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My Favorite Day | 4:57 pm | 8 April 2011

The jazz is on the stereo, the steak is seasoned, the olives are stuffed with blue cheese, and the gin’s in the freezer.

Why, hello, Friday Night! It’s lovely to see you again.

noteworthy: new kitchen phone ordered | 7:37 am | 6 August 2009

Now that all our landline phones are old school and corded, we’re tethered to exactly two working jacks. Incentive to wire up the kitchen is on its way, thanks to Richard at
western electric noteworthy
One of the many neat things about this phone is that I’ll have somewhere to stash the phonebook besides under the couch. The chalkboard is reversible to cork, which is nice, since even thinking about chalk sends me screaming into the other room.

TWEET: I am become … | 2:55 am | 3 August 2009

I am become their davenport photo

Metafilter Plazaburgers | 3:09 am | 19 July 2009

Eschabeche, The Russ, & Floydd in Madison! #mefi10 photo

tweet: Playing Yahtzee with … | 1:18 am | 24 June 2009

Playing Yahtzee with him in the garden. It’s hot, but there’s cheese & beer & a cat & it’s not unpleasant. Thinking about troubled friends.

here we go again, winter | 5:18 pm | 22 December 2008


iPhone Katamari Damacy! | 11:29 am | 17 December 2008

Katamari Damacy in the iTunes storeDownloading it now… This gives me hope for the Wii.
via BoingBoing

omnivore 100 | 9:45 am | 6 September 2008

Copy this list into your blog, including these instructions.
Bold all the items you’ve eaten. Underline any items that you would never consider eating.

  1. venison
  2. nettle tea —no way
  3. huevos rancheros
  4. steak tartare
  5. crocodile
  6. black pudding
  7. cheese fondue
  8. carp
  9. borscht
  10. baba ghanoush
  11. calamari
  12. pho
  13. PB&J sandwich
  14. aloo gobi
  15. hot dog from a street cart
  16. époisses —pretty sure I had this delicious stinker in Paris; I’ll check my notes
  17. black truffle
  18. fruit wine made from something other than grapes
  19. steamed pork buns
  20. pistachio ice cream
  21. heirloom tomatoes
  22. fresh wild berries
  23. foie gras
  24. rice and beans
  25. brawn, or head cheese
  26. raw Scotch Bonnet pepper oh hells no
  27. dulce de leche
  28. oysters
  29. baklava
  30. bagna cauda
  31. wasabi peas
  32. clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
  33. salted lassi —but that’s an idea (I don’t care for the sweet ones much)
  34. sauerkraut
  35. root beer float
  36. cognac with a fat cigar
  37. clotted cream tea
  38. vodka jelly/Jell-O
  39. gumbo
  40. oxtail
  41. curried goat
  42. whole insects
  43. phaal — again, not a masochist!
  44. goat’s milk
  45. malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
  46. fugu — and won’t ever
  47. chicken tikka masala
  48. eel
  49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
  50. sea urchin
  51. prickly pear
  52. umeboshi
  53. abalone
  54. paneer
  55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
  56. spaetzle
  57. dirty gin martini — the only way to make a martini
  58. beer above 8% ABV
  59. poutine
  60. carob chips —gross!
  61. s’mores
  62. sweetbreads
  63. kaolin —except in Kaopectate, etc.; ask me again when I’m pregnant
  64. currywurst
  65. durian —yuck
  66. frogs’ legs
  67. beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
  68. haggis
  69. fried plantain
  70. chitterlings, or andouillette
  71. gazpacho
  72. caviar and blini
  73. louche absinthe
  74. gjetost, or brunost
  75. roadkill
  76. baijiu
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie
  78. snail
  79. Llapsang souchong
  80. bellini
  81. tom yum
  82. Eggs Benedict
  83. pocky
  84. tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant — but I think that three visits to Sanford counts
  85. Kobe beef
  86. hare
  87. goulash
  88. flowers
  89. horse —find me some and I’ll cook it!
  90. Criollo chocolate
  91. Spam
  92. soft shell crab
  93. rose harissa
  94. catfish
  95. mole poblano
  96. bagel and lox
  97. Lobster Thermidor
  98. polenta
  99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  100. snake

via Sara with No H

Ken! Cosgrove! Accounts! | 1:48 pm | 5 September 2008

1964I had way too much fun with last night—far more entertaining than the convention speeches (don’t they know they’re the dudes in power? sheeesh.)
via Scrubbles, the Library Club President

when you’re a Jet packer | 10:39 am | 9 August 2008

(cross-posted from Ravelry)
Well. Sad all around… but this, too, shall pass. I like Mike McCarthy, a lot. I think he and Brett Favre actually worked well together; Favre seems to need a tough lead. Look back to the Rhodes and Sherman years… or Infante… eesh. We’ve got a good coach, and a good team, and Aaron Rodgers has a lot of potential. He’s been studying under the best for three years now. Breathe deeply and think of the ocean. It’ll be OK. (And my lady-shaped Bart Starr jersey arrived in time for Monday night!)

…And after reading this about Rodgers – as Bob (of Milwaukee’s Bob and Brian Show) put it on Thursday, when Steve Czaban asked if watching Favre would be difficult, like watching your ex-girlfriend dancing sexy-like with a new hunk: “No! I like our new girlfriend. She’s cute,* and not crazy.” Amen!

*…very cute.

whoosh | 8:09 am | 17 July 2008

We signed up for MG&E‘s wind power last month, and so far have not used 577 pounds of coal.

We also got a new air conditioner last week, after the forty-year old Carrier gave up the ghost. They figured the old unit’s SEER value was about three, and the new one is thirteen. It’s also so much nicer / more efficient that it needs to run a lot less, so it’ll be interesting to watch our usage over the summer. Then again, with the way the cost of energy has been going, the bill will probably stay the same even if the use plummets.

the winter that would not give up | 2:57 am | 28 April 2008

It. Is. Fucking. Snowing. Outside.


hotbox | 7:34 am | 17 March 2008

Watching John Adams last night, I loved the Adams’ bedcurtains. “How cozy and warm!” I thought—and later, when we were all curled up in bed, I realized: Yeah. Warm like a Dutch oven.

that new-to-me car smell | 1:25 pm | 12 March 2008

Welcome to the family, Inge Favregrüven!
2001 Audi Allroad

OFFICIALLY SPRING! | 6:47 pm | 10 March 2008

ZOMG OUR MAYOR ROCKS. If they sell souvenier copies of this, I’m framing one:

“Whereas, the winter of 2007-2008 will go down as one of the most severe in Madison history with record snowfall, strong winds, freezing rain, below zero temperatures and now, on top of it all, Brett Favre retires (for cryin’ out loud), and

“Whereas, these conditions make us better, hardier people of higher character than our friends who have fled to places like Florida where they can’t even get a primary election right; and

“Whereas, even with those advantages, we’ve had ENOUGH already; and

“Whereas, Madison has never been a community that simply accepts the status quo whether that be the results of national elections, the realities of nuclear fallout, general market conditions, or, for that matter, mere astronomical forces; and

“Whereas, Spring is a state of mind brought on by the thought of paddle sports and the sight of sleek new canoes and other cool canoe gear;, and

“Whereas, Madison has been described as so many square miles surrounded by reality; and

“Whereas, Madison has been growing at a nice pace which must mean that reality is therefore shrinking; and

“Whereas, reality is overrated.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved that Spring officially begins in the City of Madison at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.”

another horrid thing about winter | 8:27 am | 1 March 2008

The cold has settled into my joints; and, despite bottles and bottle of ibuprofen, arthritis! I haven’t knitted anything since mid-January. FEH.

first sign of spring!! | 4:09 pm | 29 February 2008

The annual will-Favre-retire-or-won’t-he? BS-fest has begun! This means that surely these nine feet of snow will melt someday, eventually… I hope.

finally a grown-up (sorta) | 10:17 am | 20 January 2008

Luna chair from Hjellegjerde, designed by Odd KnutsenI bought my first furniture that isn’t used and didn’t come from Target! A few weeks ago we saw these funny-looking chairs (in way uglier colors), and I sat down. I thought, “hunh, that’s really comfortable,” and moved on… then slowly got obsessed. Yesterday we found them again at Century House Leather Gallery, and in the car on the way over to the other location that had the colors I wanted (OMG xanadu), I thought, “Wow. My ass actually misses that chair.” The guy at the store said they call it “the buttbucket,” which is probably easier to pronounce than “Hjellegjerde Luna.” I like its OMNOMNOM face.

SUBURPIA IS BACK! | 4:55 pm | 4 January 2008

“Take the twisty off, lower the bag and start eating down,’ Foley told one customer after handing her a sandwich. ‘Don’t take it out of the bag.'” EXACTLY.

Suburpia finally re-(re-re-)opens. Whew! I almost drove to Milwaukee the other day but found out it wasn’t open yet. Back when I worked at the Journal, they had just reopened the first time down on Plankinton, and my friend D was practically hyperventilating about it, and couldn’t believe I’d never had one.* I thought she was crazy, but those sandwiches were as addictive as promised.

For years I’ve wondered about those secret spices. I think soy sauce and celery salt play a part, as do the cut of the onions. We’ll have to get to Milwaukee again soon.

*There had been one on Brady when I first moved to Milwaukee, but what did I know? and it closed fairly soon after that.
via CzelticGirl

Menu: week of 12/15/2007 | 12:18 pm | 15 December 2007

white chili CI
leftoversGreatest Hits: chili, prime rib
Cuban sandwiches
Vietnamese pork chops (thit neo nuong vi) VC
Gratin Jurassien MtAoFC
leftoversGreatest Hits
some sort of fish
maybe some green beans
on deck:
bean soup (use the cassoulet bean water)
Swedish meatballs

*all menus subject to change based on cook’s mood/energy/whim

new horror genre idea | 4:28 pm | 12 December 2007

{jmac} but that’s not this, ’cause it should definitely at least try, and then fail spectacularly

{me} *hearts it when things fail spectacularly.*
  err, ok by things i mean code
  not life-critical things
  err, ok by things i mean code and by code i mean dev code
  not traffic lights and other important real code

{jmac} new horror movie: br****nt coded your pacemaker

{me} omg i LOLd for real

{jmac} <grin>

dear madison bicycle commuters | 9:09 am | 5 December 2007

Good for you! Riding your bikes to work! If I worked closer to home, I’d join you.* But PLEASE put a light on the FRONT of your bikes, too. If I can’t see you in the rear view, hey, sorry, but you’re asking for trouble. (Nothing has ever happened, just a peeve.)

*except during this snow shit, naturally, y’all are CRAZY.

user experience + football | 11:14 am | 13 November 2007

Lambeau Field #1 in fan-experience rating. I don’t know how they got $30 for parking, though. We went to the Chargers game this year and felt quite spendy paying $15, but they were also offering tailgating and a bathroom!

ZOMG 8-1! | 3:38 pm | 11 November 2007


farts = not funny, nuns = fair game? | 2:47 pm |

Somebody asked for nun jokes on, and my comment lasted all of FIVE MINUTES:

Have you heard the one about the group of women who devote their lives to the service of others, work for one of the richest organizations in the world but face poverty in retirement, and are the subject of nothing but jokes in modern American culture? Wooh hoo! That’s a knee-slapper!

code snippet of the day | 4:07 pm | 29 October 2007

[% IF gimmelove > 0 %]

It could be argued that since this application is built with Perl/Catalyst/Template Toolkit, the answer would never be more than zero… but I still appreciate the Easter Egg!

The *BLANK* of Reilly | 7:36 am | 26 October 2007

I’d be excited to see the Charles Nelson Reilly one-man-show movie, even if my brother hadn’t designed the gorgeous poster and site. I hope it comes to Sundance 608 soon.

#85 . | 8:47 am | 22 October 2007

Max McGee died this weekend, in typical Max McGee fashion — he was up on his roof, with a leaf-blower, and fell. The dumb dummy! Can you imagine what his wife was thinking? Mostly distraught, I suppose, but there HAD to be a part of her thinking, I fucking told him that would happen. He was a great character and a good man, and we’ll miss him.

Here are some choice quotes, which text really can’t do justice to —
“So, where do does dew come from? The ground, or the sky?”
“When it’s third-and-10, you can take the milk drinkers and I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.”
“I waddled in about 7:30 in the morning, and I could barely stand up for the kickoff.”
“What’d happen if I put my microphone in my beer?”

goodbye tree | 6:54 pm | 21 October 2007

The neighbors are having a big old tree removed and it’s been nothing but chainsaws all weekend, going well into the night. We just took a turn around the block, and it looks like they’ve got a long way to go. As annoying as it is for us, it must be worse for them. I guess that’s why the squirrels have been freaking out, too.

Point-less Break | 7:21 am | 7 September 2007

For some reason, we had the DVD of Point Break laying around (thanks, Ron!), and finally threw it in last night, figuring that at least the Rifftrax would make it vaguely watchable. Wow. What a turd! Also one of the gayest movies* I’ve ever seen. Name the best part:

  1. when Keanu dove out of a plane with a gun and no parachute, chasing after Swayze?
  2. when Gary Busey tried to crash the car into a plane?
  3. when Keanu caught up with Swayze on a rainy beach in Australia, and let him go to surf the wave of “The Fifty Year Storm,” …and the other cops are all, “OMG! WTF? Oh well, we’ll get him when he comes back in” to which Keanu hoarsed out the reply, “he’s not coming back in”?
  4. when Keanu walked away from the scene on the beach, and whipped his badge into the ocean?

We’re thinking it was during the interminable running scene, when Swayze, wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, threw a dog in Keanu’s face. Then he ran off to reload with some Weimeraners and Puggles.

*I ran the Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for two years, and hosted Bruce LaBruce; I know from gay film…

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