Monday, November 28, 2011

Working my way through the dollar menu.

Working my way through the dollar menu. by chloe & ivan

Working my way through the dollar menu., a photo by chloe & ivan on Flickr.
This has been excessive fun - there is a new Bar Louie in Providence, they are having a big promotion of a martini and a small plate for a dollar. One dollar.

Here is a closeup of olives.  Could just have olives and Blue Cheese for dinner.
Four burger sliders with spicy cheese and bacon and onion straws, with a Louie Cosmo, one dollar.

Chicken nachos with a Dirty Martini with 3 olives stuffed with Blue Cheese, one dollar.

Maetballs with sauce and cheese and crispy Parmesan garlic toasts and another martini, one dollar.
It ends on Wednesday, and then I will have to be walking 5 miles a day to make up for this!
But not before having one of the big Tuesday dollar burgers and a few more Martinis. 
Yay for Bar Louie this week!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Breakfast, Friday morning after Thanksgiving.

Breakfast, Friday morning after Thanksgiving. by chloe & ivan
Breakfast, Friday morning after Thanksgiving., a photo by chloe & ivan on Flickr.
Later that day
Is it wrong to have pumpkin pie twice in a day?
I don't think so.
It is a vegetable.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Providence and a few thoughts about leadership and coming in out of the cold.

Occupy Providence by chloe & ivan
Occupy Providence, a photo by chloe & ivan on Flickr.
Our people have done well.
Our city has handled this well.
Our police have shown restraint and have been helpful.
The messages are getting out and people are thinking.

I stayed for a GA the other night, a general assembly.
There are problems in the park with campers who do not share the same ideals.

A proposal was put forth about circling the wagons, or the arrangements of the tents, for safety.
Some people felt that the proposal was divisive in language, and excluded some of the campers.
At the end of the meeting, the proposal did not pass, and some of the people from the safety group said they were going to leave.  It was very emotional. 
There have been problems that the safety working group have had to call rescue.
There have been problems in the camp that have nothing to so with the protest.
There have been drug and health and mental health related situations.
There have been encounters with people who have documented offensive backgrounds.
No revolution has ever been a tidy legislated change.
The first sketches can look rough and messy.
I think that in the end, it is inspired leadership that turns the tide.
I do not know why the idea of no leadership is so strong.  In looking for examples of brave women leaders and revolutionaries, I came upon the news of the recent death of Laura Pollen, leader of the Women in White protesting unjust arrests in Cuba.  The world has lost a conscientious and committed leader.
 These ladies also hold to the idea of no hierarchy within their group, like our occupiers. 
This is puzzling to me, when her leadership was so apparent. 
Our Occupiers have made a community and created a network of communication and comraderie.
That community can be better sustained inside during the Winter.  Group actions are not dependent on freezing in the night, being assaulted by the nieghbors in the park, and being misunderstood by many of the working people they are raising issues for.
Get inside.  Winter is coming.
Much love, Chloe C.

An update:  Feb 9, 2012
I was reading this today, and think I am understanding more about the idea of "leaderless" and why they want it so.
btw, our Occupiers are inside now. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Full moon cooking

Started with Morning Muffins.
Not such a hard thing to throw muffins together before work in the morning.
Plumped dried berries from Trader Joe's.
Cream cheese with an egg and sugar and vanilla between layers of muffin batter.
I love cheesecake for breakfast.
Cream cheese ran all over outside of the muffin papers and now I have to scrub my 8 muffins muffin pan.
Still pretty tasty.
Just saying it is possible to make muffins in the morning before you go to work.

Then I thought about macaroni and cheese all day.
While I was at work where I was supposed to be making new cool stuff
I was thinking about macaroni and cheese.
I did make a cool thing at work, almost finished,
but here is the macaroni and cheese.
Between almost finishing the cool thing at work and the macaroni and cheese
I saw the moon in a magenta tinged sky
It was an OK Tuesday.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rescuing Begonias

These are part of the Begonia rescue operation.
Our city had beautiful flower baskets hanging up
Winter is coming, they had to come down.
We've already had a snowstorm.
The baskets had been taken down and were laying on the ground,
waiting to get picked up and taken to a flower basket cemetery somewhere.
I broke off some of the stems, and took them to work on the bus.
Brought them home from work,
cut them again, greedy for more,
and put them in the vases to root.

The thing about rooting is that you look at the stems every day,
looking for something, any sign that they will root.
Usually just when you've given up, suddenly there are roots.

I have more rescued Begonias inside.
These came out of Hurricane Irene. 
I was walking through our city during the hurricane,
and saw the pore little things torn right out of the ground by the fierce wind.
It looked as though they had just been planted right before the storm hit,
their roots were still in 2" square clumps, getting pounded by the fierce rain.
So I picked them up and brought them home.
 They are now in new bigger pots, and after looking hopeless for a while,
they are thriving.
So next Spring I will have pink and white Begonias for the balcony.
That is, if the cat doesn't trample them too badly.
This cat has previously not been kind to Begonias.
Cat in the Begonia pot.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Falling Leaves

I mean, falling trees.
Here is a tree on a house
a tree fell on my truck
Trees have been dropping all over the place
This one tried to jump over the wall
This one took a light pole down with it
This one is going for a light pole also.
By the way, those pictures are kind of ragged because I took them during the hurricane.
Didn't take the real camera out into the hurricane, that would have been too risky.
Specially with all the trees jumping around, right out of the ground.

This was a casualty on the Statehouse grounds.
It has been a tough year for trees in our area.
We've had rainstorms with fierce winds, Hurricane Irene,
and an early snowstorm that brought down even more trees and limbs.
The pictures from my walkabout during the hurricane are here
Hug a tree today.