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I took a quick trip to Walmart today at lunchtime. 

When I get back in my car, a large and loud diesel extended cab half-ton was pulling in beside me.  I wasn’t paying any attention to it until the truck was turned off and I heard the driver say, in a very loud and somewhat southern accent …

“How do you say ‘I want to have sex with you’ in Canadian?!”  Guffaw! Guffaw! Guffaw!

He wasn’t speaking to me and, since I am in no way absorbed in my own appearance, did not even consider that they were speaking about me but I was pretty turned off by the statement.  I look over to notice that the driver was speaking to his passengers, a group of dirty guys that looked like they were on the road crew or in construction.  The driver got out of the truck… a big guy, probably 40-45, wearing droopy, greasy jeans.  You know the type:  the overweight, loud-mouthed types that make all kinds of deragatory remarks to his buddies just to get a laugh.  My favorite. <insert rolling eyes here>

As I drove away, I noticed the license plate was from Missouri.  Let me just say to all of the Missourians out there:  You were not well represented in Woodstock today. 

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My cousin Joe is in town.  Saturday night we headed to Keith and Tina’s house for a little bonfire and chili by the lake.  It was fun and relaxing but pretty uneventful other than having a couple too many drinks.  But the funniest part of the night came from Keith’s stereo. 

Now, anyone that reads Joe’s blog (linked from my own) knows that he is quite an aficionado when it comes to music, especially the not-so-mainstream stuff that we in Carleton County will never hear on the useless 96.1.  Keith was often skipping through songs that came on (looking for “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, but this particular story is meant to pick on Joe, not Keith, so I digress…) and, this particular time, a song started that I didn’t recognize.  Joe comments, “Hmm … I like that.  That sounds pretty good.  What is that?”.  It took Keith a moment to remember but then he gleefully responds “Hilary Duff” and a roar of laughter erupts!  I told Joe that it was definitely a blogworthy moment so here it is, Joe… 🙂

On Sunday most of the same crew headed out on the north branch of the Miramichi for another day of paddling.  We had a great day despite the pouring rain that started about halfway through the trip.  Just when we thought it was letting up the sky would open up again.  It was a fairly warm day, though, so we managed to laugh about it in the end.  I think Joe’s virgin kayak trip was fun enough for him although I wonder if the adrenaline junkie in him was hoping for faster water.  I’ll get a few pics up on facebook when I get them from Keith. 

I thought it was a great weekend and loved hanging out with Joe.  For anyone wondering, he is super dedicated to his training program.  Beer/Rum = Unnecessary calories.  I couldn’t imagine floating down the Miramichi without a beer or two … I just didn’t think it was possible!  But he made it … he made it just fine. 

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Mmmm … Hummus

Here is a GREAT hummus recipe that I have used a few times.  I plan to experiment with different variations (Sun Dried Tomato hummus and Kalamata Olive hummus are going to rock my world, I just know it!) but this is the one I have used the last couple of times and it is super! 

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients 

1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans (15 oz.)

1/3 c. tahini *

1/4 c. lemon juice

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2-3/4 c. roasted red peppers (depending on taste) **

The amounts of all ingredients are flexible.  Play with it! 

Process the beans, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil until smooth.  Add red peppers and garlic until desired consistency is met. 

* Usually you can find Tahini in the health/organic section at the superstore.  It separates in the jar so I usually try to stir it some before measuring it out. 

** Both times I have just roasted two average-size peppers and used both.  Last night I used orange sweet peppers instead of red.  Just as good! 

And for heaven’s sake, don’t buy jarred roasted peppers!  To roast peppers… put your oven on 450-500 degrees.  Put tin foil down on a cookie sheet (for easier cleanup).  Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and innards.  Place them cut side down on the sheet and put them in the oven.  Once the skin has turned brownish black (don’t worry), take them out of the oven and place them in a ziploc bag.  Let them sweat in the bag until they are cool enough to handle.  The skin should peel right off.  Voila! 

Enjoy!

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Joe’s comment on my last post has inspired me to post Carleton County’s internet claim to fame… yes, it is really that bad. 

 www.dooryard.ca

My favorites?  “Piss-cut”, “yestidee”, “so didn’t I” (Grrr…..), and “jiggitinnie”.  And seeing as how I live in the potato capital of the world (or is it Canada?), I can’t forget to mention “b’dayduh”. 

Enjoy! 

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Excuse me …

… it’s “supposedly”, NOT “supposebly”.  That’s a D… you know, the one with the circle off to the left of the line?? 

The number of times I have heard “supposebly” in the last 2 days is making me quickly lose faith in society’s grasp of grammar.

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I want one

Wow… how nifty is this?  Only $5000-10,000??  Is that all??

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