Sunday, February 17, 2008

I Am a Packrat

Sheree e-mailed in response to my comment on her blog to ask if I had a book from my childhood. Here's the proof! I recommend the Tutti-Frutti-ice Sparkle, Perfect French toast, and Raisin-oatmeal cookies.

As for jello salads and presenting food on lettuce, I refer you all to Mr. Lileks and the Gallery of Regrettable Food (I own the book; it was Dan who threw a party based on it). For a delightful popular history work that has lots to say about the role of iceberg lettuce and molded salads in American foodways, I recommend Fashionable Food (now, that's a volume that I own but can't seem to find).

In other news, despite my lingering cold, we did slip out for just an hour to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We saw 15 different species in and near Fountain Lake. In our own yard, in a period of an hour and a half, we had:
  • carolina wren 1
  • house sparrow 7
  • junco 12
  • mourning dove 2
  • white-throated sparrow 1
The count continues tomorrow.

Reading: The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
On the Muzak at Target: actually, it may have been coming from something on display in electronics -- "Blister in the Sun."


Fringe Element Enthusiast said...

Those Cedar Waxwings were awesome by the way!


Lisa said...

Yeah, but, that list was too long to type.

Carrie B. said...

I think we had a "Red pole" in our backyard yesterday. Will look for confirmation from Cornell site.

In re: Cedar Waxwing - my Dad has nicknamed his car (a Subaru Tribeca) the cedar waxwing because there is a little flip at the end of the car that is similar to the crest of the bird. Why we don't name our cars something normal like, "Lois" or "Fred", I will never know. The last car was called the "Royal Tannish" for some reason.

Lisa said...

C, Your dad is a laugh riot. Did you and J name your new vehicle, yet?

Carrie B. said...

Yeah, the Peh is pretty funny!

Still debating the purchase of the gas-guzzling, cross-over SUV. The Highlander remains the top choice, but waiting for cost to go down.

Oh.. it wasn't a Redpoll, but possibly a pretty little House Finch. Really liking the site for id'ing birds. I think it's better for the casual birder than the Cornell site.