Thursday, November 20, 2008

I say, does anyone want to play a game of Scrabble?

You Are Scrabble

You are incredibly clever and witty. You can talk your way out of (and into) situations easily.

You are an excellent decision maker. You are good at weighing the options in front of you.

You're the type of person who can make something out of nothing. You are very resourceful.

You know a lot of things. Most importantly, you know when people are wrong - even when they won't admit it.

Blog post title is a nod to one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite movies talking about one of my favorite games. It was Sir Didymus in Labyrinth, of course!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Creepy, Abandoned Chi-Chi's...

As many of our readers know, I used to work at Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurante. I met my husband there and most of my best friends have worked there (as did three of my sisters-in-law). The chain started going downhill when it was sold to Family Restaurants, Inc. in the early 90s and I figured that by now it had died (other than the Hormel salsa and corn cake). Yes, the death knell for Chi-Chi's in America was apparently in 2004 (see Wikipedia entry).

However, the spirit of Chi-Chi's lives on in those of us who remember it's good years. One person collects photos of "Creepy, Abandoned Chi-Chi's" and shares them with us on her blog. Another set up a petition to get Chi-Chi's back in the U.S. Who that petition is going to I have no idea, but I'll sign it if it means I can order a yummy Cancun or shrimp Chajita with a big ole side of corn cake.

Also, if you're willing to go overseas you can check out the ones still in Belgium.

p.s. This company history is more in depth, but does not cover the closing.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Dog and His Weirdness

I've had a terrible cold all week, which means that I've been home wrapped up in blankets on the couch watching HGTV. With a cold I always crave orange juice. Now, I don't know about you, but I grew up with a lot of pets around so I have an unconscious list of things that are safe to set on a coffee table (i.e., close enough for an average sized dog to stick their nose in) and those things that are not safe. Based on the many dogs* I've lived with before, I had "glass of orange juice" on my safe list. Yeah. If you read my previous post you are way ahead of where I was as I set my glass down...

I was so slow, in fact, that I was a little curious as to why Herger was "sharking" the coffee table. He made a few passes that made the Jaws theme play in my head and I got as far as thinking, "Why in the...?" when it hit me. I had put what was the equivalent of a pork roast for any other dog right under his nose. Don't ask me why the fruit does it to him, it just does. We managed to make it through that mistake without incident, even though when I moved the glass he did throw the "but MOTHER!" eyes at me.

Tonight Daddy brought home a bag of oranges and Herger got two slices from the one we peeled so he thinks that sort of makes up for not getting his own bowl of juice. Maybe.

*Snoopy, Missy, Precious, Joe, Ginger, Tubby, Max, Bono, Arfur, Cassie, Jenny, Freya** & Tyr
** Freya had a similiar obsession... er, affection for ice

Saturday, November 1, 2008

We Can't All Be Saints, Can We?

Your Birthdate: November 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.

You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.

Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.

You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January