Rum Cherries

Quick update on the ming cherries + rum equation.

Drank all the rum.

Fished out the cherries.

The cherries are just little alcohol bombs.

Really, they don’t taste terrible anymore, because…well, they don’t taste like anything. Except rum. Solid, chewy, red little balls of rum.

Dog Faming

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Many of you are probably familiar with the trend of “dog shaming.” It consists of taking a photo of your dog next to a sign describing a naughty thing they have done, preferably with evidence of the misdeed.

I’m not a complete wet blanket. Many of these are done with love and with a twinkle in the owner’s eye. They are adorable and make me smile. But as a positive reinforcement trainer the concept rubs me the wrong way because of the persistent misunderstandings our society has about dogs and their behavior. The things the dogs do are natural doggie behaviors that we, as the ones with the big brains and the keys to the food cupboards, usually could have prevented if we considered them undesirable. In other words, in many cases it should be the owner in the photo next to a “shaming” sign.

So I thought it was…

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Pamper attack!

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I’m not sure whats going on today. The human got home really late last night so we got to have lovely snuggles in the morning~ but after our lovely bonding playfight on her bed she made me have a shower~ not cool

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This is me post bath▲ and this is the kittens trying to work out why I’m not playing with them ▼

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They wouldn’t leave me alone so I went and slept on a different bed~ minus the towel now that I was almost dry

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They really love this bed of mine~ can’t wait until they have homes and beds of their own and I can reclaim all that I have had to share ^^

Although the human has been cleaning and tidying the whole apartment which usually only happens when we have guests or when new fosters come in. I hope its a guest because we are definitely…

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Kurosawa, meet Faust

I love Akira Kurosawa.

I think I love Faust.

Kurosawa is one of my favorite movie directors, period. My first Kurosawa was Seven Samurai, a great movie if you don’t mind subtitles, black & white, and sitting in one place for 3+ hours.

Almost immediately after Seven Samurai, I sat down to Ikiru, which I found to be a touching movie. At one point, the main character Watanabe meets a journalist fellow while drinking heavily. The journalist, a well-educated man, utters quite a few things that make no sense to me, and I strive to be a well-educated individual. Among his mumblings, he mentions Mephistopheles (the emphasis is ‘stof’), as well as “Ecce homo.”

Mephistopheles is (according to dictionary.com) “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust.” Naturally, you’d have to have read Faust to know that, and I haven’t gotten around to it.

Ecce homo (ecce = echee or exsee), on the other hand, is Latin for “Behold the man!” This is Pilate’s quote when presenting Jesus with his crown of thorns to the crowd. (Found in John 19:5).  It also references any artwork in which Jesus is portrayed with a crown of thorns.

So there you have it. I don’t quite remember the use of these two items in Ikiru, but it’s good to know anyway.

Major Tom to Ground Control: “Spaghetti? Really?”

If you’re an airplane aficionado, you’ve probably been to at least one air & space museum. If you’ve got no interest in air or space, you’ve probably avoided them. Whether you’ve been or not, take the opportunity to explore the gift shop (always one of my favorite activities.) They usually stock one of modern America’s more interesting snacks, dehydrated food (a.k.a “Astronaut Snackies”).

Though experimentation in popularity has added (and subtracted) from the civilian market, the ice cream is always a good bet. Dehydrated spaghetti? Not so much. Even as a kid enjoying the novelty of it, I found it a little gross. The ice cream, though, is loads of fun. I had Neapolitan as a kid, and mint chocolate chip as an adult. And now, thanks to the internet, you can order it online….*giggles of mischief ensue.*

Somewhat sadly, there’s no more dried spaghetti (in case you’re like me, and you enjoy being a pallet masochist.)

Astronaut food: http://www.astronautfoods.com/

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate/ The History of Lapsang Souchong

You have to appreciate both tea, hot chocolate, and adventure to attempt something like this.

It’s pretty simple.

Recipe:

Brew a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Mix in some instant hot chocolate.

OR

Brew a cup of Lapsang Souchong tea.
Mix in some instant hot chocolate.

I tried it, and though I enjoyed it, I liked it much better using Twinings’ Lapsang Souchong. I wouldn’t just throw that in there, though, if you’ve never tried it before. Lapsang Souchong is to tea what caviar is to many people who don’t eat fish: it’s an acquired taste.

Lapsang Souchong has an interesting history. A long time ago, people tried to dry their tea leaves faster by putting them over a fire of pine needles. As soon as they tried the tea, it was declared a disaster; the tea has a distinct pine-and-smoke flavor, almost nothing like the fresh, crisp quality they were looking for.
Even while the majority of people hated it, a small handful actually enjoyed it, and kept it up through the centuries.

If you enjoy tea, give it a try.

Will you hate it? I’m not sure.

But, I suspect it appeals to people who like the following: pine forests, camping fires, dark tea, and smoking cigarillos. (I like all of those things.)

But take thyself to a teahouse, first, because it’s not all that common. There’s no sense sinking a lot of money into something you might hate.

My first teahouse (and my favorite) was t – an urban teahouse in Oklahoma City, OK.

Tea gods: http://www.twinings.com/home.php (t- an urban teahouse.)

My favorite tea brand name: http://www.twinings.com/home.php (Twinings of London.)

A better place to buy tea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/6x-Twinings-Loose-Tea-3-53oz-Tins-Pick-your-flavor-/260714145957?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item8263c66d86

(Pick your flavor(s), and they usually re-stock, too!)

*The history of Lapsang Souchong, as told me verbally by a friend.