Monday, November 17, 2008

Answers to your burning questions

Dear readers, thank you so much for all your comments. I often intend to respond to your questions in the comment section, but then I read comments on the fly, checking email on my way out the door or at work. I answer them mentally, and intend to write the response, but rarely do. So here we go, in no particular order...

What did you do with the arugula? It was so good and I have a batch from my CSA to prepare.

Arugula is so tasty, and one of my favorite things on earth, it really needs very little done to it. At Sinda's party, I squeezed 1/4 lemon over it, drizzled generously with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and tossed it all together. You can substitute balsamic vinegar for the lemon. Toss in nuts, goat cheese, or croutons if you like. I also like it chopped up over sandwiches, tacos, or rolled up in prosciutto or bresaola.

Too bad that Midge couldn't come to the party. Is she anything like Midge on Mad Men?

No. She is a bird rehabilitator in Midland, Texas. Crazy about her work in the best sort of way.

What about hiring one of the teen ballerinas to shuttle Anna to these extra (ballet rehearsals)?
Great idea, except the oldest dancers at our studio are 14, and they don't live near us.

Possums are nasty. Is Chicka ok?
Yes, gracias dios. She layed low the next day - I'm sure she was sore - and since then has been perky.

Can you imagine a worse time to get a puppy than when a family is trying to settle into a new house and routine? (re: Obama)

Laura, you wouldn't believe the stupid moments people get a puppy. Like women in their 3rd trimester (this happens a LOT). Lots of people get puppies just before moving. Or getting two puppies at the same time - I always advise against this, for multiple reasons. I am hoping the Obama puppy will have a (paid) caretaker, and staff to help pick up after it. I did hear that the Bush's dog bit a journalist recently.

I am curious to know when your migraines started.

My migraines started two years ago this month. I woke up with a headache so bad I vomited. I was misdiagnosed with a sinus headache. It happened again a few months later, and again, the same misdiagnosis. I went to my regular GP, and he said, "A headache that lasts 3 days isn't just allergies. You have migraines." Thank you! Since then I've had them about once a quarter. I heard a great piece on Fresh Air about a new book called, "The Migraine Brain," that I want to order.

I'm sure you'll keep a good eye on your kitties' teeth to prevent as much loss as possible. Do you brush their teeth?

No. But I know people who do, and some even use an electric toothbrush!

Should race have anything to do with electing the best candidate?


mainlyclearskies said...

I loved this! Thanks for answering all of the questions!

peevish said...

yes, this was a good idea. I'll bet Midge has some great stories!

Emily said...

What a great post for NaBloPoMo!

It was great to see that picture of Midge. Made me smile.

Laura said...

Ooh! I love the answers! About getting two puppies at once: we did it and I also advise against it. Shame on the breeder for encouraging us!

About 'possums: I can see that your technical brain kicks in and you call them "Opossum". Here's what I read, "The word comes from Algonquian wapathemwa, not Greek or Latin, so the plural is opossums. It is usually pronounced without the leading "O", or with a slight schwa. "

I saw the clip of the Bush's dog biting the reporter. Not surprising, given the stature of the dog and the fact that the person tried to reach over its head to pat it. He gave a warning growl!

We brush our dogs' teeth with an electric toothbrush. They bite it slightly less than a manual brush.

And let me know if the migraine book is helpful or interesting. Lately, I've been losing more time to migraines than I'd like.

Anonymous said...

I too enjoyed the photo of Midge - it inspired me to goggle her and read more but nothing very recent is out there other than she participated in a gigantic garage sale to raise money for Meals on Wheels for Midland. Sounds like she is still active, thankfully.

I think your readers would enjoy some of your stories about Midge, too.

Love, M

Agent X said...

Thank you for the Arugula!