Cast of Characters:

Enkidu (AKA Slim)
Beowolf (AKA Wolfie)
Blaze (AKA Blaze)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

recipe for yummy

Well, I'm currently enjoying something that I threw together last night:

  • 1lb ground turkey,
  • a robust dash of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning,
  • 1 package southwestern veggie blend (corn, black beans, chopped peppers),
  • a bit of V8 juice,
  • 1 cup whole grain noodles (uncooked),
  • a bit of cheese crumbled, cut, or otherwise made small (1/2 cup?),
  • a can of pineapple,
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • (water or milk to keep everything moist as needed)

  1. Brown the ground turkey with the creole seasoning and maybe some salt and pepper (do not drain)
  2. Add water, juice from pineapple, and a splash of V8
  3. Add noodles and cook until noodles are about half-way done
  4. Add veggie blend and pineapple
  5. Add cheese and mix in until melted into sauce
  6. Cook until noodles are done and the sauce ceases to be soup.
  7. Enjoy.

The cheese and the tomato aren't identifiable as such in the finished product, but they definitely add to the flavor.

Very tasty. Probably could feed about 4-6.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Wolfie takes an interest in SLA

Here's Wolfie perusing my Second Language Acquisition shelf.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Note on the distinction between living and dead languages

If you aren't able to watch a mainstream movie in the language that you are studying, then the language you are learning is not a living language.

(unless, of course, it is a language that simply isn't spoken by enough people with enough money for them to have made movies in that language.)

Let's take some examples:
  • Italian: yep, you can watch movies in Italian
  • Latin: mainstream movies in Latin
  • Modern American English: yep, you can watch movies in English
  • Old English: nope, not a living language (Think the original Beowulf.)
  • Egyptian Arabic: yep, you can watch movies in Egyptian Arabic
  • Classical Arabic: nope, not a living language - try watching a movie after you've figured out how to read the Qur''ll be sadly disappointed.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Independence in America becomes isolation and loneliness

I've been saying this for years. Now I'm hearing a program on the radio about a book that says the same thing:

The Lonely American by Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz.

Basically, we spend so much time being being independent that we forget to have connections to people. Then we wonder why we get depressed.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

More fun than a...

...ferret in a box lid!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fuzzy Ferret Frenzy!

Here are Wolfie and Enkidu going at it again! It's so nice to have happy ferrets in the house!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Happy, Playing Ferrets!

Here's a short clip of Wolfie and Enkidu wrestling.

And another.