Who Has the Epizooties?

I’ve heard several people talking about being sick – one with the flu, one with bronchitis, one with a general case of the epizooties.  What are the epizooties, you ask?  It’s when you feel like dookie but have no name to assign to your general feeling of blech.   The epizooties.

Another of my favorite words is “Scrummy” – a combination of scrumptious and yummy.

Favorite made-up words?  How are you feeling?  Not much news in LaVergne right now… but no news is good news, right?  :o)


We Are (the Snowpeople of) LaVergne

I didn’t even capture some of the best snowmen of LaVergne as a friend and I ran errands together today.  But these were cute enough to inspire this post.  I introduce you to… The Snowmen of LaVergne!

When he saw the camera aimed in his direction, Herman's face went blank.

Sticks are the new black.

Little Danny froze solid for there were no walls or windows covering his house.

Tiny Tina grew weary of people always asking, "What's up your butt?"

Blue gatorade, red gatorade... it's all the same when it doesn't go down right.

Mixing blue and yellow make green. Mixing green and yellow make blue or pink.

Homemade Potato Soup

Skipping right over the tradition of eating black eyed peas and cabbage to bring luck in the New Year, I opted instead to make a big pot of homemade potato soup!   Just back out to your favorite page if you are either 1) a top chef or 2) don’t want to see a recipe, but for those of us who are *cough* cooking-challenged, you might enjoy this.

First, peel and dice your potatoes.  I think I ended up using about 15 spuds.

I then boiled the diced potatoes and added onion and celery flakes, salt and pepper.  Using fresh celery and a fresh onion is a better choice, but… again I’m not a top chef here!  I also added some ham … I used city ham, but other options are country ham or bacon (do not pre-cook the bacon, boil it with the potatoes and other ingredients).

Add two to three (or more if you like) dashes of liquid smoke.

Once the potatoes are cooked, add a block of velveeta (16 ounces).  You can add the whole block or cut in slices.

The cold velveeta will make the soup stop boiling, but the pan is still hot… therefore keep stirring to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.  After all cheese is melted, get 2% milk and start pouring.

Since my brother (the master potato soup chef) couldn’t tell me exactly how much he pours in, I was very nervous.  His advice, “Pour until the soup gets white enough for you.”  In the end, I think I added one to two cups of milk.  Now this part is VITAL.  Do not overcook from here or the milk will separate from the rest of the soup!  You’re really in the last stages of the dish…

While you’re again bringing the soup to a boil, mix about a cup of flour with a cup of water.

I whisked it like a crazy woman, but apparently not enough since it clumped a bit when I added it to the soup pan.

The potato soup thickened almost immediately so after a few more stirs – and being paranoid about the milk not curdling from overcooking – I took it off the heat and began serving.

I added some mild cheddar on top to serve.  Adding sharp cheddar, crunched up cooked bacon, or onions or chives on top would be pretty tasty, too.  The potato soup was very rich, but really really good.  My biggest shortcoming?  I needed more salt for sure.  And I think I made too much.

Bon appetit!

If You Could Name Streets

I know there is no chance of this happening, but here’s what I’m thinking.

So we have streets named after the old TV show Dallas.  We have streets named after baseball players.  We want to attract young urban professionals, families, people who work for a living to our community, right?  What better people than engineers, for example?  What do engineers like to watch on TV?  Star Trek!  So if I could name streets to attract buyers, I’d set up a subdivision called (drumroll, please)…

The Federation

Then use the following street names:

  • Klingon Way
  • Romulan Road
  • Andorian Lane
  • Spock Street
  • Picard Place
  • Kirk Corner
  • Roddenberry Road
  • Majal Court
  • Darmok Drive
  • Tanegra Trail

Oh the possibilities are endless….

What would you name a subdivision and streets?

Linky Dinks: Saturday Edition

Thanks to Deborah B. and Sherry for linking to the news coverage of the Thursday Swearing-In Ceremony. Here they are:

Daily News Journal: Mosley, Farmer sworn in; board adds Broeker

The board is also taking a closer look at how money is spent at city hall. Currently, purchases up to $10,000 can be made without a formal bid. The board dropped that figure to $5,000.”That gives our finance people a little more control, especially when money is tight,” Mosely said. “I think people are tired of the phrase, ‘That’s just the way we’ve always done it.'”

WKRN, New Mayor Takes Office (links to video from Channel 2)

20,000 Homes Will Sell This Weekend in the U.S., Will Yours?

Boston Globe, National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010

BBC News Africa, Rape Victim Charged with Having Underaged Sex

Harvard Business Review, Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

  1. Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.
  2. Do the hardest work first. We all move instinctively toward pleasure and away from pain. Most great performers, Ericsson and others have found, delay gratification and take on the difficult work of practice in the mornings, before they do anything else. That’s when most of us have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

Hyperbole and a Half (Trust me, if this isn’t on your list of favorite websites, it should be)

Flavorwire, Crayon Pixel Portraits (While you’re at it, add Flavorwire as a fav link!)

Thanks to Brittney G. for many of these great links. Have a great weekend!

Street Views Made Easy

Since the inception of Google Street View, I’ve had a little fun visiting the old addresses where I lived while growing up, the first house my husband and I bought, our current home.  And of course we’ve all seen pictures of people being passed out in yards and the scary house on fire as the Google Street View Car has driven by and captured the images.

There was another funny something captured by a blogger a year or so ago … it’s been so long I can’t remember but I think it was by one of our local favorites (CF I’m looking at you…).  When I went searching down the information superhighway (who says that anymore?!) for the clever link from long ago, I stumbled on this bit of genius instead.  In Crossville, Tennessee, they are building a giant Flying Spaghetti Monster statue.  I think we need this kind of creativity, whimsy, and fun in LaVergne!

If, however, you aren’t into Flying Spaghetti Monster statues, you can still explore the world online using MapCrunch.  It’s a website that will take you to the Netherlands, France, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, and lots of other countries in-between.   Here’s a photo from Hong Kong to tease your curiosity.

The views from Finland and Antarctica are pretty amazing, too.

Here’s a street view of LaVergne Primary School.  (I’m using it because none of the kids are identifiable).

Now isn’t this fun?  Go to Mapcrunch and play. It’s addictive.

H/T to my friend and artist Beth Cravens for the Facebook link.


Teeth Mug

Thought I’d give you something to sink your teeth into.   For fun.

From Megawing / Laughing Squid.