Archive for December, 2012

Now’s the time to get the expired dragons (Dragonvale); Plus, Seasonal finally!

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment

So Dragonvale has brought back all the expired dragons until January 2nd. It’s not the easiest to breed themย  as usual, but it’s definitely possible. And, I finally got Seasonal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Some photos:

Plant + Blazing finally worked, after six months. Hardest dragon ever for me to get. I must have tried hundreds of times.

Seasonal! Plant + Blazing finally worked, after six months. Hardest dragon ever for me to get. I must have tried hundreds of times with many combos.

Firefly + Storm for the lovely Blue Moon

Firefly + Storm for the lovely Blue Moon

For Leap Year, I used Seaweed + Firefly

For Leap Year, I used Magnetic + Lichen

Sakura = Flower + TreeReindeer = Magnetic + Lichen

Sakura = Flower + Tree
Reindeer = Magnetic + Lichen (again)

Magnetic + Lichen can breed all sorts of dragons right now, so don’t be surprised if you end up getting an Epic Dragon like Apocalypse, Blue Moon, or Rainbow. Heck, this combo would work also for Leap Year, as you can see above ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got a few more working like Bloom and Clover, so I’m hoping to get all expired ones before the 2nd. Makes my park look nice.


Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (documentary recommendation)

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment

This documentary is an interesting look into the Bones Brigade, the competitive skateboarding team started by Stacy Peralta. Some notable members:

  • Steve Caballero
  • Tony Hawk
  • Lance Mountain
  • Rodney Mullen
  • Christian Hosoi
  • Mike McGill

It’s a great look at the early days of the team, and the sport. It’s available on Netflix Streaming Instantly. Check out the trailer:

The Neiman Marcus Cookie: perfect for holiday baking

December 23, 2012 1 comment
So tasty!

So tasty!

It is an urban legend, passed from mother to daughter, aunt to niece, and anybody in between who loves cookies and good ole Texas gossip:

FWD: Free Neiman-Marcus Cookie Recipe

This is a true story… Please forward it to everyone that you can…. You will have to read it to believe it….

My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the “Neiman-Marcus Cookie”. It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown “I’m afraid not.” Well” I said, “would you let me buy the recipe?”

With a cute smile, she said YES”. I asked how much and she responded, “Only two fifty, it’s a great deal!” I said with approval, “just add it to my tab”.. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, “Cookie Recipe – $250.00”. That’s outrageous!!!

I called Neiman’s Accounting Dept. and told them that the waitress said it was “two-fifty,” which clearly does not mean “two hundred and fifty dollars” by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.. They would not refund my money, because according to them, “What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe – we absolutely will not refund your money at this point.” I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas. I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State’s Attorney General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, “Do what you want, we dont give a damn, and we’re not refunding your money.” I waited a moment, thinking of how I could get even,or even try to get any of my money back. I just said, “Okay, you folks got my $250.00, and now I’m going to have $250.00 worth of fun.”

I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus… for free..She replied, “I wish you wouldn’t do this” I said, “Well you should have thought of that before you ripped me off”, and slammed down the phone on her.. So, here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250.00 dollars for this… I don’t want Neiman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe….

This recipe can be found all over the internet, so I’m not exactly sure who to credit for this. All I know is I didn’t come up with it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Directions: Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet..Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

This recipe makes an insane amount of cookies. This is great for holiday baking because you can get multiple batches out of the way with one recipe. It’s bad for the baker because having all those cookies in the fridge is a HUGE temptation since they’re so tasty.

A lot of folks use pecans, but I like walnuts in my version. Protip: Only add a cup of oatmeal at a time into the blender to blast it to a fine powder. If you try to blend all 5 cups at once, you may burn out the blender motor.

Curly haired folks… product recommendation (Biosilk)

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment
And it smells so good too!

And it smells so good too!

Now I’m sure that most of you out there have seen this product out in the wild. If you’ve never tried it, it works great to tame to frizzies and flyaways and make your hair oh so soft. With curly hair, that’s often hard to accomplish, but it really works. A little bit of Biosilk, and you don’t even need any gel or other finishing product.

I lucked out the other day and found a 20 oz bottle of this stuff at Marshall’s for 20 bucks. There was no way I could let that deal go considering what it normally retails for at that size.

If you’re like me and don’t use a hair dryer, make sure to fluff out your hair a bit once it’s completely dry.

Trying to make sense out of tragedy

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

26 people lost their lives yesterday due to another senseless act of violence. 20 of those were children, who were just going about their day in school, thinking about what Santa Claus was going to bring them on Christmas, and what games to play at recess.

I’ll admit, I cried when I heard the news. Too often now, innocent people are losing their lives because a deranged person got access to weapons and used them to lash out against a society they felt wronged them. I’m not even going to get into a debate on guns on this because in some cases in China and Japan, children were murdered in school by men wielding knives. The reason one gave? Because he could not find a job.

It’s too easy for those who are mentally ill and have a propensity for violence to avoid notice by law enforcement. Some may be public in their desire to kill via Facebook or other online postings and the authorities can hopefully find them before they carry out their murderous plans; others just sit and stew until the day the water finally boils over and they lash out, as it appears to be the case here. No warning, no notice by anyone, until the powder keg blows up violently and innocent lives are lost.

I don’t know what to say that can give any kind of helpful insight. What I can say is that my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones yesterday in Connecticut.

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Johnny Manziel wins the Heisman Trophy!

December 8, 2012 1 comment

Congrats to Johnny Manziel! This is a great day for my beloved team ๐Ÿ™‚



To show just how unpredictable the 2012 college football season has been, only Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein had preseason odds to win the Heisman โ€” a pretty 75/1 odds at that* ย โ€” of the three finalists this evening.

However, Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teโ€™0 have all had remarkable years that earned them an invite to New York. By no coincidence, the three teams these players represent are a combined 33-3 and one (Notre Dame) will play in the BCS championship next month.

But in the end, the 78th edition of the trophy went to Johnny Manziel.ย The redshirt freshman has been among the most exciting players in college football on one of the most surprising teams in college football. Manziel leads his team in rushing and passing and has 43 total touchdowns to his name this year.

Manziel becomes the first freshman everโ€ฆ

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RIP Dave Brubeck (1920 – 2012)

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck

Such a wonderful performer. If you’ve never checked out his work, by all means:

Not only was Brubeck a talented pianist and composer, but he also stuck up for his band members, no matter the color of their skin:

In 1958 African-American bassist Eugene Wright joined for the group’s US State Department tour of Europe and Asia. Wright became a permanent member in 1959, making the “classic” Quartet’s personnel complete. During the late 1950s and early 1960s Brubeck canceled several concerts because the club owners or hall managers continued to resist the idea of an integrated band on their stages. He also canceled a television appearance when he found out that the producers intended to keep Wright off-camera.

My one regret is not having a chance to see him perform live.

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