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Oooh, Shiny!: A Recipe For Food-Happiness in the Korean Style
2010-03-14 16:51 MDT

Because everyone should be as food-happy as I am right now:1. Prepare a mix of every rice-like grain you have in the house. My version of that is as follows: Bring 2.25 cups water to a boil, add 1/4 C wild rice, bring to a simmer, cover. Set timer for 15 . . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: Why My Neighborhood Whole Foods Team Rocks
2009-09-12 20:11 MDT

They gave me chocolate. With "Thank you!" written on the back in Sharpie. Even though I was the one who inconvenienced them.It was the classic stupid: I got up to the register and my stuff was all on the belt and the nice guys are halfway through the chec. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: On Music That Does What It's Probably Supposed To Do
2009-06-30 12:55 MDT

"Homesick", by Kings of Convenience. I never remember it between hearings. Then it'll play unexpectedly on the stereo in a cafe or tea house, and my reaction is always the same: "Goodness, that sounds like Simon & Garfunkle. Wait--this is that song, isn't. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: Open Letter to Starwood Properties
2009-05-27 23:06 MDT

Dear Starwood,So I understand who your target audience at the W is. I do see how this is a population calculated to appreciate that you blew your budget on tempting incidentals and on cutsy alliterative branding, and didn't save much for things like free . . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: I have my bike pump back SQUEEEEE!
2009-05-26 00:08 MDT

This morning I got ready to leave my hotel room to seek breakfast. I gathered up my bookbag, my bike tool bag, my helmet, and my AOPA visor cap. And I tried to gather up my bike pump, but could not find it. I had been bringing it up with me rather than le. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: Trains Are All Laid-Back And Stuff, Exhibit #157
2009-04-20 18:29 MDT

Exhibit #157 evincing the laid-back-ness of train stations as compared to airports in our Post 9/11 World:"Once again, ladies and gentlemen, will all visitors please detrain. We are about to depart."Exhibits #107-110 are the absence of metal-detector arch. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: Americans! Beware of FOREIGN ELECTRICITY!
2009-03-18 22:13 MDT

Radio Shack gets major props for having in stock, all the time, so I can waltz in 4 days before a cross-Atlantic flight and buy them, 85W Voltage Converters and Foreign Travel Outlet Adapters. Granted, it would be nice if the outlet adapters came by the s. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: These Jeans Are Cleeeeeeeean!
2009-03-07 17:34 MST

Bright spring green latex paint splotches on deep black jeans. Unsightly! And this happened last week. Says eHow, "We hope you were wearing work clothes when you were doing that painting job ... because latex paint is almost impossible to get out of cloth. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: What? Of course it was awesome!
2009-02-09 17:50 MST

I thoroughly concur with Joe Hill.Also, on the subject of how appropriate the movie is for kids, I'm reading comments all over the blogosphere along the lines of "I took my 3-year-old. She was mesmerized! She wants to see it again!"John and I saw the 10:0. . . .

Oooh, Shiny!: Two Sides To Every Story
2009-02-06 11:18 MST

Going to see Coraline tonight. Have avoided most reviews, but cannot resist some links presented at Neil Gaiman's blog. Compare and contrast:While watching this movie I couldn’t help thinking it’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers for kids. I wouldn’t . . . .

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