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Friday 5: Happy ASLIRT
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Friday 5: Opposite Day
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Friday 5: Aroma

Friday 5: Happy ASLIRT

Happy Friday! Today was my summer Friday off and … it rained. Womp womp. I don’t have a shore house or relatives with a shore house, so we are daytripping folk. If it rains, we stay home.

I spent my July 4th hanging out of the pool.


Except Mom and I went to lunch today at Zinburger (omg yum) and poked in and out of Ulta and Barnes and Noble. Then we got her new wireless network set up. I played some Diablo, spent time with WM, and now I’m sitting outside in my lounge chair as the sun sets. A damn good day.

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Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is Happy ASLIRT and nope, no idea what ASLIRT stands for. Let’s get to it!

1. What are your favorite and least favorite nuts?
Favorite: Macadamia, which is one of the fattiest nuts. Naturally
Least Favorite: Walnuts. They’re a lot of work to crack, with very little reward.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite berries?
Favorite: Strawberry
Least Favorite: Raspberry, AKA hell-berry. UGH. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a description of a recipe and I am ALL IN until the last line which includes a raspberry glaze or a raspberry vinaigrette or a raspberry infusion and … ugh. Barf. I’m out.

3. What are your favorite and least favorite tropical fruits?
Favorite: Pineapple. Gimme pineapple anything and I’m there for it. Pineapple juice is amazing.
Least Favorite: I was going to say grapefruit, but paused because I’m not sure if it’s actually considered tropical. I used this list for reference and it doesn’t include grapefruit (but does include oranges, so …???). I was going to go with pomegranate and that’s not on the list either. Thus, I’m going to go with the Dead Man Fingers which is on the list and looks suitably disgusting-tasting like raspberries.

4. What are your favorite and least favorite varieties of M&Ms?
Favorite: Pretzel and I never buy them because they are that dangerous.
Least Favorite: Crispy. They’re weird. I’m leaving out the holiday stunty flavors and sticking with core flavors.

5. What are your favorite and least favorite raisin-containing foods?
Favorite: Cinnamon raisin bread. It’s heaven by the slice.
Least Favorite: There’s a carrot salad with raisins that perplexes me. It not awful, but I’d say it’s my least favorite.

Even thought Google is providing no help, I’m going to guess that ASLIRT is a variety of trail mix, because of the ingredients in the question and that ASLIRT is TRAILS mixed up.

Have a great weekend! Our plans include cruising by the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival, because we freaking LOVE spring/summer/fall festival time! I also think I’m going to teach myself to sew reusable coffee cup sleeves. Exciting, right?

Happy ASLIRT = Happy Trails? TRAIL MIX!

Friday 5: Opposite Day

What? My site was down you say?

No, it wasn’t!

It was a great week, highlighted by going to the daytime Phillies game on Thursday with my brother John, who never reads my blog.

It was Jim Thome day and everyone received a Thome head on a stick.


And today I spent as much time outside as I could. We did a crapton of yard work and did you know it’s a thing in this neighborhood to remove the weeds between the edge of your driveway and the street? Suburban lawn care peer pressure is definitely a thing.

Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Opposite Day. Let’s get to it!

1. What food, normally eaten cooked, do you prefer uncooked?
I like eating potatoes raw. I also like cake batter, raw eggs and all. I’m a rebel that way.

2. What food, normally eaten uncooked, do you prefer cooked?
I don’t eat sushi made with raw fish. I like the cooked versions instead. Spicy shrimp and spicy crab. I also prefer my steak cooked to medium-well.

3. What food, normally eaten cold, do you prefer hot?
4. What food, normally eaten hot, do you prefer cold?

I’m a purist. I hate cold pizza and cold spaghetti. And everything I do eat cold, I would never want heated up. I mean, I MAY have drank unfrozen Otter Pops once upon a time, but then I turned 45 and gave up those childish things.

Mac and cheese should be hot. Macaroni salad should be cold. What’s wrong with you people?

5. What are your favorite dinner meals to have for breakfast and breakfast meals to have for dinner?

I enjoy bacon and eggs for dinner. And I’ve enjoyed pizza for breakfast. Warmed up, because what is WRONG with you people?

Friday 5: Aroma

It was a bumpy readjustment coming back from Florida.

On Monday, Dad and I ventured to Camp Holly for an airboat ride, which was JUST as amazing as it sounds!

Camp Holly is pretty nice, with beer that flows, an outdoor bandstand, an observation tower, a gift shop, and cornhole. We went on a Monday afternoon (as Retireds do) so the happening parts weren’t as happening.

St. Johns River


There were 11 of us on the boat. The captain sounded like Larry the Cable Guy, which was PERFECT.

We didn’t get a shot of the 2 of us but this is a good approximation.


Ready to find some gators.


We saw many gators. For every one or two the captain pointed out, I found 4 or 5 more on my own.

They were freaking EVERYWHERE!


We were out on the river for 40 minutes. It was a good way to celebrate my half-birthday, which I don’t usually celebrate anymore. We had a steak dinner that night, and I slept through the SpaceX launch at 12:25am.

On Tuesdays I flew home to these guys:

Lords of the Snugs.


And this shiteousness that fell Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Oh for the love of…


That tree is, thankfully, not mine. But it’s down the street. The storm pulled our Verizon line (no big, we don’t have Verizon) down low across the street. We called Verizon to have it removed. They said they’d be there within 24 hours. Overnight we believe a plow clipped the line. WM coiled it up near the utility pole and we called it good. We’re on the lookout for ANOTHER storm on Sunday night. I really, REALLY want some springtime weather.

I know it’s not spring yet. I know.

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Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Aroma. Let’s get to it

1. What’s something you enjoy that contains garlic?
Mmmmm. I love garlic. I love it in spaghetti sauce, in roasted garlic mashed potatoes, in chicken with GARLIC sauce, sauteed with shrimp, and in garlic rolls. I think it’s Papa Johns that offers a garlic butter dipping sauce with its pizza.

Unfortunately, WM hates the smell of it and claims the scent lingers for days so I don’t cook with it. Sad face. WM > garlic though.

2. What’s something you enjoy that contains ginger?
I like the pickled ginger that comes with sushi. And of course gingerbread cookies. But really strong ginger is offputting. I was at my fancy coffee place today and the woman next to me had ginger tea which stunk up a good 5 foot radius of the shop.

3. What’s something you enjoy that contains cloves?
You know…I don’t really cook with cloves. I enjoy the scent of clove cigarettes though. Makes me feel all 90s.

4. What’s something you enjoy that contains cinnamon?
Cinnamon sticky buns. Cinnamon raisin bagels. Snickerdoodles.

5. What’s something you enjoy that contains celery?
OH GOD NOTHING. Celery is green veg Satan. The tiniest celery seed in a dish ruins it for me. I swear if something on my plate is in proximity to a stalk of it I can taste the celery on it. Plus, celery has all of those strings that stick to the back of your throat and kill you.

No, not even on buffalo wings.

Another aroma I enjoy very much is fresh brewed coffee. I’m about to go enjoy it now on my sofa with some dog snugs.

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