Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's that, you say? Erica is bad at blogging?

Hopefully my class, JRN 105, will reignite my interest in blogging and focus this space into something of interest, as opposed to a place to dump things that fall out of my brain.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


I found a recipe somewhere for soup. It sounded good. I forgot an ingredient, and I didn't have two ingredients. It was so-so.

Then I made soup again, but I changed it. Made it better. Used up some things that needed to get used in my fridge. I suggest you make this with whatever you've got laying around that needs to get used up and make it your own!

Yeah, I took one picture, and it was a Snapchat. Sue me.

Pantry Raid Lentil Soup

4 1/2 cups water and 3 chicken bullion cubes OR 36 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth
6-8 baby carrots, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
2/3 cup dried lentils

2 tsp dried parsley OR 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp dill
1 pint of chopped tomatoes with juice
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups chopped fresh kale
1 cup chopped fresh spinach

  1. In a dutch oven, combine water and bullion cubes/broth, carrots, onion, celery, and lentils. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables and lentils are tender.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.

Also, let's just disregard that I'm exceptionally bad at blogging and haven't added to this blog in 2 years. I'll bring you up to speed on what has changed: K and I got married; I left the movie theater and went back to the library, then I left that library for a big kid job at a different library; Felix, my sweet little kitty had to go over the rainbow bridge as they say (and I miss her every day); We got two little dumb dumb kitties from the shelter who have turned into sweet, loving, and mischievous cats.

Something that hasn't changed: I have the best friends in the world. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011


It's fate. Yesterday I was looking up prices for immersion blenders so I can make my own apple butter this fall, and whaddaya know, has the Euro-Pro Ninja Warrior on sale for $30. And it's normally $70-80. I guess that means I have to buy it. Here is the Amazon listing. So if you're reading this on September 11th, 2011, GO GET ONE BEFORE IT SELLS OUT. All the Woot sites are deal-a-day sites, and once it's gone, it's gone.

If you're curious about comparison shopping for this item, the Cuisinart immersion blenders start at $30... the reviews for Cuisinart's aren't as good as the Euro-Pro, and it doesn't come with nearly as many accessories.

Went to a wedding reception last night, where a gift was a picnic table. A really nice one too! And the bride got saucy and danced on said picnic table. That's how you know it's a good night.

On a more somber note, I can't watch the 9/11 coverage on TV. I started tearing up and had to walk away from the living room, and it still bothers me. On September 11, 2001, I was in my BIO 105 lab looking at trees outside when a classmate mentioned something about a plane hitting the Word Trade Center. We all discussed it a little, but went back to the lab work we were doing, not realizing the impact of what had happened. Our lab was a short one, so I actually got back to my dorm room just in time to see the second plane hit. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day. It got to the point where people turned their TVs off. We just couldn't handle seeing it happen again and again. It makes me wonder how things have truly changed. Are we a stronger nation, or just angrier?

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another." --Jonathan Swift

Monday, September 5, 2011

Movie Monday!

Saw Columbiana this afternoon with K-fed. Not impressed. Good action, completely improbable story from the side of the police/government forces in the film. Zoey Saldana is gorgeous, and she could probably carry a movie if given the right script. This ain't it. It wasn't really awful, but wasn't really worth our time, either. We should have watched Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark instead. My rating: 1.5 out of 4

I made this for dinner tonight, along with some of this. I have to say, bread was fantastic, although I might make it with mozzarella instead of Parmesan next time, and use a little more butter. And the soup was delicious, especially with the bread dunked in it. Also, I've never made bread before--it was kind of fun, but the waiting KILLED me. It smelled so good while baking that I wanted to tear into the oven and eat it right then.

We went to my dad's campground for the weekend and had a great time with him and my step-mom. It's always good to see them both, and it's nice to be able to just relax without having to worry about doing the dishes, or vacuuming, or homework, or.... you get the point. They have a camp cat that they feed regularly, and his name is Tiger. He's extremely friendly and well behaved, which leads me to believe he's actually someone's outdoor cat. The campground is in Howell, which is also where the Tanger outlets are. We stopped at the Old Navy Outlet to get Kevin a couple more shirts. More shirts means less chance of me having to look at that awful brown polo he owns. I hate that shirt.

I have to go back to work tomorrow after having three days off. Boo.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Shit I don't care about, volume 1

I will be absolutely okay with never seeing this movie. No seriously, the first one sucked, Michael Bay ruined a sweet franchise (the toys were awesome back in the day), and I refuse to give any money to that joke of a director.

I have to admit though, it was SUPER nice of Michael Bay to remind digital projectionists around the country that we should be doing our jobs properly to present this movie that he worked real hard on. He included a letter with the hard drive the movie came on that, in a nutshell, says that we as projectionists need to work on restoring movie-goers faith in 3D by presenting it as best we can. I would like to think that ALL movie theaters want to present movies well all the time. So here's my letter:

Dear Michael Bay,
How about you suck it. Let projectionists do what they do best, what they're trained to do--present films. And you go back to doing what you do best--making shitty movies. Deal?

Oh yeah, I forgot to post in here, but I quit the library last month. Maybe now I'll finish my thesis?

Monday, April 25, 2011


smelly library
what is that weird cat food smell
makes me want to gag

knitting is real neat
I wish I were doing that
instead of working

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

JC Penney can suck it

They need to stop calling me. Seriously, I paid my bill this month. They even cashed the check! Also, I don't know anyone that lives in Kansas, so I'm not going to answer the phone. Like Lady Gaga said, stop calling stop calling I don't wanna talk anymore.

I have a pleuretic inflammation, which means it hurts to breathe, and it hurts to move, to sit, and to stand up, and to lay down. The best they can do for me is Motrin because it is not an infection. Hopefully this will go away soon, I don't want to have to miss more work, and I especially don't want to feel this miserable.

Monday, March 21, 2011

I think I work too much sometimes.

Sitting in my apartment, by myself, playing Bingo on Facebook.

I heard a noise that sounded EXACTLY like the dowser opening and the bulb lighting on the digital projectors at work.

I almost got up to check to make sure the bulb lit properly.

I think it was actually the drain on the washing machine.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I like working at a movie theater

But not when we don't get anything that comes out.

"Cedar Rapids" and "Beastly" both have been released, but not at my theater. But we've got "The King's Speech" for another week... which makes over 2 months.

I get it, it's the Best Picture. Can we get new movies now?

Holy crap!

Last month I got to see Patton Oswalt at the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, and let me tell you--it was awesome. He's absolutely hilarious, and we were about 6 rows from the stage, it was awesome. We also got to sit right behind Garrett and Sarah, who we went with, so that was cool. The day after was a Coen Brothers film fest, with the ACTUAL ORIGINAL FILM COPIES of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Fargo", all for $10. If we didn't have to come back from Traverse City that night, we could have stayed for the other two movies they were showing ("Raising Arizona" and "Big Lebowski").

Tonight, we're headed to Grand Rapids to see Margaret Cho, who is my favorite female comic. No, really, I wrote a 15 page cultural analysis on her work for my Critiquing Mass Media class. She's awesome. I'm also looking forward to seeing Amanda V-H and her hubby!

"'Spongebob is gay!' Spongebob is a sponge. Obviously transsexual."

In other news, I ripped a cuticle at work last night, and had a "Black Swan" moment. Guh.