September 9th, 2005


Thursday Night

Tonight I watched The Big Bounce. You almost wouldn't know it was based on a book by Elmore Leonard. Only the ending would give it away.

I didn't watch Big Brother tonight so my husband and I can watch it when he gets back.

I did watch two shows that he taped for me. While on vacation we ate a restaurants run by PBS Chefs. One show he taped was Lidia's Family Table. She showed how to make pasta and two sauces. The recipes are in her cookbook which I checked out of the library recently. It looked so easy! I made homemade noodles in high school for a home economics class but it seemed to take so long. Maybe because we had to dry the noodles and with the pasta you don't have to. She also gave advice on how to store and freeze the pasta for a few weeks. The butter and cheese sauce is one that I will definitely try.

The other show was Mexico One Plate at a Time from season three. It's about chili. It had a bit of a strange format. For one, the first 15 minutes is him talking about the origin of chili, varieties of chili peppers, him eating in restaurants, and showing how to grow chilis at home. Then he and his daughter did a chili cookoff which was good to see. They're side by side in the kitchen and are doing their recipes at the same time. Her chili used ground beef and his used lamb. Because they were side by side, you could see the differences between the two sets of ingredients right away. When the chili was done, they put together the toppings and had friends over. Of course, no one rated the chili. :)

My husband phoned me again tonight. This time I was awake! I will read more of my book and then go to bed. I have to wake up early to take the dog to his vet appointment. He's going to get his teeth cleaned.

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Last night the dog started off on the bed but after 20 minutes decided to sleep on the floor. The first night my husband was gone he didn't want to get on the bed at all. He was still waiting for my husband to get home. This morning I didn't want to get up. I didn't even hear the alarm go off. The dog was out cold. He was in a deep sleep and if it were a cold morning, I would have not only heard him, I would have seen his breath hitting the floor. When we went for our walk he was very spritely. The exit to the vet's from the freeway is closed so I took a new way. In 9 years you would think I would have found it. The vet gave directions with the August monthly newsletter. I think I might take this way more often!
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He made it!

The dog has survived his dental cleaning. He had some infection on the right side with a pocket of gunk so they're going to take care of that while they are in there. He should be in recovery now and I'll get a phone call after lunch on when would be a good time to pick him up.

I'm still struggling with my thank you notes. I could write the same one to all five of them, but they might compare the notes!

I went to the grocery store after dropping the dog off at the vet's. I was surprised at how peaceful it was there. There were a few people stocking the shelves but at 7:30am I imagine most people are headed off to work or sleeping.

2005 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

The Man Booker Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. It is not only one of literature's highest honors but quite lucrative as the winner takes home £50,000.

The 2005 shortlist of six novels was announced yesterday, September 8, and the winner will be announced on October 10. The six finalists were first pared down from 109 entries to a longlist of 17 semi-finalists. The 2005 Man Booker Prize finalists are:

The Sea by John Banville
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Accidental by Ali Smith
On Beauty by Zadie Smith