew and Chicken Mole...you are making my mouth water! Would you mind sharing the recipes? (My email is on my blog.) I pull out my crockpot as soon as the leaves begin falling. And crockpot meals compliment a Steeler game perfectly. ;) Go Steelers! (You should have never told me that your wife is a Steelers fan.)

Enemy of the Republic said...

I do blogrolling. Sometimes it is quirky and won't let you know when a new post is up. But it is so easy in terms of putting in links. I also use bloglines too, but not as much.

Yes, Torn is GREAT!

random moments said...

Thanks for seeking the info outloud that most of us bloggers have been looking for.

By the way, I'm not *terribly* upset that I'm not on your blogroll. A bottle of vino should do.

I find myself working out really hard only when I've eaten McD's or had more than my alotted calories for the day. Just think how super hot we'd be if we worked out that way consistently. Hmm...

MONA said...

LBB afraid of insects! LMAO!

Praying mantis love you to death!

It is insect time in India too. i am having a spray war with the cockroaches that seem to materialize from thin air into my kitchen!I have been running after them spraying till their death & yet they keep coming back with a vengeance!

I see my blog on your blogroll! What an honor! Thank you! You rock!

MONA said...

YIKES!
I hope hot soup doesn't mean trouble!





*joking*

Oh great One said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves the crock pot! It's good for spaghetti sauce and oh so many other things.

Every time I mow the lawn during this time of the year I get bombed by what my quaint southern neighbors call "love bugs". These little black bugs get their rocks off while flying around. They don't pay attention to anything in their path! I don't know that I would pay attention either if I were them but it's freakin' annoying!

Mo said...

I'd love to shake the hand of the person who invented the crock-pot. He's probably dead though, so that might be a little gross.

Jon said...

I know you're on Blogger, but Wordpress users can use a widget I wrote called Better Blogroll to manage their blogroll links.

If you imported your opml file into your Wordpress links manager, you could put the new ones in a category called "NEW" and it would display (NEW) next to the new links.

But you're on Blogger, so I'm sort of wasting your time. If you ever switch over though, you'd be all set.

Scottsdale Girl said...

Is it cooler yet? I mean the bugs up here are still afraid to fly for fear of spontaneous combustion. I can't imagine flying and screwing at the same time, one or the other is not going to be "quality."

Kelly said...

mmmm that sounds good. save me some.

was I talking about the insect sexathon or the stew?

you decide.

Loving Annie said...

Good Friday afternoon to you, Lighning Bug (Rich) !

I just got totally burned out/life is getting (very happily) busy.

But, I'll still be writing on my ertoca blog -- and commenting to everyone on my links there, because it is more manageable...

So, if that is something you are comfortable with/does not offend you, I'll move you over to those links, and keep visiting your blog that way.

Let me know. If I don't her from you, that'll also let me know ! :)

Hope that you have a good weekend,
Loving Annie

dawn said...

http://adam.freefm.com/

It's awesome. You can listen live in the morning or they have great clips on there from previous shows. My favorite segment is "What Can't Adam Complain About?" under the "Bits" button. Hours of fun and entertainment.

jillie said...

I've had the help of the MOST WONDERFUL signgurl help me with my stuff. I am NOT the most computer savy person.

Your stew sounds DEEELISH! What time do we eat?

;o)

Chunks said...

Fucking bugs.

Please tell me the cinnamon twists are Baker Boys Cinnamon Twists from Costco. If they are not, well, you are just wasting your damn time!

Bella said...

Hey...thanks for stopping by.

You know, you really do need to post that recipe. Sounds good and easy.

As for the bugs, well, do ya'll have 'love bugs' where you are? Those are a MAJOR pain! They're seasonal and are these little black bugs that swarm around outside while MATING and everytime you go out and drive your car, your grill will be saturated with them. No joke. Fun.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

you are the second guy in 12 hours I "know" who uses a crock pot! I have never used one!!

Stepping Over the Junk said...

HEY! It was THAT easy to get on your blogroll!! Woooo hooooo! :) (okay, I've been reading your blog for over a year now, if not longer (I think I read it when I blogged under "Painter Beach Girl" the year before and then deleted it...and it takes ease of technology to get on your blogroll...ah yes. Thank you. I now need to get that same technology for my blogroll...

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Hey! How about posting the recipe for that southwestern beef stew?

Crockpots totally work for me. Cut stuff up and throw it in a container for several hours? And dinner's ready? Dude, I'm there.

PBS said...

What, no spiders?

BottleBlonde said...

Looks like I'm one of your groupies today.

And what is it with you and watching insects screw?

Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh I can relate about the gym and deserts. I have a sweet tooth and crave something after meals too. :sigh:

Jenny! said...

Are those the Taco Bell cinnomon twists??? Those are the shit after a long night of adult beverages!

Crockpot's rock!

phishez_rule said...

Actually the male praying mantis only gets its head eaten in captivity. Odd huh?

I use google reader. But I have to add the URL. Its very easy. Saves me having to bookmark the page.

tornwordo said...

It's funny, because I had the same problem with blogrolling. One day, it just stopped working and my username no longer worked.

My mom burned the kitchen down with a crockpot. I've been scared of them ever since. (paper towels need to be far away from the device, fyi)

gusgreeper said...

that is pretty sweet i am gus greeper now. i like it. im still totally in love with spock but i had too many names...my alias and real name are enough...
i manually update my blog roll because i am old school like that but you've been on it for three years so you have no worries anyway...but for feed reading i found i really like igoogle and i added ireader to it...you just mentioned bloglines or whatever and i could never figure that thing out...and yes i've heard that blink book is good from a couple people now i'll have to put it on my list..

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I do not -- I say, not -- see Old Horsetail Snake on your blogroll. And not only that, but Dave's going to have your head for calling him a "fossil." Hell, he's about to be a "new" Dad.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I seriously need a crock pot and that blog-rolling thing - I also want to figure out where peole come from and I don't remember how to do that...things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm

C said...

Headless lovers - that sounds like a new rock band.

Cynic with Flair said...

I, too, exercise to burn off the wine and vodka. They'd be prying me out of this house with the jaws of life if I didn't.

Thanks for the tip on Bloglines. I am suckass at editing my template, and that causes me not to link to as many as I'd like.

Enjoy your stew, sounds yummy!

mckay said...

crap. even the insects are getting more action than me.

Little Wing said...

I got overly heated once and almost bit someone's head off.....oh wait, different subject, sorry!

Blancodeviosa said...

hey your in az. my state of birth. i miss it so. well not the heat..

appletini said...

MMMM! Crockpot chicken mole! Send me the recipe. Unless, it's top secret, and you'd have to kill me if you told me :)

Loving Annie said...

Done, LBB !

Flea's Thoughts said...

I use bloglines and I love it. I also use the firefox toolbar which is even easier but both do the job :)

As someone who did her strength training this morning and 2 mile walk tonight, I can say that I better as heck be more than negating my food (I HATE working out LOL). I need a lazy workout that does the body good....

Hammer said...

I will have to check out the blogrolling.

My current stuff is not working properly.

Webmiztris said...

blogrolling is a great service. and I haven't found any other services even remotely similar to it, which I find very odd. if you look at any other blog service (chat boxes, for example), there like 10-20 different varieties. I guess everyone know they can't compete with blogrolling. :)

James Burnett said...

nothing like humping insects to wind down a pleasant evening.

Lyvvie said...

Where's the recipe you bug pimp?

Gary said...

Thanks for the blogging tips. I am trying to learn more efficient ways to do things myself so I am happy I happened upon your blog (from Mona/Two Bits).

Great blog!

Ari said...

I will be thoroughly enjoying referring to any insects I see as "insect matter" for the next few days.... weeks... years... decades.

Odd. I just reduced a chicken to a vat of off the bone goodness in my crockpot recently, too.

Ashley said...

Congrats on going to the gym...I need to get back at it. I HAVE to eat desert with every meal...I think having a sweet tooth like mine should be considered a disease! Ahh...I am hitting the gym this week!

Dave Morris said...

Shit, do you live in an insectarium? (I just made that word up)

Isn't everything you make in YOUR crockpot considered "southwestern?" Technically speaking, I think so. For instance, I wear Midwestern Ass Chaps because I have no choice, it's just where I reside.

dbv said...

ok, how much for the chicken mole recipe? and in a crockpot? i'm already wet...