Monday, January 14, 2008

New Addictions and Old Addictions

New addictions:

GroupRecipes - Heather introduced me to this delicious (har har) foodie website ages ago, but now that I have a vonderful (<--- German accent) thing called free time, I've actually begun to play with it! GroupRecipes allows users to join groups of like-minded foodies, "friend" people, share recipes, create full menus, and browse others' recipes by flavor, ingredient, etc. It's really a vast site with tons of tasty nooks and crannies to discover. I've posted four recipes, some of which you've seen here:

Artichoke Chicken Salad
Kalamata Meatballs
King Ranch Nachos
Chicken Breasts with Dried Beef

Body & Bath Cafe - This little shop, located in Myrtle Beach, SC ships its bath time treats all over. When we were in Myrtle Beach on vacation, I picked up two of the Dreamy Creamy Soap Floats, and I'm hooked. It's a mixture of shea butter and soap that creates a great lather for leg shaving and smells like candy. And it feels like a marshmallow! Well, a little tougher and harder than a regular marshmallow, but still a marshmallow!

Old Addictions:

Estella! (beware the link if you haven't read Great Expectations...maybe some spoilers!) - I still love her. I really do. For the uninitiated, Estella is not a nice girl. Her role in Great Expectations is to break our young protagonist's heart, and her aunt, the crazy, jilted Miss Havisham, taught her well. I can't (although I will try in the near future) put my finger on what exactly is so intriguing about Estella. Perhaps it's the fact that she's one of the original literary bad girls. She's enigmatic, calculating, seems pretty darn evil from the beginning. It's sort of like reading Paradise Lost and liking Satan the best of everyone. The baddies are always so much more interesting, aren't they?


I have some interesting and exciting writing prospects on the horizon. It'll take a bit for me to find out more info, but keep your fingers crossed and I hope I come back to this topic with good news in the near future.


  1. Fingers and toes duly crossed! :)

  2. Good luck with your writing stuffs!

    I love cooking, too. I'll have to check that site out. Sometimes it's hard to find basic things like beef stew in my cookbooks. This might be just the place.

  3. That Estella is one bad girl - I'm kind of liking her :)
    And, fingers crossed for you!

  4. Thanks for the good luck wishes, ladies!

    Nik, you will become totally addicted, I promise. :)

    Iliana, me too! She's sort of refreshing.

  5. I'm drooling over the thought of a king ranch nachos. :)

  6. Matt, they're yummy and completely fattening! Take a look:

  7. I love that recipe site. So yummy!!! Glad you friended me, now I can see what you got cookin!

    I finally finished GE yesterday. My version had an alternate ending. I liked the original better.

  8. But then, at the end, she's so sad. You find out she's been abused by her husband, right? Or is that the alternate ending?

    I couldn't find your email address, but I had to share this. When I tried to read your blog at work, I got this message, which made me laugh: has been categorized as Pornography. It has been blocked per your organization's Internet Usage Policy.

  9. Dewey, OH MY GOD! Porn? Wow. I'm trying to remember if I dropped an out of control string of f-bombs recently. I don't think so.


    Thanks for my big giggle of the day!


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