July 2008

Just wanted to say, I am having a great day so far. I purchased my tickets for Stone Temple Pilots @ Grand Ole Opry [8/24] and I watched the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer.

If you would like to view the trailer, go to Teaser-Trailer. Wonderful blog dedicated to teasers, trailers and all movies.

Big thanks to my friend @dalyne on Twitter for the heads-up.

Off for more coff-ay.

In light of the Knoxville church shooting [7/27], several Nashville-area bloggers are hurling the blame towards the media.

Jim David Adkisson’s note cited the ‘liberal movement,’ not being able to get a job and loss of food stamp benefits, amongst other reasons, for attacking the Tennessee Valley Universalist Unitarian Church; not to mention, his ex-wife used to go to this particular church. Talk Radio, Coulter, Limbaugh–these are just some of the names listed as being “to blame” by some people. Yes, the political speakers do harp about Democratic policies and the liberal movement ‘ruining the country.’ But just because someone believed in the political pandering and twisted it into his warped version of reality does not mean the ultra-conservative media are to blame. Anyone heard of Charles Manson? He was rather warped, too; the Beatles were blamed for that one for a minute.

Two people, Greg McKendry & Linda Kraeger, are dead; six others are injured. STOP hurling blame and venom-tipped barbs at the media, political pundits, movements, left wing, right wing, up, down…JUST STOP! Think about it: anytime someone does something tragically insane, the person will cite so-and-so & such-and-such as the motivating factor behind his/her actions. Then, the rest of the country/world will read the reasons, look at the actions & consequences and then throw feces blame at whomever ‘deserves’ it or ‘motivated’ the person’s actions. The blame lies solely with Jim David Adkisson with the sawed-off shotgun and extremely unstable mindset.

This is an absolute tragedy; do not completely focus on whom/what is to blame and instead, remember Mr. McKendry, Ms. Kraeger and the six injured.

For more info on this tragedy, read this Knox News-Sentinel article.


Evil, unspeakable evil, rose in our midst, and we as a people were too weak, too indecisive, too pusillanimous to deal with it.
— Kevin Myers, “An Irishman’s Diary”, Irish Times, October 20, 1999

For the family reunion this past weekend, I had to make a hot dish & a cold dish. The hot dish was easy: homemade mac & cheese w/ diced ham & green peppers. *Mwah* That’s a fam fav so there was no question about making that particular dish.

The cold item stumped me. Should I make a salad or a fruit plate? Cold pasta or pie? I perused the Kraft Foods website, which I have used for many meal ideas. Thank you, Kraft Foods! My search found “Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle.” Sounds daunting but I made it at 1 a.m. after a full day of work & three hours of driving to my mom’s house. My family devoured it; plus, they were surprised I had never before made it. Luckily I bought a lot of supplies, so I have enough left over to make another batch in the near future.

mmm, good.

mmm, good.

Here’s the recipe [below]. For nutritional info & a Flash instructional video, follow this link: Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle.

Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle

Prep Time:
15 min
Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
16 servings, 1/2 cup each
2-1/2 cups cold milk
2 pkg.  (4-serving size each) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, or any other flavor
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
4 cups  mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries), divided
42 NILLA Wafers

POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Reserve 1/4 cup of the berries; set aside.

ARRANGE 21 of the wafers on bottom and up side of 2-1/2-qt. serving bowl. Spoon one-third of the pudding mixture into prepared bowl; cover with half of the remaining berries. Top with layers of half of the remaining pudding mixture, remaining 21 wafers and remaining berries. Cover with layers of the remaining pudding mixture, remaining 1/2 cup whipped topping and reserved 1/4 cup berries. Cover with plastic wrap.

REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

As I will not be here this weekend, I would like to share the following pleasurable events. Thanks to NashvilleScene.com, Tennessean.com and Murfreesboropost.com for the info!

Friday, July 25

Farmer’s Market
Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, 6-11 a.m.
Nashville Sounds vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Greer Stadium, 7 p.m.
Glow: An Illuminated Art Event
Limelight Nashville, 7-11 p.m.
American Artisian Cheese Tasting
Whole Foods Market, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Drum Corps International
Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

Music City Brewer’s Festival
Hilton Park, 2-8 p.m.
Kyle Andrews
12th & Porter, 9 p.m.
The Long Players: London Calling
Mercy Lounge, 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

‘Zine Workshop
Linebaugh Library, Murfreesboro, 2-5 p.m.

All Weekend

Murfreesboro Little Theater/The Widow’s Best Friend
Murfreesboro Little Theater, various times

Everyone have a fun & safe weekend! I’ll be running around in the mountains with my family but I’ll be back to the ‘Boro on Sunday.

I scream, you scream, we all scream…for Elton John?

Ephemeral ice creamery Ben & Jerry’s have released a limited-edition flavor entitled, “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road.” The new flavor, created with British legend Elton John, was released to celebrate his inaugural performance in Vermont. Per Sir John’s request, all proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Unfortunately, the flavor is listed as being available only “in B&J’s Vermont Scoop Shops from July 18-25.”

“Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road” is described in Rolling Stone magazine [who quoted directly from the press release…or pint container] as “an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks.” Thanks to RS and the investigative journalism, we have now been informed butter brickle is “the stuff that Heath Bars are made of.”

Sir John does join a select club with this collaboration: famous people working with Ben & Jerry’s. Previous inductees include John Lennon (Imagine Whirled Peace); Phish (Phish Food); the ubiquitous Cherry, I mean Jerry, Garcia; and Stephen Colbert (Americone Dream). Colbert had an appropriate reaction on his 7/22 episode of The Colbert Report. The only quotes nailed down: “I thought Ben & Jerry’s were about saving the world. Do they know how many neon ostriches died for his sunglasses?” and “I want a label saying, ‘may contain trace amount of sequins’!” Check it out on iTunes or ComedyCentral.com tomorrow night.

I love B&J’s flavors but I can almost feel the sugar particles sanding away at my teeth. Thank goodness this was limited-edition. Although, if all proceeds are going to AIDS research, it would definitely be a great flavor to keep.

Read the Rolling Stone news blurb.

According to the Daily News-Journal, a “possible mountain lion” was reported to be under the bridge near the Rockvale schools approximately 10:10 a.m. this morning.

The Rutherford County dispatcher sent the “authorities to respond” to this sighting. No other news is available at this time.

My question is, how is it a “possible” mountain lion? It’s not a black panther, it’s not an African lion, it is definitely not a leopard or cheetah; what else could it be? The only other possibility: it’s just a rather large, feral cat and someone panicked (or is in a questionable mindset). C’mon DNJ, don’t keep me in suspense! If you need a cat-tamer, call me. I have plenty of catnip.

As I attempted to login to my Plurk account today, I was redirected to this image:

Plurk is undergoing maintenance and it’s just taking a little while. In the meantime, which ‘down’ image would you rather see: Twitter’s Fail Whale or the Plurk Party?

[edit @ 5:32] Plurk has been back up for a bit. Neat image though.

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