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Sunday, November 12, 2006

This and that

My four day weekend is rapidly coming to an end. Seems like only moments ago I was pulling into my super parking space and settling in for "Grey's Anatomy." Sigh. Anyway, here are some random ruminations from my mini-break.

* Homemade hummus is fantastic, but not worth the effort unless you have a decent food processor. We had coworkers over for a little housewarming Friday, and I basically had to process one chickpea at a time. (But everyone loved it.) And did you know that some brands of tahini have 17g of fat per servings. Yowza!

* My former boss found evidence that, once again, my fake owl is such a failure at scaring pigeons that it is now actually LULLING THEM TO SLEEP.

* If you spend a lot of time researching, you'll probably find the perfect plant for your apartment. If you stop into the first florist you see and buy the only plant in your price range, you're likely to end up with a mystery plant. Anyone know what this is, because the guy at the florists sure didn't.

*Anyone else think the new James Bond looks just like Clinton Kelly from "What Not to Wear"?

* Knitting? Well, I had a great time meeting celebs like Angela this weekend and I made serious progress on my belted cardigan creation, which still kinda looks like a top-down raglan. Here's the back, in all its variegated beauty:

* And lastly, I think these quizzes are one step up from hocus pocus, but this one was eerily accurate. Hurrah for western Pennsylvania accents!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.
What American accent do you have?
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Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Ok - That is an Umbrella plant. I have a humongous one my Mom gave me for work. She got it at a little store when I was a kid and now it is like 10 ft. tall. The kids love it - they pretend they are in a jungle all the time.

There is a lot of olive oil in tahini - and is it made from sesame seeds? I seem to recall that sesame seeds are quite oily themselves...

LOL - maybe if Clinton Kelly started taking steroids and working out in a huge way - they do look alike though you're right.

I took that test the other day with the same result! I always smile when visiting Americans remark on our 'Canadian accent' in BC -'cause we sound like everyone in Hollywood and on tv so who has the accent?

Yes. The long weekends do go by too quickly!

1:20 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

processing every chickpea? oh my!

2:52 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

you definitely need a better food processor :) hummus should be a snap to make!

the top-down raglan is looking good! i just love that variegated color. it's the perfect choice for you!

8:13 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

I'm not sure what that plant is, but I had one in my apartment for two years (it was originally a housewarming gift from my parents when I moved in). It grew ginormous with all the sun it was getting, so when I moved I had to give it away, because it would have taken up half the car. All I can tell you is that it likes a lot of sun and a lot of water.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Schefflera, aka (as miss scarlett commented) an Umbrella plant.

My neighborhood is teeming with Mediterranean restaurants and groceries, so hummus, babaganoush, tabouleh, etc. are in plentiful supply. After years of not making my own hummus (since it is so easy to procure) I made some recently. Yum. I love it so much more since I can make it as tahini-y, lemon-y, or garlic-y as I like. When I lived in NYC and had limited space, I used to have a small food processor. It would take a few batches, but I could make a decent amount fairly efficiently.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I once tried to make hummus and forgot to cook the chick peas. Not only did I break our blender, I also broke our garbage disposal and my husband had to snake our nasty 100 year old pipes for hours to clear the impacted chick-pea cement.

I stayed upstairs in cried in humiliation and guilt. I was pregnant. What can I say?

I buy hummus from whole foods now and just foof it up with lemon and paprika.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Hummus, yum!! I'm with you on the fodd processor thing tho. My last batch of hummus convinced me to go all out on a huge cuisinart! It's awesome!!

I can't wait to see the belted cardi!! I need a belted cardi! ;)

9:09 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

I have the same plant! It's been growing like crazy for the past 6 years...
The Belted cardigan is looking good!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

ok yeah, we need to get you a better food processor! Don't all tahinis have that much fat?

Do not compare my man to the wntw guy.

I took the quiz and somehow have a philadelphian accent....who knew

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

You know.. he kind of does! ha, how funny! And hummus, girl, I used to make mine in a blender. How sad is that? Anyways, thanks for coming out to play! I had tons o'fun!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Sachi said...

You have such knowledgeable people visisting you. Yes, it's a Schefflera. This particular one needs afternoon sun (about 3 hours) with a lot of ambient light throughout the day. Or, if there is strong ambient light all day, it will do well in the shade. :-)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I'm sorry your hummus was a disaster!

I have this 2-in-1 combo thing--basically it's that base motor part, but there's two tops to it, a blender top and a food processor top. I've found it to be quite satisfactory and it saves space too. Also if you'd like a recipe for hummus that doesn't use tahini (but is still super duper yummy) let me know.

Will you be having time off for Thanksgiving?

11:03 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

You made hummus? I'm impressed, esp. since you had to smash the chickpeas individually. :)
The sweater is looking so lovely! Gotta love that Brooks Farm.

12:37 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Your belted cardigan creations is looking fab!


12:40 PM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

I took the accent test and it said I was "North Central" and that I probably get mistaken for a Canadian a lot. Seems fitting since I'm from Vancouver...

3:55 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

hmm love hummus..but I never make mine at home..just too lazy to go through the whole process. I bet your's must be yummy...

hmmm not sure about the new james bond. I still prefer Brosnan and Connery.

4:04 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I'm impressed that you made your own hummas, by hand, no less.

The cardi is coming along nicely. Shame the long weekend went by so fast (don't they always?).

I came up with a North East accent... interesting.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm tramatized by looking at a picture of that plant! We used to have them in our front yard when our family lived in Fl. I was always recruited to help trim them back into sphere shapes and I hated it. Ah, bad memories flooding back!

I also consider myself from W. PA and got the midlands accent. I found it interesting that they didn't distinguish a real western PA accent (yinz gawn dahntahn n'at?).

8:29 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

As others have said, that is an umbrella plant and it loves water and sun, although it will do just fine with indirect sunlight and guilty drowning once every seven to ten days. It just won't grow as fast.

The new 007 does kind of look a bit like Clinton Kelly. More weathered and built, but the resemblance is there.

Homemade hummus is really good, but go get yourself a little blender or a food processor. Yeesh that would be a lot of work without one.

Love the cardi. The colours are great.

11:32 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Heh heh - your sleeping pigeon is hilarious. I spend much time clapping and swatting at my windows to get them off the sill. They are unfazed.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hummus is quite tasty, but yeah a food processor is a must.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carrie - I have been able to keep this same type of plant alive for nearly two years - of course I lost that little plastic insert that told me what it was and what to feed it - fortunately, unlike Gremlins, I gave it water and it lived!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Definitely Shefflera, they like occasional showers. I have a Midland accent too!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

I took that test too- I think my results are wrong. I'm from Jersey, and while I don't have a heavy accent, I know I don't sound like I'm from Chicago (like it said I did).

We have one of those owls too. We put him out for Halloween, but I think we're leaving him up for Xmas.

9:53 PM  
Blogger legally intoxicated said...

midland with just a bit of the west.

had a plant like that last year, but killed it off early. but it was a beauty while it lasted.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

He looks like he could be Clinton's dad or older brother. Only very buff - have you seen shirtless pic of him? OMG.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I have a Midland accent and I too attributed it to being from Western PA. Yuns guyz, red up, crik instead of creek, worsh instead of wash, iggle instead of eagle, and my personal favorite, ruff instead of roof.

1:30 PM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...


I know people have already told you what the plant is, but it kinda reminds me of a Rhodadendron. *note that i did not say it is a rhodadendron...just that it reminds me of one.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Maman said...

I tested as a WEST accent! How are your accent and mine different???????
I had a schefflera when you were little. It got some very nasty bugs all thorough it....

7:47 PM  

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