Saturday, July 28, 2012

Someone interviewed me!

So, I got interviewed by RandomGirl over on It's On Random.  She's a zombie enthusiast and interviews bloggers.

Random Girl's Interview of TanteFledermaus

Go forth, and discover my feelings about Cheetos, my supernatural being preferences, and the burning question I had for her!

And then follow her.  DO IT.  DO IT NOW.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jerryrigging is my decorating scheme

My hearth extenders are now in place.
I think I need to clean the real brick so it matches the fake brick.

There will be another bookcase sitting on top of the short one.

Here's the other side of the fireplace, there will eventually be a TV on the red cabinet.

My little world is slowly shuffling together.  My father helped me by building the extenders (I have only handsaws, it would have taken weeks), and had to come make an adjustment since my wall is nowhere NEAR square.  He was rather impressed that I could lay my hands on a T-square and a tape measure within 30 seconds of being asked.  ORGANIZATION.

I am winnowing my book stash down to a manageable level.  I have too many.  Roommate gave me a Kindle the other day, so I am going to only buy real books if they are beautiful and reread worthy.  No shitty paperbacks.  

A coworker texted me this morning lamenting that she was out of reading material, and wanted to know if anyone had something she could borrow.  Honey chile, you asked the right person.  It's knee-deep in books in here!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tante is not very good at vacation

So, I've been on vacation from work for two and a half weeks.  I couldn't go anywhere, as I had to go to my other (volunteer) job, which is as a makeup artist at the Pageant of the Masters.  So, I've been piddling around the house, doing chores.  There was raking, and laundry, and carpet-shampooing, and various other boring sorts of tasks that got done.  I tried to sleep late, but the dog didn't allow that sort of thing.  I didn't get nearly enough done, but that is how ADD works.

Eventually, I'll be done with Things That Need Doing, and I will be able to do Things I Want To Do.
Gypsy helped me paint name tags for the ladies in my makeup room (it's a tradition).

These are the WIPs.  The theme is "The Genius."  There's a lot of Da Vinci going on.

Made at least one Asian-fusion sort of meal.

Had some extender platforms built for my hearth, so I can get bookcases into the corners without having to prop them up on blocks.  Had to paint them to match the bricks.  

Rearranged my bookshelves. You can see the hearth extenders underneath the (scavenged) red cabinet, which will soon hold a TV for movie nights.  I still have to make lifter feet for the cabinet legs, which will be glossy red to match.

Had my coworker-rats delumped.  Ingrid's tumor is visible on the right, Leena's sitting on hers.  They're both doing well, although Leena has another one growing on her side (at least she can walk around a side lump, the other one was near her girly bits and the size of a lime!).

Got fed up with chores, and decided that if I was on vacation, I should act like it.  Spent a day making tiki drinks, and dressed appropriately.

The look was cuter with the bright magenta lipstick I put on later.  Perhaps I'm biased, but I think I'm adorable.  The flamingoes agree. 

Tomorrow is my last day of vacation, and then I go back to work indefinitely.  I am not looking forward to it, as the idea of having to interact with children again is soul-crushing, but it's not really up for debate.  Gotta pay the bills, and it's a shitty time to be complaining about gainful employment.  I'm not digging ditches, and I'm not waiting tables, so I should shut my hole and be grateful.  At least I have an excellent "game face-" the kids never have any idea that I'm not at all interested in the world of children.

Perhaps tomorrow I will succeed in getting my books and furniture sorted out.  Never did get my laundry put away...

Friday, July 13, 2012

"It's my industrial strength hair dryer, AND I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT."

Homework time again. Here's the things I find to be neccesito burrito.

BareMinerals foundation. I didn't take a pic, because you know what it looks like. It's powder. I'm oily. Case closed.

Here's the rest of my stash, in no particular order.

Tweezerman needle tip and slant tip tweezers. Pluck yo shit!

Tweezerman 1/4 jaw cuticle nippers. For all your OCD needs.

Seche Vite topcoat. Make sure you get the tips, or it'll shrink.

The blackhead extractor implement from Sephora. I know I shouldn't, but it's JUST SO SATISFYING.

Tweezerman lash comb. Clumps are for chumps.

Blinc Kiss Me mascara. It's one of those tubey-kinds. My lashes are sparse and sad, and this does nothing but make them black, but it stays put and is fun to remove.

Spiral hairpins. The brand doesn't matter, as long as the little balls on the ends are smooth. Lumpy or rough balls will rip your hair out on the way in AND the way out. These things are my holy grail, people. Like a rock.

NYX Jumbo Pencils. Throw this on your waterline, pat powder eyeshadow on top, and voila. The white, while too white for my eyes, is great to lock down Urban Decay's "Foxy" from the Naked 2 palette, and it makes me look hella awake. Equally good for the blackest rims you'll ever want (Black Bean + Perversion).

Revlon Just Bitten lip stains-balms in "Frenzy" and "Midnight.". One is my Sexy Bitch lip. The other is my Alpha Bitch lip. Together, they make a dimensional lip that is borderline offensive in it's aggression. I love them both to bits. Smooches.

Anyhoo. It's late, I'm tapping this out on my phone, and I have to get up early to try to figure out how to scale up a tiki drink for a party. I think a Hurricane is pitcher-worthy, no?

You can totally scale up a Hurricane.  4 Meyers Rum, 2 lemon juice, 2 passionfruit syrup, lots and lots and lots of ice.  Garnish NOT optional.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Drunken Tomatoes

Okay, so, I still can't find the recipe for the drunky tomatoes.

HOWEVER.  They're not that precise.

Gather a bunch of tomatoes, some decent vodka (if you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it), a lemon, and some salt and pepper.

Parboil and skin the tomatoes.  Boil some water, cut an "X" through the skin on the bottom of each tomato, dunk them in boiling water (use a slotted spoon) for a quick second.  Immediately dunk the boiled tomatoes into ice water to stop the cooking.  The skins should slip off easily after that.

Once all your tomatoes are naked, throw them in a bowl with the vodka.  Let them marinate for at least 3 hours.  Longer, if you want a party.

Drain out the vodka (save it for Bloody Marys).

Zest the lemon.  Make it fine.  Stir it into the tomatoes.

Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve them on cocktail picks.


Seriously, though, make a ton.  They're unbelievable.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Zucchini Muffins, for all your bumper-crop needs.

It would seem that many of you have a bumper crop of zucchini.  I have a solution for you.  I am not an amazing cook.  I am competent, with a few specialties..  What I AM good at, however, is shamelessly lifting recipes from other people.  This one was lifted a million years ago, from the mother of one of the girls in my Girl Scout troop.  These things were legendary.  

Next time, y'all, pick them when they're still tiny!

1 ½ cups oatmeal
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour  
1 ¼ cups wheat germ
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Salt (or less to taste)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1-¼ cups honey
4 eggs
1 cup oil
2-3 cups grated, unpeeled raw zucchini
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (almonds are great)
½-1 cup raisins

Preheat your oven to 350.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Combine sugar and eggs in a large bowl.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Gradually add oil and beat constantly for 2-3 minutes.  Add zucchini and vanilla and blend well.  Stir in nuts and raisins.  Fold in dry ingredients until evenly moist.  DO NOT OVERMIX!  Fill paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full and sprinkle with wheat germ.  Bake 25 minutes and cool on a rack.  

I suggest adding dried cranberries and frosting the whole thing with cream cheese frosting, like a delightful carrot-cake-cousin.