I love weekends. One would think that for the unemployed, it’s all just a month of Sundays, but there is something special about Saturday mornings. For one thing, it’s a day to collect loose ends. I never updated you on the Blackberry-in-the-spa-soup episode, and am happy to say that the gentleman at Today’s Nails did, indeed, succeed in rescuing my beloved Bberry. It lives! Interestingly, I found this tutorial on the Internet that suggests using the hairdryer trick to clean the Blackberry trackball or “pearl”. The URL is a bit cumbersome but the advice is good: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PNY-JmhEiwI/Sfm2rOMYPjI/AAAAAAAAAPQ/75ayXAVhfws/s320/4.jpg&imgrefurl=http://basitj.blogspot.com/2009/04/give-your-blackberry-new-look-and-feel.html&usg=__N96-SblS84vvQQBncXsLjr-JI5E=&h=240&w=320&sz=10&hl=en&start=5&um=1&tbnid=tC4iXJIr4Inl0M:&tbnh=89&tbnw=118&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblackberry%2Bhair%2Bdryer%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1
I know all you iPhone users out there are gloating since you’ll never need to know these tricks, but I remain thus far faithful to my beloved Blackberry.
Another loose end: we have not followed up on the who-I’d-like-to-invite-to-dinner fantasy. Apparently, my sister-in-law, Jean, and I are the only ones who like to play that game. Here are her picks:
“To start..(in no particular order) ..all the great Bible people including Esther, Ruth, Daniel, Moses, Joseph, Isaiah, Abraham………then Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, John Adams, John Quincy Adams.”
I am getting a great visual of Abraham Lincoln sitting at the table with Moses. The headgear options alone would be a reason to peek in on this group.
If you need a dessert idea for your fantasy – or real – dinner party, here, finally is Loose End #3, the Coconut flan recipe I promised you:
Marie Christine’s Coconut Flan
1/3 cup sugar
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes for garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
In a small saucepan, melt the sugar until it is caramelized, then pour it into a round dish (or individual ramekins).
In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Add the sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, vanilla and the 1/4 cup flaked coconut.
Pour mixture into the prepared dish(es) and bake in a water bath, about 40 minutes or until flan is of desired texture.
The ladies are having a nice Saturday and clearing up their own loose ends, which consist of the last bundle of carrot tops from the Farmers Market. When I was cleaning the coop this morning, I turned around and all four of the girls were standing behind me, staring and clucking. I’ve had this feeling before at the nail salon – maybe you have, too – when the manicurists start speaking animatedly to one another in Vietnamese and casting glances your direction – you get the distinct feeling they are talking about you but you have no way of knowing for sure what they’re saying. I’ve asked them before to teach me a word or two of Vietnamese – it’s completely beyond me. These people can speak English AND Vietnamese, and repair highly complex electronics with hairdryers. Very humbling.
Anyway, this morning, I had the distinct impression that Amelia, Hope, Lily and Autumn were talking about me in Chickenese, another language I have no hope of learning. But I don’t think there’s any danger of them picking up English, or a hairdryer, so I’m hopeful of retaining the upper hand here. One new development is that Hope has started following me around. I’ve had a hard time getting a good picture of her lately because she’s shadowing me so closely. Maybe she has a secret to tell me. If only I could find the English-Chickenese dictionary…